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Can you believe it is 2012 already? Me neither.  Unlike many people, I am not worried about the supposed Mayan Apocalypse that is supposed to hit this year.  This doesn’t bother me for several reasons.  One being:

Life is really busy right now. There are a couple of things I’d like to blog about, but I do not have sufficient time for those right now.  So here are some of my random ruminations about less important things:

  • I am really itching to watch Tombstone and eat a Tombstone Pizza

Doc Holliday I'm Your Huckleberry

Tombstone is a great movie.  I was reminded of it today when I came across the last name Huckleberry. It caused me to remember Val Kilmer‘s line as Doc Holliday: “I’m your huckleberry.” If you haven’t seen this film, you need to.

  • Whatever happened to Val Kilmer?Val Kilmer


I always was entertained by Carlos Zambrano, but it was time for him to move on.  I don’t know a whole lot about Chris Volstad.  His 4.59 ERA makes me nervous.  I do, however, like that he plays by the code.  You might remember a little altercation he had with Nyjer Morgan, as summarized on wikipedia:

“In September 2010, Volstad was involved in a bench clearing brawl against the Washington Nationals. In the day’s previous game, the Nationals’ Nyjer Morganintentionally ran into Marlins’ catcher Brett Hayes on a play at home plate where Morgan was called out. Hayes separated his shoulder and it was determined later that night that he would miss the remainder of the season. In Morgan’s first at-bat, Volstad threw at Morgan, hitting him. Morgan proceeded to steal two bases when the Marlins had an almost double digit lead, breaking an unwritten rule of ethics in the game. Offended by Morgan once again, Volstad threw another pitch at Morgan in his next at-bat, with it going behind Morgan’s back. Morgan quickly charged the mound, despite the fact that Volstad stood nearly a foot taller than him. Morgan’s punch at Volstad missed, and Morgan was promptly clotheslined by Marlins’ first baseman Gaby Sanchez, resulting in the bench clearing brawl. Volstad was suspended for 6 games because of the incident.”

Here is a picture of the aftermath of the clothesline:

Chris Volstad Gaby Sanchez ClotheslineIt will be refreshing to have a starting pitcher that prefers to defend his teammates instead of punching them in the face.

  • Here is one of many exciting items I found photo-worthy at a recent trip to a flea market:Flea Market Patriotic Rooster

Nothing quite says “I’m an ardent patriot” quite like a ceramic rooster in a star-spangled jumpsuit.

  • Excited about a quality, automatic coffee brewer:Bonavita Automatic Coffee Brewer

The Bonavita coffee maker is only the second automatic coffee brewer to be certified by the SCAA, and we have one at work! It is wonderful.

That’s about all I have today. Hope all is well with you.

Until later friends…



Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks.  I am so stinkin’ excited that they beat the Miami Heat.  Lebron James is still without a title, and that makes me happy.  I’m pumped that the Mavericks won for five reasons:

1.  Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki is a class-act player.  He can play post, and he can bury you from three-point land.  Plus, you can’t hack-a-Shaq him, because he’s about the best free-throw-shooting post man of all time.  I love Germany, and I love to see German players succeed in the NBA.  Dirk Nowitzki is the best German player ever, even though I have already let it be known that I still have mad respect for Detlef Schrempf.  Now that Dirk has a championship, his resume is complete, and he can be remembered as one of the best NBA players ever.

2.  Jason Kidd

I’ve loved watching Jason Kidd play since he was a rookie.  Yeah, he got into some legal trouble every now and then, but I still love watching him play.  Jason Kidd is an incredible passer – very John Stockton-esque.  He also is a great shooter.  He has been in the league a long time, and I’m glad he finally got a championship.

3.  Lebron James Lost

Ever since “The Decision,” I have been cheering against Lebron James every chance I get.  I like Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, but this whole deal about the “Big Three” has been awfully irksome.  I’m glad to see them fail.  Lebron James is a great player, but much of his persona is pure hype.  Go win a championship, and then we can compare you to MJ or Kobe or Wilt.  Until then you can be compared to Karl Malone and Patrick Ewing – and I like Karl Malone a lot better than you Lebron.

4.  Mark Cuban‘s team finally won one

Most people either love or hate Mark Cuban.  I love him.  He is a hoot.  I really enjoy watching his antics.  He might be a hot head, but he supports his team all the way.  I love that he sticks up for his players, and I love that although he is filthy rich, he lets himself be emotionally involved in every game.  Congrats Mark.  Would have been interesting to have you as the Cubs owner too, sorry that didn’t work out.

5. Bubba Wells and Trenton Hassell

Why would I put these guys on here? Neither one of them is on the Dallas Mavericks now, but both of these guys used to play for the Mavericks.  They also used to play for Austin Peay State University.  I was a ballboy when Bubba played at Austin Peay, and I followed both of these guys’ careers.  For this reason, I have had a soft spot in my heart for the Dallas Mavericks for many years. I can’t call myself a fan of the Mavericks, because I don’t own any Mavericks’ gear, and I really don’t care about the NBA 85% of the time.  If I were a fan of any team though, it would be the Mavericks – largely because of these two.

That’s my list for today.  Once again, congrats to the Mavs and booyah to Lebron James.

Until later friends…

April 20th.  It is one of those days in history that you have to acknowledge.  I’m sure there are going to be several blogposts around the world today talking about the fact that this day is the anniversary of Hitler‘s birthday and the Columbine shooting.  I don’t really want to blog about Hitler other than to say that he was absolutely evil.  I think it is interesting that in our culture where so many people poo-poo on the idea of applying labels of “evil” and “sin” to people, we can all still agree that Hitler (and Nazism) was evil.  No one can deny that a man brute responsible for the creation of a political system that oversaw the murder of over 6 million people is evil.

In regards to Columbine, I think all of us that witnessed the news coverage that day were changed.  In some way, I know that my worldview changed just a little bit on April 20, 1999.  Five Iron Frenzy (Denver natives) wrote a song about Columbine entitled “A New Hope” that I think characterizes the shock well:

A darker world lies behind this one
Cryptic it hides beneath perception
We all saw it on that day
Stunned we stood stuttering
What did the news say

April 20th is also a day when potheads celebrate their complete apathy towards life, but this is barely worth mentioning.

All of these dark events could lead you to ask, “Does April 20th ever produce anything good?”  In fact, it does.  I have decided to give you a short list of some of the blessings April 20th has bestowed upon the world over the years.

  • 1718 – David Brainerd was born (one of the most influential missionaries ever).
  • 1976 – Joey Lawrence was born, and if he had not been born, we never would have had one of the best catchphrases of the 90s:

  • 1916 – Wrigley Field hosted its first Chicago Cubs game.

  • 1972 – Apollo 16 lands on the moon
  • It is also the birthday of two of my friends Lindsay and Jande, to whom I give a shout out.

So, go make this April 20th a good one! Until later friends…


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