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Red Fish and Blue Fish have arrived!!!

James family, Nutjobs

Congratulations to my brother Mr. Uncie and his wife Knobbleknees on the birth of their twin tax deductions on Wednesday, December 31st.  In keeping with tradition, they have already been assigned (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Nicknames.  Both were born at 4:47 PM on Wednesday.  Dick Clark weighed in at 6 lbs, 6 oz. and Rockin' Eve weighed 4lbs, 9 oz. 

I went down to the Greater Hoffman Estates Metroplex area yesterday to visit them, and Knobbleknees seemed to be in good shape, but Mr. Uncie's mother-in-law had Mr. Uncie already warn down to the nub.

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Meet my parent's grandchildren, Version 2.0 and 2.1

James family

Rockin' Eve is on the left, Dick Clark on the right.  They were brought home from the hospital Sunday afternoon.

More new grandchildren for my parents - Version 3.1

James family, West Allis


My brother and sister-in-law, Mr. Uncie and Knobbleknees, aren't the only ones to add to the grandchildren collection.  Meet Mr. Cranky Pants (pictured in between Gooey and his sister Jelly Bean).  Born in late-June, my brother and sister-in-law, St. Jon and Strawberry Fields (who live in West Allis) completed the adoption process of Mr. Cranky Pants this morning.

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Huh?!? What did you say?!?

Bradley Center, Coffee, Metallica

You've got to speak up.  I went to see Metallica last night at the Bradley Center (and we remember how important they are), and nine hours after they left the stage, my ears still have a distinctive ring to them.

Set List

  1. That Was Just Your Life
  2. Broken, Beat & Scarred
  3. One
  4. Harvester of Sorrows
  5. Cyanide
  6. Sad But True
  7. Wherever I May Roam
  8. All Nightmare Long
  9. The Day That Never Comes
  10. Master of Puppets
  11. Fight Fire With Fire
  12. Nothing Else Matters
  13. Enter Sandman
  14. (Encore) See You in Hell
  15. Stone Cold Crazy
  16. Seek and Destroy

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America has been cool for the last 8 years

2008 Presidential Race, Barack Obama, Blogger's Clip Show, Bowling, HBO, Las Vegas, Milwaukee Wave, NFL, Patriotism, Restaurants, Television, Vacation, Xtreme Soccer League

(Subtitled:  How to begin the first Lightning Round in 2009)

Apparently there is a belief that America hasn't been cool since Slick Willie was getting serviced by Monica... So inaugurations are either cool or not... I think the Obama presidency will be a political and economic nightmare, but a milestone like a black man becoming president isn't a horrible thing... So who really thought the Cards would take out Atlanta, Carolina and Philadelphia?  Not many, as they were dogs for all three games (two of those games at home)... Pittsburgh is good - not great -, but Arizona is not gooder so look for the Steelers to win The Big Game (because I can still call it that!)... What the hell's the matter with Anquan Boldin?  Can't you be happy about going to The Big Game?  Hell, Asante Samuel was excited about losing the NFC Championship... Being busy at work in inversely proportional to the amount of blogging that I do... Did everybody watch the season premiere of Flight of the Conchords yesterday?  No?  Did you at least watch the season premiere of Big Love?  Thank goodness for DVRs because I actually watched the four-hour football game last night... Tommasino Italia now serves lunch during the week, including the best chili this side of 17th & Wells... Speaking of chili... The Milwaukee Wave game this weekend will feature a tribute to the past, honoring their 25th season.  After the game will be an alumni game... Ask me a Wave trivia question, I bet I know it.  I also bet that no more than 10 non-employees have seen as many home games in 25 years as I have... I hate when websites get too cute.  I tried to link from the Wave's homepage, but it is all Java-y and wouldn't let me... First one to stump me on a Wave trivia question (and you'd better be dang sure of the answer) wins a pad of post-it notes and a pen... I haven't mentioned bowling yet... Planning a trip to Las Vegas in April for the USBC national tournament.  I found rooms at the Sahara for $28/night, but flights (at convenient times) are still hovering in the $250 range...  There, the obligatory mention of bowling.

And PR people get paid for this...


First, you've GOT to read this nugget.  The article is about how Heinz is removing the pickle logo from its ketchup bottles.

Done?  Good.  So what part stuck out at you?  No, I wasn't talking about the "Milwaukee" byline (although it is odd that a company in Pittsburgh and on a New York website would have anything to do with Milwaukee).  It's this:

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Phoenix residents are learning what we learned last year

Free market, NFL

The NFL machine keeps going.

Just like last year around this time, the NFL is raining on many Arizona parades.

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A super prediction

Gambling, NFL

In looking at the Pittsburgh Steelers / Arizona Cardinals match-up, you have one team that traditionally plays a solid defensive game against one that can put lots of points on the board in a hurry.  In baseball, good pitching can cancel good hitting.  In football, though, it isn't quite as simple.  All you need is on defensive back, for example, to look over the wrong shoulder and the result is seven points.  Or the defensive call could be an all-out blitz, which is picked up and a slant pass ends up going for a long score.  Conversely, you could have the good offensive team with a few scores, but some defensive adjustments and the resulting turnovers put the team with the good offense in the hole, and when the entire stadium knows a pass is coming, the defense locksdown.

In other words, stop looking at the vaunted Steelers against the high-flying Cardinals.  A better view of the game might come from reviewing the Steelers offense against the Cardinals defense.

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