Monday, May 30, 2005

I AM MOVING!!!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Gotta Love Kids Birthday Parties...

DSC00347.JPG This weekend I went to the birthday party for my second cousin. He's 2 I think. It's never very fun. It's a lot of family, that I don't see too often, hanging out together. The parents, my cousin and his wife, are great. I like them a lot. Their son, the birthday boy, he's a great kid. Other than them...things get a little out of hand. It's just a side of the family we don't see often and generally we have a lot of problems with them. In the same fashion as last year, we end up playing football and soccer in the yard and I took some pics this year. Also, the birthday boy got a John Deere tractor thing so my brother had to try to ride in it. Check out the pics at the link below... http://www.flickr.com/photos/nctrnl/sets/366977/

Monday, May 23, 2005

What's With All The Damn Ads???

Okay, I have basically resigned myself to the fact that I will have to flip through about 26 pages before I get to the table of contents of a fucking magazine. I have done it long enough now that I am used to it. Do you want to know what I refuse to accept? I went and saw 'Crash' this weekend. It was a great movie. The only problem I had was that before the movie...and after the thing said "FEATURE PRESENTATION" they went through about 5 or 6 different production companies stupid fucking logos and advertisements. I get it. It was a Lions Gate Film production. That's fine. My problem lies in the other 4 or 5 ads that came up on the screen. Something about Bob Yari, something about Apollo, something about DEJ. Okay, then it has 15 producers. You think I am kidding? Check IMDB. It's fucking true. Now, back to the production companies. Each one showed their fucking animated logo. Great right? Then...when the movie starts...it goes through them....AGAIN!!! This took up like 2 to 3 minutes of movie time, at least. Is it THAT HARD to make a movie??? Do you really need 6 production companies and 15 producers? I mean seriously. Okay...I'm done. The movie was incredible. I am in no way trying to take anything away from the movie itself. It makes you go through a whole range of emotions. You'll be angry, sad, annoyed...everything. You must go see it. Okay...I need to settle down...

Amanda Was In Town!!!

So I got to hang out with Amanda on Friday night. I am currently trying to think of the last time that she was in town but at this time I cannot think of it. It was cold out...that's all I know. She was in town for her sister's graduation so got together on Friday night for some drinks. We headed down to Harry's Country Club which is down by the City Market here in Kansas City. I love this place. This bar is my Kansas City equivalent to the Red Lyon Tavern in Lawrence. It just feels good to me. I feel comfortable there, I like the atmosphere and it just works. It was good to see Amanda again. We never fail to have great conversations and I love to hear how her love life has taken interesting turns once again. She's dating a rock star right now. How cool is that. A rock star that is getting his degree in accounting. Now make sense of that. Either way, we drank, talked, laughed, talked some more and then drank again. It was fun. It's too bad that she isn't in town more often but we decided that Erika and I need to make our pilgrimage up to Minneapolis to see her because she's not going to be there for much longer. So Erika, if you're reading this...start making time. Click on the pic below for more pictures from that night... DSC00325.JPG

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

It's Amazing What Some People Will Do...

I would call these people lazy because they don't work for their money but that doesn't really fit. This took a lot of work and intelligence to put together. I just can't imagine even thinking up something like this. I guess there's only one thing to call people that would do this. Criminals. Stealing people's hard earned money for no good reason. You can't justify that to me...in any way... http://www.utexas.edu/admin/utpd/atm.html

Who Says Kansas City Isn't Exciting...

136359240784 136359252461 We got a bank robbery goin on with shots fired baby. Just blocks from where I work. Isn't that lovely. The guy fled the bank to the Executive airport and tried to hijack a training aircraft that was on the runway. How exciting. There are helicopters everywhere and all sorts of shit. How exciting...

Monday, May 16, 2005

Could You Pull It Off???

I was talking to a friend of mine today and she is dating a new guy. She is very excited, obviously, and things seem to be going well. Not all that long ago, she decided that she wasn't going to have sex again until she is married or close to married. I can admire that. I have definitely thought about that a good deal since my last trainwreck of a relationship. After a while, it just doesn't seem like it's worth it. It adds quite a bit of stress sometimes and I admired her for making this decision. Now that she is in this new relationship, she has to deal with telling this person that she has decided not to have sex until she is married. Of course, it is a new relationship and things can move very quickly so this 'talk' might come up quickly. Of course, in this case, it did. Now, let me explain this to you. She is very excited about this new guy and this 'talk' could definitely make or break the relationship. Seriously...think about that. From the guy's perspective. I am very proud of her for stopping the progression of the physical part of the relationship and having this talk with him. I am also glad to say that he seemed receptive to the idea. That is a little surprising to me. I can't imagine many guys who would be okay with that. Hopefully this means that he is just as excited about the relationship as she is. Now, tell me that I am not really up on the whole dating world when I use the word excited to explain their feelings about the relationships. If you listen to people talk these days, they don't get 'excited' about relationships. They try to act so cool like they do it all the time. Of course for me...I don't do it all the time so I would be ecstatic. I guess I will just live vicariously through her for a while. I'm so happy for her...and she's gotten past the talk which is even better...

Sunday, May 15, 2005

So I Went To The Petting Zoo Today...

DSC00312.JPG Man, I hadn't been there since I was like 10. That place is still pretty cool. It's free and they do a damn good job of keeping that place up. The goats are by far the most personable animals and they are just crazy for that food that you can buy to feed them. They head-butt each other out of the way for the food. It's great. I took some pics...take a look here.

Adam's Birthday Dinner...

DSC00292.JPG Now I have posted before about how much I love Jack Stack. That's where we went for Adam's birthday. It was just as tasty but his birthday dessert was not nearly as cool as mine was. I am sure it was just as tasty but still. I meant to post about this earlier because it was actually last weekend but I just got the pictures uploaded and now I can post about it. It was a good time. God I love that place. You can see all the pics here...

Friday, May 13, 2005

Does Online Dating Really Work?

I can't say that I have ever had any success with it. I have had better luck with things like Craigslist but I guess that is similar. Those other sites are all basically worthless to a guy like me. I guess it works for women because they get tons of replies from guys and they can just pick and choose but I have tried and never get one reply. I guess it could be that I am not saying the right things. Are there buzzwords that women look for on those sites? Who am I kidding...it's all about the pictures. I am not sure why I even thought that. By the way, Craigslist in KC is so weak compared to what it is like in other cities. It's mostly just spam on the KC site. There are a few here and there that are real people but not usually. It sucks...

Ah...Now That's What I Am Talking About...

We've been having thunderstorms all night. That is what May in KC is supposed to be. The Royals game got delayed and then it only lasted 7 innings because of more storms. I love it. The week is almost over. I can't freaking wait. I can imagine everyone else is as excited about that as I am. Why the hell am I up this late? I have just started reading a new blog that I like a lot and I can't stop reading...don't ya hate that. Wish mine was that way...

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