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Sunday, February 27, 2005

Beware!

Maybe you've seen this fantastic piece of indoor "art" sitting on the end table at the end of the couch, it has been happily gurgling away now for a little over a year. About twice a week you add a couple of cups of water to it and voila, you can enjoy the peaceful sounds of a small creek.

But all is not what it seems; yesterday I noticed an unusual formation growing on the black slate. Undaunted I "touched" this new addition; luckily I had not eaten in the last several hours as I am sure it would have come up instantly. After a few dry heaves I unplug the monstrosity from the wall and take it to the kitchen sink.

Under the bright neon lights I can better see the extent of the growth. It is, how can I describe this(?), picture what you might find after leaving a loaf of bread, unwrapped, on your kitchen counter for a month with a slight sprinkling of water added to the mix every day. At one point just before I dumped the whole mess into a sink full of soapy bleach water, I swore I saw it pulsate, as in heartbeat.

I now know where the creature out of Alien was spawned. After an hour of scrubbing I was able to extricate the fountain back to its original glory. Just another fun day in paradise!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Michael Gray Named Defensive Line Coach

As reported at: Yahoo Sports

Steve Summers - Scout.com
February 23, 2005 at 7:41pm ET

Media Release

EUGENE - Michael Gray, who was a two-year starting defensive lineman at the University of Oregon before embarking on a 12-year coaching career in the professional and collegiate ranks, has been named the Ducks' defensive line coach according to an announcement Wednesday by head coach Mike Bellotti.

Gray comes to Oregon following two years as defensive line coach at Kentucky and replaces Steve Greatwood , who was shifted to coach Oregon's offensive line following four seasons on the defensive side of the ball.

"I am pleased and excited with the addition of Michael to our staff," Bellotti said. "He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and has coached in the Pac-10 as well as in the professional ranks. At each of his coaching stops, he has continually produced results on the field as a teacher and improved the performance of the defensive line in addition to proving to be an impressive recruiter. It's nice to add someone to our staff with Oregon ties who has been successful and truly wants to join our program and help us win."

Monday, February 21, 2005

And the Winner Is...

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That does it...I have seen my final movie for the best picture award. "Ray" is a different kind of movie. Jaime Foxx does do an excellent job, as Dad and Chuck have observed. He was born to play that role. The movie takes place over the many years spanning Ray Charles' career. With movies like that, I tend to be disappointed. I feel like everything is so disconnected when that much time spans in a movie. It didn't seem to bother me in "The Aviator" as much as it did in "Ray." I liked the movie, but everything seemed as important as everything else in it to me. There wasn't a big deal about the success he was having...all of the sudden he was playing in these big arenas, and you never got a sense that this was a big deal to him. He became rich and famous, and the only clue the movie gives you is the fact that he is buying bigger homes and that he has more fans at his concerts. I don't know, maybe it is just me. I enjoyed the movie, but it doesn't receive my Oscar nod. So, my final listing looks something like this...

1) Finding Neverland
2) The Aviator
3) Ray
4) Million Dollar Baby
5) Sideways

Let me know how you feel...and try to watch each of these movies soon. The reality is that I am comparing five fantastic movies. Sometimes when I make lists like these it seems like I don't enjoy the lower-tiered movies. I do. It is just that you are comparing the best of the best, and sometimes it is easy to forget that. Have a beautiful day!

Dave

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Fore...


Look what came in the mail yesterday! Counting down the days for this little trip. Please be careful not to drool on the tickets.. hehehe

Mike

Sweet Georgia



Chuck & I watched "Ray" yesterday and were quite impressed. Jamie Foxx did a fantastic job portraying Ray Charles. Top notch acting by the entire cast. The film follows the singers life from his childhood growing up in North Florida through his career in the music industry. A must see film.

Of the five films listed in Dave's post this and Aviator are the only 2 I have seen. I would be hard pressed to decide which one was better. For best actor I would lean towards Jamie Foxx and best picture I would call a toss up. You should see both films!

Mike

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Finding Neverland is Grrrrreat!

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It is official...Johnny Depp is absolutely and completely fantastic. I went to see "Finding Neverland" tonight, and I was so impressed. Johnyy Depp is simply an amazing actor. I can't think of a single performance where he hasn't met my expectations.

The movie is beautifully told with some brilliant acting by the kids as well. They have Irish accents, and I just think kids with accents are great. I also felt like I had some things in common with Depp's character, so some of the characters struggles resonated with me. If you think you know me well, watch the movie, and tell me what I have in character with the character. I found it to be a wonderful story.

My new favorites list is as follows:

1) Finding Neverland
2) The Aviator
3) Million Dollar Baby
4) Sideways
5) Ray (not yet seen)

More on Movies

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Howdy Y'all!

Well, the next Oscar movie that I watched was "The Aviator" with Leonardo DiCaprio. Now, I never really liked Leo...then I watched "What's Eating Gilbert Grape." Since that time I have watched his movies with more enjoyment. Actually, before I saw that movie I wouldn't watch him because I thought he was such a mamsy pansy girly boy...I was wrong.

"The Aviator" was absolutely fantastic, and I believe it is now my favorite movie going into the Oscar season. It tells the complicated story of Howard Hughes, and the many exploits of his life. I am fascinated by movies that depict actual events...and the events that this movie depicts are often unbelievable. I thought that the acting was great, especially the actress who played Katherine Hepburn. I wasn't expecting this to be a movie that I would enjoy, but it was really great. I think Grandad should see this if he hasn't already just because of the aviation history.

"Million Dollar Baby" was also excellent, and "Sideways" was better than average. "Sideways" is a movie made for a generation that is older than I am, so I think to really appreciate it, you have to be old. "Million Dollar Baby" is a movie that anyone can enjoy, but I also believe it to be a movie that anybody could feel eh about. Watch it, and you will know what I mean.

I have yet to see "Ray" and "Finding Neverland." I think Johnny Depp (also brilliant in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape") is wonderful, and I am excited to see that show. I'm not that excited to see "Ray" however, I also wasn't really looking forward to "The Aviator." Now, if you have seen any of these movies, post your own response. What do you think? How would you rank the movies you have seen?

Dave's Ranking So Far

1) The Aviator
2) Million Dollar Baby
3) Sideways
4) Finding Neverland (not yet viewed)
5) Ray (not yet viewed)

See ya on the other side.

Dave

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Winning Streak

The men's basketball team finally broke down and won a game last night against Wazzoo! Hopefully a start of better things to come in the four games that remain in the regular season. The women's basketball team split their games, winning against WSU and losing last night to the Dogs.

We had a fun weekend of poker. Friday night at Dave & Chuck's we had a 15 person tourney, Chuck took second and Dave & I didn't fair as well, placing out of the money. Last night Dave & I headed north for a home game at Chris' brother-in-laws house. Dave took second and I couldn't believe the run of cards I was getting and took home first.

Have a good week everyone & I am sure I'll post a few more times this week so stay tuned.

Mike

Friday, February 11, 2005

Rocky Spoof...

This is too funny. For all you Rocky fans out there click on this LINK and you can watch The Eye of the Tiger spoof.

Mike

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

And once again

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Well Y'all,

I hope you are QUACKing in your boots for this weekend. Cause I am gonna ride your roody-poo monkey a$!!&#@! out of town. While touching up on my mad skillz at the poker table, I went ahead and won my SECOND multi table tourney. This time there were 182 entrants, none with the talent that I have been soooo blessed to possess. So before you all decide to throw money on the table in a little game, you might want to see if I am gonna be there. If that's the case, maybe some popcorn and a nice movie might be a better option for you all. Hey, on the other hand, maybe you don't mind losing a little money just to say to all of your friends that you sat at MY TABLE. I am gonna treat you sissies like the humps you are. Thanks for the birthday love.

Love QuackAttack

See ya Saturday

Couple of interesting websites...

In my recent wanderings around the net I have run across a couple of interesting items. Google has a new service that just started, Google Maps which is an alternative to Mapquest and such. If you go there take the "Tour" and learn how to operate it.

The other website takes a phrase that you type in and searches Google Images and also Google, combines the results in a "poster" picture, check it out at typoGenerator and let me know what you think. That's all the news for now.

P.S. Also found the opening text that scrolls across the screen at the opening of the upcoming movie Star Wars 3, here it is:

Episode III
REVENGE OF THE SITH

War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere.

In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate.

As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor....

Cant wait!!

Mike

Monday, February 07, 2005

Happy Birthday Chuck & Dave!



Just wanted to wish a Big Happy Birthday to Dave & Chuck.

Love, Dad

Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Latest...

Well, it's been awhile since I have posted anything, as most of you know Char's brother, Donald, passed away earlier this week and the Memorial service was yesterday. Naturally we have been busy taking care of arrangements, having out-of-town guests & all that requires. Things should get back to "normal" by tomorrow. Thanks to all who wished Char the best during this difficult time.

Good news and bad news on the Oregon sports front. The ladies BB team won both of their games last weekend and the men lost both of theirs. This week both basketball teams have only 1 game and it's against Oregon State today. Oregon football tickets go on sale for season ticket holders Monday. What ever is left will be for sale in July.

Found a great Blog about Poker, it is Betting for Value..I also listed it in the right hand column under "My Favorite Blogs" links. Check it out!

That's all the news for now...

Mike

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Char's Big News



Char starts working dayshift today as the new Department Manager of housewares at her store. Really happy for her and she has worked very hard to get this job.

Liked your post Dave, even though I haven't seen many of the movies yet in contention for the main prizes at the Oscar's this year. Maybe we could go see one this Saturday?

Mike