Just finished my interview
Sure, it's just the Buzz, the arts and entertainment weekly magazine, but hey...they came to ME, not the other way around.
Friday, July 31, 2009
I guess word is out on the Trivia show, and now it will even be heard in the far reaches of "CampustownTM"
...you know, over the summer, when no one's in town anyways :)
It should be out next Thursday, and the lady told me it was going to be the lead story for the arts section. FRONT PAGE (of the C section) BABY!
A question for the girls
So I'm walking into work today, and the young lady in front of me has her underwear hanging out of the back oh her pants.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
So my question is...can you ladies tell when your shirt is too high and your underwear is hanging out? Cause this was no belly shirt, she wasn't TRYING to be sexy, she was on her way to work, to be a professional. The shirt was not particularly revealing, but indeed the back was hiked up just a bit to high, and it exposed her unmentionables.
My initial reaction was that she had to know, but then I'm like "she's going to work...with math nerds...maybe she can't feel the draft?"
Hook me up with some answers people.
You know what I like about Kendle?
She's not afraid of my need to write about everything that happens to myself. She even embraces it and allows herself to be filmed and photographed.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I think Libby (Christ, I cant even remember her last name anymore) said it best when she said "The blog is intimidating," at least, I think it was Libby who said that. She wasn't the only one to be intimidated, I can chalk up at least four failed relationships to the fact that these girls would go back, read past posts, and be like "Wow, who is this guy?"
And that's the problem. Who IS this guy. No no...who WAS this guy is more accurate. You assume I was one way with one person, I'll be the same way with you? No. I've learned my life lessons, and I am NOT the same person I was back then. I can't remember the last time I let someone cheat on me, or the last time I just put up with a "friend" who doesn't actually want to be a friend. Nope these days if you cross me, you just get crossed off the list. I learned that, and now I'm a different person than I was 10 years ago. And that guy 10 years ago, he's different then me 10 years before that.
Oh and then they would just go and dump me and make up all these reasons, like "my family life is crazy right now" or "I'm moving to California."
It's not just that the blog is intimidating, it's they who were easily intimidated. I guess it just takes someone with a little backbone to be with me.
NELSON! That's it. Whew, that was gonna bug me for about 30 more seconds if I had not remembered it.
This makes me want to unplug for about a week
Saturday, July 25, 2009
An apple a day...
So I usually stop in at the IGA on my way to work. I buy a chocolate milk and one apple, for under 2 dollars. This is breakfast.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Now I learned 3 things in college.
- I memorized my SS number
- Raphids are a crystalline structure in peppers, the more there are, the hotter the pepper is
- Apples are the reproductive organs of an apple tree
I was in the college of Ag, can you tell?
So every morning I try to figure out if it's the apple tree's peep, or it's va-jay-jay.
Labels: random thoughts
I just saw what my iPhone did to my blog posts. I had to go back and remove a bunch of unnecessary tags.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I guess that a poorly formatted post is better than no post at all, right? And hey...this is the web. It's not like I can't fix it once I'm in front of a computer, right?
Plus how else am I going to snap funny pictures of Kendle eating at a train stop and immediately share them with you?
With my flippies and my floppies
Here is the view of the other boats. You can see from the size of them I was not out on Lake Michigan on a little boat, but rather a deluxe pleasure cruiser. I couldn't take to many pictures because I was too busy trying to make a good first impression on the Aunt and Uncle.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The boat ride was also very fast and bumpy, so video was out of the question. It was quite relaxing really. Just what I needed after a long day of roller coasters.
Then we had lunch on the boat. After which they discovered I fix computers, and the conversation quickly degraded into what was wrong with various home computers and how to fix it.
That night we went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Price. I was 1/2 way through the movie before I realized this was the one where Snape kills Dumbeldore. I enjoyed it, Kendle thought it was slow and that nothing happened. She much preferred the fight at the Ministry of Magic in "Phoenix."
Six flags recap
Now it's time for all the stuff you can't pit into pictures. Probably the best part of the day was when we got adopted by these two little kids. They were in front of us in line for the raging bull and insisted we all ride together. The little boy would not stop talking, not even on the ride! The little girl was so scared. Kendle had to reasure her the whole way up the first hill. We got them through it and returned them to their aunt when we got back. I guess she didn't want to go on the ride.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The next best moment was when two rather large black men decided to start dancing for five solid minutes to the music that was playing inline for a ride. It was the only thing that made it ok that three of their family members jumped the line to join them about 30 minutes into the wait.
Oh, it rained. We somehow managed to be in the rain proof waiting area of The Demon when it hit. This made them stop the ride, but that was fine. We were were dry. Then all the other people had to ride in front of us and dried the ride for is. Awesome.
Finally the favorite ride of all time is the Superman. You sit down then they rotate the chair back so you are facing down...as if you are flying like Superman, chest to the earth. So much fun. We went on it three times.
Now it's off to the boat for a ride around Lake Michigan.
You Gotta eat nachos!
Friday, July 17, 2009
I dropped all my broccoli on the ground, Kendle saved hers for later. Then we went on a search for a bathroom. Do you know how impossible it is to find one at 9:30 at night!? Very.
Anyway, it's off to 6 Flags. Maybe I'll have time to write more as I wait in line for all the cool rides. Think about that as you are sitting at your desk today...checking blogs...reading email...etc. You know, the boring stuff :)
I'd still be a bike courrier
But not like the guy who almost ran me over today!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
He wasn't even a bike courier, or in a rush or anything. He was just going down the sidewalk.
First off, bikes are to be in the street anyways, so this whole thing is the bike riders (bikists? Bikeists?) fault. I was walking down the sidewalk and turned to cross a street, and ALMOST ran smack dab into a biker on the sidewalk, who had snuck up behind me and was trying to pass.
Luckily my cat like reflexes saved the day, and I avoided injury. My complaint is that he should have been more careful, especially at a "intersection" where people could be crossing his path. I mean he shouldn't have been on the sidewalk at ALL, but if he's going to break the law, at lease look out for pedestrians.
So I cross the street and I'm walking away, when I hear this huge semi honk. I look back and see that the bike rider had crossed the other street, and cut off a truck, who in turned honked at him because it was not his turn to go.
People, we have a menace on our hands and we need to take care of it. This man cannot be trusted behind the handlebars of a Huffy anymore. Not on the sidewalks, nor on the streets. I will not rest till he is brought to justice.
I've provided a diagram below, in case it was unclear how quickly this guy almost caused two accidents.
It's not a funny picture
It mostly just sad. This 2 year old is thought to be the worlds youngest smoker. Born with a hernia, and no money for an operation, his father gave him cigarettes to deal with the pain.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Now the kid is up to a pack a day, and cries if he doesn't get his fix.
Then, Now, and Tomorrow
Where we were
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
There is a little running joke between Kendle and I. It has to do with the fact that when I first met her, my brain didn't work. I do rememver not being able to form sentances for the first couple of days. Possibly the beer I had (I DID meet her at a bar after all) but I like to think it's because I was a smitten kitten.
I would prepare for at least an hour before going to get her. She lived across town, and so dates would happen on a set schedule. I think I even left work early one day to get home and have time to shower before something we did.
When I first met her, we watched alot of scary movies. And not funny haha "B" films, like really terrifying things. We even went to Saw 5 because I love those movies. Kendle was grossed out, but she still went because she liked me.
Where we are
Well now we live together. Not only does this mean I can't take an hour to prepare when I see her....she see's my scruffy face in the morning! So that "he always looks hot" thing went out the window. I also started eating better. Partly because she's a good cook, and partly because I'm less stressed out these days. I gained 30 lbs over the past year, but that just means I went from unhealthy (130lbs) to normal (150lbs). It possibly has something to do with my age too.
Dates also happen with more frequency, but with less planning. We still go out to get drinks, or to a movie, or out with friends. But they just happen. Like we may be sitting around and someone calls us to go out, or we decide to go out to eat, and end up doing that and shopping or that and go for a walk, but it's not planned three days in advance.
We still watch scary movies, and Kendle is still grossed out, but I'm the one who can't sleep after watching them. I usually watch them through my fingers. She think's I'm a big baby, and I'm ok with that.
I kiss her goodbye every morning, and again when I come home after work. These are not things you can do with someone you just started dating.
We have a deal worked out where she does the cooking and I clean the dishes. It's a pretty sweet deal, because I hate planning meals and cooking, and she loves that crap.
Co-habitation has many perks.
Where we are going
No one REALLY knows what the future holds, but K-dizzle (I'm trying to get this nick name to stick) has an internship at one of the largest food companies in the US, and it's based in C-U. She's finding out if she likes it, so there is a possibility that she's not going to run away in a few years when shes done at the U of I. And I have toyed with the idea of leaving Champaign before, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that I would move somewhere with this little lady.
I get this alot...shoot, I got this TODAY from someone I haven't talked to in a few months:
"Are you engaged yet?"
Of course not. I'm waiting for Colin to get engaged, so we can have that double wedding we always planned.
All jokes aside though, you have to take that all into account. I mean, maybe it's the age thing again. People think it's time for me to settle down, but it's not just my parents, or close friends...it's everyone. People I just met, strangers on the street, and casual acquaintances too.
Shoot, even my DAD, who if you ask around, is the least likely to say things like "she's a good one" or "I really like her" said to me the other day "I can tell she really loves you."
No one ever said this kind of stuff before to me, 'cept this one Mexican one time. But I think he gets paid to say that stuff. So I have to imagine that it's just not me thinking Kendle is a catch...it's probably everyone else too.
Happy 1 year day
Today, 365 days ago, was the first night I took Kendle out on a date. We had discussion over what was more significant, the first night she slept over or the night of our first date. Guess which won?
Monday, July 13, 2009
So this is the official day. If I remember correctly I took her to Jupiter's. It's an awesome first date place, cause if it goes well, you can stay and play pool. If the date is not so great...the pizza is good, so it's not a total loss.
It went like this. The girl lived all the way out in Bu Fu Champaign, so I had to GPS her address to find it. I drove out there (a little nervous), and it's this HUGE house. Huge yard, two stories, pretty much everything but the white picket fence. So I'm thinking "Damn, girlie got PAID." Then "She's gonna take one look at Stanage and run." I thought it was HER house. It was quite the opposite. It was her parents house. I met her mom on the first night! Talk about scary.
So scary part over. I didn't get lost on the way to her house, and her mom wasn't coming with us to get dinner, so it was off to Jupiter's.
The date went well, so well that we skipped the pool and went straight to Boltini after. Boltini is a great place to take a first date as well. Not only is it a classy place and you are saying "8 bucks for a drink? Who cares, get 5," but I also know everyone in the joint, so it makes the illusion that I'm an important guy around town.
I think after that I just took her home. I didn't even kiss her goodnight cause I'm a weenie like that. In fact I don't think I kissed her for a good week to a week and a half!
And Chandlers, it's for real for real our one year anniversary. No cupcakes required, I just don't want to fool anyone again :)
Tune in tomorrow when I talk about the past(where we were), the present (where we are now) and the future (where we will be), and then I'm done with the anniversary posts. I'll whine about something on Wednesday or take a picture of something funny and make a joke about it.
Statistics are fun
Some stats from Kendle's YouTube Video
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I thought it was interesting that ONLY guys had watched this video. Maybe only guys are on YT enough to warrant having an account that specifies their gender, but either way, it's interesting.
This is interesting because I figured it would get like 20 hits from my blog. Not so, only 18. All the other hits are randoms who searched, or found it through related videos. The last one confuses me thought. How do you get 1.2 views? You either viewed it or you didn't.
Well anyways, at the time of writing, the total is 102 views, which doesn't make it my highest viewed video, but it makes it the fastest rising. I think the lugnutz has like 300 views, but its been up for over 2 years. This one's been up for only a week.
The little things that piss me off
The first is calling the bar "Boltini's." It's not a plural. It's not to be given ownership.
Friday, July 10, 2009
"I'll meet you at Boltini" or "I was at Boltini last night" are acceptable uses. I will not tolerate "We will meet up at Boltini's"
Brothers, Jupiters, Guidos...they all have the "s" in the name, and are acceptable, but would you ever say "I'll see you at Ko-Fusions."
No, you wouldn't, so don't say Boltini's. If you HAVE to add an "s" you CAN call it Bolts and that is it. Calling it Bolts also makes you sound pretty cool, just sayin'.
The second thing that pisses me off is when people call a SUV a "Shuv" It's Sports Utility Vehicle...three letters, so its an ACRONYM. Pronounce all three letters. This applies to internet acronyms as well. you L.O.L., you dont "laul"
Finally, secrets. Boy do I hate secrets. And everyone has a right to privacy, don't get me wrong. But when your secret directly effects me or my loved ones, you need to cut that shit out. Tell me, what hurts more? Being kept in the dark till it's WAY late, or being up front about what's going down? That's right, the first one. What's the saying? Secrets Secrets are no fun?
I'm gonna kill Colin...
Colin Taylor 10:04 AM
well I gotta bounce
Ben Gorski 10:04 AM
ill be in touch about next weekend
Colin Taylor 10:04 AM
have a good friday's
Ben Gorski 10:04 AM
Colin Taylor 10:04 AM
I'm a celebrity!
Not that it takes much in a small town like this, but I WAS recognized outside of Boltini...outside of downtown even, today. I guess I've finally hit the big time.
Thursday, July 09, 2009
I was just walking to work, and I ran across a trivia regular. We said hi, it wasn't like a screaming fan ran up to me and asked me to autograph her boobs. But it's a nice reminder that what I do every week is MORE than just 2 hours a week.
I guess now I can start hating them? Isn't that the real mark of making it big? Forgetting where you came from? I joke. I'm mostly just talking about a past post.
Course if that was the case, I guess Kendle would have to start hating them, not me. I'll see what I can do about that.
I can get rid of trash better than anyone
The desk and chair that lived in Judd's room are gone. I put them out on the street corner like I always do. After getting back inside Kendle asked "So the garbage men just take that?"
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
"No, now I put it on the free section of CraigsList and it's gone by tomorrow," I said as I headed upstairs to my laptop.
"I don't think you need to worry about that!" She called after me, "The guys across the street are eying it already.
So within two minutes, the chair and desk were gone.
Next up, pots and pans. Over the years people have either ruined (Joe, I'm looking at you and that fish you cooked in that pan....yuck!) or left (Aaron!) a crap ton of kitchen stuff. In the great kitchen cleaning of 2009, Kendle managed to round up all these guys, and I just pitched them. Old mugs, glasses, cups, pots and pans. The works.
Finally plates. I actually thought that someone might be able to use them. I offered them up at work...no one bit, so I think I'll give them away as a trivia prize. The bad part is no one like "silly" prizes, it's just the wrong crowd for that. So I'm going to have to figure out how to work in a bonus round or something.
Programming ruined video games for me
So I started poking around "Programming(TM)" last week, and it finally all clicked together. For years I've been trying to figure out how programming works, and how you can type a bunch of stuff and get an application like Microsoft Office or a game like World Of Warcraft.
Monday, July 06, 2009
I guess I do my best thinking walking to work, because this morning is when it hit me.
Programming is just a way to tie all these other technologies together. It's literally a way to say do this or do this, depending on this. I was always reading these books and saying "so what...I get it, you can do math and if-then statements...how does that make an application?"
And now I get it. You don't just learn C++ or Perl, you have to learn all this other crap too, and then use the language to make it interactive. I don't know if it was the book I read over the weekend or what, but it's ruined video games forever. Programming is just database manipulation. When you "cast a spell" you are just adding or subtracting from a number in a database. If that number gets below 0, you die. It's not Hit points...it's a number in a table somewhere.
Sure, they pretty it up with cute graphics, or make you feel like a bad ass with the sound and special effects that goes along with it (nothing like the sound of crushing a skull and shaking the whole screen to make you feel cool), but at the end...its all just adding or subtracting numbers and you want your number to be bigger than the other guys when its all over.
I'll still play them, I just won't enjoy them as much as I used to. If I can pass along any advice to you guys, it's this:
If you love something, DON'T learn to much about it. Between this, 3D Animation, and working at Best Buy, I've ruined alot of things for myself.
It only took like...a year and a half
Today Kendle and I finally used those picture frames I got for a dollar. After repainting the wall (Judd's fish did a number on that wall), we decided to put something up on that wall to make it a little less bland.
Sunday, July 05, 2009
So it looks real classy right? And if you get real close (which these pictures don't show), you can see they are real cool and classy pictures of crazy landscapes.
The SECRET is they are actually concept art from Jak and Daxter. So yeah...I got rid of Link, but now I have my Jak.
Then it was time to say goodbye to all the extra dishes:
In addition, the kitchen is completely reorganized. Someone's being a little Holly Homemaker. Time to reward her by taking her out to dinner.
This is how I spend MY 4th of July...
Saturday, July 04, 2009
I think it would be funny if Kendle got famous off a video of her saying she doesn't want to be famous.
You can win a Camaro
...If you eat at BK.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
I really havn't been there in about 3 years, but there is finally a reason to go back. I did enjoy their spicy chicken sandwich when Wendy's went belly up around here.
Unfortunately for Kendle, with this promotion in place, going out to eat will mean BK. She HATES fast food.
Too bad. I need that car. Welcome to the Burger King Diet.
So maybe you don't know it, and maybe you do, but I went on a friending spree on Facebook a few months ago. I friended anyone who might have known me, passed me in the hall, been in the same bar more than twice, etc. Lots of people. The side effect of this is now I'm "in touch" with EVERYONE from high school, middle school, and even GRADE school! It allows me to peek inside their lives.
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
"Welcome to 2001 Ben...that's ALWAYS been the thing with facebook, myspace, and all social networking sites"
That's not my point.
So I'm looking at people who HATED me in high school, kids who tortured me in middle school, and some people who wouldn't give me the time of day who now love to chat with me.
So the other day I see a particularly mean kid I knew growing up, as a suggested friend. I mean this kid was terrible.
I had a guy friend in middle school. We ate lunch together, we sat together in class, etc etc etc. This kid took it upon himself to call us gay. All.The.Time. We were just friends, it was middle school, I'm pretty sure girls were still ucky at this point. It didn't make any sense to me, who else was I supposed to hang out with?!. So it FINALLY got to the point where it was becoming a bother. Every day on the playground, every chance during group work, I was being teased. After months I finally talked to my teacher about it.
It took a lot of guts for me to do that. I don't like to ruffle feathers, and I certainly had seen every after school special where the kid who speaks up just get MORE shit afterwords, but I did it anyways.
You know what the teacher told me? There was nothing she could do till she saw it happen. She wouldn't talk to the guy, she wouldn't take my word for it, nothing. And I see her point. She doesn't want to accuse a student without proof, but seriously? She could have pulled him aside and asked him if he was doing it...something...anything.
Anyways, the kid was bad, and never got called out for it, so I'm guessing he never learned what he did was wrong. So I requested the guys "friendship." Oddly he accepted. It was weird to me, here was a guy who's only interaction with me was to tease to the point that my grades suffered. And his reaction was to be like "ok, I'll be friends with you." So now I can see his profile.
The guy has a wife and kids. My initial reaction was "I wonder if his children will be teased at school, and how will he handle it as a parent?" But then I just figured, his kids would probably be the bullys, and not the other way around.
These are the days that I hope Karma is a real thing, and that at some point in his life he feels the same helplessness and shame he inflicted on me.
But then I think that wishing bad feelings on people is a terrible thing to do, and I try and drop it and go back to work.