Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Rock Climbing & Wussing Out

Contrary to what you might think, I have never been a big rock climber. But since I'm on an Everest kick right now, I'm pretty intrigued by the whole thing.

This is a video of a guy climbing a huge wall of rock at fast as he can. It's the craziest thing you'll see today (at least).

I was also thinking about what it would be like to go to Everest. Brian and I have always talked about going to Alaska. Maybe we switch that to Nepal. We go to Kathmandu with the wives, then take a guy's trip to check out Base Camp and see what's up.

Then I saw this video of the Khumbu Icefall, a frozen waterfall of glacial melt. Check out the ladders strung across huge crevasses like tinker toys. No f&$king way I'm doing that! Besides being chicken-sh*t, Harley wouldn't let me. Also, I had trouble at 14,000 feet at a wedding in Denver. The altitude gave me a headache and was not fun. Base Camp is 17,000 and I'm a wuss.

I'll read the books. I watch the movies and TV shows. I'll look at pictures on line and read the stories. That should be enough to get me through this phase.

In Case You Ever Wondered

When you're in a focus group, they tell you that people are behind the glass watching. Most people turn to the mirror and wave. Yes, we do wave back from behind the mirror. Then we make fun of your haircut.

Monday, December 17, 2007

My Weekend

Here are some things I never thought I'd hear myself say:
- "Lilah, please don't hit yourself."
- "Lilah, please put the bleach down."
- "Lilah, the bathroom plunguer is not a toy."
- "Lilah, that fork is not for you."

Lilah fell asleep at 9:30pm Sunday night after a full days of football in HD. So Daddy got to watch the final Lord of the Rings movie in full 1080i high resolution on my massive new TV. It was awwwwesome. Everything is better in HD. The visual effects were more stunning at home than in the theater.

Italian Milk Hot Chocolate at Max Brenner's & Mommy/Daddy time on Friday night was definitely a highlight. Traffic in Long Island still sucks. Definitely a lowlight.

Pretty much finished my 15-page paper about the implications of the DVR on network prime-time broadcasting. I'm either an oracle for the future of media or B student. Either way, I'm glad it's done!

Heard Brian's drunk story about Saturday night. Very funny, but he didn't wake up in a hospital after going missing for 4 hours. Sorry dude, I still win.

Treating Julie to brunch on Sunday was great. Almost as great as my hanger steak (cooked rare, of course).

Getting stuck in Hartford on Thursday - sucked. Not checking work email to take a nap on Friday morning - priceless.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Watch This

Makes me want to buy stuff.

Christmas Music

I hate Christmas music. I get sick of it even before I hear it. It's always the same old stuff. 106.7, the station I usually listen to with Lilah, is playing nothing but Xmas 24/7. Now I can't get the soft rock I love anywhere. Life just isn't worth living.

This may be because I'm Jewish and don't need to be reminded that I am in the religious minority. But for all you heathens... I mean gentiles, doesn't the invasion of Xmas songs get old? How many times can you listen to Jingle Bell Rock, Silent Night, or any other song I can't stand? Each year, it's the same stuff.

And Starbucks, for God's sake, NO MORE JOSH GROBIN!!!