Monday, March 31, 2008

Getting older

Games like tonight will make me get older quick. I hope the extra innings are kinder tonight than they were last night.

9-9 Braves after a great 'hit' by Brian McCann. If you didn't see the game catch it on SportsCenter, brilliant!

Home Opener

Man Tommy looks a lot better dressed like that

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Damn It

I guess a team should win their first game at their new stadium. It sucks that means the Nationals beat the Braves. Nice way to win it for them, walk-off home run by their best player. Good things the Braves have 161 more to go to make up that one game deficit.

Opening Day!

The Braves open tonight in Washington with Tim Hudson as the Opening Day starter. I'm excited that baseball is back but for some reason not as much as seasons past. Maybe being away from a city/area with a baseball team for going on six years now is starting to catch up to me. I'm excited for tonight though. Play ball!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

I'm proud

I'm proud of My Pretty Bird for handling her recent change in employment very well. We're in a position that we only need her to work 20 or so hours a week to cover make everything easier (granted we'd both like to eventually get her a FT job so we can start getting ahead instead of just staying afloat). Due to my recent travels wrecking her schedule, her boss being a complete ass, and her not really liking her job she left her job about a month ago. Well she found a job she's wanted for a few years now and hopefully it will be everything she wants it to be. She starts today and The Little One and I are very proud of her.

Friday, March 28, 2008

2008 is going fast

I guess spending six weeks in another state only thinking about when I was going to be able to spend some time at home just makes the year go by pretty quick. I really can't believe that it is almost April. Actually I'm having a hard time believing it is past February. We usually have a decent Valentine's Day date and then do something, anything for my birthday but both of those went without any fuss. I guess my brain is just going to take a little time to understand that the green stuff on my car doesn't mean the flowers are blooming early it just means I've missed 1/2 the year. Oh well, it means baseball season starts soon and our vacation in June will be here that much sooner.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter Bunny

I think this is the last year we get to play Easter Bunny. We're bucking to peer pressure and getting The Little One an iPod this Easter. All of her friends have an MP3 player so she's getting an iPod Shuffle to be one of the cool kids. She'll love it even if it doesn't ever play music because its purple.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

They were right when they named today Good Friday. It was a great day.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Now that is cool

Neat, thanks for the help

The last part of shipping our stuff from CT to NC involves all the product that doesn't really have large quantities. Instead of shipping two or three pallets or even 10 to 15 cases of something I'm shipping one to five individual items. We have about 50 SKUs that have less than 12 items and that has been taking my time. The warehouse has given me two people to help combine items, put them in a box, and write the item number and quantity on the box. Neat, six weeks up here and this is the first real help I get.

Or so I thought it would be helpful. Our SKUs for die cast products are seven digits long and then sometimes an A or B attached at the end. The A or B are when we do a second paint job for the same team or item, like another Steelers Transporter. But a normal item number looks like this.


The first two boxes I grabbed that they helped me with looked like this.


It gets even more fun as I go through more and more boxes and get ones like these.


I'd like to thank these fine women for their help at taking a few years off my life.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


This is my 700th post. It also feels like my 700th day up here in Conneticuit but this is my last week. I'm sure I had a real blog post in mind but I saw the 699 posts and I figured I'd point this will be the 700th entry. Who really cares I guess.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Toby or Sam?

Man that was an incredible speech given by Barak Obama today, just incredible. It did everything it needed to do in terms of dealing with the idiot controversy involving his preacher. The speech then opened and expanded on actual issues involving racism. It was just an incredible speech delivered perfectly. The speech was so good I figured Toby or Sam wrote it.

Sorry if you don't like all the Obama lovin' in my blog, deal with it.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Barney Time!

The best sitcom on TV returns tonight. You better watch it because it is going to be, wait for it...


Sunday, March 16, 2008

The last week!

This will be my last week dragging my ass up to Connecticut. I should be done on either Wednesday or Thursday with one more day to double check that everything is done. That means I will either be home for good Thursday or Friday. Then I'm taking a few days off next week. I wonder if I can still find the office next week.

Friday, March 14, 2008


I need to figure out a way to head to NYC for at least a few hours. I've only got one week left in CT and I haven't been to NYC once. It is the greatest city in the country and I'm this close, I should make a trek. Doubtful I will have time but still a good goal.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Is it baseball season yet?

Only two weeks to go!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I LOL'ed

Sure I'm just ripping off a Fark headline and that proves I'm a hack but this one was really funny.

"Saying Hillary has Executive Branch experience is like saying Yoko Ono was a Beatle."

Quite funny and remarkably true.

Not So Smart

The receptionist up here talks to me everyday. She knows I fly home on Friday and back on Monday. She knows this because she brings it up. Today she asked if I liked the H3 I was driving and how much I paid for it. Why on earth would I but a truck and drive it up here.

In other news I'm driving an H3 which is fricking huge. This is the small version of the Hummer, I have no idea why anyone would want this unless you lived in the middle of nowhere. I wanted the Impala sized car and I end up with an H3, at least it is the same rate.


I love daily/Sunday comics. I don't read them all the time but do I love reading them when I actually get the chance. Well that is, I love reading the good ones. Bill Watterson is one of my all-time favorite authors regardless of medium. I enjoy others as well but I gotta give Calvin and Hobbes a little push whenever I can. Anyway Jim Davis is not one of my favorite authors. I think its good that Garfield is popular since it helps other strips. I also think Jim Davis can get all the money he can so the merchandising doesn't bother me. My issue is the strip is awful. Not Family Circus bad but still really bad.

Well this site, compliments of Pretty Bird, makes Garfield a pretty damn good read. Enjoy.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Rib eye

I used to love ordering rib eyes when I was actually ordering a steak. Well when I could afford it anyway. I'm a huge fan of a good steak but they aren't always the cheapest dinner out. Plus over the last 5+ years we try to eat a lot less red meat than before. Anyway back to the rib eye, for whatever reason it hit the sweet spot with me. My grandfather would be upset that a filet isn't my favorite but a rib eye just was. It was the right mixture of tenderness, flavor, and most importantly price. I used to like ordering them out.

When we moved into our house last year we got a nice grill and cook out on it. We've cooked everything, fish, veggies, corn (which I think is a vegetable), pork chops, burgers, chicken, and of course steak. My favorite to cook is again the rib eye. A local place runs a great sale every now and then on them and we get them and have a nice Sunday dinner.

It seems the side effect to that is that I enjoy my rib eye much better than a restaurants. In traveling the past five weeks I don't pay for food so I try to eat a steak once a week, to treat myself for being stuck in Connecticut. Well I've had three rib eyes in five weeks from three different places and none of them are close to the quality that we have. I just assume if I'm paying 3 to 4x the price I should get a quality steak. I guess I'm mistaken. Tonight's was a good one but still not quite as good as mine. Too bad I guess.

Monday, March 10, 2008

I did it, finally!

Finally a trip through the Philly airport that didn't include a delay. The last five trips through Philly included a 20 minute, 50 minute, 2 hour, 5 hour, and 20 hour delay. That is an extra 28 hours and ten minutes I didn't need to spend in Philadelphia. This in addition the the five hours I was already supposed to spend in Philly on those trips. Stupid USAir.

When I flew out of Norfolk we flew through Philly all the time and we almost never had issues. Well save the extra three hours we spent coming back from Essen. Now that they've merged with America West they've completely neglected their Philly hub and its causing huge issues. There was actually an article about it in the USA Today last week. Well having gone through Philly now nine times in the past five weeks I agree with the article, USAirways needs to step up and fix it. Its apparently going to pass O'Hare was the worst in terms of delays.

Well not today, today I was even early. Hopefully it will keep up since I have another three trips through here in the next 11 days.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Spin at its best

As I'm bored as hell waiting for my truck to get here so I can get done and fly home I'll rant about politics again. Watching The West Wing has really put me in tune with seeing political spin, more than before. Maybe I catch it easier because I'm older and more of a cynic, who knows. Anyway the Clinton spin machine is about as good as they come.

They keep spinning her as gaining momentum when Obama was 15 points down in Texas and 20 points down in Ohio two weeks before the primary and he lost much closer than that. Actually he won Texas but we'll get to that later. The news outlets all buy all of the momentum changing stories, that is all you read and hear.

My count (which could be wrong) has Obama winning 21 contests and Clinton winning 14. Five of the contests Clinton has won didn't gain Clinton anymore delegates than Obama. In Michigan and Florida she earns zero delegates but that could change. In New Hampshire, her big "I'm still here" win early in the race they both got 9 delegates. In Nevada Obama actually got one more delegate than she did. Recently in Texas it looks like Obama is going to get two more delegates than Clinton will. I won't blame the Texas one on her too much because its weird, they get to vote twice.

Over a million more people have voted for Obama than Clinton. She needs to win 70% of the remaining votes to get enough delegates to pass Obama. She didn't win 70/30 in New York or Arkansas, her two home states.

All of that and she isn't dropping out and the media keeping following her along. She can't win without a floor fight and they're still going along. Granted they are going along because of ratings but still she can't win.

If the tables were turned I firmly believe the establishment would be calling for Obama to step down so Clinton can prepare to take on McCain. Enough ranting for now.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Not allowed

You should not be allowed to put ketchup on prime rib. The person next to me at the Foxwoods buffet should have been required to give the food back.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Never a good idea

When you're sick of the free breakfast at the hotel going to McDonalds is never a good idea. I've been paying for it all day.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Stop reading and go vote

If you live in Texas and Ohio (or Vermont and Rhode Island) then you should go vote today. Actually if you live in Ohio you should look to move to a different state, talk about a state that needs to gets its head out of its ass. Every single big city in that state is in huge decline, its like the calendar changed from 1978 and Ohio didn't try to keep up.

Anyway, go vote and help decide who is going to take on John McCain to become the 44th President of the United States.

Sunday, March 2, 2008