Arbitrary Randomness
Tuesday, July 31, 2001
OK, as stated many times in this blog, I am not a baseball purist, so maybe I'm missing something, but I had to comment on what I heard on 1270 yesterday. During the Lockerroom show, they were talking about Ricky Henderson stealing second in the 7th inning when they were up by 7 runs, and how it was wrong of Henderson to steal second since they were up by so many. Now I am one against running up the score in college football to increase your ranking in the polls, but I don't see this as running up the score. For one, Ricky Henderson is known for stealing bases. That's what he does. Second, it's only the 7th inning. There are two more innings after this one. Although 7 runs is a comfortable lead, I don't think that it's a guaranteed win, especially in todays games.

I did some quick research, and two days earlier, Milwaukee had two consecutive 3 run innings. What's to say that they couldn't accomplish that again? Lopes (or whatever the pitcher's name is) have no confidence in his team? If the game was over, why did they even come out and play the last few innings? They could just walk into the lockerroon, and avoid the chance of injury, and get home early enough to catch "Jackass" on MTV.

Earlier in the month, in a game versus San Francisco, Milwaukee had one 5 run inning, and two 3 run innings. It's not out of the possibility for Milwaukee to score 7 runs in a two inning span. In this game versus SF, in the 8th inning, Milwaukee was up 10-3, and hit a 3-run homer.... maybe they should have obeyed the "unwritten rules" and not hit the ball so hard. How is that different than stealing second???

On top of complaining, this is the quote from Lopes:
"You keep doing things like that and you'll get one of your players hurt. I told him to stay in the game because he was going on his ass. We were going to drill him, but he chose not to stay in the game. I left no uncertain terms what was going to happen. There is a right way to play this game and a wrong way. That was totally unprofessional."

Totally unprofessional????? Oh my gosh. What is more unprofessional then INTENTIONALLY hitting someone with a ball??

Am I missing something here?? Please tell me if I'm wrong!!!!
I was trying to think of the "All No Longer Playing" team, which would consist of players who were good fantasy players within the last 3 years that are no longer playing.... I started with the following list, and then drew a blank....Barry Sanders, Robert Smith, John Elway, Dan Marino, Fred Lane, ??? can you come up with any others?
WEll, I got a new compuper, and couldn't remember my id and pw, so i couldn't blog. I finally got around to trying a couple names and picked the right one (you don't care). I really don't have anything to say, just felt like I should blog since it had been a few days.
Thursday, July 26, 2001
I don't really have anything to say, but i haven't blogged in a few days, so i figured that i should. two notes of "interest"... I have a pooping cow keychain..... In stores you can buy "Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans" (if you've read Harry Potter, you know what they are). They even have flavors from the book, like buttered toast, pumpkin pie, and gross flavors, like booger, black pepper, sardines, grass, horseradish.
Monday, July 23, 2001
Is Anarchy a form of government?? if so, isn't that contradicting??

Is it me or do 3D doritos taste a lot like bugles??
Sorry Russ, I have to dislike another Ben Stiller movie.... After hearing from many people how great Meet the Parents was, I finally saw it. Not wanting to see it because I am not a fan of Ben Stiller, I gave in to see if it could change my mind. I did laugh a few times, but not nearly enough to consider the hour and a half to two hours enjoyable. The occasional reference to "Focker" made me chuckle, especially the "Pamela Martha Focker", but overall, i would have to say i was really disappointed. Maybe I've lost my sense of humor for dumb things, although I still think Dumb and Dumber is hilarious.
Friday, July 20, 2001
whatever happened to the cent key?? The friendly symbol '¢' for cents. It used to be over one of the numbers, I think it was 6 (where the '^' is now). I don't remember there being a big deal about it, but at some point it had to change. When was this, and why??? Was it ever on a computer keyboard?? I want to say that it was, but I can't guarantee that. was it just on typewriters?? Is it still on typewriters (well, if it was on your tyewriter long ago, i'm sure it's still there, but if you bought a new typewriter, would it be on there?) do they still make typewriters? remember the manual tyewriters where you had the keys pop up, and they would sometimes jam if you typed too quick. When I went to Henry Ford Museum in the fifth grade, I used a printing press to make a piece of paper that said something along the lines of "success is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration". that was the time we got to stay over night there. I took a camera with me, it was one of the 110 film cameras, where the film came in that long narrow cartridge. The camera that was long and flat. And when we were at greenfield village, we would put coins on the rail road tracks, and the train would come by and squish them. They have these souvenier things that I've just been introduced to, but apprently have been around for quite awhile. You put in a penny, and it squishes it with a little emblem on it. They have these at museums and such places. I remember hearing that destroying coins was illegal, but why would they have these souvenier things that destroy the pennies. You would think they were illegal, too. When the government issues special coins, like the state quarters currently, what does that do to the economy?? Because people are collecting them, and taking them out of circulation. Does that have an effect on the economy, because money isn't being spent. Not only is less money being spent, but less money is in circulation. Do they make more coins, knowing that people will be collecting them?? when they make new money, how do they put that in circulation... I know some money "buys" the old money, and then they destroy the old money, but money in general, not in the physical sense, grows.... where does that money come from?? If you take all the money that everyone had back in the 50's, it would be less than all the money that everyone has now. Where did that money come from?? the government doesn't just drp money into the street for people to pick up and now have more money... for me to have more money, I have to work, and i get paid by my company, my company gets paid by their customers, the customers get paid by their customers, and so on... where does this money come from???

What was I talking about.... Oh yeah, the '¢' sign.... now you know how my mind wanders from one subject to the next..... so when did the ¢ get replaced??
Thursday, July 19, 2001
Not that I am a huge baseball fan, and maybe I am missing something, since i don't follow baseball that much, but whatever happened to the double header. I know they have two games on the same day, but they are no longer one after another. I'm assuming it is all about the money, and getting people to pay for each game. Like yesterday, for example. The Tigers had a "double" header with the first game at 1 PM, and the second game at 7 PM. I am assuming the time between the games is spent kicking people out of the stadium, so they can charge people to watch the second game (please, correct me if I'm wrong... I'm just making an assumption). What ever happened to the scheduled double header?? Maybe I have a faulty memory, but I thought I remembered when I was a kid, that there were scheduled double headers during the season (as opposed to being made a double header to make up for a rain out). Actually, what I remember most is the twi-night double headers, where they would start the first game around 4 or 5 (I think), and play two games that night.

Like I said, I'm not a huge baseball fan, so it really doesn't affect (or is it effect) me all that much. I'm just looking out for the baseball fans out there. They're having problems filling the stadium, why not give the fans a 2 games for the price of one, and have a true double header.
Wednesday, July 18, 2001
If you are ever in the mood for mexican food, and are in the area of 24 mile rd and Van Dyke (not the expressway), try Taco Loco... Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I highly recommend the fresh dip tacos and the Fidello soup. They are scrumdidilly-icious.
Monday, July 16, 2001
So I saw the words "Rolling Stone" this weekend, and now stuck in my head is that old commercial for Rolling Stone magazine. It had Paul Shafer on it, and at the end, they had the phone number on the screen, and then Paul goes into his jingle, "Just call this number on the telephone, and get your subscription to ROLLING STONE."

Anyone remember that one?? It's more annoying than the McDonald Rentals jingle (actually, i kinda like that jingle.... "McDonald Rentals, give us a call, for cars, trucks, and vans, we've got it all")
Friday, July 13, 2001
I could be wrong, but in the What Women Want preview, in the scene where Helen Hunt looks at Mel Gibson's crotch area, she says "Oh my god, i looked at his crotch" but in the movie (if memory serves me right) she says "Oh my god, i looked at his penis". I was kind of wondering why that is, cuz I don't think either one is considered bad language to be shown on a preview. I just found that very odd

When is Russ's blog going to come back??? Hope he didn't freeze!!!!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2001
I think the government need to set there anti-monopoly focus on a different target. I've come to realize that Frito Lay has a monopoly in the flavored tortilla chips market. Maybe I'm just ignorant of other products that are out there, but I haven't seen them. There aren't even America's Choice brand flavored tortilla chips. The closest thing I've seen are the Tostito's "Hint of Lime" tortilla chips (I know, Tostitos is Frito Lay, too).

Now since they are the only fish in the pond, is it really necessary for them to advertise?? I suppose, since there are competing with other snack foods, but i would think they would be able to survive with a simpler "Crazy People" style commercial (my favorite was always "zhvheat zhhfewhag Sony") with something like "Doritos - we're the only flavored chip out there. Yummy. You know you like them... so buy them and eat them." OK, now I'm not even making sense.

I think the flavored tortilla chip market needs some competition to make a better product (although doritios are pretty darn good now, but what happened to 'Salsa Verde' and 'Sonic Sour Creme' flavors????) and better prices!!!

Speaking of discontinued flavors, what ever happened to Kool Aid's 'Purplesaurus Rex'???? That was an awesome flavor. If you want to try and come close to it, mix one packet of Grape, and one packet of lemonade. It's not exactly right, but it's close.
remember that song from Sesame Street, when the little pinball would roll around for the number of the day..... "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12"

Tuesday, July 10, 2001
My dillema (sp?).... I've noticed recently that I need a new subscription for my contact lens (I know, i said subscription instead of PREscription... or is it PERscription... i'm a bad speller, can't you tell??), and I am due for another check up. But, I have the contacts that i put in about 2 weeks ago, and one more set of contacts to be worn (they are monthly disposables, so i could wear the current subscription for about a month and a half). Now, do i just wear these, until i'm ready for some new lenses (is the plural of lens, 'lens' or 'lenses'???), or just go get new ones now with a new subscription, and throw out the leftover ones i have now??

I just realized that this really isn't all that exciting of a post (not to say my other ones are). but i will post it anyway.
Maybe my brain is on a two week shutdown.... i can't seem to think of anything creative to write about. Although, if there are only 3 other people that read it, and one of them is on vacation, that's 33% of my viewership (is that a word). Not sure how that plays in the equation of me being to lazy to write, but just a random thought.

Why is it that when one doesn't shave for a day or two, the next shave is a lot closer and smoother than if one shaves every day (or am I just shaving badly).
Monday, July 02, 2001
Have you seen the new Comedy Central show "Primetime Glick" with Martin Short?? I've only caught bits and pieces of it here and there, and I haven't found it to be all that funny. Does anyone know if it is totally scripted?? Or are the interviews real?? Most of it appears to be scripted, but not very funny (in my opinon).

Did i catch a commercial right??? Is Emril going to have a sitcom in the fall on NBC?? I saw part of the Biography (A&E) on him, and he didn't seem to do well with shows where he had a script. I wonder if he's gotten any better. I just looked at, and looked at the preview. It appears that it's a show about the behind the scenes of Emril's shows on the food network (not real behind the scenes, scripted). I find it kind of humours that a big percentage of the preview are the other characters, and not Emril. Nothing against Emril, I just don't see him as an actor.
Oh no, what am i going to do without HateHateHate!!!!!!

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