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Fantasy Football Recap #14 – Unbelievable

It truly is unbelievable.  Somehow, against almost all odds, I won this week and made it into the semifinals in my league's playoffs.  I think it has to do with the fact that my opponents two running backs got a combined 2 points, and 4 of his players together only earned a total of 5 points.  Let's hear it for Detroit double-teaming TO all night, and the 49ers holding Amazing Adrian down to 3 rush yards!

I have to decide this week – I can either play San Diego's defense vs. Detroit, or Indianapolis vs. Oakland…what do you think?

And here's my playoff ladder…I've got two tough games in front of me, but I'm still holding out hope that the win could happen.  We'll see, we'll see.

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Fantasy Football Recap #13 – I Don’t Care

I lost this week, and I don't care.

Mmmm…let me rephrase that.  I lost this week, and it doesn't matter because I clinched the last spot in the playoffs with my 6-7 record, so it doesn't matter any more what my record was.  It was a dismal week for my players, between the rain that dumped on Palmer, Johnson, and Graham, to the touchdown pass that Kellen Winslow caught that was ruled out of bounds (without a force-out!)

But that doesn't matter…I'm in the playoffs, so we start fresh.  Yes, I'm in 6th place, so it's unlikely that I'll make it to the finals…but it could happen!  Keep your fingers crossed!

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Fantasy Football Recap #12 – Skin of My Teeth

It was a crazy week for me this week, in part because I rushed to get my lineup situated before the games started on Thursday, and missed out on using Barber on the one week he could have scored 20+ points for me.  By Sunday evening, all of my players' points had been tallied (totaling 135 for the week), and I could only watch in dread as my opponent slowly crept up the scoreboard every time Tom Brady threw another complete pass.  At the end of the first half of the New England / Philadelphia game, I thought it was over for sure — all Brady needed to do in order to force a loss for me was to toss out another 100 yards and a touchdown.  Yet time and again in the second half, New England got close to the end zone only to run the ball in, or otherwise turn it over without a pass TD.

I watched the last few minutes of the game anxiously, my opponent 1 point behind a tie for the week.  I know the Pats were trying to run the ball to run out the clock.  But would Brady throw that one extra pass to try to get a first down and ensure the Patriots retained possession for the rest of the game?  In the end, the answer was no; they kicked the ball, and regardless of Feeley's pick at the very end of the game, I was a winner for this week, 135-134.  It took me until well after midnight to settle down from the nail-biting jitters, as it just doesn't get any closer than that, in fantasy competition.

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Adventures in Defensive Driving

This post does not actually involve driving (or at least, not much).  Instead, I will regale you with the sheer Shangri-La that is the Defensive Driving class I took the other evening.

You see, I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but I recently got a speeding ticket.  My first, ever.  (For those trying to count how long my ticket-free streak was, it was about 13.5 years.)  I was (briefly) going 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, and the police officer that pulled me over kindly explained that since no one on my insurance policy had taken a Defensive Driving course in the last 3 years, I could opt to take the course and receive a PJC (Prayer for Judgment Continued) in lieu of points on my license and a hike in my insurance premium.  I can't say I was eager to attend the class, but I definitely thought going to a 4 hour Defensive Driving lecture beat the alternatives!

I won't bore you with the details of the class itself (you'll have to "earn" your own PJC to get that privilege), but there were some interesting or funny things I wanted to share:

Class Distributions

Total Students in class = 37
Gender Breakdown
Men - 24
Women - 13
Age Breakdown (I'm not the best judge of age,
so this is approximate)

  < 20 = 3
20 < 30 = 4
30 < 40 = 20
40 < 60 = 9
  > 60 = 1 (77 years old, and this was his
first ticket ever!)
Offense Breakdown
Speeding (5 mph or less over the limit) ~ 3%
Speeding (6-15 mph over the limit) ~ 65%
Speeding (16 - 25 mph over the limit) ~ 20%
Running Red Light or Stop Sign ~ 6%
Failing to move out of the right lane when
emergency vehicles are on the shoulder ~ 3%
Other (I can't remember) ~ 3%

Some of the Interesting People I Met

  • One guy there is, ironically enough, a race car driver who received a speeding ticket.  I checked out his website, and it turns out that he's also the nephew of Olivia Newton-John!  (See for yourself here).
  • One girl talked about having been the victim of someone who was suffering from road rage.  In her words: "My boyfriend and me were driving home and we pissed someone off and they followed us home and pulled into the driveway behind us.  But it was okay – my boyfriend stayed in the car and I just went into the house and got my gun.  They left us alone after that."
  • One guy received a speeding ticket for speeding on his motorcycle.  The police officer reduced his 55 in a 35 to a 43 in a 35 on the ticket.  What the officer was willing to overlook:
    • The motorcycle had CA plates even though he was an NC resident.
    • He didn't have a motorcycle license (just a regular driver's license).
    • He didn't have insurance on the motorcycle.
    • He didn't have the motorcycle's registration with him.
    • (I'd call him one of the luckiest guys in the world!)
  • One guy talked about having suffered from road rage himself, a long time before, when he was living in New York City.  Apparently, a cab driver had cut him off, and when he gave the guy the finger, the cabbie spit on his car, gave HIM the finger, and sped off.  When he caught up with him at the next light, this guy hopped out of his car to confront the cab driver, who ALSO got out of his car.  Our classmate explained that he then pulled his "The Club" from his car and hit the cabbie in the head with it.  He was subsequently arrested and charged with assault.

  • One girl asked what cars these other people were driving so she could make sure she never pissed them off.
  • Before the class had started, one girl came in and explained that she had only brought cash to pay for the class + court costs, even though the flier you receive with your ticket says in big bold letters NO CASH ACCEPTED.  She walked into the classroom (of ~20 people at the time), walked across 3/4 of the classroom, and singled ME out to ask if I had a credit card and would be willing to charge her fees to the card and she would reimburse me in cash.  I guess I look like the kind of guy that had a credit card.  (Or the kind of guy that wouldn't say no.)  She was right on both counts.

There was one interesting fact they showed us in the class that I wanted to share, though.  It was in the booklet they gave us, on a page called "Speed Kills".

There's probably something wrong with me, given that upon seeing this, my first thought was, "Wow, if I can save 5 minutes every 10 miles, I'm saving almost a whole hour every 100 miles…I should be driving 85 mph on every road trip!"

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I’m Back (sort of)

Hey folks,

In case you haven't noticed, I've been pretty much silent the last couple of weeks, mostly because I was out of town visiting family.  I've come back to a bulging email inbox, a list of To Do items longer than my arm, and a nice relaxed feeling in my head, despite all the stuff that will be clamoring for my attention this week.  A couple of things though:

  • I've got about 1500 RSS feed items that I eventually want to catch up on.  Don't be surprised if you get comments from me in late November about a post you made back in October :-)
  • I've decided that some of the stuff I post to groups (Quote of the Day, etc) doesn't really reflect myself or my creativity, so while I may continue to post that stuff occasionally (my Daily Quote will probably no longer be daily, for example), I'll probably try to keep it as a group-only post.  This will cut down on my visible posts on my vox, but should ensure the stuff that gets posted to my vox is a little more personal (or at least not cookie-cutter).  If you're looking for my quote posts, mp3eme posts, etc., they'll usually only be available by checking out the group page, though.
  • Between work, stuff I've got to do at home before the new baby is delivered by the stork, and personal programming projects, I may not be posting here as often either.  I'm not intentionally cutting back, but it just may happen that way.  If I'm not happy with how infrequently I'm posting, I'm sure I'll pick up the pace.

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A Photo Tour of the Renaissance Festival

Last weekend, my wife and daughter and I took a trip to the Renaissance Fair to partake in some merriment and possibly a turkey leg or two.  The Fair comes near us in September and October every year, and there weren't many weekends left to check it out, so we wanted to go while we still could.  Luckily we went on the perfect day – it was sunny but cool and perfect for walking around to check things out.

Enjoy some of the pictures below from our visit:

Entering the Fair Grounds

Sir Matthew on the jousting fieldSir Mordred and Sir William on the jousting fieldDuring the Joust

Jousting Video Clips

(Click each for more video clips)
The Joust, Part 1 The Joust, Part 2

Violet boogied down to music here and there, but this is the only time I caught part of it on the camera.

The Food

Unfortunately, I was too busy eating to get pictures of most of the food – but here's a couple shots that I managed to capture.

Caramel apple with chocolate and nuts...decadent and deliciousViolet hunkered down with a strawberry smoothie during the joust

Every Day Must End

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