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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Tech Nightmare...

Found this at BBC News. Think I would rather just give them the keys myself...

Malaysia car thieves steal finger
By Jonathan Kent
BBC News, Kuala Lumpur

Police in Malaysia are hunting for members of a violent gang who chopped off a car owner's finger to get round the vehicle's hi-tech security system.
The car, a Mercedes S-class, was protected by a fingerprint recognition system.

Accountant K Kumaran's ordeal began when he was run down by four men in a small car as he was about to get into his Mercedes in a Kuala Lumpur suburb.

The gang, armed with long machetes, demanded the keys to his car.

It is worth around $75,000 second-hand on the local market, where prices are high because of import duties.

Stripped naked

The attackers forced Mr Kumaran to put his finger on the security panel to start the vehicle, bundled him into the back seat and drove off.

But having stripped the car, the thieves became frustrated when they wanted to restart it. They found they again could not bypass the immobiliser, which needs the owner's fingerprint to disarm it.

They stripped Mr Kumaran naked and left him by the side of the road - but not before cutting off the end of his index finger with a machete.

Police believe the gang is responsible for a series of thefts in the area.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Red Sox Ace?

As reported at Yahoo Sports...Mike

Red Sox: Schilling slated to start opener…at Triple-A
by Fanball Staff -
Monday, March 28, 2005

After a rough outing against the Twins on Friday the 25th, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling earned the Opening Day start, only it's for Triple-A Pawtucket, not the Red Sox. Schilling will pitch April 7 against the Indianapolis Indians and with regular rest, could be available for the April 13 home game against the New York Yankees.

Sunday, March 27, 2005

A Week for the Books

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Hi everyone,

Well, it is late, and I need to get up early so this will be quick. I am sorry that I haven't posted lately, but I have been on the run with spring break. I am always amazed at how busy I can get on my time off. Chuck and I met with a group of quality friends, and took over Las Vegas last weekend. I won't go into great detail, but we had a nice time. Chuck and I both felt like Las Vegas is a town without any class, but when you go with five of your best friends, nothing else matters. I didn't do so well gambling. I lost two big hands while playing poker, and had a hard time recovering. It was fun to check out the town though.

Kasey and I went to Eagle Crest near Redmond the past few days. We had a really nice time just relaxing. We were only going to stay one day, but decided to make it two since both of us were looking at having to come back and do a bunch of work at school. It is nice when you are away from town because, well, you can't do the work when you can't get to school. We didn't do squat, other than sit around and watch t.v., play games, and enjoy the NCAA tournament.

I start back in with the kids on Tuesday, so tomorrow is kind of like a day off. I will be driving to Newport to check out a potential field trip site for my class, and that will pretty much take up my day.

I hope everyone has had a great week, and I look forward to hearing from you all.

Love, Dave

Monday, March 21, 2005

Kaylyn March 2005. Too Cute For Her Own Good!

Weekend News...

It was a good weekend to be a couch/computer potato. Rented 4 movies, ( Friday Night Lights, Secret Window, Ladder 49 & Blue Collar Comedy Tour 1) enjoyed them all. Played some online poker with some success, was on a losing streak until this weekend when I finally caught a few cards. Played in 3 sit-n-gos and got a 1st, 2nd & 4th.

Helped my folks spend a few bucks and got them hooked up with a new 30" widescreen HDTV, surround sound stereo system and DVD player. Now all they have to do is keep track of all the remotes. Chuck & Dave are having a good time down in Vegas and are each up a couple of hundred bucks betting on the college BB tournaments ( Go Duck Girls!) and playing a few hands of poker. They were both registered in a tournament at the Sahara last night, I am sure we will get an update when they get back tonight.

That's it for now, stay tuned for more news! (12 day until plane leaves for Augusta!)....Mike

Thursday, March 17, 2005

OSU Football Player Caught With A Sheep??

What's wrong with this picture? I heard rumors these boys at Corvallis sometimes miss life on the farm. The news story fails to say if the alleged offender had his knee high rubber boots on...Mike

Football Player Caught With Stolen Sheep

Wed Mar 16,10:24 PM ET

Add to My Yahoo! Strange News - AP

CORVALLIS, Ore. - An Oregon State football had a stolen sheep in the bed of his pickup when he was pulled over for speeding last week, Benton County authorities said.

Defensive tackle Ben Siegert, 20, was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicants after failing field sobriety tests. Ninety minutes after being pulled over, the 280-pound Siegert registered a .14 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath analyzer at the Benton County Jail, according to the sheriff's office. Oregon considers drivers with a .08 percent blood alcohol content to be drunk.

Siegert told the (Corvallis) Gazette-Times that he had nothing to do with the stolen ram.

"I don't know anything about that," he said. "I'm from a city. I don't know anything about sheep."

Benton County Undersheriff Diana Simpson disagreed, saying Siegert might have been "too intoxicated to remember."

The 200-pound ram lives at the university's Sheep Center, and is part of a study on homosexuality in sheep, said Sheep Center manager Tom Nichols.

"We have at least one prank a year where we have to go to a dormitory or a sorority house and pick up a ram or a lamb or a ewe," Nichols said. "It's one of those springtime pranks."

The deputy chose not to arrest anybody for taking the sheep.

Coach Mike Riley is still evaluating Siegert's situation, said Steve Fenk, the Oregon State sports information director.

"At this point they're just going to deal with it internally," Fenk said. "I don't know if it's going to affect spring practice."

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

What Was I Thinking?

Found this hot "news" item on my morning rounds of the internet....Mike

Man With 'TIPSY' Plate Faces DUI Charges

1 hour, 12 minutes ago Strange News - AP

MOORHEAD, Minn. - Having a vanity plate that reads "TIPSY" may not be such a great idea after all. Josiah Johnson, 23, said his license plate might have tipped off the Clay County sheriff's deputy who pulled him over Friday after he left Coach's Sports Pub in Moorhead.

Now he faces third-degree drunken driving charges after his blood-alcohol level allegedly registered twice the legal limit.

Johnson said he bought the personalized license plate for his Jeep to describe the way it rode — then kept it as a joke when he got a Chevy Silverado because he likes to party.

"It doesn't mean I drink and drive," he said. "It just means I have a good time."

Johnson, who was slated to appear in court March 22, said he'll never drink and drive again.

"I feel really stupid," he said. (Ya think???...Mike)

Friday, March 11, 2005

The Wines Family

Star Wars 3

Here we are almost May and you know that myself and our two boys are excited! Excited enough to watch that lame OC TV show.
Actually we used the PIP mode on our TV to watch Survivor, the very best reallity show EVER! Max has finished his first season of soccer. There team went 5-1 for the season! Of course they don't count the wins,but big brother Jake kept track of the scores with some help from Jolene. I had a great time playing poker at Chuck and Daves's house, I hope you guys get some good use out of the table. So in reply to Dad's Blog. The movie looks awesome! Very dark, lots of cool light saber scenes, and the man (DARTH VADER)!

Talk to you Later, Chris

Star Wars III Theatrical Trailer

I taped "The O.C." last night so I could get up bright and early this morning to watch the new theatrical trailer. Looks like the upcoming movie will be the best of the "prequels", very intense and a lot darker than the first 2. This is also rated P-G which is a first for a Star Wars film. Did anyone else see the trailer, if so what did you think? If not it will be shown this weekend at theaters, just take the kids to the new movie "Robots", it will be shown prior to the movie. If you miss that too, it will be on starting Monday the 14th.


Monday, March 07, 2005

Neverending Run of Kings

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Looking down, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I knew I had to remain cool, because I wouldn't want to give any clues to the other players at the table. I had already placed a standard raise on my pocket kings...four times earlier during the evening. Now, with my fifth pairs of kings in the hole, I decided to limp in and see if anyone else would raise the pot. A young man by the name of Brian made a bitter mistake, and I took him for a sweet ride on the Dave Train. That was the kind of night I had on Saturday during our "New Table From Chrissy-Bear Tournament."

I was dealt kings five times...I also got jacks, slick about four times, queens twice, tens, and I hit three nut flushes. Pretty much, I couldn't lose based on the cards I was being dealt. The only skill involved with my game on Saturday was trying to keep people in my hands, just because I knew I was going to take them down when the cards were turned up. It was why poker players get a neverending run of kings.

The night before I found my way to Spirit Mountain Casino, and did just as well. After not voluntarily entering a pot for the first two hours, I went on a run. By the end of the evening I had cracked aces twice, and left with a $280 profit...phatttttttt.

All in all it was a great weekend of cards. I am also up $180 on Pokerroom over the weekend. All of this money is going to Vegas in a week and a half, and I hope I can post about my amazing run of cards when I get back. I will talk to you all later!



Sunday, March 06, 2005


Had a great time last night playing cards at Chuck & Dave's. Smaller turnout than normal as Greg, Andy, Walt and a couple of the other regulars weren't there (missed you guys) but we ended up with 9 players which included the "oldest" son Chris.

Fastest tournament yet, started at 7:30pm and I think the tourney was over around 9:30pm. Dave took down top spot, yours truly second and Chuck third. Got to inaugurate the awesome new poker table Chris and Jolene made for Dave & Chuck, seated all 9 of us very comfortably.

I will let Chuck & Dave tell you about their other Poker exploits this weekend, suffice it to say, it was very profitable for them. Thanks to all for a good time,


Thursday, March 03, 2005

Darth Vader Coming to "The O.C."

Found this at CNN Entertainment:

The new trailer for "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith" will premiere during the March 10 episode of the Fox show.

The final installment of the "Star Wars" saga will open in theaters on May 19. The new trailer will be released in movie theaters beginning March 11.

"Revenge of the Sith" is the third prequel to the original "Star Wars" trilogy. It continues the chronicle of young Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), who eventually turns to the dark side and becomes Darth Vader.

As an avid superhero fan, Seth Cohen, the main character of "The O.C." played by Adam Brody, would likely relish the event.

"The O.C." airs Thursdays (8 p.m. EST).

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

My Last Movie Post

The Wines Family
If anything in this world is a for certain, Jaime Foxx deserved the Best Actor award...hands down, nobody close. He was so convincing as Ray Charles, and although I didn't appreciate the entire movie as much as others, there is no way anbody touched his performance this year.

Best Picture was a hard one for me to deal with. Now, Million Dollar Baby was a great movie, but to me it wasn't as entertaining as The Aviator, or Finding Neverland. When I made my predictions, I was sure that they wouldn't be fulfilled. I don't think the voters think about the most entertaining movie as they do the movie that touches the soul the most. Million Dollar Baby touched the soul, and in that sense, it totally deserved the awards it received. I found the other two movies more enjoyable to sit through. I don't want to discuss Million Dollar Baby too much because any discussion may ruin it for others. Watch it, and you will know. I am very pleased about Clint Eastwood winning because...well, who doesn't love Clint? The acting in Million Dollar Baby was great...Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank, and maybe the best performance was by Clint himself. It was great.

Again, I encourage everyone to watch these movies. In my experience, as limited as it may be, movies that are in the running for Best Picture are always great. Watch the movies regarless of whether or not the Oscars have already occured. Thanks for reading!



So what did you think about the choices made Sunday night at the big show Dave? Kind of hard for me to put in my 2 cents as I didn't see 3 of the movies up for best picture. I was glad to see Jamie Foxx pull down the best actor category and his acceptance speech was touching. I really want to see Million Dollar Baby, especially after the big night they had.