Nothing to say

Time to go to sleep.  Can’t stay awake much longer.  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.  I wish the doctor gave me some Valium or something.  I’m excited and nervous.
My iPod froze up on me for the first time on the way home from class tonight.  I forgot how to reset it and almost killed many other drivers as I mashed buttons trying to make it stop.  Well, not really… but I had to come up with something dramatic to say. read more

Pitchers Beware

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 I’ve lose Scott Kazmir, Carlos Zambrano, Jonathan Papelblon, Francisco Liriano and Mike Mussina. That’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. read more

Fantasy Foosball – Week 1

Okay, so week 1 is a bust… minor setback I hope. Had a run of bad luck. Who would’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, Indy’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. read more

Stupid Printers Taking My Money

<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>
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Fantasy Foosball

It’s the best time of year… 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 couldn’t have happened at a better time. I’m leading my fantasy baseball league by some 500 points (it’s like being 6 laps ahead in a race); so there isn’t a lot of concern there. Right as it’s starting to get boring, the NFL comes to the rescue. I’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. I’m hoping to run away with it… I managed the #1 draft pick (with no cheating!) and took Larry Johnson. Can’t fail right? So many people would say Shaun Alexander is the way to go, but he’s getting old, has always avoided hits (can’t dodge traffic forever) and is on the cover of the new Madden game. I’m guessing he’ll have a season-ending injury by week 6. Don’t deny the power of the Madden curse. Michael Vick was on the cover in ‘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! read more

8 Legged Freaks

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 weren’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. I’ve never had too much of a problem with spiders, but it is getting fairly disgusting. There’s one good thing about winter, they all die. read more


So I believe I mentioned trying to get a better deal on Time Warner cable television. I went to their retail store in Mayfair Mall to see if I could sweet talk a salesperson. There were no salespeople there that day, of course. So I emailed them. The response I got was this:

Dear Mr. Ratkowski:

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Monday off work = Bad TV time!

<p>Well, the woman and I went out for breakfast. I’m still full… way too much food. We went shopping for as long as we could stand. Now it’s barely into the afternoon and there’s nothing to do but watch Maury. I tried to stop in the Time Warner store and beg them for cheaper cable, but no sales people were there. Alas, there’s no choice but to watch the over the air junk. Nothing like a full hour of paternity tests. I guess it’s good to know that if I get a bunch of bad tattoos and start drinking malt liquor for breakfast I will have a place to go when some skanky girl I’ve never met comes after me for child support.</p>
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Go Pack Go!

Well, the Packers lost again yesterday.  No big surprise.  They are going to have a rough year again.  The worst part about this season will certainly center around #4.  I was hoping last year would be it for him.  He had the dramatic exit winning against his old coach, handing the ball off to Aaron Rogers in the final minutes.  It was perfect… Instead, we have to watch him struggle through this season.  It is true, he can make a team better; a good team.  In the late 90’s he had an amazing team around him and he helped them win.  Now he has a rather mediocre team around him and he is making them worse.  Favre doesn’t seem to realize that you can’t throw the ball as far downfield as possible with no Javon Walker there to jump up and catch it.  You can’t throw bullets into double coverage if there’s no Robert Brooks with the hands to hang on.  So instead we just get interception after interception.  It’s a shame.  I guess we’ll have to wait until next year for the Packers to start getting good again.  If Favre retires after this season, then the new quarterback can finally break his way into the game and start developing the team around him.  Until then, the Colts are looking pretty good… read more


Well I took a day off work yesterday and decided to go golfing.  Not long ago I realized I haven’t played Whitnall Park in years.  So rather than go to a nearby course I trecked out that way to play.  I was looking forward to it, as I’ve played Whitnall countless times and it’s almost always been a nice course.  Not today.  The greens were brown and the tee boxes had little to no grass on several holes.  It didn’t help that the greens were coated in fertilizer.  Putting was nearly impossible.  Weird thing was, if you chipped from close up the ball would roll clear across the green.  When putting, the greens were incredibly slow and required a lot of muscle to move the ball.  Anyway, I played pretty poorly on the front 9.  I’m pretty disappointed with myself for not getting out to play much this year.  I got a lot better on the back 9, but not great.  I’ve had a lot of trouble hitting my irons in the last year, not sure why.  For some reason I kept trying to get the ball up in the air and would make a divot behind the ball, and the shot would go nowhere.  That or I’d try to overhit and barely get the club into the ground.  I’ve been working on it, and made good strides hitting into the ground in front of the ball and had some very pretty iron shots.  My drives were pretty good, all 250-275 yards and most of them very straight.  Short game killed me, couldn’t chip from inside 20 yards and the putting, as I mentioned, was not happening.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get out and play a lot more before it gets too cold. read more