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20 October 2014

And So Vacation Ends

Ugh, today is my first day back to work. Vacation always goes by way too fast. This was definitely a fun and exciting vacation. Although, I think I need a vacation from vacation. Just a few days to rest and relax.

Atlanta
We flew out of Pittsburgh on Saturday morning. It was a smooth flight, minus Lindsey and her terror of flying. She likes to squeeze my hand until the bones break. We arrived in Atlanta and were picked up by Lindsey's step-brother, Ted. We then went to his grandmother's house for something to eat.

The first thing I noticed about the Atlanta area is that everything is like an hour and a half away. It is a huge city and the suburbs are not really that close. It was kind of cool. Anyways, after we ate, we went to Stone Mountain. This is a carving of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis followed by a pretty cool laser show. People joke about people in the South being in denial about the Civil War, but there is a part of the show where the show Lee crying after breaking his sword. I am guessing it was very emotional if you were a Southerner. Since I am not, I just cheered and screamed "WE WON!!!!"


Sunday was a dinner at a family member's house. Guess how far away it was? Yep 1.5 hours away. So weird. We got to eat plenty of good ole Southern food. Once we got back to Ted's place we drank some beer and watched football. Lindsey got a little inebriated.

The next day we went to the zoo. It was a nice zoo. I think Pittsburgh is probably a bit larger, but this one was still nice. They had a pretty cool bird show, I am usually not one to like the shows where animals perform, but this one was not so bad. I just wonder if the lady who was in charge is actually a bird-i-ologist (avian expert is probably more correct) or just an animal trainer. I guess I will never know. It is also quite scary how they just let the tigers feed on small children. They should probably put some glass there or something.
We were supposed to go the college football hall of fame, but since it was kind of late in the day, no one wanted to hit traffic. The ladies went to get their nails done, while us men went to a few stores, such as a giant wine store. This place was like the size of umm, a small super market, but with just wine, beer, and liquor.

I found a bottle of wine called Josh. If I would have found one called Lindsey, I would have purchased them, but just buying one called Josh is weird, especially when I do not even drink wine.

After that we went to Cabelas and looked at boats. They had some fairly good deals especially on a pontoon boat. Adam and I wanted to get it, but we did not know if you could carry that on the plane. That was the only thing holding us back.

Sadly the trip to Atlanta did not end with us meeting Ludacris. I apologize. I know most of you were hoping I would tell you about how we met up and went out partying. In fact, at Stone Mountain, they did a piece of music from Georgia and they did not play Luda! How messed up is that?

We came back to Pittsburgh on Wednesday and had to go to IKEA because Lindsey needed to get some more wedding stuff. After that we went to Buffalo Wild Wings, I had never eaten there before and was pretty impressed with it. I mean, it is similar to Quaker Steak 'n Lube, but whatever, you can never have enough of those types of restaurants (sarcasm noted).

Photo Shoot
On Friday, we met with our photographer to do our engagement photos. I was actually a bit nervous about it because I am not great at smiling on command. Luckily though, our photographer was fantastic and she brought enough energy to the shoot that I was at ease. Once I get the photos there will be a post dedicated to them.

After the pictures were done we went to dinner at the Inclined Plane (the restaurant is called Asiago's). It was a nice romantic dinner. I tried a pumpkin martini, which was very good. After dinner we went to the movies to see Gone Girl.

The movie was great and for the first time ever, Lindsey stayed awake! Once the movie was over we went to Pour, which is a bar attached to a nice restaurant in Ebensburg. They have a bunch of craft beers on tap and I tried a few of them. The first one was terrible because it was too dark, the second was gross because it tasted like pine. I then tried to order a Miller Lite, they were out. Needless to say we left and went over to Clark Powell's and enjoyed a few Miller Lites.

Corn Maze
Saturday was fun and a bit different. We went out to JB's Tree Farm with my mom and decided to do the corn maze. We made it through without getting lost. Well we got a little lost, but I think that is the point. We were trying to find these hole punch things in order to win a prize. We did not find them all, but it was definitely fun.

The farm had some animals there as well. They have some Nigerian Dwarf Donkeys. I know, you are thinking "Josh is that even a thing?" And I promise you that they are real. Plus they had some baby goats, which were super cute. I think Lindsey may have wanted to take them home.

After we picked out some pumpkins, we then went to Marzonis for dinner. It was so damn good. It was such a fun day hanging out with my mom.  





Once we finished dinner, Lindsey and I went to Kohl's (I BOUGHT SOCKS!!!) and then Boscov's (I BOUGHT A PSU SHIRT!!!!!). We also bought some Christmas presents for someone, but we will not mention that here.

Sunday
This was a nice easy day, we sat around watching football, then went to dinner at Lindsey's mom's house. We came home and watched The Walking Dead then we went to bed. Lindsey fell asleep while I read for like two hours. It was just what I needed for my final day.

And now vacation is over and I need to get ready for work.


17 October 2014

Potpourri of Randomness

I said that I was going to do more than write about fantasy sports, so here is one of those posts. You know the kind, where I write about a bunch of random stuff.

Ebola and Terrorism
I have been reluctant to write about Ebola and ISIS, but then I saw this post on Facebook the other day and I decided that I needed to voice my opinion.

First off, ignore the terrible spelling and grammar. Just look at what this guy believes: ISIS is sending soldiers to West Africa in order to contract Ebola and then come to America. Think about the logistical troubles of going from the Middle East to West Africa. It is not that close together. People forget that Africa is a huge continent. Look, it would take almost 19 hours in a plane to get from Kobani to Sierra Leone.


Then, they would have to leave there and head to the United States. Again, not a sure trip. You do not think someone would notice a bunch of Middle Easterners coming from West Africa? Or does this person that posted this nonsense think they all look alike.

That brings me to another thing, where did this person get this information? The only thing I could find about ISIS doing something like this was from the National Report. Well if you do some digging on their site, you will find this wonderful nugget.

You see this is the danger of the internet. Right now there are tons of satirical news sites out there that are trying to trick people into clicking their stories. They hide the fact that they are not real news sites by putting up a disclaimer somewhere that is almost impossible to find. People need to use their head, if you have not heard of the site, check on Snopes or some of the other fact checking sites.

My Brother's Website
It has only been a few years and we are still waiting for that first post from Adam...


Pulp Fiction



This movie has been out for twenty years and watching it last night, I noticed something: Vincent Vega is wearing Gold Toe socks! I wear Gold Toe socks. I am like Vincent Vega. Minus the drugs, murder, love of British spy novels, and cool dance moves.

Jeopardy
I think everyone should watch Jeopardy tonight. There will be a category dedicated to archaeology. I hope that I can run that one. Tomorrow is International Archaeology Day and this is just one way to honor such an awesome field of study.

Woodgrove Wolverines
My cousin Addison goes to Woodgrove High School in Virginia. My aunt recently posted a picture of my grandparents wearing their Woodgrove gear at a cheerleading competition. I was a little jealous and said that I wanted a shirt. My awesome Aunt Lori mailed me one a few days later. I think I look pretty damn awesome.
If you saw this picture on Facebook, you probably also saw all the comments about the open closet door. Deal with it. Anyways, I dig the colors of Woodgrove. My high school's colors were blue and white, just like Penn State. So I never really got to experience a school with different colors. I know, it is a rough life I lead.

Nuclear Fusion
Did you read about Lockheed Martin announcing they think they have made a major breakthrough on nuclear fusion? It was all over the news the other day. This got me excited about the prospects of the future. It also made me a little sad.

If this is true and who knows if it is or not. But, for the sake of my post, let us pretend it is true. The one article I read said they started working on fusion because they wanted to expand because of less defense contracts in the coming years as the United States and European countries scale back defense spending.

How sad is that? Scientists have been working on fusion for decades with not much luck, but a defense contractor realizes that profits could be down in a few years and they are like "hey, let's take a crack at this nearly limitless energy thing that we have been hearing people talk about." Boom, a few years later, they have it licked.

I also had to laugh when I read the article because LM mentions that they are like 20 years from actually having a working reactor built. Again, if this breakthrough is true, I have a feeling that other companies will be on their heels very quickly and it will be much sooner than that before we see this tech somewhere.

Alright I think this is enough to keep you laughing for the day. Enjoy!

2014 NFL Pick 'Em Week 7 and Fantasy Football Week 6

I had another solid week by getting eight correct. Gideon and my brother were the big winners with eleven. Mom fell from first place by only getting seven and is now in second place behind Gideon. My current record is 44-46 and I am five behind the leader. My brother has moved up to fourth place with a 43-47 record. Lindsey did not have a good week, she did her picks, but they did not save. So she is now 30-60.

I noticed something interesting. If you went completely chalk (or is this just NCAA Bracket term? Also, for those unsure what I mean: you only picked the favorites), you would have gotten nine right. If we look back each week, it goes: 8-7-8-7-5. Do you think week one is so low because the oddsmakers do not have a bead on how good teams will be yet? Do you think think this number will improve over the course of the season? By week fifteen will they be getting double digit correct?


Sorry Offord! I did not mean to give you such a monstrous beat down. It was pretty much all Luck. Get it? Hahaha, I crack myself up here.


It was a nice week, but I did not go anywhere in the standings, still in fourth place with a 4-2 record. I still have scored the most points (barely, since Gideon put up a Monstar number of 207.30). Speaking of Gideon, he is in first place, followed by Jarrod (who lost to my brother), then Jim. They are all 5-1. My brother is in eighth with a 3-3 record. Watch out everyone, he is on a roll!

This week I take on Imler, who is in sixth place. I am projected to squeak one out, but it might be tough with McCoy on bye week. We shall see.

16 October 2014

Being Critical


Lindsey and I have lived here in New Germany since 2010. I have always taken Route One for anytime I have to go to Ebensburg or Altoona, or even now, when I go to work. It takes me roughly five minutes to get to the Sheetz.

Saturday, when Adam and Kayla picked us up to go to the airport, Adam believed that it would be better to go Route Two, which goes to Rt. 219 N, then you get off on Rt. 22 and hit Sheetz. Adam made a good point that it might be faster since it is mostly highway. The more I thought about it, the more I started to think he might be on to something.

Then I realized something. I can test this theory. Granted my test was not perfect, I mean I only went through each route once, but my results were interesting. So here we go:

Route One
Allow me to explain the major problem on this route: traffic. Ugh, I got behind three cars going so slow. It took me 5 minutes 49.8 seconds to get to Sheetz, which seemed a little longer than normal. It was 4.1 miles.

Route Two
I thought for sure this would beat the 5:49.8, since I would be able to hit the highway and ramp up to 75 MPH for the majority of it. I did not get behind any cars getting to the highway, but from our driveway to the highway it was almost three-quarters of a mile, and I had traveled in the opposite direction of where I wanted to go. I was able to get going very fast (I may have even sped up to 80 MPH for a little bit), but that was not enough as my time was 6:20.3. And it turned out to be 5.6 miles. I thought for sure that it would farther, but not by much and the time saved would be worth it.

So it seems that my initial belief was correct. It never hurts though to challenge our beliefs and see if what we think is actually right. Lindsey pointed out that Route Two is probably better for bad snow days in the winter, since the highway gets plowed earlier and more often than New Germany Road. She is so smart!

10 October 2014

And Thus Vacation Begins

Not sure if you have noticed, but my posts have not been all that frequent as of late. Well there has been a reason for that: I am burning out. Not from writing the blog! Do not panic people. Instead, I have been ready for vacation time. I know, I just took vacation back in August, but for some reason I really feel like I need this one. It will be great to take a week off and just allow myself a chance to recharge.

Tomorrow the fun starts by flying to Atlanta. We are going there for a few days to visit some family. We come back on Wednesday and then I am sure Lindsey will tell me about more fun stuff she has planned. Probably something involving a door and paint. Who knows though...

I have no clue what we were doing in Atlanta, I am assuming that we are meeting up with Ludacris at some point. That seems to be the most logical thing to do while in the ATL, right? Does everyone call it that? I am sure they do.

Here is another question about the ATL: what do people wear there? I checked the weather, it is like in the 80s. Lindsey informed that it is fall and you should wear fall clothes. She thinks I will look like a complete tourist if I show up in shorts and t-shirts. She said that people in the south still change their wardrobes according to the seasons. Why? What the hell is the point of that? Well I guess Ludacris is wearing a sweater in that picture, so maybe she is right. So weird.

I may have to watch the classic Futurama episode "The Deep South" in order to brush up on my knowledge of Atlanta. It is more than just a Delta hub, right?

Anyways, you can expect a bit of a blackout here for the next few days. I promise when I get back to have much more fun posts instead of just fantasy sports stuff (okay, that is not true, there will still be plenty of fantasy sports posts, just other stuff as well).

An Argument



I had a fun argument on Facebook with my uncle for the past few days. Not really important, but towards the end of it, I kept thinking about this funny Monty Python sketch. I wanted to respond with "argument? I was looking for insults." (Yes, I realize that would have been a reverse of the actual quote, suck it.)

09 October 2014

2014 NFL Pick 'Em Week 6 and Fantasy Football Week 5

Well I may have made a bit of a comeback. I got eight right last week, and Mom only got six. I am now 36-39 and only three behind the leader. Lindsey was the big winner last week: getting nine correct. She is still in next to last with a 30-45.


Ugh. I lost by .30! That is so idiotic. It is hard for me to explain how pissed off it makes me. Also, when Jim wished me happy birthday, he said that I would not win, what a jerk.

The only silver lining to this loss is that this was my best team out there. No one on my bench scored more than a starter. I hate when that happens. I am now 3-2 and down to fifth place. Jim and Jarrod stayed undefeated, Gideon and Ryan are third and fourth. I still have scored the most points. My brother has won two in a row and is in 10th place. This week I take on Offord, who is 2-3 and in eighth place. He also has scored a high amount of points, but not seen the results, so it should be a good match-up.

08 October 2014

New Shows

I have watched a few of the new shows I mentioned a few weeks ago and figured now would be a good time to give you all a little rundown on what I think of them.

Gotham

I dig it. I had some reservations about it, but seeing the beginnings of so many of the Batman villains and how the show is re-imagining them has been fantastic. Also, they have done the beginnings of Bruce Wayne's transformation fantastically.

My favorite part of the show has definitely been the relationship between Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock, played expertly by Ben McKenzie and Donal Logue. It is a very different relationship than what we saw in Batman: The Animated Series, where Bullock is one of Gordon's best detectives, but a bit sloppy (also, in the comics, he starts out crooked, but then changes his ways, but whatever it could be different in this show).

My least favorite part has been Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney. She is just god awful. Jada has been so over-the-top that it makes me slightly annoyed. At first I thought she was supposed to be the Red Claw, who was an interesting villain in B:TAS, but sadly that was not who they went with, instead they made up a villain for the show and she is pretty much terrible.

Side note:  Did anyone else notice the stand-up comic performing to Mooney in the first episode? I wonder who that could be?

Mulaney
I want to like this show. Unfortunately the pilot was pretty bad. Granted, pilots are usually bad, but this one had a weird way of starting out. There were plenty of funny jokes, but I do not think they needed to use Mulaney's great story about going to the doctor for anxiety meds as the opening to the show.

The live audience makes it feel like an old sitcom from the 80s or 90s. I will give this a few more episodes to see if the stories pick up and the jokes become less bits from his stand-up and more fluid, if that makes much sense.

Scorpion
This show is silly, but it has a little charm, so I think Lindsey and I will watch it. Granted, if they do another scene where a plane flies above a Ferrari going 200 mph while the pilot lowers a USB cable to plug into a laptop...I will throw my remote through the television. 

So the sh

06 October 2014

Civil Forfeiture



Last Week Tonight is probably my favorite news show. Okay, that is not a probably statement, it is a fact. Yesterday's episode had a segment about civil forfeiture. Jesus, is this kind of shit scary? Can you imagine being pulled over and having the cop ask you if you have any money? I am actually hoping that this happens to me at some point so I can give them all the loose change in my car.

Seriously, watch the above video and try not to get pissed about it.