Friday, October 31, 2008

Random Things

I thought I'd bombard you all with a Random Things post the day before I head off to sunny Mexico for a few days of relaxation.

-Tomorrow officially begins NaNoWriMo.  NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month and it is a challenge for writers to create a 50,000 word "novel" in 30 days.  The rules don't stipulate that it has to be especially good - just 50,000 semi-coherent words in the month of November.  I wanted to partake in this event this year, but it looks like I won't be able to.

In order to complete the challenge you need to write 1,667 words per day.  Due to various trips I will be taking in the month of November, I would guess that I would only have about 20 days throughout the month where I could sit and focus on writing for any length of time.  That means I would have to write 2,500 words per day.  That's a pretty tall order.

I haven't completely ruled it out, but it's not looking good.

-More Halloween tidbits I forgot to mention in my last post:
If you're a white dude, don't dress up as Barack Obama
Do you think that John McCain will finally take off his John McCain mask to reveal the real John McCain?

-There are people that like me and consider me a good friend, but I totally understand why some people think I'm an asshole.

-On Monday I received a call from the Obama campaign asking me to volunteer in Indianapolis between November 1st and November 4th because the race is a tie in Indiana.  I won't be volunteering, but I find it interesting that I landed on Obama's call list and McCain's mailing list.  I'm not sure what I did, but both candidates seem to think that I'm on their side.

-My wife just bought Crest Pro-Health toothpaste.  Do they mean to imply that Colgate is Anti-Health?

-When Dee heard that Chicago was named America's Most Stressful City by Forbes magazine she said, "Oh no.  I'm stressed about that."

-I don't know exactly when it happened but at some point in my life I became a messy eater.

-I had a friend remind me that, "when something you love doing stops being fun, it's time to stop doing it."  I've heard this before but sometimes it takes someone outside the situation to remind you of those things you already know.

I believe it's my duty to try to make it fun again before I take any drastic measures.

-I watched Obama's 30 minute spot and cried when he mentioned that his mother never got to see her grandchildren.  It reminded me that my dad will never get to see my kids.  I wish my kids could know him.

-Based on my informal poll of friends and family, I can be certain that Obama will receive at least 9 votes (including Barack and Michelle Obama).  I know for a fact that two of those votes have already been cast.  We'll have to wait until election day to see if he breaks double digits.

-Based on my informal poll of friends and family, I can be certain that McCain will receive at least 3 votes (including John and Cindy McCain).  According to my poll results, Obama has a 50 point lead.

-Office vending machine owners must hate this time of year because everyone puts out bowls of free candy on their desk.

-This commercial pretty much says it all about the Notre Dame die-hards.  Sadly, the priest in that commercial (the former chaplain to the ND athletic teams) died last night. 

-They pulled a nifty little switcheroo in last night's episode of The Office.  Dwight became Jim for an episode while he tormented Andy and Jim became Dwight while his brothers tormented him.  Clever "character costumes" for the show.

Try not to miss me too much when I'm gone.  Don't worry, I'll be back soon.  Maybe I'll even send out a quick post while on vacation, but don't hold your breath.

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