Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Baby Names

My wife and I like to talk about baby names. In fact, we believe that we have come up with some great names for our babies if we have them some day. No, I can't tell you the names. They may be names that people like or they may not be. However, my wife and I don't really care. The one thing I do know is that our names will be better than Dee Brown's baby. Check this out.

ESPN's NBA analyst Dee Brown's wife is expected to give birth next month and they officially have taken the crown as the biggest Star Wars geeks in America. You see, the Browns have decided to name their baby boy, Anakin Walker Brown after the Star Wars character who becomes Darth Vader. Dee, from all of us, we're thrilled about the baby. Can't wish you and your wife more good luck and best wishes, but why name your kid Anakin Brown? What JarJar Binks wasn't available? What other names do you have to go through before you stop on Anakin? What did you skip over General Grievous or Lando? Were there no other Star Wars names you could select from? You can rip the people who dress up and wait for weeks in line, but when you name your kid Anakin you've crossed that unspeakable line.

After reading this story I have thought that maybe I am missing out on an upcoming trend, so I thought of some names for my future child.

1. Freddy Krueger Bastron (Nightmare On Elm Street)
2. Godzilla Bastron
3. Michael Meyers Bastron (Halloween)
4. Al Davis Bastron (Raider's Owner)
5. Lex Luthor Bastron (Superman)

I just want my kid to have a great name. With these names I feel like my kid would have something to shoot for. I have to give a big two thumbs down to Dee Brown and his baby name choices.


Monday, May 30, 2005

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone. Remember to give thanks for what many people have done for us.

Get your grill on!

Friday, May 27, 2005

Who Are The Worst Drivers?

The office I work in gives me a lot of heat because I have lived in Iowa. I also take heat because I lived in Minneapolis. All I hear is "St. Louis is the greatest", or "Missouri is the most superior state" or most of the time "Iowa sucks". These comments range from everything to how girls look, sports teams, or many other things.

I mostly hear about how the Missouri Tigers would beat the Iowa Hawkeyes in football. After a comment like this is made you can usually find me with my head on my desk with tears rolling down my cheeks because I am laughing so hard. The poster that sits above my desk right now is not a popular poster. It is a sign reading "Missouri Football, We'll play ANYONE (that we think we can beat)". The picture behind this statement is a big chicken with an M on its chest. This poster has not gone over well to say the least.

Well, I just came across this article and I thought I would post it. This article once again shows that Iowa or Minnesotat are not inferior states. In fact it appears to be quite the opposite. Now don't get me wrong, I love St. Louis. It is a great city, with great people. I am merely posting this to "educate" my fellow workers.



I tend to disagree with Wisconsin being ranked so high. I have live in Eau Claire, and they are by far the worst and dumbest drivers I have ever seen.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Laura Bush

I like Laura Bush a lot. I think she is a classy woman, who carries herself very well. She is a pretty woman, and appears to have a great sense of humor. Is she possibly one of the best First Ladies we have ever had? Why or why not?

Monday, May 23, 2005

1000 Hits

I have reached 1000 hits for my blog site. I just wanted to thank all of you who have made me who I am today. This is a big day for me. I'd like to thank the academy, my parents, and my wife. My wife has stood by me and my blog through all of the hard times. Thanks for your patience and all of your support.

I will remember this day forever.

Friday, May 20, 2005

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This Is A Must Hear

Today as I was trying to call one of our clients I accidentally dialed a wrong number. You must here the answering machine of this number. It is beautiful. Here is the number. Dial it now!

I need comments on what you think.


Thursday, May 19, 2005

Conspiracy Theories

Today we had a guy in our office who had some serious stories. This guy is a "name dropper". He is also so full of stories, you could sit and listen all day long. Today's stories were great. Here is a list of some of the stories told today.

1. A friend of his (who just happens to be a driver for our company) was secret service and was a body guard for President Lyndon B. Johnson. He says that he was in a car with this guy once, and they got pulled over. The cop saw who he was pulling over, and let him go. Remember this guy is a truck driver now.

2. Once this guy was at the old "secret service" guys house and a cop stopped by saying he needed to see all of his guns. The old "secret service" guy goes into another run and brings out a "barrel" full of guns. This guy says there must have been 100 guns or more.

3. The "secret service" guy once told this guy that he knew who shot JFK, but he could not say anything.

4. The CIA had JFK killed.

5. JFK's father was once shot in the leg in a hunting accident in Arkansas. The nurse that took care of JFK's father was none other than the future mother of President Bill Clinton. That is right folks you heard it first. This guy says that JFK's father is the father of Bill Clinton as well.

The day was full of theories and stories. I wish you could have all been here.

Hospital Visit

Talk about bad luck. Check out this story...

A criminal was captured after being admitted to a hospital and put in the same room with the police officer who had been chasing him. The burglar was admitted to the hospital with appendicitis and was put in the bed next to the police officer who was recuperating after gall bladder surgery. The policeman immediately recognized the burglar because he was part of a team that was investigating him for a string of local robberies. The officer had been hunting the man for two months, and the burglar has now been moved to a secure hospital and could spend up to six months in jail after recovering from the appendicitis.


That is what I call bad luck.

Speaking of bad hospital visits. I will share a story about one of my favorite hospital visits in a few days. It is a story that a lot of my friends like to hear me tell.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Baseball Stadium Tour

Recently a guy in my office has been talking about his goal of going to a game in every Major League Baseball stadium. I too made the same goal a few years back. I have a long ways to go, but I will get there. Here are the stadiums I have been to.

1. St. Louis Cardinals--Busch Stadium
2. Chicago Cubs--Wrigley Field
3. Baltimore Orioles--Camden Yards
4. Detroit Tigers--Comerica Park
5. New York Mets--Shea Stadium
6. Minnesota Twins--Metrodome---worst place to watch a game ever
7. Seattle Mariners--Kingdome(old stadium, so really doesn't count)

If you have any suggestions for where I should go next, I would love to hear them. I know I am hitting Kansas City this summer. Where have you all been? What is your favorite place to watch a game?

Go Cardinals!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Old School

Here is an old school picture of my sister Stephanie and I. This was sent to me by my cousin Autumn. I believe this picture is from a Christmas at my aunt and uncle's house in Nebraska. It appears I really liked my gift. Check out the big smile. Ha ha.

You've got to love old school pictures.
Old School! Posted by Hello

Monday, May 16, 2005

Wear It!

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Something New Coming Your Way

Sorry I have not posted anything today. There has been no time, but look for something very new and fresh coming your way this evening. Make sure you check back. I am very excited about what I've got for you.

See you later tonight.

Viva la blog.

Friday, May 13, 2005

My Sister

My sister and I Posted by Hello

As I have talked to people they have asked me to post more pictures and share about my family. So here you go. The picture above of my sister and I was taken at her wedding. It was a beautiful day. She is approaching her 3 year anniversary in July.

My sister Stephanie is the greatest sister alive. She is not only my sister, but one of my best friends. We have been through a lot together, and there is nothing that I would not do for her. My sister is 3 1/2 years younger than me. I don't know how she grew up so fast. It seems like yesterday she was just born. Now she is all grown up and married. She is married to a great guy. His name is Javier, but I call him the "Latin Lover". They have a great house that they just bought on 8 acres of land. They have horses that they show all across the state and nation. It is a beautiful place.

Stephanie is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She has a heart of gold. I look up to her in more ways than she will ever know.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


This morning I brought a bowl of Cheerios to work. I have not eaten Cheerios in a long time, and let me tell you they hit the spot. To me the perfect bowl of Cheerios has a good amount of sugar on the bottom of the bowl. I like to look down at the spoon and see a nice amount of sugar mixed in with the Cheerios. It makes me happy.

Cereal is a great thing. You can eat it at any meal. It is not just a breakfast thing. It can be eaten for dinner, or is great for a midnight snack. I personally like the "sugar" cereals. My wife likes the boring, healthy cereals.

Here is my top 5 favorite cereals.
1. Fruitty Pebbles
2. Captain Crunch w/ berries
3. Trix
4. Life
5. Cheerios

What are your favorites? A lot of milk or a little milk? Favorite time of day to eat cereal?

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Mom, Throw Down Some Money. The Ice Cream Man Is Coming.

You all remember when you were young and you'd being playing out in the yard. You could hear that little musical jingle from miles away. You would stop doing whatever you were doing, run inside the house and ask for some money. That is right, the ice cream man was coming.

A few minutes later, a man in a little van would roll up with his music playing and offer ice cream to boys and girls. It was a beautiful thing. You could get Bomb Pops, Fudge Pops, Pushups, or whatever. It would make your day.

Now that I am older I am bothered by the "Ice Cream Man". They usually look a little scary, and they roll around town playing music trying to lure little kids to them. It is a little scary, kind of like clowns.

Here is a great example of what I am talking about.


I am very curious about Absinthe. I would really like to try some. Is there anyone out there that has had it before. Is it good? What was your experience? I have heard that it is good.


Talk to me people.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Driving With Jesus?

I guess this story shows that living up to the name Jesus Christ is a little harder than everyone thought. I have a feeling the true Jesus Christ could get the license. Do you think a guy by the name of Jesus Christ has those little fishes on his car?


I think the guy should consider changing his name. It doesn't seem to be really working for him.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Kentucky Derby

Today was the Kentucky Derby. I don't know how many of you actually care or if you even watched it. If you did not, you missed an incredible story. The story of an amazing little girl that died of cancer a year or so ago. She made her life goal as she struggled with cancer to raise money for cancer research by selling lemonade. Alex's Lemonade Stand to be exact. She raised close to 2 million dollars or something like that. It was an amazing story that really tugged at the heart.

The horse that was named after her, placed 3rd in the derby. The name of the horse was Afleet Alex. The horse almost won the whole thing, but just fell a little short. If you saw the story today, you had to root for this horse.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Health Class

I must have missed this day in Health class. I really don't remember this lecture.
Penguins? Are you kidding me?

This is how they should have had the Penguin go out in the movie Batman. That would have been a great movie plot.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Watch That Booty!

There will be no more rump shaking in Texas. During March Madness I told a story about a UCLA cheerleader that about knocked me off of the couch with a little shaking. I then went on to encourage all the cheerleaders out there to shake them if you've got them.

Texas appears to disagree with me. There will be no shaking. ANYTHING!
Check it out.

What has the world come to?

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Cereal Box Prizes

Remember when you were young and you got a new box of cereal? Remember how fun it was to crack that box open, put your little hand in, and dig through the cereal in order to find the prize inside the box? Imagine being a five year old again, and opening this box of cereal.


The Vonz

Since a lot of the voting on American Idol has not made any sense, I am guessing the trend will continue this week. Anthony sucks, but he will stick around because I guess the girls like him. Scott performed well last night, and I think he will make it through another round. Carrie sounded great. She sings at a totally different level than everyone else. Bo did another great job and so did Vonzell.

However, I think Vonzell is going home. She shouldn't. She can sing. Anthony should be getting on a plane and going home, but it won't happen. I am calling that there is another shocker, and Vonzell packs her bags.

We shall see.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Holy Cow!

What has the world come to? I want to meet the person that eats this.

Ice Cream

A few days ago my wife brought home a carton of ice cream. This was a real treat because we harldly ever eat ice cream. I like ice cream, but since Brittany doesn't really care for it, I don't eat it often. It just feels weird. I personally think ice cream is something you eat with someone else.

My personal favorite is peanut butter and chocolate. Baskin-Robbins has the best peanut butter and chocolate ice cream on the planet. http://www.baskinrobbins.com/IceCream/ I like Ben and Jerry's as well, but I don't think it comes close. I have two favorite spots to eat ice cream. One is in downtown Iowa City, Iowa. I can't remember the name of it, but it was nice little spot to stop, eat some cream, and talk. It had a little spot to sit up in the window and people watch. My favorite spot of all time was the little Haagen-Dazs shop in St. Martin. My wife and I got ice cream there every day on our honeymoon. The people in that shop were so nice.

I am not a fan of soft serve ice cream. A lot of people go nuts for it, but I just don't really care for it. It just doesn't seem like it is real ice cream. That is why when I drop in to DQ or something like that, I get the Mr. Misty.

What does everyone else like? What is your favorite flavor? One scoop or two? What brand do you like best? Soft serve or "real" ice cream?


Monday, May 02, 2005

Say It's Not True Paula!

Looks like Paula could be in some trouble.
Check it out.
Paula Abdul Posted by Hello

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Oh Boy

I am back from golfing. Ouch. Let's just say the wheels came off. I was doing very well for the first 3 holes and actually had a pretty good front 9. After that, everything was poop.

It was still a great day. The course was very nice and it was good to see Hags and Sife again. After golfing we had a great dinner at a very nice place called Martinis. Sife got a little attitude from the bartender, but we let that one fly. The restaurant made up for it with the food. Sife's chocolate cake was out of control good. It is a place that I am going to take my wife. She would like it.

Well, that is it. I am golfing again today with my dad at 4. Let's hope today goes better than yesterday.