Definitely Better

This post was inspired by The Shee (Adam Cohen) and I know he’ll be extremely flattered that I’m writing this. I consider myself good-very good at a lot of relatively useless things. The following will be a list of things that I’m good at but I know at least one person that’s better than me. Obviously I know there’s someone better out there at everything so the rule is I have to interact with this person at least once every six months or so and they have to be a ‘friend’, otherwise they don’t count.

Ping-Pong – I play ping-pong a good amount and the only person who can beat me very consistently is The Shee. This is why he’s going to love this post. Now obviously Tom can beat me on any given game but the Shee is the only one who definitely beats me more than I beat him. We played 4 times last night and I went 0-4. It’s not like the games aren’t close. I can be leading the whole game and we’ll hit 15-15 or 16-14 and then I fall apart. We had one game go 22-24 last night but for whatever reason I can’t beat the Shee. There ya go Shee.

Frisbee – It’s hard to judge who’s ‘better’ at Frisbee but of everyone I’ve played with there’s been only two people that I can definitely say are ‘better’ at Frisbee than me. Tristan and Abud. Some may argue Tristan doesn’t belong on this list because I don’t interact with him once every six months anymore but I plan on telling him about this post today so that will be one right there. Plus we were pretty much best friends for 9 months so he counts. Tristan was just all around better than I was. He could throw farther, more accurate, and was taller. I could probably get to a loose Frisbee faster than Abud but his forehand throw is 10 times more consistent than mine so I’ll give him the nod.

Running – Of all the people who were better than me my freshman year in high school I would say that only two are still better than me. Paul and Palm. Both of them have 49/1:51 speed so obviously they crush me at shorter events but they’d also probably beat me in the 5k and they both have beaten me at Paul Short. If I can somehow get my shit together for my senior year I might be able to put a 10k out of reach because they hate the 10k but regardless, they’re definitely better runners than I am.

Music Knowledge – This one is obviously subjective. I feel like I know a good amount of lyrics, song names, artists, and things about the song or artist. The one person who has pretty similar taste and definitely knows more than I do is my brother Tom. There’s a good amount of songs that he knows that I don’t but more importantly there are few that I know that he doesn’t know. Now there are definitely some bands and songs that I know better than him but on the overall he has me beat by a good margin. The title of this can be misleading so I’ll throw in that my brother Jeff also knows a lot more about music than I do in terms of theory and actually playing guitar (also Dan Mahoney, Ben Landau, and Kurt Channick are more knowledgeable/better than me at guitar). I’m not that good at guitar anyway but I figured it was worth mentioning.

I’m sure there are more things but since I haven’t posted in 4 days I figured this was good enough. I’m also sure you all out there can think of things that you’re better than I am at so feel free to comment.

 

 

Whoops

Fortunately I didn’t actually bet on whether or not I would post last night. When I only have one thing to do I just take all day to do it. I was in the library for about 9 hours yesterday, 5-6 of which I was working on the Ukraine paper. It was less than a 5 page paper, there’s no way it should have taken that long. I guess I’m a little more motivated now because I’m willing to spend all day in the library to get something done even if I’m not working that hard while I’m here. Tomorrow is Econometrics and then I might as well be done. Although it will be another 48 full hours until I’m officially done, tonight is really the last difficult night I’ll have.

The problem with starting a post with the above paragraph is that anything else I say in the post is secondary. I could talk about how the Sixers crushed the Bulls last night and are going to win the series or that conferences is this weekend and I get to hand our medals to all the winners but when I set the tone with a paragraph like that, anything else to follow is pointless. Because of this, I won’t bother writing about anything of importance. Yes this is another shitty post but something is better than nothing. Regardless of whether you were entertained or not by reading this, you still spent two minutes not studying for finals which is the purpose of visiting this blog for most of you at the momemt. Since I won’t actually have much to do tomorrow once I finish my final I will try to write something. Granted I kind of promised this yesterday and completely failed but maybe this time I will actually do what I say I’m going to do.

Last Hurrah

I’m heading to Penn State for the night. After two and half years I’m finally visiting Alex and those guys. I think it’s probably a good thing I haven’t been at Ursinus for 3 weeks because if I was I would be in my normal drinking habits which consist of blacking out hard, making a fool of myself, and passing out super early. Now that I haven’t done that in a while I might be able to party like normal college kid. Regardless I’m excited for tonight and it’s about time.

After this I don’t anticipate anything exciting happening for the rest of the break. This is my last hurrah before I lounge around the house for 5 days and then go back to school and have classes again. Maybe then I can get into the routine of having consistent/quality blog posts but until then shitty posts like this will have to do.

Be a Winner

I had 37 blog posts in December which was a record high for any month. I thought a lot of the posts were pretty good and there weren’t very many junk posts. This however has not had the desired affect. My views for the past 30 days have been pretty bad. Overall views have dropped by about 300 and unique visitors dropped about 100. I suppose it’s the holiday season and I’m not at the forefront of most peoples mind but still, a major drop in readership after a major increase in output. I haven’t posted the past few days because my creativity is pretty low. I don’t do anything during the day and now that some people have gone back to school I don’t do as much during the night either.

I’m playing poker tonight for the first time since the Turkey Tourney. That will at least pass the time and add some excitement. Unfortunately though, when I think about it, whether I lose $50 or make $100, it doesn’t really matter. If I made $100 tonight what would that do to the rest of my break? Probably nothing. It would be as dull and boring as it has been. As I’m writing this I thought of an idea. If I make a profit tonight in any amount I’m going to buy myself a present for that amount of money tomorrow, no matter what. Maybe it’ll be a nice case of beer or a new toothbrush or a fresh pair of mesh shorts, whatever it may be, I’m spending the money. If I lose, well it happens but if you go in thinking you’re going to lose then you’ll lose almost every time. Tonight, I will be a winner.

The Fargo Embargo

I don’t know if Kurt Channick or Dan Mahony read my blog (I don’t think they do) but they are two of my friends and they started a band this summer and recorded a few songs. They’re called The Fargo Embargo. I’ve listened to each of their songs a good number of times and I must say I enjoy them. Since I’m not very well versed in musical instruments (I can sort of play guitar but I know practically zero music theory) I don’t know how difficult it is to come up with riffs, songs, etc. but I know what I like when I hear it. I like Ain’t Changing Me the most, Stop, Drop, Tonight I’m on a Roll is next, and finally Testify which is also good. They’re definitely worth listening to in my opinion.

Anyway, I imagine it’s also difficult trying to get people to listen to your music so I’ll do my part and try to help them out. Since millions read this blog it’s the least I can do. But really, even if only 1 or 2 people click the link and listen to a song or two I’m sure they’d appreciate it. If I can I’ll put one of the songs on this blog but at the moment I can’t download them so we’ll have to wait on that.

Living the Life

It’s amazing how unproductive someone can be when they just don’t have anything to do. I slept in till noon, watched Despicable Me, played guitar, hung out with Noops and Sneezy, did some back exercises, and went on a bike ride. This occupied all of my time. It’s actually nice to do this for a few days since I’ve been doing a lot (questionable) lately but I don’t know if I can keep this up all break. I was thinking about reading a book or something but I just can’t see that happening. I need to go Christmas shopping so that will occupy one day this week. I can’t run that much so that’s out the door and I don’t have a single video game that I can play. As long as I don’t have to worry about doing any work for school then I don’t mind doing nothing all day. I literally read the entire history of Vegeta along with some Goku, Frezia, and Buu from DBZ today for about an hour. Something to make me feel like I’m not a complete waste of life would be appreciated.

Tomorrow will be a day out of the ordinary. I’ll be going in to Stortz Tools for the first time in about 3 years. As a really little kid I loved going there, it was fun seeing all the machines and tools and not having to do work. As I got older I grew to dread going there because I did the bitch work every time I went there. Granted this is what I should have been doing, but it just wasn’t fun at all. When I think of Stortz Tools I think of waking up at 7, driving in, standing for 8 hours in the back room with an endless amount of tools in front of me, then driving home at 4 or 5 dead tired. Hypothetically, my future could be working there so I guess I should try to get used to it.

 

Gallon Challenge Failure

The gallon challenge was a complete disaster. I did even worse than last year and to cap it Wacker beat me. It started around 9:30. Wacker and I were the only 2 people in the suite. He seemed to think that it was going to be easy and he could definitely do it. 10 minutes in we were both cruising. 20 minutes in it started to hit us but we were probably half way through the gallons if not more. I pretty much hit a brick wall at 30 minutes. I felt horrible and the idea of drinking anymore milk made me nauseous. Mark and Pane came back and I was at a stand still. Wacker drank a good amount more while I just paced around complaining about how cold I was and how bad I felt. I finished a cup and that pretty much sealed the deal. I hovered over the toilet for a few minutes and then bombs away. It came in two violent shots and just like that, 45 minutes later, I was defeated. Wacker made it about 50 minutes in and 10 ounces more than I did until he was yacking. His wasn’t as smooth as mine, it came in maybe 5 different violent splashes.

It’s amazing how back to normal you feel after you throw up. I’m disappointed but I guess I can say I had fun and I gave it my best shot. I think I did even worse than last year which is bad and I didn’t even get a sweet video of the throw up. My attempt was pretty pathetic. Wacker also has a new appreciation for people who can actually do it, it’s not quite as easy as he expected. After attempting this for the second time I can say that I am amazed that people can actually do that. Obviously I’m a smaller person but I wasn’t even close really. If you can do the gallon challenge then I envy you.

 

The Worst is Over

I didn’t update yesterday. My day was pretty bad for a while. I woke up at 10 and was in the library by 10:30 I stayed there till 12 where I went to meet up with my group. At 1 we had to go to our ‘final’ and give our presentation while sitting through 8 other presentations. Ours was about 15 minutes long and it went well. I was out of there by 4 and after a 10 minute break I was back in the library studying for my reporting final. At 5:30 I went to take the final. By 6:45 I was done, the final was pretty tough. Right after that I made my way to the gym to get in 30 minutes on the bike. While jogging over there I decided I’d run a mile for the first time in over a week. It felt absolutely awesome to be running again. After that I did my biking and ate dinner with Ben when I was done. After that I iced my back/did my stretches/exercises afterward. It was 9 o’clock by the time everything was done and I was just ready to play some COD. I played until midnight then went to bed.

Today was not nearly as bad but still, pretty bad. I’ve been studying for a while but I did have some time to sleep in, get a haircut, and take a long while to eat lunch and dinner. I have a final tomorrow at 9 and after that I might as well be done. I have finance on Friday but it will be a joke so I’m considering tomorrow to be the end of my 5th semester. It went by fast but not without a lot of great races and great nights of celebrating. I’m more than halfway through my college career but I really do feel like I’m making the best of it.

I don’t really know what I’m going to do over break. If I can’t go back early because of my back I’m going to have an entire month off. What the hell am I suppose to do? Obviously I’ll hang out with my friends and all but I need some activity or some day trip to look forward to. At the moment I see neither of those happening unless I want to devote an entire month to actually memorizing how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Let’s hope it doesn’t come down to that.

31

This post marks a new record for me, most posts in a month. Now compared to my counter part (Tom) this number of 31 posts in a month is not all that impressive but it’s a PR and shows that I’m as dedicated as ever to making this blog somewhat entertaining to readers. Plus, I think that for the most part I make decent posts (questionable) and if Green TD from Warcraft has taught me anything, it’s quality over quantity, I’m doing my best over here. Tonight also marks the first night in a very long time (not including Thanksgiving break) that I literally don’t have any homework. Are there things I could be doing? Absolutely. Am I going to do them? Obviously not. Procrastination isn’t something that people choose to do, it’s honestly just a way to live life. I had a managerial exam today at 2:50. I didn’t even study last night because I knew I had time to study this afternoon. Would studying last night have helped me? Maybe but in all honesty I was willing to sacrifice 5 or 10 points on the test if it meant I didn’t have to study last night. How many people honestly start a paper more than 2 days before it’s due? The answer is very few. I think the test went well if that’s worth anything

One bad thing has happened as of late. I played basketball for an hour+ on Saturday and ever since my back hasn’t been the same. I honestly feel like a 60 year old man. I woke up on Sunday morning and it was bugging me and the first 100 meters of my run hurt like hell but I got through it and figured it would go away. It hasn’t gone away and it’s tough to tell if it’s getting better or not. I kind of think it is but it’s been almost a week. Knowing myself I won’t try to get any help and I’ll just assume that it will get better. I felt awesome during the workout yesterday but warming down at 8:00 minute pace was impossible. The first little bit of running really hurts and if I run slow the whole run hurts. Hopefully this is just a part-time thing and I’ll have completely forgotten about it in a week but who knows.

It’s not a good thing to start a post saying ” I think that for the most part I make decent posts” and then pump out a post like this. Tom just made a post saying he can’t really tell if something is going to be good or not. I agree, I sometimes post things that I think are gold and people don’t like them and other times I post things that I don’t think are great but people like them. Some posts on the other hand I know are bad and I’ll try to have another one up as soon as possible. This one was pretty much to ensure a record. I’ll take it.