Went back out in the world tonight. School seemed like an easy way to get back into being a normal person after a 5 day leave. Well, it was tough. My nose is still stuffy and runny at the same time, so I was making all sorts of noise trying to suck in my boogers/blood/whatever. Also, despite the fact that Iâ€™ve been resting a lot, I have no energy. Walking any kind of long distance (like across the parking lot) was surprisingly trying. Now I have to get zero sleep (since I canâ€™t get any air in my nose yet and hate sleeping on my back) and try a full day of work. Not sure if Iâ€™ll make it the full day, but I hear itâ€™s very slow there so it should be easygoing if anything.
<p>So the Packers lost again. Not that I really thought they would win. The offense looked halfway decent this time around. Everybody keeps talking about the game that Drew Brees had against us… but nobody mentions that Favre had a few less yards and one more TD. I guess all that gets lost in a loss. One thing that really stood out to me was the play of newly signed drunk Koren Robinson. Looked like he was starting a fight with somebody on every kick return. I didn’t see much else in the way of overly-agressive play (other than a few things here and there). However, it looked like every time Robinson was in there was nearly a fight. Glad we signed that guy. He really seems to be the “good kid” Thompson made him out to be. Seriously, he cannot get suspended by the league quickly enough.</p>
<p>Other than that, fantasy foosball was a good turnaround for me this week. I played what I thought was the next best team out there. Of course, the first two weeks haven’t gone as planned. Reggie Wayne had a really good week with catches and yardage, but no TDs. Carson Palmer went nuts and got me gobs of points. That’s why I picked him. Larry Johnson had a better week with 167 all-purpose yards. I was hoping with Trent Green out that KC would go a lot heavier on the run, but that young guy has come out pretty confident so far. Hopefully after the bye week they will start acting more sensible and run like crazy.</p>
<p>Here’s how the week looks for me so far – <a href=”http://jayratkowski.com/pics/week2.JPG”>click!</a></p>
<p>In other fantasy news… I picked up Lawrence Maroney and the Charger D. Dropped Indy defense and Nate Burleson. Hopefully San Diego will stay tough so I don’t have to play the matchups as much with my defense.</p>
Iâ€™m watching Napoleon Dynamite for the 2nd time in a 12 hour span. Not because I like it so much, but because I was too lazy to put a different DVD in. It was either this or stare at the catâ€™s ass for a few hours.
I tried venturing outside for some food. There is a Quiznoâ€™s close by and that french dip type sub sounded really delicious. Went at like 6PM, they close at 8 or 9PM. They were closed. No explanation why. I really wanted that damn sub.
Life is boring. I donâ€™t want to go to a store to buy the new Madden gameâ€¦ so Iâ€™m playing last years again. I think I am on like my 9th season with the Packers. The mighty interception king, Favre, is long gone. The numbskull Mike McCarthy was never hired as coach. Shermanator was let go immediately. Life is so much better when choices are made using common sense. Oh well.
I had surgery this morning.Â Septoplasty and corbolation (spelling?) of turbinates.Â What it means is they chopped up and straightened out my septum and cut down the size of the turbinates on either size.Â Vicodin is kicking in, but I think Iâ€™ll take the full dose next time.Â Still feeling some of the pain.Â Was really miserable earlier.Â I was at the surgery center for about 4 hours, but was only knocked out for about 1 hour or so and the surgery took just over 30 minutes.Â Thereâ€™s a good amount of bleeding still, but not gushing.Â Just steady that clots and goes away for a bit but comes back whenever I swallow too hard or move too much.Â Got a nice chunk of gause taped on the underside of my nose that Iâ€™ve had to change about every 30 minutes so far.
Time to go to sleep.Â Canâ€™t stay awake much longer.Â Pumped about waking up at 5:30AM to go get my nose chopped and broken and have a tube stuffed down my throat and whatever else is in store for me.Â I wish the doctor gave me some Valium or something.Â Iâ€™m excited and nervous.
My iPod froze up on me for the first time on the way home from class tonight.Â I forgot how to reset it and almost killed many other drivers as I mashed buttons trying to make it stop.Â Well, not reallyâ€¦ but I had to come up with something dramatic to say.
I recently had another pitcher on my Fantasy team bite the dust. This one for a second time. I really do feel bad for any of the pitching staff on my fantasy baseball team. They seem to be cursed. In the last month alone Iâ€™ve lose Scott Kazmir, Carlos Zambrano, Jonathan Papelblon, Francisco Liriano and Mike Mussina. Thatâ€™s a pretty top notch list of casualties. I should have tried to draft more Cardinals or Reds and the Brewers might have locked up the central with the other teams losing their entire rotation because they are on my fantasy team.
Okay, so week 1 is a bustâ€¦ minor setback I hope. Had a run of bad luck. Who wouldâ€™ve thought that Larry Johnson would do nothing and Carson Palmer would do even less? Beyond that, I ditched the Cinci defense and picked up Vernon Davis (not in time for this week, but he should be huge). I also dropped a backup wideout in exchange for the Indy defense. Of course, Indyâ€™s D is playing like garbage tonight. Plus I think I have to alter the scoring in my league as none of the defenses are making an impact.
<p>So I wanted to print something out to post on the bulliten board in my apartment building… but I am out of yellow ink. I have no yellow, so I can’t print in black and white. That’s harsh. So now I have to go to Best Buy on a weekend… I’m certain this will be hell on earth.</p>
<p>I wanted to print a flyer for a little side business I’ve been kicking around for ages. I’m thinking about doing some guitar repair again. I’m always weary of it, because when you’re some unknown doing work in the neighborhood, the majority of the customers you get are people who have had a guitar for years and never played them. The strings are usually tetanus shots waiting to happen, with a nice layer of rust on them. Many of them have necks that are twisted like pretzels. Putting a new set of strings on them and tuning to proper tension is likely to snap the neck, or rip the bridge out of the body. All this so they can put the thing back in the closet and never look at it again, until the next guy posts a similar flyer in the lobby.</p>
<p>Oh well, I’ll probably give it a try anyway… maybe now that I’m in a more artsy community, I will have more customers who have a genuine interest in taking care of their instruments.</p>
Itâ€™s the best time of yearâ€¦ Fantasy baseball is coming to a close as teams make their stretch runs and young players on failing teams get a lot of playing time. At the same time, fantasy football is just beginning. It couldnâ€™t have happened at a better time. Iâ€™m leading my fantasy baseball league by some 500 points (itâ€™s like being 6 laps ahead in a race); so there isnâ€™t a lot of concern there. Right as itâ€™s starting to get boring, the NFL comes to the rescue. Iâ€™m running my own league for the 3rd straight year. Have 10 teams, most of them have played the past 2 seasons. I made a lot of format/rule changes this year and it looks like competition should be more fierce. Iâ€™m hoping to run away with itâ€¦ I managed the #1 draft pick (with no cheating!) and took Larry Johnson. Canâ€™t fail right? So many people would say Shaun Alexander is the way to go, but heâ€™s getting old, has always avoided hits (canâ€™t dodge traffic forever) and is on the cover of the new Madden game. Iâ€™m guessing heâ€™ll have a season-ending injury by week 6. Donâ€™t deny the power of the Madden curse. Michael Vick was on the cover in â€˜03, the year he broke his leg in the preseason. Donnavan McNabb was on 2 years later, when he missed a lot of time to a groin injury. Alexander is next!
So I live in downtown Waukesha. Right outside my window is the Fox River. The little riverwalk is there and all that. It would be really enjoyable, if it werenâ€™t horribly overrun with spiders. If you go out for a walk at night along the river, it would be impossible to count all of them. There are easily tens of thousands. In my window (on the outside) there are a good 10-20 of them. They range from the size of a pinhead to the size of a quarter. My girlfriend is terrified of them. If we leave the blinds open they make some rather menacing shadows on the wall/ceiling. Thankfully, there have not been any inside out place. I emailed the city of Waukesha about the infestation, as a block away the river is virtually bug free. I received a reply saying they have tried, but the pollution issue is obviously a concern. They randomly sweep the guardrails and walkways to clear the webs, but they return within a day. Iâ€™ve never had too much of a problem with spiders, but it is getting fairly disgusting. Thereâ€™s one good thing about winter, they all die.