Saturday, December 30, 2006

What to do, what to do

New years is coming... or so they tell me.

With that, I'm sure y'all are all wondering just what I'm going to do for the big day.

Not too much.

I'm going to the Texans game with one of my friends. This time, a blogless one. He's too boring to blog.

Thankfully, he doesn't read this place.

At least I don't think he does.

That would be an awkward moment tomorrow:

"Dude, I saw what you said about me on your blog."

"Oh @#%$"

Anyways, after the game we may do something, but I don't know. I've gotta drive back to Beaumont, so there won't be alcohol involved I'm sure.

Once we get back to Beaumont, I plan to stay home.

I just don't have a big desire to go out and get wasted with the throngs that will be welcoming in the new year.

I can get wasted just as easily at my place. Which is good, because then you don't have to drive anywhere AND there aren't any drunk idiots wanting to start something stupid.

Then again, I'd also miss all the stylish drunks. They're always fun, but not TRULY enjoyed unless you're sober.

Truth be told, I'd be too tired to go out after the game anyways.

Oh well. All of y'all that are going out can have a drink (or twelve) for me.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

I am...

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Green Lantern
The Flash
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.
Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

I would have been a little worried had I been Wonder Woman.

And, as further evidence of his uselessness, Aquaman isn't on the list.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Petey in denial

Petey's a jealous dog.

He growls at us sometimes when the other dogs are getting attention and he doesn't.

Can you believe this boy? He's telling LIES about me! I mean, look at this sweet, innocent face. I would NEVER do something like that!!!

I know what I've seen Petey, I know what I've seen

You can see more animals over at this week's Friday Ark.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Time off

I'm going to take a few days away from this place.

Take some R&R.

Do something fun.

Maybe visit a casino in Lake Charles.

I don't know what I'm gonna do.

It jsut won't be blogging... for a few days.

All of y'all have a Merry Christmas, happy new year, and all that good crap.

See y'all on the flip side.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Seeing is not always believing

Indianapolis 24, Houston 27

Indy falls to 11-4, the Texans improve to 5-10

I thought they would lose by 40... or more.

Much more.

The whole game felt like a dream... I slapped myself a few times when they were up 14-0 a few times just to make sure.

I don't think anybody in that building besides the 53 Texans players and coaching staff really thought they had a chance today.

But they pulled off the upset of the year.

And it was a freakin blast!


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A statement

It is with great pleasure that I, Sir Bruiser the Imp, humbly accept the position of The Feline Theocracy's Holy Ambassador to the Kingdom of Dogs. I would like to thank K T Cat for this honor.

This is a great honor and a wonderful chance for our two species to work together to make the world a better place.

Hopefully, through my work, someday dogs and cats will be able to stand together as one, coughing up hairballs, sniffing each other's butts, and delivering random licking attacks on unsuspecting humans on a scale that has never been seen before.

Again, this is a great honor and I look forward to working with our feline companions.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need outside to go pee.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

If that other game would piss off PETA...

...then this one would make their heads explode.

Taking the ego out of blogging

For some reason, I feel like throwing the entire blogging world on it's head right now.

Blame iheartblackeyes over at mainly random. for that.

She'd IM's me to tell me she was going on a holiday from blogging and we gpt tp talking about stuff... and it got me thinking... and I've come to one conclusion.

Fuck statistics.

I've never really looked at the stats much anyway, but some people really get into them.

I started blogging because, well, a chick talked me into it.

That's how guys get into a lot of stuff, right? But I digress.

In the two years I've had this place, I've made a handfull of great connections. Great people that, otherwise, I would have never come across.

To me, that's what this whole thing is about. Making connections and having fun.

I just wish more people would see it that way.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Walking into an ass-kicking

That's the only way I can think to describe what I'm gonna be doing Sunday.

On Sunday, the 11-3 Indianapolis Colts come to Reliant Stadium to play the Hapless 4-10 Texans.

It's gonna be ugly.

Real ugly.

But how ugly will it be?

Alright, think of the biggest, baddest guy in your high school. Then picture him getting in a fight with the retarded kid.

Yea, it's gonna be something like that.

They lost to Indy 42-23 back in September but most of the points the Texans put up were late in the game when Indy had taken their starters out of the game.

But it's gonna be bearable... even if I'm not gonna be drinking at the game.


Because. even with my tendency to piss people off, I probably shouldn't show up drunk at Christmas Eve services. I just don't think it would go over well for some reason.

Oh, wait, you wanted to know why it's gonna be bearable?

Someone's meeting me up there and their "quirks," for lack of a better word, will keep things lively in my section... not that there was ever really a problem with that up there.

But who is it?

I'm not gonna tell you. At least not until after the game on Sunday.

Feel free to speculate in the comments.

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Bruiser goes climbing

It's Friday, so that means dogblogging... you know, whenever I actually remember to do it.

Anyways, this week we've got Bruiser on an expedition:

I've found something up here!!!

Then he started flipping the channels looking for a dog to bark at.

For more animals, check out this week's Friday Ark.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

You, too, can help David Carr...

In his latest animated editorial cartoon, the Houston Chronicle's Nick Anderson made an interactive, allowing you to help Texans Quarterback David Carr make a big play by simply clicking on a reciever.

Having watched that pathetic excuse for a football team all year I can certainly say that he nailed it.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Blogroll

I'll be adding things to it as I see fit, but that's what I have now.

As far as the blogs on there, let's take a look.

  • Bad Example - Harvey's blogging is grest stuff to read. If just for the naughty comments on the love notes.
  • Blogs For House - This place screams "I want to be Blogs4Bauer," but I like the show, so I read it.
  • Blogs4Bauer - I'm a 24 addict, need I say more? Ok, I will. There may be a lot of 24 blogs out there, but this one kicks everybody else's ass. By a longshot. And it's funny, to boot.
  • Deadspin - Sports and (occasionally) other stuff. What it lacks in access, it more than makes up for in attitude. Without them, most of us would never know about You're with me, leather or Carl Monday.
  • Dig & Scratch - Got an email about this one last week. It's written by pet owners in NYC and has some spunk to it. I like spunk.
  • DogBytes - A MUCH tamer blog about dogs, written by a dog behavioral therapist and store owner in Houston. Occasionally there's something on there that I like
  • IMAO - Frank J. Must I say more?
  • Lone Star Times - It's a conservative Houston blog. A bit too conservative for my tastes, but they have some funny stuff once in a while.
  • Lopez@Large - Probably the sports columnist at the Chronicle that I think is an idiot the least, of that makes any sense.
  • Mainly random. - Did I ever mention that I like attitude in a blog? Cause she's got it. A lot of it. Maybe too much, if that's possible.
  • Mama Drama - A bunch of Houston-area moms that blog about being moms. There is some REALLY funny stuff on there.
  • mountaineer musing - Cadet Happy's project making fun of the next blogger on my list.
  • mountaineer musings - Poor sarahk. What the heck was the girl thinking, moving from Texas? Yea, I know. She got married to Frank J. I really can't say why I like it, but I do.
  • PhotoJournalism - Mark's a photog for the local paper. He posts some of his pics here. He's good.
  • PokerTable - It doesn't get updated much, but it's about poker. Matt Dean, the writer, finished 7th in the 2004 WSOP Main Event (the year Greg Raymer won), so I figure he knows a bit about it
  • Rusty's World - A local TV morning show anchor's blog. He'd stopped blogging earlier this year after getting a lot of crap over something that anybody in the public eye shouldn't blog about much, his personal life. But he came back a couple months ago.
  • TechBlog - The place I go to find out about tech stuff.
  • The Scratching Post - The place to check in on who's really in charge.
  • This Blog Is Full Of Crap - Unlike most bloggers, at least Lair admits that he is.
  • Through our eyes - That blog I do with the local paper that would have died a long time ago had Pete not talked me into writing for it.

As I said, I'll be adding stuff to the blogroll all the time, so keep an eye on it to see if there's anything you like :)

BREAKING NEWS - Bush: More troops to be added to Army, Marines

WASHINGTON, D.C. (JRT) - President Bush today announced that more soldiers were necessary in the Army and Marines to defend the US against all evils.

"We must be ready for anything," Bush said.

Sources close to the White House are suggesting that Bush is planning to launch an attack against the tooth fairy in the future for "failing us all"

"[Bush] lost a tooth last week when he whacked himself in the mouth with a Nintendo Wii controller," a White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The tooth fairy never gave him his dollar, so he's pretty pissed."

The same source also said that he would be willing to negotiate with the tooth fairy if she could help with a win in Iraq.

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A Justin's Random Thoughts Public Service Announcement

(Hat-tip: Lone Star Times)

I'd like to think that my readers aren't total dumbasses, but that would be quite naive of me.

So, for those of you that are dumbasses, here's how to not get your dumb ass kicked by the police:


Then again, if you ask John Kerry, you're probably in Iraq if you're a dumbass.

UPDATE: This is my 500th post, so YAY!!!

So the little buggers can be cute

I think I've managed to establish that I'm more of a dog person.

But I don't mind cats. Not at all.

We went by our vets office on Monday to pick up a refill of some meds for Bear when they had a 3 1/2 week old kitten at the counter.

So. Freaking. Adorable.

Don't ask me what kind... I just know that she was black with gray stripes.

But she was cute.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Pro Bowl voters: Andre Johnson is the Texan that sucks the least

Houston Chronicle - Texans' Andre Johnson will go to Pro Bowl

Andre Johnson earned his second trip to the NFL Pro Bowl and will be the lone representative of the Texans in Honolulu.


"I really can’t begin to talk about how well he’s played because you see the number and just to tell you he’s getting those numbers when everybody in the business is trying to take him away from us," coach Gary Kubiak said. "It’s a credit to him. We move him all over the place to try and get him the ball. He’s been very sharp; he hasn’t missed a day of practice."

Good for him.

Maybe this offseason we can send David Carr to the toilet bowl and get someone who's willing to throw something other than a bunch of short passes that pad his 82.1 QB rating on the season after completing four passes on Sunday... TO THE PATRIOTS!!!

If someone asked we weither I'd like to drink a bottle of lighter fluid and then swallow a lit match or go to the Texans-Colts game Sunday I'd have to seriously think about it.

I mean dying from your insides going up in flames like a California wildfire couldn't be any worse than walking into a definate slaughter, right?

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Monday, December 18, 2006

The game that's pissing PETA off by storm

OK, so maybe not, but they would hate it if it was real life.

Hit the Penguin

My personal best is 323.4. Go ahead and post yours in the comments.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

I've stopped trying

I've had this blog for a long time.

It started as something that I really didn't have much interest in, so I updated maybe two or three times a month.

Then I discovered what all is out there in the blogosphere.

A guy whose own blog title says that he's full of crap showed me the light of what a blog can be... and I decided that I'd truly let this place be an extension of myself.

But it hasn't been a full extension of me, because I've kinda tried (poorly) to keep it clean.

Well I'm gonna stop trying to which means MORE CUSS WORDS! YAY!!!

sarahk would be shaking her head right now if she read my blog.

I'd just tell her to kiss my pinkytoe.

Little kids probably aren't reading this place anyways... they're all doing whatever the hell little kids do these days, like spending way too much time on MySpace talking to their friends about how much their history teacher sucks.

That'd be better than cross-dressing, which at least one of my reader's little brothers does...

I thought about getting him a dress for christmas, but I figure it's best to not encourage him.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I'm TIME's person of the year!!!

No, really. I am.

As is anybody else who puts things on the web.

So that means I'm sharing the title with all the emo kids on MySpace, Mr. Crap, Frank J. and his gang, and *gasp* even the Instapuppyblender.

Come join us by leaving a comment.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Today's words of wisdom

You can kiss butt if you want to, just pray they don't have gas when you pucker up!!!

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The continuing saga that is Bear

The fungus test came back earlier than expected.

It's a fungus, but not one of the normal ones... neither the specialist or the pathologist could identify what it was.

They took Bear off the steroids (because of their tendency to weaken the immune system) and put him on a pretty strong anti-fungal.

Our vet also had to draw a vile of blood to send to a fungal expert at LSU who can test to see what it is.

We'll know what we're looking at better after we hear back from her.

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Crossposted to Through our eyes

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The vet called

Here's the short story on Bear:

The biopsy came back normal, but the lab screwed up and didn't do the fungal test on it that he ordered, so they're doing that now.

Naturally they don't read the directions.

He's prescribing a steroid and antibiotics for Bear and we're supposed to call back Monday to get the updated results and all that good stuff.

He also said that Bear would probably need surgery, but that it wouldn't be until after the new year, which is two to three weeks away.


Now, can somebody help me get ahold of that dumbass lab technician so I can rip them a new asshole for not following simple, written out directions? Fucking inexcusable.


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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Justin's Random Swag

I decided to take another plunge today and open up a CafePress shop.

Take a look and feel free to buy anything that you think might be calling your name.

UPDATE: I ordered the magnets to stick on our fridge... you know, just in case I have amnesia and can't remember the dog's names and my blog's URL or something... :)

And this one from Laurence, which I thought was too funny to pass up.


Ive finally been able to move over to Blogger Beta, but the move has left us with a few changes.

  • A flashback to the old look. I wanted to be able to do the drag-and-drop widget moving and it's too much work to update the template to be capable of that.
  • Haloscan is gone. I couldn't figure out how to implement the Haloscan code in the new template, so it's gone. I'll probably re-implement trackbacks when they get the official fix done.
  • Sidebar makeover. I'm cutting out a few things, and maybe will add some more later.

That's all I've got for now. Have fun :)

Taking the plunge

I'm gonna roll the dice and move over to the new version of blogger.

After I post this.

EDIT: Or not. It won't let me do it right now.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Making good

Nothing yet

Bear's specialist didn't call today, so the biopsy results obviously aren't in yet.

So we should know tomorrow what we're looking at with him.

And probably be going to Houston on Wednesday...

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Friday, December 08, 2006

The sick ones get all the attention

Bear, whose recent medical problems have been documented here, doesn't ever seem to get his picture posted.

That's because he's pretty camera shy. He usually runs and hides when I get it out. The other two, on the other hand, are fascinated by it.

With Bear's recent problems, I've decided to dig around and post a few good pictures of him that I took a couple months back in one of his rare times he wasn't camera shy.

Don't you just love me?

Don't look at me! Petey and Bruiser are over there getting into trouble!!!

She loves me! She really loves me!!!

Yes Bear, we all love you.

For what it's worth, that's my grandmother in the picture with him. She'd kill me if she knew that I posted a picture of her on here. Just don't tell her, ok? ;)

For more animal goodies, check out The Friday Ark hosted by The Modulator.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Running scared

You may remember my piece on the nutjobs at Westboro Baptist a while back.

Now see what happens when they recieve a "less-than-warm" reception

Hat-tip: Rusty's World
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Bear's ordeal

We left about 7:15 this morning and got Bear to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston.

He was referred to them for them to take a look at what's basically a growth in his colon that's restricting poop from coming out.

We got there and the place creeped me out a little for the simple fact that it looked more like a hospital than a vet's office.

Anyways, once we got in to see the vet, he told us that they were going to run a bunch of tests: X-rays, bloodwork, an ultrasound, a colonoscopy, and taking a few biopsy samples. He also told us that we had about 5 hours to go Christmas shopping or whatever else we wanted to do.

So we did.

When we got back, he explained everything that they found in terms that were about as understandable as they can be for someone who doesn't know a lick about medicine.

Basically he's got a stricture, or a circular growth, in there that has a pretty small hole left and two other growth farther out that they believed were connected. Based on the x-ray and bloodwork they think that the cause is likely an infection of some sort, but they're not going to say for sure until they get the biopsy report back from the pathologist on Monday or Tuesday.

When that comes back, we'll figure out what to do next.

Believe me, he's happy to be home after all that.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Returning from whence you came... sorta

Bear got referred to a specialist today.

He's going with us to Houston tomorrow... somewhere he hasn't been since he was about 7 weeks old.

Election night 2004. The day we brought him home from the breeder.

Granted he's not going back to where he came from... the Vet's office is on the West Loop and the breeder lived somewhere around the Northwest Freeway and Antoine.

Obviously, it's something that needs to be done... may require surgery... He's family so he's gonna get whatever he needs.

It'll be interesting. And something I'll blog about tomorrow when I get home.

Whenever that is.

Crossposted to Through our eyes


This is gonna be a busy weekend.

The first-place Wildcatters are back in town for three games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Ladies night on Saturday will be interesting... for this reason:

Guys wanting to take advantage of this special night, come dressed the part and get your discount!

No. I'm not going to show up and do my Britney Spears impersonation. I don't have the bod.

Well... that and I don't want pictures of my bits and pieces all over the web, but I talked about that last week.

Oh yes, the Texans also host the Titans on Sunday. That's always an interesting game, if just for the no-good, traitorous sucmbag on the Titans side.

Just don't ask me to talk on Monday. I'm sure I won't have a voice by then.

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

Quote of the day

"This is like any other trade show anywhere else. This could be a Kiwanis Club meeting or an Amway distributorship meeting — no, it couldn't be because you wouldn't see so many big boobies."

-Ron Jeremy describing a porn convention that was recently held in Houston

Click here for the full story from the Chronicle

And no, this won't be a normal feature... I just had to share that one for some reason.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Sometimes you just can't say no

Bruiser has to be told no a lot because he's a very stubborn dog.

Sometimes he just me this look:

But daddy!!!

And I can't help but give in.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006


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I take a look at my Yahoo Weather Widget and see this:

I was like "Is that snow?"

So I check Weather Underground and see that I was right

And I'm like "Wow"

Of course, the "go outside" test didn't show any snow.

Just a stupid white kid that went outside in short sleeves when it's cold and windy out.

I'll throw on a jacket next time...

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Fair warning

Someday you may see pictures of me not wearing panties like the AP says somebody got of Britney Spears.

I prefer boxers.

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Blogging will be light today

Blogging will be light today because I'm going to Houston to see an eye doctor.

But he's not the reason blogging will be light.

It's all the Houstonians that don't want me to go.

The last two times I went to see this guy Houston flooded. They don't want it to happen again and they're willing to try anything to prevent it.

Like trying to make traffic hell by reducing I-10 to one lane. But hey, I can go around that.

Unless they decide to throw a parade in Devers. Then I'm screwed.

And then the visits to my house from that Italian guy named Vinnie. He was kinda scary.

They're pretty desperate, I tell ya.

I remind them that parts of Houston flood when it sprinkles, but they don't care. Nope, they keep coming after me.

This is going to be a long day...

Regular blogging will resume tomorrow.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Are you TRYING to get me to go off on y'all?

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And... SURPRISE... the Surprise does it again!

Really, what the hell?

Why does the Kid-Pam divorce get the big pic on the website.

I mean, come on, this is gossip column BS.

And is it really news? Pam gets around more than a joint at a Willie Nelson concert. That's nothing new.

No wonder newspaper readership is going down fast.

I think Mr. Crap nailed it on this one...

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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Allergies? WRONG!

I was starting to suspect it was something else, especially with the flu-like symptoms.

The thermometer showing a slight fever gave that one away.

So... since it's flu-like symptoms, it could be anything.

Something like:

  • SARS
  • Mad Cow Disease
  • Brid flu
  • Small Pox
  • Chicken Pox... although I had that when I was like 5, so I doubt it.

Or probably something simple, like... um... the flu,

Your post UT-A&M Colt McCoy update

If you're looking for something about after he was carted off, I'll go ahead and knock that out. This morning Gameday said he had a severely pinched nerve iun his neck and that he was in the hospital for observation.

But that's not what this is about.

This is about selling drugs in high school. Which he did.

Have a look:

Hat-tip: Deadspin

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The gang's all here

The triplets came yesterday. All three came out screaming and are healthy and mom's doing fine too.

The babies are in NICU on oxygen ant antibiotics for 3-5 days as a percaution. They should be out sometime next week. Mom's going home tomorrow.

If it wasn't for the allergies, I'd probably go up there today. Oh well, I'll see them plenty in the months to come.

Blogging will be heavy today

Blogging will be heavy today.

Yes, I know you're probably confused since I always tell you when blogging will be light.

Truth be told, blogging is almost always light here.

But today's different. Today's going to be heavy.

That's what my allergies get for waking me up way too early for a Saturday.

Yea. Heavy blogging. That'll show them allergies.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Woo!, Spell check, and "does it really need that?" all rolled up into one post

Yes! A&M beat the Longhorns!!!

Just two things about how the Surprise has that I don't get.

BREAKING NEWS: A&M shoots down Texas 12-7

Aggies win gragging rights for a year; Longhorns fall farther from championship days of last season.

Do you REALLY have to say breaking news?

And what are gragging rights???

Come on guys. You can do better than that.

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Yea, that's probably a good way to describe what I'm staring at.

Tomorrow's Thanksgiving. That's no bid deal.

It's what's happening the next day that's boggling my mind.

As I mentioned when I found out, I've got a cousin that's pregnant. With triplets.

Well, they're inducing labor on Friday.

The good news is that they're all healthy and a decent size.

The bad news... for all three of my loyal readers... is that this blogger's going to be busy with the "all hands on deck" routine when they get home.


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Monday, November 20, 2006

So, just where have I been?

As far as the Texans... John McClain tells it like it is about that game. I guess when you're in the NFL Hall of Fame you can tell it like it is when it comes to the team you're covering. Especially since it looks like the only way anybody on this team will get in is if they pay the five bucks that you and I pay.

Well... that and allergies kicking my butt.

Why I started blogging on Through our eyes

There was just something appealing about being able to chew out an idiot at the paper on their own blog.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

That horn sound was the car screaming "WRONG!!!"

I said that the relay switch was why my horn was broken in a previous post.

I put the new relay switch in and it worked fine. Until a few minutes ago when the horn started blaring again.

I pulled the switch out to shut it up.

Oh well, it's going into the shop next week to get some maintenance done anyways, so I'll just have them look at it and see what the problem is.

I am NOT looking forward to this. It's probably gonna end up costing me an arm and a leg to get it fixed.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Tuesday, November 14, 2006


I'm sure people wonder of dogs ever get embarrassed.

I can speak from experience... yes, they do.

Bear's fighting off a stomach bug that the et said he probably picked up from drinking water out of a puddle in the backyard. The few times he hasn't been able to make it outside to do his duty have been embarrassing for him.

And then there's Bruiser. The dog who I figured would never have any shame...

Until last night, when he managed to get his head stuck in a trash can lid.

I'm sure he tried to get out of it himself, but had no luck.

So he came to daddy very embarrassed looking for help.

Which he got... after I took this:

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Getting out the brooms

The 'Catters finished off the sweep of the Gwinnett Gladiators tonight with a 3-1 win at Ford Arena.

Last night was a 5-4 overtime win.

The 'Catters are now only two points (one win) back of Gwinnett in the standings.

After seeing two seasons of, to be perfectly honest, crappy hockey from this squad, they've not got everybody thinking that they're for real and a legit playoff contender. They're fast, they play hard, and their goalie, Matt Yeats, has been standing on his head (another way of saying on fire) lately.

Next weekend brings the Augusta Lynx to Ford Arena for a pair of games, along with former 'Catters enforcer Jason Kostadine.

I have a friend who lived in the same apartment complex he lived in when he played here two years ago. She said that he's more than a little crazy and has a big fear of cats. Just a hint if you're thinking of making a sign. ;)

I wouldn't be surprised to see him drop the gloves with somebody on our roster pretty quickly.

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I just got back from AutoZone.

I went there to get something simple, a relay switch. Ya see, my car's horn got stuck on and through some minor debugging I found that it was the switch.

I figured I'd just be able to walk right on in, get one, and walk right on out.


They have to order that $8 part because they apparently don't keep it in stock.

Color me surprised. And the guy who checked me out.

In other news, I'm taking the car to Midas on Monday to get the brakes done.

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Friday, November 10, 2006

Random Thoughts

I haven't done this in forever... but here goes.

  • A friend of mine that moved up to Canada sent me an IM saying that I need to cut my hair after she saw this pic. Is that a sign?
  • Speaking of signs, the brakes on my car are making a grinding noise. I guess I should take it to the shop on Monday.
  • Feel free to hit the PayPal link if you feel obliged to help pay for it.
  • Should blogs that have advertising be allowed to beg for money?
  • I'll allow one exception to the above rule...... catcams.
  • Is it just me, or are the Windows Vista sounds kinda gay?
  • I forgot Poland.
  • Is it proper to tell a referee at a hockey game to go puck himself?
  • Speaking of hockey, we've got a game tonight. Are you coming?
  • Of course not, none of my three regular readers live around here.
  • You know we still have some Rita debris in our backyard. How pathetic is that?

All I've got for now...

And I thought drivers in Houston were crazy

The Beaumont Surprise Enterprise - Man shot on Eastex Freeway exit ramp

A man is in critical condition today after being shot last night on the Northbound Eastex Freeway exit ramp at Delaware Street, Beaumont police said in a news release.


The woman, who previously was involved with the man driving the Town Car, exited at Delaware Street but was forced to stop on the exit ramp by the man in Lincoln who pulled in front of her and blocked her path, the release said.

The man in the Lincoln then exited his vehicle and began banging on the Mitsubishi with his hand, police said.

When he attempted to force his way into the backseat, where the couple's son was sitting, the man in the Mitsubishi shot the man from the Lincoln in the right shoulder, according to the release.


The shooting doesn't really surprise me, but what the guy did to get shot does.

You've got to admit that he more or less asked for it.

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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

My voting irregularity

Yesterday I walked about a half mile to our precinct's polling place. Walked in and got signed in fine.

And then I walked over to the voting machine (demo here) and...


It went smoothly.

OK, so that's a "regularity" but with all the media coverage if irregularities you'd think otherwise.

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Monday, November 06, 2006

Well I'd say I came out ahead

Saturday I took a trip out to L'Auberge du Lac in Lake Charles to do a little gambling.

I'd said before I left that my limit for money lost would be $40, and I did a pretty good job at sticking to it.

The buffet was actually pretty good. Great gumbo.

When I got in the casino area the first thing I noticed all the smoke in there. Nothing big, just not something I've seen in a while with the smoking ordinance and all.

Mostly I just stuck to the penny and nickel stuff, but I took a few spins at a quarter slot just for the hell of it.

Toward the end I was down to about two bucks left on a penny machine and then I got on a bit of a run, briefly getting above $20 before calling it with about $18.70 left.

I felt like I'd won with just that.

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Blogging will be light today

Blogging will be light today because my cousin keeps screaming "Vegas, baby!"

There's just one problem: We're going to Lake Charles to gamble, not Vegas.

It does kinda look like you're descending into Vegas when you come down the big I-10 bridge at night going westbound, even if that's just refinery lights.

Maybe that'll shut her up.

Regular blogging will resume tomorrow.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

But he didn't mean it bad!

About an hour ago Bruiser decided to show us just how much he loves us.

He ran inside with a dead rat from the backyard and dropped it in the dining room.

We didn't exactly love him at that point.

My poor grandmother started screaming like a little girl and ran outside shouting "GET IT OUT! GET IT OUT!!!"

So I did.

He better not try to lick me anytime soon.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Blogging has been EXTREMELY light...

...because I've been sick.

Sorry, no funny eacuses. That's Laurence's job.

Regular blogging will resume tomorrow... hopefully.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Proud of my boys

The Texans may have fell to the Titans 28-22 today, but I'm still proud of 'em.

They showed some fight and an unwillingness to just sit back and take it.

I mean, they could have mailed it in down 28-10 with about ten minutes left, but they fought and managed to keep it interesting all the way up to the attempt at a 1982 Stanford-Cal or Music City Miracle type of play.

David Carr was not at the top of his game and was benched in favor of backup Sage Rosenfels in the third quarter. Rosenfels rose to the occasion by passing for three touchdown and getting the Texans back in the game.

Just don't look for a quarterback controversy. Carr had a bad game. They happen. Just look for him to be on a short leash should he struggle in the next game.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

And we're back

I just got home from the first Wildcatters game played in 18 months.


THEY WON 6-4!!!

There were TONS of penalties, which has been pretty common this year with stepped up rules enforcement, something that the players haven't adjusted to yet.

They are better than the team two years ago. I'd say how, but it's an improvement in every facet that you can improve.

NOTE TO SELF: take my ticket stub by a local Burger King sometime in the next week and get my free double cheeseburger.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Government in your bedroom

NOTE: This post might push the envelope just a little when it comes to decency, but I'm only doing that to make my point.

Hat-tip: Beaumont Underground

Beaumont Enterprise: Three Beaumont shops face obscenity accusations

Police raided three Beaumont businesses Wednesday suspected of selling pornographic videos and sex toys that violate the state's obscenity law.

Officers seized hundreds of items from Bare Necessities in the 2500 block of Interstate 10, Krazy Katz in the 6300 block of Phelan Boulevard and Sunrise Records in the 2400 block of 11th Street, said Beaumont police Lt. Jim Clay.

Store employees present during the raids - nine in all - were arrested and face a Class A misdemeanor obscenity charge punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Among the items seized were devices such as vibrators and hard-core adult videos depicting different forms of sexual intercourse, Clay said.

I've never been in any of these places and have only known about Sunrise Records, so I can't speak for any certainty about what's been going on in these places, but I do find it odd that the government sees it necessary to regulate this kind of thing.

I've long felt that anything involving sex that does not harm another individual is none of the government's business, and I don't see how ...

Texas law prohibits the sale of devices designed or marketed primarily for genital stimulation.

... selling ...

It is also illegal to own more than five such devices.

... or owning such things harms people.

I could very well be wrong about this, but in my twisted little mind I'd think that things like that, when either kept to yourself or used with a consenting partner of legal age, would be of benefit to society.

"Why the heck would you think that?" is probably what you're thinking.

For using them alone, these "devices" would help a... for lack of a better term... sexually frustrated person relieve some frustration themselves, instead of resorting to hookers or, heaven forbid, rape.

As far as couples are concerned, after being together a long time many couples get bored with their sex life and their marriage deteriorates as a result of it. Bringing in "devices" can help make that aspect interesting and fun again which helps marriages last.

Yes, I know sex isn't the most important thing in a relationship, but it's still up there and a fairly important aspect.

Don't the police have more important things to take care of anyway, like catching REAL criminals? You know, those people that actually do harm to others.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Brain farts

Last night during my softball game I was playing third.

I made a pretty good stop on a grounder hit my way and threw it to second.

There was one problem with that... nobody was on base, so the play was at first.


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Monday, October 23, 2006

Making the gecko happy

I got car insurance today, switching from AIG (who my mom had) to GEICO.

I'm just hoping that the gecko can teach me to lick my eyeball, cause that's pretty cool.

Not that I'd want to, but I'm sure I could pick up chicks with that stunt.

This reminds me to remind you, my readers, to click on the Justin's Broke Fund link on the right if you feel it necessary to help ease the pain of that purchase. In return you'll get a free lifetime subscription to this blog and an email thanking you profusely for your donation.

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When you have Texans season tickets...

...everybody wants to be your new best friend.

A gal on my softball team found out that I have them and asked if I had any free ones.

Since I bought two tickets, I told her something to the extent of "program your number in my cell and I'll call ya tomorrow."

Before you ask, she's married.

And her husband could easily kick my ass.

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

And the puck drops...

Beaumont's hockey team, the Texas Wildcatters, won their first game last night 5-2, making this the first time in the team's brief history (this is their third season in the ECHL).

This year looks like it's going to be a much better team than they put on the ice the previous two seasons. They didn't play last year thanks to Rita, but this year's team looks to be WAY better than the previous years, which makes me happy.

It's just a shame that The San Diego Gulls are no longer in the league, or I'd probably make another friendly bet with K T Cat.

UPDATE: No good things can last forever, as the 'Catters were dropped 5-2 tonight

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Crossposted to Through our eyes

Thursday, October 19, 2006

And BOOM goes the... hoax?

AP - Threat against NFL stadiums a hoax, FBI says

MILWAUKEE — Internet threats of "dirty bomb" attacks at NFL stadiums this weekend -- including Houston's Reliant Stadium -- were a hoax inspired by a writing competition between two men trying to come up with scary threats, a law enforcement official said today.

The threats, which were posted on a Web site last week and mentioned stadiums in seven U.S. cities, were deemed to be false by the FBI today after agents questioned a 20-year-old Milwaukee man.

I wasn't worried about that anyways, but my mom was a little freaked out since the Texans game was one of the "targets" of the "attack," something that the team addressed in their pregame email to season ticket holders.


We want to emphasize to you that our number one priority has been and continues to be providing a safe gameday environment for our fans, staff and players.  We continually evaluate our security measures with the help of the National Football League as well as national and local law enforcement agencies to maintain plans and facilities that are on the leading edge.  We look forward to having you with us this weekend here at Reliant Stadium as your Houston Texans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Due to the warning from Homeland Security, Kirby Drive will close earlier than usual this Sunday.  Kirby will now close at 10:00 a.m.  If the early closure affects your arrival to the game, here is a link to our parking lot map.  Just click the appropriate parking lot and you will see a detailed map to plan alternate routes accordingly.

Similar precautions are being taken at other stadiums around the league.

For those that don't know, Kirby runs right along the east side of the stadium and is closed off at gametime anyways.

As far as the game, all I'm going to say is that it should be a hard-fought game, as Jacksonville games always are.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006



There is a Nerd stuck under my CTRL key.

Since evil fake twin sarahk isn't updating, someone has to pick up the slack.

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Monday, October 16, 2006

No softball game today...

...Not that I'd know why.

Nah, that wet stuff falling from the sky couldn't have anything to do with it...

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Hillary's Baggage

Hat-tip: TechBlog

The Houston Chronicle's Nick Anderson has a blog where he posts all his editorial cartoons.

Yesterday he posted a video that they put up on YouTube this morning. It's well worth watching, so have a look:

The Democratic Party's response to just about anything

Not my words, but worth sharing.

"You're ugly, you're stupid, and you smell funny"

That was from a caller into Sean Hannity's radio show on Friday.

Just don't ask me why that was on the radio. I'm not even sure.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Camera phones and pets

NOTE: links may contain sound, so you might wanna grab some headphones if you're at work

I got a new cell phone yesterday since my old one was about to give out. It's got a pretty suimple (read: poor quality) camera on it.

This afternoon I decided I wanted to get a shot of Bruiser to use as my wallpaper.

No problem, right?


When I got out the phone and started aiming it at him the first time (in my bedroom) he saw something shiny in my hand and must have been thinking "oooh, it's shiny and new. I must investigate" and then proceeded to walk up and sniff it, then darted out of the room.

I followed him and he decided to stay still and let me. The problem is that the camera w2anted to use the little built-in flash and that made his big brown eyes a really bright greenish color, so that's no good.

Since he wanted outside anyways, I threw on some sandals and went with him, where I finally got something that works.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Cory Lidle - Lidle dies as plane crashes into Manhattan high-rise

NEW YORK -- A small plane with New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle aboard crashed into a 50-story condominium tower Wednesday on Manhattan's Upper East Side, killing at least two people -- including Lidle -- and raining flaming debris on sidewalks, authorities said.

Federal Aviation Administration records showed the single-engine plane was registered to Lidle. A law enforcement official in Washington, speaking on condition on anonymity, said two people were aboard, and Lidle's passport was found at the crash scene. The plane had issued a distress call before the crash, according to the official.

I don't care how much you hate the Yankees, but you have to feel bad about somethin like this.

Keep his friends, family and teammates in ya prayers.


Crossposted to Through our eyes

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

If only all product images could be like this

Dallas-based brings us two wonderful pieces of art with today's deal, an Archos AV500 30GB 4” Portable Media Player, both having to do with recent sporting events.

And since the item is over $50, texas residents can use the coupon code "TAXSUCKS" for free shipping as their best attempt to make up for you having to play sales tax on it.

Crossposted at Through our eyes

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Texans aren't losing ...

... but they're not winning either since it's their bye week. :)

Saturday, October 07, 2006

uh... nevermind

I was going to blog about the Governor's debate last night...

Then I came across this and realized I couldn't top it.

So... um... enjoy, I guess.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Sick as a Dog (Jam)

I don't like calling in sick.

But I did today.

Thanks to this stomach bug that's decided to pay me a visit, I'm not working Dog Jam 2006.

This is the first one since it moved out to Ford Park that I've missed.

Oh well, I've seen all the bands there that I wanted to before.

Oh well.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Bye week

It's week 5 of the Texans 2006 season.

The Texans' bye week.

I've had a dilemma all this week trying to figure out what I should do this sunday since my guys won't be playing.

I'm thinking mexican food. Maybe a margarita.

In all seriousness, I see this as a good thing. It gives the guys an extra week to prepare for what, at least to the fans, is the biggest game they've played since their first regular season game ever in 2002 while our opponent has to deal with an insanely hyped-up game.

That's right, we've got the Cowgirls next week in Dallas.

For those that don't know, back in 2002 the Texans pulled a huge upset and beat the Cowgirls 19-10 at Reliant on Sunday Night Football (way back when that was on ESPN)

It can't come soon enough.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it

It's often said that Voltaire said that, but that's disputed.

But that's not the point of this.

As Dennis Miller would say, "Now, I don't want to get off on a rant here," but I'll defend anybody's right to say what they think, no matter how idiotic it is for the simple fact that I'd like them to do the same for me.

Once in a while, though, people test that policy of mine.

One example of this would be Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, which plans to protest outside Staff Sergeant Edward Reynolds' funeral on Saturday. Reynolds died last week in Iraq.

And they're not protesting the war or anything Reynolds did.

They're protesting that he was fighting for a government that they believe is not tough enough on homosexuals.

Jonathan Phelps, a spokesman for the church, told KFDM:

"About 16 years ago, we took to the streets, preaching with picket signs. Our core message: God hates fags."

I've always believed that you should hate the sin but love the sinner. I also believe that God sees it the same way.

Fighting against us

"These soldiers who are coming back increasingly in body bags are the direct result of the wrath of God. They couldn't be marching down Main Street if we didn't have a nation of fornicators and adulterers. What gets God raging mad is when this nation has turned on its prophet. God is now fighting against the nation."

God fighting against the United States? That's got to be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. If God wants to fight against a country he's not going to see to it that a couple thousand of their soldiers die in a far away place. This is the same God that these people, and myself, believe flooded the earth, leaving just Noah's family and two of every animal alive. The same God that sent ten plagues upon the Egyptians to convince them to let the Israelites free and parted the Red Sea to allow them to escape after Pharaoh had a change of heart. My point is when God does things, He does *BIG* things. He'd  take out everybody in one fell swoop with an incident of proportions that we couldn't begin to fathom, not sporadically kill soldiers with roadside bombs.

Patriotic pep rallies

The article goes on to say:

"If families didn't turn funerals into patriotic pep rallies, we wouldn't travel to Beaumont, Texas," said Phelps. "But they're saying 'God bless America,' and we feel like we have to make sure our message is heard. This is a big patriotic pep rally and they don't want any dissenters. This is the only legitimate forum to send our message."

Patriotic pep rallies? Excuse me??? A funeral is supposed to be a celebration of someone's life and Staff Sergeant Reynolds died defending the country that he loved. If there wasn't an element of patriotism in the funeral then I believe that the man was not truly honored in the way he should have been.

And imagine that, not wanting dissenters at a funeral. Excuse me for thinking that a family grieving over the loss of their son should not have to deal with a bunch of wackos saying that their son was fighting for "a country that enables homosexuality." Let's say that one of these people dies in a tragic accident. Would they all want a bunch of gay pride protesters at the funeral protesting what they were doing? I seriously doubt it.

Supporting immoral behavior

Emphasis in the next quote is added by me:

Phelps said the church doesn't believe God has blessed America. Instead, he says members of the church believe God has turned against America because of what he calls our government's support for immoral behavior.

The U.S. government's job, as outlined in the Preamble to the Constitution, is to "establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity." I don't see anything in there about legislating morality, which is basically what these people want. Wwither two guys or girls can sleep with eacho other does not, in my opinion, fall into that scope so I don't believe it's the government's job to get into it.

It's their right

To sum it all up, I believe that these people are sadly misled and their actions are despicable. I also believe that, no matter how horrible or despicable their protest may be, it's their right to do it. I also believe that Staff Sergeant Edward Reynolds would say the same thing, as he was in Iraq fighting for our rights.

As Dennis Miller also would say, "Of course that's just my opinion, I could be wrong."

Let me know what you think in the comments, but please keep them to the issue at hand and not about the war itself as comments that don't pertain to the issue at hand will be deleted without notice.

(Crossposted to Through our eyes)

Monday, October 02, 2006

My delimma

I've been wearing a t-shirt for a certain blog that gets linkage here under my softball shirt the past couple of weeks.

Now I can't decide if I wanna wear it or not.

In the past two weeks I'm 1-3 with a run scored.

Which sounds good until you look at the other stats.

I've also got an error (A F***ING POP-UP that kicked off the heel of my glove... I'd call it an error.) and two K's... at least one with RISP.

Not too good of numbers. Esp. considering I didn't strike out once last season in three games before Rita blew through and cancelled everything.

The one hit I got was with nobody on to start an inning and traveled roughly two feet, getting just enough of the ball to slam it down into the dirt in fair territory that I probably only beat out because the catcher would have had to throw it above me to get it to first base in time.

So, what do y'all think? Should it stay or should it go? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Saturday, September 30, 2006

"Not quite the man he used to be"

When I bought Bruiser, I decided I'd take a while and decide weither or not I was going to breed him. It took a while just cause I wanted to be ABSOLUTELY SURE before I got him neutered if I decided to go that route.

Anyways, I decided not to so I got him an appointment with the vet to get neutered.

Friday was the big day. He knew something was up because he didn't get to eat this morning and he hadn't had any water since sometime last night.

About 8:30, I put a leash on him and told him we were going for a drive. He likes the car, so he didn't mind that part one bit.

When we got to the vet's office he surprised me. He usually puts up a fight when he realizes that's where we are, but he walked right in. Maybe he thought they'd have food or water for him or something.

We left him with the sweet nurse who told us he'd be "not quite the man he used to be" at 4 when we picked him up.

The surgery went well and we picked him up a little after 4 because my grandmother was gonna drive to pick him up and my aunt wanted to come along. They were watching a movie in the living room and I came in and said "look what time it is," so we scrambled out the door right at 4.

He was a little slow gettin around, which wasn't a real shock because he'd been sedated, but other than that he was fine. Once we got him home, he crashed in the living room and slept for about four hours.

When he woke up, he wanted to go outside and do his business, then he jumped on my bed and crashed out for two or three more hours and I took him out again. After that it was time for him to call it a night.

The sleeping foesn't bother me, I know he's still pretty groggy from being sedated for the surgery, I know I would be too. The good news is that the sedation didn't make him sick to his stomach like the other two dogs got when they had it done.

He should be about back to normal tomorrow, we just have to make sure he doesn't push it too hard too fast.

Well that and try to keep him from licking where the incisions were made for about a week since he's got the disolving stitches.

I figure enduring this for a few days would be better than the hell that would come if he got out the backyard and knocked up someone else's dog.

It's just the responsible thing to do if you're not going to breed them. And if you are going to breed them, make sure there's NO WAY they can get out of your yard.

My mom, who breeds Shetland Sheepdogs, would agree.

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

T.O. watch 2006

Here we go again.

Dallas police are saying that Terrell Owens tried to OD on pain pills.

And T.O.'s people are disputing that claim.

As you can see, ESPN has gone into 24-hour coverage of the story. Or non-story, depending on who you ask.

Bill Parcells said earlier this week in a press conference that he's been having an adverse reaction to the pain pills he'd been given, which happens to a lot of people.

Am I the only person who thinks that what happened is as simple as that???

Crossposted to, I live for this...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Five words I didn't expect to say a week ago

"I just bought playoff tickets."

The 'Stros looked dead in the water.

But then they swept the Cardinals at home.

With the Astros 5-4 victory last night in a make-up game in Philly and the Cardinals dropping one to San Diego 6-5, the 'Stros are now three games back in the loss column with 6 to play. Basically that means, we have to win three more than the Cardinals do to tie the division.

The good news for that is that, if the game can impact the playoff picture, the Cardinals will be playing a make-up game against San Francisco on Monday, giving them one more chance to lose.

Then, if the division ends up tied, the Astros and Cardinals will meet for a one-game playoff on Tuesday in Houston since the Astros won the coin flip with them a few weeks ago on Monday to decide who gets home field. Basically, the team who wins that game will go to the playoffs and the team that loses will be cleaning out their lockers the next day.

Anyways, yesterday I got an email from the team about a playoff ticket presale that began this morning. Since money is refunded if the team doesn't make it, it's a no-lose situation.

I leave you with two more words I didn't expect to say a week ago:


Crossposted to Through our eyes

Monday, September 25, 2006

The cure for all that ails you...

Or at least your NFL team...

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Or your Pop Warner team, for that matter.

I'll sum up the last game in two words: "we suck"

Crossposted to Through our eyes

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Rocketman's last home game is yet to come

The Houston Chronicle - Clemens to make another home start Sunday

Roger Clemens will start Houston's home finale against St. Louis on Sunday.


Before leaving Minute Maid Park on Wednesday evening, Roger Clemens approached Astros owner Drayton McLane and said he'd consider pitching in the club's final home game of the season Sunday night against the St. Louis Cardinals.

"He reported he feels pretty good and he feels he can do it," Garner said. "The other thing is, we have to do as good as we can against St. Louis."

Clemens threw six scoreless innings Wednesday to beat the Cincinnati Reds before a crowd of 31,928, which gave him multiple standing ovations, including a 90-second one that drew a curtain call and a salute from the future Hall of Famer.

It's not like we're gonna go to the playoffs, so I'm fine with it.

Plus. I've got a feeling that Clemens will be back next year. With only pitching about half a season, his body won't be aching nearly as bad as it would normally be at the end of the year.

That and Koby, his son who is playing in the 'Stros minor-league system, will nag him to come back. The thought of playing alongside his son (As Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr. did) during September callups next year would be awfully tempting.

I MIGHT go to the game Sunday night. Depends on if the guy going with me to the Texans game is willing to pull the double-header and go to both games.

Cross-posted at Through our eyes

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Blogging will be light for a while...

Blogging will be light for a while because my aunt is in town.

Not to be confused with an ant. She doesn't die when you sprinkle poison on her bed and spray it with the water hose.

She just gets pissed and then I have to sleep on the couch while she uses my bed.

That means a big lack of sleep.

Regular blogging will resume at the end of the month.

Cross-posted at Through our eyes

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Carnival of the Cats #130

It's time once again for the Carnival of the Cats.

But wait.... Why is a dog helping host???

Bruiser says it's because "I like anything that'll play with me," which. knowing him, is so true.

That and the doggie carnival doesn't like him. Something about eating too much and puking on the carpet.

So we bring you the 130'th edition of the Carnival of the Cats.

Is there anything cuter than a picture of a baby and a cat?

We've got one outside and looking for trouble and some good news about the Wild Animal Sanctuary.

Tigger the Terror gives us a list of oils that are considered "must-haves" for both human and animal first aid kits.

Kirbside shows us Patch and tells us how he got that name.

Is Ted good or bad? Use this easy reference to find out.

Rico Loco had a bit of a misadventure. *growls* I guess Brusier's not happy about the dog remark. *rubs Bruiser's belly* OK, he's fine now.

If you lie down on Rahel's foot, you get your picture taken. She also got to pet a leopard.

Ferdy takes some time to relax.

Unlike this cat (found via Google Images search), Miss Chloe's not psychic but she is sitting in sunbeams and wants you to stop staring. I was always told to never stare, but take quick glances.

Who said cats and dogs can't get along? Not these cats and dog.

Ever wondered what your cat would say about you? Take a look.

Mister Gato needs a nap.

Neighbor cats pay Blueberry a visit. And Laurence shows us some video of one.

Harley and Tinker get a new tree and scratching post.

Aunty Holly gives un insight on feline communication.

What? That's not a bed? It is now... Or maybe it is a bed.

A "death ray" and an "unusual meeting"

I never wake up a sleeping dog. I guess cats are just nicer.

Nardo finds time in his day to irritate Piper.

If there was a project like 2,996 for cats, one of the profiles would look something like this.

You're gonna have to find me before you do that.And Watermark, too.

Tiger may be getting older, but he's still got some spunk.

Enjoy catnip responsibly, Always designate a driver.

A little Tai Chi never hurt anybody.

And we've got watch cats. Do they meow strangers until they go away?

If you tempt a cat with a string long enough they'll attack.

Laundry baskets seem to be a popular place to hide.

I've heard of fast food. Is this fast fun?

Deep thoughts.

Kate learns more and more about her cat.

Someone might have a headache.

I'll relax wherever I want to, thank you very much!

Catymology brings us a cat-themed Thursday Thirteen.

Finding a stash of mice is a good excuse to look like you know you're all that.

Trips to the groomer are not always welcome.

Now THIS is my idea of exercise ;)

Cato cuddles up with Google.

We're tired.

We've got an update on Ivy, and a look at things in history that have happened in her life.

It's a law of nature. When you pull out the camera, your critter must stop doing whatever caused you to pull the camera out.

Alright, that's All I've got except for a couple of housecleaning-type notes:

  • If you see anything we messed up, email the human (contact info in the sidebar here) and he'll fix it soon as he gets a chance. He knows he's prone to screwups, so it's no big deal.
  • Laurence asked me to remind y'all that you can still use Blog Carnival to submit your entries since Ferdy and Bruce have shut down their carnival submission form.
  • The next CotC will be at House of Chaos.

And I think that's it. Thanks to Laurence for letting my little corner of insanity host and for all the people who have submitted.

I leave you with Cats in ur stuff doing things. Blame the guy who made it for typing like an idiot.

Getting ready for the Carnival

I'm working really hard with Bruiser to get the Carnival of the Cats ready to go up.

Bruiser thought he needed a break, so...

What? It's hard for me to type.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Who Screwed Roger Clemens Bingo

Since Lair's traveling, I decided to play here.

For those that don't know, here's how it works:

The rules are simple:
Screwups like fielding errors turn your square red.
Outs turn your square red based on LOBs and rally-killing factor.

And here's the JRT version of the bingo card (which is much prettier)




And my spin on this, the one thing that's been missing IMHO:


I'm planning to loveblog it, but for sure I'll update the card postgame with everything that you could possibly need to know about how Roger clemens did ot didn't get screwed..... but who are we kidding really, he's gonna be screwed.

I'm tallying points.... the points will determine what shade goes in the square. 9 points is Phil Garner red.

Blue's got a REALLY tight zone behind the plate tonight.

Top 1st:  Groundout, K, Walk, SB (infield was playing deep, they gave it to him) Ryan Howard gets intentionally walked because of the steal. Bases loaded with another walk. Grand slam. 4-0

If anybody screwed anybody here, it's the two non-intentional walks Roger gave up. Roger now has his own score, so +4 for the earned runs

Willy T snags the third out in left-center.

Bottom 1st: Willy T beats out one of those hits that only Willy T gets. Bigg pops out. (+1) Ensberg K's (+1), Berkman flys out, leaving a LOB (+1)

Top 2nd: Bunt hit attempt fails, walked the pitcher (Roger's obviously not getting ANY slack cut him by the blind guy behind the plate), Fielders choice towards first for the second out, roger couldn't get to first in time for the DP, which woulda been tough anyways. Ausmus sails a throw to second (+1), grounder to second for the last out.

Bottom 2nd: Huff walks, Scott GIDP (+2), Everett groundout.

Top 3rd: Groundout to 1st, K, flyout.

Bottom 3rd: Ausmus flys out, Clemens K's (no points, he's a pitcher), Willy grounds out.

Top 4th: Single, double, K, Walked the pitcher AGAIN, 6-4-3 DP

Bottom 4th: Biggio K's (+1), Ensberg HR's, making the score 4-1. Berkman flies out to left. Huff walks. Scott jacks a 2-run HR making it 4-3. Everett lines a single to center. Ausmus flies out in foul territory.

Top 5th: Groundout x2, K.

Bottom 5th: Palmeiro, PH for Clemens, grounds out. Willy T does the same. Biggio pops out.

Top 6th: Chris Sampson is in to pitch. Flyout x2, groundout.

Bottom 6th: Ensberg K's (+1), Berkman grounds out, Huff walks for the third time tonight. Scott flies out, leaving a LOB (+1)

Top 7th: Flyout, next two ground it back to Sampson.


Bottom 7th: Everett one-hops to 3B, and he's out. Ausmus singles to right. Lamb PH's for Sampson and flies out. With the guy on base not advancing, he get a +1. Willy hits into an odd 3rd out (+1)

Top 8th: Trever Miller's in now. K, groundout, single.

Qualls is coming in now. NO, I WILL NOT do the ooogah-boogah dance. He gets a grounder, makes a tough throw and gets the out.

Bottom 8th: Biggio flys out to right-center, Ensberg grounds out. The Phils are bringing in a lefty to turn Berkman around. Berkman singles to left. Berkman caught stealing.... may have been a bad call, but that was stupid and a potential rally-killer, so +3.

Top 9th: Walk, pinch-runner gets picked off. Groundout, single. The sausage race beater-upper, Randall Simon, K's swinging.

Bottom 9th: Flash (Gordon) is in. Huff gets to second on a hard grounder that gets by the first basemen (ruled an error). Carlton Jimerson sent in as a pinch-runner. Scott pops it up (+1). Burke PH's for Everett and beats out an infield single. Jimerson does not advance. Lane PH's for Ausmus and loads the bases on a dropped ball. Quintero PH for Qualls with the bases loaded and 1 out and grounds into a game-ending DP (+3).

The Verdict: Clemens did it to himself with the walks and grand slam in the first. Quintero didn't screw Clemens because he would have had the loss anyways.

Who, in your opinion, screwed Roger the most? Or did he do it to himself? Sound off in the comments.