Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Lunch Thief

Due to the effort of ctg08 (cut the gut '08, obvs) Rob and I have been packing our lunches every day before work. Lots of healthy snacks, veggies, yogurt, etc. Unfortunately, this effort has coincided with the return of the c8 break room thief at work. I have fallen victim to this thief many times in the form of yogurts and small snacks...the first time I figured, it was a mistake and that they thought it was their light and fit strawberry yogurt cup.. but after writing my name in permanent marker on the top and sides of the cup....and it still disappearing between the morning and lunch time on more than one occasion, I knew we had a thief on our hands.... I knew I was not alone because shortly after, this sign appeared on the refrigerator:

gross, right?

Well some time had gone on and the thief hadn't resurfaced....until yesterday.
Yesterday the break room thief stole my friend Angie's cute pink lunch bag and all the contents within...they did take her son's sippy cup out of the bag and throw it in the freezer...further proving it wasn't an accident. Afterwards, she left this sign on the refrigerator:

After commiserating with her for a while and trying to do some secret sleuthing of the bag, she headed up to the lunchroom to buy a new lunch and I headed to the freezer to grab my healthy choice meal that I had written my name on in the morning..... GONE! The thief had claimed another victim....me...

Thank goodness this morning Rob came up with a completely foolproof way of protecting my lunch, as pictured below. No thief will ever get through these extreme security measures:

If I were a thief, I think I would go out of my way to steal this one... haha, but luckily for me my lunch was right where I left it and I just happily munched on a turkey sandwich and carrot sticks for lunch.

Next steps: catch the thief..

Ideas? exlax sprinkled in the food? a nanny cam of some sort for 24 hours surveillance?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Fun Weekend and GOD I hate the mall

This weekend was a good one. Starting off with a whole foods wine tasting and sushi with my Dad on Friday to an all day candy making/cookie decorating extravaganza on Saturday...it was a good weekend. If you are lucky enough to get some of these DELICIOUS pretzels that are the fruits of our labor....consider yourself lucky! As usual they turned out DELICIOUS. :-) and so pretty!

Sunday after church (which was awesome and included a Jesus/Santa skit) I decided to go to the mall....mistake. big mistake. I don't remember the mall being like this....maybe I am getting old...or maybe sales people are just getting more aggressive....but regardless...that might have been my last mall shopping trip of the season.... I am the most indecisive person ever... I will literally walk around a store with an item in my hand for 45 minutes...be about to get in line......then put it back and walk out of the store empty handed. The mall gives me the opportunity to do this store after store right next to each other and waste hours and hours of precious time that could be spent on so many other things...

The second I walked into many stores I had sales people hounding me and asking me whether I had their store credit card or not.....Kiosk people in the middle of the mall were screaming things out to me, maam! miss! Can I ask you a questioN! which I am usually excellent at completely ignoring until one guy tried to make me think I dropped something or was about to drop something and kept pointing at my bags until finally I came closer to him so he could show me what he was pointing at which time he tried to sell me a hair straightener.... "I can see that you take care of the way you look....but with my straightener...your hair will never be frizzy like that!"....thanks.

It always seems at the places I want people to leave me alone, it's impossible....but then I walk into a department store where I have a million questions...(If I say I hate the mall.... I can't think of a word strong enough to describe how I feel about department stores.....) Anyway....when you walk into a department store you can't find someone that works there to save your life....and when you finally do....they are use.less.

Actual converation with Dillards employee yesterday, working the floor:

me: Hi, Can you tell me where to find women's coats?

Her: Downstairs. I think.

Me: Ok, I was just down there and didn't see them, can you tell me after I go down the escalator if I go to the left or right?

Her: Yeah, I have no idea.

Me: ok... thanks?

One thing I can say is that I did a good thing this year....starting in early November if I was out and saw something that I thought would be a good gift for someone, I bought it. I have also been online buying lots...which is good. This has been a seriously random rant today, but I just had to get some things off my chest.

ALLLL this being said, my mom is working at Macy's this holiday season and if you would like a friends & family discount card for next weekend, let me know! (that is- if you want to go anywhere near Macy's after reading this rant)

Only 17 more days until Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Detention's finally over.....

It's been so long R squared readers. I promise to never let my job stand in the way of frequent blog postings ever again. So much to say, let's shoot from the hip.

An upstanding member of society decided to tear the passenger side mirror off my car over the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm pretty thankful that I get to spend $75 dollars to replace a perfectly good mirror on my 10 year old car.

I had my first sober Wii experience over the holiday, and it was everything I thought it would be and more. My wife vehemently opposes my desire to own one, but if anyone decides they no longer have a need for theirs, well, I'm your guy.

Anyone pick up a copy of Chinese Democracy? I'm not a huge G 'n R fan, but any album that took the amount of time and money that Chinese Democracy took to make is worth owning. I don't own a copy yet, but I'm sure Santa Claus will deem me a good enough boy to slip one in my stocking.

Jen felt the need to put that picture of me over there up. Go ahead, laugh and make your joke. Yes, I'm wearing a woman's sweater. And a turtleneck with holly on it. Know anywhere to get a painfully tacky Men's Christmas sweater? Because I obviously don't.....

To TV for a moment. I know Jen already hit on this, but I couldn't resist. Grey's Anatomy is now officially the MOST IGNORANT show on TV. Izzy can have sex with ghosts now? Stooo-Pidddd. I hate my life a little more each time my wife makes me watch that show.

How about my main man, B.O., already making plans and doing work to get the U S and A back on track? Pretty puh-leeze do not bail out the US automakers. The handouts have to stop somewhere. Speaking of handouts, how about CitiGroup getting some govt chedduh and laying off thousand of workers all the while continuing with plans to pay millions of $$ each year for naming rights to the New York Mets new ballpark? Insane.

Anyone want to go to the Bengals vs. Chiefs game on 12/28? I have two tickets for sale, and will accept WELL BELOW face value for them. Carson might be playing by then and the Chiefs are one of a few teams the 'gals could actually beat.....

BABY MANGINO. Ladies and Gentlemen, your newest internet sensation.
Tell me you can't look at that picture and laugh uncontrollably, every single time. If you don't get the joke, google Mark Mangino.
With Christmas soon approaching, and that new Lexus commercial to steal the idea from, I got to wondering about the best, and worst, x-mas gifts I've ever received. It's a pretty daunting task. I mean, for all the 'awesome' toys and terrible articles of clothing you've received over the years, can you really narrow it down to a best and worst gift? My worst was probably a remote controlled hummer. Mind you, I was post college and the thing was over $100 bucks. It now collects dust in my basement. Good purchase, Dad. I don't know that I can put my finger on the best. Maybe it was the Sega Genesis and NBA Jam Tournament Edition combo from back in the day. What about you?
I leave you with a little Jimmy Valvano. I saw his ESPY speech again last night, and hot damn, is it moving. If you haven't seen it, pull it up on Youtube.
"To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special".
And some more: "Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever."
Thank you for your continued support of Random Ramblings.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Officially Christmas Time!!

The tree went up last night to the sweet tunes of various celebrities singing class Christmas music and this Saturday is the first round of Christmas baking......it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!

(But will look more like Christmas once there are some presents under that tree and some more cards hanging on that mantle)- Maggie can't wait for Santa to come down the chimney...can't you tell??

Monday, December 1, 2008

My four day holiday weekend was anything but relaxing, nothing but fun and action packed….and today I am totally useless. If I could lay in bed right now I guarantee I wouldn’t wake up again until tomorrow at this time…and even then I might need just a little more sleep.

The weekend started off on Wednesday night with dinner and Spanish class at my house. Afterwards, we had a few more people stop by for drinks, some card games and then followed it up with a pre-thanksgiving night in Mt. Adams. The bars were not AS Crowded as they seemed last year (GOOD thing) but still pretty crowded, but it was a fun night out.

I woke up on Thursday morning and made a pot of coffee and some homemade Amish cinnamon sugar bread….it was Delicious and made the apartment smell so good. We watched the parade which is always fun…and also brought to my attention how little I know about tween celebrities… Then I baked some corn casserole for Thanksgiving #1, made the delicious buffalo chicken dip for thanksgiving #2 and we headed out the door.

Both Thanksgivings were successful and delicious and Rob got the pleasure of meeting and/or hanging out with everyone in my extended family all in one day! (what a trooper) We even brought LRC to my aunt’s house (along with a pre-thanksgiving email telling everyone to bring singles) and had a little dice gambling game after dinner…. We played two games and I won the first game and Rob wont he second for a total of $66…whoops! We caught some grief for that one, but still left Thanksgiving $66 richer :-)
Afterwards we stopped at Krista for some post-family drinks and a couple of rousing games of Catchphrase before calling it a night.

Friday Rob and I faced the crowds and headed to a couple of stores… afterwards it was time for Thanksgiving number 3 (well, 4 if you count the one last weekend…and 5 if you count the one at work…..) but 3 of this weekend. Every year Allison’s dad makes a delicious deep fried turkey. Seriously.delicious. We headed over there for some deep friend turkey, spicy corn, sweet potato fries and of course lots of wine and good company…afterwards we headed out to a random local Clifton Bar (Arlins) and met up with some other cliftonites and had some more drinks and a late night 4th meal at Skyline… (I absolutely gained 20lbs this weekend)….

Saturday night was our friend Jonathan’s Birthday Party bus!.....We started the night off at Monks Cove with kegs and pizzas and then Jonathan had his secret destination party bus take us all over the city…..One of the bars had the best jukebox ever (can anyone say dirty dancing soundtrack?!?!) and presented Jonathan ceremoniously with a gift of their collection of barbecue sauces…if I could tell you where we were I would…but I wouldn’t be able to get back there myself…
We ended the night by dancing our pants off at Lodge Bar until it was time to head back home.

Then to Really end the weekend, My obsession with Christmas couldn’t keep me from wanting to go see the NYC Rockettes this weekend, even though I knew how exhausted we would be…. I convinced Krista, Jonathan and Rob to come and the help of finding a coupon for 50% off tickets made the deal even sweeter, so that’s where we headed Sunday night. We are dumb and didn’t look at our tickets and assumed it started at 7:30pm, but as we are walking into the arena at 7:15pm is when I decide to look at the tickets to “make sure we had the right time” and saw that the show had started 15 minutes ago……it turned out ok, because we could see who was already there and who wasn’t and seamlessly take some much better seats than the ones we had paid for… However, as we walked in, the scene that was on was a re-enactment of the Nutcracker scene, where all the toys are dancing under the tree…but all the people were dressed as bears. Bears dressed as Russian toys, bears dressed as ballerinas, bears dressed as various other toys…
Krista, Jonathan and Rob gave me the “what the f did you talk us into” look and I just couldn’t stop laughing…. Tears were streaming out of my eyes because all I could think is that if these people are dressed up like freaking dancing ballerina bears for 2 hours, I would never live this down…

FORTUNATELY for everyone involved the show got MUCH better…there were dancing santas, ice skaters, an nyc double decker bus, toy soldiers, a living nativity scene, a FLYIng santa and more high kicks than you could EVER count….

All in all what a fabulous weekend!
Can you believe it’s December 1st today??
Let the non-stop Christmas music begin!!!!

Friday, November 21, 2008


Every Friday I get the delightfully classic song in my head that we all grew up listening to on Friday nights:

It's Friday night
And the mood is right.
Gonna have some funnn show you how it's done

Today I decided to look up some of the shows that used to be on TGIF....when I think of TGIF I mostly think of Full House (classic TGIF show), Family Matters (I had an unhealthy obsession with Urkel, seriously I thought that show was HILARIOUS), Step by Step and Perfect Strangers (ooooh that Balki). But today I decided to look it up to see what shows were on it and was suprised to find the combinations. I decided to learn a new blogging trick and learn a little something new about my friends....all in the same blog! Please vote on your favorite TGIF lineup, and then leave a little note in the comments as to why that was the best lineup...

Also, let's talk about some of the merits of some of these shows....

Family Matters:

This was the SHOW. That Urkel....always in love with Laura and looking for Cheese.. I truly thought at the time that this show was hilarious. I'm almost glad my sister isn't a big keeper upper with this blog, bc she might have some things to add about me and my unhealthy obsession with this show, but let's just say I had a tshirt with him on it and all of his "catch phrases" in neon all around it.....and also a doll that when you pull the string on the back of him he laughs with a snort and says things like "did I do that????" classic. classic. It, did however start to go downhill when Steve invented that "machine" that made him into "Stephan" who was all suave and made Laura fall in love with him. That Laura is so shallow.

Boy Meets World
ANother TGIF Classic and favorite of mine. I was still watching this one once they all got to college and somehow all lived in the same dorm and Topanga and whats his face got married....good show.

Perfect Strangers

OOooohh Balki!
The story line for this show went something like this (I think). Balki was from mepos...where there were apparantly lots of goats and sheep. I can't remember why he had to come to America (anyone?) but he does and finds his cousin Larry (pronounces cussen Larry) and they become roommates. Then they are lucky enough to find girl roommates in the same building....in which one is smart and one is stupid...and everyone lives happily ever after!!....with lots of crazy happenings in between.

oh and the theme song went like this:
Standing taaaallll on the wings of my dreams!
Rise and faaaalll on the wiinnggss of my dreams
rain and thunders! wind and haze! i'm bound for better days (aaaaahhhhh)

(....aaaannnd that's literally all I remember about this show)

And last but not least (at least for this blog) good old, Mr Belvedere:
According to our new arrival
Life is more than mere survival
and We just might live the good life yet.
I can BARELY remember this show, but I do remember one thing.....it was awesome.....man, they just dont make tv like this anymore......TGIF should come back to primetime television! but which lineup?? Denny, you're out....Mr Belveder and Topanga....you are so in! Vote now!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Loyal Readers. My sincere apologies for the 2 week hiatus that Random Ramblings has been on. I have so much randomness to ramble about, yet every time I sit down to actually write an entry, I get sidetracked by something and stop….maybe shorter more frequent blogs are the answer….

While I usually blog on my lunch break, this week has been consumed by Monday and Tuesday’s finishing my book club book up at lunch for Tuesday night’s book babes meeting….and Wednesday during lunch I had to do my Spanish homework. Krista has been taking time to teach me, Rob and Jonathan Spanish. Last night was our second class…. I think if she wasn’t a successful businesswoman, she could have definitely been a teacher….she is very patient with us as we continually pronounce everything just plain wrong or in some kind of made up Spanish-y French accent (habit- since all three of us have studied French) ..I sound like some kind of lame high school student….with my book deadlines and homework, but it’s all a lot of fun. I’ve also been consumed by all things holiday….but I am back now.. let the randomness resume.

First off….let’s talk about some recent tv shows.
Grey’s Anatomy: Denny- you’re out. Seriously….now Izzy can make out with ghosts? I am confused and dismayed by the direction Grey’s is going….and if Denny isn’t off the show soon, I might have to take my DVR primetime spot to another channel (ok- we all know that will never happen, but I can at least threaten…

The Hills-Next week Audrina is going to accuse LC of hooking up with Justin Bobby!! Seriously?! Bring on the drama… I’m so excited for this. Also, last week it seemed as though Heidi might finally be coming to her Spencer Senses….I’m excited to see what tonight brings on….

And lastly for this post, let’s talk for a minute about getting and or staying slim during the holiday season….is this possible?

This morning my group at work had a “food day” to celebrate November Birthdays….There are Graeters donuts, buffalo chicken dip (my FAVORITE), pumpkin dip, bagel dip, carrots and dip, a cheese pastry log type situation, taco dip, brownies, cupcakes and a small cake on the table right behind me. Needless to say I had buffalo chicken dip for breakfast…. instead of my usual small oatmeal with a tablespoon of granola. My stomach is not pleased with me….

Then for lunch today in the cafeteria at work there is the yearly Thanksgiving celebration. For $6.50 you get turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, a biscuit, cranberry sauce AND a peace of pie….I got a small soup, due to the fact that I ate buffalo chicken dip for breakfast, but don’t think I can’t smell mashed potatoes everywhere I go in this building.

Tomorrow is our Group’s thanksgiving lunch…everyone signs up to bring something in for thanksgiving and it all has to be homemade….all these ladies are busting out their super once a year fancy special sides and whatnot….trouble.

Then Saturday we are having our “friends” Thanksgiving. The menu isn’t finalized for this yet, but I have a feeling it will be delicious….and a lot of delicious…

This is just the next 3 days…this is gonna be a rough holiday season….
Season's Eatings!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy Happy Birthday Wall

This is a random ramblings shout-out to Wall, who is a close friend to and dedicated reader of Random Ramblings. If you are in the Cincinnati area, we will be hopping bars to celebrate 28 years of Wall on Saturday night...so let me know if you want to join.

You never know what could happen, we could get him to show us some of his sa-weet dance moves?:

Maybe with enough miller lites we could get him to makeout with office supplies??:

.....or maybe we could make sure to buy him enough shots to let us shave some kind of a fu manchu type situation onto his face?

You will never know the answer to any of these questions if you arent in attendance...

(unless of course I take pictures and write up a summary and post it on the world wide web, but thats besides the point)

Happy birthday Wall!!!!

Ran to the Dom

First order of business - a very happy 28th birthday to party boy himself, Mr. Michael Clifford Maratta. If you see this fine fellow slumming around Mt. Adams tonight, buy him a drink and sing happy birthday to him. He'd like that. Nice bowtie, by the way.

I experienced my first old, married man moment yesterday evening. I was at the gym, attempting to banish my dear pal Mr. Beer Belly. I wasn't really into it and was struggling to keep pace with the treadmill. Then, out of the blue, in walks some chick in sweat pants she purchased in the child's section of Target and a sports bra. However, that is not to say that she shouldn't have been wearing said get-up. To borrow a quote from Jocko, her body was "on point". Sure, her face looked like a Mack truck hit it and then backed up to make sure it finished the job. That didn't matter. So not only did I not want to be there, I nearly feel off the treadmill from gawking at the butterface. And I was pissed off about it. Listen, sweetie, I'm there to work off my love handles. If I was in the hunt for boner material, I'd hit the world wide interwebs. Put some clothes on next time.

These little buggers right here are called Puffcorn Delights. If you haven't had these things, do yourself a favor, and DON'T EVER try them. If you have had the pleasure, I'm sure you can appreciate the ensuing rant here. It's not that these guys aren't DEE-LISH, it's that your attempts to resist them are futile. They're light, fluffy, cheesy and obviously coated with an addictive substance that's only rivaled by heroin. If your attention isn't directed solely at the task at hand, you will crush half a bag of these things before you know what's happened. I usually get them at Sam's club, where for $2 you get a bag big enough to feed entire villages in Uganda.

And lastly, have a good life Browns fans.......

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


"This victory alone is not the change we seek — it is only the chance to make that change"

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

My Halloween List & The Election

I am in a hurry today (busy busy day at work) but wanted to take a few lunch break minutes to write about my Halloween! Following Ralphie's lead, I am going to write this blog in a list format due to my haste.

- Always (ALWAYS) open things before buying them from a store where there is a no return policy. Juno/Bleeker was our costume for the night on Friday and I was in a hurry and knew exactly where I had seen the "big stomach" when I had been at the costume store last, so I ran in, grabbed it and called it a day. Well let's just say Friday night's pictures are the definition of a hott mess and there was no way I was going to wear that monstrosity again on Saturday (seriously think of Kate from Jon & Kate plus 8 being overdue by 4 months with her sextuplets)- I don't even want to post a picture from this night but figure, I might as well let you share in the horror. Rob's costume=Awesome. My costume= Hottt mess

- Do not wait for The day after Halloween to get a halloween costume. After seeing the pictures from Friday I was determined to find something (anything) else for the parties on Saturday, but there was literally NOTHING left. My choices were 3x sized renaissance women or "sexy" costumes that no one wanted bc they seriously made absolutely no sense: sexy feather witch (seriously, what is a "feather witch"), a sexy CSI Agent....which was basically just a slutty black plasticy dress with CSI written down the front...I blame myself for the last minute shopping, but use this as a warning.

- Playing flipcup against me and my girlfriends is just a waste of everyone's time. Just give us trophy, bragging rights, or whatever else the prize is, and call it a day. Seriously, we are that awesome.

-Walmart is the best place for costumes....not like their actual Halloween costumes, but their clothes in general...you can seriously find anything there for super cheap. And sometimes it might say it's $14.99 on the tag but then ring up for a dollar....just sayin..

- So basically on Saturday I met up with Twister, a girlscout, bleeker, a jobless santa with an elf, the pillsboury doughboy and a playboy bunny for some delicious homemade pizza at sara's and then headed over to my sister Emily's Mt. Lookout Halloween party. After dominating for hours in flipcup, we headed over to Habits to meet up with Ralphie, Nick, Haylie, Doc and friends...

-Then on Sunday, the Bengals FINALLY WON A GAME...soooo...all in all, a great weekend.

Now tonight is the election. I havent voted yet today so am hoping I don't need to stand in any two hour lines last this evening. Guess I could've voted earlier if I wasnt so freaking indecisive about everything. Wishing everyone a very happy election tonight and an even happier night after the election (no more political commercials!!)

ps. arent our new pictures on the side hilariously geek? love them...but most likely only for a few days.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Some Randomness on Halloween

Because I'm lazy and they require little effort, I like to write in lists. It's much easier than trying to tie together random thoughts to make sentences.

-I'm an OU alum. That means I'm cool. What's not cool, however, is the Halloween party every year in Athens. Athens is a cozy little town and when you stuff 30,000 extra people there it gets stuffy. One year Holliday and I went with a tandem costume: Holliday as Jesper Parnevik and me as his caddie. It was a cool idea, and we looked the part. The problem came later that evening when Redneck, in a child's size SpongeBob SquarePants get-up, got jacked in the head with a phone by his crazy ex-girlfriend. This made Mike weep, and Nick was his shoulder to cry on. I trekked uptown alone, and had to explain my costume far too many times.

-The Reese's Cup is the holy grail of Halloween candy. I always rated my Halloween score by the number of reese's cups I received. If you couldn't count them on one hand, you were doing alright.

- On the other side of the coin were those candies that were wrapped up in orange and black wrappers. There was no company name or advertisement to suggest what was in these things. I think they were caramels or something, but frankly, I don't know that I ever ate them.

-Moving on from Halloween, but sticking with the orange theme, I hope the Bengals go winless this year. Looking at their schedule, it certainly seems possible. The only game I fear they'll win is the last one against the Chiefs who rival the Bengals in overall suckitude. I'm a season ticket holder, so watching them lose games isn't terribly enjoyable. But really, what's the point in winning? I'll take the #1 draft pick in April and a spot in the record books over some measly upset win.

- That said, cast me as one of the doubters that going winless will result in widescale change for the hometown team. Mike Brown will not step down, he won't fire Marvin Lewis, he will not hire a GM, he will not double the size of the personnel department and they will not hire a good coach like Bill Cowher. One thing Mike Brown also will not do - receive another penny from this guy after this season's end.

-Again switching gears, The Office has officially begun its decline. It's just not that funny any more. Pam and Jim is DULL DULL DULL. Michael's character is so over-the-top that he's no longer funny, he's just awkward. Only Dwight is still pulling his weight on that show.

-30 Rock, however, is the absolute balls of the comedy world right now. If you're not watching that show you are doing yourself a HUGE disservice. Tina Fey gets all the publicity but she's hardly the main draw. Tracy Morgan's work on 30 Rock is the absolute apex of funny.

-Batten down the hatches, but I'm about to utter a disparaging remark about Mr. Barack Obama. His little happy time fun half-hour the other day caused a ripple effect on my DVR. When my DVR isn't functioning properly, it's a bad time to be at 2005 Jasper Lane.

Have a good weekend kiddies.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

My Favorite Part of the Election.....

Hey everyone- now that we have a new blogger on random ramblings, you will have to pay special attention to the bottom of each post where it say,
"posted by:" either Jen Lilley or Manchester's Finest...

The amount of suprise, complaints and kudos that I got from Ralphie's political blog were (very) high in number.. Ralphie and Obama are boyz...
I am still searching for something in the middle. Ross Perot are you out there?

Now, with that said, let me tell you what my favorite part of the election is (or will be)- I can not wait until it's over. I cant't wait until these annoying, ridiculous commercials are gone. I'm so sick of hearing about how Driehaus missed this vote or this Las Vegas Casino operator wants to start a casino scheme in Ohio. I'm sick of my mailbox being FILLED every day with political junkmail. I'm sick of Obama lovers ringing my doorbell while I'm catching up on DVR on a Saturday afternoon. I will continue doing my research and vote for the issues and candidates as I see fit, and I am in no way downplaying the importance of voting or supporting a candidate or a cause...but I can tell you one thing. This undecided voter will be happy when it's over.

I'm Jen Lilley and I support this message.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Politics is the New Hotness

As I'm sure you're all aware, election day is less than two weeks away. Perhaps you've heard the talking heads on TV talking about this being the most important election of your time. Now, to most of us, that means squat as we've participated in 2-3 presidential elections. But I believe most of these pundits have a point. I mean, take a look around. There's a good chance someone you know has been foreclosed upon, your 401K is worth approximately $0.12 and we're engaged in a war that was started on faulty intelligence that costs the nation $10 billion a month. We're hated internationally, we still haven't caught Bin Laden, and gas is only now reasonable again because the stock market has reached near depression levels.

Despite all that doom and gloom, however, you've got the chance to right the ship on Nov. 4. You may cast your vote for a man whose judgement far surpasses any experience his opponent may have. You may cast your vote for a man who intends to end a war that was waged because W. promised Daddy he'd get that rascally rabbit in Iraq. You can vote for a man who thinks you, the middle class nobody, deserves a greater tax break than Carson Palmer does. You can vote for a man who believes that campaigns should be run on issues and policy, not fear and hate mongering. You can vote for Barack Obama.

John McCain seems like a real swell guy and he'd be a great person to have a beer with some time. I bet he tells a kick-ass story and can recite jokes that would make you blush. But "my friends", can you honestly make yourself believe you'll be better off in 2012 after 4 years with him at the helm? He's essentially the status quo, and how's that worked out for us? He doesn't want to leave Iraq until we "win" the war. I defy you to define "winning" the Iraq war. He supports the George Bush trickle down economic policies that's placed so many Americans in financial dire straits. And a fact that's been overlooked far too often, the Mav is 72 years old with a history of cancer. In the unfortunate event that he should pass while in office, Caribou Barbie would be the President of the United States. Think about that. She thinks the role of the VP is to "run the senate" and that she has foreign policy credentials because she can see Russia from Alaska.

McCain has ran his campaign by telling us why BO is wrong about this and that rather than telling us why he's right. He's spent countless hours talking about William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko and Joe the Plumber. He and Miss Alaska continue to tell us how Obama will raise your taxes, despite the fact that the claim has been dispelled by many of fact checks. They insinuate Obama's policies amount to Socialism or Marxism with nary an idea of what either even means.

The choice is yours on election day, and I think the choice is pretty clear. But even if you don't support my candidate, I implore you to get out there and vote. As Bob Schieffer would say, "It will make you feel big and strong."

Let me have it in the comments McCainiacs, assuming there are some of you out there.....

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Wild Bill visits & Keeneland in pictures

Well this weekend was another fun one! I found out around 2pm that Wild Bill and Heather would be in town for the weekend for a conference and instantly my plan for take out and a dvd for the night turned into happy hour and dinner with bill, wall, wb, heather and rob. Rob, Wall and I headed up early to Yesterdays for some dollar beers which quickly turned into $1 well drinks (hmm- always seems like SUCH a good idea at the time) Wild Bill, Heather and Bill met us there after an hour or so we stayed until 9, when the $1 drinks aren't $1 anymore. Then we headed up to Guidos for food and to our delightful suprise, $2 pbr bottles....you can't turn down a $2 pbr when Wild Bill is in the house!! So we happily drank those and ate our garlic fries... after a one more drink at Alive One, it was time to turn in, as a charter bus was picking us up at 9am the next morning for a day of fun in the sun at Keeneland.

The next morning we woke up bright and early to Wall's signature/obnoxious doorbell ring and made a delicious breakfast of biscuits, egg and bacon. The original plan was to have all that along with some champagne, but after the night before, the champange decided to stay in the fridge.

We loaded up in the bus and were ready for a day of fun and hopefully more money than we came with.... Well the beginning of the day looked promising! We played a couple of games on the bus, including one where they marked the tires with Ten numbers a piece and you could buy numbers for either $5 or $2. Rob won his tire and before even walking in, was $50 richer! Now I really had high hopes for the day.

Along with this parking lot victory there was lots of food, flowing alcohol, fabulous hats, bus vs. bus flipcup competitions, shotgunning and more. Here are some pictures :-)

One of the best things we did all day was to pay a random shady usher $20 to sit in some awesome VIP Box seats....so thanks to Dave C. Parrish, Jr.. for.....not showing up that day?

After figuring out none of the horses I was picking were winning ANYTHING, I called on some backups for help... Mom and Dad were on their way to Florida so I called them to make some picks... After both of their picks came in the last two horses, I should have just called it a day, spent my money on beer and food, and just happily WaTch the races... but I couldnt do it, I was convinced I was going to win something.... I was wrong... wrong wrong.

Afterwards it was time to load onto the bus again for some late night debauchery.... There were fingerstaches, people passed out and dancing in the aisles from the youngins in the front and a lot of passed out people near the back.

Even though I won no money, it was still a great day to be outside and hang out with friends... thanks to Doc for the invite :-)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Greetings Readers!

Greetings readers. I’m the new kid in school, Ralph. Jen’s already written a very informative bio of me, so I’ll waste no time speaking to my political views, my favorite kind of beer or why I root for the “professional” football team in Cincinnati. This week I bring you up to speed on my visit to the Circleville Pumpkin Show. The Pumpkin Show is dubbed as the “The Greatest Free Show on Earth”, and boy does it live up to the billing. Among the “delicacies” found here are pumpkin waffles, chili, milkshakes and pie. Speaking of pie, some chick named Lindsey makes this ginormous one every year.

It’s over 400 pounds and 6 feet in diameter. Evidently, after the Pumpkin Show, they just end up feeding it to the local pigs. And I mean actual pigs, not the inhabitants of Circleville (zinger!). They were out of chili by the time we got there on Saturday (we sat in traffic upwards of an hour and a half) and the line for the pumpkin donuts was nearly a hundred deep. However, with the help of my 3 associates, we were able to consume the following:
-Onion Rings
-2 helpings of Cheese on a Stick
-1 Potato Pancake
-Sauerkraut Balls
-Bowl of Chicken & Noodles
-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
-Pumpkin Coffee
-Pumpkin Brownies
-Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Sundae
-Potato Ribbons
-Pumpkin Cream Puff
-Corn Dog

The onion rings sucked, but you haven’t lived until you’ve had some cheese on a stick deep fried in corndog batter. The pumpkin eats were solid, but I doubt I reach for a piece of pumpkin pie any time soon.

Beyond eats, they have a number of swell sights and events. The pet parade draws hearty belly laughs and ooh and ahhs from the crowd. They have wing eating and hog calling competitions. No joke, my wife asked if it was a person or the hog that did the calling. I’m fairly certain she felt stupid afterward. There’s also a giant pumpkin display. This sucker right here was this year’s largest at 1,375.5 pounds.
Impressed? Yeah, me neither. I have no idea who this couple is, but I thought it was funny to see Asians, in southern OH, posing in front of a pyramid of pumpkins.

And who could forget the Miss Pumpkin Show Pageant? Here’s your court:

How’s about those turtlenecks, huh? Stylish. Your winner is Rachel Congrove, who was “spunky” and “knew a lot about the Pumpkin Show” according to judges. That evidently was the only criteria. Sadly, I did not meet Rachel.

All told, I’d recommend the Pumpkin Show for anyone within a 45 minute radius of Circleville. The food is good, the events could be entertaining and the person watching is exceptional. Come back next week for another installment of randomness by yours truly.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ralphie's Ramblings

I am very excited to announce that there will be a new weekly guest blogger on Random Ramblings. We have decided to join forces to bring you more randomness and more ramblings than ever before! I'm sure all of you are sitting on the edge of your seat wondering who this mystery blogger could be....so without further ado, let me introduce you to my good friend, Ralphie.

Ralphie was born in Manchester, OH... attended Ohio University (where he met me!!) and now resides in Columbus, OH with his lovely wife Alison. Ralphie enjoys sports (both fantasy and real), making random observations about things (one of the reasons I enjoy his company so much) and is a (new) follower of politics. There is so much more to say about him...but for now, I will just leave you with some random pictures...

Look for Ralphie's first post tomorrow!

Ralphie and his wife, Alison, at OU Homecoming
Ralphie and me at his Wedding!!
Pretty much a normal weeknight in college

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Galas and Beer Olympics...We're multi-talented.

I have been dying to update my loyal blog readers on my amazing weekend, but unfortunately a super busy week at work has kept me from updating my blog. (stupid work).

Anyway, I am going to take a few minutes out of my day and tell you about my fabulous weekend. First…..the GALA! Friday night there was a Gala at Union Terminal and we were excited to be a part of it! Suzi and Krista came over to my house beforehand and we got ready pre-prom style by all stuffing into my small bathroom together…everyone looked gorgeous as we headed out the door and to dinner downtown. Everyone was staring at us at McCormick & Schmicks (maybe because we were in prom dresses) but probably because we looked so ravishing. The party was a lot of fun, and they brought in all kinds of white furniture & colorful lighting to make the place look like a nightclub. Also, and probably the most random part of the night, is that Pedro from Napoleon Dynamite was the “celebrity guest dj”….at first we all thought it was super cool that such a random semi-celebrity was at the event….but then we heard him dj. Yeah- Pedro…stick to making hilarious low budget films….your DJ career isn’t gonna take off anytime soon.

The next day I got up with fire in my eyes, as it was the most important competition of the year, The annual Beer Olympics day at Krista’s house. Events in this day include flipcup (both individual and team), beer pong, cornhole, three legged race (where a 40 has to be chugged before crossing the finish line), kindergarten relay & easter beer hunt. With the first ever all-girls beer Olympics team ever to be seen at the event, we were a little nervous, but knew that it was about playing hard AND smart…not just playing hard. (girls are good at that) Mugs & Jugs dominated in the first event which was individual and team flipcup…we quickly moved up the bracket to be number one in this event, and pretty much setting the precedent for the rest of the day.

In the end we didn’t even have to participate in the final event in order to win the day...
Krista, Taylor and Claire….you can be on my beer related athletic team any time.