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"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing" - Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, September 29, 2005

One last trip...

... to Maryland for a cousins' wedding.

After that, I'm done traveling until at least February. I'm actually kind of relieved. The past 2 months I haven't gotten anything done (see 2 posts below) and this traveling doesn't help. It'll be nice to have a solid few months around home.

I'm still suffering the cough/cold I got from Vegas, and tonight I have dump loads to do. I'm so not looking forward to mowing the lawn with this cold, but it's gotta be done or else we will return to a forest after coming back from Maryland. I also got tons of laundry and bill paying to do. Ah, what fun on a Thursday night! I can't really complain, since I am the one who put these things off until now. Procrastination never really pays off.

So anyways, you will not be hearing from me until at least Monday. Hopefully I'm rid of this cold, and things will start to get back on track.

Karl, out.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Leaving (left) Las Vegas...

.. I am back from my 3 night excursion to Las Vegas. It was, of course, alot of fun, and it's amazing how fast time passes there. I felt like I had only been there for a day.

This was my fifth time in Las Vegas. Each trip has been a little different. On this trip, I noticed something that is kind of nice; alot of people are simply friendly. Every Blackjack table I sat at, we just had a great time. On my last night, I sat at a table with a group of girls for almost 3 hours. By the end of that time, I felt like we were all good friends. It didn't seem to matter that most of us lost a little (or a lot) of money; we stayed at the table for the conversation. When I finally stood up to leave the table, my stomach actually was sore from laughing so much.

Another thing I noticed is that I really missed my wife. Despite being there for a bachelor party, I wish she could have gone with. She can really be "one of the guys"... there's not much you can say that would offend her. She would have been a great addition to many of the conversations we had at the Blackjack tables.

Well, now I'm back at home. One thing I brought back with me from Vegas is a nice cold and sore throat. I'm guessing I might have gotten one from my complete lack of sleep, the smokey casinos, the drinking of beer, and the eating of nothing but greasy food. Ya think?

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Potpourri #6

Stop, collaborate and listen.

The past week has been a whirlwind of crap. I blame no one (and actually, no one (ever) is to blame... lame Howard Jones reference) other than myself. I have become a lazy oaf the past few months and I'm none too proud of it. This week was one of the most unproductive weeks I can remember, and it tops off a few months of it. It was, my friends, the whipped shit on top of horseshit. (Please don't tell me it's supposed to be "whipped cream"; the word substitution was intentional).

Now, I could write in this little entry of how I'm going to change, get my ass in gear, and so on. But I've come to realize recently that words are weak, especially mine. If I had actually done everything I had put on my "to do" list the past year, I'd be one bad-ass mo fo and would have probably received some kind of award from someone for bein' so bad-ass. And I mean that in a good way.

But no awards have come my way. So I give myself an award today, for having some of the most unproductive months in my humble 33 years of life.

Like I said though, no lists will be made of what I need to do. I know what I need to do. It will start to be done.

It is rather bad timing, however, as I leave for a 3 night, 4 day fun-filled excursion to Las Vegas tomorrow. Can't get much productive done in Vegas, unless emptying out your wallet is one of them. So I will have to wait until next Tuesday to start getting things done.

Oh, and look for me writing alot more on this thing after my return. Not that it's really a treat for you... more of a warning.

And by the way, there will be no pictures of my trip in Vegas, because as you all should well know... what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Couldn't resist...


I don't know if I'd consider it a news flash; I've known it since he was elected.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Weird Facts About You

from Yano's Ten on Tuesday...

10 Weird Facts About Me

1. I write and throw with my left hand. I do almost everything else with my right hand.
2. On most nights, I sleep with the sheets over my mouth but not my nose. I'm not sure why I do this.
3. I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be my dog because his life is so easy. Except his lifespan is only about 15 years.
4. I can make spit bubbles come out of my mouth at almost any time.
5. When I was a freshman in high school, I drank almost a gallon a milk a day for the entire school year in hope that I would grow taller. It didn't work. I have been 5'6" since 1986.
6. I have only one sister and we're almost 10 years apart.
7. I have been to well over 100 live music concerts.
8. I haven't broken a single bone in my entire body yet (see #5).
9. I never had enough nerve to approach a girl when I was single. Every girl I ever dated, including my wife, technically made the "first move".
10. I am partially color blind, but have better than 20/20 vision.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I Have Thoust Returnedeth II

The lack of posting the last week was because I spent a fun-filled extended weekend in the city of Pittsburgh. A "guys weekend out", if you will.

We left Friday morning and just returned yesterday afternoon. I am still in somewhat of a "recovery" mode, but the 12 hours of sleep last night helped quite a bit.

It was a lot of fun, it's great to see my co-workers "let loose" for a weekend, it's amazing how different people act when on vacation versus when they're in the office, stressed out from work. I seriously believe if large corporations would allow more vacation time (like many companies in Europe), we would be much more productive. Ah, but what do I know, I'm just a peon in my company. I shall sit in my cubicle and keep quiet.

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city, alot nicer than I ever expected. The downtown area is very clean, and the city is surrounded by rolling hills covered in trees. Five minutes outside of the city and you find yourself in several huge, forested parks.

PNC Park (for baseball) and Heinz Stadium (for football) are great sport venues, and both give spectacular views of the city skyline. The fireworks after the ballgame we watched were better than many of the 4th of July shows I've seen around Chicago.

Unforunately I don't have any pictures, as I didn't bring my digital camera due to fear of losing or damaging it.

Looking back on the weekend, I think I made the right call.