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February 25, 2006

Mellon Financial Sucks

Mellon Financial Sucks. After exercising my stock options, they went ahead and processed the options in a manner that I had not elected. They give no contact information for the people who are "looking into" the problem. It takes 2 hours on hold to get a real live person who can't really help unless they place you on hold. If you have any ablility in avoiding Mellon as broker or place of business please put in as little money as possible to them.

February 20, 2006

Everyday To Do List

Simple Instructions to follow on a daily basis:

1. Review yesterday.
2. Make someone happy.
3. Brainstorm.
4. Make a new friend.
5. Give something away.
6. Learn something.
7. Invest in yourself.
8. Invest in a partner (spouse, family, friend).
9. Surprise yourself.
10. Plan for tomorrow.

Tough questions and President's Day Recap

First off, huge wins over ranked teams in two days for the program. We're dancing with that resume. Freezing cold here in Boston leaves plenty of time for filing tax returns.

As for the questions:

1. If you could go back and relive one moment or day from your life, without changing anything, what would you re-experience? A very tough question. Probably out on vacation hiking in the Grand Canyon. Snowboarding out in Utah. Floating in a lake back home. College graduation. Times with family riding horses.

2. If you could witness a moment in history, again without changing anything, what would you want to see? The fall of the Berlin wall. Another tough question where events take place that I would like to see, but not being able to change anything that happens.

3. If you could talk to a younger version of yourself, what age would you visit and what message would you give? 8th Grade graduation with a little bit of advice as to what to expect and challenge for High School and college.

4. If you could choose one moment that would be guaranteed to happen in your future, what would it be and when would it happen? Nothing in life is guaranteed, but having successful grand kids travel along my world tour. Some time within the next 30 years.

5. Pretend you left a time capsule for yourself 5, 10, 15, 20 or more years ago. You just opened it. What three things from your past are you now holding and what age were you when you buried them? TBD. I'll have to give some thought to the items I want buried.

February 17, 2006

Are you more part 2 today

01) One who thinks aging makes one look distinguished or one who thinks aging makes one look just plain old?
You just look old.

02) A tabloid multi-issue celeb story follower (Brangelina, for example) or a person who thinks thereís nothing stupider at the checkout line at the supermarket than that?

There are things stupider that tabloid stories. There might be, but the tabloids have to be near the top.

03) Someone who likes English the way it is or someone who would prefer it if English were spelled foe-neh-tik-lee?
English is OK the way it is.

04) A full nightís sleep sleeper or a grab as many hours as I can sleeper?
Pretty much grab as many hours as I can.

05) Thinking you have some (even only slight) psychic abilities or thinking you have absolutely no psychic abilities?
I have some psychic abilities, but nothing that could be said I'm a psychic and open my own scam shop.

06) A lover of chicken dishes at a chinese restaurant or a lover of noodle dishes at a chinese restaurant?

Chicken.

07) Loving this yearís American Idol or sick to death of the whole American Idol thing?
Death to the whole American Idol. Wasn't that 1999's show?

08) Wishing you were smarter or wishing you were much better at dealing with other people?
Better at dealing with other people.

09) Attracted to people for their physical attributes or attracted to people for their personality attributes?
Personality.

10) Thinking schools should get back to the basics or thinking schools need to expand their curriculum? Get back to the basics.

Are you more more updates

Made it back from New Jersey for the Marquette/Rutgers game this past Sunday. No 20 inches of snowfall was going to keep us from the game. Not the result I was looking for but a good game none the less. An eventful bus trip down with stops every 20 minutes due to the Greyhound bus overheating. Not the way to be making your first trip from Boston.

Marquette did bounce back on National Marquette day against Georgetown. Defeating another ranked team helps build the resume for the NCAA's so we'll see how they fair against another Big East heavy weight in Pittsburgh.

Change in the crazy winter/spring/winter/fall/summer/winter/spring/winter/spring/winter/spring/winter weather here in Boston. Now a small wind gust of 60mph makes it a pleasant day.

Are you more:

01) Heat-based fat-loss body pads or electricity-based muscle-gain body pads?
Electricity based muscle gain pads although I wouldn't use either.

02) Jar-Jar Binks or Jabba the Hutt?
Jabba the Hutt. Jar-Jar should have hit the editing room trash bin.

03) Warm, slushy winter or cold, snowy winter?
Cold, snowy winter and then a trip down the mountains.

04) One who thinks hardcore B&D can truly be consensual or one who think hardcore B&D canít really be consensual?
It can't be consensual.

05) Preferring of the smell of flowers or preferring of the smell of fruit?
I prefer the smell of fruit.

06) And impenetrable wall or a moving target?
A moving target. Always avoid getting hit rather than thinking of defense.

07) One who listens to your own little inner voice or one who doesnít listen and/or doesnít think you have one?
I listen, but my inner voice isnít strong enough.

08) An overt pleasure seeker or one who takes whatever pleasure comes your way in stride?
Iíll take whatever pleasure comes my way and take it in stride.

09) An overt pain avoider or one who takes whatever (regular sized) pain comes your way in stride?
I try to avoid pain. No need for the hospital bills.

10) Wishing you were some other age than the one you are or comfortable and content with the age you are?
Younger, but my age doesn't really bother me.

February 05, 2006

Are you more sports superbowl and more

Are you more...

01) One who will buy twice as much discount beer/wine/liquor or one who will buy half as much premium beer/wine/liquor? Buy half as much premium beer.

02) A fan of self-help books or a person who thinks most of the self-help industry is based on scamming? Scammiing is more like it.

03) A meeting lover or a meeting hater? A meeting hater.

04) Hockey or soccer? Soccer. World Cup!

05) Basketball or football? Football.

06) Baseball or golf? Baseball.

07) Golf driving range or batting cage? Golf driving range.

08) Potentially disapproving of a person's lifestyle or potentially disapproving of a person's attitude? Disaproving of a person's lifestyle.

09) The funniest among your immediate family or the craftiest? Maybe the funniest, but doubtful.

10) Apt to disbelieve a politician until they prove themselves truthful or apt to believe a politician until they prove themselves untruthful? Apt to disbelieve a politician untile they prove themselves truthful. One thing the US Government is known for is attracting corrupt figure heads.

Would you rather...
bungee jump off a tall bridge OR go cliff-diving in acapulco? Cliff diving in Acapulco.

come home to find your house/apartment/etc burned down OR burglarized? Burglarized. I've already had that happen. Wouldn't want to lose it all with a fire though. Just take the items for your drug habit.

invent a new form of renewable energy OR a cure for cancer? Renewable energy.

drink a half-gallon of lemon juice in one sitting OR a cup of worscheshire sauce? Half gallon of lemon juice. Seems you add some sugar and you get lemon ade.

Super Bowl XL picks: Pittsburgh 34- Seattle 24. Good for the squares I have too :)

Act II was a disappointment along with some of the craps playing. That's why they call it gabeling though. Stayed out way later than I was expecting or hoping for.

Marquette leading Villanova and narrowly pulling off two ranked team road upsets has to count for something. Tough to play that well in that environment and come up short. Hopefully these close losses account for something.