Monday, March 14, 2005

My body aint what it used to be...

Last Saturday (March 12th), I had the pleasure of heading up (down in elevation, up if you look at a map and put North at the top) to Denver for a volleyball tournament. I participate in this tournament every year...and every year, it seems my body is telling me something with a louder and louder voice. I believe the message has always been the same...but it's definately easier to hear it now: "You're too old for this Jim!" Hehe...seriously though, I'm aching today (Monday). I've always hated taking Ibuprophen or other drugs to dull pain from athletic activity...but I definately waved those concerns today. I work on the second story of a government building that doesn't have an the heck can the government get away with that?! But that's another post for another day and probably not worth the bandwidth to download what most folks already know anyhow. :P

By the way, Saturday was an amazing 70 degrees in Denver...snow moved in on Saturday night. It's a weird time of year in late as Wednesday, I can't really tell if I should make plans to go hike/ride in the mountains, or head up to ski. It could be 20, it could be just never know.

On a more somber note, a good friend of mine is heading to Seattle to work for Microsoft. I'm very excited for him, but pretty sad that I won't have him around. I definately wouldn't have ever pursued a career in computers or anything technology related if it wasn't for him. Of course, I also wouldn't have ever experience on-line gaming or X-box. :D I'm still holding off the urge to get TiVo.

Monday, March 07, 2005


I saw a couple of good flicks over the weekend. I'm still getting caught up on "24", the TV series, so my movie watching is limited. :)

The Color Purple (1985) was a great flick. I really enjoyed it. One of Speilburgs early serious developments, but very well done. I was surprised how good Whoopie Goldberg and Oprah were in this movie.

Donnie Darko (2001) was a really different movie. I enjoyed it even more than I thought I would. With a cast and plot revolving around teens, this movie definately broke the stereotype and devled in psychology, brainwashing, and science. The movie left you feeling like that's how it was supposed to end...but not stereotypical everyone lived happily ever after. Highly recommended.

Friday, March 04, 2005

NPR (National Public Radio)

I rarely watch the news, read the paper (I live in Colorado Springs...the paper is extremely conservative and heavily influenced by the folks that think Sponge Bob Squarepants is gay), and definately don't have time to keep up on world events like I would like to. However, I do listen to the radio quite a bit and have been tuned to National Public Radio (NPR) for the past couple of months.

I'm really amazed how much I've learned. Lots of folks call the reporting liberal, but I really can't label it as that. Usually, they just inspire you to think a bit differently than what you might be used to (aka brainwashed to do! :) ). There are too many great stories to share, but I have learned a great deal about the volitile relationship between Syria and Lebbanon, some of the more interesting business practices of Walmart and their effect on the local economy, and the first amputee soldier to request remaining in the military and is be redeployed to Iraq.

It's really very amazing. I also listen to an EXTREMELY conservative (aka right wing) station at work. Well ok, I don't have a radio at work, but the gentleman two cubicals down does and he must be hard of hearing based on the volume level he's listening to a talk show. It's really amazing how often they quote NPR or take snippets from their stories, distort them, and then preach on the evils of american society based on the manipulated portions from NPR. If their audience actually listened to NPR, they'd never go back to the trash that the conservative stations are playing. When I hear folks call in to these stations, I've yet to hear one have a critical comment for the conservative station that the conservative station is willing to acknowledge.

Well...if our president and his cabinet can hand pick the audience for rallies, hire reporters to pose in press conferences, etc...I'm not too surprised the radical right does the same. It appears that "the truth shall set you free" has them frightened to the point that they are willing to sacrifice their integrity, their ideals, and most importantly, their faith to keep the wool pulled over their sheeps eyes.

Ok, now I'm both sad and angry. ;)

Have a good weekend!