cal upset washington state
today, big win for them and upsets the balance of the pac-10 a bit. ucla
is still on top, but it gets a little less certain after that. kevin love
is so good, but not nba ready. he needs more muscle and quickness. hopefully
he sticks around another year.
looking forward to the
it seems like i spend more
time in life dealing with everyday minutae than i used to. took almost
half an hour to mail three packages at the post office today. only one
person working and the line was a dozen people long. and unlike conservatives,
i don't think things would necessarily be better if the postal service
was run for profit by some corporation. the fact is they have a monopoly
and there are plenty of for-profit companies that are poorly run with awful
customer service. what it comes down to is employing intelligent people
who care about doing a good job and are held accountable, for better or
"busy, busy, busy." cat's
cradle is one of my favorite books ever.
last weekend we drove to
la to surprise my mom for her 50th birthday. it was a success. everyone
was there and she was definitely surprised.
also visited john and the
new baby. meryl and i made an alphabet block toy for her (pictured below).
i've already come up with a few fixes for the next time we make one.
this cold has been as bad
as any i've had in recent years. lame. worked two days this week. not sure
skipped work today because
i'm sick. i hate being sick.
lots to do these days,
busy as usual.
haven't seen many movies
lately, should get back on track soon though.
the patriots have the best
offense i've ever seen. not necessarily the best team, but the best offense.
i think the 95 niners were as good a team as i remember.
too bad about the packers
today; pretty disappointing outcome. i'll be rooting for the patriots since
i want to see history and i also bet my dad $10 (in week 15) that the patriots
would win the superbowl.
worked on the bug a bit
today. got the radio hooked up somewhat properly for the first time in
at least 7 years. as long as i can remember it was either hooked up directly
to the battery or to the ignition switch. i hooked it up the kill switch
so that it'll only go on when the ignition is turned on. next project is
getting an antenna and glove compartment (the original lasted 40 years,
despite being made of cardboard, but needs to be replaced). also want to
get new seat belts since one doesn't work and the driver's belt isn't the
retractable type. that last one will have to wait, though, because new
belts are expensive and i'm broke.
did get paid recently from
both my jobs so i'm actually not too bad off right now.
yesterday i crossed the
quarter million mile mark on the camry.
rewatching this year's
rose bowl. it confirmed to me that illinois didn't take advantage of their
opportunities or, conversely, usc did a good job of stepping up when they
needed to. for example, the interception that illinois had in the first
quarter led to great field position. usc stopped them from getting into
the endzone and then illinois missed the field goal attempt. later, usc
bumbled a punt attempt. illinois didn't recover the ball (which would have
had them deep in usc territory), instead usc's punter (woidneck) was able
to recover the ball and get a good punt out of it.
got some scrilla (scratch,
dough, moola [the other john muir always calls it dough, but anyway...])
today, so that's good.
listening to the new justice
album. the track "phantom" rips off a goblin song from argento's film "tenebre"
aka "unsane." the original is better. the goblins were awesome.
had my first class today.
the teacher was very cool and down to earth; salt of the earth kind of
guy. the class was diverse and fun. it seems like it'll be a good learning
environment, nice and laid back, free-wheeling, but still productive. very
much a community college experience, and that's a good thing.
diy network opened a new
season of this old house to syndication. never seen the east boston project
so that's good news for me. unfortunately, i think diy edits aobut four
minutes of the show and they put little plugs for their website over the
guys' informal banter at the very end of the episode. bad taste on their
part. i'd say that 50% of everything i know about construction has come
from this old house. everything else has come from trial and error, reading,
other diy-type shows, and people i've worked with/for.
added meryl's picks to
the top ten movies of the year.
long day at work. 246 boxes,
each weighing 40 pounds were delivered to our offsite storage facility.
i got a couple students and we loaded them off the truck and into the storage
unit. that took a few hours and now the unit is completely full and most
of the stuff is fairly inaccessible. not wise to order 8,000+ books if
you ask me, especially considering how slowly they anticipate them selling,
but no one asked me.
alumni house work has been
decent lately. been busy and it's nice to set my own schedule. the tile
work has been sporadic and starts at different times so there's no regularity
whatsoever. definitely learn more in that job though.
starting class at laney
college tomorrow. will learn about residential electrical. i'm weakest
in electrical and the class should fix that for the low low cost of $2
in campus fees. being poor can sometimes get you great deals (like not
having to pay the $30 class fee for this class). then again, i'd rather
have to pay the $30 and have a house than vice versa.
i'm pretty settled on leaving
california at some point. this state is great in a lot of ways, but is
strictly for rich people and i'll never be one of those so i have to find
a reasonable place outside of the state where i can settle down. i don't
see friends or family much more than 10-12 times a year anyway so the drop
off wouldn't actually be that severe if i flew out from kentucky or something
once a year.
ferrante died not too long ago. pretty sad. he was my kind of guy.
the good news is that his brother and son will be carrying on the family
business and will continue to work with tom silva and this old house.
busy day at work, made
the day go quickly.
i've got about 5 columbia
house memberships going right now. if you play the system correctly and
find the right online referral codes, then you can average $6 per dvd.
first shipment brings 7 dvds for under $13, with 2 to buy at full price.
fulfill your obligation with the cheapest possible dvds, cancel membership,
repeat. i've done this about 30 times over the course of the last 12 years.
packers game was fun to
watch. if the patriots went 15-1, instead of 16-0 then i would have voted
for mike mccarthy (packers coach) as the coach of the year; but belichick
deserves it for the perfect season. green bay looks really solid right
now; i'm rooting for them to go all the way.
the ucla/wsu game was good.
#4 vs. #5 and ucla won. the final score (ucla winning by 7) is a bit deceiving
because ucla led by 10-18 for most of the game. wsu made seven 3 pointers
in the last 3-4 minutes to make it kinda close. kevin love had his best
game of the year. westbrook continues to look very good coming off the
bench. they have a legitimate chance this year.
went to work today for
a couple hours. probably going to have work on saturday for the next few
weeks because of various projects.
russell westbrook's dunk
now lou dobbs and others
are saying sorry for getting the whole "obama's going to win, hillary doesn't
have a chance" conclusion. duh. are there any smart people in the mainstream
media keeping these assholes in check? i expected charlie rose to be more
skeptical when his guest was giving obama the victory after iowa, but he
thinking about a trip to
alaska in 2009.
can't wait to get paid.
all the hours i put in at the alumni house over xmas break will be paid
out on the 21st and i should be back on solid ground by that time.
too much to do, not enough
time or money.
pretty pathetic that everyone,
from a guest on charlie rose (from newsweek) as well as guests on npr and
even more widely seen pundits, are counting out clinton and edwards at
this point. i like obama as much as any of the other democrats, but i think
it's fucked up that the media is completely sold on two counter-productive
ideas: 1) horse-race politics are the only thing worth reporting on, 2)
after obama's surprise victory in the only state that has held any sort
of election thus far, he is the shoo-in; no one else has a chance. what
the fuck? one state, 200k+ democrats have voted and some polls in new hampshire
have been taken and everyone is serious when they say that anyone not named
obama is in serious trouble. in the next sentence the guy from newsweek
who was on charlie rose's show said that it is encouraging to see that
every vote counts in this election. huh? not even two states have cast
their ballots and they're not all that indicative of the rest of the nation
and he's already anointed obama the victor. so much for voting. so much
for every vote counting. the pundits (and truth) show that the victor will
be decided on or before "super tuesday" on feb. 5th, despite the fact that
plenty of states vote after feb. 5th.
had an eventful day today.
saw the tail end of a car chase that ended in a shopping center across
from a bart station in el cerrito. there was a chp helicopter, chp cars,
and bart police cars as well. it was quite a production. didn't see anything
too exciting, but we did see the cops scrambling around, presumably to
seal off escape routes, and the suspect being walked to the back of a police
car. later on we saw the car, which was up on the curb and had run into
a sign in the bart parking lot.
later, we were in downtown
oakland to get some stuff from the library when we saw a toyota hit a lexus
after the driver of the lexus decided that the red light didn't apply to
her. the toyota driver t-boned her, but wasn't going too fast at the time
as he had come to a screeching stop before the impact. both cars were pretty
messed up, but no one appeared hurt and the air bags didn't deploy. gave
the guy our phone number as witnesses and then left.
went to the ucla/cal basketball
game yesterday. about an hour before the game it looked like i was only
going to have one ticket and then the phone rang. before i picked it up
i said "hopefully this is another ticket for the game, if so do you want
to go?" meryl said yes and my powers of prognostication were affirmed shortly
thereafter. we went to the game and had a good time. ucla played well.
they had their typical offensive lull and let cal get back to within 2,
after leading by 11 at the half, but pulled away again later and ended
up winning by 12. the highlight of the game was russell westbrook's huge
slam in the middle of the lane (which went on to win sportscenter's top
play of the day). the people around us (we were in the ucla section, fittingly
enough) roared and i think it was one of the best dunks i've seen live;
and they're always better live.
got the day off tomorrow.
yay, but bad for money.
it rained most of the day
and is supposed to rain for a week. boooo.
va tech lost which is too
bad because i was rooting against kansas and the big 12. it was close,
but give credit to kansas for keeping it together.
great pete carroll profile.
should be getting at least
one free ticket to the cal/ucla game on saturday. that's great news. going
to see if i can find a cameroon flag to hold up every time aboya or mbah
a moute do well. i'm a "cameroon crazy." moute kicks boute, as they say.
some good bowl games this
season. the michigan/florida game was great. i was surprised by michigan's
timely defense and ability to recover from so many mistakes (4 turnovers).
i also liked the wisconsin game, though i didn't like the outcome. i hate
the usc game was a bit
of a surprise for me. i figured they'd win by about 10-14, but i'm also
a pessimist when it comes to the teams i like. some have made the argument
that usc could win the ap title, but i don't think it will or should happen.
georgia, who i think usc would beat, has a better claim to it because they
were ranked higher going into the bowl game and beat a higher ranked team
by the same margin as usc's victory over illinois. on the other hand you
could say that georgia beat an overrated hawaii team coming out of a weaker
conference (wac) than illinois (big ten). you could also point out that
georgia didn't even win their conference, whereas usc did in spite of extreme
injury problems. i think usc will be about as good next year, though they'll
lose several key players, especially on defense. that said, the injuries
from this year will pay dividends next year when you have guys who will
be quicker to step into the starting positions vacated by exiting seniors
watching the wvu/ok game
right now. i hate the big 12 and oklahoma so i'm happy with the score thus
far. it's half time, though, so i can't get too happy yet.
ucla basketball lose michael
roll for probably a couple months from what i hear. it's too bad because
he's good with the ball and shoots the long ball well. that said, ucla
is a cinch for the tourney and should have a good shot at the pac-10 title.
their weakness so far as i can tell is their offense, same as always. i
actually enjoy watching them as much as i enjoy watching any basketball
team since the divac/webber kings.
going to see "there will
be blood" on friday. fuck yeah.
luke, ryan, and claire
came over last night to see the last half of the usc game and some of the
hawaii/geogia game. fun was had by all.
oklahoma sucks in bowl
games lately. they've had one win with 2002 i think. they've been overrated
all year for some reason. they lost to colorado and texas tech without
dropping much in the polls and without legitmate reason (as opposed to
usc which lost because of severe injury problems to the most important
elements of a team: offensive line, qb, rb, as well as db). i'm not really
sure why oklahoma was given the benefit of the doubt throughout the year,
but they were. i wrote about oklahoma being overrated on 11/22 and stated
then that i didn't think they deserved to be ranked above usc despite having
the same record. i mean is oklahoma really the third best team in the nation?
even after their victory over missouri for the big 12 i wouldn't have ranked
them that high. i think that the big 12 was the most overrated conference
this year. the big 10 was weak as well, but everyone knew they were suspect
because of their weak overall non-conference schedule.
looking forward to the
osu/usc game in week 2 next year. usc taking on big schools out of conference
is nothing new, but it's nice to see osu going back to a tough schedule
after taking this year off. a couple years ago they played texas, so it's
not as if osu is afraid of playing a tough schedule, it just worked out
that this year's schedule was particularly easy.
updated the movies list,
incorporated all the movies from 2007 into the chronological/alphabetical
listings. also inserted the geeky charts for year and gpa trends. working
on the film stats next.
watched over 300 movies
for the fifth year in a row. film stats are now updated.