Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Our own worse enemy

Just real quick, I wanted to apologize to my brother on behalf of our rampers for losing his snowboard. He did get it back, but..yeah...sorry about that. We're working on getting better.

Speaking of work, we made #13 of 25 in Business Weeks "Customer Service Champs." Hooray! Theres even a cool article about us Double Hooray!

Anyways moving on:

I had a discussion today with a fellow Church of Christ cult member flight attendant about the human world always trying to fight nature in an effort to control it. (She completely agreed with me, by the way) The example was lava-mud slide stuff trying to be stopped. From a volcano. They were dropping cement balls into the volcano in an attempt to "coagulate" the lava. Seems a bit much to save the house of a guy who was dumb enough to build his house at the foot of a volcano in the first place.

The world is in a sensitive and delicate balance and when you try to mess with it you're altering this very ecosystem. In some cases your endangering yourself.

Case in point is of a story of an island near the site of the Tsunami that happened 2 years ago. This island (whose name Tanya could not remember) wasn't very receptive to tourists, and therefore the state of the island wasn't too different from when man first inhabited it.

Theres a coral reef surrounding the island, and it was this reef that essentially saved the island from utter destruction. Lo and behold, the coral in other, more populated and un-regulated areas are dying off. Which just happen to be areas hurt more by the Tsunami.

Then theres stories of people hiking in the woods and are mauled by wild animals. WILD animals. What is the first thing that happens? The very animal that was only trying to protect its young in its OWN HABITAT gets shot. It's like the old story where a burglar robs a mans house, the man hits the burglar over the head with a frying pan, and the burglar sues. Doesn't seem right does it? You go into the wild, you're dealing with nature.

Did you know that wildfires are CRITICAL to the health of a forest? It's like giving the forest a clean slate to work off of. So essentially this occurs, and we have to put it out because a rock star that built his house in the middle of this forest has to save his 50 million dollar home. (Then there are cases of ARSON which is completely different. The problem is telling which is which.)

Sorry if i've come off so "earthy" or "hippy" or "treehuggerish", but some things just irk me. Just doesn't make any sense to me.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Brotherly Love

So me and my brother aren't really close. I'm not sure what kind of reaction I'll get from the family from that comment, since I've never really talked about it. It's not like we dont like each other, its just that growing up we had completely seperate friends, completely seperate lives. When we're together we get along great, but we don't stay in touch very well.

So it was a great opportunity this weekend for him to fly out to Denver for a one-day ski adventure at Keystone. It was a rough time just getting him out there because apparently people travel on Presidents day weekend to go skiing. It's just that time of year.

But I got him out on saturday afternoon, and like everyone else who comes to visit me, I was late picking him up. He called me after he had gotten off the plane, picked up his snowboard at baggage claim, and I had lost track of time playing Ratchet and Clank on my playstation. oops. I also picked up my parents late when they visited me, and also my friends Diedra and Don. So if you come visit me, just bring a good book.

We left the house at 6am to get up to the slopes as early as possible. We only had one day, so we wanted to be one of the first ones up to be as productive as possible. We were expecting huge crowds and a plethora of "Texas Roadbocks" due to the fact that it was Sunday, on Presidents Day, and the weather was beautiful.

Texas.Roadblock n.: A congestion of slow, typically novice skiers clogging a busy slope.

So we get there at 7:30, get an AMAZING parking space (I felt like George Constanza, I couldn't stop talking about it) right up near the front, and blew an hr in starbucks waiting for the lifts to open. We picked up Chris' HALF OFF military discounted lift ticket, waited in the line, and off we were.

I didn't want to hold back any since we were trying to make the most of our day, so I kind of wore him out a little early. But since we're both on similar skill levels (He lived in Alaska for a while and learned there) we had a great time. There were a lot of high notes during the day. I learned to spin a 360 while riding down the mountain, and we both picked up the terrain park. I'd done a few large table-top rails before, but this time I went for the thinner, harder to land rails. One of the best parts was when we took to the jumps in the terrain park. As I sat at the top, trying to judge the jump, I looked at the girl next to me and asked "how high is the drop on the other side??"

"It's a pretty good drop. I'm a little hisitant because last time I did this I got a concussion."

"Well you should probably invest in a helmet."

I can remember the last thing we said as we headed toward the ramp. "Whats the worst that could happen??"

We were catching about 4 feet of air (though it felt like SO much higher) and landing them flawlessly. It was a big step in my snowboarding "career."

Laugh out loud funny part of the day was when Chris decided to head into the trees, and next thing I heard was the "thhhhuudd" of his thigh against a tree.

The day had been perfect and we left around 3pm, completely wiped.

We woke up this morning at 4am to catch a 715 flight back to chicago (and for my brother continuing on to Philadelphia). I had been a quality trip. We've decided we should do a brother snowboarding trip every year.

-JJ


Monday, February 12, 2007

A Look Inside the World of King Cake Calendars

If you're planning a trip a couple months ahead of time, and you are trying to think what you are doing during that month, what goes through you head? Just a bunch of dates? A calendar? If it is a calendar, do you visually turn the pages in your head?

Me? I visualize a Giant King Cake.

It's not necessarily a King Cake, but if I had to compare it to something, it would be a King Cake.

On the left side of the cake is Winter, bottom is Spring, Right is Summer, and on top is Fall. So yeah, it goes counerclockwise. It's backwards for some reason. I'll draw it how I see it in my head:

Wierd, right?

I'm a very visual person, and I've always had this interesting way...ok somewhat bizzare way, at looking at the monthly calendar. I never really thought it strange, but sometimes I stop and think, "why do I do it like that?" And honestly I have no idea. It's been this way since I can ever remember.

So does anyone else visualize things strangely like this?

Oh, and I found this and thought it was funny:

You know you're a flight attendant if:


1. You can eat a 4 course meal standing at the kitchen counter
2. You search for a button to flush the toilet
3. You look for the "crew line" at the grocery store
4. You can pack for a 2 week trip to Europe in 1 roll-aboard
5. All of your pens have different hotel names on them
6. You NEVER unpack
7. You can recognize pilots by the backs of their heads-but not by their faces
8. You can tell from 70 yards away if a piece of luggage will fit in the overhead bin
9. You care about the local news in a city three states away
10. You can tie a neck scarf 36 ways
11. You know at least 25 uses for air sickness bags-none of which pertain to vomit
12. You understand and actually use the 24-hour clock
13. You own 2 sets of uniforms: fat and thin
14. You don't think in "months"-you think in "bid packs"
15. You always point with two fingers
16. You get a little too excited by certain types of ice
17. You stand at the front door and politely say "Buh-bye, thanks, have a nice day" when someone leaves your home
18. You can make a sentence using all of the following phrases: "At this time, " "For your safety, " "Feel free, " and "As a reminder"
19. You know what's on the cover of the current issues of In Touch, Star, and People magazines
20. You stop and inspect every fire extinguisher you pass, just to make sure the "gauge is in the green"
21. Your thighs are covered in bruises from armrests and elbows
22. You wake up and have to look at the hotel stationery to figure out where you are
23. You refer to cities by their airport codes
24. Every time the doorbell rings you look at the ceiling.
25. You actually understand every item on this list.


-JJ

Monday, February 05, 2007

Bears go DOWN!

With 2 Days off, and an itch to leave the HORID town of Chicago and its overwhelmingly OBNOXIOUS fans, I skipped town on an offer from Kent Brantly to watch the Super Bowl with him in Indianapolis.

With his friends Keith and Laurann, all rabid Colt fans, we hooked up a sweet canon projector and shot the massive image up on a white sheet draped over the window blinds at Lauranns house.

Upon entering the house, Kent informed me that ..."Laurann is under the impression that you're really cool." Thanks Kent, like the Colts, I had a lot to live up to that evening.

The coffee table was decked out with vegetables and ranch dip (my favorite), potato chips, cookies, chips and salsa AND queso, and the oven was stocked with fresh pizza from little Caesars. The night was set for a big win from the Colts.

After the win, I called the SWA non-rev listing number to get a flight for the morning. When Jan answered, I told her "Hi Jan, I need a flight tomorrow morning from Indianapolis to Chicago. Theres some folks there that I need to rag on."

"So I'm guessing the game is over?"

"yup, 29-17 Colts."

After setting up the flight she askes "So Jeremiah, you wouldn't be going up to chicago to rub it in their faces, would you?" I thought we'd been through this, but I humored her and said "ABSOLUTELY."

She laughed at me, we talked about the game, then hung up. I couldn't wait to get back to Chicago.

I arrived this morning, to shock that a lot of the bears banners and signs in the airport had been taken down. I laughed to myself, then laughed while watching the newscasters have a pity party and talk about "next year."

In other news, I got paid today and realized that I have no money. It's a long story, but basically I got most of my paycheck pushed back to the 20th paycheck (I changed this a long time ago, and the changes have been made finally, though I'm not sure I want them changed anymore). Most of my 5th check has already been spent in a check that I just wrote for 2 months rent here at the crash pad.

So I'm gonna see if I can go 15 days and spend $150. Well, I'll be happy if I spend $200 or less, but the goal is 150. thats 10 bucks a day on food. thats it. We'll see how it goes. I've got plenty of peanuts and pretzels to snack on. :)

Heres a couple of vids of this HS kid from Florida, Noel Divine. Looks like he's playing against 10 year olds. Apparently colleges are iffy on recruiting him because his grades are terrible and he has 2 children to look after. Product of a terrible upbringing.



Same guy, but it looks like the tape must be sped up or something. sorry the quality is terrible. Only one I could find.



-JJ

oh yeah

It's a goood day in Chicago.....

Saturday, February 03, 2007

I don't know about you, but I hope the bears get DESTROYED on sunday. Seriously.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Boycott?

Exxon reported on thursday the "...biggest annual profit on record for a U.S. corporation - earning more than $75,000 every minute of 2006 on the back of record oil price..." and "posted net earnings of $39.5 billion on revenue of $377.6 billion last year..."

Just a few months ago I read an article in Men's Journal about the alter-ego of the behemoth company. They were admitting to Global Warming to the media, yet they were shelling out millions of dollars to small companies to assist them in DENOUNCING global warming and its effects. On January 12th, they reported that they were "cutting ties to global warming skeptics." Congratulations. I guess its a step in the right direction, but honestly, why should I trust you now?

Also on the news this evening is the fact that they contribute absolutely no money to the research or use of alternative energy. NONE. Not even proven methods, such as Wind, solar, or hydro. According to the reporter on abc news, they would consider natural gas as an alternative energy.

Theres a lot of cynics out there on global warming, and I'd be counted among them. But the fact is, were GONNA run out of oil, whether we like it or not, and its imperitive that we find soemthing else. Its hard to decide whats going on when its warm in the east, but in Denver we've been freezing since November. But a good clue is when an ancient ice shelf in Canadian suddently breaks free.


As for me, I rest in the "Im not sure what is going on, but I'd rather be safe than sorry" camp. Unfortunately for Exxon, they seem to be in the "whatever makes us more money" camp, and as of today, I've officially washed my hands of their "dirty" pracitices until further notice.

-JJ