Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy 2008

Well, another year gone by. So much has gone on in 2007. Many changes here, mostly good, both personal and professional. Overall I'd say it was a good year. We'll see what's in store for 2008.

No New Year's resolutions for me. I've always found them a waste. If I want to make a change in my life, I simply make it. I don't need the start of a new year to give me the motivation I need. For the rest of you, any resolutions you'll be making?

Hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year and many blessing in 2008.


Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Public Service Announcement

Hope you all had a great Christmas. We got lots of goodies. The thing that's getting the most play time is our new Wii. Target had a sale today so the boys got a game each. We've mostly been playing the sports games, especially bowling and billiards. Even the Wife got into it. I challenged her to a game of bowling vowing to kick her ass. Of course, she beat me. My other favorite new toy is a clock radio dock for my Ipod. Now I can listen to tunes through a good set of speakers. I'll need to get one of the under the cabinet types for the kitchen.

However, this post is not about me. I'm posting on behalf of the Wife for all of you ladies. We went shopping the other day and she got a new pair of shoes she really likes. They're by Sofft. Here is the actual shoe (brown color) she got (which she looks totally hot in, by the way). She needed something to go with her new brown cordoroys. She wore them to work today for the first time and pronounced them the most comfy shoes EVER! They have a padded sole, and when I say padded, it's like a temurpedic pillow in your shoe. She wasn't sure she'd like them but now loves them and wants to get a pair of flats to wear to DC when we go in the spring. Plus, she got a good deal on them since they were on sale for Christmas.

So if you want to get a really comfy pair of shoes (and I KNOW you ladies don't have enough shoes), then check these out.


Friday, December 21, 2007

Merry Christmas

Don't know how much I'll be on the internet the next few days, what with Christmas almost here. I've also be dead tired by the time the kids go to bed so I don't have the energy to do anything but fall asleep on the couch.

So if I don't stop by your place between now and Tuesday, Merry Christmas to you all! Hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday fill with food, family, and presents!


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Don't Know Where He Gets It

Today was Maverick's band concert. The 6th grade band played at the high school for the Winter Concert. He was finally close enough to the front where I could get some good video of him. And what video I got! He was swaying back and forth, moving around, swinging his sax, even leaning back and holding his horn out in true rock n roll fashion! While all the other kids sat and played, he was INTO IT baby! The Spirit was moving him. He obviously has the music in him.

I had to keep from laughing out loud as I held the video camera. He is definately a Rocker Kid In Training. Though I have NO idea where he gets it from.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Winter Wonderland? - Updated!

For those of you that live in this general area, you're probably doing today what we're doing: nothing. The forcast for today was 16 to 20 inches of snow. Yes you read that right. I'm not sure we're going to get that much, but it's been snowing all day.

Like most people, we got as much done as we could yesterday. Grocery shopping, a few errands, church. Today the plan was to go NOWHERE. Which is exactly what we've done. Instead, we've been doing inside stuff: Christmas cards, baking cookies, firing up the crockpot for dinner. The only reason I went outside was to clean the driveway so it's not too deep for tomorrow. The boys did spend some time outside playing in the snow, but winter is much more fun when you're a kid. I much prefer to stay in the warmth.

So hopefully if this storm is affecting you, you're nice and toasty curled up doing whatever you like. I'm looking forward to the boys going to bed so I can turn on the fireplace and just chill.

UPDATE! If you watched ABC's World News tonight, they did a story on this storm and they reported live from none other than......Rochester, NY! Yes, people, my town was featured on the national news. They talked to some local people and it was neat checking out the landmarks to see if I could figure out where they were. I was, however, wondering why they picked my town instead of some larger city, like Chicago or Cleveland. It became obvious halfway through the broadcast. Hannah Montana was here. She was also the lead story in the paper as well. I guess all of her shows are sold out and people are literally paying $1200 to $1500 to get a ticket. She was in town tonight. I don't get the appeal, but then again I don't have daughters. But at least our little burg got some national air time.


Sunday, December 09, 2007

Intersting Article

This weekend has been the "Weekend From Hell" for us, but it's finally over. I won't go into much detail on it. Only thing I'll say is that I did have a chance to finally put my Brian May guitar through it's paces at Mass tonight, and I was quite pleased with the result. The guitar "growls", which is totally cool! Now I know how Brian gets those sounds.

Anyway, the real reason I wanted to post was because of an article I skimmed in today's paper. It turns out that modern technology (cell phones and caller ID) is making it harder for pollsters to get results. Where as in the 80's, 40 percent answered the phone for polls, now it's about 20%. The fear (for the pollsters) is that it's getting so hard to do polls, they're concerned that the results may no longer be valid. THIS means that politicians may not have reliable polls to go on.

Let's think about this for a moment. Politicians won't be able to use polls to figure out what their constituents are thinking so they know what position they should take on an issue. This might mean (gasp!) they'd actually have to MEET WITH and TALK TO their constituents! They wouldn't have as much time to meet with special interest groups and raise money for campaigns! OR.... it might mean that (double gasp!) politicians might have to (hold on to your seat here) ACTUALLY FORM THEIR OWN POSITION ON AN ISSUE! Or worse, ACTUALLY DEFEND THEIR POSITION!

Think about it people, what would happen to our system of government if politicans didn't have polls to tell them what to think? They might have to spend valuable time researching an issue, gathering facts, compiling arguements to give out to their consituents to educate them on the issue and why a particular position is the correct one. If we can no longer rely on the polls to tell politicians what to think, it might result in the collapse of our political system as we know it!

So let's hope the polls go the way of the dinosaur, eh?


Friday, December 07, 2007

Merry Christmas

For your Christmas listening pleasure, I've finally found one of my favorite Christmas songs. It took a while, but I got my hands on a copy of the Worst of Tommy and the Bull. If you lived in the Virginia Beach area in the 90's, you'd know who these guys were. They were morning DJ's on the local rock station. They did song parodies, such as I Wanna Be a Civilian (to the Ramones I Wanna Be Sedated). Well, they did a parody of The Pursuit of Happiness song, I'm an Adult Now. It's called I'm an Elf Now. Click on the link to listen. It rules. Also, it may take a couple of minutes to download depending on your internet speed.

Also for your listening pleasure, I'm linking my favorite breakup song (for when your girl leaves you). It's called Blow Me (a Kiss). Please enjoy as well! And next time you think of me, blow me a kiss!


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

(sigh)

These evening has been one of those days. Band practice went ok, but we just were not on at all. One of the singers thinks our drummer may have been distracted by the foriegn exchange student she brought with her. We just really struggled to get arrangements that worked. Afterwards, I chatted with the other adults in the band and we all brought out some issues we're having. Nothing major, but I did say that I've been getting an odd vibe, the kind I get when the band is on the road to falling apart. Which I don't want to happen. But I did mention it felt like I was losing my band. We'll work through it.

When I got home, I had an email from my boss on my smartphone. I had requested off between Christmas and New Year's to cover the boys being off from school. I've been taking that time the last couple of years. Well, as it turns out, right now I'm the only supervisor in the Customer Service team that's not already on vacation from the 26th to the 28th and he asked if I could work those days. Now I have to see what I can do. And I might have to take some different days so I don't lose any vacation. Needless to say, I'm miffed about it. I'll have to figure out tomorrow if the Wife can take a couple of days.

I'm just really tired and annoyed right now.


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

All I Want for Christmas Is....

This:

Robot Guitar

It's a Les Paul with computer in it! Guitar God/Computer Geek Heaven! So if any of you out there were considering a nice gift for your Friendly Blog Neighborhood Rocker Guy, now you know.

If that's not your cup of tea, I'd consider this as well. Or even this.

The Rocker Guy has spoken.


Sunday, December 02, 2007

On Guitar Hero and Pictures

This weekend has been all about preparing for Christmas. We got a tree and decorated it, the Wife is baking cookies, etc. We had to get started since next weekend is totally shot. Thank God for the internet since that's where I've been doing most of my Christmas shopping.

So, first, as promised, here are some pictures of the Dining Room and Living Room (respectively) after being painted and with new blinds. I didn't bother with before pictures, since it's the same thing, just all in white.





The rooms are biscuit, a shade of off white. Hopefully you can get a feel for the color based on the pictures.


As for the Guitar Hero thing, I'm sure most of you have heard of the game. You play a plastic guitar to songs on the screen and press buttons that I suppose represent strings on a guitar. Whenever I talk to people about the game, they seem to think I would love playing it. I've seen it played, and I have to admit, I find it rather lame.

I guess some people may have a lot of fun playing a toy Les Paul to songs coming out of the TV screen. As for me, I have the real deal. The other night, the Wife went to bed early and there was nothing on, so I turned on a digital music channel, grabbed my Paul, and played all the songs that came on. I got to rock out to Slow and Easy, Cat Scratch Fever, In the Evening, just to name a few. I even got to play April Wine's "Sign of the Gypsy Queen". C'mon, you ALL listened to April Wine back in the day, didn't you?

I guess I don't need to play a video game to be a Guitar Hero, I already is one. I cut my chops playing for hours to the songs on MTV, back when it was all music. So I guess I been there, done that.

Rock on, baby, rock on.