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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

10:17PM - hi

I know I haven't posted here much lately, but I had to ask for some help now. I had a phone interview for a job I really want, and I'm afraid I didn't leave the kind of impression I wanted. For all you praying types, if you could send some love up to The Big Guy for me, I'd appreciate it. I've had a less-than stellar track record at getting jobs on my own, so maybe some divine intervention can help me out.

The job would land me back in Birmingham and hopefully be a positive change in my situation. Plus I would be able to hang out with some of you guys to whom Ive been a virtual ghost since I moved. So that's good times all around.

Current mood: nervous

(3 big sticks | speak softly)

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

11:45PM - question

Does anybody else get depressed watching reruns of The Office (American or BBC)? Or does my life just suck that much?

Current mood: officed out

(3 big sticks | speak softly)

Monday, May 8, 2006


EDIT: So maybe apparently this IQ test was something of a joke. The clever test writer managed to make the result say 148 on my computer and 83 on everyone else's. So people (me) go around thinking they're near geniuses, while the rest of the world sees said person (me) as border-line retarded. I suppose the test-maker did this to feel more intelligent than the internet community at large. I will now attempt to find this person and light his shorts on fire.

If you havent noticed this, Jason and Amanda, you may want to adjust your posts.

I always knew I was smart. Now I have an internet bunny with a cap to confirm it.

And still my score is lower than Sharon Stone. But she did make Basic Instinct 2, so I think she should lose two points right there.

(3 big sticks | speak softly)

Monday, April 3, 2006


Rolling Stone is teaming up with MTV to do a reality show where they pick a young writer to work at Rolling Stone for a year. Its American Idol for writers.

There's a 12-page application to fill out and turn in, and they also want a 5-10 minute video of me being me. Im working on the application and I was hoping some of you could help me with some of the questions. Just the first thing that comes to your head, give me things to think about, etc.

How would someone who really knows you describe your best traits?
How would someone who really knows you describe your worst traits?
What's the craziest thing youve ever done?

I asked my friend Lance these questions and he gave me a lot of good material. Anyway just tell me what you remember about me. Thats what Im going for, to make these people at least remember my application from among the thousands theyll receive.

Current mood: excited

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

7:13PM - and badness

well, things cant stay good forever. my mom called me around 2:00 this afternoon to let me know my grandmother in connecticut died today. she was 86, which wasnt a bad run at it, and she'd been having some health problems, so it was somewhat expected. my dad had been up there to visit her. he knew things were bad when he left, but he didnt hear she had died until after his plane landed, so i actually knew before he did, which i find odd for some reason. the details havent been set yet, but ill probably be flying up there thursday morning and returning sunday. i generally have a great time when i go up there. this time, im guessing not so much. the whole family only gets together for weddings and funerals. we'd had like 9 weddings in a row (so many cousins), so i guess we were due. my grandfather has pretty advanced dementia, and half the time he didnt recognize his wife of 64 years anyway, so im not sure what effect this will have on him. as bas as it sounds, its like he was dead already, since he hasnt recognized me for years, and lately hasnt known his own wife or children. she was still with it mentally, but her body didnt hold up as well. remind me to have one of you shoot me when i hit 75.

Current mood: drained

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Monday, March 20, 2006

1:52PM - newness

Still kicking it in Lumberton, exciting as that sounds. I did send out a resume to a paper in Wilmington, which would be the coolest place ever to live and work. Well, better than anywhere Ive lived so far anyway.

I went there on Monday with Shelley, who was visiting me for her spring break, to check out the town and it was FANTASTIC.

The job is a long shot at best, but fun to think about. The editor said they had received 112 resumes so far and hadnt had time to go through them. Then I realized in the body of my email I mentioned that I had graduated from the "Univerdsity of Alabama." But on the bright side, maybe the other 111 people who applied for the job also cant spell the name of their schools. No wonder it took me five years to graduate. I had mentioned earlier the job at rivals.com in t-town, but i havent heard from them in several weeks and my last emails went unreturned, so im considering it dead. I may change my mind if I hear from them again, but i doubt that will happen.

In other Shelley news, we're officially dating again. Ive been thinking about it a lot, and I think the biggest reason we broke up is that she was in pennsylvania and i was in alabama. now im older, more mature-ish and i think i'll handle being apart better than i did before. A lot of things could be changing soon. its a weird feeling, but im not afraid of that like i was in the past. bring it future. im here ready for you.

Current mood: hopeful

(7 big sticks | speak softly)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006



might be moving back to tuscaloosa.


that is all.

(8 big sticks | speak softly)

Tuesday, December 6, 2005


Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In November I broke amelieeee's X-Box (-12 points). In August I ruled Duluth, Minnesota as a cruel and heartless dictator (-700 points). Last Monday I gave canturrer a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points). In October I caught a purse-snatcher who stole pullmyfinger's purse (30 points). In July I set jfforlife's puppy on fire (-66 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-753 points). For Christmas I deserve a moldy sandwich!


Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

12:17AM - this is not an update

New entry on the Laughing Catholic, my other blog. I know I haven't updated it since May, but I always liked the concept and Im going to try to keep it up better than I did this summer. In other news... well, that's about it. Have a nice day.

(1 big stick | speak softly)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


Well in a few hours i'll be 24. kindof a weird feeling. this time last year, i was in college. now im in lumberton. 24. thats not so young anymore. an old friend of mine died in her sleep at 24. if i knew this was my last birthday, would i be satisfied? what would i do this year if i didnt have another and another and another to follow? not what ive been doing. not what ive done. i know theres something im supposed to do, something i can do, but i just cant make myself sit down and do it. i distract myself instead. video games, murdering hours and hours on the internet doing nothing. it doesnt add up. it adds up to nothing. which is what ive done. i work 40-ish hours per week. the rest of my life these months? sleep, tv, dvds, video games and the general postponement of anything real or worthwhile. one by one my friends are moving on with their lives. they get married, engaged, whatever. they have friends. in their town, wherever they are. so maybe im not mr jump into a new town and become mr popular. im ok with that. or maybe im not. apparently that one. shelley used to say i was too attached to tuscaloosa, or alabama. that i was afraid to get out and try new things. i think i was ok with being attached. "the sun is always prettiest just before it goes away." i was feeling part of a group more than i had before the summer before i left. jason, celi, ben, etc. i love you guys. it was a pretty great summer, and not just the time i spent in greece. my cousin got married last weekend. im not anywhere close to that, but that doesnt bother me. what does bother me is if i ever do get married, i have no clue who would be my best man. the groomsmen? i could name several i guess, but none are more compelling than others. none of the names i throw out there would ask me to be in their wedding in return. ive complained about this forever, i suppose its just the way i am. having several groups of friends i associated with, but none i was part of. its my choice more than anything and i realize that, but that doesnt mean i have to like it. especially when the multiple groups of friends i could hang out with became 0 that i could see without a 9-hour drive.

(1 big stick | speak softly)

Saturday, October 8, 2005

12:39AM - Everybody else is doing it

Here' the text of a column I wrote for today's Robesonian. I figured some of you Bama-types might enjoy it.

It's official. I'm cursed. I am the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Cubs and pre-2004 Boston Red Sox all rolled into one. I'm going to have to check back through past issues of Sports Illustrated to make sure I didn't somehow wind up on the cover.

When it comes to football, I am more jinxed than Steve Bartman, the goat or the ghost of Babe Ruth's hot dog.

I began to suspect The Curse during my freshman year of college. During each of my four years at Hoover High School, the mighty Buccaneers managed to be the biggest high school in the state and still not make the playoffs in football.

My senior year, Hoover hired current super-coach Rush Propst, and he guided the team to a 7-5 record, which was not good enough to grab a playoff berth.

That's when I left for the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide had just won the 1999 SEC championship, and had a pre-season No. 3 ranking the day I moved into my dorm room.

Then The Curse reared its ugly head. Alabama limped to a 3-8 season that included a homecoming loss to Central Florida and a shutout loss to Southern Mississippi.

Meanwhile, my old Bucs went on a tear to win their first-ever state championship.

The Curse continued through the next few years. Alabama fired head coach Mike Dubose, replacing him with Dennis Franchione, who led Alabama to a 7-5 and a 10-3 season before leaving for Texas A&M in the middle of the night without so much as a word, even to his players. I could write an entire column — or novel — on what a classless, gutless decision that was.

Alabama then felt the sting of NCAA sanctions again, facing a two-year bowl ban and some scholarship reductions.
Back in Hoover, the Buccaneers — no doubt rejuvenated after my departure — have now won four of the five state championships since I left, falling short only in the 2001 championship game. There is currently an MTV reality series in production about this year's attempt to win a fifth state title.

Back in Tuscaloosa, the Tide hired Washington State's Mike Price to rebuild the players' confidence in humanity after being stood up at the altar by Franchione.

Unfortunately, Price had a little too much fun at a bachelor party and was fired after a Sports Illustrated story detailed a night he spent with multiple strippers before a charity golf tournament in Florida, all put on his university credit card. He never coached a game at Alabama.

Enter Mike Shula, then a 38-year old NFL assistant and former Alabama quarterback, whose previous greatest accomplishment in coaching was being Don Shula's son.

Shula appeared on campus after spring practice, not allowed to coach his team until just weeks before the season. Despite having a talented roster, the Tide struggled to a 4-9 record, with a quintuple-overtime
loss to Tennessee and double-overtime loss to Arkansas, using packages installed less than a month before the first game.

The next year, my last on campus, the Tide started strong, but finished in intensive care. The starting quarterback, tailback and fullback each tore his ACL. The second-string tailback suffered a sports hernia and pelvic fracture, while the second-string quarterback suffered numerous back injuries. A third-string quarterback and running back helped Alabama finish 6-6 with a loss in the Music City Bowl, cementing the Tide's place in football mediocrity.

Until I left town.

Now, Alabama is 5-0 with a No. 7 ranking to boot after trouncing Florida 31-3 and making Urban Meyer's spread option offense look silly.

The Tide also hosted a Who's-Who list of recruits at the game, including five-star lineman Andre Smith and quarterback Tim Tebow.

Shula has already picked up two commitments since that game, and it looks as if the Tide's strong start could land them their best recruiting class in years.

And all it took was my move to Robeson County. Some might say it was more the fact that they've had two full recruiting classes under Shula, quarterback Brodie Croyle can still walk and Florida isn't as good as everybody thought they were. But I know better.

Although it's mathematically impossible, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if all six Robeson County teams went undefeated the year after I stop working in Robeson County. The Curse is that strong.

But for now, I can sit back, relax and enjoy the success of all the teams I used to be associated with ... so long as I don't get within 50 miles of them.

(3 big sticks | speak softly)

Monday, October 3, 2005

6:08AM - I forgot

In another recent development, The Tuscaloosa News has apparently hired a new sports writer who is not me. It makes me sad a bit, not because I think I'm better than this guy, or even because I think I'm qualified, but because I didn't hear about the opening so I could even apply and remind them I exist. I mean that's a job I'd very much like to have, but apparently there's no way to know when one becomes available. Unless somebody who happens to be at the TNews tells me. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Ahem. Carla Jean. That's all. Now off to work.

Edit: It has recently been brought to my attention that the writer I thought was new is in fact quite old. However, CJ will still give the heads up on any openings, so basically just ignore everything you see here. There is no post behind the curtain.

(4 big sticks | speak softly)

Sunday, October 2, 2005

9:13PM - here's the rundown from the past 8 days

I'm still here in Lumberton, but I have a shiny new car now, so my 4-minute drive to work every day is that much better. On the way back to Bham Sunday to pick up said car, I was driving the old Fridge, when somewhere around Anniston, my air conditioner stops blowing cold air. I say, this is strange, switch to the vent and keep driving. In Brompton (less than 30 mins away from a new car) the serpentine belt pops off, meaning I have no use of the radiator, alternator, power steering, air conditioner or anything else really. I pull off at the exit and pop the hood, and see the belt off and frayed, but not broken. I'm thinking, ok, maybe I can get the belt back on just to get back home and decide what to do there. Then a friendly mechanic-type civilian who was getting gas shows me why the belt popped off. The AC pump was completely broken and there were flecks of aluminum around the pump tbat were obviously not a good sign. So, I had to get the car towed away, and it is currently at our mechanic's shop to be used for parts.

But the rest of the weekend was good. I got the car Sunday and then headed over to T-Town for a reunion party with the kids I went to Greece with. It was good times, and made me miss lots of kids I dont get to see anymore. I really wish I couldve been there Saturday for the Florida Massacre and what Im sure was a great time celebrating after the fact.

The other sports writer at The Robesonian has officially left. Saturday was his last day, so from now I get to be two people at work. My editor said I could work up to 50 hours a week. Overtime is time and a half, so that'll be a nice bonus to the bank account. Unfortunately, it means I have to work every day but Sundays, including Friday until 1 a.m. and Saturday until midnight. I also have to go in every day between 7 and 7:30 to do the morning's scoreboard page. We'll see how it plays out. If we dont hire somebody soon, I could get burned out and sleep-deprived. But at least I'll be well-paid for doing it. Or at least better-paid than I was before. Which isn't that good. At all. Maybe I can go back to college for 4 years and become an engineer.

Current mood: tired

(3 big sticks | speak softly)

Friday, September 23, 2005

5:04PM - surprisingly accurate, but i still need a life

You Are A: Bear Cub!

bear cubBears are strong and independent creatures who roam in the forest in search of food. Bears are usually gentle, but anger one and be prepared for their full fury! You're big, you're tough, you won't back down from a fight -- classic attributes of a bear. Intelligent and resourceful, though lazy at times, you are a fascinating creature of the wild.

You were almost a: Duck or a Kitten
You are least like a: Chipmunk or a GroundhogWhat Cute Animal Are You?

Current mood: bored

(1 big stick | speak softly)

Thursday, September 22, 2005

9:28PM - ok, ok a real update

Still kickin it L-Town style. Except this Sunday, when I'll be heading back to Bham to pick up: this

'06 Civic. Pretty sweet. Definitely a big upgrade from the '92 oldsmobile ive rocking out in since high school. I will miss that car though. It was almost part of my identity to have a crappy car. We used to call it the fridge because it was big and rectangular and white. Now that I'll have this new mode of transportation Im not sure I'll be the same person. I've been feeling that way a lot lately. Like Im changing. No longer a kid. Yada yada yada. Dont think I like that. There was a listing on journalismjobs.com for an online producer at the Tuscaloosa News. I was really tempted to apply even though it's not really in the sports field and Ive only lived in Lumberton for 2 months. I feel like I should stick this thing out for another few months. Unless I get offered another really good job. The TNews job wasnt all that exciting except for the fact that it'd be back in Tuscaloosa where I have friends and bars and things to do other than work, sleep and play video games. Oh, and the plethora of attractive girls running around is always a plus as well. In case I havent mentioned it, thats one area in which Lumberton is severely lacking. Well, thats about all here. Hope all of you are doing well.

(3 big sticks | speak softly)

9:26PM - HA!

The Classic Lover
31% partner focus, 23% aggressiveness, 50% adventurousness
Based on the results of this test, it is highly likely that:

You prefer your romance and love to be traditional rather than daring or out-of-the-ordinary, you would rather be pursued than do the pursuing and, when it comes to physical love, you concentrate more on enjoying the experience rather than worrying about your performance.

This places you in the Lover Style of: The Classic Lover.

The Classic Lover is a wonderful Lover Style, and is the closest it comes to the classic images of the princess in the tower, or the romantic and chivalrous knight, or the hero/heroine from a Disney film. The Classic Lover is a treasure to find, though it can be difficult to do so because they sometimes tend to be shy and/or difficult to successfully court.

In terms of physical love, the Classic Lover again can be shy, and often needs more in terms of emotional security to feel comfortable than some of the other Types. Given the right setting, and the right lover, the Classic Lover can be a delight in bed.

Best Compatibility can probably be found with: The Romantic Lover (most of all) or the Devoted Lover, or the Liberated Lover.


If you enjoyed this test, I would love the feedback! Also, you might want to check out some of my other tests if you're interested in the following:

Nerds, Geeks & Dorks

Professional Wrestling

Buffy the Vampire Slayer



My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 3% on partner focus

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You scored higher than 5% on aggressiveness

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You scored higher than 36% on adventurousness
Link: The Lover Style Profile Test written by donathos on Ok Cupid

(2 big sticks | speak softly)

Monday, September 12, 2005

12:48AM - saints-panthers

Today I watched my first NFL game from the press box. Saints-Panthers. First game after Katrina and whatnot. Im not writing a story or anything, but I requested a pass last week and got it approved. I was the last seat in the third row of the press box in the seat to the extreme right side. I couldn't see one end zone b/c there was a wall blocking my view. Thats ok though. Good game, lots of fun. Did the postgame interviews, and sure enough, they were in the players' lockerroom. Reporters talked to guys at their lockers as they got dressed while others walked in from the showers. Some had towels around their waist, some didnt. Some used the hand in front to cover a little bit technique and some didn't. So, bottom line, dont cover the NFL if youre uncomfortable around a bunch of naked 300-pound guys. The players were respectful after and made me regain some faith that pro athletes think about those other than themselves. At least after a hurricane.

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Sunday, September 4, 2005

4:05PM - why not?

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Friday, August 19, 2005

4:46PM - perhaps i should be working... nah

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Friday, August 12, 2005

12:46PM - still alive

I'm still alive and kickin. Lumberton is pretty much what I expected it to be. We're doing our football preview issues at the paper, so Ive been working on that a lot. Last night I went to a scrimmage in Fayetteville, about 45 minutes away. I didn't leave there until 11, got back at 12 after a stop at Wendy's and worked on today's scoreboard page until about 1:30, then came home and collapsed, only to get up 5 hours later to make it in to finish the paper before it went to press. This whole bit about covering events at night and then making the afternoon paper is really messing with my REM cycles. I'd rather just do the morning routine where you stay up late, get your work done and sleep a reasonable number of hours before you have to go back.

In other news, I got a random phone call at work today from a girl who offered to show me around town. My dad met her mom while he was down here and she has since then obtained my work phone number. Not sure exactly how I feel about that. Having people in town to hang out with would be cool, but the whole thing has a weird vibe right now. So, yeah. I mean I have to work until midnightish, every Friday and Saturday night anyway, but maybe one day next week I'll see whats what.

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