Dang it All
Trials and Travails of a 20-something
Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Finally, I've found the perfect Christmas gift for Kelsey. "Black nylon rope included!"

Dumbest word found in a potential news article tonight:


In its original context:

"Would you be surprised to find that the CIA is a backstabby place to work?"

Whenever I see a list like the 100 best English-language novels from 1923-present, I have to go through and check to see how many I've actually read. In this case, only 18. I need to get crackin'.

His ignorance is encyclopedic
~ Abba Eban

This is sad. Despite my job in the journalism business, I just found out today about Michael Brown's latest venture. Remember Brown, or Brownie as Bush dubbed him? After being forced to resign from the International Arabian Horse Association, Bush made him head of FEMA, from which he was also forced to resign following his lackluster Katrina response. Among other things, Brownie is famous for fretting about the color of shirt he wore when interviewed about Katrina and complaining about the lack of Mexican food in the recently destroyed New Orleans.

Brown announced Monday that he's starting his own disaster preparedness consulting firm. I, like much of the rest of the world, am sitting in my chair thinking, "What!?!" After being soundly trounced by most of the media and fired from a job he was never qualified to do, it's hard to believe that anybody will hire this man. But who knows, the story could go on.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
~ Robert Orben

Hooray for Kelsey, who impressed enough on her very first trip into Books-a-Million to land herself a job. If everything goes well, she will soon be on her way to managing the coffee shop there. Which means cheap books and coffee for yours truly. As an added bonus, many shifts will be at night, maximizing the amount of time we get to make out and hold hands and do all sorts of boring married things together.

Three cheers for Kelsey the job-lander!
(OK, that last part was silly. But fun nevertheless.)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

There's nothing more annoying than having a great headline changed by somebody else farther down the line.

We ran a story about big-box stores like Target and Lowe's being forced to change their designs by city planners who don't like their boring look and giant parking lots. Instead, the stores are getting creative.

My headline suggestion (which fit perfectly): City planners think outside the box

What it was changed to: Big-boxes face architectural reform

What a loss.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

This has to be near the top of the list of things that could have been avoided by careful study of the Jerry Springer Show:

Thanksgiving invitation turns deadly
Detectives believe a gunfight here that left one man dead and another injured began when a woman invited her second boyfriend to visit the mobile home she shared with another man.

William Holmes, 28, of Newberry, died Thursday at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the chest, said Stephen Lully, of the Spartanburg County coroner's office. Shonta McDaniel, 31, of Inman, was shot in the abdomen and remains hospitalized, says senior investigator Kevin Bobo of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office.

The shooting happened at about 12:40 p.m. at McDaniel's singlewide mobile home. McDaniel says a woman he claims is his wife lives at the home off-and-on, Bobo said.

Bobo said the woman invited Holmes, another boyfriend, to come to McDaniel's home on Thanksgiving. Holmes and McDaniel were seen arguing at a convenience store about twenty minutes before the shooting.

The gunfight appeared to have begun in the mobile home's living room and moved to a back bedroom. Authorities say the residence was filled with people at the time, including several teenagers and an infant. Detectives believe McDaniel was shot first, but they do not know how many weapons were involved.

(from Sunday's Sun News)

Friday, November 25, 2005

Don't you hate it when you look down and notice that you're unzipped and it's been at least 3 hours since you've been to the bathroom?

How many places could I have gone in 3 hours?

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
~ Dorothy Parker

Well, it seems like I made it to my new job just in time. Knight Ridder is up for sale and there are hiring freezes in place at their newsrooms around the country. I just made it under the wire. I'm glad I picked a paper whose circulation is actually growing. It seems a bit safer in the midst of all the newsroom layoffs going on this holiday season.

Kelsey and I put up our Christmas tree today. Now I just have to start buying presents for her to put under it. I'm thinking maybe another kitty. Or perhaps the wine of the month club.

While Kelsey and I are pretty much moved in here, there are still a few things we've got left to do. I think next week will have be a time for us to get the last few things done. We still need a local phone number, local bank account and some new license plates. But when that's all done, we'll just need a drawl and an affinity for NASCAR to be official South Carolina residents.

Next on the to-do list: find a church and some people to hang out with on free nights.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Well, my beautiful wife and I finally got our Internet connection up and running this morning. So that means I can torture you with pictures of our wonderful new hometown. We're loving the beach. Come and visit us sometime. You can too.Cute Kelsey likes the beach.
So does mentally-handicapped Dan.
Dan tries to make a fashion statement.
Kelsey practices her karate poses.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Kelsey and I have now arrived in Myrtle Beach, found an apartment and spend many happy hours at the beach. Until today, the temperatures have been in the 70s and the water has been just warm enough to swim in, if a little bit chilly. My job is going well, I'm getting praise all around for learning so quickly and things are just seeming pretty spiffy. Our apartment is getting pretty well situated, so if anybody is interested in coming for a visit, we'll be ready. Our guest room is waiting.

About Me

My wife thinks I'm awesome. Counter

Days since Dan entered into wedded bliss:

::Required Reading::
My beautiful wife
The Slot
A Capital Idea
eegah, eliot!
Practicing Myrtle
Obscure Store
The Plug


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