Archive for January, 2009

25 Things

Posted in Random on January 30, 2009 by Dan

I have enjoyed reading people’s 25 lists of random things so I thought I might offer my own up for my fabulous readers.

And with that:

1. When I was a little kid, I remember wanting to be an airline pilot more than anything. I used to read books on flying, played flight simulator,  and obsess over it. The few flying trips I got to go on were an absolute delight. I think this dream was ruined when I got a prescription for glasses in the 4th grade. Apparently having good vision is important when piloting an airplane.

2. I have had only one serious long-term girlfriend and her name is Emily. I will always be indebted to her for showing me the grand canyon in Arizona and for bearing with me through the awkwardness that comes with anyone’s first sexual encounters. I’m still mad at her for dumping me for a cop that was five years older than her though.

3. I can’t remember exactly what turned me onto rap and hip-hop. I think it was Bryson but man, I can’t get enough of it these days. I’m the whitest rapper you’ll ever meet.

4. One of my all-time favorite things to do is to find a real dive bar that is nice and smokey, serves cheap beer, and has KARAOKE. I love karaoke and I’ll sing anything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Alan Jackson to Jay-Z. It’s an insane amount of fun and I have no qualms about embarrassing myself.

5. My favorite mixed drink is a Captain and Coke. It is simply marvelous.

6. If there was one thing I wish I could go back an rededicate myself to it would be golf. I’m just getting better and better and I wonder how good I could have been had I just focused on it a little earlier.

7. I played the trombone for seven years before quitting to concentrate on my running in 10th grade. I can still play the theme from Star Wars.

8.  Heights have always made me uncomfortable. That along with stinging insects and snakes. I don’t do snakes. Spiders don’t bother me though.

9. I used to be a really, really good hackey-sac player. It started when we had an hour to kill between school and cross country practice. Someone brought one and we would spend an hour there or while waiting in between meets. I progressed very quickly became good and kinda miss it now actually.

10. I used to be an avid skateboarder. I was never much into the lifestyle or the clothing, I just loved to skate. I love the skill and precision it requires and I still enjoy just taking the old board out and cruising around when it’s nice.

11. I’ve had stitches in my face and head five separate times all of which occured before I was 10. I…uhh…used to be a little hyper and accident prone if you can believe it.

12. My most embarrassing moment thus far was when I wore gym shorts to math class in 8th grade but they were on backwards. I was called out in front of the whole class and was laughed at for quite sometime. Boy, that was a low point.

13. I co-founded a clan on Starcraft’s battlenet that is still active today, almost 10 years later. I don’t know anyone and they sure don’t know me but I always smile when I get on see the channel still full of people. An unknown legacy.

14. I have the most comfortable bed imaginable. She is my mistress and she is very good to me. Napping and sleeping in it are one of my favorite hobbies.

15. Speaking of naps, I can sleep anywhere. Church, airplanes, backseat of a car, the floor of my work, sleeping bag-anywhere. It’s one of my gifts I suppose.

16. My favorite band of all-time is Blink 182. I know they seem teenie bopperish but their music and songs have stayed near and dear to my heart since I was an adolescent. I will announce it proudly.

17. The handball tournament I won my sophomore year is one of my proudest achievements as it marks the only real time I can think of when I, as an individual, won something without the aid of a team or disqualification. Winning that last point in a tie breaker was a jubilant time for me and I don’t give two shits that it was the novice division.

18.  My favorite book is Shogun by James Clavell. It’s 1210 pages long but I still have never read a more sweeping epic that unites so much action, intrigue and romance into a concise and wonderfully entertaining novel. He’s such an underrated writer in my opinion.

19. It’s hard for me to name a favorite movie, I love “Lost in Translation” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” They just have always connected with me somehow and remain moving no matter how many times I watch them.

20. I went through a bass fishing phase for a while my junior year of high school. Me and a few friends would hit up the golf course ponds which were loaded with lunkers. We would get up early and spend hours catching fish or take the laterns out and go catfishing late at night. It was always such a blast.

21. I once was three letter athlete in junior high when I lettered in football, basketball, and track. I caught only one pass as a tight end in 7th grade and it was for a touchdown. We’re not going to talk about my basketball skills.

22. The best I have ever finished a race was 9th overall my senior year of high school at our home meet. Some guy named Jameson got 10th. This also marks the last time I ever beat him in a race.

23. The trip to New York city my sophomore year of college for the NYU relays still remains one of the coolest trips of my life. New York City absolutely blew me away in its size, scope, and diversity. I would move there in a heartbeat if I could afford to.

24. I brush before I floss.

25. I will someday live by the beach. I just can’t think of anyplace I’d rather spend my days than on the beach.

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In other news, I’m officially smitten with Maryland girl. It’s been a while since I’ve felt this good about myself.

I’m back

Posted in Random on January 27, 2009 by Dan

I’m not going to go into details of the weekend because most of you have probably already heard them. It went exceptionally well, and I believe that both of us had a great time. We will see each other again soon, that much I am sure of.

In other news, this weather can suck it. I had to scrape my windows after work today with a freaking plastic race flyer holder from the store. It was messy, cold as shit, and I didn’t enjoy one second of it. Where’s the sunshine and 60s? I want to play golf again.

It’s my last week at my current store and today was the last day that I worked with a particular coworker who is a pastor during the days he’s not at Run-On! He wrote me a letter saying goodbye that was genuinely moving. He described me as “very analytical, very motivated, very animated, and very customer/people conscious. ” I think that sums me up very well. It was very unexpected but was reason #3,456 why I love my job and the people I work with.

I’ll try to be more focused later but right now I’m tired, cold, and a little lonesome so I’m going to just call it a night.

The Wait is Over

Posted in Ridiculious on January 22, 2009 by Dan

Tomorrow, at approximately 4:45pm, Kaitlin will arrive at DFW airport and will be greeted by yours truly in what will surely be a semi-emotional reunion.

I’m trying to wrap my mind around this event. I have this image of her from when I was back in high school as the cute clarinet player in band with me or the girl who ran by my house one evening while I was working on a skateboard ramp. I have a feeling it will be somewhat surreal to see her seven years removed from these last memories as a grown-up-complete with a car, job, and all the responsibilities that goes with the real world.

You wanna know how I know it’s been a long time since I’ve seen her? The last time we hung out, I didn’t have my freaking driver’s license. I could not legally operate a motor vehicle without my parents being present. That’s just a certain shade of crazy.

I know these nervous feelings are like how you feel before a big race or a test; jittery, anxious but then the professor hands you a test or the  gun goes off and everything becomes clear and focused. I know that once she arrives, we’ll fall right back into step like we used to. It’s going to be great.

I’m going to attempt to sleep now but I’m sure it will be spotty. I have waited a long time to see this woman again and now it’s here.  I can’t belive it’s actually going to happen.

Life is so very, very good.

What’s the World Coming To?

Posted in Ridiculious on January 19, 2009 by Dan

Today, at around 10:12am, an unlicensed 15 year old kid mistook the brake for the gas pedal, hopped the parking curb, the sidewalk and drove straight through the front door of the Sherwin Williams paint store three stores down from Run-On!

It was an amazingly loud and terrible crashing of glass and aluminum siding. We at first thought there had been a wreck in the intersection out in front of the store, but no, someone drove through the freaking front door!

I don’t know what’s weirder, the fact that a mom, grandparent, and sister would allow a 15 year old boy without even a learner’s permit drive a Ford Expedition OR that after having driven said Expedition through the store, they came to our store and bought a $140 dollar pair of shoes.  When I asked the grandma for her driver’s license because she was writing a check. She replied that, “the police had it.” I was speechless as the young kid spoke up and said, “Uh, yea, I kinda had a little accident just now.”

No shit.

The final, amazing part was when the mom came into Run-On! and said that the police were ready to move her car but that because there was a breathalyzer hooked up to the ignition, the grandma had to come and blow before it would start.

What an amazing start to the day.

A Perfect Day

Posted in Random on January 18, 2009 by Dan

Bryson and Evan braved the terribleness that is I-35 and came to see me in Dallas this weekend. It was a spur of the moment adventure (the best kind) that came together in less than a day. We had no real agenda or idea of what we were going to do but we are exceptional people and we made it happen.

Friday night was subdued, a little uneventful. The comics we went to go see weren’t funny and Bryson had no form of identification so the bars were out. We hung out and all went to sleep around one.

Then came Saturday. It was a day in which everything came together in a symphony of laughter and harmony. It was just a pure, unadulterated day of fun from start to finish.

We need something to do for the afternoon and I, after checking out attractions in Dallas, half-heartedly suggested checking out the Zoo. I was surprised with an enthusiastic yes from both Evan and Bryson and so off we went.

I’m trying to remember the last time I went to the Zoo but I am going to make sure that I don’t let that happen again. It was a perfect day:  sunny, 65 degrees, with no wind. We walked around a very uncrowded zoo and checked out everything we could.

Some highlights:

When I was little, I used to obsess over penguins. Seeing them in action, I can see why.

When I was little, I used to obsess over penguins. Seeing them in action, I can see why.

The highlight of the Zoo perhaps was the Gorilla exhibit. I have never seen a gorilla in person and my goodness are they magnificent creatures. They’re huge, furry, and sparked a debate as to who would win in a fight, a gorilla or black bear?

We're not so different, me and you.

We're not so different, me and you.

Lastly:

Self Timer on the Camera

Self Timer on the Camera

So as we left the zoo we were struck by how much we enjoyed seeing some remarkable animals as well as how easily we were able to make fun of them. Anyways, it was 4pm and we were hungry. Guess what we collectively realized at that moment and decided on? That’s right! Mothafuckin’ PLUCKERS!

Ah, take that monster basket!

Ah, take that monster basket!

Interestingly enough, Bryson has been to Pluckers, drank at Pluckers, but had yet to partake in the holy goodness that is fried chicken covered in wing sauce. It was wonderful, filling, and a good primer for our next destination:

The Horse Track in Grand Prairie

The Horse Track in Grand Prairie

I don’t know how many of you have ever been to a horse track but it’s an insane amount of fun. This place was especially opulent because it had an entire room devoted to simul-casting (which is where you bet on horses racing at tracks around the globe), complete with a bar, 400 TVs (I’m not exaggerating) and tables that had a little TV on them that you could change to watch your race.

Being relative novices, we only placed $2 dollar show (picking a horse to finish first, second, or third) bets all night long and amazingly never picked a race in which at least one of us won enough to buy another ticket. By the end of the night, we only spent about 20 dollars between the three of us betting on close to 15 races. It was a pretty remarkable streak.

The highlight of our time at the track came when all three of the horses we picked on a show bet finished first, second, and third. Even though we only netted three dollars on the race, we were jumping around and celebrating so much that people from different tables approached us and wanted some “tips” for picking the races because they had not won anything. They could only shake their heads when we told them we randomly picked horses and were not in it for the money. It was sublime.

Favorite Jazz, Mad at Cha, and Bullet Crane Delivered a Sweet Victory for us

Favorite Jazz, Mad at Cha, and Bullet Crane Delivered a Sweet Victory for us

After the race track, around 9pm, we met up with Big Dan at work and had some drinks before going to a shady hole in the wall bar called “Reetz” that wouldn’t card our ID-less friend Bryson. We drank and played pool until one and then came home and called it a night.

Or did we? Randomly, Geno called me around two in the morning because he was having a broken conversation with Bryson on gmail chat. Jessica was in town and they were much like myself, quite inebriated. Amazingly though, on speaker phone, we laughed and joked around for over 50 minutes between the three of us here and the two of them there. It was remarkably entertaining even though now I can hardly recall what we spoke of. It doesn’t matter.

It was three in the morning when I hung up the phone and the alcohol and fatigue from the day consumed me and I slept. It was the perfect end to an otherwise perfect day, one filled with animals, gambling, drinking, and laughter.

Life is good.

This is Going to be the Best Two Weekends Ever

Posted in Random on January 14, 2009 by Dan

Let me tell you why the next two weekends will be great:

1. Well, it’s not great news but Evan’s plan for this weekend have fallen through. In an effort to console him however, I offered for Mike and me to drive to San Antonio to spend a weekend eating Mexican food and gambling at the race track. He, however, countered with the better idea of coming up to Dallas instead! And, guess what? He is! Woo-hoo, weekend with Evan and Mike!

But wait, it gets better. Who else do we know that lives in San Antonio and would like to spend a weekend with me, Evan, and Mike? That’s right, kids, it’s the motherfucking B-rice, the zip to my thud, my other bald testicle shaped head friend. So yes, it looks like Bryson AND Evan are both coming up to visit me. God, a weekend of gambling at the horse track in Grand Prairie, a comedy club, NFL FOOTBALL! Man, what a freaking weekend this is turning into!

2. Next weekend, Kaitlin comes to visit! I’m getting some better and better ideas, most of them involving dinner with Mike somewhere decent on Friday night and then perhaps off to Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar? Nothing like a little singing and drinking to start your night off right.

Ah, and then a wedding Saturday afternoon, with drinking and dancing and a hot date! I can’t believe this will be the first wedding which will have both booze and dancing! Meanwhile, Daniel has found his second paradise.

These weekends will then be followed by being transferred to a new store and man, who knows from there? Things are looking pretty damn sweet right now and I’m grateful for it.

Bring it on work, I’m going to kick the shit out of this last day before the weekend! Woo-hoooooo…

Posted in Random, Ridiculious on January 12, 2009 by Dan

Jessica, a fitness cyborg from the future who moonlights as my friend, tagged me on her excellent and hunger-pain inducing blog at http://seejessrun.wordpress.com/

Here are my responses in the order I remember them:

4 favorite memories from 2008:

1. The wine and cheese party at Jessica’s house that was a resounding success.
2. My last trip to Houston which included some fantastic runs, a brewery tour, frisbee, Greek food, and Balderdash.
3.  My apartment that I lived in for six months. It may have been a money pit, but we sure did have some fun at that place. My goodness, I had a painted beer pong table in my dining room when I left.
4. Gambling at the horse track with Bryson and Evan.

4 favorite movies (that i saw) in 2008:

1. Role Models
2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
3. Iron Man
4. Some Like it Hot


4 Favorite foods in 2008

1. Deli Creation sandwiches from Oscar Meyer.
2. Gyros from anywhere
3. Chipotle Burritos
4. Peanut Butter Cup Perfection

4 places i loved in 2008:
1. Cancun, Mexico
2. Houston, Texas
3. Tomahawk, Wisconsin
4. Indiana

4 events i loved in 2008:
1. Jeremy’s wedding
2. Getting moved to Coppell
3. The Patriots losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl.
4. Seeing Guy after basic training in the Air Force

4 things i liked in 2008:
1. Tucker Max Message Board
2. Traveling to see all my friends around Texas
3. My constantly improving golf game.
4. My love for my job has increased exponentially.

4 things i am looking forward to in 2009:
1. Seeing Kaitlin for the first time in seven years.
2. Becoming a store manager for Run-On!
3. Blogging and writing more
4. Another quest for a World Series and a Super Bowl in Dallas

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So there’s that.

In other news, I spent the whole day with Mike and his sister Katie. While Mike was on my computer stealing music for his new computer, Evan just so happened to IM me. Little did I know, but a filthy and hilarious war of words broke out between Evan and Mike about their heritage, occupation, and sexual orientation.  I’ve saved it and considered posting it here but it’s just not right.

I keep putting off running and I hate myself for not making it a bigger priority. I’ll put it on the to do list.