Wednesday, March 26, 2008


So I just read the latest round of ridiculous rants. It seems certain black individuals are now claiming Vogue magazine racist. Apparently, the magazine's latest cover pictures LeBron James and Gisele Bundchen on the cover. From what I've read, some blacks are claiming LeBron looks too much like King Kong, or a stereotypical, angry, black male and Gisele is playing the "Fay Wray" role. Really? Are these people that hypersensitive that they can't grow up and act like adults, instead of crying racism at every remote possible chance like a bunch of babies? Gisele had the class and decency to not even acknowledge the comments, and to LeBron's credit he acted well beyond his years stating that people are going to comment on anything he does, for good or ill, and basically said he doesn't give a sh_t. LeBron, good for you! Talk about setting an example. To those who whined and cried racism, just stop. I'm sick of it already. The magazine obviously had no intent to disparage black men, get over yourselves. Focus your energy on being productive in society, and you might find that you'll wind up happy. What a novel idea.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Well, I'm back...

Wow, it's been a long time. Let's catch up:
-Ok went to Florida to visit my parents at their winter abode. I played a lot of golf, ate a lot of food, went car shopping, saw a ton of gorgeous autos. Bentley, Maserati, Astons, Porsches, MBs, all wonderful works of art. I love the Infiniti G35x, but with my job taking me to Roch-cha-cha 3 days a week, it's looking like whatever car I buy, will be driven into the ground. Thus, no need to waste money on a car I'll only beat the crap out of. It's looking like the Altima Coupe may be the winner. We'll see...

-In other news, I saw No Country For Old Men- It is an amazing first 2 hours and a horrible last 20 minutes. Utterly disappointing...

The Legend of the Black Scorpion-It's a Chinese version of Hamlet. Watch it, it's visually breathtaking.

-Went to a fantastic b-day party for Lisa, laughed a lot, had a great time, enjoyed the waitress! (what a nut job)

-getting ready for Kentucky Derby Day!! Early good horses look like War Pass and Pyro. I'll keep an eye out for you.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Some interesting tidbits about me...

Things you all may not know about me:

-I've lost the taste for fruit. I like fruit juice, and will occaisionally eat an apple, or some raspberries, but I cannot eat fruit anymore. I don't know why, I just can't bring myself to do it.
-I once saw Richard Nixon at JFK airport
-I sat ringside at an Oscar De La Hoya fight in Las Vegas right behind Jack Nicholson.
-I have picked and bet the winner of the Kentucky Derby for the past 8 years.
-my d-i-s-t-a-n-t cousin is Coach John Calipari (like 5th 40 times removed or some such thing) of the University of Memphis basketball team (Go Tigers!)
-My favorite food is fried mozzarella. (I'm doomed)
-I cannot jump rope
-For that matter I cannot ice-skate, rollerblade, or water-ski
-I can "tube" on the water like it's my job.
-I hate flying (as a passenger, though I think I would be ok if I was actually flying the plane)
-I hate being a pssenger in a car.
-I'm a huge nature lover, not a tree-hugger by any means, but I love nature.
-If I won the lottery I would buy a ranch in Montana and move there (I'd love to have a horse)
-Rome (Italy, not NY) has been my favorite travel/city.
-Maui is not far behind.
-My favorite color is baby/powder/sky blue.

Well that's all I can think of right now...

-In other news, I saw Beowulf last night, and I loved it. I know it was a departure from the book, I've read it a few times, but I still thought it was quite entertaining. I'm leaving for Florida for the next few days. I may be able to post down there at my parents' house, time permitting. However, if not, I'll try to catch up (yet again) upon my return.

Survey time I see...

For Today:

1. What is your favorite word? What is your least favorite word?
-My favorite word is probably, "Love".
-My least favorite word, "no".

2. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? What turns you off?
-Well anything involving romantic notions of an heroic death (ex: in battle), and anything involving Notre Dame football, (particularly the gleaming Golden helmets, the victory march, and the wearing of the green jerseys) gets my adrenaline going.
-Anything, and I mean anything, with even the slightest hint of liberalism, makes me feel a sense of revulsion.

3. What sound or noise do you love? What sound or noise do you hate?
-Sounds I love: flowing water, My wife's laugh, The perfection of a ferrari V8 traversing through all of its gears, guitar, an Italian soccer stadium chanting, Mass in Latin, Italian being spoken, the Great Lakes accent, sizzling from meats on a hot grill.
-Sounds I hate: protestors, Hillary Clinton's laugh, whining, nagging, complaining, jackhammers, babies screaming, anything coming out of Obama's mouth, the bleeps and bloops of slot machines (I'm a craps, and poker guy)

4. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? What profession would you not like to do?
- I have long claimed that I would love to someday race formula-one for team Ferrari. I also would love to have been a US Air Force Fighter Pilot, or at the very least, one of the guys that could control the predator unmanned drones. In addition, I think it would be a lot of fun to be a guitarist in a rock band (it is when we play Guitar Hero on my Wii!!)
-I once read an article about people in India that climb into sewers wearing nothing but loincloths and clean them out by hand. They emerge covered in shit and piss, and God knows what else. I would not like to attempt that profession.

5. What is your favorite curse word?
-Well, F_ck and its infinite derivatives, is the obvious choice. However, I find that I use the phrase "Son-of-a-whore" quite a bit, so I vote for that one.

6. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
- I would like to hear God say, "Well it's about time... You've been down there so long, everyone's here, we're so glad you are able to join us. You lived according to My plan for you and I am pleased my son."
-What he may say however, "How in My name did you get in here?"
Yet, whatever He says, I'm ok with, as long as I get into Heaven. I mean really He is the Almighty, He can, and will, say whatever He wants.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Catching up again...

I can't ever keep on schedule it seems. Well, my favorite summer day involves golf, going on the boat and tubing in Lake Ontario, driving a convertible, on river rd. Lewiston/Youngstown, and ripping through the gears on the long country roads. (all of these activities are done obviously with my wife, except the golf part) I like the Buffalo region, it's the city I'm not too fond of. I'm a guy that likes trees and animals. I love Amherst, Wheatfield, other suburbs where the forest is, and of course Lake Ontario. My favorite restaurant in the area is Sinatra's Trilogy, I think the best restaurant is The Western Door. I'm a huge fan of Ted's, Loganberry, Charlie the Butcher, Bocce Pizza, Just Pizza, and Palladino's Pizza. Listening to WGR 550 in my car on the way to meet clients may be the most amusing part of my day.

-Now to write the post about whatever I want, hmm let's see. How about discussing the events that unfolded here today with our governor. You know Mr. "Lone Ranger" Spitzer the "paradigm of law and order", "the straight talking liberal" that was going to clean up NY state like it was Dodge City. Yes, well it seems Mr. Spitzer is going to be indicted for transporting a $4500/day prostitue across state lines to DC. (the presumption being he nailed her as well) It couldn't have happened to a more deserving fellow. Good luck trying to "concentrate on your family" Mr. Spitzer. To Mrs. Spitzer, I say you should take him to the cleaners. To NY state I say, we can do better.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

catch up time...

Ok the blizzard left me a tad bit occupied. So here we go:

What's in yerrrr wallet?? Well let's see here...
Not a Capital One card that's for sure. I have cash, business cards, credit cards, a shamrock, and the receipt for my wife's engagement ring. Not too much else.

What am I listening to?? Honestly, 930AM, 550AM...
Musicwise? not too much new. Amy Winehouse, Jack Johnson, The Silversun Pickups, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Although the other day I found myself listening to "Stagger-Lee" by Lloyd Price. Why? because it was on the radio, and I like the song, damn it.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Let's wax nostalgic shall we?

Ok another list, this time of what I was into as a kid (since I still am one in many ways, I believe I am still into most of this stuff).

-He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The action figures and vehicles and playsets are packed away neatly in my parent's house in lewiston.

-Star Wars. Same thing as He-Man. I love Yoda, and do an uncanny Obi-Wan Kenobi impression. Has this had an effect on me? Hell yes.

-G.I. Joe, Transformers, M.A.S.K., Thundercats, Voltron, I love these cartoons and toys, and they are light years ahead of the cartoons kids today have (except Spongebob of course).

-Choose Your Own Adventure books. I still have them somewhere, they're a trip to look at now.

-Like Garvey, anything pertaining to Robin Hood, and Arthurian Lore.

-History. Well I knew every Roman emperor by name, and in order by the time I was 6. So I'd say that has had a profound effect on me.

-The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, Sesame St., and anything else by Jim Henson.

-Anything Disney.

-Same for Dr. Seuss.

-Play-Doh, Laser Tag, Construx(wow memory lane on that one DHKA), toy soldiers, etc...

-Automobiles. One of a select few of my dad's hobbies has been collecting automobiles. (nothing Jay Leno or Ralph Lauren mind you, just a few here and there over the years.) It got me into cars as a young kid, and now I love them. Most are an artofrm to me, and has had a profound impact on my life today.

That's all I can think of right now, I'm tired, it's late/early. See you tomorrow.

-In other news, Gone Baby Gone was phenomenal. If you haven't seen it, go see it now. That is all.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Where do I begin?

The topic for today, essentially, what do people do wrong that bothers you, is one that I can write on for quite some time. However, I know full well that it doesn't matter what I think people do wrong, because hey, who the hell am I to tell them what right and wrong is, right? Well, in fact, my hypocracy knows little bounds, so here's a short list:

1.) Drivers who hesitate. Make a decision and do it. "Should I turn, Should I go, stop, etc..." Just pick one and go. If you're over age 65, a mandatory license exam must be taken, if you're foreign, you should be relegated to taxi cab service only.

2.) Professional athletes who say, "It isn't about the money" Stop. It is. Your 'career' is a joke, You play a game, for part of the year. You shouldn't be paid a fraction of what you get, and not nearly as much as firemen, teachers, physicians, nurses, policemen, or soldiers (in short, people who contribute positively to society). So stop whining, do it right by being honest and admit, "It's always about the money"

3.) Improper etiquette. Damn it use a napkin, and always, always chew with your mouth closed. Men, open doors for women, treat them as ladies. Women, cut the bullshit, and let men treat you as a lady if they are willing. Trust me it's a rare thing these days, you'll thank me in the long run. If you stay on your "I'm a strong, independent woman, and don't need a man to do everything for me" high horse, he'll leave your uptight, pretentious ass and you'll wind up with a belly crawler, not a gentleman.

4.) The use of "yous" in speech. ugggh

5.) Those Liberals (not all) who vehemently call for tolerance and open-mindedness, so long as one is not: male, caucasian, Christian, and God forbid, a conservative. You must practice what you preach.

6.) pseudo-yuppies in Buffalo. News-flash, you live in Buffalo, not a shining beacon of economic prosperity. The X amount of dollars you make that you piss through to make people think you're wealthy, does not in fact make it so. Rather, it makes you a fiscal moron. Get over yourselves, travel, see the country, hell the world. Try to understand what real wealth is, and why most of those people are, in fact, not pretentious. Then come back and try to be more humble and aware of your environment.

7.) text messaging, Oh God how I hate this. Look, people have a numerical code that you can punch in and talk to them in real time. If you can't make the call, wait until you can, if they can't receive it, wait until they call you back. Texting in a workplace, or in the middle of a corporate meeting (like some co-workers of mine in the past have done) is no different than calling the person. You're not paying attention, you're distracting those who sit near you, and it's plain rude. Please stop.

8.) The media. I don't care what your network owner's viewpoints are, don't slant the news to favor your bias, just freaking report on it. Be fair, and unbiased. If you need help, look no further than Sgt. Joe Friday, "Just the facts ma'am." Where's Walter Cronkite when you need him?

9.) Shitty salespeople. Don't patronize me, don't call me when I'm home after work, don't call on Saturday morning, Heaven help you if I get a call on Sunday, and don't ever refer to me by first name, unless I know you on a personal basis.

10.) Human sheep. please don't tell me what's cool, who to vote for, what to watch, listen to, buy, etc... Further, when I shy away from these tips, I am not a pariah. I'm an individual who thinks, acts, buys, etc... according to my own desires (and those of my wife's). I don't need CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, establish the norms for me, if you knew what was good for you, you wouldn't either.

-And done.

-In other news, I saw American Gangster last night. W-O-W! Loved it, great film. However, how in the hell did Ruby Dee get an Oscar nod? She is in the movie for all of maybe 5 minutes, and might have 10 lines. Really? An Oscar nomination for that? Tomorrow is Gone Baby Gone, and soon we'll have seen Beowulf, and No Country For Old Men. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

This is your life, starring....

I had a bit of trouble trying to decide on today's topic, that being: Who would play you in a movie, and who would play Mike Garvey? I finally settled on Jake Gyllenhaal for me

and for Mr. Garvey: Richard Karn

Replace the tools on Mr. Karn's shoulders with babies, and Ta-Da you have Garv. See you tomorrow!

Monday, March 03, 2008

topic three...

Today's sponsored topic is "What went right?" Well it's 65 degrees out and the snow has melted. That's right with me, because that means we're getting ever closer to the start of golf season. Hmmmm, what else? Well, I closed some business at work, which leads to $, so that's always good. Netflix is sending me American Gangster and Gone Baby Gone. (damn I love netflix) Um...well that's all I can think of right now. Oh no wait, wait! I think honey is making a pot roast tonight, so that is definitely going to be good. I'm amped.

Whoops a little late, so let's catch up

Ok, ok, so I forgot about BufBoPloFaSoLaTiDo...whatever the hell it is.

ok thing #1, Why did I start the blog?
-I started in '05, because all my friends were doing it and I missed it when they all jumped off a cliff.
-What does it mean?
Well as I deal in the financial industry, "Automatic Rebalancing" is a term used in the trade describing how many, if not all of my clients can rest easy knowing that every fiscal quarter their portfolio's asset allocation is in perfect working order as it is automatically analyzed, and then rebalanced to provide optimal returns. Now, how does that relate to this blog? I have no idea. Perhaps, only in the sense that I like to provide a little perspective to random thoughts that I jot down here in my little corner of autocracy. My profile icon? That is the Imperial eagle of Rome, and the title of the city. "Roma Invicta" loosely translated means "Rome Eternal" Or as we know it the "Eternal City". There you go.

thing #2
What is the greatest gift I've ever received?
-W-O-W. Well here's a short list, in no particular order, of those that stand out...(they all have their own meaning and are important to me in their own way)

1.) my wife's hand. No, not literally, but rather her's in marriage.

2.) The Millenium Falcon- received from the Doc when I was around 5. Begged him for it after I shattered my nose and had to have it sewn up. Got it that Christmas morning. A hunk of junk? Nah I still have it (along with the rest of the original Star Wars toys)

3.) My Gold Chain and Diamond Ring. At age 7 I made my first communion, The Doc and Patti Goose presented me with a gold chain and a medallion of the face of Christ. It has yet to leave to my neck for any extended period of time. This was closely followed on the 30th Goosemas in ordinary time, when the Doc and Patti Goose presented me with a diamond ring. These are two of my most treasured possessions.

4.) My current career. Does this count? I don't know...My cousin has put me into a position that takes years to achieve in my industry. He had a vacancy, needed it filled, liked what I had done at my previous employer...I gladly accepted.

ok well hope we're all caught up, can't wait to see you tomorrow.

Where did that come from?

It's a question I've found myself asking quite a bit over the past few days, as I've been relaxing and playing a lot of COD 4 on the ol' 360. In a word: AMAZING! Although, as I am new, it is difficult. The good part is the "kill cam" which shows you where the enemy that killed you took the shot from. The bad part? So much death...

-In other news, I am counting the days until golf season opens. Next friday is looking like a trip to Frog Hair virtual golf. Then it's off to Florida for a few days, to take care of some business and hit the links with the Doc if there's time. Oh May, you cannot get here quick enough.

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