Sunday, August 31, 2008

Scram Gustav!

Well, I finally found another 5k to run, though not as close to home as the last one. That being said, it's just down the road in Old Town Alexandria. Here are some fun facts:

1. New Orleans Rebirth 5K Run/Walk
2. Raises money to help rebuild New Orleans (which will be needed even more now).
3. It's on the morning of my birthday (what a way to celebrate turning 30).

In light of recent events, I expect this race to be full, so I went ahead and registered just to get myself in. This will also be the first time I plan to use the Metro rail to get to and from a we'll see how that goes.

-Gulf Coast: you are in my thoughts-

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Well...that will learn me for taking a joyride.

So today was a beautiful day so I decided to go out for a bit and let the GTI get some exercise. During my travels I ended up on the Beltway heading north towards Maryland, when I decided to take Georgetown Pike to see what it's like. Then about 1/2 a mile down the road, I hear what I would think would be the 3rd worse sound when one is in a car (behind a wreck and engine cutting off), and that was a loud bang followed by a whoosh sound. Never heard that sound before, but I knew what it was. Although I didn't see anything in the road, my front passenger tire went flat in a hurry!

I stopped when I could to check it out...then started to limp down the GW Parkway (this ended up being a mistake). Why's that, because it has no shoulder! Tire eventually got worse, and to the point where I finally hit the exit to Rosslyn and I finally had to pull over. Here's where I thank the high heavens that today was a nice day...because I spent the next 45ish minutes on the shoulder figuring out through my manuals how to take off the tire and put the spare on. Needless to say I did it, although I sweated my ass off doing so (and chose today to wear white shorts...haha).

Anyways, I got it on and made my way to my VW dealer hoping they would still be open...and I got there right after their service dept. closed. Luckily I have a tire warranty, so here's hoping I can cash in and get the same type of tire. Meanwhile my GTI probably smells of burning rubber with that wheel in the back (I do have the windows cracked though).

So yeah, it sucked...but I'm proud I did it by myself...and hopefully I won't be paying a dime out of pocket.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Was sent this by my Granddad:

AP News Wire - Crisis

All of the Wal-Marts across Alabama sold out of ammunition as of yesterday.

A reliable source said that one of the purchasers commented that while Russia

may have invaded Georgia, they sure as hell ain't doin' it to Alabama.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

They're here!

Read 'em and weep boys (and girls):

Oh, and as a side note. Hillary was awesome tonight at the DNC...I so can't to hit the voting booth in November (oh, and our former VA governor wasn't too shabby either).

Saturday, August 23, 2008

That was quick

Donated another tiny bit of cash to the Obama/Biden campaign. Scored a free t-shirt in the process....w00t!

Obama-Biden '08

As much as I wanted to see Tim Kaine as the VP pick, I'm happy with the Joe Biden choice. I discovered Joe Biden during the primary season, and I really started to dig him. Although at the time time he was #4 in my book behind Barack, Hillary, and John Edwards. Now Tim Kaine can concentrate on getting VA straight. Well, I guess it's finally time to order a shirt and stickers. ;)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tickets purchased

Well, Visa loves me right about now. I just finished purchasing tickets to the Saints @ Redskins game:

Section: 411
Row: 25
Upper Level End Zone

Confirmed Attendees:
-My Mom

(and maybe my Dad watching on TV back @ my apartment).

I'm so excited...although it can take it's time getting here. With the week after that being my oh-so-glorious 30th. :P

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

No worries!

Yes, I've kept a secret from most of you these past few weeks. Now that the secret crisis has been averted, I can now tell you what's up. Basically my current employer wanted to pull out of our contract due to money issues...and are going to do so by the end of the month. Now, here's where being a hard worker pays off...I was asked to stay on the Project Manager of the prime contracting company. I just signed my offer letter today and will be staying put in Crystal City for the time being...except now my checks will be coming from General Dynamics.


Monday, August 11, 2008

Never thought I'd say this...

But I'm in no way excited for the new Star Wars coming out this Friday. The me of 9 years ago (when Phantom Menace first came out) or even 3 years ago when the last film came out would consider that blasphemy. Heck, it's Star Wars and it's CG...should be a win-win right? Not in my book..perhaps I'm burnt out of the series. Either way, I'd rather see "Tropic Thunder" instead...or "The Dark Knight" a 2nd time (in IMAX perhaps?)

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Go Team USA!

I love when the Olympics come around...if I'm @ home I pretty much stayed glued to the TV and watch whatever sport happens to be on. That being said, the Opening Ceremonies last night were beyond belief. If you didn't catch all of it (yes, all the way to midnight) , you really missed a special event. I look forward to watching the world in world, one love. :)

In sad news, it's truly a shock about Bernie Mac. R.I.P. funny man. :(

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Can it be 2009?

Not that I want this year to zoom by...especially when it comes to that special day next month. That being said, I so want to just start school and get out of this whole I.T. thing for good. Or maybe I'm just sick of the contracting world. :P