Saturday, August 30, 2008

Something to Blog About?

This past week gave me a few things to talk about so...Yay!

My parents were down so Monday we went out to Applebee's. First off, when I ordered the Strawberry Mojito, I was carded. Am I now at the age I should be flattered by this or is it still an embarrassment? Second off, I don't know what was more annoying the fact I really didn't like it or the fact my mother knew I didn't like it. It wasn't the mojito itself I didn't like. It was the pieces of strawberry and seeds that kept coming up through the straw. I was thinking it would be strawberry flavor...

I ordered riblets. One would think that riblets would be small. I still can't figure out the difference between those and actual ribs as they were huge.

After dinner we went back to their motel to swim in the pool and sit in the hot tub. Actually, it was hot tubs plural. Because families were taking the last gasp of summer, the pool was crowded. You all know how I hate that.

Anyway, we went back up to the room and watched the DNC for awhile on PBS. I liked Caroline Kennedy's introduction to the Ted Kennedy tribute more than the actual tribute itself although it good to see old Ted up and around. The interview with Jimmy Carter was interesting as well.

Tuesday, we we joined by my aunt and cousin/roommate for lunch at a new cafe that opened downtown. The turkey panini was awesome.

Afterwards, my parents took me grocery shopping. Not that exciting but needed to be done.

After putting the food away, we went to my grandmother's for dinner. When we get there, she tells us my uncle has to go out and pick up his son and bring him home. I wanted to take the opportunity after dinner to escape but, no, we stayed. The second he was in the door, he dispensed with pleasantries and immediately asked if I wanted to watch him play video games. Unlike my other cousin, he actually lets me play but I still find it boring. Especially with Red Sox-Yankees on the tube...

In other news, John McCain's choice of Sara Palin is an interesting one. She was actually the choice I was hoping for he'd make since I knew him picking Joe Lieberman would not help him win over traditional conservatives. Yeah, she has less experience than even Obama but she's against corruption which I like and she's pro-life which I don't like but her base will. In itself, I don't like the fact she opposed putting polar bears on the endangered species list but I have to admit I like the fact she had the guts and conviction to try. At the risk if sounding too much like my grandfather, she certainly the most attractive candidate we've ever had... As you may have noticed on Twitter, I'm really amused by the names of her children: Track, Bristol, Willow, Piper and Trig. Most interesting names for vice presidential children since Nelson Rockefeller's son Rodman...

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Living Up To The Title

I apologize to my readers who have been short changed on blog posts from me but there has really been nothing worth talking about. In the past, I filled this blog up with TV episode reviews. I basically did this because in grad school and, living at home with my parents, I really had no one to discuss what I was watching with. Moving in here with my cousin has given me someone to discuss this with so I don't feel the need to discuss it here.

With that purpose gone, that leaves reviews of movies, books, and CDs. I have seen a movie in about a month. I can only read just so fast so I can't crank out book reviews. Reviews of CDs depend on artists I like putting them out as well as having the money to buy them. Living on my own, I obviously have more important expenses.

I could discuss my job situation. Simply put, I enjoy my volunteer job considerably but except for a "developing development" that I can't discuss right now, this isn't likely to lead to anything paying any time soon. The most promising new position open in the library world is at my alma mater which as some of you know, is in the middle of nowhere and this isn't good if you don't drive...

Aside from waitresses whose job is to show interest in you, I don't have any hint of prospects in the relationship/dating department so even though really only two readers may care about it, I can't talk about what doesn't exist. Not that I realistically could afford it anyway...

I don't really have interest in turning this blog into a "sports blog" so that's really out except for the occasional tidbit. In that vein, I will discuss my thoughts on the Olympics. To me, for the most part, the most interesting coverage was during the day on cable where you got to experience different sports like handball and volleyball both team and beach and different countries. I also enjoy that it wasn't biased towards the Americans because that isn't what the Olympics are all about. It was cool seeing both the men's and women's basketball teams.

Sadly, I really wanted to watch softball and didn't get the chance. (New Sox player Jason Bay's sister played for the Canadian team.) I can understand them dumping baseball from the roster as it's not really played around the world and our professional players are too busy with their "day job" to participate but this softball competition is all women get to show their stuff as professional softball has never really taken off. If there wasn't other competitions for women at the Games, it would smack of sexism; perhaps it still does.

While I'm in commentary mode, here are my thoughts of Barack Obama choosing Joe Biden has his running mate. Aside from his politics, I will not vote for McCain because of endorsements from Joe Lieberman and pitcher Curt Schilling; two people who don't know when to shut the hell up. Biden falls into this category. I still can't get over the fact he's on the ticket even after he called Obama "clean and articulate" implying African-Americans generally aren't. As far as foreign policy goes, he's probably a good choice but Delaware isn't a battleground state so the choice will make an interesting race in the next few months.

Who would I have picked?

1. Kathleen Sibelius. She's a woman and governor of Kansas which is traditionally a Red State. She wouldn't help on foreign policy but US relations with the rest of world could hardly get any worse...

2. Chris Dodd. Brings experience, knows when to shut up and would set up an awesome match up if McCain goes out of the box and picks fellow Connecticut senator Joe Lieberman.

Alas, Obama didn't ask me what I thought, did he?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Drama On Multiple Fronts

Literary Drama: Last night, I finished the Star Trek novel Uhura's Song by Janet Kagan. It was a very good book if drawn out a bit longer than it needed to be. There was one subplot of the mysterious new doctor that really was unnecessary in my opinion. I think it was included to give Spock more to do but I think he had enough to do as it was. The plot involved finding a cure for disease affecting a planet of felinoids. I'm a cat person as my readers should know so this book was right up my alley. As you might imagine, I was pleased that all of the crew played a part in the story with the exception of Sulu. The Spock subplot wouldn't have made sense with Sulu but it still doesn't seem fair...

Family Drama: Yesterday afternoon I took bus out to my aunt's for a cookout. When I get there, I discover the reason my uncle, who doesn't live with my aunt, wasn't there was that he had a stroke! That obviously dominated the conversation and colored the mood. The food, however, was delicious. The handicapped taxi was much later than expected so I worried I wouldn't have much time to get ready for my church job. As it was I still had to rush a bit.

Sports Drama: The trade of Manny overall hasn't adversely affected the Sox's offense and the bullpen still isn't great but losing Hansen hasn't hurt it as much as I thought it would. The acquisition of Paul Byrd is an interesting one. There is potential he'll pitch better than Buccholtz, which as my cousin pointed out, is not really saying much...

Dating Drama: I wasn't originally going to mention this but a little over a month or so ago, I had a date with a woman who lived here in the neighborhood that I had met online. We went to a moderately priced restaurant and I gave her a sunflower. I walked her home and gave her a hug which was very coordinated for me considering I had leftover pasta in one hand. Due to our schedules we didn't talk much for two weeks after. About three weeks ago I receive an email from her giving not one but all four of the classic dumping lines men get from women! You know the "It's not you, it's me." "I could use more friends." "I'm drawn to someone from my past" and the ever popular "You're a nice guy but..." lines. Honestly, we didn't have much in common (We both like to read. Woo!) and she kept a way too busy schedule for my tastes...
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