After an early morning meeting today, I was told that I would be doing some extensive traveling this year. A lot of traveling.
I enjoy traveling for work. But it does get old after a while. I’m hoping these trips will be nicely spread out. And hopefully a couple of these will be scheduled for maximum advantage. I’m slated to go to Dallas, New Orleans, Tampa, Washington D.C., Boston, Woonsocket, Las Vegas, and Atlanta. I’m hoping the trips to Tampa and Atlanta (the two I volunteered for) can be scheduled for when the Braves and Buccaneers have home games. That would be perfect! Also, nothing wrong with a trip to Vegas.
Here’s looking forward to those frequent flyer miles. That way I can use those miles to go somewhere I really want to go. Like Sacramento or Jacksonville, N.C. I owe my sisters a visit. I wonder if Southwest flies out there…
Last week I found myself in Las Vegas. While I worked most of the time there, I did have some time on Saturday to do a little gambling. My luck in Vegas has been mostly hit and miss over the years. So when I was getting dressed to head out for some fun Saturday night, I found that I had packed a brand new pair of boxer briefs. I had a Banana Republic gift card with exactly $16 on it and that was the only thing I could find for that price. A single pair of boxer briefs. Jeez.
Anyway, I decided this might be a good time to establish a fresh string of good luck. So I put on the fresh new drawers, got ready, went to the casino, and placed a $120 bet on the Green Bay Packers. Well, if you’ve been following the NFL playoffs at all, then you know that the Packers absolutely destroyed the Atlanta Falcons 48 – 21! It was even sweeter since I’m a Packers fan. So I took the now $220 I received from winning that bet and went to the craps table. Well, I was there for a while. And I made some money for myself, and everyone else at the table. Lady luck was with me that night. With every roll, I was expecting good things to happen. I never get that cocky when gambling, but it was to the point where I came seriously close to asking the hot girl on my left to blow on the dice. But then I figured, better not press my luck.
So it was a perfect ending to my Vegas trip. Rest assured that my new lucky drawers will be with me on my next gambling adventure, if for only one night. So if you see me at the craps table, and I have a certain twinkle in my eye, I suggest you place some bets with confidence. Because the drawers will be in play.
A couple of months back, I tried out Apple’s MobileMe service. Basically, it’s supposed to provide a way to synchronize all your email, contacts, calendar, etc. online so you only have to worry about updating these things in one place. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, MobileMe can go to hell. I say that because one day it decided to delete all my contacts, leaving me to try and piece back together all the numbers to friends, family and co-workers. My assessment is that MobileMe sucks. Can you believe Apple charges $99 for this crappy service? Wait a sec, you’re telling me that Apple charges $99 a year for it?!?! $99 a year for MobileMe service that trashed my contact info?!?!? This is where I give MobileMe the finger.
Anyway, for the most part, I am back on track. Every now and then I will get a call or text that I have no idea who it is, since only the number is showing. Usually the voicemail they leave solves that mystery, but trying to figure out who is texting you can be more of a challenge. And I’ve come to realize some people are sensitive to the text reply of “Who’s this?”. But after a brief explanation, they calm down and everything is fine. A friend of mine told me about Google Contacts, which does everything I hoped MobileMe would do. It synchronizes your contacts to your phone, and has worked perfectly since I implemented it.
So Google Contacts works like a charm. And now I want to add more details to my contacts. I’ve always been pretty bad about keeping track of friends’ addresses, birthdays, etc. But with as well as Google Contacts is working, I’ve decided to go all out. I want to have as much info as possible about the people in my contacts list. Birthplace, favorite color, allergies, you name it! I kind of want it to come across as a list of dossiers that maybe James Bond might be handed after a meeting with M. I think that would be kind of slick. So let’s see how this turns out. Hopefully I don’t get too carried away with this. Don’t want a situation of TMI.
Well, so much for 2010.
I’ve been thinking about what to do for a New Year’s resolution. I really want to take it seriously for once in my life. I don’t think I have ever followed through on any I have made before. Not sure if I even went a day or two on any of those. But hey, maybe this will be the year. Like I’ve never heard that one before.
I don’t want to pick a New Year’s resolution that everyone else picks. Those like losing weight, quit smoking, etc. Well, I don’t smoke. And I don’t need to lose weight (at least I don’t think so). So I need to think outside the box. Something that would benefit me not just for the year, but for life. So I’ve come up with 3 resolutions. Not sure if I’ll be able to do all 3, but it’s worth a shot. So in no particular order:
- Wake Up Earlier – If I can avoid sleeping in when I don’t have to, I might be able to make it a habit that I get up early. I’ve come to realize that a huge amount of time is wasted on weekends that I sleep in. So if I turn myself into a morning person, I won’t complain about not having enough time during the day to get stuff done. Makes sense, right?
- Stop Eating Out So Much – Now this is going to be difficult to do because eating out is so flippin’ easy to do. But by not eating out, this will force me to learn to cook more. And if I’m doing the cooking, maybe I’m eating healthier in the process. And I’m also saving money! Sounds like a win, win, win.
- Prep Clothes for the Week - If I’m ever running late for work, which is more often than I want to admit, it’s because I spend time in the morning ironing or looking for clean clothes to wear. So this year I will start prepping my clothes for the week on Sunday, and hopefully won’t have to worry about it during the week. Might even let me dress better for work. I’m pretty sure my co-workers are tired of seeing me in t-shirts and jeans.
Anyway, there you have it. I challenge anyone out there to have 3 better resolutions than me! Even if your resolution is world peace, at least mine are attainable.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the winner of my Fantasy Football League…
I have so many people to thank for this. Namely Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Hillis. Great season guys! Rashard Mendenhall was a workhorse all year and what can you say about Desean Jackson? All those flashy plays made contributed to the Banana Warriors first championship! I also want to thank the outstanding General Manager of the Banana Warriors, me. Outstanding job all around!
What’s cool about this league is that this is the 3rd year all of us play together, so we all know each other and get together for a live draft each year. It makes for good trash talk, although this year it was lacking a bit. Perhaps this can be addressed next year. Anyway, 2010 will be the first year we are going to be awarding a trophy! Something that we will have engravable plates on it so that the winner each year will have their team name on the trophy, and the winner takes the trophy for the year. Sounds pretty good to me! So the next task for our league will be to name said trophy. We’ve been kicking around some ideas around, but I think a good name for it would be “The Sterger Cup”, named after former Jets sideline reporter and Brett Favre text-scandal chick Jenn Sterger. I figure her 15 minutes are almost up anyway, so why not salute her contribuitons to journalism boobs with this honor? I mean, the girl isn’t all that bright to begin with and once the looks go, this trophy might be the only thing she has left. What do you think?
So I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I got a fancy flat-bed scanner for Christmas! Nice, right? So here’s the bad news. I have a shoe box full of pictures from way back in the day. So if I had any kind of friendship with you before digital cameras became all the rage, your pic will most likely be making the rounds on the internet very soon. Consider yourself warned.
I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!
Well, well, well! Not only did I make the playoffs in my (primary) Fantasy Football League, but thanks to Adrian Peterson sitting out the game last night against the Bears, I’m in the championship, baby! But let’s not get too excited. Let me explain why…
First, I played for the championship last year, too. And it didn’t turn out that well. In fact, my team was pretty much roofied and raped, if I remember correctly. Actually, maybe I don’t remember it that well at all. Roofies have that effect, right? That might be for the best.
Second, my star QB, the guy that has brought my team and carried them nearly all the way to this point got a concussion and may not play. I’m talking about Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (for you non-football types). In fact, he missed last week and because of that I was a crazy night from Adrian Peterson away from being eliminated. That said, AP didn’t play. And the Banana Warriors roll on!
Third, and this is my biggest concern, I am playing the one guy in the league that I couldn’t beat all season! Doh! The Banana Warriors finished the season 11 – 3. Two of those losses came to this chump. So, yeah. Not good. Possibly no Aaron Rodgers and facing the guy who pummeled me twice is not the situation I want to be going into the championship game with. But, 3rd time’s the charm, right??
So this time next week, I will either be bummed out or on cloud 9. Maybe I should have put “League Championship” on my Christmas list? Dammit! I already mailed it.
(Let the record show that I usually play in several fantasy leagues, but this league has the most money and prestige involved, so it takes priority over all others…)
So many reasons to be thankful. And so little time to eat. So I will keep this one short. Happy Thanksgiving!