Renaissance News Report and Various Ramblings

Since the Student Services department of our college consists of me and my boss, Accounting took pity on us and allowed us to come to their Christmas lunch at Black Angus. Other than that, today’s been pretty pedestrian. I’m just getting ready to fly to Virginia tomorrow to visit the ‘rents. News time:

* President Bush announced that he’ll be unveiling his new plan for Iraq in 2007. My guess, Operation: Holy S#%t! What Did We Do? Just a tentative codename. Let it percolate.

* The Fed didn’t change interest rates. I don’t know what that means, but my brother works for them and assures me that it’s extremely important.

* Martin Nodell, the creator of Green Lantern, the comic book superhero who uses his magical ring to help him fight crime, has died. He was 91.

* The federal deficit is NOT as big as we thought. HA! There you go naysayers. Instead of a whopping $83.1 billion it’s only….$75.6 billion. Whoo?

* Democratic representative Dennis Kucinich announced his candidacy for the 2008 Presidential nomination. For those of you who may not remember him from the last time round, he was the crazy one. No, the crazy one who lost.

* The Texas Rangers shored up their bullpen, signing free agent reliever Eric Gagne to a 1 year $6.5 million deal.

* 17 year old soccer star Freddy Adu was traded from DC United to Real Salt Lake.

* Lindsay Lohan announced that she is now sober, having not had a drink in 7 days…..not only is that not news worthy of space in national newspapers, it isn’t even impressive. Not for casual drinkers, non-drinkers, alcoholics, or monks. That’s 7 days. There’s no pin for 7 days. Shut up, Lindsay.

* The New York Film Critics Online think The Queen is the best picture of 2006, though aside from people like me who have a freakish memory and awareness of trivial events, I betcha can’t find three people in your office who have heard of it, let alone seen it.

Renaissance News Report

Why is it that accounting has the best food? I don’t even bother bringing lunch some days, I just mosey down to accounting and steal food. It’s shameless but terribly economical. Haven’t looked at the news all weekend so let’s see:
* The President and State Dept. leaders are meeting to discuss new ideas on Iraq, while outgoing UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan, blasted the US in his departing address. Iraq is a giant debacle, but it’s a debacle that could have been prevented had 10 years of ignored UN sanctions been worth than the wasted paper on which they were printed. The new UN Secretary-General is Ban Ki Moon of South Korea, continuing the UN’s long tradition of SCs with goofy names.

* Richard Daley is running for his sixth term is Mayor of Chicago, which will make him that town’s czar for even longer than his father was.

* The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that spectators at a murder trial were free to wear buttons bearing a picture of the victim in front of the jury that convicted the defendant. Who makes those buttons? Who thought of that? Why is THAT what I thought about after reading the article?

* Illinois Sen. Barrack Obama was encouraged to run for President in 2008, after meeting with officials in New Hampshire. If elected, Obama would have the wackiest name of any President since Millard Fillmore. Yeah, I’m focusing a lot on wacky names today. It’s a Monday. I’m scattered.

* Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet died at 91 and was denied a state funeral on the grounds that he was a giant, giant bastard. That wasn’t the official reason, but I’m just stating the obvious.

* Ohio St. Quarterback Troy Smith became the sixth player from OSU to take home the Heisman Trophy, college football’s highest honor.

* After trying a synthetic basketball that players were openly hostile toward, the NBA is moving back to a leather ball. Yes, this is news. It’s right here in the paper.

* San Diego Chargers running back, LaDanian Tomlinson, broke the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns in a season, netting his 29th in a victory over the Broncos.

* UCLA is still #1 in the Men’s NCAA basketball poll.

* Former Miami, Seattle Seahawks, and Oregon St. coach Dennis Erickson, was introduced as the new head football coach at Arizona St.

* Doha, Qatar is making a bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. For those of you unfamiliar with Qatar (which newspeople pronounce “Gutter”), it’s in the Middle East. Stuff doesn’t blow up in Qatar AS much as in other countries in the region, but I think if you stick the Olympics there, a lot of people will try to change that.

* Yankees pitcher Andy Pettite resigned with the team, 1 year, $16 million.

* The Oakland A’s signed free agent catcher Mike Piazza to a 1 year, $8.5 million contract. Piazza will probably, given his age, DH for the team.

* Apocalypto opened at #1 at the box office with $14.8 million. Mel Gibson’s Mayan drama had been looked at as a litmus test for the star after his anti-Semitic drunken rant earlier this year.

* New York Film Critics hailed United 93 as 2006’s Best Picture (which it very well may be).

* Los Angeles Film Critics tapped Letters From Iwo Jima as the best film of the year, the second such honor it’s earned in two weeks.

* The American Film Institute can never make up its mind, so it released its 10 best movies of 2006: Borat, United 93, Dreamgirls, Babel, The Devil Wears Prada, Happy Feet, Inside Man, Half-Nelson, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Little Miss Sunshine (agree with 93, Borat, and Inside Man…..Happy Feet sucked, need to see the rest).

* The halftime performer at Super Bowl XLI is going to be Prince. My fiancee’s inexplicable fascination with said performer prevents me from making snide and/or inappropriate remarks, which is all I find myself with after hearing that news.

Oh Crap It’s Monday

OCIM. Tis the opposite of TGIF. Monday’s are nature’s way of reminding me that my eventual death will be fine, because death will not contain Mondays. Except in Hell. In Hell, it’s always Monday. In case, you did not pick up on it…I’m tired. I have my screen name for a reason. Couldn’t sleep at all last night due to family drama and my general pyschosis, so aside from reading 200 pages in a book about the fall of Enron, and playing some Mario Party, yesterday was highly unproductive. Oh, and I watched Miami Vice. Don’t do that. Don’t do that to yourself. It’s bad. Visit my movie review site if you want details.

Here at work, I’m listening to “DUDE SHE GOT SO DRUNK” stories about the Christmas party, which are mildly entertaining. Disney on Friday was good, but way too crowded. It’s always awesome to see the park done up for the holidays, The Haunted Mansion and Small World are completely different, but when I’m negotiating 500,000 of my new closest friends to get to them, I lose a little of my Disney buzz. Silly hat was still worn. No one can harsh the silly hat buzz.

To all of you experiencing Monday, you have my sympathy. It sucks. It always sucks. Short week for me this week. I have today and tomorrow, and then Wednesday I’m off to Virginia to see the fam.

Renaissance News Report

Today’s a half-day, and like I said the Christmas party is tonight, so things are pretty quiet around SCC (by the way the fact that our Director of Education quit yesterday isn’t really helping morale) so I’m going to crank out the news early today:

* Forecasters are predicting a busy hurricane season for 2007, making me happy that I only have to worry about earthquakes, mudslides, and drought. Fair trade.

* Former UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick passed away at 80.

* The Transportation Safety Administration is allowing a test program at the Detroit and Dallas airports that would allow non-travelers past security checkpoints for the first time since 9/11. Since then, family and friends have been barred from meeting people at gates or utilizing concessions. If the program is a success, others (specifically Pittsburgh) are looking at adding some sort of visitor program. The major concern is a back-up at security checklines (which speaking as a frequent flier are clogged enough).

* Barry Bonds signed a 1 year $16 million deal with the Giants. He’s 22 homers from Hank Aaron’s all-time mark, and I honestly hope they find a smoking gun and ban him before he sticks a permanent asterisk on another record.

* University of Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon has been promoted to replace departing head coach Larry Coker. Shannon’s got a big job, Miami’s got their thug image back AND now they suck. Good luck, man.

* Former Giants shortstop Jose Uribe was killed in a car crash at the age of 47.

* Actor Wesley Snipes surrendered to authorities two months after he was indicted on tax evasion charges.

* In more celebrity tax news, Richard Hatch, the first Survivor winner, who is currently serving time for being CONVICTED of tax evasion, is appealing his conviction.

Screw the Christmas Party, I’m GOING TO DISNEYLAND!

Tonight is Summit’s annual Christmas party, where everyone gathers at a hotel and gets tremendously loaded. I will, however, be wearing an absurd hat and walking around the Magic Kingdom. Jan and I have annual passes to Disneyland and we can pretty much go whenever we want. Disney changes the whole park for Christmas: the Haunted Mansion is all done up with Nightmare Before Christmas characters, Small World is different, and it snows on Main Street after the fireworks show. This sounds like much more fun to me than wearing formal clothes and making small talk with people that I 95% despise. Plus, given that people in my office are fired over things beyond trivial, I don’t think it’s that great an idea to get loaded in front of the pinheads who do the firing. So screw that, I’M GOING TO DISNEYLAND!!!

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