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Monday, August 30, 2004

I went to lunch with some friends at work the other day and they cracked on me for my taste in music.... "Bah!" I said to them. Here's what was in the cd case:

Seal - IV: some of it's kind of cheesy but it's a well produced and great sounding album, that is if you like Seal.
Maroon 5 - Songs About Jane: catchy melodies, how could you not like this album?
Matchbox 20 - Mad Season: it's got a couple of hit songs
John Mayer - Heavier things: I really liked his first album, and this one as well. As Vapor once put it, "he sings songs about things I think about."
Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown: the title really fits. I bought it because I thought the song "Meant to Live" really rocked and was expecting more of the same... I was let down (in that the rest isn't as rockin') but the rest of the CD is great none-the-less.
Usher - Confessions: yEAh! yEAh!

Monday, August 23, 2004

Duplex for rent! 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Washer/Dryer Hookups, Carport and Storage room. $499/month for 1 year lease with a $300 deposit. Call (417) 300-5901.

Tim, Kaane, Vapor and I all played some golf Friday night. There's a little nine-hole par 3 off Glenstone and I-44 that's lighted. It was a good time. I think we'll do it more often and maybe become good enough to play on a real course some day!

Friday, August 20, 2004

Kaane and McClain jumped into the blogosphere yesterday, check em out at www.kaaneandmcclain.blogspot.com.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

An online machine shop is a damned good idea. How many funky parts have I broken only to wish I could build a replacement!

HA HA! So after be berated for being a computer nerd (a label that I don't deny) my budy over at Power 96.5 Jams (the #1 hit music station), Kaane, says he thinks he needs a blog now... More on this as the story develops.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

I haven't been watching TV this summer so I wanted to see the SwiftVets.com video that is being talked about on talk radio so much. Check it out and make your own decision...

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

This post proves I'm completely domesticated....

We had the auction last night. My dad runs the Auction House here in Springfield, every 1st and 3rd Monday night at 6:00 PM. We had a decent crowd with some new faces. MadZax has become a regular, I think the idea of a live ebay appeals to him! :) I think the auction will really start picking up more as the nights get cooler. I did manage to pick up a fertilizer/seed-spreader and a side by side refridgerator for the garage.

Speaking of garage... I'm going to work on a personal project tonight. I've got some heavy duty casters and some lumber to build a roll-around workbench. It shouldn't be too fancy or take too much time. I decided to make it a roll-around so I can set the chop saw on it and roll it away from the wall if I've got some long stuff to cut. I'll probably go to Harbor Freight and buy a cheap bench grinder and bench vise to make it complete. I managed to get me a good used angle grinder for free this weekend from my buddy Tim (that's a long story in itself that involves the grinder and 220 volts) so thats one less tool I'll need to add to the collection.

I've wanted to work on this project since we moved to the new house, but other projects have come up first in the priority list (like our newly painted kitchen and dining room which looks beautiful thanks to my lovely wife's handy work and the backyard fountain which involved the 220 volts and the angle grinder). I've been excited to actually have a garage to keep the cars in and to create a work area in. I also inherited my mom's old stereo system as she got a new system for her birthday last month. It'll be perfect for the garage and to run some speakers hooked to the B side out to the patio. I just need to get some speakers from a garage sale or something...

Friday, August 13, 2004

Found a site that sells packaged NYC garbage. Would be kind of a neat souvenir, like a 3d scrapbook of a weekend trip, but would be cooler if you collected it yourself... maybe... I'll have to think about that more.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Mike sang for the American Idol judges, but was told his voice wasn't dirty enough, that it was too pretty...

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

My buddy Mike Spyres could be the next American Idol. I found out today from his dad, Eric, that Mike will be performing for celebrity judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson tomorrow. Way to go Mike!

Monday, August 09, 2004

A friend at work sent me this link to a graph that plots the terror alerts versus Bush's approval rating. Interesting...

Thursday, August 05, 2004

A friend sent this to me. I can't really vouch for any of these facts (perhaps I'll look them up later, or you all can comment on their truthfulness) but it presents an interesting case anyway:

"There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq during the month of January..... In the city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's just one American city, about as deadly as the entire war torn country of Iraq. When some claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war, consider the following . FDR... led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year. Truman... finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,334 per year. John F. Kennedy... started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. Vietnam never attacked us. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year. Clinton... went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions. In the two years since terrorists attacked US! President Bush has liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking, but... It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51 day operation. We've been looking for evidence of chemica l weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find her Rose Law Firm billing records. It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick, drowning Mary Jo. It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!! Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB! The Military morale is high! The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts. "

Watch a documentary"Kerry On Iraq" and judge for yourself. Here's the Real Player version and the Windows Media version.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Want to know where your neighbor's policital donations are going to? Or how about how much the government paid the farmers in your area.