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
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
saw a bumper sticker the
other day that read "heroes drive hybrids." heroes are apparently 1) drivers
2) relatively well off.
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:
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
bought my first mp3 album
today. buying the cd would have cost $111.60, so i opted for the digital
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
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
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.
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.
energy saving version of
guess i was ahead of the curve on that one.
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.
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
in looking at the top 25
there are really only a few really good teams and none of them are amazing
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
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.