Sunday, May 27, 2007

Summer of 3

Last night Carolyn & I went with a bunch of students to watch Pirates 3. It was better than I thought it would be, although much more violent than the first two. If you go see it, be sure to stick around after the credits for a little extra. Last weekend we saw Spiderman 3, and that was disappointing. I've really enjoyed the Spidey films because there was a surprising amount of depth to them. The current one tries to act like it has depth, but it just isn't there. I'm not going to lie, I'm looking forward to Ocean's 3 but am extremely nervous about Shrek (is there much left for the Shrek world to imitate/mock?).

For some time now I've found myself disgruntled (it reached it's maturity back in the LOR trilogy days) by the poor picture quality in theatres . THX has been the standard in theatres for some time and the quality has only increased, but many cinemas still project grainy poor quality pictures. With the influx of home theatre and HD televisions it seemed like it was better just to watch it at home (not that my home has those things, but it's the principle of getting me in the door). Well, last night I've finally been pleased. The theatre used DLP-digital projection. It was fantastic, finally the picture quality matched the sound quality.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Portland wound up with the #1 pick in the draft! This is a big deal. As said, the Blazers are relevant again. Here's a sample from the SI article:

"Portland: Of all the winners Tuesday, Oden may have been the biggest of them all as he will be coached by Nate McMillan, who will buy into his prodigal rookie's defensive and team-minded approach without trying to turn Oden into something he isn't (i.e. a selfish ball-hogging scorer). I foresee a player-coach relationship in Portland not unlike what Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich have developed in San Antonio. The Blazers, just like that, are relevant again, and ticket sales should no longer be a problem. They might be the youngest team in the playoffs next year, with Oden complementing Zach Randolph beautifully."

Gas Prices

Complaining about gas prices is a favorite past time of most Americans. Here's a little ammunition for your verbal diatribes: An Interactive State-by-State comparison of gas prices based on AAA stats.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Clearly Canadian

I've always had an affinity for Clearly Canadian drinks. When I was a kid growing up in Scappoose, Pizza Vendor was only a few blocks from my house. It is a classic small town pizza joint with dark wood paneling over every single wall. It has those rounded wooden chairs and red plastic cups that are the true mark of a genuine pizza joint. It looks exactly the same to this day. At the Pizza Vendor they served Clearly Canadian, my drink of choice anytime we were there.

Well, last night Carolyn & I were watching Seinfeld and two different times one of the characters was drinking CC (embedded ads aren't completely cutting edge). Both of us came to the realization that it'd been a long time since we'd had CC. So, at 9pm we ventured out on a quest to find it.

I was skeptical that we would be able to find CC, because I've looked at every grocery/convinience store in Siloam Springs for Raspberry Snapple Ice Tea to no avail. However, I love a good adventure and off we went to find this fond drink from childhood. We only had to go about 1/2 hour to find it and tonight we enjoyed it while eating our pizza. Classic.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


We go to the doctor tomorrow afternoon. I'm super excited to see the ultrasound. It'll actually look like a baby now. Very exciting.


SI has produced the facial hair hall of fame. Check out the best facial hair in sports here. I especially like this one that explains why the eighties are over.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

It's Dr. The Edge to you...

U2's The Edge (aka Dave Evans) received an honorary doctorate while speaking at the Berklee College of Music's commencement last Saturday.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Sasquatch Jerky

I've really been enjoying the Messin' with Sasquatch commercials. Click here to view them. My favorite is "Watch Face."

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Grill season is officially open in the Brock house. We've grilled four days in a row and twice today. Mmmm, dinner just got a lot tastier.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

It's Finished

I rode my bike for the first time today. See the previous post on the project here. Before:After:
There were some naysayers out there who didn't think I'd get it done, but overall it came together without too many problems. Now I have to start riding to get ready for the STP.

Friday, May 11, 2007


Tonight Carolyn & I each had a first tonight. I'm the RD for May term (a month of intensive courses on campus) and most of the forty students are part of the Walton International Scholar program. We had a Karaoke night & they managed to get both Carolyn & I to sing. I decided to go with U2-Elevation. Good times.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Playoff Ball

NBA playoffs have been very enjoyable this year, and my horse isn't even in the race. The intensity of play and high skill level is just amazing to watch. I'm loving the Suns vs. Spurs series as well as the great emotional story of Derek Fisher with the Jazz.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Off Campus

Carolyn & I are at Panera right now. We hadn't been off campus for a while and it's nice to get away. We're not doing anything special tonight, just having dinner and hanging out. Carolyn has had a lot more energy which is nice. For a while she pretty much stayed on the couch all the time. She also isn't as nauseated as she used to be, but she has taken to throwing up more frequently. It's about once a day now and never at the same times. Morning, night, afternoon, and sometimes twice a day. Everybody says that once she gets to 12 weeks it'll go away, but that is still two weeks away. She's also switched from ginger ale to lemonade as the best source of relief.

Friday, May 04, 2007


It feels like summer here at JBU. The semester is over and graduation is tomorrow. Most students have already left and I can't believe the first year here is already over. The weather today and through the weekend is in the eighties, so it feels like it's actually summer now. With the nice weather yesterday Carolyn & I played a round of Folf (Frisbee golf) around campus, but I got my disc stuck on the roof of a building. I'll try to get it back eventually.

Carolyn's Story

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