Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Black Friday is upon us. I was going to be out and about for an epic bout of deal-getting, but after driving past Best Buy at 8:30 last night and seeing over 100 people in line, my hopes of getting a $379 Core Solo laptop vanished in a poof of smoke. While I will testify to the goodness of the deals, isn't this getting a little out of hand? Sure, $350 is a lot of money and a lot of savings, but is it worth skipping Thanksgiving for? I saw (and this is no joke) people at Circuit City at noon yesterday just waiting. Why are you waiting?! Why aren't you at home deep frying a turkey/burning your house down? I would say that some of this is they typical college town mentality that we have here, but those students are gone. The people I saw at Best Buy were a cross section of society. I will say this, it's not worth my time. Most people would consider time more valuable than money, but not your typical Black Friday shopper. You can always get more money (sell your shirt, your pants, etc), but it's awfully tough to get more time. While I admire the tenacity of these deal hunters, maybe they're taking it just a bit too far. I skipped Best Buy and instead woke up an hour early to hit Target. It was a madhouse in there. There were people who just didn't get the concept of forward motion in addition to those who were parking their shopping carts anywhere and everywhere. It didn't matter if they were in front of the door or blocking an aisle, they just figured they'd cram them there. Some people get a rush in these giant crowds, but not I. I'll still brave them for a good deal, but it's not something that floats my boat. I spent most of the extra time I had this morning playing Company of Heroes, and that was a lot funner than killing an old lady for $50 off a television.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
I've been meaning to blog about the election results for quite a while now and the delay is because I've just ran out of time, not because I'm crying over the results. You'd think that a dyed in the wool Republican like me would be bemoaning the Democratic takeover of the House and Senate, but I think it's actually a good thing. The Republicans had been in power for 12 years and they were betraying their values in an attempt to stay in power. I'm not talking about gay marriage or anything like that. Instead, I'm talking about taxing and spending. During their 40 years in exile, the Republicans were always the party of less spending and less taxes. During President Bush's terms in office, however, they've become the pork party. They've ballooned the budget with all kinds of earmarks and subsidies, they've not cared about the deficit, and they've backed their way into huge increases in entitlement spending. They needed a reality check, and I really hope this is it. I would love to see them return to their former stance of "get the government out of people's pocketbooks." Let's lower spending, lower taxes, and see where that takes us. Laffer's Curve hasn't hurt us yet! Maybe in 2 years the Republicans will see the light. Maybe it will take longer. Either way, let's keep the Democrats in power until they do figure it out. We need 2 contrasting parties here, not 2 sides that do exactly the same stuff. Where's the choice in that?
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
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Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I'm back! I'm immersed in wall-to-wall election coverage on CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC, and ABC and following it on the internet and I happened to come across the Frankenstinian visage of John Kerry proudly touting that Ted Kennedy has been elected to the Senate 9 times. That of course reminded me of Kerry's idiotic comment about the soldiers and how they were idiots. Sure, he says it's about Bush, but that's BS. He defamed the troops in Vietnam and he's done it again in Iraq. For someone who was a war hero, he certainly doesn't think much of soldiers. Of course, he can't keep his snobbery to himself and as Jimmy Chunga said, he wasn't satisfied blowing one election - he had to go and blow his only other chance at winning the White House. At any rate, what kind of person says this stuff? You'd think that he wouldn't have ever been elected with the tin ear he has, but he is from Taxachussetts and almost anyone with a D after their name will win an election there.
Monday, November 06, 2006
1) Is it just me, or does Carl Lewis look suspiciously like a woman here?
2) Speaking of women, I really want to know what the deal is with that old bag that Carl goes into the sauna with. It's not like he didn't have hot 80s girls hanging around. He didn't have to settle for the 80 year old.
3) Why did he think this was the career for him? He was a very successful runner after all.
Anyway, without further ado, "Break It Up"
Sunday, November 05, 2006
If that shows up as an empty box, my purchase is U2 By U2, a monster biography of the world's greatest band. Yeah, I know that a lot of people don't like Bono's pontificating or they think that The Beatles were clearly superior (they're not. Exhibit A: "Love Me Do"), but you can't deny that they have had a ton of success. The really amazing thing isn't that they've managed to stay both relevant and popular for nigh unto 25 years, but that it's the same band that entire time. I could say that no other band has ever been both popular and stable like this in the history of music and I would probably be right. It was 21 bucks at Costco, and when you see a discount like that on a book like this, you have to get it. It has all kinds of pictures, tales of the band and the music, and so forth. I have to say that if you are a U2 fan, this is a must purchase, even more than U2 At the End of the World (which I didn't think could be surpassed - and can't as a narrative of life with the band). I haven't read the whole thing, and I've got other books in the queue, but I recommend this sucker more highly than almost anything else.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
What's even worse is the Christmas music. It's good for what it is, but no sane human could possibly listen to as much Christmas music as the Christmas Musicistas are pushing these days. KOSY 106.5 in Salt Lake has moved to an all-Christmas music format. They started on Halloween (you know, when other stations play Halloween music) and plan to play it for the rest of eternity. Seriously. How many different versions of "Jingle Bells" can you listen to before either grabbing a rifle and picking people off from a bell tower or adding to the higher holiday suicide rate? Even when you get every version that every artist in the history of music recorded of those songs, you still end up hearing the same version at least twice a day. Why do these stations do it? After KOSY went over to their all-crappier-than-usual-all-the-time mix, Star 96.7 pulled the trigger and I'm sure FM-100 isn't far behind. Can't I have some non-Christmas music stations here in Salt Lake please? It's not too much to ask.
Well, at least I have that Mexican music station that's not on the Christmas cycle yet.