Archive for June, 2010

Last week it was an earthquake.  This week it’s a tornado.  What’s next?????

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Woot woot Seattle now I realize why I’ve always felt a kinship with you!  Totally diggin’ the Space Needle’s new colors 🙂

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So last weekend my Mother and I went to see Toy Story 3 with several people.  I promise I won’t spoil it but there was a part where I was sitting there and during a certain part of the movie it got super sad.  And here I am a 27 year old guy, sitting with his mother, starting to get weepy.  It was ridiculous. And I was like keep it together Sammy keep it together, it’s a kid movie its fine.  I managed to regain composure when from behind me I hear a grown woman begin to cry, then her grown daughter start to cry, then to my far right I hear other people cry, then people to my left in the corner more people are crying and all I could think…..my weepiness is justified..whew!

My advice: Totally go see Toy Story 3…It’s Amazing…just be ready for some tears!

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Minds out of the gutters people.  I’m not talking about my love of all things men-esque.  I’m talking about my one real true love……snail mail.  Lets be serious who doesn’t love ordering something on-line knowing perfectly well that in a few days your  mailbox will be filled with glorious mail loaded with desired objects.  It’s thrilling and exciting and the only thing that can top that exhilaration is getting something in the mail you weren’t expecting.

Imagine my surprise when I came home the other day and found my mailbox stuffed with not only the usual assortment of bills, advertisement, and  other junk mail but also inside was a package that had been mailed to  me.  It was mailed to  me from a certain blogger who lives in a far flung state (New Jersey) that just so happens to be the home of one of my fav music artists

(Here’s the package in all it’s mail glory)

(Let the opening commence)

(The wonderful contents!)

Yes, Natalie from Book, Line, and Sinker had sent me a book to borrow and read.  I’ve been lusting, coveting, dying to read Diablo Cody’s “Candy Girl.”  After a brief discussion on Natalie’s blog she dropped it in the mail and it eventually found its way to good ol’ Erie, Penna.  Not only did she lend me the book but she also slipped in a postcard a la of Bruce Springsteen fame “Greetings From Asbury Park N.J.”  She knows me to well and how much I love The Boss.  Not only was the book a treat but the postcard was icing on the cake.  Below is where the postcard ended up!!!!

(On my fridge right next to my Smithsonian postcard!  Postcards the next best thing to heaven!)

Thank you Darling for the lend and the postcard.  It made my day 🙂

Photo Cred for the Bruce pic: (http://2fm.rte.ie/blogs/dave_fanning_news/2009/09/)

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Canada keep your earthquakes to yourself.  No I didn’t feel the tremor, I’m pretty sure I was walking to my car when it happened, boo that whore.

Erie likes to rock and roll! Go Geology!

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So yesterday instead of enjoying my usual routine of dinner then an evening of trivia I took a leave of absence from trivia and did something completely different…..I went to a North American Scrabble Players Association club meeting in Erie and played scrabble for three and a half hours.  A-M-A-Z-O!

Let me begin but stating I’ve always dabbled in Scrabble and have enjoyed playing it.  I’m not the best player but I liken myself as being above average.  If I try really hard I can squeeze out a 200 point game. 

So last night I saddle up to our local Barnes and Noble apprehensive and worried.  I was worried for two reasons.  One, what if I was not very good by these players standards…I mean who wants to have the snot kicked out of them by old ladies two, what if I was super good and put others to shame (wishful thinking I’m aware).  Well low and behold number one was the one I had to worry about.  I entered the scrabble arena and there were several old ladies milling about. Their eyes lit up when I asked if I could play scrabble with them.  They were delighted…I’m pretty sure they were delighted that a young man was playing as well 🙂  I told them I was a newbie and that they would have to take it easy on me…they laughed and paired me with a nice woman.  I was also given a cheat sheet.  A woman next to me leaned over and laughed, “We give these to all the first time players.  You can use it for a while then eventually we will take it away.” 

I thought to myself I’m a college educated man I am not going to use a cheat sheet on scrabble with older women.  Another woman joined in saying, “We give these out because we don’t want to scare the new players away,” she smiled nicely at me.  Another woman chimed, “Thats the reason we don’t use timers.  It scares people.”   

Apparently I now had something to worry about.  The woman I was paired and I started our game and she promptly stomped the school yard with me; all the while smiling and telling me I was doing just fine.  And so the tone of the evening had been set….I had accepted the role as loser. 

Three games later I had been smashed to smithereens.  And the whole time the kindly old women told me I was doing fine, cojoled higher scoring words from me, laughed and cracked jokes with me.  It was lovely!  By far one of the best Tuesday night spent doing something in a long time.  And yes by the third game I was using the cheat sheet!

The ladies took their time and explained to me the much nessary need to learn as many two letter words as possible (because thats where you get all your points), you should despose of doble vowels (it’s never good to have doubles), and you should save your s’s and blanks for bingos or seven letter words (it is easier to come up with high point words when you have a blank scrabble chip that you can make any letter and  be able to pluralize it), finally every word you put down should be worth at least a 20 point score.

The night was a ton of the and the ladies were all so very nice to me (even if I lost to them all LOL).  So I’ve decided that I will go back next week.  I’m studying my cheat sheets and bring the noise and the funk for my next game night with them!!!!

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I know sometimes I bitch about living in Erie, Pa. but with sunsets like this how can I not love it.

My friends I present to you an Erie sunset.

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