Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Further proof that Finland is evil

As if we needed any other reasons to hate the Finnish, they had to go and do THIS!!!

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Maybe if my rock had Internet access

Can anyone successfully live under a rock, and if so, would it really affect their ability to stay up-to-date on current events? Just once I'd like to find a guy living under a rock and start firing questions at him like "What do you think of the Tigers this year?" or "Do you think Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn will last?" or "What did you think when you heard that the principal from The Breakfast Club had died?"

If he responded with "I hadn't heard about that", I could then say "What, have you been living under a rock?"

I think we'd both get a good laugh from that.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Jesus, get back to work

It is a known historical fact that Jesus Christ was a carpenter, but nowhere is it documented how good he was at his craft. These days, we all know how hard it is to find a good carpenter; you want to find someone who will be quick, good, and not too costly. But that is why it’s my theory that Jesus could not have been all that good.

I should rephrase. He was probably good (if you’re the son of God, chances are you can swing a mean hammer), but he probably had a tough time finishing the job and showing up on time. Between the dinners and the speeches, not to mention the 40 days in the desert, how much work could he have gotten done? Honestly, if my carpenter skips out on me for 40 straight days, he’s got a prayer. Hahaha, a prayer. That’s funny.

I'm handicapped

I've been playing in a golf league on Tuesday nights. This is the first time I've ever taken part in a league so it's been quite a new experience. For instance, in league play, they frown upon things like (just off the top of my head) trying to run over the geese with the golf cart, making sandtrap angels or even heckling the other players in the foursome. It should probably be said that making suggestive comments about "foursomes" is also discouraged, apparently.

Anyway, we're four weeks into the season (out of 16) and now I've been assigned a "handicap". Much to my dismay, this doesn't mean that I'll be allowed to park closer to the first tee. Basically it means that I suck at golf so they've given me a NEW score so it looks like I know what the hell I'm doing out there. The lower your handicap, the better the golfer. To give you an idea of how high my handicap is, if we were talking about ACTUAL handicaps, I'd be on the course drooling on the flag on the 7th hole. I hope to improve to "hugs strangers for no reason" by the end of the season.

It got me thinking that golf has to be one of the only walks of life (hehe) where you can still use that word. That being said, if I don't get any better as this season goes on, I may have to petition the league to start calling it my "golf-challenged" score. I'm actually mostly just "putter-challenged" but that sounds too much like something else which I'm not about to admit to on this blog, but which coincidentally would also refer to a problem with my stroke. Ok I'm going to stop now.

I'll try to keep you posted on my progress.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Brian = the next Jay Mariotti?

I'm gonna try and figure out how to get myself a press pass so I can hold a mic in front of Ozzie Guillen and tell him lies.

Me: “Hey Ozzie, Kerry Wood mentioned yesterday that your kids shouldn't be allowed in the Sox dugout during games. How do you respond?”

Ozzie: “How I respond? [Bleep] him…….who is.........wait........[bleep] him. Who is that guy? Tell him I'll [bleepin] kill him. He no even peech in 3 years. [Bleep] him.”

Then I’ll mention how Magglio thinks the Tigers are the best team in the AL Central.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Peter Brady: Public Address Announcer

You know what really grinds my gears? When Major League Baseball teams feel the need to have pre-pubescent boys do public address announcing for an inning. I've heard it all around the league. It's already a fad. It will only be a matter of time before it's a craze. Then, before you know it, it will be an epidemic.

For anyone who has been lucky enough not to notice what I'm talking about yet, MLB franchises have inexplicably begun turning the PA mic over to a "lucky kid" for one inning. Sure, its a great experience for the kid but the rest of us are forced to listen to this 8 year old mispronounce the name "Aurelia" in a pitch so high that only Daryl Hannah can understand.

I can't for the life of me comprehend what the marketing directors from (seemingly) every baseball team are thinking. Is there anyone who scans their pocket schedule for "Bleed From the Ears Night"? I can't imagine that this is a part of the game that anyone looks forward to (except or course Timmy and Timmy's mom).

I've come up with a short list of other things we can do to put the kids to work besides assaulting our eardrums. Let me know what you think.

  • Shag balls during batting practice
  • Challenge various opposing pitchers to milk-drinking contests
  • Catch squirrels
  • Reload the fireworks after homeruns
  • Teach Michael Barrett how to punch
  • Three words: "Hey, beer kid!"

Workin' in a coal mine

Has getting trapped in a coal mine replaced getting attacked by a shark as the media tragedy of the year? For the last two or three years, we would hear about a shark attack every couple months. Now, for whatever reason, people keep getting trapped in mines.

I say stay out of the oceans, and stay out of the mines. Nobody needs to hang out in either of them.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Be afraid.....be very afraid

I never understood why people use the phrase “not afraid to fail” as a term of endearment. Why is being unafraid of failure a good thing? The real measure of someone’s character should be to their reaction to failure afterwards, not their indifference to it beforehand.

I bring this up because of last night's broadcast of the Yankee/Mets game. The announcers were talking about the difference between A-Rod and Derek Jeter. Derek, of course, was more valuable (at least I think that's what the argument was) because he is unafraid of failure, whereas A-Rod is the exact opposite.

I would comment on how ridiculous this is, but I don't have the strength right now.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Scary Trend

I get paid on the 5th and 20th of every month, and it's usually for the same dollar amount. For those of you who know me, you know how insane I am about balancing my checkbook and making sure each and every deduction and deposit is marked clearly line by line. So that is why I am a little concerned about a discovery I recently made.

Today is May 19th, so I looked back to see what my checkbook balance was on April 19th, and it was $125 higher. On March 19th, it was $150 higher than in April, and on February 19th, it was $300 higher than in March. I'm not rich enough for this trend to continue any further.

I blame OPEC.

Monday, May 15, 2006

I drive a Dodge Stratus!!!

I’ve had my Dodge Magnum for 2 years now and I still love it. It’s the only car I’ve ever owned that I didn’t get tired of after a year or so. I love that it’s still kind of a novelty on the road since they haven’t become a dime a dozen yet. But the other day, I thought of a disadvantage to having a car that stands out.

It started when I was in a near-accident. You know the kind; where you don’t actually hit something, but you feel the adrenaline rush for like 10 minutes afterwards. Anyway, as I was collecting my thoughts and calming myself down, I got to thinking. If I was driving a car that looked like everyone else’s, I could have hit that guy, taken off, and still have had the possibility of getting away with it. But with my car, it would have been almost impossible.

For example, if I drove a gray Toyota Tercel, at first glance, most people wouldn’t know if it was a Nissan, Hyundai, or whatever. A witness to a hit and run involving a Tercel would probably tell the police something like “yeah, I saw it…..it was a little gray foreign thing”. But at first glance with my car, everyone immediately knows what it is. Right there, my chance of getting away with it automatically decreases.

Now I’m not saying that I endorse hit and run’s, and I’m not saying I would ever do it if given the chance. But if I ever did, it would be comforting to know that I at least had a good chance of getting away with it.

Friday, May 12, 2006

My Ode to Rickey

I was going to start referring to myself in the 3rd person like Karl Malone and Rickey Henderson. But I thought that seems kind of played out. So what if I started referring to myself in my alias's 3rd person? I could say something like "Duke Malloy loves chicken", but I'd be referring to myself and my fondness of chicken. Then it would be up to you as my audience to figure out that I have an alias of Duke Malloy and that I’m talking in his 3rd person.

But which person would that be? Would my alias’s 3rd person be considered the 4th person? I think it would.

So what if I started switching between the 3rd and 4th persons mid-conversation? You might hear me say "Brian loves chicken", but in the next breath, you'd hear me say "Duke Malloy could really use a Coke". Then it would be up to you to figure out that I have a fondness of chicken AND a need for a Coke.

But that would probably never happen. I mean really, who has conversations about chicken and Coke?

7 things about me

1. I have never seen Star Wars. And I don’t mean just the newer stuff. I haven’t seen ANY of it. And I have no plans to see it either. I find it less interesting being able to participate in Star Wars discussions than not knowing what everyone is talking about.
2. I can run really fast.
3. I’ve lived near Chicago my whole life, and I’m a huge baseball fan. Yet I didn’t go to Wrigley Field for the first time until I was 22.
4. The due date for my birth was March 17th, so my parents gave me “Patrick” for a middle name.
5. I can quote the movie “Cop and a Half”.
6. Remember, this comes from a guy who has never seen Star Wars.
7. I was born on March 28th, so my middle name has no meaning whatsoever.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Darlin' won't you go and cut that hair

I finally went and got a haircut today. For the past week or so, every time I’ve looked at myself in the mirror, I’ve noticed how sloppy I look. It usually takes about a month from my previous haircut for me to start looking like one of the Duke brothers (the blonde guy, not the brown-haired guy). But then I still usually wait another week or so before I finally go and get it cut.

Why is that?!?!

Why don’t I have “instantly look better” at the top of my daily to-do list? Looking bad doesn’t bring any advantages whatsoever, yet I still always seem to let myself go for the full week. It would be different if getting a haircut was on par with such chores as going to the dentist or having a boil lanced. Those things I could see wanting to delay as long as possible. But I find getting a haircut to be quite relaxing. Maybe I’ll place the blame on not having enough free time. Yeah, that’s it……no free time.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go. ER is about to start.

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"Please just leave me alone"

I wish I could be there while Bobby Jenks is drinking his morning coffee and reading the paper when he gets to the Ozzie Guillen quotes about him.

Ozzie – “That fat, lazy, piece of [bleep] needs to get in shape.”

Bobby – [spits coffee all over himself] “son of a………not again!”

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Junk Bonds

Barry Bonds is sitting on 713 career home runs. This leaves him one dinger shy of the most famous home run hitter of all time, Babe Ruth. Ruth finished his career with 714 home runs, a record that stood for nearly 40 years until it was broken by Hank Aaron on April 8th, 1974. Aaron tacked on 41 more for good measure and ended with 755 career home runs. Bonds will likely tie and pass Ruth in the next week or so.

In case you've been in your mom's basement playing Doom for the last couple years, you probably know that Barry Bonds is a big cheater. According to the recent book, Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports, Bonds injected himself with so many steroids that the 1976 East Germany women's field hockey team said, "Ja, das ist too much steroids." Then they all shaved off their beards.

Since the allegations against Barry predate the newly enacted drug rules in Major League Baseball, it appears that Bud Selig's hands are tied leaving the door wide open for Barry to cruise into the record books un-asterisked.

As a last ditch effort, Selig has asked former senator George Mitchell to independently investigate the use of steroids in the Majors before the new rules were put in place, including, one can only assume, one Barry Bonds. Whether or not this commission will have any teeth or whether the commission will reach its conclusions in time remain to be seen. Experts are skeptical.

As I see it, there is one man and one man alone who can prevent Barry Bonds from breaking Henry Aaron's record of 755 home runs. That is Henry Aaron. The time is now for the Hammer to seek a court-ordered injunction to prevent Bonds from breaking his record before the commission can complete its investigation. Aaron may be hesitant to do so for fear that some will think him a sore-loser but if the investigation does, indeed, find that Bonds was chemically enhanced during the last few years, Aaron will be quickly forgiven by everyone. If Bonds is cleared by the commission, he'll then be allowed to continue chasing the record. Will any court be brave enough to unilaterally "suspend" Bonds until Mitchell's investigation is complete? What could it hurt to find out?

There are many reasons for Aaron to do this, not the least of which being that Major League Baseball will suffer irreparable harm if Bonds is allowed to break the record and subsequently found to be a big fat cheater. But Aaron must also think a little more selfishly. No single person will lose out more by allowing Bonds to break the record than Aaron himself. As the all-time home run king, Aaron and his name are a marketable commodities. Without the record, Aaron is merely another retired ball player (okay, so he's a Hall of Famer. So is Ryne Sandberg. I rest my case.) It can be argued that without the record, Hank Aaron will suffer irrepairable financial harm whether or not Bonds breaks it fairly. Aaron must act now to save baseball, and to save himself.

Birds in Paradise

So I am ashamed to admit it but even with all the nice weather we've had of late, I still hadn't opened my grill yet. That is, until today. I looked out the window and I noticed that a bird landed on the side and then crawled inside my grill.

Yes, my first instinct was to turn on the grill at that point, but I resisted. He flew out a couple seconds later. So I went out and rapped on the outside of the grill to make sure he didn't have friends in there ready to attack me. Nothing. It was safe.

So I opened the lid and sure enough... there was an entire nest in there. It was very gross. After several minutes of debate... I decided to evict them. These germ riddled squatters were going to have to a new place to live. I moved all their twig-like belongings out to the curb. Ok, actually I just moved the nest onto the floor of the deck and went inside.

A few minutes later the bird came back. This time he had his companion. They weren't happy. I listened closely and I'm positive this is what I heard...

"Oh great, what are we supposed to do now, Larry?"
"How should I know, Robin?"
"Well this was all your idea..."
"MY idea?! You said you wanted to be closer to your sister!!"
"Yeah, I put a gun to your head and said, 'let's live in an oven!'"
"Well I didn't hear you offer up any ideas at the time."
"Maybe if you paid attention to me, you would have known what I was thinking!"
"Known what you were thinking? Who am I, Miss Cleo?"

Then they each grabbed a twig and flew off. Something tells me that was just the beginning of that conversation.

That's not a fortune!!!!

I think they may have changed the name of the fortune cookie to the “arbitrary comment” cookie. Has anyone else noticed this? “People consider you a friend” is not a fortune. If the new goal of the fortune cookie is to be a little more personal, maybe it should say something like “your close friends think you’re a decent enough guy, but people that are meeting you for the first time are kind of turned off by you”. At least that would be saying something.

Regardless, that's still not a fortune.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Baseball is berry berry good to me?

“It’s going to be a catfight to the end.” – White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on this year’s AL Central race.

Can we assume he meant “dogfight”?

See, the great thing about rooting for a team with Ozzie Guillen as manager are the “Lost in Translation” comments that come afterwards. We get to hear such classics as “[bleep] [bleep] son of a [bleep]” and “I don’t give a [bleep], he can go [bleep]”, or even “I will eat his children”. Or was that Mike Tyson? I can’t remember.

Regardless, after every White Sox game, we are treated to the luxury of listening to Ozzie spew his “truths”, and for that I am truly thankful. Now go [bleep] yourself.

(posted by Brian, but courtesy of Donald)

Thank you for calling DirecTV, how may I help you?

Yesterday, my DirecTV DVR broke. Now if you’re at all like me, you’ll agree that a DVR is kinda like a cell phone; You don’t care that you don’t have one until after you get it and then it gets taken away. I can’t go without my DVR, especially on a night when I had a bunch of things to do and 24 was on (not to mention further David Blaine nonsense).

So I called up DirecTV and I was ready to let them have it. I was going to abuse the poor guy or girl who was unfortunate enough to answer my call. I even prepared ahead of time by writing down insults on a notepad (things like “you suck”, or “I can’t believe how badly you suck”, or even Homer’s classic “you’re the suckiest bunch of sucks who ever sucked”).

But then something happened................

They helped me. I got an apology for my inconvenience and a promise that a new DVR would be on its way. They even put a rush on it so it wouldn’t take too long. All I could do was respond with a quiet “thank you”.

Don’t you hate it when good service gets in the way of your prepared notepad of insults?

Monday, May 08, 2006

Kevin Spacey in the Superman Cometh

This movie looks pretty good. Casting looks to be pretty good. Kate Bosworth (as Lois) looks like Jean Tripplehorn only younger and better-looking.

Don't hit anything that isn't green!!!!

Yesterday, I accepted an "everyone-wins" opportunity from my next door neighbor. He couldn't get his lawn mower started, so he asked if he could borrow mine. In return, he would mow my lawn for me after he was finished mowing his. A can't miss scenario, right? Of course it is, so I agreed.

"I have a few things I have to take care of first," said my neighbor. "But I'll be over in a few minutes [to get the mower from you]."

"Okay," I said. "Take your time."

Ten minutes later, my neighbor's 10 year old son showed up. Now he's a good kid, but not the first person I'd trust with my 20 HP Craftsman rider.

"Hi Brian, my Dad said to come over to get your mower."

"Uh, okay," I said reluctantly.

Now I'm in a difficult position. I agreed to lend out my mower, but had I known he was sending his kid over, I definitely wouldn't have. How could I change my mind now though? So instead, I put the kid through like 20 minutes of training on how to use the thing, which included at least 5 minutes of things NOT to do (don't run over anything that isn't green, stay at least 5 feet away from all cars at all times, and never ever EVER put it into 6th gear).

So off he went. I thought to myself that at least he was practicing on his own yard first. I, of course, was planted in front of my living room window, watching every move. He had a little bit of difficulty around a couple turns, and at one point, I actually saw the whole mower leap off the ground (even now, I'm not sure what he hit to make it do that). But about 45 minutes later, he finished up and it was time for my yard. Surprisingly, I only noticed about 2 or 3 clutch-rides and 4 or 5 grinds of my gears. Not bad for a first timer.

Unfortunately, he didn't have as much luck in Round 2. Perhaps he got a little cocky from his near-flawless maiden run on his own yard, or perhaps he simply forgot Rule #1 of things not to do.

POP... POP... POP... POP... POP... POP... POP... POP... POP

"Oh no," I thought to myself. "I think he got my lights."

After further inspection.......Yup, he did.

The very first pass-through, he managed to take out all 9 solar-powered lights that I have lining the front of my house. I heard the mower turn off, and moments later, a knock at the door.

"Uh, Brian," he said sheepishly.

"Yeah, I heard," I replied, cutting him off before he could continue. "I'll take it from here."

I hate my life.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Restroom Attendants

We've all been there. We're enjoying our time at a nice bar. There's good tunes, good folks; Everyone is drinking and laughing and carrying on. But then it's time to use the bathroom, and surprise surprise, there's a dude in there handing out paper towels and mints. Who is this dude, and why is he in there? And how did he get the gig? Is he an independent? Does the bar hire him? And how does that interview process go?

"So, do you have any experience handing out paper towels or mints?"
"No, but my father works for Altoids, so........"
"Really, Altoids? Interesting..........you're hired."

C'Mon bar managers, we don't need dudes handing us paper towels and mints. There's nothing in the bathroom that I haven't done by myself countless times before; I don't need help with any of it. Er, you know what I mean.

Bill Paxton's Man-butt

I've tried a couple times to get interested in the new show on HBO Big Love, but I find myself tuning out....and I think I know why: Too much man-butt. Why does Bill Paxton keep doing that to us? Is it in his contract?

Item 1 - must be paid $100,000 per episode.
Item 2 - must be able to show off man-butt.

Well I object. At the very least, there should be a warning at the beginning of the show that lets us know to expect it. They can put it right after the rating, like "the following program is Rated R. It contains violence, strong language, and Bill Paxton's man-butt." Think of how useful that would be to the common viewer like myself that doesn't care to see it.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

A General, a Virgin, and a Starfleet Captain

I mentioned in a previous blog entry that I'd been having some tummy problems.

Just to update you on the situation, this Tuesday I will be undergoing what's called a lithrotripsy procedure to break up a kidney stone. Kidney stones are caused by a buildup of mineral deposits in the kidney. Most people get them at sometime in their life but they're usually small enough to pass without even needing medical attention.

My stone has built up to about the size of a pencil eraser and it's lodged somewhere in the tube between my kidney and my bladder. Basically that means that my right kidney doesn't really work right now.

The way this procedure was described to me was that they will be shooting soundwaves at the stone for about 45 minutes in the hopes that it will eventually break down. (It strikes me as odd that they are using the same procedure to cure my abdominal pain as was used to capture former Panamanian military General, Manuel Noriega.)

They hope to break the stone into several hundred tiny pieces of sand that will pass easilly through my urinary tract. The operative word there being "easilly".

William Shattner recently sold his kidney stone to GoldenPalace.com to rase $25,000 for charity. You may know that GoldenPalace.com is famous for it's collection of odd items as free publicity for the gambling website, including a grilled cheese sandwich with the likeness of the Virgin Mary, which they purchased on an online auction for $28,000.

I can't help but think that maybe I should just forego the procedure and try to pass the kidney stone whole, on the off chance that my kidney stone looks like the Virgin Mary.

  • Update: Some of you have asked about the Manuel Noriega reference. You can click the link above for more info, but basically, back in the 80's, the former President of Panama was being persued by the U.S. on drug trafficking charges. We surrounded him in the Vatican embassy in Panama and one of the techniques to get him to surrender was blasting loud rock music. He eventually did surrender and is currently serving time in a federal prison in Florida. Sorry if that was too obscure.