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April 24th, 2007
06:55 pm


Today in Women's Studies class, I was given a tampon in a jar of water. I got to see the tampon in action and it was the most exposure I've had to one at the same time. I like to think of it as a trophy marking my achievement as a male feminist.

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March 10th, 2007
12:38 pm


This might have limited appeal, but:

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January 13th, 2007
11:06 pm


Yeah, you did build your city on rock and roll, but where are you now? Your economy's in the hole, you're going nowhere. I built my city on jazz and the economy's booming. It's called New Orleans, you might have heard of it.

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November 3rd, 2006
07:59 pm


With all the offseason moves about to pick up, here are a few Red Sox roster scenarios for 2007:
What I would do as a GM, a guaranteed championship teamCollapse )

The Boston Marlins, going for an extremely cheap teamCollapse )

A realistic plan, what I think Theo's going forCollapse )

Drastic change for the sake of itCollapse )

And now you know how I stay awake through my English history class.

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September 19th, 2006
03:28 pm


Being pathetically below average isn't so bad. I mean sure, nobody respects you when you're batting .230 and when your ace completely breaks down and has to be sent down to Triple-A, but that doesn't matter when you get the All-Star game in your hometown. Besides, things these days change so quickly. Personally, I'm looking forward the the day we have to prematurely bring our prospects up and some will go on to have incredible success. While those are some cool guys, it's too bad the front office won't be willing to spend the money to keep them on board. But hey, at least we still have Jason Bay!

In case you missed it, today's Talk Like A Pirate Day. And I'll probably have a real post written up sometime this week, but no promises.

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August 27th, 2006
06:42 am


Yeah, I'm going to Chicago for a week. Bye, see you in a week.

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August 20th, 2006
11:26 am


Last Friday, they played an hour of stuff from a Foo Fighters concert and man, it was the awesomest thing I've ever heard on the radio. And this is required listening for all because nobody rocks harder than Foo. And you can watch and listen to it all here: http://music.aol.com/network_live/concert_videos/foo_fighters/ondemand

I'm going to Chicago in a week although I'm still not sure what I'm doing there. I have to get in touch with the friend I'm staying with, but I'm not going to try to plan too much out. It's always fun to just wing it.

TAKE ME DOWN TO THE PARADISE CITY, WHERE THE GRASS IS GREEN AND THE GIRLS ARE PRETTY, TAKE ME HOME, sorry but when that song comes on the radio, you just can't stop the rock. Do you ever have that feeling where you want to listen to three or four songs all at once? Not because they mesh but because they all rock and you can't pick. I'm having that internal dilemma with the Guns N Roses song I just mentioned, the Foo Fighters song I music'd and the new Killers song.

I have gotten back into badminton, I played four sets last Wednesday and won four sets. Oh yeah, I have gotten back into badminton. I really want to play more often because I'm good and I want to see how good.

Current Music: Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench

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July 31st, 2006
10:23 pm


I caught part of the baseball Hall of Fame ceremony last night but the part that really stuck with me was Buck O'Neil's speech. You can hear it here or you can just read the transcript. But it's not the same just reading the transcript. It's just such an honest, moving speech, he has such an uplifting look on life.

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June 17th, 2006
12:47 pm


It's a little disturbing seeing so many girls who can't be any older than 14 walking around with bags from Victoria's Secret, which is a common occurance since I work close to one. What they wear isn't any of my business but on top of it just not seeming right to me, it seems like a waste of money. At least wait until you're through the whole puberty thing to buy the fancy stuff, so you don't outgrow it overnight and pay whatever the pricing is to wear it once or twice. But then again, they're 14 year old girls, they're not known for sensibility.

I'm going to the Red Sox game on Monday. I know I've been to a few and have probably spent too much money at Fenway, but this is against my other team, The Nationals. And with Clement supposed to pitch but now on the DL, maybe I can be a Nationals fan for this one. Once I go to this game, I could go the rest of the season without going to another game, that's how much I wanted to see the Nationals.

I've been listening to the radio at work, and I've gotten into some stuff I never really liked before. I'm starting to get into The Clash, The Ramones and Nine Inch Nails especially. And Pearl Jam, but mostly just their new song. But I can still only take so much radio. The afternoon DJs are so annoying and it seems like they talk for the majority of their shift so that's when I bust out the iPod.

Current Music: Susan Tedeschi - Gonna Move

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May 31st, 2006
06:28 am


Once again, it has been so long since I've written that I don't know where to start. I'm done with school for the summer, and ended up with just under a 3.0 GPA for the semester. I wasn't expecting to do as well even though it seemed like an easier semester than usual. And since then, I've been working. I'm at the same place, doing the same boring stuff. Current estimates: 2,600 documents tagged, 70 bags of shredded paper, all done on natural talent and without steroids.

I can't figure out how to fix my journal title. With Mission: Impossible III out, I'm focusing my promotion efforts onto Casino Royale even though that comes out in November. And yet my journal page still pimps out MI:3.

Even though I'm working 9-5, I've been pretty busy. I've been keeping myself busy with plenty of stuff after work. I've had some baseball going, I've been around Boston to help someone find a job and I've been to the gym a few times. And last Thursday, I took a German girl's virginity. That is, her Red Sox virginity. She said she had to go to a Red Sox game so I figured a Devil Rays game would be the best time to do that and of course they won so it was.

Current Music: Shakira - Underneath Your Clothes

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April 28th, 2006
08:14 pm


Today, I found a potato chip in the shape of the Virgin Mary and took it to a church. They weren't impressed. Then I took out my PSP and showed them the latest Mission: Impossible III trailer and they cried tears of awe and joy.

Ok, that never happened, I can't remember the last time I've had a potato chip, haven't been to a church in years and don't own a PSP. But the point remains that Mission: Impossible III will be awesome.

Next week could be a little busy. The Latin American Studies club has a movie screening that I'm going to, in addition to a paper for Spanish and the Cinco de Mayo thing with the Mexican Club. That and making sure they're back next semester since apparently I'm the only one coming back. Wow, that's a little intimidating when you look at it like that.

I want to learn Basque. There's just something about them and more specifically, the ETA, that always fascinated me. So I'll start by learning these three key phrases:
Ez dakit euskaraz = I don't speak Basque
Ba al dakizu ingelesez? = Do you speak English?
Neska polita / Neska ederra = (You´re a) beautiful girl

Current Music: Rhianna - SOS

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April 26th, 2006
06:39 pm


I ended up seeing The Sentinel over the weekend. I liked it, I thought it was pretty enjoyable. And I'm not just saying that because the voice of Kiefer Sutherland alone can intensify a movie by 200%. And it wasn't just 24: The Movie as people speculated.

Curt Schilling threw the 666th walk of his career last night. If only it were Miroslav Satan on the mound. I actually didn't see the game, but noticed that Manny Ramirez hit a home run off Mota.
Even if Coco wasn't in, there's a good way to justify the trade.

A few days ago, I had a moment of absolute brilliance over a short story in Spanish. I know I've said this before, but the feeling of satisfaction in discovering the deeper meaning of a piece of literature is what makes it all worth it. Especially when you're busy looking for a paper topic without any luck. And on another school-related note, I got a B on a history test I wasn't even expecting to pass, awesome. This truly is the class where I can do no wrong. Although she didn't fail a single student on either test, so maybe that applies to everyone.

Current Music: KT Tunstall - Other Side of the World

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April 20th, 2006
09:30 pm


This week feels like it has been really short, it's weird how having one day off can do that. That and getting all your homework done. Or it could be the end of the semester winding down. This last month actually does look a little busy when you plot it out on a calendar. I have the Cinco de Mayo thing, 14 more exams and papers and a few other things.

And I got started on all that by doing a little shopping today. I bought a new belt, a nice green shirt and a few other things. The death of a belt is weird, it's hard to find the right fit afterwards. The one I was using got me by, but it was just too loose. I know, writing about a belt is a poor excuse for an entry but something had to be written on today.

Current Music: Weezer - We Are All on Drugs

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April 19th, 2006
04:29 pm


On Monday, I ended up seeing Failure to Launch with Carolina. I'll call it a date since I think she does like me and It was actually a good movie, and we talked a little more over some gelato afterwards. So that was a nice way to spend the night and we do have some tentative plans to go bowling Friday night. So that should be fun, although I do have some doubts about really getting into anything with her. Part of me likes her but she seems a little too immature at the same time. Or I could just be saying that because she hasn't seen any of the Indiana Jones movies. But we'll see, especially if bowling on Friday happens.

School is going as smoothly as it has been all year. I got B on my sociology test, despite barely studying. I had a Spanish grammar test today with a similar amount of studying put into it. I think it was fine, but I'm not completely sure.

As much as I want Eddie Guardado to fail, but only because I picked up J.J. Putz in a fantasy league in case he loses the closing job, it's hard to want that after reading this on the Mariners website:

Guardado initially looked strong against the Red Sox. He retired the first two batters, then Kevin Youkilis reached on an infield single to bring up Loretta. Guardado started him 2-0 and didn't want to walk him because David Ortiz was on deck. Ortiz had already hit two home runs. "It was my fault falling behind with Loretta," Guardado said. "The last person you want to face is David Ortiz, on that day. If I get ahead, it's a different situation. I didn't and I paid for it.

"My job was to come in and get the job done. And I didn't. That's the toughest part."

But just minutes after the game, his 9-year-old son, Niko, put everything in perspective. Niko and Guardado's wife, Lisa, had accompanied the team to Boston. They had to catch a flight back to Seattle, so Guardado, still icing his left shoulder, wandered out of the clubhouse to say good-bye. "So my son says, 'Good job today.' I looked at my wife and smiled and he said, 'It's OK. You did a good job.' My heart like [lifted] and I thought, 'It's going to be all right.' "

Don't deny it, that got to you.

Current Music: Foo Fighters - Baker Street

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April 16th, 2006
09:28 pm


It's been a busy weekend, and a fun one too. Friday was the big UMass Boston Earth Day event but the problem is that it really wasn't that big. It was a really good event, especially the headlining band, but it wasn't that busy. I guess that happens when you try to schedule an event at a school without any dorms on a Friday, the day before Easter weekend. But I finally got to see the highly hyped up Fluttr Effect. They're pretty good, and different, which is expected with any band with an electric cello player.

Saturday, I went to the Red Sox game. My dad was able to get tickets from someone he works with, in the State Street Pavilion since my dad's awesome with things like that, and other things too, of course. That's one of the benefits for working with a bunch of rich businessmen. And the game was great, even though the Red Sox lost. The new Pavilion is pretty good, even better than the .406 club. Although the inside thing in the .406 would be nice during those high-90's August games.

And I took a needed off-day today for Easter. It was the typical family holiday, everyone got together, ate dinner and talked most of the day. I do have tomorrow off and do have some plans. I agreed to take this girl out to see Scary Movie 4. The movie wasn't my choice, but spending my Monday off with this girl was so I'll have to settle. Besides, I keep hearing, even from critics, that it actually is funny and as has been stated repeatedly since seeing it, it can't be as bad as Date Movie.

Current Music: Johnny Cash - Memories are Made of This

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April 13th, 2006
07:49 pm


Wednesday wasn't a good day to skip class. First, I waited for about 10 minutes before my Spanish literature class then left because I wanted to get started on my sociology paper. But right as I left the building, I saw my professor so we went back. And I already decided before that class to skip my history class but on my way out of school, my history professor saw me and said hi. Oh well, I hope she didn't remember, maybe I can fake breaking my ankle when I go into class on Friday. Ok, that won't be necessary, she's the incredibly easy one. One time, she gave a quiz and we just had to write anything about the articles due for the week. I hadn't read them so I just said that I hadn't read them and wrote something about the last week's assignments and still passed.

I did get that sociology paper done and was pretty satisfied with it, especially as a last-minute job. I have a good feeling about the test too, since it focused much less on sociology theorists, which I don't think are nearly as important as the actual concepts.

Today was actually a busy day. In addition to classes, I went to the Boston Public Library to pick up a book for one of my classes and one for a friend who was busy promoting tomorrow's Earth Day event that I'm helping out with. So they had his book and not mine, which gives me an excuse not to do the work for tomorrow. Then I went to a meeting for a Latin American Studies organization at school. And I spent some time helping out with the Mexican Club's bake sale and verbally committed to helping out with their Cinco de Mayo event. And after, I handed out some fliers for that Earth Day event. So after today, I am looking forward to the long weekend, but I have to survive tomorrow's classes and Earth Day event, although that should be fun.

Current Music: All American Rejects - Move Along

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April 11th, 2006
09:06 pm


Last Friday, I went to this battle of the bands thing, they had some pretty good local bands. Half of these were metal bands, which isn't really my thing but I can appreciate the music. I also found this rock band, Tides, that really connected with me, musically and lyrically. And they are available on iTunes if you really want to hear them.

I've been trying to find a car I can use for my driving exam lately. I have been driving with Peter's dad but can't use his car since the car doesn't have the handbrake in the middle. So after finding out that most of the people I know either don't have a car right now or have one without the brake in the middle, I did find someone with a suitable car. But the only problem is that she may be one of the most unreliable people I've ever known. In fact, this is the same person who I tried to help an apartment over the winter but she wasn't any help at all.

So after running into her on Monday and finding out she did get her car fixed, which she needed to do first, she said I could come by about two hours later to see the car and make sure everything's right. So we set up a code, I would call if I was coming. I called and went back and waited for about an hour, going through two newspapers and the school bookstore during the wait. And this is a week where every second counts since I have so much I need to do. Then after deciding that there's no way her two hour lab could have gone three hours and she probably just forgot to check the phone for the code, I went home. Even though I have found plenty of ways to waste time on my own the last two days, that's not the point. There is no way I can trust her to get me to my driving exam in time so the search for a usable car continues.

And this really is a busy week and I should be doing more than I am. I have a paper and a test in sociology Thursday and the Earth Day show at UMass that I said I'd help out with on Friday. So this week should be a little messy but I think I'll find a way to get through those assignments for Sociology and after that, the rest of the semester should start getting a little better.

Current Music: Tides - I Wait

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April 6th, 2006
05:09 pm


Last weekend, I saw Inside Man, which was one of the best movies I've seen in a while. It was one of those movies that totally messes with your mind in a good way and you have no idea what's really going on. I just like good heist movies since the best are always extremely clever like that. So yeah, Inside Man is a heavy reccomendation.

Baseball season has started already and I like the way the season's starting for the Red Sox, even though they're only three games in. Schilling looks great, the bullpen looks better than it ever has and Coco Crisp and Mark Loretta are looking great with Boston. The only problem I see with the team is an abundance of awesome. While unlikely, a scenario could pop up where they go on a 99 game winning streak but MLB has some kind of Y2K error and they end up with a 61-1 record and miss the playoffs instead of making it with a 161-1 record.

And I didn't even know Florida won the NCAA basketball championship. I lost all interest after George Mason lost. Way to go, NCAA, you totally missed the boat by failing to rig the Florida-Mason game. Did Don King teach you nothing?

With a month to go until the movie, here's a quick look at Mission: Impossible IIICollapse )

Current Music: Kelly Clarkson - Walk Away

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April 1st, 2006
11:00 am


I need to write here more often, not that there has been much to write. I went out to play pool last weekend, will probably see a movie today and Wrestlemania 22 will be awesome. In schoolular developments, I didn't do so well on my last Spanish test and have a new academic advisor picked out. But we pick our classes way later than most people so I won't have to worry about classes for next semester for a few weeks.

But I do need to figure out what I want to do with German. I'm not remembering a lot of the language, although I know the grammar rules well. Our professor is retiring at the end of the semester and he is the entire department. It sounds like they won't be looking for a replacement afterwards so I'll be left third languageless during what should be my last semester. Next semester, I'll probably take two history courses, two Spanish courses and German. The semester after, I could take two Spanish, history then that hardcore six-credit Italian course. It depends on how many history courses I need for a minor. But if it's more than I think, the minor might not be worth it.

Current Music: Jewel - Again and Again

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March 24th, 2006
04:37 pm


This week was a little busy but it paid off, I think. I got a B on my Spanish exam, which I think should have been higher and would have been if I didn't run out of time. I also passed in my history paper on Monday and ended up with an A-. Somehow, I impressed my history teacher even though it felt like I was just on autopilot for that one. Oh, and despite her incredible fashion sense, she has repeated an outfit even though RateMyProfessors.com told me she wouldn't. It happened a while ago, I thought it would last until after Spring Break at least.

I got new glasses sometime last week and the transition was a little weirder than usual. I didn't think they got it right at first, but now that I'm getting used to them, I think it might be right. Although these really did make my eyes feel tired the first few days, which isn't a good sign.

I'm a little late on this, but I can't believe the Red Sox traded Bronson Arroyo. Sure, business goes take a priority over individuals and has to sometimes, but I think Arroyo was the one guy who shouldn't have been traded after the deal he took. And while I like Wily Mo Pena, I don't think he'll be needed. And his acquisition probably means that Trot Nixon's gone next season too and I don't like the idea of condemning Trot like that. But the deal's done and there's no turning back. Wily Mo will be good but I always thought Arroyo could have been a Cy Young-caliber pitcher someday.

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