I like the direction of the Iowa men's basketball team. The 2012-13 team ended the season as the runner-up in the NIT tournament and were set to return 9 of the 10 players that saw the most playing time. Recently, though, on May 14, it was announced that Patrick Ingram was going to transfer, which drops the top 10 from 90% returning to 80% returning. However, the fact that Iowa has transfer Jarrod Uthoff coming in and Kyle Meyer, who sat out as a red shirt freshman coming into the mix, makes up for the loss of senior Eric May and Ingram's transfer.
And I know a lot will be written between now and the fall about Iowa
basketball and there will be a lot of hype and excitement. It will be a
packed team, just like the season that just ended. My hope is that the excitement translates into sold out games, victories, and the end of my biggest pet peeves - fans leaving before the end of the game and fans not standing up and cheering throughout the game. I can't believe that other Big 10 school fans leave just to beat the traffic.
Just a side note, I don't blame anyone for transferring out of any college basketball program. It's sad and it's distressful when it's not the right match and the only resolution is to do so, but frankly, college basketball is about preparing for the next step as well as having fun doing it. If you are on the bench and you are not able to compete at the level of your teammates, then that's the way it goes. I saw a lot of promise in Ingram as a player - it's too bad he won't end his career as an Iowa Hawkeye.
As far as the football team goes, it remains to be seen. The season was disappointing and I'm not overly excited about the upcoming season.
One of the best times in life is going to eat with co-workers at lunch time. Erica, Carol, Joe, Matthew, and I went to Bob's Your Uncle for lunch. I had the sliders and they were really good. We sat outside on the patio and enjoyed good conversation. That said, I'm looking forward to summer hours beginning and working 7-4 M-R, 7-11 Friday.
The current thought is Scary Robots will rehearse on Fridays from noon - 230-ish. We are awaiting confirmation for what we hope is a first gig. I hope for more details soon.
Speaking of Scary Robots, we rehearse on Tuesday from 8-10.
This week is chaos.
Megan works at Fareway
Alex's baseball game in Riverside
Racing back to get ready for a wedding
Megan / Alex to the Ped Mall for a jazz band concert
Possibly, a graduation party
Early shift (9 AM) at the NCYC Pancake Breakfast
Drums @ 11 AM Mass
Possibly, a meeting about the Iowa Ambassadors of Music Europe trip in summer 2014
Megan is on the interview committee at church
Karen out with friends for supper
Scary Robots 8 - 10
Alex baseball game in Wellman
Karen to Riverside Casino
Scary Robots rehearsal noon - 230ish
Alex baseball game in Waco
Graduation party in Manchester
It had better be great weather b/c I think we're pulling the camper home
Alex baseball game @ 6
Scary Robots rehearsal noon - 230ish
Alex baseball game @ 6
Rattlebox at J & A Tap - guitarist is a co-worker and the band plays material similar to Scary Robots
And then it's June, which does not get any slower. The calendar is pretty full already, but I don't really want to write about June when nearly half of May has to pass.
Here's what the guitarist says about "Heritage" and Opeth fans:
The problem is not that fans are not open-minded - the problem is that "Heritage" is not a good release. Opeth needed to experiment, branch out, try something new. Fine. I get it. Metallica did it with "Load", "Re-Load", and "Lulu" - all of which are not good releases. Frankly, I still argue "Load" and "Reload" could have been combined into a single good release, but that's beyond the scope of this post.
Brent Smith, lead singer of Shine Down, has really made a drastic change in his life. He gave up his vices and is a new man. I was thoroughly impressed when I saw Shine Down in concert. He looks fantastic. I will probably never meet the guy, but his ability to put aside what makes him weak - as a man, as a father, as a human - and to end up in a much better place is inspiring to me. I don't want to say I will model my life after his, but I will say I hope I can continue making progress in setting aside the things in my life that I want to set aside.
Benghazi has exploded. It's suddenly a mainstream media story. Some thing that it is all about smearing Hilary Clinton's reputation so that she doesn't win in 2016. You get comments on youtube.com like this:
This clip is "fact v. politics" and you can decide if it is biased or not.
NO!! That's not it! I don't agree with it. This is it. Terrorism was the cause, it was always the cause, and yet, Susan Rice blamed a video, Hilary Clinton blamed a video, and Obama blamed a video. If it was terrorism and everyone knew it was terrorism, why did it get repeated for several weeks that a video caused it? Why?
What is the end game to all of this? Do I think this will have any impact in the 2014 elections? In the 2016 elections?
Only time will tell.
The 2013 edition of Survivor has wrapped up and the winner was Cochran, the guy with the Harvard law degree and who looks like a nerd. He now has $1,000,000 and wow. That's awesome.
The second survivor that has my attention tonight, thanks to a "Behind the Music" episode about Pat Benatar. I didn't realize that she had been singing opera and ready to go to college to study singing.
I had every intention of not writing another word about Benghazi. Then I saw Eugene Robinson's article called:
Republicans lead a witch hunt on Benghazi
I smirked a little, then came across Michael Gerson's article called:
Incompetence, not criminality, in Benghazi investigation
Slightly amused, I went on to find Dan Gainor's article called:
Liberal media spin Benghazi scandal to protect Team Obama
The links to the articles are at the bottom of this post.
One of the questions I wanted to have answered was who altered the talking points memo. Who changed the comments that Susan Rice delivered on five separate Sunday talk shows?
While Eugene Robinson's article doesn't have a 'hit' when you search for "talking points", Michael Gerson mentions the talking points memo twice. In context, he wrote:
"Information on the true nature of the attack had traveled the 5,000 miles to CIA headquarters and was incorporated into the agency’s initial talking points. But somewhere in the final few miles between Langley, Foggy Bottom and the White House, the attack was called a “demonstration” and then, according to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, the “direct result of a heinous and offensive video.” The administration’s characterizations became more emphatic as they became less accurate.
In pinning the blame for Benghazi on a crude, anti-Muslim video, confusion moved along the contours of convenience. For the State Department, it shifted attention away from careless security practices in an obviously dangerous place. For the White House, it avoided pre-election discussion of the war on terror that was supposed to be largely won. For whoever made the military decisions on that night, it obscured the timidity of their response when Americans came under attack."
There. The President of the United States made a political decision. There it is. Thank you. It was a political decision to talk about a heinous video being the reason four Americans are dead. Robinson points out that in the past, Republicans called for unity and criticized the politicizing of American deaths for gain. I agree with him. And that's why I want to know, quite frankly, on what basis was it decided to blame the anti-Muslim video on the Benghazi attack. Who said, more or less, "Get rid of all the terrorism stuff and blame the video." Who approved it? Was President Obama in the room? Did he sign off?
Yesterday, I wrote that I didn't want to write about this anymore. I will say the same thing again. I don't. I'm not a Conservative crazy. I actually (gasp!) agreed with Rachel Maddow the other night when she talked about how the legislature in one state passed a bill that allowed
hunting with silencers
teaching kids to write in cursive
She thought it was crazy that two unrelated ideas could be in the same bill. I agree - the two issues have nothing to do with each other. If you listen to Ann Coulter enough, you realize that Coulter is about as 'out there' as Al Sharpton, Chris Matthews, and the new poster boy that seems to be everywhere now, Chris Hayes, among others on MSNBC.
I don't really know how long this whole crappy Benghazi situation is going to fester. I don't know if this controversy lives another six months. When it happened, in September 2012, I sincerely believe the mainstream media wanted to downplay the situation and that idea is true now. I watched, in disbelief, as ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer spent more time on finding three girls in Cleveland, OH, and spent a short blip (in comparison) about the implications the hearing about this attack will have in the future. This story somewhat summarizes what I think: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/may/8/hurt-benghazi-shows-democrats-most-desperate/?page=all#pagebreak
But the big thing that gets me is that the Democrats have no answer for Hilary Clinton's often replayed "what does it matter" defensive comment. They can't answer why she is so defensive about this event. I mean, seriously, if it doesn't matter what happened, why the hell didn't she present a clear, comprehensive, and reasonable explanation? Why? And it's not, as some think, that those like me who have Republican tendencies are out to get Clinton. It's not. Really. I just want to know two things:
Why didn't we know what to do when the Libyan embassy was attack? Why did four Americans have to die? What could we have done better?
Why were the talking points changed? Who changed them? Why?
Despite all the mainstream media would have you believe, if my President really wasn't concerned about these hearings, why, oh, why would he go waaayyyy far away from Washington, DC, on the day of the hearings? Why didn't he stand in the Rose Garden after the hearings? He's certainly been in town when there are hearings. He often comments about them when he asked by reporters.
My impression is that my president knows this is bad. There is unlikely a scenario where his legacy is untarnished. It is unclear life will never be the same.
I will probably not write about Benghazi in the near future. Maybe a month from now, I'll wipe the egg from my face and look back at this and smirk. I hope there is a clear, concise, and reasonable answers are given to the answers above.
I'm not making progress on the conversion:55849 File(s) 389,338,746,483 bytes
I haven't finished a Huey Lewis & the News CD review
I haven't finished a Slayer CD review
I played the Yamaha set for about 1 hour last night
Scary Robots is rehearsing tomorrow night
Alex's baseball game was cancelled last night
I watched too much television, including an episode of "How to Live with your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" and "Tool Guys" - both new shows, both not really my style, but they were on after The Middle and Modern Family.
I used to watch Home Improvement a lot. I always consider it one of the best situation comedies that has ever been on television. I know that a lot of the show's contents focused solely on the Tim Allen character, Tim Taylor, getting hurt and being unable to stay out of the hospital. As I get older, though, I think the show's appeal to me is more about Tim Taylor growing as a father. The following episode is my all-time favorite. It focuses on Tim meeting up with Stu, his former college buddy. Stu lives in the past and wants Tim to join him in reliving 'all the great times' which leaves Tim torn. This all takes place on the backdrop of family night and spending time with his family.
It doesn't help that his wife is not Stu's advocate. Jill asks Tim if Stu would still be his friend and Tim says yes. Later, Wilson and Tim talk. Wilson uses the Bible quote about setting aside childish things and becoming an adult. Wilson also asks Tim is Stu your best friend or was he your best friend twenty years ago?
That statement resonates within me. I have friends like Stu. Treasured friends. Friends I would go through hell for. Friends I have been through hell with. Friends I don't talk to nearly enough. Friends that are never far from my thoughts.
I heard a story about two cousins over the weekend. "Misty" said that she missed "Kristina" and that she was sad they weren't close. As I listened to other details about the situation, not recorded here to protect Misty's privacy, I picked up the phone and gave it to her. "Call her."
When I reflect on that advice I so easily handed out, I realize that I often do not take my own advice. It is very easy for me to look at a situation I have no vested interest in - it really makes no difference in my life whether Misty and Kristina ever reconnect - but very difficult to act upon that advice in the relationships that are close to me. Is that because the habits, the tendencies, the expectations, that were formed a long time ago, are too difficult to overcome and act as barriers to a different phase of my relationships? I'm not going to find out today.
That all said, this episode is speaks volumes about the way I exist in this world.
It's Wednesday. Alex has a baseball game tonight, there's new episodes of the shows I like (The Middle, Modern Family, Survivor, Real World - Portland), and I'm enjoying life. I need to accomplish a few things.
Finish up a review for dailyvault.com
Practice drums for Scary Robots rehearsal on Friday night
That's not a lot so I hope to accomplish them with relative ease.
"It is also expected that newly hired resources into the Global Business
Services U.S. practice live within a reasonable commuting distance
(generally 50 miles) of the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA;
Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Cleveland, OH;
Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Detroit, MI; Hartford, CT; Houston, TX; Kansas
City, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York City, NY and surrounding
area; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; and Washington, DC."
You have to live within 50 miles of all those cities? Good luck with that!
Drummer Steven Adler used to play drums for Guns-n-Roses. Long story short, he drank too much, did too many drugs, and, ultimately, was fired. Since then, it is well-documented that he has been battling his addictions to alcohol and drugs. He was on the Celebrity Rehab show and, for all intents and purposes, seemed to have it under control. More recently, though, his band Adler has been forced to cancel a tour because he started drinking again. I hope he figures out how to get his life back on track. He seemed to have been making good progress.
I learned about his death on Blabbermouth.net and I was floored. The metal community is buzzing with reaction to the passing of one of the guitarists in Slayer, Jeff Hanneman. I didn't know the guy - obviously - but from reading the reactions from the other 3 bands in the Big Four - Anthrax, Metallica, and Megadeth -I get a sense of what he was like. I am putting on some Slayer today as my way of paying tribute to the man. I send my condolences and sympathy to his family as they go on in life without him.
Yesterday, at work, I had a great 1:1 meeting with my manager. I smile when I think about where I am and where I have been, as documented on this blog. I appreciate the progress that has been made and the progress that will be made prior to the end of 2013.
I just came across the journal for Machine
Head's lead singer. He writes an online journal / diary and in the few
moments I spent browsing it, I got a sense that I have a daily visit to
his site in my future. Eddie Murphy style language but seems worth reading. http://machinehead1.com/topics/journal
The DOS Batch file says I have 55905 File(s) 389,317,914,997 bytes now, which is 28 less than yesterday. As I've mentioned, there is some pruning of duplicate files happening. This entire project of converting CDs to MP3 is a slow process. Last night, I saw:
in the sump pump room, the boxes of cassettes that have not been converted.
in the den
the 400 CD-Rs on 4 spindles that have not been converted
the CDs in cases that I have not been converted
in our bedroom, the video tapes that have not been converted
At some point, all of these will be done. It just seems like I will be working on these conversions FOREVER! I'm not sad or depressed or even overwhelmed. I know that, eventually, I will be done.
There's a direct relationship between "spending time on the CD to MP3 conversion" and "increasing the number of files in the e:\music directory". After spending time in the den this weekend, I have 55933 File(s) 389,794,369,897 bytes now in e:\music. I aim to reach 56,000 prior to Wednesday, which may mean simply taping WWE Raw instead of watching it.
This week is crazy busy with errands to be run prior to the weekend, baseball scrimmages, and Megan working. A more detailed breakdown would take too much time. Trust.
At work, we are ramping up to the next release. Two weeks from today, every thing needs to be done. I am really excited about what's on my plate.
"I think a really big help in our situation
was the fact that we all had kids more or less around the same time. So
when you have no kids — and this is the 'sound bite' version of this —
you think primarily of yourself. When you have children,
you think primarily of others before yourself. So, I think some of the
things about the way you relate to your children and put your children
first, you learn to, kind of, put your own needs secondary. And I think
the fact that we all had kids at the same time helped instill that in
us. And so you try to, sort of, sometimes just put your own needs second
and learn to trust that you can go with somebody else's thought and
opinion." - Lars Ulrich From http://www.blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=189313, Being a dad is always a glorious burden, even if you play in the world's biggest heavy metal band.
Earlier today, Megan returned from her Florida trip with the West High band. Karen went to pick her up from West High School while Alex and I stayed home. Our assigned task was to put the white mattress pad on her bed. As Alex and I were working on this, he said to me, "I don't understand why everyone is so happy that Megan is coming back."
I looked at him and paused before speaking. I said to him, "It's different for you because you are her brother. She is my daughter. I am very happy that she is home. It will be different someday when you have a child that is gone for awhile and then comes back."
I don't really know if it sunk in or if Alex really, truly, understood my words. I do hope that, someday, he understands that Megan is the only sister he will ever have. Period. I also hope that, someday, he understands that Megan will go through hell to make sure Alex is okay. It is not easy being a brother or a sister. It can be really difficult at times. Look at the relationship between Alan and Charlie Harper on 2 1/2 Men.
I also think that life is full of opportunities to go beyond what we thought we could do and to be more than we expect of ourselves. Being a brother or a sister is just one of many opportunities.
For the past few weeks, when I worked on any of the conversion projects, I sat in the living room on the couch and would watch TV but today, I'm starting out with a different strategy as I have come downstairs to the den, where I can have a second monitor and sit in my comfy desk chair as I rip / organize my files. It's peaceful.
Last night, Scary Robots rehearsed. I used Carol's voice recorder to document the rehearsal. I have always tried to document rehearsals. Up until Scary Robots, I used cassette tapes. I think I'd like to invest in a recorder of my own. Carol doesn't mind letting me borrow it but it would still be nice to have my own.
What I hear on the recording is a band making strides. The consensus was that we were sloppy. We had an issue with "Stuck in the Middle" - my example is I hit the snare instead of the hi-hat - and that's a song we've always been nailing. Next week is crazy busy for me so I'm not rehearsing until after that. Hopefully, by that time, the 15 songs I mentioned yesterday will be so ingrained in my head that I can't play them wrong. Matthew has talked about that idea before and I want to get to a point with those songs where I've achieved it.
I'm still optimistic about the August 24th gig and hope by the end of May, I can either accept or reject it. I really want to do it. It's intoxicating to think about playing rock & roll music in front of an audience again. I haven't done that since 1992 with Old Stew at Bonehead's. I think Scary Robots is the group of musicians I want to be on stage with to break that 21 year dry spell!
Nope, not going to the Des Moines area on a Friday. The lineup is out - it is a good lineup - but I'm not taking off a day of work. I saw Papa Roach at Memphis in May and saw All That Remains open for Five Finger Death Punch. I am firing up the Sick Puppies on my external hard drive - I would like to see them sometime. Their lyrics are thought-provoking.
As I've been writing about, I've been ripping CDs to MP3s for some time. I have a lot of spindles that hold 100 CD-Rs and while watching TV or folding 25 white wash cloths in the living room, I'll put a CD in and let it rip.
The other night, I came across data CDs from Chris and Kevin. Data CDs mean that I have to copy the contents from the CDs to the e:\music directory. The CDs from Chris have a 12/13/2006 date written on them. There are a lot of awesome bands like Godsmack, KISS, Van Halen, and Winger - yeah, I said Winger. For the moment, I am simply copying the entire contents of these CDs to my e:\music directory and not worrying about if they are duplicates of existing songs/albums. The data CDs from Kevin are also being copied
to the e:\music directory as well. Again, I've not concerned
myself with whether they are duplicates of existing songs/albums. I will
clean that up later. I know there are duplicates, as shown below. The MP3 files were existing and the .wma files are from a data CD.
I did have to change my DOS batch file to include *.wma files. I need to look into if I want to convert from the .wma file format to the .mp3 file format - I don't know if .wma is a higher quality format than .mp3 so I need to consult the Internet.
I ran my DOS batch file and think the number is very high:
I fully expect the number to be reduced as I prune out the duplicates.
Alex slept in yesterday. When he finally got up, Karen asked what he wanted for breakfast.
We went to IHop for lunch, then to Fareway to get some food. Karen made her famous Oreo ice cream dessert for later that night. We went to 5:15 Mass. Alex served, Karen sang, I drummed.
After Mass, we went downstairs and played Euchre. There were 28 players (7 tables) and wow. I've rarely seen cards as pitiful as what I was dealt. There were four times when I was dealt 3 9s. What do you do with that? Twice I went alone and got the first four tricks only to lose the last trick with a pitiful card. For example, I went alone in diamonds and had four good diamonds and a queen of spades. I would get the first four tricks and on the last trick, playing my queen of spades, the king of spades would be played and I'd lose. Crap like that.
Today, we have a meeting in Riverside from 4-6, then a social function from 6-8.
Tomorrow, Megan leaves for a week in Florida. Our little girl is going to Disney World with the Iowa City West band.
Years ago, I wrote Ideal Band and I'm happy to say, I'm in that Ideal Band. We call ourselves Scary Robots. We rehearsed at the studio. It was kind of spur of the moment, meaning Joe asked about this weekend on Thursday, we talked among ourselves, and settled on the next night. We started playing around 7:30, took a break while Brian Guitar replaced a broken string - the first he broke while playing the guitar he bought not long after we started playing together. We went through a few more songs and then, shortly after 10 PM, we called it a night.
We've been talking about playing at a gig. This AM, I took a stab at splitting up the types of songs between what I envision would be three sets. I don’t want to do all the blues songs together and then all the short ‘pop’ ones together. Some of the ones listed below are ones we first talked about last night.
Cuts Like a Knife
Stuck in the Middle
Break Up Song
Lonely is the Night
Switching to Glide
Sunshine of Your Love
Key to the Highway
I Don’t Apologize (the Otherwise song)
Rocky Mountain Way
For What It’s Worth
Everybody Wants to be My Baby
Mary Had A Little Lamb
I Think You Know What I Mean
Iowa’s Rising (original)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain
Rocking in the Free World
I’ve Done Everything for You
Jefferson’s Theme / Sanford theme
What I Like About You
Something “fun” here, like teases of songs we’ve jammed on, in alpha order for now:
Blister in the Sun Brown-Eyed Girl Doctor Doctor Come Together Dream On Enter Sandman Everybody Wants You Joe’s Garage Round and Round Taking Care of Business Time After Time Unchained You’ve Got Another Thing Coming
This week, I renewed focus on the CD to MP3 conversion and found some true gems that had not been converted. Skid Row's "Slave to the Grind" is now present as is Shine Down's "Leave a Whisper" release. I converted several others and can now report I'm at:
53402 File(s) 367,886,652,044 bytes
This is significant because my stated goal was to be at 52356 by May 27, 2013.
There was a terrible event on Monday, a short two days ago, towards the end of the Boston Marathon, near the finish line of the race, two explosions rocked the air, causing death, injuries, and confusion. At this moment in time, there are a lot of unknowns - who did this, why they did it, and what they thought they would accomplish by hurting people in or near the race.
To me, it doesn't make sense. If you have a problem with someone, you go talk to them. You figure it out. Think about the way a war is ended. The two sides sit down at a table and they negotiate peace.
What did the bomb maker think this would accomplish? What twisted asshole / lower than pond scum cretin believes that death is a solution to an issue? I don't believe it is a solution. In fact, I would argue it is a fool's journey to believe that taking an innocent life. One of the many stories coming out of this tragedy is that of the 8 year-old boy who died. His dad was running in the race and the boy was a spectator. The boy ran out, hugged his dad, and then returned to where his mother and sister were watching the race. Then the explosion. The boy was killed instantly. The sister lost a limb. The mother is having brain surgery. What purpose was achieved?
I don't have an answer and I may never, ever, have an answer. All I can really do is pray.
Now, before you go read the following link, you should know that there are pictures of people injured and bloodied. View at your own risk. There you go.
I consistently read on the Internet about Randy Orton making a heel turn. I thought the match of Sheamus / Orton v. Big Show was going to be the opportunity for it to happen. But it didn't. By reading Orton's body language, he is either really building up the face persona to make the heel turn that much more of a shock or he is enjoying the role of face / good guy. There's another opportunity for the heel turn on Smackdown as Mark Henry / Big Show are teaming against Sheamus / Orton, which was set up by Mark Henry attacking Sheamus. What kind of confuses me is that if Sheamus / Orton are going to be an authentic tag team, they need to be in a match against Team Hell No (Kane / Daniel Bryan), who are also faces. What I see happening, at some point, is Ryback joining forces with the Shield - despite the 6 times the Shield attacked him - and making it 4 v. 4. However, next week, the Undertaker is teaming with Team Hell No against the Shield (why it wasn't last night is probably due to the Undertaker making limited appearances). I know I'll tune in next week.
We've decided to cut "Little Sister" from the list of songs, but went through other new songs that I had not really prepared to go through at rehearsal. We added one song that made me recall my youth. If we polish it and play it when we have a gig, it is sure to make a lot of people smile. Time will tell whether it makes our final set list. It seems like we are still shooting for the August 24th gig. Brian talked about dynamics and I am on board with that - I've been playing like Lars Ulrich with only glimpses into playing music the way I know it should be played.
Speaking of Lars, it seems like after every rehearsal I'll say to myself, or write here, that I need to go spend some serious time on the Yamaha electronic set in the basement with the songs we are playing as well as the five Metallica songs on my MP3 player. After last night, I can think the same thoughts. I've picked the following five songs not so I play them exactly like Lars Ulrich plays them. Instead, they were picked to increase my stamina.
"Enter Sandman" is probably the easiest Metallica song to play and at a decent mid-tempo.
"All Nightmare Long" is a step up in both length and complexity.
"Sad But True" is a bit of a breather in terms of tempo and complexity.
"Broken Beat and Scarred" is a bit faster and longer.
"My Apocalypse" is a hold onto the sticks and don't lose tempo as it is balls-out fast.
Perhaps if I got serious about playing for 30 minutes a night, I would be able to play longer and better at rehearsals. When we tried "Saturday Night" at the end of last night's rehearsal, I knew before we even started that my arms were cashed in and begging for mercy.
I was really exhausted yesterday. I normally do not take naps, but I did yesterday afternoon prior to 5:15 Mass. I was still tired after Mass and while we did our shopping at Fareway. When we finally got home, I was not confident I would make it through "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" which we started at 9 PM. I did, though. I slept until 10 AM today and, believe it or not, I'm not as tired as I was.
As I sit here on the living room couch ripping CDs, Karen is at a jewelry party, Megan is napping on the other couch, and Alex is seeking his riches through his baseball cards. It's kind of a lazy day.
Scary Robots rehearsal is at 6-ish. I've been listening to the 5 that are on the agenda for tonight:
After losing the first two games, I found a partner in a guy named Bernie. We played the last three games of the night together and we won all three. I started at table 3, where I lost two games and won one, then moved to table 2, where I won one, then moved to table 1, where I won two. I tied for 3rd and won $15. Bernie and I split the "set" pot and also took $5 each. It cost $10 to get in and I got set 3 times ($1.50) so, in all, I came out ahead.
The retreat this AM was inspiring.
Alex's game was cancelled because of the condition of the field.