Sunday, March 30, 2008

Diet Mountain Dew Commercial: The Chainsaw Attacking Ferret

I don't know exactly why I think the Diet Mountain Dew commercial with the chainsaw wielding ferret is so funny, but I do. There needs to be more humor focused around the ferret, don't you think?

Play the commercial at your own leisure. That is one wild ferret!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Are You Tuned In To The Music Being Played Everywhere You Go?

Everywhere I go I can't help but hear and really pay attention to the music that is playing over the sound system in any and every store or restaurant. Not only that but I have an ability to remember the artist of practically every song I've ever heard. The bad part is that I have a bad habit of telling whoever I am with who the singer or group that is responsible for the music we are hearing. What makes it worse is that I seem to be the only one who pays any attention to the music. This goes for muzak too (you know the instrumental elevator music).

So like even today I'm throwing out "oh, that's Aerosmith" and then four minutes later "there's Elvis Costello, I don't like him". I forgot to mention that what adds to the curse is that I seem to even remember the artists that I don't even like. It doesn't matter the genre of music. If I've ever heard the singer perform anything before I'll always remember them forever.

I seem to really annoy my coworkers with this when we are out at lunch. I get a lot of "how do you remember this stuff?" I don't know. I think a relative was cursed by gypsies. This week there was songs by Billy Ocean, the Beatles, Bad Company, Modern English and countless others.

So if are out somewhere and happen to see a curious young man wincing it might just be me being the only one in the store hearing the Celine Dion wailing from the store speakers.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has been a staple in China for centuries. They may no have known all of the specific health benefits of drinking it, but they must have known something was good about it. The western hemisphere is now finding out about it. Green tea is now being sold at grocery stores everywhere. There are also all different brands on the market. You can choose from Chinese brands to even Lipton or Kroger brands.

Green tea gets its color from its very short fermentation process of the Camellia sinensis leaves. Green tea is very high in flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants that protect us from free radicals. These free radicals can damage cells and cause diseases including Diabetes and cancer.

Some health benefits of green tea:
• Raises metabolism levels
• Strengthens the immune system
• Lowers the risk of developing Diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and heart disease
• Helps regulate blood sugar levels
• Helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels

I believe I have benefited from drinking green tea. I only drink one cup of Lipton Decaffeinated Green Tea a day and I can definitely tell a difference. My metabolism has increased and my cholesterol levels have decreased. Here’s to discovering a simple way to be healthier in addition to a good diet and exercise.

It is recommended to drink up to 4 cups of green tea a day. It may seem to be a little more bitter than other teas so add a little sweetener if desired.
Drink to your health.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My 2008 NCAA Tournament Bracket

My Kentucky Wildcats are out, but my bracket is still alive.

This is my NCAA bracket at Yahoo! that is doing the best for me right now. It is 36 out of 48.
Not too shabby after all of the weird stuff going on in this tournament. Thanks to Duke for losing to West Virginia in the second round just as I predicted.

Come on Wisconsin, Tennessee, Stanford, Xavier and especially Villanova. Help me out one time! Good luck to everyone. This next 2 rounds ought to be interesting. We'll see who makes the Final 4.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Drat! Kentucky is out of the NCAA Tournament

I took a half day and went to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the NCAA games after noon. The Xavier/Georgia game was good with Xavier winning that one.

The UK game was rough much of the time. Billy Gillispie let Crawford do whatever he wanted in the game. I think he took a shot on every possession. He ended up with 35 points, but we made too many bone head plays so we lost to Marquette 74-66.

Well, Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley are gone but hopefully Patrick Patterson will be back next season and we'll be OK. Let's cross our fingers for that. Until next season . . .

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Boom! Amanda is Finally Voted Off American Idol

The "rocker" who would finish fourth out of five in a high school talent contest is finally out of American Idol. Hoorah!! Even couldn't save the nurse/biker who somehow thinks that the term "karaoke" is Latin for "great singer/entertainer". She was terrible!! I thank all of the millions of people like me who didn't pick up the phone and dial her number. Thank you!

Alas, she just missed being on the American Idol Tour. That's a real shame (he types sarcastically). Even Simon doesn't like you anymore. See ya bye!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Hooray! Kentucky Wildcats Get Into The NCAA Tournament

I was actually a little surprised that we (UK) got into the tournament this year. After losing in the first round of the SEC Tournament to Georgia I thought we were done. On top of that Georgia wins the SEC Tourney and then a few minutes into Selection Sunday I see that they let Arkansas in. I was saying to myself there is no way that they are going to have 6 SEC teams into the Tourney. But, thank goodness they did.

We are playing Marquette in this first round on Thursday in Anaheim, California. It is going to be a very tough game for UK. Cross your fingers that we make it the second round.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Book Review: Playing For Pizza by John Grisham

On my quest to read every John Grisham novel I picked up and read Playing For Pizza. Whether good or bad, it is not another one of his legal thrillers. It is the story of third-string Cleveland Browns quarterback Rick Dockery who after failing as an NFL quarterback has to settle on playing football in Parma, Italy.

He is thrust into the new culture and has to adjust to many new things, including a lot less pay. His new teammates and the game of football are pretty different from the NFL . They do have a SuperBowl in Italy, though. They also have great food and wine, which he definitely takes a liking for. He also finds out what he can still do for a team when depended on.

Playing For Pizza is a decent little yarn that is interesting if you are into Italy, like myself. If you like Grisham's style of writing, you'll recognize it here (e.g. his quaint little conversations, the fun characters and his flow of action). A short book that you could probably kick out in no time. A good read for when you are stressed and don't want to think too much. Happy reading.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Snow of March '08 in Kentucky

WOW! 11 inches of snow. We are not used to this. This is the most snow in 10 years!

I wasn't looking forward to clearing off the driveway with my little trusty snow shovel. I tried to start slow, but in no time I was working too fast and I was already aching.

I was only 15 minutes into it when "the greatest neighbor in the world" came over and started to clear off my driveway with his snow blower. How great is that!? Snow blowers are fantastic. He did the same thing four years ago.
So barely an hour later he and I (well, I sort of helped) cleared the entire driveway front, side and back. Now that is a great neighbor. If everyone had neighbors like him. I see another gift card in his future. Here's to all of the friendly, responsible and considerate neighbors out there. You know being nice doesn't cost extra.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

My YouTube Videos

I currently I have 2 videos on YouTube.

To see them, go to my YouTube website

One of them is this cartoon I made almost 10 years ago with a webcam I had. I just had to make an homage to Kilroy.