Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Yes!!!

After a solid day of trying, I have not only achieved my goal of getting to one million points at Geometry Wars, I shattered it - scoring 1,250,635. I actually could have scored more, but I think I got a little pleased with myself right around 1.1 million, and got sloppy at the end. Anyway, according to the XBOX Live leader-board, I'm now the 6,249th best Geometry Wars player in the world. Sweet! In a testament to how addictive this game is, after taking this picture (cuz I knew none of you people would believe me) I immediately went back for another round, figuring that I was on a roll. In yet another testament, this time to how hard this game is, I was soundly defeated after only scoring 142,800. I think I'm going to take a little break - the current leader has scored 101 million, which I'm reasonably certain I'm not going to match. However, it might be nice to try to get into the top 1,000. I'm going to go get something to eat then take another shot. I'll keep you all posted on my progress, because I know that it's SOOOOO interesting....

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Vacation!

Yes that's right - my first time off from work all year. I was sorely in need of a break I must say. I had planned to use this time to go home to Maryland but the ongoing saga of my neck/back pain makes driving 12 hours by myself unrealistic. So, instead I will just hang out at home. I've set modest goals for myself this vacation: play tennis and softball, hit the gym, download some new music, score 1 million points at Geometry Wars and most importantly - RELAX!!!! Allison gets back from Costa Rica on Saturday, so I've got plenty of time to chill out. Of course, some things don't change just cuz I'm not at work - I have already helped a few people at work out with some minor issues. What can I say? You can take the boy out of the Packet...

Monday, May 29, 2006

The bald and the beautiful

So, my lovely bride skipped town without giving me a haircut that I desperately needed. For those of you who don't know, I have two problems with my hair that make me always keep it short: first, I have about 28 calics on my head. Believe it or not, my hair grows in every direction possible. Unless it's really short, or really long, it just looks stupid. Second, my hair is very, very thick. It's not as bad in the winter, but when it's hot out I just DIE. Anyhow, because my normal barber is gone I felt that I needed to try to cut my own hair (before you ask, there's no way in hell I'm paying someone $15 to take 2 minutes to shave my head). I figured "how hard can it be?". I quickly found out. My first problem was that I had to take my glasses off in order to cut my hair - thereby blinding myself. Not a situation conducive to a successful haircut. The next problem I discovered is that I have one lumpy head. I mean, I don't know how many times I was dropped as a baby, but clearly something happened cuz I just don't think that's a normal amount of lumpiness. So, as I thought might happen, I ended up shaving my head as you can see. So far, I have only one problem - when I pull a t-shirt over my head, I'm used to nothing happening. Now it gets stuck and pulls my scalp - it actually kinda hurts. I guess that's what I get for being a cheap bastard eh? I haven't decided if I'll keep it shaved or not. It was quite a lengthy process, not to mention that my wife will prolly have something to say about it. All I know is that my head is literally, if not figuratively, cool.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Hello from Greenvul!

Mom and I are in sunny, hot (but not all that humid) and beautiful Greenville (or vul, if you are a local) this weekend as she checks out the area. She is looking to possibly relocate later this year, and wanted to see this place for herself. It's an interesting place - we've remarked that it's kind of a mix between Boise, Cincinnati, and Salisbury, MD. There's a thriving downtown area, minor league hockey and baseball, and seems to be a very progressive place (well, progressive for South Carolina anyway). In many ways, it's the anti-Hilton Head. Everything, from gas to rent is much less expensive here. I guess you don't realize how much more you pay for the privilege of living on the coast until you leave said coast. We looked at an apartment complex yesterday and their two-bedroom units are $100 less than my one bedroom. Grrrr. Oh, and the first question out of my mouth was whether or not there had been any condo conversions in the area. The person who was showing us around had no idea what I was talking about, but my guess is they'll have to deal with it sooner or later.

So far Mom and I have shopped, ate, ice skated, driven around the whole city, and ate some more. Tomorrow morning she has a pseudo-job interview (more of a getting-to-know-you session) and then we'll head home. It would be nice if I could pick up the Packet and move it to a place like this - but they already have a paper here. Oh well :(

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Overheard at work

Morgan: I heard there's some weird guy walking around the parking lot and talking to my car.

Randy: Yeah, he was having quite a long conversation with it.

Morgan: Did my car talk back? My car never talks back to me.

Randy: May 23rd, 2006 - 14:07 hours: Morgan's car achieves sentience. Eight minutes later, the world ends....

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Now what?

Well we finally had the other shoe drop this weekend - despite my efforts to get my neighbors to rise up and fight the man, we were informed that Paramount Companies will generously allow us to buy our apartment for $105,000 dollars. We have 60 days to decide whether or not we will do so. I did not require 60 seconds to make said decision - they can take their "offer" and shove it directly up their ass. So now that we finally had that information, we set out on our quest to find a new home. We started with the next neighborhood down from us, The Townes at Buckwalter - a group of townhomes that were "meh" from the outside but inside were quite nice. There was one that we especially liked that had two bedrooms and a loft - I was struck by how much more space there was than what I am used to. We looked at a few others then sat down with the sales droid who was quite nice, but I couldn't quite shake the feeling that he saw us as fresh meat. Anyway, the asking price of the home was $180,000 - on the positive side, you get a hell-of-a-lot more for your extra $75,000 than you do at Summer Isle. On the negative side, the monthly payment, with tax and regime (a really good regime fee, which included water, sewer and homeowners insurance), came to a whopping $1408 per month. That's TWICE what we pay now in rent. We crunched the numbers and decided there was no way. Even if we could swing it, even if we never had any kind of emergency that required us to spend money - we'd literally be working just to pay for the car to take us to work and the house to live in because we can't live at work. I refuse to live my life like that. If I want to buy a $100 lightsaber once in a while, I should be able to do it.

Here's the problem people - $160,000 - $180,000 is as cheap as it gets in Bluffton. A quick check of the Sunday real estate section in the Packet confirms this. The cost of housing in this town has simply become too expensive to afford for families making $75,000 a year or less. How the hell did this happen? Bluffton is not Hilton Head - there's no ocean here. Are people willing to pay these insane prices for housing just so they can have a horrible 20-minute drive on one of the worst roads in the country to get to the beach??? I guess they are. Allison said that maybe we should just bend over and buy the apartment - after all, there doesn't seem to be anywhere else to go. But even if I decided it was worth compromising my principals and reward this company for it's disgusting behavior, we would still pay at least $150 more a month - FOR THE SAME PLACE!!!

So, that's where we are. I'm frustrated, angry, and I have no idea where my wife and I are supposed to go. Bluffton is my home, and I don't want to leave, but I'm not gonna sign my life away just to continue living here.

>>:0<<

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Relay For Life 2

We went to our second American Cancer Society Relay For Life on Friday night - partly because I’m lazy, but mostly because she’s a much better writer than I, I’ll let Robyn give you all the details. The Packet didn’t have a team again this year (I think, with Robyn’s permission, I might call in some favors for next year to make sure that doesn’t happen again) so we didn’t stay as long as I would have liked. I did however get the chance to honor my Grandmother who passed away from a short battle with cancer in 2001. I miss you Grandma :(

Friday, May 12, 2006

I think I hab a hed code....

So I spent the majority of the last week sick with a head cold. On Saturday I felt a sore throat coming on, so I started hitting the Zicam like a man possessed. By Sunday the sore throat was gone, but the pressure in my head could have powered a small nuclear device. Anyway, I am feeling fine now (that stuff really works - go get some right now and take it the instant you start feeling bad) so thanks for all the cards and letters. Ha!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Gutter ball

The SC Seamless Gutters picked up their first win of the season tonight, defeating the Soggy Bottom Boys 12-6 in front of a sellout crowd that included Allison and some chick that I think dates one of my teammates. Official team photographer Allison Bonner took this picture of number 29 "Jersey" waiting on deck. Sadly, my slump at the plate continues, as I went 1-for-4, but the important thing was that we got the win. I have to admit, it's only a softball game but the whole reason I wanted to do this was to be competitive at something again - and I forgot how good it feels to win! Hopefully this victory will get us going in the right direction, and we can try to crawl our way back to the .500 mark.

Trapped miners given iPods to relieve boredom

Two miners trapped a kilometre underground have been given iPods to relieve the boredom while they wait to be rescued. What would you put on their playlist?

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I'd have to go with....

1. Down In A Hole - Alice In Chains
2. Freaking Out - Adema
3. Ain't That A Bitch - Aerosmith
4. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going - Billy Ocean
5. It's Oh So Quiet - Bjork
6. Dead, Dead, Dead - The Cast of South Park
7. Relax - Chingy
8. The Eulogy - CPO & Slip
9. When The World Ends - Dave Mathews Band
10. Underground - David Bowie
11. Ain't That A Kick In The Head - Dean Martin
12. One Thing Left To Do - Del Amitri
13. Enjoy The Slience - Depeche Mode
14. Chaged In A Rage - Dimebad Darrell
15. Break On Through - The Doors
16. Stranded On Death Row - Dr. Dre
17. Going Under - Evanescence
18. Bad Day - Fuel
19. Doomed - Galactic
20. Lift Me Up - Geri Halliwel
21. The Heat Is On - Glen Frey
22. I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
23. Right Next Door To Hell - Guns N' Roses
24. Here's To The Losers - James Darren
25. The Consequences Of Falling - K.D. Lang
26. The Breaks - Kurtis Blow (if the IRS says they want to chat...that's the breaks, that's the breaks....and you can't explain why you claimed your cat...that's the breaks, that's the breaks...)
27. Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
28. Hellbound - Pantera
29. Sour Times - Portishead
30. Born To Lose - Ray Charles
31. No Way Out - Stone Temple Pilots

Monday, May 01, 2006

Now for your Morgan sports update...

The SC Seamless Gutters, after a two-week layoff due to rain-outs and bye nights dropped to 0-4 tonight after a 20-10 loss to Bo Dawgs. I continue to play like crap, going 0-for-3 with a walk. The Broncos had a great draft this past weekend, picking up QB of the future Jay Cutler and more importantly for the here-and-now, trading for ex-Packer pro-bowler WR Javon Walker. The Avalanche disposed of the Dallas Stars in 5 games with a 3-2 win yesterday in OT (there is nothing better than a winning goal to close out a series in playoff hockey) and move on into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Nuggets are down 3-1 to the LA Clippers and will try to stave off elimination tonight. The Rockies continue to hold onto first place in the NL West at 15-11, and the Colorado Crush improved to 10-4 on the year, and moved one game closer to home field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 75-54 victory over the Orlando Predators. Oh, and yesterday Allison and I played tennis, and I think I’ve finally found my forehand, which I lost sometime after high school and hadn’t seen in 10 years so I am trying to convince Dearth to play doubles with me in the Bluffton Tennis Open that will be held May 19th through the 21st.