Wednesday, December 29, 2004

For all of you Law and Order fans...

I can't believe it. Jerry Orbach has died. He recently retired from the show to start a spin-off called Law and Order: Trial By Jury. He died at the age of 69 from Prostate Cancer. You can read more about it here.

It won't be long now...

That's right...only another day and I will be out of town for a while. I don't get to fly often so I get pretty excited about it. It's not a long flight or anything but hey, what can ya do. New Year's should be a lot of fun. Who will the lucky lady be for the New Year's kiss? Yeah, wishful thinking I know...but oh well. I will be with good friends, good alcohol...which will make for good times, woman or not. I fly out tomorrow at 3:18...can you tell I am counting the minutes?

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

You just never know...

So this week there were some friends in town. The holidays are always great for that reason, you get to see people that you normally don't see that often. It's always fun to get to talk to them, drink with them, hear their stories. But not every story that you hear is a happy one. I have a friend who is having a really hard time right now because she is losing a grandparent. I don't know all of the details of the situation which makes it hard to really explain it but either way it is very hard. I think I am like everyone else in that when something like this happens to a friend, you want to do whatever you can to help them feel better, comfort them, whatever you can do. I just feel so awkward in those situations because I don't know what direction to take with it. I think a lot of the reason that I don't is because I just don't have much experience with it. Everyone grieves differently. Some want to be showered with attention and some just want to be alone and do it on their own. It's hard to tell which is which. Who would appreciate what... I get caught in this place where I want to help, I yearn to help...but on the other hand, I don't know if it is my place. Do you just step in and play superman or do you wait for them to hint to you that they want your help... The other problem is that I just wanted to hang out with this person because I really only see them about twice a year. So you get caught here...you just want to be with your friend...but there are underlying issues. It really bothers me...mostly because I have no idea where to start. She's only in town for another week or so...and some of that time I will be out of town. She hints about doing something in the spring, going down to Dallas to visit friends...which I would love to do...but what are the odds? I'd like to think they are good, but who knows. I guess I just figure you have to take advantage of the time that you do have. You never know if you will see any one person again. Time is relative I guess. I am sure people think I sound depressed...down...whatever. I assure you there is nothing behind this. The point is though...that you never really know how much future there really is. I saw Pammy at Erika's graduation party...when I left...thought I would see her again in a month...and now I will never get to hear her laugh again. You can't prepare for that, you can only enjoy what you have at the moment. I guess this is just one of life's many lessons...(sounds like a cliche I know...)

Sunday, December 26, 2004

I promise I will post more soon...

I just got back from Denver and the Christmas celebration. I'm pretty beat if you can imagine that. I hope that everyone got what they asked for....I know I did. I will definitely post more about it later...

Monday, December 20, 2004

Only two more days...

It's only two days until I leave for Christmas in Denver. How fun. It'll be nice to just get out of KC for a while, see my family...and get some good stuff. Before I leave though I get to hang out with Amanda again. I feel like I have seen Amanda more in the last two months than I have in 3 years. It's pretty cool if you ask me but I figure after this time, I probably won't see her for another year or so. That's the way it goes with this group. I went and saw Flight of the Phoenix this weekend. I thought it was damn good. I have heard a lot of people bitch that it wasn't very good compared to the original, but I haven't seen the original...so screw em. Dennis Quaid was very good, and the filming was very realistic. I found out that they filmed it in Africa because they obviously wouldn't have been safe filming it IN Mongolia. Let's see...what else. I guess there just isn't anything fun to talk about these days. Isn't that typical. I'm sure I will have more exciting stories after the holidays...they always create drama. Then hopefully MANY PICTURES from the New Year's celebration in Dallas. Maybe some incriminating ones...who knows. (That's my Hard Copy like advertisement...when I am trying to lure you in).

Friday, December 17, 2004

Yeah, well...that didn't happen...

Ah well, what are ya gonna do. They're girls...you can't make plans. Something always comes up. I did have a bit of a flashback though. While I was sitting there waiting for them all to get ready...I flashed back to when Jimmy, Drew, Kareem and I would sit there waiting for all of the girls to get ready. Kaitlyn, Erika, Selina, Kate...ALWAYS took forever to get ready. We're going out drinkin...they would take at least an hour to get ready. Now, that's fine...if you plan for it...but not when you start getting ready at 10. You can't deny it girls...you know it's true. It was weird though, almost a Deja Vu feeling. I couldn't stop smiling though thinking about all those times waiting to go out. The RED LYON BABY!!!. Those were some great times...even if there was at least an hour a night spent waiting for the girls that could have been spent drinking. I do have to say that I would have been pretty pissed off this morning if I would have had to go to work with a hangover. Hey look...a picture with all of the girls and the guys from this story in it... You can click HERE to see the image in full size.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

My Final...Final...

Oh yeah, that's right...tonight is my last final. I am done for the semester after this. After that...you guessed it...I'm going drinking. What else is there to do really? I feel like I deserve it. I haven't worked as hard as about 8 out of 10 college students but I still deserve it. I don't deserve much, but I deserve that. I will be drinking at Tomfooleries on the Plaza. I can't wait to just be done, not that I have really worked all that hard this semester. Next semester...now that will be a different story...

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

I feel like I am gonna be numb for a week...

But I guess that is MUCH better than not being numb enough. I am fresh off an encounter with my dentist this morning. Man...I feel like I'm somewhat mentally retarded. My tongue just kinda hangs there...I feel like I am chewing on it, but who cares, I can't feel it. I hope I am over the whole numb thing by lunch time or I could suffer irreperable damages. Oh well...no more cavities. That's what it's all about right? Why didn't I decide to be a dentist...those fuckers make BANK. Anyway...just writing...because I can't talk. I don't have any dentist horror stories, thank God...but none of the visits are all that eventful except for last summer. The dentist's daughter is going to be a dentist as well and she was working in his office for the summer. MMMM....tasty. And when they're working on you...they're so...close. You can really tell a lot about a person by the way they drill on your teeth. It can be very intimate...if it's not a guy...and it happens to be an attractive 20-something. Smart...beautiful...rich...what else is there?

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Isn't that helpful...

If you're not hip to RSS feeds and all that technobabble...then there is an easy way for you to know when I update this blog. Over on the right you can enter your email address and when I update the blog...it will send you an email. Sounds too easy huh...well it might be...but I don't know that yet. So give it a shot... (RSS feeds are these cool little jobbies that most blogs have these days. If you are using the newest version of the Firefox web browswer...you can click the little orange icon in the bottom right hand corner of your browser window and it will create a bookmark that goes in your favorites and it will show you the newest posts on my blog. It's a great way of keeping up if you read lots of blogs. Also...sites like ESPN.com and Kansan.com have RSS feeds too so you can keep up on their headlines.)

Am I the only one who feels pressured on New Year's?

I can't imagine that I am the only one but man...sometimes it seems like it. Up until last year...I would say I had been in a drought when it came to ass-kickin New Year's plans. I think I even stayed home and did absolutely nothing a few times. (Laugh if you want) Anyway...last year I went up to Omaha to visit Erika and Josh...and all the others up there....and I proceeded to have a blast. Now...I might have felt a little weird standing in that house...with those high school kids...when we thought it was gonna be a "grown-up" party. I think it was magnified by the fact that I was holding a case of Bud Light and a 40 of Old English. (That's right fuckers...OE!!!) Either way...I still had fun. It made me think that New Year's still has hope. I do, although, think that it gets a little too much press...and it has too many expectations. I might be overdramatizing this....but I think it's true. I don't need all that pressure to go out and have fun. I can do it on my own thank you. The truth is that all that really happens is that all my favorite bars are completely packed, they have outrageous cover charges because they think they all have to have their own "NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY!!!", and it just ruins the whole damn night. This year promises to be another fun NYE but not because it's some cool day where it's one year that day and another year the next day...but because I will be with a lot of my closest friends. Isn't that what it's all about anyway?

It doesn't get much better than that...

I really wonder if anything really rivals the feeling of finishing the final in a class that you really hate. I mean...REALLY. You hate everything about it. You hate the material...the teacher...some of the people in your class. It's just a total hatred for everything about that class. Well...it's finished...DAMNIT. I couldn't be happier. Man...it feels good. I still have one final left...but I actually like that class...so I might even be sad when it's over. Crazy how that works...

Sunday, December 12, 2004

How do women get away with that shit?

Today, while up at school working with a group on a presentation that we have to do, a friend of one of the group members walked by. He started talking to her about where she went the night before and of course, there was all kinds of drama. (Any self-respecting person who went to college has many of those types of stories.) Anyway, the girl started talking about how she had been at the Brooksider, a bar near the Plaza in KC, and she wanted to leave. So, instead of just telling her boyfriend that she wanted to leave, she walked up to him, poured out his beer, and threw a fit in the middle of the bar. Okay, not so odd you might say. We've all seen something like that happen. No Big Deal. Anyway, this girl was telling this story like she was proud of herself. Laughing, talking about how everyone in the beer was looking at her funny and talking about her. Now, that would bother me. If I knew that everyone in the bar was talking shit on me, I would definitely not be happy about it. Either way, after bragging about her little fit she threw, I told her that he should have stayed and watched her leave. I tried to joke about it as much as possible because I didn't need to get in an argument. After I said that...she laughed...said that she actually dumped a second beer of his out...then left alone in a taxi. I applaud the guy for not giving in to her shit...but I really wonder why anyone would want anything to do with a "girl" like this. Then she proceeded to walk away talking about how much of a bitch she was. Is that a good thing? Am I that far out of the loop? I guess it's possible...

Saturday, December 11, 2004

Man, I really wish that New Years would hurry up and get here...

For the second year in a row I actually have plans for New Years. I am flying down to Dallas to hang out with Jimmy, Kate, Tom, Kaitlyn, Megan, Jared, and possibly Bronwyn. It should be a really fun time and I really don't get to fly very often so the whole thing is exciting. Of course I have to get through finals first...so that makes it seem that much longer but once finals are done it will be a blur through New Years...man that will be sweet.

Friday, December 10, 2004

What are her...sounds?

Do you ever wonder things like that when you see someone...interesting? Walking through the store, at work...god forbid. Everyone has their...noises...that they make. Many different noises. Everyone is different...everyone is...sexual. Some people more than others obviously...but everyone is capable...if given the right...touches. Fortunate enough to have a few unique...people...in my life...I have heard my share of noises, sounds...moans. I always wonder about strangers that are in my classes, at work, in the store. What sounds do they make? When I walk up behind them and put my arms around their stomach...do they moan? sigh...? When I kiss the small of their back...does it tickle? does it excite them? is there somewhere else they would rather be touched?

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I think I might be the king of procrastinators...

I'm not kidding, I really think I might be. I have a huge paper to write that has to be turned in on Monday. I have a group presentation that I have to do that we present on Monday and I have a Theology final on Thursday. Yet, what am I doing, I am posting on here. Yeah, that makes sense doesn't it. Man, what a joke. I guess I need the sense of urgency before I will actually start working on it. I am going to lock myself at my computer at work on Saturday so that I have no choice but to work on the fucking paper. That's some bullshit. All you fuckers who are done with school...quit laughing...

Wakarusa is getting geared up for the 2005 Festival...

It looks like they're starting to get going for the 2005 Festival. Last year's festival was absolutely amazing and I hope that this year's is the same. You can see my pics from last year's Wakarusa Festival here. I hope that Robert Randolph and the Family Band is there again and there are a lot of other bands there that I would love to see again. Marc Broussard was my "find" for the festival. He is really an amazing artist. It's just a shame that he never comes around KC. He's been getting a lot of play on 97.3 The Planet lately so maybe they will get him to come some time soon. Either way...check out www.wakarusafestival.com to keep yourself updated on this year's festival at Clinton Lake in Lawrence, KS.

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

It's always weird when a musician you like makes it big...

Ever since hearing Damien Rice on Launch.com I have been a huge fan. The simplicity of his music along with the cello (played by Vyvienne Long) and the amazing backup, and sometimes lead, vocals by the stunning Lisa Hannigan (shown above) make for very interesting music. Lisa's vocals will really get you if you watch some of the videos of Damien Rice on Launch.com. It is very Irish sounding at points but as it makes its way into America...it is definitely going to lose that unique feel when you hear it on the radio (which is really sad). Damien Rice played at Liberty Hall in Lawrence about six months ago but I couldn't find anyone to go to the show with me. (I wonder if I can go to a concert alone like I learned to do with movies.) I heard that he put on an amazing show and I really hope that he comes back to KC some time so I can actually see him perform. He is starting to get some more press now with his song "The Blower's Daughter" being included on the soundtrack of the movie "Closer" and actually featured twice in the movie itself. It's just neat that music that you enjoy when no one knows about them becomes more common...

Some really cool Kansas City websites...

Photo courtesy of ErikAndre.com I just recently came upon some really neat sites about Kansas City that I never knew existed. It is really cool to find things like this because sometimes it feels like KC residents don't have much pride in their city. You will notice that I added a link on the left to the Downtown Baseball Stadium page. These are some people in KC who are trying to get a downtown stadium built for the Royals which I think would be very cool. Here are the other links that I have found so far that are all KC based... www.blogkc.com www.kcskyscrapers.com KC Gridlock

"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"

I think that it is very important that everyone really think about the events of the attack on Pearl Harbor and what those people went through on that island. Every year when the anniversary of this day comes around I really start to wonder what it could have been like on that day in Pearl Harbor. I can't imagine what it would feel like to be caught so off guard and so helpless. I have never really known the whole story of Pearl Harbor and what happened on that fateful day but I have always wanted to know. I think it is important to realize that events like these are what make this country what it is today. Here is a link to a very informative site that explains from beginning to end what happened that day in Hawaii. http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/pearlharbor/

Monday, December 06, 2004

Closer: My quick review...

Now, anyone who knows me at all knows that I am absolutely dumbfounded when it comes to Natalie Portman. The woman has mesmerized me ever since I saw her in Beautiful Girls when I was a junior in high school. Now, this movie was worth the price just to see Natalie actually play a grown woman on screen. The whole Queen Amidala thing in Star Wars just doesn't do it for me. The cast of this movie is admittedly full of beautiful people. There really shouldn't be anyone else credited as being in the cast of this movie because I don't think that there was any dialogue from anyone else in the whole picture. The only problem I had with the movie is that it basically left me with no feelings at all for what happened to any of the characters. It is probably one of the colder movies that I have ever seen. Jude Law has always struck me as a cold person anyway. (It might be the whole british thing but I don't get that feeling from Kate Beckinsale...weird huh.) Sorry, got off on a tangent there. It doesn't help when a cold actor plays a cold character. It's almost too believable. Julia Roberts was...okay. The one thing that I did like about her character was that she was very crude at points. That isn't something you see out of her very often. Alright...well I can't say that I recommend this movie unless you just like watching pretty people prance around on the screen. (I'll admit...I do.) I actually heard people leaving the theatre playfully arguing with each other about who was going to take the blame for making the other go to the movie. That doesn't bode well now does it? Oh well...the one bright spot was that I saw the movie at the new movie theatre here in Overland Park and it is BEAUTIFUL. It's called the Palazzo 16 and it is all done up in the Italian Village theme. The theatre we were in was ENORMOUS. Anyway...lots of leg room, reclining seats...balconies...altogether VERY NICE. Anyway...that's my review...sorta...

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Ivy League Geniuses...

Man...it is true. These guys are geniuses. At the annual Harvard-Yale football game, the Harvard Pep Squad handed out red and white squares to the Harvard fans so that they could hold them up before the game to spell out GO HARVARD on their sidelines. As Jay Tea at Wizbangblog.com states...THERE IS NO HARVARD PEP SQUAD and the cards didn't say GO HARVARD. Click on the link to see the video of what happened... www.harvardsucks.org Amazing...truly amazing. This was found on www.wizbangblog.com

Friday, December 03, 2004

I have a feeling the Royals are gonna get pulled into this...

I was never a huge fan of bringing this guy to KC in the first place and now he's just going to bring a lot of undue bad publicity to our baseball team. After Barry Bonds and Jason Giambi's testimonies were leaked, it's pretty obvious that Benito's probably will be too. Not that he is nearly as high profile as the other two guys are but he is an all-star veteran that is going to get ripped for it. I do think it's funny though that all of the records Bonds set are going to be void because of his steroid problem...but I guess he did say he had no idea that he was taking steroids. It doesn't look like the general public believes him.

Jimmy and I would have a ball with these...

Now...Jimmy and I have hurt ourselves playing tons of different games but nothing was this cool. We've almost broken fingers playing Air Hockey, we've played football in the townhouse, but nothing this technological. These things will shock you when the other person "scores" and you can up your own shock level if you want to use higher firepower on the other guy. Check these things out here.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

This is a hot dog making JACKPOT!!!

Man, how awesome is this. No more nasty-ass microwaving hot dogs. This bad boy cooks two hot dogs and toasts two buns at the same time. What a great invention. It doesn't get much better than this... Full Story (Gizmodo)

Proof that just being smart can make you famous...

I am sure that most of you have heard about Ken Jennings and his amazing $2.5 million run on Jeopardy. He was on the show so long that they changed the rules for him to keep going on the show. He lost the other day after winning 74 straight times. Either way, now H&R Block wants to start an ad campaign with the millionaire genius. That's a pretty sweet gig if you ask me. Would you have missed this? Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year. Correct Question: What is H&R Block? Ken's Question: What is FedEx? The correct response makes a lot of sense once you know what it is... Full Story (The Scoop - MSNBC)

It'll be a sad day for KU Volleyball...

When Jill Dorsey graduates, it will be a very sad day for KU Volleyball...and its fans. She's been a major part of the success that the KU Volleyball team has had in the last few years. They have made major improvements and made it into the NCAA tournament this year. Full Story (KUSports.com)

KU Football is definitely looking UP!!!

You heard me right. After beating K-State for the first time in 14 years, KU has 9 total players that were selected to the All Big 12 Team. 2 on the first team, 2 on the second team, and 5 were selected to honorable mention. Charles Gordon (shown above) was the only player in the Big 12 selected to both first team offense and first team defensive squads. Not bad if you ask me. Full Story (Kansan.com)

I am in the process of creating a home page...

Currently, I am in the process of creating a home page where I can link to this weblog and to my picture gallery. It is pretty weird considering I haven't created a webpage in about 5 years. I am definitely having to learn the whole HTML language again. Here is the link to that home page. You can use that if you want to: www.nctrnlinkc.com Tell me what you think so far...(as if there's much to look at)

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