Saturday, 26 July 2003: Yeah, Katie and I are the winners in this weekend's Strongman Competition. We went canoeing with my parents and my brother and his girlfriend today and we rocked. This is the second time we've gone canoeing with my family since we've been together. The first was way back probably in the summer of 1999.
Why am I seemingly so proud of this trip? Because it was the first time Katie and I could show off how hard we've been working at the gym. We were cruising in that canoe. Yeah, we hit a couple of rough spots. But, for the most part, we were near the front of the pack the whole time. This "pack" does not just include my parents and my brother, but over a dozen other canoes that were out there from the same rental company.
When all was said and done, Katie and I were ready to go at it again. Our muscles weren't even tired. Our backs were a bit sore from being hunched over in the canoe from time to time. But our arms and shoulders were ready and raring to go again.
Oh, and one suggestion to those of you considering going on a canoe trip... take a cooler that has cup holders in the outside of the lid. You won't regret it when you can just reach out and grab your bottle from the holder instead of from the bottom of the canoe. Also, if you want to take beer, pick up the plastic Miller Lite bottles that have the screw on caps. You'll never have to worry about spilling and/or getting river water splashed into the bottle. Katie and I had several people comment to us about what a great idea those bottles were and how they wished they had thought to do the same thing. Feels good being a trend setter every once in a while.
Wednesday, 23 July 2003: Over the weekend, I tuned, for the first time in a long time, into one of my old favorite cartoons from my childhood that just happened to be rebroadcast on Cartoon Network -- G.I. Joe. For those who are interested, it was the Christmas episode in which the Cobras attack a town using G.I. Joe equipment and the Joes must fight them using Cobra armament. Also the one where Shipwreck's parrot Polly gets zapped by an growth ray and becomes this hundred-foot wingspanned squawker from hell.
During a commercial break, I saw a great promo for a new cartoon coming soon called Teen Titans. It looks hilarious. All about five teenaged superheroes who are, in the words of the announcer, "fighting for truth, justice, and the last slice of pizza." Seriously, the promo looked really funny and I think I'm gonna tune in to it on Saturdays at 8 p.m.
So, here's hoping the cartoon lives up to my expectations. And, yes, I am quickly building up high expectations for this show. Pretty sad when there's so little on TV that I'm mentally hyping a new cartoon. I don't think I've ever done that.
Well, just go ahead and check out the Teen Titans website even if you have no desire to watch the show. It's a lot of fun. You can check out the trailer that I was speaking about above and you can play a really cool Mortal Kombat styled game starring the Titans and the varied villains that will make appearances on the show.
Tuesday, 22 July 2003: It's time for another McFarlane Toys (henceforth to be referred to as "McToys") update. This one pertains strictly to their sports action figures.
First, McToys will be releasing large 12" NFL figures starting "this fall". I use the quotes, because the website didn't list an exact release date. The players who are included in the first line are Emmitt Smith, Brett Favre, Jerry Rice, Ricky Williams, and Michael Vick. Me, personally, I would want Williams or Vick. The McToys website actually has pictures posted for both Smith and Vick and they look pretty sweet. Incredible detail. The whole shebang. So, you can check them out here.
Also, McToys is going to be releasing the more traditionally sized sports figures, but now in 2 packs to represent some of the great rivalries in modern sports -- well, the NFL and NHL anyway. Included in series 1 are Brendan Shanahan (Red Wings) vs. Rob Blake (Avalanche) to be released in late August, Jeremy Roenick (Flyers) vs. Marty Turco (Stars) to be released in late September, Ed McCaffrey (Broncos) vs. Zach Thomas (Dolphins) to be released in late October, and Rich Gannon (Raiders) vs. Derrick Brooks (Buccaneers) to be released in early November. But the best of the bunch, and therefore worthy of being listed off by itself is the first two pack of the bunch to be released later this month -- Brett Favre (Packers) vs. Brian Urlacher (Bears). It can't get much cooler than this matchup. The picture I saw shows Urlacher in a low run coming right at Favre from behind to take him down at the waist while Favre is winding back for a pass. Of course we all know how this one winds up -- Urlacher wins, baby! You gotta check this beast out.
Monday, 21 July 2003: For the last week, I have had a headache that just won't go away. It's not a particularly bad one, just annoying in that it's this dull thudding in the parietal lobes of my head. I've tried ibuprofen, Advil, aspirin, Tylenol, even some prescription Zomeg of Katie's. About the only time it went away was with the Zomeg, but I don't want to use up her prescription when that's what she needs for her migraine headaches.
I really don't get headaches all that often. In fact, I can usually make a normal sized bottle of Advil or Tylenol last for well over a year. But this one just won't go the hell away, at least not permanently. I can't, for the life of me, figure out why it's bugging me like this. I don't think it's allergies. Not stress. Not anything that I can put my finger on. It's just there. Taunting me. It won't go away.