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October 15th, 2002

11:50 am

On the way to work last week, Dad and I saw this piece of crap hoopty driving down the street. It was an old nissan I think - it was beat up, missing a hub cap and probably worth about $300. What was really interesting about the car is that it had some of those little neon lights on the wheels. You've probably seen crap like this. There's the ones with running neon lights around the license plate or the lights under the car that shine down on the street and make the car look like it's glowing. Personally, I think all these lighting effects people put on their cars is just ridiculous. It's just an obnoxious way for losers to draw attention to themselves. What I want to know is if you have a nice car, why would you screw it up with lame ass neon lights? And even more puzzling, if you have a piece of crap, like the one Dad and I saw, why draw attention to the fact that you're driving a piece of crap - especially when the light job probably cost more than the car is worth? How lame. I bet the guy had "the club" too. You never see "the club" on a good car. It's always on a hoopty that no one would want to steal anyway.

Something else that's been bothering me lately - it's that stupid Old Navy commercial that uses the "Green Acres" theme. What's the deal with that guy in the commercial? He's just wierd looking. I can't quite put my finger on what it is that bothers me, but the guy just gives me the creeps. I think his head might be abnormally large and he looks like he's made out of rubber. He can't possibly be a real person. I think he might be some kind of computer generated character or maybe he's one of those animatronic things like they have at Disney World. There's just something not right about the guy. As if I didn't already have enough reasons to hate Old Navy - the endless barrage of stupid commercials, the way they try to brainwash people into dressing a certain way, and the fact that they sponsored a promotion at a Redhawks game which resulted in the dislocation of my elbow - now they have to start using creepy looking guys in their stupid commercials. Man I hate those bastards.

I went to Tulsa this weekend to see TU get spanked again. I just don't see how TU will ever win another football game. It's brutal having to watch my team take a beating week after week. But, in spite of the school record setting 16th consecutive loss, I did manage to have a good time. Dad and I got there early and got to see a basketball scrimmage. That was pretty sweet. I can't wait for basketbaall season. I think TU is going to be really good. Maybe even better than that Elite Eight team in 2000. I'm so excited. OK, back to football, I think the best thing about going to the game is that I didn't see a single play of the OU/Texas game. I really enjoy the fact that I'm one of about 5 people in the state who didn't give a rat's ass about that game. Not watching it is pretty cool, but going to see the worst division 1 college football team in the country instead of watching the big "Red River Shootout" is just sweet. I love the stunned look I get from people when they find out I skipped the OU/Texas game for TU. People think I'm nuts. It's so great.

I've been playing the guitar a bunch lately. I bought some new strings on Friday. It pretty much took the whole weekend for me to figure out how to put them on. I don't know why I had so much trouble. I can change viola strings just fine so I didn't really expect guitar strings to be that tricky. Anyway, I finally got them on and they're pretty sweet. I like the sound better and they're a lighter weight than my old ones so they're easier on the fingers. I really haven't been making good progress in my quest to learn the guitar. I was doing OK until baseball season started. Then I didn't play all summer. I totally slacked off. But now I have more free time around the house so I'm getting back to a good practice routine. I've started finding music on the internet to play. It's boring just learning chords. So instead I try to find songs that I like that use three or four chords. That way, I'm learning a song and new chords at the same time. It seems more productive that way. Last night I learned "A Horse With No Name" by America. I got so excited I couldn't quit playing. I played for about 2 hours then suddenly realised that I was exhausted. I used up a lot of energy in my exuberant celebration over playing a cool song. It still needs work. I don't think the tabs I found on the internet are quite right. I found 2 versions of the song. I think each is right in spots but neither is completely accurate. I need to listen to the song some more and try to come up with a more accurate arrangement.

I guess that's about it. I'm pretty boring today. It's been nice to see a little activity on my message board. Keep it up. Also, I changed my Frequently Asked Questions page. I finally answered some questions. It seemed kind of silly to have that page set up without any information on it. It just took me a while to decide what to do with it. I'll prbably add more eventually, but it's a good start. Have a nice day!