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November 1st, 2002

12:06 pm

Wow, November already. It's hard to believe. Time to start the Christmas shopping already. Shopping really stresses me out. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy giving gifts, but the crowds and trying to figure out what to get just really bum me out. I think I might try to do all my shopping online this year. That would at least solve my crowd problem.

I have been kind of disappointed with my updates recently. There's just been something missing. I haven't been in the zone amd my writing has suffered. I'm going to try to put it behind me and start this new month off with a better attitude and hopefully I'll be able to get my groove back.

Let's see, since I last did an update, TU finally won a football game. What a glorious feeling it is to celebrate a win, especially after such a long drought. I've been taking a lot of crap from people because the TU students tore down a goalpost after TU defeated UTEP 20-0. Yes, it's true that beating UTEP is not exactly a goalpost worthy accomplishment. Before the game, I knew this would be our best shot at a win and I hoped that the goalposts wouldn't come down because I knew we'd get slammed for it. But being there and seeing it take place, I changed my mind. It was fun, it's been a long time since the fans have had reason to celebrate and it's good to see the students actually care about football. TU is an academic institution. Most of the students don't give a rat's ass about sports -even basketball which has been successful. When I was a student at TU, there was a significantly large part of the student body that wanted the University to drop athletics entirely. There was a lot of resentment about money going to athletics instead of academic scholarships and such. When the basketball team went to the Sweet 16 in 1994, you almost couldn't even tell anything special had happened. There was a small buzz around campus but no wild celebrations. There was a little more interest in 1995 for the 2nd Sweet 16, but again, the majority of students didn't care. So when I saw a few hundred students charge the field to celebrate with the team and engage in some organized destruction of school property, I couldn't help but get excited and feel proud of the students. Yeah, it was "only UTEP" but maybe it was also the start of a new attitude from the students and the beginning of the rebuilding of football at TU. Hopefully, the next time goalposts come down at Skelly stadium, it will be because TU just won a WAC title and we can take them both down instead of just one.

This week TU is home vs. Rice. Dad and I are going and will probably freeze our asses off. Hopefully TU can use the momentum from last week and make it 2 in a row. I have my doubts though. I am concerned about Rice's option attack. I'm not sure how effective TU's defense will be. TU is fast, so with the right preparation, I think the defense can stop Rice. But, Rice shredded the defense last year. It was a nightmare. Seems like TU gave up close to 700 yards of offense. It'll be another long day tomorrow if we do that again.

There have been a lot of psychos on the bus this week. I just don't get people. They butt into conversations to say something totally inane and unrelated. Or they just ramble on and on about their personal business. It's crazy. Are people that desperate for someone to talk to that they somehow start thinking it's OK to tell their personal business to a bus full of strangers? Yesterday a woman was going on and on about her job and how many hours she was getting. She rattled off all the times she had worked aver the past week as if anyone is supposed to care. Then the lady acroos from her jumped in talking about how she didn't have a job and she didn't do anything but draw social security because she's bi-polar. Then she said she wasn't really bi-polar but she was scamming social security so "don't tell anyone." (Uh, hello? You just told about 20 people nutbag.) Then the first psycho jumped in with "Oh yeah, I'm bi-polar too... and homicidal, suicidal and paranoid schizophrenic." (Great... please tell me you're getting off the bus soon.)

And earlier in the week, the boob guy and I were discussing a house that's for sale along the route. It's about 2,500 square feet, has a pool, a separate 6 car garage a little barn and a little land. It's pretty nice looking, but it's in a kind of crappy part of town. From the street it's hard to get a real good look at it but it seems to me that it shouldn't be more than $200-250K. Well the asking price is $349,500 much to the surprize of everyone on the bus. So there are 3 or 4 of us talking about it. I'm reading some of the details off the flyer that the boob guy stopped and picked up off the "for sale" sign. Then this odd woman just out of the blue starts going on about how she's a graphic artist and has just taken an $80,000 a year job with a record company to do cover art even though she could make $500,000 a year elsewhere. My first problem with this story - what does this crap have to do with this house we've all been talking about? And secondly - you're obviously a loon and there's no way in hell you're going to make $80K as an artist much less $500K. (When given a chance to guess the price of the house in question, this woman estimated it's value at $14,000. Even with Oklahoma's low property values, you couldn't get a shack for that. Clearly this woman is nuts.) And thirdly - even if her story were true, why would you tell all of that to total strangers on a bus? I am just amazed by the lunacy on the bus. It's non-stop comedy.

I've had a really low tolerance for people this week. (Lower than usual - that's scary eh?) And it's not just nutbags on the bus who are pissing me off. Tuesday I went to Red Lobster with my parents, Grandmother and a relative and friend who were visiting from out of town. There was a waitress there who talked really, really loud. She was driving me crazy. She was one of those phony, bubbly types who was totally ass kissing for tips. I just couldn't get over how loud she was. She could've been heard in the parking lot. And even worse, she was an idiot. Some out of towners asked her for directions and the way she told them to go was the most complicated and slowest way to get there. Plus her directions were vague enough that these people would definitely get lost. She didn't know her directions or names of streets. She was just a total boob. Luckily, the people at the next table gave the out of towners good directions once the loudmouth left. I can't accuratelty convey how loud this girl was. It was maddening.

I had a lot of kids come by the house last night for Halloween. It was kind of a pain. I usually get kind of excited about Halloween, but this year I just wasn't into it. Most of the kids who came by were too old, not in costume or made a really lame attempt at a costume like wearing a football jersey or school cheerleeding outfit. Those punks don't deserve candy. But what are you gonna do? If you don't give 'em candy they might blow your head off. It wasn't all bad. There were a few neat kids who were very nice. A lot of them were really interested in my cat, Gus. There were lots of questions and a couple of really bold kids who just pushed their way into the house for a better look. It was very odd. Kids are so wierd. I just don't get 'em. But for reasons which I have never been able to understand, kids always seem to like me.

Oh yeah, here's some exciting news. I finally have heat in my house. The nightmare that was getting a new heater installed has come to an end. No more freezing my ass off. Woo hoo! The cats are a lot happier too. They don't have to sleep on top of me to stay warm anymore. I can finally move around in my bed again. I got this bad ass new thermostat with the new system that I can program. Now I can have the thing get the house warmed up just before I get up in the morning and just before I get home in the evening. It's so neat. It even has a seperate program for weekends. I'll never have to mess with the thermostat again. The heat just runs when it's supposed to. I love it. I can't wait to see how much the new efficient furnace and patched up duct work help lower my gas bill.

I think I'm kind of rambling today. Oh well. At least it's something new to read. I'm working on my Christmas list. I'm going to put it up here on the site for easy access. I hate telling people what I want for Christmas. It just makes me seem greedy. Anyway, the list is almost done. I'm hoping to add the finishing touches over the weekend. Later.