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The Last Ride

Today I told my team that this will be my last ride.” - Ray Lewis on January 2nd, 2013.

So much determination.

Ray Lewis is one of my favorite athletes of all time. The news of his retirement REALLY sucks for me. Instead of a feeble attempt on my part to articulate his amazing career with words, I recommend you instead watch the video embedded below. It does a FAR superior job of honoring this man's 17 years of greatness than I ever could.


Home Alone I & II: An in-depth analysis

With my Dad, I have been watching The Home Alone Series every holiday season since 1995. This means that I have seen these cinematic classics no less than 17 times each. 

I know my McCallisters, y'all.

This year, for no particular reason other than my own curiosity, I decided that I would attempt to document and analyze these beloved gems from my childhood. Listed below are a few quick thoughts:

  • Uncle Frank is a self-centered, penny-pinching, monster of a human being. Subsequently, he's also my favorite character in these films. 
  • Buzz: While his selfishness rivals that of his uncle, Buzz is a foul-mouthed bloat who severely lacks intelligence.
  • Fuller: Not only does he possess a bed-wetting problem, he apparently embraces his plight and uses it to his advantage.
  • I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when The Murphy's returned home from their Christmas vacation, only to find out that their basement was severely flooded by the McCallister kid from across the street.
  • Riding in the back of a Budget moving van on a non-stop polka jam-fest with the Kenosha Kickers would have been the time of my life.
  • The woman at the grocery store does not understand personal boundaries when it comes to privacy issues.

The sheer amount of destruction that Kevin was able to dish out with household items is not only amazing, it's also completely unbelievable. Between both films, there is no chance whatsoever that these guys would have been able to physically survive the beating which they experienced. 

Pardon me for not noticing the spell-check underlines.This kid should have probably underwent years of therapy.


Felix Baumgartner: A Man Amongst Boys


Baumgartner expects to exceed the speed of sound – about 700 mph at that altitude – during a free fall that will last about five minutes, something no one has ever done. For all our knowledge about high-altitude flight and space travel, there’s still a lot we don’t know about what would happen if a pilot aborts a mission and ejects at the edge of the atmosphere. The air is so thin at such heights that it is easy to tumble out of control, a situation that can lead to unconsciousness and even death."

Felix Baumgartner, stepping into the void from 71,580 feet during a test jump in March. The Austrian adventurer plans a record-setting jump from 120,000 feet on Tuesday. 


The Obama Presidency = The Trade Federation

via The University of Wisconsin-Madison:

All those planning to attend President Barack Obama’s campaign rally at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Thursday, Oct. 4 should keep in mind several important logistical details."

The last time the President of the United States visited my city, I noticed unmarked black trucks, helicopters, and two variations of Air Force One - the actual airliner that Obama flies on AND a decoy. 

Viceroy Gunray: "After her! This one's a decoy."

As impressive as all of that was, nothing was as awe-inspiring as seeing his motorcade. A few friends and I joked that it resembled the scene in Episode I where the Trade Federation began their assault on Naboo. Be that as it may, of my friends, only I was nerdy enough to make a video to prove a point. 


09/24/2012: A night that will live in infamy

via the blog, Acme Packing Company:

If any good comes out of this play -- which was only the worst call in what was almost certainly the most poorly officiated professional sporting event I've ever watched -- it will be the event that forces Roger Goodell to pick up the phone to the professional referees and ask them to name their price. If the Packers had to lose to save the integrity of the NFL going forward, at least this nonsensical game did some good for sport."

via the ESPN NFC North Blog:

I'm sure Packers president Mark Murphy will address the league in some way. But for regional pride, if nothing else, I would love to see the NFL's offices swarmed by Packers shareholders who live in New York City. And how great would it be if 360,000 or so people jammed the phone lines and had their collective voices heard? Wouldn't it be awesome if local ratings in and around Green Bay plummeted Thursday night, the next time the NFL is shown on TV?"

For one of the first times in my life, I'm at a loss of words.

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