Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Show Me What You Got....


So I’m a pretty well dressed man. I’m not saying I’m up with all the current styles, but know how to present myself. I have at least some sort of idea of what men’s fashion is about, but I def don’t know what’s going on in women’s fashion. So forgive me if this trend has been around for awhile now, but what’s up with the black tights/leggings with nothing else? No skirt, not under jeans, just leggings! I was driving through one of the major university areas yesterday and all the girls were wearing them. And trust me I’m not complaining, and to be honest I’m a big fan. These things are like full length underwear. Every curve can clearly be seen, and they are so form fitting it’s almost like you don’t have to imagine what’s under there. What’s even better as of now is that only chicks with tight lower halves are wearing them, at least that I’ve seen. No chubs trying to squeeze into them. I thought all hope for something like this was lost when sorority pants went out of style. For those of you not familiar, sorority pants were hot around 1998-2002, they were just those tight pants, usually black, but sometimes white or tan that all sorority girls wore. Anyway, they were great for playing one of my fav games, spot the thong…but I digress. With these new leggings, I don’t even know if a girl can wear a thong with them, they are that tight. You can’t wear these to the bar or club, but for whatever reason, they are perfectly acceptable to grab a slice of pizza in…if the trend is for women to wear more minimalist clothing…I’m all for it…

Monday, October 29, 2007

Huzzah Red Sox....

So today is a good day. The Boston Red Sox are World Champions for the 2nd time in 4 years...not too shabby. I stayed up late, enjoyed some decent baseball, I wouldn't call it good because the Rockies just didn't show up. I don't say this out of arrogance, but a team that finishes the season and the NL side of the playoffs like they did, and then gets swept just wasn't mentally there....or maybe they just caught all the breaks they really needed for a month and a half, and basically against all odds ended up representing the NL...regardless, I like the Rockies, I like their young talent, and I really hope they can stay a dominant team in the NL for a few years. Funny thing about last night, and how I realized I'm old, back in 2004, I was one of those goofs you saw on TV running around Kenmore Square, dodging traffic, well most cars couldn't move, but high fiving random people in their vehicles, yelling, being happy...but last night I just preferred to be at home, and watch the madness. The thought of getting home after 2am on a Sunday night disgusted me. Very sad indeed...but it's all good...time to start thinking about '08....oh, and btw: A-Rod and Scott Boras disgust me...who thinks they are important enough to make a decision during the World Series and to avoid breaking MLB rules on press conferences during the World Series, Boras sent a text to break the news...what a jerk...please God, even though A-Rod is the best player in the game, and potentially the best player ever...just let the Sox resign Mike Lowell who loves this city and the city loves him...

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Hub of Sports

So instead of posting some ridiculous story about how my life is getting more screwed up by the day, I figured I would do what thousands of sports writers and just as many bloggers in the New England area are doing and talk about how great it is to be a fan in New England these days. I'm not doing this because I'm attempting to be obnoxious or anything like that, but as a true Boston sports fan, I'm just ecstatic right now.

First, how absurd are the Patriots? I mean seriously, 42 points in the first half? And I know it was against the Dolphins, so I'm not claiming this as a big time win, but the play was effortless. Tom Brady is either god or pulled off a deal with the devil because what he is able to do right now simply isn't fair. I really want to point out how amazing the offensive line is this year. Brady NEVER gets touch and literally can hang out in the pocket until a receiver gets open, which always seems to happen this year. I mean, between Moss, Welker and Stallworth, someone is always available. I'm trying not to look passed the Redskins, but the Colts game in 2 weeks will really be the determining factor on how good this team really is, and if it is realistically time to crown their asses.

As for the Red Sox, well, I'm thrilled...but maybe not as thrilled as other fans simply because they should be there. The Sox spent A TON of money in the off-season. Dice-K, Drew and Lugo all cost big bucks, and the acquisitions/extensions from prior years, Varitek, Schilling, Beckett and Lowell were not cheap either. The team had an advantage against every other team in the league from the get go. No other team had the same amount of balance at the plate, starting pitching and relief pitching as the Sox. So I'm glad they made it, and I'm not gloating, but when you spend to win now, you better win now. On the other side of that though, at least few players are on the roster that is just young talent excelling. Youk, Pedroia, Ellsbury/Crisp, Okajima, Paps, Delcarman and Buchholtz(not on the playoff roster, but still a contributor during the regular season) are all signs that it's not just spending wildly, but that our farm system and eye for talent elsewhere is pretty good. I think I was so vested in this year's team because of the decision that management made to play for 2007 and worry about 2008 later. Schilling will most likely be gone, Varitek, although the best in game manager in the league is showing signs of decline, Lowell had a tremendous season and will gage the market place based on what A-Rod signs for, and the decision to keep or trade Manny will come up again as usual. But anyway, I'm happy...things are good within the Nation and I hope to be celebrating on Landsdowne St again like I did in 2004.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The City of Brotherly Love

So I’ve been on business in Philly for the last 2 and a half days…nothing much to write home about, even though Philly seems much cooler as an adult than when I used to come here while I was in high school. Had this awesome dinner at this place Buddakan last night, god bless expensed meals, but I highly recommend it to anyone. We ate a lot and not one thing was bad. The highlights were def the calamari salad and duck in my opinion, the Sea Bass was really good to. Otherwise, the conference I’m at is kind of a bore...just not getting much out of it, so I might try and get to the airport early to see if I can jump on a earlier flight back home. All the other people I'm here with are taking off early or just skipping out on the last session, so why not do the same? Plus, I still have work to do for my classes this week, including going out to buy a new calculator because that's the only way you can work on finance these days. Seriously, I have this freakin $200 calculator(well it cost $200 about 12 years ago) and since I can't find the instructions, I have to buy another financial calculator so I can calculate the rate of return on a 15 year annuity, blah, blah blah....what a waste. My boy Ezel was going to come up for the weekend, but his work threw a wrench into the mix and now he can't make it....bastards. That would have helped take my mind off the heartbreak the Sox are causing me…anyway, I’ll have a more focused entry at some point in the near future….like tomorrow hopefully…

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I Got My Armor On...

So its times like this I’m really glad I started blogging again. Some things in life you just can’t talk to friends about and it’s just much easier to put it out there to a bunch of unknowns, which allows any sort of burden to be lifted off of me, at least temporarily. So the lady and I are having some serious troubles, it seems like the situation from the last weekend has really caused a lot of pain. So much in fact that the lady said either she was going to move out or I should. Now we’ve been in fights before, but nothing to this level. All the fights pretty much stem back to the independent DCD needing to live and not always having to be relationship DCD. Well, that’s her issue, I have certain issues about our relationship that I choose not to disclose because even though I would not be directly calling her out, it would simply be rude and I have too much respect for her to do anything of that nature. Anyway, so this is like DEFCON-1, she has all her weapons drawn, and it’s just a matter of time before launch. Actually the threat of moving out probably was the first attack. So, the problem really lies I guess with me…the whole separate worlds started while I was in college. My gf then would hang out with our friends at night, and I would go to my fraternity house and hang out with my brothers/throw parties, and then return home to reunite with her. This has pretty much been the routine with every relationship I’ve had since then, just change the players. And as a side note, I have always encouraged my significant other to have separate worlds as well. Another thing, I’m not a fan of doing the couples thing. I don’t like the idea of going out with other couples, it’s so contrived and I get the feeling people do this because they have feel like it’s the socially acceptable thing to do. Why do I need to put myself in this situation just so I can “act like a couple?” Why should I make small talk with people I either don’t like, or have no desire to get to know in the first place? Yes, that might sound elitist, but it’s not. I genuinely enjoying meeting new people and increasing my social circle, but I don’t like being forced into a situation for any particular reason. Once that square peg starts getting pushed through the round hole, then I’m done with it, and will make it known that I want nothing to do with the situation or the individuals in it. This is me, it’s who I am…and although I am pretty rational, and will listen to any compelling argument on any topic, and I may even agree that in theory it makes sense that the discussion at hand might work for other people, fundamentally it’s just not my bag. Some people might say I’m dating the wrong woman, but like I said before, this is my pattern, and I just don’t think it will or even can change. Subsequently, because of the way I are (yes that was purposeful), are all my relationships doomed to fail? Or can a true compromise take place?

Monday, October 8, 2007

Keeping the Worlds Separate...

So I'm sure everyone knows about the worlds theory made famous on Seinfeld, and if you don't you have a problem...but basically it stresses that men have to keep their relationship world separate from their fun world so to speak. Men need to have a safe haven from where they can get way from the BS that takes place with your wife, gf or whatever. Lucky for me, I have several worlds I can retreat to...even though I simply don't have the time to make those rounds like I used too. Anyway, my lady had a friend in town this weekend and obviously they were going to go out and have fun and be silly, which was golden to me, because I was going to have a chance to break out on my own and have some much needed stress release. So, as I'm headed out the door, the gf says, "call us when you know where you are going..." I'm like, whaaaa...you've got to be kidding me...how dare you infringe on my space...we already live together, isn't that enough? So whatever, I bust out...and even in good faith, I text her saying the bar I'm at...she returns with "Should we come?" I reply, "it's a 45min wait." Which was accurate, normally there isn't a ridiculous wait for this place, but there was a private party going on in one of the rooms, so half the dancing area was blocked off, but I also figured that would be a nice way of saying, no don't come. So I leave the phone alone from that point on...I stay at my buddy's place that night so I can just hop on the expressway to go to the Pats game...I eventually check my text messages and there is one from the lady saying "thanks." Not knowing what she is talking about, I reply "Huh?" Which prompts a "you couldn't tell where it was?" Now I hadn't noticed another text from her asking where the place was, but that's neither here nor there...the bottom line is you should have made moves on your own and let me enjoy MY night out....but anyway, now she's mad at me...I got home last night, her car was gone...and no communication since Sunday afternoon...I'll deal...but like I said, it's crazy that she's mad because I wanted to have some fun with my people...not her and her friend, cause from the jump I told her that I would not be hanging out with her and her friend that weekend. That's how I roll...I take a lot of backlash for no good reason at times, but when the foot comes down, and I want things a certain way...there is no changing that...I run the Show....

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Neanderthals

So here's something I just don't understand...in my office on my floor the men's bathroom has three stalls to do your dirty business...so when that point in the day comes you're hustling to get in there and have a sit you should be able to find a spot...now it's understandable that some times the urinals are full and a guy has to use a stall to pee...no problem....but why the F can't you lift up the g-d seat?!?!?! Not only that, but is your wang so uncontrollable that you can't piss into the bowl and not all over the seat?!!? I often wonder if people have their kids in and the kids make this mess? But I never see or hear kids on my floor so I doubt that...but even if you're a grown ass man, how come you can't clean off the seat?!?! What is wrong with these people?!!?? It's no joy to run into the bathroom clinching your ass and then realize you need to spend time cleaning up some asshole's piss. I seriously think this needs to be some sort of intelligence test, if you can't figure out how to lift a toilet seat, or can't aim and clean up, you should be forced into an institution for people that cannot function in public and pretty much ridiculed by everyone until you learn how to piss in the bowl and/or clean up your piss...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

2 1/2 years and more than $60K later, will it be worth it?

So for the last couple of days, I've been trying to figure out how many classes I have left in my MBA schedule, this isn't something that should be that hard to do, but for whatever reason, until I actually wrote it out, I just couldn't figure out the situation. So after this semester, I will need 27 more credits to graduate, which equates to 9 classes.

Of those 9, 2 of them are core classes that either have to be taken in the semester you are degree eligible or after all the other core classes have been completed. So that really just leaves me with 7 classes left that I can choose on my own, one which must be an international business course, and that will get satisfied with a class that travels overseas for a week...it would be smart for me to get my passport renewed at some point. So I really just have 6 more classes I can actually say "hey, I'm interested in this..." or "maybe this will help further my career." The problem is I still have no idea what the hell my career is going to be. You see, I'm an "analyst." You know what analysts do, pretty much anything. Just change the word in front of analyst and that's what I can do. You need a financial analyst, I can do that, you need a management analyst, not a problem, you need a compliance analyst, sure why not. Most "analysts" have the skill set where basically, you give that person a new set of data or basically a new set of procedures and they roll with it. Not saying every analyst can be a jack of all trades, but it really isn't that hard to do. Some analysts decide they have finally found the industry/department they want to stay in, move on to managerial roles, and then either continue to climb the corporate ladder, or they get hung up in one spot and based on how comfortable they are, they just chill collecting checks.

I seriously have no idea what the hell I want to do...the point of going to business school was to get more focus and direction on my future plans, and although the letters will always be a plus when people look at my resume, so far I have no idea how this degree is separating me from the competition. Thus far, I've learned some good accounting principles and beyond that, I've worked in a few groups for projects, and even in those, I pretty much work with the same people all the time, so it's not like I'm interacting with new people and personalities. Anyway, the questions remains, what the hell am I going to do with myself in 18 months or less when I have this degree and still no focus? Perhaps I'm jumping the gun here, but really, I'm getting older and I can't say where I hope to be in 10 years...I should've just stayed in radio...

Monday, October 1, 2007

School Comes First

Hey Y'all...and by y'all I'm pretty sure it's just Eric...been a bit busy with school work the last few days, I have a group presentation, a case write up and my normal work for my third out of four Saturday classes this week...so nothing of much interest has taken place, but I'll have something up here new by Friday...hopefully before that...and as I type it's 24-7 Pats...the road to 19-0 continues...