Happy Halloween

30 10 2008

Got together with some of my peeps (that’s what the kids say these days right?) last night and did a little pumpkin carving. I haven’t carved a pumpkin in years, but it was indeed lots of fun. We drew our inspiration from THIS SITE and have submitted our pic so hopefully we will get posted on there at some point. Hope you all have a spooktacular Halloween!

(left to right: Mr. L, Mrs. M, Mr. G, and me)


Back From the Lake

24 10 2008

I got back from Lake Junaluska last night and it was so wonderful to be home with Mrs. M and the two most beautiful baby girls you have ever seen. 

Today is dedicated to being lazy. The girls are just resting (Harper seems to be a little under the weather), and Mrs. M and her sis are hanging out around the house talking and taking care of the girls. I am laying in the bed (with a little heat on my sore back) and generally wasting time on the computer and of course watching WW. It is a grey windy day in the fall and in my opinion it is glorious.

Last night gave me the final confirmation that I needed that this year is just not going to be Auburn’s year. We played WV like we have played most everyone else this year, not very well. I was most amazed by our inability to tackle ANYONE. Oh well, I guess as long as we win the last one we can spend the spring and summer getting ready to go again next fall. War Eagle anyhow!

and finally…

I came across the following video this morning and thought it was kind of fun (even if you don’t agree with it it is kind of nostalgic).

Where I Be

22 10 2008

Lake Junaluska in October is wicked awesome and this picture does not do it justice at all. I will try to take some better ones tomorrow with my real camera. This one is from my phone. Hope this post finds you all doing well.

Old School IM

12 10 2008

I remember being in college at “We Don’t Have a Good Fight Song U” and how with our newly provided Gateway Computers (mine was a Pentium 133…Jealous?) and unlimited access to the intrawebs via network connection, we thought we had it made. One of the key things that every computer saavy college co-ed had to have was Instant Messenger (AOL version of course). The other thing you had to have was Napster (pre-controversy) and Winamp, but that is not as important to this post. Everyone who was anyone had Instant Messenger (IM) and was basically logged on 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The one exception to this was a certain fellow student of mine who sold his WDHAGFSU Comp and used the money for video games and trips to Burger King (seriously he did). IM allowed its users to be in ‘constant contact’ with those who you were close to (or in some cases those whom you hoped to become close to…mostly those of the opposite sex). IM was also helpful if you and your roommate were in the room, sitting at your respective computers, and someone was visiting that you wished would leave and you could proceed to say snarky things about them and hope they didn’t catch on (some people did that…I ummm…heard they did…yeah that’s the ticket). IM for all its glories was wrought with one major problem, you could quite often not detect the tone of the conversation you were having with your counterpart at the other end of the ‘series of tubes’ that is known as the web. I got in more arguments than I would like to remember, with friends and others, because someone took something the wrong way because they didn’t hear the dripping sarcasm in a comment I wrote (What? Me? Sarcastic?….NOOOOOOO!!!). IM was no substitute for a good old fashioned sitting on the curb outside of IHOP until two in the morning “philosoph-a-thon” where you and your closest friends solved most all of the worlds problems.

Why, you are probably asking, is he droning on and on about this almost forgotten technology nugget (what with your text messages, GChats, and all)? I will tell you why. In recent days I have allowed myself to get caught up in someone else’s nonsense (blogs, comments, what have you…). The worst part about the whole thing is that I let it happen. 

Again you are asking why I am writing this. I am not going to blog anymore about politics until the election is over and we know the direction our country is headed. I love discussing these things with those who are able to have a conversation (as opposed to a word war) and then when it is all said and done move on to other topics (such as the merits of why “bears beats Battlestar Galactica”). I will continue to have these discussions with those that want to have them but I won’t do it anywhere but in person. I need to be able to hear a voice and have mine heard as well. There is too much in life that is important, not to take away importance from this monumental election that is looming near, to get caught up in arguing for the sake of arguing and I’m not going to do it.

Most of you don’t care, some of you might be relieved, a few of you might be thinking “He posted about politics? I thought all he did was quote West Wing and pretend like he knew what he was talking about.” Whatever you thought, I leave you with those thoughts and I am moving forward.

Carried Away

11 10 2008

Things on this blog and a couple of others have gotten a little carried away lately and were headed in a direction that will benefit no one. I have tons I would love to say and several accusations that I would love to address but at this point it is the dog chasing its own tail. So we are moving on. I hope you all have a great weekend. War Eagle!

My Thoughts on the Debates

3 10 2008

I love this political season we are in. I don’t know if it is a product of getting older and caring about the society that I am becoming increasingly a part of and will raise my kids in, maybe its because it changes things up from the nonsense that is typically on TV, or maybe its just a side effect of my silly obsession with the West Wing. Whatever the case may be, I love it. I have watched both of the debates thus far (the Presidential last week and the Veep last night) and much to my disappoint they have just not been that great.

I have been wondering what it is that is accomplished when you have an event that is basically nothing more than a pageant of rehearsed stump statements that really don’t accomplish much more than to reinforce the feelings of those who have already settled on a candidate. I firmly believe that next to no one was persuaded in a different direction than where they already were due to the performance of any of the four candidates over the last two weeks. My questions is one that has been posed, yep you guessed it, on the West Wing. In the 7th season during the debate between Congressman Matthew Santos (a young’ish minority member of Congress whom many questioned his experience) and Senator Arnold Vinick (an old member of the Senate who was a rouge in the Republican party of whom there were many questions about his religious beliefs) they only get a couple of questions into the debate before ‘the bus gets pulled over’. Congressman asks the Senator directly would he be willing to suspend the rules (90 second response followed by 60 second follow up followed by 60 second rebuttal, etc…) in favor of a real substantial debate where they are able to speak directly to one another and actually approach the issues and speak realistically not in rehearsed little snippets.

I want to see a real debate. I want to see people answer questions. I want to see someone forced to prove that they can think critically about issues and can show why they should be elected. Anyone can memorize statistics, anyone can rehearse how to talkabout Iraq without sounding definitive about it, anyone can do what has been done the last two weeks.

I want a real debate.