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Ain't life grand?

Last Friday I got to find out just how low the IQ of your average Best Buy employee is. That was fun. So was paying $4 more than usual for a burger ($5.50 vs $1.50) at State Street Brats because it was a game night. Both almost as much fun as having Amy spill her drink on me later.

Saturday we saw The Who in Chicago. As you all know, I love The Who. Well, for me, the show sucked. Where we were sitting, the sound was terrible. You couldn't hear most of what was said on stage, and there was no real bass sound to speak of. In fact, the mix (for the most part) where we were was basically lead guitar, drums, lead vocal. Plus we didn't get back to Madison till 4:30 Sunday morning. Not fun.

Speaking of the ride, that was interesting. I volunteered to take people down with Amy and I. Well, in the end this turned into three people, all crammed in my back seat. I thought they'd be a bit cramped, but hey, they were fine with it, so I wasn't going to push the issue. Well, one of the people going was a 15 year old kid from Stoughton who I'd never met, and who Rich (one of the other folks going) barely knew. When we got down there, his parents were quite excited, apparently due to the fact that this was the kid's first rock concert. So they make us all get out of the car for pictures. Then, as we're about to get back into my car, one of his parents says "You guys can take our mini-van, there's a lot more room in it, it just needs some gas." Now, mind you, I've never met these people, and Rich barely knows them. And they're pretty much insisting we take their van. Whatever. We took the van, and they didn't have any problem with me driving. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't let some total stranger drive my car, even if my child was in the car with them.

Yesterday night I picked up two of the new Rolling Stones CDs, only to find out that one sucks, and the other one is ok, but not as good as the previous version. Go figure. The one CD I really want is currently only available at Borders and Barnes & Noble so far, where it is $7 and $11 more than what Best Buy will have it for, respectively. To hell with that noise. On the upside I have heard a few tracks from other albums, and they seem to sound good.

I did get a call about a job, but it was just to tell me they changed the position a bit and that while I have a nice resume, I'm not the type of person they're looking for in the new position. Thanks a fucking lot.

On the plus side, I did finally transplant my bromeliad buds. I think I cut them off the main plant a bit too soon, but hopefully they will grow. They don't look too bad - yet.

Nobody seems to be coming along with any jobs, so I'll just suggest a better idea - send money, now. I'll put it to good use, don't you worry. I might even think of you when I spend it.

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I still don't have that PowerBook. I still want it. Now I want this too:

Power Mac G4

Now, about that JOB...

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Today we took a trip to Sun Prairie for their annual "Corn Fest". Let me tell you, if anyone ever tells you you "have" to go to this, don't believe them.

First off is the corn. Obviously, this the main attraction to the event (which should tell you something right off the bat). You pay $3.50 for a cardboard dish which you can then fill up with as much corn as you can get to fit in it. Sounds good so far, although you have to husk all the corn yourself. After getting some drippy teenage girls to butter your corn for you, you can then head over to the "salt tree" (yes, it is as silly as it sounds) to add some seasoning. Then it is time to eat the corn, which, in reality, isn't all that good anyway. It isn't terribly sweet and is a bit mushy.

Now, for some reason, the organizers of this festival seem to think that the hicks that come every year don't have any interest in something us city folks call "tables". As such, you have to find some spot to plop down, with a hill facing a stage being the primary resting spot for most folks. That wouldn't be *so* bad, if not for the fact that we had to listen to some two-bit hack trying to make lame jokes and twirl yo-yos on stage. It was bad.

After subjecting ourselves to that torture (and finishing our corn), somebody felt it would be a good idea to go to the midway area. Why, I'll never know. I don't know about you, but the words "Hey big guy, you look like a winner" coming from someone who probably has the IQ of a carrot just don't hold a lot of validity to me. Luckily our stay in the midway was short-lived, after which we somehow made it out of the grounds (but not before being subjected to some BMX "stuntmen", all of whom looked ridiculously large in comparison to the bikes they were riding).

In short, don't go out of your way to make it to Corn Fest next year. Take it from someone who's been there.

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This fucking city.

As anyone who is familiar with Madison knows, the ways of getting from one side of town to the other are limited. You've got the Beltline, University Ave, and to a certain extent, Mineral Point Rd. That's about it.

Well, today, I had to go drop off the cable box at Charter, which is on Odana, on the west side. I got there fine (on the Beltline), but I noticed there was a major accident in the eastbound lanes, and that traffic was backed up. As such, I figured it would be a good ideaTM to take another route home. I decided to take Mineral Point to Regent St. Ok. That was fine until I got to West HS and found Regent St closed. Ok, no big deal, I'll go up to University. That was fine for a few blocks, until I got to about six blocks away from Breese Terrace. Yes, traffic was backed up that far, and wasn't moving fast at all. A combination of one lane closed and traffic lights that let about 3 cars through at once. After some time, I *finally* got on Johnson Street. *That* was slow going all the way through campus. Pretty much stop and go all the way to Blair St. It finally cleared up, but by that time it wasn't going to make me feel any better.

Damn traffic.

Oh, and just so you don't forget, yes, I still need a job.

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A few more updates/additions to my Stereo Stones pages, including my review of the sampler disc that ABKCO has sent to the press.

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Last night we got back from a little trip to the UP. Damn that's a drive, especially if you don't leave till after work. Not something I want to do again in the near future. I don't think anything too exciting happened up there. Amy fell into Lake Superior, which was kind of funny, but other than that...

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Hrmm...I haven't blogged in a while, have I?

Last weekend was as busy as can be. I spent most of the day on Friday moving out of my apartment (by myself), until Amy got out of work, Leanne came from Milwaukee, and Amy's parents came with the big truck. At that point we got the rest of the stuff out. Then the three of us went down to State Street for dinner and "spirits".

After Leanne left on Saturday (and after I had done four loads of laundry), we went to Mike and Kate's wedding. A nice little outdoor afair. Their reception at Lake Kegonsa State Park followed. We ate a lot there, then went to my mom's cousin's house for dinner.

Sunday it was off to Wal-Mart to pick up pictures, then to Racine for most of the day for family birthday parties. We didn't get back to Madison until around 9.

In Rolling Stones news, I finally got a copy of the SACD sampler disc. Pretty nifty. Of course, there are a few things on it that made me go "why did they do that?", but all in all I think they did a pretty good job.

I need a job. Hire me.

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DOB 2/16/79. I'm a web developer at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. I like lots of old music, including The Who. I spend a lot of time working with computers. And my favorite TV show (when I actually decide to watch TV, that is), obviously, is The Simpsons.

In May 2002 I officially graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in computer science. In 1997 (man that seems like a long time ago) I graduated from Washington Park HS. Yes, I know, that site isn't very impressive, and no, I haven't touched it for several years.

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One of the best experiences I have ever had was on a trip called Western Field Studies. This is a 33 day adventure throughout the western United States. Students travel on a school bus to national parks, monuments, forests, and places of historical interest and camp out (in tents or under the stars). I was a part of trip 25, which took place in the summer of 1996. A first for WFS was we took along a laptop computer and kept up a web site. That link will take you to the 1996 site, where there is a link to the current site.