Monthly Archives: October 2004

Quote of the Day:

“We’re going to have the best-educated American people in the world.” – Dan Quayle

How much can you really connect with somebody online without talking to them in person? It’s a question about as old as instant messaging is, and for the first time I find myself truly asking it. Amanda, the girl I met through this site a couple days ago (gosh I LOVE Xanga), is really nice and sweet, and she has a pic on her site in which she seems to be pretty cute. She’s a Republican Christian who is interested in tall guys and has self-esteem issues. Sound familiar? Oh yeah, I’m a tall Republican Christian with self-esteem issues. (She lives in Maryland, but I am ignoring that for purposes of this discussion.) But anyway, it’s a legitimate question of how much you can connect with someone online. It really just depends on how honest you are with the other person, I suppose.

My Sunday, my Sunday…well it has been hideously boring…but that is perfectly ok, because Sunday is the one day of the week that I do not mind at all if it is boring. My family went out to lunch at McDonald’s then they all went home, and ever since then I have pretty much been lazing around watching football. My Panthers will probably lose again to drop to 1-6…why are they so bad?

Anyway, it’s been a pretty idyllic day. I talked to Amanda forever, which was really nice…there isn’t much like getting to know a girl for the first time and finding out she is exactly like you, so that was quite enjoyable. I am pretty much done for the night…NFL PrimeTime and Desperate Housewives await my eyes, and homework awaits my brain, but not a lot of it, I can reel it off in like 10 minutes. Catch you all tomorrow. 2 days till election!!!


I had a really great Saturday!!! First, my mom and sibs came down and brought Styx and Journey for my room, because we needed some 80’s music! And that’s really cool. Then we walked around some, bought T-shirts and stuff, and went to the game, which was AWESOME! Our Cardinals could have easily folded when they were losing 21-3 to Northern Illinois, who is unbeaten in the conference, but they just would not quit! They sent the game to OT! They ended up losing 38-31, but it was a really friggin awesome game! I want to congratulate all you guys on a great game, especially Adell Givens, our running back, Dante Ridgeway, our great wideout (semifinalist for WR of the year), and Joey Lynch, the quarterback, for showing AWESOME composure! Way to go, Joey! You definitely have your job back in my book!!! And after the game some of the NIU fans congratulated us on being great fans and for the great game, and I thought that kicked so much ass! Kudos to the NIU fans for being great sports!

After all that, my dad came by and we cleaned up our room, it really needed it. He gave me a couple things to use. And he also said I can designate him to vote for me on Tuesday…so maybe my vote for Dubya can be thrown in there! Haha!

It’s a great Saturday!!! I haven’t had a day this good in a while! And it’s all capped off by talking to Liz, who even though she has a boyfriend, I can dream, can’t I? Anyway, that was my awesome Saturday! See you all later!!!

I swear, this is the last entry of the day!!! I am trying not to overload you guys with too much information at once, but lately I seem to have a lot to talk about!

Well, we have entered a new era in Andy Land. I am now regularly in contact with not one, but TWO cute, nice girls. Yes, Liz IM’d me back. Unprecedented territory! High fives to me! This is a new record, as when I was talking to Kristen in HS, it was not regular, and I was not talking to Michelle regularly either. So, I am pretty proud of myself. (Of course, the Other Shoe is that both of the cute girls I am in contact with have boyfriends who they love a whole bunch. There’s always a catch.)

I have my fantasy basketball draft tonight at 8:30. I have been playing fantasy sports since 2001, and I have yet to claim victory in any league. This feels like the year it changes.

I lost my Republican hat. Left it at the bowling alley and it is gone. Only a five buck hat but it was a special one.

A new survey…I like doing these…courtesy of rosybear…

[The story behind your user name]: My first one was NDIsTops…because ND is tops…GO IRISH!!! My current one…ABob1086…A. Bob is my nickname…1086 is my birth month…pretty simple

[how old?]: I turned 18 yesterday!
[Where do you live?]: I live at Ball State University in Muncie…My home is in Granger, Indiana, some hole in the wall town near South Bend.
[4 words that sum you up]: lonely, sarcastic, determined, shy

[Wallet]: It’s brown…it cost four bucks.
[Pillow cover]: It’s blue.

[Coffee cup]: Coffee? What am I, 30?
[Shoes]: My shoes are old. They’re white with some patches with blue…good enough to wear to school, but comfortable enough to run and play sports in, which works for me.

[Favorite top]: I love wearing Notre Dame stuff…my favorite shirt at the moment is a blue ND one with gold stripes down the arms.
[Favorite pants]: Shorts. I don’t like wearing long pants unless it’s too cold to do otherwise. I also like sweatpants.
[Cologne/Perfume]: I’ve never worn cologne, nor do I plan to.
[CD in stereo right now]: The All-American Rejects’ self-title album, which is really good.
[Piercings]: none
[What you are wearing now]: The Return to Glory T-shirt from ND football 02…a nice pair of shorts…socks…shoes
[Hair]: Mine is light brown…it was blonde for a long time and slowly got darker starting when I was like 12
[In my mouth]: Right now? Actually, another woman’s tongue…just kidding…nothing right now
[In my head]:  My brain…usually an inactive one
[Wishing]: What am I ever wishing for? A girl to finally love me…any girl…I’ll seriously take just about anyone at this point
[After This]: My fantasy basketball draft
[Talking to]: rosybear, who seems like a nice girl…and Allie
[Eating]:  I ate chicken and a taco for dinner
[Some of your favorite movies]: Dodgeball, Anchorman, Harold & Kumar…on the kiddie side, I like all disney-pixar movies except A Bug’s Life
[Something you’re looking forward to in the upcoming months]: Not much…just moving on with my new college life…and hopefully finding a nice girl to date.
[The last thing you ate?]: I just said, chicken and a taco! Pay attention!
[Something that you are deathly afraid of?]: Umm…death? Oh, and coming off gay to women…I would hate to think that I drove The One away because she thought I was gay.
[Do you like candles]: That’s random…only if the power is out
[Do you like incense]: no

[Do you believe in love]: I believe other people can have love…myself…not so sure…
[Do you believe in soul mates]: Again, other people can have soulmates, but mine probably isn’t around this planet…

[Do you believe in love at first sight]: No
[Do you believe in forgiveness]: Believing in forgiveness? That’s kind of a dumb question…of course I do 
[If you could have any animal for a pet]: I want a cat, they’re so cute…
[What are 3 cities you wouldn’t mind relocating to?]: I like Chicago, as long as I live on the north side, those southsiders scare me…also, Orlando and Louisville, Orlando is not too big or too small, and Louisville just seems like a nice place to live.

In the last 24 hours, have you:
01. Cried: no
02. Bought something: no, not with my own money
03. Gotten sick: no
04. Sang: yeah, I sing along to my CD’s
05. Eaten: yeah
06. Been kissed: Last 24 hrs….no. Last 18 yrs…yup, also a no.
07. Felt stupid: Yeah, I randomly do things that make me look like a jackass…I’m used to it
08. Wanted to tell someone you loved them, but didnt?: With Michelle, this is a constant emotion.
09. Met someone new: Not really met anyone…I’ve interacted with, but not met, new people

10. Moved on: From what???
11. Talked to an ex: I don’t have any exes
12. Missed an ex: I don’t have any exes
13. Talked to someone you have a crush on: As a matter of fact, I have. Hi, Liz!
14. Had a serious talk: Can’t say I have…altho this covo with rosybear has been pretty enlightening

15. Missed someone: no, actually.
16. Hugged someone: no
17. Fought with your parents: no

18. Dreamt about someone you can’t be with: 24/7/365 with Michelle

01. Favorite color: red                                               

02. Favorite ice cream: mint chocolate chip                                                                

03. Current crush: Michelle and Liz

04. If no, current dating partner: none as ever
05. Hobbies: online, music
06. Pager: no
07. Are you center of attention or the wallflower: I don’t usually want attention…I get it for the wrong reasons
08. What type automobile do you drive: none here at BSU…I use my dad’s truck when at home, its a piece of crap.
09. What type automobile do you wish you drove: Anything small that wouldn’t need maintenance
10. Would you rather be with friends or on a date: I’ve never been on a date…this is truly sad…given the choice, I’d probably take my friends…unless the girl is truly nice
11. Where is the best hangout: Around BSU, I would say the first floor of our dorm…we are on the second.
12. Do you have a job: no
13. Do you attend church: every sunday
14. Do you like being around people: Any nice people, I like being around

01. Who is your role model: My mom raised 5 kids by herself, with a dad determined to undo all the progress she’s made…one of these days, I am going to write a whole separate entry about how great my mother is, because people need to know this.

02. What is some of your pet peeves: Democrats, particularly ignorant ones…and also just people who are dicks for no reason.

03. Have you ever liked someone you had no chance with: Everyone I like, I have no chance with…
04. Have you ever cried over the opposite sex: Not tears, but I’ve been truly sad before about it

05. Do you have a “type” of person you always go after: I don’t “go after” people, but I like honest girls who are sweet just for the heck of it and who are genuinely interested in what you have to say
06. Have you ever lied to your best friend(s): Nope
07. Ever wanted to get revenge on someone because they hurt you: After Travis Cool got me suspended in senior year, I would have liked some revenge, but he had to go to juvy so he got his…also wanted revenge on the principal in M.S. after he suspended me for getting put in a headlock
08. Rather be dumper or dumped: I’d rather be dumped, because if I am dumping someone, I’m stupid, because there are so few girls who will go out with me as it is.

09. Rather have a relationship or a “hookup”: I hate hookups, I want something real.

10. Want someone you don’t have right now: Michelle…not Liz so much because I don’t know a lot about her.

11. Ever liked your best guy/girl friend: My best girl friend right now is Michelle, so yeah.

12. Do you want to get married: I’d like to…trouble is finding someone who will be dumb enough to marry me
13. Do you want kids: 2 or 3…no more than 3
14. Do you believe in psychics: no
15. Do you believe you know the person whom you will marry at this point in time: I would love it if I did, but I do not think I do
16. What is your favorite part of your physical appearance: I don’t particularly like my looks…but if I had to pick one…I like my hair…when it is short, I think I actually approach decent looking status
17. What is your favorite part of your emotional being: I like that I offer good advice, and am a good listener
18. Are you happy with you: Considering what I’ve been through the last couple years…yeah, I’ll take the product
19. Are you happy with your life: it’s decent, looking for someone to share it with
20. If you could change something in your life right now, what would it be: Was “looking for someone to share it with” not clear enough? I WANT A GIRLFRIEND!!!

That’s all I got for tonight. I will be back tomorrow!

A. Bob

Quote of the Day:
“If we do the work that we will do when John Kerry becomes President, people like Christopher Reeve will get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.”
– John Edwards not exaggerating at all

(Note: In the future, I may be able to establish a sidebar Quote of the Day, so you don’t have to wait for my posts to get to it. Maybe. Wait and see…)

This weekend is Family Weekend at BSU…so my family among many others is coming down.

Talked to Allie last night and she said she did not have any school spirit, and never have. I can understand, having known her for a while, but I can’t figure why people could have absolutely no school spirit. Is it that impossible to support your school somehow? I guess, as a person who has school spirit, that I just cannot see how people would not care about their school. Whatever.

I watched a hilarious rerun of Leno last night, with a Jaywalk All-Star skit…really if you aren’t watching Leno, you should. People say he is not funny, but he is hilarious. What’s better, he is a Republican (he MC’d the Governator’s inauguration ceremony), but he has no problem satirizing Bush. The thing about the lefties who make jokes, like Jon Stewart, is that they try to be even-handed, but inevitably, they end up looking like a liberal…usually by making jokes about “bad” Bush policies, while only making Kerry jokes in terms of his looks or flip-floppage. But Leno jokes about job loss under Bush and other stuff, while also making fun of Kerry’s flip flopping and his policy ideas. He is probably the only true balanced talk show host out there…the closest thing is probably Conan, and I am totally PSYCHED that he is going to be in the Tonight Show in 2009.

Haha, now I can take credit for a whole crapload more people being in the PHS blogring. I left a comment for Cecile wondering if she had gotten my app to be in it, and today there are like 15 new members. You guys can thank me for that…haha.

Only four days until the election…once it is over I am going to take this background down, it seems pretty hard to read stuff on it.

NFL Picks — Week 8

Last week: 6-8 Season: 45-54-3

I really need to get some picks right here if I want to finish above .500…so here we go.

Arizona (+3) over BUFFFALO

As much as I hate Emmitt Smith, it’s pretty cool that he’s having a
resurgence this year. No one playing fantasy is touching him with a
ten-foot pole…but he is in a resurgence. Did I mention that the Bills
can’t beat a team at all lately?

WASHINGTON (+2) over Green Bay

Conventional wisdom says go with Green Bay, but I need to detail a theory to you.

The theory is that the Washington Redskins can determine the outcome
of the presidential election. In every election that the Redskins have
been a franchise…if the Redskins have won their final game before the
election, the incumbent party has maintained the White House. If the
Skins have lost, the other party has taken control.

So obviously, if the Skins win, Bush will win the election. Ergo, I must pick them.

Detroit (+3) over DALLAS

I honestly have no idea how to pick the Lions right now, but since
they are 3-0 on the road this season, I will go with them. They’ve been
doing the opposite of what I think all season, but I think I got them
pegged now!

Jacksonville (+1) over HOUSTON

The Jags might be the only team in the NFL that actually makes you
look at the line before you pick the game. This line is basically
nothing, so I’m going with the smoking-hot Jags.

Cincinnati (+3) over TENNESSEE

My Upset Pick of the Week. Their victory over denver may have just
been a typical Trap Game loss for the Broncs, but I think it is the
start of a trend for the Bengals.

Indianapolis (-1) over KANSAS CITY

Both teams need this game…the Colts to keep from falling almost
hopelessly behind Jacksonville…the Chiefs to leap back into the
playoff chase. I think the Colts’ want is going to be just a little
more. Am I worried about the Chiefs opening up another can of whoop ass
like they did last week? You bet.

MINNESOTA (-7) over NY Giants

No stopping the Vikes right now. I’d like to thank Detroit for
making this pick a lot easier to make by beating New York last week.

PHILADELPHIA (-7.5) over Baltimore

Whenever T.O. has a score to settle, he always seems to explode in
that game. He’s going to do it again this week with Baltimore…even if
the last two “scores” (with Garcia and the Panthers respectively) were
kind of a reach in terms of T.O. motivating himself.

SEATTLE (-8) over Carolina

I give. Smith and Foster both on IR, joining Jenkins and Pittman?
This team could not be more in shambles right now. Seattle may be
struggling, but Carolina is playing the Ball State to their Purdue.

DENVER (-7) over Atlanta

I had the Falcons picked, then remembered that the Bengals game was
a Trap Game. They’ll pick right back up this week, playing a team that
matters a little more and who struggled mightily last week.

New England (-3) over PITTSBURGH

You heard me a couple weeks ago. The Pats are going unbeaten now. No question.

SAN DIEGO (-6) over Oakland

With the Chargers in contention, there’s nothing quite like hearing
Berman & TJ doing their “San Diego…Super-Chargers!” bit on NFL
PrimeTime (which is an awesome show, watch it).

San Francisco (+1.5) over CHICAGO


(Climbing off my soapbox…)

With the Bears switching to Krenzel at QB, they may prove my “no more wins” guarantee wrong…but I am not betting on it.

NY JETS (-7) over Miami

This is the worst prime time football schedule in many many years.
Where did they get this crazy idea, anyway??? The Jets are underrated
in my opinion. They played the Pats as tough as anyone but Carolina has
during The Streak, and I think they will surprise some people this year.

Quote of the Day:
“I’m happy to announce that we have passed legislation outlawing Russia. We begin bombing in five minutes.”  – Ronald Reagan doing a mike test…everyone heard him

To my three subscribers …Obviously, this is not a normal blog. I often post multiple entries in one day, rather than one entry every day or two, like most. So that’s fair warning…

The Best Things About My 18th Birthday: (I will update this throughout the day in chronological order)

1. Michelle left me a colorful happy birthday message this morning. She’s just the sweetest person in the entire world, period, without question. There is no argument.

2. Eric gave me a card. A cool one that smacked of gay jokes…but then a lot of Eric is gay jokes haha.

3. Molly reminded me that I don’t have to see my dad anymore…but I still will be seeing him, for a lot of reasons.

4. Bobby dropped in just to say hi and happy birthday…that’s how college should be…just people dropping in to your room for no reason…unfortunately, we only have a couple people on our floor who actually do that.

5. Michelle sent me an eCard through Yahoo, saying I was a special friend and she would never trade knowing me for anything. Now seriously…is she TRYING to get me to just tell her that I would do anything to get her to love me??? Surely no one is that sweet normally, right???

6. My mom called me and her and all my sibs wished me happy birthday. Eric’s gf did too, but obviously that’s not as important.

7. Bowling with Bobby and Eric.

8. Eric picking up my tab (ok, well he kicked my ass, so maybe I deserved it, haha).

9. Allie giving me my last “Happy Birthday” greeting of the day.

And that’s my birthday!!! Wait till next year fellas! See you later!

Cool survey from Rachel…


First best friend: Mark

First car : My crappy 93 Dodge Dakota…actually it is not even mine, but it is the only car I’ve ever driven

First date: Still waiting…
First real kiss: Still waiting….
First break-up: Still waiting….
First screen name: NDIsTops
First self purchased album: “All-American Rejects” by the All-American Rejects
First funeral: I went to my great-grandma’s funeral when I was like 7 months old…
First pets: Spunky the hamster
First piercing/tattoo: zippo
First credit card : nope, not yet
First true love : still waiting…
First enemy: Tough call, my entirer sixth grade class was an enemy, almost

First musician you remember hearing in your house: Probably Amy Grant or something else my mom liked


Last cigarette: Never

Last car ride: Back to BSU after last weekend
Last kiss: Like I said, none
Last good cry: Teared up a little after the Bosox won the Series last night…but not much
Last library book checked out: Been forever since I did that…
Last movie seen: Team America, which kicked ass!
Last beverage drank: Coke with lunch
Last food consumed: A cheeseburger

Last crush: Michelle, and it is still current
Last phone call: Called my dad last night
Last time showered: Tuesday night

Last shoes worn: Um…the ones I have on now?
Last cd played: “Palm Trees and Power Lines” by Sugarcult
Last item bought: I bought three CD’s yesterday
Last annoyance: Having to finish my English paper earlier
Last disappointment: Nothing really in a while…
Last time wanting to die: Seriously? Probably the last time my dad was a dick about seeing us

Last time scolded: the last time my dad was a dick about seeing us

Last shirt worn: The one I have on now perverts!….It’s a USA shirt
Last website visited: Xanga maybe?
Last word you said: Hahaha at the Drew Carey Show
Last song you sang: “Memory” by Sugarcult
What is in your cd player?: The Sugarcult CD I was playing…

What color socks are you wearing?: white
What Color of underwear are you wearing?: plead the fifth
What’s under your bed?: My desk…I have a loft
What time did you wake up today?: 9:15

Where do you want to go?: I’d like to hang out in the Hoosier state
What is your career  going to be?: Play by play sportscaster
Where are you going to live?: Indiana, hopefully
How many kids do you want? No more than 3, but I want at least one

Current mood: bored
Current music: none, I am watching TV
Current taste: Cheese….
Current hair: Hair is hair…
Current clothes: cords and my USA T-shirt

Current annoyance(s): English class in 15 minutes
Current longing: To date somebody
Current desktop picture: A Bush-Cheney background!!!
Current favorite song : “Welcome to My Life” and “Every Time” by Simple Plan
Current book(s): Not reading anything currently
Current color of toenails: Pretty much skin colored
Current hate: None

How GAY is my CD player??? I have had Simple Plan’s new album for 37 hours! Already, track 2, Welcome to My Life, only you know MY FAVORITE SONG ON THE DAMN ALBUM, is skipping around and acting stupid. Why does this continue to happen? It can’t be my CD player, because other CD players I have had also do this. It can’t be my CD case because of the same reason. Maybe it’s just part of the ongoing conspiracy against me that dammit, I WILL find out about. Lousy way to start being 18.