Thursday, August 31, 2006

Two hours of nothing!


So, Now that school is back in session at UNO andI live in Baton Rouge, I must spend several hours a week in the car commutinng. What I have learned is what i already knew: there is nothing good on the radio. Its like cable, a hundred channels and nothing to watch. The morning is by far the worst. Not only is there very little good music but from 6-10 most channels feature morning shows. Now, there have been some morning shows that I have enjoyed from time to time (steve and DC, Rick and Bubba, even Walton and Johnson) but, a) they are not funny or even entertaining ALL of the time and, b) this simply disguises the fact that there is no good music on. SO, i have done what many of you have done, placed my faith in the CD player. Here I am the judge and jury of what rocks. What I have determioned as that even the best and most beloved CD's in my collection get old if played constantly. But, There are several discs that you can put in and listen to the entire disc, as opposed to listening to the one good song and then taking it out and replacing it. Here is a short list of a couple of CD's that you can put in and let roll.

1. Ben Harper-Diamonds on the inside. This is a great CD of rock, blues and funk fused together for something uniqely original with a light dusting of gospel for spirit lifting rock. But don't misunderstand me, this is not christian music in the contemporary sense.

2.The Black Crows- Shake your money maker. Nothing but some good ol' down and dirty southern rock and blues, you may want to shower afterwards.

3.The Beastie Boys-lincense to ill. this may not appeal to all but if you are a guy between 28-38, you know what I'm talking about!

4.Third Day-Third Day, This is there debut album from somewhere around '95-'96. If you were just listening to the music you would think it was the black crows, hootie and the blowfish or even early U2, but the lyrics make this album better than church (unless van smeltzers leading singing).
And thats just a little something to think about when your stuck in traffic.

Monday, August 21, 2006

where are we?

So, you may be asking yourself where we are. Well, we are in Baton Rouge of all places. Let me bring you up to speed (for those i haven't spoken to in a while). We were living in Metairie, La. When Katrina hit. our apartment was destroyed, we stayed with my brother Steve and his wife for a month in baton rouge. Kristi & I enrolled for a semester at LSU, it was pleasant. After Christmas we moved to my mothers house in Slidell, into my childhood bedroom which is not nearly as large as it seemed when I was 10. Her house was flooded by 7 feet of water so it was like living in the middle of a construction site. in Febuary we moved into a FEMA trailer on the side of her house. Kristi graduated with her masters degree in history in May. She got a job working at LSU so we left the trailer and found a quaint little rental house here in Baton Rouge. I have a year left before i finish school at UNO. so i make the commute from B.R. to N.O. twice a week. I looked into transferring to LSU(its hard for me to admit that) but it would have added an extra year. So, i figure it's better to commute for one year than be in school for two. Kristi is working as a publicist at LSU press and I have taken up one of my former career choices and am slinging hash at the Olive Garden.
So, now you know where we are.
We got a dog on may the fifth(cinco de Mayo) her name is Sadie. she was 11 pounds when we got her. today she has reached the 50 pound mark. Ah-they grow up so fast.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Your Fearless Leader

Before we begin I suppose you should know a little bit about me and my reason for blogging. The simple truth is that I needed a place to post pictures of my dog, Sadie. I also thought it would be a good way to let friends and family Know what I have been up to.

I am 31, ha

This is Sadie! She is a cute one. Daddy's girl. She is 5 months old now and weighs about 45 pounds-Sturdy! i am staying in pretty good shape as she wakes me at 6:00 a.m. every day for her morning walk. you'll get to know her over time, and the wisdom of the swirls(you'll see).

I love to run, but the heat of summer is a killer and there are so many good sit-com reruns on the tv that I struggle with motivation. I am fightining two battles right now. One is to run on a consistent basis. It feels good when I get out there, but getting out the door is rough. The other battle is to motivate myself for my final year of school which starts next week. It's nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel but sometimes I can't help but look back at the wasted years and think how much easier things would have been if i'd have just got it right the first time. But, things would have been different, I know it is hard to see it when you look back, but sometimes where you are is exactly where you are supposed to be. I have Kristi now, and Sadie. I know that I am winning these 2 battles. The victory flag is on it way up, and to the victor goes the booty-i mean the spoils.

Hello, is there anybody out there?

So, this is a blog. And it's all mine. I welcome you all into the battle. you may be asking yourself what the battle is. Life, love, laughter. Day after day we fight the battle to make it to another day after day. There are new battles around every corner, so we fight them one at a time, lauging at adversity, loving the fight and those we encounter, living life on our own terms-hoping to make it to the next battle.