Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Years Eve and Day

FYI I had a great birthday:) Thanks for all of the wishes. Last night was just the way I wanted it. Nice little dinner @ Bagu and then a few cocktails @ Tailgate in bed early no hang over and feeling good for tonight:)

In other news....

What if the calendars were incremental? What if they never started over again at 1?

What if today was 2009*31 or January 62,279?

Happy Arbitrary Re-Starting of the Calendar Day:)

Wishing You and Yours A Wonderful 2009:)

Love,
Brian in Minneapolis

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Brian In Minneapolis: Forward Looking Statement for 2009

Today is my Birthday:) One thing I always do on my birthday is set goals for the coming year.

I am, I think, I will.

What do I want to accomplish with my 31st year on planet earth?

Goals for my 31st Year on this Planet


Read 50 Books.

Take 20 credits worth of classes.

Fence off my back yard.

Place a concrete patio in the back yard.

Get a dog.

Publish one book.

Take Two Trips - Thinking of North Carolina this summer and Arizona this spring.

Pay off another $10,000 in debt and quit being my own worst enemy it absolutely sucks how much crappy credit history can effect your job prospects, especially in this market.

In the fall I would like to redo my basement.Especially, the bar area not really sure how much money or what exactly I will do but at a minimum I want to put my poker table up, wire the basement for TVs and sound maybe put a few small flat screen monitors up, get a few comfy used bar stools. (It kills me to see all of this stuff on Craig's list right now and not be able to afford any of it.) I would like to start having bi-weekly game again by next winter so if you want on the list let me know and I will keep you posted.

Try 24 New Bars or Restaurants.

Sign-Up for some more sports teams.

Upload Videos to the net. (I have never done this before and it is something I want to do)

Register on inventnow.org

Pick two from the following list. (They all cost the same and I want to do them all but I have to narrow this down)
- Renew MPR Membership
- Fencing Lessons
- Join the Masons
- Renew Mensa
- Dance Lessons
- Karate Lessons
- Swedish Institute Membership
- Renew PMI Membership
- Renew Block Buster Movie Membership (F U I like it better then netflicks)


I am going to avoid the Cliches about working out, eating better, losing weight, quitting smoking, saving money etc. Although I wish to do all of these things I am going to try a little different appraoch this year and hope that all of these things will become a by-product of another goal for example...

Get a dog = Walk More(Exersize) Come home to let him out (Leave the bar early and don't stay out so late = Save money)

Remodel Basement and Patio = More entertaining at home. (Save money + increase home value)

Kickball = Exersize + Social +Fun

Get the idea?

Monday, December 29, 2008

Brian in Minneapolis by the Numbers 2008

Tomorrow is my Birthday. I turn 31 years old and say good bye to another year of sand in my bodies hour glass. In closing the books I look back on some highlights of this past year.

Brian in Minneapolis by the Numbers 2008

Read: 56 Books, 13,496 pages. (Not counting school books)

School: 22 Upper Division Credits.

Movies Watched: 51

Debt: Paid off $13,692.31

Out and About: Tried 24 New Bars and Restaurants (At least they were new to me)

Travel: Left the state 15 times (Denver, Colorado Springs, Milwaukee, Green bay, Appleton, Madison, Wautoma, La Crosse) ok wasn't too exciting of a year of travel but I think anytime you go somewhere new you benefit.

Rounds of Lay-offs Survived: 5

Kickball Record: 7-3 (Sorry about the Championship I will work on tagging up this summer)

Number of Posts: 322

Number of Hits: 22,340 (Thank you for stopping and making my random thoughts part of your day:)

Home Improvement Projects Completed: 9 out of 13 planned project

Happiness meter: 9.2

Friday, December 26, 2008

Thank You:)

AW I would not have gotten through this year without you. You were the light in my darkness and I owe you the rest of my life:)

PS, KS, BB, JE, KW-T, MT, MB, AH, RD, ED, MM, LA, DM, SH-M, ML, JW, KW, MB - Thanks for the drinks, the shelter from the storms, putting up with me, challenging me to be better and comforting me when I fall short. You guys are the best.

To Little Sis, MOM, G-Ma and all of my extended and collaboration of family sorry I am such a prick and can be so indifferent thanks for respecting my space and allowing me to live the life I wanted to. You are really special people and I never forget that even if it seems that way.

To everybody @ Cardinal Stritch. (Hey it's accredited) Thanks for a challenging year.

To Tailgate sorry about the tiff this year promise if you get our shirts on time I will never bad mouth you again.

A shout out to the Library on York in Edina thanks for all of the help with research this year.

To all my friends on Face Book, MySpace, Blogspot, Bloglog and readers thanks for making me a part of your world and letting me be a part of yours.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

So This Is Christmas...

Question: Why did you give presents to people you loved today? As opposed to some other time throughout the year. I assume you thought they were special and lovely on days other then today. So why presents? Why today?


Hopefully everybody did their civic duty and purchased enough presents to insure that Limited Brands, Target, and Wal-Mart won't disappoint analysts earnings expectations too much.


Department Store: Man filing out a tag on a present he is having gift wrapped.

Brian in Mpls: Don't you think it is kind of funny you sign presents from Santa instead of from Jesus? I mean aren't you celebrating his birthday by passing out presents that are supposed to represent offerings in his name to your loved ones? What's with Santa getting all the credit? I wonder if Christ feels gypped at this arrangement? I mean you die and people celebrate your birthday by getting everyone but you a present in someone elses name.

Religious Person: *Shocked expression*

Brian in Mpls: I suppose though it might be traumatic for the kids to have little blood trails from the stigmata wounds leading from the Chimney to the tree instead of the cute little elf and reindeer prints you can get at Michaels.

Religious Person: *Shocked expression*

Brian in Mpls: Sooo...What's Jesus going to get you for Christmas?

Religious Person: Eternal salvation.

Brian in Mpls: Technically that's his Easter present to you but I am willing to work with ya on this...So what did you get Jesus for his birthday?

Religious Person: (Pause) I don't think you understand Christmas. *Said as he is walking away*

Brian in Mpls: I guess not..

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Despite Our Special Status - I Love Minneapolis

Minneapolis or for that matter Minnesota in general is handicapped.

It is cold been -7 this week with wind-chill below -30.
There has been snow and freezing rain.
There is black ice that causes spin outs on the road
You have to pay extra money to live here for things like heat, gloves, mittens, jackets, salt, shovels.
There is a cost in time takes time to shovel, plow, scrape your windows, warm up your car.

In almost all respects you can think of it is a flat windy, cold and inhospitable place to to live.

Yet, there is this vibrant culture that exists in this place. The arts, The museums, the shows, the sports, the bars, the restaurants, the clubs, the libraries, the open mic nights, the different cultures clashing in feast for the senses along EAT Street, Uptown, Downtown, Frog Town, Dinky town. The intellectual pursuits of the universities that ring the cities.

It is like an oasis in the ice.

Tuesday morning I went out to start my car it was one of those colds wear your bones hurt and you get fatigued doing just simple things. In this temputure I saw a man smile and I wasn't cold any more.

I wonder what we would become if we didn't have the handicaps or are we a great city because of them?

Some places are only special because of the weather, I say we are special despite the weather.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

An Apple a Day

Person: That apple is rotten.

Brian in Mpls: It is all relative.

Person: Relative to what?

Brian in Mpls: How hungry the person is holding it.


Of all the expressions I hate the most, one that continually tops my list is.."One bad apple spoils the bunch."

The truth is all apples spoil given a long enough time line. Whether they are in a bunch or not. There are not magical apples out there that refuse to spoil or will only spoil when around already spoiled apples. The causality is life cycle, oxidation, lack of water, etc. It has almost nothing to do with the other apples, other then they all share the same properties. Yes some rot faster then others but all will rot eventually.

You hear this expression used most by parents who want to escape blame for their children's actions. They shift focus from the circumstances and natural process and blame the other apples or the children's peer group.

Failing to realize that peer groups tend to be selected based on common elements that are usually outside of the children's control. I.e Social-Economic status, School choice, emotional relativity, family structure, early experience etc. They blame the other apples rather then examine the forces that caused them to bunch in the first place.

PS Happy Festivus:)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Weekend ReCap

Friday

Read: Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity, by Garrett Gunderson. This book comes the closest to any financial book I have ever read at explaining my personal philosophy on finance. He nailed out of the park why 401k's are horse shit and why insurance is important. Definitely a book to check out.... I wish I would have wrote it, but at least now I have something I can send people who ask what my view on the market is.

Went to Trocaderos for few drinks.

& Ike's

Saturday

Cleaned, Raked the Roof, Watched some TV in my sweat pants.

Typed some more on my paper for class.

Cleaned up and went to a Work Party.

Drinks after @ Tailgate sorry B man that we couldn't meet up but we will have to do it soon.

Sunday

Watched Football

Made some beer cheese soup

Watched House Bunny - pretty much what I expected...lol

Saturday, December 20, 2008

WWJHOHI (What would Jesus have on his IPOD?)

I wonder what songs\artist Jesus would have on his IPOD.

The simple answer would be everything but I don't think he would. His actions in the bible seem to signify a tendency for preference of one thing over another such as where he celebrated Passover or who he choice to visit and break bread with or even that he choice bread to break instead of rice to share etc.

This would lead me to believe this preference would also extend to the types of music he listened to.

Now my gut instinctive stereotype would be that it would be filled with Country and Gospel but then how vain would he be to listen to nothing but songs that glorified him?

So then maybe it is just filled with censored music? Show tunes? I wonder how he would feel about Christmas music? Is the catchy version of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer a type of blasphemy?

If you had to create a playlist for JC what would you put on it?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Blood Clots...

The Kind of Blood Clot You Actually Want.

Hey it is Friday how about some shooters....

Blood Clot
1/3 Jag
1/3 Cherry Dr McGillicutty
1/3 Red bull

Chilled in a shaker..

Enjoyed Quickly

Also heard this called a "Hemorrhage" in different parts of the land....

It is a good mixed crowd social shot. The jag gives it a bite and the redbull and Dr. give it some sweetness so it goes over good in most crowds.

Another good Winter Time Social Favorite is the Ginger Bread Man

1/3 Goldschlager
1/3 Butterscotch schapps
1/3 Baileys

Chilled in a shaker..

or same ingredients in 1/4s with Jag for an Oatmeal Cookie.

1/4 Goldschlager
1/4 Butterscotch schapps
1/4 Baileys
1/4 Jag

Although too much Baileys tends to lead to some internal problems for me so I usually stick to the blood clots.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

This Little Light of Mine.

As opposed as I am to Christmas I have to admit I like Christmas lights.

Especially this year.

With all of the shit going on, the lay-offs, the foreclosures, the suffering, the war, the news.

There they are.

Twinkling.

A revolution of light.

A spirit that will not be crushed.

A beacon in the darkness illuminating something far beyond any door step or awning.

It is a refusal to surrender.

A refusal to succumb to the negativity that floods the air waves.

A sign off hope in place by all accounts where there should be none.

A simple walk down a simple Minneapolis street and I could start to feel it again.

Inspiration.

Hope.

And a surge of energetic power recharging this little light of mine.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Reason Why I Am Not a Lawyer #254123

Time Circa 1:30AM
Place: Bar
Situation: Bar Manager in my face and I am holding a lit cigerrette. (Gasp)INSIDE A PUBLIC BUILDING!!

Law lesson #1 - Leverage is everything


Manager: You have to put that out or get the hell out of here.

Brian in Mpls: Why?

Manager: There is no smoking in here

Brian in Mpls: Well I am not smoking, smoking being the act of inhaling and exhaling as you can see I am merely holding this.

Manager: Well why are you holding it?

Brian in Mpls: In case I decide I want to smoke it.

Manager: If you want to smoke it you can't order anymore drinks.

Brian in Mpls: I am putting it out.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Pick a Side - Brothers Grimm vs The People Copy Right Infringment

Sometimes I think it would be interesting to be a lawyer and get to argue a case like this. Clearly they did not create anything or give any royalties to the people who had created the stories that made them a fortune, they merely wrote them down.

The brothers Grimm would win of course but I am not sure I like the implications.

It is not evidence to be used against you until you write it down. Then it becomes legal. Official. You own it for better or worse.

I was thinking of this in relation to this blog.

I am sure many people have the same thoughts of dragging people out of the car that just cut them off and beating them with a rock.

But because I write this here...in this place...I am more guilty somehow then someone who just thinks this.

I wonder if this blog would be protected under my fifth amendment right of self incrimination?

Instead I live in world where what I share, what I vent, what I struggle to find meaning in, where my very honesty will become the cross that I am nailed too.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Weekend ReCap

Friday

Watched: The Dark Knight - Technically this was the second time I watched this this week and it rocked. This was a great movie.

Drank a bottle of wine and wrote some.

Went to Tailgate

Saturday

Read Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich by Duane Elgin I totally agree with the concept of spend wisely on things that give you value and purpose and declutter the rest of your life but this book could have stayed away from all of the religious undertones and it would have been ten times better.

Worked out

Hung out:)

Watched: The Happening not sure how good it was because at some point I fell asleep.

Sunday

Watched the Packer Game @ Gabes for some cheap Bloody Mary's apparently everyone from WI who now lives in Minnesota goes to Gabes.

Skated to the Dubliner...

Slid to Tailgate..

Read: End of America - Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot by Naomi Wolf - Read it.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Life Expectancy and Causality

What if the greatest advances in medicine have nothing to do with research and development or new drugs and technology? What if the greatest advancement in life expectancy came when we did something extremely simple like started to bath or wash our sheets?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Relationship Status and Translations

I was looking at the relationship status on a couple of websites like myspace and facebook recently and I found it curious. Especially the status that says, “I am in a Relationship” I mean isn’t this a little vague? Aren’t we all in relationships with each other? Am I not in a relationship with everyone who reads this blog?

Although granted it the nature of these relationships varies it just seems to general.

Shouldn’t it read:

I have exclusive breeding rights with ______.

Or

I have formally agreed not to cheat on ______.

Some people would opt for the I am in a committed relationship with_______.

But even that seems a little vague since aren’t we all in committed relationships and social structures with each other?

PS Anyone whose status reads, “It’s Complicated” is in an formal breeding right contract and looking to violate the extent of that contract.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Picture This Windows

Looking out this window I wonder if I am the picture for the outside or is the outside the picture for me?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

With One Headlight

Sometimes I am glad that headlight manufactures obviously don't practice a rigid form of six sigma. Can you imagine if they were spot on and both of your headlights went out at the same time? A sudden shock of darkness right as you were taking that sharp turn on that lonely country road. Perhaps they purposely add defects or the materials are already perfectly defective either way driving with one headlight is probably better then driving with none

Monday, December 08, 2008

Weekend ReCap

Friday

Went to the library

“Borrowed” some firewood

Read: Ayn Rands, Anthem. Is it wrong to say she is my hero? I think of her everytime I read the news, listen to talks on bailouts, hear the words taxpayer or community.

I Am, I Think, I Will.

Watched Step Brothers and laughed my ass off. I was a little nervous because I heard this movie sucked maybe going in with low expectations was key but I thought it was great.

Made a fire and slowly drank into the night.


Saturday

Slept in

Read the WSJ if my work wasn’t covering the cost I would cancel.

Read: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yeates this is right up there with the Corrections as one of the best American family stories I have ever read. It is almost sad that they turned this into a movie recently.

Watched Wanted dumb.

Watched some football

Went to Tailgate

Sunday

Went to a friends house for bunch

Did some homework and ran a bunch or errands.

Watched some football

Watched Hancock it was alright.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Legislation and the Art of Unintended Consequences

If you smoke you have started to notice over the last few months that your cigarettes have been burning out if you leave them unintended for a short period of time. This is due to a new piece of legislation that is sweeping the country requiring all cigarette manufactures to put additive or thicker paper on smokes to prevent fires.

The intended consequence is that 1000 lives will be saved each year by passing this bill.

huh?

A few years back the government sued the tobacco companies for billions of dollars for making unsafe products.

One of the more interesting cases was that the government said Light Cigarettes were misleading because people thought they were safer but in reality people inhaled deeper increasing there risk of death and dependency.

Guess what the legislation above is going to do?

Increase people inhaling deeper and give rise to greater dependency.

Good job legislation you have just saved a 1000 lived at the expense of 50,000 lives I think you need a raise. It is legislative mass murder.

Maybe the world is better off since now people can sue the government for legislating additives and making cigarettes more unsafe.

Maybe the unintended consequence of this, besides another 50,000 people dying, is that I have a seven figure settlement in the future.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Sour Milk - Career Coaching with Brian in Minneapolis

Brian as a mentor and career coach.

There is only one person in my life for whom, "When are you going to be done with school?" Is a question that I accept as legitimate. And that is because she has a direct stake in my income earning potential that is directly tied to my degree achieving potential and project. For everybody else who asks me this question I look at you like sour milk.

The second you stop going to school. The second you stop reading and taking training courses is very moment an expiration date is written visibly across your body.

You become milk sitting on a shelf..

Milk that eventually will go bad...

For all of the milk out there..

Think back to the last degree you received
Your expiration date is 2 years after graduation.

Think back to the last book you read.
Your expiration date is one month after you closed the cover.

Think back to the last training class you took.
Your expiration date is 6 months after that class.

Take the greatest date..

Write that date in your cube
Write that date on your fridge
Write that date on your bathroom mirror

It is the date that you become sour...

Are you expired?

Think of your education as a stay fresh guarantee...

A zip lock bag you open for potential employers, business partners and investors.

And stop asking people when they will be done with education and start asking them when their expiration date is..

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Why Gender Specific Bathrooms?

Doesn't it seem a little 1930's that we still have gender specific bathrooms? I wonder if people are afraid that there will be non-stop orgies if all of sudden we all go shit in the same place?

Are they afraid we are going to see each others we-we's and who-ha's?

If I had to guess the whole reason there is segregation it is either because of a male conspiracy or a female one.

Female: They need a place to talk in private. (I would suggest texting)
Men: They are afraid of waiting in line.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I am Job with a Few Notable Exceptions

1.) I am not religious
2.) I am not pious
3.) I don't believe I will be rewarded for suffering

But suffer alike we do.

In America there are two types of people those who have suffered and those who have not. I firmly believe the latter should not not be able to speak for the former as there is a distinct difference. There is a difference between knowledge and experience. There is a difference between being knowledgeable about poverty and actually having\lived in poverty.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Week(end) ReCap

Wednesday

Went to the Library and picked up a few books.

Drove to Wisconsin

Crawled into a little room and read

Crawled out drank a bottle of vodka

Thursday

Ate

Crawled into a little room and read

Ate

Drank a bottle of vodka

Watched football

Ate

Had some cocktails at Billy B's

Friday




Partied in downtown Wautoma, Doggers, Billy's, Grims

Saturday

Crawled into a little room

Finished Reading: Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose - This was a great book the attention to detail was magnificent it honestly made me wish I was part of the exploration into the interior. I also wish I would have picked it up and read it sooner be the 600 pages kind of scared me..lol
Finished Reading: Getting Your Shift Together by Liz Pellet (Working this one into my Capstone Project)



Sunday

Drove back to Minneapolis

Watched some football