Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Oliver Oliver Oliver Oliverrrrrrrr The Humanzee!

Oliver Oliver Oliver Oliverrrrrrrr The Humanzee!

Damn you, Elliot Siegel! I don't know where he found it, but Elliot (morning DJ on DC101) plays this music on occasion when he's trying to fill air time when he's doing something that he can't put on the air. I checked out the other things on the site and they're fairly boring, but Oliver is catchy as hell. Once I hear it or even think about it, it gets stuck in my head. (click on "Flash Animation")

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Aye caramba

Well, it's been a while since I've had a chance to update my blog. As my family and many of my friends know, this is the reason why: on Sunday, August 8, I was traveling southbound on Route 2 in Glen Burnie. I was on my way home from getting my hair cut. I was stopped at the traffic light at Route 648 when I was rear-ended by a guy in a Silver Dodge pick-up truck. It's the first time I've been in a real auto accident. So I spent the next two days calling insurance companies, visiting doctors, staying home from work (so it hasn't been all bad), laying in bed with a heating pad and watching movies (ditto). After two days of staying home, I went back to work. However, since I have had to go to follow-up visits to my doctor, and 3 visits per week to the chiropractor/physical therapist, it's been a major pain. I've had to leave work early to fight traffic in a rental car in order to make it to the doctors.

I'm pretty much close to normal now. I've got my car back. Of course, I now have to fight with Enterprise Rent-a-Car and the insurance company (Geico) because I got my car back on Friday, was out of town on Saturday, Enterprise is closed on Sunday, and there were 3 accidents on the way home from work yesterday (so I missed my doctor's appointment, too). Therefore, I was unable to return the rental until today. Now Enterprise wants to charge me for the extra days. My view on this is that the only reason I have to put up with any of this is because their insured rear-ended me at... a... red... light.... If I can't make it to Enterprise for two weeks, well, that's just too friggin' bad. I refuse to pay money out of my pocket so that they can be convenienced.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Sports notes

Ok, I'm not a big sports nut, but I have a few sports-related items.

I guess I should be glad I didn't spring for the Tyson fight last Friday. He apparently put up a good fight for 3 rounds, but got knocked out in the 4th. It's looking like the end of his boxing career. It's a shame he got so messed up over the years. I think he had potential to be one of the true greats in the sport. However, he squandered his talent and now has a rape conviction and $38M in debt under his (non-championship) belt. I don't understand how someone can make an estimated $400M and, as of three months ago, only have $1,250 and a Hummer SUV to show for it. "Tyson owes money to at least 246 creditors, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Screen Actors Guild and dozens of doctors, lawyers and accountants. Tyson owes his ex-wife, Monica Turner, almost $9 million from their divorce, and he hasn't paid $19.4 million in taxes to the IRS, Britain and five states." Schlabach, Mark. "The Punch Line? A Knockout Debt." The Washington Post, July 24, 2004. Bizarre...

In other sports news, the Redskins are starting training camp. The current plan is to have Brunell & Ramsey alternate in pre-season. Brunell will start on opening day. I think this is a smart move. I know, big surprise that Gibbs is being smart. I think the Skins have a real chance to kick some major booty this season. I am very excited. I am especially excited that I have tickets for the Eagles game on my birthday! :-) Yaaayyy!!!

In NASCAR news, Jimmie Johnson got fined $10K for putting a sign in front of a Power Ade bottle on top of his car after winning the Pocono race this past weekend. Power Ade is made by Coca Cola and Johnson has an exclusive sponsorship with Pepsi. So when a NASCAR official put a Power Ade bottle on top of his car after the race, he put a Lowe's sign (is primary sponsor)in front of the bottle. The only problem is that the President of NASCAR said two weeks ago that drivers could not do that. This is another think I like about NASCAR. If a driver breaks the rules, they get fined. That is why you don't have drivers who are rapists, murderers and drug dealers. NASCAR doesn't put up with it!

Sunday, August 01, 2004

John Kerry

Well, I thought his speech on Thursday was very intelligent. Very well-written. My only problem, other than the length, was that I thought he over-invoked the military service. I thought it was fine that he brought it up, even repeatedly, it was just a bit much. It was funny when he said we will "double our special forces to conduct terrorist operations... anti-terrorist operations." :-)