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11 June 2006 @ 10:14 am

Up-to-the-minute blogging. Taken with the built-in webcame on my Macbook while at wjarrettc's house watch Holland play Serbia.
Current Location: Jarrett's house
How I'm feeling: happyhappy
What I'm listening to: Holland v. Serbia
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01 June 2006 @ 11:25 pm
How I'm feeling: excitedexcited
What I'm listening to: Scorpions - Rock You Like a Hurricane
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30 May 2006 @ 11:20 pm
Mac peeps:

What LiveJournal client do you use? Would you recommend it? Yeah, I know I can find this stuff out myself but I'd just rather ask since I won't really have the time to do research until this weekend at the earliest.

Kickball ended tonight. Out in the first round. I'm not sure how much longer I'll be playing with this team, I might need to make a switch. TAG's team, on the other hand, won both their games and is through to the semi-finals.
How I'm feeling: contemplativecontemplative
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30 May 2006 @ 12:39 am
As you've probably noticed, I haven't updated in a while. Part of that was that I wasn't in much of a mood to do it. That's now changed. Another big thing has been that my laptop, which many of you know I've had a constant battle with for a while, finally gave out. So I needed a new computer, and things have been going well at work lately, so this weekend, I decided to treat myself:

Yes, I made the switch from a PC to a Mac. I'd been thinking about it for a while.

My question is, Mac users...what's your advice? What should I download? Where do I go for widgets, etc.? In other words, how do I make the most of my Mac experience.

I'll have more to add, including a Century Club update and plenty of soccer stuff. It's good to be back.
How I'm feeling: excitedexcited
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Well, we know the 23 players who will be on the US World Cup roster. Although I didn't get to see the announcement live because in ESPN time, 6:00 apparently means 6:35 (Barry Bonds hit another home run, don't you know?) and I had to leave for kickball, I was still able to see the roster eventually and digest my thoughts.

By and large, I'm pleased. I still say we're going to win the group and play Australia in the first knockout round. There weren't any glaring admissions that I could tell. Chris Albright being left off was a minor surprise, but at the same time, I can't say I'm shocked that Jimmy Conrad made the team over him. Brian Ching over Taylor Twellman was not a surprise, on the other hand, it was exactly what I hoped would happen. And it wouldn't be my blog if I didn't spout my malformed opinions on the subject, so here you go:

Ka-sey Kel-ler
(clap-clap-clapclapclap): The undisputed number one goalkeeper. Sam's Army loves him, and with good reason. I feel very comfortable with him in the net. Plus, he lives in a 1,000-year-old castle. Did you know that about him? Of course you did. "From an egg farm in Washington state to a German castle!" Nobody's written that news article yet.

Marcus Hahnemann: If, perish the thought, something bad happens to Keller, I want to see Hahnemann in goal. Not to take anything away from Tim Howard, but Hahnemann actually played this season. And he played very, very well for a very, very good team. Plus, he will hunt you down, Ted Nugent-style, if you say a bad word about him. Don't mess with Marcus. Also from the Pacific Northwest. What is it about Washington state and goalies?

Tim Howard: "Shitfuckpissbollocks!" (© 2005 Steve Gibbs). Not because Howard is on the team, that was just his response when Chairman Bruce told him he'd be going to Germany. Thankfully, Timmy is from Jersey, not the Cascades. Howard is a quality goalkeeper, and he'll be the No. 1 come 2010, but it's hard to get excited about him when he's only played six matches for his club this season. Hope Bruce packs the WD-40.

Brian McBride
: If he doesn't get the business done, we're screwed. Luckily, he'll deliver. He knows this is probably his last World Cup, and he's the type of player who will do everything he can to make sure the US goes as far as possible.

Eddie Johnson: Bruce had some pointed words for EJ. He basically, without calling it a fluke, said that the hot start that Johnson had to his national team career was, well, a bit of a fluke. But he also said that Johnson has the talent and ability or else he wouldn't have been picked to go to Germany. Hopefully EJ will use those comments to spur him on. I'd like to think that he will, because I really like the guy.

Josh Wolff: I don't really have that much to say about Wolff, because he's just kinda there. You knew he was going to make the roster, but at the same time, you know he's probably not going to start. Well, he might, depending on what Bruce decides to do, but he's given every indication that he's going to try a 4-5-1 with McBride as the lone striker up top and Landon Donovan playing a withdrawn role. I guess if Bruce goes with a 4-4-2 then Wolff might be the second striker, but I'd kinda like to see Johnson in that role.

Brian Ching: I was happy to see him make the team. That it was at the expense of Taylor Twellman didn't bother me one bit. He's probably the hottest striker in MLS right now, so it's bad news for Houston that he was called into camp, but hopefully his rich vein of form will continue. As my friend Doug pointed out, he's almost the same both size-wise and stylistically to McBride, and thus is a natural replacement for him should the need (hopefully not) arise.

Midfielders and defenders to come in a future entry. Or not.
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02 May 2006 @ 07:31 am
Edmonton Oilers - 4

Detroit Red Wings - OUT!

No matter what else happens in the playoffs, at least something has gone right.
How I'm feeling: chipperchipper
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01 May 2006 @ 10:29 am

We are truly living in wonderous times. Care to guess who is currently atop the Country Music charts right now? No, not American Idol winner Carrie Underwood (although that would have been a good guess). Any guesses? Anyone? Give up?

The answer is.....

Jon Bon Jovi.

How I'm feeling: confusedperplexed
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29 April 2006 @ 03:45 pm
How I spent my morning:

Sitting on the couch, watching Chelsea play Manchester United whilst wearing my Chelsea centenary jersey (thanks rcc94) and drinking a nice cup of tea out of my Chelsea mug (thanks to my lovely and talented girlfriend).
How I'm feeling: relaxedrelaxed
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27 April 2006 @ 07:54 am

Drivers + Rain = Morons

My normal ten-minute commute yesterday took twenty minutes. Not a happy camper.

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24 April 2006 @ 05:41 pm
Well, I'm off to the Hurricanes playoff game. Saturday's was an unmitigated disaster. Hopefully tonight's won't be.

But after losing 6-1, it's hard to get myself geed up for this game. Frankly, there's other things I'd rather be doing.

I hope I'm proven wrong.
How I'm feeling: moroseunimpressed