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Archived Entries from July 2008


Titletown, Again...

I don't know why this irritates me so much. Maybe I should quit waking up and watching SportsCenter at 4:00 a.m.

Now they're talking about some dump of a town in Ohio that has won a bunch of high school football championships.

Seriously? High school football? Is there anything less important to the world than high school football? Ooh, they won 22 championships. Who cares?!?

Yet they think they should be "Titletown."

They put a football in the crib of every newborn male baby at the local hospital. I bet they are the most homophobic, insecure people on the planet. Yuck.

Anyway. I think the Sox won again last night and the Twinky-Dinkies lost. The Cubs are only one game up. I'm licking my chops waiting for their yearly demise. Best team in baseball my butt....

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008, 9:20 am
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Anniversary

So the redhead and I got married 14 years ago today. Yay us!

I have to pick her up for margaritas here in a few minutes so I need to hurry up with this...

My brother moved back to Southern (Illinois University) in Carbondale on Monday and my dad got him a new bed and dresser and desk. Long story. But he asked me to come down and help them put it all together.

But the cargo van only had two seats, so he asked if I could drive separately rather than have them pick me up along the way.

No problem--I could just take the train. It's only $16.

The train was three hours late. The air conditioning stopped working. And they were all but finished assembling the bed when I arrived. Nice.

Maybe I'll post details later (I started a blog "post" in a text file during all of this, but didn't have Internet connection on the train, etc.).

Anyway. Off to Fiesta Cafe (which, no matter what anyone says, is infinitely better than Dos Reales....).

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2008, 7:50 pm
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Titletown?

Am I the only one bothered by this silly "contest" that ESPN has been having for the last month or so? They are going from town to town trying to figure out who deserves the title of "titletown."

Obviously I was irritated when they went to U. of Kansas and talked to the evil Bill Self. No, one championship does not make your snotty little Kansas town "titletown."

Boston, New York, etc., etc.

I don't like the Packers. I really don't like Packers fans (especially ones who live in Illinois--I have this thing about rooting for teams that are in your own state--but I digress).

Green Bay, Wisconsin is "titletown." Has been. Is now. Will be.

There is no discussion. ESPN is insulting the sports world with this silly promo of theirs.

Anyway.

The boy survived his first day of detassling yesterday. We talked a month or so ago about how some of his friends were going to do it, but Al's curiosity wasn't piqued until we told him that he could use whatever money he earned for whatever he wanted. "Seriously?" Yeah, Al, you go earn money and you can do with it what you please (*to an extent).

He wants an X-Box 360? I don't think it irresponsible of me to let him get one if he earns the money for it by being out in a hot corn field for three or four weeks. He's 12 and makes over seven dollars an hour pulling tassles from corn plants. I made $6.50 with my first job out of college. Sheesh.

Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2008, 12:21 pm
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Sub-Teenagers

Well the Fourth of July went off fantastically, and I have further to talk about in that regard, but that isn't what motivated me to post tonight.

I recently made some slight edits to some baseball-related pages on Wikipedia, and for whatever reason tonight I checked my "contributions" page to see if any of them were challenged or modified further. Most of my changes are typo fixes, or grammatical changes. The quality of writing on Wikipedia definitely changes based on subject...

So tonight I glanced through my list of changes, and it showed one made by me to some page about a Spider-Man video game. Hmm. Maybe I had a glass of wine or two and was poking around and for whatever reason found a sentence without a period. I checked the history and "my" contribution had immediately been removed. WTF? Then I compared pages.

A trivia section has been added, and for anyone familiar with Wikipedia, it is somewhat understood that trivia sections are very much discouraged. Huh? So I read the paragraph that was added. It was certainly nothing I knew about (some character in the game makes some comment or something--Venom about Hulk Smash or something?).

It didn't take long for the light bulb to turn on, even if we have moved to using those fluorescent things that take a second or so to turn on.

While I first immediately thought that I need to not leave myself "logged in" on any of the machines downstairs (I really would only be logged in on the Mac and the kids use the Windows XP machine primarily, and, believe it or not, the Fedora Linux box as a secondary option) it also occurred to me that our IP address is static and I don't need that to be banned or chastised whether or not my user name is logged in.

So junior has a message waiting for him when he gets up tomorrow.

The same junior who proclaimed recently "if there's one thing I know, it's electronics" before proceeding to %$#@ with his pre-paid cell phone and managed to erase his account and lock himself out of the thing. Yeah, I'll get it to a tech at a Verizon store. At some point.

While I'm happy at his showing signs of being a true hacker, this needs to be reigned in a bit.

And yeah, anyone on Wikipedia that thinks that the Mets are a team that frequents the World Series have been on another planet for the last 100 years.

Anyway.

Oh, hey. I broke 100 the other day!

Due to the flooding, some of our holes were shortened. Were it me, I would still have the course closed, but the way people around here complain about everything, I understand that that wasn't an option. So they moved some tees to avoid some of the bad spots and have been slowly returning things back to normal. Well, as it is now, three holes are shortened by a stroke, one par 5 turned into a par 4 and two par 4s turned into par 3s.

Well on the Fourth I managed to agree with Marc and Tony and Tim to play at 10:00 the next morning. Yikes.

I got up on the 5th and immediately thought "what did I agree to?" Sure enough, at 10:04 the phone rang and it was Tim looking for Mr. Greifenkamp for a 10:00 a.m. tee time. The redhead pointed out that the golf cart wasn't charged and I though that was the perfect excuse to get myself out of it, but I looked out the back window and, well, Santa Claus or the tooth fairy had come overnight and hooked up the golf cart to the charger. Woo hoo!

I'm glad I played. While the first beer at 10:15 in the morning was a bit hard to get through (I'm not 20 anymore...) I played outstanding golf. I nailed probably a half-dozen putts of over 20 feet, with at least one from 40 and another from probably 50+. My chipping was awesome, my driving was good, and my irons were okay. I hit a 46 on the nine out and another 46 on the way in. Add those three strokes and that's 49 + 49 = 98.

No mulligans. No cheating. No do-overs. I hit into the lake once and took the two strokes, and hit out of bounds twice on the 13th, and took all my penalties (I ended up with an 8 because I one-putted--YES!).

And no, Knoxville, Tennessee is not Titletown (and not just because Bruce Pearl is a crook). Nor is Lawrence, Kansas (and not just because Bill Self is a jerk). What is ESPN thinking? I'm a Bears fan and I can tell you categorically that "Titletown" is Green Bay, Wisconsin. Duh. No discussion.

It's going to be a long week. I need to call that nurse lady and get something to shut my mind the hell up.

Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2008, 5:04 am
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Busy, Busy, Busy

Yikes. It's been awhile since I've posted.

Last weekend, well, no. The weekend before last the family and I went to Springfield, Illinois for a couple of nights. The redhead just became a "real" employee at the University, and as such, was entitled to two "personal" days off, but the kicker was they had to be used by the end of June. Yep, get hired in May, and you have two days you have to use in the next month.

So we took a Monday and Tuesday off of work and stayed a Saturday and Sunday evening in our state capital. We stayed at the Hilton Tower in the middle of downtown both because I get Hilton "Honor" points when I stay at Hiltons and because we can take advantage of the state government rate (really cheap) as University employees, even if we're not there on business. These days, every thirty or forty dollars a night is a bonus.

Speaking of which.... The whole reason we picked Springfield is because, other than my graduation (which, incidentally, was a block from the Hilton), none of us had spent any time in our state's capital.

While I haven't blogged. I did post pictures a few days ago with a small dialogue of what we did. You can read/see it here.

In other news.... The Fourth of July is in two days. I'm taking tomorrow off so that I can get things "prepared." I have burgers to make, a keg to acquire, and a pool to vacuum out one last time.

I went and saw my old therapist today. It seems the St. John's Wort isn't working as well as it had in the past, although I've been taking it faithfully. I've been crappy. And have had little patience. And yes, it has eaten it me the entire time. I don't like not being in control of myself.

So after a lot of internal struggle (and if you had any idea what the hell goes on in my CPU when I'm idling...) I decided that I need to put away my Y chromosome and let my guard down and go agree to perhaps maybe looking into some form of medication. The initial idea was to just go to our family doctor, but I wanted input from my not-anymore therapist first. It was a good talk. So I'm going to make an appointment with a psychological nurse person and probably start taking something to get this mind of mine to quiet down and relax.

I'd love nothing more than to be able to sit outside and listen to birds and not have to be running scenario after scenario through my head the entire time. Be quiet, already.

I was originally very hesitant about agreeing to take anything, because I don't want to turn into R.P. McMurphy or anything like that. (It's bad enough acting like Cheswick from time to time...)

So we'll see how it goes.

I'm just looking forward to Friday right now. I have some work to do between now and then. I'm taking tomorrow off, which should help (my boss is in South Africa for a few weeks, so he won't care, and I have plenty of vacation days...). Just make sure you say "South Africa?" like they did in Lethal Weapon 2. "Diplomatic immunity...."

South Africa?

Anyway. Enjoy the photos. I'll try to start blogging more often again soon.

Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008, 1:47 am
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