Thursday, November 27, 2008
I am thankful this day for the big things...friends and family, a God that loves me and a country I am proud to be a part of...I am thankful this day for little things like baseball and chocolate chip cookies, good coffee, sushi, good music and garlic mashed potatoes...I am thankful for silly things like online bill pay, the Wall Street Journal and Blogging. I am also thankful for the life that I have been entrusted with...
I am especially thankful this year because I know what it is to be loved by someone who doesn't "have" to love me...someone who chose me...someone who said yes when I cheesily asked her to marry me.
On Friday, I will be continuing a tradition that I stole from some good friends of mine...I am going to buy a Christmas tree, decorate it and sing Christmas songs all day.
I will then put presents under the tree to taunt Claire.
Scotty and I are supposed to be doing a Turkey Trot on Friday morning...that should be fun.
I hope your Thanksgiving is great!
Monday, November 24, 2008
However, Claire said to me that one of the things I found funny was clearly "guy humor". No, not GAY humor William, GUY humor. It was a little bit on the risque side and while I found it funny, Claire was not laughing, nor did she take pleasure in my devilish joy.
That reminded me of my mom always insisting that the Three Stooges and Bevis and Butthead were clearly a "guy thing". Which, of course, made me begin thinking about the difference between "Guy Humor" and "Girl Humor" and I know it is more than just how we Experience It.
I think some of the differences could be pointed out best by example...
Girl Humor is the laughter that follows a wise-crack that some fashion guy makes about a woman on America's Next Top Model. Guy humor is the laughter that ensues when said woman falls off of the runway during her turn.
Girl Humor does not find sex, kicking cats or punching each other even the wee-bit humorous. Male Humor is entirely based in some way on one of those three things.
Girl Humor means laughing with Rosie O'Donnell. Guy humor means laughing AT Rosie O'Donnell.
Girl Humor can be catty. Guy humor is almost always downright mean.
Girl Humor rarely appreciates bodily functions. Guy Humor relies on them.
Did I get it right? Did I miss any differences?
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
#1...from my very good friend Stacey...8 things:
Eight Favorite TV Shows
1. My Name is Earl
2. The Office
3. Top Chef
4. 30 Rock
5. Iron Chef
6. Bizarre Foods
7. The Colbert Report
8. CBS Sunday Morning
Eight Favorite Restaurants
1. Pamplemousse Grille
2. Commander's Palace
3. Szechuan Mandarin
4. N9ne Steakhouse
5. Georgetown Cupcakes
6. Di-Chan Thai Restaurant
7. Todd Jurich's Bistro
8. My own kitchen
Eight Things that Happened Yesterday
2. Dinner with Claire
3. Read the Wall Street Journal
4. Cooked a pizza
5. Visited the chiropractor
6. Fixed my car stereo
7. Had a lunch of roast duck, kous kous and hot wings
8. Made myself sick on gourmet popcorn
Eight Things to Look Forward to:
4. Claire's parents visiting for a week
5. My buddy Teddy coming up for Thanksgiving weekend
6. The Disney Goofy Challenge
7. Getting a job
Eight Things on my Wish List
1. New Job
2. Moving out of an apartment
3. Flat Screen
4. Having Claire as my wife
5. A Yellow Toyota FJ...with the roof racks!
6. Jumping out of a plane
7. Finishing my masters
8. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Eight Things I Love About Fall:
1. Cooler weather
2. The smell of fires in fireplace
3. Pumpkin everything!!
4. Getting ready for Christmas
5. Time with family and friends
6. Christmas Music
8. October baseball, college football and the NFL
#2 from reader Stacie...6 Random Things...
1. I sleep on my back
2. I am a morning person
3. I have a crazy obsession for all things chocolate chip cookies (with NO NUTS!)
4. I have a cigar humidor, despite only smoking five or six cigars a year.
5. I like the taste of a good scotch, tequila, vodka and rum, yet I can still count on one hand how many times I have had too much to drink.
6. I pray, multiple times every day.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I did have a chance to give a quick press conference at the request of Pres-Elect Obama and Senator McCain. Being in Chicago, it made sense for a peace maker like me to put those two together and to assure the public that we have to continue to hope for a brighter future for America. As you can see in the pictures, Pres-Elect Obama loved what I had to say and Sen McCain was a little more unsure.
For the record, there is no truth to the rumors that Pres-Elect Obama has offered me a cabinet post. I told him I was not interested.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
For me it is a day that I can thank my father, both of my grandfathers (who are no longer here) and now, my fiancee.
So thank you...thanks both Gramps and Grandpa. Both of you spent years overseas fighting battles for our country...thanks to my father for spending that time in Vietnam...and thanks to Claire for volunteering to go to Iraq.
All of you sacrificed more than I will ever know. I hope I can continue to convey the awe and appreciation I have for who you are and what you did.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Claire's parents are next...they are coming out for 7 days the week of Thanksgiving. We are really looking forward to it!
Claire and I are in Chicago this weekend...I had a work trip there this week and she is joining me tonight for the weekend. She has never been there before and we are super excited to see yet another classic town. Just hope that the cold does not kill us.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I hope this concludes any discussion in America as to which country provides the best opportunity for its citizens. Any child, regardless of race or background, can truly be anything he/she wants to be.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
A run down city that was more farm land and heartland...instead, what I found was this:A vibrant city full of beautiful sites. A city that embraces the arts. A progressive city with a lot of good food, walking trails and activity.
Claire and I were there for a wedding of some friends. They held it at the newly renovated library...it was a great setting.
The bride wore the dress her mother and grandmother both got married in, cut the cake with the same knife her Grandparents and Aunt/Uncle used to cut the cake on their 50th anniversaries. The cake was made to look like a stack of books and each seat had a brand new book for the guests to take. I think the bride and groom bought the top 300 selling books over the past year and made sure everyone got to take one home.
It really was beautiful.-----