Friday, 9 July 2004: Nice little gift we got today. There is currently a lot of construction going on around campus here where I work and, as a result, they had to shut off the water to several of the university buildings. The affected offices decided they may as well shut down at noon today. The shut off doesn't affect my building, but since all the people we work with and for were affected, we get to go home today at noon as well. I like it. Half day vacation that doesn't get docked from my vacation allowance. Always a good thing.
Thursday, 8 July 2004: One of my guilty pleasures is a well-done spoof film. Not this Scary Movie crap. I mean good quality laffers like Undercover Brother and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. Both of those movies never cease to leave me in stitches.
Well, now there is another one coming out to video sometime soon that looks to be along the same lines as UB. It is called The Hebrew Hammer and it stars Adam Goldberg (Saving Private Ryan and Chandler's psycho roommate in Friends) as Mordechai Jefferson Carver, an "Orthodox stud" who is on a mission to save Hannukah from Santa Claus' evil son Damien (Andy Dick - TVs Less Than Perfect). He also enlists the aid of Esther Bloomenbergansteinthal (Judy Greer - 13 Going On 30), who is the daughter of one of the world's top Jewish leaders, and Mohammed Ali Paula Abdul Rahiem (Mario Van Peebles - New Jack City), the leader of the Kwanzaa Liberation Front, in his efforts.
I'm sorry, but just the concept of this movie alone sounds hilarious despite Andy Dick being in it. Mario's father Melvin Van Peebles (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song) is also in the film.
Hell, just the website is great. You can download the theme song which is a Kosher spin on the Shaft theme and is even sung by Isaac Hayes. Plus, you can play Gentile Invaders, an online version of the classic Atari game Space Invaders in which you are a menorah firing at enemy ships that fire crosses and Nazi swastikas at you. Instead of scoring normal points, you are rewarded with matzo balls. Check out the site at www.thehebrewhammer.com.
Wednesday, 7 July 2004: Okay, so we're now 0-2. At least, insofar as Cubs games that Katie and I have attended. We didn't go to any games last season, but we went to one the year before that, I believe, the Cubs lost as well.
I don't feel entirely bad, though, because apparently Katie's brother has attended nothing but losses by the Cubs over the course of the last several years. Some people might tack the word "jinx" to this phenomenon. I am one such person. Scott, you jinx.
Tuesday, 6 July 2004: I still find it odd that in order to see the Cubs play live this year, Katie and I must travel out of town. Tonight is the second of two games we have tickets for. Yep, Katie and I are leaving work a little early so we can head up to Milwaukee with her brothers and our friend Tim (the one from Washington, D.C.) to see the Cubbies take on the Brewers at Miller Park.
Go Cubs and go Prior!
Monday, 5 July 2004: Payback's a bitch, ain't it? One of the members of my gym, who knows I am a Cubs fan (he's a White Sox fan), came up to me last week and asked me, "what happened to your Cubs?" For those not in the know, this was in reference to the fact that in the first of two crosstown showdowns between the Cubs and Sox, the Cubbies only won one game. Well, in the second and final showdown, the Cubs swept the Sox.
Sunday, 4 July 2004: Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow U.S.ians (the reason I don't use "Americans" is a long one and I don't feel like getting into it here and now).
This is easily Katie's and my favorite holiday to spend together. We love sitting out and watching the fireworks explode in the sky above us. No matter how old I am, I act like a little kid when I see those giant blooms of light overhead. I love it.
And, this year, I got pictures of it. I used the new digicam to nab several snapshots of the display at Naperville's Ribfest. Pretty good shots that I'll post soon. Even took a short video which I'm debating posting because of the file size. I may try to edit it down and see what I can do from there.