yo! What's happening? I'm getting excited… tomorrow is the state
basketball tournament. Almost nobody who reads this will understand how
much state basketball means to me. It's like my Christmas (or Hanukah
or Kwanza or whatever floats your boat…) Tomorrow is one of those
days where I actually look forward to waking up. You know how when you
were a kid, you'd wake up at Christmas and immediately realize that you
are awake and there are presents under the tree? That's the way I'll be
when I wake up tomorrow. I'm going to wake up around 6 and go running
at 6:30. When I get back, it's a quick shower and shave and then the
boys should be showing up. I'm taking two of my seventh and eighth
grade basketball players down. Their dad is the principal at the school
my dad used to be at, so they know each other pretty well. They both
have a meeting tomorrow, so I said I'd take the boys down to the
cities. I figure they're the big winners – they get to watch more
basketball and they get to miss an extra day of school. I still don't
know what we are doing and where we are meeting and all the little
details like that, but I don't even care. I just can't wait to get down
Dot… Dot… Dot…
absolutely despise talking to people with bad cell phones. I honestly
wonder if some people go to a cell phone store and ask "Which phone is
going to sound the most like a terrible AM radio station?"
- Is the word "vanilla flavored" an oxymoron? Honestly?
- I'm pumped – the last two days I was running outside for the first time of year with just shorts… bring on summer!
- Did any of you see the Jamaal Magloire game winner? Possibly the ugliest buzzer beater of all time?
kinda bummed – I guess Dr. Dre is giving up on his Detox album. I was
really looking forward to that. While I know it would get played to
death (much like 2001 and any Eminem cd), I really think he does some
quality work. I was kinda expecting it might come out like next summer
maybe… just as a side note, I think Dre & Snoop's first albums
are some of THE best summer music to roll around to.
– some guy called me at work today and kept calling the McAfee
Anti-Virus Macguyver… I think one of the funniest things about my job
is listening to people misuse terminology. Ya know… someone will call
up and say "I was trying to download the Internet…" or something that
just sounds funny to anyone who's a bit tech saavy. It must be how I
sounded when I went to Mexico last year and tried to order food…
me if I've already written about this. I'm getting old and senile…
not really, but anyways. Read in the paper the other day that Donald
Trump is trying to trademark the term "you're fired." I wish him luck
even though my boy Cosmo Spacely has been saying the term for 40+ years
to George Jetson. If Donald Trump is going to trademark any term, it
should be "bad combover"… or "attractive daughter" By the way, why
didn't George ever try to get a job at Cogswell Cogs? They seemed to
run a pretty tight ship, plus the boss looked more like a boss than a
midget with a bad mustache.
that just don't make sense to me: sugar-free Red Bull and Diet Mountain
Dew. Isn't the point of drinking a Red Bull to get amped up on sugar?
It's not like it tastes good to start with or anything. I could
*really* go off on Diet Mountain Dew, but I have a bandwidth
restriction and I'd end up going over (well – not really, but…) I
just don't get Diet Mountain Dew – it tastes nothing like regular
Mountain Dew… I can't decide if it tastes like a bad "citrusy" (no
way that's a real word) tap water or the most dilluted form of soda
of which, giving up pop for lent is going well. Part of me think I
might just stick with it… maybe have the occassional Code Red, but
I'm more of a Gatorade fan anyways. Plus, I used to go through like a
case a pop in a week and now I a case of Gatorade lasts me close to a
month. I think that kinda relates to how I used to be fat and now I
look almost sickly (again)…
like the Lady Gopher's especially Lindsay Whalen… I just think it's
nice knowing that that she's here to play four years of basketball. I'm
all for being able to go pro as soon as you can get paid, but it's just
taken all the fun out of men's college basketball. Take a look at all
of the players who *could* be playing in this years tournament. Let's
start with the would-be seniors: Darius Miles, DeShawn Stevenson, Eddie
Griffin, Rodney White, Gerald Wallace, Zach Randolph, Omar Cook, Alton
Ford, Chris Wilcox, Caron Butler, Jared Jeffries, Qyntel Woods, Marcus
Taylor, Dwayne Wade, Chris Kaman, Mike Sweetney, Jarvis Hayes, Luke
Ridnour, Mario Austin, Doug Wrenn… juniors: Kwame Brown, Tyson
Chandler, Eddy Curry, DeSagna Diop, DaJuan Wagner, TJ Ford, Rick
Rickert, Josh Powell… Sophomores: Amare Stoudamire, Lenny Cooke,
DeAngelo Collins, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh… Freshman: LeBron
James, Travis Outlaw, Ndubi Ebi, Kendrick Perkins, and James Lang. Out
of that whole list, I'd say only Carmelo, LeBron, Zach Randolph, and
Amare are the only players who I would consider "good" NBA players
right now. It would be so sweet if maybe like 10 or 15 or more of these
borderline talents would've stayed in college. I honestly think the
only players I've seen during the NCAA tournament that might make the
All-Star team one day are Emeka Okafor and Chris Paul. There are a few
other players (Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Rashad McCants) who I think will
make fine pros, but the talent pool just seems like it's sucked a
little dry right now.
headline I read today: Exercising to Music May Make You Smarter. Well,
I exercise more than most and I listen to music more than most, so I
*should* be a genious. I dunno… I can't decide where I stand on my
own intelligence. Somedays I think I'm the smartest person around, and
somedays I'm convinced I'm this close to being Corky from Life Goes On.
But anyways, this article is dedicated to all you uppity runners who
get mad because I wear headphones when I race.
of which, I'm pumped… I got my headphones back! How great is that?
Nike actually sent me a brand-spanking new MP3 player in the box and
everything. I can't wait to get back to running with my nice MP3 player
as opposed to my dad's crappy mp3 player that can only hold like 20
songs. The battery is charging right now and I'm gonna throw some good
new stuff (N.E.R.D, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Motion City Soundtrack…
whatever) on there.
of running (I'm on a "Speaking of…" kick right now – apologys!), I'm
planning on running the first 12-15 (or so) miles of the Twin Cities
Marathon that I sucked it up at last year. Anyways, I've been having a
great last two weeks of running. I did 40 last week and right now I'm
at 21 miles already and I should end up with around 45-48 this week
which is great. Well on my way to running a solid marathon… hopefully!
a runner, but even I think this is ridiculous. The Kenyan national team
has won 18-straight cross country championships in a row… six years
ago after winning their 13th straight men's team title, Runners World
proclaimed it the greatest streak in the history of sports. The history
of sports? What about UCLA? The Celtics? The Yankees? Me vs. anyone in
World Series Baseball 2K3?
Kwan is still an amateur athlete… wow. That's kinda crazy – I'm no
genious when it comes to figure skating, but I think it'd be hard to
make bank if you're an amateur for over a decade. Oh well, I've proven
that you can live comfortably without having much money. I'm probably
one of the only people in America who owns close to the value of my
yearly salary in dvd's and audio/video/computer equipment. Two
computers, a 53" HDTV, a 27" bubble screen tv, a 20" Flat screen (no,
not dlp, plasma or lcd!), a dvd player, surround sound, a personal
video recorder (everyone needs one of these!), and a whole ton of
was watching Vertigo today… seriously – I've seen that movie a couple
times and I still get dizzy when Hitchcock does that zoom in and pull
it for today! I figured I might miss one of the next couple days
because I'm gone. You never know, though, because I am bringing my
laptop with me. Hopefully they have free high speed in the rooms… if
not, I might pick up a wireless card and try to find a "free"
connection. I'm sure that won't be tough in downtown Minneapolis.
since I haven't done a update on my thoughts on the website, I thought
I'd take the opportunity to say what I think is up. Sometime (probably
tomorrow or Friday), I'm gonna crack 4000 hits. That's sweet! I'm
really proud of the work I do on this site. I'm also proud of how
popular the forums have become… up to almost 800 posts and growing at
a pretty steady rate. I'm really hoping that I can keep posting 5-6
days a week for a long time to come. If you've enjoyed the site, I
thank you for coming back again and again. If not… well, it's like my
friend Ryan once said – I'm not here to make friends. I don't think too
many people have beef with what I write, though.
If you're out on your bike tonight, do wear white,