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Friday, August 13, 2004


My computer tried to kill it self yesterday. I am in the middle of reloading everything back on to it. I am stuck using this old thing I am on now. I will have some post on Monday. Hopefully everything will be back to normal. I do want to take this moment to curse out the NYDOT. IF YOU HAVE A DETOUR OFF BECAUSE YOU CLOSE THE THE PART OF THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE I NEED TO GET TO WORK AND THEN YOU CLOSE THAT DETOUR DOWN AND I HAVE DRIVE 20 MINUTES OUT OF MY WAY TO GET TO WORK, THEN YOU NEED TO TAKE THE SIGNS POINTING THE WAY TO THE FAKE DETOUR DOWN!!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2004


That summer before my sophomore year in high school I worked on my Uncle’s dairy farm and lived with my grandparents on the farm. In those days there was no Direct TV, so the only channels my grandparents got was CBS, ABC, and NBC affiliates from Buffalo. My grandmother, who was the greatest cook that ever lived, would always have dinner ready around 5:30. Evening chores usually started around 4:30 for me but I would run up from the barn to eat dinner every night. That whole summer during dinner my grandfather would watch the local news at 5:30. Everyday that summer all I heard about was ‘MISSION MINNIPOLIS’. That was the little logo Channel 7 gave the Bills on their mission to reach the Superbowl that year. All I heard about that summer was the Bills. I got no news about any other NFL team. I learned to hate the Bills that summer and in turn I hate the AFC. The real Superbowl is the NFC championship.

I started my sophomore year of High School and it was a great year. The Giants went 10-0 and then lost. I can not remember who they lost too, but I do remember the 49er’s went 10-0 and lost that Sunday also. They then meet on Monday night and the Giants lost. A few weeks later Simms got hurt, but Jeff Hostetler did an alright job. The Giants beat the 49er’s in the NFC championship with a last minute kick. I had watched that game on my friend Aaron’s house since my father is a Cowboys fan and I did not deal with that very well. Aaron and I were Ecstatic. We convinced his mother to hold a Superbowl party there for all his our friends. The Bills ended of course also making it to the Superbowl. The Superbowl that year was the greatest ever. We had about 20 kids at Aaron’s house. It was evenly divided between Bills fans and Giants fans. It was the best party I have ever been too, and there were not even any adult beverages. The Giants won when Scott Norwood missed. If the Giants never win another Superbowl in my lifetime, I will always have that moment.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004


Stone Throw was this past weekend. This is an annual event for my friends. Depending on how many people make it we usually have from seven to ten guys there. This year we had eight. One of my friends drove from DC just to participate. We drive up to my friend Tony’s cottage on the south end of Canandaigua Lake. Stone Throw is the greatest my favorite weekend of the whole year. I don’t even enjoy it as much as some of the guys who are married and have kids. This is there weekend away. There is not really much to tell about the weekend that most other people would not find boring. Friday night we just stayed up all night playing poker and drinking beer. I only ended up losing $20 for the whole weekend. It’s on Saturday that the real excitement begins for Stone Throw. A lot of people have water-skied or been on a tube behind a speedboat. A few years ago we decided to up the danger factor. We came up with tube wars. You pull two tubes behind a boat going around 20 to 25 MPH. You then try and knock the other person off their tube. There is no greater feeling than managing to board someone else’s tube and fight them off it at dangerous speeds. Imagine doing a belly flop into a pool. Then imagine you are moving at 20MPH while you do this and then over and over and over again. It is the only summer weekend all of are together at the same time. We do all get together the day after Thanksgiving for Howard Football. It was all over by Sunday morning. I had a two and half hour drive back to the GBA. My friend Tony had to drive back to DC that afternoon on mostly no sleep.

I actually will see everyone one there this year again before Howard Football. Since all of there will be at our friend Joe’s wedding in September. I was going to try and break that up since I and the rest of our friends can’t stand his fiancée and she has basically told all of us she hates us, but I got fitted and paid for my Tux on Friday before the Stone Throw so I am invested now.

Howard Football is older that the Stone Throw as far as traditions go. It has been around in some form for 15 years. Howard is exit 38 on Interstate 86. There is nothing in Howard. It just a Hamlet of about 40 houses bunched together. There is a church, a library, and a volunteer Fire Department. There is also a park with a good sized field. I live about a mile away and my friend Tony lives about a half a mile away. We went there one day just to throw the football around because it gave us a lot of open space. We eventually got 5 on 5 matches going full tackle except for the Quarterback. The two guys who play QB do so because they have both had knee surgery, so they can’t get hurt. The worst injury ever suffered was that of The Clone going down with a broken collarbone. The game has just grown over the years. Last year we had 30 people show up and in the beginning of November I will start getting phone calls from people to make sure it’s still on. This year the plan is to get jerseys made it enough people confirm before.

Monday, August 09, 2004


1. I have never voted for a Democrat in my life. I never have, but that does not mean that I would not. If it was for city council and I knew the person really well, I might vote for them.

2. I think my taxes are too high. Is there some that does not?

3. I supported Bill Clinton's impeachment. This is a tough Question. I support the idea behind it, but it did get a little crazy.

4. I voted for President Bush in 2000. No, I voted for Harry Browne who was the Libertarian candidate. I have always been a Republican. I live in New York, so I was under believe that my vote would not count. I think the Libertarians now have gone off the deep end. I will be voting for Bush

5. I am a gun owner. I have a few.

6. I support school voucher programs. This is another tough one for me. I want the public school system to work and I think this hurts it. That being said my brother went to a private school during high school and he defiantly benefited from it.

7. I oppose condom distribution in public schools
. Yes, but having gone to a small high school. I doubt anyone would go ask the nurse for condoms.

8. I oppose bilingual education. Yes, assimilation needs to be enforce

9. I oppose gay marriage. I oppose any governmental recognition of marriage of any partners.

10. I want Social Security privatized. I am not relying upon it. So sure.

11. I believe racial profiling at airports is common sense. Yes, it was not Buddhist white guys from Malibu that flew planes into the towers.

12. I shop at Wal-Mart. Sure, but I curse every time because the parking lot is a nightmare.

13. I enjoy talk radio. On lunch I will listen to Rush or Jim Rome depending on which one commercial and I get interested in first.

14. I am annoyed when news editors substitute the phrase "undocumented person" for "illegal alien." This makes me physically ill.

15. I do not believe the phrase "a chink in the armor" is offensive. I have never heard of this being offensive.

16. I eat meat. I rarely ear vegetables.

17. I believe O.J. Simpson was guilty. I believe he was innocent with all my heart. I also believe Scott Peterson is innocent.

18. I cheered when I learned that Saddam Hussein had been captured. I was happy.

19. I cry when I hear "Proud to be an American" (God Bless the USA) by Lee Greenwood. I am man enough to admit I do. The first time I every heard that I can remember was during by Army basic training. If I here it now, I think of then.

20. I don't believe the New York Times. I like the crosswords.

Hat tip to willow