offical Blog of the Liger

Thursday, August 05, 2004


You can’t life in the GBA for more than a month and not hear about Speidees. I grew up 2 hours west of here and I had never heard of them, but they are the staple of everyone diet here in the GBA. If you life here I would say on average you eat ten spediees a year. There are 2 different chain restaurants that sell nothing but different kids of spied dies. Now you are probably wondering what a spiedee is. Seventy-five percent of speidees are made with chicken, but any meat can work. I prefer lamb. You take the meat and marinate it in spiedee sauce for a day and then you grill. It is then eaten on a roll with no toppings. I know it sounds stupid, and it is, but it is huge around here. I have not even told you the best part. From what I can tell Spiedee sauce is nothing more than glorified Italian dressing. This coming weekend is the Speidee fest and balloon rally. It is the biggest annual event in the GBA. Rupert from survivor is coming and Kimberly Locke who was on the 2nd season of American Idol is performing. In six years here I have gone twice. I think it sucks. The last time I went was two years ago. The balloons had long since left the area. There was no beer tent. It was just different venders cooking spiedees, my fiends and I paid $10 each to get it. The music was awful. I think they had Loverboy on stage. We tried to get our money back but it was no avail. I will not be attending this year as well. I am actually going to Canandaigua Lake for Stone Throw on Friday night.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004


Ten years ago this day I had about 3 weeks left of basic training in the Army. The one thing I dislike then about it is the one thing I wished I could have back. In nine weeks I never read one newspaper never saw a television program. There was no outside world. The only contact I had where the letters from my parents and my girlfriends. (Yes, I meant it plural. That is a story for another time.) They never talked about the news and only really gave me updates as to what was going on in their lives. I wished I had kept those letters. The point is I now sit in front of a computer all day reading news and blogs. The first thing I do when I get up is watch the news, the last thing I do is watch the news. If I try to avoid those, I turn it to MTV and have Puffydaddy telling people to Vote or Die. First of all I hate the whole its your responsibility to vote. There are some people who should not vote, they are to stupid. Remember the 80’s when musicians did something constructive when they wanted to make a difference. “WE ARE THE WORLD” and “BAND AID”. Now because they put out albums and have concerts to try and discredit the President. I hate country music, but I kind of dug the Dixie Chicks. If Natilie Maines was standing here next to me now, I would spit on her. If I lived in Texas I would be embarrassed that she was from there. I won’t even talk about Springsteen; he still thinks its 1984. I have pay respect to the band OTEP. They finally found a gimmick to make themselves well known and to sell records. I had actually heard of OTEP before MTV2 and Fuse started showing their ‘Warhead” Video. I can’t really understand what they are saying in the lyrics but the video show Dubya with hooks for hands and oil pumps. It is pretty easy to insinuate the message they are trying to get across. I just want to go back the days where I had no news to get me all worked up and two girlfriends. Is that two much to ask?


The GBA is separated by two rivers that converge in downtown Binghamton, the Chenango and the Susquehanna. The Chenango is not that large and does not really separate that much of the city. The Susquehanna does. There are three bridges that cross the river. The bridge I take to get to work was shut down for traffic coming from my direction this morning. You would think that they might have a sign that says “hey, Floral Ave to 201 south is closed for such and such days please plan your day accordingly”. There is no sign. I literally ended up driving 10 miles out of my way to get to work. I could have gone on the main detour but I would have been at least an hour late for work. I am glad the road work is getting done because it will save time in the long run. I am just asking for a sign. The state is spending $20 million to get rid of the traffic circle that connects this bridge to the GBA, they can’t afford a sign.

Monday, August 02, 2004

sleep and washing dishes

Winter is officially here. Today my office reverts back to winter hours. I have been working from 8:30 till 5 every day. Now I am start work at 9:00 and work will 5:30. The strange thing is I felt I would have a difficult time making the transition back to these hours. I tend to get up between 6:30 and 7:00 every day of the week no matter what time I stay up to. I actually slept till 8:00 this morning, fifteen minutes before I actually needed to be up to get ready and make it to work in time.

I nearly sent my self to the emergency room last night. I was washing dishes and I was trying to get to the bottom of the glass. My hand just would not fit. The glass shattered and there was blood everywhere. I did not need stitches, but I did take a chunk of skin of my right ring finger. There are three hospitals in the GBA and I have done the tour of the emergency facilities. There is General Hospital witch I have had the pleasure of visiting twice both times to get stitches. The facilities are adequate. This would be my choice. Where I live all 3 are about equal distance from me. Then there is Lourdes. I also have been there for stitches. This is the nicest looking of the hospital. I just did not get the attention there that I thought I should get since I thought I was bleeding to death. The last is Wilson Hospital. I will never go there again. I severely sprained my ankle and went there. They put me in wheel chair and took some x-rays. They then put me in a room. By myself and told me to wait there. I ended up falling asleep. I woke up 45 minutes later and after a few minutes realized I had been sleeping for 45 minutes. It was hard to get mad because I had fallen asleep, but they had totally forgotten about me. They told me there had been a shift change. I got help immediately. (I guess if I was a democrat I would have thought to sue the hospital at the time.) I will never go back there for that reason.