Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I finally found my picture of this homeless woman when I was in Montreal. This was right outside the McDonald's on St. Catherine. No question that this blantant display of vagrantism (is that a word? Probably not.) would not be tolerated in Mayor Daley's Chicago. Going to Montreal was a real eye opener for me. I never really appreciated how clean Chicago was until I saw a city that didn't have a hard core Streets and Sanitation department like ours. The dirtiest street in Chicago is cleaner then 95% of Montreal's streets.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I had a very rare episode yesterday: I woke up under the weather the first time in ages. After throwing up violently into the bushes in front of my place of employment, I toughed out a long, cold, nauseous day of work. I couldn't go home because I always accuse of everyone of slacking when they leave early, and I wasn't about to be on the receiving end of it. I went home finally to 12 hours of sleep. I hadn't ate anything but a cookie all day. I am not blessed with particularly good eyesight, but the good Lord made up for it by empowering me with remarkable recovery powers. I brag to anyone who will listen that they are my "Wolverine Healing". Wolverine, for those of you who haven't read the X-men comic books or watched the movie trilogy, is a character that has an unbreakable skeleton, enhanced senses, and my personal favorite, infinite regenerative ability. No matter how badly Wolverine gets hurt, he always heals fully. After my 12 hour nap, I felt fine. I can't say the same for my wife-to-be Roxanne. She got the flu before me (she's been sick since Saturday), has the same symptoms, and is still ill three days later. She called me at about 5:00 this afternoon to see how I was doing. "Fine", I responded, wondering what the big deal was. She was amazed becuase she still has no appetite and feels awful. Poor Roxanne! As we approach Thanksgiving later this week, I'd like to give thanks for the most important thing of all: My good health. And the Wolverine healing that keeps it for me.
Friday, November 17, 2006
I was shocked and depressed by the passing of legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembecler. Bo finished coaching the Maize and Blue before I even started following college football. However, his presence was such a part of Michigan that you expect to see him at every Wolverines game. For him to die on the eve of the greatest game of this millenium has put an almost anticlimatic feel on the game. The grieving is so bad that even the Dead Schembeclers, an Columbus-based hate Michigan punk band, has decided to change their name after the "Hate Michigan" rally tonite. By the way, the Dead Schembeclers website has been flooded and is temporarily down, but their myspace page is still up. I found this image there from the lone Michigan fan: Go Blue! Win one for the Schembecler!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
It took longer then I expected, but upgrading to the 1.13 version of the software was well worth it. As I expected, the crashing has gone way down. I can freely switch between Real Player and regular phone features without a problem. However, all is not well. The phone function completely doesn't work with Softick Audio Gateway now. In fact, the music keeps right on playing as the phone rings. I wound up using the built in hands free functionality to make some phone calls with my headset. Oh by the way, my new headset, the Plantronics 590A, is the SHIZNET. Yeah, that's right, I said SHIZNET, it's my blog and I'll do waht I want. Anyways, really, these are the best stereo bluetooth headphones you can buy. If you are a fellow Treo owner ready to cut the cord, do yourself a favor and order a pair online. You'll thank yourself.
Monday, November 13, 2006
I've reached the breaking point. I've been avoiding upgrading the Treo system software forever as it takes a half hour, but seeing as my phone crashes every time I switch between the phone and MP3 player, I'm going for it. I will be completely out of the loop for the next 30 minutes, assuming of course the Treo survives the process and I don't have a 1 pound brick instead of a smartphone. I'll see you guys on the other side.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Well GOP, it's over. You are no longer of any worth as a politcal party. You couldn't even keep the Senate, and you never should have lost the House either. The redistricing schemes you employed should have kept you in power for a genration. You had 4 years controlling the House, Senate, and White House, and what did you accomplish? Social Security reform? Nope. Flat tax? Yeah right. Balanced budget? Oh that's right, the deficit skyrocketed on your watch. GOP, do the world a favor. Trade your place on the ballot with the Libertarians and let us get the job done.
Owning a Tanita body fat scale can make for some scary moments. It's bad enough to know your weight down to the decimal point, but then you're whacked with your body fat percentage. A long time ago, in an apartment not too far away, I had whittled my body fat down to a decent 8.8 percent fat. Now I'm a disgusting 18.2 percent body fat, entering a realm the scale terms "overfat". The term was funny at the time when I bought the scale, but now it's horrifying. I promptly got up this morning and ran 6.6 miles as punishment. I ran to the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre, formerly know as the Tweeter Center, fromerly known as the New World Music Theater, fromerly known as the World Music Theater. For all further discussion on this blog, I will simply call it the World. That way when I run to the top of the big hill at the World, I can say I ran to the the top of the World, which I did, in fact, do today. For good measure I benched two sets of 5 at a paltry 73 pounds, weak, but I have had severe atrophy in arms. I also did five minutes on the ab slide on the quest for my six pack. My plan is build up muscle with the ab slide while the runs to the top of the World attack my gut, affectionately known as "Cornelius II", after my brother's beer gut Cornelius which he successfully eradicated. With a lot of hard work, Cornelius II will meet the same fate.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Today is November 10th. It is etched in my memory because 231 years ago today, a small orgranization called the United States Marine Corps began in colonial America. From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, from the trenches of France in World War I, to the island hopping of campaigns of World War II, from the hills of Korea to an airstrip at Khe Sahn, from Kuwait to Fallujah, these guys have been fighting and dying for America as long as there has been an America. Semper Fi, guys. My friend Jeff also shares a birthday with the Corps, which makes it easy to remember his birthday. Jeff turns the big 30 today! I'll have to get him a cane. Happy birthday Jeff!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Hello everyone. I've been battling post election depression by loading up on free stuff for my Treo 650. It's over at www.palmgear.com and all you have to do is browse for the freeware. They have thousands of programs, including some great games like Scud Attack. Another gem is the PalmDB app that lets you open Adobe files. I've only gone through about 300 so far, so I'll keep you posted on any other great freebies.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Today is my favorite day: Election Day! Not only do I get to perform my civic duty and vote, it means an end to all the negative campaign ads! Woo-hoo! Election prediction: Republicans lose 26 seats in the House, 4 seats in the Senate, and the start of the Impeach Bush movement. The next two years are going to be ugly.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Your tax dollars at work: Tinley Park just shoveled out 425 grand to aquire the Mendez property, which is the middle house on North Street. The property was critical to moving the farce that is the North Street redevelopment forward. The village is still gunning for the property of the Dennis family, according to the Star article, so the possibility of Tinley Park using eminent domain against them still exists. I will be real curious to see how long it takes to get Tinley Park to get back this return on investment.
John Kerry finally was hit with some common sense today and decided to apologize for his remarks degrading the intelligence of the troops in Iraq. As I have a brother in Iraq, I was beyond outraged by the remarks of the senior Senator from Massachusetts. However, his apology did not go far enough. Mr. Kerry still needs to apologize for his behaviour after the Vietnam War, where he called out his fellow soldiers as war criminals. Senator Kerry should also apologize for comments he has made on troops behaviour in the war in Iraq. The fact of the matter is that John Kerry loathes the military every bit as much as Bill Clinton ever did. He is a disgrace to the people of Massachusetts, to the Senate, and to the United States of America. He is the poster child for term limits and I do hope that one day the voters of the Bay State will wise up and send him packing for one his five vacations homes.