Good Friday

Is it really that good? I’m still at work, which is extemely slow by the way. A lot of people have taken the at least a portion of the day off to go to church or do whatever. Since I’m taking so many other days off during the month, I’m stuck here. Maybe I’ll get to leave early and head up north before all of the traffic gets crazy. Yes, I’m headed up to my parents’ place for the first time since the middle of January. Hopefully it will be a relaxing weekend and I’m trying to talk Mom and Dad (well, Mom is easy to convince) to head up to St. Ignace to the casino on Saturday night. I think it would be fun. Today is Isaac’s birthday so I guess we are going out to eat at the Chinese place in town when I get there.

I haven’t even packed anything for the trip home yet…but I guess that’s nothing new for me. I’m hauling a bunch of Heather’s shit home too I guess to make it easier on the final moving days. On Monday I have an appointment to get my teeth cleaned up there, so I won’t have to battle with the Easter traffic, which is kind of nice.

Last night was a pretty good night. Heather and Steve went looking for futons with me and I found some really nice ones at the Mattress Connection on Tittabawasee, the same place I bought my bed two years ago. They really do have the best matresses around and their prices are pretty competitive. I didn’t order it yet, but will do that on Monday when I get back. We also grilled out on my new grill last night and it worked pretty well. I think I’ll be doing a lot more grilling now that I know it’s so easy. I also have plans to get a new cell phone on Monday so I’m pretty pumped about that. Verizon finally has the phone I’ve wanted and with the “New Every Two” I can get a new phone 2 months before my contract is up.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Easter!

Go Tigers!

The Detroit Tigers are 3-0 to start the season! It’s almost as many wins as they had all of last year! Might have to go watch a game this summer if this keeps up.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Lord of the Rings: Return of the KingI had never thought too much of these type of games, but after playing it this past weekend and beating the co-op mode in 2 sittings with Jere, I was impressed. On Saturday night we were up until 6 a.m. before we decided we better get some sleep! It would have taken much longer to beat had I not been killing everyone, making up for Jere’s lack of kills. 😉

It follows the story of the movie very well and is put together nicely for a video game. You get to choose between several different characters at different points of the game. As you play through, you gain experience points by killing the enemies. The more hits/kills you string together, the more points you gain. With these experience points, you can buy new attacks and special powers. It’s pretty sweet.

I played most of the time as Legolas and I was loving his arrow upgrades, especially the final upgrade which allowed me to shoot two arrows at once. We never did try Gandalf, although I hear he is an ass-kicker. One thing I know for sure…Frodo is a pussy!

Compared to some of my other favorite XBOX games, it ranks right up there and I give it an A-.

The Matrix Revolutions

The Matrix Revolutions (Widescreen Edition)Great movie! The final chapter (or is it?) in the Matrix series comes to an end in The Matrix Revolutions. It’s nice to see the end of the story, but it sucks knowing I can’t look forward to any more of the movies.

A lot of people didn’t like how it ended…you can’t please everyone. I thought it ended just how it was intended to end and it was fine by me. The Matrix Reloaded was a little bit slow during parts, but this movie was non-stop action for the entire film. The special effects and fight scenes are simply amazing in this movie and might even be better than the first two, which are hard to top.

I’m not even going to bother listing the actors in this movie because if you didn’t know them, you wouldn’t be reading this review. Once again the Wachowski brothers did an excellent job and it’s too bad they didn’t win any big awards for any of the movies.

The Matrix series is neck and neck with the Lord of the Rings in my book. I give this movie an A+.

The End Of March Madness

March Madness came to an end last night with the University of Connecticut winning the championship over Georgia Tech. It wasn’t much of a game as UConn led the whole way and the 82-73 final score only looks somewhat close because GT hit about a million three pointers in the final minute. Not to discredit the UConn win, but GT didn’t play very well in the game.

In the semifinals on Saturday there were two excellent games, with GT pulling out a squeker over Oklahoma State with a layup and only 1.5 seconds remaining on the clock. The Duke-UConn game was a different story and I’m not too sure I’ve recovered from the loss yet. UConn was up by double digits on Duke in the first 3 minutes and was up at the end of the of game when it counted, but Duke won the rest of the game. UConn actually went on a 12-0 run at the end of the game to take the lead when it appeared that Duke was going to walk away with the win. The Blue Devils just didn’t execute their offense and continue to drive to the basket, which had been working wonderfully.

I fully admit that Duke lost that game on thier own and could have easily won the title had they made a single basket in the final minutes of the game, but they didn’t. But there is always next year for Duke and they’ll only be losing one starter, so it should be another great year for the team everyone seems to hate.

Ok…now I do have to mention the fact that the reffing in the Duke-UConn game was horrible! I can’t stand it when the refs think they are bigger than the game. Let the players play and determine the outcome. Some of the fouls that they called on Williams and Randolph (both ended up fouling out of the game) were so chincy that my grandma wouldn’t even call them if someone was guarding her. Even the announcers and media people have been buzzing about it. These refs are hand picked at this time of year and the Final Four shouldn’t have a story like this tarnishing the great sports spectacle that it is.

I’m done venting now…Congrats to UConn!

Missing In Action

I know I’ve haven’t posted much lately, but it was a long weekend. I have the day off tomorrow so I plan on getting a lot done and working on some things I’ve neglected with the site, especially new posts.

Lotto Theory

I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t like to have more money. Money, of course, isn’t the solution to life’s problems, but it sure does make living easier. It’s the reason people buy lottery tickets; for that chance at millions of dollars. Not even needs the money of course, but I’m talking about the average person, not Bill Gates.

I propose a change to the way current lottery systems are run.

Why don’t they user fewer numbers to pick from? Instead matching 6 out of 46 or 50 numbers, they could cut that down to 30, 35, even 40 numbers. This would increase everyone’s (if you buy a ticket of course) chance at winning the big jackpots. It would still be a shot in the dark, but your chances would be much better. This would mean more people would match the numbers more often. Who really needs the jackpots to reach $200 million? I couldn’t spend that much money if I tried. If more people are winning that will also mean there will be more split jackpots, but so what! More people will be winning and that is the key argument I have.

It was just a random thought I had a few weeks ago…maybe I’m crazy.

Top 10 March 2004 Searches

At the end of each month, I post a list of the top 10 keyword combinations (searches) that visitors have used in a search engine to get to my site. It’s not a popularity list, because “poker chip tricks” and every possible way to search for that would dominate my top 10. These are the funniest, weirdest, or craziest searches that have resulted in a visit to my site. The searches listed are exactly as someone typed them into a search engine.

Here’s the list for March 2004…enjoy!

Continue reading “Top 10 March 2004 Searches”

Taking Lives

Taking Lives - Director's Cut (Widescreen Edition)Looked good in the TV commercials and it was good in the theater. I had just watched the full trailer today at work and was thinking I had to see this movie. Tonight I got the chance already and took it.

Angelina Jolie is my favorite actress and she was great as usual. I’ll admit I can’t complain about seeing her “two friends” either! She played an FBI profiler on the trail of a serial killer in Canada. Some of the commercials claim that this movie will keep you guessing until the end and then you will still be wrong. Well, it’s right on. There are multiple bends in the road and things are not always as they appear. I’m trying not to give too much away, so I’ll stop there.

Overall it was a really good movie that kept my interest and I would watch again on DVD when it comes out. It’s not a top notch movie that I would purchase, but I would definitely watch it more than once. Taking Lives gets an A-.

For Sale

Anyone want to buy a ping pong table ($50), small freezer ($65), or dehumidifer ($65)? All are in good condition. You must be able to pick them up…I will not ship them. I need to get rid of these as soon as I can because I don’t feel like moving them to the new place. If you are interested, contact me for more details.