Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Alternative Lifestyle Mannequin?

Jenny and I were looking at messenger bags tonight on (which is who this picture belongs to) and we came across this particular bag. Notice anything interesting about the mannequin? Seriously, this mannequin has a boyfriend. I'm sure of it. Look at that pose! Somebody's fabulous! Anyway, that's all I got.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I had to give a presentation last night in my networking class. I don't really get too nervous or anxious for these types of things, but some people do. I think it's interesting that some people have no problem speaking up or talking in a large group of people, as long as they can stay in their seat. However, the minute you put them up in front of those same people for a presentation, they look like they're going to break down and cry like a baby. Why is that? I remember Jerry Seinfeld doing a bit where he says that in a poll of what people fear the most, public speaking was #1. Death was #2. He then talks about how at a funeral, people would rather be in the casket than up in front speaking. Humans are weird...

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Do you ever come across those people that just don't know when to keep their mouths shut? I had a conversation tonight that made me think of people I know or have met that just don't know when to keep their mouths shut. I'll preface this by saying that I tend to not get close to people that can't hold their tongue. So, if you think I might be talking about you, it's probably a pretty good bet that I'm not. I don't think anybody but my close friends and family read this blog. Anyway, I think there comes a point in a person's life, or social development, when they need to realize that just because they have an opinion on something or they know something about a certain subject doesn't mean that everybody wants to hear about it! I remember an old saying; "Know what you talk about, don't talk about what you know." Sometimes, even when these blabbermouths are trying to help, they just end up hurting and offending because they don't realize that their opinion isn't wanted. Often these people are conversation killers. They come into a conversation, change the subject, and then dominate the conversation. Yo! The jibberish you're spouting out isn't what we were talking about when you came into the conversation, so butt out! I guess I could add these people to my list of things that must go.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

My favorite season

Fall is here again. I love fall, but it's not because the leaves change (although that helps). I love driving around town with the windows open while I wear a light jacket. I love going outside and feeling the crisp air. I like huddling up in my bed at night and hearing the furnace start. Fall doesn't have the scorching hot of summer. I like the snow of winter, but I get tired of it after a while (shoveling is a pain). You don't have to do any shoveling in fall and you're not sick of everything being wet like you are when spring comes around. I just have one question though. Why does this season have two names (fall/autumn)? None of the other seasons have two names. Anybody know?

Sunday, September 27, 2009


Time. It just seems to be flying by lately. My mornings start early and as much as I try, they end late. It seems like I always have just enough time to get everything done. If you had the chance, would you increase the amount of time you have? Sometimes I think that I would rather have more time than anything else. What if you could buy free time? How much do you think it would cost? I'm sure the inflation on the cost of time would skyrocket. Maybe it already is. What are the things that we sacrifice in the interest of time? Isn't that, essentially, the price of time? Strange that this is what I think about when I have a little bit of it. It seems like the older I get, the faster it slips through my fingers. What would you do if you had more time?
Can you name the movie? A true classic from back when trilogies weren't about sucking every last dime out of movie-goers.

Friday, September 04, 2009


My bro-in-law was wearing this shirt last night and I thought it was great. I may have to end up buying one for myself. Seriously, this guy is a moron. There are a number of reasons he should love playing for the Jazz, but for some reason doesn't. 1. The Jazz are paying him $12 million dollars to not play defense, not show up in the playoffs, and miss over 1/3 of regular of season games due to "injury". 2. He plays with the best point guard in the NBA, D-Will. 3. He plays in a system where the entire offense runs through him. The guy really just lives in his own little world. He's looking for a big pay raise and a contract extension when he has proven nothing. Dude, shut up and know your role. We'll see you on opening night. Oh, and when you hear all of the boos, it's not because your last name is Boozer, it's because we want to institute Prohibition 2.0.

PS - You can check out the merch at

Saturday, August 29, 2009


It turns out I'm not just a dork. I'm a really big dork. Remember how I started reading one of my textbooks before school started? (If you don't remember, look back a few posts.) Well, it turns out that we're not even going to start using that book until the very end of the semester. Instead, we're going to be reading this book:A lot of what this book teaches, as it seems to me, is how to protect against hackers by learning how to become a hacker. That's all good and fine, but I have now realized that I am an even bigger dork than I thought, for two reasons. 1, I'm really excited about learning skills that I will never be able to utilize unless I want to break the law. 2, Whenever I think about this class or I read this book, I can't stop thinking of Napoleon's thoughts on what girls want in a guy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


I'm feeling really sleepy this morning. I don't want to go to work. I just want to go back to bed and sleep for about another 4 hours. I'm not drinking caffeine anymore, so I can't use that to wake me up. I can't take a nap after work, and it's too long of a day for that to be effective anyway. What's something you do to wake up when you're sleepy in the morning?

Thursday, August 20, 2009


You know you're a dork when your books arrive in the mail a few days before school even starts and you open them up and start reading. It's ridiculous! Jenny and I were hanging out last night after we put the little guy down and I started reading the textbook for my Information Security class. I loved econ when I was studying it, but I never opened the book before the semester (sometimes not during either.) I think my computer problem may be worse than I thought.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A must see

A little over a year ago, Jenny bought me "Planet Earth" for my birthday (shown below).

I had checked it out before she bought it for me and decided that Blu-ray rather than DVD was the way to go. For those of you who haven't seen this series, it is incredible. The Blu-ray version doesn't have the special features like the DVD does, but I don't care because the picture is amazing. Jenny and I have been re-watching it the last few weeks after the little guy goes to bed. I was going to blog about how insanely scary the Great White shark is or how fascinating an octopus can be, but when I got on Amazon to find a picture, I stumbled upon this:

Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?! There's more?! I'm sure this will make it into our library someday, somehow. If you haven't seen any "Planet Earth", come for a visit sometime and have your mind blown.

I just saw this on Boog's blog. Go Nate!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Mac v. Windows

I've been getting excited the last few weeks (or months) for Apple's new OS (that's operating system for those of you who don't get super excited about computers.) At the same time, Microsoft is getting set to release it's new OS, Windows 7. It's gotten me thinking and I think this period in computer development has shown a really good example of the difference between Apple and Microsoft. About two or three years ago, Apple released Leopard. Around that same time, Microsoft released Windows Vista. The difference between these two? Leopard is absolutely amazing and it only cost about $150. Vista? Well, it was wicked crappy and cost about $300. So, almost as soon as Vista was released, Windows starting working furiously to develop Windows 7 to cover up their mistake. Apple started working on Snow Leopard, even though there were no complaints about Leopard. So, now you have Windows about to release Windows 7 (which will probably cost a few hundred dollars to upgrade) and Apple is about to release Snow Leopard (which will cost about $30 to upgrade.) I'm not a Windows hater, they have their place, but does Microsoft really wonder why so many people are jumping ship and moving to Apple? I'll get off my soapbox now.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Jenny was cleaning out some old files today and happened to come across this little gem. This sure does bring back the memories. I have no idea where most of the people in this picture are today.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Old times

I was chatting with an old friend on the phone last night and it was interesting how things worked out. We haven't seen each other for a few months and those times when we do see each other are few and far between. We don't talk as much as we used to either. When we talked last night though, we got on a particular subject and it was interesting for me to realize that both of our opinions had changed regarding this particular topic and they had both changed the same way. It's funny because growing up (and now) people always commented on how different we were, but we were always able to connect and have good conversations and also get each other laughing. Maybe that's why we've stayed such good friends, even though we don't see or talk to each other much anymore.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday blues, and something really cool

I know everybody gets the Monday morning blues, but how about the Wednesday morning blues? I don't get the Monday blues too bad because Mondays at work are usually the most fun. There's always a lot to do on Monday mornings. Where I struggle is on Monday mornings. By then, most of the work for the week is out of the way and things are starting to slow down. Also, I have the thought in my head that I've already gone to work two days, but I still have three more to go. Anybody else get this? However, I must say that I am really starting to enjoy Wednesdays after I get off work.

The second part is something that I discovered as I was going to write this post. I get excited about movies fairly often (Harry Potter, GI Joe, etc), but I don't see documentaries very in the theater very often. I think though that if you are much of a music fan, you have to check this out.

Friday, August 07, 2009

I held out for a while, but she got me in the end.

Well, I was pretty happy that I was able to get my car in the garage before it started to rain Wednesday night. It seems that Mother Nature was determined to ruin my clean car. As I was driving to work yesterday morning it rained just enough to somewhat dirty my car. Then, last night, it kicked up plenty of dust to cover the entire car. Now it is supposed to rain today, and I'm sure it will be a nice muddy rain. Mother Nature, why do you despise my clean car?

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Summer rain

I headed out today to mow the lawn after work. I know what you're thinking. Seriously, who mows their lawn on a Wednesday? Listen, I've been busy! Anyway, I finished with the lawn and thought that I would do a little extra and pull some weeds out of our front flower bed. I'm kind of a slacker when it comes to weeding, so that was a big deal for me. Well, I was less than five minutes into the weeding when the massive downpour hit. So, despite my best intentions, very little weeding got done. At least I was able to get my car in the garage before any raindrops fell. On the bright side, I got to stand on my porch and watch a sweet cloud burst that reminded me of the typhoon season in Taiwan. When I was a kid I hated rainy days, but in the summer I always liked getting caught in a summer cloud burst. Now I just enjoy sitting and watching the rain fall, no matter what time of year.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The curse of the yogurt squirt....eliminated!

I was sitting here eating some yogurt (Orange Creme is the best) and I started thinking about what a pain it is to open the yogurt lid and get squirted by yogurt. Well, it was a pain, until a few years ago when I came up with a solution on how to open a cup of yogurt without squirting yourself. So, here is how you do it. All you have to do is take the edge of your spoon (or sometimes the bottom, depending on the type of spoon) and rub the yogurt lid until you have a tiny little hole. You will know when you've made a hole because you will notice the pressure inside the container is released. Then, all you have to do is open your yogurt and enjoy a mess-free treat! Woo hoo!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The infamous S

I was reminded again today of something that drives me absolutely nuts; the infamous S. This is when the name of a restaurant is spoken incorrectly as a result of adding an 's' at the end. Here are two examples that quickly come to mind.

Notice, the name on these signs is not "Rumbi's" or "Sizzler's". The names of these establishments are not like Wendy's, McDonald's, or Chili's. Whenever I hear somebody about to say the name of a restaurant that doesn't have an 's' on the end, I prepare myself for the 's' insertion and cringe when I hear it. So, if you're doing this, stop! That's my rant for the day.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mug Shots

I'm sitting here watching the news with Jenny and they just showed a bunch of mug shots for some criminals. It got me thinking. Every time you see a mug shot, the person is either drunk, recently drunk, or scowling. Just once I want to see a guy (or gal) flashing a sober and happy smile. Also, I want that dude's shirt.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Dog days of summer

Do you remember when you were a kid how summer vacation seemed to go so long that by the end your days were spent being bored? I haven't had any classes during summer semester and I have to say that this break needs to be longer. At the same time though, the heat is killing me. It has gotten to the point that in the afternoon at work, I find myself finding reasons to go into our server room where the a/c is set to a slick 62 degrees. That's Fahrenheit folks. I get in my car and it doesn't matter how much the a/c is blasting, I'm still sweating. Rush hour traffic and hot weather are definitely not on my "favorites" list. On the other hand, I went golfing this last weekend in 80 degree weather, sweat my brains out, and didn't mind it too much. I also got super fried.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I borrowed this book from my father-in-law a few months ago and have slowly made my way about a third of the way through it. When you're studying American history in school, there are those figures that you always hear a lot about. John Adams is seldom one of them. I can definitely say that he is one of the most underrated figures of the revolution and he was one of the most respected men of his day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Garbage truck

Do you ever hear the garbage truck come by your house at 6:06 in the morning? I used to hate it when he would come down our side of the street and then go up the other side of the street a few minutes later. For some reason though, now I look forward to it. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's some sort of comfort to know that even though I feel like I have to get up early in the morning, there is somebody right outside that has to get up even earlier.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Been listening to a lot of this lately. It has a great mix of upbeat, soft, and fast aggressive stuff. Nate, you know what I'm talking about.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Back again, and things that must go.

It looks like this blog was only "mostly dead." (name the movie) This is where I will post short blurbs about my random thoughts. The family blog is where you can find real info on what we're doing. So, just a few things that must go.

1. People at your job that aren't your boss, but think they are because you're the new guy.

2. People who didn't plan ahead and then think that their problem should be your problem.

3. People that run into you because they're walking in a different direction than they're looking.