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The Great Gasoline Robbery [Nov. 13th, 2008|12:58 pm]
Mike
Yesterday I filled up my car and paid $2.03 a gallon. Two months ago, at it's highest I paid $4.05 a gallon. Almost double what I paid yesterday.

What's the cause behind the sudden drop in gas prices? Is the economy any better today than it was 8 weeks ago? No. Is there more oil? Nope, OPEC actually has been cutting production the last 6 weeks. Are people driving less? Maybe, maybe not. But nowhere near enough to cause demand to drop so much that the price dropped by 50%.

What happened 8 weeks ago that sent the price of gasoline rocketing downwards? All through October as the price dropped, I kept waiting for a "McCain-Palin Surprise": "My friends, we mavericks have sat down with the oil companies and outlined what we were going to do to come January and working together, we were able to save Americans millions in gas costs.' But no pronouncement came.

Could it be all of President Bush's oil cronies finally saw the coming of the end of the gravy train and realized that an Obama administration and a Democratic Congress might just investigate all those record oil company profits in the last 4 years?

Naaah, that doesn't make sense. Must be something else...

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Afterlife Book Fest 2008 [Nov. 8th, 2008|04:51 pm]
Mike
Lately, it seems like major authors have been passing away at a rate of 1 a week. This past week, Michael Crichton joined the ranks of those authors tapped for the Afterlife Book Festival 2008. Michael Crichton was the author of Jurassic Park and many other great scientific fiction and non-fiction, including my personal favorite The Great Train Robbery.

Other authors we have lost far too soon this year are: Tony Hillerman, Studs Terkel, Marilyn Ferguson, William Wharton and Jacob Rosenberg.

Of the group, I will most miss Crichton and Hillerman. I was a huge fan of Hillerman's Navajo mysteries.

One (just one of many, believe me) of the reasons I'm glad I'm no longer employed at Barnes & Noble is I always felt horrendously ashamed by the corporate practice of shilling a recently deceased author. "Author X passed away last night. Please set up an endcap celebrating his life. Promiently feature book A and book B on the 'In the Media' endcap." Ugh!

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Is this thing on? [Nov. 8th, 2008|04:45 pm]
Mike
54 weeks ago, I posted that I was going to try to post more. That worked out well. Not.

Well, I'm going to try that again. I feel compelled to write for two reasons. One, because if I don't write something, I will never write something. I have always fancied myself as a pretty good writer and used to dream of being paid to write. Two, as of Tuesday, the world seems like a more hopeful place.

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Six months later... [Oct. 17th, 2007|08:10 am]
Mike
Well. It's been six months since I posted. I have been told I need to post more often. And I'm going to...

To catch everyone up. In the last 6 months (actually last 2 months), I have gotten married, moved and found a new job.

asuka002 and I got married on August 11th. It was the most incredible ceremony and reception. I walked down the aisle to the Imperial March and asuka002 walked down to music from Neon Genesis Evangelion. All our friends and family were there. Just a perfect day...

We moved to Worcester! asuka002 got a job working for Covidien Health, so we decided to head east. We were looking closer to where she is originally from, but settled on Worcester because it is more centrally located. We love the new place. It's a 2nd floor of a 3 family. We're sandwiched between two sets of 3 college kids, so it gets loud sometimes but nothing too outlandish. We have three bedrooms and two living rooms so we have space. But we also realized we have too much stuff. We got rid of a fair amount of junk; but you couldn't tell by the amount of boxes that are still here. We'll get unpacked eventually...

And the new job. I work for LEGO! I'm an assistant manager at one of their retail stores. It's such a great job! I love it so much! I had to bring home work with me my first night. Our holiday reset is next week and I have to build this for the reset.

Well, thats it for now. But I will be posting much more frequently now...

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411 [Apr. 11th, 2007|05:03 pm]
Mike
Let me preface this with I am averaging about 4 hours of sleep a night.

So this morning I look at the calendar and see it's April 11th. My first thought was it's 4/11. This for some reason made me think of 9/11. Some people at the time (and probably still now) thought there was a correlation between the date of the attack and the US phone number for emergencies (911). So it made me think. If whoever did the 9/11 attacks had a sense of humor, they would launch an attack on the internet today. You know, the Information Superhighway. But then I realized terrorists probably don't really have senses of humor.
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Baby Lex Update [Feb. 25th, 2007|10:58 am]
Mike
[Current Mood |groggygroggy]

We're home from the hospital and settling in. Sleepless nights and quiet days are the pattern thus far; but we're hoping to tweak that around in the coming weeks.

We've put together a little website for Lex.

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Baby Lex! [Feb. 21st, 2007|07:31 pm]
Mike
Hello all!

Alexander John arrived on the planet Earth this evening at 5:46 PM EST. He was 7lbs, 11oz and 20 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing wonderfully.

Photos to follow in the coming days.
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Random [Feb. 12th, 2007|01:08 pm]
Mike

HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere are:
27
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?


This surprised me. I know for a fact that there is another person with my name who lives in the same town as me. I've been called once because they found his wallet at a gas station and another time when I was pulled over for a speeding ticket and didn't actually have my license on me there was some confusion because the other guy had a warrant out for his arrest.

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Two cool fan films [Feb. 12th, 2007|12:47 pm]
Mike
Enjoying some pre-baby quiet time and surfing the internet.

Had to share these.

A spoof of American Pie and Phantom Menace. The lacrosse scenes are brillant.

Fast Times at Hero High takes the Justice League back to high school.

Enjoy!
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Baby News [Feb. 12th, 2007|12:46 pm]
Mike
Hey all-

I know I said I was going to write more and I haven't. Things have been understandably crazy and I'm on my 20th out of 21 days of working either at B&N or Modern Myths. I had Super Bowl Sunday off and we spent most of the day doing errands and I went through a huge "nesting" phase. Made 4 trays of lazy lasagna and chicken casseroles and tons of housework. Looks like I was nesting about a week too early. While Baby Lex is still technically 20 days away, we feel he'll be here any day now. When we went to the doctor last week, they told us Kim was 3 cm dilated and on Saturday, Kim started nesting. I predicted Tuesday as the day and Kim got annoyed because the shower is next week. Yesterday, Lex "dropped" or as I put it he's locked and loaded. Kim's dreams last night were all labor and delivery centered and there've been some biological changes (all those moms out there know what I mean and everyone else doesn't really need the details).

So, it's looking like my prediction of tomorrow is looking better and better. I'll have more as this story develops.
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