Monday, May 28, 2007

Up up and away (sorta)!

I just returned from a mini-vacation in Greenville where among other things I witnessed a balloon race at the "Freedom Weekend Aloft" and actually got to go up in the world-famous RE/MAX balloon. Granted, it was tethered to a couple of trucks, and only went up 50 feet in the air, but at least I can cross off number 78 on my list of things to do before I die. Other than that, I think Mom and I pretty much just ate, or at least that's what it feels like. I definitely needed to breathe a little non-Packet air for a while, especially after the few insane weeks I've had. It was good to get away, but I still managed to get called every single night during my trip, which was pretty freakin' irritating. I can honestly say that I'm not sure how the paper is going to get printed when I actually go on a real vacation (whenever the hell that will be) and forget to take the Blackberry with me....

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Big Three-Oh

I almost let the date pass unnoticed, but I should take a moment and wish Star Wars a very happy 30th birthday! While I wasn't there personally for May 25th, 1977 I hear it was a blast. Only one thing: it's been thirty years for cryin' out loud....will somebody please give Chewie his medal?? You know he earned it...

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Out of the frying pan....

We kicked off our season tonight in the summer 5-on-5 basketball league at the Hilton Head Rec Center. Most of the WMD's returned, and we added some new blood (some really freaking good new blood) from the press room. Unfortunately, we came up short tonight, losing 40-35 - but I think we served notice that we won't be the laughing stock of the league this time around. I personally played like crap, only getting 6 points, a few boards and turned it over way too many times. I was however surprised that I didn't get that tired. Maybe it was just the adrenaline keeping me going, or maybe I'm actually somewhat in shape. In any case, I know I can play better, and I know we're going to get some wins in this league. Only a matter of time....when that happens, I'm going to be interested to see how it feels compared to the Broncos winning their first Super Bowl. My guess is the feeling will be similar, minus all the jumping up and down.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

21 Questions to Determine If You Are a Stupid Computer User

Take the quiz here.

And you know, that Firefox jet was pretty freakin' cool....

Sunday, May 13, 2007

LOST (Jasper county edition)

So I stepped outside to call Mom today and wish her a happy Mother's day. While talking, I found myself wandering into the woods protected wetlands behind my house and discovered a path that had been cleared - some manner of vehicle had obviously been through at one point or another. I followed the path for almost a quarter of a mile, all the way to where I could hear the traffic on HWY 170. I turned around and headed back towards the house, still talking to Mom. Well, in the midst of my conversation with her, I completely forgot that I had not been on the path the entire time - I had found it in the middle of the forest - and instead of remembering where I got on the path, just kept following said path. After walking for about 10 minutes it dawned on me that I should have been back at my house by then, but instead was deeper into the forest looking at trees that I'd never seen before.

Yes - I was lost.

Less than a quarter of a mile from my own house.

I told Mom I had to call her back to give my full attention to trying to find my way out. She said she'd give me an hour then she was going to send in the National Guard in after me and hung up (in case you were wondering, I couldn't call Allison because I was using her phone. My BlackBerry has died and I'm awaiting a new one from work. Not that I would have called her anyway and have her laugh at me, but we were supposed to leave to go to lunch and see a movie, so I would have called her to tell her I was going to be a little late....). Anywho, I followed the path all the way until it ended and deposited me directly onto someone's property. It was a small yellow trailer, and I vaguely remembered seeing it on Old Bailey Road (the road behind our neighborhood) but I didn't really feel like walking through some dudes backyard so I turned around and got back on the path. I figured that if that trailer was on Old Bailey road, then I must need to go in a north-easterly direction. Not having any bloody clue which way that meant going from my current position, I looked at the sun and tried to reason out which way to go. I headed off from the path, wondering how long it would take Allison to notice that I was missing, and if they'd ever find my body deep in the wilderness of Jasper county.

After about 10 minutes I thought I had a breakthrough - I could see a light-blue building through the tree line, and hoped that I was looking at one of my neighbors houses. As I got closer however, I saw that it was instead a huge warehouse that I'd never seen before at all, not on Old Bailey road or anywhere else. Now I was starting to get a little freaked out, so I decided that I would turn around and try to find my way back to the path. I finally did so, and followed it all the way back to where it ended. I could hear the cars on 170, so I took off in that direction. After another few minutes, I finally saw the road. I stumbled out of the woods and onto the side of the road on 170. I had actually exited before the trailer park that is about an eighth of a mile before you get to the entrance of Okatie Park. Not really feeling like taking my chances again in the greenwood, I walked down the road and finally came to the entrance of my neighborhood. As I was doing the walk of shame back to my house, I called Mom to let her know I was alive. She sounded relieved, but there was a definite "geez what a retard" tone to her voice.

Two things I'm going to take away from this experience:

1. Just like while driving, it's not the talking on the cell phone that causes accidents; it's the conversation itself.

2. Whenever you leave the house, bring your GPS. Every time. To that end, I really need one of these.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Geeking out the house, one sink at a time...

With the exception of the Bronco room I have left the decorating of the house to Allison cuz that's just her thing. However, when I saw the LED faucet light from Think Geek I fell in love instantly and knew I had to have it. It arrived yesterday, installed in seconds - and yes, it really does look this freakin' awesome. What I am really hoping for is a bigger version that fits on the shower head - now that would be pretty sweet. I plan to get at least one more of these so that each faucet in the master bath room has one - and if I can sweet talk my wonderful wife into it, hopefully I can get two additional lights for the other two faucets in the house. Man, whoever buys our house one day is going to get some pretty cool sh*t with it...