Saturday, 26 March 2005: Does basketball get any better than tonight's game between Illinois and Arizona? Holy hell, that was a spectacular game and I can't say that I've ever seen a better one be it high school, college, or pro level. Basketball at its finest. Down 15 with 4 minutes to go and the Illini come back to tie it and take it into overtime to win by one point.
One word... WOW.
And I've got a friend who had floor seats for that game. Greg, you bastard.
Friday, 25 March 2005: Michigan State Spartans... you're my heroes.
The Big Green Machine won my eternal gratitude by defeating the loathed Duke Blue Schmucks today and taking away their chances of dominating their way through to the NCAA Championship.
Thank you... thank you... thank you... thank you.
Thursday, 24 March 2005: Let the cross marketing blitz begin!
About a month or so ago, the marketing machine that is Star Wars began to churn its wheels with the first round of Episode III preview figures. I picked up two out of the four. Not bad, but not great.
However, I just spoke with Katie on the phone and her store, Walgreen's, just received one of its first shipments of cross marketed products. They received a shipment of the oversize PEZ dispensers — Yoda, Darth Vader, and C3PO. These are the huge ones that PEZ has been releasing lately that give out entire packs of PEZ candy at a time instead of just the individual pieces of candy. They're running $25 each. The PEZ website calls them PEZ Crystals because part of the unit is transparent so you can see the dispensing mechanism. Not a bad idea. Pretty cool, in fact. But to use that as an impetus to bump the price from $15 for the regular oversize PEZ dispenser to $25 for the PEZ Crystals is not cool at all. More like extortion, but people will likely pay it. It may even be me, or Katie buying me a gift. Who knows? I do love my PEZ dispensers, though.
They also received Light Side/Dark Side packages of M&Ms. According to StarWars.com, "lighter colors around milk chocolate represent the light side-following Jedi, and darker colors with dark chocolate centers represent the dark side-loving Sith." Nice touch.
Wonder what else we'll see. I can't wait. I'm geeking out already.
Wednesday, 23 March 2005: From one of my favorite movies, Office Space...
Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door - that way Lumbergh can't see me, heh - after that I sorta space out for an hour.
Um... "space out"?
Yeah, I just stare at my desk, but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.
I've been so overloaded at work lately that I would kill for any one given workday to be like this. Please, God.
Tuesday, 22 March 2005: I have to give my "Hero of the Day" Award to one very special man, U.S. District Judge James Whittemore. This is the man responsible for saying no to having Terry Schiavo's feeding tube reinserted. Despite pressure from the fact that most of Congress and the President were pushing to save her life, he stood firm and said no.
I'm not being sarcastic. I'm really proud of the guy. 15 years of this woman in a persistent vegetative state and her parents really think she's going to be able to wake up and be happy? If she wakes up at all, she's going to be living with such pervasive brain damage and be in physical and emotional therapy for the rest of her life. What kind of life is that? And you want to subject the daughter you love to this kind of existence? Apparently, only her husband and all kinds of judges that have heard the case and its subsequent appeals really have any sort of true concern for her well being.
Let her die. It's the best thing for her right now. The government should not be getting involved in such legislation anyway. Shouldn't they be more worried about all the troops being killed overseas? Get your priorities straight, ladies and gentlemen. 1,500 U.S. troops dead and the rest over there without an exit plan in place and you're worried about a woman who's been a vegetable for a decade and a half?
Sunday, 20 March 2005: I still didn't get to sleep in today either. Instead, we woke up early to go up to Crystal Lake for breakfast. Gah! When will I get to sleep. Probably not until next weekend. This is terrible.
Well, our other reason for heading up there was because this was the weekend for the Adams Family Easter Celebration. No, I did not take any photos this year. I felt like I'd been carrying around the camera long enough as it was.
Even though I was a bit grumpy from lack of sleep, we still had fun. I even took part in the Easter Egg Hunt with Katie. Some of the normal participants were sick with the flu so we had a ton of eggs to find and not nearly as many people as usual to find them. So, despite us being the ones who hid them all, Katie and I collected as well.