Happy New Year
Nothing to say today but Happy New Year!
Since I decided last year to do my "Year In Review" on my birthday to celebrate MY year, this time I think I will do a year in preview.
So we have guests visiting all week and are spending a lot of time at
Hope Santa treated everyone well this year. I was a good boy and got a few small things (LOTR: Return of the King DVD set, and the last 2 installments of The Dark Tower by Stephen King). The boy made out well as did the wife. A small Christmas (for us) but a good first Christmas in our new home. Visiting, cleaning and now relaxing as the Colts win and Peyton breaks Marino's record. A great Christmas Weekend.
Twelve years ago on this very night I was driving home from work. I
As all holidays have good traditions, one of mine is the last minute
Got a few inches of the white stuff this morning. Got up early to workout (6:45am) and watched as these "drivers" tried to navigate thru 4 inches of snow. While some areas around here got hammered (upwards of 22 inches) we are not too bad, and coming from living in the snow belt of New York for 16 years I am used to the small stuff. These people go crazy!!! And they do not know how to drive in it, they are more of a danger than the slick roads and should stay home. Now I have to leave early to get to work on time because the moron in front of me will be driving 15mph in a 35mph and 20mph in a 55mph zone. Wish me luck.
I've been hitting the YMCA 3-4 times a week for the past 2 months. The boy wakes up at 6:30am and gets me out of bed by 7, we talk, get ready for school and he goes to the bus stop to play football with his boyz. That is my cue to leave and go work out. I have been going religiously 3, often 4 times a week and every time it is the same. I do 20 minutes on a treadmill then an 8 machine circuit. All the machines are connected to a computer and your exercises generate points and you can compare points to others in your age/sex/condition bracket. I made two milestones recently: 1) In the month of November I was number 243 in points earned for men in November and 2) I broke my 20 minute mile on the treadmill on Friday. The first one is nothing more than a look I am actually working out 3 times a week. The second is more important to me as it was a goal of mine from the start. Today I met with my coach and added 3 more machines, a 2nd set to all machines and 2 new cardio machines so I have options beyond the treadmill.
So the father-in-law left yesterday and we had a great visit. After a little airline troubles we got them here a day late but earlier than the airlines 'worked out' (10:00am instead of 3:30pm). We showed the sights, shopped, ate, visited my folks and generally had a good time! The boy was stunned when we went to the airport looking for his great grandma and him seeing his grandfather coming at us on the escalator. The look on his face was worth it, he was quite surprised!
Love the show, hate the reality. My father-in-law was supposed to fly out here tonight for the first time. We haven't seen them in over a year and the boy was going to be surprised when they showed up. Well surprise, their flight was cancelled at the connection. So they are stuck in a strange city (Washington DC) and couldn't get out until 3pm tomorrow (their return flight is Monday afternoon, quick visit) until I hit the internet and get on the cell phone with them and the airline and book a flight on a rival airline (no charge) so they get here at 10am tomorrow. Since the original flight was coming in at Midnight we really only miss the breakfast part of the visit, not too bad......but boy do I hate US Air right now!!!!!!!
This week has been a blur. My wife says I mostly push buttons at work and truly that is what I do. However during a live newscast you are on high alert, your mind is extremely focused and you are actually thinking of what did I just do, what am I doing and what do I need to do. However as a director you must make sure the audio person, Technical Director and Camera operator are doing the right thing, the Chyron Op is on the right page, the tapes are available to air, the graphics are correct, listen to the anchor read and roll tapes/graphics/take live shot on the right cue and set up for the next story while listening to the current one. The good bosses understand that TV is not factory work and you do not put in the full 8 hours on your feet stamping widgets. There is lots of downtime with NOTHING going on at all but I guarantee that you would be more exhausted after an intense hour newscast than standing on the factory line after 8 hours......
Scott Peterson was given the death penalty yesterday and that started a little 'conversation' at work. I think it is a waste of time an money for this situation simply because California never puts it's Death row Inmates to death, they simply do not follow the rule of the law. When a convict is sentenced to death he/she should get put to death.
I am a Survivor junkie and the finale was last night. Chris won and should have!!!! In a merged tribe that had 6 women all in alliance and one guy he made it to the final two when he should have been voted off before any of the women were. They hammered him about lying and bullshitting and crap like that. He won because the women could not stay together, PERIOD. There were 7 people on the jury and only 2 were there because of him!! He lied to Julie and Eliza when they got voted off. All the others have each other to blame for getting voted off. The man played hard against great odds and beat them all. Nice Job.
Since I've moved to Indiana I found that baseball is not the popular sport I thought it was in the heartland. It's mostly Basketball, followed by Football, and that goes from Professional down to High School. There are High School Fields here larger than College fields in New York. One school just paid several MILLION dollars for an upgraded JV Football Field. Unreal. So I was a little shocked when I found out that a majority of baseball fans here cheer it as their "Secondary" sport and that even worse, they are, gasp, National League Fans. Drawing a little travel circle around Indy and within a 4 hour drive you have the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs (and unmentioned White Sox), and St. Louis Cardinals. Plus our AAA team was the Brewers affiliate, now the Pirates.
Tis the season for carols, family and Christmas Specials. The perennial favorite in my house is A Charlie Brown Christmas. Mine growing up was The Year Without A Santa Claus, which until recently if you sang the Heat miser Song people would stare at you like you were insane. However one that everyone watches and has seen dozens of times is of course Ruldolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The story, the song, the claymation. It is all there. Years ago MadTV did a GREAT spoof on it putting Martin Scorsese at the helm to create a Goodfellas inspired Christmas special complete with Hermie the Dentist and Tommy Two Times. Awesome. Then the following year it was Coppola inspired as the Reinfather, Don Comet, Don Cupid, Don Donner Don Blitzen and the Head Elf waking up with a Polar Bear head in his bed. Again a hit. While watching those every year since (I taped and cherish them) I remembered something in the original that might have sparked this whole twisted view on a children's classic.
Today is a blank. I read on one of my daily visits (Danelle) that she has a notebook on here computer open and jots down stuff that comes to her to blog about. I thought that was a great idea and told myself I would start doing that. Unfortunately that is today and I have no good ideas in my right now.
I've been married for 12 years and dated my wife for a while before that. That is why this weekend was a little strange. After all this time we decided we wanted to try swapping. I don't remember who was first to suggest but we both went along with it. At first it was strange; similar but definitely different. I was a little uncomfortable at first, the body didn't fit right, strange positions, different views, but soon I adjusted and relaxed. I think the wife was having similar problems but adjusted quicker than I. I think she didn't mind but I had a few problems with it and told her so the next morning. The end result is no more swapping for this couple. She is to sleep on the right side of the bed and I on the left. It has been that way for 12 plus years and will be that way till the end.
In the drive thru at my local KFC this event occurred, and is represented here as best as I can recall:
Enough is enough!!!