Thursday, June 30, 2005

Another Day Off Bites The Dust

It seems that when I get a day off of work that falls on a week day, I pretty much do nothing. Take today for example. I didn't even get out of bed until 4pm. I didn't get dressed until 5:30pm. I just wasted the day away. The worst part about it is that I actually have quite a few things I need to do... I just haven't done them.

I need to make an appointment with an optometrist so I can get some new contacts. I've had these contacts since Episode I. I also need to make an appointment with an oral surgeon so I can get my jaw checked. I'm still driving around on fubar tire #2... it needs to get replaced before it explodes and kills me. Oh hell... I also need to get my oil changed too (just thought of that now)!

My entire day wasn't a complete waste though. I did go to CVS and pick up some things... deodorant, shaving gel, etc... I purchased some more Adidas: Dynamic Pulse body spray. I can't wear cologne, it gives me migraines, but I can use body spray. Troy got me hooked on the Adidas products... he uses the Adidas: Sport Fever and he always smells amazing!

Anyway, my day has really just started. I'll probably try to go to the gym tonight and perhaps even do some cleaning around the house... then I won't feel so bad for lounging around all day doing nothing!

Default - Wasting My Time Lyrics

Well I don't want to see you waiting
I've already gone too far away
I still can't keep the day from ending
No more messed up reasons for me to stay

[Chorus:]
Well this is not for real
Afraid to feel
I just hit the floor
Don't ask for more
I'm wasting my time
I'm wasting my time
You can't stop the feeling
And there's no reason
Let's make the call
And take it all again
Woah again

Months went by with us pretending
When did our light turn from green to red
I took a chance and left you standing
Lost the will to do this once again

[Chorus]

See you waiting
Lonesome, lonely
See you waiting
I see you waiting

[Chorus]

Another Classic Movie Remake


I had a chance to see the King Kong trailer before watch War of the Worlds. The movie has some great actors in it like Adrien Brody, Jack Black, and Naomi Watts... but I'm fearful the movie will still suck! Peter Jackson did a wonderful job with Lord of the Rings, we'll see if he can do the same with King Kong. Oddly enough, Jackson is using Andy Serkis (Gollum/Smeagol) in this movie. Serkis will be providing motion capture and facial expressions for the computer generated King Kong. Maybe it's just me, but I don't want King Kong to look like Gollum!

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

War Of The Worlds


I just got home from watching War of the Worlds with Josh, Jennifer, and Ron. First of all, I'm amazed that I even went to see this movie since I really don't like Tom Cruise. There are a few Tom Cruise movies I enjoy though... Top Gun, Interview With the Vampire, and Collateral.

I really didn't expect much from the movie (even though Ron previewed it a few nights ago and said it was awesome). When everything is said and done, the movie wasn't bad. It wasn't the best movie, but it's something I'd definitely recommend to people who aren't familiar with the original War of the Worlds movie or books. It's at least worth one viewing.

I will admit, there are times that the movie is kind of slow (it's nearly two hours long). The special effects were nice... which is expected nowadays. In some sick and sadistic manner, I was really entertained with all of the anarchy that occurred after the aliens began attacking.

Josh summed the movie up the best... "Didn't I see this movie nine years ago, but with Will Smith?"

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Spending Too Much Time At Blogthings!

Star Wars Horoscope for Aquarius



You can be cruel and torment people who disagree with you.
Deep down, there is a peace-loving, friendly side to you.
You have a knack for inflicting pain on people and use your intellect during battle.

Star wars character you are most like: Darth Vader






You May Be a Bit Schizotypal ...


A bit odd and socially isolated.

You couldn't care less of what others think.

And some of your beliefs are a little weird.

Like that time you thought you were Jesus.




Your Porn Star Name is: Jason Jizzy




Part Expert Kisser


You're a kissing pro, but it's all about quality and not quantity
You've perfected your kissing technique and can knock anyone's socks off
And you're adaptable, giving each partner what they crave
When it comes down to it, your kisses are truly unforgettable

Part Passionate Kisser


For you, kissing is about all about following your urges
If someone's hot, you'll go in for the kiss - end of story
You can keep any relationship hot with your steamy kisses
A total spark plug - your kisses are bound to get you in trouble





The Keys to Your Heart



You are attracted to those who have a split personality - cold as ice on the outside but hot as fire in the heart.

In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.

You'd like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful... that you'll never change.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.

Your ideal relationship is lasting. You want a relationship that looks to the future... one you can grow with.

Your risk of cheating is 100%. You are not suited for a monogamous relationship.

You think of marriage as something precious. You'll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.

In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You'll do anything for love, but you won't fall for it easily.



Your Penis Name is: 100% All-beef Thermometer















Your Deadly Sins



Lust: 100%

Wrath: 100%

Envy: 80%

Sloth: 80%

Gluttony: 40%

Greed: 40%

Pride: 40%

Chance You'll Go to Hell: 69%

You'll die while in the throws of passion - the best way to go.





You Will Die at Age 67

67

You're pretty average when it comes to how you live...

And how you'll die as well.






You Have Good Karma



In general, you like to do the right thing when it comes to others.

Your caring personality really shines through.

Sure, you have your moments of weakness - and occasionally act out.

But, all in all, you're karma is good... even with those few dark spots.






You Are 60% Extrovert, 40% Introvert

You are quite outgoing

You are a social connector - you know a ton of people

While you aren't a wild extrovert, you are a great talker

A fantastic storyteller, you keep everyone laughing







You Are Best Described By...



The Scream

By Edvard Munch









Your Seduction Style: The Dandy



You're a non-traditionalist, not limited by gender roles or expectations.
Your sexuality is more fluid than that - and you defy labels or categories.
It's hard to pin you down, and that's what's fascinating about you.
You have the psychology of both a male and a female, and you can relate to anyone.







This Love by Maroon 5


"I was so high I did not recognize
The fire burning in her eyes
The chaos that controlled my mind"

You were so great in 2004 that you make everyone a little bit sick!







You Are a Husky Puppy


Sweet, affectionate, and docile.
But when you see a cat or chicken, it's kill kill kill!!!

Duran Duran - Ordinary World

Came in from a rainy thursday on the avenue
Thought I heard you talking softly.
I turned on the lights, the tv and the radio
Still I can’t escape the ghost of you
What has happened to it all?
Crazy, some’d say,
Where is the life that I recognize?
Gone away...

[Chorus:]
But I won’t cry for yesterday, there’s an ordinary world,
Somehow I have to find.
And as I try to make my way, to the ordinary world...
I will learn to survive.

Passion or coincidence once prompted you to say
Pride will tear us both apart
Well now pride’s gone out the window cross the rooftops, run away,
Left me in the vacuum of my heart.
What is happening to me?
Crazy, some’d say,
Where is my friend when I need you most?
Gone away...

[Chorus]

Papers in the roadside tell of suffering and greed
Here today, forgot tomorrow
Ooh, here besides the news of holy war and holy need
Ours is just a little sorrowed talk
Just blown away...

[Chorus]

Every world, is my world...
I will learn to survive
Any world, is my world...
I will learn to survive

Any world, is my world...
Every world is my world...

Monday, June 27, 2005

The Battle Ensues


What I find most amazing about this picture is the fact that it accurately portrays how I feel inside. It's a never ending battle between what good still survives in me and the relentless beast who wants me to destroy myself.

The fact of the matter is that when I see myself, I see the monster. I don't see the good side; I only see a menacing demon. That is what I hate most about myself. For the most part, I am pretty content with who I am... or perhaps I'm just tolerant of who I am. Not only does the demon reside inside me, but it is also what I physically see. I wish I could look in the mirror and like what I see, but I don't. I never have. I just see a horrifying monster.

I'm always pretty optimistic on just about everything except myself. I can easily see the good in everything else... it's just so much more difficult to see it in myself.

This Is What You Get When Conservatives Are In Power!

I realize that I'm a little late to cover this (I don't keep up with current events as well as I used to), but I'm so angry about it I'm going to do it anyway. For those who haven't heard, the ultra conservative U.S. Supreme Court has once again decided to erode the principals that this nation was founded on. The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses... even against their will... for private economic development.

Just to make sure you're absolutely clear on this... cities, counties, states and other governments can now literally seize a person's home via eminent domain and give it to someone else for virtually any reason (or no reason at all for that matter)!

Before this unconstitutional decision, an elderly couple that purchased a house for $60,000 in 1940 couldn't be driven out of their home by property taxes just because it is now worth $500,000. Under the Supreme Court's Kelo v. New London decision, local government could now simply seize the house and sell/give it to a developer who in turn sells it to someone else at a tidy profit. Since the house was sold, taxes would then be reassessed based on the $500,000 current value and the city/county/state suddenly would see a big increase in tax revenue. Never mind the fact that the house used to be the legal and private property of someone else! The developers get a profit, the government gets more taxes and the original property owner gets screwed.

It used to be a given that governments could only use eminent domain if the seized property was going to directly be used for the public good, such as for building a new highway. The idea behind this is to give the government a chance to forcibly evict people from their home in extreme cases where the land is desperately needed for a project that will have tremendous public benefit and where the homeowner does not want to sell or cooperate with the project. This court decision just threw that idea out the window and onto the manure pile. Now, something as trivial as increased tax revenue could be used to invoke eminent domain. All a developer needs to do now is bribe his favorite politician and *POOF*, the land that they want is seized and handed over to them.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Dark Path

I'm completely obsessed with the dark side! Though this concept is taken from a fictional movie, it does mirror real life.

The natural order of anything encompasses some kind of balance. Day and night, life and death, light and dark ... each pair represents a different kind of balance. As part of the natural order, the Force in Star Wars follows the same rules. The light embodies peace, knowledge, and serenity. The dark side encompasses fear, anger, and aggression. Both sides exist simultaneously, but not always in balance. Sometimes the light side has predominance; at other times the dark side dominates. When the balance tips too far in either direction, conflict usually results. And in conflict, the dark side flourishes.

I have identified three basic stages that one experiences when stepping onto the dark path... Temptation, imperilment, and submission. One traveling down the dark path will eventually go through at least one stage of corruption on the journey to the dark side. It is the power-hungry, hate-filled, ambitious, tragic, or evil ones who experience two or all three of these stages of corruption.

Temptation
For example, in Star Wars the Force offers unimaginable powers to those who can feel its connection to the universe around them and manipulate its subtle lines of energy. Those who are sensitive to the Force live in a larger, more vibrant world than those who can't perceive the omnipresent energy field. One who feels the Force sees and experiences the universe from a different and larger perspective than others. Because of this bond, the Force-user has the ability to gain incredible powers using the Force. If they prefer to act instead of waiting... to give in to fear and anger... to proceed from an aggressive posture instead of a passive one... then they have taken the first step on their path to power of the dark side.

Imperilment
In most cases at this point one has already accepted the dark side as being powerful. These are the ones who constantly weigh the moral consequences, who obsess about doing the right thing no matter what the personal cost may be. To them, the dark side presents another weapon in their arsenal against evil, regardless of the fact that each use pushes them closer and closer to the very evil they hope to oppose. Oddly enough, I would say that I quite possibly reside in this stage of the dark side.

Submission
When one gives himself over to the dark side. There are no more restrictions, no more dangers to worry about. It is liberating and exhilarating to give one's self fully to the dark side. Once you accept the dark path, there is no longer any need to justify actions. Now power becomes the goal, and through the use of the dark side all obstacles can be pushed aside. Forget past attachments and former codes of conduct. A dark sider should consider himself a law unto himself. A new, dark life begins when one submits fully to the darkness inside themselves.

"Fear attracts the fearful... the strong... the weak... the innocent... the corrupt. Fear is my Ally."

Styx - Renegade

Oh Mama, I'm in fear for my life from the long arm of the law
Law man has put an end to my running and I'm so far from my home

[Chorus:]
The jig is up, the news is out
They finally found me
The renegade who had it made
Retrieved for a bounty
Never more to go astray
This'll be the end today
Of the wanted man

Oh Mama, I've been years on the lam and had a high price on my head
Lawman said 'Get him dead or alive' and it's for sure he'll see me dead
Dear Mama I can hear you cryin', you're so scared and all alone
Hangman is comin' down from the gallows and I don't have very long

[Chorus]

Oh Mama, I'm in fear for my life from the long arm of the law
Law man has put an end to my running and I'm so far from my home

[Chorus]

Saturday, June 25, 2005

My Day at Work

I get to bed just after 6:00am this morning. After about a two hour nap, I have to get up and go to work. Just before I get out the door, I get a call from Joe (one of my sales managers). He wants to know if I’ll return a delivery truck that we recently borrowed to a store in San Antonio.

On my trip to work, I notice I’m running quite low on gas. No problem. I’ll just pull over and get some. The problem: I forgot my wallet (hence my money) at home! Fantastic! Now I have to get home and then back to a gas station on no gas! Somehow, I am able to pull this miracle off. Disaster averted!


When I get to work, I discover that before I can bring the delivery truck San Antonio, I have to first stop by a store in north Austin (my store being located in south Austin) and pick up a TV for this San Antonio store. Fine… no problem. I get to the north store ready to pickup the TV… unfortunately, no one knows which TV I’m supposed to get. After 30 minutes of phone calls to whomever, a TV is finally selected for me to take!

Now I’m en route to San Antonio. Something just now becomes very clear to me! This truck is not carrying any XM devices! All I have is an antique deck with nothing but FM to listen to. I never realized until today just how many commercials are played throughout an hour on FM. It’s ridiculous! I heard the same commercials over and over again! Where’s the music?!


In the middle of nowhere, traffic comes to a dead stop! What’s up with this? It’s now 11:00am and on a Saturday! There should be any traffic! Apparently the interstate had a lane shut down for about a mile for construction. I probably sat there for about 40 minutes, stuck in this traffic that was not moving at all!


Once this traffic nightmare ended, I was able to resume with my journey… but not before I get a phone call for another favor. Josh now needed me to stop by the store in New Braunfels to pickup surround sound system for some customer back at our store. Did I get demoted to messenger boy for the day?!

Finally this whole mess gets finished up, and I’m able to get back to my store. I’m exhausted. Today would be a great day to go home early and go straight to bed! That didn’t happen though. I got to deal with one outlandish customer issue after another. I actually found this part of the day to be quite amusing!

One of the funnier issues involved this old couple who had purchased a complete home theater system (big screen TV, surround sound system, etc.) They say that the delivery team did not set up their system and that it’s not working. We send one of our customer service associates, Stephen, out to help this nice couple out. It turns out that the delivery team did set up everything completely. The issue was with the DVD player… when they put a movie in, it would play for about 30 seconds and then start over. They thought it was defective. No, no, no… they were watching the DVD menu. They didn’t know that they had to push play to watch the movie.

Later on, another one of my customer service associates, Jonathon, notified me that he could not locate a piece of merchandise in the warehouse. Upon entering the warehouse to help locate this missing merchandise, I find that our new warehouse associate, Derek, is driving our stockpicker like a lunatic! He almost hits me, but instead runs the picker straight into some shelving that I just had repaired.

At this point, I’m leaving! I’m too tired to care anymore! As I pull into my driveway, I become conscious of the fact that I left my store keys back at the store. I live 30 miles away from the store. I’m not going back. I’ll just have to find them sometime tomorrow!

All in all, I'd have to say that this is a pretty normal day for me. LOL!

Beverlee the Great!

I'm suprised I was able to get this picture... Beverlee never lets me take any pictures of her! I don't know why though... she's so incredibly beautiful! I was only able to get this picture because it was way late (actually early, 4am I think) after her party and she didn't care... I guess alcohol had some influence on her tolerance of the camera phone too! Beverlee is so wonderful... I don't know what I would do without her. She's literally always taking care of me... I'm so lucky to have her in my life!

Friday, June 24, 2005

Workout Checklist

Getting ready for the daily workout. Today is a free day. I think I'll do some arms and chest today. Let's see, got the Ozarka water (featuring characters from Shrek 2), towel, gloves (I hate callused hands), and the Rio Cali mp3 player.

Some people like to listen to dance music or something sporty while working out. That stuff works for me too, but I also like a bit of John Williams... Duel of the Fates is the best! Reminds me of Darth Maul.

"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi; at last we will have revenge!"

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Powerhouse Triumvirate

Nicholas, Robert, and Lance are by far three of my most trusted employees! They are absolutely amazing. I can always count on these three to accomplish any task and to do it astonishingly! I am truly lucky to have them... it's spectacular to have all three of them here together!

Busy Day at Work

As you can easily see, we were extremely busy at work today! Josh, Beverlee, and Matt are fantastic role models for all our employees as they demonstrate how to stay productive during slow times at work! This is exactly why I pay them the big bucks.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

How Ghetto!

How ghetto is this?! Someone tagged the paper towel dispenser in the restroom at work. I guess the toilets are probably next! Gives a whole new meaning to marking your territory in the restroom!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Watching The Movie At Home Now!

Today has simply been wonderful!!! I've been at home watching a pristine copy of a certain movie over and over again! Let's just say that this movie has not yet made it to DVD (in sense that it is available for resale), and one might even say that the movie has a dark side to it!

I'm extremely impressed with its quality! The picture is very clear and the sound is superb (just ProLogic 2, no surround sound)! It's nearly DVD quality! There are even menus on the DVD (scene selection, extras, etc...) Either someone spent a great deal of time on this DVD, or perhaps it is a prototype copy of the actual DVD to be released in several months. Whatever the origin, it is a fantastic copy!

Monday, June 20, 2005

Barenaked Ladies - Pinch Me

It's the perfect time of year
Somewhere far away from here
I feel fine enough I guess
Considering everything's a mess
There's a restaurant down the street
Where hungry people like to eat
I could walk but I'll just drive
It's colder than it looks outside

[Chorus:]
It's like a dream you try to remember but it's gone
Then you try to scream, but it only comes out as a yawn
When you try to see the world beyond your front door
Take your time, 'cause the way I rhyme's gonna make you smile
When you realize that a guy my size might take a while
Just try to figure out what all this is for

It's the perfect time of day
To throw all your cares away
Put the sprinkler on the lawn
And run through with my gym shorts on
Take a drink right from the hose
Change in to some drier clothes
Climb the stairs up to my door
And sleep away the afternoon

[Chorus]

Pinch me, pinch me 'cause I'm still asleep
Please God tell me that I'm still asleep

On an evening such as this
It's hard to tell if I exist
If I pack the car and leave this town
Who'll notice that I'm not around?
I could hide out under there
I just made you say underwear
I could leave, but I'll just stay
All my stuff's here anyway

[Chorus]

Try to figure out what all this is for
Try to see the world beyond your front door
Try to figure out what all this is for

Back in Black!

Josh is back from his vacation! He's my right hand (strictly in a non-sexual manner)! Everything is as it should be at work now.

"This will be a day long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi, it will soon see the end of the Rebellion!"

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Big Daddy Joe

This is Joe... he's stuck at work here with me on his first Father's Day... his son Ryan was born on February 13 of this year. That's the same day I got the flu, bronchitis, and pneumonia. Anyway, happy Father's Day to you Joe!

Hebrew Hammer Back In Action!

It's so great to have Alex back in my store!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Children of Dune

While driving around Austin today, Cinemagic (XM channel 27) played some music from the Sci-Fi miniseries, Children of Dune. The Dune series of books by Frank Herbert are excellent (among my favorite)... they cover such a wide array of very complicated issues... because of this many people complain that the books are difficult to understand

The Sci-Fi Channel produced two movies (each movie was a three part miniseries) based upon Dune series... the Frank Herbert's Dune miniseries, based upon the first book simply titled Dune, and the Children of Dune miniseries, which is actually based on the second two books, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.

I was going to love the Children of Dune miniseries regardless because it was part of the Dune series... but James McAvoy, who plays Leto II, definately made watching it really easy. OMG he's so HOT! He will play Mr. Tumnus (the fawn that Lucy befriends) in the upcoming The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe this December.

Lucy

This is Troy's sweet little Lucy. I simply love her to death because she's just so sweet and affectionate (or needy as Troy would put it.)

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Here's Ron and Jennifer today at lunch at Logan's Roadhouse (two different extremes). Jennifer has some weird obsession with this steak-house considering she's a vegetarian. Go figure how that works! LOL!

FUBAR Tire #2

There's a strange bulge on my front left tire... it'll probably end up exploding like my rear right one a few months ago. I wish I still had that picture of that last tire... it looked horrible! It was completely destroyed!

Friday, June 17, 2005

Old, Funny Star Wars Pics



Sweet - Ballroom Blitz

Well, It's been getting so hard
Livin' with the things you do to me, ah ha
My dreams are getting so strange
I'd like to tell you everything I see

Oh, I see a man at the back
As a matter of fact his eyes are red as the sun
And the girl in the corner let no one ignore her
'Cause she thinks she's the passionate one

[Chorus:]
Oh Yeh, it was like lightning, everybody was frightening
And the music was soothing, and they all started grooving
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
And the man at the back said
Everyone attack and it turned into a ballroom blitz
And the girl in the corner said
Boy, I wanna warn ya, it'll turn into a ballroom blitz
Ballroom blitz x 4

I'm reaching out for something touching nothing's all I ever do
I softly call you over,
When you appear there's nothing left of you, ah ha

And the man in the back is ready to crack
As he raises his hands to the sky
And the girl in the corner is ev'ryone's mourner
She could kill you with a wink of her eye

Oh yeah, it was electric, so frantically hectic
And the band started leaving, cause they all stopped breathing
Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
And the man at the back said
Everyone attack and it turned into a ballroom blitz
And the girl in the corner said
Boy, I wanna warn ya, it'll turn into a ballroom blitz
Ballroom blitz

[Chorus]

It's, it's a ballroom blitz, it's, it's a ballroom blitz
It's, it's a ballroom blitz, Yeh it's a ballroom blitz

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The Dark Side

The dark side of the Force is innately tied to the distinctly negative ethical paradigm of the Sith. It is largely based on emotions and passion rather than peace and serenity which are preached by the light side of the force. The dark side of the Force comes from the hate, vengeance, and malice in all living things.

The Jedi believe that emotions such as fear, uncertainty, doubt, anger, suffering, and attachment are "inevitably" self-destructive, and lead to the dark side. The Sith philosophy, on the other hand, is to use such emotions to fuel one's own will to power, ego, and selfishness. The inevitably destructive havoc caused by the actions of a dark side practitioner are conveniently forgotten or excused as serving a greater purpose under this philosophy... they believe that instead of living along side the Force, one must master it and use it as a tool.

The negative emotions increase the strength and abilities of a dark side practitioner. As a result, the dark side of the force is extremely addictive: every time one calls on its power, one becomes more and more attached to it. The dark side is not only mentally corruptive, but also physically corruptive: over time, the raw power wastes away the body of a dark side adept.

Overall, dark side relationships and organizations are inherently unstable... the pupil-master relationship of the Jedi is perverted under the Sith, as both the apprentice and the master naturally plot against one other, and one will eventually kill the other. Every time a dark side force has risen in the Star Wars galaxy, it has collapsed from within due to its own unstable nature.

All my life I have always chosen the path of virtue, but will there come a time when I choose the quick and easy path... follow the path of my own dark side? Could doing that consume my life? Would it in essence kill the person I am now? Will I always have the strength to do what is right?

I have the opportunity to have someone greatly discredited or even fired. This person has been nothing but vile and maliciously vicious to people I care about. I can't even begin to express the amount of pain he has caused people. I have a choice... I can sit around and wait (hope) that everything will work its way out and that he'll eventually be so destructive on his own that he'll get himself fired... or I can use what power I have to make him look incompetent and perhaps even have him fired for all of the rules and regulations that he blatantly breaks on a daily basis. Doing the latter would most likely require me to walk down a dark path to achieve a decisive victory.

If I could end someone's evil reign of terror on those I care about, wouldn't that be the right thing to do? What if the only way to stop this person was to sink to their same level, would it still be the right thing to do? Would I be doing it for justice or revenge? Would I be basing my decisions off of peace and serenity, or emotions and passion? Could I ever be driven by hate, vengeance, or malice?

Dark Horse Artwork

Star Wars comics have always been produced by Dark Horse Comics. As I was reading their adaptaion to Revenge of the Sith, I came across some art work from previous comics that caught my eye.

Murray Head - One Night In Bangkok

Bangkok, oriental setting
And the city don't know that the city is getting
The creme de la creme of the chess world
In a show with everything but Yul Brynner
Time flies, doesn't seem a minute
Since the Tirolean spa had the chess boys in it
All change, don't you know
That when you play at this level there's no ordinary venue
It's Iceland or the Philippines or Hastings
Or, or this place

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a God in every golden cloister
And if you're lucky then the God's a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One town's very like another
When your head's down over your pieces, brother
(It's a drag, it's a bore, it's really such a pity)
(To be looking at the board, not looking at the city)
What d'ya mean
You seen one crowded, polluted, stinking town
(Tea, girls, warm and sweet, sweet)
(Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite)
Get Thai'd! You're talking to a tourist
Whose every move's among the purest
I get my kicks above the waistline, sunshine

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Siam's gonna be the witness
To the ultimate test of cerebral fitness
This grips me more than would
A muddy old river or reclining Buddha
Thank God I'm only watching the game, controlling it
I don't see you guys rating
The kind of mate I'm contemplating
I'd let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you
So you better go back to your bars, your temples
Your massage parlors

One night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain't free
You'll find a God in every golden cloister
A little flesh, a little history
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can't be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Mark It Zero!

So today, Jimmie Dale Gilmore comes into my store looking at digital cameras. I almost walked up behind him and said, "MARK IT ZERO!" When I realized it was really him, I was so glad I didn't do that... I would have probably appeared to be a big jack-ass! Jimmie Dale Gilmore plays Smokey on one of my most favorite movies, The Big Lebowski. Smokey is the 'pacifist' bowler whom John Goodman's Walter threatens to shoot for allegedly stepping 'over the line' when throwing a strike. The inside joke, of course, is that, as a practicing Taoist, Gilmore is himself a pacifist.


Jimmie Dale Gilmore's scene in The Big Lebowski:

Smokey turns from his last roll to look at Walter.

WALTER: Smokey Huh? Over the line, Smokey! I'm sorry. That's a foul.

SMOKEY: Bullshit. Eight, Dude.

WALTER: Excuse me! Mark it zero. Next frame.

SMOKEY: Bullshit. Walter!

WALTER: This is not Nam. This is bowling. There are rules.

DUDE: Come on Walter, it's just--it's Smokey. So his toe slipped over a little, it's just a game.

WALTER: This is a league game. This determines who enters the next round-robin, am I wrong?

SMOKEY: Yeah, but--

WALTER: Am I wrong!?

SMOKEY: Yeah, but I wasn't over. Gimme the marker, Dude, I'm marking it an eight.

Walter takes out a gun.


WALTER: Smokey my friend, you're entering a world of pain.

DUDE: Hey Walter--

WALTER: Mark that frame an eight, you're entering a world of pain.

SMOKEY: I'm not--

WALTER: A world of pain.

A manager in a bowling-shirt style uniform is running for a phone.

SMOKEY: Look Dude, I don't hold with this. This guy is your partner, you should--

Walter primes the gun and points it at Smokey's head.

WALTER: HAS THE WHOLE WORLD GONE CRAZY? AM I THE ONLY ONE HERE WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT THE RULES? MARK IT ZERO!

The Pomeranian is excitedly yapping at Walter's elbow, making high body-twisting tail-wagging leaps.

DUDE: Walter, they're calling the cops, put the piece away.

WALTER: MARK IT ZERO!

SMOKEY: Walter--

WALTER: YOU THINK I'M FUCKING AROUND HERE? MARK IT ZERO!!

SMOKEY: All right! There it is! It's fucking zero!

He points frantically at the score projected above the lane.

SMOKEY: You happy, you crazy fuck?

WALTER: This is a league game, Smokey!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

All I Can Eat

For the last several days I've had the strangest insatiable appetite. I already consume approximately 5000 calories each day... it used to be very difficult to eat that much, but now it feels necessary. I'm always hungry. I'm just damn lucky that I haven't blown up or had to go out and purchase new clothes.

I also didn't realize just how expensive eating all the time really is until I reviewed Microsoft Money just a few minutes ago... I've always had enough money to handle myself, so I never actually cared how much I spend on food each month. I know this much now... I spend way too much money on food!


Here I am obsessed with the thought of eating one more meal (that would make seven for the day) before bed. Btw, the camera on my cell phone sucks... always too blurry!

New Order - True Faith

I feel so extraordinary
Something’s got a hold on me
I get this feeling I’m in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
I don’t care ’cause I’m not there
And I don’t care if I’m here tomorrow
Again and again I’ve taken too much
Of the things that cost you too much

[Chorus:]
I used to think that the day would never come
I’d see delight in the shade of the morning sun
My morning sun is the drug that brings me near
To the childhood I lost, replaced by fear
I used to think that the day would never come
That my life would depend on the morning sun...

When I was a very small boy,
Very small boys talked to me
Now that we’ve grown up together
They’re afraid of what they see
That’s the price that we all pay
Our valued destiny comes to nothing
I can’t tell you where we’re going

[Chorus]

I feel so extraordinary
Something’s got a hold on me
I get this feeling I’m in motion
A sudden sense of liberty
The chances are we’ve gone too far
You took my time and you took my money
Now I fear you’ve left me standing
In a world that’s so demanding

[Chorus]

The Ban Is Lifted

So it appears that the ban on ephedra has been lifted. I'm not really into taking drugs or anything, but I am glad it is once again available to the public... not because I think it's great drug or supplement (I don't have any opinion on it actually), but rather I'm opposed to the government dictating what people can and can't have... what people can and can't do.

Yes, I do have an oppositional defiant issue. I don't like being told what to do, especially by the government. I can't stand laws that are in place to protect me from myself. If I want to be irresponsible and hurt myself, I should have the right to do that (as long as no one else is affected adversely).

Funny story... one of my friends is an active substance supplier (ok, drug dealer) as a secondary source of income. Just for the record, I personally don't take any illegal drugs or ever have, but I don't judge him for what he does on the side. Anyway, he is without doubt the worst drug dealer ever! Anytime someone calls him for some stuff, he's never available and always forgets to return the call or check his voicemail! How do you make money if you're never available to sell your product?

More Thrill Extending!

Some more Extend the Thrill signage!

These are the sexually implicit stickers we're supposed to place on select items in the store! We should offer some free K-Y with it... I bet more people would be interested in "extending the thrill" then!


This brochure is simply frightening! What's up with these old people playing a Playstation 2? Whatever... they're apparently overjoyed about "extending the thrill" (or they've talked to Bob about Enzyte)!

Monday, June 13, 2005

The Cars - You Might Think

Oh well uh you might think I'm crazy
To hang around with you
Or maybe you think I'm lucky
To have somethin' to do
But I think that you're wild
Inside me is some child

[Chorus:]
You might think I'm foolish
Or maybe it's untrue
(You might think I'm crazy)
You might think I'm crazy
(All I want is you)
But all I want is you.

You might think it's hysterical
But I know when you're weak
You think you're in the movies
And everything's so deep
But I think that you're wild
When you flash that fragile smile

[Chorus]

And it was hard so hard to take
There's no escape without a scrape
But you kept it going till the sun fell down
You kept it going.

Oh well uh you might think I'm delirious
The way I run you down
But somewhere sometimes
When you're curious
I'll be back around
Oh I think that you're wild
And so-o uniquely styled

[Chorus]

Back Again!

My hiatus from work ended today at 12:00pm. Though I initially wasn't looking forward to returning, it was a marvelous day. Nothing particularly great happened... there wasn't any defining event that made my day. I simply feel like my old self once again... back to normal (well, normal for me... still weird to most people). I feel like I'm once again that person everyone has grown to know over the last several years... my peppy, energetic, eccentric self. I feel absolutely wonderful!

I didn't realize how miserable I really was for the last few months until today. I always try to tell myself, when I'm down, that the bad days will make the great ones better. It's so true! I greatly appreciate any pain I've had to endure.

It's just great to feel comfortable in my own skin once again!

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Fantastic Four

July 8!!! I'm so excited! I've absolutely love Marvel comics, and they've done such an excellent job with all of the movies they've produced over the last few years. X-Men and X-Men 2 were excellent... SpiderMan and SpiderMan 2 were great too... The Hulk's script/plot could have been polished a great deal more, but the special effects were among the best... DareDevil was a great movie, but I never cared much for the comic itself... Blade and Blade Trinity were awesome, though Blade 2 sucked bad... Punisher was entertaining as well, though I was never much into that comic.


I'm very pleased they picked someone hot to play Johnny Storm / Human Torch... he was always the hottest one in the Fantastic Four comic books! LOL!

Aerosmith - Hole In My Soul

I'm down a one way street
With a one night stand
With a one track mind
Out in no man's land
The punishment sometimes don't seem to fit the crime

Yeah there's a hole in my soul
But one thing I've learned
For every love letter written
There's another one burned
So you tell me how it's gonna be this time

Is it over
Is it over
'Cause I'm blowin' out the flame

Take a walk outside your mind
Tell me how it feels to be
The one who turns the knife inside of me
Take a look and you will find there's nothing there girl
Yeah I swear, I'm telling you girl yeah

[Chorus:]
'Cause there's a hole in my soul
That's been killing me forever
It's a place where a garden never grows
There's a hole in my soul
Yeah, I should have known better
'Cause your love's like a thorn
Without a rose

I'm as dry as a seven year drought
I got dust for tears
And I'm all tapped out
Sometimes I feel broke and can't get fixed

I know there's been all kinds of shoes underneath your bed
Now I sleep with my boots on but you're still in my head
And something tells me this time I'm down to my last licks
'Cause if it's over
Then it's over
And it's driving me insane

Take a walk outside your mind
Tell me how it feels to be
The one who turns the knife inside of me
Take a look and you will find
There's nothing there girl yeah I swear
I'm telling you girl, yeah,

[Chorus]

Is it over
Yeah it's over
And I'm blowin' out the flame

Take a walk outside your mind
Tell me how it feels to be
The one who turns the knife inside of me
Take a look and you will find
There's nothing there girl yeah I swear
I'm telling you girl, yeah,

[Chorus]

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Looking Back On The 79th Texas Legislature

140 - Number of days served by the Texas Legislature each session. The lack of days of work probably has a lot to do with the lack of high pay and benefits that members of the House and Senate here in Texas receive. That however did not stop House member from going ahead and approving a bill that increased the benefits of legislators after 12 years(or 1,680 work days)

Funniest Quote - "We have a rule in this House where we don't care what Oklahoma does." -Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer(D- San Antonio)

Worst Bill - Although the $139 billion budget wasn't too hot, there has to be a tie between the "suggestive cheerleading bill" and the "cheeseburger" bill. Rep. Al Edwards(D-Houston) introduced the former with the claim that suggestive cheerleading was partly responsible for the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and drop-out rates. Edwards' bill died in the Senate. The cheeseburger bill came from the mind of Sen. John Carona(R-Dallas) which bars citizens from suing restaurants as the cause of their obesity. No such lawsuit has ever been filed in Texas.

Smear the Queer - Various bills and amendments are introduced, directed at gays and lesbians to determine what their rights are. Robert Talton of Pasadena says that God told him to create the amendment which would have barred gays from becoming foster parents. The amendment, originally part of the CPS reform bill, is later removed much to the chagrin of Talton.Later on, a constitutional amednment banning gay marriage survived both House and Senate and will be up for vote this November.

Highway To Hell - The Texas Legislature passes a bill which allows rural counties in Central and West Texas to raise their speed limits to 80 mph. Now citizens travelling to El Paso can get the hell out of Craddick country just a little quicker.

What Would Jesus Do? - Festival, fair, and concert attendees will now be able to buy alcohol beginning at 10am on Sundays instead of noon.

Happy Trails - The chuck wagon was made the state's official vehicle. Think of it as the Ford F-150 of the past.

Flip Flop - Sen Ellis of Houston announces he has the support of 12 Democratic senators(himself included), enough needed to block the constitutional ban on gay marriage proposal. Citing their constituents, Sen Madla(D-San Antonio) and Sen. Eddie Lucio(D- Brownsville) have a change of heart. Madla does have an election in '06 ya know.

Looking Forward - HB 2907 by Rep. Warren Chisum(R-Pampa) would have outlawed all abortions in Texas, save for life-threatening cases for the mother, in the event that Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court. It did not pass committee.

Parental Consent - Parents must not only be notified but must give their consent to the physician if their daughter is getting an abortion. Governor Perry signed the bill at a Fort Worth church.

That's Rough - Republican proposal to lower property taxes would have raised sales taxes to cover funds needed. Those sales taxes, had the bill been approved, would have made Texas sales taxes the highest in the nation; as if they're not high enough already(8.25%).

In Limbo - Bill and reform pushed for but not passed: property tax relief, school finance reform, teacher pay raise

Bad English - When I See You Smile

Sometimes I wonder
How I'd ever make it through,
Through this world without having you
I just wouldn't have a clue

'Cause sometimes it seems
Like this world's closing in on me,
And there's no way of breaking free
And then I see you reach for me

Sometimes I wanna give up
I wanna give in,
I wanna quit the fight
And then I see you, baby
And everything's alright,
everything's alright

[Chorus:]
When I see you smile
I can face the world, oh oh,
you know I can do anything
When I see you smile
I see a ray of light, oh oh,
I see it shining right through the rain
When I see you smile
Oh yeah, baby when I see you smile at me

Baby there's nothing in this world
that could ever do
What a touch of your hand can do
It's like nothing that I ever knew

And when the rain is falling
I don't feel it,
'cause you're here with me now
And one look at you baby
Is all I'll ever need,
you're all I'll ever need

[Chorus]

Sometimes I wanna give up
I wanna give in,
I wanna quit the fight
And then I see you baby
And everything's alright,
everything's alright

So right...

[Chorus]

Updated Photo Gallery

I can't believe that I had forgotten to put that cute picture of Jennifer & Ron on my Photo Gallery! I have corrected that! I just didn't want you guys to think I forgot about you! Hehe!

Ron's band, Left Out will be playing at Antones (213 W. 5th St., Austin, TX) on Sunday, June 12 at 8:00pm.

"What did the five fingers say to the face... SLAP!" LOL!

David Bowie - Sorry

Time is tight love always, gets in the way
I'm sorry
Didn't mean to hurt you but I always do
I'm sorry
I'm so sorry
I'm so sorry
I'm sorry you know I am

Well my eyes are pinned and the money's spent
Well I'm sorry
You know I'm sorry
I wouldn't do for me what I would for you
I'm sorry
I'm so sorry

I guess I've thrown it away
I thrown it away
Didn't mean to do it that way
Sorry
Time is so tight and I mean it if I say
I'm so sorry
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry
I'm sorry
I'm sorry
You know I am

Friday, June 10, 2005

New Nightclub... in Pflugerville!?

So I'm on my way to the gym a few hours ago. I go down Grand Avenue Pkwy in Pflugerville because there's typically very little traffic on this road... so I use it to go pretty much everywhere. Anyway, tonight I was horrified to see that the road backed up for miles! Cars were parked all over the place... to tell you the truth, I haven't seen that many park cars since I was at Disney World. Apparently a new club grand opened tonight... Graham Central Station.

What I find amusing is the fact that there's a club in Pflugerville. I guess you'd have to live in Pflguerville to understand the irony with this. Pflugerville is an ultra-conservative town... and I do say 'town.' There are what, 15000 people approximately living here. This town is about 97% residential. There aren't even many businesses here... they're all in Austin or Round Rock. So for a club to open here is pretty radical!

It appears that this Graham Central Station is actually six clubs in one, so there's only one cover charge. The clubs consist of: Denim & Diamonds Country Dance Nightclub (Favorite Country Dance and Live Music), Alley Cats (Karoke show bar), Choppers (70s, 80s, 90s, and some fun Party Rock), Wildcats (Wild girls dancing on the bar and slinging liquor), Live Room (Featuring local Austin bands, and providing them a place to be seen and heard), & Club Z (Top 40 dance club.) I guess I'm going to have to check it out sometime!

Phil Collins - I Wish It Would Rain Down

You know I never meant to see you again
and I only passed by as a friend
All this time I stayed out of sight
I started wondering why

[Chorus:]
Now I, I wish it would rain down, down on me
Yes I wish it would rain, rain down on me now

You said you didn't need me in your life
I guess you were right
Well I never meant to cause you no pain
But it looks like I did it again

[Chorus]

Though your hurt is gone, mines hanging on, inside
And I know it's eating me through every night and day
I'm just waiting on your sign

'Cos I know, I know I never meant to cause you no pain
And I realize I let you down
But I know in my heart of heart of hearts
I know I'm never gonna hold you again

[Chorus]

Simon & Garfunkel - I Am A Rock

A winter’s day in a deep and dark december
I am alone
Gazing from my window to the street below
On a freshly fallen , silent shroud of snow

[Chorus:]
I am a rock I am an island

Don’t talk of love
Well, I’ve heard the word before
It’s sleeping in my memory
Don’t disturb the slumber
Of feelings that have died
If I never loved, I never would have cried

[Chorus]

I build walls
A fortress deep and might
That none may penetrate
I have no need of friendship
Friendship causes pain
It’s laughter and it’s loving I disdain

[Chorus]

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me
I am shielded in my armor
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb
I touch no one and no one touches me

[Chorus]

And a rock feels no pain
And an island never cries

[Chorus x2]