Monday, October 17, 2011

The Jersey Shore Rapture Drives 55 on Wall St. Protesters

2012 is coming soon; some have said the world will end next year. (The rapture guy says it'll end this week...I'm not as confident. I mean, shit, he also says the fucking world was created 11,013BC. I mean, c'mon, dude. Carbon dating is not a theory, it's factual measuring of C14 in an object. You might as well be trying to tell me the world's flat or Brett Favre is the best QB ever. But please, reader, don't digress, try to focus a little and get back on subject.) With that in mind, it's time for some of you to stop the stupid shit you do. Like watching reality TV. Really. Do you ever feel more stupid than when you're watching Jersey Shore?

And conservatives, please stop saying the 99% (Occupy Wall St. protesters and their supporters) "possess a false sense of entitlement and think they should be receiving government handouts and run up the debt on an imaginary credit card by making hard-working Americans and future generations pay for the bill" because, if you listen to yourselves, that sounds exactly what you're fighting for the big corporations to keep. They already get government handouts and, despite those handouts, they're steadily firing employees. This is all happening while they're making record profits. Most importantly, though, is that none of us want handouts. You people never listen. We want to END the handouts to the companies not create more for ourselves. Unless we need them. We might need to extend unemployment benefits. But doesn't that make more sense than extending tax cuts for private jets? Small businesses need loans to be started and to survive, but the banks aren't giving out loans, so maybe there should be some regulation regarding how much liquidity banks can hold or how much interest their cash can make. One thing, for sure, is that we must stop giving them all of the advantages. When the company at the top gets all the advantages then the company at the bottom has no chance to survive. And in this country, it seems as if the benefits grow exponentially the bigger you get. You conservatives claim to want a "free market" but you need competition to truly have a free market. Monopolies and Oligopolies ARE NOT FREE MARKETS!!!! At this point, if we just get rid of all regulation there will be no way, whatsoever, from stopping the forming of control-all conglomerates. There will be absolutely no competition and we will be forced to buy whatever they want us to. We already have little to no choice. Make it harder for the biggest ones to survive and it will make it easier for the smaller ones to do so. That will create more competition and more of a free market. That is what you guys claim to want, right?

And please stop driving 55mph in the goddamned left lane! I was down in Nashville a few weeks ago for two of my friends' wedding. I live in NYC so I don't drive much...or ever, so I don't have to interact with the dumb drivers like I did a few years ago, but I needed a car down there so I found myself back on the road. I Nashville they have a lot of room so naturally they have big highways. At one point I was cruising down a 5 lane highway headed into the city. I'm in the 2nd lane from the left, rolling, when all of a sudden I notice that I'm rapidly approaching the car in front of me somewhat rapidly. I go to change lanes to pass the car on the left until I notice that the car in front of me is rapidly approaching the car to its left. I merge to the right, pass the two cars and continue on my way. But not until after I glare at the two cars and yell a few profanities at my closed window. Let me give you all a little lesson on highway driving using a 3 laner as my example. The Right Lane - this lane is the "merging" lane - use this lane to merge on and off the highway and not for passing. The Middle Lane - this lane is the travel lane - use this lane to travel, like when you're not passing anybody and not getting on or off the highway. The Left Lane - this lane is the passing lane - use this lane only when passing or driving at a speed consistently faster than others around you and exit this lane asap when another car going faster approaches from the rear. On two lane highways combine the right and middle lanes. On 4+ lane highways start by adding a second travel lane that is for travelers that are going a bit faster. The Offspring said it best, "Hey man you know, I'm really ok, this gun in my hand will tell you the same, when I'm in my car, don't give me no crap, cause the slightest thing and I just might snap, HEY!"

Monday, September 26, 2011

Doing Laundry in Troy Davis' Pictures

April, May, June, July, August...September...wow, 5 months. I knew I was bad, but that long surprises even me. I did contribute on my buddy Sofia's blog Doing Laundry In Heels in which we discuss her favorite subject, other than baseball, guys. Go and check it out, leave a comment, then come back here for something completely different...

5 days ago, Wednesday September 21, 2011, Troy Davis was possibly murdered by the State of Georgia. For the last two decades Troy Davis had been on death row in Georgia for the murder of a white, off duty police officer. Since he was first found guilty, 7 of the 9 witnesses have recanted their testimonies, one of the others is now believed to be the gunman. No gun was ever found. Ballistics are inconsistent. And he has proclaimed his innocence the entire time. Despite all of this doubt, nobody in Georgia, nor the Supreme Court, stopped this killing of a potentially innocent man. The same state that 3 years earlier commuted the sentence of a white man who had already admitted to a murder. Before hearing about this case, I was a bit on the fence about capital punishment. I felt that maybe it was necessary in certain cases, Charles Manson is still alive in prison, and was ok with the punishment. But following this case over the last year helped me realize that it doesn't matter how many times they're right. Being wrong once means it shouldn't be there. Consider this, in 1997, Illinois halted executions when DNA testing found 52% of their deathrow inmates were innocent. 52% were innocent! MORE than half of the people were innocent. It baffles me how, knowing innocent people are killed based of the numbers from the past and the actions of the present, anyone can support this. They'll say, "I'm for it if they're 'truly guilty'", but didn't we think all of these guys were "truly guilty" in the first place? Hence the death penalty...? We.Need.To.Get.Rid.Of.It! Period!

And now for something completely different...

Pouty Lips...what dumb actress started doing this to make chicks think it's ok? You know what I'm talking about, the girl with pencil thin lips sticking them out like a platypus whenever she takes a picture. As if someone looking at the photo will just think, "Wow, she has such full, luscious lips. Man would I love to..." (you can finish off that sentence however it applies to you). Not happening. When we look at that picture we're thinking, are your lips trying to jump off your face? Now let me clarify what I'm talking about. I'm not talking about girls who make a kissy face in pictures, that's ok. And you since they don't always do it, it looks normal. I'm talking about these girls that look like they're a half step from your zipper...ifyanowwadimean. Not a good look, girls. You're almost as bad as the girls that paint on bigger lips than they actually ave. These ones are a bit more rare, but I'm talking about the girls that actually draw red paint on their mustache in the shape of lips...so it looks like lips. It's kinda scary...unless you're a geisha.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Girls, Friends and Toilet Paper

The relationships between men and women are very funny to me. Despite being virtually identical, genetically, we are polar opposites mentally. Men don't like to talk very much, normally, but when we do, we're often willing to bear our souls, just as long as it's to someone we "trust". Women, on the other hand, talk all the time. Literally. Some of them wouldn't stop if they were being run over by a steam roller. And a part of this is their inability to keep a secret. To women, a secret is something you don't tell strangers, but of course she's gotta tell her bff (which is at least 3 different people, and they tell 3 people, and they tell 3 people, ad nauseum). I've had a lot of female friends, and it is they who have caused me to be very weary about telling any woman I'm dating my "true" feelings, or really open up. It's funny because women are often saying they want us to open up, but then, when we do, they go and tell the world.
Story 1) In college, my friends and I were friends with some girls from out of town. We hung out pretty regularly as there were no classes at the time and one of my friends developed a thing for one of the girls. He decided it'd be a good idea to write her a poem. To me, a poem is a pretty intimate and private thing. It's certainly something you don't want shared with the world. Well, seeing as how I'm writing about it, of course she showed the rest of us the poem. It wasn't good. It was something he probably should have kept to himself. But, alas, we thoroughly enjoyed his attempt at introspection at his expense. Remember, putting your heart on your sleeve, especially for a girl you just met, is just asking for it to get shut in a door.
Story 2) Once again in college, I was in a study group with a few other people for one of my classes. One of the girls and I became pretty cool and she decided to volunteer a little information about her ex-boyfriend. Apparently was not ok with her breaking up with him, so he thought it'd be a good idea to leave a few messages detailing his feelings. In the process, he is unable to control these previously mentioned feelings, and he begins to cry. He then proceeds to bawl. I mean full out, hiccup causing bawling. So of course, she thinks he's a chump and proceeds to put him on blast, on speaker phone. And then repeat it. All for our enjoyment at his expense. Remember, don't send emails, leave voicemails, or write notes that you might not want your boys or strangers to read/hear, she will share it and they will laugh...at you.
Story 3) This one is not really a specific. It's more a generality that I've noticed with a few of my friends. Let's say, for example, one of my guy friends wants to date one of my girl friends. The get to texting. The guy might think that that's some kind of hallowed ground...um, NO. You should realize that she is showing me all the texts you're sending. Especially if they're lame. "Skwal, look what this fool wrote me, can you believe it? What should I write back?" Remember, none of what you do is sacred. If they're telling me all this, you can just imagine how much they're telling their girlfriends.

And now for something completely different...

You know what the only thing worse than magma-shits is? Having to wipe with cardboard afterwards. I don't understand why they even make toilet paper like that. If it feels like it could smooth out Rosanne Barr's corns, it should not sold as TP, it should be sold next to the 400 grit at Home Depot. Does anybody actually go to the grocery store thinking, "I don't want that TP, it's too soft. I need a manly TP, something that'll remind of the old days, back when we wiped with tree bark."? I mean really, I don't even understand why they make the stuff. I don't care if it's 25c a roll, get that shit out of my bathroom. And even worse are the public restrooms that have the shit that's thinner than an anorexic ant. They might think they're getting more use out of it, but they're forgetting that when you use it you need to unroll half the roll just to make sure your hand stays clean...smh. It's just ridiculous.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Indian Constant...pation and infection

I was out with my buddy on Saturday night and we went into a convenience store so he could grab a pack of Marb Reds, $13 btw. As we're bullshitting with the guy, he comes to ask me if I'm Indian. Shocked, I give a little chuckle and ask him if I look Indian, I know, I'm a fucking genius. Why would he ask me if I'm Indian if I don't look it, right? Well anyway, I proceed to inform him of my heritage, but I just find it really funny that depending on how long my hair is or why style my facial hair is, I can look Indian, black, white, hispanic, middle-eastern, north African...almost anything. It's kinda fun, but it makes me wonder if I've chosen the wrong career path. I mean, shit, maybe I should have gone the Bond route. I'm good with languages, and what with our war against medium-skinnned people, I could be a great spy for the infidels. What about jewel/art thief? That would be badass. I'd have police sketches floating around that have me looking like 8 different people. I guess this one would be a bit tougher, though, seeing as how you can't exactly go to school to learn how to break into museums and such and no one in my family, that I know of, is a thief. Fuck it, I'm a smart guy, I could have taught myself the trade. We'll keep that one on the list. I could have been a terrorist...not really into killing children, though, and I feel like that's part of the job description. I guess I could play a terrorist on shows like 1000 ways to die and 24. That would work, I guess. Good pay too. But no, instead I'm a fucking accountant. I sit in front of a screen all day and crunch numbers. If that's not the most exciting thing, I don't know what is... I'm just a regular-ass accountant...nothing exciting...or am I.

And now for something completely different...

I've been contemplating turning this blog into a short story blog. I think I'd still do "regular" updates like these, but I've got these ideas for stories and I feel like it'd be cool to post the stories here in installments. You know, a page today, a page tomorrow. It's an idea I've suggested to a couple friends who like to write, but my problem is that I don't really like to write much. Surprise, surprise, right? You'd never guess by my once a month posts... but still, I feel like it'd be kinda fun. Unfortunately, my lazy ass will probably never actually do it, or maybe I'll start and finish half way through leaving my fan (notice the singular) dripping with antici........pation. Then again, maybe I'll start it tonight and it'll just be some boring shit that finally drives you all away for good...eh, we'll see. If you see a post that seems a bit different, I guess you'll know what the deal is. I think that if I start it, I might not do regular posts until a break in the story, or maybe the end. Not sure, as I'm sure you can tell, this is still just an idea that hasn't been thought through fully...ok, now I'm just rambling, so...

Now for something completely different...

I had this nasty sinus infection a couple weeks ago. It was caused by this fucked up NY weather...and 14 hours of drinking and smoking. Some buddies and I went to a Saturday brunch. It had been about 80 a couple days before so I figured I didn't really need to dress like it was still winter, mind you that damn rodent had promised us winter was over. To make a long story short, Monday morning I'm sitting in the office with a fever that should have had me in bed. Being the moron that I am, I didn't even realize I was sick until the next day. But I mean, honestly though, who wants to take a sick day when they're sick? Aren't those to be saved for sunny days in the park? Well, at any rate, this is a good reason why I shouldn't be smoking in the first place. You'd think all those pictures of diseased lungs would do it, but no. I do, however, think it's a good time to toss my age old friends away, so that's the plan. But then again, you know what they say about the best laid schemes o' mice an' men...oh, you don't? Well, apparently "gang aft a-gley".

Monday, March 14, 2011

Extremists

So I've got a facebook friend who recently posted that he's a "PROUD RIGT-WING EXTREMIST" and then went on to "PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!!" I, for one, abhor all forms of extremism. I don't care if it's Black, White, Muslim, Christian, Left wing, Right Wing, extremism is bad, period! When someone comes out and proclaims they are an extremist of any kind, I automatically get the shivers. You're basically telling me no matter what I say, you're closed to my words and will only believe what you already believe. I think of groups like the KKK, the Nazis, Muslim Jihadists, Christian extremists, McCarthyists. All groups of like-minded people that hate another group for one reason or another. You're telling me you're ignorant. You're telling me you're bigoted. You're telling me you're the type of person I hate...and you're proud of it. I won't stop being your friend simply because you're provincial, but I won't respect your point of view because I know you haven't developed it. It is based off 1 perspective and you will automatically denounce anything that contradicts that perspective. By being an Extremist, you are disallowing discussion. You are saying you won't listen to reason, or facts. You are telling me not to respect your point of view. It's unfortunate that there are those out there who believe they know the truth and the rest of us are in the dark. One is always learning. The day you know everything is the day you cease to exist. To assume you transcend this is asinine. Get over yourself for the good of everyone else, please.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

For the sake of our country PLEASE break-up!!!

By Amanda Jiang & Pascal

The problem with our economy is that too many people are in a relationship. If the government wants to stimulate economic growth then they should encourage divorce, break-ups, and singledom. When our soldiers returned from the battlefields of Europe after WWII, they were told that it was in the best interest of the nation to get their girls pregnant. We had lost many of our finest young men, they had experienced atrocities none but they could fathom and the best cure to both of these was procreation, relationships. At this point, we don’t face that type of deficiency; we actually have too many relationships. According to the World Bank, World Development Indicators, our population growth rate is at .9% in 2009, thus we know we are not in need of increase procreation. Media creates social norms and increasingly more people are thinking about starting families, so they’re saving. That is not going to get us out of this crunch, only one thing will save us: CONSUMPTION!!! But as long as couples are planning their nest-eggs, consumption will remain at historic lows. This could be fixed by formulating ways to break couples up.

There are many constants in life, one of those being that the majority of people, when coming out of a serious relationship, go on spending sprees. They go out to eat, put themselves back out in the market (i.e. the strip club for men), they buy new clothes, buy more groceries, more alcohol, new toys (tvs, iPods, Wii’s, Real Dolls, etc.), and anything else they can think to spend their money on. I mean, it’s not like they’re spending it on their ex anymore so they might as well spend it on themselves.

When someone is going through a break-up the human instinct is to make us feel better and you can’t feel much worse than coming out of a serious relationship. This includes both parties of the relationship. Studies have shown that one of the most used ways to combat Post-Relationship depression is through the purchases of material goods. 86.2% of respondents to a recent survey said that the first thing they’d do after a break-up is go to their local mall and local bars. We must encourage this type of spending at all levels. If we ever want to be the model economy for the world, we must remind our peers that ‘The American Dream’ is more than just a dream, it is reality. But this reality is only realized once you can prove to your friends that you’ve made it. We must promote our new national slogan: “You and I are done, I’m getting myself an iPad”.

Now look at it from an economic point of view… right now we are having high unemployment rate due to cut backs in many industries. Companies can no longer afford to retain all their staff due to decreases in sales or services, thus all the layoffs. The only profits are being seen in Banking and Automotive, mostly minivans. The bankers love that we are keeping our savings with them because they can now use them for credit default swaps and put options on failing manufacturers. The automotive ads seem to always show a happy family going somewhere. It’s not often you see commercials for 2 door sports cars. They want you to have a big family because they’ll first sell you on a sedan. It’s sleek, classy, cool, but then you have another kid so you buy a bigger car, another kid, a bigger car. Now this seems like the consumption I’m talking about, but who buys American anymore? You’ll go and get that Toyota or VW, all that does is make us weaker in the world scene. Yeah they’re safe and all, but when you break up, you go out and get a Corvette. Sexy, sleek, fast, fun, American!

Now let’s say the government tries to promote polices for people to be single. Then it would:

1. Increase retail sales: people have less control over their spending when they are emotional.
2. Increase services: this appeals to many areas in our society, such as salons, bars (alcohol), law firms, hospitals… etc.
3. Increase in tax revenue: singles pay more taxes than married couples. Thus we can pay off loans…

Think about it America, encouraging breakups will cure today’s problems, it will once again make us who we were, the best!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Comeback Player of the Year?

I want to preface my thoughts with the following: I love to watch Michael Vick play football. I am not upset with him for his dog-fighting ring, it would be hypocritical of me to get upset over that and eat fast-food meat/poultry(ask Peta).

So, that being said, I don't understand how he could even be considered for comeback player of the year. What exactly did he come back from this year? Sitting on the bench? It seems to me that they're saying it's a comeback from being in prison. But wasn't his comeback last year? It Kolb hadn't gotten hurt till next year and Vick had this kind of season, would he still be eligible for the award? If Wes Welker has a huge season next year, will he be eligible for Comeback Player of the Year? I'm glad that Vick is the beast he's shown himself to be, but it makes no sense whatsoever to give him that award when his actual comeback season was spent sitting on the bench.

The real Comeback Player of the Year was E.J. Henderson of the Minnesota Vikings. Last season he gruesomely broke his leg (This video is very graphic. Watch at your own risk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO_nSjF_Jl0) against the Arizona Cardinals, came back after 8 months of rehab and put up pro-bowl numbers (which he played in, btw). He was literally 8 months removed from arguably the most gruesome injury in Pro Football television history, when he began his Pro-Bowl campaign. Michael Vick came back week 3...of the 2009 season. That's a full season of eligibility, why was he even in the discussion in 2010/11?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Change By Keeping The Same?

This is a respons to the father of a friend. They are both Tea Partiers. I thought I'd share it with you.

I'd just like to respond to a few of your points from your first response. It doesn't matter who coined the phrase tea party, you guys use it like it's your party so that's how we'll associate you guys. The big problem is that you were 10-20 years too late. By the time you hit the streets, the damage had been done ten-fold. (by dems and pubs alike, I agree) You don't have guns??? Puhleeez! Isn't Sarah Palin one of the biggest advocates of both guns and the T.P.? Who are you fooling here? Maybe YOU don't have a gun, but that's a huge point of contention for the T.P. around the nation. The rights for We The People comes from the Governement. The only other way for us to get those rights is through anarchy. Fiscal Responsibility - Why aren't you guys lambasting about how irresponsible we are, and have been, with defense contracts? Why wouldn't you be in favor of a 3% hike (really a return to previous levels) in taxes for the wealthiest Americans, the ones who can afford it? The break was supposed to be given because of the recession, it's over-ish now so start returning tax levels to normal. Limited Government? Worst argument period. People who say that neglect to say where they want it limited. Universally limited? Maybe we should keep deregulating Wall Street so they can keep cheating us? How about less government in schools so the inner citiy children are reading books from the 70's? How about limited government in the military, we can just privatize it like Blackwater and our death squads can go from country to country, sponsored by Nike? Free Markets - Let's just take all regulation out of markets. I'm sure that these companies won't take advantage of having no regulation. The largest cause of loss of jobs in this country has been de-regulation. The great depression was caused by it, this depression/recession was caused by it. The crash of the late 80's. The way a market is free is by allowing open competition. If you allow the big boys to run amok, they control the market, that's not free. A monopoly is never free. In a free market, the market creates the price, if you take away regulation, the Wal-Marts and Goldman Sach's create the prices because they control the supply chain. You need a big government to regulate big companies. If you want a small government and a free market, you need to get rid of the big companies or they'll take full advantage of the situation. You can just look at the last 10 years as proof of that. The reason we're in this mess is because the government wasn't big enough, they weren't powerful enough to effectively do their job, which is to make sure those who run shit are doing so ethically and fairly; i.e. following the rules and having rules that protect the average citizen. You tell me this, "if you opened a company and reached the stars to the tune of 10 million", should the government start giving you tax breaks to try and keep your business local? That's what happens. The bigger your company, the less taxes you pay. The government starts giving you tax breaks. Why shouldn't they pay their fair share? Earnings season is upon us, we'll see just how tough things are for these mega-conglomerates. They've been boasting record gains lately. Shouldn't we start raising taxes on them to try to bring them back to even instead of letting them pay a lower effective tax rate than Joe The Plumber's? And this is WHILE they've been outsourcing all their labor. Shouldn't we tax higher for that? 'Sure you can send jobs over-seas Nike, but if you're paying the Chinese 9c an hour, we're gonna tax you $5 an hour because that's what our minimum wage is and you're taking jobs away from Americans.' But no, taxing them for taking away American jobs would be "Un-American"... Let me cry a big fat tear for the mis-treated billionaires...I feel soo bad for them...And you're scared they'll just move their whole operation overseas? FINE! It's called Tarriffs. You want to sell in the US, WE TAX YOU! You also said: "Just know that when you tax the rich, they will take the jobs out of the country as they have for years now, it's just getting worse." So, you're saying that what we did in the past caused the rich to send jobs out of the country, but you want us to keep using the methods of the past to stop it? I hope that you realize that what you're promoting, as far as business is concerned, to to do what we've already been doing, what has gotten us into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, but do it more drastically. And by doing this, we will make things better...the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. But that's just my thoughts.

2 Months, Shit, Smile

WOW, I can't believe it's really been 2 months since the last time I wrote on here. Oh so much has happened. Lets start with a big RIP to a very special and loved woman, Myriam Simi, who was take way too young. Myriam was someone who always had a huge smile on her face, would welcome you into her home with a big hug and kiss, toss you a beer and tell you to cut her up some saucisson. You could ride your bike over to her house, she'd tell you to make a sandwich, sit down and just start bullshitting with you about life, love, whatever was on your mind. She was loved by all and will be sorely missed. Her tragic death will resonate for eternity.


I feel odd writing further, but I don't want to leave you at that, so I learned about this while on Christmas vacation in France. If any of the 3 of you that read this don't know, which is doubtful, I'm half French. So, this year being my grandmother's 80th birthday/christmas, the, majority, family all met up at Montlouis for the holiday. Christmas afternoon saw...41? of us gathered for lunch. I won't go into too much detail but let me just say my 6 days were a non-stop glut-fest. I mean we ate, then we drank, then we ate, then we drank, then we ate, then we drank, then we slept and started all over the next day. But then again, we are french after all. It was nice, but there was no damn snow on christmas. That was kinda shitty, especially since it was damn near blizzarding here...oh well. Maybe next year...but probably not since I'll probably be in Brazil. Oh the life I live, so hard...you could do it too, but if we all did it, it wouldn't be special, right? Well fuck you too, no one told your parents to live in portsmouth, that's not my fault. Anyways, I got back into the country and was stuck in goddamned Charlotte, NC for a day and a half. The aforementioned blizzard had flights to NY canceled for 2 damn days. That dick Bloomberg cut funding for sanitation, so nothing could get cleared up. On the upside, I read the 100+ mafioso were arrested in Nj, NY and RI this past week, so maybe they'll stop stealing all of the NY tax dollars? Yeah, I know, prob. not.

My next adventure was to "sunny" California. Yeah, one fucking day of sun in a week. Way to go San Francisco! I feel like the only place you get sun in Cali is in Arizona. Seriously, I've been there a few times and I feel like you see the sun about 10% of the time. I guess you've gotta get out of the city? Whatever, I still had a good time. We had a conference there for work, the culmination of 6 months of work, and it went damn well. I'd pat myself on the back...but whatevs (shudders, I hate that word). Met some cool folks out there, reconnected with OOLD friend from HS and College, ate...well, they didn't have anything special, but I did go to this cool bar. It's a speakeasy called Bourbon and Branch. There's no sign anywhere, you push a button and give them a "secret" password (easy). Once inside, it looks like a regular restaurant. There are booths lining the left, a bar on the right, it's nice and dark/dingy. There's a back room with tables, nice ambiance with msuic playing. I didn't pay enough attention to see if people were eating, but I imagine it was just drinks. But there are secret rooms everywhere. We ended up in the Library, a room at the back that was, wait for it, behind a bookshelf. The hostess literally pulled a book out of its slot to open the secret passage. It was very cool, except all they served, pretty much, was cocktails. They had like 5 diff kinds of beer, but they did have this great cucumber cocktail. I think I ordered like 5 of them. Unfortunately the trip ended with a devastating loss by the New England Patriots (my team) to the hated New York Jets who play in the New Giants Stadium in New Jersey, and a bout with Strep. If you've never had Strep, DON'T. It sucks. You basically can't swallow. And this lasts until about 2-3 days after you start your antibiotics. So if you think you've got it, take your ass to the doctor ASAP! I've had it before so I went the morning after I first noticed symptoms. basically your tonsils and Lymph Nodes get all swollen and covered in mucus, they're really tender so even swallowing your saliva feels like swallowing glass shards. Not fun.

So that's pretty much the gyst of what I've been doing the last two months. Really, what I've left out is day after day of 10-14 hr work days getting ready for that damn conference. Man am I glad it's over! But now it's time to get ready for the NY conference. I guess that's good though. if there was nothing to do there'd be no reason to pay me. Oh NYE? Just think 3/4 a bottle of Jack to the dome and some drinking games! Nuff Said! Ok, that's my 2 months in a nut shell. Read my next post to see why I really came on here. Bloody tree-hugging liberals!

Eat Shit and Smile!