Arbitrary Randomness
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Continuing with my bologna themed posts, I feel obligated to clarify a point. Even though I started these posts with words from the Oscar Meyer commercial, I did not consume Oscar Meyer bologna. The bologna that I was eating was Eckrich bologna. While I'm at it, it was garlic bologna.

Sorry for any confusion that this might have caused.
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Is bologna much different than a giant hot dog?
Monday, August 25, 2003
My bologna has a first name.....

I don't think I've had bologna since I was in elementary school (maybe I have, and just don't remember), but I bought a pound of bologna yesterday. My wife was talking with some co-workers, and mentioned that I like to have PBJ sammiches, because they are very cost efficient. One of her co-workers told her to tell me that bologna was cheap, too. Not as cheap as PBJ, but as far as lunchmeat is concerned, it was only $2.99 per pound. Plus I had a coupon for $.75 off a pound or more (which is why I bought a pound instead of a smaller amount).

It's not bad... I don't think I would want it as my daily sammich, but to have it for a change is nice. I remember when I was younger, my mom would put some mayonaisse on a piece of bologna and roll it up. MMmmmmm, that was so good.
I was watching the Little League World Series yesterday, and couldn't figure this one out. Sometimes after a pitch, they would show the pitch speed, which would be like 60-70 mph. Then below that it would say "MLB Pitch 90mph". Does anyone know what this means? It doesn't make sense to me? I'm assuming they are trying to calculate what that pitch in little league would be comparable in MLB. But how the heck is that calculated?
Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Anyone else find it odd that we are worried about blackouts as temperatures rise to the 90s in the northeast, but there doesn't appear to be any concern in the south and west where temperatures are in the 100s?
I found it odd that after the power came back, they were telling us not to use our air conditioners, and to conserve energy, and use only what was necessary. Not that that part was odd, but that apparently that doesn't apply if you are bringing money into the city since the State Fair was opened.
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
I'm not sure why, but somehow I am strangely attracted to watching the World Series of Poker that have been on ESPN and the Travel Channel. I'm not sure what it is, but it sucks me in.
Apparently the editors didn't look close enough at this picture before publishing it.
Monday, August 18, 2003
When radio stations say that traffic lights are out and to treat intersections "like a 4-way stop", I think they need to explain in detail what this means. I don't think that most people know what they are supposed to do. They think they know, but they don't.
The blackout was a humbling experience. I'm not sure 'humbling' is the right term i'm looking for, but you probably get the idea. I was OK with out the electricity. I mean, those days would have been more pleasant with it, but I managed. It's the water that's a pain. It makes me grateful for the good water that we normally have, and hopefully soon will have.
Is it just me, or was the national coverage of the blackout WAY too focused on New York City? I don't know if they knew that there were other areas that were affected.
Thursday, August 14, 2003
What flavor is Rock 'n Rye? The best I can come up with is a cherry flavored cream soda.

While we're on the subject, what flavor is blue moon? It's like a squishy almond flavor, or something along those lines.
Well, it took me awhile, but I finally found him.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Russ, Bill, and Noli, could you do me a favor and let me know when you blog again. I don't know why, but I still go to your blogs on a daily basis to see if you have blogged. If you let me know when you blog, then I won't have to visit everyday.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Apparently, I'll never learn.... well, maybe this time. Against my better judgement, I went to Sears to get a new water heater. I've had problems with Sears before, but they had a better price, so I couldn't resist. Now, this isn't a huge issue, but another one of those little things that keep adding up. When we purchased the water heater, the salesman said that "they" (the installers) will call us in the next day or two to set up the appointment, and that it usually takes about a week.

We were a little baffled by this, because we assumed that most people when buying a water heater need it immediately. We're not in desparate need of it immediately, but we will be soon. So the week delay didn't matter to us, even though we were a bit surprised. That was last night. This morning, my wife received a call from the plumbers that were coming to install the water heater telling her that they were on their way. We were not ready for them today, because the salesman said they would call us to set up the appointment. Neither of us was prepared to be home for them to come and install it, so we had to reschedule.

This is after the incident where I asked the guy at Sears what the difference was between the two models I was deciding between. He started reading the labels, and telling me what I already knew. I was looking for a little more information, like what the features listed do for me, and if they are worth the extra cost. Don't get me wrong, I give the guy credit for looking for the answers, I just think Sears would have someone with more knowledge in that department.

This is just another incident where a person from Sears has given us bad information causing inconvenience. This might be the last time I go to Sears.
Monday, August 11, 2003
Is it just me, or does it seem like there is less hype for the Woodward Dream Cruise this year? Not that I'm complaining, because I'm not a big car guy, and I couldn't really care less about the whole thing.
I went to Cranbrook to see their Bat exhibit. It was pretty neat seeing the bats up close. I was also amazed to find out some interesting facts (dispelled myths) about bats. You may have already known this, but did you know that the body of the bats in this area are only a few inches long? and that we have nothing to fear of bats? In this area (Michigan), there are only bats that eat insects. And vampire bats (not native to this area) do not drink human blood. Mostly cows and pigs, and they don't even drink that much. And the have some sort of anesthetic when they bite, so the animal doesn't even realize it's being bit (actually scratched).

It was pretty cool. If you get the chance to go, I'd recommend it.
Friday, August 08, 2003
After the Tigers won yesterday afternoon, I thought to myself, wouldn't it be funny if the Tigers won the rest of their games, ending the season as the hottest team in baseball, and still end up with a losing season.
Thursday, August 07, 2003
The Detroit Tigers guaranteed themselves a losing season last night. Not that it was any mystery to anyone, but it is now mathematically impossible for them to have a winning season.
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
I got sucked into Last Comic Standing. I can tell you how disappointed I was last night. I thought the best of the final 10 comedians was Dave Mordell. He got voted off against Dat Phan. Not sure how that happened. I thought Dave was much better in their head-to-head, especially considering that Dat Phan just imitated his mom the whole time. Dat's second performance against Geoff was much better, but it shouldn't have happened, since Dat should have lost to Dave (just my opinion).

Not sure how it happened, but in my opinion, the top two of the final five perfomances last week were without question Corey and Rich, with Corey taking the edge. Not sure how they ended up 3rd and 4th.

Hopefully Dave, Rich, and Corey will get some deals based on their performances.
Tuesday, August 05, 2003
I keep forgetting to blog about this (I say that a lot). I was at the grocery store, and saw a "Microwave Ready Baked Potato". It was a potato wrapped in cellophane that was "microwave ready". My question is how is this different from a regular potato? Does it have the holes punched in the skin from the fork already? And I'm paying twice as much so that someone can poke holes in my potato? I just don't get it.
My head is very lumpy. I don't think i could ever shave my head, cuz it would look weird with the lumps all over. Wonder why that is.
Monday, August 04, 2003
Was it Philadelphia who just had the stadium controversy regarding bringing in outside food into the stadium? I didn't realize this was an option. At most stadiums I have been to, you can't bring in any outside food or beverage, with the exception of maybe sealed bottles of water. Is the case of Philly (where they allow outside food and beverage) in the majority or minority?
Friday, August 01, 2003
Marlin Jackson appears to be in trouble with the law.

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