On the eve of the Patriot’s second trip to the Super Bowl in three years, I am amazingly calm. I guess its the fact that they have won it already. But if they win tomorrow, they can really put themselves in some elite company in the history of the NFL. I am confident that they will win but I fear it is going to be a closer game than people anticipate.
I have recently added a new feature of sorts to the site. You can now choose wether to have the site interface as a free flowing “Liquid” design, where the text ajusts to the size of your browser window, or a “Fixed Width” design, where the width of the content area is fixed to a specific width. This feature is effective when you are looking at the site with a large resolution monitor like those massive ones Apple and Dell are putting out in that it gives more control over the layout. To change the look, simply click on the icons at the top of the green column to the right.
Problems – I am having some troubles with my Print style sheet in the Resume area when the alternate style sheets are active (Liquid Display, Valentines Day, and St. Patricks Day styles). So, if you want to print my resume using the browser print function, make sure the interface is the “Fixed Width” interface with the yellow header and the gray background.
Update: – This was a short lived experiment. I have moved away from trying to prove I can do several things with my web site and decided to just keep it simple. I may look into using style switcher scripts in the future, but for right now, I’m sticking to one design.
I was driving around yesterday and the seminal 1980’s one-hit-wonder song “I Ran” by A Flock of Seagulls came on the radio, and in seconds it sent me hurtling back to the teen angst of high school. Listening to this song and being exposed to all the recent retro stories about the 1980’s makes me realize what a unique period that was in the history of music.
It looks as though my Patriots are headed back to the SuperBowl for the second time in three years. They put up a convincing win this evening against the Indianapolis Colts for their fourteenth win in a row (second longest winning streak in NFL history next to the 1972 Miami Dolphins who ran the table that year). While today’s win was good, I thought there were a few areas of concern, with the most glaring to me being the Patriots’ ineffectiveness in the red zone. They had numerous opportunities for touchdowns with the ball at the 20 yard line, or closer, and they could not capitalize and put the game away. They definitely need to improve that for the Super Bowl.
Of the two NFC teams, I guess I am alright playing the Carolina Panthers. I think I prefer them to the Eagles, although the Patriots beat the Eagles earlier this year. I think the obvious advantage is the fact that the Patriots have been there before and know the drill and hype that comes with the SuperBowl. Here’s to a great two weeks leading up to what I hope will be another Patriots World Championship!!!
This week, my son Ian turned one year old. It is quite humbling when I step back and consider that I am now the proud daddy of a one year old boy and a two-and-a-half year old daughter (No worries, we have no plans for any more additions to the brood). The past 2.5 years have obviously been amazingly crazy with the addition of Rebecca and Ian to our family, but it has also been the most wonderful and humbling experience. Rebecca just never ceases to amaze with her own personal interpretations of the English language and the joy that she brings to everyone she comes in contact with. Ian is quietly coming into his own. The hardest part is to come to grips with the fact that he is now a year old and no longer that 3 month old munchkin. Now if I can only get my career and job situation back in order so we can get back to reality, that would be the most wonderful New Year’s gift!
I went to the Doctor on New Years Day, but it wasn’t to cure a hangover. While everyone was out reveling and celebrating the turn of the new year, yours truly spent the week between Christmas and New Years battling pnemonia. Hardly a fun way to bring in the new year, and in fact, I find great irony in the fact that I was sick as a dog to close out 2003, being that it had been one of the rougher years in my life. So what did I do while being bed ridden for a full week? I am glad you asked…Lots of TV and some other things:
- Lots of sleep
- Read Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
- Started to read First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
- Read The New York Times almost every day.
- VH1’s fantastic series I Love the 1980’s (1986-89 episodes)
- Watched Syracuse thrash Michigan State in basketball
- Four NFL Playoff games to determine who will lose to the Patriots.
- The Rose Bowl. My, did USC put a thumping on Michigan
- The Nokia Sugar Bowl. Yawn.
- The Mastercard Alamo Bowl – Michigan State vs. Nebraska
- The Outback Bowl – Florida vs. Iowa
- Toyota Gator Bowl – Maryland vs. West Virginia
- SBC Cotton Bowl Classic – Mississippi vs. Oklahoma State
- Mississippi Burning at 2AM (as disturbing as that is…could not sleep)
- Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Don’t ask.
- Swingers. I forgot how great a movie this is!
- The full second season of Mind of the Married Man on HBOnDemand
- 20 Years of Monty Python on BBC America which included their best skits
I am happy to report that I have rejoined the human race. While I am not functioning at 100%, I am feeling much much better. Here’s to a wonderful 2004!