Saturday, October 11, 2008

Eddie asked if anything was up with me since June. Truth be told, the past 4 months were marked by protracted periods of profound boredom, interrupted by some seminal events and the realization of long anticipated achievements:

1) I attended my sister's wedding in Vancouver. For the record, whoever is in charge of Vancouver's transportation planning division needs to be executed, slowly...

2) I visited my brother-in-law's new digs in Seattle. Now I have to listen to my wife's incessant pleas to sell everything and just move up there because she's a water person, pronto.

3) I attended my grad school ceremony at The University of Phoenix football stadium and listened to Stedman Graham give the keynote address. Who knew Oprah's concubine was also a motivational speaker? See more of Stedman here.

4) I took the American citizenship oath, along with 1700 other immigrants from 107 countries in the largest naturalization ceremony in Arizona history. Yes, it was promptly followed by a sing-a-long to Lee Greenwood's Proud to be an American. I think even natural-born Americans would have found this to be over the top, but nobody seemed to mind in the least.

5) I registered to vote as a Republican. Alas, my ballot will probably be for naught, as an ObaMarxist White House and an emboldened Democrat Congress appear ever more likely with each passing day.

6) I went through a brief bout of mild depression as I came to realize that not only do I hate my job, but the entire technology field I've built my career upon for the past decade as well. If it wasn't for the decent paycheck, I would have chucked it all and embarked on a 3 month roadtrip by now.

7) I witnessed my adopted country lurch disturbingly towards socialism as its leaders passed historic financial "bailout" legislation to avert an economic meltdown. I can feel a slight whirring vibration as many dead Austrian economists spin in their graves.

8) I continue to root on Harper's Conservative Party of Cuba North as it systematically destroys the once venerable Liberal Party under the leadership of a feckless and incomprehensible Stephane Dion. Though a Harper majority may be barely out of reach next Tuesday, I think it's safe to say Dion's political career will be officially over.

9) I watched many movies since June, practically all of the new ones. Most of them were crap, but the trailers were awesome. Case in point, the Coen's Brothers' Burn After Reading had an awesome trailer, which featured a couple of cool tracks (check out Elbow's Grounds for Divorce). The movie was only so-so, just like the overrated No Country for Old Men. I've come to the conclusion that a great trailer can make for a decent opening weekend, even if the film is awful. The moral? Check out TrailerAddict.com before going to the theatre on a whim and judge the clips critically.

12 Comments:

At 10/15/2008 2:22 PM, Anonymous Canuckguy said...

So what is the housing situation in your neighborhood, any foreclosures on your street?

 
At 10/15/2008 5:26 PM, Blogger Ace said...

There are a couple of them in my neighborhood, clearly the result of people who bought at the top of the market with bad credit and no money down. One wasn't a surprise: guy murdered his estranged wife and then shot himself in the driveway last year. House was vacant after that. I assume nobody was paying the bills.

 
At 10/18/2008 7:19 AM, Blogger goooooood girl said...

Very fine......

 
At 10/24/2008 1:49 PM, Anonymous Eddie said...

Ace, I felt the same way about that bailout BS. Funny thing, my wife thinks she is a "water person" as well. We lived in Milwaukee and visited the water perhaps once on Lake Michigan, yet somehow this classifies her as a water person?

Thank God I now live in TN, which won't be voting for Barry Hussein Osama.

Welcome to the party!

 
At 12/12/2008 4:28 PM, Anonymous Eddie said...

Have you ever shopped at Aldi before? I am going to shop there on Saturday for the first time ever.

 
At 12/19/2008 9:28 AM, Anonymous Eddie said...

Ace,

Unfortunately they don't have them where you live in Arizona YET, but perhaps you shopped at one in Canada. I recently shopped at Aldi and loved it. Great food, cheapest prices ever (including Costco and walmart) and great quality produce.

Contrary to my perception, there were no bums or group home people when I went there, either. Just thought I would brag. Who can argue with a bag of baby carrots for 99 cents?

 
At 12/19/2008 9:08 PM, Blogger Ace said...

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At 12/19/2008 9:09 PM, Blogger Ace said...

I've never been to one in either country. In fact, I've never heard of it until you mentioned it.

What do beets go for at Aldi?

 
At 1/08/2009 9:30 AM, Anonymous Eddie said...

Aldi is a dirt cheap "hard discount" grocer, a very small store warehouse style. They are decently cheaper than walmart. Sorry to bother you, but I have been recently introduced to them. I am not sure what beets go for, but their prices are dirt cheap.

You can look them up on wikipedia. I am sure they will be coming to Arizona in a few years, as they are now opening up in Texas in a systematic way.

I digress.

 
At 3/30/2009 11:50 AM, Anonymous Eddie said...

We need some more posts here.

 
At 4/10/2009 7:09 PM, Blogger Ace said...

Yeah, I know. It's been six months. I've been mostly doing facebook since then, but I really should get down to some real writing.

 
At 5/19/2009 9:45 AM, Anonymous Eddie said...

My wife is big into facebook. I am too lazy to set up my own page so occasionally I just read her's. Her's is more interesting anyway since she has all girlfriends and I can see their bikini "pics" that they post on their home pages.

 

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