Friday, October 01, 2004

Happy Friday!

Hope your weather is as nice as it is here right now in Southern Wisconsin! I have to admit the one thing I missed when I was in Colorado was autumn. But then November will come and I'll wish I was back there again!!

On a Personal note, home life is a little nicer with the addition of a couch and a new desk. Seems more like a dwelling now, than just a place to crash for the night.
Also I discovered that I have a little puppy instead of a kitty, when I caught my little fur ball drinking out of the toilet this morning, and then she looked at me as if she was saying "What?!?".

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Enough Already!
Depending on how frequent I actually write posts I think every now and then I will have to rant on a certain sports network. I don't want to mention any names because that would not be discreet but their intials are E S P N.
Both Sportscenter and their radio programs have been on the NFL's case on the handling of former player Pat Tillman, who left the NFL and joined the Army Rangers and was killed in Afghanistan earlier this year. I thought the NFL did a nice job of honoring Tillman at all stadiums in week two of the season with a moment of silence and all teams having a #40(his#) sticker on all helmets(his old team Arizona Cardinals will have the sticker all season). But that's not enough for ESPN, they have gone as far as to say the whole NFL season should be dedicated to him, or the 40 yard line on all fields should be a memorial, this from the network that has already televised his memorial, and when his flag draped coffin arrived home. My view on that is, if you do that for one fallen soldier, you HAVE to for everyone. Pat Tillman is not the only soldier who has died in this war, not the only to give up a career to do something he felt compelled to do, and I hope I'm not coming across as un-American when I say this, he is no more or less heroic for his sacrifice just because he once played in the NFL. One day they will make a memorial for the Gulf War, and all the names on there will be the same size, and should all be honored the same.
The problem that has arose is a former teamate Jake Plummer of the Denver Broncos wanted to keep the #40 sticker on his helmet. The NFL said no and if he did he would be fined. At first that seems kind of cruel, but the honoring as been done, and it's time to move on, which Plummer has agreed to do, and has said he will honor Tillman in other ways. I applaud Plummer for that, and it's time for ESPN to move on as well.
That's all I have for today, have a wonderful day,
Until next time,

Monday, September 27, 2004

Hello, and Happy Monday!

Not much going on today, just a couple things that caught my eye in the funny papers today.

Blast From the Past
This was on the bottom corner of the one of pages in the local paper here this morning, but I found it interesting with all the hurricanes in Florida this season, and now over the weekend over 10 earthquakes ranging from 2.0 to 2.8 at Mount St. Helens has prompted an alert status at the volcano. Now I'm not suggesting an apocalypse, just seems weird that's all, and to find it buried in the headlines. Since the weather channel had reporters at beaches saying "look at the rain!". Seemed like a volcano ready to explode, would be some reporters big chance. FULL STORY

I'm trying to stay away from corny things like "Link of the Week", but I really am having a good time with this site Internet Archve. They have a whole bunch of public domain movies, music, and education programs. The Feature Film section has a ton of old movies that you can stream or download. Most of them are in the "so bad" their good category, but you come across a gem every now and then. My favorite so far is Love Island with a young Eva Gabor. I laughed real hard throughout this one. My buddies and I could make a better picture.
Like I said, they're not all bad and the #1 download in that category is the old animated Gulliver's Travels! So check it out, and if anyone knows of other sites like this please let me know at the radioaffliction Tell Us What You Think! page.
Well that's all I have for today, enjoy your Monday
Until next time,

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Good Morning!
And Happy Saturday to you. The weekend is here, and I'm back in my office for what should be another busy yet productive day.

Question of the Day?
It's Yom Kippur! For those of us who are not Jewish, can we use this day has a holy day? Besides fasting for 25 hours after sunset yesterday, in what other ways can we participate? Just asking because I'm sure that Jewish people in some form participate in at least one Christmas activity, not neccesarily because they want to, but because the "so called" Christians stuff it in their face. Even if they don't want to acknowledge it by saying "Merry Christmas", you still are, even by saying "Happy Holiday's!", because which Holiday are you referring to, and when do you ever use such a phrase?(You don't say Happy Holiday's on Presidents Day do you!)
Well anyway, however you celebrate or worship Yom Kippur, enjoy the releasing of your sins. I have to admit that 25 hours straight is better than 1 day a week for 8 weeks(or however long Lent is)!

Moving on, one of the big deals this week in Madison was the standing in lines at the Kohl Center for the seating arrangements for Hockey tickets. Yes that's right folks, nearly camping out, standing in line for hours and hours for tickets they already had, just to find out where they're going to sit. For Hockey. COLLEGE HOCKEY!
Granted that maybe the only hockey there is this year, but doesn't the laundry need to be done, or I don't know maybe CLASS!!

What would the weekend be without sports, and one of the ways I prepare for my Sunday football, is looking at the Friday USA TODAY and going over the football previews and seeing what games get which announcers. This is very important, almost as important as the game itself. Now in my case for the Packers game, we will have the #1 team from FOX of Joe Buck, Chris Collinsworth, and Troy Aikman. The importance of this is, this should be a game between two good teams, The Packers and the Colts. However if things happen to go wrong in my case, at least there is good announcers to enjoy. Having a bad game and bad announcers is like a double whammy, unless you know ahead of time the game is going to be bad(another reason why I look at the previews). The point I'm really trying to get at here, is that the announcers should fit the matchup. In this example FOX did a good job.
CBS is been having a tougher time with their #1 crew of Jim Nantz,Phil Simms and Bonnie Bernstein(Please Marry Me). Last week they had the Cleveland Browns at the Dallas Cowboys. Not saying these are bad teams, it's just not a marquee match up for a talented crew, and quite frankly it was a horrible game. This week the #1 crew gets those same Browns again at the New York Giants!?! So I'm left to ask why this is the #1 game of the week for CBS!!!!!!
I went through my little preview on the USA TODAY and found four games that were better match ups and better for the sanity of poor Mr.Nantz, Simms and Ms. Bernstein(meet me in Vegas). Even the match up of (0-2)Houston and (0-2)Kansas City is better, San Diego at Denver, Baltimore at Cincinnati(although this is almost even with Browns/Giants) and HELLO Jacksonville (2-0) at Tennessee (1-1)!!!!! A division rival and possible playoff match up. So by CBS thinking, the Browns/Giants is a possible Super Bowl match up???????
Well those are my thoughts for today, if you are celebrating Yom Kippur, hang in there you almost done.
Until next time,

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Hello, I'm putting this back up again. I apologize for not updating this in almost a year, but thanks to those who have checked it out in the past.

So I will try at least to do one daily blog.
Today I'm feeling a little under the weather, but forging ahead anyway.
One thing that I found interesting today while I was paying one of my bills, and I caught it right at the last second, it said please mail payment 7 days prior to due date. Well why isn't that the due date then!

Well if you are a sports fan, this is one of the big weekends(aside from Super Bowl Weekend) with the start of the NCAA Basketball tournament. Every year when this starts, and everyone talks, and fills in their brackets. I keep thinking how much we're missing the boat, and how huge a college football tournament would be!

I had a rather fun experience around the house yesterday, cleaning my carpets! I borrowed one of these Little Green Machines. It's meant has a spot cleaner, but I was having so much fun, I walked around saying "Hey, that needs cleaning!"

Oh well that's the report for now,
Have a great day,
Peter A. Clay

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