Tuesday, January 31, 2006

let the cards fly...

Kids it has been long known that I am an avid poker player. I play whenever I can, sometimes that's quite a bit, sometimes it is not. Recently, I have been hosting quite a few 'tournaments' with friends, and well, this week's is going to be rather large. We're up to two tables and quite a few contestants. Hopefully, things'll pan out for your favorite Rebalancer. It's been far too long since I've won one of these. Here's hopin'. In any event it's something to do while Honey is in Seattle. Guys night will most likely not be without its share of intoxication, and debauchery. It's best that I have time to clean up the mess.

-In other news, Honey and I are moving forward in our quest to redecorate our humble abode. We've moved new furniture in already, rearranged rooms, and now comes the painting of the place (Yes I know, we did it a little @$$-backwards...). Both Honey and I are really into 'Mod' style so we're trying to incorporate as much of that as possible. (I'm even trying to get one of those Eero Aarnio 'ball chairs') The colors are fun, and the light fixtures are a little crazy, but overall it should be a welcome change.

Monday, January 30, 2006

...They told me they fixed it!

Kids, here is part 2 of the CPU saga, with part 3 to come later this week. So the new video card came via UPS on Friday afternoon. Excited, I hurriedly opened it, installed it into my computer, turned on the power, and found...nothing...the exact same malfunction took place. Dumbfounded, I turned to B(not so)FJFY for help. Sure enough he was up to the challenge. I brought the components over to his "workshop" and it began. After 3+ hours and some very 'assertive' phone calls, we finally were told my motherboard has a design flaw and would not work. Drat it was such a nice card too, oh well I guess I'll have to return it. (ERRRRRR) HELL NO!! no way are we taking the practical route. Oh nononononono... let's get a new mobo and proc. that'll run this bit%$. And so at 11:30 pm we ordered a new mobo and proc. bundle and now what started as a small upgrade has turned into a $500 franken-box project. But I'll be damned if I won't get this video card to work.

Here are some quotes from Part 2:

J: Lemme try it in my cpu, maybe it'll work there, though if it does that'll be a pisser.
G: Yer tellin' me.

J:I'm sorry, I really didn't think it'd work in my machine.
G: RASA FRACKA FRICKA FRACKA

G: ok Johnny the techie says to reset the BIOS and then it will definitely work.
J: That could do it.
G: WHADYYA MEAN "could"!?!

J: Ok here we go
G: O MUM SHEBA O MUM SHEBA
J: didn't work
G: FU@! MUM SHEBA

J: (on the phone with tech support...again) Is there a known problem with this product, because we've done everything you told us to and it still won't work?
T: um....yeah...did you try the power source...maybe it um isn't powerful enough dude...
J: Dude...IT'S NOT THE POWER SOURCE.

G: (To tech support) Okay so basically you're telling me that out of 6 billion people on this planet, I'm the only one who's called with this problem.
J: (interrupting) well you do have sh&* luck with this...
G: SHADDUP YOU
T: Well um no one else has called me with this but um...maybe someone else had this...
G: Well why don't you go find out.
T:(after 5 minutes) Um yeah...sir...there has been a bunch of problems like this...
G: REEEAAAALLLLY!?!
T: um yeah... so basically it won't work cause your ah motherboard is shot and um you kinda need a new one
G: Awesome.


OK kids stay tuned for part 3 coming up later this week. Should be an excellent end to this nightmarish trilogy.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Sophie's choice nothin'

Kids, I may not be best suited to comment on this as I am by no means an afficionado of Superman lore. I know the basics, and that's about all I need to know. That said, I like Big Blue, and have been quite a fan of the WB's Smallville over the years. After a disappointing season 4 last year, season 5 this year has been quite good. With that in mind, I must say that the 100th episode that aired last night, f&*ked me up. It was such a gut-wrenching, emotional roller coaster, that I found myself actually trying to think what the main character's state of mind must have been. Clark essentially had to choose between losing the love of his life, or someone else close to him (read: his father Bo Duke). In the end he winds up losing both one way or another.

Maybe being a superhero is not all it's cracked up to be? I don't know...Is it better to have wonderful powers, but forever be alone, or would it be better to have a "forever" type of love and be without powers? I would hands down choose the latter. I don't think anything is more powerful than love. So kids, I'm interested, what would you choose??

Thursday, January 26, 2006

It's not my fault...

Kids there is one thing that is for sure, there will never be a dearth of movie quotes on this site, especially not for Star Wars. My apologies, but sometimes they just fit the scenario. According to B(not so)F(anymore)JFY, I have "the worst fu*&ing luck with computers" Johnny is a dear friend who sacrificed 4-5 hours yesterday evening attempting to solve my cpu problem...again...for the 4th time since we've known each other. We decided after trying everything including buying a new power supply that looks to be a small fusion reactor, that I have received a video card that was DOA...again...for the 2nd time. The good news is the above title really is apropos. Here are some of my favorite quotes of yesterday's debacle:

G: "What're the goggles for, we welding?"
J: "Nah they're for luck"
G:"and the 40?"
J: "in case the goggles don't work"
G:"Ah..."

J: "It can't be a faulty card, the odds of you getting 2 video cards DOA are 3,720 to 1"

J: "It's definitely the card...You have fu&*-all luck with this sh@! you know that?"
G:"Yup"

J:"I got it, I got it, I don't got it"
G:"You @$$hole"

J:"I know what I'm doing, nevermind the fact that I installed this upside down."
G:"Awesome"

J:"Lemme see that instruction manual"

J:(reading)"Do not use this Computer near water, as this is not a water computer"
G: Huh?

J:"Hello, XFX tech support, yes I'm calling about one of your video cards" (said about 14 times)

Tech guy: "Yeah...um...maybe it's the um...power supply, yeah um...that's it"(said about 13 times, precipitating the purchase of the mini-reactor)

Tech Guy: "Yeah....um....maybe it's the um...card...did you try the um...click
J:"Ok so that wasn't helping"

AND MY FAVORITE

J: "OK everything is fine, if I say uh-oh once very slow start to worry, also if I say fu%# once very low, worry more, if I scream FU%$ loudly and kick the power cord out of the wall, leave the room"
G: "Awesome"

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Dangblasted technology...

Kids I'm in a bind. I recently decided to upgrade the video card on my cpu, and the damn thing won't work, I can't even get the CPU to boot up, It has been frustrating me since last night, and I am currently at my wits end. If anyone out there in Rebalanced nation knows anything on this subject please help us out, we'd be eternally grateful. That's all for now, I'm too aggravated to post something having at least a modicum of merit today.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

WE need...oh what about YOU need....

I am the slow poke, got this from The Others, posted a reply on Outgrabes, but I'll put it here for you too kids.

I will contend that mine is far worse than Jessica's :(

Goose needs:
1.) a maintainer
2.) "Our Help"
3.) to be par-boiled
4.) to be smoked in order to let the fat drain out.
5.) a bigger oven
6.) an average of one half pound of food a day
7.) to make a nest
8.) a rain coat in case of "fowl weather"
9.) to hire a firm that will publicize him...(???)
10.) water to survive
11.) about 14 minutes per pound...(nice)
12.) a barrel or box on its side
13.) a gosling or duckling to care for (WHOOOAAA one thing at a time)
14.) to be there
15.) to have a few basic qualities to make it effective.
16.) to be realistic, durable, and to have the ability to float when hunting ...
17.) rescuing (especially from this meme)

-try it out kids.

OWOWOWOWOWOWOW...

Kids, I told Honey this the other day. I have a new appreciation for women because of the whole waxing thing. I had to have some cardiac tests done the other day that involved me being hooked up to the machine via little round highly adhesive nodes. Now for those who may not know, I have quite a bit of chest hair. It's not like Alec Baldwin or Robin Williams, or the wolfman, but it is present and I am fond of it, referring to it as my "mane". So the patches were afixed, then they turned on the machine, and modern technology took hold of my attention once again. I remained transfixed as a Cobra before a flute staring at the images of my pumping heart, valves, aortic valves, bloodflow, (I could actually SEE the blood flow!!!) etc... That state of wonder left me completely oblivious to the fact that in order for these "patches" to be removed, some of my mane would be going as well. The machine turns off, I hear, "Ok time to unhook you" and then instantly I am snapped back to reality..."Oh NONONONONO" but the tech says, "OH YEAH" like some deranged Kool-Aid man. (in all honesty I've known her since I was a boy, she's a wonderful lady) then the patches are ripped off, and I now know how they filmed that scene in 40 yr old Virgin. The good news is the hair is starting to grow back, and because it was on my chest, it's covered for most of the day, so I don't have to worry about a 'chest-hair combover' or anything ridiculous like that. Women, again I bow to you for your much higher pain threshold. I can't even imagine the sacrifice you make for "The Brazilian", but I think I'll speak for all men when I say, "THANK YOU" for taking that one for the team.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Just when I thought I was out...

...They pull me back in.

Just a quick one, I just found this and now must realize that we have to play the shhhh game with Honey for the next few months. At least this doesn't debut until holiday season '06, so that'll be good timing. Ok that's all for now, more news tomorrow.

So your telling me....

Kids the Seattle Seahawks have made the Superbowl. Think about that for a moment. Remember back in the day when the Seahawks were a new, young, team that was not too fun to play as in Super Tecmo Bowl?? I do. Now they're in the Super Bowl. The reason why this is especially important to us is the fact that Kery, Honey's cousin and maid of honor, now lives in Seattle. Honey just happened to receive an open date plane ticket to visit Kery for Christmas, and planned the trip for early February. (see where I'm going with this?) Sooooo long story short, Honey will be in Seattle for Super Bowl XL, and the town apparently has already gone wild. I can't imagine what it'll be like then. Now don't fret because your favorite Rebalancer has many activities planned while his Honey is gone. For starters there's laying around drinking beer, and eating snackfood.(without worrying about cleaning up!) Also, there will be the obligatory no shaving for a few days. In all seriousness, I'll be conducting a multiple day poker tournament, galavanting with friends, and after a recent afternoon discussion over lattes with my favorite twins, have decided that I will be attempting snowboarding in Holimont. Mind you I've been a skiier since age 12, but have not tried snowsurfing. I'm going to go up with the twins and since they are seasoned veterans they'll be giving me some pointers. I'll look forward to breaking my @$$.

-In other news, Lord Vader and Mama Goose flew south for the winter last week, and are currently enjoying the sun and warm weather etc...at their winter abode. (we're ecstatic...really we are...we love the cold...) Lord Vader has called and has begun his scouting mission entitled "Operation Pony". He will be scouring the community down there to find the specs of the GT Pony I've been looking for and then report to me, whereupon I shall fly in, test-drive, haggle a bit and then (hopefully) ship back my trusty steed. Hi-Ho Silver Awaaaaaaaay!!

Here's a pic of someone's that is almost identical to what I'm lookin' for. (My steed will have red saddles instead of black though)

Sunday, January 22, 2006

NAIAS on NBC

Hi kids. Again, my apologies that we haven't kept in touch for a few days. I just wanted to pop in to say that NBC Sports' coverage of the 2006 NAIAS auto show in Detroit was on TV today. It was a few hours of majesty. Here's my review:

2007 Ferrari 599 Imola GTB

2007 Ferrari Enzo FXX
-The Prancing horse is so far ahead of her competitors it's almost comical. These are just stunning, and while the F430 Spider is still my favorite, I think I'd take the Imola if anyone wants to offer one? As for that asphalt-ripping machine aka, the FXX, I think that was Ferrari's manifestation of the following retort, "Bugatti Veyron eh, oh well isn't that just darling."

200? Dodge Challenger
-Not bad, nice retro design. At first glance, one might think this would be a Mustang killer, and indeed it's specs are impressive. However, this is more of a Shelby GT500 competitor, due to its price tag of nearly $35,000 (may wanna rethink that gents) and as such will get beat by the snake.

200x Chevrolet Camaro Concept
-Good retro desing, looks like the competition has finally caught on to the blue oval's new/old trend. I like it, not bad, not great, but not bad. (lose the 'bowtie' in the grill)

2007 Shelby GT 500
-I have no words to describe how much I want this car, though I'll be perfectly happy with my more tame GT. 475 supercharged ponies, the off center coiled cobra logo in the grill, a ducktail spoiler, and electronic rear air difusor. All this starting at $40k!?! Forget the two quasi-challengers above, this serpent will be gunning down 'Vettes and Vipers.

-And Finally this little gem...
2007 Saturn Sky
-GM has finally come up with a great idea for it's spunkiest division. Borrowing from the European Vauxhall roadster, the Saturn Sky is a nimble, attractive, well-built car. Well it's about time...

That's all kids, see you tomorrow!!

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Residual effect from "The Triangle"?

Kids I think that the month of January has gone swimmingly to date. That is to say that it is more than half over and we've seen minimal amounts of snow. More importantly, we have had few cold, January-esque days here in the Queen City. I am quite happy about that, but now dread the fact that I have just jinxed us. Unfortunately, I think most likely I'll wake tomorrow morn and find a more appropriate alabaster, flaky blanket (2 feet think) covering the land. Hopefully, our streak of "nice" weather will continue. Perhaps old man winter will continue to have the personification I give him (that of course is as "Merlin" from Disney's Sword in the Stone when he returns from Bermuda, in the eponymous shorts and other summerlike gear). I'll keep my fingers crossed, but the weatherman is not sounding altogether too convincing right now...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Some musical news...

Hi kids I was just going through my cpu "jukebox" and put together some songs I think you should give an ear to. Some are old, some are new, but methinks you'll like them. I swears you will. (Band first, then song)

-Neverending White Lights-"The Grace" Honey loves this one, nice soothing guitar and vocals.
-30 Seconds to Mars-"Attack" Honey loves this one too, so it made the list. Good song, but the rest of the album is horrid (sounds like a "Hot Topic" store's greatest hits). Mr. Leto should stick to his day job.
-The Strokes-"Juice box" Great song, great album, I'm enjoying it thoroughly.(Got it early, wahoo!)
-Death Cab for Cutie-"Soul Meets Body" I know it gets a lot of air time, but I like it.
-The Capricorns-"The New Sound"- Something about the beat is catchy.
-The White Stripes-"You're Pretty Good Lookin'(For a Girl)" Short but sweet, a very retro sounding tune.
-Kaiser Chiefs-"Everyday I Love You Less and Less" Harsh lyrics, but a good listen.
-Hot Hot Heat-"You Owe ME an I.O.U.", "The Middle of Nowhere" and "Goodnight, Goodnight" Um..hehe...see...I um...well I love this album, and these songs are constantly in my head, sorry (However, I hate the red/white/black color scheme of their latest album's jacket. Its blatant mimicry of another particular band I know was upsetting.)
-Franz Ferdinand-"Outsiders" While "Do You Want To?" is catching all the air time and reminds me much of 2005, this little diddy might be my favorite song on the album.
-O.A.R.-"Love and Memories" Again, overplayed, but such a lovely song of their new album.

-And 2 Songs that hit me like an ice pick to the brain stem.

-The Flaming Lips-"Seven Nation Army (cover)" -How dare they ruin our favorite rock song, and this generations' rock anthem. We are not pleased with this putrid rendition, not pleased at all.
-Weezer-"Beverly Hills"- Oh dear Jesus wept, I can't take it anymore, that droning, repetitive, melancholy sounding voice drives me nuts.

-I know there are others that aggravate me, I just can't remember them.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

And I...

Kids, I have to let you know that currently Honey and I are watching the debut of this year's American Idol and we're absolutely tickled pink. I had to jump on and remark about the fantastic selection of degenerates and derelicts that once again have come to represent the greater proportion of America's youth. I think the malaise some feel about the rapid decline of America's young people is best portrayed by the rejected individuals who insist on cursing out the judges and claiming that they'll, "Be sorry when I become famous, they don't know what they're talking about, I'm a star" Yes I know you are dear, after all, everyone tells you so. This is such a perfect microcosm to explain the epidemic problem with America's youth. They've become so accustomed to listening to everyone tell them , "Yes" and "You can do anything you want to do" that the friendly voices of reality and common sense have all been silenced. When someone speaks with reason, it is like a bullhorn to these kids, and if it's anything negative, well they won't hear it. How sad and unfortunate. Indeed this is a brilliant show and such the perfect vessel to raise the giant reality bit*% slap to America's spoiled youth.*

-On a lighter note, though I can barely hold a tune, some of these performances have absolutely cracked me up, including the "And I Shot the Sheriff..." debacle, the Assyrian wunderkind, the giant lisping black man giving praise to Ms. LaBelle, and the Alice-in-Wonderland boy clearly full of confusion. Also, Captain Statue of Liberty's early dismissal was quite hilarious. I can't wait for tommorrow's episode. This truly is quality entertainment...

*that being, the fact that all men are are only created equal in terms of a soul, and I guess the whole life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness thing. But they are most definitely not created equal in terms of traits, abilities, and talents. Nor are they necessarily entitled to the particular happiness that they pursue (ex: an American pop star)

Monday, January 16, 2006

I'm all in and The Devilish Black Box...

Hi kids,
Sorry I've been gone for so long. I didn't mean it. Things got a little hectic this past weekend, so let's catch you up. Friday evening my headcold was still present, but seemed to have lightened a bit. Therefore, I decided that a poker tournament would be in order and so invited some friends over to partake. We had some fine times, your favorite Rebalancer finished in fourth and nearly fell asleep at the table under the weight of sinus medication and a few beverages. Needless to say, Big Dave did indeed "crush us twerps" [ only after a benevolent Imperator allowed him to buy back in;) ] We are currently in the midst of developing a semi-regular tournament to play in weekly, more on that as things develop. I am currently watching the fiendish black box, and decided I had to jump in here and Rebalance a bit. I am going back and forth betwixt "The Golden Globes" and "the Bachelor" Honey loves Paris, (it's her favorite city) and loves the bachelor and so we are watching that. I must say I was amused watching the insane chick that flipped out when rejected due to the fact that the bachelor must be blind to not see, as she so eloquently put it, "The funnest, most independent, assertive, and successful woman in the room". I believe in reality, the "bachelor" might very well have realized that she was definitely in need of stealing some samples of Prozac. Though, maybe a script from a colleauge for Lithium would help as well. I laughed, because she's just so caught up in the mental image she has of herself as the fiercely independent, successful, woman and that she couldn't see the fact that, that was the problem. Good work Mr. "Bachelor". Guys, I think we've all known women like that, and the high maintenance involved is just too nauseating to bear. As for "The Golden Globes" I must say that award season is definitely here. The stars are out, the fashion police are salivating, and all is glitz and glamor. The thing that cracked me up the most though was Gwenyth Paltrow's newly affected Irish accent and insistence on referring to Anthony Hopkins, as Antony. How utterly preposterous. Don't you just love the bulls*%t people seriously buy into about themselves? It cracks me up.
-In other news, Honey, Mama Goose, Lord Vader and I went to register for china and all the finer accoutrements today. Needless to say, I did play a role in the selection, albeit a small one, in that I chose the silverware and crystal glassware. (I know there's an oxymoron in there somewhere) After that was accomplished, Lord Vader and I were pretty much no longer needed. Mama Goose and Honey had a blast though, and that was wonderful to see.

*oops I almost forgot, Honey and I may very well have decided on our "Wedding Song" sources are unconfirmed, though we'll keep you up to date...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Achoo...and a step closer...

Kids, The first salvo has been fired by the organisms living within my sinus cavities. Oh yes, I woke up this morning and the mucus blitzkrieg happened overnight. Determined to fight like tigers, my immune system will be aided with the finest weaponry available including: Vitamin C, Green Tea infusions, Echinachea bombs, and Zinc bullets, etc... We will fight them in my nose, in the throat, We shall fight them with the kleenex, with the soup, we shall never, ever surrender!!
I hate having sinus infections, but the worst is over I hope, so that is good.

-In other news, Friday marks the first poker event of '06 The Goose Series of Poker begins a new year, and we are proud to have our initial tourney this weekend. To all who are daring to join us again for another season, good luck. To Big Dave, this is one "twerp" who will not go out without a fight!

*Also, Honey and I achieved some success in the search for a wedding song last night. I heard this song in a recent movie, and l-o-v-e it!! We'll have to listen to some others and then compare and see which one hits home the most.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Dragon's Breath...

Hey kids,
One of the presents Honey gave me for Goosemas was the Dragon Speaking Naturally Program for my CPU. Essentially it allows me to type, compose e-mails, and command my cpu verbally with the use of a headset. I "trained" it last night to recognize my voice, writing pattern, and speaking tone and inflection. After that hour long tutorial period, I then began using the program. HOLY CRAP! I love it, now I can finally get some rapid progress done on the book I've been writing for 2 years.(and consequently only have 2 pages of) I can think and speak much faster than I can think and type, so this has been a Godsend. It has taken some practice, and every once in a while the CPU makes mistakes (ex: ice cream and I scream, things along those lines...) but with further training I'm sure my CPU and I will come to an acceptable, working relationship.

-In other news, Honey and I are nearly done with the wedding planning, only minor details remain. However, we do have to finally come to an agreement on our "Wedding Dance Song" We have some good contenders in the mix, but no definite, unanimous agreements yet. Ideas anyone?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Whahoo!!

Ok kids I think my purchasing spree of video games has come to end.(not forever, just for now) I only get games once a year during holiday season* and I usually stock up on quite a few at that time. To date I've acquired all of the XBox titles already mentioned in other posts as well as the following for my Cube: Super Mario Strikers, and Super Smash Bros. Melee.
A few notes on these last 2. They both crack me up. I have been an avid Nintendo fan for the past 20 1/2 years, and like many, have grown up with Mario, Luigi, Link, Princess Toadstool, Donkey Kong, etc... These guys make up the Nintendo mystique and legend. I think it is this proprietary group of characters that has led me to obtain every Nintendo system that has come out, and to have purchased numerous Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Mario Titles. It should come as no surprise then that these titles are among the best games I've ever played. The competitive games involving these characters have proved to be the most amusing though. I think it started with Mario Kart, and then Mario Tennis. When I saw Mario Strikers, (a soccer themed game) I knew it would be a blast. There are no rules in this game except for the "you can't touch it with your hand" one. Some of the less-than-legal aspects include the ability to hit or tackle whenever/wherever, no out of bounds,(an electrified fence keeps everyone in play). Moreover, thrown shells, bombs, and banana peels are strewn about, and often the pitch looks as though a zoo exploded on it. It's fantastically hilarious to see Toad do a bicycle kick or diving header.
As for Super Smash Bros. Melee, I finally decided after 4 years that I should give it a chance. It too proves to be quite a venture into hysteria as well. I like to see all of the characters challenge and battle it out with one another. I think my favorite move in terms of hilarity, not necessarily effectiveness, is the Princess pulling Toad out of somewhere and holding him in front of her(kicking and screaming) to deflect attacks. I certainly after one evening do not know all of the nuances, techniques, and tactics involved, but the game is fun.

-In other news, I finally got Highspeed connections at my humble abode. Last night I installed my DSL, and boy oh boy is it ever fast. So far the longest I've waited for something to load, is 2 seconds. I also got a free upgrade that provides me with constant Anti-bad crap protection, so I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

In the words of a certain little plumber, "Yip...Yip...Whahoo!!"


*unless there is a game I really, really can't wait for that comes out during the year. (ex: October 2004's purchase of Rome: Total War )

Monday, January 09, 2006

No mas...

Hey kids, just like Roberto Duran, we've had enough. The past two weeks have worn us out. In short, Goosemas (observed) was fantastic. We were at the downtown watering hole, my buddies from work and Baums (a regular partner in crime) joined in the merriment and lo and behold some dear friends also showed up. Again, I must thank Big Dave (a member of 'Team Goose'), Schoen and Mrs Schoen, and all others who attended. Even though they absolutely loathe downtown, and the bar scene, they sucked it up and surprised me by coming out and spending some time to celebrate Goosemas, and that made my day. I feel very lucky as such good friends are hard to find indeed!

-In other news a big thank you to Major Beers for the merry Goosemas wishes, and the link to the LoZ Twilight Princess. I had seen that before, and am indeed looking forward to the release. (which btw I am convinced will be on the Revolution) Moreover, I noted Link's transformation into a wolf and immediately thought of at least one person whose lycanthropic yearnings will be at least slightly satiated;)

Friday, January 06, 2006

Merry Goosemas to all!!

Hey kids, Today is the 28th celebration of Goosemas in ordinary time. Last night we had a great Goosemas eve, it was spent tasting and then selecting the menu for the wedding of Honey and I. I was stuffed with such fantastic food, I know it'll be disastrous to eat that much on the big day. Today Mama Goose and Lord Vader are taking their epiphany* and his Honey out to dinner at the golden child's* favorite restaurant. Tomorrow being Goosemas (observed) we'll be at the bar having a few pops. So Merry Goosemas to all and to all a good Goose!!

*[these references were only made in case my two younger sisters are reading :) ]

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Hook'em Horns!!

Hey kids,
A very big YEEEEHAAWWWW!! Now I am not so much a Texas fan as I am an avid, "ANTI-USC" guy. Last night's Vince Young show made my evening. To see the hubris of Pete Carroll crumble before him, the streak end, the crushing defeat of the arrogant, ball-room dancing Leinart (who still couldn't give praise where praise was due) was fabulous.

-In other news, my friend Alana told me a tale of how she and her identical twin Chantal sang wonderful duets on stage at the kareoke night downtown. Oh how alcohol provides us with courage. I remember the kareoke tour of '00-'01 downtown. What a besotten mess I was back then, though I'm sure Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, and Ol' Blue Eyes have been butchered by others before me and will continue to be long after I'm gone...

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Most difficult game ever...

Hi kids, just a quick one today. This past Friday, I picked up Heroes of the Pacific which is a WWII themed, arcade-style, flight simulator game. There is some campiness to the dialogue, but a fun, challenging game to say the least. (the artwork, and paint jobs on the aircraft are quite accurate, and aesthetically nice to boot!)
-Then I picked up Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike. This is a squad based FPS (along the same lines as the Brother-in-Arms: Road to Hill 30 WWII game I got myself for Christmas) that transforms the player into a modern special forces commander with a 'Ghost' team, and pits them vs. hundreds upon hundreds of Islamic terrorist-like thugs in Khazakstan. It's a fun game, great weapon choices, squad works well with the player, varied missions, maps, locales, etc...However, it, like the WWII game, is a "one-shot, you're dead, no health canteen" game. Thankfully, one can save whenever one wants within the mission. THAT CAME IN HANDY! I saved nearly after every enemy I killed. I am thoroughly convinced that this game must have been developed by those who have a special affinity for the sadistic mind of Le Marquis De Sade. It has been among the most difficult games I've ever played, if not the most. Honey laughs while watching TV in the other room, as she hears the following quite often:

{Game voiceover: "Ok commander move your men through the ravine and take out those artillery pieces...}
{My character: "No problem..."}
Walks a bit forward, then out of nowhere a familiar sound, the rapport of a sniper rifle and the following...
{My teammates: "The Chief's down..."}
{Me on the couch: "Rasa-Fracka-Fricka-Fracka and other such expletives that shall not be repeated here"}

- Oh and by-the-by, it is great to blast tanks, sneak around, and machine gun terrorists when the game actually gives me the chance!!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

A dawn of a new era...

Hi kids, 2006 is the year where my life will never be the same.
So here's a look back (got this from The Others):

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before? Asked my heart, life, and soulmate to marry me.
2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I never make them, I think they're ridiculous
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? my close friend and member of Team Goose in the wedding party, Sean (well not him, but rather his wife.) We're thrilled!
4. Did anyone close to you die? My little buddy Rocco.
5. What countries did you visit? Canada, more times than I can count.
6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005? My Pony, f-i-n-a-l-l-y!
7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? May 7th, the best single day of my life. May 19th, seeing the final "Episode" at midnight. Sept. 16th, seeing The White Stripes, at the amphitheater in Toronto. Aug. 6th, seeing my first baseball game ever (my beloved Bronx Bombers) play in Toronto.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? see #1. also escaping from a nasty chemical which was far easier than I thought.
9. What was your biggest failure? Can't think of one.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Illness.
11. What was the best thing you bought? I have to say the diamonds for Honey, (though secretly, I think some of my clothing, and gaming choices were pretty cool)
12. Whose behavior merited celebration? Honey's, Team Goose's, (my side of the wedding party, that, as Big Dave said, "Could definitely take" Team Honey) Jackson's, Baum's, KBB's, and Alana's.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? A select few.
14. Where did most of your money go? see #11, also into my market investments.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? my upcoming nuptials, the resurgence of ND (nevermind about yesterday that happened in 2006) and the rest of #7.
16. What song will always remind you of 2005? "Blue Orchid" and "Do You Want To?"
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? happier b) thinner or fatter? a bit of both. c) richer or poorer? financially, well, it's not polite to talk money ;). spiritually and emotionally, richer.
18. What do you wish you'd done more of? exercise, golf, poker.
19. What do you wish you'd done less of? not much, I am of the mind that time one enjoys wasting is not wasted time.
20. How will you be spending Christmas? I spent it with my families
21. How will you be spending New Years? I was out and about with good friends and Honey.
22. Did you fall in love in 2005? already was.
23. How many one-night stands? 0.
24. What was your favorite TV program? Rome and The OC.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I hate no one, it takes up far too much energy.
26. What was the best book you read? hmmm my re-read of Caesar's The Gallic War and The Civil War. Also my re-read of The Chronicles of Narnia.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Oh boy, here goes: The Bravery, Hot Hot Heat, The Greenhornes, The Black Keys, and many others that are naught but a blur right now.
28. What did you want and get? continued unconditional love and support. (also some new games, clothes, and some great concert tickets)
29. What did you want and not get? my pony, and the new dark green gold numbered ND jersey.
30. What was your favorite film of this year? Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
31. What did you do on your birthday? Honey took me out for a wonderful dinner, and surprised me by decorating my whole place with balloons, signs, streamers, and presents.
32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? An ND national championship
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005? eclectic, a particular further expansion into a lot of Euro stuff, but maintaining my love for comfortable clothes as well. (Tees and polos w/shorts and flops in the summer, and tailored zip jackets, sweaters, and coats in the fall & winter.)
34. What kept you sane? appreciating life, and realizing what's important and what's not, feeling sorry for others who still haven't realized it.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? As in 'crush'? Gisele.
36. What political issue stirred you the most? I now avoid politics like the plauge. (media ruined it for me) I cling to my oligarchical beliefs and that is good enough for me.
37. Who did you miss? my little buddy Rocco.
38. Who was the best new person you met? My friend Usman, and though I've known my friend Alana for quite some time, I think I'll count our 're-meeting'.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005: Timing really is everything.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. My song is love My song is love, unknown But I'm on fire for you, clearly You don't have to be alone You don't have to be on your own...

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