Thursday, April 14, 2005

Hotel California

Yep, that's what I've been singing for the better part of the day. I've always liked The Eagles but today, for some reason, I gained a deeper appreciation for them. I'm not really sure how that happened but alas, it did.

In other news, our very own Washington Wizards have earned their first playoff berth since 1997. This really isn't all that big of a deal to me (mainly because I don't follow much NBA basketball and the Bulls are my prefered NBA team anyway) but I still can't help but be at least semi-happy. It's not all that often that a Washington team makes it to the playoffs these days. In fact, the only one to have been a semi-consistant playoff contender in the last 5-6 years is now all but dead (Washington Capitals...damn lockout). It remains to be seen how far the Wizards will go (I'd like to see at least a first round win) but at the very least we can say they made it.

By the way, DC United doesn't count as a Washington sports team...in fact, soccer just doesn't count in general. This is the United States...we do baseball, football, scantly clad women, and cheap beer (throw NASCAR in for the rednecks). There is no room for soccer in this culture and so therefore...it doesn't count.

=)

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Wild, Wild...Backyard?

Citters sighted in my backyard: Opposum, Racoon, Grey Squirrel, Mole, Copperhead, Black Rat Snake, White Tail Deer, Red Fox (with litter), Wild Turkey, and most recently, a Coyote.

That's pretty impressive for suburbia if you ask me. We probably live in one of the more remote places in the area but that doesn't mean much...we have maybe 150-200 yards of woodland behind or house before you run smack into the Occoquan River. Well...here's a bit of irony, I just saw a Wite Tail Deer go hauling through our backyard as I'm sitting here writing this.

We also have 2 unidentified sounds that we've heard at one point or another and I've managed to deduce two possible suspects from clips I've found online, a Bobcat or a Cougar. I'm pretty confident the first sound was a Bobcat, the second one I'm not so sure of...it sounds almost like a Bobcat, only bigger but it didn't sound quite as deep or ferocious as a Cougar. That one's just going to have to remain unidentified I suppose.

I'm tempted to go outside with my laptop and play Coyote calls...see if I can't get any kind of response. Hell, while I'm at it I'll just go look for Bigfoot...

Monday, April 11, 2005

Back for good

*Tada* I'm back!

I've finally decided that I actually shall keep this bloggish type thing as a less personal and secondary journal. This shall be where I throw around my right-wing propaganda and share more detailed stories of random biking trips and the such and like.

With that, I finally broke down and bought a new Mountain Bike. It's a Speciliazed(brand) Rockhopper and it's pretty awesome. It's a 24-speed with rim brakes, aluminum-alloy frame (that has a lifetime warranty), quick release front AND rear wheels, click-shift, front hydraulic shocks, and a few other nifty features. This may not sound like much but its a HUGE step forward from my 10-year old Pacific that doesn't have any of the previously mentioned features (aside from rim brakes of course).

This is good because I finally have a bike I'll feel comfortable taking down the C&O canal when I take the Boy Scouts up. The only downside is having to get my arse in shape for that 180+ mile jaunt down the towpath. Oh well it'll still be a kick ass time.

Anywho, it's off with me for now. Need to fulfill the "college" part of my persona and then rush over to the Scout meeting and start planning for our upcoming campout (gotta love being an Assistant Scout Master).

Adios!

Friday, January 21, 2005

Inauguration Day

Well well, today the liberals came out in all their glory. Today saw some of the fiercest protesting that any inauguration has seen of late. Some actually had a point, others were retards with carboard signs. Here's the link before I really get going:

Protesters

The following commentary is perhaps the most right-winged you're every going to see me. I found myself rather disgusted by the amount of protesting today. Yes, it is their right as stated by the Constitution but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I also find it rather hypocritical; so many protesters screaming for peace and love with a voice dripping with utter hatred and disgust. Perhaps they should look in the mirror first.

I've also noticed that protesters are very much like the proverbial lemming. Three or four start getting rowdy and the next thing you know 200 of them are trying to break through a containment fence and the police are breaking out the mace and night sticks. It's like a mole leading a bunch of bat-warriors in broad daylight. The blind hatred and violence makes no sense, it also jumps back to the hypocracy.

Up to now, I've pretty much just moaned about the moron section of the protesters. A few out there were actually peacefully protesting their dislike of the war and and Bushes domestic policy. Those people I'm fine with. Its the ones holding up "End Racism Now" signs and screaming obscenities upon the police that bug me. I mean come on, give me a break...Go eat some McDonalds and get over yourself.

That's about it but since it's technically Friday, here is the conversation/quote of the week:

Brother: Where is Barrow?
Me: It's a city in the far northern part of Alaska
Brother: People live there?
Mike: Yes, 4500 retarted people live in Barrow...

It was one of those "you had to be there moments" but for reference, Mike very much so hates the cold.

Until next time, take care.

-Stromson

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Insomnia Part 1

I lable this post as "Part 1" because I'm sure there will be many more nights where the sole reason I post is because I can't sleep. It's a relatively frequent curse with me. Then again, I seem to be keeping up with the whole "Daily" part of the title...not that anyone actually reads this thing. Anyhow, enough of my self-pitty and onward to tonights political topic:

FRANCE!

Yes my friends, today...France grew balls and made us Americans look kinda like dicks while doing it. They've now officially stated that they want to put the Iraq disputes behind us and build a stronger alliance between the United States and Europe (particularly France). They say that the U.S. should not have to face the terrorist threat alone and that they seek to improve relations with our nation. They were also quite clear in stating that they would not be submitting to the U.S. and that an alliance is about cooperation between peers, not dominant-submissive.

Personally, I think France just showed us up. They made our "French-Bashing" (not that it isn't fun) look a lot more petty(than it already was). I'm interested to see how the Bush Administration responds to this public call for improved relations. Here is the President's chance to redeem himself a bit in the Foreign Policy department. He'd certainly gain points in my book if he could manage to improve European relations. I'm not a big fan of over half the world hating our guts.

Anywho, that's all for tonight...until next time, take care.

-Stromson

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Coldish

Current official temperature: 14 degrees
Feels like: 3 degrees (officially)

Can we say frigid? Now I'm sure there are some hearty New Englanders out there who would scoff at my complaint of a 14 degree evening. I'd be tempted to agree but this is Virginia, isn't the south supposed to be semi-warm during the winter? Stupid temperate zone, I blame you for my troubles!

In other news, the Presidential Inauguration is rapidly approaching. I was hoping to be off school that day but alas, the Community College overlord must have been a Kerry fan. I wish all visiting DC to attend the best of luck. If you can make it past the protesters; consider yourself successful.

You're nifty news clip of the day:

New Texas Governor Candidate

The next Governor of Texas could be a man named Kinky. I think Liberals and Conservatives of Texas might finally agree on something. =) With that, I'm off!

-Stromson

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Beginning of madness

I suppose you could call me fashionably late to the world of online blogging. I've done the whole "journal" thing before but never really a blog where I get to rant and spew forth my various political agendas.

Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself, I'm Jon. I'm what you could call a college kid but really only in name. I'm currently bumming it at a community college before doing who knows what. I'm sure this will get more interesting with time but for now, I'm pretty much posting whatever the hell I feel like. I'd be stunned if anyone actually ever reads this but alas, I need something to do when sitting at my computer at 12:40am on a Monday.

With the intro out of the way, I'm going to head out for the evening. As a little closer to my first entry, check this out:

Can we say big?

That's just plain(no pun intended) ridiculous. I sure as hell hope that thing doesn't crash when full.

-Stromson