Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Watch Jeopardy. Do it!

If you are a follower of the great rise of Ken Jennings --- perhaps you'll be interested to watch his mighty fall tonight. Where almost certainly he flubs it on purpose. If you'd like more information - I have it.

Stats of Mr. Jennings:
Earnings through Nov. 29

2,613: Correct Answers
2,848: Answers Attempted
-- Not Including 'Final Jeopardy!'

2,575: First Ring-ins
93: Category Sweeps

132: 'Daily Doubles' Correct
157: 'Daily Doubles' Attempted

51: 'Final Jeopardy!' Correct
74: 'Final Jeopardy!' Attempts

Monday, November 22, 2004

Minot Madness

So I am in quite the festive mood - I started working on my grandma's christmas present. This year she will be receiving a photo album of many many pictures of all the family as we have grown up over the last 20 years or so. It started out that this would be an easy, inexpensive gift... well - at least it is still easy. Several pictures to develop, the album, the scrapbooking goodness, adds up fast. But it is great fun, and I am sure that she'll cry and clearly that is the best sign of a good gift - making grandmas cry.

But back to the subject matter at hand... MINOT! Oh let me tell you - this place is almost as great as Calimesa! Yep - Britton might be the only one to get that reference, but that's about it - in a nut shell. The town itself has all the essentials, Target, Taco Bell & Tailgaters - Minot itself is a decent size, more so than I would have thought. However, where they are moving to, Bottineau, they have ONE "market" and 5 whole gas stations and ummm Mae's Beanie Baby Shop. Yep... I know.

It was nice- rather enjoyable visit... the actual purpose of dropping over $700 for a weekend trip was to close the house and help them move in, but instead we simply did a walk through. Why because Mellon Service Investors didn't sell the stock. Theoretically today after yelled and screamed to 7 different people (each one higher up than the previous one) the stock sold while we were on the phone. They will expedite the check. Written apologizes will be drafted. I will have daily updates on the status of the check being issued. (I can be scary when need be, clearly.)

So Minot was great - it was supposed to snow while I was there but I guess instead it decided to snow back in the 909 - yah, what the hell?! I just watched The Day After Tomorrow --- Maybe it's happening!!?!!! Or not.

Well anyway - a happy birthday to Leann. I am sorry I couldn't be there to par-ta' down... Congrats on debate - I heard you kicked a**

Monday, November 15, 2004

life's amusements

Can anyone believe that Christmas is so close? I mean, I can almost legitimately listen to Christmas music without being scoffed at. This month is half over, that is crazy. However, I am quite excited that I have a week and a half left of classes. It's been a rough semester, but guess what!! I HAVE ONE MORE SEMESTER LEFT... EVER!!!! Oh it's so happy.

Besides being elated that school being done is just around the corner... life is pretty uneventful. Loving Husband and Co. took mere hours to beat Halo 2 and were unimpressed with the outcome from what I have heard... which is quite unfortunate. Work and Loving Husband are getting along nicely. I am balancing well between school, work, and playing accountant/Realtor for my brother. So for all of you that are amused my brother's antics feel free to read on...

Latest Update:
First of all I have been selling stock so that my brother and his lovely wife can purchase their home outright. Well, in order to get the deed, you kinda need to have the check in hand. A tradeoff if you will. This makes sense to you, me, the Realtor, the lawyer, and anyone else besides my brother. The long and the short of it is that Mellon Investors Services screwed up royally and have YET to sell the stock as of 2:00 p.m. EST on Monday 11/15/04. We have invested in a $600 ticket for my lovely self to fly to Minot, ND on Thursday night to be there for the CLOSING (that lovely hand over the cash get the deed ceremony) Funny enough though, we don't have a check to hand to them!!!! Yay, pissed! So I had my words with good ol' Mellon employees for about an hour today... and then another hour spent explaining to my brother that, no we can't just move in and tell them we'll give them the check as soon as it gets here. So, yes I am indeed going to Minot on Thursday night and yes I will be there for a full business day and yes there is plenty of time to sign all documents. But no, we will not be doing anything productive regarding purchasing the house.

Besides the house, my little brother has also added to his family size. Now don't panic, no small children are on their way (that would have been a headline of the post, if that were the case.) However, the happy couple have invested in 4 more dogs in addition to the lovely Droopy, still featured as my icon. Yes, that is right, 4 more dogs. 2 short wire-haired weenier dogs named Jewel and Max (they are going to breed them so they can sell the pups and still afford to EAT!) 1 cocker spaniel named, what else, Lady. And finally 1 Golden Retriever pup named Claire. Yep, and they have 5 baby hamsters in addition to the already large populous of hamsters. So they aren't moving into a new home, they are moving into a zoo.

Well, that is about all as of late. I'm off to Minot on Thursday, and I am sure I'll have plenty of adventures to share when all is said and done with that. Shannon - what have you been up to?!

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Election is OVER

I must say I am pleased with the national results. Not only will we keep our president, we will also keep him free and clear of any legal mumbo jumbo. Thank GOD Kerry didn't feel the need to contest any state. Unfortunately there is about 48% of America out there that is pissed, sad or fearful for our country now that Bush has been confirmed for another 4 years. To those of you I say, it might suck from your point of view, but the best you can do is join the other 51% or lobby your congressman (at least that's what the persuase speech would tell you to do in debate.) We can hem and haw over the idiocies of the past four years - or we can look to the future. Give this man some credit and let him do the job that over half of America thinks he can do, has done, and will continue to do. I am not one for a political soap box so on the matter of the President, I am done.

On to the local... What the heck is with the Write-In winning??? Donna Frye -or Mickey Mouse- our Mayor. Interesting... Yep that's all I got there. Interesting. My favorite was that our Good Ol' Mayor thought it would be a good idea to give a "congratulatory me" speech - when the polls sat at 33%, 33%, 33%... guess he didn't want the speech to go to waste and that might have been the last time to use it. :)

Thanks to Britton for watching the polls come in till the wee hours over the WWW. It was pleasant even if his Independent views kept honing in on all the excitement. Er or something :) Go Nader!

One final thought on all of the elections: Prop 66. WHY WHY WHY? Working in the legal community and being immersed in it for the last three years I have to say that although the general principle behind this proposition was well founded. The wording of what has passed is a serious and detrimental blow to the legal system and the safety of our state. I agree that Three Strikes should have been changed, but not this way.

Ok that is all... no mas on the elections :) Just coy smiles here and there--