Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I Don't Think She's a Fan

Alright, I told you a couple of weeks ago that I wasn't going to get too political on here. However, when a woman called me up and was slurring her speech and going on a rant about anything and everything I had to record it. Here is the video and I apologize for the shoddy video editing skills. This is not necessarily a commentary, rather a representation of her thoughts and words in visual form.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Video Time!

I would say a good portion of my day is spent on YouTube. Enjoy the following viral wonders. They're currently some of my favorite.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Carvin' Up a Storm

You know how a couple of weeks ago I said how I would try to keep the posts focused and embrace brevity? Well, I don't think today is going to be one of those days. You've been forewarned.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words about the entries in the Current section of the Paducah Sun on Thursdays. It's been a lot of fun so far and I appreciate Adam Shull asking me to participate. And if you get tired of reading mine, at least Laura K is to my left. She's way prettier than me!

How famous do you have to be to endorse a candidate, rather than support him or her? Do handlers ever get upset at Larry King Live for not throwing out the endorsement tag? I'm betting so. Speaking of the background of TV shows, it would be really funny if a smart, talented, woman from Chicago wrote and starred in a show about the backdrop of a SNL-type show. I bet that would be really funny. I bet it would win awards. I bet no one would watch the show until she ingeniously imitated a Journalism major student from the University of Idaho who likes to shoot moose.

I went out a couple of times over the weekend. I forgot how ridiculously friendly people are in St. Louis. It was awesome. I had so many random conversations with people throughout the weekend and I wasn't even pretending to care either. What a fantastic town.

I'm going to carve a pumpkin tonight. I haven't completely decided on a design, but I know that I need to step up my game after Scotty G completed this masterpiece the other night. Whatever your political views, you have to admit this is pretty impressive! Yes we carve!

World Series prediction: The Rays are flying high right now. I would rather have my team riding some momentum into the Series than having more than a week off and setting the pitching rotation. The Rays can hit any kind of pitcher. They can adjust to Blanton's heat, Cole's changeup, or Jamie Moyer's batting practice pitches. I think the bullpens are pretty even with maybe a slight edge to the Phillies but it will certainly be interesting to see how David Price is used at the end of ballgames by Rays' manager Joe Maddon. It is scary to think how good the Rays are going to be for years and years to come. I think the Phillies come out strong tonight behind a strong performance by Cole Hamels. Rays win Game 2 and then ride the wave into Philly winning 2 out of 2 games and then finishing in front of the home crowd in 6 games. Rays in 6. There's your pick. I'm just ready for some baseball.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Oogley Googley

This new feature by Google was in the news yesterday. Here is an excerpt:

{Sometimes I send messages I shouldn't send. Like the time I told that girl I had a crush on her over text message. Or the time I sent that late night email to my ex-girlfriend that we should get back together. Gmail can't always prevent you from sending messages you might later regret, but today we're launching a new Labs feature I wrote called Mail Goggles which may help.

When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?}

This is fantastic stuff. The feature is only available on the weekends during late night hours, times that one may be be more inclined to send such messages. I could name names right now of some friends of mine that this tool would have come in very handy in the past. Facebook and MySpace should definitely jump on board. I thought of some other questions other than simple math solutions that may also help with this preventative measure...

-On a scale of 1-10, how much will your friends laugh at you if they could read this message?

-What does VIP stand for?

Better yet, why not just institute a breathalyzer? This should also be applicable to late night trips to eBay or really anywhere that it's possible to spend money. We have the technology for cars, why not computers? I accept this as my mission. I'm going to write my Congressman and I ask that you do the same.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Where's Thomas Wayne When You Need Him?

Tomorrow embarks the beginning of my submissions to a weekly feature in the Current section of the Paducah Sun. Me, along with several other bloggers from around town will write a short piece as a response to a prompted question every Thursday in the paper. Thanks to Adam Shull for asking me to participate. So, since there's a plug for the website and all I figured maybe I should actually behave like a blogger and write today. Crazy concept I know.

Since the last time we talked I really only have two short stories to share. And also perhaps gloat about the Cubs' predictable demise in the playoffs. So last week I received a call in my studio from an elderly lady named Fay. The ZZL line is apparently only one digit away from a drugstore nearby so every once in a while we'll get calls that were meant to be directed to them. So my friend Fay calls me up and I explain to her that is was not the drugstore, rather a radio station. Here is our exchange:

Cale: I'm sorry ma'am. You have the wrong number. This is a radio station.
Fay: OOOOOOOhhhhhh!!! I'm on the radio!!!?????!!!
Cale: No, sorry ma'am. This is just the studio line. We're not actually on the radio right now.
Fay: I've never been on the radio before. My grand kids are never going to believe this! What kind of music do you play?
Cale: Well, we play rock music. Do you like to rock out?
Fay: Oh yes. I can't believe this! Hold on while I get a piece of paper so I can write your name down...... Ok, spell your name.
Cale: C-A-L-E.
Fay: Are you giving anything away?
Cale: Not really. But I can give you a free lunch if you come see me.

The rest of the story is a little personal. We seriously flirted for about 20 minutes. I asked her if she dates much and she said that her grand kids don't allow her to date, but she would love to sneak me out and take me to lunch. I asked if she likes to dance and she said that she used to do the Jitterbug. We agreed that she would teach me the Jitterbug and I would teach her how to get low. We talked about Chicago since we both lived near the same area. She told me about her kids, her grand kids. I told her about my niece's birthday and mine coinciding and my trip to Georgia. I gave her the number to the drugstore she was looking for and asked if she could bring me a Powerade because I was thirsty. So, Fay, if you're reading - your free lunch is waiting. Stop on by anytime. As soon as I get off work, we'll go to O'Charley's and talk some more. After I told this story to people they all mentioned that I probably made her day. Maybe. But I'm also positive that my friend Fay made my day as well.

That was the cool story. The disheartening story was that I fell off my bike Monday morning. Just ate it. Like a little boy. Like a sad little boy. I had a flat tire on my car so I had to ride my bike to work and I was trying to get out of the way of a tractor trailer and I just crashed. I went about four different directions before I finally fell and if anyone saw this incident, you're welcome. I'm sure it was hilarious. The part that's not hilarious? A skinned knee and wrists that look like I'm recreating a MTV: True Life episode about cutters. I felt really dumb, but this was not the first time I've had an accident on a bike in my adult years. Go figure. Ya know, because I did a great job of staying injury-free in high school. For those of you who know me, you know that's a joke. Anyway, I'm all bandaged up and feeling much better now. Thank you. I do need some comfort though. I very well may participate in next week's national holiday. It's ok if your teddy bear has a Cardinals jersey. Everyone knows that.

Alright, check out the paper tomorrow. Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Did Reagan Ever Sign A Treaty?

As expected, the post from earlier has created a bit of a firestorm within my immediate family. They have mentioned retribution and possibly even a "this is war" has been uttered. This would be an appropriate time to call a truce, no? Just know that I have the whole album. There are closeups. I could go on all month long. Interesting how this is the month of Halloween with some of these outfits that I'm seeing though. I'm just sayin...

Toucan Zoo Your Next Stop

The last time I was home I took one of the photo albums from my parents' house so I could scan some pictures. There's a bunch of me as a little kid, and I may decide to post them, but this picture certainly deserves its own entry. I mean, really??!? Just look at my dad's shorts. That's embarrassing even now. And I'm sure my sisters won't be terribly happy with me either, but c'mon. This is hilarious! Enjoy...

White Russian

I meant to put this on yesterday, but I didn't have time. Genius. Pure genius. Amy Poehler's part of course.