Wednesday, January 18, 2006

What Will They Think of Next?

The Japanese are known for inventing some rather bizarre things, and this is just another one of those things. Just in case someone has a hard time putting soy sauce on their sushi, these inventors have the solution for you. Chopsticks filled with soy sauce! Just a little squeeze on the top and, presto, you got yourself some soy sauce filled sushi. Now I am a fan of sushi and even bigger fan of soy sauce, but those chopsticks are too much even for me.

Good 'ol Days

Well over the past few days, I have been talking to some friends of mine who are still in college and it got me thinking about my college days. This picture highlights my sophomore year in college. This was our gang of St. Ben's Room 304. We actually took a real life picture in this pose with me, my 2 roomates, and 2 good freinds who frequented our dorm room. I think the order was McG was cookie monster, EricW was Ernie, JoeP was Elmo, I was Bert, and Harrison was Grover. Now did this picture have any hidden meaning behind it? Not really. One of us found it over the internet, found it humorous, and posted it on our door. Ah, this picture brings back lost of fond memories.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had some fun bringing in the new year, I know I did. My initial plans were to go over a friends house in Pennsylvania, but that plan sorta got scrapped. A week before New Year's two of my friends called, Theresa and Donna, and they were planning to go to Times Square in New York City and wanted me to go with them. Well, since I had no plans, I decided to go. They asked me to drive and I said no problem, so long as they paid for the gas and the parking.

Donna had to work early on Saturday so we didn't leave for New York until about 2:30PM. The car ride to the city was very smooth and surprisingly not much traffic. A few times we mentioned to each other how crazy we were to be doing this, but that is the fun of being young. The drive was made even better by the fact that I had my laptop there with all my songs on it. So the music was just fine (exept for the fact that Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York" was played 5 times). The traffic only started to pick up once we hit the city. That was when it got fun. Theresa is originally from New York so I was counting on her for proper directions. She told me to go down Broadway and that would lead us directly to Times Square. So I proceeded to go down Broadway but, along the way, the street ended and lead us to the outside of the city. I tried doing some fancy maneuver to get back on track, but some random New Yorker gave me the good 'ol New York hello (honking his horn and waving a happy finger at me). We drove by the Statin Island Ferry and got back to the main city by getting on one of the avenues.

Along the way there some random cabbie tried the fancy manuever that I had tried a few minutes before. Theresa yelled at me to get me to blow my horn at him, saying it was the proper thing to do there. I gave him the New York hello sans the finger waving. After that I felt fairly comfortable driving in the city (actaully I find D.C. harder to drive considering at least New York has roads that make sense). Theresa said I would have had a much harder time if there was the normal traffic. So I proceeded down this avenue and we found the general area of Times Square. After making several turns and getting lost and quickly finding out where we were, I found a parking spot (total time driving in the city was about 50 minutes). The parking spot was well lit, had several nice buildings around it (less likely to get broken into), and was fairly inexpensive.

When we got out of the car, we first stood there for a minute in disbeleif that we we actually in New York City. My instinct survival soon kicked in and I broke the silence, "Boy am I hungry, let's get some pizza". Last time I was in the city, I had some of their pizza and it was the best I had ever had (even better that the pizza I had in Italy, which is very hard to do). Everyone agreed and we found a nice pizza place along the way. I could go on about the pizza, but let me sum up... it was yummy and my appetite had been satisfied.

Then the adventure of going to Times Square began. Lots of walking, lots of random cops stopping people from walking for no apparent reason, and a whole lot of people. Long story short, we were in Times Square when New Year's hit and I can now mark one of the things off my "To Do List Before I Die". We were in a good spot to walk back to the car, only taking us about 45 minutes. We were also fortunate to have a very good parking space, which was seconds away from the Lincoln tunnel. We got out of the city quickly, and was on the road home in no time.

I dropped off Donna at her house in Maryland at around 6:15AM. I had done all of the driving up until then, but my eyes were not focusing nicely so Theresa offered to drive back to her house for me, which I did not mind. I stayed up and had control of the music for the next hour and 15 minutes. When we got to her house, I took control of the car and headed back to my house. I made it early for 9AM mass which, I am proud to say, I was wide awake for the whole thing (exept for about 10 seconds, but I stopped that quickly by pinching myself). I got home around 10:10AM, changed into my pajamas, and was asleep within 2 minutes.

Overall it was a great experience and a very cool day. It was made even better by the fact that I woke up around 3:45PM, got to watch my Redskins play at 4:15 and watch them clinch a playoff berth for the first time in 6 years! So it wasn't a perfect 24 hours, but it was a memorable one that I will not forget.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Hail to the Redskins

Oh, today is a good day! Being a diehard Redskin fan my entire life, nothing is sweeter than a victory over the Cowboys. In case you do not know, the Redskins and Cowboys are fierce rivals who have no love for one another. Which is why a victory over them is so nice. It was made even better by the fact that (a) they beat them both times this season, (b) both are fighting for a playoff spot, (c) the 28-point margain of victory (as pictured above) is the largest vicrory in their 92 game histroy.

I went over to my friends' (Eric and Joe) apartment to watch the game. Now Eric is a good friend and we agree on most things, but professional football is not one of them (he is a Cowboys fan). We both talked big about our teams before the game, but Eric did not have much to say soon after. Why? Well, let me tell you. The game started out close with the Redskins having to punt on the first possession of the game. The Cowboys first play was a pass that got tipped at the line of scrimmage and was intercepted. The Redskins proceeded to score a touchdown a few plays later. I could elaborate on this game for a long while, but let me sum up. The Redskins completely dominated this game and the score would have been even worse (it was already 28-0 at halftime), exept for the fact that the Redskins let up and ran the clock out in the second half. The Redskins did everything right and the Cowboys did everything wrong. It was so beautiful to watch!

Now as to why the title of the post is 'Hail to the Redskins'... it is the name of their fight song. Anyone who cares to know the lyrics, here you go...

Hail to the Redskins,
Hail to victory,
Braves on the war path,
Fight for old D.C!

Run or pass and score,We want a lot more
Beat em, Swamp em, Touchdown,Let the points soar
Fight on... Fight On...Til you have won, sons of Washington!

(The first stanza is the much more well known than the first) Now how do I know all these lyrics by heart? Well back in grade school when I went to the public schools, every child learned it in class and it has stuck with me throughout the years. Go Redskins!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

For some reason, at work today we got on the subject of children sports. Talked about how some children (and some parents) take it way overboard. I showed them this picture and everyone got a good laugh. Poor kid (the one in the black and red), he just wants to have fun playing soccer.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Jelly Beans

In honor of the new Harry Potter movie that came out last week, I will dedicate this post to something Harry Potter related. A few weeks ago I was at the Border's store purchasing some of their coffee. I look over to see what sort of counter items they are selling and what do I spy with my little eye? Boxes of 'Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans'. Now for those of you who are not familiar with this product let me explain. In the Harry Potter world, this is a very popular candy with the wizard children. Just as the title of the candy suggests, they are jelly beans that have every type of flavor. Not just candy flavors (i.e. cherry, grape, orange, etc.) but also other yummy things (i.e. steak, ice cream, popcorn, etc.). Sounds great, but one also runs the risk of other not so tasty jellies (i.e. toejam, vomit, old milk, etc.). So these jelly beans stay true to their name every flavor!

Now when I saw that these were being sold, I just had to buy a box of them and try them for myself. The only downside I had was that on the box was shown what sort of jelly beans flavors they had and what they looked like. But I decided to eat the jelly beans without looking at which flavors I was trying, just like they do in the books. I sat at one side of the table with the front of the box facing me while two of my friends sat at the other side looking at which flavors I was about to try.

The tasting started out just fine, with me eating a cherry flavored one and some sort of lemony one. I then had the third one, which flavor I could not sense at first but tasted good. A few seconds later I figured out what I was eating was bacon flavored. This experience was going great.

The next one I had not so much; I had just put in my mouth a clump of dirt. The flavor was all in my mouth the second I bit into it. It wasn't too bad; it reminded me when I was just a wee lad and had decided to eat some dirt. Yes I know, I was a stupid kid but in my defense, all kids that age are not too bright. When my friends asked me why I had eaten dirt as a kid, I tried to explain to them its what kids do. Kids use their 5 senses to try to understand what a thing is.... I (1) saw the dirt, (2) picked it up to touch it, (3) listened to see if it made noise (it did not), (4)smelt it, and then (5) ate it. This method of thinking also explains why little boys get sent to the emergency room for swallowing little cars, and for having them shoved up their noses, they just wanted a better smell of it so they pushed it up there a little more. Not the smartest thing to do but it makes sense to those little ones (and I never had any car related injuries, so I am not the dumbest of the bunch). But I digress, now back to jelly beans.

After that it was a mix of yummy ones (popcorn, cotton candy, grape, marshmallow) and not so tasty (soap, sardine, earthworm, booger). I was feeling confident in myself that I could get through so many without being too grossed out. That quickly changed with the next flavor. I chewed it, was completely overwhelmed by the taste, was able to get half of it down, tried swallowing the other half, failed, and had to spit it out. After composing myself I asked my two friends what I had eaten. After they stopped laughing at me, they told me I had eaten earwax. I truly realized how Dumbledore felt after eating an earwax flavor one at the end of "Sorcerer's Stone" (if you do not know what I am talking about, you should read the books).

After that bean, I was a little more cautious in eating the jelly beans, only biting off half. I had some more good ones and two more bad ones, rotten egg (strong sulfer taste, don't recommend eating) and vomit (not as bad as it sounds; its just a mixture of all the flavors, but still not yummy at all). It was a memorable experience for me and something I recommend doing once in your life, especially with friends around you so they can laugh at your idiocy.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Mmmmmm.... pumpkin pie. So good in all its number-ey goodness! I thought this was a clever picture so I thought I would post it. It makes me laugh, but I may be just that big of a nerd. Oh well, its who I am.

I would also like to post another picture, but its on my camera, and I don't know how to get it on here. This morning our IT guy came in dressed just like Willy Wonka (the newer version with Johnny Depp). I was nice to him and complimented him on his outfit, so he gave me one of his Wonka bars.

He is also the only person in this office who has seen Red vs Blue (let alone even heard of it). So whenever he walks by we give eachother little quotes that make us laugh. And before you go start making fun of him for spending all that time to look exactly like Wonka, let me give you this little fact. He stopped by here while on his way to the Children's wing at Fairfax Hospital to cheer up the kids there this morning. And from what I have gotten from him, he has done this a few times on Halloween to say hello to the children (but dressed up as someone else obviously). He may be a little weird, but I like him. Anyways have a great day!

Thursday, October 27, 2005

The End of a Jar

Last night, a few hours after my yummy spaghetti dinner, I was still a little bit hungry. So I decided that I would have a pickle. I get to the fridge, grab a pickle, eat it, and I am both happy and sad at the same time. The happiness comes from eating one of those delicious pickles, the sad part comes from the fact that it was my last one. Now I know what most are thinking, "no need to worry, just buy another jar and everything will be alright." That is what I plan on doing today, but its not that simple.

I will have a new jar in my fridge by tonight, but I cannot eat them right away. Why, you ask? Simple, they have not been made into the succulent goodness that they can be. What one does is add garlic and onions (I prefer the red ones) to the jar and let it sit for a few weeks. Oh, I could easily eat a few of them right when I get home, but they do not taste the same. Now does this make much of a difference? If you are a pickle fan like me, oh yes it does!

Let me give you a scenario to prove the point I am trying to make. One goes to the store to buy a pork loin. Now what are your options in preparing this treat. You could cut it up into little pieces and nuke it in the microwave. The quickest way, but not nearly the best. You could cut it into pork chop sizes and pan fry them. Once again not too long to make, but not nearly the best. Or one could baste it several times over with different sauces over the course of days, let it sit in its juices, then take it to the grill and slow roast it. Now that sounds like a meal!

The point is certain foods taste better when they are prepared differently. The pickles, after sitting in those juices for a few weeks are much better than just an average pickle. Now some may say that this type of food is not worth it, but to me it is and that is what matters most. Just like my roommate, who enjoys his cottage cheese; I despise the stuff but he loves it. Food is a matter of opinion and with food I say, "to each their own." So, even though last night was sad because it was the end of the jar. Today should be happy because it is the beginning of a whole new one which will bring more joy.