Friday, April 29, 2005


This weekend i'm gonna go see "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Hitchhiker's Guide". YES!!! I'll let you know what I think of em' on Monday. Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

I did not know that ducks eat for free at Subway.

I was in downtown Boise, Idaho, and I saw a duck, and I knew the duck was lost, 'cause ducks ain't s'posed to be downtown. There's nothin' for 'em there. So I went to a Subway sandwich shop, I said, "Let me have a bun." But she wouldn't sell me just the bun, she said that I had to have something on it. She told me it's against regulations for Subway to sell just the bun. I guess the two halves ain't supposed to touch. So I said, "Alright, well, put some lettuce on it," which she did. She said, "That'll be $1.75." I said, "It's for a duck." And they said, "All right, well, that is free." See, I did not know that. Ducks eat for free at Subway! Had I known that, I would have ordered a much larger sandwich. "Let me have the Steak Fajita Sub - but don't bother ringing it up, it's for a duck! There are six ducks out there, and they all want Sun Chips!"


Sad to see him go.

Vent: on... vent: off

After reading Heather's latest post about her work, I have to post about people myself and something I despise.

This past Friday I went to Pueblo with some friends for a Go lesson with a 3 dan amateur (I lost one game to him by 6 stones and won a game by 33 stones). Anyways, during the evening his children did not play Go with us (understandable) but were not allowed to watch TV (also understandable as there were guests).

So the boy, I think 12-14 years old, after he's told that he can't play a videogame, go on the internet, or watch TV says (out loud to even the guests) " There's nothing to do. I need something to entertain me. ". He said it twice in 5 seconds.

I was aghast.


I have rarely been bored in my entire life. I have been bored of something I'm doing, but never so bored I was unable to find something to do because I was bored-bored. Hell, one of my mom's favorite stories to tell people is when I was little and I would get in trouble... she would take things away from me to punish me. But she eventually had to put me in a corner with no objects within reach JUST so I would not give myself something to do... and even then I would daydream and entertain myself that way.

BOOKS! DRAW! PAINT! Look at your little sister! She's learning cooking with her mom! Hell, when I wasn't playing Go *I* was helping cook with her mom! I had a blast! We made home-made pizzas! It was wonderful.

Karma has it's own way of coming around to you, though. The talkative one of the group, Steve, told the boy that since he didn't have anything to do that he should think of things to do. An hour later he was still lecturing the young man. Karma to karma, eh? Afterwards, the boy was quiet and played a game of chess with one of our masters and was polite.

Now, I don't want to tell people how to raise their kids. Kids are kids, each one is different and no kid is perfect. BUT! When I was his age, I was making music mixes on cassette tapes for myself and friends, I was drawing, I was reading, I was learning to work with wood, I was inventing, I was reading and organizing comics, I was playing with action figures WELL until I was 17 (I'm an uber-geek and I admit it proudly)... I NEVER complained that I had nothing to do. GAH!!! I didn't even OWN a Nintendo until I bought one myself in 1989 when I graduated from High School! GAH! I say... GAH!


A Treasure's Hunt

Well, i've been working on an 'armchair treasure hunt' book as of late entitled: A Treasure's Trove. An armchair treasuere hunt is a kind of hunt that you do not need to get out of your house to solve (perhaps to claim the prize, but not to solve it). They're a lot of fun and I have participated in a few.

The very first of these hunts was a book entitled MASQUERADE. It was published and illustrated in 1979 by a Mr. Kit Williams and was unearthed in 1982. Some great information on that particular hunt is here and here (the last one is the most comprehensive).

This one is interesting because there are 13 prizes to win if you know where to look. There are exact locales in the book its self, but they are hidden and encoded. Everytime I look at the book I find new things and I think i'm on the right track. Hey... even the lowest of the gems is worth a cool $8,000!

This hunt will end either when all 13 tokens to the gems (the gems are touring the US currently) are found or when the deadline is met (Dec. 31st 2007). The book is $20, but it's needed to win... and I wanna win one ! The illustrations are passable and the story is trite, but it's not that bad. Considering all the hidden things to discover I think the did a pretty fair job. It's supposed to be easy enough for kids to enjoy aiding adults with the hunt. I personally hope some kids do find the treasure.

I have other links on armchair treasure hunts in the sidebar.

On another note I got plenty of good sleep last night, my work is taking us out to lunch to 'the Elephant Bar' this afternoon, and I have the evening off of Go/rpgs/etc... so I can just relax tonight. Ahhh...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Everybody knows...

Ah... I have been listening to Concrete Blonde this morning. I just remembered that movie where they played the song 'Everybody Knows' at 33rpm.

No reason for this post... just enjoying college radio in the mornings.

Favorite songs from this morning:
* Einstein on the Beach - Counting Crows
* White Plains Song - John Vanderslice
* Without You (I'm Nothing) - Placebo w/ David Bowie
* Everyone Deserves Music - Michael Franti
* In The Garage - Weezer
* Unravel - Bjork

I have an eclectic taste in music. For me it's not 'what kind of music do you like' but 'how long can you tolerate this kind of music'?

Boot to the head

MAN! I did not get any sleep whatsoever last night. I woke up multiple times and just could not fall back to sleep. Why, you may ask? Well... those damn dogs of mine.

Yup. My wonderful wife asked me if the puppies (one corgi and one pomeranian) could sleep in our bed.

So I wake up multiple times with the dogs smacking their F&%$*G lips, breathing in my face, and pushing me off the edge of the bed. So at 3:30am I could no longer take it and shout "THAT'S IT!", in turn waking the wife. She beggs me (half asleep still) not to throw the dog. Our corgi is a wiggly mass of 35 lbs... I couldn't throw him if I wanted to, but I set him down off of the bed softly nontheless. AH! ROOM AT LAST.

15 seconds later from the space just by my side of the bed:(lip smack)(lip smack)(lip smack)(lick)(lick)(lip smack)(lick) AGH! I threw my foot off the bed to startle the dog and once again got my mostly asleep wife telling me... "no... no violence...". This from the woman who hits me when I tease her. HARD! She hits me hard! And she tries to bite me. Not last night, but normally. For some reason she has a problem with my nose and wants to bite it off... so this morning she tells me "no violence". Yeah right. No violence when it comes to the dogs, but it's fine to pummel me within an inch of my life.

So here I am at work (got here at 4:30am) because the damn dogs can't shut their mouths and go to sleep. No, they need to re-taste that peanut-butter or cat-poop they had last night (yum yum yummy yum). Never again will they be on the bed. The foot has spoken!

Thursday, April 21, 2005


Hopefully will have it looking "so good" by Monday.