Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thanksgiving (the aftermath)

Last week was pretty great.

We had 2 Thanksgivings. The first at my parents house in Fenton was laid back, fun and relaxing. Just hanging out with the family and looking at my uncle's pictures from his travels.

Then, since we are party animals, we went out to CBGBs to have some delicious $1 beers. I think it was called Huber Boch. We drank a lot and had a bunch of conversations that were not appropriate for the Internet (is that possible).

Since we got paid off from the insurance company we had to go find a car. Knock on wood it was a pretty painless process. We looked online at a bunch of dealers at first. Then, we found one that had a lot of options and went there. We test drove 2 cars and then bought one of them. As you might have noticed I care very little about cars. I just want them to go and I don't really care what it looks like. I actually like the car we got though. Which probably means someone will drop a dumpster on it or it will be washed away in a flood. It is a 1999 Honda Accord. That doesn't sound that exciting, but it is like a luxury model with leather seats, sun/moon roof, CD player, buttons on the steering wheel that let you change the volume and radio station, etc.. It is pretty sweet and it cost way less than buying a new car.

The only bad thing about buying the car is that we did it on Friday night and it took a lot longer than we expected. We missed out on spending some time with the Johnnie boy/Christmas/Jen/Mike and Janel clan. Although really all we missed was seeing John's baby (which I have already seen more times than I care to). Just kidding, or am I?

Then on Saturday we had Thanksgiving #2 at Ashley's house. It was a lot of fun and there was tons of food. Casey even made one of the best desserts ever: The Chocolate Gooey Butter Cake. Complete with like 3 sticks of butter, a ton of cream cheese, a pound of powdered sugar and a chocolate cake mix it is great. Here are some action shots of Casey making the cake with help from the doggies.

After the big meal we continued to eat dessert and drink beer and watch the mighty Missouri Tigers stomp Kansas. They are pretty good and I must confess that I am excited about this weekend's game. Although I still think that the Truman State University Bulldogs could teach them a thing or two about football. After the game it went downhill fast when nana, andrew and casey decided to look at videos on the internet of people shitting on eachother and various other things. Luckliy there are many rooms in Ashley's house. I prefer to make jokes about people shitting on eachother and not look at people doing it on the internet. I'm just old fashioned like that.

So that's it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Teddy Bear

Here is the ad I was talking about yesterday. I like how they get cheaper as you buy more of them. Thanks Jessica for sending it to me, because it probably would have taken me another 2 months to get around to scanning it. Thanksgiving. Woooooooo.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Called out

I have been called out for my blog laziness as of late. I'm starting to feel all the pressure of everyone judging me on my blogging skills.

Actually I have just been real busy. Work is picking up in a major way, even though we took time out to go to a Japanese steak house for lunch today. It was delicious and entertaining, although our chef was definitely not Japanese.

Last Sunday I was going to make an entry because I found this ridiculous, but tempting ad in the newspaper. It was for a farting teddy bear. At first I am like, that is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. What kind of people buy crap like that from the newspaper. Then I though about how funny it would be to buy that for someone and see what kind of reaction I would get. That is when it all clicked. It is a stupid product, but I thought about buying it. I stopped myself but the average American is not as smart as me and they bought it. Thus the creator of the farting teddy bear is rich and I am not. If I get around to it I will scan the ad and post it. It is priceless. Well actually it is like $20, but the ad is priceless.

I laid down about 2/3 of my flooring last Saturday with the help of my all knowing father, Casey and Eugene. I worked from 9 am until 11:30 pm. I was hoping to get it all done, but after seeing how long it takes to get started I was happy to get where we got. Unfortunately that means I will have to rent the nail gun again and work my ass off for at least another day. I just want this project to be over. I want to sit in my living room again and play some wii or read a book or take a nap or play some guitar.

While working I went on the bagel diet again with some great results again. Started on Friday at 204 and by Saturday night I weighed 201.5. The secret again is eating 4 bagels in a day.

The other good news is that they finally totaled out my car. I am pretty happy with the amount I'm getting as well. I will get a check tomorrow and then I have to scramble to buy a new car before the weekend is out. Oh and last week there was some car excitement involving the towing of the car to the insurance company. I talked to the guy on Friday and he told me to clean out the car and take the plates off on Sunday because they would come to get the car on Monday. So I did. Then I got a call Monday from the tow company and they said they couldn't come till Tuesday. OK fine no big deal. Then I got a call on Tuesday from the tow truck driver at about 12:45 saying that he couldn't find the car. I gave him directions again, but he said he still couldn't find it. Then when I got home the car was not there. I know that no one stole it because it was all smashed up and not mobile. Evidently one of my a-hole neighbors called the city and had them tow it. It got towed at 11:30. Yes 1 hour and 15 minutes before the insurance company came to pick it up. The next morning I had to drive to the impound lot and show them that it was my car so that the insurance company could get it and pay the fee. So it all ended OK but it was a pain in the ass. I hate cars, but I'll soon be the owner of a new one. I hate cars.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Sturgeon Surgeon

First I would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts while I recover from my no injuries as a result of the car accident. The good news is that although everything is not done with the insurance companies and what not, we are getting a rental car tonight. We haven't been that bad off because Ashley has been nice enough to loan us his car when we need it, but Casey is getting tired of a manual transmission with no power steering.

I have been going to the workout room at work pretty regularly. I usually go after work, but occasionally at lunch. When I go at lunch, this lady is always really excited to get on the treadmill and watch Matlock. She is probably no older than 33. I tried to warn her that she will wake up and be 85 years old if she continues to watch Matlock, but she won't listen.

I found out that one of my bosses used to be a platform dancer at Tremors at Six Flags. Tremors was this shitty dance club for teenagers that was open from 1989 to 1993. It later turned into the carrot club and later was bulldozed and used for the Batman ride (a wise move). I don't think I ever actually went there, but I remember going with my Mom to pick up my sister from there occasionally. I picture a lot of hairspray bangs and other great early 90s apparel. Anyway, there also was a TV show on channel 11 where they had live video from inside Tremors. We are going to try to locate some of these tapes to embarrass our boss. If anyone has them, please give them to me.

Other than that, not a lot happening. The new Coen brothers movie looks pretty good, so maybe I'll go see that. Also, I can't get the speakers on my computer at home to work. I have been trying to listen to music more often to try to inspire me to pick up my instruments more than a few times a month, but things keep getting in the way. Oh well.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Head On Collision

So I was involved in a car accident over the weekend. There I was ready to enjoy my free hour, thanks to day light savings time, and some girl decides to ruin it for me. It was about 11:30 pm on Saturday night and Casey, Ashley, The sHadow and I decided to head to South Grand for some excitement. We only made it to right in front of the Bevo Mill when we were hit. We were just going straight through a green light and two people turned left right in front of me. I couldn't get around the second one and thus the night sucked. The good news is that everyone was fine. The airbags came out and they smell like shit (actually sulfur like). The bad news is that I had a nice cheap car with low miles that now is reduced to scrap metal. I'll end up getting a little money, but I guess I'm going to be car shopping soon. If anyone has any suggestions or free cars, please let me know.

One funny thing that happened that night is my short conversation with the tow truck driver. AAA showed up very quickly, which was nice. The driver was a super nice guy. Once I got in the truck he didn't really seem to care about the accident, but he asked me if I knew a lot about day trading. I told him that I took a finance class a long time ago, but I don't know enough to help him make any money. Then I told him about this study in which the top financial gurus and a group of monkeys both picked stocks. They tracked the stock performance over a period of time, and the monkey's stocks performed better every time. I don't think that he found me all that helpful, but his strange interest in the stock market made the night a little more light and fluffy.

I think that people think that I am a genius because I wear glasses. I am not stupid by any means, but I would not say that I am a genius. The tow truck guy thought enough of me to ask financial advice and I always was assumed to be the brains behind the operation at my old job. Even though at my old job I would travel with computer programmers and IT personnel, I would get asked the questions because I look nerdier. How bout that?

Another funny thing about the car accident is when I was filing a claim with the insurance company. I gave the names of everyone in our car, and the lady thought I was pretty suave. I told them that Casey, Ashley and Kris were in the car with me. She then sounded a little more disappointed when I told her that I was not taking in the night life with three ladies, but one lady and two guys with girls names. I guess that is like saying you hung out with a celebrity last night, and it turns out that the celebrity was Dennis Haskins (otherwise known as Mr. Belding). Oh well.

Smell you later.