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Sunday, July 30, 2006


Parents came in town to visit last weekend and had a fairly respectable time. Minimal periods of awkward silence. Cheryl was quite nice to them, in fact nicer than I ever am.

The strangest thing was that she called my mother, "Mom" I don't think I have ever called my mother "mom". At least not in the last 15 or 20 so years. The more I think about it, the more I realize that I never use titles. Every day, I heard it, I almost looked around for something else.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

you know its bad when

there used to be an off-color joke about a person tried tried to committ suicide and failed. I guess that just couldn't do anything right.

In related news, one of my wife's pestering friends was rejected from, basically because they thought she was unmatchable. For some reason, all I can do is smile. Kind of like that episode on How I Met your Mother when Ted can't get matched from a dating service.

However, this friend is really a piece of work. She is in her early 40s, yet keeps trying to date guys in their mid-20s. However, she wants a committment. Even worse than that, she doesn't put out. Gee, I wonder why that doesn't work.

Let's see. Hey 26-year old guy. Wanna date any older women who wants a ton of committment and you won't get sex. Oh, by the way, she has been single forever and won't put out. Gee, I wonder why e-harmony couldn't match her. I used to make fun of e-harmony because of the way it matched "based" on feeling. But, when you take an unmatchable person and don't match them, you win some respect with me.

Monday, July 24, 2006

new website

great new website--
kinda like drudge, but about sports.  it's my new guilty pleasure.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Fwd: The most wonderful time of the year

Dedicated to a certain small-cap analyst (with help from andy williams)

It's the most wonderful time of the year
When the earnings start coming,

You can't be off bumming. Gotta
Get those notes out to sales
It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all
There'll be much aggravation

And heart palpitations, if
any of your targets turn out not to be true
It's the hap-happiest season of all

There'll be reasons for misses,

New hypotheses and sudden  
optimism for top-line growth
There'll be dreams of new Lexus to replace
the old Beemers From
Of Earnings Season  long, long ago

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Financials models start churning

Midnight oil always burning
valuations always rise
It's the most wonderful time of the year

free time... or lack thereof

summer goes by so far.  It seems like no matter how much free time you think you are.  You are always overscheduled. 
People ask me what I am doing this summer and I will usually reply "nothing"  however, if you want to do something with me, it is hard to schedule any time.  Parents in town one weekend, going to a wedding another weekend, someone having a party another.  same thing with weeknights.  Remeber that I am chronically underscheduled too because of my natural aversion to socializing with people.
I wonder if one of the main reasons people go on vacation during the summer is so that they can free themselves of all their local social obligations.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

great quotes about financial modeling

From my friend ash..

Top 5 quotes to avoid with Excel.

  • “The model has always been that way”
  • “Oh yeah, the model changed”
  • “That’s a hardcode”
  • “No problem, that will take me five minutes”
  • “Because that’s what the model says”

feeling blue...

much has been made with my passion for Duke football. Or to put it another way, how I stay humble. Usually, there are high expectation which are usually cooled off 2 or 3 weeks into the season. This year it could be even worse.

It looks like Duke's starting quarterback true Sophomore Zack Asack will be the entire season for an academic suspension. This leaves Duke with only one non-true freshman scholarship QB. Now Marcus was one of the most hyped QBs Duke has ever had, but is very inexperienced, probably only took 20 snaps last year, almost all of which were pure running plays. Now he will be expected to command the entire offense. However, given the inexperience of the offensive line, a QB who knows how to run is probably a good thing.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

things that annoy me.

My wife's blog last week had 100 things that she liked.  Since i am more mean spirited, here is my response-- things that annoy me.
1. Steven A. Smith
2. Tip jars at Starbucks
3. press coverage of Barbaro's fight for life.
4. credit card company telemarketers
5. friends of my wife who are too needy
6. people living in America who make no effort to speak English.
7. Commericials before trailers before movies.
8. the smell of movie theatre popcorn.
9. Zinadine Zadine
10. Carnie Wilson
11. Kelly Ripa
12. Waiters who don't deliver food to the table
13. Poorly designed hotel swimming pools with 1/3 of the adequate number of chairs
14. beginning golfers who take 5 practice swings.
15. well-dressed beggers.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

do women have short attention spans?

isn't the typical stereotype that men have short attention spans.
last time, my wife finally found as sporting event that we liked on TV-- the home run derby.   I am not sure if the long home runs impressed her, or if it was the people in kayaks waiting for the ball.  Nonetheless, she was fully engaged in a sports event on tv for more than an hour.