Rants and Delusions

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Rants and Delusions

What do you get when you combine a 550hp twin turbocharged V-12 engine with fully reclineable rear seats, bulletproof glass and a built in microfridge? An ultimate $400,000 luxury car that out accelerates and slaloms the Corvette. AKA Maybach 62. Check out the features here or visit their graphic intensive site here.
posted by Jonathan 10:36 PM

Wednesday, December 03, 2003

Eagles Rivalry Takes Flight
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"What looked like an ordinary Monday around the city of Dallas was surely something else in the city of Philadelphia. It was Day One in a seven-day countdown to Armageddon." This was a quote I found in yesterday's Dallas Morning News. I think this town is finally figuring out what I have known all my life. "These people really hate the Cowboys."

During the Eagles and Cowboys last meeting on Oct 12, I ventured into that dreadful Texas Stadium to watch what I hoped would be an exiting win on the road over the hated Cowboys. What I saw was an injury stricken Eagle team lose to their Dallas rivals. I was also suprised by the amount of green jerseys I saw. If the roles were reversed and I ventured into Veterens Stadium Lincoln Financial Field wearing a cowboys jersey I wouldn't make it to my seat without having my shirt torn to shreds along with my upper torso.

This rivaly has been going on since the days of Tom Landy and Buddy Ryan. At one point Ryan put a price of several hundred dollars to take out the kicker and the quarterback. They got the kicker by Aikman managed to escape. Philadelphia fans are notorious for their lack of respect for anything sacred. They cheared when Troy Aikman went down with a concussion. Ed Rendell, now governor of PA, once started a snowball fight during a game against Dallas that forced the chearleaders to evacuate the sidelines. The old Veterans Stadium, and probably new Lincoln Financial Field, has a built in prison and judge to deal with crowd infractions. They have even booed the arrival of Santa Claus.

Back to the upcoming game. This Sunday the 9-3 Eagles are hosting the 8-4 Cowboys in what is being called a revenge match even by several of the Eagles players. Dallas needs to win at least two of their next four games to make the playoffs. The Eagles are hoping to remain on top of the NFC East and continue a 7 game winning streak that started after their 23 - 21 loss to the Cowboys earlier this season. This is going to be a good one. I'm pumped already.
posted by Jonathan 9:25 AM

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

What Is Going On?
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Something very odd just crossed my mind. It all started when I popped in my new Richard Wagner CD. I thoroughly enjoyed it and started reading a bit more about him. It was at that point I realized I need more sleep. The thought occured to me that perhaps I would enjoy his 15 hour opera entitled Der Ring des Nibelungen. It is rumored to be the greatest work of art of all time. Well, maybe some other day.
posted by Jonathan 6:57 PM

Friday, November 21, 2003

Start of the Lasts
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The time has come. I'm starting to watch as the lasts fly by. Wednesday I put the finishing touches on the last research paper I will ever write. Yesterday I played in my last intramural game. I can't believe we lost. Frustrating, isn't it? I guess that is how it goes when graduation is only three weeks away.
posted by Jonathan 6:19 PM

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Rants and Delusions

It's been awhile since I've posted. No, I haven't abandoned the blog. Life just exploded into craziness. I am in the process of cramming everything I learned over the past five years (and should have learned - which makes it more of a substantial amount) in an attempt to pass the FAA sanctioned Hell Weekend known as the Orals and Practicals. Up to 20 hours of pure testing pleasure for my enjoyment.

On a bright note I discovered that the Wing Stop has the best wings I've found this far south. Check it out if you are in Longview, specifically on the corner of Gilmer road and the Loop. The familiar taste a good wing (or twenty) went very well with the Eagles win over the Packers on Monday night. (I don't feel like giving links right now. Look them up yourself) Hopefully Philly has begun the climb back into their rightful place at the top of the NFC East.

Until this weekend is over, I'm signing off.
posted by Jonathan 1:27 PM

Friday, October 31, 2003

Back in Business
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My laptop just arrived back from the repair shop, and with it renewed faith in the customer service of Best Buy. For the better part of 5 years I have done nothing but (justly) berate the actions of the Best Buy customer service desk. Over the past 5 years I needed to have my computer serviced no less than 6 times. (On a side note - NEVER BUY A COMPAQ!) Each time it has taken over an hour at the desk followed by at least a 30 day wait while they shipped it off. Apparently they have revised some of their service provisions. Today was only day four of my wait. They fixed what ailed the piece of junk I call my computer (a plug for my cord that wasn't making any electrical connection and a floppy screen) and even threw in a extra battery for good measure. Now if only it will break one more time before the end of December allowing me to get another free replacement courtesy of the lemon law clause of my warranty agreement...
posted by Jonathan 1:05 PM

Monday, September 15, 2003

What Angers My Ire...
Rants and Delusions

I know the title doesn't make any sense, grammatical or otherwise, but it is a phrase that goes back to my high school days. It has been running through my head the last two days.

I made a discovery yesterday. Nobody fixes anything anymore. When something breaks we just throw it away and get a new one. I had no idea the extent that the disposable age has reached. I spent the afternoon driving all over town looking for a receiver speaker for my landline phone (how it broke is an entirely different story, dealing with a wall and a mildly upsetting phone call). All it would take to replace the speaker is two simple solder points. It is not a big deal. Nobody sells parts for anything of that nature anymore. Even Radio Shack looked at me like I was a deranged throwback for wanting to repair it myself. Can't we find a better way to spend our resources? If only everybody had a landfill in their backyard that made the town smell like a giant urinal mint. Perhaps we would think twice about throwing our money away.

posted by Jonathan 8:02 PM

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