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February 27, 2006

Recovery...

Apparently, I'm interesting. Which is news to me! I've heard from a handful of people who told me that not only do you read it, but you like it cuz you know what's going on with me. Either to know what I've been up to, or how I'm actually feeling about things (Ahem!). So, I'm glad that you're reading this, because otherwise this is just a journal, and a journal is just a male diary... yeah.

Anyway, I had an awesome weekend. Friday after work I went off to visit my parents. Dad had dinner ready when I got there, we then played about 15 games of pool (1 of them I won). Saturday dad was gone all day to help my cousin move, so mom and I went shopping and came back in time to watch the UM/OSU b-ball game on TV. Then is was off to the G-Rap to hang out with a bunch of fun peeps. I didn't realize how much I missed Grand Rapids until I drove over a bridge that goes over the Grand River and offers a great view of the GR skyline and all the city bridges lighted up. Then I got trashed at two bars downtown, had a particularly good time with one member of the group (don't read too much into that, perverts), and came back to AA on Sunday morning. All-in-all, a great time.

Then, Sunday evening, I met up with Sarah for dinner in Farm Hills... Oh the memories. That was a good time too, of course.

I'm now on day 2 of recovery.

Song currently playing: T-Pain - I'm in Love With a Stripper

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February 23, 2006

Is It Friday yet...

I have a fun weekend coming up and I can't wait for it. First I'm going home to visit my parents, have my dad kick my ass at pool, and finally take my dad out for his b-day.

Then I'm hanging out in G-Rap Saturday night, which I haven't done in forever and 4 days. The peep(s) I'm hanging out with should make for an interesting night too. Can't wait! Is it Friday yet!?

Song currently playing: Missy Elliott - I'm Really Really Hot

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February 22, 2006

Go Blue...

Another big win for the basketball team last night. I'm so glad I was able to get 2 sets of Maize Rage season tickets this year. To me, it is so much better than actually sitting through a game and/or getting yelled at by people behind you for standing up. Since my connections are gone, I have to see if I'm able to get those tickets/seats again through athletics. That may prove tough since they are really for students. I think I should be able to prove my rowdiness if it's questioned.

Go Blue!

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February 20, 2006

I like it when things are good....

I'm starting to appreciate life's twists and turns (as long as they aren't too horrible). One day I feel like I'm sucking at life (see blog from a few days ago), then a couple days later I have some interesting things happen, I kick a little ass at work, and I talk to a couple people, and now I'm liking life again. I like it when things are good!

Song currently playing: Miss California by Dante Thomas

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So much for that experiment too...

So, I got a new mixer (not the drink) and DJed with it for the first time with very little practice over the weekend. Dammit, I shoulda practiced more. Even though I got nothing but compliments, I wasn't happy with my performance, and that's what I go on. The weirdest part is that I couldn't get the easiest thing right, the volume! Are you kidding me!?!? I couldn't get the volume right? Ugh. So, now I'm determined to not let that $150 I spent on it to end up being a waste.

Side note, the theme song to the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire... didn't go over that well with the crowd. So much for that experiment too.

Song currently playing: Jamie Foxx - Unpredictable.

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February 16, 2006

Calm Down, It'll Be OK...

There are three kinds of travelers. I see them in the airport, on the bus, and on trains. I see one type EVERYDAY on the bus, and they drive me NUTS!

First I'll start with the type that I am. I am the experienced, easy-going, allow-enough-time traveler. I make sure that I'm where I need to be on time, allowing extra time if i feel it's necessary. If I don't get to my destination on time, I realize it's out of my hands. I don't panic.

The second type is the type that doesn't annoy me too much. This type is way too relaxed when traveling. They think that have it all figured out and don't expect things to go wrong and end up missing their planes, missing their bus stops, or miss key information. I last saw this kind of traveler on A&E's show Airline. The show "Airline" features Southwest airlines and the good and the bad and the weird of the airline industry. The last episode I saw, a guy was complaining because he missed his flight, even though we was sitting right by the gate. He was pissed that the airline wouldn't help him out because he didn't hear the announcement to board. DUDE! Put down your paper and pay attention, look at a clock once in a while, and don't get pissed at other for your mistake.

The third kind of traveler kills me. Actually, they're so anal, they may end up killing themselves. These are the people that start lining up to board the plane as the plane is pulling up to the gate to let other passengers off. These are the people that I see everyday on the bus pull the stop-request cord repeatedly until they see the sign light up. In Ann Arbor, the worst that going to happen if they miss their stop is that they will have to walk an extra block... seriously?!? These are the people that start prying to open the doors of the subway before it has completely stopped. All of you, STOP! You're stressing me out. I try not to pay attention to you, but I see you and I hear you. You're stressing the driver out, and s/he is the one controlling your fate. Calm down, it'll be OK.

Song currently playing: Check up on it - Beyonce

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February 15, 2006

An Unlucky Streak...

So, I've been sucking at life lately. I mean, I can't blame myself for being sick, but being out of it for 5 days makes you feel kinda sucky (eloquent, I know). To top it off, the day after I come back to work, I oversleep my alarm and come into work 2 hours late. ACK! To top that off, no one from work ever called me to see if I was even still alive.

So, yeah, I feel like I suck. Hopefully, I'm just at the low end of an unlucky streak.

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February 13, 2006

Sick...

Dammit, I've been sick since Thursday. All I did all weekend was sleep. I missed 3 days of work. I slept for about a total of 3 hours last night. Why am I writing about this? Because it has consumed the last 5 days of my life. And that's just sick.

Song currently playing: Sean Paul - Temperature

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February 08, 2006

I'd be hiding too...

The whole Denmark cartoon thing is really making me worried. Who would've thought Denmark would start WWIII? Obviously, you have to support freedom of the press and freedom of speech. The thing people seem to be overlooking is that with those freedoms, and all others, comes responsibility. You have a responsibility to use those rights appropriately. In this instance, the responsibilities were respect for others' religion and timing. Would we have liked it if someone from Saudi Arabia made 9/11 jokes on 9/12/01? Well, then i think it's understandable that someone from the Western World should not make jokes about Muslims at a time when they feel the Western World is invading them.

It may seem like a simple cartoon, but sometimes the simplest things can be a big slap in the face.

Now, this doesn't mean that I think all of this rioting and violence is worth one cartoon. Most of this violence is being lead by militants and extremists. They're always looking for some justification for violence against westerners. Look at Muslim leaders. They're trying to stop all this. They are urging peace. They were offended and they want Muslims to show restraint and tolerance.

Until this happens, if I were the cartoonists, I'd be hiding too.

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February 07, 2006

They were right...

I'm DJing for friends on the 17th. There is almost no way I wouldn't do it. It's for friends. DJing is one of my favorite hobbies. The parties are almost always fun for me. I'm meeting lots of cool people. Why wouldn't I do it!? They then offered to pay me. What? Why? I realize that they appreciate me DJing for them, but I don't want it; I won't take it. Not from friends, at least. I'm realizing how tough it is to tell people how much you enjoy something and any financial gain is either not needed or unwanted. I'm not saying any of this to make myself look good, but I'm saying it to show that as you get older, you find things you like to do just to do them.

Thus why "old" people have always told me that for a career, you gotta do something you love to do, regardless of the money you'll make. I think I understand now. They were right.

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I Don't Have a Big Ego...

This weekend I was informed that I was becoming a local celebrity with my DJing. Now, this person was kidding, but really, if I ever approach the status of a local celebrity with my DJing, I'm doing something wrong. My whole thing is that I like to sink into the background and let the crowd do its thing.

I was then informed that I'm becoming a legend (Van Wilder?). I would start to believe this because I have been around here DJing forEVER and a day.

So, to recap, legend yes, celebrity no. What? I don't have a big ego!

Song currently playing: Chris Brown - Run It

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February 06, 2006

Until the next time...

I guess I should update my regret thing from a few days ago. I'm pretty much over it. Just one of those things that comes in waves. Here today, gone tomorrow sort of thing. So, I'm good, until the next time.

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February 05, 2006

A Big Event...

So, with the Super Bowl in the D, all I keep hearing about is how, "I feel safe," "The people are friendly," "The city is so clean," "Detroit has really rolled out the red carpet," and "This city knows how to throw a party!"

Too bad the world media wasn't here 3-4 months ago. Before all of these projects, done only for the Super Bowl, were even started. It makes me sick to think that this is all just an act, the mayor has done a great job of changing the appearance of the city for this week. Monday, or maybe a few days later, it's back to normal. The trash will be back, the homeless people will be allowed back on the streets, crime will pick back up, the run down buildings will again stand out, and people will only go to a 6 block area with the casinos, RenCen, and sports arenas.

On the bright side, the city will have to do all of this over again for the Final Four. Just like they did for the MLB All-Star game. I wish Detroit could face the issues for more than one week leading up to a big event.

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February 03, 2006

Go Seahawks...

So far, I don't have any plans for the Super Bowl. Actually, I'm completely fine with that. I think the last time I got to sit down and actually watch the game and all the commercials was like 10 years ago! Super bowl parties usually don't allow for maximum watching. So, if nothing comes up, and I'm watching it by myself on my own couch in my pajamas, I'm not gonna sweat it.

PS... GO SEAHWAKS!

Song Currently Playing: Black Eyed Peas - My Humps

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February 02, 2006

Your guess is as good as mine...

I woke up at 6:15 this morning, 15 minutes before my alarm went off. Why? You might ask. Well, above me I heard the rythmic squeaks of bed springs. Yes, from 6:15 to about 6:20, it was slow, it was fast, it stopped for a second, it started again, it was fast, then it was done. So, as to what was going on... your guess is as good as mine.

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February 01, 2006

The City of Detroit...

I'm not this negative, but I don't want the Steelers to win. They've won so many championships in their history, the city of Seattle has one... an NBA championship. I really could care less if Jerome Bettis is from Detroit (Hey media, stop forgetting that Larry Foote is from Detroit). Detroit is still a horrible, horrible city, despite what some may say. They cleaned up and painted only the area outsiders will see (read: downtown and I-94 between DTW and downtown). Sure the downtown area is OK and has been improved, but almost all of the residential areas are poor, crime-ridden, and run-down. Want to find a good "part of Detroit"? Go to the 'burbs. Detroit's public transportation needs a major overhaul, which will never happen because 'we' obviously want people to drive as many cars as they can at one time.

My top 10 best things about the city of Detroit:
1. The Redwings (Sorry Pistons, you're in Auburn Hills... good call!)
2. Comerica Park
3. Ford Field
4. The RenCen
5. Its Origin/History
6. Access to Canada
7. Casinos that keep us from having to travel up north or to Vegas
8. UDM
9. Tigers pre-1990
10. Lions (Only because they are an NFL team)
Honorable mention: Greektown (eh, no big deal), Detroit River (Only half ours), Campus Maritus (too new to know if it's worth the money spent yet), THIS (Because it makes me laugh out loud!)

My top 10 best in Detroit is kind of sad, but so is the city of Detroit.

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How dumb I can be...

Yeah, that regret from a few days ago... worse now.

Shit.

On the other hand, it's something I've been through before, and I'm still here, aren't I? No, really, am I?

Sometimes I don't realize how dumb I can be until I realize how dumb I can be.

Song currently playing: Notorious BIG - Nasty Girl

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