Breakin’ The Law

So I’ll be driving like a crazy person on my way home from work tonight, hoping to get pulled over. You see, I got pulled over before the last Pens game, so I need to get pulled over tonight for good luck. Right? OK, maybe not.

So, why did I get pulled over Tuesday? Good question. I guess I’m just a rebel.

Here’s how it went down. I was less than a quarter of a mile from my house and decided to take the back way. I come to a four way stop and nobody is at any of the other stop signs. So….I “pause” at the stop sign and then take my right hand turn, like I always do. Then I see the flashing lights in my rear view. I immediately pull to the side of the road, trying to figure out what I did wrong.

Speeding? Nope. Tail light out. No, I don’t think so. Well, the officer approaches the car and tells me I treated the stop sign more as a Yield sign than a stop. Here’s where some may have tried to argue or whatever. I just nodded my head. He then asked me for my license and registration. I hand over the documents and he goes back to his car.

And we wait. I sit there for ten minutes while he does the paperwork (and most likely a background check). Whatever. I wonder if I’ll get a warning or a fine. Finally, he returns to the car with the paperwork for a traffic citation. Joy!

Then he tells me I have ten days (or whatever) to respond. I ask him if I can just mail it and he says yes. Then here comes the kicker. He tells me “I would plead not guilty if I were you”. This blew me away. He’s still giving me the citation but basically saying that if I contest it, I’ll be OK. Makes no kind of sense.

I sent my check to the court the next day along with my guilty plea. It just didn’t feel right pleading not guilty to something I was in fact guilty of. I would have rather not pay the $100, but them’s the breaks.


Tonight is game seven of the Stanley Cup Finals. The last game of the season, no matter what. I’m either gonna be extremely happy tonight or disappointed. We will see.  Here’s a cool video to get you in the mood for the game:

Laugh, Think, Cry Every Day

The other day while cruising the web I came across this famous speech college basketball coach Jim Valvano. I just had to share it. Jimmy V was dying of cancer at the time and gave of the most memorable speeches in sports history. In it he says we should all laugh every day, spend some time in thought every day, and be moved to tears every day (either through laughter or sadness).

via Mondesi’s House

In addition to that, I came across a great quote from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Maxime Talbot. In talking about tomorrow’s Game 7, Maxime is quoted as saying:

I’ve played this game a thousand times already in my driveway,” he said. “Every time you play street hockey, what game do you play? You play Game 7, Stanley Cup final, and we just gave ourselves a chance to play that game. It’s the chance of a lifetime. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

How cool is that. Very cool, I tell you. I used to dream the same thing, although my dreams usually involved me hitting a game winning home run in Game 7 of the World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Yeah, I’m in a bit of a philosophical mood today. But in a good way. 🙂

Victory

So, the Penguins won last night, forcing a game seven for Friday in Detroit. This is excellent, although I’m not sure my stomach can take it.  I’ll have to stock up on Tums for sure.

The real news of yesterday is that I got pulled over yesterday on my way home from work. That’s the post I want to write today, but may not get to until tomorrow. Stay tuned!

The What If Fairy

Let’s just come right out and say it.  The What If Fairy, the magical being that poses little questions to me to spark my writing, has deserted me.  Just up and gone away, leaving me without any ideas.  It’s so not fair, because I never did anything wrong to her.

I’m not talking about “writer’s block” here.  I can and have been writing. I’m just not getting any of those new ideas, the ones that come when I’m driving to work or in the shower. The ones you scramble to find a pen and paper for.

I miss that feeling. The euphoria you get, just after you think of a great idea, when you just know that this is the one. This is the idea that’s gonna change things. If only I can write it…

I’m gonna work through this. I’ve already opened an account at the newly christened Ficly.com and hope to start writing some little stories there. Some of my most fun writing came from the stories I wrote for its predecessor Ficlets.

Anyhow, I know this drought is temporary and the What If Fairy will return to me. I just wish she’s hurry up!

Switching gears, tonight is quite possibly the last game for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. They are down three games to two and their backs are agains the wall. If the lose they are done. If they win they force a game seven. I know they can do it. Let’s go Pens!

Casual Friday

VPOfMarketing

I realized I haven’t shared a picture of the baby in a while, so here’s one.  I like to call this his “Vice President of Marketing” outfit.  It’s very cute but I don’t think he likes it because he usually only wears it for a few minutes before spitting up on it.  I think he hates “business casual”, just like me!

I’m in a much better mood today, thanks.  It’s sad, but I think the Pens win last night really lifted my spirits.

Now that I think about it, though, I think I may have an idea why I’ve been feeling blah. It has been raining here the past few days.  Maybe I just need to see some sunshine?

My daughter loves the Nintendo Wii.  Her favorite part is creating Miis. We have tons of the little guys now.  She wants us to create Miis of her imaginary friends and also of her toys.  We now have Miis named,”Cash 4″, “Green Beetle”, and “Big Tree”, just to name a few.  It’s pretty funny.

I’m now working on the rewrites for Chapter 3 of my novel as well as working on finishing the story. I think I’ll have to throw a party when I finally finish this thing!

Trying for A Better Mood

I find myself in a bad mood today, and I’m not entirely sure why. Well, maybe I know why. The Pirates, yet again, traded away their best hitter for a bunch of minor leaguers. I shouldn’t let some sports team affect my mood so much, but I can’t help it.  I’ve been a fan since at least Third Grade, my first year of Little League baseball. That all ends today. I’m done with the Pirates.

Other than that, things are fine.  I bought the lovely game for the Wii, The World of Goo, and was able to play it a bit last night. Very addictive. Here’s the “trailer” for the game:

One of the Pittsburgh Penguins best players is Evgeni Malkin. As you may be able tell by his name, he is Russian. Anyhow, they posted his mother’s lucky borscht recipe today in the Post Gazette.

Bill Cosby was on Letterman the other night, talking about George Carlin. Very funny.

So anyway, things could be worse.  I hope to get my mood right in time for the Pens game tonight. If they lose, I don’t want to see myself tomorrow. 🙂

In Favor Of Writing Groups

I had my monthly writing group meeting last night at the local Barnes and Noble.  As always, I feel a huge confidence and writing energy boost the day after the meeting. I’ve said it before buy I’ll say it again, if at all possible you writers out there need to find a group to share your writing with.  Don’t be shy. It’s worth it.

The meeting went very well, even if our numbers have dwindled to only three members. How could it not go well, when spending two hours talking about writing with fellow writers.

I submitted my Chapter 2 for the group to critique, and I wasn’t really sure what their reaction would be. One of their first comments was how well they are beginning to know the characters and connect with them.  This is great to hear. I just wish I could feel some connection with my characters. I think this is my biggest stumbling block.

The only bad thing about meeting in Barnes and Noble is that I drank a Starbucks coffee at 6:00 in the evening. I didn’t fall asleep until 1:00 this morning! Oh well, at least that gave me time to get the Wii connected to the router, which I was finally able to do!

Happiness Is… A Gadget?

There are some weekends that are better than others. Last weekend was definitely one of the good ones.

On Saturday for my birthday my little band (wife, daughter, baby son), plus my sister, her fiance, my parents, and my Grandfather all went to lunch at Red Lobster. That was a nice time.  My Grandfather told me I have a long way to go to catch him.  I told him I’d keep chasing him as long as he kept going.

After that, we went back to my house, which was nicely decorated with streamers and a Happy Birthday banner by my wife. Everybody was too generous with their gifts as always. My parents got me the Nintendo Wii which made my Nintendo Fanboy heart happy. My sister got me Punch Out!, and my wife got me The Complete Peanuts 1971-1972, Vol. 11. One of my best friends, who lives in the same town as us but I haven’t seen since February (!), even came over and gave me a Penguins mug.I owe everybody big time.

Having the Wii, I finally feel like I’m part of this century.  No more Gamecube for me. Well, except for when I play my Gamecube games on the Wii.

This new development probably doesn’t bode well for my writing, though.  I’ll try my best to stay/get motived with my writing.  In fact, I have a writing group meeting tonight.  That will help for sure.

Sunday we were a bit drained because the kids woke us up early. It was a long day, but we survived. The highlight for me was probably going on a long walk with my daughter. She held my hand the entire time!  I know I need to cherish these days because they won’t last. It was just so much fun walking downtown with her and describing everything we saw. Sigh.

The most frustrating aspect of the weekend was my struggle to get the Wii to connect my my router. The Wii can see my network but will just not connect.  I was up until 1:00 AM tinkering with that.  On the heels of a second Penguins loss, that was frustrating. Still, I’m gonna get that to work if it kills me.

So, I’m dragging butt today after a nice birthday weekend. Thanks everybody for the nice messages here, on facebook, and on twitter.