Oklahoma State, #8

October 13, 2008

I am fully aware that none of you probably care about this, but you should be aware that I don’t care that you don’t care.  Jimmy crack corn, and I don’t care…

The new polls are out and the Oklahoma State Cowboys are ranked #8 in the poll after putting a whuppin’ on the Missouri Tigers Saturday.  Who would’ve thought OSU could beat #3 Missouri on the road with defense?  6-0 for the first time since 1997 and in the top 10 for the first time since 1988.

In other news, ABC announced today that it will broadcast the OSU-Texas showdown on October 25 at 2:30.


Go Pokes!

September 6, 2008

The first game in the newly finished Boone Pickens Stadium ended with OSU beating Houston 56-37.

The highlights:

  • 699 yards of offense; second highest in school history
  • first ever game with a 200 yard receiver and a 200 yard rusher
  • only one punt (although it was sandwiched by 2 interceptions and a fumble)
  • 6 straight touchdown drives, and the Cowboys ended the game on the Houston 1-yard line close to a seventh TD

It’s Time for Football

August 30, 2008

The time has finally arrived.  The OSU Cowboys kick off their season today at Washington State.

It will be interesting to see how the season goes.  It appears that they’ve got a pretty tough conference schedule this year.

I can’t wait!

Weekend in Stillwater

August 3, 2008

I’ve been in Stillwater all weekend with the family visiting some friends from the Wesley Foundation at OSU (a.k.a. Methodist Student Center).

It’s been fun, as is any trip to Stillwater.  This is where I spent five years working on an Engineering degree.  I met my wife here.  Proposed to her here.  And we lived in Stillwater for the first year and a half of marriage.  Lots of good memories.

Friday afternoon we checked into our hotel – the recently renamed Stillwater Plaza.  I hate to blog about a toilet, but I couldn’t resist.  The toilet seat doesn’t easily go up and down because it’s crammed up against the vanity counter and hits the toilet paper roll.  Even more hilarious is that the flush handle is buried under the countertop.  You have to squeeze your hand into a little cutout to flush…  I guess they misplumbed our toilet or something.

We went to the original Hideaway for dinner with a bunch of people.  We had 19 people crammed around a huge round booth intended for 12.  It had a massive lazy susan in the middle, and was pretty cool.  I wish that I would have had my camera with me.

Saturday, we had lunch at Coney Island – another Stillwater landmark on the Strip.  I had a couple of “nuke dogs” just like I used to eat in college.  These things are awesome.  A nuke dog has mustard, sauerkraut, fritos, chili, jalopenos, american cheese, swiss cheese, tobasco sauce, and probably a few other things.  Good times!

We found out that Saturday was also fan and media day for the OSU football team.  So we took the kids to Gallegher Iba to get autographs from the football team and the women’s soccer team.  The kids had a blast.  And we got to meet Coach Gundy and a bunch of the players.  They were all really great with the kids.

I’d never gone to a fan day before.  I’ll have to go back next year and bring an autograph football.

Sunday we woke up late and checked out of the hotel.  We met my mom, sister, nephew, and niece at the world famous Eskimo Joes for lunch.  We picked up a couple of Joe’s t-shirts and gobbled down some cheese fries.

And now we’re back home.

What’s Going Through My Mind at the Moment…

July 27, 2008

Here’s what is on my mind at the moment…

  • I called a friend from GP, Brandon Hill, to schedule a massage tomorrow.  Last weekend, I felt like I had whiplash despite not being in an accident.  It got better over the couse of the week thanks to Tiger Balm, ibuprofen, and heat.  Then yesterday the muscle cramps spread down my back.  I got up at 4:45 this morning because I was in too much pain to sleep.   The previous treatments take the edge off, but that’s all.  I may need to go to the doctor too for some muscle relaxants.
  • I’ve bought my wife massages before, but I’ve never paid for one for me…
  • Got an email this weekend about the opening of the official OSU Photo Store (that’s Oklahoma State by the way).  I’m thinking a nice photo of Gallagher-Iba Arena would look good on my wall at work. Or maybe Pistol Pete.  At $99 for a framed 20×16 print, I’ll probably have to pass. 
  • I think the neck pain is a symptom of stress.  Work (and life in general to a lesser extent) has been rather stressful lately.  I’m trying to hire another person at work to ease the workload and improve the overall performance.  I’ll be making an offer this week, but it may take 2 or 3 months for him to start due to relocation.
  • Things are so crazy at work right now, that I’d be happy hiring any warm body with a partially functioning brain as long as they could start tomorrow.  But I know that I’d regret the hiring decision in a few months.  So I’d rather endure another month or two of madness in order to get the right person in the job.
  • One of the other things that is bugging me is it seems that everything we own is needing fixed or replaced.  I’ve got 4 dress shirts that have all developed the same stain on the tip of the collar.  I had to drop $125 on new ones yesterday.  I bought new black dress shoes recently and gouged the toe on a concrete step the third time I wore them.  Now I need another new pair…  I had to put the van in the shop this week which set me back $300.  The laptop is on the fritz and may need to be replaced.  The repair shop is supposed to call back tomorrow to let me know what’s wrong. The earbuds on my ipod are falling apart, and the new ones that I want are rather pricey. Etc, etc, etc…
  • The laptop problem has got me thinking about backing up our data.  My itunes library, pictures, and the book that my wife recently started writing are only on that laptop.  I’m going to go buy a portable hard drive ASAP and start backing up regularly.  I can’t believe that you can get a 1 Terabyte drive for $190! My first PC in 1994 had a 540 Megabyte hard drive.  None of my friends had one that big, and I was told I’d never fill it up.  Two years later, I added a 1.6 GB drive to the computer. One TB is pretty freakin’ big.  I’m thinking 500 GB, so I can back up two computers to it.
  • Just got back from McDonalds. The kids had some free ice cream cone coupons that we used.
  • I saw a guy while we there, that I assumed (incorrectly) was homeless.  (He looked like Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump after he finished running across the country twice.) As we were leaving, I noticed he was using a laptop.  Definitely not homeless.  His hat and matching red truck advertised the mountain man website www.talking-bear.com.   Check out the website.  Kind of interesting.

Whew, I guess I had a lot on my mind tonight…  See you around.

Congratulations Jayhawks! Please don’t be too upset when Bill goes home to OSU.

April 5, 2008


Congratulations to the Kansas Jayhawks! They really gave Roy and UNC a good, ole-fashioned butt-kickin’.

Unfortunately for KU fans, this is going to make it that much harder on them when T Boone Pickens entices (read $$$) Bill Self to go coach the OSU Cowboys – Bill’s alma mater. I imagine T Boone is going to have to fork over a little more money since Bill’s stock went up tonight. No problem though… he’s got the money.

Good luck on Monday Jayhawks!