Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Gerald Ford dead today, at the senseless age of 93

I'm temporarily bustin out of my holiday hiatus to honor the memory of Former President Gerald Ford. RIP Gerald Ford. I still can't believe that circus lion made it past the security guard at that convenience store. And perhaps...I never will.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Stupid work and holiday hiatus

Due to crazy deadlines that have to do largely with the impending holiday season (since I used to celebrate the holiday called "Christmas," I will call it that from now on), Christmas shopping, Christmas traveling, and Christmas crap and extra Christmas crappy work, the blog will be on hiatus until the new year. I think maybe I just need to hire an intern or something. But despite my massive workload, I'm not throwing in the towel on this blog just yet. So I look forward to resuming the bloggery here in 2007.

In the meantime, might I make a suggestion? You could subscribe to my blog using the RSS button down there, so that new blog posts pop up on your Yahoo or whatever home page. Just a thought. Anyway, have a great Christmas season and New Year. Huzzah.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Winter sucks

Ah, yes. After returning from a whiskey-soaked weekend in the hills of West Virginia, which included attendance at West Virginia University's triple-overtime grind-down of Rutgers Saturday night, I'm dragging this morning. Not hungover or anything (surprisingly) although I am fairly tired...I'm just not ready for this freaking cold weather. That's the true killer this morning.

After that storm front that moved through the country last week, it is now officially winter. It happened waaaaay too suddenly. One minute it's 70 degrees outside, and the next, there's a 20-percent chance of snow. And it will be like this for the next four months. I don't think I'll ever get used to these more northern winters (I'm originally from southern Virginia), and I don't know how people from the Maines and Minnesotas of the world do it. I think I'd go crazy. Anyway, just wanted to bitch about the weather, for the record. Now I'm going to crawl back under my desk and hope no one bothers me for the rest of the day. Because that's how you get ahead in life. Nice.

West Virginia beats Rutgers in triple overtime [Charlestown Gazette]
Snow, Ice, Freezing Rain Drill Midwest [Washington Post]

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Office recap: "The Convict"

(Psst...go here for recap video.)

I really enjoyed last night's episode of the office, titled "The Convict." Among the highlights were a partial return of the Jim-and-Pam dynamic which always makes for funny moments, some spot-on Michael Scott hijinks, and of course, minimal Dwight involvement. He's getting too crazy.

In this episode, the office finds out that one of the new employees from the closed Stamford branch is an ex-con. Michael is disappointed that the person in question turns out to be a black man.

"Why did it have to be such a stereotype?" Michael laments. "Why couldn't the criminal have been more new-age, like a white man who got arrested for polluting a black man's lake?"

Hilarious. Of course, Michael intervenes when no intervention is needed and mucks things up. This all culminates with him putting on a do-rag and pretending he's "Prison Mike," to convince people that their office is better than prison (some were temporarily certain that prison was preferable -- more outside time, better television set, etc.) The convict guy ends up quitting, which makes for two resignations in two weeks from the new Stamford employees. I sense a trend. My guess is that Jim is going to break up with the hot girl in the season finale, making her the final person to quit, thus bringing it back to the original cast. Although they might keep the Daily Show guy around -- his misguided attempts to get with Pam were hilarious, and he's a relatively big name.

Overall, very funny show after two relatively flat episodes. Hope they keep it rolling. Huzzah!

The Office Video [NBC]

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