Monthly Archives: August 2006

Ball State opens up tonight. Can’t wait. Even though I have to board-op the first half. Argh.

ND opens up Saturday, and Ellen is coming over to watch since this will probably be our only chance to watch a game together this year, thanks to her rugby stuff. I can’t wait because Ellen is one of my very close friends and definitely among the most fun people in the world to watch a game with. It is too bad that we have not seen each other more often this last few months.

I always feel like a third/fourth/fifth wheel, and I don’t know why. Anytime I’m at CSL or WCRD stuff, Kyle, Karl and Eric all kid around and joke. I mean, I’m friends with all of them, and I can joke with them too, but when those three get going, it’s nuts. I guess that comes with the territory, since Kyle and Eric live together and the three of them are probably more so than anyone else THE three juniors of WCRD/CSL. But I really thought I’d end up best friends with someone, anyone, eventually down here, and it’s never really happened. No matter who it is I befriend, I always end up preferring to go home and hang out with Mark or Brooks. And that’s ok, but when I’m at school I want people to hang out with, and here it seems like if I want to hang out, I have two options, the roommate Davis or Ellen, and Ellen only on Sundays when we go to church. Not that I have any problem with Davis at all, of course, but the more friends you have, the more time you get to spend with said friends, eh?

Oh, well. Anyway I need to get to News class then Vince wants me to duck out early and meet him at the studio to discuss the game tonight when I board-op. I assume it’s about the severe lack of commercials we have for the games (only one IHSAA CD full of PSAs for HS games, and nothing else I can think of for the other stuff).

A. Bob


I’m really bored, and really tired, and it’s only Tuesday. Dr. Maria’s class is looking more and more like a living hell. It’s bad enough that she is a difficult grader and all that jazz, but the class is producing packages, which I have never done before at any level. I don’t even know how to edit. She says we will learn, but I am totally screwed.


I’m lonely and I’m sick of it, because I’m one of the very few people I know who is single and doesn’t want to be. And it’s been that way too long.


Out of boredom, I’m doing a survey.


1. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, and find line 4….

“have an explanation. Problems in scientific terminology tend to be obvious.”


Ok, that doesn’t sound like what the book actually is, it’s my Broadcast Writing Stylebook.


2. Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What can you touch? The chair next to me


3. What is the last thing you watched on TV? Parts of the Cubs game (sucked) and Monday Night Football (boring since it’s preseason)


4. Without looking, guess what time it is.  2:50


5. Now look at the clock. What is the actual time? 2:44


6. With the exception of the computer, what can you hear? Some quiet conversations


7. When did you last step outside? What were you doing? I left Subway after eating lunch


8. Before you started this survey, what did you look at? Myspace


9. What are you wearing? ND “The Shirt” from last year, shorts, socks and shoes.

10. Did you dream last night?  Yes, I forgot as soon as I woke up


11. When did you last laugh? In Tcom 384 class

12. What is on the walls of the room you are in? A billion reminders of the print limit per day


13. Seen anything weird lately?? No


14. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy? Car, better TV, PS3 when it comes out, some other stuff, and then donate a bunch to charities and put the rest away

18. If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?  I have to stop at one?


19. Do you like to dance? If I’m with a date, maybe. I’m not very good. Which is to say, I suck.

20. George W Bush?: I don’t really know


21. Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?  Michelle Erin probably, but I’m flexible with the girl


22. Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him? Matthew Andy (that’s non negotiable )


23. Would you ever consider living abroad?  No


24. What do you want God to say to you when you reach the pearly gate?

Anything that means I get to come in

Well, the party at my great grandma’s nursing home was kind of fun. I
missed my cousins so it was good to see them (less the Plants and
Audrey). My uncle Brett has to be the coolest uncle ever. The man owns
a Mustang, for cripes sake. Walks around in sunglasses all the time.
Hell, last night he made a T Bell run and let us get anything we
wanted. A T BELL RUN! Those of you who know me know how high I hold
people that make T Bell runs. And he’s probably the funniest of all my
uncles now that I never ever see Uncle Alan anymore.

Between my younger cousins’ unhealthy obsession with any headger I
currently have on, 4-year-old Caroline thinking it’s really funny to
touch my, erm, sensitive area, and 7-year-old Xavier climbing all over
me like a tree, and 15-year-old Stefan constantly insecure over what
people think of him, well it’s a good time all around. I don’t mean to
sound immodest, but if I can’t be a great dad after all this time I
have spent taking care of younger siblings and younger cousins, well,
no one can. Kids can drive you crazy, but it seems like even on little
sleep and even at the height of their craziness, I still find them
adorable. They never seem to grate on me. I don’t know. But a part of
me really wants kids sooner rather than later.

Well now the Cubs are about to lose because I turned it back on. When I
turned it off it was 6-3 Cards and now it’s 6-6 when I turn it back on
and immediately STL puts a guy on 2nd with 1 out. Oh well, when you
have seven – count ’em, seven – pitchers make their first-ever big
league starts in one season (Marmol, Mateo, Marshall, O’Malley,
Walrond, Guzman, and Ryu), it’s probably not gonna be a good season.

A. Bob

Well, another crazy game tonight as Yorktown lost 24-21 on a 47-yard FG
as time expired. And there was a play where it looked like Mt. Vernon
had fumbled, the refs changed their mind (I’ve never seen that happen
in high school), then the next play, they fumbled anyway, and Yorktown
scored the tying TD, only to have that happen. Craziness.

I’m going to my great-grandma’s tomorrow for her birthday. I don’t
really want to go but on the other hand, you never know when you will
ever see her again – I mean, she is 90 years old now. Plus, free food.

There are TWO Yorktown games on Saturday this year – one on BSU/NDSU
and ND/MSU Saturday, and one on BSU/BUFF and ND/STAN Saturday. I won’t
be able to do the latter game, as I will be at the ND game. But the
first one might be worth it a little bit, because it’s at the Dome.
Still, that’ll be kind of sad, as the ND/MSU game will be the first in
a long time that I haven’t watched from the beginning.

A. Bob

Well, for the second time, a dumb statement made in my Xanga has gotten
me in trouble. Except this time, it should never have been made to
begin with. The first time I at least had the defense that there was no
reason for the person to take what I said as gospel, but this time
around I just plain fucked up. Is this thing even worth it anymore?

Well, I may be putting myself through hell on Thursdays (Media Law, TV Production and News 202 on the same day…Karl Mandik described it as “the worst possible day a Tcom student can schedule”) but at least I only have one class on Fridays. A worthless Geo lecture.

Tomorrow is my second Yorktown broadcast, tonight I will presumably find out when my first show on the Hour of Power will be (I still can’t believe Vince told me to produce it being as I’ve never produced anything in my life, but I learned a great deal from Eric last year doing our show so it should be fine), and Sept. 7th will be lead anchor tryouts for CSL. I expect Karl to get that, since he has been anchoring for 3 semesters now and deserves it, but it can’t hurt to get my name in there seeing as I will be an anchor one way or the other. I may also do some reporting for the show if I can find the time. My life for the next year in Ball State Tcom is soon going to be set in stone.

I have News class at 3:30, so I always have a bit of a break from 1:45 until then. I’ve gotten Subway today and Tuesday, but I can’t keep doing that since I can’t assume I am going to get that 1600 dollar financial aid refund again next semester. Though I can always hope.

I am looking forward to next week, when I don’t have to go to any of these meetings. But I am dreading my first assignment for Tcom 323.

Funniest thing I’ve said lately:

Dr. Maria: Don’t fondle anyone else’s equipment! (referring of course to filming equipment)
Me: Yeah, and don’t touch their cameras either.

I enjoy meeting new people. I really think I am getting better about it. I met someone today for the first time and already felt like I was getting along well. Maybe I’m making progress with this stuff.

A. Bob

At one time, I hate the first week. Boring as hell. Stupid meetings you
have to go to. Nothing to do, ever. No football season yet.

But also, this is as easy as it is going to get this year.

Argh, junior year’s gonna be a pain in the ass. Dr. Maria and anyone involved with News 202, I’m looking at you.

A. Bob