Arbitrary Randomness
Monday, December 30, 2002
So I am watching "The Sound Of Music" last night, and I can't stop laughing when they go to the church to get married, and they show all the nuns behind the gate. It looks like they are in a cage at the zoo or something.

Hope everyone (all 4 of you regulars, and anyone else who happens to drop by) had a wonderful Christmas and have a safe New Year.
Monday, December 23, 2002
While watching the first half of the Denver/Oakland game yesterday, I realized that CBS coverage really stinks. Here are the things that stick out from the first half yesterday:

- Ruben Droughns went down injured. First, I thought there was a possibility that there might have been pass interference on the play, but that could have been my bias toward Denver in the game, but I never found out, cuz they never showed the replay. They went to commercial, then came back from commercial, and never mentioned what happened to Droughns (unless i missed something).

- Shortly after that, Oakland had a pass that appeared to be a lateral, and was dropped, but called an incomplete pass. Now, I could have been wrong (which I am a lot) and it wasn't a lateral, but it was CLOSE, and the commentators didn't comment on it at all, nor show a replay.

- Late in the half, Denver got the ball deep in their own end. A big play to Rod Smith to get the ball out to the 50 was called back on an offensive pass interference call. The commentators did mention the fact that they were surprised at the call, but never showed the replay to show where the interference took place.

- Later on that same drive, there was all kinds of confusion about reviewing a play, and the ball being snapped. In case you didn't see the game, here is what happened. Denver, on a big play, caught the ball around the 3 yard line, then got up to the line of scrimmage, and spiked the ball to stop the clock. The replay of the catch showed it to be questionable whether the ball was in control or not, but the ball was snapped on the next play before they could review it. There was a flag though on that play that spiked the ball to stop the clock because Denver had 12 players on the field. well, there was an argument as to whether Denver did have 12 players on the field.... and guess what... NO REPLAY.

Why is this coverage so bad. Either they aren't showing us the replays, or their cameras aren't capturing everything to show the replays. Either way, they need to improve.

OK, i'm done with my ranting...... for now

Friday, December 20, 2002
There is a newer restaurant in the area called Bahama Breeze. We tried it yesterday and it was pretty good. My comment on it is that we were trying to figure out what the translation of what I ordered was. I ordered a dish called Ropa Vieja. My wife remembered ropa was clothes, but we couldn't remember what vieja translated to.

I don't think I'll be ordering "Old Clothes" the next time I visit. Don't get me wrong, it was a good dish, I just wonder why the dish is named "old clothes".
You ever hear someone talking and even though they don't really pause, or they pause briefly, there is a thought that goes through your head because you think that is the end of the sentence, or the slight pause last a long time in your head??

When I heard that MSU had hired a new coach and I heard that it was John L. Smith.... right before I heard the "Smith" I thought for that brief moment that it might be me, since my first name and middle initial is also "John L."

And it makes perfect sense, too, with all my football experience.... playing one year in 8th grade.... well, I was on a team in 8th grade....didn't really play that much, so that's the perfect resume to be a head coach at Big Ten school.
Why is it that seats in a theatre have the odd number seats on one side, and even number seats on the other.... wouldn't it make more sense to just go in order?

Up until last year, I always thought the line from "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" was "Bring us some fig and pudding". Last year, my wife corrected me and let me know that it was "Bring us some figgy pudding"
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Why is it that when you go to a jewlery store, the price on the tag of the item is NEVER the real price????
I've been meaning to make these comments for many weeks, and finally, I've remembered to.

I've been hooked into the new season of 24. After hearing how good it was from everyone last year, I started watching. I didn't get hooked on the first episode, but after the second or third, I was hooked for the duration. My first comment is the clock that they show when going to and coming back from commercials. They have the two beeps, the lower tone and the higher tone, as the seconds count up. One would think the the beeps would stay consistant, but they don't. Sometimes the even seconds are the low beep and the odd seconds are the high beep, and sometimes it is reversed. I know this is a minute detail, but you would think someone in the continuity department would have caught that (is there a continuity department?).

I've also noticed that the most suspenseful things happen right at the end of the hour... what are the odds of that, to have something so suspensful every hour on the hour.
Monday, December 16, 2002
Another installment of NFL rules I don't get.....

So I'm watching the end of the KC/Denver game, and KC is trying to drive at the end of the game to tie it and go into overtime.... they are out of time outs, and time is running out. They get a first down, and rush up to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball and stop the clock.

Flag on the play... I forget what the flag was for... False start or illegal formation, something like that. Anyway, it's a five yard penalty, repeat first down.

At first I wondered why they didn't lose the down, but I figure that they can't change the rule for the end of the game of whether it's repeat the down, or loss of a down, so I figure that they are going to start the clock again once the place the ball. Nope, that doesn't happen.

So with like 20 seconds to go (or whatever it was) with KC on the 15 yard line or so, their only penalty is 5 yards. Which really doesn't mean all that much since they'll be throwing for the endzone every time anyway, and they get the clocked stopped.

Sometimes I just don't get the rules
Friday, December 13, 2002
I haven't heard anything yet today (or this week) referencing that today is FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!!!!!!!

It seems like Friday the 13ths aren't as big of a deal now as they used to be.... I'm not sure if that is a change in culture, or is it that it was a bigger deal when I was a kid, and not such a big deal in the adult world.
Thursday, December 12, 2002
I have two words regarding this story about JK Rowling auctioning off hints to the plot of book 5....


Wednesday, December 11, 2002
You ever have one of those doors that normally don't close all the way, so the handle doesn't latch. And when you come upon the door, since the handle isn't latched, you just push the door open instead of reaching for the handle.

Don't you hate it when you come up to said door, and go to push it open, except this time the handle actually is latched, and your whole entire body slams into the door, and you have to look around to make sure that no one else saw that.
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Is there much of a difference between phlem and snot?
Monday, December 09, 2002
Since the Heisman is being presented this weekend, here's an interesting fact:

The 5 winners of the Heisman between 1988-1992, all suited up for the Honolulu Blue and Silver

1988 Barry Sanders
1989 Andre Ware
1990 Ty Detmer
1991 Desmond Howard
1992 Gino Torretta

I find it strange that with only 3 weeks remaining in the NFL season, only TWO of the 16 teams are eliminated from the playoffs in the AFC. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, the NFC has only 7 of the 16 teams that can make the 6 team playoff.
Friday, December 06, 2002
So did everyone miss about 5 minutes of Friends last night, or was that just me? I'm guessing it was everyone. At first, I though maybe our cable system lost the signal, but I went to another TV that had an antenna, and that one was out as well.
Thursday, December 05, 2002
Well, It's been awhile since I've blogged. I've been on vacation, and have been busy running errands and doing stuff around the house, but I thought I would take this opportunity to tell you what I've learned this week....

(1) Turn off your outdoor faucets and sprinkler systems if you have them. Our neighbors did not turn off their sprinkler system, and a pipe froze and water was gushing out of the pipe that connects to the house.... lucky for us (/sarcasm) it was on our side of the house, and the water gushed onto our lawn and down our driveway. I noticed the water around 1:30-ish.... the neighbors weren't home. I called the City and they sent someone out. They tried to shut the water off, but only could get most of it, and it was still coming out at a pretty good rate. That was around 3:00. He left a note on their door for them to shut it off from the inside. around 7:00-ish, we noticed a car home, so my wife went over and told them to shut it off (since they obviously didn't see the note, since water was still coming out). about an hour or so later, water still coming out, so my wife went over there again, and aparently she couldn't find the shut off, but said her husband was on the way home. Around 9:30-ish, it finally got shut off, and so we have about 8 hours worth of water on our lawn and driveway. So shut your water off to outdoor faucets/sprinklers.

(2) Don't assume anything when dealing with live electrical things. I've been meaning to replace the bathroom outlets with GFC outlets since we moved in over a year ago. I finally got around to it. The first two went fine, and then the third one had three sets of wires coming into the box. The directions only showed examples of one or two sets of wires. So I was trying different combinations of the three wires into the line and load, and running up and down the stairs (upstairs bathroom and circuit breaker in the basement) shutting the power on and off and switching the wires. Well, the instructions tell me i should put the wires in, connect it back into the box, then test it. Well, I was thinking that would take too much work putting it back in the box, so I just left the outlet hanging out of the wall. Well, on the third or fourth try, I went back up stairs and grabbed the outlet to stick in a night light to see if it was working properly. Apparently I grabbed some metal parts that were attached to wires and got a nice little shock. Fortunately, in my shock I let go of the outlet, and it wasn't too bad, just threw me back a few steps. Not that I didn't have respect before, because I did, but now I have even more respect for electricians that deal with this (and much more dangerous voltages) on a daily basis.

OK, that's enough blabbing... maybe I'll share some more experiences of my week off later.

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