Lovely #1

August 25th, 2004

So both of my sisters are going to be in Europe for this upcoming semester. I have been relatively ok with this idea as I am extremely happy for them to be facing such an exciting experience.

Chef LouisShell shock came two nights ago as I said goodbye to Alison (not pictured). She was leaving yesterday afternoon for France so after dinner Monday night, we said our goodbye. It finally occurred to me that they will both be across the pond for over three months. This is simply unacceptable. Who authorized this? I know I never signed off on anything.

She will be living in Dijon, France with a host mother. Every class will be in French, she will be living entirely in French. This will be a great way for her to gauge whether or not she wants to go to cullinary school over there.

She got on the plane yesterday afternoon. December 11th will not come fast enough.

Quoting movies.

August 24th, 2004

My question is how many people really quote movies well? I would imagine that a decent percentage of teens and even twenty-somethings would have a good handle on movie dialogue. There is no way I am the only one who breaks into an occassional movie line.

My sisters get mad when our brother is in town as we've been known to go off on tangents of conversation involving 100% movie quotes. Sure I may throw them in more frequently than most people, and sometimes they tend to be slightly obscure (both the quote and the movie they it is from), but I never do expect you to know them. Well, some I do expect you to know.

(My sisters both missed an Augustus Gloop reference last night at dinner...)

I do like, however, that I do get to watch movies with people on a more frequent basis when I quote movies that they have never seen. It's a nice way of indirectly finding out which movies your friends can't live another day without watching. You should look into it.

(The comic is Heart of the City)

Vending machine dilemma.

August 24th, 2004

For whatever reason(s) I've only had one meal each of the past two days. This, surprisingly, has led me to become quite hungry today. I was trying to hold out for lunch today so I could eat real food, however I am only human. This takes me to the scene of the incident.

I step up to the vending machine in search of the only thing that can cure what ails me...Cheetos (What did you expect me to say?) I don't see any Cheetos in the machine. As I glance to the spot in the machine where the Cheetos usually reside I see Bugles.

Bugles?!?!

Flustered, I think to myself, "Self, what possible reason could there be for Bugles squatting in the valuable vending machine real estate where my Cheetos belong?" At that moment I notice that there is but one bag of these foul Bugles followed by an entire row of Cheetos. This is where the dilemma presents itself.

Do I waste (yes waste) $0.50 on the bag of Bugles as sacrifice to clear the path to the Cheetos? Or do I improvise my morning sustenance?

As it turns out I decided not to give the vending machine company the pleasure of knowing they can sell the inferior snack that Bugles are simply by using them as a salty barricade to the Cheetos.

Today I had Fritos for the first time in a long time and they were delicious.

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Gilette M3 Power

August 22nd, 2004

Link: http://www.gillettem3power.com/home_f.asp

So I've been seeing commercials for this new razor from Gilette for awhile now. I have to admit I've been skeptical as I did not understand the concept. Who needs a non-electric razor....with a battery?

M3 Power

Seems silly to me. Basically you push a button on a mach 3 razor and it begins to vibrate. When I realized this, I thought there was absolutely no way that this thing would not slice my face in any less than one million places.

While shopping yesterday with my parents, we happened upon the m3 power. My dad says, "Why not? We'll both get one." Since he was buying, who was I to argue?

I tried my m3 power for the first time this morning. This thing is amazing. This is the closest shave I've gotten in at least a long time, if not ever. Great shave and no cuts. This was a fantastic pick up. I found myself a new razor.

Turns out a non-electric razor...with a battery, is one hell of a great idea.

Garden State

August 21st, 2004

Link: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0333766/

So despite the fact that this movie has been playing around here since it's limited release began, I finally saw it on the night of it's national release.

The question is how do I start to talk about this movie. I guess I should start with telling you how amazing this movie is. I have been waiting for this movie to come out for a long time. This movie has been heralded as the movie that will define my generation. That I feel is an understatement. The beauty of this movie is that I can tell you that and I know that it will not ruin your movie-going experience. I can say that because I follow it with this: this movie will mean something different to everyone that sees it. I came through with my character defining laugh that annoyed every person in the theatre minus myself many many times throughout the movie, though the encompassing plot was not a comedy.

This is a compassionate tale of a dysfunctional family that through a series of tragic events may have found a way towards functionality. The movie more than anything to me meant hope. It was great to walk out of this and just feel good. Mind you, this was not a feeling of "boy am I glad I was not forced by my parents to take Lithium for the majority of my life" kind of good, this was the restoration of faith in humanity to make a story that had no explosions, no nudity, and plenty of fun.

Garden State really is just about real people. Sure the real people it's about need a little help, but this movie shows that who doesn't? There was nothing in this movie that was out of place. Everything that happened, even the few things unexpected, were expertly pieced together.

This was my kind of movie.

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Poor customer service linked to furniture industry? (rant)

August 20th, 2004

I've been dealing with a furniture store here in MI with which I have not been too happy. They have very nice furniture, however, they run a poor business. (I wasn't going to do this, but you have a right to know...Klingman's Furniture)
Issues began over the stuff I ordered to presto-changeo my spare bedroom into my computer haven, errr...."home office."

As I was at work, my mom volunteered to hang out at my place and wait for the desks to be delivered. The company gave her the three (3) hour window of 11am-2pm for delivery. I was also leaving right from work that afternoon to head out of town, which bummed me out as I would not get to hustle home and see my new stuff before heading out. Turns out it didn't much matter as the delivery was not made until 7pm. If that is not enough, the two gentlemen who were delivering were (I am told) "scrawny" and unable to lift the furniture over the railing in my front steps so they had to come in through my garage and up my narrow back stairs. I feel the need to point out that it's a narrow back staircase as they took a chunk of drywall with them as a souvenir whilst maneuvering upstairs.

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American Dad

August 19th, 2004

New show from the collaboration of Fox and the Creators of The Family Guy: American Dad.

This show and the new episodes of The Family Guy are set to begin airing in 2005. I would like to think it is expected in earlier 2005 as opposed to later.

Stan Smith, CIA

Seth MacFarlane, creator of The Family Guy will be the voice of Stan.

I'm pretty excited for this show, no surprise there. I am most looking forward to Klaus who is their lascivious, German-speaking goldfish – the result of a CIA experiment gone seriously wrong – who has an unhealthy crush on Francine (Stan's wife).

From what I can gather Klaus is Quagmire, Stan is a Peter/Joe cross. Steve, Stan's son is a Stewie/Chris hybrid. Roger, the alien Stan saved from Area 51 is apparently a Brian mirror. The two women, Francine and Hayley (daughter) seem to also mimic the Lois and Meg from the Family Guy.

I don't care what you do. Put Peter, Brian, Lois, Chris, Meg and Stewie on the screen and give them different names and I won't consider that a rip off. These guys are gold. I just hope they don't water it down now that it is back on Fox so as to not get cancelled...

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Fox wisens up

August 18th, 2004

What is the one and only way that Fox can compete with the Olympics?

Family Guy.

Sure the show was cancelled a few years ago, but since it's become the highest grossing tv show released on DVD creator Seth MacFarlane has signed on for new episodes. Maybe this was the kick Fox needed to realize they were sitting on a goldmine. Yes the show is a little offensive. No, it's not politically correct. Yes this show is funnier than anything else on tv.

Head to head between The Simpsons and The Family Guy?
I feel as though I have to give this one to the Simpsons, simply because the show has been on for what? 14 seasons now? Pound for pound which show is funnier from one episode to the next? The Family Guy wins that one.

Now I own both DVD sets of the Family Guy so why not watch the Olympics?
Cuz I don't want to. Family Guy is on.

Olympic Men's Basketball

August 18th, 2004

I have not seen them play. I've never had an opportunity this far to see a game to my knowledge. Though, I am not sure if I did have the chance to watch that I would. I may in my own little way be boycotting this team. I actually told Doug yesterday that I hope we win every gold medal for which we compete as Americans with the exception of men's basketball. I think I would rather see them go home empty handed. Not just no gold. No medals period. In my world: Melo > Bron Bron, but he dropped significantly in my books when he guaranteed the gold. If there had been any other willing players in the league, they should have kicked him off the team on the spot for such a comment. He does, however, speak for his team. That is unfortunate. That is the attitude of this olympic squad. They are a bunch of pansies who are so set in the ways of the NBA they cannot step outside the mold into international play and compete. They rely too strongly on their physical ability and completely ignore any inclination to think. They are very capable, very capable. They are also babies.

What horrible names can I call these athletes who are too good to stay in Olympic Village? Tell me that Duane Wade makes more money than Andy Roddick. Tell me Richard Jefferson's sponsorships are more than Michael Phelps'. Why does this team need to walk into Olympic Stadium apart from the rest of it's country's representatives? Who are they? What gives them the right? You know what, stop talking. Play. Win games. Win a medal. Then and only then will you earn any of my respect, though never will I accept justification for their staying on naval ships or whatever off the coast of Greece.

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Fantastic Lunch

August 18th, 2004

Lunch today, I have to say was INCREDIBLE. Sure Qdoba always performs, that is not news to anyone, but today was different. We (Wil and I) went through the usual routine:

  • walk in
  • place my order
  • hand my Qcard to the employee

But this is where things got odd. Wil tells the girl at the register he'd like an order of chips. Whilst he ponders what salsa he wants to accompany the chips she chimes in, "Would you like salsa or queso?"
Needless to say he opted for the queso and it was glorious. My chicken queso burrito (no beans) and an order of chips and queso? Forget about it.