Monday, October 31, 2005
I let my complimentary XM station expire, I am considering a Sirius purchase.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
- Being at a strip mall bar, having two fights break out, and not having a friend being involved in either.
- Cruising Dallas in my standard issue Avis Buick LeSabre.
- The largest woman I have ever seen, at BWI.
Much love to KB for the effort, which is both expected, but always appreciated.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
- People begin planning for the Christmas blackout @ September/early October, as it always falls on the 2nd weekend in December. Addressing the situation this late in the game is tacctless and gauche, as people are now scrambling for plans.
- The CEO addressed the issue from the perspective of, "we have so many other important issues to address, of course we are not having the Christmas party". It is an event many employees anticipate, and shouldn't be discarded flippantly.
- Sometimes, in light of troubles, you just have to say 'f*ck it' and go for the morale boost, which we need, after months of ominous correspondence, deflated stock prices, and lack of progress in rectifying our errors.
I would be in favor of ditching the party for a quid pro quo end of the year salary bump ($50, whatever). Any sign of goodwill would be appreciated. Unfortunately, we get nothing, and I hope Uncle Eddie ties a big red bow around our CEO.
Oddly, an event that normally would leave me in stitches barely registered. I am convinced the components of the sequence all reached my laughing reflex at the same time, causing a bottleneck that prevented me from uttering a chuckle. The confluence of events rendered me without an emotive response.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Having a great umbrella is vastly underrated. I took great pleasure in college wielding my 64" Titleist monster on the way to class, while most students perched a UVA bookstore issue blue/orange toothpick that couldn't cover both shoulders. Currently I have an AC Delco Gustbuster of of the same size/girth that was a gift, with the advisement, "AC Delco makes quality everything".
I have a problem with people who skimp on their umbrella. It is rational to believe they are also the type who neglect collar stays, drive their car on 1/8 tank of gas, over-withdraw from the Give/Take a penny, refuse to get their shoes shined, and vote for Jerry Kilgore.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
It is a complete joke that taxis can get away with gouging, as DC cabs do not have meters. Thankfully, they are being installed to end the nonsense. Sadly, if I am paying $15 for a cab, I am going to get at least $10 worth of verbally berating the bastard. I don't condone nastiness, but for the inflated fare and profit, he is going to get an earful of my stream of bull----.
Someone could make a killing starting a taxi business in DC that charges a reasonable rate, with nice drivers. I would relish the opportunity to tip generously if such a franchise existed.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Also, when did the current U2 Tour become the hot ticket? U2's music has been uninspiring since Achtung Baby, yet their appeal has reached an apex. I don't remember any prior tours being such a commodity, yet everyone I know was clamoring for tickets. Don't they tour every year, what are you going to miss by waiting until 2006 to see them in DC? I am sure 90% of their show will mimic their current output.
Thursday, October 20, 2005
TDB was one of the first places to sell Used CDs, which led to many a visit with my Slaughter/Silver Chair/AC DC gems that they refused to buy back. Additionally TBD marketed for local acts and was the true hub of promotion for the barely existent Fredericksburg music scene.
The tastes of the employees at TBD was diverse, ranging from bluegrass to techno-pop, but they guys were always quick with a suggestion, and the laid back scene was a perfect destination on a cold and rainy afternoon. What I most liked was TBD carved their niche in what has become a commoditized industry, and slowed the money/profit juggernaut to actually enjoy the music, discuss the music, and let their customers in on secret bands/upcoming shows that instilled a sense of belonging. With its passing, commercial radio is essentially dead to me, and I will miss the valuable time wasted behind its poster laden doors and below its CD dangled ceiling.
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Gladwell's revelation in 'Blink' that the expressions of the face are controlled by both conscious and subconscious emotions makes for an easy grasp of the idea, but leaves open the avenue for further thought to the ramification of the idea. Flipping TV channels and viewing facial expressions, coupled with dialogue gives a fantastic insight into the actual emotions of the individual. My first thoughts go to using the face-reading ability in a gambling setting, where the "tell" isn't the sustained mien of an opponent/dealer (controlled by conscious thought), but the instantaneous expression of emotion, based on circumstance. Plainly put, I'd imagine if you were to concentrate on a few facial tics of an opponent as his situation (cards) are revealed, you'd have an advantage (coupled with percentages, and your hand).
As confusing as the last paragraph is to those who haven't read the books, I recommend them both. Not outstanding reading, but some of the best reading I have encountered this year. I look forward to reading the source material.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Forbes - Concise, good articles. Essentially a People for those who consider themselves intelligent
Golf Digest - Excellent interviews, course ratings, but has gone downhill as advertising has saturated the content.
Golf - Greater content than GD, but too many articles related to golf instruction
Sports Illustrated - Reduced to bathroom reading, articles lack interest and information is often outdated on arrival. I keep reading for nostalgia.
Harvard Business Review - Average 1-2 good articles an issue, but way overpriced for overall quality.
Baseline - Great industry read. In depth case studies and keeps reader interest on otherwise boring topics.
Washington Technology - No real material of insight, simply the DC business roundup.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
I try to avoid any subjects dealing with my political affiliation, but the VA governor's race goes beyond beliefs, to common sense.
Kilgore is crazy, he's also run ads where VA Police widows cry to the camera and say their husbands' assailants won't be brought to justice if Kaine is elected.
If you live in Virginia, vote Tim Kaine.
Friday, October 14, 2005
- Blogs materializing between 2AM - 5AM.
- Mental capacity at the time of blog submission.
- Ridiculed/insulted non-UVA graduates.
And from the last metric, I am expecting the standard repartee.
Dined out with friends last night at a local favorite. I, like most, really cradle the idea of having a "go-to" restaurant/bar, much as the allure of a local college bar led to ideas of free drinks/cool scene/good music. I was happy to realize my choice had a very relaxed upstairs for pre-dinner libations, that was overtaken by a band as the night progressed. Additionally, I am looking for a place that has good beers on tap, good wines, a menu with turnover, preventing multiple orders of the same entree' and the occasional pleasant surprise dish (i.e. a good rockfish or interstingly prepared meat dish).
For dinner I went with the ribeye, which I have never ordered in a restaurant (striking it off the list, which now contains only ribs). I realized why. No thickness and taste was lacking. I don't blame the resturant, as there is little that can be done to the particular cut of meat. Sides were shrimp, grilled zuchini, and a casserole/quiche'esque mashed potato/sausage combination that was the highlight. Overall, good night, in spite of the weather that descended off the Thames into Arlington.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Has hockey been passed by the MLS in the pantheon of American sports?
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
I find it shameful that golf columnists have to rehash the "holier than thou" party line when it comes to Daly, who is one of golf's best players. Period. He is a multiple major winner who is on the cusp of qualifying for the Tour Championship.
Additionally, JD has a huge heart, and has made multiple donations to charities/individuals, and dedicates a good amount of time to community service. Hell, his chapter in "Who's your Caddie" by Rick Reilly was the only chapter worth reading, a miracle accomplishment.
To bash JD based on incidents that happened over 6 years ago is trite and does not qualify as journalism of merit.
Monday, October 10, 2005
I don't think a band as good as U2 has ever released a CD as bad as Zooropa, which almost single-handedly broke up the band and relegated singles from 'The Joshua Tree' to serve as filler on Time-Life compilations for eternity. That CD was so bad it had to be wrapped in newspaper. It stunk.
Friday, October 07, 2005
Growing up in the mold of Alex P. Keaton, where all issues were blank/white, I had no problem buying into the death penalty, as horrible crimes deserved just punishment.
However, I've come to sour on the death penalty, but for all the wrong reasons. Taking one's life for murder is too easy an escape for the culprit. Those responsible for murder should be placed in a cell too small to stand or lie down, in solitary confinement, with no light and barely enough food to survive, until they waste away. While the death penalty takes away one's life, a protracted decline would waste away one's spirit. Death for the crime is inevitable, why not string it out and make them feel earth-contrived hell for as long as possible?
I realize my thoughts are just as morbid as execution, if not worse, which saddens me, but it seems to be a deserved end for horrendous deeds.
Also, give it time, but Dave Leitao is going to do some great things to UVA basketball.
Thursday, October 06, 2005
""It feel very good," said Ovechkin, who became the first Washington player to score two goals in his NHL debut. "I must thank my [teammates] for giving me two excellent passes. It was just a shot. I must only shoot and I score two goals.
In my head, I hear the Ovechkin quote receiving a voice-over from the late Phil Hartman. With the NHL being relegated to OLN and being squeezed in print between boat shows and high-school golf scored, I figured it my duty to carry the banner. The Caps are predicted to be awful this year, but having not played in a year, how can anyone make a credible guess as to a team's success? Already the Caps have been set up to overacheive, and as baseball draws to a close, I need something to follow, rather than Allen Iverson refusing to dress appropriately.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
"Total Eclipse of the Heart" - Bonnie Tyler
"Relax" - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
"Power of Love" - Huey Lewis (I remember searching and being unable to find the studio version)
"Falls Apart" - Sugar Ray
Anyone else care to mention songs that make a normal person cringe, but are personal favorites?
Monday, October 03, 2005
- There is nothing more awkward/anachronistic than watching old people eat chicken wings.
- Charleston is overrated as a city, in terms of food, aesthetics, commerce, and societal intermingling.
- If you are at a reception and are hungry, no one is going to make a fuss if you head for the buffet line. If questioned, just mention you were told it was time for your table to get food.
- XM radio still sucks as bad as it did before my trial subscription expired.
- I may schedule a vacation every year during the Maryland v. UVA game, missing it was a godsend.