Friday, September 29, 2006

Well said James!

James blake make some great comments after his win today.

Granted, anyone with any sense would make these comments if they followed tennis/USA tennis from behind the curtains.

I felt compelled to post this because Dad and I just got off the phone talking about American sports over all, and how we've been on the down slope for some time now.


Why can't we win in Davis Cup play? Why can't we win the Ryder cup? Why are we not the best basketball team in the world anymore? Even though we did better, we've never been able to win in Soccer world cups. What is stopping us? Is it that countries aren't afraid of us anymore? no pride in country? No will to win?

I have a different theory, and I think we're going to be ok in one sport now.

I can't think back far enough to remember, but it sure seems like when I was a kid, sometimes we kept score, and sometimes, in orginized sports, we didn't for some reason. It was teaching us that it was OK to lose, and everyone is a winner even if you were a loser. Maybe that's why I was/still am such a good loser in Tennis? I only get mad cause I play bad, not because I lost.

Did the Pete Sampras generation keep score when they were kids? YEA! Did the Jordan era keep score? Well sure! They learned how to win, and that losing sucked! That's why they dominated when they were at their peak.

There is still hope for America though. The little league world series.

These kids keep score for real... they want to win, and they DID! Not only did they win... But USA won, twice in a row.

So count it.

While Federer is kickin our butts on the court, we've still got the Great American Past time, and we're kickin butt on the Diamond.

so ends my content post... now to the filler

Thursday, September 28, 2006

ok, so I’m late… again

Sue me... it took me a whole day instead. MY BAD!
Now, on to the post!


Let me once again, start this off with a statement. I love most anyone until they give me a reason to not. All Mexicans/Latin Americans have always been nice to me. Mexican eats are the best! But I think we all know there's some problems going on in the states with people coming over the border. This is some good irony coming up.

Sgt. Weir from Cleveland, TN passed away in battle not too long ago. Of course this has been a huge deal around here at the station. As it should be. American hero, coming home to be buried. That's not what this post is about. I only tell you this to tell you a story.

Before his funeral, the station gets this great idea to go buy American flags to fly on the interstate overpasses as the cars pass under on the way to the burial site. Great idea, great tribute. I didn't have time to notice it before they left with the trucks an flags... but I did notice the day after when cleaning out the box truck. As I fold the flag (the wrong way) without it touching the ground (thanks papa for bringing me up right) I take a good look at the box to put it back in. Had a good laugh, and took a picture.

Front of the box

And of course... the very American... back

Back of box

Now... if this product is "Made in the USA" as it claims... and it's for proud flag waving Americans... why?

Not that people that ONLY speak spanish can't buy and wave American flags... but I'm guessing that the need is... um, less than large?

That's all for now... I might add some more later, or I'll just post something new on Friday.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

oh, sooo good!

oh my, do I have a great post for you today.

Give me till lunch... I've got to get some pictures to go with it.  It just makes the post soooo much better.

Yes, I'm not feeling good.  But for once, my throat is not gross, as it usually would be by now.  This is just some allergy stuff.  though I wonder if I would get these problems as much if I got my tonsils out.  I think I've decided on the Coblation method as well.  Looks least painful and less bloody of all the methods.  now to actually go through with it.

This past weekend, I cleaned.  Yes, I, cleaned.  The apartment doesn't look that bad actually!  I also reloaded my computer.  I chickened out on RAID 0.  But I did swap out for the 200 gb as my master instead of the 160.  So that'll help a little.

This is just filler right now... but seriously... you're going to want to come back after lunch to get this post.  Should be one of the better ones!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

the “DUH!” report

Yes, this is a good report with good information... but I think anyone could have figured this one out!

(Edison Media Research Study)

I'll give you time to read it, and I'll post my thoughts a little later... and hopefully they'll be yours too! Even if you're not in radio... you could have guessed that this SHOULD have happened.
And now, on to my thoughts...

click 'more' by the way.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


-ok... so first off... BIG :-(

I will explain this to anyone that I know well, if asked.

"Shot through the heart, and I'm too late"

-Next up! tiger loses? Ok, so I don't follow golf... that's a given. My parents do, my aunt and uncle do, and that may be it for my serious golf contact. But tiger catches everyones eye.

In fact, I have kept an eye on him after the U.S. Open. The Tennis U.S. Open actually. (In case you missed why.)

I'm not saying that Federer had anything to do with tiger's loss... but I'm not saying it's not possible. If that makes any sense. Maybe I'm still looking too much into this?

This past Thursday and Friday around the stations has been the Radiothon for the Children's Miracle Network benefitting T.C. Thompson's Childrens Hospital.  It's been very good actually as far as raising money goes.  T.C. Thompson is like Chattanoog's own St. Jude type place.  Granted, I've done a lot of stuff for St. Jude for the same cause over the years, and I've never said anything... It's helping a great cause with your support and money.  I hope if you are able, you will give to the charity of your choice to help someone, or God forbid, yourself or one of your loved ones some day.

We've all been touched in some way, and can't begin to imagine what your help and support means to charities like this.

Now that I've said that, it's time for some not so nice comments.

Honestly, I've ran them, and now I've listened to them... radiothons are the most depressing programs!  It's draining, gulit blaming, emotional, depressing, crappy radio!  Once again, I'm super glad they're around because of the help and hope they give to millions.  But for real!  If you're in a good mood and want to be in a bad one... just flip it to one of the three stations we've got doing radiothons today.  Holy crap, let my battery die so I can turn my radio off!

Once again... there's hardly any way to make them happy other than when you read off totals.  But yea...  I forgot they were going on, and I tuned into our rock station at lunch ready to rock out... wow... just wow.  I just felt drained from like 2 minutes of listening!

But, it's all for a great cause.  I hope they make all their goals so that some kid can have a chance at a normal life that they should have.

See, now I've drained you too!

So check out the new 'Video' page for a good laugh.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

fun time!

ok... so I realized again that my blog is really negative most of the time.  So in effort to "even things out" here's some fun stuff to try next time you're on an elevator.

-Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering: "Shut up! all of you just shut UP! Please!"
-Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside ask: "Got enough air in there?"
-Offer name tags to everyone getting on the elevator. Wear yours upside-down.
-Greet everyone getting on the elevator with a warm handshake and ask them to call you, Admiral.
-Stare, grinning, at another passenger for a while, and then announce: "I've got new socks on!"
-Meow occasionally.
-Walk on with a cooler that says "human head" on the side.
-Stare at another passenger for a while, then announce "You're one of THEM!" and move to the far corner of the elevator.
-Wear a puppet on your hand and talk to other passengers "through" it.
-When the elevator is silent, look around and ask "is that your cell phone?"  (They'll check it... )
-Listen to the elevator walls with a stethoscope.
-Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers that this is your "personal space."
-Make explosion noises when anyone presses a button.
-Stop at every floor, run off the elevator, then run back on.

That should keep you happy for a weekend sometime.

In case you wanted a post with meaning... look below.

Monday, September 11, 2006

What I’ve learned from an Open

As I start this post, I realize I should be crying. Yes, I picked Roddick to win it all... and I stand by that. But my new statement holds true as well. Federer is just too damn good.


oh well... Andy played a very good match, but Federer really is, "that good". Although, I think the improvement of Andy far exceeds that of Roger's dominance. Now, on to what else I've learned.

Instant replay is a good thing. I heard very little of the common bad call “whistles” that you always hear at the Open. It helped the chair control the match by not having to worry about a player complaining. Very nice touch... I hope it becomes more popular on other events.

Mary Carillo is a sexist. She must have just got dumped, divorced, used, and abused by some guy before the final, because there was a few choice comments about the male sex that came from her. I'll see if I can find exactly what she said... but I'm pretty sure it had to do with a low percentage of something, and she comments, "Just like men in general". Nice Mary... way to not mistake you for a lesbian commentator we're used to hearing... Who the hell invited you to sit in on the men's final anyways? I hope after those comments, you're banned to women’s matches only... that way I have another excuse not to watch them. (I'm sure that the ads on the sidebar will now be filled with sex ads because I put the words "sexist" and "sex" in this paragraph... so maybe I can off set it by typing... TENNIS TENNIS TENNIS TENNIS TENNIS. There, that should take care of it. Tennis...)

Ok, so Roger dodger has a new friend? Not that I think they're gay or anything, but this Federer/Woods thing is kind of creepy. Yea, I realize they're both at the top of their sports... but come on... do they really think they're so good that they have to hang out now because they're one of a kind?! Come on... Just cause people compare me to someone else, doesn't mean that I have to be their buddy! Matthew Perry, I'm coming to hang out with you now, because people say I look and act the way you act when you're acting... Plus we both are pretty avid tennis players too! Are you a drummer by any chance? We should hang... because I think we have a lot in common, and I'm so awesome that I can only relate to you now.

Give me a break guys... I realize you may have missed some of your childhood, taking all your free time to the court and course... but honestly. gaw, I'm so bitter! Maybe I just think that an American golfer should want to hang with an american tennis player if he's wanting a new friend. I also think the media has kind of taken a weird spin on the subject, and blown it out of the water. eh... whatever. Have fun with your slumber parties guys.

On to fantasy football! I lost... made lots of changes, again... and hope to do much better in week 2.

In case you were wondering... this past weekend went MUCH better. Good time with Brooke... got to see Bittel and Ashley, plus KG and family. Also took a trip to the hospital. Tim's brand new baby is very cute... I'll see what I can do about some photos... which apparently I'm not working hard enough on.

And last but not least... I got word tonight about my old percussion instructor at Murray state. Tom Vanarsdel, you are in my thoughts. He's been diagnosed with parkinson's disease. Very sad time… I hope to see him soon if I can.

More news later... I think this has been enough for today… would you agree?

Thursday, September 7, 2006


I watched a meltdown on tv last night. Rafael Nadal got crushed in his quarter final match. And even though it was his best result at the open todate... I just can't help feeling cheated. Yea, it's cool to see new names come out. But Mikhail Youzhny is not the name I had in mind actually. He played way over his head to beat Rafy... but I can promise you this.

After watching Roddick run through Hewitt like he was barely there... I have full confidence that this is his year. He'll blow right by Youzhny on pure adrenaline alone. These unknowns that rocket through the draw in a major usually meet their match in the semi's for some reason.

I really didn't expect Nadal to roll over and die like he did though. And don't tell me that just because he was pumping his fists after saving points at 5-0, that he was in that game... he had already decided he lost after he lost the tie break and got broke in the third. He was gone.

Back to Roddick...  He made great shots, played super smart, served great, and is fired up!  The way he played last night... I don't see anyone beating him at this open... not even ol' Roger!  Mark it down on your calendar... this year belongs to Roddick!

On the other sad losing note, I wonder how much more we'll be seeing of Davenport?  Tough loss...

I can't wait to watch the rest of it this weekend.  Just wish I was there, that's all.

On to other news...  The site is almost finished, and I think I'm liking it so far.  It even has ads for you to click on, that makes me very little money!  I'll be working on the photo album pretty hard, including new pictures of stuff down here in the Chatty, and the trip up north last weekend.  (dang, why didn't I get shots of the puppy?! so cute)  If anything else on the site doesn't quite look "up to par" or you just hate, please feel free to contact me.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006


Let's get this out of the way. No, the weekend wasn't perfect... I think everyone will agree with that. Infact, talking to Tug at work, seems like everyone here had a not so good weekend too.

Moving on. I had something important to talk about in this post. I have forgotten what that was. Why you ask? Well, thank my mom for changing the blog subject.

While I type this, I'm watching the DCI championships on ESPN2. (thanks for finding it and calling me mom) This is either the second or third year they've carried it on the network instead of PBS. (I'm thinking second year... correct me if I'm wrong) To inform you a little... PBS showed all the bands in finals, with the complete shows... which I liked. It was good. Even though you weren't there, you got a good idea of being there. Infact, that's how I produced the video of the Band competition in Murray we covered. When ESPN picked it up, I was cool with it, because that mean they're calling it a sport... no matter how long it took them to get it. Granted, hunting and fishing has it's own day on ESPN2 every week... but I'm just glad DCI has one day a year. What I'm not super happy about is the way the production is.

It is however a step up from last year... I can think back to last year, screaming at the TV thinking that it was the worst thing that came to the event because of how much they actually cut out, and how simplistic the features were. They cut out some of the best parts of shows, and the camera work was decent, at best. This year though, I am somewhat more impressed with the production. Infact, I was more impressed with the production, than I was the talent level of the corps this year. Then again, I didn't get to see a single show this season either.

BTW, Congrats to the Cavies, again... yet, I still felt it was lacking. It was visually fantastic, and I usually LOVE when they do original music... but this years show just didn't do it for me to be honest. It was still a neat show... but, eh. This is one of those times where I wish I was still in Murray at school, so I could talk to Joe about it. For that matter, I wish I could still talk to my so called music friends and maybe someone can give me some scoop on what it really sounded like. Back to the subject... Looking back, last years Cadet show (which I liked almost as much as cavies 2000 show, which I REALLY like) to me was still much better than this years Cavies show, and tons better than the the cadets sequel show this year. So does that mean less talent or not as good shows? Got to be shows right?

Oh, and before I forget... Big congrats to Phantom for winning best percussion. I've been saying for YEARS that they've had the hardest working drumline in DCI whenever I see them... and it finally paid off.

So while the ESPN2 production was a little better, it still wasn't perfect. And with the quality of shows this year, it all just kind of evened out to me. Tell me I'm wrong... was this not a "so so" year? I only had like one or two moments where I was like... "I want to play again!" or "Man, I wish I had marched Spirit that one time" or stuff like that.

Never the less, I still had those thoughts. So while the original post I had planned was most likely about tennis and the US Open matches... it quickly got changed for my love of music and the one night a year we get "coverage".

Friday, September 1, 2006

some more observations

I don't know about you... but I can live without cash. Easily in fact. I don't really like it all that much, because then I can't go to snack machines and stuff of that nature. But I can, and have lived off plastic for extended periods of time.
So why is that when I have cash, it runs out way to quick?! Do I feel the need to use it if I find it in my wallet? What stops me from saying... "hey, why don't you use one of your cards, LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO!"

I just don't get it. This is why I don't go to get money from ATM's anymore. I'm just going to start carrying change around for coke machines.
Why is it that I'm still always sick?! Do I really have to get my tonsils taken out? I really thought that I was going to grow out of it or something. I honestly do not want to have any surgery if I can help it. I hate anything that has to do with blood, needles, sickness, and my body!

So I'm taking a road trip for the labor day holiday weekend. why do I still have to "labor" on labor day? eh, anyways... Brooke invited me to a Purdue football game (where her sister, Brittany is a freshman at, and also in the band) to watch them kick the crap out of Indiana St. Yes, I'm just thrilled about watching two hoosier teams square off... you can just read the excitement....................

Why in the world would I surround myself with teams I don't even close to like? It's not bad enough that I have to deal with a bunch of UT, UGA, (I like Felton, that's it) and Alabama fans down here... but now I've got to go north and deal with boilermakers, hoosiers, and whatever Indiana St. is.

On the good side of sports... UK UL this Saturday in football. I think we all know who the winner of that contest will be. and if you don't... then you don't follow kentucky football... or lack of. I actually heard that UL is being picked by a couple of sports guys to win it all this year! I hope their right... but I know one of those guys is someone off of cold pizza... and we know how much that's worth. But they do have an outstanding QB and overall team.
Tennis is still looking good! Andre won last night in a tight match... emotion looks to take him further than his body will right now... which is great for someone who has given so much to the game. Hingis lost though... bummer. Good luck to the rest of the field!
OOOOHHH! I'm editing this to tell you, one... Ice cream is FANTASTIC! (for sure when you've got a messed up throat like mine) and two... Mayfield may now have the best ice cream ever. If you know me, you know my new found love for Peanut Butter Cookie dough ice cream... now hear this. They sell Orange Cream bars... WOW!!!

Go to your nearest ice cream vendor, and demand Mayfield ice cream. NOW!