Tuesday, December 28, 2004

The Fire

OK so i finished all my courses, went home, did the christmas thing, santa was good to me (snowboard!!!) and christmas day i get a call, it says unavailable, i answer...bad move...very very bad move. its SWA scheduling. i have to pick up a mandatory trip the next day. I JUST GOT OUT OF TRAINING!! I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO START UNTIL JAN 7TH!!! but i have no choice. we rush home that night, my mom washes my uniform, i go to bed. get up at 5am, go to airport to start my 4 day trip....

so i'm on day 3 right now. things have been great. i've been having a blast. i've met the nicest people. my first overnight was in tulsa, and i was by myself (no set crew) but i met a few people on my final flight and they were all overnighting in tulsa. they showed me EVERYTHING, they fed me on the plane, showed me how to check in at the hotel, and they bought me dinner. i work with the nicest people. but since then i've had a set crew that i've been with, which has been nice. right now i'm in san antonio, and we have a long overnight, which is nice. its only 2pm, and we dont' leave till tomorrow morning. we're going to the mall here in a minute. but everyone has been feeling sad for us because we got thrown into the christmas fire. its been nuts. one of my flights today was to san antonio, and we had a flight full of oklahoma state fans, since they're playing in the alamo bowl. it was so fun. we got a guy to come sing the fight song, and everyone sang along and did the hand motions. hahaha.

anyway, my shuttle leaves the hotel here in a minute, so i'm gonna run. hopefully i'll be able to post again later, maybe about our fallen hero, Reggie White. (tear) but i have to move to chicago here in a day or 2, so its gonna be crazy. anyways have a good one. peace


-JJ

Friday, December 24, 2004

I'm Withering Away...Seriously

You never thought it could happen, but it has. I got home to N.O. (after a successful OE, by the way), we had dinner, opened presents, and we're hanging around when the truth...the horrible, terrible truth, came out. I mentioned how i needed to take some nyquil to get some good rest because i havn't been able to shake the tail end of this cold. My parents....my good and loving parents...told me it was probably because i hadn't been eating well and that....they said i looked thin..didn't i always look thin?? was there a change? i went to the back and weighed myself and sure enought i'm down 5 lbs. and 5 lbs off a 125 lb frame is a whole lot. I'M DYIN HERE!!! So immediately i ran into the kitchen, heated up the rest of the steak we had for dinner, and gobbled it down, then requesting that my mother bring whatever is left in the fridge. I'm determined to put that weight back on immediately. heck, lets go for 130! My loving mother thought i should down some hot chocolate and take some benedryl and have a good breakfast in the morning. I just never had a clue that I had dropped weight. I'm seriously a little scared. Hopefully they'll be able to wake me up in the morning after the benedryl, or Santa just may pass me by afterall.

-JJ

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

A page is turned...

Wow, so much has happened. First i'd like to say that I passed the comprehensive today, which was my last test. i actually graduate tomorrow!! but you should have seen the spectacle. we were in the middle of a guest speaker, not long after finishing our test, the supervisor interrupted in the middle of it and began retracting the overhead..where a there was a banner that read "all ya'll passed!" hysteria began. women were crying. hugs all around. I never expected it. crazy.

but i do my OE (operational exam) on thursday, where i have to do at least 5 hours of flying. so heres my schedule, all in one day. dallas to houston to harlingen back to houston then to dallas then to san antonio then back to dallas. crazy.

but i also have my line for the entire month of january. i work every weekend, fridays saturdays and sundays, but then i get all week off....not too shabby. plus i have over-nights in spokane, WA, san diego (which is on my birthday!!) los angeles, and detroit. i go to a lot of other cities but i just stop by for like 20 mins. so i've got 18 days in january in which to go snowboarding!! :)

i'm gonna take some pics tomorrow at graduation and i'll send those out as soon as i can....promise. in the meantime, i'm goin to bed! i've been sick with a cold the last couple days and i'm left with a nagging cough. could use some rest. adios

-JJ

Monday, December 20, 2004

sorry

i just want to apologize for not posting lately. I actually tried to post and after i wrote it, my hotel made me sign in again, therefore deleting everything i wrote. how frustrating. anyways, my final exam is tomorrow so i'm keepin this short. i do have some pics that i'll try to send. i'll see if i can write somethin tomorrow night. in the meantime, keep it real!

-JJ

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Santa's about to pass me by

As I live in the little bubble that is flight attendant training, where i study all night and sit in a windowless classroom all day, I've almost forgotten that its christmas time. The nice people at southwest were kind enough to put up a nice little christmas tree in the training center, complete with presents underneath and lights. they also play some rockin' christmas music sometimes. On the way home i get to see some christmas lights outside. But other than that, it might as well be february.

It just hasn't been the same this year. I have yet to buy a present for anyone (I may have to wait until after christmas and make up for it) Our minds are too busy concentrating on evacuation procedures to even allow Christmas a chance to enter our brain. I never watch tv nowadays (except for the 2 hours of animal planet i watched during tuesday night dinner at josue and debbie's place) , so i don't get the christmas commercials like normal. sadly enough, that just may be the biggest contributor to the issue. for those of you in NY, i'm envious, because theres nothing better than christmas in NYC.

However, i think its gonna come back to me pretty soon. My OE's (operational exams) are on the 23rd and 24th, so i'm pretty sure we'll do some christmas themes, such as wearing antlers and santa hats and the such. But for the last few weeks, its just been wierd. I'm used to having time off to really enjoy the christmas holiday, but this time around I get almost no time.

I can't think of a cool or clever way to end this blog, so here it is. END.

By the way, in january we're celebrating an anniversary or something, can't quite remember, but we theres gonna be a company-wide pajama party. so i'll be flyin across the country in my pajamas. sweet.

-JJ

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Called to Love

Last night as I was having a bowl of easy mac with stormy, and a friend of ours named Thom Jolly came to sit with us and chat. The conversation was very interesting and I was both intrigued and motivated by what was said. It's almost like my life has been put into perspective.

I apologize if I offend anyone, i don't mean to.

Jolly, as we call him, grew up going to church out of rebellion. yeah, his parents were not christians, but to rebel he went to church. But then something happened to him that really spoke to me. He decided that he was gay, and when he told the church, he was basically not welcome there. He said he went through a stage where he hated religion, hated christians and everything about them.

Now tell me, is this something Jesus would have done? Have we become so caught up in rules and regulations, has the church become so rigid in structure that we do something like this? Now its not just about gays. Its a host of other things too. Something as simple as an unusual body piercing can turn people off. You don't like it? ok, thats fine. no one said you had to. but can we not love these people for who they are? Correct me if i'm wrong, but Jesus hung out with the outcasts of society. Why should we treat these people any different than your best friend?

Even if these things are spelled out in the Bible to be wrong, we're still called to Love them. We all have problems, and no sin is bigger than another. I'm not even gonna make an active effort to fix these problems. I'm not capable to do these things, only God himself is, and only God himself can judge people.

My stomach churned when Jolly told me these stories. I also know of a guy here who has the same church background as me. he's gay, and hasn't told his parents. and you know what?? I feel for him, because that won't be easy. I don't approve of his choices, but i'm gonna love him the same anyhow, and I pray that his parents do the same.

I know this is kinda jumbled and all over the place, but i'm just kind of tired of the "corporitization", if thats even a word, of church. My experiences in New York and now here have taught me and prepared me for so much, and i've just boiled it down to the greatest command: Love one another. No matter how much we all screw up, and we all DO screw up, be accepting of people. Let God turn the hearts of people, let God do the healing. We're all just messengers here. and our message is Love. (wow, thats quite possibly the cheesiest line i've ever ever written)

-JJ

Friday, December 10, 2004

whew

ok so i passed my proficiecy today. close one. if i screwed up i was goin home! ok well not goin home, but packin my stuff and drivin to montana. thats my backup plan. :) i can't believe i got through class today. i had to redo my proficiency, then take a 100 question emergency equipment test, which i passed. plus last night i chose to go play some football instead of study. hahaha. i'm gonna give it up to stormy for drillin me with questions when we got back. i think she saved me. whew!! not to mention that while playing football i jumped for a ball, caught it, and the guy undercut me while i was in the air and i landed on my back. but i'm ok. could have been bad though. that'd be the end of my career. but i think he was frustrated b/c i kept burning him and i was covering him like white on rice. HE AINT GOT NUTHIN!!!

tonight some of us went out to eat to celebrate our first actual weekend since we've been here. most of you probably got a pic from this. the waiter actually gave us his number so that we can refer him to southwest. he said he'd tried before but didn't get in. makes me feel even more blessed than i am now.

anyways, thats really all thats goin on. tomorrow i get to go have lunch with my old college bud anne lincoln, and i'm real excited!!! and its almost 11 and i'm exhausted. i'll be better next time. i promise. peace.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

I'm Hit!!!!

I know what you're thinking...i havn't written about steroids in baseball. Well let me explain something. all day all i think about is "heads down, stay down!!" and "release seatbelts!!!" and such. you know what i mean. I don't get much time to have sit and think, i barely get to pick up and check out a newspaper. but i will issue a few statements.

They're all liers. lets me honest. well, a lot of them are liers. this is they're job, they're livlihood, and if they have to take steroids to stay competitive, thats what they do. Alls i gots to say is that selig has got to man up and give them a 2 strike policy. we test you whenever we want, you get caught, thats ur first strike. do it again, and your done. no questions asked. sorry. try again.

bonds: you cheated, you know it. don't take the record from hammerin' hank. retire. we're not gonna kick you out of baseball, you've meant to much to it. but please, do us a favor.

giambi: thanks for admitting that. it takes "cajones." i give you props. even though you're too sick to ever play again.

cmon peeps, lets fix this. we all have problems, nothing is perfect. lets just fix it and move on.

aaanyways, so i took my unplanned and planned emergency landing proficiency today. yikes. in the unplanned (basically where you're landing and something happens unexpectantly) i passed it easily, and at the end they were just showing us some things in the simulated aircraft that we have. they took some students (luckily not me) and had them go through the motions of a normal landing, and without any warning, all of a sudden i see fire (fake fire) in the windows, and i hear the flight attendants screaming instructions (which we were just tested on) and i get in the brace position, then i look up and i see smoke everywhere. wow. it was intense, and i was very impressed with how the students were on they're toes. (i was just a passenger) they did very well.

then we had our planned, which is where the captain reports a hydraulic problem or something and we have to go through this huge series of events, with briefing ABA's (able bodied assistants) how to open doors, exit doors, carry my dead body off, yadda yadda yadda. well i knew how to do it, i just forgot a few steps and yes..i failed. gotta do it again friday. not like i'm the only one. :)so i was pretty mad about that tonight and i took a really long hard run. hopefully i'll get it done on friday, or i'm going home. :( its rough i tell ya. but i don't go down without a fight.

anyways, i'm gonna run. i got an off day tomorrow, praise the Lord!!!(we get off thursday, sat, and sun!!!) and tomorrow night i get to play a little flag football, of course not without a little studying. :) night.

-JJ

Monday, December 06, 2004

Welcome to Funny Farm

I feel like i'm at funny camp. serious. Everyday is just a barrel of laughs. Today they were calling role, and my friend danielle answered roll with that farting sound that you make when you put the heel of your palms together around your mouth and blow. i'm serious. its like we were 4 again. hilarious. and she was rolling, one joke after another. i turned around and said "wow, you're on a roll today!" haha. i love those days. some days your wired and you can't miss. everything is funny.

like i said before, if you don't respect flight attendants, you really should. they know so much and they are prepared for so much that they never get to use. we have yet to even mention serving peanuts and drinks. we're hittin the meat of safety regulations and procedures. as i speak, theres 8 people in the cafe,(the restaurant basically reserves it for us at night to use to study) and we have chairs setup in like seats in an airplane and we're practicing giving ABA (able body assistant) instructions. its pretty intense. today we got to do the whole jump out the slide thing. its pretty fun. who ever said evacuations weren't fun?:) other than that its just been another day! oh and we have to remember where every piece of emergency equipment is on every type of plane. all we have are 737s, but there are 4 different types. 200, 300, 500, 700.

heres a funny story. we had uniform fitting the other day. the guys went in to try on all the clothes. i went in, put on the khaki pants and the white button down shirt, and came out to get the size approved and whatever. well where i was standing all the girls in my group (theres a lot) looked at me and said i looked like a little choir boy. hahaha. very funny. well we also have a SWA vest, and though i'm not a big fan of it, its required to buy.so i go in, try it on, and i come out. i think this looks ridiculous on me as i resemble a 5 yr old catholic school boy, so i walk to to show my friends how ridiculous it was, and all i get from a crowd of girls is "awwwwwwwwwwwww". i turned the other way and ran. haha. but i laughed at it. i thought it was funny. i've learned to laugh at my own misfortunes.

i forgot to spread a nice piece of information. people complain that southwest doesn't fly into JFK or laguardia, but i found out that its because of traffic. they fly out of islip, which is a MUCH smaller airport, so they are more able to have on-time flights. and we invented the 10-min turnaround, because, after all, a plane aint makin no money on the ground.

anyways, i know i havn't been updating my marathon tracker, but i've found some running accountability partners, and now that i sit in a chair all day, all i want to do when i get back is run. so yeah i've been training and actually the other day i got lost in dallas suburbia and instead of running around 2-3 miles, i ended up running around 5-6. but it felt good.

i'll try to post some pics, but i don't have photoshop on my computer at the moment, so i can't resize pictures to fit them on the website. soon enough, my friends. in the meantime, keep your chin up and enjoy what the Lord has given you! peace out

-JJ

Saturday, December 04, 2004

SWA Life

Sup kids! things are really lookin up. I'm really enjoying things. theres so much to tell that i don't know where to start.

Ok well heres an interesting bit of information. today was image consultation day. they brought clinique in to "suggest" things to people regarding they're appearance. And yes, guys too. they split up the guys and girls, and sat us all at the table. there were around 10 clinique representatives, and only one talked to the guys. she made us put on all these lotions and face creams and exfoliating masks (which were big hits by the way. all the girls were coming to take pictures of us). all of this actually made my face real smooth and kind of nice, but a)it took an hour to do all this crap and b)i'd rather not neuter myself.

today we got to do a walkthrough of the actual plane. we went to a hangar and while the mainenence guys worked on the plane we put visuals to all we've been learning, which was a big help. if you guys don't have respect for flight attendants, you should come to training. wow. you think we're just glorified waitresses, but geez. we've yet to learn anything about serving anything. basically if theres any emergency on the aircraft, we're in charg of 120+ lives. yesterday we saw video after video of aircraft emergencies. it was pretty scary.

other than that we've learned of what we get out of this job. we fly free, parents fly free, we get to have a buddy that can fly free (let the bidding war begin!!!!hahah. i have yet to choose) and we get red passes (free roundtrips) to give to whoever we want. plus we get 90% off other airlines, discounted hotels, rent a cars, and the list goes on. anyways, i'm sittin here watchin the football game in the lobby with stormy and MO, so i'm gonna...go. aight kids, keep in touch. PEACE.

-JJ

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

sleep, anyone???

wow. this has been a crazy 2 days that has felt like 2 weeks. we've had 3 tests already. we get back to the hotel at 630 and we have to study the rest of the night, and wake up at 5 and do it again. but to tell you the truth, i'm having a blast.

First i'd like to explain the PA. its the vain of our existence. all that stuff they say on the plane that no one really listens to? yeah, we had to memorize that for today. its kinda funny actually. you see people in the hotel sitting in the corner by themselves, talking to the wall into pencils. haha. other hotel customers think we're nuts. but we did that today. we basically had to go through most of it smoothly and without missing any major points. luckily i passed it (whew!)mostly because the supervisor thought i started out cracking jokes which showed confidence, but when i got serious i froze a little. its very very difficult.

aaanyways, as i was studying the other night i started saying the lines with a girl who lives nextdoor name jennifer. she's quite possibly the funniest person i've ever met. and i've met a girl named stormy who's gonna be my ski partner whenever we get through this month of torture. (no wonder they made a movie out of this) so i've met a lot of really cool and fun people. actually one of the girls lives in mandeville, la, which is 10 mins from my house!! small world. i've decided this whole outfit is a collection of the biggest "village idiots" because we're all way to high on the whole energy level. hahaha. except we're all pretty smart. and its kinda funny that they've taken all these high energy people...people selected because they can't sit still...and stick them in classrooms for 9 hrs a day, for a month. rriiigghhhtt...
i also found it interesting that almost everyone thats around my age lived the same life. if they don't get this job, they really have nowhere to go. we've all been nomads for the past few years, living in random places because we wanted to travel and we didn't want to stay at home. its really kind of funny.

tonight the hotel hosted a party for us with free food and drink. unfortunately i spent limited time in there b/c i needed to check my email and..well...go running!!!! yes i need to very badly.

aaanyways, i did find some nice little tidbit of information today. we all found out where we're gonna be stationed after we finish up. yes, we're all going to the same place, all 140 of us. and it is...

Chicago!! yup, i'll be a resident of the windy and really really cold city, which i'm excited about. course i can always live anywhere in the country i like and just commute to work. so i could live in los angeles and commute to chicago if i wanted...but i won't.

well i think thats all i have. i'm sure theres tons more, but i won't bore you with the details. just to let you know that one of the hardest parts of training was today and i passed. hope everyone is doing well! peace

-JJ

Saturday, November 27, 2004

The Secret is OUT!!!

Ok so yesterday i drove to dallas, stayed with a friend of mine (Apes!) and this morning got up and went to meet my friend timmy. We had been planning for over 7 months to surprise my friends as i would just show up in dallas without any warning. Well we found out that we had 1 hour to do something b/c everyone was meeting to go see a high school football game in texas stadium. (Go figure....texans)

We had many ideas, such as tim driving my friends through the parking lot and "accidentily" run me over. haha. woulda been funny, but a)i may have damaged timmy's new car and b) i may have actually been hurt. so we decided against that idea. the other idea was to climb up my friend zach's blacony and push either my face or my butt against the window. but again, we hit a snag when the balcony wasn't climbable. dang.

so tim just knocked on zachs door, went in while i waited outside. then i called zach and spoke to him, and knocked on the door and they opened it completely shocked. i did the same to adam except i tackled him while he was in his boxers. ha. funny.

then we all went to the football game where, for those of you who know them, i saw the luttrells AND harold! yes, harold from the bbq restaurant. sweet. apparently he closes the restaurant when abilene high plays. wow.

so when we returned, the guys went to the park and had a nice game of football (wow, i've missed that. you new yorkers need to clue in!!) and my college friend laura gore (LG) came and it was great to see her. when we got back to the apt my friend debbie was there and i just walked in and she screamed, followed by 3 repititions of "i hate you." i had spoke to her the day before.

so there we were, we ordered some pizza, watched the seinfeld pilot off the dvd's, i broke the news of how they had been lied to for 7 months, and i told them my plans with southwest airlines. and that i'd be there for a month, instead of the week i'd told them all day. :) we started watching ELF, my Heather Wright drove over from Fort Worth (under the impression that i had very limited time here..hahhaa)

So here we sit, watching TV and catching up. I even got a backrub from heather, and I've missed those too. I'm excited to be here to see my friends, but I'm still kinda missin' NYC, especially the Christmas Scene (oh, not to mention the snow) But i'll be able to visit soon enough.

I'll be training until december 22, so i'm not real sure how often i'll be able to update. But i'll try.

-JJ

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

After 5 years...my life is finally complete

I know I know, you thought i had it all, right? Good looks, money, great voice. haha. ok well i don't have really any of those, but what I do have is the Seinfeld DVD.

Yesterday I stopped by circuit city and picked up the most anticipated dvd in history, and surprisingly i didn't even have to preorder it. (well, i did have to return it after finding it $10 cheaper elsewhere) So last night I sat on my computer and watched episodes 1-5, including the original pilot that they sent nbc execs. NICE. the music was horrible though. hahaha. surprised it even got picked up. Theres also bloopers, deleted scenes, commentary, and..well..just more extras than you could ever imagine. They better after it took them 5 years!!!!

After i got it, i called my mom and told her, and she was...get this..ANGRY with me. I was baffled. I didn't understand. WHY??? i asked her. "Jeremy, you just need to learn to put some of these things on your christmas list, instead of just buying whatever you want." oh, apparently i'm difficult to buy for. oh well.

Theres always the 3rd Season.

Monday, November 22, 2004

The Fall-acy of the Arch

Ever had a perception of something that turned out to be completely false, and the reality is just flat out dissapointing???? I had one of those the other day...

APPARENTLY the arch in st louis DOESN'T go over the river!!! WHO KNEW? I'm sure everyone right now reading this is like "umm..Jeremy..we all knew, you're an idiot." Umm..well...NO ONE TOLD ME!!! I had the idea that the arch spanned the width of the Mississippi. And just recently I was thinking about why its not called the "gateway to the south" because, after all, the river does run south. but while i was talking to a CERTAIN SOMEONE, i was informed that not only is it the "gateway to the west," it doesn't actually go over the river. WELL, obviously I was quite dissapointed. Now i just see it as some stupid THING thats in the middle of the city and can HARDLY be called art. WELL, i'm also disgusted that its symbolizes our westward expansion. It just joins the ranks of mount rushmore as a big structure that reminds everyone (ok, not everyone...) of the destruction of the poor, poor, native americans. (recently i've been realizing these things that they never really tell us in school, or just choose to touch very lightly on. its a conspiricy!)

So anyways, i just wanted to voice my DISGUST at was has finally come to light...at least to me. I mean cmon, with the money they spent on that thing they coulda built the cardinals a brand new stadium!!!! or at least sign albert pujols to a new contract.

--JJ

Saturday, November 20, 2004

DETROIT...ROCK CITY?

alright alright alright. i usually like to be original in these things, but at the request of YOU, THE READER, i'll do as you ask.

Disclaimer: Before i start this blog, i just want to say that in no way am i defending either the players on the fan in this debacle. both acted inappropriately.

I'm sure most of you know, but last night a fight between the pacers and the pistons broke out, which ended up with ron artest, jermaine oneil, and some others starting a melee with the fans in detroit. I hate to say it, but i kind of put most of (i'm talkin 53%) of the blame on the fan. Whenever these things break out i cringe when i hear players being referred to as "overpaid thugs."

lets go ahead and throw money out of the issue. just because the guy gets paid 500 billion dollars doesn't mean he's held to a higher standard of conduct than everyone else. the guy in the stands who gets paid $5 / hr should be held to the same standard as everyone else. if you don't think so..then GET REAL. that means that if players got paid $5/hr and the fans were makin 400 billion, you're tellin me you'd excuse artest for fighting because of what he made??? gimme a break.

It started off with artest giving a hard foul to wallace. wallace pushed back, theres some pushing with other players, artest somehow stays out of it and lays on the scorers table. things seem to be calming down a bit. things like this have happened a million times. then some fan, an idiotic FAN, throws a beer on artest AS HE CALMLY STAYED OUT OF THE FIGHT. this causes artest to charge into the stands, and the rest is history.

if fans would just stop throwing things and harassing players, we wouldn't be in this position. we woulda had some stupid shoving and pushing (lets be honest, it happens) and the game would have went on. but we've got these drunk idiots out of there, who think it would be cool to be the guy throwing the beer on sportscenter...or challenging the......excuse me??....challenging the 6'7" 300lb GIANT on the court to a fistfight???? gimme a break.

I don't excuse the players. There is NEVER EVER EVER EVER any reason a player should ever enter the stands or to even shove each other on the court. But fans just aren't held to the same standards. you throw something on the field, you should be not only arrested, but banned from the stadium if not multiple stadiums. theres no room for it. we've got to start holding fans accountable no matter how much they make. Whether its throwing stuff or even SAYING stuff. its called verbal assault and theres no reason why a person should be subjected to that, no matter how much you get paid.

As for reprocusions, the players should be fined RIDICULOUS amounts of money, and suspended for the season. you've got to set standards. the fans should be arrested and banned from the stadium. again, we've got to set standards.

Ughhh...theres probably a lot more to be said, and going to bed tonight i'll probably think of more to say, but i'll stop here. if i think of something else i'll edited this and add it to the bottom. and like always, please let me know what you think and drop a comment. It was a sad sad day in the NBA yesterday, and i just hope we can learn from our mistakes and fix whats broken.

G'night.
--JJ

Thursday, November 18, 2004

NORMAL SUCKS!

First off, i would like to apologize to my parents who might be reading this, for the use of the word sucks. but it just seemed appropriate for the situation. Now on with the blog:

Normal : according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle b : conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern


my parents came to visit the great city of NY not too long ago. We had been all over, to museums, to the park, to the statue of liberty, and on this evening we were strolling along the brooklyn promenade. My mom says "well, seems people around here are a bit more ..normal." Living in new york has made me realize that everyone is different, and its just a fact of life. so i say to her, "mom, maybe you're not normal." right before she slapped me, she said that maybe i was right, and that i had a point. (she really didn't slap me. but if i were her...i'd consider it) It seems that being normal is only a good thing when it comes to who you are. Especially in high school, everyone wants to fit in, everyone wants to be part of the cool crowd, to be normal. Since when is this a good thing? what if we all just fell in line and became a part of a crowd, just a number in the U.S. census??

We should all strive to be different. Difference is the tabasco sauce of life. its spices it up a little. What if our forefathers never wanted to be different, thus never experienced with different foods, we'd be stuck with bland meat, bread, and water. thats it. no gumbo, no crawfish, no BURRRITOS!!! A lot of people cover up they're differences just to be normal, and this is a disgrace to the human race. God made us all unique, non of us are different, and I think we should embrace our different styles. I was thinking of getting my nose, eyebrow, and lips pierced just to add some flava when i see my relatives next. well, that and to see the shock on my their faces. hahaha. now i won't do that cuz thats not who i am, but if you want to, so be it. do it. I kinda like the girls with the eyebrow piercings. thats just me though.

I don't know about you, but i don't want to be subject to stupid stereotypes. yet we all do it. about a year ago, i went to arizona and had dinner with friends of the people i was staying with. a girl there was dressed completely goth, and to be honest i was a little freaked out. but once i talked to her, i realized that i had unfairly labeled her and she was real nice. I think thats kind of what we do when we criticize people for being wierd. not normal. we're stereotyping them.

I just think we should all let loose (the juice is loose!) on who we are and add a little flava to this world. It's a good thing. Oh, and stop criticizing others for being different. :)

--JJ

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

ABC'S Porno

If you're not aware, I listen to ESPN Radio a lot. No seriously, a WHOLE LOT. All day even. I take bathroom breaks during commercial breaks. And I especially try not to miss the Dan Patrick Show.

Yesterday they spoke of the introduction to monday night football. I didn't see it, but they played the audio of it and they talked about it, so i got the jist of it. It was set in the eagles locker room 10 mins before the game, and one of the actresses from the "tasteful" show "desperate housewives" (FYI i've never seen it) walks into the locker room and starts coming on to Terrell Owens. Now it caused a bit of controversy and this was the main discussion on the Dan Patrick Show.

The hosts of the show were defending it as callers called in to either complain or support them. As for me, I have a problem with this. First of all, A LOT of fathers let they're kids stay up a little later in the evening to catch a quarter or two of the game, expecting family oriented programming. and then all of a sudden theres an intro to a porno. (STRIKE ONE!) my second problem comes with the way the hosts of the show were defending it, saying "oh, well kids learn a lot more about sex from they're friends" and "have you seen whats on television lately?" or "this wasn't nearly as bad as the janet jackson wardrobe malfunction." Ok, so all of those may be true, but you can't base your decision making on saying that at least its not as bad as (insert any historical controversy.) It's like saying lets napalm the middle east, at least we're not nuking them. it just doesn't work. either way all the people will die. If you do this, the world continues on a downward spiral. (STRIKE TWO!) Who in they're right mind thought it was a good idea to put something like this on a family oriented programming without the OK from the commissioner??? HELLO!!! Especially after this past super bowl. You'd think that these stations would want to avoid any controversy such as janet jackson, and that they would say "hey, paul, just to make sure, is this going to be ok? are we gonna get fined over this.?" (STRIKE THREE!!!)

Most of my quallms come over how the Dan Patrick Show defended it. The intro itself really didn't seem that bad, and people were overreacting, but you can't defend it like that. It made me sick, and i sent 3 emails to them calling them out. they didn't get on the air, but they better be careful or I'll call next time. I just feel we should have a better standard than Coors Twins and Viagra Commercials.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

I LOVE EXTREME MAKEOVER!!!!

Let me explain my usual choices of television programs. If you allowed me to watch anything I wanted for a week, then went back and took a look at what I had been watching, it would consist exclusively of Seinfeld reruns, ESPN, Football, and Family Guy. Thats all I ever watch.

However, recently I've come across a great show called Extreme Makeover, thanks to my roommates. Nononono, its not the one where they grant peoples wishes and give them bigger boobs. Its the Home Edition, where they choose families who struggle under unusual circumstances and are truly in need of a decent home. The last one i watched, this guy who had 4 kids lived in a bad L.A. neighborhood. Recently his mother, who had 5 other younger children, was killed by a stray bullet. so the guy took in his 5 brothers & sisters, giving him 9 kids to take care of, and moved them into all he could afford: a rundown beatup old house that had 1 bathroom that barely worked. oh, and for a living this guy counseled inner city youth.

So this show sent them on a vacation and tore down they're house and built them a brand new 3 floor house that was taylored to the interests of the kids and the family. and they built it in a week. it was truly amazing. I'm not a cryer by any means, but I was borderline tearing up at the end. I suggest that everyone check it out when they get the chance. It's about time they did some good with this reality show thing.

I'm thinking about throwing myself into the worst possible living situation and adopting a buncha kids so maybe they can come build a house for me. I bet my bed would be a giant football helmet. that'd be cool.

Monday, November 15, 2004

I Got Beat....BY A GIRL!

Ok so first off, just wanted to state my congratulations to the New Orleans Saints for they're victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. did anyone see Joe Horn? after he scored, he ran up to the goal post and started acting like he was tracing over the words "saints" that was there. i'm not exactly sure what is was, but i laughed. If anyone finds a pic of this, lemme know. Or even if you know exactly what he was doing.

anyways, yesterday my friend aabye-gayle (abigail) came over. now not very often do you find a girl who enjoys playing video games, but she LOVES tekken. So we've been smack talkin for a couple months, and yesterday she came over with somethin to prove. to my satisfaction, I took her players down in the first round. I started to get confident, not because i was a master at the game, but because I was a MAN playing video games. its what we do.

Needless to say, she eventually kicked my tail, winning an overall 14 fights to my 9
(i think...somethin like that) So I guess she proved my theory wrong....but then she stuck in test drive and not only did i smoke her in that, but also in pong that we playing at the loading screen. HAHAHA. but i was very impressed with her graceful skill of tekken. Only girls can give video games a sort of grace. I give props to Aabye.

Friday, November 12, 2004

Happy Birthday, Loser!

Everyone, stop right now what your doing. Take a minute to sing happy birthday to a woman who managed to break the top 5 as the biggest sore loser in history. Tanya Harding. If you don't remember, Tanya and Jeff Gillooly hired a thug to take out her main competition Nancy Kerrigan. By the way, don't ever associate with a man with last name like gillooly. you're just askin for it. (other names to avoid: menendez, bobbit, lecter, buffalo bill, dahmer) This thug surprised kerrigan after a practice and smacked her with a pipe in the knee. Hmm...and why did you think this was a good idea??? "hey i have a great idea, since i can't beat her...why not..beat her? no one will EVER FIND OUT!" Its the freakin' olympics!!!! Kerrigan went on to win silver and Tanya cried, complaing that her skates came untied.

Anyways, kerrigan ended up being a national hero, and tanya...umm..anyone heard from her lately?....actually...I have.

Not long thereafter, a "racey" video surfaced of tanya on the internet, and later on her next PR move was to become a female boxer....yyyeeeahhh..shes on her way back to respectability!!! seriously, look at the difference from this to this. Yikes. Simply stunning.

So I raise my glass to Tanya Harding, and say happy 34th, you sore, sore loser.

P.S. I didn't have much to write about today, so you get what you get. :)

-JJ

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Don't look Now!!!! It has returned!!!!

ahhhh yes. let me set the scene for you. I believe it was 5th grade at Madisonville Junior High School. I usually rode the bus to school, but on this glorious day, my parents drove me. After all, this was the first day of school, and there was something different about me. I was a changed man...i mean..child. The car pulled up next to the chain linked fence that bordered the playground where my schoolmates played before the opening bell rang. My friends saw me and came running towards the fence, waving they're hands at me. I stepped out the backseat of my car, and I held my head high. I knew my friends couldn't help but notice. I mean, how could you not? I had somehow attained something that no one else at school had. I could see my friends eye's following my feet as I walked to the entrance. Thats right my friends, I was wearing Reebock's newest invention that was sure to change the way I performed on the playground....THE PUMP. The first thing i heard out of my friends mouths were "nice shoes." I kid you not. I remember this event like it was yesterday, and it has had a profound event on the course of my life. (ok thats a little embellished, but how else can you explain my recollection of this event?)

Now they're back. Reebock has introduced the pump for the second time. Question is, will it revolutionize the industry like it had so long ago? is there another 5th grader out there on whose life it will have such a profound effect? Only time will tell.

-JJ

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

THE BLACK DEATH

Ok so i don't have much to talk about today, but i wont' dissaopoint my loyal readers. (I know theres one or two out there....theres gotta be) so heres an interesting tidbit of information.

APPARENTLY there is a relation between Aids and the black death. There is a mutant that some of us carry that can be traced back 700 years to the time of the black death, and was carried by those who had the black death. So if you are a descendent of someone who had the black death and SURVIVED it, you could be carrying this mutant, which could render you immune to aids. You read that correctly, kids...immune to aids. iF Your wondering where i got this information, you should pick up a copy of "in the wake of the plague" by norman f. cantor. and i know your wondering why the heck i'm reading such books...thats a different blog for a different day.

aaaand on another note if you check out the full page lead-in picture to "this week in sports" in sports illustrated, you'll see the NYC marathoners running down 4th avenue. the shot was taken 10 blocks from where i live in brooklyn! i just ask that you pretend to care.

-JJ

"It's like running from the cops"

Ok so yesterday after work i had dinner and a movie with a friend of mine who i havn't seen in a while. the movie finished around 10:15, and i arrived back in brooklyn around 11:15, knowing full well that I HAD to do my running for the day. There should be no excuses. Now i've been staying in brooklyn, and if you know nothing about brooklyn, it can be a bit shady at times. Where we live isn't necessarily bad, but none the less not such a good idea to be out jogging at 11:30. But i have training to do.

So I went anyways. My roommate told me it wasn't such a good idea, and that if i'm not back in an hour, they weren't coming to find me, since i had been warned.

But I went anyways. (Being stubborn is the story of my life)

Now let me tell you, its an experience to be running down a now nearly deserted street in brooklyn (normally quite busy) with almost no sounds anywhere except for the pitter patter of my feet, distant sirens, and tiny squeaks of rats scurrying out of my way. Oh, and I almost forgot the arrest that I ran right by. It's something we all should do. (not the arrest) Needless to say I ran a bit faster than usual, and a tad bit shorter distance. At one point i coulda sworn i saw a guy lying on the taxi cab i ran by who was staring at me. I was just hillucinating.

Needless to say it is wednesday morning and I am alive. And maybe tonight we'll do it again. Hopefully my mother is not reading this. :)

P.S. If you didn't understand the title of this blog, check this out.

-JJ


Tuesday, November 09, 2004

I think I'm starting to feel a bit nauseous

First of all, I have no idea if I spelled "nauseous" right. Anyways, every tuesday espn.com puts out an NFL power rankings, and being a saints fan, I wasn't expecting a whole lot this week, especially since the chargers drummed us in san diego. But what I got was something which spoke to me and made me question what it is i am doing with my life. Here it is.


"We're really not sure how people root for this team. It must just make you sick to your stomach."


My sentiments exactly

-JJ

Monday, November 08, 2004

The welcome..ahem...unwelcome visit

Ok well today was pretty much uneventful, as so many workdays are, however i did start the big training today. Lately i've been running off and on, here and there, while i have the time. However this time i was out with more purpose and drive than before. and i know you think that theres no way i can keep it up, and i realy hope you do think that and maybe you'll even tell me, because its you people to motivate me.

aaaanyways, I would like to bring up a topic thats plagued me and many others in this city...the person who takes the trip across the country to visit the great city of new york...and fails to pay they're friends a visit....or even a phone call. Personally its happened to me twice..and its unacceptable. I've had 2 friends, whom i consider very good friends(and you know who you are) who came to the city knowing full and well that I was here, and yet failed to either give me a call or take 2 minutes out of they're busy "broadway" schedule to visit. Its dispicable. and even if you think its just me, well i'll have you know that this blog was my roommates idea, because it just happened to her this past weekend. (it happened to her twice, and our friend derrick twice. its an epidemic!!!) I think friends are a little more important than broadway shows, rather large buildings, and even green statues. heck, we'll even go see these things with you if you want!!!! But thats just me.

Thankfully the man himself, kent brantly, decided to be a decent human being and when he found out he had an interview with columbia, he gave me a call. Is that so hard? (thanks kent) and for his troubles i set him up with a free place to stay on central park west. Anyways, I'll end it here. and if you'd like to apologize the comment board is always open.:)

(btw, if you aren't registered with blogspot, you can still post anonymously and sign your name at the end)

Sunday, November 07, 2004

Inspired

After church today me and j-mass went to watch the "elite" runners of the new york marathon breeze through the 24th mile. I say breeze because they made it look effortless. The first 5 or 6 runners of the mens group were kenyans, and they seemed not to be struggling at all, all while they keep running on their toes, which usually signifies the fact that they're practically sprinting. oh yeah, and they were going UPHILL!!!

Before them the handicapped people on the 3 wheeled bikes were also amazing. i can't imaging pedaling (sp?) a bike that hard for 24 miles with my arms. actually im not sure i could turn my arms in that motion for that long, without turning pedals. these girls who did it could have destroyed me with one arm.

Needless to say, i'm inspired and i've decided to register to run next year. they take only so many from each state, so i have a better chance to register from louisiana, which i may do. i've never run more than 3 miles in my life, but i think i have the ability to jog a decent pace for 24 miles if i'm really in shape. so if i make it, i'd expect people to come watch me sweat, pant, and possibly crawl my way to the finish line.

we also saw some stragglers at the end, and i'm not sure if this is a jerkish thing to say, but i felt a lot of those guys were a disgrace. there was a guy, pretty athletic, running pretty slow, and in the same little group with him was a guy on crutches. I MEAN CMON!!! (no they weren't together) i feel that the people who enter and walk SLLLOOOWWWLLLYY are just ridiculous. you RUN a marathon, not walk it. i can understand if you're power walking or something, but otherwise i'd rather you just not enter. it just takes away from those who went out andbusted they're butts the whole race. and both can say they finished the marathon, but only one of them actually put out the effort. It's my opinion, if you disagree or if i have offended you in any way, i don't apologize but you're more than welcome to post a comment and give me your beef.

lets just hope i don't eat those words next year.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

The changes that Fall Brings

Fall is on my mind
Today me, caleb, and j-mass went to fort tryon part on the northern part of manhattan to take some pics of the changing leaves. I was pondering what the meaning of fall was. Its the opposite season to spring, and spring is the season of renewal and birth...soo..does that mean that fall is the season of death and decay? and if so, it makes sense that halloween happens to "fall" in the fall months. In spring i feel rejuvinated, but in the fall i don't necessarily feel decayed. Anyone feel this way? i'd love to hear from you. (right now i feel like a radio show host). I pondered these questions on the long train ride home. When i got home i sat on the couch and watched the remaining college football games, like i do on a normal fall saturday. Maybe fall is actually the "fall" of pretender football teams, who may have done well during the late summer months. Anyway, enough rambling. I just find it amusing that we attribute the "spring" of the flowers to our own lives (spring cleaning), yet ignore attributing fall to our daily lives. of course we do pull out all the winter coats and clutter everything up. we should have a fall "messying". i'm all for it. In the mean-time i'll just think of fall as the season where the fires get goin, postseason baseball is wrapin' up (or the offseason is heating up), and football teams are seperating themselves from the pretenders. oh, and lets all just thank God that we don't have to put up with hockey this time around. CYA!

Friday, November 05, 2004

T.O. has B.O.

T.O. has been on my mind. I've had trouble trying to figure out whether or not the guy should be respected for doing his job, which is entertaining the crowd (after all, football is an entertainment product. Thats why it exists, to entertain the crowd.) or if he should be reprimanded for making a mockery of the game itself. In other words, its a fight between modernism and post-modernism.

I've come to the conclusion that he should be allowed to entertain. Put the sharpie in the sock, take the pom-poms and dance around like a girl. thats fine, its entertaining, I laugh, the other team laughs, its all in good fun. Joe Horn, take out the cell phone and call your buds because you earned it. We shouldn't take the fun out of sports. HOWEVER....this is where all of you who are ready to reach through the screen and strangle me to death...can take a deep breath and hold on a sec...HOWEVER..when it comes at the expense of others, its wrong. Don't tear down the opposing fans' sign. I'd be livid if I were those fans and this punk ran over and tore down this sign that cost me $100. Don't use your celebrations to taunt people. Don't run to the middle of the star and spike the ball to taunt a stadium filled with 70,000 screaming fans. Oh, and now your gonna complain that "I'm the bad guy?" Yeah, you are T.O., and its you're own fault. So go ahead and celebrate when you reach the endzone, but make sure you don't offend anyone in the process. AND FOR PETE'S SAKE DON'T HEADBUTT THE WALL!!!! (Where have you gone Gus Frerrote?)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

yeah......

Give me a minute