Thursday, February 28, 2002
Last day of February - Wow! Short little months sure go fast.
Tuesday, February 26, 2002
I've said it once, I'll say it again, I love learning. I believe learning is my addiction. That and Pepsi. :-)
Why is it when there is a trapped fly in your home/apartment, it always heads for your eyeballs and nostrils?
Friday, February 22, 2002
The Friday Five
1. Hey, baby, what's your sign? Do you think it fits you pretty well?
Capricorn. It seems to be right-on most of the time.
2. What's the worst birthday gift you've ever received?
I've never received a bad birthday gift.
3. What's the best birthday gift you've ever received?
Can't really think of anything, but getting money is always good.
4. What's the best way you've celebrated your birthday thus far?
I'm not too big into celebrating my birthday but I love to be with my family if at all possible.
5. What are your plans for this weekend?
Snowboarding in Steamboat
Thursday, February 21, 2002
This Snowboarding Chick Has Something to Say
I was watching the news on one of the cable news networks yesterday and I was annoyed by the topic. It seems that people are arguing that America is winning more medals this time around because of the addition of "extreme" sports.
I find this view extremely narrow-minded.
Yes, snowboarding was invented in America
. But the entire world embraced the sport. The International
Olympic committee approved the addition of snowboarding to the games - what I see as a clear proclamation of snowboarding's legitimacy. And in 1998, snowboarding made its debut at the Nagano Olympics.
. I do not consider snowboarding an extreme sport. To me, an extreme sport includes bungee cords, the absence of safety-lines, upside-down bicycles, monsoon-induced swells and so on. A fringe group of participants who add extra elements of danger to any traditional sport can essentially create an extreme sport. That does not make the core sport inherently extreme. I'm sure gymnastics didn't start out with a girl doing flips and tumbles on the balance beam - how much do you want to bet that the balance beam was invented to increase skill and add an element of challenge not possible with floor exercises?
Yes, there are snowboarders who go out there and take the sport to "the next level." But doesn't every sport evolve? Downhill skiing was in the Olympics long before ski jumping was added. It's funny that there's this underlying animosity between skiiers and snowboarders, but to me, the sports are very much alike. People are sliding on snow, carving turns and making their runs as challenging as their personal tastes require. In the end, we all make it down to the bottom of the hill with the exhilaration of conquering the mountain.
Sure, I've never been in a half-pipe on my board and maybe I never will. But, when I'm snowboarding, I do try new things. If we don't challenge ourselves, we get bored. Our sports are different than our parents' sports, as theirs was different than their parents' sports. Evolution
is a part of life and perhaps extreme sports will eventually make their way into the Olympics. It is the world's job to decide what is "sport" and what is "fad." Snowboaring is not a fad.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
In an effort to do something different, I have done two puzzles in the past two days. I finished the first one and I am about three-quarters of the way through the second. All I have left are the green pieces - there are a lot of green pieces.
Friday, February 15, 2002
Just took the "Teen Celebrity Match"
quiz over at emode
and received the following result:
"Your celebrity match is Seann William Scott"!
Thursday, February 14, 2002
I did my taxes
. Woo-hoo! I always love knowing that they're out of the way.
Happy Valentine's Day!
I'm not big on Valentine's Day but I wanted to spread some love. Hope everyone has a nice day.
Wednesday, February 13, 2002
I can't believe that a toy poodle won the Westminster Dog Show. It's so unbelievable that the ugly dogs seem to win. When is a Lab, Collie or Golden Retriever ever going to win "Best In Show"? Shouldn't the show be representative of what the American public adores? Who adores toy poodles?
Tuesday, February 12, 2002
Oh...and I've been listening to my old college radio station
live via streaming audio. It's so weird to hear "upstate New York" while I'm sitting here in Colorado. WICB
Just made hearts for my Web site
with the Acme Heart Maker
. It's pretty cool. You can only put four letters on each line, so you have to get a little creative.
Sunday, February 10, 2002
After spending the past two days downloading music, I went out and bought some CDs. They are:
- Dashboard Confessional - The Swiss Army Romance
- Dashboard Confessional - The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most
- Get Up Kids - Eudora
- Saves The Day - Stay What You Are
- Pete Yorn - musicforthemorningafter
- Further Seems Forever - The Moon is Down
I guess you can say I'm on an emo kick. It's been so long since I've wanted
to buy CDs. It felt weird and good.
Saturday, February 09, 2002
It is so windy out right now. I think our apartment might blow away.
Friday, February 08, 2002
I'm a test takin' machine today. I just found out that I'm 40% Lazy
by taking the Lazy Test
over at the Spark
. Statistics that came with it:
--people lazier than me (67%)
--people just as lazy as me (4%)
--people less lazy than me (28%)
How lazy are you? Let me know. :-)
The Olympics start today and I have to admit -- I'm not that enthused. I don't know why. Maybe once they start and take over TV, I'll get more interested.
Thursday, February 07, 2002
Spent a lot of the day downloading music. I think I'm going to go buy one or more of the Dashboard Confessional CDs. I love the songs. What are your favorite songs? I'm addicted to finding new music.
I've been writing a lot more lately in my journal and my notebook (offline). It's kind of nice. Usually there are huge gaps in time, but I've been pretty consistent lately. It's weird. I'm trying to get myself back into it, I guess. For a long while I hadn't written any poems.
Wednesday, February 06, 2002
I think I've decided not to go to my high school reunion. I don't really keep in touch with anyone and I don't think it'd be all that much fun. I'd want Jon-Paul to come, but I know he'd be bored out of his mind. Besides, ten years doesn't really seem long enough to warrant a reunion. It's in May and chances are that I probably wouldn't know anyone there because there were 1350 people in my graduating class. In college I swore I would never go back, but I have to admit sometime last year I actually considered maybe going. But, I think I'm back to a solid "no."
Tuesday, February 05, 2002
Okay...I took another one of those tests. I am actually happy with the results.
Which John Cusack Are You?
Well, I think that the comments are now formatted and working correctly. Not that anyone will leave me comments. I pretty much added them to this blog for educational reasons. I had never used my cgi-bin before. I've up my geekiness today and that makes me feel pretty good. No one else will probably be impressed, so I've got to be happy for myself. Go me. Woot!
Added comments...now I just have to format the comments pop-up.
Monday, February 04, 2002
Another Monday. I spent part of the day reading DHTML for the World Wide Web
from Peachpit Press
. But I've noticed there's a new version of the book
, and maybe I should upgrade. Or it could just be my book addiction rearing its ugly head. A more up-to-date version is always desirable, but do I really need it? I go in phases with my books. Sometimes I get these overwhelming urges to search the internet for the best deals on the books I want and then when I get down to placing my order, I get disgusted with myself and my irrational need to keep buying [particularly computer and SciFi] books. Then I decide to wait a day and think about whether I really need
the desired books. And depending on my mood and my money situation, I either buy 'em or I don't. Sometimes, I'll have the desire/disgust feelings for weeks before I finally decide what to do. I'm a total weirdo-geek.
Sunday, February 03, 2002
Saturday, February 02, 2002
Happy Groundhog's Day!
Friday, February 01, 2002
February. God, January went so fast. Tomorrow's the big day for the furry little guy in Pennsylvania. This year I'm completely indifferent to whether there will be another 6 weeks of winter.