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Sunday, 20 March 2005
First Day of Spring
Finally, winter is over. Praise be to the Lord.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 11:19 PM EST
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Friday, 18 March 2005
So Much for "One Shining Moment"
Guess our came back in February. Charlotte loses again thanks to another second half collapse and this time there are no second chances. It was real dissapointing for everyone to go out this way, it seemed like we had a Sweet Sixteen team this year, but as usual Charlotte can't advance past the first round. I guess there's always next year- Atlantic 10, here we come.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 6:15 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 18 March 2005 7:30 PM EST
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My Apartment Stinks
No, it really does. Like a rancid yogurt factory. When I came home from the grocery store on Monday, I thought I would be mr. Time Efficient and bring in all of my groceries at once from the car. Genius I am, I put the gallon of milk that I had just bought in the crook of my arm so I could open the door.

I walk in, and then boom, there goes the milk out from my arm. Whoops. No big deal right, it'll just leak a couple drips and I'll get to it. Well, turns out there was a massive gash in the plastic, which rapidly emptied out almost all of the milk before I could put the groceries down and wipe it up. Still, I thought I got most of it up, and it didn't smell the next day, so I figured everything was ok.

Well, Wednesday, it hits us- the rancidly sweet smell of bad milk. It must have really seeped into the carpet, because after cleaning, vacuuming, and Febreze, it still stinks. Fortunately it was warm enough today to open up the windows, but I still haven't figured out how to get rid of the smell.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 6:07 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 23 March 2005 11:42 PM EST
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Monday, 14 March 2005
Free Time
Earlier I asked what would happen if my computer was broke. Well, the answer is, I still wasted the same amount of time, just in different ways. For example I ended up playing copius amounts of Xbox, and ended up watching Jeopardy a lot for some reason. Guess I just can't say no to the Tournament of Champions. I also watched a lot more TV in the morning, and let me tell you, those morning shows on the major networks really are atrocious. I'd hate to have that as a job, working among all those canned jokes and dull housewives.

Anyways, I did get my computer fixed, and I've had to install everything again. And wouldn't you know it, all I've installed is Mozilla, Itunes, AIM, VLC, and Real Player, and I've already got a ton of crap that got bundled with those programs on my computer that is running in the background, sopping up resources. Real player is especially notorious for this, I should have known better. Desktop weather updates, free games, wonderful pop up updates, It's really great that all this stuff gets put up on my computer, I love it. Why don't they just throw in Bonzi buddy while they are at it.

Problem is, if you want to use those programs, I don't think there are a whole lot of options, especially for the average user that doesn't know much about computers. We've all met someone who unknowingly has like two or three dozen extra programs, utilities, and viruses running in the background that they don't even know about. Guess we just gotta put up with it, or get eduacted, which we all know most people just don't have the time to do.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:44 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 14 March 2005 12:45 AM EST
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NCAAs- Charlotte to play NC State on Friday
Time to show these ACC scrubs how we play real basketball in North Carolina.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:42 AM EST
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Thursday, 10 March 2005
What, me worry?
Charlotte, losers of two straight, are in Memphis to play in the C-USA tournament today. They haven't been playing well at all and are lucky to still be ranked in the top 25. Basden has been a ghost, Baldwin has started chucking turnovers, and Plavich can't hit all the 3's by himself.

And they couldn't have chosen a worse time to play poorly as tournament season is here, and all the hopes and dreams of January and February can fade in an instant. Now, they are playing a tough Memphis team who can win any game, who is ready to avenge a previous close loss, away, against not only a point guard who torched them for 29 points earlier, but also one of the most athletic players in the country, in addition to their Final Four caliber coach. No, nothing to worry about here at all, just go along your business folks and hope that Charlotte can pull it together when it counts.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:06 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 10 March 2005 12:08 PM EST
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Riding the trains in Tokyo
Riding a train is an unavoidable part of living in Japan. Car transportation is expensive and a pain in the ass, and everything is pretty much walking distance from one or more stations. Plus, it's dependable and reasonably priced. I have fond memories of riding on trains, heading off to another fun and exciting destination in relative safety and comfort. On the good days, you can sit back and relax, enjoy the view as Tokyo zooms past you, look out at that one station you've never stopped at, and in general let your mind wander. On the bad days, it feels like you're dying in a tiny metal box.

Anyways, I would occasionally wonder if in fact there would be over a thousand people on the biggest trains. Looks like my assumptions were correct. Check this article in Japan Times for a confirmation, and be sure to read some of the comments below, they are pretty funny.

Also, 60 years ago today, the Allies firebombed Tokyo, killing 100,000. Just something to think about.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 1:13 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 10 March 2005 11:53 AM EST
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Tuesday, 8 March 2005
Spring Break
So, for my Spring Break in my Senior year of college, I'm going to be chilling at home, running errands and fixing my computer. Not exactly what I had hoped for, but hey, it could be worse.

I didn't exactly plan for things to work out this way. In fact, looking back, I didn't exactly plan for anything at all, which was a major mistake on my part. I just kind of figured lukewarmly that somebody would do something somewhere, and I'd just tag along. I think that's what everybody figured, and of course when that happens, nothing happens. I learned my lesson.

Somewhere in February, way too late, we all discussed going down to Panama City. It was me, Jack, Tim, Chris, and Derry that were all going, and seeing how its my senior year, I ended up being pretty enthusiastic about it. Still, I had my doubts, because these things never go smoothly. And sure enough the trip got canceled the first time when Jack and Tim pulled out.

Then, briefly, it looked like a last minute plan of Me, Chris, and Derry was going to be able to go. We even got hotel reservations and everything. But sure enough, something else came up, as neither of them could get out of work. Trip off, and it's really too late to do anything about it.

Looking back, I should have more engaged and involved, planning earlier and making concrete plans weeks in advance. I myself could have done more to plan the trip, it's not all somebody else's fault. Now I know, but unfortunately seeing how it's senior year, there probably won't be any second chances. Which sucks, because seeing how I spent a year in Japan, this is in a way my third year, my junior year, actually attending UNC Charlotte. It really seems like I should get one more year to do everything right. But that won't be the case.

I was feeling pretty crummy there for awhile, it even was bumming me on my birthday Sunday, but somewhere along the line I decided to stop feeling sorry for myself and move on. So, trying to turn a negative into a positive, I'm trying to do some productive things over the break, like get my toe fixed up, write about baseball, and look for jobs, but I still don't have any trips planned. Which is still a dull way to spend the break.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 11:22 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 8 March 2005 11:23 PM EST
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What I've been up to
This past week, full of exams and other crap, has been pretty challenging in a lot of ways for me. There was the Middle East Politics midterm on Monday, which I did fairly well on, got a 90, but I could have done much better. I spent most of the rest of last week staying late in the library every night, finishing up a report about the proposed smoking ban in North Carolina. Let me tell you, being stuck in the library till late at night every day can wear down on you pretty quick. Thankfully, I finished it up Friday afternoon.

It had been a pretty nonstop week for me going all the way back to the senior day basketball game, but the fun wasn't over yet, as I had to cover the baseball team against Niagara. (If you haven't heard yet, it looks like I will be covering the baseball team this season for the school newspaper.) After the game, I was so sick of everything, me and Sammy basically played Project Gotham Racing 2 for about six hours. It was fun. Then more baseball on Saturday and Sunday, and then I headed over to Justin Stritch's house to watch the UNC-Duke game. Sunday was actually my birthday too, and I got happy birthday sung to me, thanks guys, that is a whole lot better than last year. I went home on Monday, hopingto relax, but then basically my dad and I spent the entire evening trying to fix my computer, with no luck. Sorry for the shittiness of this entry but I'm still so worn down from the week, and with my damn computer not cooperating I don't feel like including things such as coherence or grammar. Expect to see some more rants and raves soon.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 12:14 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 8 March 2005 12:23 AM EST
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Monday, 28 February 2005
Laptop Busted
Apparently my computer won't boot up, so posting may be light around here for awhile. Just a heads up.

On the bright side, looks like I'll get to see how this post works out.

Posted by nc/frodaddy at 5:41 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 28 February 2005 5:42 PM EST
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