Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Emily and I counted M&Ms tonight. Tomorrow is the 100th day of school for her and they're supposed to bring 100 M&Ms into class to help celebrate. One of the requirements for each of the students is to count to 100 and this will also help them. What kid doesn't like counting candy. So that is what we did for about five minutes, count M&Ms. When she would get stuck we would start over. She gets stuck on 30 and 60 but other than that it was smooth sailing.
1 - Have a telemarketer call your house during the day. Have your wife answer the phone and ask "Is Trevor there". My wife says no, then wants to know what the person wants. The young woman on the phone then explains that she is with "Girls Gone Wild" and wants to know if I would like a free copy of their latest video.
2 - My wife tells the person on the phone that no I would not like a copy of of their latest video.
We've never bought anything from the GGW people, not that I haven't seen a video or two. We also, at least I thought, were on the no-call list for telemarketers. We've only given our home phone number out to my job, her job, the little one's school, and DirectTV. We only have a home phone because of DirectTV. I've worked as a project manager for a telemarket company before, I even started for a day or two on the phones so I know that the 'no-call' list isn't paid much attention to. If a client has your number you're going to get called, at least until the specific telemarket firm gets a "please do not call here again" response. Our phone is also listed in the phone book, so I'm sure it isn't that hard to get our number. It just is very odd, makes for a good story though.
One thing, I work in marketing and have for over four years now. One of the most important things is to know your potential consumer. Calling someone during the day is probably not the best directed marketing. It is 2006, I know women work, keep your feminist opinions to yourself. However the odds of getting a 29 year old male at home at 2pm is much lower than getting that same 29 year old male at home at 7pm. The odds are also much higher to get a wife and I would think that for the Girls Gone Wild people that would not be very good.
Of course now I've said Girls Gone Wild at least three or four times, I wonder how the Ad Sense will take that.
Monday, January 30, 2006
Growing up in
For the better part of the morning the teachers were explaining that because of the cold we were not going to go outside for the launch. It was standard operating procedure that we go outside, we just had to go outside, what fun is watching it on TV if we can actually see it live. This was even a more important launch, a teacher was going into space. Because Chirsta McAuliffe was going into space it was even a bigger deal. Teachers had planned multiple lessons and activities based around space and the Space Shuttle. The teachers were making it a big deal and us kids always made it a big deal, how could they not let us go outside.
About 12 seconds before liftoff one of the classes teachers allowed them to go outside and watch it. Once one group of 30 screaming 9 and 10 year olds runs out the door it isn't long before the other 100 or so follow. Mrs. Golden allowed us to go outside with about 6 or 7 seconds left before liftoff. It took about 20 seconds after liftoff before we could see it. Just about the entire school was standing outside looking for it. Probably every school on the east coast of
Everyone knows the rest of the story, 73 seconds after liftoff the Shuttle Challenger exploded and all seven members of her crew died. We knew something was different but we didn't think anything was wrong. When we returned to library the TV's were off, which was very odd. There were about four TVs on the live coverage when we left between the six or so classes in the library. A few of the teachers remained inside and only student remained inside. They had watched the whole thing happen with commentary in the 3 or so minutes we were outside. They decided it was best to explain what happened first and then let us the countless replays on TV. Lamont was the student who remained inside, he was telling us that it blew up. None of believed him, that wasn't possible. Plus Lamont didn't believe people should fly or better his parents didn't believe people should fly. He never went to watch the shuttle launch and even bad mouthed everyone's favorite 1986 movie, Top Gun. "If God had meant for us to fly He would have given us wings." That phrase was repeated over and over again that week.
Once the teachers got us all sat down they explained what happened. We then spent the entire week watching the replay over and over again, watching the live coverage, listening to Peter Jennings and the experts explain the tragedy. We got to listen to President Reagan's speech at the memorial service. We had to write reports on the space program and the tragedy. Lamont's paper was about how it was good this happened and it will show people not to try and fly again.
I remember just about every part of that week just like it was yesterday. The space program still means a lot to me, I still follow stories about it whenever I can. I still look at the stars from time to time and dream. For me however it really isn't about the stars, it is more about the fact that we can send someone to space, as a kid I thought that was amazing. As an adult I probably now think it is even more amazing.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
My favorite is still the bumper sticker seen in Virigina Beach "My other ride is your Mom". Sharing that with the sales/marketing team hijacked a meeting for at least 10 minutes and brought more than one person to tears. Good times.
Long Live the Mom Joke!
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
Even with all of that 2006 is really starting off with a bang. A year ago today (or yesterday if you just count day of the week, not day of the month) the Steelers lost the AFC Championship Game. Yesterday the Steelers won the AFC Championship and are going to the Super Bowl. A year ago today (or tomorrow, who knows) I was laid off. Tomorrow still hasn't happened yet, who knows what will happen but I'm going out on a limb that short of me taking a shit on the bosses desk I still should have a job tomorrow.
I enjoyed the Steelers season last year but it ended pretty tough, a brutal defeat by Tom Brady and the Pats. The Steelers however are much better in the playoffs this year because of their miscues last year. I really enjoyed my time at Decipher, I really did. I loved the people, for the most part, that I worked with. It was an incredible experience and wouldn't trade most of it for anything. I look back however and it was for the better. I like where I am in my life, what I'm able to provide my family, and where I can go from here.
So like Evan said, it could be a skittish 48 hours but I'm pretty sure I should be fine tomorrow also. One thing is certain however this article will come up every year and make it so I won't forget when I was laid off.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
I could go on and on about why I think today’s games are going to go. There is enough data for all four teams for me to pick any of the four to win. The biggest thing and I will continue to go back to it, being home in the NFL is huge. That is an even bigger advantage in the playoffs. Right now home teams are 3-5, sweeping today will bring them back to .500. I think that is how they will breakdown.
Broncos 27, Steelers 17
Saturday, January 21, 2006
My teams get to go to the prom with the hot cheerleader very often, she just doesn’t ever put out. I expect tomorrow to be no different. But I’m not bitter, at least with hot cheerleader I have some great imagery to help me in those lonely nights. The poor Arizona Cardinal or Kansas City Royal fans, they need to fantasize about other people’s dates.
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
This is from Len Pasquarelli’s article today on ESPN.com. It is a quote from some NFL ‘expert’, not Len himself.
"There ought to be a lot of teams kicking themselves for passing on [tight end] Heath Miller in the draft. He has really added a new dimension to the
Now while I love Heath Miller, I think he is going to prove to be a really good addition to the Steelers for hopefully years to come, it is just a bad attempt to get a sound bit. Teams might want a solid TE now with the rules enforcement and the new focus on TE’s but to say that Heath Miller is one of the Steelers best first-round picks in years, come on now. Here are the seven previous number one picks before Miller.
1998 – Alan Faneca
1999 – Troy Edwards
2000 – Plaxico Burress
2001 – Casey Hampton
2002 – Kendall Simmons
2003 – Troy Polamalu
2004 – Ben Roethlisberger
Sure OL guys don’t make ‘sexy’ picks but Simmons is a solid starter and Faneca has made five straight Pro Bowls. Troy Edwards didn’t quite work out but Plaxico is a pretty darn good Wide Receiver, Casey Hampton is one of the best Nose Tackles in the NFL, it is a position that gets overlooked in the 3-4 defense so Casey has only made one Pro Bowl. The last two guys, they obviously haven’t worked out either, Polamalu is the SI coverboy, victim of bad calls, All World Safety. Ben, well he is currently 25-4 with 98+ QB rating. So yeah, Heath is probably going to be pretty good but I don’t know if ‘best first round pick’ is something you heap on him quite yet.
Monday, January 16, 2006
Sunday, January 15, 2006
What do the Broncos and Steelers have incommon? Well I'm sure a lot of things but one thing that I love is two big hits by unlikely players. Big Ben made a game saving tackle after the freak Bettis fumble. Last night the Bronco's punter Todd Sauerbrun made a huge tackle and even force a fumble vs. the Patriots.
This should be a great game, DJ, Brad, Scott, it will be a great week of trash talking.
Maybe the Football Gods feel bad for shitting on Cowher and the Steelers in the playoffs over the last 14 years. One thing is for sure, the Football Gods don’t care about my stress level, a fumble by the Bus on the one, wtf. I will write more on this later. Bring on the Broncos!
Btw, that was so an interception.
Panthers 17, Bears 6
This gives even another reason that the Steelers will lose. Away teams just don’t win and if
Colts 37, Steelers 19
Saturday, January 14, 2006
A few years ago when
The Football Gods stepped in and said the Patriots, you’ve had enough.
Stat of the Day – Tom Brady’s 10 wins in the playoffs NE had 6 turnovers, Brady’s one loss NE had 5 turnovers. It has to be a higher power.
What does that tell us about tomorrow’s much more important games? It tells us that both
Well it was a pretty good year for the Steelers. I picked them to go 12-4 to 10-6 and they went 11-5. They’re a young team, so hopefully we have a few more years of
Friday, January 6, 2006
I’m doing a little work on the laptop at home. It is just my beautiful daughter and I are the only ones home and she decides that she wants to help. I’m also chatting with Single H and she thinks that is neat. She asks a few questions, Single H answers them, it goes on for a few minutes. Then she wants to see where Single H lives on the “computer map” so I fire up google maps. The first screen is a map of
I was rolling, so was Single H, it was hilarious.
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
I must say since I moved away from