What’s going on everybody? Another day and I’m still here, so I can’t complain. I actually had a good day at work although I have entirely too many computers to fix and/or setup and not enough hours in the day to do it! I bounced out of work a little early today and headed to Wadena to watch the sub-section cross country meet. Not surprisingly, Perham finished second in both the guys and the girls and advanced on to state. They should probably do the same thing at sections although the guys (ranked #3) have a very good shot at beating Staples (ranked #2) as they were only 5 points behind today. It was a lot of fun to watch and I’m taking a day off on Thursday of next week to head down to Morris, MN to watch the section meet. If they make it to state (they have a good chance in both boys and girls), I’ll have to miss the first weekend of deer hunting which is no big deal.
How about them Red Sox! I watched the whole game again last night. Curt Schilling was absolutely amazing, although according to him he was “struggling from the 4th inning on.” If he was struggling from the 4th inning on, I don’t even want to know how unbelievable he would’ve been had he been on. Plus, I thought it was really cool that he rocked a “Why not us?” t-shirt. The big plays that people will be talking about will be the Bellhorn homer that was initially a double and the A-Rod interference call. I’m glad that the umpires got the calls right, but I’m sure some Yankees fans will complain, but who honestly cares about what the spoiled Yankees fans think? I got scared tonight when Tony Clark was up with a chance to win the ball game with two runners on. I swear on my life I told my buddy Aaron that the series would end this say: the Red Sox would probably be up by two and Tony Clark would hit a walk-off three run homer. When he came up to bat in that exact position, I literally almost crapped myself. It’s kind of funny that neither team is 100% sold on their game 7 starter. If it is Derek Lowe vs. Kevin Brown, like predicted, I imagine both sides are just going to be nervous. If you could pick one pitcher your average Sox fan doesn’t want to see on the hill, it’s gotta be D-Lowe and his over 5 ERA. If you’re a Yankees fan (again, WHY!?!), you can’t be excited that Kevin Brown, who has been lit up by the Sox this season, is taking the mound. I do think Pedro is probably going to see an inning or two. I really wish that we could all go back a few days ago and collect all those videotapes and sports columns of all the “heads” who said the Sox and the Astros have a combined chance of zero of winning their respective playoff series. Now, they both are one game away from the World Series. My gut feeling is the Series will probably be Yankees/Astros. How fitting would it be for the Sox and their fans to mount this huge comeback only to be just short of making the series? I’m definitely going to be glued to the tv after Speed & Accel tomorrow, though. I’m probably not going to make it home until about the 3rd inning or so and my AM radio in the car has never worked, so I might have to pull an old school trick which would be to call my mom and have her put the phone up to the tv and put the celly on speakerphone.

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  • Life is alwasy full of big financial choices. I present you with my latest problem. I have nearly all the great triologies of the late 70’s and 80’s (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future). The one movie series that is sorely missing is the Karate Kid triology. They are three of my favorite movies, but I’ve held off on buying them for a while. The reason is because the first one isn’t in widescreen and I don’t want a full screen copy of the movie to watch on my fancy widescreen HDTV. But, they’ve stopped printing the movie, so I don’t know what to do. Should I buy the fullscreen version knowing that eventually it’s probably going to be released in widescreen? Should I just go ahead and buy Karate Kid II & III which already are already release in widescreen and skip Karate Kid 1? Should I hold out for a special edition of the trilogy? The movies are all around $20 each right now, I don’t want to make the mistake I made earlier of paying $35 for the Criterion edition of Silence of the Lambs because it was going out of print only to be re-released. By the way, you can now get Silence of the Lambs for about nine bucks.
  • Good news Minnesota sports fans! Jim Souhan has been named a columnist at the Star Tribune assumably replacing Dan Barreiro who left earlier this summer. Souhan has been one of my favorite writers. While he has mostly covered the Twins, he used to be a Vikings beat writer, so I assume he has some knowledge about other sports as well. From his writing, he seems like a good guy. The same can’t always be said of Barreiro or Reusse. Anyways, congrats and I look forward to reading Souhan’s column!
  • Does anyone else think this flu shot talk is getting ridiculous? I’ve never had the flu before, but c’mon… this isn’t the ebola virus or anything. I mean, how bad is the flu? You throw up a few times and you probably have to miss a day of school or work, but after that you are fine. If I have to get sick, give me that disease. I hate it when people get on this big health scare. “Oh no… Sars! Mad Cow Disease!” By the way, who are these people that get flu shots in the first place? I honestly have never had a conversation with a person before that had the sentence “So, I went and got a flu shot today…” in it.
  • I hate Tuesday’s that have terrible dvd’s coming out. This week is a pretty bad one. I’ve heard some bad things about Van Helsing, so I’m going to steer clear of that unless I hear some people say it’s not bad. I’ve never seen it, but Ed Wood looks half decent. I’m not interested enough to buy it, though. I’m definitely not interested in picking up crap like Garfield or A Cinderella Story. As tempting as it might be, I don’t need a special edition of Universal Soldier. The whole concept of Universal Solider intrigues me, though. I honestly wonder if someone didn’t cast Dolph Lundgren and Jean Claude Van Damme in the same movie for their own amusement. It must’ve been like a big “who sucks more” contest everyday of filming. Anyways, about the only movie I had any remote interest this week was the Hellboy special edition, but I already have the regular version (which I’ve been too lazy to get around to watching). There actually isn’t much the next three weeks coming out that I even am thinking about purchasing besides 21 Jump Street (no doubt, baby!) and possibly The OC. Believe it or not, I’ve never actually seen an episode of the OC, but my boy Bill Simmons says it’s the next 90210 which was one of the greatest teen drama’s ever. If I can find a good price on the OC, I might splurge. By the way – 25 bucks for the first season of 21 Jump Street might be the greatest deal ever. Johnny Depp is the man in 21 Jump Street plus this will be the only chance, besides Night at the Roxbury, that you’ll ever get a chance to see Richard Grieco. Seriously… what happened to Richard Grieco?
  • Speaking of Garfield… I might dog the movie because from the first time I saw a preview, I told myself it was probably going to be one of the worst movies ever. The 80’s cartoon is still a classic, though. Anyways, there is a Garfield Holiday special dvd that’s coming out. I’m seriously thinking about buying this for pure nostalgic reasons. The disc contains the Halloween special, the Thanksgiving special, and the Christmas special. The Garfield Christmas special is possibly the greatest animated special challenged by only “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” I don’t remember the Halloween or the Thanksgiving special, but it’s probably worth my couple bucks.
  • I mentioned Bill Simmons a little bit ago. I read his Sport’s Guy World website every single day. Anyways, I think ESPN just made a move to make his old articles available to Insiders. This bugs me because his old articles are quite possibly one of my favorite things to read. He’s a sports buff and a movie buff like myself. He’s an expert in all things Karate Kid. Anyways, so I don’t want to drop $40 for a full year just to read his articles. The only other feature on ESPN Insider that I would use would be the personal PTI video features. I could honestly care less who Mel Kiper thinks will be available with the 13th pick in the first round in next year’s draft right now. I don’t need to read any articles by Michelle Tafoya or Trev Alberts. Just do me a favor and give me my Sport’s Guy back!
  • You keep hearing about all these undecided voters. Every time they have a debate or anything, all the news stations have their token “undecided voters” watch and rate what they think is going on. Honestly… who are these people? I haven’t exactly done a ton of asking around, but I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t know who they are voting for. I think the whole “undecided vote” is overrated. I understand if someone says “Oh, I’m leaning towards Kerry or leaning towards Bush,” but at this point, does anyone go “Ah… I have absolutely no idea who I’m voting for.” Give me a break…
  • As I predicted yesterday, my fantasy football got another big fat L. The good news in about two weeks I’ll be back to full strength with Todd Heap at TE and Michael Bennett to replace the biggest second round fantasy football dog of all time, Kevin Barlow. I also replaced my Minnesota defense (I know they suck, but they had like a million interceptions last year) with the ever risky Arizona Cardinals defense. All I’d like to do at this point is get into the playoffs. Unless he fails another pee test, Koren Robinson should be back for me by then, plus if Ricky Williams ever gets reinstated, I’m going to have a finger on the “add” button. I might have to let go of my backup tight end Dallas Clark, but it’s a risk I’d be willing to take.
  • Is it just me or does National Treasure look like it has potential to be one of the worst movies of the year? First of all, it looks like a bad cross between “The Da Vinci Code” and “Tomb Raider.” It’s rated PG which kind of tells me it’s going to have all the intensity and drama of a Spy Kids movie. It stars Nicholas Cage who seems like he plays himself in every single movie. This is all speculation of course, but I’m willing to bet anyone who goes to see this movie is probably thowing away $6 or whatever the going rate for a movie is.

Anyways, I’ve got to be heading to bed. It’s close to bedtime for me. I’ve got a big couple days ahead of me. Tomorrow, I’ve a huge day. I have to get about two or three computers setup and out my door. Right away after work, I’m heading up to Fargo for my first Speed & Accel workout session. My goal is to get faster in the 5k and 10k distance which are weak distances for me. Ideally, I’d like to run something under 19 in a 5k and maybe around 40-42 in a 10k. I really believe that Speed & Accel will get me down to those kinds of times. It’s going to be a lot of work and I know there are going to be times that I’m not going to want to do it, but I’m going to put in six solid weeks of speed work and we’ll see where I at. I guess that’s about all you can do…
Thursday is going to be a blast… or not. I think I’m going to put in about 2 hours at work and then I have to head to DL to get my wisdom teeth pulled. Apparently I only have 3 wisdom teeth, but I’m not looking forward to it. I’m planning on sitting at home and watching some movies all afternoon. If I’m feeling up to it, I’m planning on heading back to work on Friday, but I guess I have no idea how I’m going to be feeling. Wish me the best! Anyways, before you leave, check out all your favorite games at the brande new brentnet arcade. The movie of the day is another little viewed foreign flick – Amores Perros. If you liked 21 Grams, it’s directed by the same guy and is equally as good. Anyways, I’m out for the night…

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