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Eastern Conference Champions Again!

June 1st, 2006 · No Comments

The Canes did it again, 2′nd time in 4 years the Carolina Hurricanes are the Eastern Conference Champions! More to follow.capt.ab76e5d6675f49d8b545ae0fea6e0c90.sabres_hurricanes_hockey_ncgb116.jpg

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May 4th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Our puppy has a name.  A little histroy.  Grant, our 6 year old boxer, we named after a professional heavy weight boxer, Michael Grant, who we considered to be the next great champion.  Well, that was 6 years ago, and unfortunately Grant, the boxer, at 6’8″ and all jacked up had a chin made of fine china.  So that was then, and this now.  So even though we struck out on picking the next Ali to name our dog, Grant is a great pet.

We decided to stay with the same idea in naming our new boxer puppy, and this time we feel certain his name will live up to the legacy of best pound for pound boxer of our generation.  The name of course…Tarver, named after Antonio Tarver.


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A new addition

May 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

The Family just got bigger. Jan got me a Boxer puppy for my B’day…love you sweetie. She drove all the way to Fayetteville after work and picked out the best one…just for me :) Now all the memories of raising Grant are coming back, all good of course. So what kind of real parents will we be, well we said the new puppy would have to sleep downstairs in order to allow Grant to continue to feel it’s still his house and he’s still the favorite. Fast forward one hour the puppies arrival…Jan is in the another bedroom sleeping on a blow up bed with, of course, the new puppy. We figured it is too early to allow the puppy to sleep in the same bed as Grant thus thinking he should sleep down stairs by himself. But we caved instantly with the few cries and yelps, the puppy has taken his first step in controlling his owners…much like Grant. Pics to follow soon.

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Our house…in the middle of the street!

February 11th, 2006 · 3 Comments

It happened, someone decided to sell us their house. As I have stated earlier, we have not had good luck in our attempts to buy a house. This house though, in all honestly, feels like a ‘home’ not just a house, so I think the wait has been worth it. It has a big yard, but very little to mow and upkeep, garage, spacious kitchen, wood burning fireplace…yada yada yada. It’s a damn house!!

Check it Out !!

Oh…might as well also provide my breakfast/lunch/dinner for the next 30 weeks months years . ramen2.gif

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Spinach Salad with Shrimp…a la Deps

February 11th, 2006 · No Comments

Oh how I love the tender plumpness of these sea floor dwelling crustaceans.

Prep time: 7 minutes, 30 seconds
Cook Time: 13 minutes, 20 seconds


  • Raw Spinach
  • 4 – anchovies
  • thinly sliced asiago cheese
  • 1 – garlic clove, sliced
  • 6 – 20-30 count shrimp
  • Xtra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • clumsily torn piece of Italian bread

Warm a frying pan with liberal amount of olive oil and add the sliced garlic and cook til golden brown (medium heat, 8-11 minutes). Plate the spinach and add on top the anchovies, cheese, and several splashes of Balsamic. Set aside. Heat a separate frying fan with a spoonful of olive oil to ‘High’. Toss in shrimp and sear on high heat, sprinkle a little old bay over the shrimp. Flip the shrimp around the pan and add just a sprinkle more of the old bay over the shrimp. Once shrimp are cooked (3 minutes), lazily toss shimp on top of salad. Drizzle hot olive oil with garlic over salad and be sure to drizzle over cheese in order to warm it up and the cheese just begins to melt.

And here it is! (courtesy of Razr Camera Phone)

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Happy B’day

February 7th, 2006 · No Comments

Today was Jan’s birthday, she turned 30, 31, 32, 33 years young ! Since my b’day is not until May, for the next few months I am officially married to an older women, not that I ever remind her of that…lol.   Jan got a card from ‘the both of us’, me and Grant and also some head phones for the gym.  Aside, thinking about Grant, our boxer, he hasn’t made an appearance yet on my blog.  Hopefully soon I will post about Grant and have some pics, my next blog project is to load a photo gallery plug-in.

Coincidently, on Jan’s B’day this year, Jan’s favorite team in all sports, the Carolina Tar Heel basketball team played Dook, err Duke, one of the biggest rivarlies in sports.  I’m not much for moral victories, but the Tar Heels played a great game, came back from over 10 points down late in the second half, took the lead, but, sadly a ‘but’, the Heels lost.

Other news on Jan’s B’day, we put a purchase offer on a house.  Guess that makes the headphones gift pretty lame!  Keep you posted on how the house thing works out.  If I don’t sound too excited, it’s because we’ve had bad, bad, bad, past home buying experiences.  Well, buying may be too strong a word, more accurate to say past attempts at home buying.  So this time around, I’m going to follow a classic sports cliche and ‘keep things in perspective and take one game (day) at a time’  Hopefully things work out this time but not going to lose sleep like the past times we went through this.  Maybe, just maybe, I might soon be posting about how bad it sucks to have to paint the bathroom and mow the lawn!  But that would be a good thing.

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SuperBowl Sunday cont.

February 6th, 2006 · No Comments

Well, if you think my rant post-SuperBowl was way off, I’m not the only one thinking the NFL has a perception problem with officiating, check out the Feb 6′th rumor mill. This is the website that broke the story about Chad Johnson threatening his coaches in Cincy, :

Some highlights:

“…with 90 percent of the readers complaining about the officiating from Super Bowl XL…”

“…The NFL, as we see it, has a problem. A big one. A bigger one, in the bigger picture, than the looming CBA crisis…And the perception is that the NFL is not fully committed to ensuring that accurate calls are made. A growing minority perceive that the NFL is actually dictating the outcome of games through officiating.”

Read through the rest of the article and the emails that the site posted, sadly, I say I have to agree with the majority of them.


And more supporting commentary.

Not to be one to point out the obvious, but if you check my post last night, you read it hear first.

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SuperBowl Sunday

February 5th, 2006 · 1 Comment

America’s past-time is baseball however America’s passion is football, and by football, I don’t mean futbol, as in Euro soccer, I’m talking about the American NFL. However, this past NFL playoff series and the SuperBowl was no less than disgraceful and the passion I once had as a fan has diminished significantly. The main reason, the referee’s calls on the field and instant replay that determined the outcome of many of the playoff games including the SuperBowl.

Let me first qualify this post. I am not a disgruntled fan because my home team didn’t win. Yeah, I’m in NC and would have liked to see the Panthers win, but my favorite team is the J-E-T-S, and the J-E-T-S weren’t even in the playoffs, nor had a shot at the playoffs, nor will ever be a contender for the playoffs for the foreseeable future. Before the SuperBowl started, I would have liked to see the Steelers win, but seeing the way the refs started to make calls in the Steelers favor, I actually started routing for the Seattle. A TD given to Pittsburgh even though instant replay clearly showed it was not a TD, where’s the integrity in this sport. Several big plays including a TD all called back against Seattle after flags were thrown, a conspiracy? No, wouldn’t say that, just bad officiating in this era of instant replay.
The SuperBowl was just the culmination, it al started in Week 2 of the playofffs. Denver vs. NE, a touchdown given to Denver due a pass interfernce call on NE. Carolina vs. Bears, Carolina won but you need a calculator to count the missed and bad calls. Then the ultimate soar spot, Pitt vs Colts when Polamalu intercepts the ball and instant replay incorrectly over rules it.

The refs and instant replay in the NFL both need a full review of their own after this years playoffs and SuperBowl. The refs need to be reminded they are to be seen and not heard from, as to the extent of altering the outcome of a game. And instant replay should just be done away with. How come during instant replay the call is only over-turned if their is indisbutible evidence from the call on the field? Well, think about it, if the reason for a replay becuase the call on the field is being questioned, how come the call on the field is used as a so called ‘benchmark’ as to how to rule on the instant replay. Instant replay should either be done away with OR allow instant replay to make a call independent of the call on the field.

Can only hope the NFL wises up else America’s most passionate sport is going to be viewed like a scripted WWE contest.

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This is a first, ESPN love for the Canes

January 25th, 2006 · 1 Comment

OK, so they didn’t get many votes, but just that the Canes made the homepage of poll was worthy of a screen shot.


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January 23rd, 2006 · No Comments

My third post and I’ve already procrastinated. This past Saturday I followed through with one of my resolutions, to volunteer. I used Volunteer Match to find some opportunities. It ‘s a great site to use because you can search by location and interests, and then the site will provide any results that match your search and from the same website, as long as you are logged in, you can click on any opportunities of interest and sign-up.

I signed-up to be a volunteer for the Special Olympics, they were needing about 200 volunteers and was I excited because it was something I was really interested in, helping out those with special needs. I was even more excited when I found out bocci (sometimes bocce) was a Special Olympic sport! that’s my game! every Italian is born with a talent for bocci. Well, as of today, I’m still waiting to hear back so I don’t have any additional updates but will keep you posted.

So back to last Saturday. I work for a pharmaceutical company that specializes in HIV therapy and several people I work with are involved with volunteer work for the local HIV community. This was another one of the volunteer opportunities I was interested in because some of the activities I already participated in, like yard work for a home that cares for those with HIV and a walk/run/bike marathon to raise money. Last Saturday was a training session by AIDS Alliance of Carolina that organizes all the activities. The training session basically involved some education about HIV, a guest speaker with HIV who gave a passionate speech about how he benefits from the commitment of the volunteers, and finally just a wrap up session. I have to give a lot of credit to those that run the alliance, they were tremendous and dedicated people.

After the training session ended, we were told we would be emailed to ask about what our interests were and how we wanted to participate. I will probably reply to continue to volunteer with the seasonal yard work, the annual marathon, and some other annual events and monthly events like drag bingo. I mean, if I’m going to volunteer, I plan on having fun doing it, plus I used to bartend with a dude (well ‘dude’ might be too strong a word), anyways, a guy that used to dress in drag.

Well, hopefully the Special Olympics opportunity works out as well.  I set up a separate category for ‘volunteer’ where I will be posting any updated news.

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