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I’ll moon it!!

Today just wasn’t my day. I play pitch everyday at lunch with a bunch of buddies I work with. I just started playing maybe a month or two ago, but have had some of my best memories I’ll take with me from Maytag. This place is full of good people, but nothing brings out the personalities of your friends then competing against them in something like cards everyday. I enjoy playing cards anyways. I have some great memories from when I started playing pitch with the boys on the way to HS baseball games. We played everything from 4 to 7 to 10 point. I had some long expensive nights playing poker in the dorms with the older guys my freshman year of college. One of my best friends came from that group of guys. When we first started working at Maytag we had a weekly poker night where we played Texas Hold’em and traded money with each other. Most recently I taught my girlfriend and a couple we hang out with the game of Eucre. Another classic that I picked up from college baseball. My main point of this is, how fun it can be playing cards with your friends. It gives me the chance to be competitive and have fun doing it. It is also one of those things that comes easy to me. I enjoy numbers and odds, and trying to use them to my advantage. I think I got that from my dad. He was the one that always helped me with my math homework when I was growing up. He also plays cards every Wednesday with his friends. I tried to play with them one night and realized pretty quickly that I wasn’t up to par on their games, but also that my dad was pretty good.

I also enjoy gambling on cards at the casino. I’m a huge fan of blackjack. I’ve figured out a way to make the odds a little closer to even. This doesn’t mean that I always win, but I enjoy having a big day every now and then, when my girlfriend allows me to go. I’m a $150 win streak for the last 2 times I’ve gone. I can’t remember 3 times ago, but I probably lost. I’ve competed in one Texas Hold’em tournament that had a $50 buy in. I ended up getting 6th and winning ~$300. I think it was begginners luck, because I don’t usually have that much luck playing hold’em at the casino.

I also enjoy card tricks. I’ve picked up a few tricks from my dad that always awe a crowd. I’m always trying to pick up more though.

Britney

Britney finally gave the ax to Kevin. This is something people thought she would have done a long time ago, but it’s got to make you wonder why thinks worked for so long and why they ended with this timing. This could kill Kevin’s music career, I’m not sure he had too much of a chance to start with. I have listened to his new cd and it’s not bad, but now he has even more cards stacked against him, losing Brit’s fan base. I’m not sure who’s left to like him, the people that didn’t like Brit are gone and the people that don’t like Brit are gone, so I guess it’s up to the poeple that have never heard of him, but decide they like his music.

Anyways, why does everybody, including myself, get so caught up in pop culture. Maybe it’s because we wish we could live that lifestyle or because we haven’t gotten tired of hearing about them, since we never run into many famous people in Iowa. After reading up on what happens to these people on a daily basis, I’m glad I don’t live like them. Maybe I could just be one of those famous people that isn’t too famous and nobody recognizes, so that I could have the benefits, but now the downfalls. I know there are more important things than being rich and famous, but everyone would enjoy it to an extent.

There are a few different places I read up on celebs at. The first and best place is TMZ. This place usually is the first to report anything. Others include People and E! of course, but another one that I get a kick out of is TheSmokingGun. This place has all the documentation to prove the most recent news that has been reported, which most recently includes proof that Brit and Kevin married on a different day then they told everyone. But their claim to fame is the mug shots of celebs and things they require backstage at shows.

So if you thought you were up to date by reading the today section of the Des Moines Register, you’re wrong, check out a few of these places, but don’t get hooked .

10011

I’ve already explained some of the personal meaning this number has to me, but I also wanted to throw out some facts about the number. Including all the great athletes that have worn it.

There are a ton of interesting facts here, but I just wanted to pick out a few. Diecinueve is the 8th smallest prime number. XIX is also the atomic number of potassium. I just read that the New General Catalogue object NGC19 is a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Andromeda. Interesting enough, my initials are NGC. I’m going to have to look into this a little more sometime.

Among the great athletes to wear this number are Tony Gwynn, Robin Yount, Bob Feller, Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Lance Alworth, Bernie Kosar, Willis Reed (NBA), Lenny Wilkens(NBA), Don Nelson (NBA). And more recently Keyshawn Johnson, Michael Bush (Louisville Runningback), Lionel Messi (international soccer player-Barcelona & Argentina). Some of my personal favorites are Juan Gonzalez and Robin Ventura.

Just incase you didn’t figure it out the number was 19.

PapoZao

Everybody has different taste in music and different reasons they listen to it. Music has a huge influence on my life. I could listen to music all the time. I enjoy rap, hip-hop & R&B the most. I use it for different reasons. First of all is the mood it can get me in. Whether it’s to relax, stay motivated, or get me pumped up. I enjoy to stay up on the whole hip-hop business. The beef that goes on in hip hop can sometimes be misinterpreted by who got shot and who’s going to the klink. I think it’s much more deep. If you’re interested here’s a couple sites to checkout… SOHH, AllHipHop, & HipHopDX. Remember that some of these sites are biased to certain groups and regions.

I enjoy new music the most. I love to crack open a new album or get my hands on it before it’s released and see which tracks I feel. Then to see if they are the ones that are released. This has been a pretty good year for new releases. Pharrell, JT, John Legend, & Beyonce dropped albums recently and then in November The Game, Jay-Z, Snoop, and don’t forget K-Fed drop albums this November. I’ve heard the Game and K-Fed cd’s and they are pretty good.

I was surprised about K-Fed’s if he’d just stop bitching about the media hating him, and listeners didn’t know about the bad press he’s been getting and that he’s with Britney, then I think his album would get a lot more credit.

As far as The Game, it’ll be interesting to see if the album sells like he’s been promising. I think it’ll do well, but it’s a tough time of year and he might have pissed a couple too many people off, either way I’m still a fan and getting the album on the first day.

As you could probably tell from the few cd’s that I mentioned, I’m a big fan of Pharrell, JT, John Legend, & Jay-Z. I’m looking forward to JT coming to the area. He’s going to be in Omaha and Ames. I’m trying to decide if it’s worth going to both. Another thing you can probably tell, is that I like all different kinds of music and I don’t care if people know it. I’ve been a fan of JT since day 1 of *NSYNC. I was originally a fan of Lance, but once JT went solo I changed my mind.