Saturday, September 17, 2005
rob's new place
This blog is dead.
But fear not. For Rob has a new place!
Come check it out. Be sure to reset your RSS feeds also!
Friday, September 16, 2005
Pray for Fellow Blogger
From his blog today:
The news from Dr. Varga wasn't good. I have a severely Herniated Disk between L5 & S1 (if that means anything to you). He said that it can't be helped by therapy and that we should move quickly towards surgery. Valerie & I will go tomorrow morning to meet with him and discuss the situation.
Now the big decision. I never imagined myself having surgery in Hungary. If I did, I wanted to do it at the Private Hospital in the country that caters to Westerners like me. It appears that if I have this surgery done here, it will be in a city hospital that looks like something from 50 years ago. I have total confidence in the doctor because he is a leading expert in the field and does these surgeries all the time. I don't have confidence in the hospital where I'll have to spend 3 or so days recovering. Having surgery and being in the hospital is stressful in the US and it seems like adding language barriers, cultural differences, etc .. . will increase that level significantly.
On the other hand, should I return to the US to do the surgery? That means a long plane flight (this whole thing got really bad on the last plane flight I took), and probably a long stay in the US in order to recover. It would be difficult to be away from my family that long.
Tigers Will Eat Chicken with their Turkey
This is interesting...and some interesting reasons for it. I think it'll be fun. New Thanksgiving tradition of having chicken with my turkey.
But I don't want a turducken.
I've Been Published
Check it out...Casa Mila Roof
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Cool Ted Tip in Orlando
For my flight today the lines were long to check in. Nothing new. But I found a great thing in the Orlando airport as a result.
In Orlando they have one set of kiosks to check in for those not checking bags. There were four self-help terminals for us with carry-on bags only. Only three of us checking in with four terminals.
Check-in took less than three minutes...counting "standing in line".
More airports and more carriers should have this! Thanks, Ted and MCO!
Hey Music Downloaders...
I'm trying to figure out where can I download mp3s inexpensively. But here's my requirement...I don't want to download software. I just want to grab the mp3 file myself.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Going to Chicago?
Though my ticket says I'm going to Chicago, it almost doesn't count.
But I will be back in time for Survivor.
- It Takes A New Sensation
- Vertigo Tripper
- The Doors Take a Walk Down Sesame Street
- Spending One of These Nights with Kelly
- Sharp Dressed Party (my favorite)
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Tigers Taking on the Twerps
- Last week we had a problem punching the ball in for a TD. This week our problem is getting into scoring position.
- We put together a great opening drive that went 80 or so yards and took about 7 minutes. Ended with our only TD. Very nice.
- On that drive we were pounding the run. It was 2nd and Goal on the 2. I think we should have called a pass.
- Our DE looks good in the red-zone. But they've been burned twice on the long ball.
- Horrible snap on a punt gave MD great field position but the Tigers stepped it up and only gave up 3.
CU Sporting News has a good preview of this game.
UPDATE: Clemson pulls it out! Whew! Man, I don't like how we keep winning close games. but we're winning! 2-0 on the season so far and more importantly, 1-0 in the ACC!
I was glad to see Clemson go downfield on a pass or two. Finally connected and we got a TD out of it. Our running attack is looking good...really good.
Oh man...next week we host Miami. This is going to get good!
UPDATE: Per usual, CU Sporting News has a good recap.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Here's something interestingly cool. I know that Ophelia is almost 100 miles north-east of Orlando. We're close enough to where we get wind (avg 15-20 mph) and rain often. We're far enough away so that the "fury" isn't here all the time. What that means is quite often (like on the way to work this morning) you can look at the sky and see bands of clouds moving very fast out of the NE.
In a way it's kind of cool. You look at the satellite and know it spins, but when you're near the center of a hurricane, you can't tell it's spinning. It just comes hard and fast. But on the edge, you can really see how it cranks.
Interesting side-note about a possible Katrina effect in Central Florida: I was talking to a friend about the housing market here. It's in a real boon. But there is a shortage of "quality workers" on site. There's a fear that the quality workers may jet for the Gulf effected by Katrina because there may be more money to be made. If that happens, the boon could slow...or crappy houses will be built.
Spot the Ball!
The NFL season starts tonight with Oakland taking on New England. I can't wait.
This also means the 2005 season of the East Coast Football Club will begin tonight. My Orlando Chupacabras are going to reek havoc – or just reek. We’ll find out which soon enough.
Time to spot the ball in the NFL and ECFC!
This is my BOOMSTICK!
I'm sick of comment spammers
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Setting up a laptop
It got me thinking...what are the free and/or inexpensive tools/downloads they should be checking out for protection, entertainment, and personal management?
I thought of some already such as:
- Yahoo's email, calendar, etc
- BackPack for organizing projects
- Flickr for photo sharing
- del.icio.us for web bookmarking
- Spybot for spyware
- Maybe OpenOffice for software?
NFL Survivor Game
If you want in, leave a comment today. I'll send you the invite. Since the NFL kicks off tomorrow, the deadline to make your pick is tonight.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Little Buddy is Dead
Sent: Tuesday, September 06, 2005 2:43 PM
Subject: CNN Breaking News
-- Actor Bob Denver, 70, of TV's "Gilligan's Island" fame has died, his agent tells The Associated Press.
National Hurricane Center / Tropical Prediction Center
Or maybe that's too embarrassing for him? I dunno. I heard someone on the radio today say that Rice wouldn't be so great if he didn't have Montana and Young. Well, that's true. But you know what? Montana and Young wouldn't be as great as they were without Rice.
Goodbye, Jerry. I don't know if you're the GOAT or not, but you are one of the very best the NFL has ever seen.
Orangejack Blog: BCS Mess :: aka Rob's Blog
What are your thoughts?
Monday, September 05, 2005
Pre-Season Super Bowl Predictions
** Today we've gathered Super Bowl XL predictions from NFL analysts all over the country:
Steve Young (ESPN) – Colts over Vikings
Mark Schlereth (ESPN) – Ravens over Vikings
Mike Golic (ESPN) – Colts over Falcons
Joe Theismann (ESPN) – Steelers over Redskins
Chris Mortensen (ESPN) – Eagles over Colts
Merrill Hoge (ESPN) – Colts over Falcons
Len Pasquarelli (ESPN) – Patriots over Falcons
Michael Smith (ESPN) – Rams over Patriots
Paul Zimmerman (SI) – Panthers over Colts
Peter King (SI) – Patriots over Vikings
Tony Moss (Sports Network) – Patriots over Vikings
Brian Baldinger (FOX) – Chiefs over Eagles
Ron Borges (MSNBC) – Colts over Panthers
Jeremy Green, Scouts Inc. – Colts over Vikings
Dan Arkush (PFW) – Panthers over Jets
Paul Attner (TSN) – Colts over Eagles
Chris Bahr (TSN) – Colts over Panthers
Dan Pompei (TSN) – Eagles over Colts
Vinnie Iyer (TSN) – Panthers over Jets
Arnie Spanier (TSN) – Falcons over Colts
'War Room' (TSN) – Colts over Falcons
J. Brockerman (UltimateCapper.com) – Colts over Cowboys
'Gridiron Goose' (EFS News) – Eagles over Patriots
Adam Nelson (SportsColumn) – Colts over Vikings
Howard Balzer (Lindy's) – Patriots over Falcons
John Pezzullo (Sports Ticker) – Patriots over Eagles
Lenny Pappano (Draftsharks) – Vikings over Chiefs
John Miller (Draftsharks) – Falcons over Bills
Marty McDonald (Draftsharks) – Chiefs over Eagles
Lary Bump (Draftsharks) - Colts over Eagles
** Here are the top-16 teams according to Vegas, ranked by fixed odds (for recreational purposes only):
1. Indianapolis Colts: 13/2
2. New England Patriots: 13/2
3. Philadelphia Eagles: 7/1
4. Carolina Panthers: 16/1
5. Atlanta Falcons: 16/1
6. Minnesota Vikings: 16/1
7. Pittsburgh Steelers: 18/1
8. Baltimore Ravens: 20/1
9. New York Jets: 25/1
10. Buffalo Bills: 33/1
11. Kansas City Chiefs: 33/1
12. Jacksonville Jaguars: 33/1
13. San Diego Chargers: 40/1
14. Denver Broncos: 40/1
15. Seattle Seahawks: 40/1
16. St. Louis Rams: 40/1
Litany for Katrina
Feel free to continue the litnay in the comments.
Lord, hear our prayers.
Photo Worth 1000 Words
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Hokies Win Too
But the Hokies win. Good deal.
More on the Clemson game
A friend of mine and I went to a place to watch the game with the Clemson alum in Orlando. We got there right at kickoff but it wasn't on TV. They were still showing the Florida game. Then the dude turned off the UF game and went to us. Well, that made everyone mad! Then he put our game on a small TV, then moved it to another TV, then back to a large screen that we couldn't see. It was a mess. By then a third of the first quarter was over and we had seen about 3 plays.
So we left. We got to another place and got a screen once the UF game was over. That was about 10 minutes left in the half.
Then in our last drive (the game winner), ABC broke in to tell us that Rehnquist died. Though it was sad and worthy of a break-in, it lasted for what seemed an eternity since everything was hanging on that last drive!
It was good to see the Tigers win.
UPDATE: Jeremy has a great game recap including a fantastic halftime show I saw nothing of.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Whew! We Won!
Man! I'll take the win, but I don't like we got into the red zone several times and couldn't punch it in. But all in all, well, we won. Whew!
Friday, September 02, 2005
Thursday, September 01, 2005
NFL Pitching In
Katrina Relief Efforts
Today is Blog for Hurricane Relief Day. There are so many organizations to choose to make a donation to. My wife and I have decided to make a donation to GAIN:
Global Aid Network, the humanitarian aid ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, is working in coordination with other Campus Crusade ministries and churches to supply compassionate help and hope for many of the victims of Katrina. Already supplies such as juice, clothing, ice, soup and other food items are being transported for distribution in churches, camps, and other places of shelter for displaced people who have been left homeless.Will you join us?
Instapundit has a long list of alternatives. This blog is listed with Truth Laid Bear who is organizing the blog relief day. Let your blog count too, but more importantly, do something.
Football Starts Tonight
I think Carolina will win...but to be honest, I won't be to surprised if UCF actually hangs around a bit. I think they only hang around IF Carolina lets them. It's the Gamecock's game to lose.
I'd love to post the headline tomorrow "Good Knight!" for a Golden Knight victory. ;-)
Humbled Coaches in SC
I wonder how the seasons will be effected at Clemson and S. Carolina because of it.
Bowden was a proud man. Then he got that pride handed to him on a plate against Wake Forest in 2003. One of the most embarrassing losses he and Clemson (and I) ever endured. But I think it humbled him. He's a better man. He rallied the team and they made it through the season. They only did fair last year (by record). I'm a true fan...we were better than our 6-5 record!
Spurrier was a proud man. There's no doubt about his pride. There was a joke: what's the difference between Spurrier and God? The answer is one knew he was God and the other thought he was. Spurrier thought he was so smart when he went to the NFL. He thought he could run his style of football there...even bring in ex-UF QB's to run his O. What a laugh. He was humbled. And listening to his interviews now I think he is more humble.
It'll be interesting to see how this new-found humility for both coaches will play itself out this year.
BTW, my pre-season pick: Clemson wins 7. Carolina wins 6.
Which Vick to Pick?
My vote is little bro will have the better season.
(better is subjective...could be based on stats, wins, etc...you choose)
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