Truer Than Fiction

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Great News!

Yesterday my parents received a phone call from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Apparently the insurance information finally went through, and my little sister has been accepted into their inpatient rehabilitation program. This is great news for us! Julie has continued to make progress at home, but she's not getting nearly the amount of attention she would receive from an inpatient stay. The Shepherd Center actually specializes in head injury trauma, so Julie should be in great hands. She'll be getting eight hours of therapy a day, including physical, occupational, and speech. I'm sure that she gets bored just sitting around at home, so this will hopefully be good for keeping her mind and body active. They're going to take her down sometime over the next couple of days, and mom will stay down in Atlanta during the course of her therapy. Hopefully we'll be seeing some big leaps in her recovery process soon! I will post any updates that I receive.

Genius? Maybe...

According to these two tests that I took anyway. I got all 33 in the first one, though I did have to use Google to get one of them. I knew what the clue pertained to, but I didn't know the rules of the game, so I had to use Google to overcome the cultural bias of that question.

I'm currently 22/24 in the second one. I'm missing numbers 18 and 19. Hopefully, I can come up with them over the next couple of days.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Bored: 2005 In Review

Stolen from Eric, who stole it from Seth, who probably stole it from somewhere else. Nothing on the internet is original.

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before? Bought a house.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I don't do that stupid stuff.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Not that I'm aware of.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, but my little sister came scarily close.

5. What countries did you visit? I don't visit countries. I roundhouse kick them in the face. No, wait, that's Chuck Norris. I just stayed in the good ole USA.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005? A larger poker bankroll

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? May 13, the day my sisters were in their car accident.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Buying house from question 1.

9. What was your biggest failure? I don't fail. I roundhouse kick success in the face.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Nope.

11. What was the best thing you bought? Haven't we been through this? The freaking house!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration? My wife, because she does all kinds of great things for me and others. I don't know how she does it.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? Name a politician, any politician.

14. Where did most of your money go? THE FREAKING HOUSE ALREADY!!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Winning an iPod in an online poker tournament.

16. What song will always remind you of 2005? I don't associate songs with years. I just like songs.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? happier
ii. thinner or fatter? same
iii. richer or poorer? richer, sucka

18. What do you wish you'd done more of? reading my Bible, exercise

19. What do you wish you'd done less of? taking family for granted

20. How will you be spending Christmas? We went to Courtney's parents'

22. Did you fall in love in 2005? every day

23. How many one-night stands? I've tried, but I can never manage to stand up for an entire night. I usually fall asleep and crash to the floor. I'll manage it someday...

24. What was your favorite TV program? Prison Break

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year? I don't hate people. I roundhouse kick... oh, nevermind. No, I don't hate anyone.

26. What was the best book you read? Brimstone

27. What was your greatest musical discovery? Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head

28. What did you want and get? a laptop

30. What was your favorite film of this year? I'd have to agree with Kim on this one: Batman Begins rocked.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? My wife threw me a surprise party for my 25th birthday. Pretty much all of my friends were there. It was awesome.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? If my sisters had never had their car accident.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005? I wear whatever I want. I don't really care.

34. What kept you sane? Friends and family.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? Stephen Colbert is the best thing to happen to television.

36. What political issue stirred you the most? I don't really care. I hate politics.

37. Who did you miss? My sisters and parents.

38. Who were the best new people you met? I don't know that I really met any new people.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005: Treasure every moment you can with the ones you love. They could be taken from you in an instant.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: "I'm 22 for a moment..." I know I'm not 22, but that's the lyric. Last year went by FAST.

Friday, January 06, 2006


What a waste of talent. Way to be a role model, Marcus.

Finally Friday

This week has been alright at work. Yesterday sucked, though. It wasn't like there was some massive problem, but a lot of minor things hit me at the same time and ended up really pissing me off. Courtney bought me a 2006 poker calendar by Phil Gordon, and we went out to dinner to help me relax after that fun day. Anyway, I'm very glad it's the weekend. I've had a lot of late nights this week watching the bowl games, so I need to catch up on my sleep. I just hope this work day goes by quickly. It's an hour until lunch, so that's a start. I just hope the afternoon doesn't drag.

Courtney is going to a concert at the 9:30 Club tonight, so that means I will have the house to myself. And that means poker. I'm currently working on rebuilding my bankroll after a stupid move on Monday, so we'll see how that goes. I had some marginal success last night, so we'll see if I can continue that today and tomorrow. You can read about my screwup here.

Randomness follows.

I think that this is awesome! I really hope they can get the technology to work. Faster than light drives (engines) have long been a staple of science fiction, but to have it become a reality would be unreal, especially within my lifetime. If this stuff works within the time frame they're hoping, I'm SO changing careers.

Where has Homestar Runner gone? They haven't done anything new in over a month now. I hope that they're just working on something big and that nothing bad happened to the brothers Chaps or their families. The world needs Strongbad! I hope they come back soon.

The date for our poker home game has changed to the 21st of January to accomodate Eric and Carly. They had a foosball tournament on the 28th, and everyone else said the 21st was ok, so we moved it. If you read this, I know you, and you are interested in attending, let me know. I'm hoping to have two full tables for this game. So far there are nine confirmed coming and three maybes. Looking good so far!

A-not-nearly-new-but-highly-recommended-CD: Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head. There are just so many good songs on this album. I have no idea why "Clocks" was chosen to be the single that was played to death on the radio. "The Scientist," which was the only other single off the CD and came much later, was a better choice. However, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" and "Amsterdam" are better than either of those songs. I don't know if Coldplay had a say in which ones were released or not. They probably didn't. The studio they have their contract with probably just picked a random track. Stupid music industry. I still need to buy their Parachutes album, which probably contains a bunch of songs better than "Yellow," and I also need to get Three Doors Down's new CD. I might have to get both of those off of iTunes this weekend.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Welcome To 2006!

Well, we've made it to 2006! Happy new year, everyone! We had a pretty good time spending new years weekend with my family in Springfield. We went down to my aunt/grandma's on Friday afternoon. One of my cousins was also staying with them, so we got to hang out with him all weekend, too. We got there around 5:30, and soon after we went out to dinner at Olive Garden. I, of course, got my stuffed mushrooms and my portobello ravioli. That stuff just rules. The service kind of sucked, though. I didn't get my appetizer until after my main course because someone mixed up the order and brought out calamari (cause those sound alike). However, I got my mushrooms in the end, and all was well with the world. Friday night we broke out Cranium for the first time, and C and I kicked everyone else's butts! We totally rocked that game.

Saturday we went to my cousin's place to pick up Mad Gab, a game they had gotten for Christmas. We ate lunch at Five Guys (mmmmmmmmm), and on the way back my aunt called telling us that The Chronicles of Narnia was playing soon. So we ended up going straight to the movie theater (and getting stuck behind a wreck on 66 along the way; idiots). The movie was exceptional, and I will definitely be buying the DVD when it comes out. I may also pick up the soundtrack off of iTunes; it was pretty good, and I generally like Harry Gregson-Williams' stuff. Saturday night we had dinner at my uncle's place. They grilled steaks, and we had baked potatoes and green beans. It was delicious! We then went back to my grandma's to watch the ball drop.

Sunday was spent playing games in the morning (Sequence, more Cranium, and Mad Gab), and then we went to the bowling alley. We played two games, and I bowled a 127-ish and a 185. My cousin Robbie got four strikes in a row, I had three in a row, and Courtney had two in a row. It was quite the game! Sunday night we had some excellent Chinese food for dinner, and then we packed up our stuff and headed home. All in all, it was a nice weekend with the family and a good way to start the year. Hopefully 2006 will be just as good (if not better than) 2005!