Arbitrary Randomness
Friday, January 31, 2003
Our femailman is very nice. When she puts a package on our porch, she writes "porch" on one of the items in our mailbox so that we know to check our porch.

and yes, I did steal the term "femailman" from Bart Simpson
Thursday, January 30, 2003
WDIV has started something new (I think it's new) on their weather forcasts where they show the temperature forcasts for specific cities in the MetroDetroit area. Is this really necessary? Do I really care that it's going to be 16 in Sterling Heights, 15 in Troy, and 17 in Royal Oak? If they say generally that it's going to be 15, is anyone going to complain (let alone notice) that it is 17 in their city?
I have held myself back from blogging about Michigan basketball in fear of a jinx, but now since they lost, I can safely blog. I forget all the things I was going to blog about, except for one. How does Daniel Horton get away with dribbling like he does. He's got a very slow dribble where he carries the ball on almost every bounce. I know that a lot of players carry the ball according to the rule, but sometimes what Horton does seems really bad.
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
YO!.....Yao.....YO!...... Yao
Monday, January 27, 2003
Super Bowl Ads: There were like 4 or 5 that I thought I really liked... the only ones i can remember now are the FedEx Castaway, the Bud Light (both the guy with the dog and the seashell). I can't remember the other ones right now

Changing Pronunciation: I thought that the pronunciation of the country QATAR was like "K-tar", but recently, I've heard reporters pronounce it more like "cutter". Did I miss a memo?

Blog hits: My blog received 11 hits in a row, and 20 of 24 from people searching for Jennifer Garner Nude
Thursday, January 23, 2003
Early prediction.... The Oakland Raiders will not make the playoffs next year. I have a feeling they will retires some of their older players, or the age factor will finally catch up to them.
I know that when a certain person irks you the wrong way, every little thing they do irks, and you almost look for more things that they do that irk you (is irk a word, and if so, am I spelling it right?)

That being said, I try to give Mitch Albom a chance every once in awhile, and today, he irked me again. I find today's article, Me-Shawn getting too much publicity, rather ironic. He is complaining about Keyshawn Johnson getting too much publicity, but he is giving him more publicity. I never understand this. Why not just not write about him? That in itself would give him LESS publicity.
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
And I thought watching TV for 5 hours was tiring.
Too many jokes.....not enought space.....

Disa Eythorsdottir, 37, a member of the U.S. team competing at the World Bridge Federation championships in Montreal last year, has been stripped of her silver medal because she refused to take a post-competition urine test.

Organizers said drug-testing is in the cards because bridge was up for consideration as an Olympic sport. She said no, on principle as well as the fact she would undoubtedly flunk it because of the diet pills she's taking.

"Like what could I take to enhance my performance — smart pills?" Eythorsdottir, a six-time North American champion, told her hometown Huntsville (Ala.) Times. "It's ridiculous.

"Anyone who had four cups of coffee couldn't pass that drug test. A lot of old people play bridge, and they are on all kinds of medicines. What does any of this have to do with bridge?"

Worst of all, how do we break the news to our kids that their bridge-playing heroes might be tainted?
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
I can't say that I am rooting for either team in the super bowl. I will be spending the next few days trying to figure out which team I dislike less.
I realize when there is a ranking of anything, there is going to be discussion of which is better, and debate over the methods used.

While going over ESPN's rating of professional sports franchises, one of the categories that was rated was "Championships", defined as "Titles already won or expected -- soon". The rankings were as follows:

1. Arizona Diamondbacks
1. Anaheim Angels
3. Detroit Red Wings
4. New York Yankees

Now maybe I am mistaken, but didn't the Arizona Diamondbacks and Anaheim Angels each only win one championship recently? Haven't the Yankees one multiple championships recently, and are always one of leading teams in the league? In the same respect, didn't the Red Wings win the Championship last year, and multiple times in the past few years, and have been one of the favorites year in and year out?
Monday, January 20, 2003
Note to everyone with a mobile phone..... they are called MOBILE for a reason, DO NOT LEAVE THEM AT YOUR DESK. They ring over and over with those annoying rings that you think are cute.
Now that my blogs are posting, I can't stop myself....

Did anyone watch the Trading Spaces LIVE REVEAL from Las Vegas? While watching all the ads for it, I couldn't quite figure out what would be all that different about a live reveal. The only thing I could think of is that they were going to do some nasty things in hopes of having the owners hate it. Well, it appeared as though they tried to make the rooms ugly, but unfortunately the owners actually liked the rooms.

I have to say I was disappointed with all the hype.
For all 4 or 5 of you regular visitors (and even those who come here on accident).....In case you don't read my tag board, please scroll down for last weeks blogs... I'm not sure if you could see them, but all last week, my posts were not showing up, but they are now. I just didn't want you to miss out on my pointless ramblings.
I find it odd that I have gotten quite a few hits on people searching for stuff on phlegm, especially since I spelled it wrong the two times that I've mentioned it in my blog (phelm and phlem).
Thursday, January 16, 2003
I could have sworn that I heard an ad on WDFN yesterday advertising listening to their station over the internet. I was interested in this, because about a week or so ago, I went to listen, and there was no link to click on to listen. Today I go back to try again (since I heard the ad yesterday) and found this note:

We apologize that we are no longer streaming our radio station over the Internet. Unfortunately, streaming over the Web has recently become much more expensive. The associations for the music recording industry and others lobbied for and received changes in Federal law, rules and regulations that require stations like ours to pay each time we play a song on the Internet, and to report very cumbersome and extensive information. It has become, basically, too much for us to handle and too expensive for us to continue

I don't have much to say, except that i find it odd to hear an ad yesterday for it, and then see this today.
For some reason, this popped in my head yesterday:

Walt Lazar Chevrolet, it's the super super dealer

Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Does everyone in the Pittsburgh Steelers organization not know what they are talking about??

Owner Dan Rooney said: ".. the bye really gives an advantage to a team. ... We should definitely look at it. I'm not for adding more teams or things like that, but we have to figure out a way to do that."

First of all, what does that mean??? and second, the bye is a reward for doing well in the regular season. I bet he wouldn't be complaining had he not lost to expansion Houston and got the first round bye himself.
Monday, January 13, 2003
I can't remember if I blogged about this or not, and I was too lazy to search for it.

Is it just me, or are most athletic shoes really ugly. about 15 months ago, I was looking for a new pair of athletic shoes (my first new pair in about 5 years), and I had a hard time finding a pair that I liked. Maybe I'm just not in style with the trendy stuff, but I thought most shoes were really ugly. I was looking for either a plain white, or mostly white shoe, and it took me a long time to find a pair.

I was reminded of this between Christmas and New Year, while waiting in a line to return something, and the line went past the shoe area, and as I glanced around, there were some really ugly shoes. I just don't get it.

Just when I thought that I had seen everything, ESPN Fantasy Games offers Fantasy Fishing
Friday, January 10, 2003
I thought pre-season "classic" games were ending last season, but apparently not
Don't wait to procrastinate ("All the time in the world", Lazlo Bane)
Thursday, January 09, 2003
What is the role of a Producer? (like for a movie/TV show)
I keep forgetting to blog this, and I figured I should get it in before football is over. The last few years, they have given the sideline reporters for games the hands-free microphones that somehow attach to the head or ear, and have the little bar that comes around the side of the face. The reporters still have a microphone in hand for the person that they are interviewing. Even though they have the microphone for them self, they still move the one in their hand back and forth between them and the interviewee.
Does anyone else think that the commericals for ER this week are a little bit wrong, where they show the old guy screaming for his viagra, then show a woman straddling him with a doctor yelling at her to get off.
Tuesday, January 07, 2003
There is yet another new game show on the loose...

Dirty Rotten Cheater is a new game show on PAX (ok, start ripping on my for watching PAX, but where else am I going to be able to see Supermarket Sweep???)

It is kind of an interesting format. Kind of a cross between Family Feud and Weakest Link. They start with 6 contestants, and one of them is assigned as the cheater. They are then asked question that they surveyed people, and the top 10 responses are taken. The cheater gets to see all of these responses. They then each take turns trying to guess the 10 responses. You get more money for the less common response, and less money for the most common response. After each round, they all vote who they think is the cheater. If three or more people choose the same person, that person is eliminated, whether they are the cheater or not. If they eliminate an innocent person, they lose half their money. Once the cheater is eliminated, another person is assigned the cheater.

It was a little confusing at first, as to what was going to happen next. It was an interesting watch.... I'll give it a few more weeks. It's on Mondays at 8 PM, so if you are tired off watching people eat horse rectum and reindeer testicles on Fear Factor, give Dirty Rotten Cheater a try.
Monday, January 06, 2003
In what sounds like a recruiting violation, Notre Dame will now use Hummers as part of their recruiting (scroll to bottom of the article)
In the past week or two, I've heard the statement "criticize the BCS all you want, but they got it right this year" or something similar....

This argument makes no sense. There was no argument as to who should be in a championship game this year. There were two undefeated teams. How is there a tough decision in this?

Friday, January 03, 2003
Is it me, or are a lot of shows stealing the PTI format? Maybe PTI stole the idea from somewhere, but it was the first time I saw it, and thought it was clever. Now they are using it on at least 2 or 3 other shows.

In case you have yet to see it, Pardon the interruPTIon IS the best damn sports show, period.
24 - Euchre?????

While playing Euchre on New Year's Eve, we (by we, i mean half of you who already read this) found some similarities between the TV show "24" and the game of Euchre. In Euchre, you play with 24 cards. Also in Euchre, the Jacks are called Bower/Bauer.... get it Jack Bauer......

That's all we could come up with, but I'm sure there is more similarities.... we just need to drink more to notice them = )
My Rant for the day:

So I am ordering some Johnny Carson videos for a Christmas gift. I order them on Sunday, December 15th. I notice that standard delivery is 2-3 weeks, but I can order Priority Delivery for about $6 more that would give delivery in 5-7 business days. Given that 7 business days would be Christmas Eve, I pay the extra money.

On December 17th (I think) I receive an email saying that my shipment has been sent, and was given a tracking number. I go to the website (PCA.... Parcel Corporation of America... it has some affiliation with the USPS, I believe) and the tracking tells me that it has been picked up by a carrier on December 17th, and that the tracking is updated every evening. I check back every day, and no update to the tracking.

Christmas Eve arrives, and no videos. Although I am disappointed, I am not totally surprised, figuring that there could be back-up with deliveries near Christmas with all the mail being delivered. Although I am concerned a bit since there is no update on the tracking.

On Christmas Day, I send an email to the Johnny Carson Customer Service (from here on known as JCCS) asking them about my shipment, since (1) I did not receive it in the 5-7 business days, and (2) The tracking hasn't been updated (even though I assume that is out of their hands). No response.

On Monday, December 30th, 15 days after I have ordered, 10 business days after the order, and 5 days after the Christmas gift was supposed to be given, I still have no videos delivered. I send an email to JCCS and also send a message to PCA to inquire about the tracking since there was no update to the tracking (the only information being that it was picked up on the 17th). Within an hour, I receive a response from PCA that they will look into it. About an hour after that, I receive another email from PCA telling me that my package will be delivered either Tuesday or Thursday (Dec 31 or Jan 2). He further tells me that they are a low cost deferred shipping company and that I should not have paid more money for priority shipping, because they do not guarantee that. I forward this email on to JCCS to see what they have to say.

Yesterday, January 2, the videos finally arrive. I am ready to call up JCCS and let them know what I think. I check my email, and JCCS has finally replied to my emails. He apologize for the delay in response, and states that according to their records, my order was placed on the 15th, and that they shipped it on the 17th, so the order was shipped within 5-7 business days, and that I need to wait 10-15 business days to receive the videos.

That is a complete lie. First of all, the website says "delivery in 5-7 business days". I am not going to pay extra money to have them put videos in a box faster. That is complete nonsense.

I finally called them up and they did refund my shipping charges, but I find it hard to believe that I was flat out lied to. I replied to that guy, and let him know what I think. I wonder if he will reply.
Thursday, January 02, 2003
Is the Cleveland Browns Running back corps the favorite of Spartan fans with William Green and Jamel White?
While watching the end of the Penn State/Auburn game yesterday, I couldn't believe one of the announcers. I'm not sure who was doing the game, but when Auburn scored with 2:19 left in the game to take the lead 13-9, Auburn went for the 2-point conversion. One of the announcers said, "I can't believe they are going for two, I would just kick it and take the point."

First of all, common logic tells you that a 4 point or a 5 point lead are the same. There is basically no difference. Going for two would give a 6 point lead, and force Penn State to make the extra point to win.... if they scored.

After the other announcer tried to explain this to him, he went on some explanation about if Penn State scores, and then Auburn comes back and scores, they will miss not having that point. But the point is, there is only 2:19 left in the game!!!

A few minutes later, he backed down a little by saying, "I know some coaches that would go 50-50 on going for two."
I started keeping track a while back of what people are searching for when they've hit my site through google or other search engines (Hence the note to people searching things listed on the left). I have now had over 1000 hits to this site from people searching for Patricia Heaton Nude.

oh yeah, and a Happy "Year of the Dinosaur" to you all !!!!!!

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