Friday, September 29, 2006


My Phillies arenow 2 games out of the wild card race for the national league playoffs.

I miss the 1980's.

After working today, I am off for a week.

It's less than a month to my friend Jeff's wedding to the lovely Valerie.

My wife was awake and blogging at 2:30am.

My wife and I finished season one of Grey's Anatomy. Last night we started on Season two of LOST.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Been Busy, What Else is New?

Saturday afternoon and I'm at work, so you ask how busy can it be, right?

Well, I came in 2 hours earlier than planned because we received a call from a guy I know with Student Venture on Thursday, telling me that they had 100 teens gathering in the parking lot behind us at 12 today to leave for a whitewater rafting trip. I'm jealous, because I love to whitewater raft, but it's so late in the season, they are gonna freeze their Christiaan bootys off! So they head out to the Ocoee for some reckless fun!

I am taking care of some invoices for work and getting ready to go take the headset for the majority of 2-7, and I'll likley get out early, between 7 and 8 tonight.

Plans are taking shape as the Amy and Michael 5th Anniversary trip begins in 7 and one half days. We're driving to Williamsburg, VA, site of our honeymoon for a full week including staying at the same condo complex with jacuzzis in every condo! I think my biggest expectations are driving up to see the National Zoo and dinner a the Williamsburg Inn on our anniversary night.

Lucy will be going off to obedience training on Thursday (for 2 weeks), and I'll be heading off to Madison, GA for a grand opening of another Chick-fil-a a week after we return. After that it's a weekend trip to west Tennessee for a weding for some friend of Amy's from college. :)

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about Michael

1…. Start your list here!

Since I gave this idea to my wife this morning, I'll do people I'd like to have at my dinner table.

1. The obligatory Jesus Christ (though I'll wait for Him to make the reservation).

2. Meg Ryan

3. Julia Roberts

4. Daniel Negraneau (professional poker player)

5. Mike Schmidt (retired baseball player, my childhood idol)

6. Duante Culpepper (most famous person to graduate from my college)

7. My Nana (Mary Giannaris Christopher)

8. Constandino "Gus" Giannaris (my Great Grandfather who died when I was an infant)

9. Big & Rich

10. Toby Keith (gotta be BBQ)

11. Vaughn Rhea (best local artist who shoulda made it big)

12. Jimmy Buffett

13. Neil Patrick Harris (have you seen him make fun of himself in Harold & Kumar?)

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Back to the list of things about me

Picking up at 31....

31. As a kid I loved collecting and playing with Matchbox and HotWheels cars.

32. Despite having set foot on soil belonging to 5 different nations, I have but one stamp in my passport.

33. I am a Debbie Gibson fan. In '97 I went to a fan convention where she was very involved including Q&A sessions, charity auctions, meet & greets, and a private concert. It was there that I met a guy who later became a great friend and groomsman at my wedding.

34. The first concert I ever went to was in February, 1985. It was Hall & Oates, on the Big Bam Boom Tour, live through '85. I saw tham again on an unplugged tour in '91.

35. Other artists I have seen in concert more than once. U2, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Debbie Gibson, Newsboys, Third Day, Tobymac, Michael W. Smith, Point of Grace, Jimmy Buffett, Vonray, Amy Grant, Sting, Casting Crowns, Jars of Clay, Plumb, Paul Coleman Trio, Meatloaf.

36. Artists I have never seen in concert but would love to include... Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefani (and No Duobt).

37. I once weighed 315 pounds. I want to weigh 215. I'm about half way there.

38. I asked for and received a Monopoly game on my wedding registry. I will be married 5 years soon and we have never opened it. I remembered a game I loved a s a kid called Othello. A few years back my wife gave it to me for Christmas. We hadn't played it before we moved to our house from our apartment. It got packed and disappeared (as did my Leatherman).

39. I don't care much for coffee. I will drink it, but seldom as a first choice.

40. I would much rather be cold than hot.

My Poor Aching ME!

Sunday morning, 5:45am.

It's close to when I normally wake up as I typically work at 6:30. So my body, being on something of a schedule wants to void the bladder. I accomplish this and decide to go let the dog out to void its bladder and we'll likely sleep on the couch til Amy gets home.

I somehow missed my footing (placement of my foot and the worn carpet on the stairs) and I found myself falling. First was the impact of my forehead above the right eye on the stairwell wall. Next the panic of the uncontrolled sliding descent to the landing below. I made enough noise to wake my brother, who only came out to verify I had not broken anything. It appears not. I do have a bit of highly abbrasive rugburn scabbing over on my right calf, and though no bruises, my right thigh and shoulder are both very sore.

I missed work today in an attempt to heal, especially as we had a truck to unload today and I work the Monday trucks. A lot of sleep and two hot soaks in the tub have helped a bit, and a lot of ibuprofin.

The one positive note (with a negative side) was Amy and I did go to see Beauty and the Beast as the Disney production tour was in Atlanta this week. I've seen this production at least once before (in NY) and I think I saw it on tour in Orlando. We had great seats in the balcony and Amy had her first taste of Disney on stage. The problem came at the end, when at the finale I started to cry. It's the happy ending element, but I started thinking about it and determined I have something of a "beast complex."

With my size and lack of model-quality looks, and my abbrasive sense of humor/personality, I realize I have a great deal in common with this character.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

My Poor Aching Knights

With great expectations, I left work this afternoon having changed from my uniform to my UCF Football Jersey and UCF ballcap, and I attached my UCF flag to my Jeep and away I went to the sports bar that is home to the Atlanta Area UCF Alumni Association. We had our first viewing party and had a great turnout - about 45 people!

The problem is we had to play the Gators of the University of Florida, IN Gainesville.

I left after the 1st half as we were losing 34-0. It wasn't so bad we lost to a team that is consistently in the top 25 in the nation. Theur coach displayed extrememly poor sportsmanship by running up the score. Late in the 2nd quarter, 1 minute, 15 seconds to be exact, UCF got the ball deep in their own territory. They could have easily run out the clock and gone to halftime. Instead, Coach Meyer called a timeout after each of UCF's three running plays in order to stop the clock and preserve time in the half. UCF had to punt and UF got the ball with 45 seconds left and in good field position. Within 3 plays they scored, leaving it 34-0 at with 5 seconds left in the half and kicking off to UCF again. With a 28 point shutout in the works, why beat on a team that is down simply because you can? Boo!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Thirteen Things about Old TV Shows I Watched

1…. Start your list here!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
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The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Following in the footsteps of my beloved

The Thursday Thirteen

It appears that in certain blogging circles, a tradition called the Thursday Thirteen. You basically make a list of thirteen things that are connected in some way. For instance, today Amy listed thirteen old TV shows she liked to watch. Here are mine...

The A*Team - in the height of the 80's controversy regarding violence in TV there came a show about an undergrouond fugitive unit of commandos lead by a cigar-chomping part-time actor (George Peppard), a "face" man, gret with the con and greater with the ladies (Dirk Benedict), a bad-ass black man (Mr. T), and a mentally deranged dguy who could fly anything (Dwight Schultz). Of course it pales in comaprison to moderrn TV, especially cable. Ever notice despite being elite commandos, they never managed to score a fatal shot on an enemy?

WKRP in Cincinati - honestly, would you rather be stuck on a deserted island with Jenniferr Marlowe or Bailey Quarters? Hell would be being on that island with Les Nessman and Herb Tarlik. Greatest TV quotes "As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

Key West - a short-lived show in the early days of the FOX network starred Fisher Stevens as a NJ factory worker who won the lottery and moved to KW to pursue writing. His ex-wife got the money from him so he went to work for the island newspaper and the show was very well written and the cast included Denise Crosby and Jennifer Tilly.

Battlestar Galactica - here's Dirk Benedict again as ladies man/starfighter Starbuck in a show that was very obviously themed on the tribes of Israel.

Wanted - it appears this TNT drama is not coming back after one season, but I liked it. A special fugitive squad is assembled to hunt LA's 100 most wanted, teaming LAPD, FBI, ATF, DEA, and Navy Intel officers.

Riptide - a private detective show with two studly guys and the geeky guy who helped them all the time. Remember they had a huge helicopter called the "Mimi."

Night Court - Harry Anderson, John Laroquette, Markie Post. Very funny.

Laff-Olympics - back in the day, kids would look forward to Saturday morning to wake up and run downstairs to spend the entire morning watching cartoons. Tops among these were the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner Show, The Justice League (where the entire group of superheros hung out in the Hall of Justice and worrked together to fight evil), and my favorite The Laff-Olympics. In the spirit of the Battle of the Network Stars, Hanna-Barbara came up with this show with teams of the Yogi's Yahooies, Scooby Doobys, and the Really Rottens (including Mutley from the Stop the Pigeon cartoons).

The Dukes of Hazzard - late 70's, early 80's, my brother and I loved this show. We lived in PA, and there was a road near our house that crossed a creek. It was midway down a steep slope, and the bridge had a drop off down the hill. We would encourge our dad to accelerate for a cool drop we called the "Duke dive off Hazard Hill." In 1982 we found out we were moving to Georgia. I was 11. I looked at a map to find out where Hazzard County, GA was located. No such place.

Whiz Kids - somewhere in the 80's there was a show about a bunch of computer geeks. As is the formula, I think there was one cute girl, shoulda been cheerleader or something. I don't recall the plotlines, but the opening credits played Mozart's "allegra."

The Powers of Mattthew Starr - about the same time as Whiz Kids, Louis Gossett, Jr. was the teacher/guardian/confidante of the exiled/hidden prince of an alien culture who, like Superman, had abilities beyond Earthlings.

Magnum, P.I. - he lived for free, in Hawaii, and got to drive a Ferrari. The only downnside was the annoying flashback episodes where he was a 40's era private dick.

M*A*S*H - perhaps my favorite show of all time. It was funny, it was serious. When it ended the finale was the most-watched program of all time. The suiting title of the finale was Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Tiger Woods of Trivia With Patrick.

So it is Tuesday and we had our weekly round of brainbusting at Tijuana Joes Mexican Cantina. Tonight's version of the team "Jobu Needs a Refill" was Amy, her coworker Andy Bankston, and me. We had a small opposition of 4 other teams, all regulars. The Old People, Camarillo, The Bambinos, and Dark Chocolate were present. We took the lead with the first round bonus, where prior to the question we were in second by one point.

The first-round bonus on BASEBALL. What number did Babe Ruth wear as a New York Yankees . Andy knew wit was number 3.

We kept the lead the rest of the night, but round 4 was a bear and we found ourselves in first place with the three remaining teams (Dark Chocolate left early) all within 5 points. We lead with 50 going into the final bonus. Patrick named 8 sitcoms and the names of the wives/mothers. We had to name the actresses who oplayed these roles. We got all 4 of the ones we tried for, just enough to hold off a team that moved from 3rd to 2nd with their efforrts. Here's the list...

1. Claire Huxtable - the Cosby Show
2. Carol Brady - The Brady Bunch
3. Edith Bunker - All in the Family
4. Louise Jefferson - The Jeffersons
5. Ray's wife on Eveyone Loves Raymond
6. The mom on Malcolm in the Middle
7. Alice Cramden - The Honeymooners
8. Bre somethingorother on Desperate Housewives

3 points a piece - wrong answers lose 3, blank answers cost nothing. You have 4 minutes

Friday, September 01, 2006

Where do two weeks go?

I look at my blog and I realize it's been 2 weeks since I was last here. I'm wondering what if anything significant has happened since then.

Amy got our tickets to Beauty and the Beast. We went online to see where the seats are and in the process found ourselves buying two tickets to Michael W Smith doing a Christmas show at the Fox Theatre on Dec 11.

Amy agreed to, and we started watching Season One of LOST.

I had a heck of a workouot with my trainer Monday. He kicked my butt.

We did NOT go to the Amy Grant concert we won tickets for.

On Labor Day I am going to see WWE RAW live at Philips Arena.

Tonight we attended a support group for families adopting from China. I was surprised to see someone there I knew. Brad Avery from the Christian rock band Third Day and his wife Mindy weree there as part of the group.

My friends Kelly and Mindy had their baby this afternoon!

Tina Yothers (Jeennifer Keaton on "Family Ties") says "Weeight loss sucks!"

Tomorrrow is a good day as college football Saturdays start again. I will not be able to see my UCF Golden Knights host Villanova, but I will watch GA Tech vs. Notre Dame and look forward to next week's big one UCF vs. UF in the Swamp!

It's 11:35pm, I need to go to bed.