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July 16, 2002

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
-Winston Churchill

"The important thing is not to stop questioning."
-Albert Einstein

"Cowards do not count in battle; they are there, but not in it."

Like an episode of Maury, I arrived home this morning to find "The Results Are In!" My fantasy football league draft turned out well for me. Landed DeShaun Foster, Chris Chambers, Darrell Jackson, Travis Henry, Kordell Stewart and Brett Conway. Rahul leapfrogged me in round 3 to snag Jeff Wilkins, but that's the breaks.

It was brought to my attention last night that people from work like to read these commentary pages I have up here. That's no surprise (especially when I see "" as the third-highest hostname for hits for this site for July 2002, only behind my webserver and Brook Gardiner's subdomain). But apparently at least some people, from what I've been told, use this as some sort of source for speculation about inside dirt and what not. Which seems pretty ridiculous to me, considering that I made a valiant effort to not talk about inside scoops on here. Believe me, it's not easy sometimes, but the fact that this is so accessable would make that a hazardous choice. 'Nuff said.

One thing worth talking about though is my work ID. The picture of me on there looks fine and all, except I'm making their Elvis Presley-esque sneer in the picture. Tough to explain without the visual, but it looks silly. But it should be enough to get into the emergency headquarters in case we have to move operations in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. Or to do official-type stuff (not that I'm out in the field much at all to actually need it, but still...)

Phil Donahue's new show on MSNBC debuted last night. I didn't see it, but I might have to tune in to see what his new product looks like. Trying to go up against Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel will be tough. Should be interesting to see how they've programmed it to draw a different audience.

Time's sneaking up on me. Going to New Orleans in a little more than two weeks. Phi Kappa Tau is having their every-other-year convention there this year. So when Jeff Werner e-mailed me about going there for it... well, who was I to say no? Will be a bit tricky trying to fit it into the span of a weekend (couldn't take an extra day off due to staffing at work), but hey it should be a killer time. The old crew down in the Big Easy in the French Quarter. My oh my. Will be interesting to see Bourbon Street outside the confines of Mardi Gras. Looking forward to it big-time. In the meantime, another Friday night party this week at the apartment complex. Can only imagine the adventures that will go down this month. Need to get ahold of Desi to see if he'll come out for that. He's been about impossible to track down lately. Surprised he no-showed Jeff Berardelli's party last Saturday.

On the music front, still digging the new Counting Crows CD. And Home Town Hero, too. Different styles, but both excellent. I need to hunt down the new RHCP and finally make a definitive decision for myself on it. Rod Baker gave negative reviews, but Carli and Josh both seem to love it, so... guess I need to find out for myself. Music is such a subjective thing sometimes. Like when I downloaded "Drinking In L.A." by Bran Van 3000 for Matt at MSU back in the fall of 2000 and got one those "uhhhhhhh" looks a la Beavis & Butt-head. But hey, to each his own, right?

My friend Melissa Foxx on Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando is in the running for the WOFL (Fox TV affiliate in Orlando) "Best Morning Personality" contest on -- go on and vote and show her some love. She has a two hour show that leads into Howard Stern on weekday mornings. Unfortunately with my schedule that's a decidely inconvienant time to listen (104.1 is at best a rimshot to Tampa on a good day, but they can be heard online). So go put her over right now and help her on that. Especially with that non-comm Christian Rock station clearly cheating to get to the top. Kind of ironic when you think about it...

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