Oct 312006
 

angel_sil and theonebob have graciously offered to take my family and I out for Crazy Buffet goodness in honor of my birthday, so I figured I’d get a head count going on who might be interested in tagging along. I figured we’ll hit the restaurant around 6:00 PM and we can head out to my place after to digest and socialize if folks want to.

Saturday, November 11th – 6:00 PM – Crazy Buffet in Tampa

Oct 302006
 

Ok, so my birthday is a week from Tuesday. I’ll probably have some kind of low-key shindig on the 12th at my place to celebrate it, but I’m saving funds for the big blowout on Christmas Eve so it won’t be my standard “blow the doors out” party. In any case, if for some reason folks want to get me something (and considering how badly I suck at remembering birthdays I certainly don’t expect it), here’s some things to consider.

Get out and Vote – Seriously. My birthday is on election day, and if you want to do something nice for me you can take part in the electoral process. I’m not asking you to vote for my candidates, I’m just asking you to take part.

New Shoes! – Size 13 Chuck Taylor All-Stars preffered.

Amazon.com gift certificates – To pay for my Burning Crusade expansion.

WoW Game Cards – Because, you know, I’m an addict and shit.

Dinner at Crazy Buffet – Because I haven’t had all you can eat sushi in a looooong time.

erm…more as I think of it.

Oct 262006
 

Last Week

Your current weight | 276 lbs
Weight change since your last recorded weight | -1.6 lbs
Total weight change to date | -143.2 lbs

Yay!

This week

Your current weight | 278.8 lbs
Weight change since your last recorded weight | +2.8 lbs
Total weight change to date | -140.4 lbs

Boo.

The in-office training I did this week totally hosed me. Ok, let me correct that. I totally hosed myself by exhibiting no self-control in light of free food and I didn’t get any exercise the two days I was there because I was so totally wiped out by the time I got home I was lucky to stay awake (and didn’t, one night).

I am at least trying to take some level of comfort in the fact that I continue to maintain the same weight I have had for the least few years, but DAMN.

Back to it again.

Oct 262006
 

Mr. Limbaugh,

Despite the fact that you and I have had a very loose association for many years now, it’s fairly likely that you have no idea who I am. While I do have a rather large ego, I’m ok with that fact. You’re a busy man, and while there certainly can’t be a large number of people who call themselves liberal that have actually taken the time to listen to your show or read your books I have no reason to believe you’d have any actual interest in seeking out my company or advice.

This isn’t the first time I’ve considered addressing you directly. I almost did so once before about six months ago. As is frequently the case on your daily show, you were discussing the “drive by” media and the Hollywood Left, and you had a caller who phoned you to rally against all the Hollywood types who were upset over the Fox show “24” and how the anti-terrorist hero Jack Bauer was free propaganda for the Bush Administration. During this call, you correctly pointed out to the caller that there had been no such outcry from Hollywood about “24.” Instead of taking the opportunity to continue your rant you actually spoke the truth, and I was impressed. One of the things I’ve noticed about you in the past is that while you make outrageous claims about the left, you can almost always back them up in fact. It offends me that you will point to a small group of individuals and paint everyone associated with them using the same brush, but you always seem to base at least some small part of your rhetoric in reality.

Because of this fact I have always had a small amount of admiration for what you do.

That was up until recently.

Yes, Mr. Limbaugh, I am referring to the comments you made about Michael J. Fox and the subsequent comments you have made in the days since then.

I’m not going to make emotional statements to the similarities your own struggles with hearing and drug addiction, nor will I lower myself to making insults at your expense in response. As much as I appreciate Keith Olberman, his recent interview with Steven Seder devolved into this at times, even while he was discussing the virtues of grace. No, Mr. Limbaugh, I will not do what you and others have done in this and lower myself to ad hominem attacks. I will simply state a simple fact.

I am disappointed in you, sir. Some how, some way, I thought you were better than this. Perhaps that is a failing on my part, but there it is. Your refusal to budge even one inch on this matter makes you look even worse. You continue to repeat the false claims that Mr. Fox was off his medication when the commercial was filmed, despite numerous medical experts coming out to say that his movements in it were a direct result of taking his medication. You continue to paint him as a tool for the left, even though it’s clear that Mr. Fox is supporting a candidate who he feels will help him find a cure for the disease that is slowly destroying his life – Much like he did when he filmed a commercial to support Arlen Specter in 2004 (a Republican, in case you had forgotten).

Three days after you made your comments, I tuned in to your show yet again to hear you referring to a comment that George Clooney made in 2003. Mr. Clooney made jokes about Charlton Heston’s Alzheimer’s disease, and when pressed for an apology afterward commented that because Mr. Heston was the head of the NRA he deserved what he had gotten. You held this up as evidence that your actions were no worse than those on the left, and as such they were justified. No, Mr. Limbaugh, there is no justification for what you have done. As the saying goes, two wrongs do not make a right. What you did was wrong. You have made baseless claims about the sincerity of Mr. Fox’s condition, and accused him of exaggerating his disease to win votes for the Democratic Party. Until and unless you can prove that what you have said is true you have moral right to continue these statements.

Unfortunately, it seems, actually showing some class and admitting that you are wrong is the farthest thing from your mind.

In the grand scheme of things, my opinion of what you have done matters very little. For what little it ends up being worth, though, I just wanted you to know that this insignificant man in St. Petersburg, Florida has a very simple message for you –

You should be ashamed of yourself.

Sincerely Yours,

Michael C. McGreevy

Fox : I Wasn’t Acting Or Off Medication
Olberman Gives Us The Link To Limbaugh’s Attack on Michael J. Fox

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Oct 172006
 

We have too much of it. K spent the weekend beating our bedroom and the hall closet into shape, and much of the excess stuff has made its way into our computer room. This stuff will hang around for another two weeks, when we are planning to have a garage sale and get rid of all of it.

That which does not sell gets donated. The stuff goes. Once the garage sale weekend is done I don’t want to see it anymore. Yes, it means giving away some things that may have value to someone if we can just find the right person, but enough is enough. We need to get our house back.

Over the course of this week and the weekend, I plan on tackling the laundry room and the shed.

We also shed a lot of stuff in WoW this week. More to the point, we walked away from the guild alliance that we’ve had for about a year now and started doing things “on our own.” I put “on our own” in quotes because we still have a few players from that alliance tagging along with us, but we’re doing it our way now. We’re using a new loot distribution method (called Suicide Kings) that is incredibly fast and easy to use, we’re signing up on the Children of Midian (name of our guild) boards, and the majority of the people going are in CoM. This last Sunday we went into Zul’Gurrub, a 20 player dungeon, with 19 players – 15 of those players were from our guild. We took down four bosses, including one we had never fought before (Gri’lek from the Edge of Madness event) that wiped our party twice before we figured out the encounter. Not bad at all, considering the fact that 3 of those players had never even been to Zul’Gurrub before.

Yeah, it was nice.

Things are still a little crazy in game with the other guilds. The main guild we were allied with has proceeded to implode in the wake of our leaving. I feel a little guilty about that, as it almost seems like it’s our fault, but I know that’s not really the case. It was going to happen eventually anyway. I think our leaving was just the final straw on an overburdened camel’s back.

In other WoW news, I pre-ordered my copy of the Burning Crusade this morning. I actually managed to get the Collector’s Edition, even though Amazon (according to the web site) has already sold out. I already had it in my cart, though, and it let me place the order. We’ll see what really happens. I’m going to pay extra for next day shipping as well. I was going to get free super saver, but then I realized that would be a week of people teasing me with new content I couldn’t see, and we can’t have that.

Taking part in a weight loss challenge with etcet and a few other guys in the IT department here at work. We call our team “Shrink Geek.” I’m not really doing anything out of the ordinary as part of this, though. Just trying to stay on track with Weight Watchers. Was down a good bit last week, which was nice. Hopefully the trend will continue.

The boys continue to take lackluster care of their pets, regardless of the fact that I have emphasized that they are rapidly nearing a point where they are going to lose them. I think, at this point, I’m going to take one final step towards making sure the cats are properly cared for. I’m going back to chore calendars for the boys, and cat maintenance will be part of it. So will their other chores, of course, but the cats are a big one.

The weather recently has been absolutely stunning. Those few days a year that make living in Florida worthwhile (weather wise).

And since I’m talking about the weather, it’s time to go….