Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Cleaning Up

Ok, a few things to clean up I guess. I had planned on finishing off the saga of my Bandon Trip back on Sunday, or Monday but that didn't happen. So I am gonna take care of that. I also wanted to drop a little news on the trial I had today and lastly I wanted to make sure that everyone out there has heard what the Oregon O-Line laid down on the Jim Rome show.

Bandon Conclusion

So first things first. The conclusion to the trip to Bandon was fantastic. Four days of golf on the coast in November and no rain. I finished my match with Dad all square and frankly had to work to get that. Its not that I was playing that poorly, it was more a combination of some real bad bounces my way and that I now give him 2 shots a side (4 shots on 18 holes).

Anyway, here is a link to some of the pictures I took of Bandon Trails and Pacific Dunes. I forgot my camera the day we played Bandon Dunes.


I had another trial today, my first since the 2 days trial I talked about earlier. It went pretty well actually. I won a conviction on the DUII and lost on the Hit and Run. In all honesty though, I would take that outcome 99 out of 100 times. That makes my personal record 3-2. I am sure at some point I will stop keeping mental count of my record, but not yet. Although the facts and proceedings are public record, the case is still technically pending so I won't write anymore about it until after the sentencing. I am just still a little excited.

Oregon Football

Some of you may know, and some of you may not but Oregon has been getting a fair bit of Rome Karma and Rome love of late. In fact, counting the 3 Oregon o-lineman that went on last week thats 6 Oregon interviews in 2 weeks. None of them rocked like Jeff Kendall's though. Fan-freaking-tastic. I thought I should throw up a link just in case some of you missed it. Here is to the fat kids living the dream.

Also, here are some links to the reactions to that rant:

More Rome
More More Rome

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Another Post From the Road

Another day, another round of beautiful golf. I should have some pictures up later, probably tomorrow or Monday. The weather has been perfect so far. At least as perfect as weather on the Oregon Coast is going to get in the winter.

I took good advantage of the calm winds and no rain today to fire my best round of the weekend by a good 7 shots (I shot 85 today). And frankly, I am still not putting well at all.

Also, and I am pretty excited about this, I am finally getting the chance to use the gift certificate I have for this place. So, for that I owe thanks to Dirty P (and his lady) and Snowman. (Let me say this: I have thought a long time how to deal with talking about friends etc on this blog. I considered the "First Initial Approach" but I am not a fan... I have settled [as you can clearly see] on the "strange and amusing nickname method." Please know that this is done with all possible ironic intent... also, Dirty P, get off your lazy ass and post something! Football, work, your recent trip, anything.)

Match Update:

With 18 holes left to play, the match is all square.

In other news: the Fightin' Illini rock... and I am still a sucker a good football movie.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Post from the Road

Back country roads change after the sun goes down. They change even more when the fog rolls in at night. I thought I knew that... my drive to Portland taught me otherwise.

I wasn't really thinking too hard when I left and I just jumped onto Highway 202 (runs into Highway 26 eventually...) and started driving. After a short stop at the Olney general store (can't make a long drive without some Mt. Dew, and Whoppers... well the Whoppers are optional) I just started making miles. And more miles. After a while I started to wonder where Jewell had gone. It wasn't until I hit Birkenfeld that I realized what had happened. In the dark and the fog I had missed the turn onto Highway 103. Worst was, once I realized my mistake it was just as fast to continue on through Vernonia as turn around.

Also on the list of things fog changes: Elk. So there I am driving along in the dark and the fog on a road I've never driven. When suddenly, out of nowhere, just off the road 4 huge bull elk show up. Now normally I am cool with elk. I look at them from a distance, watch the males ram each other now and again. But when you add dark fog and a touch of surprise to the equation, elk are downright frightening. And I don't mean dark, unfamiliar basement with strange sounds frightening, I mean like change your pants terrifying.

I did eventually make it to Portland, elks and fog be damned. And from there down to Bandon. I can firmly say this about golf here. No matter what anyone else tells you, walking up and down these hills with a groin pull is very very painful.

Through 36 holes I am not playing well, but not all that badly either. I won't bore you all with any kind of blow by blow, but I will say its been fun and the weather has been pretty good so far.

Match Update:

As you may know, my father and have been competing against each other for as long as I can remember. To those that have heard me talk about it, you know this is as deep and intense a rivalry as you are apt to find in the world.

Through 18 holes I was one up.
Through 36 holes I am three down.
36 holes left to play - Look for another update tomorrow.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

4th Quarter

(God damn you Alabama!! ) (Now all thats left is to throw a few Seminole Chops around)

Great hit on Carpenter! He barely had a chance to cover up before that one. Good series for the Duck D. They have really stepped up again.

OK, 13 min left, you are up 19 in what may be the biggest game of the year (at least short of the bowl game). Do you a) run it into the middle of the line 3 times. Or b) stick to the offensive game plan, keep the Devils on their heels and in over pursuit and make a firm statement on national television? I think you all know my preference, lets see what they do.

Oh no!! Dixon took a stinger on the knee there!. He is up and walking off, but I think I suffered a minor coronary.

There goes the last timeout... Now I am more ok with a little more conservative offensive series. But not much. Its not like Leaf is some schmuck red-shirt freshman with no game time experience.

Great play call to start of Leaf. Love to convert here... gonna be 3rd and long it looks like though.

Good look at Scott, ball just drifted a little. Gotta believe it would have been complete if Dixon were throwing. Syria is kicking well today. To bad he is already a Junior. It's so nice to not live in mortal fear of punting

Eleven more minutes of sold defense. Thats all he need. And not the “keep it all in front of you, let them dink and dunk defense” stay a little aggressive and trust your secondary.

Reason # 4,135 I hate these announcers. They don't even bother to understand the difference in pass interference rules between college and the NFL. The NFL has a 5 yard rule for pass interference, in college you can bump until the ball is in the air.

Great defense there. You gotta believe its 4 down territory here. And it is, Carpenter is still on the field. One more big stop could be the game.

ASU may have converted on 4 and 10 but I am proud of Aliotti. He didn't rush 3 or 4, he sent a linebacker and it nearly paid off. No reason not to play balls out in a game like this!

Picked!!! I had feeling one of those was going to come one of these plays. Would preferred a knee and a touch back, but its tough to keep your head sometimes.

Looks like Dixon will be ok. Glad to see him moving on the sideline. Also more than ok seeing them leave Leaf out there. At this point, no reason to risk Dixon any more.

Nice pass by Leaf gets it to third and manageable. On third and three, it will probably stay on the ground... and nothing gained unfortunately.

Drained a good 2 minutes off the clock though.

ASU will be going to the air here. We'll see how good Carpenter really is. Down 19 with 6 min to play. Still hoping that Aliotti doesn't get too complacent

Rushed 3 lineman on each of those. You would think Aliotti might of learned something from last week and the first 54 min of this game. You would be wrong.

Thats an ASU TD... took a whole 41 seconds off the clock. Still a two score lead, but this game is by no means over. Big question... does Dixon come back in now? Only if ASU scores again? (Also up for debate, you need 2 scores in 5:20 seconds, do you try the on-sides? [I say no, given Oregon's past history of being extremely conservative in situations like this])

Well... its a long field Oregon can use to drain the clock. Just have to do it. No three and out here. Gotta run 5-7 plays.

It is still Leaf... and they throw a short pass! Complete, and still in bounds. 2 & 8... Stewart dances, and leaves it at 3 & 7ish. ASU uses one of its last 2 timeouts. Down to 4:14... need a conversion here.

Damn it! Two good play calls, and Leaf can't keep it in bounds on the sideline route. I know its a tough throw, but you need to convert on something like that. Weight is back on the defense.... and a bad bounce costs the Ducks 20 yards on the point.

Send a blitz Aliotti! Got him!!! 7th sack of the game and another from Reed. Exactly what I wanted to see.

Didn't want to see that long pass caught... FUMBLED!! I know he is fighting for yards, but you have to hang on to the ball. Heads up play by Glasper to get on top of it. And not try and pick it up or carry it.

That should seal the game. Not as huge as Harper's pick, but it really is just about the nail in the coffin.

Oregon closes the game with a sack... 8 on the night. Fantastic game all around.

Thats all for tonight. BC is down 7-0 at the half. Go Seminoles! Go Bobby Bowden you crazy old sonuvabitch go!

3rd Quarter

(Almost forgot to break at the quarter and post)

As I am sure you have all heard. ASU has outscored opponents 153-29 in second halves. Oregon hasn't been the strongest 2nd half team, but I think a good part of that is that they are usually way up coming into the 3rd.

Here we go starting the 2nd half.

That shoulda been a free shot on Carpenter there. I can't even describe how much I would like a takeaway right now.

Great pressure on two snaps in row there, and good perseverance getting to Carpenter. One more stop now. False start... thats Autzen getting loud early in the 3rd I love it! (Ageyman showing blitz probably helped. Time for another FG. If Oregon keeps holding ASU to FG's... even 50 yarders, Oregon will be in good shape.

Time for a good offensive series now... Starting with great field position. Stewart could have taken that to the house with a little more room.

Oregon's O-line doesn't seem to be getting off the ball as fast. When Oregon is moving the ball well (on the ground), the O-line explodes off the line and pushes the actual line of scrimmage down field. It will look like no gain until you realize all the linemen are 4 yards down field.

Williams!!! You have got to catch that ball baby... Great punt by Syria.

Good stop by the Ducks. Good penetration by the front four there. Oregon should have good field position here.

Thats what I want to see on offense. Get the ASU defense over pursuing again. Use that aggressiveness against them.

Fantastic run by Stewart! I know he should go to the NFL after this year. Its the right thing to do, but it would sure be fantastic to see him for one more year. But if I were advising him, I would have to say go to the NFL. Running back is just to vulnerable of a position. Way to easy to blow a knee or an ankle and miss your shot (or seriously risk it... reference Willis McGehee here (not that he could have come out in the 1st round after his junior year, but you get the idea). That said... if any running back out there would come back to finish his degree (he wants to be police officer apparently) Stewart is the type.

ASU is getting its yards and all, but Oregon's front four (and the linebackers at times too) are just playing fantastic. Good pressure all day long so far. I hope Allioti doesn't pull the linebackers back as we get to the 4th.

Fantastic hit! Here we go on the first 4th down try of the evening. Stuffed! Oregon's defense is looking for a second statement game in a row I think. And they are making a heck of a statement.

On a side note... I know there are a lot of defensive schemes out there, and I know I don't understand Aliotti's that well. But if you are going to cover one of these games at least make some effort. It is a gap control scheme. Even the linebackers are mostly containing and funneling. In a normal defense its bad if your DB's lead in tackles, but at Oregon its fairly common. (I know this would be a point to critisize Aliotti's scheme, and I have on numerous occasions.) Even on good Oregon offenses the rover and “strong safety” (counts as a DB, plays like a linebacker) are often the top tacklers. I don't love the “bend but don't break” style, but I do like the TFL's that Allioti's defense tends to rack up. If they could stiffen up on third down (in general... doing pretty well tonight) people would think he is a genius.

Short offensive series. The Oregon defense is going to get warn down if the offense can't stay on the field longer. (Reference the long run play that just happened)

Except for the long run there (which would have been much longer if the back had just ran all out he probably would gone to the house, holding up there allowed the strong Oregon pursuit to catch him) that was a real strong defensive series.

A solid scoring drive right here would right here would go a long way to making be feel more secure in this one. Not completely secure... not against this team until the final whistle. But better.

That shoestring tackle saved at least 5 yards if not 6 points. Would it be unreasonable for Oregon to send two to New York? I never have understood why Stewart doesn't get more national press. I know he is a quite guy and doesn't interview much, but the game tape should speak for itself.

Now its Oregon burning timeouts. Only one left now if it gets close.



That was a pretty pretty pass to Davis. Dixon doesn't make that throw last year. Last year (even in the beginning of the year when he still had his confidence) he doesn't complete that.

2nd Quarter

And Oregon right back at it for the 2nd Quarter... as is Williams. A lot of people were looking for him to have a break out game today. I wasn't so sure it wouldn't be Garren Strong... but its looking like the experts knew a little better then me on that one.

BTW if you all aren't reading Stewert Mandel's blog reports from Oregon, you should be.

Good contain on the kickoff, could have had him at the 10 though.

Good lead for the Ducks here at 21 to 3, but I really hope Oregon doesn't get complacent. ASU has made their living in the 2nd half all year long. I don't know that I would feel comfortable until it was 4+ TD lead heading into the 4th. Even then I would want to see Oregon do more than run straight ahead.

Speaking of running straight ahead, the ASU line is looking a bit better then I expected. I knew they could move the ball on the ground, but I wasn't expecting as good as this.

Oregon got hosed on the spot on Carpenter's scramble. Love to see Oregon take the ball away here. Though ASU burning a TO because Carpenter is sprinting to the sideline like an Pop Warner QB is almost as nice.

Damn! When Carpenter let that go, it looked like a pickable ball to me. Just nobody in position.

Another misread on the 1st down through... Hate to see that... After an ASU TD I would really like to see a sustained drive if not a solid TD. I like the play call on 3rd and 7, but punting the ball after an ASU TD is disappointing. I guess here's hoping for a good defensive stand.

Carpenter hasn't missed a pass yet. I know that won't keep up the whole game, but it could be telling.

Another ASU TO... only 1 left with 9 minutes in the 1st half. It looks like the crowd is rocking today... Now for a sold defensive stop to make...

There we go... force them to 3rd and long. A good stop here keeps them to another field goal...

Thats to FG where it probably should have been another TD the way ASU had been moving the ball.

That is a heck of a play by the ASU corner Bolden. After the inside screen its now third and longish again. Or even longer with the false start. I would love to see a 3rd down conversion here. Not to be though... looked like Dixon forced that a little. But if he puts some air under it it might have been 6 for Oregon.

The defenses are starting to settle in. Hurts Oregon to see the starting middle linebacker go down though. I know Bacon doesn't have big tackle numbers, but he does good job Qbing the defense. (Bad sign to see him on the cart...)

Big sack from Nick Reed there! Two today, I wouldn't be surprised to see two more at least.

Time for a big stop... or for Autzen to take ASU's last time out with still 6 minutes on the clock.

Way to force the punt... good pursuit by Agyeman. I love how Oregon is flying to ball the last couple of games on defense.

Fuckity Fuck Fuck Fuck!!!(to quote a dear friend of mine...) 3rd and 1 and a turnover on a fumble! If Oregon doesn't hang on to the ball today, its going to be tougher dog fight than Oregon is looking for. You can't keep going back to the defensive well through out this game.

I know Oregon's offense isn't a time of possession offense, but 7 minute (and growing) advantage for ASU is going to start to hurt.

Great coverage sack there. Gonna need to find a few more of those today.

Thats a flat out shitty late hit call. I have seen that move countless times and I have never seen it flagged.

Thats a good stop on 2nd and short. Hold them again here, and the hero of the 2nd quarter is clearly the defense. (Didn't get the stop, but they should have... Nance is slippery though)

Bad idea to run the ball there with no timeouts... took a chance at TD and turned it into a FG. Cuts the lead to less then a TD, but still I don't like the run call. Could have taken 2 shots at least.

I bet Erickson hates it more now that the kid hooked it.

Well that brings us to the half. Here is hoping that the Ducks come back out fired up and ready to go back to work. (Wow... these are running longer then I thought they would.)

Live Blogging the Duck Game - 1st Quarter

Alright, I am gonna give this live blogging the game thing a shot.

I was almost late getting set up for the game... ok, actually I was a bit late. Well, I was in the room and folding laundry, but I had forgotten to do key things like grab a Mt. Dew, and my laptop.

Anyway, I am here now. Those of you that know me may be wondering why I am not at the game (being a season ticket holder and all). I had a bit of a calendering error. I thought I had my reservations for Bandon Dunes this weekend, so I promised the tickets to P and JT. As it turns out I was confused and off by a week. They said I didn't have to give them the tickets, but last Saturday we (My father and I... Dad has the other ticket) thought we would be putting my kitchen together and such so we gave them up anyway. We are not putting the kitchen tofether but I did finish my bamboo floor. Anyway, on to the game!

Fantastic catch by Williams on the first play. I am really glad to see Oregon go to the air early. I love seeing huge ground numbers, but I am a big fan of coming out aggressive in big games. (And Williams scores..)

Ouch... I was really hoping to see more pressure on the QB. Oregon's pass defense is looking a little soft. I know Allioti loves to stop the run, and ASU does run a lot, but... if you are going to go heavy in the box you have to get better pressure on the QB.

This is starting to look like a game that could break the scoreboard.... 1st and goal for ASU already. In other football news: I don't know why, but I feel a little dirty rooting for 'Bama. I want them to win, and I have even given a “Role Tide” or two today, but I feel almost like a little piece of me dies each time.

Great stop from the Ducks front seven. ASU really moved the ball there, its great to see them stiffen their backs a little.

ASU is really over committing up front. I know Erickson likes an aggressive defense, but against the spread you really need to stay home. This could open up a lot of good lanes for Stewert and Dixon today.

That may go as a drop in the end zone by Williams, but it looked over thrown to me. Once again, ASU over commits and gets burned on the screen. I am serious, this may become a big pattern today.

Lets look for some better defense on this set... And I think I am going to get really really tired of hearing announcers say “All ASU needs to do is take the crowd out of the game.” Its really not gonna happen this year...Well except to start the 2nd half....damn drunks in the Mo Center...

What is with the announcers saying “Pacific Ten Conference.” I know thats the name and all, but just stop it! It doesn't make you sound better, or more articulate. You are announcing a football game and its only being broadcast in Oregon and Arizona. We all know its the Pac-10. Call it the Pac-10 and save that air for someone more useful then you!

I am coming to dislike these FSN Arizona announcers...

But I am loving the game so far... and thats the end of the 1st Quarter... We'll see if I can keep this up for the whole game. I wouldn't be too hopeful. Its tough to not jump around and such (at least there are no fans to break.)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Crap that amused me.

I don't have a whole lot of news as far as things I have done. Mostly because I don't do much. I did go to the Oregon v. USC game, but I doubt you guys need to read a blow by blow of that. I have come across a few things that amused the hell out of me. And since I liked them, I thought you might also.


So I am looking for the phone number of the Lynnwood Municipal Court (its outside of Seattle) and I find their website. On that site, I see a link to a document entitled Court's Ruling on Numerous DUI Motions. Being a curious sort I thought I would read it. Now, I am not naive enough to think that the actual ruling would be of interest to you (but you can read it at the above link if you wish). No, this post is about what happens when former history majors become judges and then get bored. Each of the following is a direct quote from the court's order.

"The parties... have banded together like the Hanseatic League. The hegemonious leader of this band has been..., Counsel for Defendant Meeks"

"The City of Lynnwood, like King Waldemar (sic) IV of Denmark, had struggled valiantly against thses many motions and the many moving parties..."

" DONE this 9th day of March, 2005, being the Feast of Saint Joseph and a rainy day in Lynnwood."


It would seem pirate attacks are up 14% this year. Not only are there still pirates out there, the numbers are growing, and someone is actually charting it.


Bob Saget = fantastic. (damn funny here, and here too)

Monday, October 22, 2007

What a weekend.

My oh my!

From Thursday on its just been unbelievable. The football, the work on the house. Fantastic!

I will mostly be talking about football here. But there is a slide show of the advances on the house below. Now, on to the football!

Number 2 looses again. LSU almost throws away the game against Auburn. How do you not kick the field goal at that point?!? Oklahoma struggles, Kentucky goes down, and so do the Cocks. But perhaps most important, Oregon jumps 5 spots in all the polls and controls its own destiny in the Pac-10.

Speaking of Oregon, what a game by the O-line. I have it on the DVR for whenever I want to watch it again this week. The offensive side of the ball was pure domination. The defensive side... well, I think Allioti was too stubborn on his game plan of blitzing Locker.

Also speaking of Oregon, feel free to start envying me and my tickets to the USC game. It is apparently the first meeting of Top 10 teams in Autzen. I actually know someone that has season tickets and won't be at the game. (He will be in Hawaii, but for Duck's sake,wouldn't you check the schedule before buying your plane tickets!!)

Anyway, enough short paragraphs. Not a whole lot to talk about really. I am sure you all get tired of hearing about the house, so I am done for now. Here is the slide show I promised.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Two Quick Sports Links

So, a couple of sports things to pass on.

1) Greg Oden has a blog. Quite frankly, an awesome blog. This kid is hysterical.

2) It seems many of the current Oregon players don't really understand why Washington is a hated rival of Oregon. I can understand that from some standpoint it can be a good idea to keep the team on an even keel. On the other hand, this used to be such a hated rivalry. It would be a shame for it to fade. For any of you out there not familiar with the history of this particular border war, there have been a few nice articles about it here, here and here.

I think thats about it for now. I should have more about the house in the next week or two.

Saturday, October 6, 2007


Well, it has been a while, but then I have been busy. I think of things I should talk about occasionally, but I am too tired by the time I have a chance. Tonight, however, I have the time and a little bit of energy but not much in the way of things to say.

I guess first off, I am alive and doing well, as is Sam. Now that things are in good shape on the house, she is back to looking for work. The job market isn't the best out here, but I am sure she will find something soon.

I am sitting here watching the Florida vs. LSU game and I must confese, I feel quit torn. An LSU win would likely move Oregon up in the standings whereas an LSU loss would not. And yet, I hate LSU. I don't know why, but I always have. Maybe its because Shaq went there, I don't know. Maybe its because I resent Death Valley's being so much louder and more intimidating than Autzen... Damn fans actually caused an earthquake in 1988. I guess I should look at it as a no lose situation.

This is actually the first game I have watched today. I spent most of the day on the road driving into Portland to buy bamboo flooring and kitchen cabinets. It is looking like we should be done with most of the major renovations on the house done within the next month. (As for what he have gotten done, see the sideshow at the end of the post.)

Work is going well. We had one of the two new people start last Monday, and we have another starting this Monday. While I will miss the chance to get my hands on felony work as often, it will be nice to have the help. It has been pretty absurdly busy the last few weeks.

Of the work highlights recently was my 4th jury trial. (HOLY FUCK!!! Stanford drops USC!!!)
It was 2 day DUII trial against a former chief deputy of our office (she was the defense attorney, not the defendant obviously). The facts, frankly, were weak for my case. It was the investigating officer's first trial and only his 2nd solo investigation. He didn't see her driving (we did have strong circumstantial evidence on this point), she didn't give a breath test and she had a nice big sympathy card in that she had been at friends memorial service the day of the arrest. On top of all that, the officer made an error during one of the Field Sobriety Tests (FSTs) and one of the jail deputies testified that the defendant didn't seem that intoxicated. In essence, I had two FSTs (they weren't bad, but they weren't great) and some strange behavior by the defendant. Somehow, and while I have my theories I am not sure of any of them, but somehow I won. It took the jury just about two and half hours to return a guilty verdict.

Alright, that would be all I have to say at this point I think. I will close with a couple pictures of the house.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Something I Forgot

There was one more thing I wanted to mention to you all. Especially since I know a good many of you are all dorks. While surfing around, looking at various things I stumbled upon this. If you like Risk, Risk 2210, etc, check it out. The AI isn't great, its a little on the conservative side, but its kinda fun.

It also seems to allow for online play, although I haven't really investigated that portion yet. But... if anybody were interested, hint hint.

Sunday's Thoughts

So for the first time in quite I while I took most of a day off. More than that, there was nothing I had to do and nowhere I had to be. I had the whole day stretched out before me. It was a thing of beauty, a thing to be cherished.

I watched the rain come in. The first real rains of the fall have hit the coast today. There have been showers over the last month or so, and there will be dry days ahead. But today was the first honest rain of the changing season.

I also watched Accepted. I know it is by no means a great piece of American cinema. That said, it really sucked me in. A much better movie then I expected. And Maria Thayer may well be the most attractive person ever born in Boring Oregon. How a town like that turned out a woman like that is completely beyond me.

I also just watched the then of The Shadow. Well, I wasn't really watching, the TV was just on that channel while I worked on the Sunday crossword. At some point I started to think Penelope Ann Miller was quite fetching as well. Then I started to wonder if it was just because Sam has been out of town for almost a week now.

Just one last thing before I go, well two things really. Two movies to be specific. As opposed to the two mentioned above, these two should be actively sought out and watched if you haven't seen them yet.

1) Wordplay - A must if you enjoy crosswords and/or wordplay. A very well filmed documentary about crosswords and the people that do them and make them (including John Stewart).

2) The Aristocrats - Warning: this movie is quite raw. Foul in fact. But hysterical. If you can handle dirty language and subject matter, its well worth it.

All right, I am out folks. Sorry no comments on the Ducks this week, but there isn't a whole lot to say.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Saturday Wrap Up

My oh my what a day!

Despite giving up a good deal of the day to football, I did get quite a but done around the house. I know the house updates aren't the most thrilling, but the outside is starting to undergo some significant changes. I stripped the old cedar shake off of the garage and the lower half of the house (well half way around the lower half of the house). By the end of the day Monday we should have it all re-sided. Check back later this week for pictures :)

On to football!!

I am not sure there is a whole lot I can say about the Duck game that hasn't already been said, or that won't be said by some news outlet with 100,000 times the readership I have. Still, since I like hearing the sound of my own voice (or keyboard, as it were) I will mention a few key points.

- I think Chip Kelly has the offense on the right track. They may have left as many as 24 points off the board today, but I am not seeing the red zone futility of last year.

- I don't know if it was just Dixon maturing, or if Kelly has worked with him, but DD is throwing a very nice long ball at the moment.

- The Oregon defense is still a big question mark in my opinion. Yes, this week they looked much much better, but there still seems to be trouble stopping the run. Looked much better against the pass. r

- Special teams are looking better each week. I don't know if it was noticed by many, but early in the 1st half, Oregon even tried to steal a kick off back with a high pooch to the sideline. If it hadn't bounced out of bounds it would have been real close to Oregon ball again.

- Its a lot of fun to see the Ducks on ESPN's Top 10 twice in a single night (both with #1 and #10)

There has been a good bit of a shake up in the rest of the Top 25 this week too. I would look for Oregon to enter the Top 25 polls this week. I would say somewhere between 21 and 25, most likely at 24.

Next up Fresno State. They aren't the giant killers they used to be, but it will be a tough game nonetheless.

Friday, September 7, 2007

As Requested

Rip Tatermen (does he need a new handle with the new last name?) has asked my thoughts headed into the Oregon Michigan game. And since I am sitting here on a Friday night with nothing better to do, I figured "Why not?"

Perhaps in the future I will try and get posts of this nature up on Wed. or Thu. night so you all actually have a chance to read and comment. Anyway, on the real post:

I don't think anyone really knows what to expect out of Michigan tomorrow. My best guess is that they will come out looking for redemption. They are a veteran group with a lot of talent. That said, I haven't seen anything suggesting that they have learned to stop a spread attack with a dual threat QB. If they were going to find a defensive scheme that works against the spread, you would think they would have done so over the summer.

So, based on what we saw of Oregon last week, and what I think its fair to expect of Michigan, I get the feeling this is going to be an old fashioned shootout. Neither team looks strong on the defensive side of the ball, and I think both can put up a lot of points. It could come down to who has the ball last (cliche, I know, but this one really looks like that). I am hoping that Michigan's general lack of misdirection will help the Oregon defense, but I don't think it will help that much.

Players that will have big games:

1) Dixon (has to be good for Oregon to have a chance)
2) Stewart (Michigan's lateral speed on defense will limit JJ's effectiveness, but the power of Stewart will be huge)
3) Chung, Ward, Thurmond III (If the DB's are strong enough, we may be able to slow the run)

1) Mike Hart

I don't think Henne or Manningham have big days. If they do, Oregon is in a world of hurt.

Final Prediction:

Lots of points, if Oregon can force a turnover or two, they can get pull off the win. 45-42 Oregon.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Oregon vs. Houston Report (and More)

I have shiny new wireless router, I am relaxed out in bed, I have a Mountain Dew near at hand, and Clapton on my headphones. Its time to get my blog on.

So I am just recently back home after a trip to the wonderful land of Eugene. I don't get back down there often enough, but that should change for at least the next few months (even if it is just for the football games). Paul, as usual, was gracious enough to play host and make sure I had a fantastic time. I am linking his blog there in the hopes that he actually posts something. Do it you drunk, lazy jack-ass!

Seriously though I had a great time. I got into Eugene around 9:30 and was greeted at my car with a big ol' hug. Of course, I was so excited to see him I locked my keys in my car. I didn't even realize it until Saturday morning when I was looking for my sunglasses. Paul, Jess, Josh and I got some dinner at the Steelhead and then went to the Starlight Lounge (sans Jess) for some honest drinking. If you happen to be in Eugene, and you are looking for a low key place that pours absurdly strong cocktails, give it a shot. It's about a block from where Cafe' Paradisio used to sit (now Jameson's Meat Market (aka Bar)). Saturday morning we woke up and rolled out for some tailgating. We found 2 of the 3 we were looking for and still made it to our seats for the pre-game video. Sadly, I think we missed the weather forecast. I will talk a bit about the game below. Spent the rest of the weekend just hanging around, crashing birthday parties, etc.

So, the game. The first half was every bit as lackluster as you have probably heard. The defense made some clutch plays, but the offense couldn't capitalize. That left the defense on the field for way too long and really started to expose some of its holes. I knew coming in the front seven was questionable. I am honestly quite nervous about facing any solid rushing team. And most of the good teams Oregon plays this year are running schools. The inability to stop the run, or sustain an effective pass rush left the secondary flapping in the wind. They had to sit in too many soft zones to deal with all the time the Houston QB had to through. Like so many Alliotti run defenses, they could look great on first and second down, but Houston converted way too many third downs. I am hoping (and it is more like a slim glimmer than any real hope) that facing a more traditional running attack may help. Houston runs a pretty unique version of the spread and I think that may have been amplifying Oregon's problems. I guess we will see how they fair against Michigan.

I am not sure that Oregon's defense even got better in the second half. I think it was more that the offense kept them off the field a little better. When they were able to get their breath they showed a little stronger. The offense was clearly better in the second half. Dixon (for the most part) made better decisions this year than last. He still tries to the force the ball into too many small windows. And he still has trouble getting back across the field in his reads. On one play in particular, he took the snap, saw the blind (and weak) side corner blitz and made a good move to buy time and dump it off to J. Johnson for a solid game. But had he made that same escape, set up and looked back across the field he would have seen J. Williams 1 on 1 with the weak side safety. Easily could have been a TD. You can't call it a mistake, but it could have been a more successful play. He did make some very good decisions to tuck and run. And despite what the people near me thought, I like him getting what he can and getting out of bounds... with his frame, he needs to limit the contact he takes.

Alright, if anyone who couldn't see the game has any questions, feel free to ask. Thats about all I have to say. Here is a look at where we are on the house though. Things should pick up and start moving quick again here pretty soon.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Thoughts on Belloti (Part 1)

I have been asked to provide my thoughts on whether Mike Bellotti is "good coach." As I said at the time (see comments to the last post) this is a complicated question. Before we can even start to answer the question, we need to decide what a good football coach is and what it is not, or even more accuratly what a good college football coach is and is not. And I think that distinction is an important one. Coaching in college has different requirements, demands and expectations than coaching in high-school or the NFL.

(Note: This post is a little long. I have decided to insert my conclusion to date here. My opinion is that Belloti is pretty good coach. There may be better ones out there, but not many. And not many that could do what he has done in Eugene. He may frustrate me and other fans at times, but before the Brooks/Belloti era a bowl game was cause for celebration in the streets.)

I suppose the simplistic route is to say that a good coach wins games. But I really do think that is too simplistic. Even good coaches will have down seasons. Even the best coaches have to go through rebuilding years and periods. So I think in evaluating how good a coach is we need to look not only at winning games but at some other statistics. Moreover, since this is still college we are talking about I think it is important to pay attention to how the team itself conducts itself. Finally, to the extent that the coach and the team is an extension and a reflection on the university I think that any NCAA disciplinary record should weigh against the coach. Alright, now that we have at least a rough idea of what to look at, lets dig in:

Mike Bellotti is heading into his 12th season as U of O's head coach. While we could look at that whole chunk of time in evaluating his performance few other coaches have been at thier possitions that long, making any comparisons difficult. With that in mind I will, for the most part, be looking at what he has done in the last 7 years.

Regular Season Winning Percentage:

* = Bowl Game Played
**= Bowl Game Won

2000-01: 9-2**
2001-02: 10-1**
2002-03: 7-5*
2003-04: 8-4*
2004-05: 5-6
2005-06: 10-1*
2006-07: 7-5*

Total: 56-24 = .700 Winning Percentage.

Comparison Winning Percentages (not counting bowls):

Pete Carrol: 61-10 = .889 (6 seasons only)
Lloyd Carr: 62-18 = .775 (last 7 seasons) (career @ .758)
Bob Stoops: 75-14 = .842
Joe Pa: 44-37 = .543 (last 7 seasons) (career @ .745)
Phil Fulmer: 61-27 = .670 (last 7 seasons) (May include bowl wins)
Dirk Koetter: 39-31 = .557 (6 seasons only)
Glen Mason (Minn): 45-35 = .563 (last 7 seasons)

In choosing comparison coaches I have tried to do a couple of things. First, each of the coaches is, or was (Koetter having been recently fired) at the same school for the duration of the comparison period. Except for Koetter and Mason the coaches chosen are widely regarded as some of the best college coaches currently coaching. Koetter and Mason where choosen because the situation in which they coach is similar in a lot of ways to that at the University of Oregon. U of O probably provides better facilities, but all three coach at state schools in states that offer little in the way of in state talent; and all three coach at schools that are not traditionally football power programs. Fans of the program like to see Oregon as on its way to the upper echelon, but the other schools have been at the top of the college football consciousness for years.

So, what does this tell us? It would seem to indicate that Belloti wins a good percentage of games given the situation he is coaching in. One other thing it is important to note. Both Pete Carrol and Bob Stoops (the two with the highest winning percentage on that list) have both been head coach of their programs when the NCAA investigators came knocking. So far Carrol has stayed pretty clean, but Oklahoma (Stoops’ school) recently had the entirety of its 2005-06 season wiped from the books for NCAA violations. For now at least, the U of O has stayed pretty clear of NCAA violations.

There is more information I would like to have brought to bear. I would like to look at the offensive and defensive production under Belloti and at other programs. I would also like to see how the Oregon recruiting classes and NFL players rate in compared to other programs. It seems to me that if Belloti were winning substantially more (or fewer) games than would be expected based on the recruits that come in and the players the NFL takes, that would give a pretty clear look as to how his coaching actually effects the outcome.

Feel free to let me know what you think.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Title Not Found

I don't have much time or energy to drop a post for you all, but I thought I would give you all a quick something.

Work is rolling along. I am starting to handle a few of the lower level felonies that role in. I had my first trip in front of the grand jury last week, and I have another one coming up this week. So that has been pretty exciting. I really didn't expect to start touching felonies for at least 6 more months if not longer. But, we have had a couple of more senior deputies leave the office, so at least until those positions are filled I will be racking up the extra experience. I seem to have a knack for finding "right place, right time" situations like these.

The house is also moving about as quick as one could hope for. The upstairs is all sheet rocked textured. I sprayed the primer on it tonight, and tomorrow the walls and ceilings will get painted. The main floor still had some trim to brush out and some cutting in to finish, but its getting close. Then its just new windows and floors to do. Once we do something that will actually show as being an improvement, I will get more pictures up.

I don't have much time for things outside of working and, well, working but thats alright for now. My mini-gut seems to be shrinking and with all this work and the lack of real food (its tough to cook when your kitchen consists of a fridge and a microwave on the floor).

Anyway, I suppose thats all I have for now. A couple of fun times coming up though. A wedding reception on Aug 26th, and a long weekend in Eugene for the Ducks home opener. So I guess I got that going for me.

Monday, July 30, 2007

House Update

A few days later then I expected it to be, but its time for an update on the project house. The sheetrock is all up on the main floor, and we should be spraying texture tomorrow. Which means we can spray primer and paint the ceilings on Wednesday. All in all it looks like Sam and I will be moving on the weekend, more or less. I would like to get most of the stuff moved before the weekend actually, so I can take a load of debris to the dump... I didn't get a picture of the debris pile, but it is not small.

Anyway, here are the pictures.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Mostly About the New House

As the title says, this post will be mostly about what has been going on with the new house. But first, I have a question for the peanut gallery (that would be you): If you were, in some way, acquire a cast-iron skillet, and said skillet claimed to be "Pre-Cured" wouldn't you be surprised to learn (from the instructions included with the skillet) that before using the nice new skillet you needed to cure it?

I have been a home owner for a few hours over a week now. If you are a reader here you would have seen the pictures I took down below. Not much of what those pictures show of the interior is accurate anymore, at least not the main floor. The living room, dining room and back bedroom all have new sheet-rock hung, and most of the kitchen. We ripped down the acoustic tile ceiling in the bathroom, framed it in the right way, and have new rock up there too. Dad and I took care of the bug rot in the garage and we had a good friend make sure the wiring was up to snuff. All in all this is the best I really could have hoped for on this remodel. But, that doesn't mean there haven't been some hiccups. One of the more amusing stories follows below.

So last Sunday we are all working hard trying to get things done and make sure that Bob and his step-son Donny (they were there to make sure the electrical was all ok) finished what we had them out there to do. Around 11:30 we sent Mom and Sam to get lunch for everyone. During the time they were gone a lot of things started going wrong. After Dad and I screwed up trying to sister a new rafter into the garage roof I mentioned how shit tends to start going wrong around lunch time.

About that time Bob comes out bitching about having screwed up something or another and it was decided that it was beer time (for Dad and Bob at least). About that time I heard a yelp come from the house where Donny was still working. But when we asked if he was ok, he said he was. Just a few minutes later he comes walking out into the garage where the three of us are and he is rubbing his head. I swear it just looked like he just had his hair parted. But as he sat down I realized it was more than just a part in his hair. It turns out Donny was trying to get a whole drilled with one of Bob's specialty bits (they are in 4-6 foot long range) and he was having trouble. So he was really leaning into it and trying to get good downward force ton the bit. Then, next thing he knows his hair catches around the bit and the drill runs right down to his scalp (this, presumably, is when we heard him yelp). So, if you can imagine it, there was Donny, with the drill bit stuck in his hair, the drill well above his head, trying to thumb around and find reverse so he could free himself. I swear, the 2.5 inch groove down the side of Donny's head was so clean and neat it looked like he did with a razor. Mean though it may be, seeing Donny sit on the back of that truck pulling out little curls of his hair was far and away the funniest thing I have seen in a long long time.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Past Nastification

This post doesn't actually deal with any past nastifications... mine or any one else. I was just watching an old episode of Futurama, and I love that phrase.

So, a little news. I closed on the house yesterday. So I am now the proud owner of a run down 4 bedroom house on the South Slope of Astoria. The downside to this whole thing is I have to cancel the weekend I was planning on spending in Portland for my birthday. Ah well, such is life. The upside is, I should get some decent blog material out of the deal.

I know I mentioned last time that I was thinking about a post about work, it hasn't happened yet (obviously). I just haven't felt much like writing when I get home lately. Mostly I was thinking about how it felt different to sentence a person that was still professing their innocence then someone that has admitted their guilt (or at least stops contesting it). Early last week was the sentencing of the first defendant I have convicted at a trial (other then traffic violations). Heading into it, I really wasn't sure how I would feel. Obviously I believed that he was guilty, but to have him continue to profess his innocence was weird. On one hand it seemed quite clear that he was lying. But going in, I didn't know if the soft side of me (or less cynical side) wouldn't feel a little bad for him. I know I still have a soft side (I tend to be a little soft when it comes to making plea deals), but I really didn't feel had for this guy. I am sure I will have more to say about things like this some other time. For now, its getting late and I need some sleep.

Take care all.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

The Post With No Name

When I opened up this window there were several things I wanted to blog about. Now that I am here, I seem to be having a hard time getting anything down in words. I have been feeling a little off lately. My 26th birthday is coming up in just a couple of weeks. I think that might have something to do with it. For some reason 26 feels different than any birthday so far. Twenty five was my first birthday being out of school. But it didn't really feel like it. I spent most of last summer prepping for the bar, and then took the bar just 2 days after my birthday. Maybe thats it... maybe I am just starting to feel... well not old. I know I am not actually old. But I am not exactly young anymore either. Maybe I will come back to this topic a little later. It wasn't really what I was planning on writing anyway.

One thing I had wanted to say, and I know that nobody reading this (at least no one that I know is reading this) golfs, but I wanted to say: I played a heck of a round today. The thing is, it didn't seem like it was that different from a lot of the other rounds of golf I have played. Most days I shoot between 82 and 85. Today I shout 78. But it didn't feel 4 to 7 shots better. I hit my irons a little better then usual. That seems to be the main difference. For the most part I made the 6 foot putts. Maybe that is where the difference was. It just seems strange that the best round I have shot in almost a year felt so ho-hum.

I should have something to say about work and the like tomorrow.

Last, but not least, I thought you all might like to get a look at the house I am buying. So, here you go:

As you can see, it will be a busy couple of months getting it in shape. But I am looking forward to it. I must be nuts.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Short grumbly update

Ok, I know I haven't posted in a while. And lo, though there are a few things I could update you on this is not that time. I am really just here to drop two tidbits.

1) I made an offer on a house out here in Astoria. We shall see if the offer is accepted. If it is, you can look forward to lots of pictures and construction updates.

2) I just got back from an advanced showing of Transformers. Don't worry, I won't toss any spoilers out here. I will just say two things. The first 1:45, give or take, was pretty darn good*. Unfortunately I can't even give that much of a comment on the rest of the movie. The damn, podunk movie theater here in town loaded the second reel (yes, the theater still uses reels, no digital theaters out here) upside down, and backwards. It made for an interesting watch until it became clear they had no intention of rectifying the problem. They were nice enough to give us free passes at least. (Note: This would be why I am grumbling softly under my breath and about to commence shuffling around the living room.)

*I should qualify my statement that this movie is enjoyable with a couple brief sentiments:

1) I love going to the movies... this means my standards a little lower then some of my friends.
2) I went in expecting very little from this movie, that tends to make it easier to enjoy these movies.
3) I am a Transformers fan. But I am not a fanboy. I don't know the comics, I don't know the backstory. I grew up playing with the toys and watching the cartoon. In fact the very first movie I remember ever seeing in the theater was Transformers (of which I have incredibly fond memories). I believe this may have made me predisposed to the powerful JuJu of giant space robots.

All right. I will try to get a more complete update up when I have time.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Change of Plans

I feel quite worn-out. Today was longer then expected and much more draining as well. Looks like I won't be making it to the concert I was planning to see (Referenced in the post below). Suckalicious...

Friday, June 1, 2007

Items both sundry and various

One of these days I am going to actually think of a witty gripping lead in for one of these things. And you wonderful readers out there are going to be so shocked you will spit coffee all over your keyboard. And I will probably get sued for the cost of replacing all those keyboards. Today is not that day.

First things first: The Code Monkey!
(Note: The song is by Jonathan Coulton. Even some of his non-monkey based songs are awesome.)

Second things Second: At least in Michigan it is a Class C felony to piggyback a WiFi network without permission. Moreover, someone has actually been prosecuted! This seems to be due to an odd wrinkle in Michigan's criminal hacking statute that presumes that any connection made is unauthorized unless the Defendant can show otherwise, or unless the Network in question falls into a couple of the defined statutory exceptions. Food for thought the next time one of you surreptitiously connects to your neighbor's WiFi.

Alright, enough of things that amuse me... What have I been up to you ask? You mean besides trolling the web for amusing things to share? Well... mostly work and puppy sitting. My sister got a standard poodle puppy recently, but she had to take a vacation so Sam and I wound up puppy sitting for a good 10+ days. I am sure if I dug around in my mind I could come up with a few cute stories of things the puppy did or something... but that really isn't my style. I will leave things of that nature to Sam.

Thats all for now folks. I will be Portland for the weekend for some golfing mostly. I might head out to this show though. It is unlikely I would object to seeing any of you there. You could even let me know in advance :)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Not a Short Post

Hmm... its been a little while eh? Almost a month it looks like. One would think I would therefore have a lot to talk about. One would be wrong.

Its not that I don't have things to talk about actually, its that some of the things I could talk about would probably bore you (my hypothetical, mythical reader) to tears, and some of the more interesting things I could talk about I really don't think I should talk about on such a public forum. Those of my friends that read this... or I should say those friends I have regular face to face / phone contact with will have heard some of these tales; these thrilling, edge of your seat yarns of my epic deeds as a DA. And while what I would speak of is technically a mater of public record (most of it having occurred in open court, and on the record) the ethics of posting such things on a public blog are a little unsettled. I don't claim to be a genius when it comes to ethics. I know there are some things I can't talk about at all. And there are some things I can. There also seems to be this gray area where I can talk about them, but posting about them in a public forum may be considered different. Bah! I really need to re-read the Rules of Professional Responsibility.

In other news: Many of you may have known this already... some of you likely expected it: I am really quite a klutz... and not all that bright either. As proof, I offer this tale of my culinary exploits: I decided I really wanted a dutch baby (for the record, this is all Eric's fault) for breakfast. And since the Pig n' Pancake does not offer them, and I am miles from the closest Original Pancake House (and even farther from Eric's breakfast table)... I did what anyone else would do. I turned to the wonderful tubes of this very interweb to find a recipe. And find one I did... several. So I set out to make one. I blend up the ingredients, I prime the pan in the oven and bam! its off and running. Only... it doesn't come out looking much like the dutch babies I have eaten. It puffed up and all but it was mostly the middle rather than the edges. Well, to make a long story end sooner after pulling it out of the oven I reach for my trusty spatula and I grab for the handle on the pan... and then the air is rent with the my best impression of a small school girl as I hop around the kitchen like a baboon. Here is a piece of advice for all of you out there... unless you want the imprint of the pan handle on your hand (and I can see why you might) its a really really good idea to use a pot holder. It may be the best idea you could ever have.

On a related note... I still haven't decided if the problem with the actual dutch baby was recipe based or equipment based. I didn't have an iron skillet to use... and I think that would have helped, or at least done better then my non-stick skillet. But the flavor was off too... Hmm... In hindsight I would say the whole thing was a pretty big disaster

Sam is doing well. She makes an awfully cute barrista in training. If you want to know much more about what is going on with her, I suggest poking her here. Maybe if enough of you clamor, she will actually post something.

Parting notes:

Stephen Lynch = hysterical. If you don't know already, its just a shame.

The Mariners = Crap... Crap with a hell of a young pitcher, but crap nonetheless.

Lastly: This spicy BBQ turkey breast I just made is fantastic... I am going to go eat it instead of typing more.

Saturday, April 14, 2007


I was really hoping getting to play disc last weekend would sort of soothe my craving. It really hasn't. And since I haven't really found a game out here yet I am forced to get a fix in whatever way I can. Its by no means as good playing but this has helped a bit. Check it out. By the way, that is Oregon Ego Alum (and Callahan award winner of 2004) Ben Willard with the color commentary.

On a related note: I am thinking of heading down to the College Regionals in Corvallis. Its on the weekend of April 28th/29th. Let me know if you be interested in checking out some fantastic ultimate that weekend. I am planning on staying in Eugene, so at a minimum perhaps we could get together for a beer or three. Alright... thats all for now

PS> If you are not in the Oregon area, you can check the schedule and find a Regional or Sectional tourney in your area. It is very much worth checking out.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Sundry News

Well, I really haven't been up to that much. But I have thought of a few things now and again that might be of interest.

I spent last weekend in Eugene hanging with Paul and Jess and Josh. That was a heck of a time, although it was 3 days until I could walk normally (but Ultimate was a blast). Jess picked up her Wii on that Saturday so I now have some hands on experience with it. That thing is absurdly fun. I am not even sure I can describe it. Even the process of making a "mii" is pretty damn amusing. I really hope the developers make some good use of the online play possibilities.

In further geek news, I am in the process (15% through!) of downloading the open beta for Lord of the Rings Online (just to take a looksee really).

Also, reviewing a baseball game through the lens of D&D mechanics (and stereotypes) is a fantastic idea! See it here. And yes, I am aware this shows I am a giant dork in several ways. If you are reading my blog, you probably already knew that.

Work news: I am down for three trials next week, but they really aren't all that interesting. Two of them are 2nd set and very likely won't go, and the one that isn't is just a violation (as opposed to a misdemeanor or felony). I am not even certain I will be going in on the violation (our office doesn't usually appear in violation trials). Anyway... thats the bulk of what I have going on next week. For the most part, work is good. I am happy with the hours, I like the people and I am not bored to tears with substance either.

Thats about all the news I have got for now. As a Judge said just yesterday and in the words of Bill S. Preston, Esquire: "Be excellent to each other."

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


I really should stop just posting about the horribly frightening things I see while surfing the web... but I just can't seem to help it (for proof see the link to MC Rove below).

So what is today's topic you might ask? Well, I would have to respond that today's topic is:

What Keith Richards does when Coke isn't strong enough:

Apparently, if you are famous guitarist impersonating the living dead... or possibly vice - versa, you grind up a little of your father's ashes, mix it with your coke and party down. Part of me really wants to know what the hell is going through your mind when you decide: "You know, I really want to know what it would be like to snort some of my old Pops." Part of me really really doesn't... (You can read the whole interview here.)

I think it really comes down to one thing in my book: If thats what it takes to be a world class rock guitarist (or what world class rock guitarists do in their leisure time)... I am glad I became a lawyer.

Now, I realize his manager is claiming it was "said in jest" (a few days after the interview was released) and its possible that it was... but would anyone really be surprised if it were true? And in all truth, my money is on him getting really high and trying it one night.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Holy Politicos Batman!

Another Post! I should warn you up front, this one leans into some political realms.

Issue 1: What is my take on the whole US Attorney Firing issue?

Well, this is a tricky issue really. Most of the time, I am not a big fan of GW. It would be safe to say I have disagreed with him from time to time. And to some extent I do believe that a prosecutor needs to be left to do his/her job with a good deal of autonomy. That said, these positions are not front line attorneys. They are political appointments, and although I haven't engaged in any serious legal research (i.e. there could be a statute or case saying I am wrong on this) I do believe the top officer in each office serves at the pleasure of the President.

Now let me be clear. I don't mean your average US Attorney. I am talking about the US Attorney appointed to each District. The average US Attorney is a civil servant and should be protected from political house cleanings like any other government employee. But the US Attorney is a different beast. Not quite as high as the Attorney General clearly, or a member of the cabinet, but certainly closer to a cabinet member then some entry level trial attorney. And as such, I can see the importance of those people toeing the line on certain key policy issues. The President is the head of the Executive Branch. His job is to execute and prosecute the laws of the US (among other jobs obviously). It is therefore important that those he have confidence and trust with those people he chooses to act for him.

So, I think, had the President and AG Gonzales come out and clearly stated that they no longer felt the US Attorneys that had been fired fit in with the administration's goals and policies; and if they had stated clearly that it was a political decision well within the scope of the President's power there wouldn't be a controversy. But as is all too often the case this administration felt the need to hide the ball. They didn't want to take whatever political fallout there may have been from such a statement and they all started lying. That is really where the problem comes in, with one exception. That exception being the US Attorney that was pretty clearly fired for failing to pursue charges of voter fraud. It is paramount to our system that decisions of that nature be left to the discretion of the US Attorney in charge. Now wait, I know, your saying Beau! Your contradicting yourself.

I disagree. I think there is a clear difference between dismissing an appointee because you no longer believe that your policies are being carried out effectively, and dismissing an appointee because that person wouldn't pursue charges that were thin at best. Actual charging, prosecuting and plea bargain decisions should remain in the discretion of the acting attorney (barring gross misconduct).

So thats how I see it. For the most part its a tempest in a teapot, and it would have blown itself out had the administration not been so terminally dumb. But they are...

Issue 2: Where can I buy that MC Rove Album?

Ok... This isn't so much an "issue" as me wanting to drop a link. I must warn you: This clip may cause bleeding of the ears and eyes. There have been reports of seizures. Some have claimed that it may single handedly destroy the hip-hop culture. Some have speculated only Satan the Dark Lord himself could have created it in attempt to destroy rap. At best it makes you wonder how cool rap can be anymore. Watch it at your own risk...

Issue 3: Best Republican Candidate for 2008?

Disregarding any wagers, bets or gambles I may have made regarding the outcomes of the upcoming primaries,(Paul: I can't even remember who I took on the Demo side... but I do recall that as long as Rudy doesn't snag the RNC Nomination I can do no worse than break even) I have to say this: I really hope Fred Thompson runs, and wins the Republican Nomination. Hell I might even vote for him in the general. Now, I don't know his politics. But I know 2 things:

1) He would have the greatest career arc ever: Actor that played sleazy politicians => Sleazy politician => actor that played sleazy DA of NY (and really he has done quite well at filling in for Adam Schiff...) => Sleazy President. All that would be left would be to leave the White House and actually start taking acting jobs playing the President...

2) Can you say hottest 1st lady ever! (No, she isn't that hot... but still not too shabby)

Alright folks, thats all the news thats fit to print for now. I am still planning a post breaking down the changes in the Ultimate Rules (v.10 to v. 11) Edge of your seat stuff! Until then, you know where to find me.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Where in I reflect upon the meaning of life...

Well, not really. I actually just wanted to give you all a little update.

Life is rolling along as it tends to in small towns. It seems to move very fast at times, and very slow at others. I am really having a hard time believing I have only been at this job for less then 2 months. As I have probably told many of you already, I am pretty happy with my job. The people are good, the work is interesting and I am getting a lot of great experience.

I had my first jury trial last week. I lost, but I can't call it a bad trial, or even a failure. There are things I could have done better to be sure, but it was a good learning experience. And to tell the truth, I am not all that sure that anything I could have done would have changed the outcome. Sometimes thats just the way things shake out I guess.

Spring is teasing us here out on the coast. We have actually had a couple of sunny days and temperatures approaching the 60's. I know it won't really get that sunny and warm for another couple of months, but it is something at least. I was even able to drop the top on my car a couple of times over the last week. I am really starting to jones for some frisbee though... this sun just makes me miss Ultimate that much more. I haven't found a pickup game out here yet... or even someone to toss plastic with. I am sure I will eventually though. At worst I am planning a trip to Corvallis for the NW Regionals of the UPA College Division. I would urge any and all of you to check out any of the UPA events in your area if you can. You can find the schedule here.

I have been playing some FFXII, but I am not all that far yet... maybe 20 hours in at the moment and just getting to the Sandsea. I like it so far... I am hesitant to rank it in with the others until I am much further along, but I would say its better then VIII >_<.

I guess thats all I have got for now... Take care you there all.

PS: You should read this... its damn funny "Thank you CBS, for turning my son gay."

Friday, March 23, 2007

Strangely Addicting

My lovely lady Sam may find this to be decidedly crack like... I am guessing because it is pretty darn messed up, and strangely addicting. It is clips like this I find myself watching over and over again... go figure eh? Seriously though, how can anyone say his beats are whack?!?

Preview of Upcoming Posts:

1) The UPA has release a new edition of the Rules of Ultimate. I have been thinking about these quite a bit, shaping a post in my mind.

2) I have had a couple of people ask me what I think about the US Attorney firing scandal. So I will likely make my feeling known!

3) What I have been up to lately. I will get around to this... honest!

For now however, its time for the Duck Game!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Crumbling Brackets

Today has made it more or less official. With Texas A&M losing to the Paper Tigers of Memphis (clearly a hardier paper than I had thought) my bracket is pretty much in shambles. I won't join the hard core Aggies fans thinking they got jobbed on the clock, but I will keep wondering how they didn't get the ball to Acie Law for the last shot... Now both Texas and A&M are out... thats half my final four. Damn you Texas!! If you hadn't made my list with the whole Bush thing, or well, numerous other things, this would certainly have qualified!

In other news... well, I am actually going to go watch more of the Sweet Sixteen. I will get up a little something about what I am up to later this weekend maybe.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Remember the SNL Skit about Battle Cats?

Admit it: Fighting Hamster's are so much more awesome, its hardly even funny! Now if you will excuse me; I need to build an arena in which to host HamsterMania. Last hamster standing wins his dinner!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Obligatory “Who I am Post.”

Not to be confused with the Who am I? post. That post may be coming, but hopefully, if it comes to that, my version won't be filled with too much existential quasi-intellectual whining.

So... who am I? I am a 25 year old Oregonian (born and raised thank you). I have degrees in Psychology and Law from the University of Oregon and I live in a fairly quite, decidedly wet little town on the Columbia River.

Until recently I worked at a horrible, soul-sucking job. For some 7 months I seriously questioned my choice to be a lawyer. I could probably spend pages talking about why that place but the important thing is I don't work there anymore. I have a much better job now.

I don't know what else there is to. In all likelihood, anybody actually reading this already knows most of what I just covered, but at least know this place isn't empty.