Brian

Feb 202017
 

It’s been almost five years since we’ve posted anything here, and we’re obviously out of the blogging game. We post mainly on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter now so follow us there if you want to keep up with our antics. We’ll leave this page here as long as we can for those that still come around. Thanks for stopping by!

 Posted by at 9:34 pm
Apr 192008
 

We’re back from Italy, and the trip was fantastic. I’ve posted the pictures in the photo gallery, but I haven’t posted the video yet. It’s going to take some time to edit the 3+ hours of footage into something that’s watchable, but I’ll post it here once it’s finished.

In case you haven’t noticed, you now have to be logged in to view the photo and video gallery so to everyone that wants to view the Italy pictures, go ahead and click the register link in the sidebar to request your login id. Once I approve your request, you’ll be able to view the photos.

Ciao!

Holiday Rewind

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Dec 302007
 

Much has happened this fall (and now winter) that I haven’t posted on here.

First, both Monica and I carved pumpkins. Monica’s was the ghost while mine was the spider which I think looked awesome.

October became November, and in between bagging leaves, we managed to have great Thanksgiving meals at my uncle’s on Thanksgiving Day (after watching the Macy’s parade, of course) and at my Dad’s the following day. Just a handful of photos at which to look.

And now it’s December, and we just had a whirlwind holiday traveling to and from New York and spending Christmas Day with my family.  We flew up to New York to spend a few days with Monica’s family, and we did our usual tour in Manhattan visiting all of the holiday windows and Rockefeller Center.  We did start off the month by making our annual trek up to DC.  There are LOTS of photos to peruse here.

Now we just have New Year’s Eve and plenty of football left to watch, especially the Orange Bowl where the Hokies are going to stomp the Jayhawks.  Go Hokies!

Dec 022007
 

Virginia Tech won another ACC Championship on Saturday, it was awesome!  It was really sweet getting revenge on Boston College, sticking it to the Heisman wannabe, Matt Ryan.  We really made them look silly, and it was glorious.

I thought that was going to be the extent of my rooting for the Hokies this weekend until WVU astoundingly lost to a very bad Pitt team, and then Oklahoma expectedly throttled Missouri last night. 

Wow, what a crazy season.

So Ohio State seemed to be a lock for #1, and then it’s a crap shoot as to who their opponent would be, but listening to many of the analysts last night,  it seemed to be a forgone conclusion that LSU “deserved” to be #2, despite losing last week to an unranked team and even though a team in their conference who didn’t even play in their championship game was ranked ahead of them (and placed there by the voters).  Both of the other major conference winners (Oklahoma and USC) were being considered as possible opponents even though they were ranked in the bottom half of the top ten.  Both were called “hot” teams because they have four or five games in a row.  Even Hawaii was thrown into the mix for being undefeated.

What major conference winner, “hot” winner of five in a row, and higher ranked team wasn’t mentioned?  That’s right – Virginia Tech.

And the AP and Coaches poll today show LSU at #2 and Oklahoma at #3.  Huh?

First of all, the fact that the Hokies didn’t jump Georgia is ridiculous.  Then to have LSU jump all the way to #2 ahead of us after we beat a higher ranked team is unfathomable.  I know LSU beat us in week 2 by 41, but both our losses were to the #2 ranked team in the country at the time while both of their losses were to unranked teams.  That has to count for something.

What is the point of having polls the entire season if you can hit the reboot button the last week of the season?

I’m not trying to say that Va Tech is the second best team in the country.  I would just like to be shown some respect.

Empty Prize

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Oct 162007
 

So Gore wins the Nobel Peace Prize. For what exactly? A documentary about climate change that is allegedly loaded with inaccuracies?

Let’s forget the inaccuracies for a moment. How does a movie about climate change fulfill the purpose of the award?

According to wikipedia (yes, I know, far from the pantheon of truthfulness, but I think they have this correct), Alfred Nobel’s will stated that the Nobel Peace Prize is to be awarded

to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.

Please enlighten me as to how making a documentary about climate change accomplishes any of that. It’s absurd.

Not that any of it matters anyway. The Nobel Laureates lost all credibility when they awarded the prize to a terrorist.

Oct 092007
 

I certainly didn’t mean to overshadow the events of last weekend with what happened to us on Sunday.

The Hokies whooped Clemson in true Beamerball fashion, and I have to say that I did not expect that at all. I foresaw our offense bogging down once again, and Clemson running all over us. Half of that did come true for a time, but the Hokie defense was magnificent in holding the Clemson running game to a paltry twelve yards. Outstanding!

We were running back interceptions, punts, and kickoffs for touchdowns like crazy. Tyrod played moderately well, protecting the ball for the most part, and exploiting the Clemson defense for some big runs. He even had a couple of nice passes, but overall, the offense is really going to have to improve for us to have a shot at another ACC championship.

Unfortunately, we lost Vince Hall for a few weeks due to a broken wrist. We’re really going to miss him against Boston College.

It was really nice to spend time and reminisce with old fraternity brothers. There were guys there last weekend that graduated in the late 1960s so it was a special weekend for them. It’s been 40 years since the local Alpha Pi Tau fraternity was founded at Virginia Tech, and it was surreal to see that these guys were still friends after all this time and that they shared the same sort of camaraderie that I share with the guys with whom I went to school.

Of course, I’m not the same person I was 15 years ago when I pledged Zeta Psi, but the bonds that I formed back then remain strong, and as the old guys showed us this past weekend, those bonds will continue to remain strong for many years to come.

Oct 072007
 

We came back from Blacksburg today after another alumni weekend. There were over 100 alumni there as we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Virginia Tech chapter of Zeta Psi. We had a great time as usual.

The bad day part was today. On the way to Blacksburg on Friday, we had such a horrible time with the traffic on I-64 and I-81 that we decided to take US-460 back home. About an hour into our trip, we drove up to an intersection and noticed some shredded tires in the road and a tractor trailer on the side of the road. At first I thought he just blew a tire, but then I noticed a Jeep Wagoneer on the side of the road facing the wrong way with gasoline and oil leaking out of it.

And then both Monica and I noticed the woman lying on the side of the road.

I stopped the car immediately, and Monica jumped out and ran over to assess the woman’s condition. I pulled the car over on the side of the road and talked to a bystander who said that the paramedics were called. I was making my way over to Monica when I noticed two other people on the side of the road. There were several people around them, and I saw that there was one woman who was conscious and one man who was also conscious but bleeding from his head.

I walked over to Monica, and she said that she was unable to find a pulse on the elderly woman and that one pupil was pinpoint and the other was completely dilated. I looked at her face, and I saw her eyes were open but she was unresponsive. There was one woman there that said she knew her, and she kept calling her name but there was never an answer.

The paramedics and fire fighters arrived within a few minutes. One came over to the elderly woman on the ground, checked her pulse, then walked away while saying, “She’s dead.” I figured this was the case, but to have him officially confirm it freaked me out a bit.

I walked past the other two people who were being looked at by the paramedics and just stood on the side of the road. Monica saw that the everyone was being taken care of so we decided to get back in the car and continue on home.

I haven’t been able to get the empty stare of the elderly woman out of my head all day. Seeing a dead woman on the side of the road has just freaked me out. I’ve seen two other dead people in my life but that was at funerals. To see this poor woman just lying there like that was just weird and has given me a heavy heart the rest of the day.

I looked on the Roanoke Times site for information about the accident, and I found it here.

Random Thoughts

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Sep 302007
 

Those crisp fall nights are finally starting, and it’s only a matter of time before I can start having a crackling fire going.

I used to really care about baseball, but I haven’t followed it much over the last few years. Still, this is utterly amazing.

I don’t think the Hokies are very good. I think we’re really going to have trouble the rest of the season, possibly losing as many as five games.

This is the second week in a row I’ve had a player all of a sudden have a career today and score a ton of points…sitting on my bench. Thank you Kevin Curtis and Patrick Crayton.

More tweaks to the website were done over the last couple of days.

Sep 232007
 

Just sitting here on Sunday evening watching my fantasy football hopes go up in flames once again while I change a few things on the site.

Pretty relaxing weekend here. Just listened to the Hokie game yesterday (a drubbing of William & Mary) and ran a few errands last night, followed by a thoroughly enjoyable Thai dinner. I love my massaman. Monica loves the pad thai.