What’s up everybody? I’ve been keeping busy enough that updating the website with relatively decent updates is difficult. No matter what, though, I always feel like I’m able to get one to two very solid updates a week and a few other things that aren’t a complete waste of time. For example, I think Monday’s half-marathon race report, although a bit throw together compared to my other race reports, was a decent read. Tuesday I did the review of Hoop Dreams. It’s a great movie that I think people should see. Obviously I know I’m not the next Gene Siskel (RIP), but it’s something different than just writing about myself or just writing about quirky things that I think are ridiculous.

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  • I haven’t quote Sid’s colum lately, but this is classic – “Former Twins reliever Mike Trombley has become a celebrity golf star in Fort Myers, Fla., since retiring a couple years ago. Trombley won the Dodge Celebrity Invitational the past two years, including last Sunday when he defeated former Twins pitcher Shane Rawley and former NFL quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver in the tournament.” Apparently Sid has a different definition of the word celebrity than I do. Mike Trombley was one of the most average pitchers in major league history. I will forever dislike him because of giving up a home run to Jason Giambi. Here’s the story – my last year of college, some buddies wanted to go to the movie “Queen of the Damned” at the dollar theater. I figured it would be worth a dollar, so I went. When we left for the late show just before 9:30 (I’m guessing), the Twins and Yanks were in the 8th or 9th inning. I remember the movie really stunk. My buddy Cory actually fell asleep in the theater. I’ve definitely been drowsy during movies (Autumn in New York and Titanic both especially stick out), but I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anyone just gone to the world. I also remember thinking that the Stuart Townsend seemed like he was absolutely copying the lead singer of HIM from the look to his actions. Anyway, after the movie, I checked the internet on my cell phone to see who won the Twins game. “Guys, they’re still playing!” So we hustled home and saw the Twinkies were up a few runs. Mike Trombley, who I’d heard we signed but still hadn’t seen pitch, comes into the game and procedes to choke like no other pitcher I’ve ever seen in a regular season major league game. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think he even got a single out. What he did do was give up a walk off grand slam to a 20-pounds heavier version of Jason Giambi. I’m just going to guess that game was May 27, 2002 just because it’s the date of his final game according to baseball-reference.com.
  • Being a closet Star Wars fan, I’ve gotta feel a little bit bad when you hear people make fun of all the Star Wars geeks waiting in line days before the movie even comes out. I think there is a certain quality in many of these people waiting in line that just begs to be ripped on. For example, seeing two grown men “dueling” with fake plastic lightsabres have to be one of the top ten most pathetic things ever shown on the local news. There also should be a rule that no adult should know the name of any Star Wars character outside of Luke, Leia, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca, R2D2, C-3PO, Yoda, Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Lando, Jar Jar Binks, Boba Fett, Mace Windu, Count Dooku, and Queen Amidala. That’s quite a few characters, but if you know more than say five Star Wars characters that aren’t on that list, you are officially a huger nerd than I. I’m actually thinking of heading over to watch the movie at midnight which would mark the first time I’ve ever watched a midnight release. I’m not 100% sure, though, because the closest theater has uncomfortable seats and poor sound. Part of me thinks I should wait until the weekend and head up to Fargo instead. I’m still undecided on what I’m going to do.
  • Anyone that has ever dated – tell me if you can relate. Do you ever get to a certain point and realize that there is no way you’d be doing what you are doing right now if you didn’t have a girlfriend? Yet at the same time, you completely don’t mind. For example, Monday night I went and hung out with Sara (girlfriend, not sister) and we watched the Bachelor. I didn’t even mind one bit. I’ve watched pieces of one episode of the Bachelor in my whole life and I think it’s a crummy show. I think it’s cheap and contrived television, yet I had no problem watching it with Sara. Someone more creative than me could make a cool analogy about it, but I’ve got nothing right now. She remains a super-cool girl and I look forward to talking to her every day. That’s gotta count for something, no?
  • I think I’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but Noah Wyle is leaving ER. Write it down that I said that this is a huge career mistake. Noah Wyle has been in exactly one good movie – Donnie Darko – in which he had a bit part. His only upcoming project is a sequel to the loved “The Librarian.” On a related note, since ER now no longer has any of the original cast members, shouldn’t it be forced off the air? I have no idea if it’s even a good show anymore, but I guess it seems like the time has about come for ER.
  • My buddy chep is getting attacked on the message boards for making the bold claim a few years ago that Kyle Lohse would be the best Twins pitcher within a few years. While I had to laugh, it got me thinking about the funniest mistake I’ve ever made in a bold claim. Many of you may remember back in the day when Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was all the rage. I heard about a new show that was coming out called “Survivor.” I told anyone and everyone that would listen to me that this show would be a absolute bomb. A few years later, I can admit that I was wrong although I still think the show stinks.
  • I read an article in the Star Tribune about a trend in which couples choose a new last name when they get married. I’ve never been a fan of the hyphonated last name or the women who refuse to change their last name. I guess it’s a personal decision. Choosing a completely different name for both the guy and the girl seems ridiculous. Maybe I’d feel different if I was a girl, but I doubt it. I don’t particularly hate my last name or anything, but at the same time it doesn’t do much for me. Someone may disagree with me, but historically women who have gotten married have changed their last names. It’s part of the deal. Just go along with it and quit putting up a fuss. In the rare case where a girl marries a guy with a name like Randall Gay, it’s understandable. Otherwise, this whole frame of mind needs to just go away…
  • Many of you have probably realized that Subway no longer gives out Sub Club stamps. Just for those of you in the corporate offices of Subway who just happen to be brentnet readers – take note! Am I a fan of your toasted subs? Yes. Do I love the fact that the meatball sub (my personal favorite) is one of the cheapest subs you sell? Of course. Do I plan on eating at Subway as regularly if I can’t even get my Sub Club stamps? Not a chance.
  • As I mentioned in the forums last week, I started doing the Blockbuster Online movie rental deal. Whenever I told my friends about this, the first thing they assumed is that I was going to stop buying dvd’s and start burning them. Nope, I still fully intend on getting the movies I want in my collection. I’m actually signing up more so I have a chance to see movies I want to see before buying or movies I want to see but I don’t have a desire to own. Anyway, I was thinking about this potentially awkward situation that has to happen. Let’s just face the facts that some people that rent the movies with the intention of burning them. I’d be willing to bet someone has put the burned copy of the movie into the sleeve and accidently kept the actual copy of the movie. How embarrassing would it be to have to make that phone call? “Um… yeah, I sent you a pirated copy of the movie you sent me. Could you sent that back to me so I can swap? Thanks much!” I bet working the customer service line at either Blockbuster or Netflix would be a riot.
  • Lastly, I’d like to say a big congratulations to myself. Yesterday marked the 1-year anniversary of my new job at ACS. I’ve been there almost two years total and I’m very happy. I like my job and I really like my co-workers.

    That’s it…

    If you’re out on your bike tonight, do wear white,