Saturday, December 21, 2002

School's over.


This leaves me more "Bryan time", which I will proceed to squander by spreading myself even more thin than I already am. What a surprise.

My grades are a reflection of the amount of work I put in this semester. This is a polite way of saying THEY ABSOLUTELY SUCK. Well, compared to my unattainable standards, that is. 2 A's, a B, and a B- with two more coming in. Please don't write to me saying "That's not that bad" or "This is the first semester you're taking 18 credits, so don't be upset" because I don't really want to hear it. Sorry if that sounds mean, but it's the truth.

We have a show tomorrow at 1 PM. It's at the Local 7 in Farmingdale. It should be fun. I'm a little nervous about it. We had an awesome rehearsal Tuesday night and I wanted to leave it at that. Instead, we got together again Wednesday night and it still went well, but it was missing that "God, we're going to kill on Saturday" vibe. I'm sure it'll be fine. A lot of the people I work with whom I really want to come can't, so I'm kind of upset about that. It's rare that we actually get an all-ages show (and one that's not in a total dive), so that's that, but it'll still be cool.

On paper, Kevin Millwood for Johnny Estrada (snicker) looks like the worst trade in the history of Major League Baseball. Watch Estrada become the best player in history because the Braves always do crap like this. And mark my words - even with Tom Glavine, Mike Stanton, and Cliff Floyd, the Mets will STILL go nowhere without a core group of players. Andrew and I discussed this earlier. When they made the World Series in 2000, they had a core - Piazza, Ventura, Leiter, Alfonzo, and Franco. Guys who had played together before, knew each other, and kept the locker room upbeat. Now, they've got a new outfield every damn season. How can you build any season-to-season consistency when you've got such a high turnover rate? Last season's roster featured something like 9 guys (and that's being generous) from that NL Championship team of 2000. It's a shame. The Mets are the New York Rangers of hockey.

Speaking of hockey, someone tell the Islanders to stop worrying about "getting Yashin going" and instead bolster the confidence of those guys who ARE going! Asham, Blake, and Isbister are all having career years. So what do they do? Scratch Asham and keep screwing with the lineup to find a guy who can "play with Yashin". The guy's one of the best centers in the NHL, you'd think anyone could play with him. And get Kvasha out of here, pronto.

I feel such glee in watching the Lakers self-destruct.

I got the CD of a band called The Descent this week. One of the kids I work with plays guitar for the band, so that's one thing going for them. Another thing in their favor is that their music is REALLY good. You would never believe that these guys are still in high school. Check them out at Prepare to be seriously impressed.

I'm compiling a list of my beliefs into a work called "The Tenets of Bergism". Indeed, the time has come for a change. And yes, Jason, I'm stealing this name and entire premise from you, but we'll ignore that.

It's sad that Christians don't give a shit about their religion. They go to Church twice a year, if that, consistently fly in the face of their religion, rarely embracing it. It seems like they get nothing out of it. Meanwhile, you've got Muslim guys strapping bombs to themselves so that they can die for their God. Not that that's the right way to do it, of course, but at least they're dedicated. No Christian would EVER be so committed to their cause that they'd do such a thing. The same goes for white people and their race. There is no affinity between whites, not that there really should be. However, look at people of other races and the pride they take in their homeland, language, and rituals. On the other hand, you've got white people who couldn't give a shit about anything.

Why can't uptight Congress people take a joke? I think Trent Lott's "offensive comments" were taken entirely out of context and exploited by the national media. Again, what a shocker. It reminds me of the time that Fuzzy Zoeller got in all kinds of trouble with sponsors and the PGA for jokingly stating that Tiger Woods shouldn't serve fried chicken and collard greens at the Masters. If Tiger was in the same room, he would have laughed. Instead, the media made this whole Tiger vs. Fuzzy feud up that was totally imagined and Fuzzy lost all kinds of money. This is basically the same thing. I doubt any Blacks were SERIOUSLY offended by these remarks. I don't think they should be. Something tells me this whole thing was more politics than anything else. Similar to the way that the Senate voted strictly down the party line in the impeachment vote of Clinton, this might have been an attempt to shake up the general balance of power in Congress. Then again, I could be completely wrong.

With the economy in such sorry shape, George W. should not be the Yahoo Man of the Year. I think the only person who supports bombing Iraq is George W. Bush. And if I'm going to get drafted and get killed, every fucking person in America should be convinced that this is the right thing to do. It's funny that America is the most powerful country in the world, yet these little countries like Iraq and Afghanistan continue to be smarter than us and force us to consume all of our energy on the "War on Terror." How about the war on my family having no money, you prick.

I spent $1000 on Christmas gifts for everyone, so if you don't like what you got, tough fucking luck. And I didn't keep any receipts, so too bad.

Word of the day: Niggardly. Meaning, cheap. Like all the idiot customers at ShopRite.

Good night.