Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Sometimes I wonder why we are given this gift of life in this world when in fact the only certainty that comes along with it is that we must give it back.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Reason to Hate Home Ownership

We had an exceptionally mild winter here in New England this year. In fact, the temperature was in the 60's at Christmas time. So, jackass that I am took all this for granted and neglected to tune-up my snow thrower.

Move forward in time to Valentine's day and we get dumped with several inches of snow only to be topped off later with a few more inches of ice. Once again, the jackass in me decides to do absolutely nothing (and quite frankly my only option was to call a plow service) and my driveway becomes hundred foot long ice skating rink.

Days pass and the unseasonably, but very welcome, warmth (temperatures in the 40's) returns allowing for a very slow, yet somewhat steady melt to begin. Then, last night another couple of inches of snow fall to top off the crusty, slippery, murky, and somewhat dangerous driveway leaving me with a terrible feeling of helplessness as now all I can do is hope for some warmth and perhaps some rain to help with the melt. I can't begin to tell you how treacherous it was carrying the recyclables to the curb making four trips and knowing that tomorrow morning I have to make four more trips to carry the trash. Yuck!!!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Blogger Blockage

I've spent the last week living alone, or rather, with my cat. It's been a nice break to be relieved of some of the responsibilities I have when my wife and daughter are here and they've been enjoying summer weather in Brazil while I have been sifting through the snow and ice left behind from a nasty Valentine's day storm though since, the weather here in MA has been rather balmy.

Oliver and I have been hanging out but I don't think he likes all of my TV choices, sometime he gets right up to the TV and watches intently but most times he runs off to eat, run after an imaginary mouse, steal a dish towel, or just nods off to sleep.

I've been short of post material the past few days and chose not to just post. The brain is resting as well I guess.

Until next time...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Roadside Vigil

I drive past Dudley Road in Framingham, MA every day at least once, most times twice. Today I noticed that attached to one fo the tall electrical poles were a number of flower bouquets, poster boards, and photos. I didn't take the time to stop and look (which for some odd reason, I regret), but I know from experience that the roadside vigil indicates something grim. Clearly, a life, or lives were tragically lost and lives of loved ones were forever changed.

I couldn't help but think about this all day long. Who was responsible for the crash? Were they drinking? Doing drugs? Sleepy? Chatting on the cell phone? How old were the people who died?

It made me so sad.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Sunday Night One Liners and a Picture I Took When I was in Canada Last Summer

Elvis Costello has been kicking musical ass for 30 years.
Perez Hilton is on fire.
My cat is sleeping (again).
Shout out to Steph in Con Ed.
I can’t wait to try me some Americone Dream.
The combination of Chocolate and Orange gets more delicious as I grow older.
I’ve felt lonely even when there are people around.
“They don’t write like that anymore.”
If you haven’t read The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, what are you waiting for?
Cell phones should be solar powered.
I miss “The Doctor” very much.
I hooked up my stereo to some motivational speakers.
I heard a tree fell in the forest.
I was in a mall today for the first time in quite a while and it made me feel old, very old.
I can’t swim and I have a fear of the water.
Slavery still exists and people still die of AIDS.
Shout out to the son of Mike Chepiga.
Martin Scorcese is way overrated as a filmmaker.
Giada DeLaurentiis is smoking hot.
Baseball fever!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

But I Fell Asleep

I planned on coming over here for a chat last evening but I fell asleep. Wifey and daughter are off on a trip to Brasil so I was up Thursday night until past midnight, then had to wake up at 2 am to see off the traveling two and then I went back to sleep only to wake up again at 5:45 to get ready for work.

I made it through my day at work but was exhausted after I returned home. I went upstairs to watch some TV in bed at around 8pm and fell asleep. I woke up around 3am. I did the only logical thing at that time, drank a YooHoo, brushed my teeth then went back to sleep and awoke around 9 am and here I am (after of course a toasted bagel with some Smart Balance).

So, now that I've told my extremely boring story, I have nothing interesting left to say for the moment. Until I do...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Bits & Pieces

We had our first snow storm (Nor'Easter) which closed many schools in the area. In fact, mine was open but I took the day off since my daughter's school was closed so I am bumming around.

I am reading this book called The Last Good Season which chronicles the Brooklyn Dodgers during their last season before moving to Los Angeles. While the baseball part is really interesting because I am a baseball fan, reasing about my hometown of Brooklyn and the stories about all of the neighborhoods that I am so familiar with are really interesting. It's just so darn interesting to see how things have changed not just in terms of the look and demographics of the neighborhood but also just the way people lived their lives.

If documentaries were like this, I might have enjoyed them more as a young-en...

Happy V.D.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The Police Reuinte at Grammy's

More than 20 years had passed since the Police played together as a band until last night at the Grammys when the following words were uttered by Sting to kick off the broadcast, “We’re the Police, and we’re back!” What followed was a version of Roxanne (terrible, no, the absolute worst choice of song from the Police catalog for this occasion) that I would expect to hear Sting play as a solo performer. In fact, I have heard Sting play that version of Roxanne and do so reluctantly. He has said many times how much he actually hates to play that song because of how many times he has played it over the years.

I had actually begun to psych myself up for the prospect of getting to see the Police play together, in fact I turned down the opportunity to buy Keith Urban tickets in advance because financially it would have been tough to spring for both the Police and Keith Urban – after last night’s Police performance, I regret not buying the Keith Urban tickets. In a word, the Police were “underwhelming”, but if you want another word, I have one for you, “disappointing”.

I’m no fool, clearly the only reason that the Police would reunite for a landmark anniversary is capitalism. Perhaps I am just fooling myself into thinking that they’ve grown musically and individually enough that their collaboration all these years after all three have done critically acclaimed work as solo artists would be nothing short of stellar. Worse, their performance last evening, in my opinion, doesn’t even reflect the caliber I would have expected at any time during their career as a band in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

I’m torn at this point. When I hear “we’re getting back together” I’d like to think that these three brilliant musicians have checked their egos at the door and matured personally and professionally and are ready to pick up where they left off and capitalize on their growth to create new music. Who know if that will happen or not? What we can be reasonably sure of is that they will unite for a tour and reap the benefits of excessive ticket prices and a stimulation of back catalog sales and reissues. In a nutshell, they’ll capitalize and most likely stop there.

Perhaps I’m being cynical, skeptical, pessimistic, negative, what have you. I just really expected more, maybe I shouldn’t have, but I did. What started out as hopes of three terrific musicians who’ve made great music both together and alone recapturing a unique energy and feeding from that into a revitalized modern day version of The Police has now become three guys who don’t need our money taking it anyway for something we’ve already paid for. My greatest hope now is that I am wrong.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Weekend Laughter

I found this over at Factum and thought I should share because it's just too darn funny. Click on the picture for the full's worth it.

Love and Peace to All!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

A perfect 10 folks. Jet's first album Get Born was phenomenal, their new album Shine On is just as remarkable; quite simply perfect.

With very obvious influences by the Beatles (the band is named after the Paul McCartney & Wings song of the same name) and the Stones, Jet delivers a set that emphasizes their own sound created and introduced on their first record.

Don't miss this one folks, it really is a gem!

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Oliver is Crazy and I'm not Lazy

Oliver, my cat, has a complete fascination with the computer. I have a notebook computer on the coffee table that I typically use while hanging on the sofa and watching TV (nice life I have). Anyway, the darn cat hops up next to it, stares down the screen, then tries to attack the mouse pointer. Funny thing is sometimes he even reaches behind the monitor to try to grab the thing from behind. It's cute for all of three seconds and no matter how many times you pull him away, the persistent little feline comes right back.

It's not really all that shocking all things considered, but the death of Anna Nicole Smith at age 39 is still both sad and tragic.
I pray that her young child will find peace and happiness somehow in this all to cruel world.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Search is Over

The search is over, you were with me all the while.

After more than 2 years, more than 50 meetings, thousands of miles traveled, over 100 resumes and profiles, over 1000 pages of text, thousands of emails, an emormous amount of prayer, and a little (or perhaps alot of) divine intervention - our search committee has made a recommendation to the vestry, the vestry made the call, and the priest has accepted the call. It's official, the Reverend Julie Carson is the new rector of our church.

A couple of weeks ago I made mention in a post about secret good news I had - this was, or rather is, it. While it may not shake the foundations of the blogging community, it represents the culmination of a project that consumed more than two years of my life. I am elated!

Friday, February 02, 2007

India Insanity

Got another wackey email from my pal Jerry whose living it up (going completely insane) in India. Coincidentally, I spent some time chatting online with a Dell tech support rep. named Tewisha. Here's the transcript (which frighteningly landed in my mailbox the instant I hit the end chat button):

Agent (RTS Tewisha C): "Thank you for patiently waiting. You have reached Dell Hardware Warranty Chat Support. My name is Tewisha and I will be assisting you today. Would you please provide details about the issue you’re having?"

ME: "I've installed Windows Vista and the driver for DVD ROM won't work - "HL-DT-ST GDR8084N" I've tried all of the firmware updates on the website but none are for this specific drive"

Agent (RTS Tewisha C): "Chris have you chatted with Dell about DVD driver?" What kind of stupid question is this? Just seconds before Tewisha was certain to remind me that I had reached Dell Tech Support and here she is asking me if I've chatted with Dell - perhaps she's on the verge of Alzheimers.

ME: "That's what I'm doing right now."

Agent (RTS Tewisha C): "To ensure we are working with the correct system, are you chatting about the optigx620 listed on your account?"

ME: "Yes, optigx620 is correct."

Agent (RTS Tewisha C): "I will be more than happy to get your issue resolve today! Give me 3-5 minutes while I document the issue and check to see if there is a driver available." There was a brief, very brief, moment where I held out hope - fool that I am.

Me: "thanks"

Agent (RTS Tewisha C): "You are welcome."

10 minutes later...
Agent (RTS Tewisha C): "Thank you for holding. I apologize for the delay. System is currently updating." Now we aren't getting somewhere!

ME: "No problem"

Agent (RTS Tewisha C): "Chris what you will have to do is contact is Microsoft." Great, so I should call Microsoft about a problem I am having with a piece of hardware in my Dell computer, one of 200 recently purchased Dells...Hmmm.

ME: "So you do not have a driver?"

Agent (RTS Tewisha C): "I don't see a driver for the DVD drive on" Odd to me that Tech support only has the same resources as I did - I did mention earlier in this conversation that I exhausted the possibility of Dell's website.

ME: "have a nice day."

I guess I know who I won't be purchasing a computer from.