I can’t contain my excitement, and so I must turn to my online excitement release valve. I’m not talking about porn. While there is clinical evidence1 to suggest that porn has medical benefits, this is a different kind of excitement. I’m blogging for the first time in months because I’m planning to do something that I haven’t done in years: Backpacking.

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Canadian Patriotism

Today is Canada Day, eh!  To help our northern neighbors celebrate their sovereignty, I’ve chosen a few trivial tidbits to share with you aboot those crazy Canadians.

1. Canada Day celebrates the events of July 1, 1867, when the British North America Act of 1867 unified all of the Canadian provinces under one government.  It’s not like Independence Day in the United States. It’s more like if we celebrated the signing of our Constitution.  In fact, Canadians have renamed the BNA Act to the Constitution Act, 1867.

2. Canada has the second largest land mass in the world.  However, only 33 million people live in Canada, making for the fourth lowest population density in the world.

3. Canadians believe that Santa Claus is from Canada.  Silly Canadians.

4. The United States has invaded Canada twice.  In 1775 and 1812.

5. Canada’s national sport is… lacrosse.

6. Canadians invented the zipper, telephone, electron microscope, Wonderbra,  basketball and Trivial Pursuit.

7. The Canadian flag with the red maple leaf was adopted in 1965.  Before that time, Canada flew the Union Flag (the same one that Great Britain flies).

8. “O, Canada” was already 100 years old when it officially became Canada’s national anthem on July 1, 1980.

O, Canada, we stand on gaurd for thee!

Vaya con Dios, Amigos.
The Judge

Apparently, I needed about a month off from blogging.  I just can’t be hassled with anything resembling an original thought lately.  I may or may not write more regularly in the near future.

In the mean time, here is a nonpartisan advertisement to promote voter registration…


Vaya con Dios, amigos.

The Judge

Mel just left for Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  I will be leaving with her students on Sunday for a one week mission trip there.  I expect it to be an awesome experience, and I may write a few blogs from there.


I made a mixtape (which is cooler than saying “playlist) for the trip.  It goes like this:


1)      “For Those About To Rock” – AC/DC

2)      “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen

3)      “Wanted Dead Or Alive” – Bon Jovi

4)      “Young Folks” – Peter Bjorn and John

5)      “Roxanne” – The Police

6)      “Don’t Stop Believin’” – Journey

7)      “Simple Man” – Lynyrd Skynyrd

8)      “Sweet Emotion” – Aerosmith

9)      “Blinded By The Light” – Manfred Mann

10)  “Have A Cigar” – Pink Floyd

11)  “The Joker” – Steve Miller Band

12)  “Possum Kingdom” – The Toadies

13)  “Last Dance With Mary Jane” – Tom Petty

14)  “Stairway To Heaven” – Led Zeppelin

15)  “All These Things That I’ve Done” – The Killers


That’s all I have to say about that.


Vaya con Dios, amigos.

The Judge

If I had $50 million (after tax) in lottery winnings or an unexpected windfall, these are a few of the things that I would do with the dough: Read the rest of this entry »

This week has seen only slight changes in my facial hair.

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I have baby fever.  I want to have a baby, bad.  Mel and I aren’t ready yet.  We just got married three months ago and we still have stuff that we want to do before we have children.  But every time I see a baby or small child do something cute, or even slightly amusing, I swoon like a schoolgirl watching Zac Efron.  Last night at the Rangers game I saw a cute baby and got an idea.  When I see a cute baby that makes me want to have children, I will try to take a picture with my phone.  Then I will assign the baby a rating on a scale of 1-10, where 10 is the cutest baby that I have ever seen or can reasonably expect to ever see again.


On to my first baby rating… Read the rest of this entry »

Last Wednesday, my friend Tett asked me to tell him three things about Sea Monkeys.  I could not offer any solid facts, so I hunkered down for some research time.  I won’t be caught off-guard the next time that somebody asks me about Sea Monkeys.  Here are a few tidbits for you: Read the rest of this entry »

My quest for a beard continues.  This week my facial hair is visible, if not impressive.  I would liken it to the playoff beard of one Daniel Brière, of the Philadelphia Flyers. Read the rest of this entry »

This is my first baseball blog.  I was planning to wait until the All-Star break to talk about the Texas Rangers.  I will still write that blog, which will discuss my pre-season predictions and how they are coming along.  But I want to write a little about the last month.  The Rangers started the season with a 5-4 record in their first 9 games, but fell to 9-18 by the end of April.


Then there was May… Read the rest of this entry »

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