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Saturday, July 29th, 2006
3:40 pm
Tim Hudson = worst trade the Braves have made in at least the last 15 years.

And what's worse is that we gave up relatively little to get him.


(and by the way, the tie for second worst is between giving up Jermaine Dye for nothing several years ago and giving up Wilson Betemit this year)
Thursday, July 27th, 2006
8:07 pm
ahead of the curve
In response to Bacardi making the mojito this summer's "it" drink, I'd just like to say that I've been drinking the occasional mojito for a few years now. So yeah, congrats to most everyone else for catching on...you're gonna love it.
Saturday, June 17th, 2006
4:55 pm
I underestimated the Italians. They are able to fix World Cup matches too. I'm impressed.
Thursday, June 1st, 2006
1:08 am
Surprise!
I'm back in Georgia for a couple days to box up my old apartment and see my family (and some friends hopefully) for a little bit. Hopefully I'll get lucky and get all the packing and boxing done tomorrow, leaving me with more time to just hang out and enjoy my time here before I fly back down to Tampa to (finally) start working for real (no more licensing classes and getting fingerprinted and fun crap like that).
For a while, this trip was going to be a secret because I figured I'd only have the time and ability (gonna have to steal Kevin's car) to see my family and maybe a friend or two. But then I realized I'd possibly have a little more free time, plus I figure it wouldn't be fair to keep my visit secret from my friends, even if I won't have a chance to see them.
So yeah, I'm here until Sunday morning, so call/text/IM/email me and I'll see what I can swing as far as seeing people.
Monday, May 15th, 2006
12:18 am
last post before the next step
Well I leave for Tampa in less than twelve hours, and it's slowly beginning to hit me. It is a very bittersweet feeling.
Sweet because I'm going into a situation where, if I work hard enough and put in the effort, the sky is literally the limit. I'll be surrounded by coworkers I know and trust and most importantly, are people I both feel comfortable being myself around and who share a team attitude that makes everyone work their hardest. I'll have a boss who will expect a lot from me, but only because she sees my potential and wants to develop it so I can realize it. I'll have relatives nearby in case I ever need help or feel lonely and my youngest brother will be moving in with me in late July or early to mid August to go to the University of South Florida, which is only about 2-3 miles from my office. And of course I'll be in a metro area that I'm already somewhat familiar with and enjoy being in.
But it'll be bitter because I'll be leaving the comfort of familiarity as well as so many great people I've gotten to know in my time in Georgia. It'll be my first time truly separated from my family, as Alpharetta was less than two hours from Athens, so I could go home any weekend I wanted. So many people I've met who have given so much to me through their kindness and friendship and love will now be hundreds of miles away. I'll miss being able to see them with little or no planning and coordination of schedules required. They say you really don't know what you had until it's gone, and I'm realizing just how great things were here. Sure, I had some down times and no, life wasn't perfect. But I've got so much to be thankful for and so many people to thank that I can't even begin to list things and people here. All I can really say is "thank you" and hope they know just how much they meant to me.
I may be physically leaving tomorrow, but that's all. The memories will never be forgotten and the friendships are still forever.

Goodbye for now, but not forever.

Current Mood: nostalgic
Monday, May 1st, 2006
3:47 pm
I had a great time Saturday night, even though it didn't end the way it could have. It was still good times and I learned a thing or two, so that's a nice bonus. I guess you gotta always keep your eyes and ears open and never be afraid, otherwise you'll miss out on meeting a lot of fun, interesting, or cool people.
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
2:35 am
time flies
I've only got 2 1/2 more weeks before I move to Tampa. I can't believe it's almost time for me to leave already......

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
5:26 pm
because 15 minutes to kill is not enough for a nap or homework......
Go to Wikipedia, enter in your birthdate (sans year), post three events, two births and one death.

Events
1. 1802 - The United States Military Academy West Point is established.
2. 1912 - Lawrence Oates, ill member of Scott's South Pole expedition leaves the tent saying, "I am just going outside and may be some time."
3. 1945 - World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ends but small pockets of Japanese resistance persist.

Births
1. 1751 - James Madison, 4th President of the United States
2. 1949 - Erik Estrada, Puerto Rican actor

Deaths
1. 37 - Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar, Roman Emperor
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
5:14 pm
This is a day or two late, but....I had an awesome weekend. I actually went downtown both nights, hung out with friends during the day, caught up on some sleep, and just basically stopped worrying about things and enjoyed myself. Monday, I got my hair cut (very short, just what I wanted) and even went to Ramsey to run and lift weights, which I've been meaning to do for, oh, two months or whenever exactly it was that my toe completely healed from the initial injury and the surgery to remove part of the new nail. Also, I watched the NCAA tournament final last night. I didn't really want to root for Florida, but since I put down a good sized bet on them, I kinda had to. And I won, which is great because not only did I win some cash, I also don't have to collect from anybody that owes me money.
So yeah, feeling pretty good right now. Pretty much my only complaint is that I've got two tickets to go see Charlie Murphy perform live here at UGA this Friday at 8pm, but nobody to go with yet. So, unless a guy or girl at McAlister's tonight volunteers to go (or even if someone does volunteer....I've got 2 tickets, but more can be bought), if you want to go, the ticket is yours.

Side note from today: in my demographics class, we watched a short film on a sect that handles snakes (or serpents, as they call them). Honestly, it took everything in me to not bust out laughing at several points in the film. I mean, I really did try to be understanding of their beliefs, but damn, come on man. So yeah, I'm looking to score a copy of that and dub in my "commentary", similar to Mystery Science Theater 3000. Look for that the be the hot new release this fall if it happens, haha.
And yeah, I know you all were wondering this, and the answer is yes, these serpent handling people live in West Virginia.
Sunday, March 26th, 2006
7:38 pm
I just won my NCAA tournament pool. Thank you, Florida. And kiss my ass LSU and Texas. If Texas hadn't turned the ball over with 12 seconds left in the first half, they would have beaten LSU and I'd still have another team left in my bracket. Oh well, a win is a win. But on behalf of everybody, nice choke UConn (well, mainly Josh Boone and Marcus Williams).
Thursday, March 16th, 2006
12:07 pm
March Matt-ness?
Oh man, I love how my birthday always coincides with the opening days of March Madness!
Sunday, March 5th, 2006
7:21 pm
I scored 4 points on senior day......
......in the halftime lay up contest. I got third place, could have had second, but my made shot bounced off the other person's ball and I had to chase it down. My brother got second, and I was rooting hard for him, especially because I would have gotten the prize, a one month gym membership. It was a really cool experience, though. With about four minutes to go in the first half, I got to go down to the little "staging area", which was right behind the UGA bench and hang out there for a couple minutes. Then we spent the last 10 seconds behind the goal, in between the Dance Dawgs and the cameramen. After that, it was on to the court....and wow. It's a pretty cool feeling to be standing on the Stegeman court with a ball in your hand during halftime of an actual game. Kinda makes me wish I was 6-8 inches taller and a much better shooter, but oh well. Before the game, Dennis Felton came up into the Dawg Pound and was high-fiving students, and me and my brother got to high-five him. I thought about patting him on the back, but seeing as he's a fan of $1500 (at least) suits, decided against it. All in all, despite losing, it was a pretty fun last home game of my college tenure.

Current Mood: happy
Sunday, February 26th, 2006
12:24 am
bode miller....
....is a disgrace to the U.S. Olympic team, the United States of America, and the Olympics itself. I mean, honestly, he's now bragging about how "he did it his way, he experienced the olympics the way he wanted to". That's just pathetic. That guy is so fucked in the head, he makes Ron Artest and Dennis Rodman look like models of good mental health and acceptable behavior. I know he's tremendously talented, but I really hope that if he decided to compete in the 2010 Olympics, Team USA politely says "no thank you, we only want serious athletes." It takes a lot to easily be one of the most talented skiers in the world (maybe even the most talented), yet enter six events and only complete three, with a 5th place as your best finish.
Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
6:28 pm
i just want to use the TiVo To Go feature.....can anyone help me???
Alright. I got the TiVo set up. The software is all updated and current. I bought the TiVo branded wireless usb network adapter. I downloaded TiVo To Go. I entered the MAK everywhere it asked me. I enabled transfers on the manage account screen online. I have done just about anything and everything I can think of.....yet whenever I click on "Pick Recordings to Transfer" I get the same message every freaking time..."there was an error while attempting to retrieve data from the selected DVR. access is denied."
Please, please, please, if anyone can tell me what else I have to do just to get this thing to, I dunno, do all of what I paid for, let me know. Right now, I can only figure two options: (1) completely reconfigure my entire home network (which would be a serious pain), or (2) start offering animal sacrifices to the TiVo, up to and including humans, until it is satisfied (which is easier, but not preferred and potentially illegal).

Really, this shouldn't even be a problem, but it is. Other than this new issue (please God Almighty let it be the last), the TiVo is great, I'm happy to have it, and I haven't had to miss an episode of 24 yet because of work or school.

Current Mood: by my tivo again
Friday, January 6th, 2006
3:14 pm
don't buy a TiVo if you don't have a land phone line
It's 2006 and I need a phone line to set up my TiVo???? I'm sorry, but this is the digital age. I should be able to just connect the damned thing to my wireless network and contact the TiVo server and set it up that way. It would be easier, more efficient, more cost-effective, and just straight up make more sense. So as it is now, I have to get phone service, which will take 10 days from now before they finally show up to connect me (don't even get me started on the phone company). I mean, honestly, a TiVo was supposed to make my life a little easier. Instead, it's just turning into a huge headache. And a costly one too, as it's gonna run me about $43 to connect phone service and around $21 a month for continued service.....service I don't even need because in this day and age, it's easier to just run everything through your cell phone, which is what I do. Pretty much the only bright side (though not much of one) is that I'll get the phone connected on the 16th, but have it disconnected probably the end of this month (though I'd imagine, being the phone company, they'll try and penalize me).

I'm just really disappointed in the "brilliant" minds behind TiVo. Something so simple as allowing more than one way to connect to set up your box and they can't even do it. Or if I can, their website and instruction manual sure do a helluva job telling me otherwise.

Current Mood: angry
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
11:51 pm
I'll tell you this: Reggie Bush was only the third best player I saw tonight. Yes, that's right, I said it. And I'll stand by it. Lendale White (even though I hate him because he acts like a buffoonish thug) was the better running back, and Vince Young was the better all-around threat. Seriously, we've all heard about Bush, but watch out for White in the NFL.
And Matt Leinert? I'm still not buying into him. He sits behind an impregnable offensive line, has anywhere from 4 to 10 seconds to find a receiver and throw the pass, and his completion percentage was so high because they threw at least a half dozen screen passes. Don't get me wrong, he's pretty good, but nowhere near the level of his predecessor, Carson Palmer.

And those are my final thoughts.

****EDIT****

Texas wins. And I retract one thing from above. Not only was Vince Young the best all-around player I saw tonight, he was also the best running back (even though he's not a running back). Sorry, Lendale.

And I leave you with this: THUNDER DOME!!!!!
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
1:37 am
and for fun......
Dear Mark Richt,

It was nice to see you 5 times tonight. I'm not used to seeing you so often, not since our days in Tallahasee. Remember how great those times were? We should really spend more time together, maybe go back to the way we were. But please, don't invite those toothless hillbillies over so much...I think they had sex with my dog.

Sincerely, your friend,
The End Zone
12:55 am
Well, there were two positives that came out of tonight's "game".

1) The battle for the starting running back position for next year is down to Kregg Lumpkin and Thomas Brown. I'm sorry, but Danny Ware just isn't as good as he's capable of being. Maybe if he'd hit the bars less and the playbook and weight room more......
(and speaking of Kregg, he's definitely returning to his dominant, pre-injury self)

2) We finally figured out how to get Mark Richt to open the fucking playbook. From now on, when he's not looking, we have the scoreboard operator change the scores to say Georgia is losing by 28. That way, Richt will say "shit" and actually start calling aggressive plays. If that still doesn't work, we'll just dress out in FSU uniforms every game or tell Richt that the opposing coach claims that God doesn't exist. One of those three options should get Richt's blood pumping....because nothing else seems to. No matter what, his constant "score just enough points to win" attitude is what's keeping this team from reaching the ultimate goal of being perennial national title contenders.


By the way, as a disclaimer, all I'm basically saying is that Thomas Brown and Kregg Lumpkin are great backs, but Danny Ware needs to get himself better focused to reach their level and that Mark Richt is a "very very good" coach and the only thing keeping him from becoming "great" or "the greatest" is his penchant for conservative play-calling.

Current Mood: disappointed
Friday, December 30th, 2005
11:09 pm
The Miami Hurricanes suuuuuck. There. I said it. And they're lucky they played LSU tonight, because the way Miami performed, Georgia would have beaten them something like 51-3.
Saturday, December 24th, 2005
5:17 pm
Wow, playoff hopes on the line and the Falcons get their kick blocked. Tampa Bay gift-wrapped an early Christmas present when they fumbled the overtime kickoff on their own 18 yard line. But the Falcons screwed it up. Kick blocked, and after 14:40 of overtime play, the Buccaneers kick a field goal to win 27-24. Wow. And just like that, the Bucs are in first place again and the Falcons are eliminated from playoff contention. And that's too bad, because there were a couple scenarios were the Falcons, Bucs, and Panthers could have all gone to the playoffs, and that'd prove the point that the NFC South is still the best division in the NFC (maybe even the NFL), but oh well.
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