August 18, 2010

Cal's number one!

Especially sweet because the wife's school is number two.

We're a very competitive couple. When we play board games, we never let each other win. We try to beat each other by as much as possible. We apparently skipped the 'game etiquette' section of pre-marital counseling.

Yesterday, I won a game of Scrabble using the word 'refilmed' (with a 3x word score!) which I assumed to mean film again. has refilm listed under other forms of film. The official Scrabble dictionary does not recognize the word. It has words like 'qat' (which I also used in the game) and 'hoya' but not 'refilm'. Of course, since there was no challenge, I got the points and the win.

July 27, 2010

Quick, call Bruce Willis!

I just watched one of my favorite movies, Armageddon, last night. And today, I see this article.

I guess I better not watch another of my favorites, Snakes on a Plane, before I take my next flight.

July 10, 2010

The next time I need to make a big decision, should I have a one hour show on national television or should I just consult my pet octopus?

June 8, 2010

I voted today.

It wasn't a very exciting election because I have the non-partisan ballot, so I can't vote for a lot of the candidates I see on tv, but that's probably better.

I did cast a write in vote for San Mateo County Sheriff. And in case the other 300,000+ registered voters in the county decided not to cast a vote for the 1 guy officially running for sheriff, you will see me with a shiny new badge and gun!

May 28, 2010

Life imitates baseball cards. Or in this case, basketball cards.

Antoine Walker files for bankruptcy

Back in my younger days, when I spent all my money on sports cards and comics, I spent a lot of hours and dollars collecting Antoine Walker cards. I liked how he played at Kentucky and he was pretty decent on the Boston Celtics. But once he got his big money contract, he got lazy and didn't play nearly as well as he could have. (You would think getting $13,000,000 in guaranteed money per season would make a guy want to grab a rebound once in a while.)

My Antoine Walker card collection (which includes many autographs and shiny cards) at one time probably had a book value of $2000 (real world ebay value, maybe 500 bucks) is now worth about $22 (real world ebay value 35 cents).

Am I ready to retire from collecting sports cards? Not quite. I've slowed down a lot and recently went to a card show where I bought zero cards. Well, I could have bought a few autographed Tim Lincecum jersey cards, but I decided to pay my rent instead. There is one card auction on ebay at the moment where a single card is going for over $16k. My max bid was at $12000.

May 19, 2010

One-Eyed Jack ,) has been chosen as the mascot for the Olympics! The blue one wearing the crotchless pants seems a bit inappropriate to me.

May 11, 2010

I'm going on a hunger strike. I'm not eating until it's time for dinner. It's a good thing I had a big lunch today.

From the story on sfgate:

Hunger strikers presented the administration with four main demands: that Birgeneau publicly oppose the Arizona law, make the campus a sanctuary for undocumented students and workers, rehire more than two dozen laid-off janitors, and drop disciplinary proceedings against dozens of students who occupied or vandalized buildings last fall to protest rising fees.

So they want
1) the chancellor to say he doesn't like what's going on in Arizona, even though it seems all of California has already expressed its outrage
2) to turn a college campus which belongs to the citizens of CA into an international city of refuge (not sure if the US will go along with this)
3) re-hire janitors who were cut because the state can't afford to pay them
4) give amnesty to a group of students who broke the law and damaged campus property

Why not just ask for a big bag of gold coins and demand world peace while you're at it?

I never understood the point of a hunger strike anyways. I'm not going to eat until you do things my way. Like I really care what happens to you. If you starve to death, I will have no opposition. If these students were smart (which they obviously are not, despite somehow getting into UC Berkeley), they would find a way to set up a reverse hunger strike. Nobody eats until I get my way!

April 30, 2010

This blog has been slowly dying. I'll see if I can bring some life back into it these next few weeks.

I went to the dentist this past week.
'Do you floss everyday?'
'No, that's what I come down here once a year for.'
That 5 second conversation was followed by 18 minutes of continuous drilling.
'Are you doing okay?'
14 more minutes of drilling.
I did not get a 'I have a clean smile' sticker when I left.