Thursday, December 21, 2006


I got this from Bane...I've been at training all week, so I haven't updated...this will be it, though.

Rules - copy the list and bold face the items you've done. Send it back to
the friend who sent it to you, then send it on to other friends. Ask them
about their experiences!

01. Bought everyone in the bar a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins
03. Climbed a mountain
04. Driven anything over 100 MPH
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said "I love you" and meant it
09. Hugged a tree (Does holding onto a tree for dear life count?)

10. Bungee jumped
11. Visited Paris
12. Watched a lightning storm at sea
13. Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
14. Seen the Northern Lights
15. Gone to a huge sports game
16. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
17. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
18. Touched an iceberg
19. Slept under the stars
20. Changed a baby's diaper
21. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
22. Watched a meteor shower
23. Gotten drunk on champagne
24. Given more than you can afford to charity
25. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
26. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
27. Had a food fight
28. Bet on a winning horse
29. Asked out a stranger
30. Had a snowball fight
31. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
32. Held a lamb
33. Seen a total eclipse of the moon.
34. Ridden a roller coaster
35. Hit a home run
36. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
37. Adopted an accent for an entire day
38. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
39. Had two hard drives for your computer
40. Visited all 50 states
41. Taken care of someone who was drunk
42. Had amazing friends
43. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
44. Watched wild whales
45. Stolen a sign
46. Backpacked in Europe
47. Taken a road-trip
48. Gone rock climbing
49. Midnight walk on the beach

50. Gone sky diving
51. Visited Ireland
52. Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love
53. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
54. Visited Japan
55. Milked a cow
56. Alphabetized your CDs
57. Pretended to be a superhero
58. Sung karaoke
59. Lounged around in bed all day
60. Played touch football
61. Gone scuba diving
62. Kissed in the rain
63. Played in the mud
64. Played in the rain
65. Gone to a drive-in theater
66. Visited the Great Wall of China
67. Started a business
68. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
69. Toured ancient sites
70. Taken a martial arts class
71. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
72. Gotten married
73. Been in a movie
74. Crashed a party
75. Gotten divorced
76. Gone without food for 5 days
77. Made cookies from scratch
78. Won first prize in a costume contest
79. Ridden a gondola in Venice
80. Gotten a tattoo
81. Rafted the Snake River
82. Been on television news programs as an "expert"
83. Got flowers for no reason
84. Performed on stage
85. Been to Las Vegas
86. Recorded music
87. Eaten shark
88. Kissed on the first date (that was my first date...)
89. Gone to Thailand
90. Bought a house
91. Been in a combat zone
92. Buried one/both of your parents
93. Been on a cruise ship
94. Spoken more than one language fluently
95. Performed in Rocky Horror
96. Raised children
97. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
99. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
100. Picked up and moved to another city
101. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
102. Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
103. Had plastic surgery
104. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
105. Wrote articles for a large publication
106. Lost over 100 pounds
107. Held someone while they were having a flashback
108. Piloted an airplane
109. Touched a stingray
110. Broken someone's heart
111. Helped an animal give birth
112. Won money on a T.V. game show
113. Broken a bone
114. Gone on an African photo safari
115. Had a facial part pierced other than your ears
116. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
117. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
118. Ridden a horse
119. Had major surgery
120. Had a snake as a pet
121. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
122. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours
123. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
124. Visited all 7 continents
125. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
126. Eaten kangaroo meat
127. Eaten sushi
128. Had your picture in the newspaper
129. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
130. Gone back to school
131. Parasailed
132. Touched a cockroach
133. Eaten fried green tomatoes
134. Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
135. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
136. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
137. Skipped all your school reunions
138. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language
139. Been elected to public office
140. Written your own computer language
141. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
142. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
143. Built your own PC from parts
144. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
145. Had a booth at a street fair
146. Dyed your hair
147. Been a DJ
148. Shaved your head
149. Caused a car accident
150. Saved someone's life

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

For Love of the Game

I'm home sick today, and since I was in a movie watching mood, I took a long look at the four hundred or so DVDs that I own, but couldn't find anything interesting to watch. So, pop on the cable box and hop on Encore On Demand. I saw a few movies that I was interested in, but my dad had always said great things about For Love of the Game with Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston. Being a baseball fanatic, and a Kevin Costner hater (I know, he's been in two of the best baseball movies ever - Field of Dreams and Bull Durham) I wasn't sure if I wanted to sit through two hours of a terrible actor and a crappy scientologist making pretend.

Anyway, against my better judgment, I watched it.

I wasn't impressed, but I wasn't too terribly disappointed. I won't say it was anywhere NEAR as good as the Rookie, yet it was a decent movie. Maybe it was because I went in with such low expectations that I can say that I enjoyed it somewhat.

It is essentially a movie in which a 40 year old pitcher (Kevin Costner) is throwing what could be his last game in the big leagues, and learns that he's going to be traded after the season is over, by the Tiger's new owners. Then, about 4 hours before game time, he finds out that his quasi-girlfriend (Kelly Preston) is leaving him to take a job in London. Then, you see him start the game, and in between innings and pitches, he relives portions of his life, mostly centering around his relationship with Kelly Preston and her daughter, his rehab from an accident with a table saw, and the breakups and make-ups that have surrounded the last five years of his life.

I won't spoil it for the few that might actually want to see it, but check it out. It was a decent flick, if you don't mind the sappy music and occasional plot holes.

Monday, December 11, 2006


...though I may or may not be better than ever...

Meghan and I are back from the wedding and honeymoon, which, suffice to say, was amazing. We stayed at the luxurious Aventura Spa Palace in Riveria Maya, Mexico. The weather was great, the tequila was better, and I got to see Meg go sans top at the pool. A happy time was had by all!

The wedding was amazing. Our photographer did an amazing job of documenting the whole thing, and I don't mind advertising his work here. Yeah, that lug with the long hair is me...a lot of people are asking me how I managed to land a chica that looks like that, and I keep asking if they've seen Borat. Remember at the end of the movie, when he chases Pam Anderson with the traditional Kazakhstani wedding sack? Well, our courtship was something like that...

The DJ, Dave Nase, of Exclusive Entertainment, did a great job, and a special thanks goes out to him for NOT bringing a tape deck with him that night. See, there's allegedly this tape floating around of my supposedly singing Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks when I was like 10. Allegedly. My mother has always said that she was going to have it played at my wedding, however, because of the lack of a tape deck, the tape, which may or may not actually exist, could not be played. So, instead of that, he put on the song, gave me a microphone, and the male portion of the bridal party went to town. Apparently, the wedding was viewed as one part party, one part talent show, and one part fashion show, as my bride was stunning.

So, where am I now? Meg and I started looking for homes, so that we could move out of our apartment and get a backyard for Seamus. We're hoping to be moving in the next three or four months.

Saturday evening, Meg and I were indulging in some adult beverages, and watched George Romero's Land of the Dead. Around 4:30 AM, I apparently was having a bad dream, most likely involving zombies, when I started sleepwalking. By sleepwalking, I mean screaming at the top of my lungs, running around the room, slamming into the walls, and eventually jumping back onto the bed, almost crushing Meghan's arm in the process. I'm quite sure I've separated my shoulder, and that this is the first reported instance of zombie violence in 2006, maybe ever.