Thursday, January 31, 2008

My favorite line from tonight's debate

"People don't come to this country to drive; people come to this country to work...."

- Sen. Obama, responding to a question about allowing illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Happy Anniversary Denver!

It was ten years ago today that the Broncos defeated the Packers, 31-24 in Super Bowl XXXII. I remember it as if it were yesterday - specifically the final play. 4th and 6, Farve goes back to pass....John Mobley knocks it down....and I along with every Bronco player, former player, fan and the entire state of Colorado went nuts. I ran out of my room jumping up and down, and gave my Mother and Grandmother probably the biggest hugs I had ever given them in my life. Some years later someone asked me what the happiest moment of my life was, and I pointed to that moment. Now, I got in trouble for saying that, as some people can't understand why watching my football team win a game would be the happiest moment of my life. But those people didn't live through not just the four previous Super Bowl losses, but the humiliation inflicted upon us poor Bronco fans. They weren't with me when my friends called me to laugh at me at halftime of Super Bowl XXIV, when the 49ers were already ahead 27-3. They didn't go to school with me the day after Super Bowl XXII in Maryland, when every single Redskins fan stopped me in the hallway to make fun. At the moment Farve's pass hit the ground, the weight of all those awful Super Sunday's was lifted off my shoulders in an instant, and the moment itself was pure joy. They went on to win the Super Bowl the next year which was great, but there was nothing like that first moment. I can't believe it's been a decade - happy anniversary to every Bronco fan out there who hugged someone they loved that day.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Barack Star

Allison and I attended Sen. Barack Obama's campaign rally at a Beaufort high school this afternoon. We stood in line with easily over 1,000 people for over an hour, braving the cold wind and rain, waiting patiently to move through the metal detectors. We finally made it into the gymnasium, where we were all packed in like sardines but no one seemed to really mind. Finally after a few introductions he came out to a thunderous ovation, and proceeded to deliver his stump speech. Even though I'd heard it several times before, it was still stirring and several times he whipped the crowd up into a frenzy. After his speech he took some questions from the audience, then when it was over he went around the room, shaking hands and signing autographs. We made our way down to the very end of the line and made idle conversation with a uniformed Secret Service agent for what seemed like forever. Finally he made his way over to us and just before he left the gym I got to shake his hand and wish him luck. He said thank you :)
I was really glad that we got a chance to see him, and hopefully I just shook hands with the next President of the United States....



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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Losing my mad skillz...

I recently purchased a Nintendo Wii and immediately discovered the Wii Virtual Console which allows you to download old Nintendo, Super Nintendo, and Genesis games. I promptly bought some Wii points (even though it's been out for over a year, every time I type Wii I still chuckle) and downloaded some of the games I played as a kid. The Ninja Gaiden series in particular was (and still is) one of my favorites - I remember hours spent holed up in my room, trying to walk the path of the Ninja. I also remember how frickin' hard it was (it was famous for making you start all the way at the beginning of the level if you died fighting the boss) and how proud I was of myself when I finally defeated the Jaquio. Well, flash forward 19 years - I made it all the way to stage six, and that's as far as I've gotten. I mean, I can't get past this one level no matter how hard I try. I can't seem to anticipate when the street thug guy is going to throw his knife at me, or remember when the weird devil dog is going to attack me from behind, despite the fact that it attacks me in the same place each time.

This got me to thinking - what has happened? Aren't I in the prime of my life right now? Shouldn't I be able to breeze through this game and any other game two decades old? I'm already nervous enough about turning 30 - I didn't really need another reason to feel old age starting to creep up on me. At this rate I wonder if I could even beat Super Star Wars anymore. Sigh...growing old sucks.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Star Trek teaser!

It's more announcement than trailer, but still Nimoy's voice gives me shivers....
/nerd

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Here are some LOLCats to start the year off right...