today was a shitty day.
still raining. found a leak in meryl's art room. finished off work for
meryl's organizing project for her ex-teacher. tiled before and after going
there for that. niners lost.
the leak in the art room
is the result of a poor stucco patch so we're not going to hire rafael
next time we need stucco to patched. pretty disappointed by this. he's
a nice guy and he works hard, but i don't think he quite gets all that
needs to be done for a good job. when we patch the stucco on the back of
the house we'll revisit the area above the art room window which has failed.
decent amount of tiling
was done considering we had to break in the middle of the day for the other
niners can't do anything
right. secondary is suspect and no alex smith means they're even worse
than before. to all the niners fans who were chanting "we want carr," how
do you feel now? david carr has been in the league for 9 years and had
a stable situation and arguably the best receiver in the league in andre
johnson, but didn't do any better than smith who has had 6 offensive coordinators,
has lost the starting position a couple times, injury problems, and a couple
head coaches. there's no doubt to me that smith is better equipped for
this team. not to say that he's great, but he's better than carr and probably
the best we got.
wanted the phillies to
win last night but that didn't happen. not sure why howard didn't protect
the plate on a questionable pitch. when i doubt, swing and hit it foul.
i thought that was the prevailing wisdom. giants are a tough team and are
the perfect team for the playoffs because they've got some timely hitting
and solid pitching. having sluggers like howard and a-rod doesn't seem
to matter much because it seems like they go cold 50% of the time. give
me a guy like cody ross or aaron boone or luis gonzalez who hits a little
hot streak at the right time over a slugger. sluggers get you to the playoffs,
but tend not to win it for you.
yesterday i went to school
for NABCEP test prep. it was a long 4 hours and i didn't get that much
out of it. i don't think i'll continue to go. perhaps once or twice more
if the teacher (different teacher than the one that teaches my other two
classes) allows me to go without paying/enrolling. just not worth the time
on the weekend.
six people were laid off
from work this week. pretty fucked up stuff. at the beginning of the year
they had a meeting and said that the person who was let go in january was
the only one and that they took action soon so that we wouldn't be waiting
for the other shoe to drop. obviously they were wrong and the other shoe
dropped in a big way. i'd be willing to take a 10% cut if the management
team would do the same. that's not going to happen. pretty sure i'm safe.
i do the work of two part time people and our department makes money and
is only three people, so there's not much room to cut. rough stuff.
"I think sufficient proof
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high picture cost. A recent 'Variety' study, published during the past
year, showed the domestic grosses of the last four films by a group of
top stars were not sufficient to return even the star's salary, computed
at a recoupment rate of 2.5 to 1. On the other hand, films like 'Dr. Zhivago',
'2001', 'The Graduate' and many others show that people go to see good
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- stanley kubrick, from the screenplay to the uncompleted film "napoleon"
started raining a bit a
little while ago. definitely feels more like fall now. blah.
thinking i'm going to take
the NABCEP test after i'm done with the solar panel class. evidently it's
quite hard, but it wouldn't hurt to have another notch in the belt and
another option should anything happen at the alumni house or whatever.
it's all about creating options for yourself.
neighbor is getting his
house painted. talked with painter about a quote for our place. don't think
we'll get it done, but it doesn't hurt to get an idea what the cost is.
going to la next weekend
to see usc get pounded by the #1 team in the country. i think that'll be
the first home loss i've seen in person in like 10 years. quite a run.
started raining today.
too bad because today we had planned on taking care of some under the house
stuff, including a termite treatment on the northeast corner of the house.
now we'll have to figure out something else.
sarah should be here soon
with eli to help us move the new stove/oven into the house.
the paper again the other day. again because of my dmv letter.
hate the rain and fall
and winter. pretty soon the time will shift and it'll be dark at 2pm or
whatever and for the next several months life will be basically awful.
meryl had an art fair this
morning so i worked on the house alone. finally painted the patched stucco
from the roofing job. still have two spots i need to do. one i missed and
one is on the side of the house, not sure how i'm going to get to it.
usc game is on, but i can't
get it on the tv; might be how we setup the satellite, unsure. 42-0 at
the half which is nice. good rebound for us. very surprised by score for
two reasons. cal's defense is decent so 42 points in one half is pretty
ridiculous. also, usc's defense sucks so to shut out cal for the first
half is impressive. nice to hear that usc is rebounding from two last second
losses in a row. barkley seems to have really cleaned up his game this
year. last year i was down on him because he would make a great play and
then a bonehead play. unlike alex smith, he seems to have learned.
i feel real bad for alex
smith, but at what point do we have to get rid of the guy? niners are depressing
ever since garcia left.
tried hooking up a new
router, but it's not working. i'm officially too old to learn anything
new on computers. hate them.
feds look like they're
going to crack
down on ca if prop 19 passes. sarah's boyfriend and i have a bet on
this and it looks like i'm going to lose if prop. 19 passes. i figured
that holder and obama were reasonable people and would respect states'
rights on this issue, but perhaps not. obama is a true dickhole and hypocrite
if he goes after california on this. our government is a fucking joke.
saw a black angels song
on a commerical for some video game yesterday. they've done a couple great
tracks so good for them.
had my letter
to the editor of oakland tribune in the paper today. i complained about
the dmv and other govt. institutions being behind the times and suggested
the papers do a series on the issue. they didn't get some of my punctuation
correct, but it was the same as i wrote it other than that.
so alabama loses by two
touchdowns and they only drop to number 8? whatever. michigan state, utah
and lsu should be higher. they should also have some sort of grading built
into the voting for the ap, coaches, and usa today polls. if you're dumb
enough to vote for texas as the #1 team in the country for the first four
weeks and then they lose two in a row, your vote should count for less.
my sister could pick a better top 25 than some of these assholes.
niners lost another close
one. four games decided by 3 points or less for my football teams in the
last 8 days. it's depressing.
worked on meryl's dad's
place today. they had new granite installed so we hooked up the faucet
and garbage disposal, etc. also did a couple other little things.
went to work this morning
for the homecoming crap. seemed pretty slow on campus actually.
went to palo alto to see
the usc/stanford game. great game, maybe the best i've been to, but it
didn't go our way. defense is really struggling and just seems lost this
year. offense is great, though. kiffin jr. made some great playcalls and
showed big balls at times. if the defense was half as good as it was even
last year (which was a bad year) then we'd be undefeated right now. but
that's not how it works. we didn't calls going our way either, which was
too bad. stanford was fairly mean spirited and really seems to hate usc
for some reason. stanford has won three of the last four times we've played
so them rushing the field after beating us on the last play, at home, when
they were favored by double digits seemed odd. weird fans for sure. being
double digit underdogs was odd for usc, first time in 12 years apparently.
that's a pretty amazing run.
i've had my teams lose
three times in the last week on last second field goals. twice from usc
and once from the niners. not a great feeling.
had the remake of "creep"
stuck in my head the last two days. music is great, but it seems to get
stuck in my head very easily.
going to start counting
down the song rating project, rather than counting up. setup a smart playlist
that screens out all unrated songs and i'll just use that from now on.
should be more efficient and it'll (easily) give me a number that i can
use to count down from.
working tomorrow for homecoming.
busy busy busy.
it's homecoming week so
work has been more hectic than usual. this weekend i have to work and then
i'm going to the usc/stanford game with dad. it'll be my first game in
palo alto so i guess it won't be a total loss. i expect a 49-24 type of
loss. my football teams are sucking this year.
roy halladay is my favorite
baseball player, not sure if i've mentioned that here before or not. i
make it a point to get him every year on my fantasy team and that's about
the only reason i participate in that losing venture. yesterday he single-handedly
beat a playoff team - got a hit, an rbi, a run. also pitched a no-hitter
and allowed only one walk in nine innings. he's a beast.
still slowly working on
rating all my music. i've added about 900 songs since the last time i did
a progress report in june, but i also rated about 5400 songs in that time.
slow but steady wins the race i guess. i had rated 24.9% of the songs in
june and i've rated 38.3% of them now.
working on a plan for putting
solar panels on our roof. it's part of a class project more than my actually
planning it because i'm going to do it. took measurements of the roof including
vents, etc. pitch wasn't as much as i thought - 25 degrees which is between
a 5/12 and a 6/12 pitch. worse on the front gable, but haven't measured
this weekend will work
on meryl's dad's house and do work for alumni house. next weekend hope
to work on meryl's mom's house (new roof on garage). weekend after that
it'll be more tiling in our bathroom. bathroom has taken longer than i
had hoped, primarily because the distraction level is high.
lincecum also had a good
outing today. good for him.
going to try to get better
(again) about updating and uploading pictures.
there are a few programs
i need to get, but haven't been able to locate. good ftp prog, nero, full
adobe acrobat, and add vice versa to the list for backing up my system.
also bought a new router and switch that i'm going to try to setup. definitely
getting older because computer stuff is less and less within my grasp.
have always hated software end of things and that's where all the problems
are these days.
it's tough keeping up with
a few different jobs, homework, school, movies goals, time off, and all
other things that happen in life. next year i'm going to make a more concerted
effort to get better at balancing off time and busy time.
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