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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Bird!

Chris Andersen blocked three shots in one play last night against the Mavs. And tonight, he got a double-double against the Warriors.

His hot streak is nothing compared to Carmelo Anthony, though. In both games, Melo scored a combined 74 points.

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Progression

The view from my hotel room yesterday:





And since I had the camera with me last night, here's me, hard at work:

Dog Shit

Now that my stomach has calmed down...

I was sitting in my hotel room this morning, watching the news and looking out the window, the 11:00 checkout time quickly approaching. Should I go home? Should I get another night?

Road conditions were improving as the sun came out and the snow moved on, so I decided to split. The space I parked in proved almost impossible to get out of, but once I got on the road, things weren't too bad. There was still a lot of snow pack, but the melt was already beginning. I took my time and the commute didn't take much longer than normal.

Before stepping foot in the house, I shoveled the driveway and sidewalks. The snow was wet and heavy, but didn't put up much of a fight.

And then I came inside...

To the dogs and their mess.

They couldn't pee on the rug I sacrificed for them. Oh no. There's gotta be a puddle right in the middle of the floor. Couldn't crap out perfectly formed turds, either. Much better to splatter it everywhere.

Oh, man, I'm getting sick just thinking about it...

Pro-Pot, Anti-Coward

I disagree with nearly everything John Avarosis says here about Obama's marijuana question from yesterday's online town meeting:

It was an idiotic question to ask the President of the United States. The question wasn't about medical marijuana, it was about legalizing pot 100%. No President of the United States, today, can come out in favor of such a thing. It's political suicide. I can't even believe some people are upset with Obama over this. They ought to be upset with whoever organized the campaign to get the stupid question asked, rather than the intelligent question. Maybe next time they'll actually ask a question about medical marijuana, and not make the number one question about legalizing pot across the board.
It's that kind of timid, incremental thinking that keeps pot illegal in this country.

Politicians worried more about their careers than the public good. "Yeah, our pot laws are silly and destructive, but I can't say that. I've got an election next year!" An election you deserve to lose, you spineless ninny.

And medical marijuana? Hey, I'm all for it but I'm under no illusions that it's actually about medicine. Oh really? Next you're going to tell me that "creation science" is really about science instead of biblical fundamentalism. Riiiight.

At any rate, I was somewhat disappointed in Obama's treatment of the question, but I noticed a certain bit of evasiveness to it that gives me hope:
"I have to say that there was one question that was voted on that ranked fairly high, and that was whether legalizing marijuana would improve the economy and job creation," he said to laughter at the White House event.

"And I don't know what this says about the online audience," Obama said, tongue-in-cheek. "This was a fairly popular question. We want to make sure that it was answered."

"The answer is, no, I don't think that is a good strategy to grow our economy," he said before moving back to a more sober discussion of unemployment and healthcare reform.
Ah, but do you think marijuana should be decriminalized or legalized for other reasons?

If I Knew There Was a Pool

I'd have brought my trunks!

The LCD HDTVs are nice, and so is the recliner and couch, but would it kill you to install a coffee maker capable of making more than one cup at a time?

I do hope that I can make it home tomorrow morning, but I'm not liking my chances.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

RIP

After almost ten years of service, my bong finally died yesterday.

Aliens Versus Predator

One of the best things about Alien Versus Predator: Requiem is actress Kristen Hager, who plays high school hottie Jesse.

That scene where she strips down to go swimming? Oh...my...god. Best scene in the flick.

(And that's not saying much.)

Here's another thing about this movie: It's set in Gunnison, Colorado but the forests look strangely, well, un-Colorado-like.

That's because it was filmed in British Columbia.

Here Comes the Snow

They say a blizzard's coming tomorrow, dropping anywhere from 8 to 16 inches of snow. Oh, how I love the late march blizzards!

I told myself this winter that I wasn't going to risk death or vehicular destruction to get to work.

Of course, that only works if there's sufficient coverage to make up for my absence, and most of the time, there is. Not so on the night shift. On the night shift, it's me or no one.

So I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Get a hotel room down the street maybe??

Updated: Rather than dying a blizzard related death, I'm getting a room down the street from the job. The boss said they'll expense it and it might get some use from the 2-10 guys if they can't make it home.

They said the snow wasn't going to start in earnest until around noon, but it's already started. Not much accumulation so far, but it was a virtual whiteout on the highway.

I guess I'll be taking the back way on the return trip...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Breaking News

This just in:

President Obama uses a teleprompter when he is giving out prepared remarks.


In other news, surgeons use scalpels, plumbers use wrenches, and carpenters use hammers.

(Sigh...if you're really concerned about Obama's use of a teleprompter, then you're concerned about the wrong things. Sorry, Jim, but you gotta do better...)

I'm Tired

I got an e-mail forwarded to me that reprinted the content of this blog post.

A few excerpts:

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic...."

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes....”

I’m tired of being told how bad America is by leftwing millionaires like Michael Moore, George Soros and Hollywood entertainers who live in luxury because of the opportunities America offers....

I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate....

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do.
Frankly, I'm tired of hearing this shit....

You're tired of your tax dollars going to people who don't have your work ethic, who are both "lazy" and "stupid?" Me too! Of course, you're thinking of welfare mothers buying flat screens with their WIC cards...and I'm thinking of the Aurora Police Department.

You don't want to pay more taxes to keep people in their homes? That's cool with me. Then let them foreclose. Just know that your property values will then go down, as will your tax exposure.

(Of course, the interest on your underwater loan will quickly swallow up any tax savings you experience, but hey...at least your money isn't being used to help the society you live in, right?)

I'm tired of hearing about George Soros and Michael Moore and Hollywood celebrities. You don't like what they're saying, tune them out! I've been successfully tuning Michael Moore out since at least Fahrenheit 9/11. Why can't you?

I'm tired of people complaining about the "green energy" movement as if its a liberal conspiracy to lower their "living standard." Obviously you're not getting something here.

There is nothing that will lower your standard of living more than ecological disaster. You can't drink contaminated water, can't breathe contaminated air, and crops won't grow in contaminated soil.

And "there can be no debate?" What the fuck? On global warming, there's been nothing but debate. And don't complain about the intractability of the opposing view when you yourself refuse to give an inch! You're the one who doesn't want to give up the Hummer, bud.

As for the drug addicts bullshit, let me just say this:

You know why people are calling drug addiction a "disease" that needs to be "treated?" Because fools like you have spent the last 40 years claiming it's a "crime" that needs to be "punished." You're willing to pay out your ass to warehouse drug addicts for years, but you don't want to help them break their addiction and get back into their lives? That's real smart.

Especially considering that treatment is much cheaper than incarceration! Are you really worried about your tax dollars, Mr. Hall, or do you just want to be a dick?

But then there's this:
And I’m tired of harassment from cool people treating me like a freak when I tell them I never tried marijuana.
Oh lord...

First, you are not a "freak." You are a "square."

Secondly, I find it hard to believe that you're being "harassed" by cool pot smokers. What, next you're gonna tell me you were assaulted by a raging band of pacifists? Give me a break.

Third, I'm tired of people who brag about never trying marijuana telling me how bad it is. Take a puff, then we'll talk. Until then...shut the fuck up.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring Is Here

Yeah, so I'm a few days late...
But my favorite time of the year approaches. Longer warmer days, that spring scent in the air, and the inevitable return of the color green.

As always, I've got big plans for the garden. Big plans! They include, but are not limited to, the following:

Killing my lawn

While it is possible to create a tufted emerald lawn of out Kentucky Bluegrass in the high desert of the Rocky Mountains where I live, I'm not sure you could call that exactly natural, and at any rate, I've given up on my lawn. Who knows when it was first sodded (back in the 50s probably) or how many times it has been replanted, amended, and forked over, but try as I might I cannot get anything better than a patchy weed-choked ghetto lawn going on in the front. The fact that a massive ponderosa pine stands guard in the middle of it, dropping acidic needles every, doesn't help.

So bye-bye lawn. Hello, xeriscaping. I'm going to build a kidney-shaped "planting mound" in the middle, put some drought-tolerant perennials in there, expand the drip system, maybe even plant some fruits and vegetables (pumpkins and canteloupe being the likely candidates). Yes, I want to plant pumpkins in my front yard!

Growing the Three Sisters

Corn, beans, squash, grown in the same plot the same way that it has been for thousands of years. I've never grown corn before, or beans for that matter, but I'm going to this year. My big plot, which is 10 foot by 10 foot, is going to be its home. You can't really grow just one corn plant, so I'm going to have a few rows for pollination. The beans and squash will grow alongside it, the beans trailing up the corn stalks and fixing nitrogen in the soil, the squash providing a canopy of wide green leaves and a bit of dew collection.

I mean, how can that not be successful?

Compost Bin

I have a compost heap now, but it's terribly inefficient and liable to be crapped on by the dogs. I have designs on someday acquiring a compost roller, but for now I'll abide with four pallets, attached in a box-like configuration and held together with hook-and-eyes for easy detachment.

I think that will work better, and if my brother ever comes up with the pallets, I'll make it happen.

The Fence

A good section of my fence is falling down in the garden area. It seems that it was constructed with regular old 4X4 posts instead of sturdy cedar or treated lumber. The posts broke and must be replaced, although the 2X4 rails and the pickets can be salvaged.

We're still talking about some digging and some concrete mixing. I bet I drain the battery on my cordless drill, too.

Somewhere in there I also need to replace a part of the back fence and build a proper gate. While I'm at it, I might as well build a proper gate for the side of the house, too.

Pruning

There are some trees I want to cut down --a dead aspen in the back, the weed-like brush along the side of the house-- as well as some brush that needs to be cut back. There's also a stump I need to do something with as it's obstructing the side gate and growing all sorts of strange fungi. It's gotta go.