Friday, February 28, 2003

Inheritance Dreams
Well Jeff, thanks for crushing my hopes of early retirement. Actually, I had already heard that there was only a $30,000 house, but you forgot one thing... the stuff inside the house! Maybe he was a millionaire who liked the small, quiet life. His things could be worth tons and he could have even more in the bank. Maybe he has a car or a boat or something. You never know!
Inheritance Update

I almost feel like a jerk telling you this Tracie, since you seem to be having such a good time imagining what it will be like to get ALL THAT MONEY! But I talked to Wally on the phone when I was in Medicine Hat and he said it wasn't going to be very much money. Somewhere between $30 000 and $50 000 that is getting split 8 or 9 ways (yes more than the 7 remaining siblings will be in on the cut and not to mention that in the States you have to pay taxes on inheritance. The way I figure it, by the time they drive down there, pay legal fees, taxes, ect, they'll be lucky to pay for the gas that took them down there. Ok not quite THAT bad but you get the picture. It would have been nice though.
Inheritance

I'm not sure if it's been posted yet, but Gary's parents have gone down to Oregon to collect some kind of inheritance from some long lost uncle. It's all very exciting and it's almost all that Gary has been thinking about for the past few days. Realistically, we realise that it probably won't be much money since it has to be split several ways. But what if it was.......if they each got like a million dollars or half a million, I'm sure his parents would give some to the kids (Gary, Jeff & Jackie), which means that I would reap the benefits too. I think if we got a lot of money, I'd quit my job, Gary would probably quit school and we'd move somewhere much warmer than Calgary Alberta to retire in our twenties. Oh, how wonderful to dream. We're still excited to find out about it, whether it's a lot of money or not. One thing's for sure, there are no long lost uncles in my family. And if there were, all of my grandparents are alive, so by the time anything filtered down to me it would be pennies only.

Thursday, February 27, 2003

End of the World Update

Ok, so it looks as if we might make it afterall. It appears that this "NEAT" commit already missed hitting earth and ending life as we know it. Now we can focus all our attention on things that are really important.

Music Video

Filming of my music video starts today. It's for my New Media class and hopefully will turn out quite good. I'll keep you updated.

Milner Blog Title Update

I've updated the old crappy title with this new fancy flash one. It's dynamic so when or if we ever change our pictures on the site, the flash title bar will update automatically. Hope you like it. Of course if Memory Lane's server goes down - well then you're not going to see anything there at all.

Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Blog Rating Update

Somehow the people at www.daypop.com missed milner.blogspot.com as one of the top 100 blogs. I'm certain they'll be picking us up one of these days now.

Sign of the Apocolypse?

Whether it be a conference on whether the astronomers of the world should alert us in case of an extinction level catastrophe or a freak snowstorm in Israel, something makes me wonder - is it the end of the world or are we just bored?

Monday, February 24, 2003

Handbasket Update

I've been working on getting an American Visa for the past 4 years now. They finally sent me a letter telling me that they are now ready to begin processing my request - (Read "we wasted 4 years of your life now only another 4 years to go!") So anyway this last letter that they sent me said that they would like to continue processing my request but can only do so after they make sure they have my correct address. Need I state the obvious? How would I be able to sign the paper if they didn't have my address? Oh well I'm sure they are just headed down the road paved with good intentions much like the rest of us.

Sunday, February 23, 2003

Mustache Update:

My mustache is coming along just fine. I think it will be ready for Friday. I'm getting pretty excited for it.

Reading Update:

I started reading my MGST 491 text today. Don't worry we're only using it for the second half of the term, so I'm actually ahead in that class now. I'm just about 3 quarters of the way through. It's alot like The Wealthy Barber, but it deals with project management instead of financial planning.

Saturday, February 22, 2003

Dating Update:
Tracie and I decided to have a date day today. We went to see Daredevil staring some guy who got paid a lot to wear a silly red leather mask. Before we went to the movie we stopped at the IGA to buy treats. We smuggled in super nibs, pringles, a pop,and 2 super reeses peanut butter cups (the kind with 4peanut butter cups to a pack). I imagine that would have cost like $40.00 had we bought all of that in the theater.

The movie was pretty good. I enjoyed the effect that they used to describe his super sonar ability, although in the movie he described it as radar. I blame the writers for not knowing the difference between sonar and radar. Anyway the Daredevil uses his super senses, has to pretend to be perfectly blind during the day, falls in love with a girl, gets stabbed by the girl as Daredevil, then girl finds out his true identity. A lesser villan kills the girl, Daredevil fights lesser villian (after being stabbed through the chest mind you), Daredevil beats lesser villan and then fights the "Kingpin" but does not kill the Kingpin even though the Kingpin had Killed the Daredevil's father 12 years earlier. Daredevil realises that Justice can be achieved without killing the bad guys.

One of the most creative parts of the movie was when the lesser villan "Bullseye" uses paperclips to kill a man. He straightened the paperclips out then threw them like darts into the mans neck. He also killed a little old lady on a plane. The granny wouldn't shut up, so Bullseye flicked a peanut, it hit the chair in front of him and rebounded into the Granny's mouth and she choked to death.

After the movie, Tracie and I went to Applebee's for supper and it was just super. There were a suprising ammount of toddlers in the restaurant, but I felt that it was becasue the restaurant is in a really new neighbourhood with lots of young families.

Thinking Outside the Box
It is my opinion that thinking outside the box no longer actually includes the phrase thinking outside the box. That is, you aren't actually thinking outside the box if you use the phrase "thinking outside the box".

Friday, February 21, 2003

Medicine Hat Update

Things in Medicine Hat are going great. I came home, had a huge plate of mediocre Chinese food. I fixed the computers, and my mother is so happy. I guess I'll head back to Lethbridge tomorrow. Medicine Hat is snowy. It's so snowy that I almost missed it and kept driving right on through. Good thing for the World's Tallest Tepee, or I might never have arrived.

Thinking Outside the Box

When people ask me what I think the office of the future will be like, I show them this.
Vacation Update

I am back from my trip to Calgary. I was supposed to go to Medicine Hat, but I'm putting it off until tomorrow. I went and saw About Schmidt with Anna and her sisters. It is definitely a movie made for the pre-MTV generation. Possibly the worst part was seeing Kathy Bates' naked body - what a shock. Anyway Gary and Tracie gave me a couple of vhs tapes that I'll have to watch sooner or later. Raising Arizona and Born in East LA.

Putting off Going to Medicine Hat Update

I didn't go to Medicine Hat on Wednesday like I had originally planned. I didn't feel like it today either, so because Anna-Maria and my parents are all sad that I didn't come to Medicine Hat yesterday or today, I'd better get some sleep so I can get there in the morning.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

So Jeff came to visit, and we had a really good time. He got here prettly late and we stayed up until about 1:30 in the morning. That was too late actually. We decided against going snowboarding, which was just as well, because I wanted to go to Wintergreen, but it's only open on the weekend. I didn't really want to go to the C.O.P because it costs just about as much but is way shorter. Mike Attersall, the sports editor, said that the COP is ok, but if you start to get the hang of it, you actually want to have a little bit of a run left, and that's not possible here in town.

We did the filming for a little viagra commercial parody, but it's stuck in post production for a little while. We also made a couple of stop action movies. Jeff already linked to his sock movie so you've probably seen it by now.

At 2:30 I went to my group meeting and I was there untill 7:00. It would have been longer, but I had to go pick up Tracie, so I got to leave a little early. I offered to come back, but they said that they would probably be gone by then anyway. It looks like it is coming together quite well. It's due on monday, and I have other assignments due that day as well, so I will be pretty busy on Friday trying to get everything done in addition to reading a book for my mgst 491 class. I still have to catch up on reading for my other classes, I do have to admit though that this has been one of my best reading weeks ever.

Oh and thanks go out to Jeff for getting the comments link working. Now people can leave comments about how cool this weblog is. Or ask us questions, because we are so smrt and intersting.
Comment Update

Ok, the comments are now working! Feel free to comment on our posts and specifically what you think about my "sock" stop action movie.

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

My GREAT BIG XBOX PARTY!

Today I planned this big Xbox party for my house, but as luck would have it - I have no friends. Not even the superficial type that only like me because I throw Xbox parties. Maybe it's because I have a lisp. I was even going to have treats too. Actually no, it's not the lisp, it's not because I don't have any friends, and it's certainly not because my treats suck. Everyone is just busy with being on vacation during reading week, or working for Quest (Bryce). So anyway maybe another night.

Watersliding and Surfing in the Faux Ocean

Tonight I did get together with Bryce Shutte and his wife, oh and Zee came along too. We went to the Ramada for some sweet waterpark action. Steve, my friend that works there, is going to hook me up with a job there (hopefully). I'm actually pretty excited because being out of work and being a poor student SUCKS. The Ramada is a pretty fun place to visit, but I think it must be a law that the amount of chlorine in a hotel pool has to be at least 10 times more potent than you would find at say a city owned pool. Also for some reason the water was extremely cold. I asked Steve if they had a maintenance person to take care of that, and he said that she didn't seem to know how to work the heating machinery. Zee commented that if "she" (the maintenance person) was actually a "he", then maybe the water would be warm. All Steve could say was, "You said it, not me."

So to recap, watersliding is fun - cold water is not. The waves were a might bit small and the hot tub was a mite bit crowded. Can you say 32 people is just one too many?

I'm going to Calgary Tomorrow

I am going to visit Anna-Maria and her family at the hotel where they are staying. Hopefully I'll be able to find it. Gary and Tracie, I may give you a call but it sounds like you already have plans.

Monday, February 17, 2003

Tracie told you about the skiing. It was really fun, and we might go again here in town tomorrow morning. It was really nice to get out to the mountains. We haven't been that far west together in quite a long time. Tracie had a little mishap with skis and poles sliding down the side of the car, but I'm not quite sure if she learned her lesson or not. It only happened once, but that's once to many times. The Nordic Center in Canmore is where they had the cross country skiing events during the olympics back in '88 that's 1988 for you non-y2k compliant types. It was surprisingly busy considering real skiing is so much funner. Although I had a good time, the downhill parts were a welcome respite from the flats and uphills. At times it seemed like it would be equally or more effective just to walk without the skis.


Lunch made the whole trip worth while. Since I am neither Mary-Ann nor Mom, I will not be describing how delicious the food was nor how mouth watering it was. I realise that I may have used that joke in the past, but it bears repeating. The first official day of reading week has passed all my expectations with flying colours. Tomorrow the plan is for me to go to my group meeting and then for Tracie and I to go to the wave pool in the south. We need to have some hot tub action, along with the soothing rocking motion of the faux ocean. Wednesday, we are looking at going snowboarding. I'm not sure if I want to just try to learn by ourselves, or if we should go for a lesson. A lesson might be a good idea because I don't know if I could pick it up with out a few pointers from someone who knows what they are doing. I guess I could always take my skis and just switch back to a real sport if I don't like snowboarding. Anyway. I'm going to bed.
Skiing

Well, today Gary and I did two fun things. The first and definitely more fun was the cross country skiing. I took the day off of work and we drove out to Canmore and skied in the mountains. We were out there for probably four or five hours and took tons of pictures. If I new how to post them I would, but I'm sure Gary will do it later. I fell five times and the last time I fell I really did a number on my knee. There's a huge lump and a bruise that hurts like crazy. I must admit that skiing down a hill is funner than falling down it, no matter how soft the snow seems.

Monday night television

The second fun thing we did (which was okay only but we were too tired to do anything else) was watch Joe Millionaire. If you havent't seen it before, he told all of these girls that he inherited $50 milllion, when he's really only a construction worker with no cash. He finally picked a girl to "continue the journey" with, and then told her he was flat broke. She decided to go for it anyway, and the producers wrote them a cheque for a million bucks. To be honest, I never watched much of the show. I'm kind of getting sick of all of the crazy reality shows out there...except Survivor of course. Next they're coming out with a show where people who've never met eachother are going to get married based on viewer votes. It's kind of sad really.

Sunday, February 16, 2003

Peer Gynt Cast Party

Last night Anna-Maria persuaded me to reluctantly come with her to her cast party for Peer Gynt. Although I was really tired when we finally left at 2:30am I am glad we went. It was a fun time, and I'm beginning to know a lot of the Drama students now.

WSI Course Completed

I haven't officially passed the class yet. I still have to do 10 hours of co-teaching lessons and then I pass. I must say that I'm pretty happy to be done with it though, today was my last day of classes at the pool (not safe for anyone).

Saturday, February 15, 2003

The Power of Procrastination

I think that if more people were aware of the power of procrastination to get things done it would be much more popular. For example, a couple of weeks ago I had a Water Safety Instructor homework assignment, but instead of doing it I procrastinated and as a result, got my laundry done, the dishes done, the house clean, and worked on some of my other homework that wouldn't be due for days. Just goes to show if I hadn't been procrastinating I wouldn't have gotten any of it done.

Anna Goes Away

Anna is leaving for the duration of reading week to go down to the States with her family. I'm not really sure what I'm going to do, but I guess I'll have plenty of time to clean the house while procrastinating my homework.

Waste of Time Update

Since pointless flash pages seem to generate a lot of traffic (for some sites) here is my Stairway to Heaven Link. Hopefully you find it helpful, or at least interesting.
I went to the Sam Roberts concert last night and Tracie went to her cousin's house to watch Sweet Home Alabama. I give the concert 2 thumbs up and Tracie gives the movie 2 thumbs down. I got a photo pass to the concert, but Tracie had to pay for the video. I think I got the better deal. The concert was really fun. We've decided that we are going to go the the Avril Lavigne comes to the saddledome in april. Hopefully there are still floor tickets available. If we do get tickets, I'm going to burn a cd with all of her songs so that we can learn the words before we go to the show. It's a lot funner if you know the words. I had photo pass to the show, and so I got to go behind the fence in front of the stage for 3 songs to take pics. It was pretty sweet. I kind of have to do homework right now so and I really should procrastinate later.

Friday, February 14, 2003

Room Mate News

I talked to Jason about the food situation today. He said, "I guess you're probably getting sick of me eating all your food." and "It's just that I've been meaning to go down to the food bank but I haven't gotten around to it." It made me feel kind of bad when he has no food and I don't want to share but at the same time - it is my food. To make matters worse, I overheard him on the phone tonight and he said that he's been fired. I guess that's going to make paying the rent next month that much harder. Hopefully he is smart enough to go apply for EI.

Valentines Day Suckage

Today started off as a great Valentines Day. Anna and I went out for lunch at East Side Mario's and I must say it was great as always. I didn't get her any real present though and now she is sad. I STILL don't know what to get her, so I'll run out to the store and find something she will like. Valentines Day sort of sucks, why can't we all just be valentines all the time?
I think that a photoshop contest would be a great idea. I've been wanting to do a fark photoshop contest, but I haven't really had a place to host it really, but now I have several.

Survivor 6 started last night. Boy am I glad. I love that show. This time it's boys against the girls. It seems like it will be the best survivor yet. The tribes can't stop talking about each other and it's pretty funny. Although the girls won the first imunity challenge, they don't even have a roof on their shelter and it's been 3 days. Anyway, we aren't doing anything fantastic for valentines day, but we will be going cross country skiing and then snowboarding sometime this week.

Jeff pick and original photo for the photoshop contest and we'll start right away.
Happy Valentines Day!

For Valentines Day Anna-Maria bought me a book called, "If . . . (Questions for the Game of Life)". It has "IF" questions in it to make you ponder what you would do if certain situations were possible or had to happen what would you do. Here are a couple of example questions from the book, "If you could spend one whole night alone with anyone in history, whom would you chose? If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, which would you like it to be? If you could commit one crime without being caught, what crime would you commit? If your plane were about to crash and you had time to write one quick note, to whom would you write, and what would you say? If you could run any single company, institution, or organization in the world, which would you choose?

No School Today

My reading week vacation starts today. I'll have lots of time to play around on Plastic.com and Fark. I think perhaps we should have a photoshop contest on our own blog. What do you other bloggers think?

Thursday, February 13, 2003

Adventures in Photoshop

Yesterday I took some digital pictures of Anna-Maria for her application to the National Theatre School in Montreal. The best ones were taken outside and then I photoshoped them so that they had a completely white background. She had some taken in one of those two dollar photo machines at the mall, but they were way overexposed and basically useless. Anyway when I got to Cosco to have them developed - well I had saved a bunch of them on CD but there was only one that I really wanted and it was the only one that I saved in .tif format. As you might be guessing Cosco doesn't develope tifs, jpegs only. I was somewhat frustrated but what can you do? Anna went out this morning and had them developed; they look great.

Shopping at Cosco

I took Zee along with me in case they asked why the name on the Cosco Club Card said Anna-Maria so that she could say, "Oh that's me". And when it came time to pay she did in fact pull through and say, "yep, I'm Anna". Even though the picture of Anna on the back of the card is half worn out, Zee still looks nothing like her. Almost immediately after claiming to be Anna, Zee started talking with me about Anna's play and if we should go see that movie The Ring, "Anna and her sisters really liked it!" I couldn't believe her and I'm sure the guy thought we were quite the imposters / losers but he didn't say anything.

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

I went and saw Anna's play last night. There were some really strange parts and some really cool parts. The pig-troll orgy scene wasn't as bad as I had imagined from Anna's description but it's not exactly a Disney show either.

Jackie emailed me a picture of the house she is staying at. I'll shrink it down tonight and post it.

Room Mate News
I have no milk. It's not what you think, my room mate didn't drink it all without asking. Instead he just took some of it (without asking) and left the rest out to go bad. I have to say that although leaving my milk out to go bad is rude, it's probably my own fault for allowing a 17 year old to move in to my house. What was I thinking?

Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Anna's play opens tonight. Read about the details. Although that's obviously not Anna-Maria in the picture, she will be playing a pig troll (among other characters), which means that one of her costumes will look like that one in the picture.

Sunday, February 09, 2003

I just read this really cool news article on CNN about Optical Camouflage technology. But whats really neat is this video footage I found of it.
I tell ya, last night was the first night I was alone with the kids. All day PJ (16) was telling me where he was going, and he's never talked to me before. So I thought it was all weird, I kind of thought the kids are on automatic pilot so to say, but anyway supposedly I'm supposed to be their mom when she's away. So, I tell him he can pretty much stay out till 1 or so... then he got home at 1230 so that was good, and the girls, who are almost the same age as him. Kennedy and her friend were having a sleepover. They told me they wanted to go out. So I said okay whatever... Kennedy comes in my room at 1 am and says, we're leaving now, it's about a block away where we are going. I'm like okay whatever... then at 4 am I heard the phone ring. I was hoping it wasn't about Kennedy, and PJ comes in and says Jackie, my aunts in jail, we gotta go get her... I'm like what???? Anyway, so I get on the phone with her, and she's freaking out, and I was like okay, calm down, you're in the drunk tank, no big deal... So, she asks me tocall this guy bill and keep calling until I get a hold of him. So I called and left a message, and then called back to give him my number, and he answered, this is like quarter to 5 am. Then she calls collect back yada yada, and I'm going back to bed.., there's nothing we can do till morning anyway. So at 730 am she calls collect again and says come pick me up, so I went upstairs and PJ is sleeping with the girls, and I wake him up and say PJ I gotta go get Patty, you gotta babysit colten when he gets up. So he says ya okay I will. Then I go get the aunt, and she's pissed off yada yada. She has a 15 year old son who's at the grandparents place who is expecting her to pick him up in the morning. Anyway, if that wasn't crazy I don't know what is... Then she tells me PJ was drunk of course, but he's freaking driving last night. Anyway, I don't really care, because what can you do?? Oh, then I get home and there is cereal at the table, the milk is sitting there, and colten obviously made himself breakfast... I go upstairs and coltens dressed and says, guess what, I made myself breakfast and didn't spill the milk... The big kids were all asleep. PJs pants are undone, and I walked in on him last night I think masturbating because I knocked quietly and opened the door assuming that there were girls and boys in there, so he looks over and pulls the blanket over his crotch...
So, that's one crazy night my dears.
I think that the graphic looks quite good, but I was waiting until I had something good to post before I said anything.

I guess I'll just ask everyone what they are going to do for reading week. What are all of you doing for reading week? If you can't post on this web log, feel free to phone me @ 203-5653 or write me a letter at 702-1540 29th st nw, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4M1. I'll check the mail box in a few days for letters, but I'm not very confident that anyone will mail me a letter. My contact info has been on my personal webpage for like 2 years and I haven't gotten anything from that yet.

I'm seriously thinking about being a wedding photographer this summer instead of getting a real job. I'm just a little nervous about it. I'm deciding yes or no over reading week, and if I decide to go for it, I'm putting ads in the Gauntlet for the rest of the school year. I'd also be deciding on my price by then too. That way I would have enough time to get a bunch of bookings/deposits and I would know if I'd still need to get a real job as well.
I upgraded our title into a graphic, but I think it still needs work. In other news I am in the middle of my WSI program and I'm quite bored. I may be able to get a job out of the deal though. One of the other students in the class works at the Ramada and said they might need another lifeguard. He told me that he will take my resume down there for me tomorrow. I'll be happy if I get the job.

Anna's play opens on Tuesday. They are practicing like MAD! (Mad - crazy not Madd - Mother's Against Drunk Drivers).

Saturday, February 08, 2003

The Xbox party is over. It was the first time we hooked up 4 Xbox's but although we had the equipment we only had enough players to fill 12 spots. That means that next time I'll have to invite more people to play. Xbox is great.
Tonight my post to the blog is going to be short and simple. I'm getting ready for an Xbox party and it's going to be sweet. I just talked to Geoff Vaz and they are going to be here soon.

One other thing, my room mate has been eating my food. That pisses me off. For one thing - if you are going to steal some bread from someone at least have the courtesy to close the bag afterwards so as to not dry out all the bread. When I confronted him about some missing dried fruit snacks (like fruit roll-ups but real fruit) he just said that, "Yeah I ate a few of them" (I only had 6), "I just saw them there and was hungry so I ate them." (He just saw them in the cupboard where I keep my food and where he does NOT keep his food). He said he's going shopping soon and that he'd buy me some more, that doesn't seem to make up for the fact that I'd like to go eat a sandwich right now but I'm out of bread. He also drinks my milk but I guess I'm supposed to be thankful that at least he asked before taking a box of my macaroni the other day. Don't even get me started on the pile of dishes in the sink.
Jeff you should have had your other armpit waxed just for symmetry. I mean it might help with balance and stuff.

I went to my one and only MGIS 333 lab today, and I was half an hour late, but that was ok, because I think it took them that long to get everyone to start MS Visio and to download the templates, and so I didn't miss too much at all. Visio is really easy to pick up, especially if you have used a lot of MS products in the past. The class worked out a licence so that we all get 30 day full trial versions free. Apparently you can just reinstall it every 30 days if you want. I am just kicking myself, because I actually had the full version, but I didn't bother to install it or burn it before I had to take the cd back to one of my group members. I guess it wouldn't be too hard to find it again anyway.

One last thing I really haven't mentioned, besides my almost bizarre love of little kittens, is that the real reason Tracie isn't missing the chocolate is because one of my resolutions was to kick it up a notch in the sack. Now I know why life is like a box of chocolates.

Friday, February 07, 2003

This year my new years resolution was to give up one of my all time favorite things...you guessed it, chocolate! I really like chocolate, in fact, I find it almost impossible to refuse, but I was really feeling up for a challenge. Anyway, I'm proud to report that it's already a week into February, and I'm showing no signs of withdrawal. (My eye twitches every once in a while, but I'm not convinced that the two are related).
I haven't seen Anna's play so I don't know exactly what she is going to be doing except that it is somewhat sexual in nature. (I believe something to do with a pig troll rutting on stage). All I can say is you wouldn't catch me in such a compromising roll. On a side note, Anna had her eyebrows waxed in preparation for the show.

I just saw one of my professors walking down the hall and thought that now would be a good time to comment on his strange choice of names: Anonymous William Smith. I just call him Wil. I guess one day he decided that he would "spice things up" by changing or eliminating his middle name and then adding Anonymous as his first name. That's the name he uses for all his art and whatnot. I thought I would have more to say about that, but I guess I don't. I'll just let you think about it. From the sounds of it he is smarter than "Things and Stuff" lady.

In other news I qualified for Junior Nationals for swimming. The times are faster than Canada West but slower than the CI's. I don't think I'm going to go though, because none of the other team mates that qualified are going - and it is $250, not to mention it's over reading week - which I'll need to use to catch up on my homework.

Thursday, February 06, 2003

Just remember, libary, it's pronounced libary.

I was going to a panel discussion entitled "Libraries are important" and the lady who was at the door asked me if I was there for the libary discussion! I couldn't believe it. Here I was at the door to a room full of well over 35 librarians and this lady couldn't even say library. I felt like saying, "Please spell libary then spell library then look for both of them in a dictionary."

Maybe she is a lesbian. I heard that they have a hard time with their r's.

ps. The lisp only shows up sometimes. I always sort of figured you were doing it on purpose.
pps. ROTFL!
When did I ever use Alien Farts font and how did you know that I downloaded it onto my computer? Are you actually a game show creator ... er I mean secret agent that is spying on me? Anyway I am supposed to be superimposing one picture of myself onto another picture, but instead I'm posting on the blog.

Yesterday I was telling Anna-Maria that I talked to a guy on the phone about coming to see the room. I said I thought he seemed very slightly gay sounding on the phone and then she said that I might - to some people, sound a little gay. WHAT? She explained that I had an ever so slight bit of a lisp. Needless to say I'm confused about this - if I have a lisp how come nobody ever pointed it out to me before. So I'm forced to ask myself, do I really have a slight lisp?

Last night I visited with Anna and some of her friends while they had breaks in between ques for rehearsal. There are some strange characters in that play and when I say characters I mean actors. Anyway afterwards Anna-Maria and I drove one of the girls home and I asked her if she thought I had a lisp. My worst fears were confirmed when she hesitated. Damn-it I knew it. I have a lisp. Although she said that as far as speech anomalies are concerned mine wouldn't even make a blip on the radar for speech anomalies.

I want my money back too.
Tracie and I went to see confessions of a dangerous mind last night. It was pretty good, but nothing spectacular. I mean you wouldn't write home about it, but you might discuss it on your web log. It's the (maybe true) story of the guy who invented the newly wed game, the gong show and the dating game along with a whole crap load of other game shows that you've never heard about. Anyway, he gets recruited by the CIA to become a hitman. I liked the fact that it was different from most other movies that I have seen. The main drawback (for me at least) was that it showed him as a tv producer some of the time, and as a hitman/spy some of the time. Both were entertaining, but in trying to show both, it did an exceptional job of neither sides of his life. Sometimes it tried to be a comedy and sometime more of an action drama.

The only thing I can think of for this blog, is to continue on posting. I don't think Jackie will be joining, but maybe we should reinvite her with a little tutorial of how to work the site. She may or may not have any good stories anyway. She never emails me. I didn't even know she was going to California until Mom told me. Maybe Anna-Maria Onomatapia and Tracie will get their act together. Secretly, I'm hoping for a juggling act.

I'll leave you with a little bit of wisdom I've picked up along the way: Use ordinary fonts. Fancy fonts, like "Cosmic" or "Alien Fart," will make your story seem more interesting at first glance, but they don't actually make it any better.

Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Anna-Maria and I rented the Borne Identity last week. Anna was fairly critical of it, but I thought it was a great show. Ironically I thought it looked dumb to begin with meanwhile it was Anna-Maria who wanted to rent it. Anyway The Borne Identity DVD is now a week over due at Video Update and I'm thinking maybe tonight would be a good day to return it.

Now that I have posted the movie of myself dunking and the new comic parody of Gary's comics, I am at a loss of what to add to this site. I've been telling a few people about the site and I'm thinking what this site REALLY needs in order to improve is more people to post on it. Jackie is in California now working as an Au Pair and probably has lots of things to whine - errr um I mean write about. Mom and Dad still don't know how to use the internet so spending the time and energy involved in inviting them to post and following up with them would most likely be futile at best. Tracie's posts have been few and far between and even Anna has been slacking on her posting responsibilities. So what ever are we going to do? I don't know but while you're thinking about that I've got to run and pick up Anna-Maria from her play practice. Have a nice day.

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Today I went to my first New Media Faculty meeting. It was pretty long but nevertheless I think I'm glad I get to go. They did spend an overly long time discussing really boring things like what to do about the situation of how to hand students back their papers at the end of the year because the teachers don’t have much time at the end of the year and the faculty secretary is too busy. Actually I was stumped too, because if the teachers were refusing to let students pick them up at their offices and the students couldn't just pick them up from a pile somewhere because someone needed to be there to verify identity for F.O.I.P reasons, then what really could they do? The Faculty is also thinking about bringing some keynote speaker from Ontario. I can’t remember his name but he's the guy that wears a camera on his glasses and is convinced of the future of remote conferencing / technology to solve all our problems. Anyway they are going to pay to have him speak at the University - but here's the catch, he's going to web cast it. Yep - they are paying him to do the speech at the University but from wherever it is he works / lives in Ontario. All in all, I'm sure it will be interesting and at least the guy practices what he preaches.

I read Dad's email tonight. It definitely was from Dad. Here it is:

Be sure to check the attachment photo to see a picture of the latest
pie I made. It had mackintosh apples in it and it was sure good. The
feeling it gave when you were eating it was what I imagine would be
similar to the feeling you get when you snort cocaine. If the food and
drug administration knew about it they would have come and tried to
confiscate it. They would have had to be right there though because we ate
it pretty much at one sitting.


Picture of the pie Dad made.

Oh one other thing. I asked a complete stranger to use the video camera I borrowed from the library to tape me dunking the basketball. I'll download the video footage tomorrow and get a link to it similar to the one Gary has, so that you can all compare our dunking skills. (If you are wondering who I mean by you, I mean if you are reading this, then YOU ARE the person I am talking about.)
Today my things and stuff prof. got left and right mixed up. Twice. Nobody said anything, but I think there was at least one other person who noticed.

I want my money back.