Monthly Archives: March 2008

Soda Jerk

I thought that I would post an article from the Jessamine Journal about Tastebuds.  Neat little article for my family and friends to read about. 

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My NCAA Tourney Bracket

I believe that those people in leadership have a responsbility to be transparant with how they live their life, so after the remarkable success of my “How to pick a winning NCAA Tournament Bracket.” with 300 people viewing that blog on Tues. night and Wed, alone.  Here are my picks for the Tourney. 

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Keeping Updated with March Madness

One of the worst things about March Madness is that it is not an official national holiday.  Most of us have to work, go to school, or go to church (it is holy week and all) during this most important of sporting events.  So, for those of you who do not have the luxury of being seated on the couch for about 40+ hours over the weekend for all the games, here are some tips to keep updated with the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading

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How to pick a winning NCAA Tournament bracket.

It is the ultimate activity for bragging rights, the NCAA Tourney.  Whether you are male or female, young or old, spend hours picking your brackets or chose your teams by who would win a fight between the mascots, if so don’t pick the Eagles from ORU, anyone can fill out a bracket and have a chance to win.  In fact, a couple of years ago the winner who predicted George Mason to go to the Final Four did so because he thought they were George Washington.  So it is not rocket science.  It actually cannot be reduced down to a science, but there are some general principles that will help you win your bracket pool.  This is last year’s version, to read this year’s version click here.

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An Ode to Favre

Brett Favre retired.  About 10 years ago, I thought that the day that Favre retired would be a day of rejoicing for me.  A bit of history is needed.  I hated Brett Favre.  He was a 49ers killer.  His career record against the 49ers as a starter just 11-1!!  That has to be the best record of any starting QB against the 49ers in their history.  My deepest hatred for Brett Favre occurred the weekend of my birthday in 1995, when he lead his upstart Packers to an upset of my beloved 49ers.  (No thanks to a fumble by Adam Walker, a name that lives in 49ers Hall of shame, on the 1st play of the game).  Anyway the Packers knocked the 49ers out of the playoffs in 95, 96, and 97.  So this play in the 98 playoffs is one of the sweetest plays in my lifetime. 

However, my hatred for Brett Favre began to fade as 1. I matured and 2. the 49ers struggled. This combination allowed me to get a better perspective on life, but also on being a fan.  With that new perspective, I came to respect Brett Favre as much as I respected any other player in the NFL.  He was a great paradox of a player.  he had a great love and passion for the game, but he also held his family in great esteem.  This example was most evidently seen in his legendary Monday Night Football game the day after his father died.  He was a fierce competitor who hated to lose, but he had an uncanny ability to keep a perspective on the game, and so he always played the game with a smile.  He is the NFL all-time leader in wins, TD passing, and TD yards, but he will not be remembered for his numbers, but for the say he played the game.  The way he played encouraged me to be in paradox, a passionate 49ers fan while having greatly respecting and (even rooting) for number 4.  So, thank you Brett for playing the game the way you are supposed to.  And after thinking of your 11-1 record against the 49ers.  I hate to see you leave, but I’m glad to watch you go.

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A “Free” Phone Line

When we moved to Kentucky, we decided that we were not going to have a home phone line.  We figured our cell phones would be good enough means for people to communicate with us.  But when they were putting in the internet, they “had” to set up a phone line for us, and they gave us a number and told us that we don’t have to pay for anything as long as we don’t call out.  All incoming calls are free.  I guess their definition of pay is strictly monetary because this “free” phone has been a headache.

It used to be exciting when the phone would ring, as I would wonder who was on the other side.  Sometimes it would be pretty easy to guess.  At 9:00 on Sunday night that was my Papa calling for his weekly visit with my Dad.  While we were living in Enid, if the phone rang on the line that my sister and I “shared” it would be Callie, her best friend.  I say “shared” because I got maybe 5% of the phone calls and was on there just 2% of the time. 

Sometimes you have those dreaded phone calls.  Living in a preacher’s house, there was great anxiety when the phone rang between 10 P.M. and 7 A.M.  I remember when my Grandmother was really sick, I knew that any time my mom called it could be the call.  I think we all have these sort of phone memories: some sweet, some sour, but all left a taste in our mouth.

So when we moved here, I thought that this phone would just be another phone like the many we have had before, allowing the locals to call us without dialing long distance.  But I was wrong.  Continue reading

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