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Saturday, 30 August 2003
Get Well Sam Mills
Panthers assistant Mills diagnosed with cancer

Long time Carolina Panthers fans may remember former high school teacher-turned USFL-turned NFL All-Pro linebacker Sam Mills, who was a real class act on and off the field (a true rarity in the realm of Charlotte professional sports). It's with great sadness that I report that Sam has been diagnosed with intestinal cancer. Coming right after the news of Marc Field's Hodgkins disease makes the news even tougher to handle. Keep both of them in your thoughts, prayers, offerings, etc.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:29 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 27 August 2003
Crisis Zone
If there's one thing that I've learned about American people, it's that often they don't take action or make a sacrifice on something unless it's absolutely necessary. It takes a crisis, like the huge blackout we just had in order for changes to be made. It's funny, becuase once the blackout happened, every politician announced the need for action, every commentator talked about the shoddy condition of this country's power grid. But where were these people a month ago? They never would have mentioned any of this before becuase it would have been too costly, and Joe Six Pack wasn't ready to foot the bill. It just wouldn't seem urgent enough to do so, to commit the vast resources and capital. But a lot of people suddenly decided it was necessary once there was a real problem.

Call it procrastination, or laziness, or whatever. And I think that 9/11 is an extension of this symptom. Look, let's be honest. International terrorism was always a threat to the country, but people in America thought they were invincible from it- terrorism was always something that had to do with countries "over there", never here in the States. They never would have agreed to all the extra time at airports, strip searches, etc.- although maybe they should have. And now, with an official crisis (the biggest ever? Depends on who you ask), it's fairly easy to argue many in government and the real world have gone overboard in the zealousness of their response.

I think that's why a lot of very important long term issues- such as the environment, budget deficits, and close working diplomatic relationships with other countries- often get overlooked by John Q. Public. They're all important, but might not seem so urgent at the present time. Although, with a lot of these issues, by the time you realize how bad it is, it might very well be too late to repair. But that's for another discussion.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 1:44 AM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 27 August 2003 1:47 AM EDT
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Saturday, 23 August 2003
A Couple of more links for your viewing pleasure
Fans of The Boondock Saints click here



Following up- Video Bo strikes again

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Well, I think that Mooresville/Davidson has finally made it. Thanks to drunken stupidity, we're on Fark! This is mean absolutely nothing to you unless you're an internet nerd, BTW. This happened, like, 2 miles from my house at most. So that makes it pretty interesting right there. Well, you probably already heard about this but click the link anyway will you.

"You're driving across a bridge. What's the last thing you expect to hit your car?"


Posted by nc/frodaddy at 1:13 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 23 August 2003 1:17 AM EDT
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Sunday, 17 August 2003
Tecmo Bowl is the Greatest
Funny anecdote I stole from espn.com:

Q: A buddy of mine goes to Dickinson University in Central PA, and Bo Jackson was there as a guest speaker. First comment he receives from someone in the audience: "Are you aware that you are the greatest Tecmo Bowl character ever? You cannot be stopped. It's astounding." To which Jackson replied: "Ha ha. You have no idea how much I hear that. No matter where I go, there is always one person who mentions that. It seems to be what I'm known for." After the presentation, Jackson signed the guy's copy of the Tecmo Bowl.

Seriously. Foget Madden, Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl are the best. Now if we could just get yearly updates...

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 1:17 PM EDT
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Thursday, 14 August 2003
What kind of Fantasy is this?
You know, I'm sure, back in the Stone Ages waay back when, fantasy sports were in fact a great idea. Get together, wage a little bit of cash with your friends, talk some trash, and get involved with your favorite spectator sport on another level.
But somewhere along the line, it transformed into a soul-devouring, brain-cell-killing exercise that eats your time away like bile and your esopshagus. It really, and truly does, become a dangerous all-consuming addiction. One team becomes three, four, then five. You try your hand at practically every professional sport under the sun, including golf, nascar, and even pro wrestling.You spend your free time contemplating trades, and deciding whether or not otherwise obscure who gives a f-ck players like Stacey Mack and Stacy Roest are worth picking up on the waiver wire.
All this begins with a carpal tunnel inducing "pre-ranking" system, where you have to click and rank every single player that may or may not have the possibility of significant playing time. In the NFL, that's hundreds of potential screwups and saviors. A bad trade can ruin your life for a week, easily. One misplaced click on the drop/add action, even worse. And the whole time, you're up against competition spending even more time and resources on it then you are.
And somehow out of this, football, with its 11 players to a side and complex scoring system, is the most popular fantasy sport. Instead of say, hockey, with it's fairly simple goals, assists, pims, and gaa, we get scored for extra points, return yardage, touchdowns (penalties for interceptions though!) 2 pt conversions, and so forth! And thanks to the "free" services, they make you wait and bite your nails all day til Monday to get your final score in! Good Luck calculating it yourself on Any Given Sunday.
And despite the fact that I know this, despite the fact that I will still be in a completely different country for almost all of the season... I still started up a team, and still talk smack with the
other team owners that I'll never meet, befriend and then alienate, and still stress over the draft. However... it's only one team though, and that's it. I'm on my way to recovery.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 1:22 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 14 August 2003 1:23 AM EDT
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Sunday, 10 August 2003
Okay, this is getting ridiculous
After raining every day for the past week, and pretty much every other day for the past 3 months, no exaggeration, my backyard is starting to look like Lake Frohman back there. I mean, what a mess. And this is July, August, prime drying out months. I don't even want to mention the possibility of tropical storms or hurricanes, we're screwed because there is no more room for this water at all. And this might not bother a lot of yall, but I live right next to this big ass lake, which could overpower your house like so many Biblical floods at any moment. Regardless, there's nothing that I can do to change it anyway, just like my bitter, twisted past. So get over it already.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 11:05 PM EDT
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Thursday, 7 August 2003
Candidate Schwarzenegger
I was watching Tonight Show, with Jay Leno, and Ah-nold announced that he was going to run for the governor of California. At first, I thought this was something really exciting and fresh in politics, something that we need in America. But almost immediately, I thought that there was a noticable shift.
He was already beginning to talk a poltician on the stump, with promises to balance budget, etc. which is a little dissapointing. I want something different from this guy. And I mean, he sounded good for the most part, there was a couple of stretches were he wasn't looking at Jay or the camera, and was just going through his memorized talking points. However I think that I can say he's been well advised and handled Jay's softball questions with ease. He's going on a populist platform, promising to return the government to the people and drive out special interests, and he used the example of unions, which of course a Republican will but time will tell how he treats big business.
Didn't appear to be too partisan, which is pretty remarkable for anyone in politics these days. He will need moderate voters, in a race with so many other candidates. He said he's got enough money that he won't be bought off, but the US Senate is the Millionaire's Club, and that never seemed to stop special interests from getting to them did it? But really though, this guy is going to steamroll the competition I predict. Prepare for Governor Schwarzenegger.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:33 AM EDT
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Saturday, 2 August 2003
Grocery Store Pet Peeves
I work for a fairly large chain of supermarkets here in the southeast. Which one, I'm not going to say here. I've worked this type of job on and off for awhile now, during which time I've noticed some annoying habits by customers. And I've been bored enough to compile them and type them up. So here they are, in no particluar order:

1.please finish your shopping before you get inline and I start ringing up your order.
2.please have your method of payment on hand (don't leave it in the car, etc.)
3.if you are anywhere close to looking young please have your ID on you and don't act all surprised when I ask you for it.
4.please don't write your check all slowly, people are waiting in line.
5. Store discount cards- nobody likes a liar, unless you're the president. I've heard every excuse in the book, but it all leads up to "Can I use yours?" Look, either you have one, or you don't. And it is real easy to get one too. Seriously, I'm tired of getting lied to.
6. Cell phones are impolite no matter what, but it does bother me when people go through the line with their cell phone on.
7. Please don't split up your order and pay for them both separately (unless absolutely necessary), it slows down the line and the arithmetic really can't be that hard can it.
8. One of the advantages of checks is that you can make it for the exact amount, or for an amount exactly a few dollars over. Use it.
9. If you give me a large bill for a much smaller order, please don't act all impatient while I count out all your change. If I hurry, I might get it wrong, and then there is a real problem.
10. Please don't complain to me about how expensive the prices are, I don't set them. (This goes for "in general" complaints, if something should be on special and isn't, then that is something that I should know about.)

And remember, none of these things are really that big of a deal, but avoiding them can help the transaction go smoother and help keep the line moving. Feel free to post your work pet peeves in the comments section.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:37 AM EDT
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Sunday, 27 July 2003
It's official
Hilton Head is the whitest place on Earth

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 4:50 PM EDT
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