22 July 2005

American Diver Injured at Championships

Nice pic with this one. I wonder what it sounded like.

There's No Place Like Home...

Lemme tell ya - there's nothing quite like Dulles International Airport on a Friday afternoon. Virtually every single flight was overbooked, and they were offering free tickets. Fortunately, my flight was the right size, and I actually got home a little early. However, United IS United, and it took almost 45 minutes for the luggage to show up.

Got me some barbecue and a beer, and I'm all good again.

The 20 Hamburgers You Must Eat Before You Die

10. Number FiveKeller's Drive-in Dallas

This guy can't be serious. Either he never actually ate at this place or he was under the influence of some mind altering drug when he did. I have eaten at Keller's hundreds of times since my Dad first threw me the keys to his Caddy and turned me lose to terrorize Dallas and burn all the rubber off the rear tires. Keller's is one of the few things in Dallas from a bygone era that hasn't been paved over and turned into a shopping mall or Starbuck's. It is an old style drive-in burger joint where you can hang out in the parking with your friends while eating and drink beer. The hamburgers are eatable. I'll even go as far to say they are good, but they aren't even the 10th best in Texas, let alone the nation. If you are in the Metroplex go over to Fort Worth and eat a burger at Kincaid's. It is the best I have ever had here or anywhere else for that matter.

Depp's 'Chocolate Factory' has tasty opening

Nothing really interesting. I just thought the headline was funny.

21 July 2005

Day 4 is Done...

Long day at the office.

Because of a basic misunderstanding by the whole team, we had some inventory issues with our business model. By the time we figured it all out, we were in year three, and it was too little, too late. We staged an awesome comeback, but it only netted us third place. in spite of leading in virtually every category from gross margins to revenue and cost of goods sold. Alas. There was consolation at the Black Olive.

Karaoke is Japanese for "people who shouldn't drink and people who shouldn't sing doing both things." Oh, the humanity.

Going home manana. Cannot wait. g'night.

20 July 2005

Good Evening, and Welcome to Day 3

It was a nice day in DC today. A little muggy, no rain, plenty of sunshine. Not that I got to see any of it, but still appreciated. Long day, too. Started at 8am, just got back to the room about 10:30pm. We're doing a business simulation that pits teams against each other. We have to model a business based on everything from financials to sales force to manufacturing and everything else, and the information that we put into the model gets fed into a simulator. Tomorrow morning, we get to see how smart we are after 1 year. Then, we tweak the model, and simulate years 2 and 3. I was elected CEO of our fake company, which means I can play golf, and look good in front of the press while everyone else works. It's good to be the king.

Tomorrow starts at 7:30am, finishes at 7pm, then we have karaoke night at the Black Olive. woo hoo.

Gonna crash now. G'night.

'Star Trek' Star James Doohan Dies

He's dead, Jim.

RIP, Scotty.

19 July 2005

Day 2 In Old Virginny

Yeah, so I didn't sleep so well last night. Turns out the AC works really well. I know that because of the frost. Thursday promises to be 101 degrees with 79% humidity. New Orleans isn't even that bad. WTF?

Nonetheless, the classroom was okay today. Lots of free snacks (spring rolls, granola bars, raisins, gummy bears) and coffee, juice, and fruit. Not enough coffee, because the classes go from 8am to 6pm. Ugh.

We had pretty much the whole class in the bar tonight, and had a pretty good pool tournament going. I lost track of who was buying beer. I bought a pitcher, but there were about 20 others. Only had my ass grabbed a couple of times, and I'm thinking it was girls, but I can't be for sure.

Eastern time sucks. Peace on you all. Good night.

Homo up for new challenge

Poor guy.

18 July 2005

Game on!

The NHL and the players' union have reached a tentative agreement to end theirsuicidal labor dispute that cost the league a season.
Last remaining fan goes nuts.

Colgate day 2 nixed by ‘number two’

An unpleasant mess forced a one-day break in this weekend’s annual Colgate Summer Classic at the Melvin Ford Aquatic Center swimming pool at Memorial Park.

...feces was found in the pool early Saturday morning. "We were here and all of a sudden one of my swimmers said ‘What’s that?’" It wasn’t just a little bit, it was a lot, "Duwel said." I’m not going to go into details but it was a huge mess. "

"It’s happened before — sometimes a little kid will crap in the pool or something, "Duwel said."

"Look Ma, there's somethin' floatin' in the cement pond!"

Only in Arkansas.

NRA Pulls Convention Out of Columbus, Ohio

Excellent. This is how you hurt the anti-gunners. Let them know there are consequences for their idiotic actions. When the CHL law first passed here and Texas, and there was all sorts of talk about blood flowing freely in the streets, many local businesses decided they'd post notice that CHL holders and their weapons were not welcome. Many of us began carrying little biz cards that politely said that since our weapons were not welcome in their stores, we would not be spending any money with them. You'd be surprised how many of the stores pulled their notices down within a very short period of time.

The City Council in Columbus has now lost the tax revenue from 60,000 visitors to their fair city. I also have a trip this fall that was going to take me through Columbus. The City Council can now not count on collecting any tax dollars from me either as I've decided I'm going a different route. Piss on em.

Tancredo: If They Nuke Us, Bomb Mecca

You betcha. All's fair in love and war.

Of course, the hit on Tancredo has already started by the CIAR crowd as expected but I still think something like this is worth considering. The mullahs and islamic leaders need to understand that the islamofascists are not just our problem, but their problem as well. I am buoyed to see many of the 'moderate' muslim clerics in Europe denouncing terror and terrorists and can only hope that they rein in their problem children.

Armstrong Climbs Closer to 7th Win

Put a fork in it folks, Lance has done it again for the 7th straight time.

Short of something tragic, this race is pretty much over.

Blogging from the...South?

I'm trapped in a very small dorm-style room at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. I'm here for a week-long training program for corporate managers for my corporate corporation. It's very...different. The NCC is a nice enough place, but I'm essentially trapped in the "compound," unless I want a shuttle to the outlet malls just outside Dulles airport. I don't. Great food, long days, and nothing to do basically describe the existence here. My room has approximately 80 square feet of luxurious living space, resplendent with 12 channels of cable TV, poorly running water, and crappy air conditioning. But the good news is that it's 94 degrees with 89% humidity, placing the temperature/humidity index somewhere around 153 degrees or so. I didn't know I had sweat glands in my ass.

More updates as the week passes.

Clinton speaks before Hispanic civil rights conference

Ah, the great Democratic Hope. Got herself a standing O in front of an openly racist organization. That's the woman we need leading America!