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Friday, March 28, 2003
Welcome to Friday. I apologize to anyone who followed yesterday's link to my new page only to find "Trophy" and "Trophey" all over the place. Get used to it...I'm not really what you would call a "good speller".

Have you noticed that it takes about the same amount of time to brew a pot of coffe as it does to toast a bagel? What a happy coincidence THAT is! Actually I suppose that there are a number of factors involved that could cause you, the reader, to have a different experience than me (you know...thickness of the bagel, style of percolator, power of toaster...). All I know is that if I start a pot of decaf and immediatly walk to the bagel station to get the toaster rolling...by the time I walk back...the last few drips of java are falling into the pot.

Now for some self pity. I am still feeling a little worked. It's as if -- despite 2 lazy days in a row -- I'm still recovering from my snowboarding trip to Mammoth and my night of playoff soccer. I'm not even 30 yet! Plus something bit me on my hand a couple nights ago and it's still swollen and sore.

So...poor cupcakes to me.

This weekend I'll be in Los Angeles spending time with Heather which is always fun. At least the "spending time with Heather" part is. LA...it's not my favorite place. I mean...I'd rather go there than to Iraq...but it's a pretty close call :)


I don't know what it is, but there' something about my face that causes people to make outrageous claims regarding similarities between me and celebrities. It probably has to do with having a look that's not exactly "camera friendly". Usually the comparisons are unflattering, or just plain off (in my opinion). But I'll let you all be the judge. Tell me what you think:

1 - Bono
2 - Bradd Pitt ;)
3 - Elijah Wood
4 - Bill Maher
5 - Anderson Cooper

Thursday, March 27, 2003
I added a new page to my website today. Go check out my "Trophy Room"!

other than that it's the same old same old. I had intended to sit down with some Zelda last night but I ended up emailing and doing laundry into the wee hours.

Okay...time for me to take a break from the computer screen.

Wednesday, March 26, 2003
damn. There's a "posts" button, and a "post" button here when I'm editing this blog and one ends up whiping away whatever you may have intended to post, while the other one actually posts it. Guess which one I just pressed?


oh well. take two.

Last night the playoffs for my rec-league soccer team were held. There is only 5 teams in our division and since 4 teams get to go to the playoffs, it's no big honor to make it that far (only a major embarassment to not get there). Still, we definitly had a good shot to win the whole thing and that would have been very satisfying. To get first you gotta win two games in a row. Our first game was great. We shut out the othe team (4-0) which in my 3-odd years of playing indoor soccer, I don't think I have ever seen happen. That felt especially good to me since I spend most of the game playing defense. Our second game started off good and we were tied up at 2 goals a piece with about 2 minutes left to pay in the first half. I remember thinking that if we let the bad guys score before the half, we probably wouldn't recover. Sure enough we got scored on twice in those last couple minutes. Both goals were kinda BS, but that's just part of the game. So we ended up finishing second and loosing our second game 8-4.

Still it was a great time. One of the more "enjoyable losses" I can remember. The only thing that frustrated me was that each time I really played my heart out, the soccerball would still end up in the wrong net. It started to feel like the harder I played the worse we all seemed to do. The Gatorade commercials had me believing that giving 110% always leads to victory...and bright orange colored sweat. :)

Last nights dreams had a lot of soccer in them as well and I woke up this morning convinced that I scored a goal last night. I don't usually score goals...partialy because I'm primarily a defender and also because I'm not that good at it. I'm pretty sure I didn't actually score, but thanks to some vivid dreams I'm all confused! :)

Last night I also picked up the new Zelda game for the Game Cube: "The Wind Waker". I only just got started on it but so far its really engaging. Shamefully I have only ever finished one Zelda game (the second one on the original Nintendo). I came close to finishing "Ocorina of Time" and was really enjoying it but I put it down one day and that was the end of it. This new Zelda has some awsome animations and is the first high profile game to come out that really uses cell shading or toon shaders (this link is sepcifically about soft image but you can use toon shaders with any 3d package). I think Cell shading is going to be all the rage for video games for a while and with good cause. It's a nice change of pace graphically, and it opens the door for more intersting visual styles to show through in games.

Monday, March 24, 2003
Okay! My Mammoth video is up! I hope you all enjoy it (i'll have some still images available later, but I have to eat something soon). Mammoth was such a blast. The trip posse included the following peeps: Me, Adam, Heather, Sharon, Tae, Mike, Diana, Sara, and Iwan. One of my favorite parts about this trip was that I really extended myself to try something new. That something was railslides. I spent a lot of time trying it out and I was fairly succesfull. That's not to say I didn't fall (once I landed back-first directly onto the rail), but I did manage to succesfully pull off a half-way decent slide by the end of the trip. Iwan, Heather, Mike and myself all attempted a Box for the first time as well. That proved to be far easier than the rails but still really cool.

So there was a lot of riding, a rousing game of Taboo (team 2 RULES!!!), and a couple of long drives from here to there. All in all a perfect lil vacay for me and of course it's always awsome to spend some quality time with Stupe.

Another thing I really came away with from this trip is how awsome it is to be dating someone who is as good as, if not better than me, at things like snowboarding and surfing. Its a great way to spend some good time together and no one feels like they have to "slow down" for the other.

I'm back from Mammoth! I'll have more to say in a bit. I took some video so I'll post up my comments here when the video is ready. Till then!


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