"I reached the point in my life where I ask, 'what did I do this for?'. You forget about the fights and you forget about all the training. But I guess I'm fortunate. I've never had to wait in line for anything and I've always been able to get a good-looking girlfriend. I don't know about quality, but they were nice looking."
Christmas back home was, as usual, a bountiful plethora of sustenance, beverages, and gifts. As usually happens when I'm back home, I ran into people I went to high school with, and I got the pleasure of puffing out my chest with the bravado of a world champion wrestler. But its not really bragging.
It goes like this: I'll be at the mall, and some dude I went to school with will want to chat. It will be the first conversation we've ever had that was longer than "Hey" or "What's up". No matter what I say, it will be construed as bragging -- anyone who has the nerve to leave town and make something of themselves is a sellout and obviously thinks they're too good for them. So I tell them what I've made for myself here in Omaha.
The downside to this is that the word is out in town about those of us who "got out". When we come back, the girls looking for some pants to ride out of town on (or in) will strike up conversations post haste. Its so terribly obvious what their intentions are, and these girls are absolutely repellent; the Deep Woods Off of ladies; the moldy bread of, ahhem, right.
But I didn't come here to tell you that. You wanted to hear about Christmas. So on to Christmas!
So, gifts. I like shopping; I often times look forward more to people opening gifts I gave them than I do to opening my own. I'm a weirdo like that. My brother got a Game Boy Advance Classic from me -- the model that looks like the old Nintendo. He loved it. My sister in-law, whom I spent six hours shopping for last week on my day off, got a popcorn air popper that looks like those old movie theater popcorn machines. She really likes popcorn, but doesn't eat a whole bag on the microwave stuff, so its the perfect gift. And my parents got a DVD Surround Sound system, 500 Watts with Dolby 5.1 surround. Probably too expensive, but what you going to do.
I bought myself a brand new truck. But you already knew that.
They got me a lot of clothes -- some good stuff. The highlight is a shirt/sweater combo that came straight off the mannequin. When in doubt, strip the mannequin and buy everything he's wearing. Good theory.
I got a ShopVac, nice for vacuuming up those messes that a regular vacuum won't touch.
And I got the first two volumes of the Seinfeld DVDs, which I have already watched most of. I love the documentaries for each episode -- little mini 3-4 minute things that tell the story of each one. Good stuff.
And oh yeah, I got a new digital camera. The Canon PowerShot S500 -- better known as the Digital Elph. Its the 5MP version, shooting photos at more than twice the resolution as my previous Canon. I love Canon's digital cameras; I've never taken a bad picture with them, they always work, the battery life is exceptional, and they're easy to use. Well done, laddy.
Incidentally, my older Canon S110 Digital Elph 2.1MP is going up on eBay next week for $125. Drop me a line if you want to buy it before then, and you can have it for $100 since I won't have all those seller fees and stuff. All original packaging, box, booklets, cables, battery charger and memory card is included.
Courtesy of Fresno State's upset of #18 Virginia yesterday, I am winning the office football pool. I called the upset, much to the chagrin of everyone else, and gave it 10 points out of a possible 16, giving me a huge lead.
Today's picks (Las Vegas favorite in caps):
Iowa State over MIAMI OF OHIO (3.5)
OREGON STATE (3.5) over Notre Dame
One upset, one with the favored team. We'll see how day two goes.