Arbitrary Randomness
Friday, May 31, 2002
If you were completely lost on my post about pine trees, i found a local example. Not quite as good, but good enough to show you what i'm talking about. On Wattles, between Dequindre and John R (closer to Dequindre) on the South Side of the road, there are pine trees there with the new "buds" looking like fingers that the tree is flipping you off.
Thursday, May 30, 2002
I used to be an avid watcher of Iron Chef on Food Network. I haven't watched as much lately. About six months ago, I saw that UPN was going to have on Iron Chef USA. An american version of the show. For whatever reason, I missed the show. I assumed it was a new series, but never saw it in the listings again (although I didn't look for it continuously). I noticed that it was on again last night, so I turned it on (flipping back and forth between other shows/sports events).

I couldn't tell if they were making fun of Iron Chef, or if they were being serious. It was really cheesy. At one point, the challenger took a cell phone call in the middle of the competition. The commentators referred to eating the sea urchin's "love juices". And William Shattner was just horrible.

Wednesday, May 29, 2002
This is probably going to make no sense, but while driving to Florida, going through Ohio, there seemed to be some pissed off pine trees. They appeared to be flipping off all the drivers.

(to see what I mean, look at a pine tree when they are growing and extra branch on the end of an existing branch. It looks like they are flipping their middle fingers)
Tuesday, May 28, 2002
Is it just me, or does the phrase "you're welcome" not make any sense?

It traditionally follows someone saying "thank you", and then the person replies "you're welcome"...... what exactly are they welcome to? are they welcome to come over your house? are they welcome to have some food?

It just doesn't make any sense to me.
one would think that after an 11 day hiatus of blogging i would have something to say........

well, I don't, 'cept in the Fort Lauderdale area, there is a street named Hiatus.
Thursday, May 16, 2002
Just thinking about my last post..... He wouldn't have had to say anything as Chewbacca either....'cept for the occasional mumbling and growls
OK Star Wars fanatics.... which is true....

I found this from an article:

When George Lucas offered Prowse either Darth Vader or Chewbacca in Star Wars, Vader seemed more attractive because he didn't have to say anything.

but i've heard multiple times in the past that Prowse had said all the lines in the movie, and it wasn't until he saw the movie at the premiere that he found out that they dubbed his voice over with that of James Earl Jones.

This from
David Prowse commented in an interview that he was unaware that his voice been dubbed with that of James Earl Jones' until he saw the movie on opening night.

Please enter in the comments if you know the REAL story....
Wednesday, May 15, 2002
Sorry to disappoint all 4 of you, but Arbitrary Randomness will be on hiatus for awhile... I may or may not blog tomorrow, but after that, you'll have to wait until Memorial Day Weekend.

Feel free to comment away.
I don't know if I've ranted about this before, but I saw something on the weather this morning that has always bothered me....

In the forcast for the week, they show the high and low temperature for each day. For Thursday, the low was 60, for Friday, the high was 58. Doesn't there have to be an overlap there somewhere?? How can Thursday's low be higher than Friday's high??? at midnight, does the temperature magically drop from 60 to 58 instantaneously?
Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Government 101

I know that the reports have been denied, but I still have a question regarding the news stories about Hillary Clinton running for vice president. Since when do people RUN for vice president? People RUN for the party nomination, and then the nominee gets to choose a VP candidate to run with him or her. And even when you go way back, when the VP was the person who received the 2nd most votes, how would one run for that?? I'm just seeing the campaign ad "Most of you vote for the other guy, but just make sure that some of you vote for me so I can come in second and be your VP"

I do suppose that you could lobby your party's presidential nominee to choose you as the VP, but you don't RUN for the office.

On a totally different topic, I know I'm not up on everything baseball, but did anyone know that Jose Canseco was still playing baseball? I thought he just bought the naming rights to an arena in Indiana.
Monday, May 13, 2002
As I came downstairs after my shower yesterday morning, I looked out the window, and in the grass saw a bunch of white stuff lying around about a 3 foot diameter circle. I looked closer and realized there was a bird (a rather large bird at that) standing in the middle of it. Somewhat confused, I yelled to my wife (who was upstairs) to look out the window to see what it was (because she is much more knowledgeable about birds and stuff). I ran upstairs to get my camera to zoom in (with my new zoom lens I got for my birfday from my wife = ), and on my way back down, it clicked what the white stuff was...... feathers. By the time i got downstairs with my camera, I zoomed in, but it flew off before i could get the picture taken. As it flew off, you could see that it had something clutched in its claws. After further review, it was determined that the bird was a hawk, and it had got to another bird.

I hope it doesn't come back, because I would hate to have to clean up bird parts all summer, and I feel bad that we've brought the birds there with the bird feeder. I wonder if it was one of them hawks from Athens.
Friday, May 10, 2002
So is just about everyone (outside of Colorado, San Jose, St. Louis, Carolina, and Ottawa) rooting for a Red Wings vs Montreal/Toronto Final?

If you are because both Toronto and Montreal being Original Six teams, are you hoping for one over the other?

Montreal would be more of a traditional opponent, being that it would be a Wales vs Campbell, but Toronto would put up two old Norris Division teams to battle it out.

I know, I know, don't look ahead.... We need the Wings to take care of St. Louis first, and then worry about the Conference Finals before we get there, but it's nice to think about.
Anyone remember that commercial a few years back for ESPN's Sunday Night Football, where they had kids in a school singing a song? The only line I can remember is "Mr. Cortez Kennedy will find your house."

Russ is still two days older than me. If anyone knows how I can catch up to him, let me know.
Thursday, May 09, 2002
NOTE TO SELF (and others): When you try and print in grayscale, and the printer is printing in a blue-ish/purple-ish color, it's not your black ink cartridge that needs replacing... it's the color. You are out of Yellow ink. Go buy a new COLOR cartridge, not BLACK. Save yourself the second trip to the store.
Wednesday, May 08, 2002
Welcome to the world, Steven Lawrence!!!!!! 9 lbs 3 oz (dr's estimate a few weeks ago must have been a bit off), 22 inches

Tuesday, May 07, 2002
I am probably an Uncle again right now, but I don't know for sure.... There was a scheduled C-section for this morning at 10:15 am. About three weeks ago, they had a dr's appointment where they estimated the baby weight (at that point) to be 9.5 pounds give or take a pound, thus the scheduled C-section.

I know you probably don't care, but I couldn't think of anything else to write today.....

.....'cept for congrats to Rick Carlisle (is it official yet?) on Coach of the Year. Too bad the NBA playoff schedule sux0rs so much that the Celtics flew back to Boston before coming back for Game 2 tomorrow night.
Monday, May 06, 2002
Maybe I just want too much from my delivery company, but a certain brown company (i hate those commercials..."brown did this...") was to deliver a package to my house that needed to be signed for. So last Wednesday when I got home there was a note on my door that said that they tried to deliver, and would try and deliver again the next day between 10:30 and 2. My thought was that they must have tried between 2-4 or something, when no one was home. Well, my wife was going to be home until about 11:30-12, so i figured i would take the chance and hope it would come before she left. It didn't. There was another note that said that it would try again the following day between 10:30 - 2:00. Which seemed kind of odd to me. I would think they would stagger the time a bit to allow for a greater chance of catching someone at home. Again, Friday, was the same situation, and again we missed the delivery. I decided to track the package online. When I did, I noticed the times that they tried to deliver. 1:43 PM, 1:47 PM, and 1:45 PM. All three days of delivery attempts were within a 5 minute span.

To me, it would make much more sence to change the route so that you are hitting the house at different times of day to see if you can catch the person at home. If one of those days, they would have attempted an early morning, or an late afternoon, they would have caught us.... or even earlier in the time frame they said, but it was almost the EXACT same time all three days.

OK, I'm done whining for now.
Friday, May 03, 2002
The NCAA has added 3 more bowl games. This bringst the total to 29. That means that 50% of Division 1 teams are making it to bowl games.

If you are waiting for additional commentary, I don't have any.

Thursday, May 02, 2002

I've recently read the first two books of "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket. They are a series of books for kids (around age 10, I think). I saw them listed on Amazon (sorry Russ, but you will be glad to know I didn't purchase them from Amazon) as books to read if I enjoyed Harry Potter (which I also didn't by from Amazon.... how am I doing, Russ?).

Although I don't think that these books are as good as Harry Potter, they are enjoyable, and a very quick read (a few hours if you just sat down and read it all). They are almost like a dark comedy for kids, if that makes sense. The story is about three orphans, who in the first chapter of the first book (A Bad Beginning), find out that their parents have died in a fire that also destroyed their home. And from there, a series of unfortunate events happen to them. Just when things seem to get a little better, something bad happens.
I may have posted this before, but thought of it again recently...

Why do people say things that have no meaning? Example: "To tell you the truth...." or "To be perfectly honest with you..." What are people saying by this?? Have they been lying to you up until this time?

I had another example, too, but can't remember it now..... stupid short term memory.
Wednesday, May 01, 2002
This is usually Noli's area to post on (space-type stuff), but thought these were cool pictures possible "next generation space shuttles"
I watched Frasier last night for the first time in years. I watched for the Cheers reunion. It wasn't anything special, but pretty entertaining. The best parts where whenever Phil or Paul talked. I laughed out loud.

It was a nice trip down amnesia lane.

On a completely different topic, I've been better lately at guessing the correct door for the big deal on LMAD. That super deal is just too risky. I don't know if I would ever go for that. After winning a $9k prize ($9K worth in the 70s), that's tough to risk to go for the $29k prize. Ok, now i'm just rambling.

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