Arbitrary Randomness
Friday, March 28, 2003
Last night, I was watching NBC's Thursday night line-up. At the end of "Will & Grace", my wife asked me if I wanted to watch "Good Morning, Miami" upstairs. I paused before answering, and she assumed I meant that I didn't really want to watch it upstairs. I replied that I was thinking of what I wanted to flip to during commercials, because we do not have cable upstairs, and I thought that I would flip to the NCAA Tournament during the commercials, which was on CBS, and I would not necessitate cable. She said that I was strange for thinking ahead to what I would flip to during commercials while watching a show. Am I strange, or does this sound normal to you? wait.... forget the part about me being strange, just answer if it sounds normal.
I meant to comment this yesterday, but on The West Wing Wednesday night, I thought that Amy Garner was a little to casually dressed. Whenever anyone is in the White House on the show (with the exception of being late at night, or on a Sunday) it seems that everyone is formally dressed. Occasionally the men will be without their suit jacket on, but will put it on when going somewhere important or being with someone important. Amy seemed too casual, to be walking around with the First Lady. Leo always puts his jacket on before going to see POTUS. Maybe it's just that Amy and the First Lady are my least favorite characters (now that Mandy and Danny are gone, although Danny has made some appearances).
Thursday, March 27, 2003
Not that I had a whole lot of respect for Emmitt Smith to begin with, but I think I lost all any that was left when he decided to go to a bad team to pad statistics and get some more money. Maybe he'll prove me wrong, and be a star RB in Arizona, but I just don't see it.
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
I was flipping through stations waiting for 24 to come on last night, and stumbled across EDtv. It's a movie about a guy that is followed around with TV cameras, somewhat similar to the premise of the Truman Show, but this guy knows the cameras are following him. I only caught about 5-10 minutes of the movie, but I think I will have to watch the whole thing. After all, how bad can it be, he wears a Houston Oilers jacket.
Would you suspect a conspiracy if the Lakers somehow get bumped from the playoffs, and then somehow win the NBA Lottery?
Tuesday, March 25, 2003
I have nothing to say, I just want to give Russ the opportunity to comment on something.
Monday, March 24, 2003
I think the NFL needs to stand by their contracts..... Priest Holmes is threatening to sit out this year if the Chiefs don't re-do his contract. He is currently set to make $2.5 million a year for the last 3 years of his contract. My first instinct is to say, "hey, you signed the contract, you stick to it. Go out and play, and be happy." Then I think about how the owners are allowed to drop players if they don't want their salary cap to take a hit. If the owners would honor their side of the contracts, I don't think the players would have as much of an argument about sitting out (although some would still probably do it).

My solution..... stick with what you sign in the contract. Owners: Don't make the salaries so big, if you're not going to honor them. Players: If you are going to be a better player then what you are signing for, get some incentives put into your contract.

[steps off soapbox]
How do they determine who is the best at Film Editing. Are there people watching the film editors work? How do they know which one of them is the best? What if one group of editors were given a bunch of crappy footage, and had to do the best of what they had, while others were given a bunch of good footage that put itself together by itself? If all you see is the finished product, how can you tell who did better?
It seems like whenever one of the award shows has a "these are the people that have died in the last year" segments, I'm always surprised to find out one of them. This year's recipient to that is Dudley Moore. I had no idea that he had past away.
Friday, March 21, 2003
I know you've been probably wondering, so I am here to provide you with a link to the answer.... Where is the Scud Stud.
Sometimes, I wish I was in the room when certain words were thought up. Like 'palindrome'. Woulldn't it have been much cooler to have the word for palindrome actually be a palindrome. So instead of a word being a palindrome, it would be a 'palaralap' or a 'bigelegib' or a 'tralart'.
Is anyone else rooting for the Lakers to go on a losing streak and get bumped from the playoffs?
So I'm watching the latest SpringPCS commercial, and I thought they were going in a completely different direction. The commercial has the "SprintPCS Guy" sitting on a couch with a guy, and presumeable his two teenaged daughters. The phone rings, and the two girls start wrestling around the room fighting for the phone. I was expecting the SprintPCS Guy to pull out his phone that takes pictures, and send them to his friends (similar thought to the Miller Lite "who wouldn't want to watch that commercial" commercial). But I was wrong, it was an add for adding another phone to your plan so that both girls could have their own phone.
Thursday, March 20, 2003
And receiving the "Cheri Oteri lack of diversity in roles" is...... Molly Shannon. Doesn't it seem like the majority of her characters are exactly the same? Most of her SNL characters.... when she was on Will and Grace.....Ed last week..... then, I saw her on Letterman last week when Megan Mullaly was guest hosting, and if that was herself, it was exactly the same!!!!!
When an athlete signs a contract for millions of dollars, how much does he take home? I mean, if an athlete signs a $5 million dollar contract, after taxes and his agent's cut, what is his take home? anyone have any idea?
Wednesday, March 19, 2003
Am I supposed to understand any of the words in the new Shakira Pepsi commercial?
I don't what to say about this.
Monday, March 17, 2003
Why do celebrities in general think that the general population really cares about what their beliefs are on political issues. Do they really think that we are unable to think for ourselves?

I'm not agreeing or disagreeing with any particular celebrities beliefs in this post, but just saying that I don't really care how you feel. It is not going to effect what I think about a certain political issue. I am not going to say " doesn't like the way congress is handling , so I'm not going to like it either."
Does anyone else see the irony when singing the hymn "Sing a New Song" in church?
Of all the people to make fun of other people driving, I think Mo Taylor shouldn't be at the top of the list.
Should Michigan get a seeding?

OK, so I'm being a little facecious here, but think about it.... the NCAA has not officially ruled on the violatoins of the Michigan Basketball program. So, in the eyes of the NCAA, Michigan has not yet been banned from post season play. It was only Michigan's own sanctions that is keeping them from post season play. Since that is true, shouldn't Michigan have been seeded in the brackets? They were a Tourny-worthy team.

I do realize that it would be kind of dumb, as it would take a place away from another team, but just something that I was pondering yesterday.
You know you haven't been following hockey that closely when your 5 year old nephew knows more about the Wings than you do.
The "Big Bucks Press Your Luck Scandal" is on Game Show Network tonight. If you don't know what this is referring to, there was a contestant on "Press Your Luck" in the 80s that figured out the "random" pattern of the board. He raked in over $100,000 in cash and prizes. The story will be told in a two hour special.
Friday, March 14, 2003
Caesar said to beware tomorrow!!!!!
Happy Pi Day!!!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2003
I could be wrong, but if memory serves me correctly, it's Erik Edoff's Birthday!!!! (really, I mean, I think it's actually today)
Wednesday, March 12, 2003
I got some junk mail from AMEX trying to get me to sign up for a credit card. I returned the application in the postage paid envelop with the note "thank you for the junk mail, please throw this out for me. Thanks. P.S. Have a nice day."

I know it doesn't do anything in the big picture except cost AMEX the cost of postage, but for some reason, it made me feel better.
I'm not sure who he is, or what he's been in, but if is Adrien Brody look like a cross between Scott Baio and David Schwimmer?
Everything you want in a children's book author.
Tuesday, March 11, 2003
When did the MCC change their name to the Horizon Conference?
Monday, March 10, 2003
Flyin' down the highway in a make-shift model TA
I know that I am not getting used toilet water, but I still feel a little wierd when I am using the drinking fountain outside the bathroom, and I hear a toilet flush and the water pressure goes down. I supposed it's a lot better than if the water pressure went up.
I'm pretty proud of myself for replacing a toilet and a sink over the weekend (well, the toilet wasn't replaced, but I did take it out, and put it back in to put in the tile). Although I was extremely frustrated during the ordeal, I was able to complete it before having the family over for dinner Saturday night. I also laid tile in the bathroom, too. My thighs are so sore from all the squatting. I guess it shows how out of shape I am in.
Is there a good way to know how much shaving cream is left in the can? I have a can of shaving cream that around Christmas time, I thought was about empty.... here I am, two and a half months later, with the same can, and it hasn't run out yet. I just can't figure out when it's going to be out.
Wednesday, March 05, 2003
Back in September, I was in a car accident. I was stopped at a light and was rear-ended. Not much damage to my car as I was the last of three cars in a domino effect. Just before getting hit, I saw a blue car pull off to the shoulder. What we (me and my co-worker... the passenger) assume happened is that the blue car saw the cars stopped, pulled off to the shoulder, and the car behind him (not knowing the cars in front were stopped) hit the car that hit me (or hit the car that hit the car that hit me, I forget now).

Anyway, I gave the police my report of what happened, and they sent me on my way.... I wasn't sure who got the ticket when I left, but I assumed it was the driver of the blue car on the shoulder. A few weeks ago, I got a letter from the 41A District Court in Sterling Heights. At first, I was excited that I was being called for Jury Duty. Call me strange, but I've always wanted to serve. I've been called twice to a jury pool, but have never been selected for a jury. Not even been selected to be questioned. I opened up the letter and saw that it was a request to be in court. After seeing that, I freaked.... I thought I was being sued for the accident, when I was rear ended.

I read it over more thoroughly and realized I was being called in as a witness for the hearing. It said that as a witness, I was not required to appear, but if I did, the case was likely to be thrown out. I debated whether or not I should go. Part of me said that it was my civic duty to show up, and the other part of me said to be nice to the guy and not show up, and give him a better chance of getting out of the ticket.

After going back and forth, I decided to go to the court hearing. Something about going into government buildings makes me feel special. I'm not sure why. Maybe "makes me feel special" isn't the right phrase, but I just feel like I'm in an important place. Whether it's City Hall, the Police Station, or the Courthouse, I just feel different when I go. The court time was for 2:30 PM. I arrived around 2:10, and waited in a hallway outside the courtroom. They called the individuals into the courtroom a 2 or 3 at a time. When I arrived, there were about 30 people waiting. I didn't recognize anyone, but I wasn't sure that I would recognize the guy from the accident (it was 6 months ago).

Around 2:30, I heard the lady at the desk say to someone that he was just about done with the 1:30 cases. About 20-25 people left (some left, some new ones came), and I still don't recognize anyone. There were about 4 or 5 cops at the scene of the accident, so I couldn't tell if any of the officers were the ones from the accident.

While waiting, I saw a father coaching his son on what to say in the courtroom, and then told him that he wasn't going to go in there, in case the Magistrate recognized him..... I wonder what he did.

It's interesting to be in that setting when I have nothing to worry about. I'm not in any danger, so I am somewhat relaxed. I watched as people seemed really tense. The best thing was watching a group of 4 or 5 people get called into the courtroom at once, walked in, and then walked out like 5 seconds later with big smiles on their faces...... their officer did not show up, so they won by default.

Anywho, time goes on (and so does my long boring story), and the crowd goes down to 20......15......10.....there were 6 other people in the hallway, and I still didn't recognize any of them as being remotely familiar. Then I get called into the courtroom. The Magistrate said, "you're the witness, right?" and I said, "yes", and he said, "hold on...", and paged the defendent one more time. No one else came in the courtroom. He then said, "the defendent is not here, so he loses by default and will have his license suspended. Thank you for coming, you are free to go."

I find it amazing that people set up a court time to fight a ticket, and then don't show up and get their license suspended. That just didn't seem like a smart move to me.

I know, that wasn't a very exciting story, but I felt like telling it anyway.
Did you have a paczki yesterday?
Monday, March 03, 2003
Let's hope her Children's books are nothing like her previous book endeavor.
Juror 142, do you, or have you ever worked for the government?

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