December 27, 2006

Dana Carvey on SNL

10 years ago, Dana Carvey played Tom Brokaw in an SNL skit about prerecording video obituaries so Brokaw could go on vacation for a few weeks. Thankfully, President Ford outlived this skit by a full decade, and he was neither eaten by wolves or killed by an airplane propeller. I've never felt much of anything about Ford, who served long before I was born, but this is probably one of the ways I'll remember him.

December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas

Hope everyone has a great time with (or without) their families.

December 22, 2006

More fun with color

I really am Time's Person of the Year

I have 28 videos on my personal YouTube profile that have been viewed a total of over 118,000 times. I'm not even sure how to process that information or the fact that my video of highlights from the 2006 NCAA Division I wrestling finals is at over 23,000 and counting. I need to get a good video involving a groin kick or something, and then I could really be famous.

December 21, 2006

I saw this two places

This Lifehacker post and this blog post inpsired me to try it for myself, so here you go:

Pretty cool, huh? Here's another:

December 20, 2006

Frontera Grill

I ate at the Frontera Grill last night. It's a restaurant owned by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, star of Mexico - One Plate at a Time on PBS. He also owns the restaurant Topolobampo, which is next door and too nice to let someone like me in. Anyhow, I had the seared scallops with guajillo chile sauce, and Janet had the Tacos al Carbon with skirt steak. Both were fantastic. If you are ever in Chicago, I heartily recommend this restaurant. The total bill was just over $50, including tip, and we both drank water, so it's probably not an everyday kind of place, unless you've got more money than I do, but you should definitely go at least once. The beans that came with the tacos were out of this world good. Nothing refried here, and I doubt they came from a can. Everything was super fresh, and I daresay it was worth the cost. You can also keep the cost down if you avoid the $9.50 mojito and stick to the food.

The only downside to the trip was the walk from the train to the restaurant, but you know what you're signing up for when you go outside in Chicago in December. As we crossed the Chicago River, I told Janet if she fell in that I wasn't going to jump in after her since then we'd probably both die. She agreed. We also had to wait like 20 minutes for the green line headed back to Oak Park. Everything was all messed up after a derailment on the South Side earlier yesterday afternoon.

Today, I went and took my final exam for my class Contemporary Issues in Sports. I got an A on my paper, and all I had to do was not really screw things up today and I would get an A overall. I think I accomplished this goal. After getting my score on the multiple choice section, I figured out that I have to get at least 142 out of 200 possible points on the essay questions in order to get a 90 or better in the class. I think I pulled it off. Then I can start my next class, which is something like Sports Administration.

December 14, 2006

Finished Product

You can download a PDF version of my paper entitled "EXPLAINING THE STACKING OF LATINOS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: TAKING THE FOCUS OFF RACISM" by clicking on the link below. I think it turned out pretty well, and my professor gave me a good grade. I may try to get it published in the Sociology of Sport Journal, but we'll see.

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Digg It!

So, I added buttons at the bottom of every post to allow you to add a post to You have to have an account, but I'm certain that at least a few of the people who show up here have that. Of course, I would need to actually post something worth digging, but I'll get right on that. In the meantime, digg away.

December 13, 2006

Behold, the power of the Internet

Why didn't I think of this with Stephen?

December 11, 2006

Before Editing

It runs 19 1/2 pages, over 5,900 words, and cites 24 separate sources.

Semester ending

The semester is ending at Wheaton and the kids are about to go home after this week's finals. I'll be taking a final as well in my class. I'm also just about finished with my paper. I'll probably stick a link to it on here once I finish in case anyone thinks 20 pages on the stacking of Latinos in Major League Baseball is interesting.

The first semester of wrestling is over too. We lost to Elmhurst on Thursday, though with our two forfeits, it was a foregone conclusion. We had the chance to win five of the eight matches contested, but we only managed three. One guy got pinned after leading by seven with 30 seconds left. Another lost to a guy he had beaten twice last year.

Our tournament on December 2nd went a little better. We had six placewinners and one champ. It wasn't a very tough tournament, but every week doesn't have to be a meatgrinder. If you want to see video from any of it, try this link.

December 6, 2006


It's been really cold here the last few days. So cold I haven't gone out and taken any pictures of the new car (it looks pretty much like this). I'll get on that as soon as I'm not worried they'll find me frozen clutching a camera in a parking lot somewhere.