Well, the new theme is finally up and running. John Saddington, over at Human3rror came up with this amazing theme and I did a little custom work to it to make it a little more iheartbrad-ish. It really didn’t need any kind of customization whatsoever because it was done right, so all I really did were some color and font tweeks. I’m very happy with what came of it. I am by no means a code-warrior so trying to figure out where everything is located in each file takes the longest time. So, today, after the final tweeks were done and the custom header images uploaded I decided to go live this afternoon. Glad I did. Got some great feedback about the look even from the creator himself, Human3rror. Thanks for everything you do John!
As for the update…let’s dive right in, shall we? Good!
4-day work weeks are most appropriate in warm weather and blizzards. That sounds only half weird I would imagine. For those of you who don’t know, I work 4 10-hour days instead of 5 8-hour days each week, with Mondays being my extra day off. So, I get to have a 3-day weekend every weekend. One of the many perks I have at my job. I’m very thankful for that. The 4-day schedule doesn’t really pay dividends unless the weather is warm & sunny or a raging blizzard. I mean, who cares about a day off if you have to stay inside because of the rain. You can drive places but big deal, right? When the weather’s nice, you get to be outside and soak in as much sun as you can handle. During a blizzard, you get a free pass to avoid the 3-hour one-way commute to work. It’s the days in between those 2 extremes that are somewhat vanilla.
Well, today was one of those warm & sunny days and it was awesome. Got up, did some laundry, showered, did breakfast & ESPN then it some more housework. Outside to get the mail and then the next thing I know it’s lunchtime! On the road to grab lunch with my closest friend in the entire world at one of the most amazing delis you could ever go to. Lunch was a roast beef and cheddar hoagie washed down with a diet Coke. I give the meal and place 4-Stars! After lunch, we just went and sat in the sun for the next 45 minutes and caught up. After that, headed home, and enjoyed some more sun. Then the temperature dropped almost 20 degrees and began to thunderstorm! How nuts!
On to a totally different topic….Social Networking. For the past few years I’ve been a pretty hardcore, social-networking junkee. I have the facebook, the twitter account, the blog (obviously), and the smartphone that allows me to do almost everything anyywhere I am. It’s been pretty interesting that as of late, I’ve been losing interest in things like Twitter & Facebook. Well, I lost interest in Facebook a long, long time ago. But I have always loved Twitter. Well, not too much anymore. I’ve felt like Twitter has become cliquish as of late. I liked Twitter because it gave you the option to talk to people who are normally “untouchable” to unfamous people like me who don’t write books or pastor huge churches or lead large movements. Just regular guys who are doing what they can with the time and talent they have. Anymore, I feel like it’s become one of those A-list type things and it’s been a little discouraging. I’ve also felt like I’ve been spending more time keeping up with people I barely know as the ones that are physically around me have less and less connection with me. I think that’s backwards and messed up. I don’t want to forsake the divine appointments around me just to keep up with “the Jones’” on Twitter. LOL! I know some of you are going to tell me it’s all about balance and creating margin, but if I had to create margin, the first thing to go would be social networking and interweb life. I don’t know, I can still barely remember life without cell phones, facebook, & twitter. I guess more than anything, I’m trying to find that balance that I know most of you would remind me of. I want to find something a little more lopsided though, that gives me more, REAL human contact and relationship and challenge. Most of the people who DM or @reply me from twitter are all people I could SMS or call because I know them. And don’t get me wrong, I’ve “met” some great people over Twitter and I’m excited about the friendships I now have locally as well as all over the U.S. I’ll sort it all out sometime. LOL!
On economic fronts, looks like the bailout plan for the auto company’s was a waste of time. If this isn’t a great indicator of how lame it is when the government intervenes in private business, I don’t know what was. It goes something like this:
“Hey, before the auto companies that suck file bankruptcy, let’s give them billions upon billions of taxpayer’s money, then they can piss it away and file bankruptcy and get debt protection!”
Ridiculous. Let’s distriburte the blame, shall we:
Bush: 30% @ fault
American Citizens: 40%
See, I’m fair and balanced. I’ve had just about enough of the government meddling in private business. Do they want to run the auto companies like they run the post office or their own budget? You know, lose more money every year, raise the cost of everything and still PISS away all the money. The government is good at war and representing us abroad, judicial review, etc. What on earth are they trying to do with the auto companies?? The government helping the auto companies is like going to Craig Ehlo or Gerald Wilkins for advice on how to guard Michael Jordan! Oh well, this is what America wants. The American people have spoken and said,
“We’re too stupid to take care of this stuff, so Mr. President, will you run our economy and everything else for us? Maybe tell us what to do? Why stop at the credit card companies”
Alas, I digress, I try not to rant political on here. I’d much rather it all go down the tubes so that Christ can return and clean up this mess called, “our world.” Anyone else with me?
I’m sad to report that Rashad Evans lost his Light Heavyweight title to Lyoto Machida. On a happier note, Mauricio Rua will be his first title defense. Ahhh, Brazilian vs. Brazilian for the coveted Light Heavyweight title…Finally. I am imagining it will be a slug fest and you know I will be pulling for my boy Shogun!!
On a side note to the UFC, I think it’s safe to say that the title holders in the UFC are truly the legit, undisputed WORLD CHAMPIONS since 85% of all MMA fighters fight for UFC. Actually, let me rephrase that. 85% of the elite fighters in the world fight for the UFC. Every other organization has such anemic weight classes that it’s ridiculous to think that they could possibly declare their guy the “world” champ. I would love to see Lawler come to the UFC and challenge Silva. I think that would be a classic slugfest at 185 lbs. I’d love to see that one.
I just realized I’ve written a small novel, or novella. I will retire. Talk to you all soon.