Friday, December 29, 2006
-Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
The last two days have been filled with painting and some errands but there were also two trips down memory lane for me. Both memories were triggered by scent, making me wonder and appreciate the link between scent and memory. Both scents took me back to Sunday mornings and getting ready for church with my family.
One of the items that I have in my office is an old bottle of Alexander Julian "Colours" cologne of my father's that he used to liberally apply during his Sunday morning ritual. There are definitely other cologne and aftershave scents that would spark memories just as emotional, like Brut by Faberge, which would creep down the hallway with surprising intensity. To this day, I cannot imagine applying that much aftershave to my face after shaving. Those were different times. This particular bottle of cologne just happens to be the one that I took with me to Louisiana. It was a random item of my father's, salvaged when my mother was selling and packing up the house where we grew up. I don't do this very often, but there have been a few moments (yesterday being one of them) over the last years where I unscrew that cap and let that scent take me back to that Sunday morning church ritual. I most certainly never actually use any of that cologne.
This evening, after making our way back from several stores to return Christmas gifts (don't worry, not yours), I decided my black shoes were looking a little worn and tired. This led to the first time I have polished a pair of shoes in easily about 10 years, probably more. The smell of shoe polish was the second scent that took me back to Sunday mornings. Beyond the application of aftershave and cologne, another part of the church preparation routine was the requirement that we all polish our shoes. In addition to spiffing up our own shoes, it was not unheard of for us to spend some quality time with our father's shoes. I used to hate going to the steps that fed the basement and fetching the shoe polish box from the shelf in that dark hallway. I used to hate the act of polishing shoes even more. But tonight, it was pleasant and reminded me of all of those small fragments that would otherwise remain buried, hidden, and never recalled.
Will Smith plays a man who is down and out on his luck, in a rocky marriage and raising a 5 year old boy. The film spans a period where things just keep getting worse for the main character and throughout the entire movie, events (and his own behavior) keep conspiring against him. What's really great about the film is the relationship between the father and the son and how this relationship provides the strength and inspiration for each to get through the really tough times. Smith acts as a narrator throughout the movie, interjecting mini-chapter headings to his life. These are a nice touch to the film and I see him being the potential heir to Morgan Freeman. Will Smith's actual son plays the boy in the film and does a really good job as well.
Overall, the movie was good. I was a little unprepared for how overwhelmingly sad the majority of the movie was. If that had not been the case, I might be saying that it was great.
That said, I thought I would pass this one on that I found via kottke that was pretty interesting. This is the Top 10 Stories You Missed in 2006 as picked by Foreign Policy. Among them, I found #9 pretty interesting. I definitely missed any stories in the news about hallucinations or deaths related to Tamiflu.
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
2. My Ramblin' Heart ﻼ The Redstick Ramblers
3. Skipping Stones ﻼ Amos Lee
4. Fix You ﻼ Coldplay
5. Sunshine (Album Version) ﻼ Matt Costa
6. Nothing Left To Lose ﻼ Mat Kearney
7. God's Gonna Cut You Down ﻼ Johnny Cash
8. Soy Campesino ﻼ Ska Cubano
9. Lived in Bars ﻼ Cat Power
10. Slung-Lo ﻼ Erin McKeown
11. Float On ﻼ Modest Mouse
12. Tiger Fan ﻼ Drew Landry
13. Way Down the Old Plank Road ﻼ The Mammals
14. Bright Smile ﻼ Josh Ritter
15. 9 Crimes ﻼ Damien Rice
16. Sons & Daughters ﻼ The Decemberists
18. Around And Around ﻼ Mark Kozelek And Rachel Goswell
20. Snow Is Gone ﻼ Josh Ritter
21. Origin Of Species ﻼ Chris Smither
22. That's What I Like About The South ﻼ The Redstick Ramblers
December's Mix was made for Nancy - hope you find something you like on it! Thanks for all of your awesome hospitality during the holidays. This is a mix of some old and new songs that I put together as a Christmas gift for her. For the observant folks out there, I skipped posting November's mix. It was made, just not posted, and consisted of a focus on world music. I might post the cover and track listing later this week while I take a break from the list of fun.
I don't think we have been to a movie theater in over a year. This was a nice way to get back into the swing of seeing a movie every once in a while. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
On the list for the week:
1. Paint the office
2. Clean the office
Receive and assemble new desk for the office 4. Meet with the blind (or window dressing) consultant7. A couple's massage (you can ask but I may not answer)
5. Clean for the maid company (don't ask)
6. Our first ever visit from a maid company
8. Use up coupons to free movies that expire by the end of the year
9. Join a health club
10. Beginner's yoga for the first time
11. Physical therapy14. Paint the master bath
12. Clean the "shed" in the car port
13. Meet with plumber and let him fix the leak in the guest bath
15. Lower expectations and make this list shorter
My wife's list may be longer...but I am already intimidated by this one.
Friday, December 22, 2006
We spent the early evening at Garvan Woodland Gardens to see the holiday light show and visit the Anthony Chapel. The architects of the Anthony Chapel have their roots with Frank Lloyd Wright. The building was really amazing. The walls were actually all glass so you looked out on the gardens while in the chapel. The majority of the rest of the building was all wood beams. The combined total was pretty striking.
This photo is of Peter Crouch, who plays for Liverpool in England. Crouch is a long tall lanky forward who is really fun to watch when he plays. Great in the air and does a great robot celebration when he scores. I don't think England played him nearly enough during the last World Cup. If he is still around in 2008, perhaps they'll rectify that situation.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Cannon, Joe Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Guzan, Brad Chivas USA (MLS)
Perkins, Troy DC United (MLS)
Reis, Matt New England Revolution (MLS)
Albright, Chris Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Boswell, Bobby DC United (USA)
Bornstein, Jonathan Chivas USA (USA)
Conrad, Jimmy Kansas City Wizards (MLS)
Namoff, Bryan DC United (USA)
Parkhurst, Michael New England Revolution (USA)
Pearce, Heath FC Nordsjælland (Denmark)
Robinson, Dasan Chicago Fire (USA)
Robinson, Eddie Houston Dynamo (USA)
Beckerman, Kyle Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Carroll, Brian DC United (MLS)
Clark, Ricardo Houston (MLS)
Dempsey, Clint New England Revolution (MLS)
Donovan, Landon Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Josh Gros DC United (USA)
Kljestan, Sacha Chivas USA (USA)
Mapp, Justin Chicago Fire (MLS)
Mastroeni, Pablo Colorado Rapids (MLS)
Mullan, Brian Houston Dynamo (USA)
Noonan, Pat New England Revolution (MLS)
Cooper, Kenny FC Dallas (USA)
Eskandarian, Alecko DC United (USA)
Jaqua, Nate Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
Rolfe, Chris Chicago Fire (MLS)
Twellman, Taylor New England Revolution (MLS)
"There are players when you look at MLS who have made their mark scoring goals — Taylor Twellman, Ante Razov. The most impressive about Josy Altidore was that in the latter part of the season for the Red Bulls is that he scored goals for his team. You want to look at which players now can score goals at the next level. Not all great goal-scorers in the domestic leagues around the world are great goal-scorers internationally. There's not an automatic transition. Another player in our league who has scored goals, and great goals at sometimes, is Alecko Eskandarian (D.C. United)."
We need new blood on this team and it appears that in addition to retirement, maybe Bob will bring in some changes. Granted, he also mentioned Ching (I took that name out) but I am not sold on him at the moment.
Monday, December 18, 2006
(Try to leave you dirty mind comments at home...)
"I could listen to Morgan Freeman read a list of ingredients for cream of broccoli soup and be captivated."
I still hate penguins...but I have yet to see March of Penguins, which is what inspired this nugget of wisdom which I agree with whole heartedly. I wonder if Morgan could make me like them?
Plus, you get to watch Spector shut down Ronaldo. Well, ok...he didn't exactly shut him down totally but he did a pretty good job. I don't think I've ever seen anyone completely shut down that whining pretty boy and his endless bag of step over tricks.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
"The tradition of selecting a Man of the Year began in 1927, when Time editors contemplated what they could write about during a slow news week. Primarily, they sought to remedy an editorial embarrassment from earlier that year when the magazine did not put aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover following his historic trans-Atlantic flight. At the end of the year, they came up with the idea of a cover story about Charles Lindbergh being the 'Man of the Year.'"
Saturday, December 16, 2006
"'For seizing the reins of the global media, for founding and framing the new digital democracy, for working for nothing and beating the pros at their own game, Time's Person of the Year for 2006 is you,' the magazine's Lev Grossman wrote."
Friday, December 15, 2006
Carlee really liked this one.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
On his ego:
"I’m not this kind of person to say I am the best. It is not for me to say. It is for the journalists and the fans of football. The game is a collective sport, not an individual sport. Look at a sport like tennis: it is easier to say that the best is Roger Federer. But in football, a striker cannot score alone. You need balls to come to you to perform. You can be the best striker, but if they don’t give you the ball it is difficult to perform."
On leaving Chelsea:
"But you always are thinking about fitting in with the best club and for me that club was Chelsea and with Jose [Manager Jose Mourinho]. He always has given me confidence and that is very important to me. Leave Chelsea? There’s just no point."
On American Soccer:
"What I really like about the States is that it is a very different culture. Who knows, maybe after my career I will go there to try something. In terms of football, I think it has improved a lot since the first time I was there four years ago. I like this team D.C. United. They are good and strong. And that young boy [Freddy] Adu is very good."
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
We made shrimp scampi for dinner tonight. The particular recipe we make is out of this world. It includes one stick of butter, white wine, olive oil, Italian bread crumbs, garlic, parsley, angel hair pasta, red pepper and Tabasco. Of course, it also includes shrimp.
One cool thing about living where we do is that we are close to a good source of shrimp. Right now we actually have 20 pounds of shrimp frozen in our freezer. Yes, 20 lbs. It cost $50 or $2.50 a pound. That beats any grocery store price I have ever seen and it came right off the shrimp boat (via a friend of ours) in Delcambre, Louisiana.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
- He had 57 tattoos.
- His shoes were so cool that they have been replicated using boiled liver and pig brains and have been bought by a Czech footwear company for modern day production.
- He made arrows with a plant named viburnum. Viburnum happens to be the same plant in our backyard (it constitutes 50% of the hedge bordering one corner) that I recently killed by trimming it right before the December frost.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Repetition works if it is with an English accent. If I had $150 bucks to burn would I have a Ballack or a Terry on my wall? Not sure yet. The Wallbanger phenomena gets bigger and bigger. Not satisfied with the current selection of possible EPL Wallbangers? You can go vote and get your team on the product list by emailing the company at firstname.lastname@example.org. Start the spam now for your life size Pele in a Cosmos uniform. If you are really vested with me, email Fatheads too (email@example.com).
Wallbangers has already built up a list of possible selections that are next in line. So go here and make sure the US Women's National Team becomes the next Wallbanger hit. That's right, the women's team is on the list and the US MNT is not. Good times.
Catch up on Wallbangers here and here.
This was a quote in a CNN article today. I know I shouldn't be picky when it comes to word choices and turns of phrases used by the President, but I couldn't help notice this one. "Like most Americans..." I just find that wording a little odd.
I would assume that all sane Americans want to see this crises end. Thus, I read this phrase as a subtle indication that if you don't agree with the President's definition of success, that you really just want Iraq to be a failure. It is a lot like the maneuvering that led to the rather annoying sentiment of: If you don't support the war, you don't support the troops.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
We were talking about the chance Carlee and I had to go to the World Cup this past summer in Germany. Here is the two sentence exchange that I consider thought provoking.
Me: Yea, we were really lucky to get tickets.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
would his smiles be content
rather then cry
cry for the gods, cry for the people
cry for the lands that were taken away
and in it you'll find Hawaii
"U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati has named Bob Bradley as Interim Head Coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team and Head Coach of the U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team."
So he is coaching 2 teams? Maybe I don't understand the structure and make up of the Olympic program vs. the official MNT program. Is it normal to have one coach do both jobs? At first, I thought this was a really stupid move. Then I wondered if it provides an umbrella under which he can manage all potential talent. In the end, my gut reaction is that it doesn't seem to make sense to me. How can he coach both teams?
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
You can read the story over at Yanks Abroad. Let's hope Klinsmann has a better player filter before he picks his first roster.
Looks like the US v Mexico game is almost as hot as Wallbangers or Castro. The castro/adidas story is funny. I posted about Castro signing a deal with Adidas and this Spanish website ended up linking a post back to me - click here to translate this for me. I can't really tell what they are saying.
portastatic be still please yousendit
the poor don't get shit on
city of falling angels
benjamin moore dry sage
guard your honour let your reputation fall where it will and outlive the bastards
mexico vs usa february 2007
us vs mexico february
mexico vs usa february 2007
usa vs. mexico february 2007 glendale
you are the rake
krewe of xanadu
daschund animated gif
epl life size wall decals
giant soccer wall crests
wall banger fox channel
morningwood mercury commercial
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Tonight, watching Barcelona defend the Champions League, I think I was proven right. See picture below. Who should I trust, Ronaldinho (as he passes the ball under the wall to score today)? Or Wynalda (as he adds his tired, superior comments to a broadcast)?
Monday, December 04, 2006
- Retired: There's a Vader Fathead. Don't let your son see this website.
- Sineddie: The Dallas Cheerleaders are on here. Buy one.
The commercial subtly omits the chorus segment that includes the female lead singer spelling out the word: "M-o-r-n-i-n-g-w-o-o-d". Towards the end of the song, this spelling is followed by the phrase "and harder!" The middle of the song rocks - she whispers the spelling over and over and then starts screaming it. Of course, you might get some weird looks as you cruise down the road in your pimped out Mercury screaming Morningwood out the window.
I actually really like this song and maybe Mercury will convince me to throw it on a mix. Next time you see the Mercury commercial, listen for the chorus. Good times.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
- Wallbangers: Giant life size stickers of EPL soccer players or team crests that you can put on you wall. Sweet. The commercial announcer has this great British accent. You can normally find me walking around the house shouting "Wallbangers!" for about half the day.
- Chaser: This commercial shows two 35-40 year olds talking about hangovers. One took chaser and feels great after their night of ninge drinking. The other failed to take Chaser. This one might be better if it was done with a British accent. Right now, I just fast forward through it. Now Wallbangers on the other hand...I rewind that one and watch it just for fun.
- Footability: Two college soccer players made a soccer training video, a "..MUST HAVE technical footwork system.". Why is there some part of me that wants to see this thing? Don't know. But it is clearly not aimed at a 31 year old who is well past his prime...
***Update: One wallbanger of your favorite player costs $115. Go get yours now. ***
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Nice. Now, to be clear, Christmas does not offend me. It's presence in Wal-Mart does not offend me. I celebrate Christmas. I am a religious person (albeit non-traditional in my beliefs). On the flip side though, if it offends you, I don't care. I certainly won't say that this qualifies you to be a terrorist though. Pretty big jump. Talk of Christmas being offensive is as offensive as penguins.
I first heard of Greg Beck because of the clip I pasted below. This is seriously funny yet disturbing at the same time. You have to watch this. It will blow your mind. It is the clip I let go of and decided to not go find and post. However, when you lock me out of my hotel room and subject me to ignorant drivel, I need to vent. Enjoy.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
There is that momentary pause when
a day hits with the repeating town you never heard of.
'The meaning of life is Weslaco,' she says,
sipping a Barq's in an insulated glass.
If not the name, the repetition.
If not the coordinates, the speaker.
There is a momentary message in that silence,
that Jungian hint of madness, when she asks what she wants,
a puppeteer pulling love's arm strings and implicit ok's.
There is that float on current, it's too late acceptance.
You're here and it's half over in that
Texas town you never heard of.
It's just tide, message or pause.
'It's just Weslaco' you assure her.
The film presents an excellent perspective on climate change and is a call to action for each of us to get involved in what is, at its core, an ethical issue. If you think climate change and global warming is a myth, you should watch this movie. Not because I think it will be a mechanism to change your mind, but just because it will probably introduce you to some perspectives and science that you will need if you are attempting to make an informed decision on the matter.
An immediate result of watching the film for me, was that I have become much more interested in becoming better informed about climate change. Thus, I am starting to try to identify reliable resources to facilitate that. One of the random items I found when doing some online research was NASA's satellite tracking utility for earth observing satellites (J-Track). A screen shot of this utility is below. I came across this item after checking out the Earth Observing System homepage of the Goddard Space Flight Center.
The EOS, "includes a series of satellites, a science component, and a data system supporting a coordinated series of polar-orbiting and low inclination satellites for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, solid Earth, atmosphere, and oceans." Cool stuff.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Oh My ×× Office
Diggin a Grave ×× Micah P Hinson
Sailboat Mind ×× Tom Langford
The Crane Wife 3 ×× The Decemberists
New Shoes ×× Paolo Nutini
Blah Blah Blah ×× Say Hi To Your Mom
Le Disko ×× Shiny Toy Guns
Collarbone ×× Fujiya & Miyagi
Did I Step On Your Trumpet ×× Danielson
You Are Free ×× Joseph Arthur
I Am Not Alive ×× Danny Malone
Deportee ×× Ox
Winterlight ×× Roman Candle
Open Your Eyes ×× Snow Patrol
Gold Heart Mountain Top Queen Directory ××...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Sing, Theresa Says ×× Greg Laswell
The Orchids ×× Califone
How We Operate ×× Gomez
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Update: Here is a short on-line article about the event in our local newspaper.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Acadiana Youth is a non-profit that provides a safe haven for abused and troubled children. They have separate shelters targeting specific needs for these children in our area. The Festival of Trees is a really special event - one of the central concepts is the donation of a lot of Christmas Trees by local artists and business that decorate the trees with special themes. For example, there is a LSU Tigers tree and a UL Rajun Cajun tree. There are trees specific to pets, colors, cartoon characters (Charlie Brown), and of course, my possible favorite, the tree decorated by a kindergarten class. There is something about homemade children ornaments that I really like. It must remind me of my youth.
The event has two famility nights where kids get to participate in all sorts of fun activities, including getting your picture with Santa. Tonight is the gala event, which includes free food from the best local restaurants and a silent and live auction. I love the silent auction. I get to bid on all sorts of wacky stuff that probably becomes your Christmas present. Last year I got a gift certificate to a local biker shop. Going there to find something to buy was a very interesting experience to say the least.
Go to this website to learn more about the event and Acadiana Youth.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
1. Barking at a bathroom scale
2. Talking to your boxer briefs
3. "Moving clock hands in real time" competition
4. World record time for touching every part of your body
5. Phone Dancing
6. Seeing (1-5) in about 3 minutes or less.
Along with this game announcement in my inbox, the email stated that this game will be "the Debut of New Head Coach of the MNT." I wonder who it will be? Over at the Washington Post, they believe it is Klinsmann:
"For all my soccer-luvin' peeps out there. Some well connected people tell me Klinsi has essentially agreed to the US job financially, but it's being held up 'cause he does not want to take over full-time until Jan. 2008. On the surface, no big deal, since WC qualifying will not really be underway yet, but the USSF is making a bold step by going to the Copa America this summer - as well as the Gold Cup - so would want Klinsi to start sooner. Klinsi would be around, but Sigi Schmidt would coach the team full-time in 2007. Anyway, that's just what I've heard ..."
The text above is quoted from the end of the post found at this link. It is brought to via du Nord - a quality soccer blog.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
If you are a betting man or woman and want to play the lottery. Try these.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Me: Well, I am trying to figure out how to make that caramel flavor in your hot apple cider drink last longer.
Barista: We could put more on top.
Me: That's the problem, it is only on top.
Barista: Let's put it on the bottom. Next time you order it, ask for an "grande upside down on top hot apple cider."
It worked pretty good. The caramel lasted longer. New drink invented.
This video is courtesy of Almena Films, which has a bunch of cool videos online - and a couple more from the Blue Moon.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The band line up included Feufollet, Corey Ledet & Cedric Watson, Racines (Steve Riley, Kevin Wimmer & Mitch Reed), Pine Leaf Boys, The Figs, Drew Landry, Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights, Bonsoir Catin (I missed them...which is too bad because this is our friend's new band. You first read about her here.), and the Red Stick Ramblers (highly recommended). Check out information on all of these great bands here.
All in all, it was a great weekend. I ended up missing the MLS final though...our DVR mysteriously deleted the recording when we paused it and made dinner this evening. Cox is going to get an earful tomorrow from this grumpy old man.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
"Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men."
- Kin Hubbard
- The atomic number of gallium
- The code for international direct-dial phone calls to the
- A type of card game
- The number of flavors of Baskin Robbins ice cream
- Turkish slang for masturbation
- My age as of today.
Friday, November 10, 2006
I'm ready for 2010 South Africa myself...but I'll settle for Arizona at the moment.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
- Tall and skinny
- Wears glasses
- Went to RPI
- Was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at RPI
- Kind of a geek
- Dances by himself on a regular basis
- Has a blog
So yes. Someone I know could be on the writing staff at Days of Our Lives.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I don't often speak about my political views in this forum but I do have a personal observation about the last day or so. I pride myself on being an independent and I think that people who vote strictly on party lines are usually not providing democracy with the respect it deserves.
However, I also pride myself on being honest. I spent yesterday morning researching the candidates (as well as all of the other issues on the ballot) in my election. In addition to my research, there was another factor that weighed on my choice before I went out to vote. I really did feel that my vote was one way to send a message to the Republican party. That emotion was one I could not stop myself from having. It weighed into my choice. It was a "party line" way of thinking but I am not ashamed of it in this particular case.
- This link takes you to a 10 page NYT article that is adapted from The Blind Side. So if you don't have time to read the whole book. Read this.
- This link takes you to a web page that shows you what Michael Oher is doing now.
- This link doesn't ruin the ending and is kind of interesting. It is a link to the old scouting photo's of Michael when he was being recruited by colleges. Courtesy of Scout.com, a sport recruiter's web site.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
3. then or than?
In fact, every time I post here, I paste the text into MS Word and check my spelling. Not anymore though. This past weekend, in between games of weboggle, I upgraded to Firefox 2.0. It has a built in web form spell checker. Sweet. Too bad it can't fix my grammar then/than I would be all set.
Monday, November 06, 2006
...that's as far as I have gotten. Sorry. So I have no idea if this kid become a college football star, a NFL rookie of the year, or fades into oblivion. It is a true story and you better not ruin the ending for me.
I never thought I would be interested in a football book. However, this book combines a unique human interest story about different worlds colliding, with some incredible sports writing. The writing is smooth and Lewis builds suspense and plot like a great fiction writer. He introduces each character in Michael's life and paints them really well. At the same time, he blends in great football anecdotes and teaches you a little bit about the game. So far, this is a great book all around. Highly recommended.