Went to Disney

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 20:07

Been working really hard on a project, but I did take some time out to go to Disney World and hang out with the Princesses.




Motorcycle Accident

Thursday, April 24, 2014 17:32
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My wife and I saw some motorcycles driving unsafe and a police officer ignoring it. After the police car turned off to meander in a residential neighborhood, one of the motorcycles attempted to pass a vehicle in a no passing zone and struck a semi. The motorcyclist, who is from my hometown (which is weird since we were in another state) had to be flown away by Flight for Life and is in critical condition. Afterwards, I wrote this letter to the local police department:

Dear Sir or Madam,

As you might be aware, there was an accident on April 19, 2014 on U.S. Route 12 that involved a motorcycle and a semi truck: http://mchenrysheriff.org/about-us/media-releases/motorcycle-and-semi-truck-traffic-crash.aspx

My wife and I feel that there was some negligence on the part of the Spring Grove Police in this matter. We had just finished grocery shopping at Jewel Osco and were in our car waiting to turn left onto Route 12 from Finch street when we saw the group of motorcyclists zipping by and weaving in and out of traffic. They were going well past the speed limit. Close behind them was a police car traveling the same direction (west), and we thought he was going to go after them and pull them over. Either this officer wasn’t paying attention, he didn’t want to disrupt traffic, or there is an unwritten rule to let groups of motorcycles speed on weekends – because he slowed down, let them go, and turned right onto Finch street opposite of us and meandered around in that residential area while the motorcycles zoomed on. One of motorcyclists then attempted to pass in a no passing zone and was critically injured and had to be flown out in a helicopter.

I realize the motorcyclists were at fault, and I’m not blaming your department for the accident. However, this is a good reminder that no matter how angry someone is, no matter how much traffic is disrupted, it’s better for everyone if someone going too fast on the road gets a ticket as opposed to an injury.

Thank you for your time,
J.W. Braun

The Hobbit: A New Name

Thursday, April 24, 2014 17:20
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The third Hobbit movie has a new name: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Personally, I always thought “There and Back Again” was a little silly as a title for one of the movies (it works better as a title for the entire adventure, and even then Tolkien only throws it in there as a joke) and I’m surprised it took them this long to change it – but pleased. I think we can say that by and large, they hit a home-run in naming all three films.

The Ultimate Warrior

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 20:33
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It was good to see WWE mend its fences with the Ultimate Warrior and put him in its Hall of Fame; how surprising that days after his Hall of Fame speech, he would die. Anyway, here are my top five favorite Ultimate Warrior matches, most of which I watched live on pay per view:

5. Warrior v. Hogan Wrestlemania VI
4. Warrior v. Savage Summerslam 92
3. Warrior v. Rick Rude Summerslam 89
2. Warrior v. Honky Tonk Man Summerslam 88
1: Warrior v. Savage, Wrestlemania VII

Visiting My New Niece

Sunday, March 23, 2014 15:24
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I’m in Brooklyn visiting my new niece – isn’t she adorable?



Saturday, March 22, 2014 6:08
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I saw Divergent. It was mildly entertaining but nothing special. Shailene Woodley is great as the lead, but I didn’t care much for heartthrob Theo James and found myself missing Robert Pattinson as the resident hunk. Overall, it comes across as a poor man’s Hunger Games.

Lawyers & Bills

Thursday, March 20, 2014 6:05
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Funny story: I got a message on my voice mail from a lawyer saying I was past due on a bill, and I urgently needed to call his number so we could work out a deal. I ignored it. When I got the same message a couple more times, I looked up the number on the internet and found out the lawyer was real but his spiel is a scam. So the next time he called, I answered, and he introduced himself and said he needed my name, phone number, and credit card info. (The phone number request was especially silly since HE called ME.) I told him my name was “go &#@# your momma and don’t call me again.” He hasn’t called back.

But hence you think only a lawyer would do this sort of thing, let me give you Exhibit B: After I dumped my phone & internet provider, they sent me a bill for not returning their equipment back to them. I had a receipt proving that I did, and when I shared this with them, they told me that they had made a mistake, and that what I needed to do was to pay the bill so they could credit my account, after which they’d send me a check so I could get my money back. I said, “Wait a second, you want me to send you money so you can send me my money back?” “Yes sir.” “Are you from Nigeria?” “No sir”.

I called back the next day, got someone else, and got the bill cancelled.

The Lord of the Rings SNES

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 17:13

You know, I heard about this game when it was in production, but I was never able to find it in stores. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Beatles on Sullivan: 50th Anniversary

Sunday, February 9, 2014 20:59
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Tonight is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on Ed Sullivan. I watched the whole episode this evening, and here are some observations:

1. John’s mic was just about dead. You could hardly hear him!
2. Star Trek was well represented two years before it was born: after the Beatles performed, three Star Trek guest stars appeared. Frank Gorshin (alien in original series) did impressions, Georgia Brown (Worf’s Mom in TNG) sang, and Charles Brill (Tribble-hating guest star in original series and Deep Space Nine) did a comedy routine.
3. One of the kids Georgia Brown sang with was future Monkee Davy Jones.
4. Ed Sullivan really came off here seeming like a school principal dealing with excited kids on the last day of school.
5. The 1964 Winter Olympics ended this day, and Ed announced that only one American won a gold medal, speedskater Terry McDermott. McDermott, in the crowd to watch the Beatles, stood up and acknowledged the applause.

Bonus observation: as the episode came to an end, Ed mentioned that the next episode would be broadcast from Miami and mentioned something about a Liston/Clay fight that would take place there, too. Ed promised to have the winner on his show (which I don’t believe ever happened!)

Working Hard On Two Fronts

Saturday, February 8, 2014 18:29
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I’m still working on settling in my new house and also have a Hobbit book project in the pipeline for later this year – so I apologize for not being very active here!

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