Monthly Archives: February 2006

My Sacrifice

Don’t worry; this is not about the song from Creed. Today is Fat Tuesday, so I am loading up on food today (I’m not a party person, unless it’s for a good cause… seriously.) Tomorrow will be Ash Wednesday, thus begin lent season. Of course tomorrow and several Fridays, Catholics can’t eat meat. Well, for my sacrifice, I’m going one step further: I’m going to diet and cut the sweets, carbs, and sugar. Basically I’m going to be stuck with salads and subs (Not on Friday’s of course). Now that I’m out of college, I have free time and there are no excuses now. Now, this is different from a resolution, where you’re actually drunk and have no conscience. This is a commitment I have to make. So for the next 45 days, I am on a mission of losing weight. If anyone can read this, if you see me breaking my commitment, please whoop my ass hard. Also tomorrow, I will have 45 daily updates on my progress, and a couple of random notes on the side.

My New Glasses

I want to make sure you read this before I begin blogging. Contact lenses are not for me. I tried them before and they annoy the hell out of me. I’m very neurotic and I’m worried that these lenses would go behind my eyes.

Today, woke up this morning and waking up on a misty day, my glasses broke. I probably extended my arm and smack it to the ground. The bad news, I had to buy new glasses since they were four years old and had to work without them, so I saw a blur, like taking Viagra but w/o the urge. The good news, I can finally get a checkup on my eyes, new glasses, and use my insurance. Nothing dramatic, but I got the skinnier version of my old glasses and must say I look neo-Asian now. The other I look I easily fit in since they were very thick. The best part, I save nearly half of what I cost last time (2002- $270, Today- $134).
Thank you my insurance company. Now, I have joined the real world.

My Alma Mater

Today was my day off at work since it was Presidents’ Day. So, the best way I celebrate today: heading back to my alma mater, George Mason. I only met with the two teachers who help me get ready for the real world. The first I went was my HR advisor/teacher. I check with my organization, SHRM, which I was president. Just heard they got an $8,000 grant from student activities. Hell, I wasn’t even close; probably $2,000 was the highest for me. The bad part about my organization now is they are putting their activities together for the merit point submission. I hope they score enough points to be recognized in the conference next June.

Next, I went to my program director/teacher/advisor for WGMU. We had a variety of things to talk about from DCRTV, XM Radio “crisis”, George Mason Basketball (No.1 in the CAA and the best mid-major team in 2006 (Shut up about Gonzaga)), former classmates, the site that will never be mention and how its own by the company I detest, and the new WGMU website I am waiting to see. I also didn’t realize the US women’s curling team had a swimsuit calendar; I must get it before it’s sold out. It was great seeing my old teachers since they helped me where I am.

Before I left, I went to see the “new” George Mason. The last time I was there, there was construction behind Enterprise Hall and bus rides were 25 cents. Now, the school is building a “mall” of some sort in the northeast section of Mason, trying to attract more students. Also, now they have a mid-scale restaurant (Damon’s Grill) in Student Union I. Bunch of television sets, alcohol, and actually good food in SUB I now. My problem about the expansion is Mason might turn into a college version of a mall that stores and restaurants will bring in more students than the education value. True, colleges are competing for potential students. My problem is they taking out the main purpose for college, which is education? (Ok, make your own joke about education, but that’s why most the students are there for I believe) Seeing the trees taking out, it seems to me Mason wants to act like a city, not a community. Oh, after I left Mason, bus rides are now free. Thanks George Mason, one year later. That’s why I want to move to D.C. in the next few years because at least in D.C., you can show off your arrogance, walking down the streets, seeing monuments and museums and stepping into history, unlike Northern Virginia, where you’re stepping into company lines and terrible, careless drivers.

RETRACTION:
If you read my last blog, I mention Johnny Weir is one of the stars in Olympics for being open and actualy being real without being contrite. Uh, I was so wrong about him. In his free skate, Johnny totally choked. After that, he blamed the bus schedule for “ruining” his routine. He had black in his heart, he didn’t have his aura. I give credit that he has an aura, but c’mon, you choke, admit. Off the list.

Tracy’s Random Thoughts February 2006 edition

Every month, I would like to shoot of some topics off the top in my head because it is.

Topic #1: Dick Cheney

Holy crap, what the hell happened? What, he heard a quail call and sounded like a quail but oops it’s was his attorney? The sad part is the attorney had a mild heart attack. Great, Dick Cheney is now the bird flu giving everyone heart attacks figuratively. Honestly, you do feel bad for the attorney, but this story was just too hilarious and hopes he is alive so we can fully laugh at it. Oh, for late night jokes of Dick Cheney, I recommend David Letterman’s Top Ten List and The Daily Show this past Monday. Both were hilarious.

Topic #2: Virginia Amendment law of gay marriages.

First and foremost, I’m Catholic. I believe in God and follow the Catholic bylaws. I want to marry a Catholic for two reasons: 1) my parents won’t bug me. 2) Life gets slightly easy when you marry the other of the same religion (Although, love is tough these days and the odds are 10% at best). The only people I would help in depth in their personal lives are Catholics. On a personal note, I think gay marriages are the same as a regular marriage. The only difference is Virginia doesn’t want gay marriages on paper. While I do not condone a gay marriage (meaning I won’t attend one, but give a nice gift because it’s the right gesture), they have a right to have a family. The term family has changed in many ways in the past generation. Family use to mean father, mother, siblings and the grandparents. Now, things have change with a variety of ways. Here is my fear about this amendment; this is about politics and religion is the cloud over Virginia. Whatever happened to separation of church and state? Sadly, Virginia is stuck with religious zealots Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. Are the more religious people afraid the status quo of “family” changed? If I were a Democrat or Independent, I would fight that you would lose tourists and residents to different states. Virginia is on the boom of economic prosperity, but they are stuck in the middle ages with values and ethics. Sadly, religion is a strong point in many elections around the US and it’s a shame.

Topic #3A: The Winter Olympics

At this point of time, I wish I could vacation to Europe to not only go sightseeing, but to pay attention to actual sports broadcasting, not personality journalism (which is every network’s approach now these days). As to why the Winter Olympics are way down and why they are losing to Grey’s Anatomy (great show by the way) and American Idol in the ratings? Easy: time delays, no personalities, careless broadcasting by NBC, too much hype. People already know the results and have the internet to watch the action. Also, when you setup hyping stars like Bode Miller, Apollo Ohno, and got nothing, people aren’t going to watch. This leads to NBC hyping these stars and using the interwoven theme used in movies these days. It might good for movies, but the Olympics must have a beginning, middle, and end to get the viewers attention, and NBC has failed that approach. 2008 might be easier since it’s the summer and 2010 is a dream since it’s in Vancouver, so a lot more live highlights. NBC needs to pickup steam.

Topic #3B: The true stars of the Olympics

Michelle Kwan- Doesn’t matter if she slipped in a dollar to the U.S. judges, she had the right to petition and the three skaters (except Sasha Cohen) didn’t perform to the U.S. standards. Although she might have not won the gold medal, she has the right to show she was fit to go. She did the classy thing and gave her spot to someone else. You can’t fault her for trying and looking at the real big picture.

Lindsay Kildow- If you have that fall lie she did in the downhill, shattered body parts are likely 99%. Well, not only she was the rare 1%, the next couple of days, she competed and completed the race. I don’t care if she finishes in the podium; she is an example of the Olympic spirit. If she does go to the podium, endorsement deals galore.

Shaun White- I follow sports a lot, including snowboarding and he is amazing. The reason of why he’s on this list is not the gold medal he won, he went to an interview with Bob Costas and said I’m want Sasha Cohen and now that he is a gold medalist. The guy has balls. If Sasha and Shaun hookup, they have an object they can use if they get horny.

Joey Cheek- After winning the 500M, he’s donating his share to World Play to help third world countries. Also, he wants to attend Harvard. Enough said.

Johnny Weir- This guy is classic. He’s a great figure skater, but probably the next big commentator for the Olympics. All subjects are no holds barred and he isn’t afraid to answer his own. He also has the guts to wear an old Soviet Union jumpsuit. He reminds me of Dick Button, Charles Barkley, Al Davis and Clinton Portis all rolled into one.

Topic #4: The Metro

I’m not afraid to say that I’m a Metro rider and take public transportation everyday. A few things: One, my biggest pet peeve about the Metro is the riders don’t go to the center. When there is a crowded train, go to the center, but the riders are too lazy to go because they’re afraid no one will move. First, if you stand up and signal, people will move, so don’t be a stiff. Second, well the Metro is great way to get any real action (You can’t say that!!!) accidentally. Finally, I want the new voice of Metro to be demanding to let everyone know whose boss and let them move to the center. I also like the countdown they are instituting.

Well, that’s all for today. Next month might not be good since its Lent season and I’m in lockdown mode. The next issue of my random thoughts is coming in April.
To quote Nate Newton, “I want to be guy all over the world that I have great weed.”

Happy Valentine’s Day (and a little warning)

Hope your having a great Valentine’s Day.

I always believe love is going to be random. What some people don’t know is you have to go out and examine if there is a right person. What I don’t like in most relationships these days is people have expectations. They believe in “Love at first sight.” I always hated the term “Love at first sight” because if that were true, I would have been a polygamist having married and dated tens of women at the same time. I can easily look at a person and say she’s beautiful. Anyone can say that. The problem is beyond that.

I can say I have somewhat of experience in that category. When I was a sophomore at George Mason, I worked in the bookstore with Liana (Just for the record, I’m a guy). I thought she was beautiful and attractive, like I see in anyone. Then, when I started to have conversations with her, we actually had a bond. Probably that was my very first crush in my life. I was playing “best friend.” Our conversations were natural and real (Although she has to lay off on the Hilary Clinton bandwagon). We were having discussions about politics, movies, etc. The problem was she has a continuous relationship with someone different every three months. The bigger issue was I am really in love with this person. I had no control and for that I came to her house a couple of times and even bought college books for her. The last time I saw her was during her French class (scary I remember that) after I came after my radio gig and was the last time I spoke to her in person. Yes, I admit I was stalking, but I was 19 and in love for the first time. (Of note: I WILL NOT STALK SOMEONE AGAIN, I LEARNED MY LESSON.) It hit me during my Junior year that my crush was gone for good. To this day, I’m still friends with Liana (although she does keep a lot of ex-boyfriends and ex-friends), but haven’t spoken in three years. The only contact is her blog and profile from the site I will never mention. If you want to know, she is in a relationship but has said she is happy with this person, has a job, a plan, and a new car. I’m happy for her, but at the time, I missed my opportunity.

As for me, well I’m still single and not in a rush to go in the dating scene. The only requirements for me are your not a Dallas Cowboys fan, a New York Yankees fan, and not worship Faux News and the conservative blowhards (Hey, I thought you said you want a relationship with no boundaries, you hypocrite.) If I get married, I want to have kids and have influence my kid(s) to be greater than me and my family. For a woman who is interested somewhere I am, a nice talk is a good start. Also, I’m a bit shy so please start the conversation.

Another episode w/ moi

Hello out there in internet world.

It’s been nearly a week since my last blog. The job is improving steadily; liking it more and more and know what the hell is going on after a few weeks of rebuilding the department. The Steelers won the Super Bowl and had the prediction wrong as always (Damn refs!). Now its to the best season of all: The offseason. With the hot stove and Mel Kiper, Jr. and his over the top analysis of every football player in the planet, I’m in. Finally…ugh, I got nothing. I’ll be back with the Sly Stone look.

Super Bowl Weekend

In a long time, I am really not that excited about the Super Bowl. I’ve been a sports fan all along, but this game doesn’t really have a bite. Seattle and Pittsburgh probably are deserving teams to go, but what’s really good about this? The only storyline (I am not counting the Joey Porter crap) is Jerome Bettis goes back to his hometown. That’s it, end of story. Also, if you watch the regular season, both teams were good, but doesn’t bowl you over as dominant or fun to watch. Anyway, my prediction is Seattle will prevail 20-14.

If you want to know, my family are going to watch with dinner and a snack. Next year, I’m hoping to watch in hi-def. Oh, and the Skins are going next year in Miami.