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Paddles

Today I picked up my mom and grandma at the airport. They're visiting southern Florida for a few days. José is coming over tomorrow to get the kayak box done, and I picked up a Stealth CS from Bending Branch yesterday. Progress! My boat is on its way from North Carolina and the expected delivery date is August 4. Should be a good weekend. :-)

QotD: Magazine

Question: If you could be on the cover of any magazine next month, which magazine would it be and what would the caption say?

My Answer: Fortune and the caption would say "America's Newest Billionaire Bachelor." That or Playgirl. I'm not sure yet. ;-)

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Kayak: Now in Green

tarpon120.jpgTwo weeks ago my dealer told me that I'd have to wait 3-4 weeks to get the kayak I wanted (a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 in "Sunrise" coloring). Yesterday he told me that the estimate is still 3-4 weeks. Today he told me that the estimate was 8 weeks.

I hopped online, called about ten places, and purchased a green Tarpon 120 from some folks in North Carolina. I can't wait eight weeks. I'll pay the $50 in shipping to get the damn thing before the end of the year. Yeah, it's green, but my other choices were orange and yellow, and my Aztek is green, so perhaps it'll match. I just didn't want red or blue, though I was tempted to choose either the yellow or orange colors that this particular dealer had available, but the bright solid-color kayaks have always seemed a bit "cheap" to me. Sunrise - a mottled yellow/orange kayak - and the darker colors (green, slate, brown) mitigate that somewhat.

I'll still look into buying a "Sunrise" when they come in - so that friends can kayak with me - but right now I've got to get a paddle. The thing will be here in a few days, after all, and I've got to be ready for it!

WOOOOOOO! I'm excited. :-D

QotD: Fate

Question: What's the best example of fate that you can think of?

My Answer: My mind immediately went to Hamlet's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and then jumped over to Romeo and Juliet. In real life, well, this question really depends on how you define fate. I don't believe that everyone is on a path that's unchangeable and predetermined, but I liked the movie Serendipity. I believe in something in the middle. The best example of fate is thus my own life, every second. But hey, I'll just stick with Romeo and Juliet.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Gaming and Golf

mario_golf.jpgToday I picked up my copy of Mario Golf. First impression: fun, but a bit too easy and disappointing. Perhaps it will grow on me. The problems that I've got with it are two-fold. First, it seems quite a bit simpler than I remember. I recall the N64 version being a little bit more difficult. Perhaps "more realistic" is the word - I know it's a cartoon, but the GameCube version seems a bit more over the top. Second, the mini games: I will almost never play Ring Golf or the Coin Golf or any of the other modes. I typically play alone, and José and I played them last night and didn't even enjoy them very much. Plus, my favorite mini game from the N64 version seems to have been removed: mini golf! Y'know, just putting…

I also picked up some other things while I was out today:

  • Broadband adapter for my GameCube
  • Network adapter for my PS2
  • GameBoy Adapter for my GameCube

Why did I buy a broadband adapter for my GameCube? I think it's human nature to hope, and I'm very, very hopeful that Mario Kart will make use of the network adapter to allow play against other people (and not some cop-out like posting high scores to a website). For the PS2? I dunno. Because I could? I rarely play the PS2 anymore, but it's actually got some networked sports games from EA, doesn't it?

Much more research is necessary. But not this weekend: my mother and grandmother are visiting.

QotD: Sex Toll

Question: If you had to pay one dollar for every time you thought of sex in any form, how long would it be before you went bankrupt?

My Answer: Since I've got school loans, a car loan, etc., my net worth is probably already $0. But let's assume I own everything and have no debt. I sometimes think that I think about sex less than almost any other guy in the world, and yet sometimes I have two hour conversations about it, so those would certainly ding the old pocketbook. One doller per thought? Let's go with a three months as a complete guess.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Mario Golf

mario_golf.jpgSo, apparently Mario Golf came out today. I fell asleep at the wheel and the release date slipped by my radar, to mix a metaphor or two. Mario Golf on the N64 was one of my favorite games, bar none.

Oddly enough it also had one of the better physics engines. Players had a natural draw or a fade, some were weaker or stronger. Lies on hills (sidehills and up/downhill) affected your shot. The wind acted as wind does. Mario Golf had cartoon characters, yeah, but the physics engine, however simplified, beat some of the more "serious" games out there.

I'm looking forward to beating José. Now where oh where is Mario Kart?

QotD: Butt

Question: If you could grab the buttocks of someone famous, whose would you grab?

My Answer: Jennifer Lopez is an obvious answer, but I've never quite seen what all the ruckus was about. I'm a tummy/leg kinda guy, so whatever ass is attached to those two things tends to be okay by me. But it's my question, and I've got to answer it, so I'm going to go with… uhhh… Kate Beckinsale. She's the youngest of my top three most attractive women, so why not?

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Friendster

So today I "rejoined" Friendster. I had joined quite a few months ago, when my pal Mike invited me, and then I'd basically done nothing with it. Today, another friend mentioned it. I signed up as his friend, then spent a few minutes exploring "the network." I sent a few messages to some chicks (of course!), just to gauge the response, and hopefully eventually I'll be able to find some gals (and guys) with which to do things like kayak, blade, ride bikes, whatever.

We'll see. It's an amazing little bit of technology. I've heard it goes down fairly frequently in the past, but perhaps that's changed lately.

If you're on Friendster, and you consider me a friend (a word I reserve for those I've actually gotten to know quite well, typically), well send me an invitation or add me as a friend and I'll approve you. You can find me pretty easily if you know my full name - there ain't many of us walking around this earth.

Miscellaneous Sunday

Just a miscellaneous Sunday.

A close friend of mine moved to Orlando. We've not been seeing eye to eye lately and are both a little confused about a bunch of things, but I'm confident that we can pull through.

José got back from a trip and will come back next Friday to help me put up my kayak pulley system (and a bike hanger too, I think). I'm really looking forward to that.

My apartment is as messy as it's ever been. Since my mother and grandmother are coming to stay for a week very soon, it's going to get a major cleaning very very soon. I realized that most of my storage is taken up by storage. In other words, a lot of the crap that I should throw out is boxes: my 12" PowerBook box, my display's box, my printer's box. I keep them because I figure it will be easier to sell them, and plus should I need to move, I've got lots of boxes, but they're impeding my ability to live as comfortably as I could if I replaced the storage with stuff that actually needs stored instead of finding a home for it on the floor.

The book deal I mentioned on April 23 has still not come to fruition. I'm beginning to get very frustrated at the rate at which the whole thing is progressing. I've been ready to "bust out" and "crank it out" for two months now, and I'm being held back by… by I don't know what. Hopefully soon.

QotD: Candy Bar

Question: If you could design your ideal candy bar, what would be your ingredients?

My Answer: Caramel, dark chocolate, nougat, and those krispy things. That sounds about right. My favorite real-world candy bar is either a Snickers or a 100 Grand, depending on my mood.

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

69

69.jpgWhen oh when will I be able to look at something like this and not chuckle to myself?

Hopefully never. :-D

QotD: Strip

Question: How many strip clubs have you been to? How many had male strippers?

My Answer: I've been to one strip club. One. I went about six times (two times a year for three years straight). That's it. I haven't gone since I came to Florida.

What's odd about a strip club is that it's a great place to go with your guy friends, and not just for the normal reasons. If you invite guy friends over to study, you end up bitching about classes or talking about the hottie in your physics class. If you invite them over to watch sports, you talk about sports. Invite a bunch of guys to a strip club and, in my experience, you end up talking about stuff that matters - life, family, trials and tribulations - and the awkward silences are easily filled with "look, naked hot chicks everywhere!"

P.S. No male strippers. Not even any alcohol - but all the Coke you could drink for $6 cover charge!

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

QotD: Move

Question: If you could move anywhere, where would you move?

My Answer: Paris, France. They have the best desserts and some pretty attractive women to boot!

You are encouraged to answer the Question of the Day for yourself in the comments or on your blog.

Kayak Storage

I'm trying to think of ways to store my kayak. So far, there are basically three competing possibilities: on the car, in the parking lot, and in my apartment. Each has its plusses and minuses, and in no particular order, they are as follows:

On the Car
Thinking: If I have to put it on my car to go to the waterfront, why not just leave it there?
Plusses: No need to move the kayak anywhere. "Pick up and go" functionality. Car will be even easier to spot in crowded parking lot. Inexpensive.
Minuses: Theft. I'll look like a retard driving around with a kayak attached permanently to my car. Weathering.

In the Parking Lot
Thinking: Build a big box, wrap a tarp around it, and chain the whole thing up to keep it secure.
Plusses: Short distance from car to this "kayak garage." Get to play with power tools to construct kayak condom.
Minuses: Mild chance of theft (my scooter has lasted a year or two chained to nothing but itself, so…). It might look odd.

In the Apartment
Thinking: Rig up a pulley system so that I can hoist my kayak above my breakfast bar. Vaulted ceilings have some use, after all.
Plusses: Conversation piece. No real chance of theft. Fairly inexpensive, probably.
Minuses: Walls are drywall, so rigging something like this up may take some serious effort. Would be forever fearful kayak would fall on me as I eat my Rice Chex. Apartment complex may have a cow if they ever see it. Carrying kayak up to second story apartment may be awkward.

So there we have it. I'll know more on Saturday when José comes down to mess around with the whole thing.

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