February 28, 2007

30 miles outside chicago

I don't really have anything to write about, and the title of this entry is random Lucky Boys lyrics because I saw them at Canopy Club this weekend. I just haven't written anything in a while, so I felt like I should.

Nothing major to report right now. Same job, same everything. I've started the search for my next job, but nothing too serious yet. I'll have been here a year in June and I'm hoping to find something new not too long after that.

Let's see ... I just got done watching the first two seasons of House recently and, man, I can understand why everyone loves that show so much. It's pretty intense. I've also been loving Heroes lately. I really like who the writers keep you guessing by not clearly drawing the line between good and evil. Also, NBC better bring back Studio 60.

I gave up fries for Lent. I haven't given up anything in a while and, while I don't eat them everyday, I probably eat fries a lot more than I should.

Those who care have probably noticed that I haven't written much lately. I posted some writing goals for the year back in early January and I haven't met any of them. Work is now expecting 10 stories per week for the paper, so it will probably be hard to keep up with the goal of writing something for myself for each thing I write for the paper.

I had to start paying back my student loans this month. That sucked. Hopefully if I find a new job, it will come along with a pay increase. That would make the loan payments a smaller percentage of my income.

I have no major plans for the coming month. People are going on Spring Break trips and stuff, but I only have 5 vacation days for the whole year, so I need to save those in case I don't find a new job by the holidays.

Spring training is under way. That makes me happy. I'm really looking forward to seeing the Cubs hit the field this season. It will be interesting to see what a spending spree and a new manager will do for the team.

Some cool music news: Ralph tells me the members of 5 Penny Theatre have agreed to a reunion, which will be cool. Also, former members of Backdrop and Roy G. Biv have formed a band called The Last Waltz, so check them out on MySpace. Also, the members of the Dog & Everything started a new band called Last Fast Action. Read more about them here.

If you haven't seen Pan's Labyrinth, go see it.

Ok, I think that's enough rambling. Later.

"Bird in a Cage" - Old 97's

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February 2, 2007

we're not here to start no trouble ...

"If you want to crown them, then crown their ass!"
-Dennis Green, former head coach of the Arizona Cardinals

Despite my apprehensions about adding to the already deafening buzz of pre-Super Bowl hype, I couldn't resist the temptation to share some of my thoughts about Sunday's game. I've waited my whole life to see the Bears in a Super Bowl (at least one that I'll be able to remember), so I think I'm entitled.

There isn't too much to say that hasn't already been said. Peyton Manning is clearly the better quarterback, but Rex Grossman isn't as terrible as everyone seems to think. He's had some bad games, but he's also had some good ones and some great ones. In the playoffs, he's been solid. In fact, his QB rating is higher than Manning's in the playoffs (75.4 for Grossman to Manning's 66.8). I think Rex will play well and definitely won't be a liability to the team.

I'm just excited that the Bears have gotten this far. It was really disappointing last year when they lost in the first round. The team has clearly been on an upward trend in the last few years, and I hope a win on Sunday can be the culmination of that.

I also hope that they can at least keep the core of the team together and win a string of Super Bowls like the New England Patriots of recent years or the Dallas Cowboys of the '90s. It's been a long time since Chicago has had a team that's really dominant. I'd love to see the team avoid the mistakes that were made after the '86 Super Bowl and keep a team together that can win for years to come.

It's going to be great to have a real horse in the race this year. Sure, every year a pick a team to cheer for, usually the NFC team, but it will be nice to actually have some real investment in what's happening on the field. For once, I'll probably actually be anxious for the commercials to end and the game to resume.

When it's all over, I hope we can crown their ass Super Bowl Champions.

"Bear down, Chicago Bears"

* I made a special exception for the Super Bowl to let this repeat as song of the moment.

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