January 2009 Archives

I loath these things...but here it is. See fact number 16 for an explanation.

1. All my life I have believed I am 50/50 Irish and Russian, descending from a family of Russians on my father's side and Irish on my mothers. In fact, I am of Ukrainian and...Newfoundlander descent. The Newfie side is from Ireland originally but lived in Newfoundland for damned near 80 years.

2. I am a sports nut. I snowboard, skateboard, surf, play rugby, golf, volleyball, rock climb, and mountain bike

3. I am a computer geek who hates computers.

4. I believe the internet is helping nurture a generation of jackasses and morans (sic)!

5. My life philosophy is called Stupendous Jackassery. It is a simply philosophy - do wholly outrageous, stupid, reckless, and outright dangerous things at least once in your life. Stupendous Jackassery exists to push your limits, confront fears, and make you stronger in some way. Examples include: Skydiving, running races while being a smoker (resistance training, once I quit I'll give that Jamaican Olympian a run for his money), slapping a lion's ass, going for huge air off of a half pipe without knowing if you can stick the landing, laughing at a police officer when he asks you where the fire is (it wasn't out of disrespect...it was just a giant clich�...).

6. I love music of all kinds. When I last calculated the length of my music collection, I could play music for almost 2.5 months straight without repeating a song. That's 1,848 hours or 110, 880 minutes of music growing steadily.

7. I love concerts and I will be the first out of the group to go into the pit. This will never change.

8. People tell me I am intelligent and funny, I don't believe them.

9. I hate the radio and pop music. Anything playing on a top 40 radio station, MTV, etc will almost always earn my scorn. I am a music snob.

10. My fight or flight response is painfully indecisive. Get me in a situation where that biological response kicks in and I will just stand there dumbstruck for a minute or two.

11. I don't remember anything I say while talking in front of a large audience. My greatest fear about public speaking is not that I will mess up but, that during the blackout phase, I will end up sounding like Steve Carrel in Bruce Almighty. I speak publicly on a regular basis (Stupendous Jackassery).

12. I will always put friends ahead of myself and expect the same from them, even though it is a very unrealistic expectation.

13. I believe in science, reason, and logic; however, I also believe there is a god.

14. My other life philosophy is simply "no regrets only lessons learned."

15. When I am behind the wheel of a car, I am omniscient and infallible.

16. I am the most hypocritical person I know.

17. If I had to compare myself to any movie character it would be Keyser S�ze due to my love of skulduggery.

18. When people quote Steven Covey or Rhonda Byrne I get punchy.

19. I was baptized and raised Catholic. I was educated for 16 years in catholic school system. I have a great distaste for Catholicism.

20. In my freshman and sophomore year of high school, I did a lot of stupid things and was kicked out of a prep school. My freshman and sophomore year of college I did a lot of stupid things and was asked to leave. I hope this trend stopped in college and does not follow me into my professional life.

21. I have lost most of the physical altercations I have entered. I am a lover not a fighter.

22. From 7am until 6pm, I am 100% business. As soon as my tie comes off, I turn into a teenager.

23. I never want to lose the Calvin and Hobbes spirit of life

24. When I buy a new CD, I will find a way to listen to every song in one sitting while reading the liner notes and lyrics for all the songs (if there are any).

25. Sitting on my surfboard, bobbing in the ocean, is the most peaceful place I have found in life.

Win a Miami Condo

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St. Patrick's Day Countdown

A friend of mine asked me to create a graphic for "Save the Date" magnets that will be handed out for an annual St. Patty's Day party. Here at the proofs w/o the address. The address get's blended into the orange part of the Irish flag...

Background image source credit goes to: Derek, aka Pulse- on Deviant Art

Horizontal Alternate view

After I learn more of sky diving and a few years down the road, this will be my next adventure.

wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo.

DC Concerts I'm going to

Concerts I'll be attending in the next month or so...click the pictures follow the links...

President Barack Obama Delivers Inaugural Address at US Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Jan. 20, 2009

Full transcript as prepared for delivery of President Barack Obama's inaugural remarks on Jan. 20, 2009, at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

A Message to Garcia

*credit to Foundation Mag for header image*

IN ALL THIS CUBAN BUSINESS there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars at perihelion. When war broke out between Spain and the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain fastnesses of Cuba--no one knew where. No mail or telegraph could reach him. The President must secure his co-operation, and quickly.

What to do!

Someone said to the President, "There is a fellow by the name of Rowan will find Garcia for you, if anybody can."