Monday, November 30, 2009

LEGO advent Vol II

Lego Advent

Once again, my Yule-headed readers, it is time to count down the day's to Santa's birth with a traditional LEGO Advent Calendar.

Get ready for daily updates on photos on what this box poops out onto my table for each day of the winter holiday. Much like last year.

As legend goes, these advent calendars date back to the days of Dinosaurs when Moses would ride from town to town on a T-Rex firing wildly into the sky with his Colt .45. Each blast of his magical gun/staff would cause millions of little plastic building blocks to rain down on the children becoming fun toys for the good children and choking hazards for the bad ones.

Friday, November 27, 2009

On the road again


My family does not plan holiday vacations.

No, we plan basketball road trips.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This seems appropriate...

funny graphs and charts
see more Funny Graphs

This caught my eye today. Seems rather poetic today considering I am heading into my first training session for my new job at a Community College.

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Kan.

Cloudy in Bejing
Michael Kan is more than just a tourist in China. Still, he is not a native by any means.

Instead, the old sport is stuck in a strange in-between place where, as he says, he looks like everyone else, but still sticks out like a sore thumb.


Former roommate and co-worker from Ye Olde Paragraph Factory is blogging up a storm overseas as he documents his (mis)adventures through China. As a Chinese-American, himself, it was kind of like going home... that is if going home is like squeezing a square peg through a round hole.

Kan's insights into the country are just as amusing as his misconceptions.

He has written about The Olympics, the weather, the women and religion...I mean, how can you not read a post that starts with:

Today I may have done something illegal: I went to church.

With few resources and only his wits to guide him, Kan has done an amazing job of capturing the culture and even provides great photos from his travels and daily life.

What prompted me to share my love of this man's blog, though came when he wadded into why Obama's visit to China was... well, confusing for many...

...Obama came to China, holding a pretty lousy hand. Unemployment in America is in double digits, and the country is still struggling to start an economic recovery. Meanwhile China continues to chug along just fine, all the while still buying up American debt. If health care reform finally passes in the States, guess who will be the one to help finance it.

And Boom goes the Dynamite...

Seriously, if you are not already reading Kan's Blog, you are missing out on what this whole self-publishing medium is really about.
- But keep reading the crap the I post here too, please -

Friday, November 20, 2009

Suggestion from a student

The Bible Belt

"OK guys, really quick. Remember you can earn extra credit if you bring in snacks and soda for the tournament this weekend. But keep in mind, guys... if you are going to bring in baked goods or desserts they have to the kind that you can eat with your fingers..."

"... Oh, like cookies!..."

"... and cupcakes..."

"... And Brownies!..."

"... And Chicken Nuggets...?"


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Where's Waldo?


Waldo is hidden in a land of astronauts and aliens.

Waldo is a little older and little worn down.

Waldo is now in an urban jungle.

Waldo has seen things...

Waldo is tired of questions about when he will get a "proper job" or "settle down."

Waldo is now hiding among Egyptian stone cutters.

Waldo dates a woman named Wendy who dresses EXACTLY like, what?

Waldo has an enemy — because traveling in absurd panoramas requires some kind of antagonist — named Odlaw... that's just Waldo spelled backward, jackass.

Waldo is now in a land of a thousand other Waldos...and dragons... that shit will fuck you up.

Waldo is trying to wrap his mind around why he is always hiding — and from whom...

Waldo is because you seek him.


Photos: Brandon Schultz
Insane words: Ah, hell, you know.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Say what you will about the policy decisions or tax implications in building a brand-spanking-new arena in the heart of TIF-Town Independence... did we really need it? Probably not.

Is some amazing architectural addition to the Independence sky-line? Not at all.

Was it fun to watch a fight break out in the first three seconds of play? Oh yeah.

hockey fight

Was watching the Missouri Mavericks beat the Wichita something-or-others in a shoot out bad ass? Hell yes, it was.

hockey GOAL

The small-town hockey team couldn't have asked for a better way to open the doors on its new home ice as they not only beat Wichita once, but twice in the weekend double-header.

Although hockey in Independence, and Kansas City for that matter, is still a little foreign, it was encouraging to see a sold out arena packed with people wearing old Blades jerseys, Blues jerseys and myriad others from around the NHL.

Granted, judging the success and failure of the arena cannot be measured in a single weekend (or week or month). The real test will be whether the Mavericks can keep up the wins and, in turn, keep the community behind them ... The Chiefs and The Royals are lucky enough to have some kind of legacy and can point to past success as a reason to keep them around.

hockey salute

I don't think the Mavericks will have that luxury.

Still, I'll be back... with more photos to come — of course.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Lowered expectations

Wild week... and even wilder times are ahead of us, WW readers.

There was not one waking moment, I felt, that I was not moving, shaking or doing something to make a buck... this foul beast of a notion that I must be Making Da'Benjamins is going to slowly rot my soul.

A week of painting, construction, dealing with incompetent tech people, writing applications and being rolled over repeatedly by one of the worst insurance companies to date will all come to light in the coming week when I make a break for the door and hopefully can actually pen a lark or two here in this journal...

Or, i might go back to my old ways of just posting the most inane videos on the Inter-webs that I can find. Either way, it is a win-win situation for you all...

Today though, as Friday comes to a close and the Whiskey bottles are ripped open with my teeth, I leave you with this fun vignette between my Mother and myself ... this is almost as good as Shit My Dad Says... only with much much more disappointment in the end.



We had just gotten home from a weekend trip visiting my brother. A basketball player who made a joke about flirting with some of the gals that live near him.

This is the conversation between my Mom and myself in the car after that weekend.

"I hope you gave him some brotherly advice."

"Oh, of course... I told him to be careful when driving the lane... you know, taking it to the bucket strong..."

"MICHAEL! That is enough."

"Haha, Told him to be careful when he sets a pick..."


"Honestly, we were sure you were going to get a girl pregnant first out of the three of you..."

"...What? Why?"

"Well, just look at..."

"...look at what?"

"Never mind."

Monday, November 09, 2009

A reunion worth attending.

reunion group

Typically, reunions are not a fun affair.

It's awkward, embarassing and leaves you feeling a bit ashamed of those terrible life decisions you made ("Suuuure.... Good luck novel, Mike") Everyone in attendance is either lying about how successful their are, or lying about how fat they got in the last few years. But that usually is with High School or the Family reunions...

This past weekend, though, was not one of those reunions as my little old non-profit invited STRIPES alumni to come home, drink heavily and empty out their pockets to help out the organization one more time.

I loved this group back when I started as a lowly volunteer and kept with it until I became its director. So, it was great to go back and see everyone.

I'll have a full rundown and more notes tomorrow on the weekend, but for now enjoy this sweet line up of all the STRIPES Directors starting with the most recent on the left and going allllll the way back to its founder (right).

The Directors

Click the photos for more photos from the weekend.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry...

BLAM! Nov 15 brings us the return of The Doctor. John Hodgman, according to his interview on KCUR yesterday, will be excited — maybe not as excited as I am, but excited none the less.