Friday, January 9, 2009

Random Internet Search

Since I have nothing better to do on this lovely Friday night, I have been looking through Google images under "random funny" when I happened upon this gem:

Transformers were my jam growing up, so finding something like this at random is both insanely hilarious and quite disturbing. Here is a link to completely drink it in. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cable Company

Anyone who has not lived in the sticks within the last couple of decades has at one time or another dealt with the source of much consternation for the average American: the cable company. Pricing that outpaces inflation, inflexibility for end-user hardware, and the dreaded service calls (a four hour window to show up?) have contributed to the ever rising stress levels of many Americans. Now that I am on my own and dealing with my third cable company, I thought I, like millions of other people, had my balls in the proverbial vice. But a funny thing happened. Out of the blue, my lineup of HD channels almost tripled. Then, after finally accepting the fact that my almost ten-year old broadband modem needed to go, I called about changing modems. The young lady who helped me was courteous and patient as I ran around making sure all my various devices had in fact connected with the new modem. Dealing with any kind of tech support folks is usually akin to pulling teeth for me, but this particular experience was actually pleasant. Come to think of it, the few times I have had to deal with Time Warner's customer support, they have been nothing but helpful, always patient and personable. So maybe the cable company isn't so bad after all.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 In Review

Now that 2008 has passed into the annals of history, I thought now would be a good time to reflect back on the year that was in all of it's glory. Among the highlights of the year were:

~ Seeing my first Garth Brooks concert ever; in LA, nonetheless. I was about fourty or fifty feet away from the stage, which made the concert that much more awesome.

~ Attending my first game at Angel Stadium (which the Royals won). Even though it's somewhat antiseptic and very much a reflection of it's Orange County environment ($11 for a Guinness!?), it's still a good place to catch a ballgame.

~ Seeing David Beckham play in person for the first time. While he is not a goal scorer or a classic number ten, it was pretty cool to see one of the best players in the world do his thing.

~ My high school 10-year reunion was this summer. I did not attend (the planned festivities did not come to fruition), but the fact that I have now been out of high school for ten years was a bit of a shock.

~ Thanks to a marketing ploy, I played in a kickball game with John Salley, Amanda Beard, and Carlton from Fresh Prince of Bel Air (amongst other celebrities) on Fox Sports channel. Obviously, the rules were skewed in favor of the FSC team (probably why they won). It was still a lot of fun, though.

~ My kickball team played in the national tournament in Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend. We did not play our best, but we still had a good time, making new friends and drinking mass quantities of alcohol. We also qualified for next year's tournament by going undefeated during the summer regular season.

Overall, it was a good year. Hopefully 2009 will live up to it's potential hype.