11-30-07 (15:39)
  • got off of work early today.
  • got a new dvd burner the other day. the old one i had was slow and inconsistent. if you want it, it's yours. i also have another dvd reader and a floppy drive if anyone's interested. getting a new harddrive soon too.
  • been changing my flight schedule on a nearly daily basis. at first i was going to fly down to la tomorrow, then it was a week from tomorrow and now it's a week from today. flying down next friday is best because it'll allow me to meet the mechanic, pay him in person, and get a cash discount. it also makes the weekend a little less compact. i'll still get some work in that day at the alumni house, too, so that's always good since i'm as broke as ever.
  • my theory is that life is pain, it's just a matter of what kind and when it happens. for example, you can choose voluntary pain in the form of working out and self-denial in your eating habits, or you can have the pain forced upon you in the form of a heart attack and achy joints because you weigh too much. no matter what, though, you're going to hurt. i think it's the same way with money to an extent. you can scrimp and save and always feel bad for spending money, or you can spend money recklessly and then feel like shit when rent's due and you don't have any money.
  • enrolled for a class at laney college this week. also applied to get my americorps reward. that would be nice because it would more than cover the cost of school and supplies. on top of the americorps reward i submitted a form that allowed for my school fees to be waived since i was (well) below the poverty line for the last tax year.
  • i'm currently mulling over my class options. there are a few classes i'm interested in, two of them would require my not working on either monday or tuesday and the other two would take up tuesday and thursday evening. i'd rather take the ones that run all day monday or all day tuesday, but then i wouldn't be able to work as much and have as much money for bills, food, projects, etc. there's just not enough time in a week and not enough money in my bank to do what i'd like while pleasing everyone at the same time.
  • worked at a house today that had some major water, ant and foundation issues. the foundation is probably strong enough to not work, but there's a lot of cracking. water's seeping into the house and causing rot and mold issues galore. to top it all off there were about 100,000 ants living in the cracks in the foundation and the gaps of the rotted wood. a harmless reflooring job turns into a major issue so quickly. kinda reminds me of my new car which is now going to cost me $1400.
  • went to the city of oakland parking permit division the other day. saw a sign posted above a copy machine that read: "this copy machine is for city of oakland department of parking and permits employees only." i found it to be a perfect symbol or microcosm of governmental waste. where "do not use" or "employees only" or "employee use only" would have done perfectly well, then went with "this copy machine is for city of oakland department of parking and permits employees only." while i was there i overheard someone who took issue with the permitting policy of the city. he rents a room from an old lady and she takes care of the utilities for a flat rate of $75/month. sounds harmless enough, but to the city this means that he is unable to get a parking permit for his new car. he doesn't have a utilities bill to prove residency so he's s.o.l. a rental agreement is okay in a pinch, apparently, but they try to only use those during the first couple months of a person's occupancy. but since their rental agreement was something they just scratched on a piece of note paper and he's been living there for 11 months, that wasn't good enough. this is one of many ways in which the government's cookie cutter regulations annoy the shit out of people who don't live perfectly typical lives.

  • 11-26-07 (22:55)

  • luke correctly pointed out that illinois, not michigan, would get the rose bowl in the event that osu went to the national title game. that would be more exciting than michigan/usc again. illinois is good and has one of the better running backs in the country; then again, mike hart is even better. i'm liking the short running backs these days.
  • looks like the bug is in need of an engine overhaul possible rebuild. we'll see how bad it is tomorrow when the mechanic cracks open the engine and looks at the heads and everything else. worst case scenario i'm out a month's salary. at first i was very depressed by this, then i realized that it cost just as much to get the struts done on the camry so it's a relative bargain. of course it sucks to spend money when you'd rather spend it on making the car look good again, but the main priority is getting it running well and a rebuild would certainly do that. i think it's needed major work for a while now so i guess it's not a complete surprise. if it's something complex then i won't be flying down to see the usc game and pick it up. if it's something simple then i will. if it does turn out to be the worst case scenario then i'll end up working this weekend for don which will help offset the costs somewhat.
  • it's important to know that my lot in life is that nothing will ever be simple or cheap and i'll never be rich enough that those things won't be an issue. the sooner i accept it, the easier my life will be.
  • i think i should have been born a farmer or something similar. my mentality is to work hard and subsist. i'm not motivated by profit, i'm motivated by living a comfortable, stress-free and simple life. having two jobs and two cars is definitely a departure from the rest of my life in that regard.
  • i wonder if it's better for the environment to buy a new hybrid or simply stick with your old, less efficient car. it takes so much energy and resources to make a new car that i wonder how long you'd have to have it to make it beneficial environmentally and economically. i also wonder about the long term concerns of the increased number of batteries. i know they recycle them, but i wonder what that process entails. california charges $10 when you buy a new battery which you can get back if you bring in your old battery. hopefully this practice is adopted by all states because discarded batteries are pretty bad stuff.
  • saw a bumper sticker the other day that read "heroes drive hybrids." heroes are apparently 1) drivers 2) relatively well off.

  • 11-25-07 (22:24)

  • can't wait to get the bug up here and get to work on fixing it up. going down to la next weekend to pick it up. looks like i'll be able to catch the final usc game of the season while i'm there too.
  • a bit surprised by the bcs rankings that came out today. i thought that west virginia would edge out missouri, but if you look at the score you can see that they're very close to each other. i'm also surprised to see asu drop so much after their loss. i thought there was actually a chance they would be ahead of usc, despite usc beating them. this thought was actually confirmed in the computer rankings which has usc at #10 and asu at #9. luckily the human polls have usc at #9 which makes sense because a human can factor in one of the losses coming with the backup qb and the other coming when the starting qb broke his finger and half the offensive line was injured. so if teams in the top 8 win out then it'll be missouri vs. west virginia for the national championship. however, i think the oklahoma could definitely "upset" missouri in the big 12 championship. in which case the championship would be west virginia vs. osu. which would then make the rose bowl between usc (if they beat ucla) and (probably) michigan (again). usc played (and beat) michigan in 2003-4 and 2006-7. another rematch would be fairly boring, even though the rosters are different and usc vs. michigan is somewhat of a rose bowl tradition (it's occurred 8 times in rose bowl history). i think that usc has a better chance of beating michigan, but i also don't like the idea of the same matchup three times in 5 years. we'll see what happens.
  • hawaii is unbeaten and is ranked behind florida which has three losses. i know all about strength of schedule, but i think hawaii (and the WAC in general) is better than people are giving them credit for. boise state beat oklahoma last year. hawaii beat boise state this year and played well when they were healthy; give them some respect.

  • from the usc/cal game a couple weeks ago:

    11-23-07 (11:06)
  • the milsap vs. trinity game that ended in 15 laterals that eventually led to a touchdown is clearly the most unlikely finish in college football. a couple years ago there was a michigan/nebraska game that was just as amazing, but the final man was tackled by the last defender who was paying attention. the things that separate the cal/stanford game "play" are: the historical rivalry, the radio call by joe starkey, and the band being on the field. those three things are why that play (which had a third as many laterals) will always be more impressive than something like the milsap vs. trinity play. i guess another thing that separates the cal/stanford play is all the controversy. stanford fans dispute a few of the calls, one is a technicality, one is a tackled player and one is an illegal forward pass. they even change the games outcome on the stanford axe plaque whenever it is in their possession. i've also heard that many of their publications keep the final score of that game as 20-19 stanford. the other thing that occurs to me about that play is the stupidity of the stanford team. they were down 19-17 and called a timeout with 8 seconds left to attempt a field goal, which they made. standard practice now is to wait until there is 3-4 seconds left so that the field goal attempt is the final play of the game. maybe this game made that practice the standard. sucks for them.

  • 11-22-07 (21:19)

  • usc game was good. they played a very good game and got a great outcome. there were still discipline/penalty problems and they didn't run the ball all that well, but their defense played a great game and booty had one of his best games. special teams essentially allowed 14 points - 7 on a punt return and a short field on a blocked punt. asu responded well to usc's initial push and then usc went on a 27-0 run to basically seal the game. now usc needs to finish the season by beating a tough ucla team. if they do then they'll have a share of the pac-10 championship. if oregon loses (to ucla or oregon state) then usc would get the rose bowl vs. osu. that would be a tough tough challenge for usc's offense which looked as good as it has all year. they've yet to put together a great, balanced game on offense. their routing of nebraska was basically all on the ground and this victory was all through the air. i think there's a good chance asu will lose to an underrated arizona team. zona almost beat usc and did beat oregon. they lost to stanford two weeks after they beat usc. those second tier pac-10 teams (ucla, osu, arizona) have upset ability, so asu better watch out.
  • i also have to say that the game ball should go to steve sarkisian for finally calling a dynamic offensive game. this was by far the best game he's had as the offensive coordinator.
  • i don't know what this means for usc's ranking. they should move into the top ten and i think that the convincing 20 point victory will give them extra consideration in the human polls, but i don't know how high they can go. maybe #9, maybe higher if someone else in the top ten loses. #2 or #4 will lose since they play each other, but neither is likely to drop out of the top ten.
  • right now i think cal is out of a bowl game. if they beat stanford in the big game then they might be tied for sixth place which would mean a berth in the armed forces bowl; at least that's how it's supposed to go, but rivals.com has cal projected as a sun bowl participant. i'm not sure how that would happen. the sun bowl is supposed to be the #3 pac-10 team which is mathematically impossible for cal. the best they could do is tie for fifth so far as the conference record is concerned.
  • cal has to be the biggest turnaround/disappoint of this insane season. their defense has been consistently mediocre (generally allowing about 24 points a game), but their offense has let them down, scoring under 30 in all of their losses. this after scoring over 30 in their first five games when they were 5-0 and #2 in the nation.
  • the xo laptop is like an ibook in its design and simplicity, but it costs 1/10th as much. it's also got some unique features like being more energy efficient, is capable of being charged via a hand crank, and is very durable.

  • 11-22-07 (12:29)

  • there are four two loss teams that are more highly ranked than usc. i don't have a problem with oregon being on above usc, but i do have a problem with oklahoma. they lost to colorado and texas tech which is worse to me than losing to stanford and oregon. oklahoma lost their qb in the loss to texas tech, but usc basically lost their qb in the loss to stanford (booty broke his finger and then threw 4 interceptions in afterwards). considering the individual circumstances and that one of usc's losses was against the best offensive team in the country (oregon), i think usc should be ranked higher.
  • the pac-10 doesn't have a championship game, but all the teams play all the other teams so i guess they don't need one. however, when you look at a conference like the sec you see the advantage that comes with that extra game. it strengthens the schedule by pitting two of the better teams in the country against each other. for example, this year it might be oklahoma vs. kansas which would make two top 10 teams play each other and the winner of that game would be even more poised to be in the bcs game. the loser wouldn't really suffer because losing to another highly ranked team doesn't generally translate into a great slip in the polls. of course the final advantage is the fact that those teams will have played one more game than teams from the pac-10 or big-10. overall, i think it inflates the value of the conference.
  • looking forward to a few games this week - usc/asu, boise state/hawaii, missouri/kansas. i'm also hoping for losses from oregon, wv, and va tech.
  • i hate fox sports coverage. joe buck is a conservative idiot.
  • one of the nice things about using google search toolbar is that it automatically gives you some suggestions as you type in a search. so if you're searching for "sony" it will list other popular searches like "sony ericsson" or "sony vaio" or "sony psp." when i searched for eric mangini it came up with "eric mangini weight loss" and "eric mangini sucks." "eric mangini over-rated" should be on there too.

  • 11-22-07 (10:02)

  • watched a bit of the new producers movie. what crap. not sure why anyone liked it. it's good for two things: bringing awareness to the original and making you realize just how good zero mostel and gene wilder really were in the first one.
  • thank goodness for football and planes, trains, and automobiles on thanksgiving. big usc game today. they play on the road again. big test and the only way they'll get a shot at the rose bowl.
  • saw the ucla basketball game the other day. what a game. michigan state played better almost the entire game, but started missing some shots down the stretch. ucla played the way they have typically played under howland - long stretches without offensive production, but always staying in it with excellent defense and rebounding. i love watching this team play. kevin love is really solid fundamentally and can score anywhere on the court. when ucla gets collison and rolle back we'll be great again.

  • 11-17-07 (16:02)

  • not sure what to say about the pac-10. cal is losing to washington right now. longshore has thrown the ball well in the 4th quarter, but hasn't had help from the receivers. what's the deal with the playcalling of cal? 2nd and 15 when they're down by 14 with under 7 minutes to go and they call a sweep pitch to the backup running back? what the fuck is that? cal's defense took another step backwards as well. 37 points to washington without locker at qb. washington and stanford are the worst teams in the conference and they beat the teams that were expected to be the best teams in the conference. people at work are getting ready for the bowl game and were saying that the holiday or emerald bowl would be most likely. at this rate, cal will be lucky to make the armed forces bowl. the pac-10 is such an enigma to me. what a topsy turvy world.
  • big news of the day is that i sold the corrado. didn't get shit for it, but i'm happy it's gone and i think the guy who i sold it to will treat it well. i just realized that the car probably needs gas and that it needs a jump to get going. hopefully he filled it up and was able to get a jump. also forgot to get my old parking permit off the bumper.

  • 11-15-07 (22:43)

  • been as busy as ever lately. feels like i should be able to be less busy after i get a few things taken care of, but then a few more things come up. guess that's modern life. not sure i like it.
  • haven't had time to update the page or watch movies at all.
  • decided to go down to la for thanksgiving, only going to be there a couple days. then i'll come down again a week later to pick up the bug after leaving it at the mechanic for a while.
  • hope to get rid of the corrado before i bring the bug up.
  • need to change the oil for both the camry and the odyssey this weekend.
  • watched the democratic debate tonight, first one i've seen so far. i like biden as a secretary of state. kucinich would be good as an advisor, but i wouldn't want him as president. obama is good all-around. i've heard a lot about richardson, but i wasn't impressed with his ideas. the rest were also so-so. it's like college football - lots of mediocrity, no true greatness. looks like i'm still amongst the ranks of the undecideds. honestly i wouldn't mind an obama/clinton ticket. obama as the leader, optimist and visionary and clinton as the saavy political mind with connections and experience; it's necessary to have, but i wouldn't want her to be the head honcho as she is too beholden to corporate/special interests.
  • oregon lost today. dixon was out and stewart was out the last part of the game, but that didn't matter as much. i'm not sure if it's better for usc to have oregon lose or not. if oregon continued to win then they would compete for a chance at the national championship. kansas would probably need to lose, though, for them to get the #2 spot by the end of the year. if that happened (oregon winning out and kansas losing at least one game), and usc won out, then usc would be in the rose bowl. however, now that oregon has lost they join usc as two loss pac-10 teams. asu has one loss so they control their own right to the rose bowl at this point. honestly i'm not sure what happens if usc beats asu and there are three pac-10 teams with 2 losses. i think that would mean a three way pac-10 championship and the rose bowl committee would have the opportunity to choose whichever team they want. in that case they'd likely pick usc or oregon over asu. the pac-10 has really beat itself up this year. big 12 is looking better than i think anyone expected, but there's still a couple weeks left. i haven't seen any of their top teams play so i can't really comment.
  • oregon looked like the best team in the country to me. they had turnover problems in this game and their defense needed to be great, but wasn't. the defense actually only allowed 20 points (one td was a pick-six and the other was a punt return, both by cason), but needed to be even tougher since they lost dixon early. rough game to lose, but it happens. booty three four interceptions in the second half after he broke his finger so i understand the disappointment. brady leaf is an awful qb; guess it runs in the family.
  • "It's really unfair to pile on a college quarterback who is competing the way Nate is competing and who has done so much for us. I thought it was very big of Nate to shoulder the responsibility for the loss, but in no way, shape or form was it all on his shoulders." -Cal coach Jeff Tedford, defending Longshore, who struggled in a 24-17 loss to USC last week.
  • starting to get excited about college basketball. last night meryl and i went to a cal basketball game with her boss and his brother in law. an odd mix, but it wasn't altogether awkward in spite of her multiple warnings. hardin is good, but too full of himself. patrick christopher looked like cal's best player to me, but hardin is the one who's getting the hype. christopher is tough on both sides of the ball. southern miss was athletic and well-coached, they put up a good fight, even led by 6 at one point. hardin is sort of a "tweener;" that is, he's between positions when it comes to the nba. he plays like a big man and, at 6'8", is big enough in college to be a shot blocking threat and interior post presence, but i don't know that he'll translate in the nba. i don't think that he's really quick enough or good enough when facing the basket to conver to a small forward. he doesn't have the kind of outside shot that you see from other small forwards in the league and he doesn't have the size that you see from the good power forwards. i've only seen him play one game, but i don't think he'll do very well in the nba unless he's able to hone his rebounding and on the ball defense (he's already a good roaming, off the ball/help defender). i've read that he's expected to go in the first round of the draft next year which was a surprise to me. christopher is more of an nba player to me. he's 6'5", seems mature, quick enough, a good defender and just a sophmore. he needs to continue to work on the fundamentals - his shot, finishing around the basket, and seeing the floor, but i think he's got a bigger upside than hardin.

  • 11-13-07 (18:05)

  • it seems that many cal fans have laid the blame for saturday's game on longshore. in reading the daily cal newspaper and talking with cal football fans, it seems that longshore is liked when he's good and hated when he makes mistakes. conversely, when riley made a bone-headed play to lose the game against osu, fans were more critical of tedford for not taking the field goal than of riley for running instead of throwing the ball away. i don't care about longshore, but it's lame to make him the scapegoat. what about the defensive line for not stopping chauncey washington? what about the defense for recovering only two of the four usc fumbles? how about the 1st and 2 they had in the 2nd quarter which only turned into 3 points because of a false start on second down? booty has had problems this year and carroll made the adjustments against cal by limiting his attempts and putting more of the burden on the o-line and washington. the bottom line is that it's a team sport and it's never as simple as one person fucking up. i noticed in that game that hawkins played in the slot quite a bit and that he was generally covered by safeties or linebackers, which accounts for some of his big game. on the other hand, if it wasn't for his diving catch, longshore wouldn't have had any touchdowns in that game.
  • some people/factors that i feel were more to blame for bush beating gore in 2000 than ralph nader. i came up with these in about ten minutes while driving from la the other week. there are probably more: gore, lieberman, katherine harris, rove, bush, cheney, bill clinton's sex scandals, butterfly ballot, tipper gore's social conservatism, gore's handlers, sandra day o'connor and the other assholes on the supreme court who ruled against gore, jeb bush, fox news, james baker, david boies, god.
  • there was some radio piece on the radio that was talking about a book by some guy who tries to deconstruct popular sports by pointing out that winning formulas aren't adapted because they're not very marketable. it was somewhat intriguing, until i started thinking about it. his examples were the supposed facts that a baseball team could have a team of midgets that would make it impossible for the opposition to throw strikes (because of the reduced strike zone). his other example was the fact that no hockey team had ever hired an extremely obese goalie. in the baseball case a midget team wouldn't have the fielding prowess, speed or power that a normal sized team does. they would have to be in the american league because they would have problems pitching. overall, it just wouldn't work. the obese goalie idea wouldn't work either. even with the pads, though, he probably wouldn't be big enough to block the entire goal so he would still need to make some stops on his own. he'd be slow and in poor shape; unable to make saves on slapshots coming at him at upwards of 100 mph. he probably wouldn't be able to withstand the rigors of a full season either. the best goalies in the league are actually very fit guys, not overweight at all, and they save over 90% of the shots they see.
  • bought my first mp3 album today. buying the cd would have cost $111.60, so i opted for the digital version.

  • below are two pictures i drew a long time ago. the clown picture was drawn in 3rd grade, not sure about the first one. these are bad photos, but you get the idea.
    a snowman with earmuffs and candy in his pocket. also in his pocket is a package labeled "steak." not sure why he's carrying steak with him.

    clearly drawn by a disturbed child

    11-11-07 (09:38)

  • usc/cal game was great. it was raining all afternoon and night. we got there about an hour and a half early and sat around getting good and wet before the game actually started. before the game i figured that the rain favored the power of the cal running game and hampered the speed of the usc defense. i figured the game to be a pick 'em game because of the weather (usc were 4 point favorites). the game was tense the entire time and each defense seemed to stiffen up at the right moments. cal, in particular, forced a couple turnovers within scoring distance. one at their own 2 yard line and one at around their 30. usc's defense also stepped up. thomas had one really nice pick deep in usc territory. it felt like usc was gaining more yards, but turning it over at the end of their drives. in reality, though, cal outgained usc by 31 yards. usc's final 96 yard drive was the back breaker and game winner. chauncey washington was huge as he was all game, but stefon johnson came in and got some critical yards to keep the drive alive on 3rd and 2 while washington got some rest. he also scored the touchdown from the 3 yard line. both forsett and washington were huge all game. forsett had 31 carries, 164 yards and 1 td. washington had 29 carries, 220 yards, 1 td and 1 fumble. booty managed the game fairly well (except for the two timeouts in one drive early in the third quarter) and only attempted 20 passes (9 fewer than longshore). penalties were still a problem for usc. they had 8 penalties for 40 yards, but one of those was a holding penalty for 10 yards that negated a 40 yard pass to turner, so that was essentially a 50 yard penalty. another offsides penalty kept a drive alive for cal. just as it's important to make timely defensive stops, it's important to not commit untimely penalties. usc seemed to make good stops on defense when they needed to, but they also made penalties when they couldn't afford to.
  • all in all it was a great game and the most rainy game i've sat through. the rockies game we went to on the baseball trip was more rainy, but we ended up leaving because the delay was too long and we needed to get across the country the next day.

  • 11-10-07 (10:02)

  • going to the usc/cal game today. should be an interesting matchup. usc's flailing offense will hopefully get something done against the mediocre cal defense. cal's offensive line, though, will probably slow jackson, ellis and company. might rain. i'm definitely going to get shit for wearing the usc shirt. got plenty of crap at work this week.
  • high school football and basketball shouldn't be televised, it's just ridiculous.
  • one thing about sports that's never really appealed to me is trash talk. i've just never been a fan of giving it out or taking it. good natured ribbing can be fun, but there's a fine line.
  • woke up with a headache and a non-working ear. yay.

  • 11-8-07 (20:12)

  • had one potential buyer look at the corrado today.
  • this old house may be the second best show of all-time. kevin o'connor has a few seasons under his belt now so i think it's fair to grade him. i like steve thomas more than bob vila, which some find sacrilegious. steve took the role of the layman rather than the expert who constantly inserted himself into the process, as vila did. steve was sometimes goofy and looked inept, but he was actually quite knowledgeable and was well-spoken and well-versed in the area of design and architecture. kevin plays the role of a newbie apprentice. the contractors (norm, tom, roger and richard) show him how to complete tasks. in this way he takes the role of the viewer who is seeing the process for the first time. he has a boyish/amateur quality which is sometimes obnoxious (his over-exuberence in the carlisle project comes to mind), but can also add to the comic relief of the show (for example, when they make fun of his laziness on "ask this old house"). he's slowly coming into his own and may eclipse bob vila with time, but i think steve thomas will always be my favorite.

  • 11-8-07 (17:40)

  • energy saving version of google: http://www.blackle.com/. guess i was ahead of the curve on that one.

  • 11-7-07 (21:47)

  • the utah jazz could be a threat in the west this year. they have the coach (sloan), the point guard (williams), the interior presence (boozer), and role players (millsap is underrated, and ak-47 is a great off the ball defender). they play solid defense and pass the ball well. they did well last year and should be just as good this year.
  • worked on getting the corrado sold. nothing's easy. might try to get it gross polluter status (in which case i could get $1000 from the state, at least that's what i've heard). or i could try to fix the check engine light myself and sell it to someone. or i could take the easy way out and sell it for parts. tried to get it converted to a planned non-op registration, but the dmv couldn't do it because i registered it too recently.
  • upsets from division II and lower level division I schools in college basketball and football shall no longer be surprising or amazingly upsetting. parity is going to be the story in college sports for the foreseeable future. the days of dynasties seem to be over.

  • 11-6-07 (20:30)

  • georgia is overrated. they're #10 in the bcs, but they only have one quality win (florida) and two losses. the sec is tough, but i wouldn't put them in the top ten unless they beat auburn and kentucky (who are coming up). i think auburn is a better team, but they have a worse record. we'll see this week. i think michigan is better than georgia right now. they lost to the best team in the nation (oregon) and appalachian state in the first game of the season; obviously a horrible loss. however, both of those were spread offenses and michigan has a new defensive coordinator this year so you have to consider that. i think that michigan right now is very different than the michigan of 10 weeks ago. texas is also overrated, but that's because i think the big 12 sucks.
  • in looking at the top 25 there are really only a few really good teams and none of them are amazing all-around teams.

  • 11-6-07 (18:00)

  • went to the tool lending library today for the first time. got a tile saw and a couple hand tools for three days, all for free. great place. maybe the best thing about the bay area.

  • 11-3-07 (10:07)

  • going to the usc/osu game today. booty is starting which is unfortunate. i felt like they took a step forward for next year by starting sanchez, now they're taking a step back. booty won't be around next year and sanchez is around for two more years. usc should win of course, but osu beat them last year and osu beat cal this year. the pac-10 is an enigma to me right now. i can't decide if it's really good up and down the conference or really overrated. their non conference schedule has been weak - michigan, tennessee, and nebraska were the big matchups and then there were plenty of weak ones like louisiana tech and idaho. nothing really challenging. we'll see what they're made of when the bowl games shake out.
  • took care of the car on thursday after driving all night on wednesday to get here. there was a bike locked to the front bumper, the battery needed replacing, and i changed the oil and put in some fresh gas. it didn't turn over at all so i cut the lock off the bike and got it towed to a mechanic. by friday morning it was running again and had had a valve job. sarah says she's going to give me the car which is nice of her. she's getting dad's old car (because he just got a new (used) bmw for $3,000). sounds too good to be true, but that's his headache. now i really have to get rid of the corrado in order to make room for the bug. sarah certainly could have tried to sell the bug, but instead she kept it in the family and gave it to me so that's nice of her. considering its condition i don't think one could get any more than $1000 for it. so it looks like i'm going from one vw project car to another. the good thing about the bug is that i can do some of the work myself since they're easy to work on and parts are so much cheaper than they are on the corrado.
  • also found out from the mechanic that the average car's oil runs at about 220 degress fahrenheit. the bug runs at about 260. this is not the interesting part, though. what's interesting is that i was told that the corrado, which was running at about 220-230 was running 50 degrees too hot. this turns out to be false so that's nice to know.
  • looking forward to the much hyped colts/pats game tomorrow. i'm thinking pats all the way, but the colts are really tough at home. i haven't seen enough of either team this year to make a real judgement.

  • tomorrow i'm going to see john which will be the first time in a long time and the first time since they had jane.