Monday, February 27, 2006

In keeping with tradition, I now post my 2006 submission to The Mellies. For those unfamiliar, The Mellies are a celebration of the readership of The League of Melbotis, a blog I infrequently frequent.

I encourage both of you reading this post to visit The League and give the Mellies a go.

And I am very excited about receiving my “special thank you” from The League, as my official submission includes my mailing address.

Without further ado, here we go…

a) Why does the League obsess about... comics and other things it should have given up after puberty?

b) The League needs to cover... it's unmentionables.

c) In the future, The League should not... experiment with Jones soda.

d) You should really add this blog to your blogroll... Hawaiian Shirt Friday.

And now, on to the rest...

1) The person who is always on TV, but whom drives me insane

And my wife loves her. (And DVRs every episode.)
There is no escape.

2) Most questionable release from a major movie studio (theatrical release)

King Kong.

3) Most poorly thought-out band/album/ song

Coldplay. They showed potential with Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head. But after all the hype for X&Y, they failed to deliver. Unlike U2 (the band they most want to be), they lack substance. Their songs are lyrically stupid but aurally intoxicating.

4) You know what was surprisingly good, but you'd never think it? (category: movie)

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Yes, it was over-the-top. But it was still good. After kicking us the crotch for two lifeless, C-SPAN-esque prequels, Lucas finally delivered a dark, enjoyable film.

5) It is bad television, and yet I cannot look away

I don’t know if it’s bad, per se, but I love Nip/Tuck.
And, like
Jimbo, I still tune in to watch American Idol. Though I DVR it and usually cover an episode in 1/4 of the time.

6) You know what was the most amazing day this year?


7) You know what's surprisingly good, but you'd never think it ? (category: food)

Rice Crackers with Nuts oriental snack mix from Costco.

8) God help me, but when I saw this on the news, I was secretly gleeful.

Marcus Vick stomping on a defender's leg after the play. And he was supposed to be a Heisman contender? Screw that.

9) I never mentioned it, but you know who is kind of hot..?

Karen from Will & Grace, a show I have come to loathe.

10) If I had a time machine with a single use, and my time travelling would not be filled with all sorts of crazy logic problems, I would go back to fix this one thing this year
--in my personal life
--on a more macrocosmic level

I have no regrets. Or at least I’m not admitting them on my public blog.

11) Best item at Burger King

The Whopper.

12) If I could force you to read but one book, it would be

Too hard. So many. Recently, I’ve been pretty impressed with “The Kite Runner,” which I’m 3/4 of the way finished.

I recommend “Ultra Marathon Man” to my friends who can’t understand my endurance endeavors. Not that it helps them understand. But at least they know there’s people out there WAY more intense than I am.

Fast Food Nation” will get you off junk food for at least a few days.

13) I'm no astrologist, but I love the planets. If I could dedicate myself to studying but one planet, it would be

Earth. Yep. Predictable.

14) I am most like the following Hanna Barbera cartoon character

Astro from the Jetsons.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Over the next 6 months, we will be attending several weddings. It seems like it has been quite some time since we last celebrated another couple's nuptials. Immediately after college, there was a rash of ceremonies, followed by a lull. Nell and I then led the charge with our wedding, trailed by many other post-grad school unions. For the past few years, the wedding scene has been relatively quiet. But now, it begins again. So far, we will be celebrating in April, May, and August. And at least one other couple has planned a wedding the following year.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The Cowtown Marathon 3-man relay is in a little over two weeks. Like last year, I will be running with Jason and Robert. Originally, I had steeled myself for the full marathon. Then I downgraded to the 1/2. Now, I've settled in on the relay -- about 8.5 miles.

I've been running a couple days a week lately, nothing more than 6 miles. I've also gone out on some two hour bike rides on the weekends. Combined with three days of weight training and cardio (elliptical or stationary bike) when I'm not running or biking outside, I find that I've dropped about 8 lbs since White Rock.
Happy Valentine's Day, Hallmark and the flower industry!

Later this evening, my wife and I will venture to Papasito's for their "Amor" special -- lobster tails, shrimp brochette, fajitas, chocolate dipped strawberries, and, of course, margaritas. Very healthy and romantic.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

I'm not usually one to post at work, but a colleague sent me this article, written by Tulane Law School professor John Eason. During my second year, I took Eason's "Wills, Trusts, and Estates" course. At that time, Professor Eason had just arrived at Tulane.

I really enjoyed Tulane and New Orleans and my three wonderful years experiencing both.
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Saturday, February 04, 2006

It is a marvelous day today. I am about to head to the courthouse to judge a mock trial competition, after which I will spend a couple of hours on my bicycle. Woo. Hoo. Hoo.


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