Archive for January, 2008

a note of apology

January 29, 2008 Leave a comment

To faithful visitors (Jana, I know you’re out there). I’m sorry that the last week has been a quiet one and that a quote from Turbo has held the top for so long. Lots  of sickness and looming thesis deadlines have kept me away. I’m coming back soon.

And for all the Geof Manthorne enthusiasts who have stopped by over the past couple of weeks – I understand completely.

Categories: else

quote of the moment – Turbo from THE American Gladiators

January 23, 2008 Leave a comment

In the glory years of foam-tipped battle, not just any 6-foot-4, 250-pound ex-bodybuilder or semiprofessional athlete could be called an American Gladiator. You needed something more. If called upon you had to be ready to die in your L.A. Gear high-tops. We earned the right to wear the red, white, and blue spandex, and we wore it with honor and dignity.

From “Back in My Day, Being an American Gladiator Meant Something” via The Onion.

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five reasons cell phones should be banned

January 16, 2008 1 comment

This message is brought to you by all of the time I spend in public places either for work or school.

1. Ringtones – I know you love Achy Breaky Heart. I’m glad (?) you love Achy Breaky Heart. I have no desire to hear how much you love Achy Breaky Heart every time your kids call to ask when you are coming home. No song has ever been written that is worth hearing the same 10 second clip all day every day.

2. Walkie Talkie feature – The only thing worse that hearing just one side of someone else’s conversation is hearing both sides.

3. The whole bluetooth thing. You do not look cool. You do not look important. You look like you are a) talking to yourself or b) being assimilated by the Borg. It is kind of fun to watch new users fumble with them though.

4. Texting – Beside destroying the English language, texting has made it possible and even socially acceptable to talk to someone else while you are being talked to face-to-face. And don’t get me started about people texting while driving. Or using any function on your phone while driving. I would rather move down the highway with a troop of drunk chimpanzees driving monster trucks (nice image, huh?) than be anywhere near a 16 year old girl driving with a cell phone.

5. Private conversations held loudly in public places. You wouldn’t believe the conversations I couldn’t avoid hearing. Actually, you probably would – you’ve heard them too. Or had them. Headphones – don’t leave home without them.

I feel like I should go out and sit on the porch and yell at kids about getting on my yard.


January 13, 2008 Leave a comment


Categories: sports

my Jags getting no respect – the weekly whah?!?

January 12, 2008 Leave a comment

I just pulled up my yahoo to check on basketball game times today and I see this under the NFL schedule for the next two days.

Notice what’s missing? Apparently the good folks a Yahoo! think that New England has another bye this week. Just like most of the rest of the world.

Mark it down. The Patriots’ perfect season ends today.

passing on the legacy of Star Wars geekdom

January 12, 2008 Leave a comment

This is something that can probably only be appreciated by dads around my age.

We got our oldest son a DVD set of the original Star Wars films for Christmas and since then the kids have watched each film at least three times with Empire Strikes Back being the favorite (great taste there, by the way). This morning I am listening to the boys run through the house with blasters made out of legos reenacting  scenes from the films and yelling back and forth to each other things like “you can’t shoot me, I’m Chewbacca” and “take that stormtrooper!”. They even offered to let their little sister be Princess Leia. It sounds a whole lot like my house did 30 years ago. It may be time to break into my parents’ attic and get out all of the action figures and other junk that dominated my room for most of my childhood.

Got to go. They made a blaster for me. They need a bad guy. Cue the Imperial March.

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photo of the week – boy exploring

January 5, 2008 1 comment

12/31/07 – Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma

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