Basketball and Breakfast
Thursday, December 31, 2009
So I'm pretty sure the guy I had breakfast next to was Brian Randle. I mean...I know it was him, because I googled the name, and got his picture. Then I held up my iPhone next to him and...yep...that was him.
So I'm sitting there at breakfast musing to Kendle "I wonder if he get's tired of being recognized in public or if he actually likes it?"
"Oh he probably doesn't get recognized that often...maybe around here but not anywhere else." she replied.
"Yeah, but here he is a local hero...a celebrity," I said, and then jokingly "like me, when I was doing trivia"
Kendle looked up from her food and very matter of factly said "Yeah, EXACTLY like that. I don't know why HE hasn't recognized YOU yet." and then she rolled her eyes.
Me? I like to take the joke too far, so I said "You know, you're right. I should invite him over here to have breakfast with us."
"What would you possibly have to say to him?"
"That's just it. Nothing. I wouldn't want to talk about the Illini, or basketball...I would want to ask him about his pants. Like seriously...he's not on the team anymore, why is he wearing warm-ups still? And do they give those guys like...50 pairs, because whenever I see a team member out they are always wearing that same gear."
That was breakfast.
You...you got what I NEEEEEEEEED
This is old. This is like, a month old. It was video, I was going to edit it together and make some funny comments and have this sweet video up for you guys to watch, but damn it all, the stupid video was unusable. Thankfully (or maybe not) the audio was ok. So here it is, Me and Dan the Man, singing "Just a Friend" by Biz Markie, and Rika giggling...ALOT.
Friday, December 18, 2009
So if you listen real close at the beginning you can hear the Karaoke guy tell me "Don't cuss on my mic" and then it takes no effort at all to hear my reply of "I'll do whatever I want." What you can't see is the goofy grin the guy had on his face. He wasn't as pissed as he may have sounded.
Then at about a minute in, I stop singing to say "I thought this was supposed to be slow?" THAT'S because I was promised this was an easy song to sing. I really only have three songs that I can sing, and this is NOT one of them.
So we had alot of fun, and tortured the rest of the bar for four minutes, and now...you. Isn't the internet great!
And because I know everyone is gonna want to add this to their workout mix or whatever:
Download the mp3
Keg Fun Facts
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Well, we have so many people coming to this Holiday party on Thursday that I had to order a keg. This will be Stanage's first "Kegger." And yeah, I'm almost 30 and did my first power hour last week, and am throwing my first kegger this week. I guess this could be classified as some sort of mid-life crisis, but it's probably more an effect of dating someone who's still in school.
And we are not doing some shitty run-out-of-beer-halfway-through-the-party pony keg. Oh no, full sized keg, in all it's glory.
• 1 keg = 15.5 gallons
• Bottled/Canned beer contains preservatives, keg beer does not. Therefore most people prefer the taste of keg beer.
• There are about 168 bottles of beer in one keg.
• Fun things you can do with kegs:
I got you on that last one, didn't I? You were all "aww, look at the kitt...OH MY GOD!" wern't you?
A night without trivia
And what did I get done? Laundry. That's something I usually don't get done till way later in the week. I watched Scrubs live, no recorded TV for me. Of course, I couldn't skip commercials, but whatever.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I ordered a keg, filled the car with gas, kept the 60 dollars I usually spend in my pocket, cleaned the basement out, and got some drawing done. All in all, it was a much more productive night than I usually have.
Then this morning, I was fresh as a daisy and not feeling all depleted from drinking all night. I'm also not NEEDING food but having to wait till 1:00 for lunch. This is pretty good, I'd say.
Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately?) this will probably be a trend in my life, less (or possibly "no") trivia, more home and self improvement.
I played one of those facebook games
I don't get it really. I mean I guess you write this game that data mines all the persons friends and their contacts, but seriously...what's the point of making me come BACK? Make me come once, steal my data, and profit. Why do I need to wait an hour and come back so my energy is recharged?
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
"Ad's Ben...they want you to come back and keep seeing different ads."
I'd be right there with you except this particular one doesn't sell ads. Maybe some do, this one did not.
So you click this and click that, there's no action really. Then you buy this and you have a bigger number in that and BAM you are "awesome." There was no social aspect I could see other than to tell your friends to sign up and click around too.
It's a social platform, the largest in the world. Maybe they should reward you for posting to a friends page you have not talked to in over a month, or maybe chatting with someone makes your money go up faster than if you just send them a facebook email. I don't know, it just seems like games should be more social, if they are built on a social platform.
Maybe I'm spoiled because I've played more than three video games, but this just did not seem to have any ounce of fun in it at all. My fears were confirmed when Kendle looked over my shoulder for about a minute and said "That looks boring"
She was right, I uninstalled it.
Monday, December 14, 2009
So I went to the Dr. a few weeks ago, remember cause I was getting a fever every night but feeling ok in the morning. Anyways, they weigh me, and its 175 lbs. WHAT? Remember when I was 140? Clearly I have gone on some sort of an eating binge. I blame Kendle. She needs to be fed like every hours or she turns scaly and green and wrecks havoc on the town. Wait...that's Gremlins. It's still pretty close to the truth.
Anyways so then a little bit later I was at Dop's house, and he keeps a scale in his bathroom, and I used to weigh myself there back in my "skinny days." So I stepped up to the plate and WOW, 180.
So clearly something is up and I start tracking calories. I don't want to call it a diet cause I'm still eating boneless chicken wings and Wendy's on a regular basis. I just started counting the calories and making BETTER decisions (Like no more soda with EVERY meal...maybe just once a week now, or getting the fruit salad instead of the pasta salad as a side). The iPhone app I use is free, and mainly helps me just be aware of whats going into me.
But here's the kicker. I weigh myself after a 2 weeks of working out and eating "better" and guess where I'm at? 176. So bless their hearts, Jayk and Kendle separately, after hearing this news, say "muscle weighs more than fat, you are just re-adjusting." You show me a workout that builds a pound of muscle after a few 45 min sessions, and I'll show you a millionaire workout instructor.
This ALSO means that Dop's scale is off by about 5 lbs...meaning my 140 lb days were actually 135 lb days. Sick.
It's no secret I can't spell. This is why I have proofreaders who check me at work. I didn't know how to spell "sorostitutes" yesterday, and since this is not work, I don't have proof readers to ask. Google is my friend and I got as close as possible, and sure enough, it knew what I wanted and how to spell it.
Friday, December 11, 2009
"But wait, don't you work for Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha? Shouldn't you be using that?"
Yeah, I guess I should.
Well I wasn't sure if Alpha would be able to help me, but time and time again, I get EXACTLY what I was looking for from it:
That's correct Alpha...that is the correct interpretation. So if you do the search yourself (or click that link) there is all sorts of great information about 'em. I wonder If I could get them to add "orders cocktails instead of drinks" to the page...
So people have been calling us Bendle for as long as I can remember knowing Kendle. It's gotten to the point where if I show up at Boltini, they just put the tab under Bendle...even if I show up alone!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
So recently Jayk saw how the kitchen shelves were labeled (along with the mail shelves) as "Bendle." The mail slot one makes sense. Four people, three slots--I had to combine two people into one slot. The kitchen shelves were really just more of a joke. Anyways, ever since Jayk made fun of me of me for having "celebrity couple status" I've been on a mission to come up with some names for him.
So I did find this celebrity name generator online, and sure enough if you put in Ben and Kendle...you get Bendle. So I guess that HAS to be the official name from now on.
So where's the list of names for Jayk and random ladies??
Well I got pissed the other day when I heard someone say "Bev" instead of "drink" or "beverages." Man nothing pisses me off more. So I made a deal, If Jayk promised to never use the word "Bev" I would not publish the list of names I had come up with.
For real...that was a conversation we had.
So you can't see all the cool name I came up for mashing Jayk with girl names.
Next worst thing to say is cocktails. "We are going out for cocktails." Fuck you and your fancy dancy lifestyle. You are going out for drinks. Cocktails are what stuck up sorostitute's who leave the house with the intention of getting their drinks bought for them drink.
The Dreaded DMV
For those of you following along, I had to renew my license today. I RESEARCHED before I went in, to make sure I had all the papers required, and all the fees taken care of. I even looked up "when is the best time to go to the DMV". Turns out its 2:30 on Wednesday, but I chanced it with a Tuesday appearance.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Security was really tight. I didn't need any documentation besides my license and the letter they sent me. In fact here are ALL the questions asked of me:
- Do you have a license
- Can you read line 5
- Who does this man look like, he looks like a celebrity, and I just can't place him. (pointing to the man in front of me in line)
- Do you like Taylor Swift?
- Can you sign here?
Around question four I started losing faith in our government. I checked the back of my license and sure enough there's a little check box on the back.
Thinks Taylor Swift:
[ ]totally rocks
They did get me in and out in under 12 minutes, some people around the office think I set some sort of record.
So I was all prepared to write a big post on how if our government can't do something as simple as renewing licenses quickly and smoothly, maybe we shouldn't let them run health care, but clearly they have their act together, so maybe it's time to turn the reins over?
The Christmas Tree post
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I wanted to play video games all day, instead we got a tree. That turned out to be more fun. Feel free to click through to the bigger images, but below is a small slideshow.
So the day started with a trip out to Tate's Trees, just north of Champaign. Then I did man work, like cutting the bottom off the tree, and trimming the low branches. Kendle helped I guess...a little.
Then we strung lights, well...SHE strung lights. My parents asked us later in the day if we fought while getting the tree ready. No, we did not.
"Even during the lights? We always fight during the lights." my mom said.
"I just let her do it by herself." I answered.
"THAT'S SMART" my Dad cut in.
Maybe next year my dad will take a lesson from the book of Ben and just let the lady do her own lights.
So then I took Kendle out to eat in Mahomet. Roadtrip! They have THE best Chinese food in Mahomet. After that it was back home to put all the ornaments on the tree.
This game better be worth it...
Never in my life have I worked so hard to save 25 dollars. The story starts with me going to a Black Friday Sale and seeing a game I liked for 35 dollars (yeah, PS3 games are 60 dollars!). But I can't buy things around Christmas, cause between that and my B-day I don't want to use up all my gift ideas.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
So I struck a deal. I would buy it, and someone would buy it OFF ME to give BACK TO ME as a gift. It's really not that complicated...I just like drama.
So I go back to the store at 9am, which you saw if you were watching twitter. Anywho..they were out. The guy in the store checked the computer, which I assume showed PLENTY in stock, because he went into the back to check for them.
I worked at Best Buy. I know the drill. If it says under five you are not gonna find them and you just tell the customer right then and there they are probably lost. If its over that...you have a good chance of finding it, so you go look.
So my brain says they have plenty, especially since yesterday when I was in there (AFTER doorbusters) they had at least 50. He comes back and says they're out, and that they can't rain check it (today is the last day for this price cut). I know better.
So I go home and order it online, and whats this? I can order it and pick it up in the store within 20 mins? FUCK Best Buy.
So I order it for store pick up. I get the emails confirming my order and then another one saying they couldn't find it in the store.
I guess that was expected.
So now I have to CALL and tell them I want them to deliver it to my house. After 45 mins on hold, I finally get it switched to home delivery.
Fast forward to today (5 days later) and they still have not shipped it, there is no movement on it, and it's delivery date is "Null". So another 40 mins on hold, and they can't tell me anything other than "It's coming, but we don't know when"
All I gotta say is that this game better be worth it, and that if time = money, it would have been worth the 25 dollars to not waste an hour and a half of my life.
No one cares, but I'm really excited
So...you use Internet Explorer right? No? Oh, well good for you, but to the 18% of you who still do use it, you should notice the navigation bar goes ALLLLLLL the way to the right now, and there are also no funky weird blue boarders in FF or IE, which was a happy fix that happened while I was fixing the nav bar.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
So WHY was I messing with the layout?
I was trying to make the header bigger, cause I remembered back in the day I used to have images up on the front page...and some of them were pretty funny. So I might do something up there if I get the gumption to do it. We will see if I can make it work.
But I only have one blog, so if you see something funky up there...pardon my dust.
Oh and it was REAL slow at work for a bit right before the holiday, so I started up twitter again.