Saturday, March 26, 2011

Where my dad doesn't seem to abide by conventional logic

So I decided to do things a bit different today. I know all you guys have probably decided your parents are nuts in one way or another, but believe me when I say my dad might just take the cake.

One day, I was driving with my dad beside me and we were headed to Office Depot to check out a laptop I had my eyes on. I'm about to turn left when all of a sudden my dad starts screaming, "what are you doing, turn right, right, RIGHTTT!"

I can't decide if this is how I looked at him or how he looked when screaming at me.
Now, we were both correct, there was an Office Depot to the right and the left, but in order to not feel the wrath of the father, I turned right while asking, "why are we going this way?"

"The one to the right is closer."

There is no way he could know that by heart, they were both right around the same distance, and I told him as much with him replying,

"That one is 2.4 miles away, and this one is 2.2."

I stand corrected guys, he DID know it by heart. Or he lied. Money's on the latter.

As many of you might understand, I'm a little flustered at this point but I just want to go check out this laptop, so whatever. Believe or not this is not surprising behavior by my dad so I've grown used to it.

On the way there my dad tells me he went to this Office Depot yesterday to look at the laptop. This is where I could've gotten suspicious and asked some questions that would've ended this ordeal early. Unfortunately, I was daydreaming about the technological sexiness I was about to fiddle around with, so I just listened and went with it.

We finally got to the Office Depot and with the grace of a Gazelle I sprinted to the laptop section to find... They didn't have the laptop. My dad walks up with his hands in his pockets and with his incredible astuteness he can tell I'm getting frustrated so he asks, "what's wrong?"

"where's the laptop? You said you came here yesterday to look at it."

"Yeah, but when I got here they said they were out of stock."

This is the face I made; I'm not actually a middle aged man with a moustache. Then it would be weird if I was still shopping with my dad.
Now I'm starting to fume because if you remember, my dad screamed for me to go to this specific Office Depot knowing the purpose of going is to look at a laptop that he knew wasn't here. I told him as much, saying "why did you bring me to this Office Depot?"

"because this one was closer"

"But there's no laptop here!"

"I know, they told me that yesterday."

"Then why did you bring me to this one when I knew the other one had a laptop and you knew this one didn't!"

"because this one is closer!"

As if it wasn't enough that my dad had wasted my time, the icing on the cake is that he didn't realize his mistake. It's like my dad's deductive reasoning decided to break (or maybe it never existed). We obviously left soon after, and the happy ending to this story is that I did get the laptop in the end, which I'm using to write this story!

Now I know these are some nice problems to be having, I was getting a new laptop and all and I'm fully aware of how lucky I am. My dad's nuts but he's a good guy, so before all you guys start calling me spoiled understand that I realize this isn't so bad, but seriously,

all this because he thought the office depot was .2 miles closer.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Where Jimmer Fredette shot BYU out of the NCAA tournament

I want to begin by saying that I'm a big Jimmer supporter. The dude has shot lights out all season and deserves all the praise that's gone his way. With that said, the pendulum swings both ways, and with all the glory comes all the defeat as well.
Jimmer Fredette just didn't have a good game against UF, and it's made worse if you actually saw the end of the game. It was Jimmer vs. UF near the end, he wouldn't pass the ball, wouldn't even run an offense. He'd just take the ball, dribble a bit, and shoot a deep three. He finished 3-16 from deep for the night.

Near the end of the 4th when BYU actually had a shot to go ahead, Jimmer shot (by my count) 5 deep three's in a row with no actual offense, with two very costly turnovers, one at the end of the 4th that nearly cost them the game, and one in overtime that did.
I'm sorry Jimmer, like I said you deserved all the praise you got over the season and you shot lights out, but when it came to the biggest moment in your career you didn't quite cut it. Hopefully you have a chance in the NBA to prove you're not a choke artist in the clutch.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Where Chris Brown makes another mistake

Chris Brown, notorious for his 2009 beating of Rihanna, had another meltdown today. Apparently, his new album "F.A.M.E." launches today, and he was on Good Morning America to talk about it. However, most of the questions he faced were in relation to his past with Rihanna and what he's dealt with since then, and he's notably uncomfortable during the interview, trying to pull the conversation back to his album release.

However, the real story is apparently what happened after the the interview. He allegedly flipped out, broke a window with a chair, was shouting loudly all the way until he came out on the streets with his shirt off, leaving in a rage.

This is the same Chris Brown who people had dubbed the heir-apparent to Michael Jackson due to his singing chops and dancing skills. Unfortunately for him, the way he's heading, the only person Chris Brown will replace is Bobby Brown.

more on the story can be seen here:

Monday, March 21, 2011

Where Djokovic is bringing us into the new era of tennis

As you guys might've been able to tell from my past blogs, I'm a pretty big tennis fanatic. Recently, The BNP Paribas Open in California just ended with Djokovic shocking Nadal in the final. At this point in the tennis season, Djokovic has gone 18-0 with a 2-0 record against Federer and a 1-0 record against Nadal. Seriously, that's scary, when's the last time you heard of Federer and Nadal having a losing record against someone (besides eachother)? Maybe it's that Djokovic upped his game, or maybe he's just making better faces.

Whatever the case, Djokovic is bringing us to a whole new era of dominance, where Federer is no longer top dog. No offense to him, but he isn't getting younger. The new rivalry, it seems, will be Djokovic vs. Nadal in a  lot of the bigtime Opens, and honestly I'm okay with that. If you've seen the new vigor with which Djokovic has been playing the game, you know any finals he's in will be a finals worth watching. 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Where some movies make me think too much

Have you guys ever seen a movie that gets you so into it, you just keep reading about it? You have all these unanswered questions and so you scrounge the internet in search of something that will satisfy all the vague points of the movie. I just had one of those days when I watched Let Me In.

I don't want to make this a movie review or anything, but its is about a little girl named Abby who is secretly a vampire. She has this guy who takes care of her at the beginning of the movie, going out and killing to get blood for her, and the love story is her meeting this little boy, Owen, who lives in the same apartment complex she just moved into. It's one of those movies that implies things, but they might just be in your head. The thing about these implications is that they drive you nuts. 

(After this point, there's gonna be some spoilers, so if you really want to see this movie just read some of my other posts!)

Before we get to the implications, we need to clear some things up. Abby doesn't seem to physically age, so she's doomed to look like a 12 year old girl until she dies. This means that when she met the guy who takes care of her earlier in the movie, he might have been a kid just like Owen, and they might have had a similar courtship where he fell for Abby, learned her secret, and chose a life of serving her. The implications of this alone made me nuts, because the movie has a kinda doomed feeling afterwards; the seemingly happy ending of Owen running away with Abby is actually a continuation of an cycle of Abby having a boy fall for her and dedicating his whole life to killing for blood to feed her.

Furthermore, Abby throughout the movie kept telling Owen "I'm not a girl". At face value you could think she means she's a vampire, and though she has lady-parts she's not really a girl, but when you look into the book (and Swedish film) this version is based off of, Abby's words take on a dark tone once again. That's because in the book, the character Abby's based off of is actually a castrated boy who has been acting like a girl for the better part of 200 years. 

Seriously, this movie just messes with your head. It's a great movie but you can't help but want more answers than are given. 

Have any of you guys read books or seen movies that leave you feeling this way?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Where tennis is a great way to relax

So I've been on my spring break but besides technicalities, it hasn't really been a break. I've been writing papers and studying these past few days since I have a test and a few essays due when I get back, and so besides some extra sleep, I haven't really relaxed. That is, until today.

I woke up late and kind of forgot about my work for a day, going to play tennis for the around five hours. It's one of those sports that you can just keep playing because it's one of those stop-and-go sports, where you can actually catch your breath. If you enjoy playing, tennis can really take your mind off any worries you might have.

So how about all you guys? What do you like to do to really relax when you have a lot of stuff occupying your mind?

Where you grow out of things you didn't expect to grow out of

I've been thinking lately, I haven't played video games in something around a month. I mean, I promised myself as a kid that I would always be something of a kid, always play these games that I knew made me happy, but now I find myself forgetting all about them.


That might not be very shocking to a lot of you, and some of you still are probably screaming "a month? What could possibly occupy you for a month that you never once turned to video games?" I know, imaginary latter guys and gals, it's a shocker, but it's my reality these days. Dealing with college and everything that comes with the package, it's actually not that crazy.

And that's the unfortunate thing. That life keeps giving you more and more as you progress through the levels of the predetermined life of the modern world, that it's built into the system that you will let go of the things it finds useless, whether you like it or not. I don't mean to sound all depressing, I'm actually really happy with my life, it's just surprising when you look back and really see what you've cut out for the new things. I know this has nothing to do with my last post, but hopefully you're all interested anyway!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Where the Heat are starting to get it

This season for the Heat has been ridiculously unsteady, and that's largely due to the fact that even now, nearly 70 games into the season, they're still trying to figure out their identity. Fortunately, it seems like they're finally beginning to get it, and at the right time too.
I'm still a bit worried. Obviously a strong 3-game run isn't exactly a large enough sample size to start popping bottles for a Championship already, but the fact that they finally seem headed in the proper direction is satisfying, to say the least. Those 6 losses of a few points, where I had to endure watching Lebron take his silly step-back, pull-up three at the end of several games was almost physically painful. 
I was wondering why Wade didn't seem to be making any comments about taking the last shot, since his whole career he had been plenty more clutch than Lebron had. I was frustrated, thinking Wade was shying away and letting Lebron do his thing. However, now I realize Wade knew what he was doing all along, he was letting Lebron figure it out himself, because I suspect that if anyone told Lebron that he needed to pass it off at the end of the game, he'd try that much harder to prove them wrong.
A lot of people have been saying that Lebron has to be Pippen to Wade's Jordan. At first I thought it was ridiculous, but over the past 3 games I watched Lebron set up plays rather than hold the ball until he found a way to the cup, getting the ball to Bosh inside to do some damage and letting Wade play his game, it all seems to be meshing. At this point, nothing can be said for certain, and so much can go wrong, but right now, a lot is going right. Let's hope that continues all the way to the end.