Friday, March 31, 2006

Friday Randomness...

Some Randomness.

Drug companies have out sourced about half of all clinical drug trials to India, China and Brazil, where its easier and cheaper to find people willing to take
unproven drugs for free - Wired.

About 46,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have already gone to Veteran Affairs centers seeking treatment for mental health problems - Newsday

Harvard Univestiy's endowment of about 26 Billion exceeds the gross domestic product of more than 100 nations and is greater than tat of any non-profit instituituon in the world, except the Catholic Church - LA Times.

$30.00 worth of raw popcorn can generate $3,000.00 at a movie theater concession stand - LA Times.

The latest plastic surgery craze is "virginity restoration". For 2 to $5K surgeons rebuild the women's hymen.

Americans spent 14.3 billion on dog food in 2004, 10 billion more than we spent on baby food. - Washington Post.

Only 5% of members of Congress are Veterans and only 7% have a child currently serving in the military - newsday.

The Empire State Building is currently 18% vacant. - new york daily news

For the first time in 2 decades U.S sales of soda have declined, the result of the increased popularity of water, sports and energy drinks NYTimes.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Its Friday...

Second installment of Forgotten Disc Friday is up if you care.

More the crap you expect later I am sure.

Tag you are it..

got this from Jen..(i got tagged)

"Once you've been tagged, write a blog about “6 weird things/habits about yourself”. In the end you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don’t forget to to let them know!!"

1. The first thing I drink every day is Orange Juice
2. My cds are in alphabetical order, if not..i freak
3. Right sock goes on first all the time
4. When I eat Caesar salad I have to have Original doritoes on the side.
5. I eat pizza backwards (crust first down to the tip)
6. I never leave a public bathroom without the towel I used to dry my hands..i use it to open the door. I am pro-enviroment so the blowers are better I know..but I prefer paper!

Rusty, JennyG, Dim, Sage and christina! I tag you! (anyone else can do it too but these aer the folks most likely to do it)

Thank you VH1

I normally hate that "video music tv" shows anything but videos..Love Monkey gets to at least "finish". Kudos go to VH1 for sure. For more on this great story you can read here

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Funny stuff indeed.

The latest pick from Netflix is/was Robot Chicken Its downright heeelarious. The creators have taken action figures and dolls from the 70's 80's and 90's and put them into pretty funny short skits. Some are seconds long while others might be a minute or more. Since each episode is about 11 minutes long you get the idea. There are tons of "free' views out there on google video you can hunt if you really want to. 2 of my favorites are "The Worlds Worst One Sided Fist Fights Caught On Tape" and the skit where Mr T auditions for the X-Files. Season 2 is now underway on the Cartoon Network. Oh and see if you can find the Napoleon Dynapart. hahah

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Quick one...

I got a meeting in a few minutes but I wanted to share this little bit.

I was reading in ESPN the Magazine last night about Barry Bonds and the "doping" etc. They had a chart of all the stuff he was rumored to have taken. This one I had to share:

"Build Up" - 21.79 per unit.
Made of the liquefied livers of cattle grown in Argentina, where devotees believe that grass-feeding ensures livestock will be free from impurities. The image on the bottle shows a vein popping forearm.

So here I sit. Wondering that perhaps if I grind up a pencil, squirt some ink into it, mix with some white out, scrape some dust off my monitor and mix it all in day old coffee I'll come up with the highest of the highs.

Hey Jules..lets take these livers...and liquefy them, but use ONLY the livers from the cattle that eat grass.

how the heck to people figure this stuff out?! They must have read about it on the internet.

Monday, March 27, 2006

March goes to the Boston Bruins Game.

Took some shots..some a blurry some are better than others..limitations of a slow older digital camera. Click on em to enlarge if you want to.

Boston Bruins vs. Buffalo Sabres
Saturday March 25, 2006
TD Bank North Garden
Section 20 Row 8 seat 8.
Bruins Win 5-4.

Warm ups

Thomas stretches a bit more before the anthem

Please rise for the singing of our National Anthem

Good luck Tim.

Game On!

Tim Thomas relaxes so I can take a picture:

A few shots of Buffalo Sabre goalie Ryan Miller:

He shoots he scores!

A celebration after the win

part 2.

After the win Raycroft and Thomas skate off.

Got some cool beer promo item before the game..


Sunday, March 26, 2006

This might be funny..

There is a story about a spoof of the march of the penguins being made. It will be narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and have a slew of people doing voices. Check it out here if you so desire.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Trust me I had to rub my eyes to make sure..

Steven Segals cd.

The reviews are a hoot too.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

Trying something new..

When I first started blogging I had this grand idea I'd review cds and live shows. It wanted it to be a record for me as well as an outlet to share my thoughts and experience. Time really has prevented the live show reviews. The new cd releases I do on occasion but I never got in to a good groove. I still review the live shows I go to here but after some thinking I decided to start a strictly music based blog.

So I give you Forgotten Disc Friday. If you read the very first post you'll get the idea. If anyone ANYONE thinks they want to write stuff that would be great.

Random Musings will still get updated daily (as much as I can) so you can come here for your daily dose of poor grammar and spelling.

It will also be the first linked blog.

Thanks as always for stopping by, leaving comments, and, for the linked folks, thanks for giving me something to look forward to every day

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Still loving...

Pandora I seem to find a new band weekly. This time around was a band called the Rah Bras. Super silly name but I loved the tune. Gonna have to do some hunting.

a coworker sent two links today that are pretty cool.
A look how video games have changed and Ask a Just as the title reads. I suggest scrolling down to read the one about what to buy a ninja.

Finally thanks to KP for loaning me a cd today from the band The Sword Nice and heavy..I dig.

If it sounds like new is new England.

I am ready to take the heat on this one.

First if you don't care all that much about sports I will try to be brief. Second if you live outside of New England you probably really have no idea, nor do you really care (which proves once again New Englanders can be turds).

Yesterday afternoon/evening the New England Patriots traded their kicker(and Papa Ginos spokesman) , Adam Vinatieri, to the Indianapolis Colts. You'd think something really important happened the way people react around here. ***EDIT** HE WAS NOT TRADED HE SIGNED WITH THEM AS A FREE AGENT*

First I'll admit I am a very casual football fan. Sure its great when the local team wins (or does well) which has been a trend here the last few years. Adam has scored the most points ever for the New England Patriots and did kick the winning field goal to win two superbowls..and now he is gone.

Lets look at it and say "what would you do". You have set records in New England, You have won three super bowls and your contract is up. You have maybe 3 more years in your legs...why not cash in? Admit it, you would. He gets to kick indoors and has prooved he can kick in the bad weather. Its a no brainer! We have been lucky and I hope he is only missed in name, but after Joe Thornton got traded from the Boston Bruins I finally opened my eyes. I long for the days when I can follow a player, on my team, for 10+ years. They want to be here, they want to win, they are fun to watch, they like what they do, and they try like hell. The list of amazing athletes who never "won it all" is impressive but we have this tendency to put personal stats before the team (in all sports).

So a little note to all the ladies of New England that have put their Nomar shirts in mothballs and loved their #4 Vinatieri jersey I have news for you. Your next $250.00 custom (NHL/NBA/MLB etc) jersey will find the same fate when the player you latch on to moves on.

Rumor has it the Boston Bruins want to emulate the Buffalo Sabres (of all teams) in that they want to have a solid set of guys and not a single superstar to carry the weight. Makes sense and its easy to like a player that gives it their all, all the time.

So learn my friends, to not fall in love with a single player and they are going to move on in 4 years (usually at their peak) since old athletes come to Boston to fade away.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Ever wonder..

what the skeletal structure of Hello Kitty might be like? You can check her/it out here and a few others (including fred flinstone)

Just wanted to add

I wanted to respond to a post by Emeticsage regarding stair etiquette here at work (you can read his musings here.

We both work in the same building and lately I have noticed a trend that is somewhat annoying to me, its holding the door for someone that is 30+ feet away.

Let me start. I am all for proper etiquette but where do we draw the line?

After you walk thru the parking lot here you have at least 25 feet before the first of 2 glass doors. If someone is near the door and you are just about to step on the sidewalk they stand there..with one arm holding the door open..all the while balancing their laptop, cup of coffee and they still manage to have the cell phone to their ear.

I appreciate that they want to hold to door for me but I am able, really, to open a door 4.4 seconds later. I appreciate the smile and the "your welcome" they unload on me moments later.

My new rule is that if the person has NOT stepped on the sidewalk..that door is closing behind me. Call me dick..but I still open the car door for my wife.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Why am I good at all the wrong things...

Today while eating lunch I was flipping thru the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. There was an add for a show coming up on VH1
this summer called World Series of Pop Culture. There was a mention to go take a sample test and see how you'd do. Well March to the Sea score a 100%. I guess in a few days they will have two "timed" sessions and the winner(s) can go on the show as well. I may take it..why not?

Here is a little known fact you may not have known about March to the Sea. I once audtioned for the "Real World" on MTV. The one that was in London...and made it pretty far actually until they (and I) realized I have no good stories (I have my health, my family cares about me, my parents are still married after 40+ years, I practiced a mainstream religion, I had some sort of an education (d'oh)

Friday, March 17, 2006


First happy first day of spring..nice that with the wind chill here its -4..but hey. Even more cool news from The Office. Looks like there are busy this summer..check the stinky linky.

All over the place.

Sorry for lack of direction today.

The lineup for Lollapalooza was announced. In my opinion there are at least 10 bands worthy of the ticketprice. Too bad that ticket price would need to include airfare, since its over three days in Chicago

Every music news site has been going on and on about South By Southwest in Austin Texas. Add that to a growing list of things I'd love to do.

Holy crap. Not only did the Bruins win last night, they won in a shootout. They were the LAST team in the NHL to do so. With the good came the bad, I missed the tail end of Earl and the start of the Office.

There is too much EFF'ing college basketball on TV.

Oh yeah..Happy St Patrick's Day...ya drunk.

Thursday, March 16, 2006 of the seven deadly sins.

I'll be the first to admit that I have "cluster map" envy.

When I first started blogging I wanted to do something like Brad
had been doing. Just talk about passions, music, movies and what have you. He is local to boston so most of what he talks about there is a good chance I can see or I was on his blog today and saw his map. Check out his blog and scroll down its near the bottom left. (I tried to link it a few times but it came up w/errors)

Amazing. Its even more impressive when you "shrink" the dots and really see the areas that he gets hits from. I actually had to comment to Dim about the small dots "south of hawaii". I need to get out a globe. One way he gets a lot of hits is that he records a band, uploads the mp3's and then posts to the bands web page and says "come and get it". He looks for no money or anything, just others to share his passions. If some one is rocking on The Galapagos Islands to a Wedding Present show from last week in Boston you have to think how amazing the web and its potential really is.

He is linked under my link section if you ever feel like stopping over.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Two in one day!

Wow 2 posts in one day..i saw this (and remembered some) as I sat here eating and reading...sooo (no links lets just get to it)

Office fans - Rainn Wilson will be in a movie with Luke Wilson. He talked about (rainn did) on Leno last night (don't ask). I am sure Rusty is already in line for tickets.

Rickey Gervais will be in the Simpsons on March 28th.

back to the chix parm..

Makin Willy Wonka Proud..

I'll admit, one of my not so good habits is eating candy. I don't eat a ton of it, but as a Dad, in my mid 30's I need to be careful on many levels. Like most folks a few M+M's will do the trick after lunch and that is it. In typing I'd say I have no crazy addiction to candy but then yesterday something happened.

In the Sunday Paper there was an ad for one of those buy one get one free kinda deals on Kisses' and Cadbury Mini Eggs. My rational for this is mini eggs are only around for 2 months out of the year so you gotta do what you gotta do.

So I saw this new version of Hershey Kisses.

Thats right. Peanut Butter in the Kiss. Oh yeah. I used to think that when an angel cried the tears fell in beer...but now this..perhaps the boy angels cry beer and the girl angels cry peanut butter kisses.

When I went to get an image of this new addiction I was like a kid in a (cyber) candy shop. I clicked on the new Easter candy
here and
saw FREE STUFF up in the tool candy?! Free samples?? DRAT just EFFING Hersheys Wallpaper..damn them.

The REESTER Bunny?!!? Good lord.

I used to think the OscarMayer hotdog car was cool..but it blows compared to this.

Imagine how much ass you'd get in a car like this??? Boy band ass.

Finally co-worker,fellow blogger and lover of chocolate and peanut butter
Emetic Sage must be saying "what gives?", why you holding out. Stop on by my man and savor the goodness. Same goes for you KP and anyone else who wants to stop over.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Figured I'd share...

I occasionally take a camera to a show. I am by no means good with one but every now and then I get good seats and the stars align just right and I can get a few. Anyhow..these are pictures I felt like sharing.

The band is moe. and the show was at the Orpheum Theater in Boston For you tech geeks the camera is a Sony CybershotDSC-P71 3.2 MP.

PS I know there are no shots of Vinny, but those are my limitations w/the camera.

Special thanks to KK
for the ticket that night too.

Click on em to make em bigger.

Saturday, March 11, 2006


I heard on the radio last week about the most popular class at Harvard University.
It was a class about being glad with what you have..and it meets two times a week with over 800 students in the class. The name of the class was something along the lines of "Positive Psych" or some crap.

umm Harvard..talking about how you need to look at the good things life gives you?! Its like white people singing about the blues..what the heck to white people have to be blue for? Banana Republic is all out of khankis?! (thanks to George Carlin for that line)

I did a quick scan by putting in a search "What is the Tuition at Harvard University?" I got a link from 2004 (from a Harvard newsletter that read as such
This year, Harvard's tuition is $26,066 and the total cost of attendance, including tuition, room, board, and other charges is $37,928. Other charges? That better be a freaking reach around. What the HELL?!

Enough wiff that edumucation jibber jabber.

Weekend was good. Saturday got drunk on maragritas by 5pm in my neighbors driveway..I kid you not. Came home only to watch the Bruins lose yet again. Sunday I went to see the Providence Bruins whip the The Hershey Bears..then headed over for some BBQ atSmokey Bones with buddy and blogger KK. Ahhh life is good some days.

Thursday, March 9, 2006

I love music.

I rented an utterly amazing concert dvd this past week. As big a music person I am, most of the time I find that concert DVDs just don't hold my attention. I am not sure what it is but netflix has been a blessing in that I can check stuff out, not buy it, and be done with it. This recent view might make me go the opposite, I might grab

The DVD was DeJohnette, Hancock, Holland, Metheny: In Concert. Recording in 1990 at a Philadelphia Jazz Festival this all star line up of drummer
Jack DeJohnette guitar player Pat Metheny bassist Dave Holland and keyboard/pianist Herbie Hancock.

Clocking in at just shy of 90 minutes I was in awe from the get go. The first tune has Jack DeJohnette on stage alone just doing what appears to be just a basic casual drum solo, then Dave Holland comes out and plays a real slick walking bass line on the upright. Herbie comes next, he joins in, then later Pat. They all let it blossom and they are off to the races.

The most stand out track on it that caused me to go back 3 times in a row to view was Nine Over Reggae. Its a DeJohnette tune that he did with Metheny and in research I found that Pat played on most of the studio record in which the song appeared but decided to keep his name off it. Its awesome. The whole thing is just awe inspiring. How can people be THIS talented I wonder. As I watched I realized how amazingly talented these players were. Of the 4 of them the only one I had not heard of was Dave Holland (I guess he was more a session player). Since jazz is not very popular I was thinking about how hard these guys need to work to become household names (well you know what I mean). These guys can play..I mean run circles around any of the top selling bands in popular music yet so few people know who they are or appreciate what they do.

If you do netflix, add it to your queue and be wow'd. It won't cost you anything but your time and you'll feel a little more "worldly" when you are done.
10 f'ing stars.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006


Sorry for no update today. Work has been busy this week (Jerry you know this is my busy season). Anyhow I hope to have something for you know the usual crap you have come to expect from my entries.

To quote the film clerks: "This job would be great if it weren't for the customers"

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Hello..I'm Johnny Cash

Last night I finally got around to watching Walk the Line. All in all I was pretty happy with the film. I consider myself a little more than a "casual" fan of his work but when he has a catalog as large as he does it can be difficult. Its a decent watch and Reese Witherspoon seems pretty worthy of her Oscar win. She took singing lessons and learned how to play the auto harp for her roll. Jaoquin Phoenix was also pretty good playing the lead roll. He too learned guitar and sang all the tunes, no small feat for sure. With all the "good" I was still left unhappy with the end.

For those that have NOT seen the film I warn you the next section may be spoilers for the film.
SPOILIER ALERT (you have been warned

Okay the film ends "soon after" June and John are married. They were married in 68 and the movie just seems to end. As the movie fades out they mention they were married for 35 years and that they died within four months of each other. My issues that I think could have/should have been covered:

- At some point John found religion and was very very passionate about it, there is little or no mention in the film of how he "found this". I swear reading it as a visit to mountain top or something but a quick bio search I didn't see much.

- One of the original members of Johns band the Tennessee Three Luther Perkins died in a fire a few months after Folsom Prison, there was no mention of his passing, or Johns reaction to it. The band would do 300+ shows a year so you figure it should get at least a mention.

- John had his own TV show from the late 60's to the early 70's that had on artists as diverse (at the time) as Bob Dylan and Ray Charles.

I know the film was based on the biography of his book that was published in 75-76 but I think for this to have been a better overall "biopic" I would have liked to have seen the "lean years" for Cash. After being so huge he did have a low point, yet remained married. Also his resurgence the final years of his life with Rick Rubin would have been nice to cover. After a certain time John was only ever seen not in black two times, one of them for his sons wedding. In a film that was 2hrs and 15 minutes long I think they could have spread it out some. The vast majority of the songs I would have left, but the filler on the tour buses at times seemed a little "fluffy" and you could hardly hear Jaoquin speak at times.

Even with all that I'd still give the film a strong 4 out of 5 stars. I think it will make many a new fan of his work. If you are a new fan grab the extended version of Live at San Quentin (get the full version) and it will set you back MAYBE 8.99. If that doesn't make you a fan, honestly, nothing will.

Monday, March 6, 2006

Good news for me..

It is national procrastination week this week...awesome! So this weeks is different for me how?

I got one..thanks to my Dad for this actually:

Mitsubishi Motors conducted an online poll to find street names that are just plain weird. Over 2,500 people voted on line. Here is the top 10: (10) Tater Peeler Road (Lebanon, TN), (9) The intersection of Count and Basie (Richmond, VA), (8) Shades of Death Road (Warren County, NJ), (7) Unexpected Road (Buena, NJ), (6) Bucket of Blood Street (Holbrook, AZ), (5) The intersection of Clinton and Fidelity (Houston, TX), (4) The intersection of Lonesome and Hardup (Albany, GA), (3) Farfrompoopen Road (TN) (the only road up to Constipation Ridge), (2) Divorce Court (Heather Highlands, PA), (1) Psycho Path (Traverse City, MI). According to Paul Eisenstein, the website publisher, all of the roads were confirmed but some are difficult to locate.

Friday, March 3, 2006

Cuz its all about the hamiltons baby.....

In the next few weeks, perhaps even days your $10.00 bills will have a makeover. I kinda like the "color" in money. Proving time and time again its ALL about the Hamiltons BAY-BEE.

I am a geek for different kinds of stamps. Sure the "flag" stamps work but I like to spice it up some. I just ordered myself two sheets of
these. Ordering from them is so easy, 2 days later you get stamps at your door. I know that on line bill pay works too so save it.

Other stuff:

You can't turn on a radio around here without hearing king without a crown from Matisyahu Its amazing the success he is having off his only release, a live album no less. I'll admit I am curious to hear the whole thing. His new/first/proper cd is due on Tuesday but the first review I saw
here was kinda what I expected...ehhhhh.

Why did the office tease us last night showing the bobblehead TWICE?! Bastards.

Finally Wilco hits the road this weekend and yep, I am pretty much assured of NOT seeing them.

Thursday, March 2, 2006

My Turn....

Stolen or borrowed from, Rusty, JennyG and Annoyed for sure....

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:32

2. Diamonds or pearls? Neither

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Star Wars Episode 3

4. What's your favorite TV show? Office/Earl/CSI (Vegas only) ER/Greys Anatomy/Housewives/Sportscenter

5. What did you have for breakfast this morning? decaf coffee+corn muffin (a rare treat)

6. What's your favorite cuisine? Italian, and Chinese

7. What foods do you dislike? seafood, raisins, broccoli

8. What is your favorite chip flavor? plain old chip

9. What's your favorite CD at the moment? The Turing Machine - Zwei

10. What kind of car do you drive? 1998 Honda Civic (or the mini van..aka the Loser Cruiser)

11. Favorite sandwich? hot pastrami w/yellow mustard and American cheese.

12. What characteristics do you despise? Overconfident people who you can tell are not.

13. What is your favorite clothing? Nothing, sadly I am the only one comfortable with my nudity

14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation? Great barrier reef

15. What color is your bathroom? Which bathroom..I've got 2.

16. Favorite brand of clothing? Husky..aka whatever fits.

17. Where would you retire to? Not sure..i like the seasons to change..but when I am old I won't want to shovel.

18. Favorite time of the day? Right after the kids go to bed..not for the reason you think, they are home, bellys full and safe..the first 5 minutes when it gets quiet.ohh yeah.

19. What was your most memorable birthday? 1st, 16th and 30th.

20. Where were you born? Newton Wellesley Hospital

21. Favorite sport to watch? hockey

22. What fabric detergent do you use? whatever is on sale

23. Were you named after anyone? don't think so

24. Do you wish on stars? sure

25. When did you last cry? I am such a wimp now..i cry when my kids draw me pictures.

26. Do you like your handwriting? nope..its horrid.

27. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you? Hell yeah..and I'd sleep w/me too!

28. Are you a daredevil? not really no.

29. Do looks matter? on some levels yes.

30. How do you release anger? Sadly yelling.

31. Where is your second home? work, and the outer reaches of my mind

32. What were your favorite toys as a child? Star Wars stuff and Adventure People

33. What class in High School was totally useless? math and typing..granted that was 16+ years ago..but typing?!

34. Favorite Movie(s)? check my profile..Fight Club, Shawshank, Sin City etc

35. What are your nicknames? Harry, Food, FoodH, shithead..

36. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? lacing shoes is overrated..75% of what I own are "slip ons"

37. Do you think that you are strong? Physically not really, as in I am not a gym rat that bench presses 300lbs.... mentally yes.

38. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? not a huge ice cream person..but if we start off chocolate and add chunks of more chocolate we are doing well

39. What are your favorite colors? blue

40. What is your least favorite thing about yourself? short fuse

41. Who do you miss the most? I can't think of any one.

42. What color pants are you wearing? khaki

43. What are you listening to right now? co-workers yammering about something and the last broadcast by doves

44. Last thing you ate? breakfast..corn muffin

45. If you were a CRAYON what color would you be? Yellow

46. Last person you talked to on the phone? my mother

47. Favorite Drink? Milk, water, Newcastle Brown Ale, coffee, Snapple ice tea, Dr. Pepper

48. Do you wear contacts? i just started this past fall but wear them sporadically as I have had glasses since 1st grade so I know me w/glasses and everyone I know, knows me with glasses

49. Favorite Day of the Year? February only comes every 4 years but its a whizz banger I tell you

50. Scary Movies or Happy Endings? scary

51. Summer or winter? summer

52. Hugs OR Kisses? kisses..wetter the better! hahaha

53.What is Your Favorite Dessert? brownies, cake, chocolate chip cookies, pie

54. What Book(s) are you reading? I just completed the most recent George Carlin Book "When will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops" and I am on the 4th chapter of a book about the making of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue

55. Favorite Smells? when it first starts to rain, clean babies, the ocean

56. Rolling Stones or Beatles? If I had to choose it would be the Beatles but I choose about 20 bands before either.

57. What's the furthest you've been from home? LA or Stockholm Sweden

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Random stuff...

Few quick things.

March is here and besides it being my least favorite month of the year (no holidays, no birthdays) and just crappy awful weather. I wish I could hibernate and just miss this month. I'd be a better person.

One of the things I hate is March Madness. Here is Massachusetts we have four major sports teams so college sports are really REALLY a back burner story in on the nightly news. Sure the BC Eagles are ranked in the top 15 even right now but you'd be hard pressed to find someone that can name a player, has been to a game or just honestly cares. So today I got asked "do you want to do a march madness bracket". I freaking HATE those. So stupid. People call me stupid for playing the lottery yet they can't wait for their "brackets". Suddenly you need to pick a winner out of 64 teams you know NOTHING about. Hmmm let me see Gonzaga or Wake Forest? Oh I'll pick the team with the better uniforms. What sucks is how it starts in March and ends in freaking April. March Madness..that is what you get when F'ing CSI gets pre-empted for freaking basketball. On top of it being my least favorite of the major sports it just has to be so "there".

Today is Ash Wednesday. For the non-Catholics this is the kick off of the Lent "season" which ends on Easter Sunday. Catholics are not supposed to eat meat on Fridays and "give something up". The idea really is to do something that will make you a better person. Lots of folks give up chocolate for example. Not sure what I want to do, since I am already perfect.

Finally, there was a story on the radio today that a study was done and it was found that *shocker* people knew more about the Simpsons than they did about the Bill of Rights. I'll be one to admit that if I was asked trivia questions on either subject I too would choose the Simpsons. So, I decided I'd take a refresher visit perhaps you would like to as well. You can check out the Bill of Rights