Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Birthday Surprises


All the hands it took to light all the candles on the cake
whew! just like 99% of the other people who blog, I'm gonna make an excuse and apologize for being away for so long. But even though I'm gonna apologize, it's not entirely my fault. Work has been sending me to small corners of the country and back, with not much time to get on the internet. This all included a 7 hour and 15 minute flight from Philly to Oakland, mostly due to out-of-control headwinds. Thats a really long time on our tiny planes. That flight is in the top 2 of the longest flights in our system, so its a stretch as it is.

When I got off my trip on friday night at 12:30, I slept in the lounge at the airport, slung across a leather chair, and got a surprising 5 hours of solid sleep. It's really strange to wake up to people looking at you, wondering how on earth you slept in the chair in such a position. Then I caught a frozen plane home to New Orleans. (Jackson, MS, actually. flights into N.O. are next to impossible to get on..so i rented a car and drove down.) I only say that because in -20 degree wind chill weather, things happen, such as frozen cokes, frozen wines, frozen water lines, etc. But we fly on.

Then I went home to see my pop for his 50th bday, and a jacked up computer which didn't allow me to blog. I tried, I promise. But it wasn't in the cards.

So a week after I left, here I am. Posting at home. So anyways...SORRY! Heres some pics from my dads bday, mostly from a care package my aunts and uncles put together for him:






Note the Fire extinguisher that my brother has


Of course somebody has to give him the Viagra



Wow, that's embarrassing

So the other day I farted. I passed some gas, and it stank. I know you don't care to hear it, that it doesn't affect you in any way, but the dog cared. He backed down like he was faced with a Puma. With "nasty, big, pointy teeth." So I know it didn't affect you, but I'm apologizing to you for any inconvenience I have caused. Absurd sounding, isn't it??? why would I apologize to you for that?? It didn't happen, I'm just saying it to make a point. I'm sick and tired of this whole cheney business, I wish we'd all move on (including myself after this post!). The man made a mistake, the guy he shot is fine. Cheney apologized to him, and he accepted. But why on earth are WE demanding an apology for it??? thats what makes me so confused and irritated!! He didn't do anything to anybody except that poor old man. the only person he owes an apology to is him. Not the American public. We had nothing to do with it. I think theres more important things we should worry about. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't there a war in Iraq?? Don't we have a bunch of little Josue's scurrying across our borders ?? (see I told you I'd get you back) Moving on:

Olympic rants of note: -Stop whining about bad olympic coverage by NBC. Watch the games for the games, the best athletes in the world competing. Stop relying on networks to make it more dramatic.

-I hate the word "disappointing" in the olympics. I know its fitting for someone who is expected to win gold and doesn't win anything, but he's only "expected" due to the media. They're still doing AMAZING things.

-Bode Miller is AWESOME soley because of his recovery the other day when he got his ski caught in the gate, and went a good 5 seconds on one ski. I couldn't care less if he lost or won. that was absolutely STUNNING. ( to view the video, go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/ then click on "videos" then on the left you can choose athletes, click on bode miller, and go to the video called "Miller's super-G DNF") Then, to avoid the media, he skiied through the woods!!! awesome!

-Shani Davis is a jerk. He needs to change his citizenship.

-Can anyone explain the scoring rules of curling??? and who knew so many hot chicks curl????

Special thanks to my dad who allowed me against his will to make fun of him on my blog.

-JJ

Friday, February 10, 2006

Enough is Enough

Hiking Outside of Huntsville, Al

Just last night I was in my hotel room in Tampa Bay, fast asleep. I'd stayed up a little later than usual, because I'm slightly addicted to "My name is Earl" and "The Office." I had rented a car so I had to get up even earlier because I need to bring back the car. My bed time was at 10 ET, or for most of you, 9.

It had been a long day since I was up at 4am, so I had absolutely no problem getting to sleep. I was sound asleep by 10:30.

I woke up to the alarm on my phone, which is my back-up to the regular alarm, or the main alarm, depending on how fast or slow the hotel alarm is set. I use two, because I dread the day when I miss my alarm and have to go to work without showering.

I reached over, pushed the buttons on the side of the phone, and shut the alarm up. Exhuasted, I layed back down to catch a measly few more minutes before the hotel alarm went off.

Almost instantly, I heard my phone ringing. I lean over, pick it up, and look at the caller-id.

Kevin Hackett.

KEVIN FREAKING HACKETT.

Since I was about to get up anyways, I answered.

I was flying Kevin in to Chicago to visit for the weekend. He first asked if he woke me up, but I let it slide, telling him I needed to get up anyways. He asked me if he could bring both his carry-on item and his camera bag.

Half-asleep as I was, I had no idea what the heck he was talking about, even though what he was saying was completely sensible.

Confused, I asked him to repeat it. I got it this time, and told him that was fine to bring both. I hung up, rolled over in bed, and looked at my clock.

It read 12:37. AM

KEVIN FREAKING HACKETT.

I picked up my phone, and saw that I had a text message that read "Can I carry on my regular bag and my camera bag?"

Jerk. That "alarm" I had heard was actually a his text message. Jerk.

This is a regular occurance. No, not just kevin. If you know me, theres a pretty good chance that you've woken me up at some normal hour of the evening, when I happened to be asleep since my wake up calls often come when most people are still lying in their own pillow drool. I don't blame anyone. No one knows when I have to get up early and when I don't. And its common knowledge I don't talk long before 9pm. But It's time you all learned. If you wanna talk to me after 9, call me at sometime during the day and let me know. Sounds like a reservation, I know. But theres no other option. I'd be happy to talk to you, but sometimes I just can't. I've got 100 text messages/month now. Text me and see if I'm working or not.

Just don't be a Kevin Hackett. Please.

-JJ


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Shameful acts

This is not how you treat a Hero.
The Astros just today decided that they were filing an insurance claim to recoup some of Bagpipe's salary should he retire or deemed "too injured to play."
Jeff Bagwell is one of the most respected men in the Major League baseball, and every player should look up to him.
In the world of free agency and multi-million dollar deals, Jeff Bagwell has been faithful to his ballclub for 15 full years. Thats every single year he's been in the Majors.
He and teammate Craig Biggio are one of the very few, if any, who can actually say that.
I wonder how many teams he's passed up on. Said he wanted to stay in houston. He's been the cornerstone of the franchise for the majority of those years. He's hit 449 Home runs during his career, most of which was played in the spacious Astrodome. You just can't think of the Houston Astros without thinking of Jeff Bagwell. You just can't.
And talk about character. There's never been controversy surrounding him. He's a stand-up teammate, husband, and father.
In the past couple years, however, he's been more of a liability than an asset. He can barely throw the ball back to the pitcher anymore due to an ailing shoulder. The astros kept him in the lineup for the majority of the games in 2004, even though his abilities were diminishing rapidly and better talent was sitting on the bench.
In 2005, he wised up and had surgery on the shoulder, and when he came back, he was used exclusively off the bench.
Bagwell has since decided that he wants to come back for another season to see if his shoulder can hold out. Then the Astros decided to file the insurance claim. Ouch.
I think the man should hang it up. Honestly. I love the guy, and I completely understand if he's just not ready to quit, but you gotta know when its your time.
But at the same time, you just don't treat him like that. If this was his 3rd yr with the organization, then fine. But HE IS your organization. If he thinks he can play, you let him. Sit him on the bench if you want, but he AND craig biggio deserve a roster spot until their 90 if they want. He's the face of the organization.
And I think he should be treated like it.
"The situation has caused a rift that Bagwell has said may be beyond repair."
I just think thats a shame.