Sunday, January 31, 2010


Doctor: You must quit smoking, drinking, partying all the time, chasing women and staying up all night or you will never live to see a hundred.

Subject: But I don't do any of those things?

Doctor: Then why the hell do you want to live to be a 100?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Myth Busters Minnesota Style

When you live in the artic north you hear all kinds of rumors about the weather. A prevailing one happens to be that you should keep your gas tank full or it will freeze up in cold weather.

Well last night I was exhausted when I was leaving work and as soon as I left the office my pesky little gas light came on.

I was so tired I just wanted to go home and not stop.

So I decided to turn my laziness into a test since it would be -10 dergees F in Minneapolis during the night.

Would my car freeze?

Answer no it did not:) Although I didn't push my luck and let it warm up in the morning and probably took one of the coldest rides to work in my life.

Myth Busted.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Risk and Reward

When an investment is risky investors seek a greater level of return in compensation.

When a borrower is more likely to default the rate of a loan goes up to compensate for the additional risk.

Does anyone not see the correlation for bonuses at companies that have been bailed out?

Would you quit your guaranteed job and go work for a company that might go under in 12 months?

Possibly if the incentive was good enough....right...?

Get it?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Owl City Hated by 90% of Lightning Bugs

"Cause I'd get a thousand hugs
From ten thousand lightning bugs
As they tried to teach my how to dance"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Weekend ReCap


Finished up an exhausting week of work and running on about a cumulative 6 hours of sleep for the week left work with a tired feeling in my whole body that can only be solved one

- Rented a Tux and took off to the Hilton for an Award show put on my Sexy in Minneapolis.

- Grubbed on some of the best food I have had in a long time.

- Partied and danced

- A-Bar in our room

- Blackout....beautiful blackout


- Denny's for breakfast

- Returned the tux

- Went to Tailgate @ had some chicken wings while watching the Gophers self destruct on TV

- Went home and Watched The Invention of Lying and I thought it was a great movie at least in concept all of the supporting actors seemed a bit off but other then that it was great.

- Finished the last 100 pages of Malcolm Gladwell's What the Dog Saw and even though I don't always agree with his take on items I immensely enjoy how he gets me to look at events from different points of view.

- Napped

- Went shopping for food so the last can of soup and half a box of pasta that were left in the cupboard would not be lonely

-Cooked up a huge batch of Vegtable stir fry

- Watched the Hurt Locker and man that was a great movie.


- Worked in the morning.

- Got ready for the Vikings game

- Watched the Vikings game.

- Off to bed to finally get some sleep before hell week part two starts again.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hump Day

Sometimes hump day seems more like scale everest day.

Work has been at about defcon 2 for the last three weeks with no signs of letting up and to be honest I am loving the challenge:)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Weekend ReCap

Friday - Culture Day January

Sexy in Mpls took me to dinner at Sea Change and to see Romeo and Juliet at the Guthrie. Great night out on the town reminding me why I love this city so much. Dinner was great, the play was ok but the whole experience was excellent and that is the whole purpose of Culture day to do something different and have a brand new experience.


Worked for several hours.

Read How to Lie With Statistics....great book. This little 100+ page book should be a must read in school. I think I am going to use some of the graphing techniques to help get myself a raise.

Cleaned the entire house

Cooked Dinner had some appetizers and cuddled up on the couch in front of a fire and watched Inglorious Bastards. I loved it.


Vikings baby!!! Sunday Funday started at home with some Chili and ended 30 miles away @ Teresa's in Mendota Heights. Yes my shirt was off for most of the night.


Went into work for a bit.

Read on the couch for a bit.

Chiseled and picked up dog pies out of the ice in my back yard.

Made some stir fry and just relaxed. It was beautiful thanks MLK.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I Swear

If I was going to invent a swear word I would use "Fidgik" Pronounced like Fidget but with a Ka sound on the end.

I think it is strong, affirmative and it sounds kind of dirty.

The only apprehension I have it that it is two syllables and all my favorite classics are just one.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

With a Cherry on Top

Random babble

I know how this story ends but I am not going to tell.

Everybody always want to know the reason, the explanation. That way they can rationalize it. Put it in a box. Segment it out. Compare and contrast. Place it in a forced ranking....but this is not that kind of ending.

It never was.

It will end as random as it began.

Meaning and truth are two different spectrum's.

Window shopping

Once I was walking down the red light district.

Looking into the plate glass windows at the prostitutes selling there window display wares for unseen masters.

Cages made of concrete and glass that they are supposedly free to leave at any time but we all know they can't leave, not really.

If I told you that this observation was made walking through a wealthy neighborhood that was a glow in red Christmas lights was it all a lie? Was the meaning out of focus?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Games

I think I am going to invent a new game for the Wii balance board.

Sobriety Test Home Addition

Where you can get a group of friends and sit around taking shots and test your ability to pass a sobriety test before going into the field.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Stop and Go

"That guy is really going places." You never really know if this is a slam or not. Where is he going? to jail? The wrong way? To the bathroom? We are all going places can you be a little more specific? Will he like it when he gets there? Is a tan involved?


Go getter, Go get her? Go get'r

Keep Going and Going

Go Jump off a Bridge

Go fly a kite

Go fuck yourself


Stop and relax

Stop drop and roll

Stop the maddness

Stop the volience

Stop and smell the roses about you go get her bring her here and I will stop and smell her roses.


Friday, January 08, 2010

Dr. Phil

Is an emotional pedophile.

He molests vulnerable people in tough situations.

And they grow to love their attacker.


Thursday, January 07, 2010

Price of Drugs

We have a lot of people up in arms in this country about the price of prescription drugs.

They say, "We should pay the same amount of money for a pill in America that people in Ghana pay for the exact same pill."

We no actually you shouldn't because that pill reflects different costs.

1.) We are a bunch of litigation happy bastards in this country, if drug company A makes you a pill and it has a side effect you don't like, perhaps it makes your breath bad, turns your teeth black, kills you etc. If you are American you are probably going to sue. Maybe even trigger a class action lawsuit that will seek billions from Company A. What happens in Ghana? not the same thing. The risk in selling in our market is much greater and it is reflected in the price.

2.) Have you ever walked into a drug store in a foreign country? Bought some Viagra or pain relievers in Mexico? Did you need a prescription? Did they need to enter it into a huge computer system? Verify it with insurance companies? How many people were working behind the counter? Chances are you asked and you received said Viagra pill. All of the overhead, regulation and delivery systems in this country add to costs.

Basic economics.

Until you remove or reduce the barriers to supply and demand the pill will never be the same price. To make it the same price means everything becomes equal between the two places or something is being subsidized and we are just creating more headaches that are already more expensive for us to cure.

The fact that the same pill is cheaper in another Country is not that Countries fault. It is not the drug makers fault. It is our fault.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Best of?

Dealing with statistical anomaly's all day I tend to have a problem with people who publish list like The Best Music of 2009 or the Best Movies of the last decade.

It implies that you have surveyed the entire population of music and movies in that particular time period and are giving an informed opinion.

Chances are, if the category is that broad, you have not.

I could see if it was something like The Best Local Bands of Medium Sized Town USA or something like that but how many people are really qualified to pick the Best of these huge categories?

Whats wrong with just saying, "Best Movies I Saw in the Last 10 Years?"

This is why I am a huge fan of raw data. For example if you only saw 12 movies last year and you are giving me your top ten out of those 12 then chanced are there are just some ok movies in there because the sample size is so small.

To frame up my recommendations

I read 50 books a year my population size goes back to 2003 for a total of 350 books.

I watch 50 movies a year going back the same period for a population of 350. So when I give my top tens they are out of number which may or may not mean anything to you because when it is all said and done it is just an opinion.

I just think the readers should be informed to how well that opinion was made and based off of what.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Welcome 2010 - Forward Looking Statement

So now I am 32 and here is the stock for this year....

Tier One:
Purpose expand my mind and horizons with new experiences and ideas.

Read 50 books

Watch 50 movies

Try 24 new Restaurants

Culture Day 1 once a month

Take three trips – Jamaica, North Carolina and Arizona

Tier Two:
Purpose remain relevant and employable building towards higher income and more stable employment.

Take 16 credits towards my MBA

Test for my six-sigma black belt

Tier Three:
Purpose upgrades and maintenance.

Build a patio

Put on a new roof

Wire the speakers in the basement and track out another TV splitter.

Tier Four:

Payoff $8000.00 in debt

Double savings

Tier Five:

Tennis Lessons

Golf Lessons

Keep the weight lose going with another 10 lbs off this year doing exactly as I lost the ten last year. Walking the dog, watching my mixers and eating better.