Saturday, October 31, 2009

WHO'S the Best Team in the PAC-10?

There was a slight change of venue for tonight's game between the University of Oregon Ducks and the University of Southern California Trojans. The game was scheduled to be played at Oregon's Autzen Stadium, but instead, the Ducks decided to hold it in the woodshed. You read that right -- Oregon 47, USC 20. As one announcer, whoj had been hyoing USC all night finally admitted in the fourth quarter, Orgon didn't just beat USC, they pounded them. The Ducks were the 300-lb. inmate named Len and the Trojans were his cellmate "Muffin".

Maybe now people will start paying attention to the entirety of Oregon's season instead of just their first game.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

After the Republican landslide in the off-year elections of 1994, everyone said that the Republicans didn't know how to govern because they had been in the opposition for so long. Now you're trying to tell us they don't know how to put up an oppostition because they've been in power for so long. The real truth is that the Republicans don't know what to do when they're unfaithful to their conservative ideals. However, when they're true to those ideals, they know exactly what to do and how to do it. Just witness the Reagan administration.
- Aitch, in the comments section of my previous post.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pawlenty: Me Too! Me Too!

A Tip of the Toque to Gabriel Malor at Ace of Spades HQ.
Oh, goody! Pawlenty endorses Hoffman, now Hoffman has a chance! Pawlenty will attract moderates who were undecided! Our savior!

Bull.
Pawlenty did this because, frankly, he can't afford not to. Palin forced his hand. He wants to run in 2012, and whether it's as a candidate or a kingmaker, the 'cuda's established herself as a force to be reckoned with.
If she plays kingmaker, he needs to curry her favor by appearing to have all the proper Conservative cred.
If she runs, he can't let her take too much of a lead so soon, can't seem to have been "scooped" by her. If Hoffman wins, it's a feather in Palin's cap, and Pawlenty is trying to put an asterisk by Palin's assist -- "Yeah, she endorsed him, but who didn't? Who's to say it was her endorsement and not mine that put him over the top?" But I don't think the people he's trying to impress (conservatives) are going to be fooled.

As for the NRCC, who is endorsing a liberal RINO, screw 'em. We don't need a RINO to win over moderates -- we need a principled conservative who understands where to give a little and where to stand firm on principles.
When he was still alive, my father loved to watch football, rooted for his favorite teams passionately. But nothing pissed him off worse than when a team would sit on a lead. He especially hated the "Prevent Defense" -- he called it the "Prevent Winning Defense" He drilled it into me -- you don't play to not lose, you play to win.
The GOP is playing to not lose -- it's bending over backwards (and often just plain bending over) to avoid alienating anyone who might have at any point in the past, or might be considering anytime in the future, voting for anyone in ANY race who happens to have an "R" next to their name. Meanwhile, we're failing to stand up for the very things that once defined us as conservatives, and we're STILL not winning, because now the party is alienating the people it once felt it could safely rely on.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Back in Time

Friday I got to go down to Roseburg and attend my high school alma mater's homecoming game. I left early in the day and made a pilgrimage of it. I'll post pictures as soon as I get them developed, and talk a little more about the places I stopped.

And yes, we won, Douglas defeated Brookings-Harbor 40-28, and it wasn't even really THAT close -- BH's last touchdown came with less than a minute to go. Way to go, Trojans! They're 8-0 now and ranked in state -- #3 before the game, we'll see where they sit when the polls come out.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Musical Geography Trivia Question

If she finally quit living on dreams, where did she take off her ring?
(1 point each for the building, city, location, and place in the building)

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Missing Child

UPDATE: According to sources, the child was recovered safe in Eugene area. The Suspect is still outstanding.


SUSPECT:MendozaPaulino, Juan DOB 09/29/1981H/M, 5-10, 170, Blk Hair, Bro eyesTattoo of "Juan XVIII" on left arm.


VICTIM:Mendoza-Peebles, Shaeleigh DOB 06/30/2008LSW: Pajamas with white top and pink/brown pants.

At about 5:15 am this morning, Juan MendozaPaulino took his 18 month old biological daughter from her mother's residence in violation of a restraining order. The suspect has threatened in the past to kidnap this child and take her to Mexico. At this time, there are no associated vehicles for the suspect. He is associated with 2264 2nd Street in Springfield. This apparently is the residence of his aunt. A teletype has been sent to all western states and border patrol.

CONTACT:
Detective Jeff Roth
Eugene PoliceViolent Crimes Unit
541-682-5569

Not at the END of My Rope, but Developing Rope Burns

So I had my interview today. Eh. I was interviewed by both the director of food services and the exectuive chef. They seemed to like me, but the chef was unimpressed by the short order nature of the restaurants where I've worked, my lack of "Real" reataurant (his words) experience. Furthermore, my time in SO and institutional showed when I proved too rusty to answer a simple culinary question -- what are the 5 mother sauces, and how do you make a Sauce Mornay? I felt like a freaking IDIOT.

I'm getting damned discouraged, and I'm on the brink of looking again for some other career. Maybe I just wasn't meant to do something I enjoy. I mean, SOMEBODY has to be a drone.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Out of my Hole

It's been what, a month or so since I blogged? A lot has been going on, and I jut haven't had the mental energy to blog. Heck, I'm barely keeping up with reading my own favorite blogs that regularly.

I moved out a little over a month ago, and am living ina rented room. It's... well, it's different as an adult in his forties from living like this as a twentysomething.

It's a daily financial struggle, because I'm underemplyed, but things are looking up. I have an interview tomorrow with a very large, very well-funded local institution. It would also be only part time, but even if I can't make it fit around my current schedule, the increase in pay and the fact that they offer some benefits at as little as twenty hours.

I see The Lad 4-5 days a week, and up until recently had him for most of the day two of those days. I'm now being scheduled to work Saturdays, so Buddy day has been moved to Fridayand truncated -- I have him from 9:30 AM until I drop him off at the babysitter on my way to work at 5.

Trust me, I've been following politics recently, just haven't commented on them here. It's been interesting to say the least. SO much to address, I think I'll save it for individual posts.

Haven't been doing a lot of serious cooking outside of work these days -- bachelor syndrome, it's too much trouble to go to to cook for just one person. Although I did come up with an excellent "Doctored Ramen" recipe.

I've spent some time on Facebook, reconnecting with old friends from high schol AND college, and even one or two from jr. high and earlier. I've been humbled by the level of friendship people still extend to me after so man years of disonnectedness. The compassion and encouragement they offer me in both the situation with my marriage and my job hunt has been overwhelming. I was shy in high school, and never extended myself to my classmates in a substantial way, and I'm learning now just how much friendship I missed out on because of that.

In a smaller way, I'm also still amazed at the real genuine warmth shown to me by my blog readers, who surprisingly enough still show up to read and comment when I finally do post. Your graciousness is not unappreciated, and hopefully will soon be rewarded.