Saturday, May 27, 2006

George Carlin

I haven't watched a good George Carlin stand-up special in a very long time. As I sit here watching one of his HBO specials, I have forgotten how funny I think he is. I notice his rerums on HBO all the time, but tonight I actually took the time to watch them again. Good stuff. Good use of time. Here is a quote courtesy of wikipedia (I know it's a little sacreligious, but funny nonetheless):

"I've begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to "God" are all answered at about the same 50-percent rate."


I've been in kind of a funk lately. It seems as if things are just becoming really repetitive. With the exception of Vegas a few weeks ago, my life is either:
a) wake up, go to school, run, study;
b) wake up, go to my internship, run; or starting June 5th
c) wake up, go to school, go to internship, study, run

Do you see the pattern? No time for me to do anything because I don't have time to make good money at a real job. Even when I was back at TCU and working with GMAC I was always busy with school or work, but the great salary afforded me the option to take weekend trips to Missouri, or wherever else the wind blew. Memorial day weekend for example; I get to sit home all weekend because I don't have enough money to go to Texas or Missouri to see my old comrades. I miss that. Even though Vegas was a blast, I was constrained by money the whole time I was there.

Added on top of all that a lot of my friends graduated this year, and are all starting their lives in the "real world". Not me. I get another year of college (and maybe more if I want to get a graduate degree, even though I can still have a job while I do that). I know it is not often you hear this, but I would rather just be done with school. At least then my daily repitition would be one of my choosing based on my job, and new assignments at the job every now and again. I just want to move on. Honestly, if any decent job would hire someone without a degree I would just forget about college.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Amen, Donnie

I know that I will probably step on a few toes with this post, but it needs to be said. As I was watching The Big Idea with Donnie Deutch tonight, he said something at the end of the show that I could not have agreed with more. As he was following up on a piece about Barry Bonds and the steroid scandal he said, "I am tired of everything involving African Americans being an issue of race."

I could not agree more. I know that Barry Bonds is black, and he just happens to be in the middle of the steroid scandal. Yes there are probably white guys using steroids, but with Barry being the one breaking records he is automatically going to be in the spotlight. If Mark McGuire was still playing (who is a white guy for those of you who don't know), he would be in the middle of the scandal too (especially since he has pretty much admitted to using steroids). If Mark was still playing I would be rooting against him also. I just don't like cheaters - black or white. Maybe if Barry would not be such a dick to the media, and also being pretty shady about the steroid scandal there would not be such a shitstorm around him.

Bottom line is this: just because your African American doesn't mean that everything is about race.

On the lighter side of things, I do like my new internship at the advertising agency, and I know they like having the free labor around. The job is good, but the 45 minute drive each way is not. Oh well, such is life.

Monday, May 22, 2006

GAME 7!!!!

This is huge. It could be one of the biggest games in Mavs history. Game 7 tonight against the Spurs. One of the best rivalries in basketball over the past few years will come to a head tonight. I expect it to be a good, close game. I just hope the Mavs can come out on top.

Back from Vegas

I had a great time in Vegas this past week. I lost a little gambling, but in the grand scheme of things, I think I got off pretty cheap. Jeff and I had a great time at the taping of the final table of the World Poker Tour - I think we mostly enjoyed the 5 hours of free drinks. Nothing wrong at all with that. There are many more good memories from the week, and we all definitely plan on going back - only next time with a little more money.

I will leave you now with some memorable quotes from the week:

"68 cents mothafucka" - Heather commenting on the cheap corkscrew she bought and never used.

"I have severe cotton-mouth and a slight hangover" - Jeff after a night out at a fantastic club.

"I can't believe I paid $40 for that shit. A bunch of dudes and fat chicks" - Some guy telling Jeff and I not to go into the Coyote Ugly bar.

"I have a small butt and small boobs" - Betsy
"And that is why you don't have a ring on your finger" - Jeff

"I will give you a cheeseburger in paradise" - Me. My roomies will know what I am talking about.

"I have gas, and that makes me grumpy" - Betsy

3.0 Baby!

Even with that dumb Brittish science teacher giving me a C, I still got a 3.0!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Can you make that a verb?

Funny story from the poker table the other day...

I was sitting next to this loud guy from California who pretty much thought he was God's gift to poker. All the while he was sitting next to me yapping up the table, he was shedding some serious skin. Obviously he had psoriasis, his forearms were nothing but dry skin, and while his arms were resting on the table it kept flaking off. It was pretty gross, and I don't get grossed out that easily.

The funny part was when he got up and left and the dealer called over the poker room manager to tell her to get the little handy-vac to clean up the table. "The guy psoriased all over the table." The whole table just busted up laughed at the fact he had turned psoraises into a verb.

Hey, after 10 hours at a poker table, shit like that gets funny.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Good Stuff

From the fantastic show Two and a Half Men:

"You mean he has no idea how much fun he can have between 'hi, how are ya?' and 'what do you mean you missed your period?!'"

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Easy A

I found out today that a class I am in this semester is being offered next semester, but here is the good part. This semester it is a 3000 level class, next semester it is a 4000 level class. The same teacher (the cool one who took our whole class to a bar), the same book (I will save myself about $200), and the same exact cases (i still have all my papers saved). The best part? It is the exact same freakin class, its just that Rayburn is supposed to teach it a little harder. Yeah right. This guy will teach it the same damn way. An A this semester, an A next semester over the same stuff. Fantastic!

Im a geek

I don't know why, but I have been watching the history channel a lot lately. Last night I was up until 3am watching a show on the history about.....shovels! They really are quite fascinating. Not just some steel on the end of a stick - there really is a pretty good amount of science that goes into designing those things.

A few random facts from the show:
  • the oldest continuous running company in America is a the Ames shovel company which was founded in 1774 illegally by a blacksmith. (Remember all of the raw materials were just supposed to be mined in America and sent back to Brittain at the time, so actually "finishing" and of the raw materials was illegal.)
  • The Ames company produced over 11 million shovels for WWII
  • When we were finishing the Panama Canal the workers had steam shovel races to see which steam shovel made the most headway each day. The winner got to put a broom on the top of thier rig and fly it kind of like a flag. They even had magazines in the states about the progress and people would bet on this stuff.
  • Over 1 million injuries are sustained every year from people shoveling their driveway (back, rotator cuff, herniated discs, etc)
  • There is actually a shovel museum somewhere in Pennsylvania
Im such a geek.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A little of this, a little of that

  • OU finals suck. At TCU there were dead days (aka get real drunk days) when there was no school, not just go to school and the teachers are not supposed to give you any assignments. Well that went out the window when two of my classes decided to give me finals this week instead of next. Oh well, I guess it is not that bad to get two of my six finals out of the way this week.
  • The Mavs are rolling. Their first playoff sweep in history, and I think it showed a lot. Not only do they have the offensive firepower, they have become a decently well rounded defensive team also. There were a few times when they had to play from behind in the series and they showed they are capable of doing so.
  • Mario Williams the first overall pick in the NFL draft? Hmm
  • Vegas is two weeks away. Can't wait. Although I will be doing the Vegas thing on a pretty tight budget, I definitely think it will be a blast
  • I know this is a few weeks old news, but did anyone see Paris Hilton singing happy birthday to Hugh Hefner at his Playboy bday bash? Seriously, she needs to accidentally fall off the balcony of her New York penthouse sweet.
  • A girl in my class today was telling me about her finance tutor. She was complaining because he raised his hourly rate from $43/hr to $46/hr. His reasoning for the raise? To compensate for the increasing taxes in packs of cigarettes. Fantastic.