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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I can has stupid?

In the hours leading up to my lunch break today I got it into my head that it would be fun to go to a comic book shop. I searched around on Google and found that the there was one only a hop skip and jump away from where I work. My plan was... 15 minutes out... 30 minutes to browse (and possibly buy)... and then 15 minutes to drive back.

Yeah... it didn't quite turn out that well. I left work at 2:15pm... I arrived at Wonderland Comics at a little after 2:30pm... I left Wonderland at 3pm... I arrived back at work at almost 4:30pm.

The map posted below is a record of my stupidity...

The blue line represents the path I took to get to Wonderland Comics in Penfield... the red line represents my slight miscalculation... FML

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Everybody Poops Trailer...

God, I wish they would make this one for real...

My Favorite Podcasts...

Why I listen:
I'll be that first to admit that I'm one of those people that thinks Kevin Smith is a freakin' genius. He has yet to make a movie that I didn't like and frankly, anyone that doesn't like his brand of humor needs to get the stick out of their ass. If you're looking for a good laugh and can handle jokes that are cruder and language that is harsher that he could ever get away with in the movies this podcast is vastly entertaining. One word of warning though... be careful about listening to this while you're driving... I've nearly crashed my car more than once from laughing too hard.

Hometown Tales
Why I listen:
As they say, every town has a tale and these two guys bring you the strangest and most fascinating tales from all over the world. UFO's, hauntings, bigfoot and other strangeness makes it's way into each show and if you're like me and are fascinated by the unknown and the bizarre this is definitely worth taking a listen to.

NPR: Talk of the Nation
Why I listen:
I love NPR... let me repeat that... I LOVE NPR. If that makes me some sort of intellectual weirdo then so be it. Talk of the Nation has always been a great way to get a good dose of perspective and commentary on current events... now that they are podcasting it I can listen to it on my own schedule. One bonus is that they are now including the Science Friday podcast on the same feed as well... no need for two subscriptions... .WOO HOO!

Night of the Living Podcast
Why I listen:
HORROR MOVIES FTW! This podcast deals in everything horror... movies, TV, books, and yes, even music. With listening to this podcast I've been exposed to things that I wouldn't have otherwise known about. Be warned however... these guys are not professionals and often times get off task and there have been a few shows where I've had to wade through a lot of nonsense before getting to the good stuff. Still... worth a listen if you're a horrorhound like me.

Major Spoilers
Why I listen:
Comic books... they ain't for kiddies anymore! This podcast is everything comic books. Every show gives you the lowdown on the latest happenings in the world of comics. At this point I've only listened to a couple of their shows, but so far I am fairly impressed.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Joke of the Day

A drunk gets up from the bar and heads for the bathroom. A few minutes later, a loud bloodcurdling scream is coming from the bathroom. A few minutes after that another loud scream reverberates through the bar. The bartender goes into the bathroom to investigate why the drunk is screaming.

"What's all the screaming about in here?" he yells banging on the bathroom door, "You're scaring my customers!"

"I'm just sitting here on the toilet," slurs the drunk, "and every time I try to flush, something comes up and squeezes the hell out of my nuts."

The bartender opens the bathroom door, looks in and says, "You idiot! You're sitting on the mop bucket!"

Friday, September 18, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Another one gone...

Patrick Swayze dies of cancer at 57

By all accounts a genuinely nice guy on and off the screen, Patrick Swayze embodied what it meant to be cool in the 1980's. I remember first seeing him in The Outsiders when I was a kid. Not too long after that I saw him again in Red Dawn (which is one of my favorite movies from the 80's)... and of course one of my hands down favorite guilty pleasure movies Road House (which has an AWESOME soundtrack by the Jeff Healey Band).

Rest in Peace, Patrick... 57 years is just not enough time.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Feeling a little serious...

Okay... I don't do this very often, but if there is ever a day during the year to be a little serious it is today.

Just as I'm sure we all do, I still remember where I was and what I was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. It feels like a whole world away from where I am today... another lifetime altogether.

I was still working for Tops at the time. Erin (my future wife) and I had been dating for almost 5 months (a personal record for me). I was just getting ready to do my morning walk through of the store when one of my co-workers ran into the computer room to tell me that a plane had hit the world trade center. Both of us hurried to the break room to watch the news. I expected to find out that a small plane... a Cessna or something similar, had struck the Trade Center... but, as we all know, it was far, far worse. A small crowd of employees had gathered in front of the tiny television to watch in horror as the events unfolded. A couple of the women began to cry... one scurried into the bathroom and another left the break room later to be found sobbing in the backroom. The entire store had come to a halt and even some customers had joined us in the break room... at that point the news had made it's way through the employees and customers alike and that small television now belonged to everyone. It felt like the whole world except for NYC had ceased to exist and everyone else was frozen in time.

As names are read, moments of silence are observed, and bells are rung just remember one thing. If that cold day in September 2001 taught us anything it is that life is our most precious commodity and we should treat everyday with joy and excitement. So, be a little more free with your hugs and "I love you's". Pick up the phone or write an email to a loved one that you haven't spoken to in a while. Let go of grudges and learn to forgive. Above all else... DON'T WAIT... if you do you may never get the chance again.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


It has come to my attention in the last week or so that I am lame (I doubt this is news to any of you). Those of you that have been following me on Twitter may have noted my recent obsession with chicken salad subs from Rubino's in Webster, NY ( They are incredibly good and after today, I realized that in comparison to other chicken salad subs that I have had before, the ones from Rubino's are actually relatively healthy.

... but back to my lameness...

It turns out that Rubino's is something of an institution here in Webster and when I mentioned to a couple of co-workers that I "discovered" it last week they looked at me and said, "you've worked in Webster for how long?"

"7 years...", I sheepishly replied.

"... and you're just now "discovering" Rubino's?" and then they give me that look that just has LAME written all over it!

So I'm sitting here now trying not to think of the last 7 years that I missed out on having such good food... *cry*

Yeah... I really need to get over it.

... anyway...

To finish my point from earlier... I can honestly say that the subs I've been getting there are relatively healthy simply because I got to watch them make the chicken salad. You can't get much fresher that than. The lady making my sub explained that they only make a bit at a time so that it's always fresh. How cool is that. Combine that with the bread that was baked that morning and I pretty much know exactly what went into making it and having that kind of knowledge lends itself to much healthier eating choices. Some of you may be wondering how it can be healthy given the mayo... well, watching them make it I was able to see that they used only enough to bind the ingredients together and not so much that it is mushy or overpowers the taste of the chicken or the onions, celery, and spice.


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