Saturday, February 27, 2010

Library Thoughts...

  • Not that The Public Years of Sarah and Angelina Grimk√© isn't interesting or anything, but I'm ready to get out of the library.  SOON.
  • My laptop's battery is about to expire and I have neglected to bring my charger.  Foolishness.
  • Sometimes I think that libraries will one day disappear and be replaced by online sources entirely.  Sad.
  • It's not very fun when the library makes up imaginary late fees for publications that you never took out of the library.  Not too fun at all.
  • No Doubt's "Hella Good" just came on, and for some reason I'm not skipping it.
  • I'm going to be honest, I'm mostly leaning towards going to George Mason right now.  We'll see.
  • Ugh, I hate the fact that my battery is going to die is going to force me to move from my current spot.  I liked this spot.  Oh well.  Have to go to a computer lab or somethin'.  
  • Well, that's about it.
  • "Air conditioners in the woods.  Broken Household Appliance National Forest.  Mud and metal makes it good.  Meadows resemble showroom floors.  Owls fly out of oven doors.  Stream banks are lined with vacuum bags, flowers reside with filthy rags, the family of deer were happy that the clearing looked like a laundromat.  Broken Household Appliance Nation Forest."  Gotta love Grandaddy.
  • K, bye.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Caron Butler banned from chewing straws?

Caron Butler
Originally uploaded by Keith Allison
So, apparently I've missed this story that was reported about three years ago, but NBA guard Caron Butler chews on straws while he plays. He apparently likes chewing on McDonalds and Burger King straws.

Anyway, about the new news, ESPN Dallas has reported that after recently being traded to the Dallas Mavericks the NBA has only now enforced that he's not allowed to chew straws. While it has always been an obvious choking hazard, The Baseline has suspicion about why the sudden enforcement happened: "It's no surprise that they're not allowing Butler his in-game vice. David Stern is proven to be in the bag for the Lakers, the West's marquee franchise. When the Mavs traded for Butler and Brendan Haywood, they sent a clear message to L.A. that they were serious about making the Finals. Stern's only course of action was to deprive Butler of his precious straws."

I don't think I'd go that far, but it is really weird that they'd let it go on for so long and only after he gets traded do they enforce him not chewing on them. (I should point out that it's only WHILE he's playing; on the bench, he can go to town.)

I'm curious to know if it will affect his game at all. I'd have to imagine that it would have some small effect. If someone banned me from downing milk and cookies while writing research papers or studying, then I may have a noticeably poorer performance. Gotta get my fix!

Here's the real question, has no one ever told this guy about chewing gum? He makes millions, surely he can afford to buy some Extra instead of swiping straws from MickeyD's.

Hmm... k, see ya.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

George Mason, I'm comin' to visit.

George Mason Memorial
Originally uploaded by cliff1066™
I don't know exactly where this George Mason Memorial statue is, but I will find it! I'm really excited. I've bought my plane tickets and will be going to Washington DC for my spring break! Woot! The funny thing is that I had my friend Ty who was going to go with me all along, but then last night Spencer decided that he might want to go, too. I told him the flights Ty and I had booked and he set up the same itinerary on Expedia, but then something paralyzed the man... BUYER'S REMORSE! Before he could even buy the tickets he had a raging case of it. He couldn't get himself to click the button and stared at the computer for probably over an hour. Finally he tempted me to click it for him, and so I did. However, there was some error. He started it all over again. Then he started dropping his wallet on my laptop in hopes that his wallet would click the button for him, because he couldn't do it. Finally it clicked and he's coming to DC! I was laughing pretty hard at the whole scene.

So anyway, I'm excited. Did I say that already? I haven't left the state since 2007, and I'm pretty excited to do so. I also haven't been on a plane since then. I really like getting to fly to places, but the funny thing is that we're going to be on some smaller planes (even one with propellers!) and those freak me out. I'm always excited and nervous when I fly.

I'm excited to go check out George Mason's law school though. This trip could really sway my decision.

Anyway, I'll quit blabbering.

To end this post I'll leave you with these immortal words from my good pal George:
"A few years' experience will convince us that those things which at the time they happened we regarded as our greatest misfortunes have proved our greatest blessings."
--George Mason

Monday, February 22, 2010

What a day...

Pretty sure that's all I have to say, but it's been a rough day and I'm all sorts of tuckered out.  I don't think I can handle any more days like today until after Spring Break.  Speaking of... I still am not sure if I'm headed to DC or not.  I think I have found a way to make it super cheap by staying in a friend's apartment, but we'll see.

Umm... k, bye.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Humorous T-Shirts...

Hmm... I may be coming to the troubling conclusion that I need to quit wearing humorous or clever t-shirts.  You see, the problem is that when I pass people on campus, I'm not sure if they're laughing at my shirt or my face.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Are the U.S. Olympic Snowboarders wearing jeans?!

Shaun White (USA)
Originally uploaded by SnowGirls.Ru
I noticed something pretty cool while I was watching the U.S. snowboarders on the Olympics. They're just wearing jeans! Ok... no actually they aren't. My roommates and I debated for quite a while whether or not they were wearing jeans for their Olympic uniforms, but it turns out that Burton made them so-called "Anti" Uniforms. Their snowpants are made to look just like a torn up and faded pair of blue jeans, and their tops look like plaid shirts. I think it's pretty cool actually. Check them out.


In other random news Mitt Romney got attacked on a plane. He's just fine.

K, see ya!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I freakin' love the Olympics!

Vancouver Olympic Blur
Originally uploaded by BCOL CCCP
It's the first full day of Olympic competition in Vancouver, and I'm already just chilling in front of the TV watching a bunch of Europeans ski-jumping. I love it. I have always loved watching the Olympics because it's the only opportunity you really have to see the world get together for one event.
I will admit that I love the summer Olympics more, but I very much enjoy the winter Olympics also. I missed the 2006 Torino Olympics because I was on my mission, so it's been 8 years since I've seen these events. Can't WAIT to watch me some CURLING!!!

Ok, well, I'll see y'all later.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A fellow Aggie fan makes it on SportsCenter's Not Top Ten, he's numero uno!

Bill Sproat lives across the street from me.  Dude's huge.  He's pretty hilarious, too.  His antics behind the basket during opposing teams' free throws are legendary here on campus, but now they've hit a national level.  Bill's effort against Idaho was on SportsCenter's Not Top Ten List.  He was number one on their countdown.  Here is the actual footage from the game on ESPN 2 as well:

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE going to the games? They are so fun. In other Utah State news, the Logan City Police have finally caught a suspect who they claim is the infamous "Logan Lurker." Dude has robbed about 20 apartments and had gotten away from a ton of them by just saying, oh, I was looking for so-and-so. He'd convince people that he was just lost, or was looking for a neighbor. Crazy that people caught him in the middle of the night and didn't catch on to the fact that they'd been robbed until the next morning. He was smooth. Anyway, it seems the police found their man as they caught him with stuff he'd stolen yesterday morning that had been reported already.

As for me, I'm apparently feeling rather sporadic today as I just accepted a "free hug" from people carrying those signs around campus on my way to work. Highly unusual for someone as non-touchy-feely as myself.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I'm gonna say it, I really hate potato chips.

I have never really been a big fan of potato chips, or chips in general.  I don't mind corn chips and salsa, but any other chips... yeah, I'm not a big fan.  Good thing my lunch special that I love to get at the local bakery comes with such a BIG bag of chips for me to hate.  There are, what, 10 chips in there?  I'll eat them most of the time, but right now I'm definitely boycotting that part of my lunch.  This is an important blog post.  K, bye.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My school isn't always very sportsmanlike...

Ok, so I'll admit that the crowd at the Spectrum for Utah State Basketball games is sometimes VERY rude, but I must admit that I kind of love this cheer.  (Not so much when we beat a crappy team, but when we beat a tougher opponent, like Nevada for example, it is really fun.)  I thought that it originated with our school, but like almost all of our cheers (except the occasional individualized chants like "Babbitt, Babbitt, Babbitt..."  (For Luke Babbitt during the Nevada game)) we actually stole it from other schools I think.

Here is one of the many times that I participated in this chant, and this clip is great because I just particularly liked the ESPN U commentators' reactions to it:

Monday, February 8, 2010

A photo-montage to illustrate my day...

  • Sleepin' in.
  • Not feelin' great at work.
  • Gettin' a sandwich at the local bakery.
  • Accidentally washin' laundry with a Chap Stick... cool greasy marks ensued.
  • Frantically writin' assignment for class.
  • Parkin' on campus.
  • Cold while walkin' to the library for class.
  • Learnin' in class for two and half hours.
  • (There was a break for donut purchasin' in the middle.)
  • Frosty while drivin' home.
  • Bloggin'.
  • Excitin'?  No.


Saturday, February 6, 2010

A poem for today...

Today's full of so much time, so little ambition,
Super hungry, but can't even get to the kitchen.

Chillin' here listening to my music growing old,
Really adverse to going back out into the cold.

Can't wait for the Aggies to play Nevada tonight,
Just hope I find friends to sit to my left and my right.

I'm weirded out that I'm so close to graduation,
Still no decision on my law school destination.

Pretty sure there's plenty of stuff I have to do,
But here I remain writing lame poems for you.

Thanks for stopping by,
Time to say, K bye.

Friday, February 5, 2010


Originally uploaded by Eric E Johnson
Boo. The University of Illinois decided they were too good for my kind! I had been looking at my websites (,, and to see how other people were fairing at U. of Illinois U-C this year and it didn't look like I'd get in. Sure enough I was rejected. Although I liked that they used the word "Denied" on my online status checker. For some reason it's funny... (Wayne's World?)

Woah. I just saw a girl that I dated a couple years ago and haven't seen since. She's married now and looks ten years older.

So, I've had one of those days. Things haven't gone my way today, more specifically last night. I didn't sleep much and I feel like crap now. Oh well.

And now, two of my favorite SportsCenter Commercials, just because.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The craziest stories always come from public transporation...

West Lake MARTA station
Originally uploaded by mrcrontab
I realized that I have yet to post the craziest story I have on this blog.

A couple years ago I was serving as a Mormon missionary. For any of you who don't know what that means, I was away from home (in Atlanta, Georgia) for two straight years living under strict rules and proselyting for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We had many rules regarding the opposite gender. We couldn't have girlfriends, go on dates, or even touch the opposite gender with the exception of shaking hands. Despite the fact that that probably sounds extremely limiting, I had the best time of my life. I had so many great experiences during that time, and I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true.

The point of telling you about the stringency of the rules is to highlight the fact that the events in the following story were extremely shocking to me at the time, and are completely hilarious to me now.

My companion (the guy that's stuck with me for a roommate) and I were in the West Lake MARTA train station waiting for our ride to Five Points where we would switch trains. I walked over to the monitor to see how much time was remaining before the train would come. As I walked back over to my companion I noticed a strangely-dressed woman got off the elevator. She started walking beside me and I noted that she had a long-sleeve shirt tied around her head, and that her gut was hanging out of the bottom of her regular shirt. She had big eyes and was carrying an array of items. She turned and looked at me and rushed over to me (from only 6 feet away, this startled me!) She got right up in my face and asked, "Hey baby, wanna drink?" Holding up her Styrofoam cup. I politely said no thank you and did my best not to laugh. She then followed me over to my companion and started bugging him while I hid behind some other lady. (Real nice of me, right?) She dropped a little bag and said, "Oh! Gotta get my coin purse!" Elder Sheffield then said, "Oh, is that your coin purse?" She stood up, shoved him and said coyly, "No! It's not my coin purse!"

After a while of this sort of crazy-talk, the train finally came. Elder Sheffield and I rushed to the last car of the train so as to avoid this interesting woman. As fate would have it, she boarded our car just as the doors closed.

After a struggle to situate ourselves in a manner in which she could not sit by us, my companion ended up standing and I sat on an aisle seat just behind a kind-looking woman with her baby. The strange woman sat herself diagonally across from me and stared at me with her big eyes for about 10 seconds. She then came over to me slowly, held up her cup again and said, "Wanna drink?" To which I replied that I did not. She then sat down. She looked at me again and said, "Baby, how much does your watch cost?!" Wondering her intentions of asking I replied, "I don't know, but not very much." She then asked, "Baby, where are we going tonight?!" I nervously replied, "I don't know where you're going, but I'm going home." (At this point Elder Sheffield is laughing hysterically and the nice girl in front of me has taken to laughter now as well. She looked back at me a couple times to see how I was dealing with this barrage of questions.)
At this point the strange woman stood up and started grooming herself in the reflection of the windows behind me. She saw that her belly was hanging out and gasped and started tugging downward on her shirt. At this point everyone on this car is looking at her. She then sat down and asked if I could do her hair a certain way, and offered me a drink again. I told her I don't know much about doing hair, and to the drink offer I replied, "No, I don't drink alcohol." She said emphatically, "It's not alcohol!" I said, "It's not?" Her reply, "NO, it's PEACH!" (I wish you could all hear the impression of her voice in my head.)

Anyway, so we were coming up to the last station before Five Points where we would finally get off the train, and in a last ditch effort I asked her, "Is this your stop?" As dozens of tourists boarded the train she looked and me and shouted, "NoooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!" (The reply got progressively louder and louder.)
Super embarrassed now because everyone was watching me and laughing.
So we headed off toward our very last stop, and of course this was when she chose to slink down out of her seat onto her hands and knees, crawl over to me and grab my hand! She bent down slowly as I watched in horror and kissed my hand! (Not the weirdest thing ever, but you have to remember that EVERYONE is watching.) Then she bent even lower, and started rubbing her HEAD ON MY SHIN!!!! I was speechless and my companion was beet-red from laughing. Dozens of people were watching me freak out as she rubbed her head on me. Then we got to Five Points. I jumped up and fled from the woman Elder Sheffield close behind. The nice lady that was in front of me talked to us for a second on the platform and we offered her a free video, then we bolted down the escalator. We went to the north-south platform, the crowds parted and there she was again!!! We ran away again finally pausing when we could no longer see her. Some lady was there and she asked, "Are you still running from that woman!?"

Yeah, I was embarrassed at the time, but I think it's all hilarious now. I miss MARTA trains and the crazy people aboard them!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Calm down, Jeff. --A little advice from Abe Lincoln.

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln

(Abe has some great quotes, and some that are NOT cool. Like I've said to many friends, being a history major is no fun because it destroys your pleasant view of all your historical heroes. In other words you find out that they're human.)

I think I have been acting really stressed lately. I always make myself sick when I get like this. It's like I always feel like there's some part of my life that is deficient and needs urgent fixing and I rush from deficiency to deficiency. Then I eventually have a day like today when I get a bad headache and realize that I can just calm down and things will be just fine. And they will be. For real. I have nothing to be stressing about really. Things will work out, they always do for me when I just keep a positive attitude. (See President Hinckley quote on my Quotes post.)

So, I'm choosing to be happy for now. Thanks Abe!

Lost starts tonight, and I'm pretty darn pumped for it. However, I need to request that NO one tells me anything about it until I have a chance to see it tomorrow. I have institute tonight.

The Utah Jazz are awesome. I was worried during the 3rd quarter of their game last night that they might drop it to the Mavericks, but they held on and won by about 10. That's 6 W's in a row. Do you know who else has 6 W's in a row? Yes, my Utah State Aggies. Awesome. They got a good pairing for ESPN's BracketBusters and will hopefully come out on top over Wichita State, especially because it's in the Spectrum.

Well, I'll see ya later.