Friday, July 28, 2006


So last summer I discovered It Is Always Sunny In Philadelphia on FX. It was fresh, funny and sometimes very very wrong. So I was extremely happy when it was picked up this summer and started a few weeks ago. It seems however that the powers that be wanted to tweak it, and added Danny DeVito as the father. At first I was accepting, maybe a small role, pop in once a week or so, but now he is deeply entrenched in the show and it seems to have taken itself over the top. And when I say it is over the top, you know it is a little extreme. I am still watching it, but laugh more at the reruns from last season they play after the new episodes.

Check it out, it is like Seinfeld on crack. But start with the old episodes first...


It has been a long week and I am glad it is soon to be over. I worked out 3 times this week (normal is 4) so I am back in the saddle again. No big plans for the weekend, some Scout stuff and a visit to the library and Farmer's Market may be called for. After the usual outdoor weekend chores we should be free and clear to do some fun family stuff, hope you can too.


They caught the 'sniper' the other day. In my rush to report I got the initial story wrong, someone was killed (a passenger), I am sorry to say. They caught the kid, 17, who was pissed at his family over a deer they had shot so he went out to 'blow off some steam' and took some shots at some cars and killed a man. To make matters worse, his grandmother (legal guardian) took the rifle he killed the man with and hid it from police. She is sharing the cell next to him in the county jail right now. He should be tried as an adult and locked away for a long time.

Just my 2.5 cents...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

In The Poorhouse...

Anyone else poor???? I checked the bank account today and we are under triple digits (as in $100.00). We have not increased any spending and have actually cut back on several things. With gas prices the way they are I cannot see how many Americans can survive. What cost me $20/week is now upwards towards $100 and I have 2 cars to feed!!

I am not sure that the government understands that we care not for Stem Cell research, gay marriage, AIDS in Africa or the plight of the Arab. What we should be caring about is the American family trying to get to and from work and the tourism industry and the restaurant business and the auto industry. We cannot afford to drive to the state park and camp but we can send billions to a country that hates us and it's people burn our flag everyday. It is time to worry about our own for awhile then try to fix the world.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tuesday's With Bryan

Some fast hits and random acts of blogging....

Good Eye, Sniper: There is a sniper on the roads of Indiana. The person/persons lie in wait on the overpass and take shots at cars in the Interstate. So far no one has been hurt but several cars have had their windows blown out and quarterpanels look like Swiss cheese. No sooner does this story break nationally my MIL calls to know EXACTLY what is going on and if they will catch these people. See she and coming for her annual visit and they drive from NY to us for a few days then back to FLA. Problem is they do not like to stay long, they plan on 3-4 days but something always comes up and they leave the morning of the 3rd day. This call has me thinking it is a lead up to "We can't come out with a sniper on the loose, too dangerous." We'll see.

How About That! The Yankees win one last night and ARod got his stuff together. Problem is Boston won as well but we are still in the wild card hunt! This has been a great season for baseball, unless you are a Cubs fan.

Indulge In Adventure: Laine Morgan is back!! That is all.

The Apple: The boy made Star and is ready to take on Life then EAGLE. But after a talk yesterday we both came to the same conclusion, take your time and enjoy. There is too much pressure on the boys to advance and the boy wants to enjoy Scouting. If he takes a year to make Life that will leave him 4 years to get Eagle. Plenty of time. I will not let him sit on his ass but I will not pressure him to cram 3 years of advancement into 6 months. Funny, that is exactly what he said to his Scoutmaster during his Board of Review and he agreed.

The Boob Tube: Two shows being pushed already for the Fall Schedule that I am dying to see: Heroes and Jericho. Awesome!!

The Village People: Hit the YMCA this morning (twice in a row) and worked out hard. Had a good morning and saw a few people I have missed this summer. Someone, however, was on my machine today. It was no big deal as there were 5 other open machines. But it is the machine I am always on from 8-840. As I noticed how much it disturbed me I realized that I sit in the same seat in the newsroom everyday and have a fit if someone is sitting there. I have actually moved the new people if they sit there and the crew tell them (in a half joking way) do not sit in that chair when Bryan is here, he might kill you. One guy knows that when he wants to get my goat he will sit there when I come in and watch as I stand behind him until he finally gets up and laughs...I think I have some problems!

Monday, July 24, 2006


IT is already Monday. I was a good boy and worked out this morning. I HAVE to get back into the habit I had all last year. Today is the new start.

The boy is back and better than ever. While he was gone we gutted his room, he appreciated it and has several suggestions for the decorating of it. He had a great time and advanced to STAR. I am so very proud of him!! This week starts Marching Band again, he is one of 4 8th graders in the High School Marching Band. He loves it and the wife and I (both marching band geeks from the day) are glad he is doing well at it and is enjoying himself like we did all those years ago.

Got a lot of work done around the house this weekend and managed to get a freelance gig in on Saturday. I did very well and they were very happy with my performance. So much so that I am back again in a few games. Once a month will be fine with me. Since I can only work on the weekends due to me schedule and I am camping with Scouts once a month and work at least one weekend a month to cover for someone at work that leaves me 2 weekends a month for the family (and myself) and I would gladly work one of them to make a few hundred bucks on one job. But to do 2 would push it a little (unless of course we needed the money).

Anyway have a good week and enjoy this cool (85) weather!!!!!

Till Next Time

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Saturday Morning

I am up early and moving today! Last night we spent our last evening without the boy and went to the movies and ended up doing a theater switch. We got there and went to the 7:20 showing of The Devil Wears Prada (not bad, I enjoyed it). As we left the theater we saw that Clerks 2 was just starting, no one was looking and we jumped into the theater and enjoyed a 2nd movie (I liked this one better, very funny, very well made, very Kevin Smith). It was a packed house in both and in both the audience was very vocal, not talkative but reactive to the movie, which I really do enjoy.

Today I work a freelance gig and the boy gets home tonight around 8pm. I will miss the homecoming but will be home around 11pm and I am sure he will still be up! Tomorrow will be just hang out day and visit as the house is clean and it has rained so much I cannot mow today (maybe tomorrow afternoon). It will be nice to have the boy back and I am sure he had a great time.

PLEASE check out the 2 posts below. This is the 3rd post of the morning. The first two were those meme things (who ever came up with THAT name?!?!?) One is TV shows I watch and the other is events that happened on my birthday..... Thanks to All I want is a good night's sleep and This Could Only Happen To Me, check them out!

Birthday meme

Go to wikipedia and type your birthday in the search box (not the year). Find 1 significant death, 2 significant births, an interesting event or two, and a holiday.

APRIL 29th

-1980 - Alfred Hitchcock, English film director

-1899 - Duke Ellington, American jazz pianist and bandleader
-1954 - Jerry Seinfeld, American comedian

-1945 - Holocaust: The Dachau concentration camp is liberated by United States troops.
-1986 - Roger Clemens sets a major league baseball record with 20 strikeouts in nine innings against the Seattle Mariners.

-International Dance Day

Too Much TV!!!

Here’s a list of televsion shows. Bold all the shows which you have seen at least 3 episodes.

7th Heaven
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Arrested Development
Barney Miller
Battlestar Galactica (old and new)
Beverly Hills 90210
Boy Meets World
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bug Juice
Chappelle’s Show
Charlie’s Angels
Commander in Chief
Coronation Street
Cowboy Bebop
CSI: Miami
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Danny Phantom
Dawson’s Creek
Dead Like Me
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Desperate Housewives
Doctor Who
Family Guy
Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
Get Smart
Gilligan’s Island
Gilmore Girls
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Grey’s Anatomy
Hannah Montana
Happy Days
Hill Street Blues
Hogan’s Heroes
Home and Away
Home Improvement
Homicide: Life on the Street
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
Invader Zim
Little House on the Prairie
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost in Space
Love, American Style
Malcolm in the Middle
Married… With Children
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission: Impossible
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
Night Court
Only Fools and Horses
Perry Mason
Power Rangers
Prison Break
Rescue Me
Saved by the Bell
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Sex and the City
Six Feet Under
So Weird
South Park
Spongebob Squarepants
Starsky and Hutch
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Teen Titans
That 70’s Show
That’s So Raven
The 4400
The Addams Family
The Andy Griffith Show
The A-Team
The Avengers
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Brady Bunch
The Cosby Show
The Daily Show
The Dead Zone
The Flintstones
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Good Life
The Honeymooners
The Jetsons
The Love Boat
The Munsters
The O.C.
The Office
The Shield
The Simpsons
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Twilight Zone
The Waltons
The West Wing
The Wonder Years
The X-Files
Third Watch
Three’s Company
Twin Peaks
Veronica Mars
Whose Line is it Anyway? (Both the British and the American versions)
Will and Grace

Yep and that does not even count the shows NOT listed!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


Woke up at 3am and at work by 4.  Still here at 1pm, most likely till 2 or 3.  Very tired and got shit do to and what to get out of here.  Build shelves, change oil, hit book store, all on the verge of being tossed out the window so I can take a nap.
I love Half Price Books, but I love eBay book shopping better and's used books.  I have picked up several used books for nothing on eBay this past month.  Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson are some of the autobiographies I have picked up recently for all of $5.00 total.
I love the library.  Went not buying cheap books I am hitting the CD section and loading up the Ipod.  I have tried to get the "Best Of.." from most of the bands when I was growing up.  I also like to grab those 'must have albums' like the Top 100 from Rolling Stone or Billboard.  Gets some good music on there and some odd tracks I would never hear or find in a million years...
Back to the grind.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Tuesday's With Bryan

Howdy all,

I am working on the Part II of the vacation but have run into a snag in the photos (it's coming). So far this week I am 2 for 2 in working out. Tomorrow I have to be at work at 4am (and it's my off day) so I hope to go 4 for 4 this week.

Cleaning has hit a stand still, the wife is sick and I am working so both the office and the boy's room is in a half done stage. It can be and will be done before long, no worries.

I had a blow out at work last week. Some of the younger crew pissed me off with their work habits. See we only work 8 hour shifts with no official lunch break (other departments work 9 hour shifts with the one hour unpaid lunch) and we have a lot of down time. My problem is that some of these people feel entitled to an hour lunch and have been known to eat lunch then go shopping or driving for an hour to 'get out'. They also decide when to leave before the end of their shift, etc. It really bugs me that a) they think they can get away with this and b) when the boss finally catches on we will all go to the 9 hour one hour lunch shift and I hate that. So I told them that last week and it turned into an argument and I exploded. They are too young and stupid to understand they have a good thing and by taking advantage of the situation I (and some of my older co-workers) are going to get screwed........


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Sunday Morning

The boy left for Summer Camp yesterday. The wife and I are alone for the week. We worked hard yesterday, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, laundry. Today we take on the boy's room and the office (my job) after that we are scott free for the rest of the week. I have a few projects I want to do (hang some frames, print some digital pics) so it should be a nice week with no responsibilities to no one but ourselves....

Although I already miss the boy....

Friday, July 14, 2006

Pity Party

I have had no comments on my site for the past few posts including my big vacation Part I with pictures....

You don't HAVE to leave a comment but it would be nice....

Also I miss Indulge In Adventure.....

I am so tired I did not work out again today but have been watching what I eat...

I have a massive headache from drinking too much the other night...

My lawn is so high I will need a guide to help me mow this weekend...

I can actually hear the world's smallest violin playing for me...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Letting Go

At what age do you 'let go'?  The boy is now 13 and he is doing stuff on his own and with the family.  We are hoping to avoid the whole 'teen rebel' phase by laying down the law but giving him his own space.  This summer is a big one for him.  He is spending a lot of days home alone and as long as he is in touch with us he can play with his friends and hang in the neighborhood.  I remember at his age I was biking several miles a day to work a summer job as a lifeguard and camp councilor, but those were different times.  I am hoping the freedoms he is enjoying this summer will help with the school year.  Having freedoms and the chance to lose them might get us over the hump grade wise.
It has been a great summer for him, YMCA camp, rock climbing, joining marching band, Scout Camp coming up, family vacations and a few more to come before the summer is up.  I just hope that he has taken what we have taught to heart and is the person he should be...


This was my restart day but I failed to wake up this morning and now it is 2 weeks since I worked out!!!! I can actually feel the effect it has on me and will kick myself in the ass and get out of bed tomorrow and work out!!!!!

I posted Part I of our vacation with pics and stories, Part II is on the way, no worries.

Had a fantastic weekend and all we did was stay home! Saturday we did some Scouting stuff from 8:30 till 2:00pm and also hit the library. Dropped the boy off at home to hang and went shopping at Sam's Club and bulked up on some pantry items. Also refilled the tank for the grill and had some Steaks, Corn, Home Made Mac Salad, etc., it was Awesome. Played some catch out side, watered the lawn and generally had a great day off.

Sunday hit me early (7am) and I was up and cleaning (not too much to clean) and we went to my parents for breakfast as my brother was stopping by from Chicago. After a quick visit we went north for shoe shopping (nothing) and a peek at maybe movies...It was a no go.

Back home we decided the clean the garage, and what a job it was but with the wife and I kicking butt we also managed to get the cars cleaned out as well. The boy was off swimming with friends and when he returned he almost dropped the Holy Sh*t when he saw the garage (it was very messy). After that it was grillin' with a visit from my sister (and nephew) and then a nice quiet evening with the family, broken up by some OT as I had to drive all the way into Indy to direct a 1/2 hour show and then turn around and head back home. I arrived just in time to see Deadwood (HOLY SH*T) and then off to bed after midnight.

The one thing that bothered me was the fact that I was up all night last night. I could not fall asleep. I sat there and listened to the wife sleep and checked the clock every 20 minutes or so. I do not know what the deal was, I finally drifted off after 4am (at least that is the last time I remember) but for the life of me I could not go to bed!!!! I am sure once I start working out again I will be tired enough that I will drop on the bed like old times but we were busy yesterday and I should have just passed out...

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Vacation Story (Finally) Part I

After a little marriage spat (more at some point) and a clean house and packed car off we went on a little vacation. Our plan was to hit Louisville for 2 days and then Cincinnati for 2 days (getting to a Reds game in the process).

Friday was a drag because we left late (see spat) and arrived in Louisville at 7ish. We found the city very clean and well laid out. We ate at The Old Spaghetti Factory and stayed at a nearby Hampton Inn (opened in April of this year).

Saturday: Up early and off to the Slugger Museum for a grand old time of baseball history....

The boy swinging A-Rod's Bat at the cage. Got some good hits!!

The bat at the museum is actually Babe Ruth's Bat to scale!!!!

They had a rep from the All American Girl League there (See the movie A League of their Own!!!)

The museum is fantastic. They have bats from all sorts of players, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Johnny Bench, Ty Cobb, etc. The factory tour was awesome!!! You must go when they are making bats. I am not sure who's was being made that day but at the end of the tour we saw Derek Jeter's and A-Rod's bats being wrapped for shipping. VERY COOL.

From the Slugger Museum we hit the track and bet on some ponies! The Churchill Downs (home of the Kentucky Derby) was awesome.

We had a great time, eating, drinking and watching the races. You can bet $2 a race and have a lot of fun. Unfortunately we let the boy pick the horses and lost every bet!!!

We watched 8 races, got several drinks (yes a Mint Julep) and ate a Derby Dog ($5 for a 1/2 pound hot dog with EVERYTHING!). That done we headed across the Ohio River back to Indiana to see the Falls of Ohio State Park and take a walk. We walked down to the rivers edge and found fossils all over the place. It was incredible, the fossils and rocks at the site are actually protected by Federal Law, look but do not take out of the park! After that we hit the Riverside Park on the Louisville bank and walked around there. Went to 4th Street Live, which is an outdoor mall that closes down 4th Street at night and they have live music and dancing and such. A little adult for our family so we went to a local mall and got the wife a bathing suit so we could all go swimming. On the way back we stopped at Bearno's Pizza to take dinner back to the hotel. A large pizza and a family sized salad. Well the waitress got mixed up and we ended up with our pizza and a salad as big as your head!!!!!

After dinner (we did not eat the whole salad) we hit the pool and swam for 2 hours until we were a) tired and 2) they closed the pool. It was a nice big pool and we had it to ourselves. We went upstairs to bed around Midnight and set the alarm so we got a good early start to Cincy on Sunday and the Reds game that started at 1:15.......

Friday, July 07, 2006

End of the Week...

I have hardly been home since vacation ended.  I promise to you some pics and stories this weekend. 
I am in the middle of close captioning several TV shows for this weekend.  I just finished two of the worst locally made infomercials I have ever seen.  They are so bad they are funny, but absolutely terrible!  Why do these people think these shows are good, I cannot believe as a business owner I would let this represent my company.  It is laughable!!!
For some summer viewing check out:  It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Treasure Hunters and Rescue Me .  Also hit the theaters as the summer movie season is in full swing, Pirates II and The Devil Wears Prada (for the wife) are open this weekend.  So get out there and enjoy the great weather, the grill and the backyard and in the evening visit a local theater or support some summer TV........

Thursday, July 06, 2006


I know I promised pics and stories but we have been busy!!! I just finished paying bills from 2 weeks ago and still have about 2 hours of stuff on my desk to address... I do have a camera and we did go away for vacation, please believe me!!!

On a lighter note, work was still there when I arrived yesterday and nothing has changed in my 5 day absence...I also got picked up as a freelancer. For those not in the know that equals $$$. Sure it is some hard work (sometimes) but getting paid twice your hourly rate to do the same thing is very nice.....

Monday, July 03, 2006

Back In Town

Back from vacation, great time, great pics and funny stories......will share in due time.

Happy 4th!!