Thursday, January 29, 2009
- I hope that when I get older, I don't cling to email like old people cling to mailing letters. I hope that I am able to move with the trends of communication.
- I am still waiting for my mom to get on Facebook.
- I did that "25 things..." deal on Facebook that has been making the rounds. Oddly enough, there were some things that I wouldn't say there that I would say here. Hmmm...
- For example, I said that I don't believe that God has buckets of things up in heaven that he doles out to people. It isn't like he has a fanny pack full of patience that he just gives to people. It kind of frustrates me when people ask God for things like patience or knowledge. I believe God gave us the tools to deal with those kind of things ourselves. If you don't have the patience to handle something on your own, you need to figure out how to get it. God isn't going to FedEx it to you.
- On the other hand, I completely respect that one has the right to believe whatever one wants. I will not argue opinions with people.
- I saw the movie "Reservation Road" last night with Joaquin Phoenix. A pretty straightforward movie without a lot of twists. A very sad tale about a father who loses his son in a hit and run accident and the man that hit him. All I could think about during this movie is how depressing it must have been for them to make this movie. There was nothing happy about the story at all.
- The Mavericks are the yo-yoiest team in the history of ever right now.
- How, oh how, can our government not do something about Wall Street people still collecting bonuses? How can this continue??
- I just emailed my representative. I will let you know what he says.
- Believe it or not, he has gotten back with me every time I have emailed him (twice before).
- Thanks for reading my blog. I really appreciate every single one of you that takes the time to read the stuff that comes out of my head. I especially love those of you that comment and challenge me to come up with compelling content (which I don't know if I have done yet, but I am not gonna quit!).
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
- Does anyone else find Peter's fights with the chicken (Family Guy) to be annoying and overly long?
- My sister is having her baby today. And it freaking storms ice. Wonderful. I can either be stuck at the hospital all night or not go see my nephew on the day he is born.
- People get so worked up about ice storms. It is a no win situation for an employer. We can either close early and send everyone home without pay or make people stay through their shift. If they go home early and nothing happens, everyone complains that we made a big deal out of nothing. If they don't go home early and it does ice over, we are insensitive to their needs and should have known that it was going to ice. Sigh...
- Well, we are closing for the day at 4. Let's hope the ice stays away so we can all get to work tomorrow. My kids will hate me for saying that.
- If you have two hours to kill and want to get pissed off at yourself: http://neutralxe.net/esc/vision_play.html
Monday, January 26, 2009
- I use ellipses too much...
- After posting that I am a grammar Nazi, it brought a lot of people out of the woodwork who were more than happy to point out some of my grammatical mistakes. Thank you.
- I have realized though, that I am not so much a grammar Nazi, but more of a spelling Nazi. I try really, really hard to make sure that everything is spelled correctly. I promise you, if you found a misspelled word on this blog, it is probably a result of a typo.
- That was not an invitation to scan the entire blog for a misspelled word, but if you are like me, you probably will do it anyway. Just make sure to comment so I can feel sorry for myself for a week or so.
- I hope some government scanning program doesn't flag me for using the word Nazi so often.
- Note to Mark Cuban: Trade while the value is high. You know this.
- Someone called Blake Beaven cocky this weekend. Someone came to his defense. You tell me if this is cocky: He has an Escalade with a suede interior and the license plate is "KEMUP15". He hasn't thrown a single pitch in the majors yet. Cocky?
- My wife wants to stay at home and not work. It can't happen until I make some more money, which can't happen until our economy gets going again. It is going to be a while, honey.
- Make sure you tell your kids that you love them. Often.
- Teachers: Is there ANY way one can teach without a bachelor's degree?
- I got mad at my son's basketball coach last week. At halftime, we were down by 25 points. We had only scored three points. Guess what he did at halftime? Told the boys to shoot layups while he yukked it up with the refs.
- The refs were bad too. I used to referee when I was younger, and I tried a lot harder than these two knuckleheads.
- What I love about personal blogs: So very rarely do we get insight into how people think, but stream-of-consciousness blogs give us that. We don't know the people who blog on a personal level (usually) but it gives us such a fantastic viewpoint into the human mind and how truly random it is.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I was behind this truck yesterday on my way home from work. The truck had lots of long, metal rods on the top. Apparently, they do sidewalks and such, and the rods are used to brace the cement.
But the rods were unsecured. They had NOTHING holding them down. All I could think of was some kind of Final Destination death where all of the rods flew off the the truck, smashed through my front windshield, killing me instantly by piercing my heart and lungs.
Needless to say, I passed the guy quickly and distanced myself.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
- Trust me. There is nothing worse than being a closet grammar Nazi. I pick out every little mistake anyone makes, but never want to say anything to them for fear of pissing them off.
- Lost was pretty good last night. I wonder if when JJ Abrams sat down and started writing the first season, if he had any idea that this season would start with someone explaining that the island moves through time.
- I also wonder if he knew that he would have Cheech Marin play a prominent role in the season premiere.
- I am debating whether or not to take my wife to see Nickelback in April when they come to town. We have caught them the last two times they have come through, and I just don't know if the show will be that much different than before.
- On the other hand, Seether will be opening for them. I might go just for that, and Nickelback would be the treat at the end.
- If you have read my post on Benjamin Button, you know that I thouroughly enjoyed the film. There is a bit of a backlash about how the movie is very similar to Forrest Gump. I won't lie; I thought the same thing as I was watching it. There are some striking similarities between the two films, but I don't think it detracts from the movie at all.
- Took the Explosive Family to CiCi's Pizza last night. We always love to go. Son loves the pasta, Daughter loves the salad, and Wife loves the cheese bread. Strike that...she lives for the cheese bread. I always leave there wondering one thing, though: How do they get their employees to act like that on a regular basis? They are always very cheerful, and very, very helpful. You can't force that on people forever.
- I remember the time before, the whole staff had a coordinated dance and song every time someone mentioned the BBQ Chicken Pizza. It startled you at first, but after you heard it three or four times, you got used to it. But I asked myself the same question: How do they get them to do this??
- The two worst words in the English language: Standing Meeting
- Explosive Dog got out of the house this morning. Exactly what I wanted to spend 15 minutes of my morning doing, is chasing a puppy around our neighborhood.
- Apparently, there is a daytime curfew in the HEB area. I didn't know that.
- The Mavs lost by 34 points last night after leading by 6 in the first half. How do you have a 40 point swing like that?
- Super sweet shortcut: In IE, Firefox, or Chrome, hit F6 to put your cursor in the address bar. It will highlight all of the text for you. Type the website you want to go to without the www. or the .com. For example, if you want to go to www.amazon.com, just type amazon. Then hit Ctrl-Enter. This will put the www and the .com in for you. 9 keystrokes and you are at a different website, and you never touched your mouse. To recap:
- F6 amazon control-enter
- Works with any website ending in .com
- By the way, if you notice a word misspelled or bad grammar, I am one of those people who wants you to tell me, so feel free to point it out. Try not to get too technical, though..I can handle corrections on big mistakes, but don't tell me that I dangled a participle or ended my sentence with a preposition or somesuch. This is a blog, not Mr. Hand's class.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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- Blah Blah Blah Inaguration Thoughts Blah Blah
- No, seriously...I thought it went well. I especially liked the fumble on the oath. I liked the way that Barack paused. He seemed to have a look on his face that said, "Seriously? You are going to eff this moment up for me? I don't think so."
- Fringe last night was really good. I am glad that shows are starting back up. I can't believe Lost starts again tonight. I am kind of excited.
- Speaking of shows, I don't think that I have ever bailed on a show as quickly and violently as I did with Heroes. That show just stopped being interesting, and fast.
- If you haven't tried Xobni yet and you use Outlook, you should give it a look. It is pretty cool. I have invites if you can't get in, just drop me a line.
- I am seriously disturbed at how little people seem to value their jobs. Not everyone, but some people are so cavalier about coming to work and staying at work.
- There are certain songs that when I sing them in my head, they run into other songs. For example, I heard Beyonce singing "At Last" for the Obama's dance, and whenever I sing that song in my head, it becomes "Midnight Train to Georgia".
- I want to rent "Left 4 Dead" for the 360.
- I saw a preview of a special NatGeo is doing on Air Force One. I don't know if Barack is doing it because of the cameras, but he really seems to care about everyone that surrounds him. I like the line, "Oh yeah, I want the fries too." (Thanks to BON for tipping me off on the video)
- Two Month Review - (I like to review music after I have listened to it alot) - Death Magnetic by Metallica- Compared to St. Anger, this album is quite good. After listening to a lot of it, I notice that there are really only 3-4 GOOD songs on there. Everything else just seemed like they were just throwing riffs into a blender and joining them together somehow. "All Nightmare Long" is easily my favorite track on the album, followed by "The Day That Never Comes" and "The Unforgiven III". "All Nightmare Long" all by itself is better than their last two albums, so good on you, Rick Rubin, for bringing out some long lost ability in tallica.
- If you can find a Mexican restaurant that has words misspelled on their menu or their sign, that is usually a pretty good indication that the food will be good. This is my observation.
President-Elect Obama's First Flight on Air Force One from Minjae Ormes on Vimeo.
This photo is from Lupe's in Bedford. Really good food, and they bring you bean dip with your chips and salsa, which is probably the best part. Service has always been a little spotty, but it is the food that really matters. Just don't go there on a Friday night when Trinity is playing at home. They are right across the street from Pennington Field, and it is impossible to find a place to park.
From Drop Box
- If you haven't listened to "I Will Possess Your Heart" by Death Cab for Cutie, give it a listen. I don't think you will be disappointed, but be warned: The first 5 minutes of the song are instrumental. I thought something was wrong the first time I heard the non-radio version, but apparently they did it on purpose.
|Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Possess Your Heart|
|Found at skreemr.com|
Monday, January 19, 2009
- The hit that Willis McGahee took last night in the AFC championship reminded me of when he blew out his knee his senior year in Miami. I was going to post a picture of that hit, but I changed my mind when I almost threw up after seeing it.
- Why does everyone in the world have the day off today except me and my wife?
- I overthink grammar to the point where I tend to get it wrong because I overcorrect.
- I always feel bad for people who need overtime at work, but can't get it. It puts me in a position that I don't like to be in.
- I spend more time trying to avoid confrontation than I do anything else.
- SiliconeAlley cusses too much. But I secretly wish that I could cuss that much and get away with it.
- Cussing has always confused me. Why is it okay to say, "I crapped my pants" but not "I shit my pants"? Are crap and shit really that different?
- My daughter came home from school one day saying that the computer games they have at school are gay. When did the word gay replace stupid?
- I hope Atreyu's next album is as good as their last one. A lot of people are pissed because they changed their sound for this last album, but I for one loved the change and became a big fan.
- The pilot of that flight that landed in the Hudson must have huge brass cojones, but what I am most impressed with is how humble he is being about it.
- If you don't use Google Reader, what is wrong with you?
- I really wish Google would get on the stick and increase the amount of storage allowed for Picasa. Windows Live went up to 25 GB!!!! All I am asking for is just a bit more so I don't have to stress about which pictures to share. And I don't want Flickr. So don't suggest it.
Friday, January 16, 2009
- No doubt by now you have seen/heard a million stories about the airplane that landed in the Hudson river yesterday, plus the iPhone pics that accompany it. Really neat story, and kudos to the pilot for doing a tremendous job keeping the people on the plane calm.
- Every time a news story like this hits (plane crash, earthquake, etc.), the Web 2.0 sites piss themselves declaring that Twitter will replace everything as the place where news breaks. Twitter had it first! Blah blah blah...They always fail to mention that unless you are following that person, you are going to get the news from somewhere else. You can't follow everyone on Twitter.
- Today's cello lesson was very, very productive. My daughter is doing well.
- In the Suzuki method of teaching music, they use language instead of notes. So, instead of playing four eighth-notes, followed by two quarter notes, you play a "Mississippi Stop-Stop". Try tapping it out...it is a pretty neat way to get them to learn music without the beating of trying to read music right off the bat.
- I might have messed up the correct notes in that one...it has been a while since I studied real music.
- My favorite part about American Idol is that it really gives some talented people a chance to do something with their talent. There are way too many talented singers out there relegated to singing karaoke every Friday night because they can't get in to see someone who could make a difference in their life.
- I got a new camera today! Sony Cybershot W-120. Battery is charging right now.
- I wanted a camera that could fit in my pocket and I could take it with me everywhere I go. Prepare for a lot more pictures.
- I have a lot more pictures on my hard drive than most. I think I am pushing 80,000 pics right now. I was an early adopter of the digital camera, so I have quite a few from back in the day.
- Sometimes I miss pictures on film, but I do not miss the beating of getting them developed.
- I used to work in a photo lab. Back then, it was very manual process. Now, any knucklehead can load the film in and get prints out in an hour. It takes no skill whatsoever. I sound like an old man!
- Get off my lawn!!!!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
Never Again- This was the first taste of Rockelback that I heard. I remember turning to the sound guy at the club we were playing at and asking, "Who is This??". When he said Nickelback, I was floored. This was the same band that I heard on the radio? I went in search of other songs that sounded like this.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
- Watching the MLB network is like reliving my childhood all over again. This is truly a great station. Hopefully they will be able to maintain all of this great programming for a long time. Lord knows they have enough history to keep us entertained for a long, long time.
- We played Monopoly last night. I got the new set for Christmas this year, and it is great. They have debit cards now instead of money, and it makes the game go much, much faster. We have completed three whole games of Monopoly (the only games in my life that I have seen completed) and I actually won the game last night.
- I never realized this about Monopoly, but once you get to a certain point, it is all about your luck with the dice. Skill can get you there, but lady luck needs to be on your side at the end.
- I have been on a sports biography kick lately. I read “My Prison Without Bars” by Pete Rose, and I am almost finished with “Love Me Hate Me” by Jeff Pearlman, which is about Barry Bonds.
- I feel different about Pete Rose after reading his book. Yeah, he is a schmuck, but it is his pure passion and competitiveness that made him who he is, which I have to respect a little bit.
- On the other hand, Barry Bonds is an over-privileged douche who thinks he is God’s gift to everything. I have zero respect for that man or anything that he accomplished. Even if he did it the right way, I still think he deserves every bit of venom spewed at him.
Friday, January 9, 2009
- Yes! I found the bullets for posting!
- 30 Rock was really on last night. Very, very sharp. I also love how they will throw a joke in there that not a lot of people will get, but when those people do get it, it is damn funny.
- For example, Jack hired a housekeeper (Selma Hayek) to watch his mother, and her way of getting people to do what she wants is to speak in authoritative, quick Spanish. So she started doing that to Jack, and halfway through he asks, "Is that the subjunctive?", which wouldn't mean anything to most people unless you have been through pretty intensive Spanish classes. I laughed so hard I had to pause the Tivo for a minute.
- Another thing I picked up from 30 Rock: Apparently the word "biopic" is pronounced bye-oh-pic and not bye-ah-pic. I had always thought it was pronounced the other way around.
- I am so glad that I don't work at a newspaper.
- Saw a review of Nickelback's Dark Horse on the Observer today. It said that the best song on the album was "This Afternoon". Good song, but not the best. But I will say that it is the catchiest. You will be humming that all day long after hearing it one time.
- Do yourself a favor, and check out The Letter Eleven. Written by a guy I went to high school with..Read his post about the lollipop and I dare you not to laugh.
- The National Championship game last night was kind of a snooze fest. The Fiesta Bowl was a much better game.
- I am glad that I do not root for any college in particular. College football is the one sport that I can watch with true objectivity and just enjoy it for the sport's sake.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
- Had me some Taco Bueno last night. Good stuff. The salsa bar was sans jalapenos last night, though. Personally, I never eat the stuff...but my wife was pretty upset. But, they came through and put out some pico and jalapenos, and the Hoekstra family was happy again.
- I want to live in my house forever. Not because I love it (I do), but because I want my kids to always be able to come back to the house they grew up in and have those memories for the rest of their lives.
- I think I am going to move this blog over to Blogger. It just connects better with the online world that I am in. If you have an objection, tell me now or forever hold your interweb comments.
- I have a very annoying habit. I pluck the hairs from my face constantly. It is my tic. If I find a hair sticking out and I can't get it, I will pick at it all day until I come home from work. Then I make my wife get it with tweezers. Is that too much?
- We made a budget decision last night. Instead of us limiting how much we go out to eat (my wife loves Mexican food), we decided that we would spend no more than $20 on any meal out, save for special occasions. I think it might work.
- I have reached a twitter standstill. I haven't posted there in weeks. I just find it hard to believe that people want to know what I am doing every moment of my life.
- Yet here I sit, blogging to no one. Hmm....
- I always have so many thoughts that I want to put here, but I am really concerned about what people will think, because most of these thoughts are incredibly un-PC or somewhat disgusting. I will try to think of an example.
- I always considered keeping a totally different blog just for those thoughts. Maybe I will do that...But how do you promote it without people knowing who you are?
- I think I will give up Tumblr. It doesn't work well with Chrome, and that is slowly becoming my preferred browser. If they could just figure out a way to get me my Google Bookmarks, I would switch. Today.
- If you use Outlook, I can save you a ton of time every day: Hit Ctrl-N to open a new email. Type the name of the person you are looking for and hit enter. Tab down to the subject and type it in. Tab to the body and type your message. Hit Alt-S to send it. There, you just send an email without touching your mouse. If you send a lot of email in a day, that will save you a ton of time and you will be more productive.
- Oh yeah, if you aren't in email, use Alt-Tab to get to Outlook. You may never use your mouse again!