Wednesday, April 27, 2005

This Got Me Thinking...

I was reading a post over at Bitter and it got me thinking. Actually it didn't get me thinking, it made me realize that this is the same thing that my family would say about me. I have no prospects. That's what they would say if they were talking about 'The Fam' and explaining everyone's situation. They would say I had no prospects. Now don't worry, I am not moping, I am just saying that is what they would say. No one wants to be the guy who has no prospects. I am sure that my friends think the same way. I show up at all of the weddings alone. I show up at bars alone to meet them. I go down to Texas to see them...alone. So I am now 'No Prospects' guy. How sad is that. One of the many problems with being 'No Prospects' guy is that you get to hear those lines from all of the people you meet that are always in relationships. The "You'll find someone when you least expect it" and "You just haven't met the right person" lines. Man I hate that. I know they can't just say "You don't have an prospects because you're not attractive". I just think it's funny that you always hear those lines from people who are ALWAYS in a relationship. Whether it's my married friends or my friends who are always "dating" someone. Hell, my best friend had a weekend off from his wife last week and one of the things he said to me...on Friday night...was that he couldn't live this type of life for more than a few days. By "this type of life" he meant that he couldn't handle not having his wife around and always her to go home to. How do people get that dependent? Can some people just not be alone? I just don't get it. Anyway, I am going up to Omaha this weekend to be the 'No Prospects' guy again. It's okay, don't worry about me, I am used to it. I think I am made to play the part. Okay, I am done. Sorry to bore you...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Went out with Jimmy and Kate again...

I had class tonight so afterwards I drove out by the Speedway to Cheeseburger in Paradise. That seems to be where I meet them every time they are in town. It was nice to see Joan and Lauren. Lauren brought her friend Nicole who was looking damn good I must say. It was a great night. Jimmy and Kevin drinking margaritas as fast as they could after they got to the restaurant by way of the casino. Some things never change. Well, I took some pics. You can check them out over on: http://barpics.blogspot.com

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Mmmm...Another Good Weekend...

Well, let's recap. My friend had the weekend off from his wife so we were gonna go a little crazy. Saturday night we went up to Lawrence. We went to Jefferson's, The Red Lyon, and then had a great detour to Johnny's in Lawrence. I didn't think that I would get to see Jimmy until Wednesday so I was pretty excited when he called on Saturday night. We met him at Johnny's in Lawrence. I hadn't been there since I was underage. They had free beer so we couldn't pass it up. I took some pictures from the entire night so you can relive it with me. Jimmy is doing well, Kate is doing well (she graduated and you might get to see pics of her graduation here), and Megan and Jared were there too. They are engaged now. Either way, you can see pics of the night at my new photo blog that I created at: http://barpics.blogspot.com

Thursday, April 21, 2005

What a Beautiful Night...

DSC00094 So beautiful we went up to Lawrence to watch KU play Wichita State. It was a perfect night. Not cold, not hot, and we were watching baseball. It doesn't get much better. They ended up losing but it was a good game. That's all you can hope for really. KU's baseball team isn't great but they aren't bad either. They play in a very tough league, the Big 12, so it's tough to get any better. Took some camera phone pics. Wish I had the balls to take pics of some of the ladies that were out there but I am a pussy. There was a pretty good crowd out there. I was pretty surprised. All-in-all it was a good night. I love the spring...

Monday, April 18, 2005

I Just Love Going To Class After Work...

Computer Class... I guess I could look at it as "I'm gonna be done with school soon". Somehow, I find it hard to look at it that way. Just talked to Jimmy on the way home and he's going to be home next week. I haven't seen him in about a month so it will be good to see him. Also, Megan and Jared are going to be around so it will be fun to see them. (It's too bad Jared got to her first) Anyone want to help me learn how to talk to the ladies? I have recently realized that while I have incredible skills talking to women, it's the initial part that I have trouble with. I can't start the conversation. I can't go up to a stranger. I think that it is some sort of social issue that I have but who knows. I just need help I think.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Good Weekend...

DSC00071 This weekend was a good one. Went out with some friends of mine on Friday night to Johnny's on 135th St. Drank some beers...(see above) and were merry. My Aunt and Grandmother are in town this weekend so that's fun. They have been busy watching my brother play baseball all weekend and they are leaving Monday morning. Saw a really cute girl at the grocery store today who I really wanted to talk to but I don't know any way of starting a conversation in that venue. She looked confused in the produce aisle so I thought about mentioning something about that but I didn't. I'm a pussy. I realize that. Could be why I am still single... A picture of the happy couple is below. I think this is a perfect picture for a caption contest. Whoever comes up with the funniest caption wins my...oh I don't know...respect. DSC00080 Here is my attempt at an artistic photo of the bar...(this is a camera phone so go easy on me) DSC00079

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Things Seem To Be Going Well...

Let's see. The new job is GREAT. I have never had a 'real' job like this before. By 'real' job I mean that I have never moved up in a company and assumed a larger responsibility than the entry level that I came in with. It's weird how respect comes with these vertical movements. The best thing about this job is that I moved 'up' but I did not move 'over' any of the people that I enjoy working with. I do not have people under me. I don't think that I am much of the supervising type. I like to do my own thing. I like that they trust me to be told about a basic goal and then I can run with it. That is great to me. I know, I am not normally this cheery. I am fully aware of that. I might be annoying some of you. I realize that. I just don't have this chance often. I am normally mopey, bitter, pissed at the world. I just don't like being that way. I know it's hard to believe but it is true. I never called Selina back the other night. I feel like a shit for that. I haven't talked to her for so long. Kaitlyn emailed me today and she is doing GREAT. Anyone who knows Kaitlyn will know how amazing this next statement is: Kaitlyn is now waking up at 5:30 in the morning to work out...BEFORE going to work. Now...has anyone who knows Kaitlyn ever seen her wake up before she absolutely has to wake up. This was a news flash for me. Her mother even had to ask her if she needed to go see the doctor after this behavior. How great is that? I still get a lot of joy out of talking to Kaitlyn. Even emailing her is a blast for me. She was talking today about how she was listening to her iPod mini and she was going to go home and have a dance party. Now that's the Kaitlyn I remember from KU. Erika is doing great from what I can tell. Josh is graduating from Barber School and his party is on 4/30. I am definitely going to try to make it up there for that. I haven't gone up there in a few months...and that is way too long. Besides getting to see Erika, Josh, Erika's parents, Erika's sister, Marie, Kelly (who I have a ginormous (gigantic + enormous) crush on) and everyone else in O-Town is long overdue. I definitely think it is worth the trip. I haven't talked to Jimmy and Kate in a LONG time, but I am sure they are still doing well. If my mental calendar is correct, he should be going into the hospital next week again. I really wish I could see them more often. It is so great to hang out with them, it feels just like old times. I miss that feeling. (Another reason I need to go to O-Town for that party). Well I have bored you enough. Just reflecting a little. It's fun to do that. More to come later...

Sunday, April 10, 2005

I Never Thought He Would Be This Good In The Pros...

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We knew Kirk Hinrich was good when he played at KU but honestly, no one ever thought he would be good enough to turn around the Chicago Bulls. They haven't made the playoffs since Michael Jordan retired. Everyone thought Collison or Gooden would be that good in the pros but it turned out to be one of my favorite players. Kirk Hinrich. I just think that's incredible. LINK

Friday, April 08, 2005

So, I Got A Promotion...

Yeah. Pretty cool huh? I haven't ever gotten a promotion before. I am pretty damn excited. I was getting pretty burnt out at work. I love the company I work for, I love the people I work with, I love the products the company makes, but I just needed a change. This will allow me to keep all the things I loved about it and keep myself challenged. That is exactly what I need. Actually...this blog may have helped me. Part of the job I will be doing has some work that includes creating websites. I have this one and another one so that helped me some. Either way, I am good, mood is GOOD, I am back in the game. There is light at the end of this tunnel...

Thursday, April 07, 2005

This Is Why I Try Not To Buy Things At Best Buy...

I mean seriously. A guy uses 57 $2 bills to pay for an installation fee that he should never have had to pay and the guy gets arrested. What a joke. This is typical Best Buy if you ask me. LINK

Hey, At Least We Have Something To Cheer About...

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I know, I know, the basketball team lost in the first round. Oh well, that's over. It is time to focus on the baseball team and it seems they are getting better every year. They just beat Wichita State this week. That's pretty impressive if you ask me. The story is at the following link: http://www.kusports.com/news/baseball/story/114127

I Wonder What I Would Do In This Situation...

I really do wonder what I would do if I caught someone breaking into my car. I like to think that I would go hurtling across the parking lot and then beat the perpetrator to a bloody pulp with my ice scraper, but I really don't think that is realistic. I worry that I would freeze and not know what to do. Maybe in the moment, after the surge of adrenaline, I would act in a logical and responsible matter and notify the police, and then try to get a license plate number and scare off the offenders. Now how boring is that. What would YOU do? This post was brought on after reading THIS.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

See...We Should All Write This Well...

I would love to be able to write well. My blog is swill compared to other ones out there but that's my problem. I read these other ones and I pale in comparison to the way they write. Take this one for example. I mean...it's great...right?

I Don't Know If This Is Scary or Interesting...

This website gives you the opportunity to send a postcard to them with a dirty little secret on there. They will scan it and post it completely anonymously. You can go here and read all the postcards. It's pretty scary/interesting if you ask me... http://postsecret.blogspot.com/

I Have Always Had A Fondness For Women...like her.

I can't imagine I am the only one. I just found her blog the other day and I think it's pretty good. She deserves some credit don't you think? I mean, what's not to like. She has recently experimented with not wearing underwear, she writes Haiku poems, and she thinks about sex a lot. Of course, who knows what city she lives in but who cares right? Link

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Okay, I'm Over It...

Yeah...I had my mourning period. I'm over it. They won, and they're not gonna be any good next year. I can handle that. I know everyone keeps saying Sean May is going to stay, but when the rest of his team leaves, why wouldn't he? I just wanted you all to know that I was doing well. Grieving...but doing well. Now I have to watch the Royals all summer. That might hurt worse considering they might lose 120 games this year...

Monday, April 04, 2005

One Shining Moment My Ass...

What a joke. The whole game...what a joke. I hope Roy retires. Seriously...

Could This Basketball Game Be Any Worse?

If I may say so, I think Illinois looks like KU out there. They're throwing every shitty three point shot they can find at the basket. Luther Head looks like he should be in junior college. I am hoping for a little bit of salvation. That would mean that I need Illinois to pick it up and at least make it a game. I don't like the thought of Roy getting his title this easily. Yes...I am a bitter KU fan. I am bitter with Roy Williams. Why shouldn't I be?

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Birthday Dinner at Jack Stack...

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Man...if there's anything about KC that I love...it's the Barbecue. Tonight we went to Jack Stack for my birthday dinner and they didn't let us down. Wow I love that place. It's not cheap but I would argue that it may be the best BBQ in Kansas City. I'm not kidding...and look at my cool dessert that I got.

Another Night In Lawrence With Tom...

Yeah, if you've read my blog before you've heard me talk about nights in Lawrence with this guy. They're always eventful, always include a hangover, and I always meet a woman that I am interested in (who Tom has usually slept with). It's all to be expected. Friday night I had gotten a call from Tom at 1:30 in the morning, he had run into my brother at The Red Lyon in Lawrence. Immediately I begin taking the brunt of Tom's drunken ranting about how I never come up there anymore, never call him, things of that nature. I quickly tell Tom that I will come up to Lawrence the next night and drink with him. Now, I am a KU fan, so Saturday was the Final Four...both teams that are linked with KU right now for the coaching carousel from a few years ago are playing, and they both win. That means KU, who lost in the first round (insert Bucknell joke here) is going to be completely bashed by everyone considering the other two teams are both in the National Championship game and we are on vacation. My brother and I watched the end of the North Carolina game at the Red Lyon then went to meet Tom at Wheat State Pizza where he was working on closing down the place. Once we had a cheap pizza and Tom got done, he went home, changed, and we went to Louise's West. Drank cheap schooners, reminisced, drank more...then headed back to the Red Lyon to close the place down. This is where I met the girl. Genessa was her name. I know...hot...right?? So this is the girl that Tom has been "sleeping with". I have come to expect this with Tom. When I lived with the guy, he couldn't score to save his life, but now that everyone else has moved away, he has this way about him. It's hard to explain but he always has these random women. She was a waitress at the Red Lyon so that is how Tom wore her down with his charm. After talking to her for a while, I find out she already has her business degree, she's working on a business plan for an entrepeneur, and she stands to make quite a bit of money if the business plan is accepted. What more could a guy want. Beautiful, smart, and Tom has already gotten to her. The story of my life it seems.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

I Hate When I Forget to Bring a Camera...

Went down to watch my brother play baseball at Rockhurst today and it would have been a perfect day to take pictures. Then I went through the Plaza to downtown. I would probably have some great pictures. They are really doing a lot downtown for that new KCLive district and the new Sprint Arena. It should be really great for the downtown area. Maybe eventually people will give Kansas City a little bit of respect...

Relationship Questions...

Do you ever wonder if relationships are even in the future for you? I wonder that sometimes. Not that I have time or money for them, but I still wonder. Now, don't get the wrong idea. I am not yearning to be in a relationship. It has been so long since I have been in a real one, I am not sure I even care anymore. But I am getting sick of being "the single one" ya know? Anyway, no big deal. Sorry I haven't updated lately. You know...work, school, work, school, work, school. Well I got a B+ in that clusterfuck of a Business Law class so I got that goin for me. Who knows when I will graduate but I am on the way. My birthday was last Wednesday, that's right, the 30th of March. I am a big whopping 26 years old. How fun. They just aren't as fun when you get older...

Friday, April 01, 2005

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