Monday, July 17, 2006

I've got five on it

You've got to go to over to and check out the clip of the "candid, open, uncensored" conversation between Bush and Blair at the G8 summit. For those of you who live under a rock or have a strict IT policy, Bush and Blair were having what they thought was a private conversation... cameras were rolling, but the mics were supposed to be off. In the conversation, Bush says "...See the irony is what they need to do is get Syria to get Hezbollah to stop doing this shit and it's over." I've put the word shit in a font face because shit is such a bad word. Bad, awful.

Come on, he's the leader of the free world (and a former baseball team owner) - do people honestly think that he never uses "colorful" language when speaking to other world leaders? I can't stand the coverage of this because it reminds me how damn puritanical the U.S. still is. I wish he had have dropped "the f-bomb" during the conversation - now that would have been awesome. Even better would have been if he paraphrased Samuel L. Jackson's line from "Snakes on a Plane" and said "...what they need to do is get mother fucking Hezbollah out of mother fucking Lebanon....". Now that would have been awesome. It would be more awesome if Samuel L. Jackson was president.

It reminds me - although how I don't know - of a conversation I had once in Fort Myers. I was having dinner with Quack and Pat - they were still in grad school at Florida Golf Coast University, and I had come over for some reason. It was probably to go to the Fort Myers Ale House for chicken wings and five for $5 Bud Lights. Oh how I miss five for $5. We're having dinner and we're talking about work, and one thing leads to another and we start discussing the advantages and disadvantages of FedEx vs. UPS. Seriously. About ten minutes into this conversation, Pat breaks in and remarks - "You know what the problem is - we used to talk about fucking, and now we're talking about FedEx..." It was a sobering moment - although once again, i'm not sure why. It could have been because it was one of the first moments that I realized we were all really out of university and working in the real world. But that is garbage - it was funny and memorable because both subjects of that sentence start with the letter F - and that is just funny. It wouldn't have been nearly as funny as if he had of used UPS or DHL. That just goes to show you, throwing in a curse word every now and then can be funny.


Friday, July 14, 2006


Originally uploaded by johnkin79.
My brother is a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia. Everytime I call him, he's in a bar or a club or at a party. Ritchie has an amazing knack for finding a party to go to - it's an amazing gift - and I'm truly jealous of it. Not that i'm a party slouch or something - I do have low grade narcolepsy, but i'm still a partier. He just puts me to shame.

I could shame him now by telling the story of how an Indian dinner didn't agree with him and we had to miss a frosh-week party in Madison, but that would just be mean.

Here's a link to his Flickr page.


I'm on the phone with my brother right now. He's at a store buying beer, and then going over to a friend's apartment for a party. I'm really the pot calling the kettle black when I make comments about his partying habits. But who are you to judge me?!?!?

Monday, July 10, 2006

Immigration Threat

DMick sent this over -

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

My 3rd Canada Day

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Originally uploaded by alexkinsella64.
Technically, this is only my second Canada Day. I was in Maui on Canada Day 2004. I only mention that I was in Maui - well, because it's Hawai'i and i'm obsessed with Hawai'i. That's not the point, the point is - Canada Day is not just one day - it's an entire weekend - or as they call it here in Canada, a long weekend. While my fellow Americans had to go to work on Monday - my fellow Canadians enjoyed it off relaxing at their cottages or doing yard work.....and Canada Day was July 1st - a Saturday. How is this possible you ask? Well, in Canada, they are so efficient that they always take a Monday off for national holidays - and if the holiday doesn't fall on a Monday, they just pick the closest calendar Monday and take it off.

It's fantastic. So here are some shots from the weekend - check 'em out.