Monday, November 4, 2013

What just happened??

So I'm a big sports guy.  I like watching, and I do follow several teams.  I'm a fan of the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Raiders and Boston Celtics.  I am also a fan of several specific players, and I will root for those individual players so long as it does not conflict with the teams for which I root.  Now I know that some of my teams will lose more often than they will win.  The Celtics and the Raiders are two of those teams.  But the Raiders loss yesterday was insane!  How do you give up SEVEN TOUCHDOWN PASSES AND A PERFECT PASSER RATING TO A BACKUP?!?!?!?!  It made me sad.  More for Charles Woodson than for anyone else.  He could have gone to another team that had a much better chance of winning it all, or at least making it to the playoffs.  He's one of my all-time favorite players.  Quick list of all-time favorite football players:
1.  Rod Woodson (Steelers, 49ers, Ravens, Raiders)
2.  Darrell Green (20 years with the Redskins and was the fastest man in the NFL for all of them)
3.  Charles Woodson (Raiders, Packers, Raiders)
4.  Howie Long (Raiders)
5.  Dexter Manley (Redskins, Buccaneers)
6.  Barry Sanders (Lions- retired at age 32 way before his time)
7.  Tim Brown (Raiders,one year with the Bucs after they crushed the Raiders in Tim's only Super Bowl)
8.  Art Monk (Redskins)
9.  Jerry Rice (49ers, Raiders, Seahawks, Broncos- but only for camp because he got cut.)
10. Wes Welker (Chargers, Dolphins, Patriots, Broncos)

Random, I know.  And yes, there is a pattern of Raiders players and defensive players as well.  But I prefer good defense, and I liked playing defense when I played in high school.  So anyway, back to what I was saying.  I know my teams will lose more than they will win.  I'm fine with that.  I know that my team is not going to dominate every single game, I'm not a deluded Patriot fan who thinks that as long as they have Brady and Belichick they can never lose, I do not expect my team to get crushed.  I want them to be at least competitive.  Not giving up record amounts of points or touchdown passes.  Again, I can understand if they run into a team that's ripping through the league like a buzzsaw, like the '07 Patriot offense, or a Hall of Fame-bound player putting up ridiculous stats.  But a backup?  Makes me so disappointed.  But I'm looking forward to seeing them bounce back next week and hopefully get back towards at least a .500 season.  I'm super excited for this offseason because the Raiders have so much cap room for the first time and they can surround Pryor with a more stable offensive line (and get guys back from injuries) and perhaps a new receiver like Hakeen Nicks or maybe even Larry Fitzgerald (here's hoping!).  Just as long as they don't go crazy spending too much money on stupid contracts.  So let's see what happens.    

Friday, November 1, 2013

About goddam time!

So I finally got a job.  I'll be doing inbound sales calls for Bose.  Granted it's temp to perm, but I have a good feeling about being kept when the temp position ends.  It's technically employment through Randstad a staffing agency but I'll take what i can get.
To catch you up on what's been going on since the last blog post.  Well I got married, which is really what has been keeping me from blogging.  Between getting ready for the wedding and all the craziness that has been happening since then.  A few days after the wedding, I was having the most incredible pain I've even experienced!  Nothing I could do to get comfortable or to relieve the agony I was in.  Now to put this into some context I worked for a week on a broken leg when I was with UPS and I dealt with a bruised spine a few years ago.  I actually called the wife (still sounds weird to say) and had her bring me to the ER.  Which is crazy, because I NEVER go to the hospital (took me a week after I broke my leg to go) and I have NO INSURANCE.  Nice.  Turned out to be kidney stones.  Terribly uncomfortable, still dealing with the pain on occasion.
Let's see what else...went to a wedding a week after that and the guy who fired me was there.  He actually came up to me and had the fucking audacity to offer me his hand and ask me how I was doing.  I replied with a curt "Unemployed" and turned away from him.  Ashleigh told him to go to hell, and to go sit down.  It was great!  People were talking about it at various Sprint stores for several days after.  Fantastic!
What else...trying to finish my stupid rewrite so I can start editing the goddam thing.  We did zombie ziplining courtesy of our friends Brian and Melanie.  If you've never done it, it goes like this: a zipline of 1000 feet, takes under 30 seconds.  Then you pile into a beat up van and get driven to another part of the park where you board a short school bus.  You then get driven through the infection zone and there are military folks all around firing at the zombies that are out in the woods.  These are real military folks with real weapons firing blanks.  It was fantastic.  At one point you have to run along the loose earth and gravel in the absolute pitch blackness.  At another you need to be perfectly silent as you walk by a zombie devouring an unfortunate victim.  The best part is that all the proceeds go to veterans, and all the military folks involved are veterans.
Oh, and went to Rock and Shock, sold a few books and met Dee Snider which was nice.  He was cool. Told him I just wanted to get a handshake and he replied "Instead of a kiss?  Sure!"  Chatted with Adam Green of Hatchet 1-3, Frozen, Chillerama and Holliston.  Then had a fantastic time for Ashleigh's birthday. I made her a cake, but I was worried because as soon as I put the cake into the oven......power went out. Fucking awesome.  I was so upset!  But it came back on and I was able to rescue it.  I mangled the shit out of it when I tried frosting it, but Ashleigh said it was the "best cake ever".  Then I gathered some friends and we had a fantastic surprise party for her.  She was totally blindsided, and it was awesome!  We all had a blast!
Other than that...The Deadites 17th Annual Halloween Extravaganza!  If you haven't checked out the Deadites, fucking do it!
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That's it for now.  See you back here soon, I hope.