Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Enthusiasm Fail

This is a picture of a dude who won 9 million dollars playing a card game. (This is not the shot of him winning, but it might as well be)

When he saw the cards fall he didn't even crack a smile.

Maybe it's because he's from Europe and the payout is in Dollars and not Euros? Does he have an over possessive girlfriend back home that will take all of his money? Here's a video of him explaining things. Maybe it will clear up his lack of excitement.

Uhhhhhhhhhhh...Reminds me of my favorite Spelling Bee Champion of all time, Evan "M" O'Dorney

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dog Days of Summer

So tonight's Rays - Rangers game promotion is the "Dog Days of Summer," where you can bring your dog to the ballpark with you. Because that's what a dog wants to do, be on a leash in a concrete stadium for 3+ hours. Best quote of the night by the Rays announcer was " I hope the stadium crew gets hazard pay after tonight's game." Maybe if the dogs were allowed to play, the Rangers would be doing better (It's 7-1 Rays in the top of the 5th). I think I saw that in a sequel to Air Bud.

The Rays have been dominating since their mini-collapse prior to the All-Star break. If they can play .600 ball from here on out, they will win the division. If they can play .500 ball, they will win the wild card. Pretty amazing one year turn around. If Longoria comes back and they call up David Price, they will only get better. How crazy would it be to have the football season starting and relevant baseball in September / October.

On a completely unrelated note, Kathy & I tried the new "Chick-Fil-A" sauce this weekend. This has replaced HRB (Honey Roasted BBQ). Not impressed. While it is still better than any other sauce that has ever been made, it has a more pronounced mustard flavor and is not quite as sweet as HRB. Maybe we're crazy, but we both were underwhelmed. The only bonus is that you can buy gallons of it to eat at home.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

When I got home today...

I saw a cord running across the garage floor that was not there this morning.

Huh, why would there be a cord running into our Explorer?

Wait, is that what I think it is?

It would appear that our vehicle is being used as a nap prolonger. The things we do to keep our toddler child asleep. I'm told he slept the entire way home (from the doctor's office where he got 3 shots) and for an additional hour and twenty minutes once he was home. That is a win, win, win, if you ask me. Now with gas at $4.00/gallon, 1 hour 20 minutes of idling makes for one expensive nap. I tried to get him to go back in the car seat to complete the visualization in the picture, but he went all stiffy squirrel on me. I know we're not the only parents to have done this.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Free Bread from Subway (Feeding the Ducks)

One of Luke's best pronounced words now is duck. Since I figured he must have an affinity for ducks I decided it was time for him to feed the ducks @ Lake Howard. We went with the Honey Wheat Bread from the Dollar General (because the ducks must get tired of plain white bread) and found a spot to park under a large tree. There were 4 ducks milling around when we drove up. By the time I had Luke out of his car seat and the bread in my hand the number of creatures had multiplied exponentially. They came by land, by sea and some by air and they were waiting impatiently for us to begin. After showing Luke how to throw a few pieces I gave him some to throw. Except he didn't throw it immediately and nearly got pecked in the process. After realizing that it might not be in his best interest to have bread in his hand, I took over the bread throwing duties. Luke had a ball. He shrieked with delight when they would get near him, and he was grinning from ear to hear shouting "duck, duck, duck" like a thousand times. My favorite was balling up a piece of bread, throwing it 20 feet in the air and watching 4 birds dive bomb it and catch it before it hits the ground. There were pretty ducks, ducklings, Purple Gallinules, birds of the air, geese, and ogre ducks. You know, the ones with red warts all over their faces that breathe real heavy because they're so fat. They camped out at Luke's feet and he tried to pet them, once, but they snapped at his hand and he decided that he would no longer be friends with the ogre ducks. We tried to not throw any bread to the ogre ducks, but sometimes they would use their massive size and intimidation to steal a piece from a duckling that wasn't fast enough. We finished the loaf of bread, walked out on the dock to look for gators (another of Luke's new favorite words quite naturally) and headed back to the car to leave. Luke was not happy with this decision and let me know quite vocally that he wanted to stay with the ducks. Maybe he could make a home with them, he must have thought. Next time we go, we will make a few changes:

1. Don't park under a tree (birds of the air camp out in the trees waiting for you to throw a piece 20 feet into the air and the act of leaping from the branch causes them to release everything that is in their "system" onto the hood of my car)
2. Bring a camera.
3. Take more bread (We may stop by Subway because "Ducks Eat for Free at Subway")

Travis, this video is for you, since you claim to be a fan, but had never heard this bit.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bizarro World

The Cubs and the Rays share the best record in baseball.

The GEO Metro is making a comeback.

$2.99/Gallon gas is a promotion.

Clay Aiken impregnated a female.

I keep expecting Kevin, Gene and Feldmen to come walking toward me at any moment?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

He Walks

I'm a little late in posting this, but two babies can wear a brother out.

Behold, the Luke Man.

He's still got his sea legs a bit, but a pretty dominant performance for his first official week of walking.  Every time that I let him walk in the front yard, he runs toward the road, flailing his arms the entire way.  I have to run after him looking like a bad parent who let my kid almost run out into the road.  I don't know what he sees over there at First Pres, but it must be pretty important.

What do you think of his walking skills?

Don't Call me Johnny Fairweather

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are in first place in the AL East! They have the best record in the American League.

I know it's only May 14th, but I'm going on record and predicting that the Rays will win the pennant and make it to the World Series. Travis thinks they may play the Marlins and it would be an all Florida World Series. The "War of I-4," as he puts it, although to go from Tampa to Miami, you wouldn't really take I-4. Maybe they could call it the "War of I-75 to Alligator Alley" or something.

I started this season with a fresh interest in baseball. I have watched at least half of the games (which considering the amount of games in a MLB season, to watch half is an accomplishment) and have been to one game live (the first time I saw the Rays actually win a game in 5 or so tries). They are exciting to watch and most importantly, they can pitch. They are 4th in the AL in team ERA. Shield's has in his last two home games pitched a two hitter and a one hitter, both complete games. Kazmir is back and pitched 6 shut-out innings in the game Ryan and I went to on Saturday night. Ryan and I decided that every time Kazmir comes to the mound, they should play Led Zeppelin's Kasmir. At least WE thought it was funny. If you haven't been to a Rays game lately, be prepared to think you are at a Mississippi State home game what with all the cowbell. The Rays evidently have a fever and the only cure is more cowbell. It's almost annoying.

The Rays, in what is arguably the toughest division in all of baseball, are in first place. I might actually have some sports to cheer for while I wait for football season.