tracy mcgrady is a headcase.
when i watched game three of the jazz/rockets series there was a stretch
of about two minutes in the final three minutes where a switch visibly
flipped in his head and he was the best player on the court. he made a
block, got a couple rebounds, moved well without the ball and made his
shots. with him it's all about effort. i think the guy needs a shrink because
(until this season's injury to yao) there's no reason his teams should
be 0-6 in the first round of the playoffs.
the fed (aka one trick
pony) lowered interest rates again. what a joke.
went to the webb ranch
sunday and worked a few days there. it was a good time. orion, pam, and
gabe came over and luke cooked us all some tri tip. got lots of done, but
didn't fully finish any of the projects. built a firewood holder which
should hold up for many years. also finished cutting down a chinese elm
which had partially collapsed. chopped it up with luke's stihl chainsaw
and dragged the pieces away; that one took a while.
allergies are deadly here
in oakland. not sure what's doing it, but i don't sleep well and i wake
up with crusty eyes and a congested nose. none of the usual (zyrtec, claritin,
benadryl) drugs help. i'm thinking it's a weed pollen allergy. would like
to go to a doctor to test this theory and find a cure, but that's not going
busy times again. been
doing a lot of painting for don lately. not a huge fan of painting, but
it pays the bills because it seems like people always need something painted.
several projects on the
horizon at the alumni house.
luke has a some stuff to
do at the ranch, plus a potential deck rehab for a lady he knows.
it's good having lots of
work because it means a lot of experience and money. on the other hand
sometimes it feels like i don't have time for myself.
nba playoffs have been
a mixed bag so far. spurs/suns game one was great, not so much with game
two. cavs/wizards series should be closer than it currently is. of course,
if the wizards win the next one at home then it'll be all square.
lots of films lately about
the end of the world/mass death. invasion, i am legend, the happening,
doomsday, etc. definitely a filmic theme these days. i like movies about
the end of the world. in general i like films about an absense of law -
prison films, war films, apocalyptic films, and westerns are all about
humans coping with varying degrees of lawlessness.
may have gotten a little
they keep talking about
mcgrady's increased point production in the playoffs (he scores 6+ points
a game more in his playoff career vs. the regular season), but this comes
at a cost to his teammates and his fg and 3pt% are both down (very slightly).
personally, i'd rather have my star player be more efficient in the playoffs
than less so, but with more point production. i think the playoffs are
even more about getting the role players and supporting players involved.
occasionally you need the superstar to really take over a game and shoot
a lot of shots, but i think that's the exception rather than the rule.
his increased production is a manifestation of his feeling the pressure
to perform (since he's never won a playoff series in six appearances) -
he takes more shots and scores more, but his teammates are less involved
and his team ends up losing.
the suns/spurs game was
exciting. ginobili's game winning layup was pretty amazing - at one point
he was flying through the air and his body was at a 45 degree angle, yet
he landed on his feet without a problem. check it out on youtube or something
in slow motion. these are the kinds of things that these guys make look
easy, but are truly difficult for anyone who isn't a great athlete.
luc richard mbah a moute
decided to declare for the draft along with westbrook and love. collison
is likely to join them as well. so, it looks like shipp will be back next
year, but other than that the ucla men's basketball team will be filled
with new guys. should be interesting to see how they do. it's been a good
ride and we have a couple good guys on the bench so i'm sure they'll be
competitive, but they have to be underdogs at this point for another final
it's no surprise to me,
but some in the media may be surprised to see that mark sanchez is #1 on
the depth chart for trojans qb next season.
looking forward to the
nba playoffs, but i wish they were shorter. 3 games in the first round,
5 in the next, 7 from there on.
yay for weekends. probably
will go into the alumni house, but just for a short time.
finally tracked down that
publisher and got my travel book replaced.
an observation: 2 (graduate,
die hard) of my top 3 films begin with a plane landing in los angeles.
and the third (planes, trains, and automobiles) has "planes" as the first
word in the title and has a sound of a plane landing when the title scrolls
across the screen.
jules dassin died a couple
weeks ago. not sure why i didn't hear about that one earlier. he was one
of the greats. a poster of night and the city hangs above my computer;
that's probably my favorite of his films.
missed the debate tonight.
worked on a carpentry project
with meryl for her ceramics class. changed the oil on her car. flushed
the coolant system on mine. still haven't had time to look at the sunroof
allergies are killing me.
finally got a skil saw.
one of these days i'll get a table saw, a compound miter saw, and a compressor
and i'll be a real carpenter. biggest problem with getting those three
tools, though, isn't the money, it's the space.
saw a good one at the key
shack today: "hire a teenager while they still know it all."
pretty depressed about
the ucla game. they always have tough times against big, athletic teams.
it's not that they're not athletic, but they're not very big and that poses
problems for them. the two teams i feared them playing the most in that
regard were kansas and memphis. north carolina i feared for other reasons,
but i felt they were most vulnerable to memphis and kansas.
friday i worked on getting
about 100 cases of wine to ucb's charter gala. it's a big (over 1,000 people)
dinner event they have once a year. i think they reveal the alumni of the
year and they generally talk about how great the university is while getting
totally sloshed. today i have to go back out to san francisco and bring
back all the leftover wine. i've gotten used to working on the weekends
lately and that's lame. work on the basement renovation still isn't done.
everything takes so long and there are other things i have to work on at
the same time so that slows me down as well. blah.
digging the new autechre
the final four is boring
in that it's only #1 seeds, but it's exciting in that i expect both matchups
to hard fought.
had the last two days off,
been trying to catch up on errands and whatnot. had planned on flushing
the coolant on the camry, but i don't have any containers for the leftovers
so that'll have to wait. sunroof stopped working the other day, not sure
why. had to replace the fuse for the cigarette lighter/clock because we
were running the computer off it through an inverter for too long. i'm
sure the sunroof has something to do with that, but i haven't found the
took the bug out for a
spin yesterday. it's sluggish in first and second gear. something must
be wrong with the carb, though i'm pretty sure i got it tuned correctly.
hooked up my tach/dwell meter and it's running at about 850-900 rpm and
i think the mixture is at least close to where it needs to be. can't say
that i'm a fan of carburetors.
on our central california
trip we bought a moon brand guide to northern california. we subsequently
discovered that 50 pages were missing, but we don't have the receipt for
the book anymore and other stores we've been to don't seem to have the
same book in stock so we can't do a buy and return. moon is located in
emeryville so i went there today, but they moved. called 411 (waste of
50 cents) and they didn't have a listing. google shows them as a subsidiary
of some other company now and located in berkeley. called and no answer.
will stop by next time i have weekday off, maybe even later today depending
upon how lazy i am. sons of bitches.
had my first plumbing class
yesterday. teacher isn't as cool, but he'll do.
had planned on contesting
a parking citation with the city of berkeley, but it looks like i'm out
of luck. the code reads: "When authorized signs, parking meters, pay-and-display
stations or curb markings are in place giving notice of parking time limits
of two hours, it is unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to stop, stand
or park said vehicle within the City between the hours of nine a.m. and
six p.m. of any day except Sundays for a period of time longer than two
hours adjacent to any such legible curb markings, sign, parking meter or
pay-and-display station in violation thereof. Such parking time limit shall
be applicable for the total time period parked within one or more designated
parking spaces of street frontage between intersecting streets." so far
as i can decipher that means that you can't park on the block for more
than two hours, period. it doesn't matter if you move the car and find
another spot on the same block. you're allowed 2 hours per day per block.
did write the city
of oakland a letter about the shitty traffic and pothole situation in our
area. we'll see how that goes.