warriors win game 4!

in easily the most exciting game i’ve watched all year, the warriors beat the mavericks at home in game 4 of their opening series 103-99. it’s really nice to see all the rabid fans at the coliseum supporting the team. even j-rich made mention of that in his postgame interview on fsn after the game. they had some cold stretches in there but made their shots at the end when they counted. for the most part dirk diggler was pretty cold shooting, although he hit one near the end that brought them close.

and even mickael pietrus came up big with rebounds, blocks and this dunk:

not bad for a french guy.

[all photos stolen from yahoo/ap/whoever]

they head back to dallas for game 5 on tuesday. good luck W’s.

harry reid speaks the truth

this line about dick cheney from harry reid (d-nv) hit the nail on the head as they argued about funding the war in iraq.

“I’m not going to get into a name calling match with somebody who has a 9 percent approval rating,” Reid said.

i can’t believe the republicans want to pour more money into this war that we will not win. i wasn’t around for vietnam, but there seems to be some parallels.

warriors win game 1!

the warriors pulled off a huge upset, sinking the mavericks in game 1 of their playoff series. of course, i had hope the warriors would win, but to get game 1 on the road was completely unexpected. i bet dallas will make some changes to their game plan because they’re too good to play like they did on sunday night. i figure nellie had some tricks up his sleeve from knowing the maverick players when he was coaching them a couple years ago.

[photo courtesy of yahoo sports/ap]

watching the game in HD on steve’s tv was a treat also. i’m starting to save up so that we’re able to get an LCD tv by the summer. part of the problem is that we don’t have a good wall to put it on, so we might have to some minor room reconfiguration or construction to get a good mounting area for the aforementioned panel.

13 years of waiting


alyssa has never known the warriors to make the nba playoffs – they haven’t done it in 13 years! the other two years, she would have been too young to understand anyway. they beat dallas by 30 the other night because avery johnson was nice enough to trot out his bench players to help nellie get into the big dance. last night, they were up 30 on portland but then they started to lose it. i couldn’t help but get that sinking feeling that the warriors would somehow collapse again and give the last playoff spot to the clippers. i’m just glad that’s over with.

now that white boys dunleavy and murphy are gone, i feel much better about the warriors chances. no telling if stephen jackson will be back next year or if he will be playing in pickup games at elmwood.

finally friday links

finally its the end of the week. i was able to get a lot done, though. here’s a couple things that i ran across in the last couple days.

family takes mugshots over 30 years [zonezero]

time lapse pictures of some guy working out over 4 years [iftk.com.br]

fake craigslist ad invites people to pillage a house [king 5]

college pitcher can pitch with both arms [ny times]

top jowling pictures – this is fabulous [jowlers.com]

comparison of prison vs work

[personally, my job is pretty good but for some people i can see why they could come up with a list like this.  this was lifted from single grain.

IN PRISON: You spend the majority of your time in a 10X10 cell.
AT WORK: You spend the majority of your time in an 8X8 cubicle.

IN PRISON: You get three meals a day.
AT WORK: You get a break for one meal and you have to pay for it.

IN PRISON: You get time off for good behavior.
AT WORK: You get more work for good behavior.

IN PRISON: The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you.
AT WORK: You must often carry a security card and open all the doors for yourself.

IN PRISON: You can watch TV and play games.
AT WORK: You could get fired for watching TV and playing games.

IN PRISON: You get your own toilet.
AT WORK: You have to share the toilet with some people who pee on the seat.

IN PRISON: They allow your family and friends to visit.
AT WORK: You aren’t even supposed to speak to your family.

IN PRISON: All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required.
AT WORK: you get to pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners.

IN PRISON: You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out.
AT WORK: You spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars.

IN PRISON: You must deal with sadistic wardens.
AT WORK: They are called managers.

kids on spring break links

the kids are on spring break this week. extra prayers that the house doesn’t get burned down.  here’s some links that took my mind off that harrowing thought:

keith richards jokes that he snorted his dad’s ashes [hollywood rag]

and a discussion about if that’s unhealthy or not [slate]

infant fights in the uk are the new cockfight [bbc]

americans eat enough peeps at easter to circle the equator – twice [abc video]

huge under-home marijuana cave [on mj]

interesting read on why cell phone use should be allowed in flight [computerworld]

back from socal…for tonight

just came back from a 4-day weekend in la with the family. alyssa had her annual national competition at the anaheim convention center. her team did great and would have finished first if it wasn’t for a slight wobble during their second performance.

i’ve posted pictures of both days in the photo section – no login required for now. after all the cheer business had subsided, we got to hang out at disneyland and california adventure, which is probably the best family time we’ve had in a long while.

here’s a couple memories from the past weekend, in no particular order:

1. eating all the time. i think we gained about 10 pounds from trying all the food inside and outside the park. case in point – we had tony roma’s one night since it’s right across the street from the hotel. it left such a mark that we decided to have it again the following night. marcos took part in the calorie party by drinking directly from a coffee creamer with a straw at ihop.

2. tri came down from la to watch the cheer competition on saturday, although i think it was thinly disguised as a recruiting trip for the various girls (and their moms/aunts) that were in attendance.

3. getting dizzy at the mad tea party. i thought it would be fun to get our spin on but then regretted it afterwards when i started to sweat from the work and also pick up some motion sickness along the way.

4. having some middle eastern family cut in line in front of us when we weren’t looking for a minute. they sported excessive plumpness and massive body odor so we were less confrontational then usual because their lives were already tough without having to add leslee’s fists to their otherwise miserable existence.

5. coming home and realizing that i wore the same shirt – my gray vans striped polo – this weekend as i did the last time i was in disneyland. splendid.

december 2005:


april 2007:

the best part is that i am headed back to la tomorrow for work. it’s just for the day, but i’ll be flying again in less than 7 hours. crikey.

*you can see pictures of alyssa’s cheer competition and our disney weekend in the photos section of the website.