Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
For those of you unfamiliar with Utah, over half the population of the state lives in a straight line up and down the Wasatch Front (the green area on the map), about 70 miles from Ogden to Provo. For years people have argued that we are perfectly set up for a single commuter rail line straight up and down the front, from Provo to Ogden (the 2 large population centers at the top and bottom of the front). Last year the Utah Transit Authority finally opened the north line from Saly Lake to Ogden. Good timing too, because it caught the high gas prices and ridership exceeded expectations. I don't know if it remains higher than expected, but from what I saw it was getting used (and I was home by 5:30).
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Geometry 4B, generally a sophmore or junior class, I have several freshmen in it. One of them is Fidel, who has been quiet and shy for the first 1/4 of the year. He's come out of his shell this month, at least in my class. He's joined in with the classroom bantering back and forth for the last couple of weeks, and last week he raised his hand and said "Hey, Mr. Rossi, I looked up your name on Google and you're a porn star." (Yes, this is one of the fun things about teaching high school in an inner city (for Utah) school, kids say these things). Now I know that there is an old lounge singer in Las Vegas with my name, my little brother even went up to him after a show and got me an autographed business card. Porn star, I didn't know. I let poor Fidel down, though, I didn't react the way he expected. I just looked at him and came back with "There may be one with my name, but it definitly ain't me." and continued on with the lesson. Haven't heard anything about it since then.
Books slapped together immediately after a surprise appointment suck. I could have written it better, it reeked of amateurship.
The book had some good leadership ideas, but very few of them were explained or backed up by Palin's experiences. In fact, you get to know her whole political career quite well, since it is re-hashed from beginning to end in every chapter.
So, if you want to confirm your decision not to vote for her, you can borrow the book from me - it confirmed my decision.
*Yes, I know that's not a word.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
7% of all your emails are important. 13% are irrelevant, but funny. Another 13% are sexually related - "I love you, check out my website" and prescription offers. 14% are some sort of scam and 17% are some sort of chain email (the last person who broke this chain was George W Bush, look what happened to him). The last 36% are total bullshit. Of this type I write tonight.
I got an email from a coworker today, warning me about giving gift cards for Christmas. It told of several companies that were holding off closing their doors and going bankrupt until after the Christmas season so they could sell a bunch of worthless gift cards. The email named over a dozen companies, including Sprint, Dell, Ethan Allen and Rite Aid.
For the love of God, would you people please quit believing everything that is sent to you in your inbox!
I'm not talking to those of you who hit DELETE when you see this propaganda, and fortunately that includes most of you that I choose to associate with. But there are a few acquaintances and coworkers that insist on forwarding every warning, every threat, every support our troops and every "the end of the world is near because a Democrat is going to be president" email that you get.
It's not all true. People are lying to you to either put forth their agenda or just because they think it is funny that so many morons fall for this garbage.
Count me out, take me off your list. Unless you have researched it and found there to be some truth to it, don't clog up my inbox or brain with it.
Thanks. And have a good day.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
I really don't care about college sports, or professional sports for that matter. But, in the UofU/BYU rivalry, I care. And I love it when the U wins. For those of you unfamiliar with the aforementioned rivalry, here's the basics:
- The U, or The University of Utah, is the biggest state university in Utah, located on the north-east foothills of Salt Lake City.
- The biggest rivalry in the state is between the U and the Y. Very, very few people, if any, will admit to not having a preference between the 2.
- The color red signifies the U, the color blue signifies the Y
- The University of Utah kicked the Cougar's ass today in football, 48 to 24 at Rice Stadium, the U's home field.
Other than the fact that the superiority of an intuition of higher learning has no relation to how it's football team does whatsoever, I still get bragging rights for the next year.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- ME: It's not my job to wake you up every morning.
- HIM: Yes it is.
- ME: Hey, I'm not your mother.
- HIM: You look like her.
- ME: I don't know if that's more of an insult to me or to you.
- HIM: (trying to deflect the burn back on his mother) Hey, I'm not the one who LOOKS like a man.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
I think we are welcomed. But it was not a peaceful welcome.
Make no mistake about it, I understand how tough it is, sir. I talk to families who die.
I couldn't imagine someone like Osama bin Laden understanding the joy of Hanukkah.
If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator.
Natural Gas is hemispheric. I like to call it hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods.
It's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life.
As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic...
But all in all, it's been a fabulous year for Laura and me.
I understand the unrest in the Middle East creates unrest throughout the region.
I hope you leave here and walk out and say "What did he say?"