Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stats from my blog from this past year in 2011

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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I’m not really going anywhere. I better get somewhere

Just a picture of my lunch from yesterday while I took a break from my work.

I was just thinking about my career. Where do I want to go? I like my gig but I know it’s not what I want to do for much longer. I better leave right now before I get stuck in a cycle. I want a new gig but I don’t know what’s best for me.

I want to travel. I want to be hands on. I am very optimistic about finding something. I can do sports. I can do something outside of that. I just want to let my brain explore.

What to do…

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Thinking like Billy Beane: Why would I trade away Cahill, Gonzalez and Bailey?

Farewell my friends.

I’m trying to wrap my head around this and it’s hard. How can the A’s trade away their last three All-Star game representatives in a matter of weeks? What is Billy Beane thinking?

And then I come to realize that maybe he is on to something.

Keeping these three would be expensive (with arbitration, new contract, etc.) and maybe like the trades of Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson, getting rid of them right before they peak is just the way to go.

But have these players peaked? Cahill was not himself this year after a good start and maybe he was already on the decline. Maybe Gonzalez’s high walk total suggested that he’s losing control. Maybe Bailey’s too injury prone.

I don’t know if my thinking is right. Maybe I’m wrong. But I feel that the A’s hauled in a lot of young talent that has potential. But to give away the best players right now hurts. It’s another 100-loss season coming up ahead it seems like with no superstars on the roster. (I know the A’s haven’t had a 100-loss season in some time, but last few have felt like it.)

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Introducing to you my Moneyball piggy bank: Scott HAMmeberg

I bought this piggy bank from Target the other day and decided to paint it. His name is Scott HAMmeberg. And because the A’s are poor and the Moneyball movie came out a few months ago, I decided to go with that theme. Here are some pictures!

*I’m still adding gloss to the pig’s cap so that photo isn’t up yet.

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Merry Christmas, Happy birthday Jesus and the birth of eternal salvation

Jesus' birthday cake.

Merry Christmas!

As you know, I don’t like Christmas. Well, it’s more of I don’t like what Christmas has become. From all that “Happy Holidays” nonsense and the forced gift giving and Santa, it’s just not me.

But Christmas should be about Jesus. It is about Jesus. It’s about Jesus’ arrival to earth and His mission to begin salvation for all of us. His birth — the birth of our eternal salvation.

That’s all it really is about. I didn’t buy any gifts or do any of that Christmas stuff. I just want to celebrate God’s promise for eternal life. The celebration of Christ — Merry Christmas!!!

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Fun pictures from my Friday

Here are some pictures I took with my phone on Friday. Just a cool collection of the things I did today.

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“Gimme Shelter” is the most gangster, bad ass song every written

I’ve always been a huge fan of this song but it was yesterday while I was driving home from work and this song came up on the radio did I realize how awesome this song is. In fact, it might be the most gangster song ever written.

And why do I think so? Here are my reasons.

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Thanks to the A’s on Twitter, I just won myself three new bobbleheads!

During the month of December, the A’s are running a contest every day on Twitter. Every day at 11AM, they’ll release a question to the followers and whomever responds at the right time will win.

Today’s contest question was this:

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49ers-Steelers Monday Night Football game in which I meet Steve Young after some darkness

It’s late and I am tired as I write this, so I’ll make it quick.

Last night was one of the most interesting nights for me. If you watched the game, you know that the place had a blackout on two separate occasions. It was strange with the lights out, but we resumed everything normally. It was just frustrating that it was delaying our time.

Now for the cool stuff. When I got there, I saw Jon Gruden. I said hi to him. He said hi to me. That was that. Nice!

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49ers-Steelers Monday Night Football oh man!

These two teams last met in 2007.

In less than 12 hours, I will be getting ready to head out to Monday Night Football at Candlestick. It’s going to be a huge game between the 49ers and Steelers. I just want this day to be over. Nationally televised games are so stressful and it would be just nice if this game is decided by the third quarter.

So much stress. So much work. My brain is gonna fry!!!

Go Niners!

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