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Sunday, February 6th, 2011
9:10 pm
Green Bay Wins.

There is no God.

Current Mood: depressed
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
10:32 pm
On a lighter note....
Everyone should see these videos. Same Song, totally different style.


(embedding disabled by request) this.

Have a great day. When the morning comes.
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010
2:01 pm
She's Here. I am offically a father. And scared out of my wits.
Katherine Elizabeth (Katie) Eichenlaub was born Sunday, February 7th, at 9:50 a.m. by cesarian section. She was found to be breach that morning, and labor was progressing, so there was little choice in the matter. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 2.4 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long at birth. She has an impressive set of lungs.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
9:36 pm
So, What's new with you?
My gosh a lot can change in a mere 34 weeks. I guess the two newest things are owning a home, and about to be a dad. Those are two pretty hefty developments, I would say. Shelley and I moved from our apartment in St. Paul to a house we bought in Roseville last weekend. The baby (it's a girl) is due on February 25. I've been in my job a little less than a year, and things are really looking up.

I'm pretty sure I'll post again when the baby is born.

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, April 30th, 2009
5:24 pm
Well, it's been some time, but that's what Facebook will do for you. I've been concentrating more on that than posting publicly here.

Work is good. the Ten Minute Play Festival rehearsals for Bedlam are in full swing, and I'm excited to be involved in three of the pieces.

Speaking of that, I've got a rehearsal in a little more than a half-hour. Toodles.
Sunday, February 1st, 2009
11:52 am
Time for another Sealed Deck breakdown!
I played in the Midnight Pod Late Friday night (early Saturday Morning). I must say, this go-round went much better than the previous sealed deck posted here. I went 3-1, losing to a Monster Naya deck (double Druid of the Anima) in Round 3.
Everybody in the PoolCollapse )

So, here's the deck.

Thinking with my Deck againCollapse )

I of course, welcome insight on what I could have done better. This was a prerelease, and this format will be in use for at least two months.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
5:38 pm
Humor, Courtesy of NPR- about GNR
(x-posted to facebook)

A couple of months ago, I was doing some errands, and heard a story about Chinese Democracy, the newest ablum from Guns and Roses. The rest of this is best expressed by the writer of the piece, and there is a podcast link. Thanks to the fine folks over at NPR for helping me locate the address of the piece.

Click Here

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, December 21st, 2008
11:21 am
PTQ- Kyoto- A report
I attended the Magic Pro Tour qualifier yesterday, and went 1-3 drop. I don't think it was my playing, as I opened a pretty horrible pool that was neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring. To add insult to injury, I got my own pool back, which I EMPHATICALLY did not want.

Here is the PoolCollapse )

With that pool, I built the following deck:

The DeckCollapse )

I welcome any feedback on whether I mis-built, and how I can be better.
Thursday, December 18th, 2008
10:23 pm
Writer's Block: Under the Same Sign
Today is chockfull of celebrity birthdays—Brad Pitt, Keith Richards, Christina Aguilera, and more. What celebrities do you share your birthday with? Do you find any similarities between you and those who share your birthday?
Charles, Prince of Wales.
Saturday, December 6th, 2008
11:36 am
Owl Jolson
In honor of the little_octagon Classic Cartoon File comes this.

Embedding was disabled upon request, so I am linking to it.

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
3:09 pm
On Sunday, November 9....
I've been meaning to write about this, and just kept putting it off. My wife and I went to the Vikings-Packers game earlier this month. The game was great, and would have been tremendous, regardless of the outcome. But that wasn't the coolest part.

A local radio station has a contest before every home game called "So You Think You're Better Than P.A." Paul Allen is the voice of the Vikings, and many Wisconsin residents should be familiar with the oft-repeated Josh McCown to Nate Poole call in 2003. Yep. You know the one. You stop by the station booth on the Plaza, and audition. If you win, you get to call a Vikings play from the previous week standing ON THE FIELD, over the Jumbo Tron. You can see my audition and competition by clicking on "See the participants prior to the Vikings-Packers game" on this page.

I got to call this play.

It was the coolest thing. I got a little performance anxiety. Being the focus of 63,000 people will do that. Shelley got to come with me. They told me I could bring a guest. She was wearing a Packers hat and Packers T-shirt. I really didn't hear anything shouted at her as we walked along the side line, FIVE FEET from the Vikings bench. As a matter of fact, Sidney Rice was about a yard away from me, as he jogged back to the bench following This play. You can Hear Paul Allen's radio call on that highlight.

I should add that after the final field goal sailed wide right, the Public Address system played "I Don't Want to Work, I Just Want to Bang on my Drum All Day," for no reason, I am sure.

And now, we leave for Denver for a Thanksgiving spent with my in-laws. I have not seem some of them since the wedding, and others since our trip to Hawaii. I am looking forward to it.

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, November 20th, 2008
1:19 pm
At the risk of seeming like Potch's Blog O'Death....

RIP, Grandpa.

I am 34 years old. If my nephew has grandparents still living when he is 34, he will be blessed, indeed.
Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
4:34 pm
A magical Weekend in Review
Yeah, that's right. I spent most of last weekend *gasp* playing magic.

I played in the last Shadowmoor/Eventide draft, and was rewarded with a deck that included a two Demigod of Revenge (one first pick, first pack; the other third pick, pack 2), an Incremental Blight (second pick, second pack) and a TON of other Black/red support including the delightful combo of Corrupt and Elsewhere Flask. I went 2-1, losing in the final round to a very timely Mirrorweave (targeting my Demigod and swinging for 15) and the other game with a turn 4 Barrenton Craigtreads and a Steel of the Godhead. Suffice to say, it was an ugly, ugly match. Third place out of 7.

I came back to Misty North for the Midnight Pod. Are you happy legion_i_am? I am calling them Pods, not Flights. I opened a pool that was solid, not great and played an Exalted deck. I dropped after going 1-2, and got to sleep at 4:30. After a very fitful four hours of sleep, I headed back to the store for the 10:00 Pod on Saturday morning. I opened a much better pool, and played a Devour deck which destroyed people. I went 3-1. The guy I lost to just had too many large creatures for me to cope with. Soul's Fire is better than you think (especially with dubs or trips in a sealed pool). Also Skeletonize puts the skeleton in play under YOUR contol. It is not a "fixed" Pongify.

I played again on Sunday. I played Devour again, as I had some really great stuff in Green/Red/Black. I lost in the first round, and went 5-0 the rest of the way. I did not win the Box, BUT I now have enough prize packs for two drafts. My only disappointment was in regard to the new Mythic Rare card rarity. We are told that Mythic Rares appear in place of 1 out of 8 regular rares, and you get 6 rares (excepting for foils) in a Sealed Pod. Out of my 18 rares, I opened ZERO Mythics. Clearly, the laws of probability are not with me. Perhaps I will be luckier in draft.

Current Mood: accomplished
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
9:55 am
I have a Nephew!
And, yes, he WAS born yesterday. The little fellow came into this world at 10:52 A.M. on September 15, 2008. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 21 inches long.

More information on the parents can be seen here.

Current Mood: jubilant
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
3:47 pm
Thursday, July 31st, 2008
6:03 pm
Happy Anniversary!
Today marks the fourth year of my marriage to a wonderful lady, msbeenz.

Happy Anniversary to my lovely wife. She brings me so much darn joy and I cannot imagine where I would be without her. These last four years (politics excluded) have been the best of my life.

Forgive the gushy post.

Current Mood: loved
Saturday, July 19th, 2008
7:25 pm
Blitz Saturday
Thanks to Art Fair on the Square, my wife and I were able to park in The Neighborhood that Time Forgot but is Now Getting Gentrified. In other words, willy street. The Blitz Saturday ReportCollapse )

Anyway, the performance went off really well, dispite the extra-long nervewracking intermission while the crew cleaned the stage.

I'd give more details, but I gotta get outta here.
Friday, July 18th, 2008
9:53 am
What was I doing a week ago today?
The answer, of course is Behind the Cut.Collapse )

Next Post: SATURDAY!

Current Mood: hyper
Thursday, June 5th, 2008
6:14 pm
We Were There!
You may have heard about some large, groundbreaking political rally a couple of nights ago at the Xcel Energy Center. My wife and I were lucky enough to attend. We were in the 19th row, behind "The Man" and to his left. Upwards of 19000 people were allowed in, while another 15000 were turned away.

The energy in that building was incredible. I applauded until my hands hurt, and yelled my self hoarse. We joined in the chants of O-Bam-a and Yes We Can. It was a marvelous feeling to be in attendance of such a groundbreaking night.

One amusing thing: We happened to sit next to a very nice gentleman from New York City. He was in town on business and had attended the Twins-Yankees game the previous evening. He was absolutely astounded that people in the middle of a row could ask for beer, pass down money, and get back beer and change. He said "In New York, your beer and money would be GONE." This gave me pride.

Today, in my attempt to further get involved in politics, I made the call to volunteer for the Franken for Senate campaign.

Current Mood: amused
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
2:42 pm
Lightning-Quick Update
Wow, the 10-Minute Play festival at Bedlam was TOTALLY awesome. the play I directed was regarded as one of the top plays from its Set. I also got many compiments on the Giraffe costume I had got to wear. Dang, that thing was HOT. And by that, I mean temperature hot, not sexy hot (although I got to wear my footie tights under it).

The Wife and I are in State of the Union, presented by LexHam Players, and it opens later this month. This is a very interesting project, and it's giving me some real insight into the Post-WWII attitudes of both the playwrights and, um, people that remember that era better than I do.

My wife and I are also going to attempt to attend the Obama rally tonight, in the Xcel Energy Center. "Coincidentally," it's the same building in which the Republican National Convention will take place in later this summer.

All for now, more later.

Current Mood: working
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