Avocado Surprise

I arrived home this evening to find a nice surprise in my mailbox.


And not just that:


So I giddily open the CD and I’m thumbing through the booklet, noting the traditional typewritten lyric pages and the somewhat strange pictures, the album credits, and some oth–



Also, the album smells like an avocado. Seriously. I’m not joking. The album smells like an avocado.

An Epic Reckoning of Ramblings

Since we were all treated to a lame recap show for last night’s Lost, I’ll take the usual Lost analysis space to cover a few other shows I watch on a regular basis. None of them offer the same intellectual stimulation Lost does, but I think they’re just as enjoyable in far different ways.


  • LogoThere were few TV shows better than Sopranos in its first two or three seasons, but around the mid-point of season 3, the show began to focus on more family-oriented (not that familia) and out-there topics. I don’t really want to watch a show about a mob boss fighting with his wife about their son’s grades; and I definitely don’t wanna see anything about a mob capo and his psycho girlfriend placing solicited objects where the sun don’t shine (figure that one out). Seasons four and five emphasized domestic squabbles over mob hits, much to my dismay, and while it was certainly well-written and acted, my preferences are much more base when it comes to what I want out of my Mafia shows (and it doesn’t include a group of mob wives getting together to watch movies on Tuesday nights). After season 5 ended, I wasn’t optimistic about the show’s future as a mob drama.


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O Bufftuna

Not a great game outta the Sabres last night, but I think they’ll learn a lot from it. Dump the damn puck in, get the forecheck going, get the puck moving on the power play, and Buffalo will be fine. I’m hoping for a series-clinching win this Sunday at HSBC Arena. In the meantime, watch the following to get the sour taste of a loss out of your mouth.

Stubs McGee

I just got a scanner, so I’ve gone nuts and scanned a bunch of ticket stubs to better provide a full archive of my life’s experiences. I know you’re all fascinated with just what I’ve done during the long, sordid tale I call “life,” so take a look and comment on my trip to the Herkimer diamond mine or why I was sitting in a “Non-Drinking” section for the AFC Championship game way back when.

Ticket Stub Gallery


My summary of tonight’s events at HSBC Arena:

2:22 Simon Gagne: 2 Minutes for Hooking Derek Roy
5:06 Freddy Meyer: 2 Minutes for Crosschecking Thomas Vanek
15:54 Robert Esche: 2 Minutes for Roughing Toni Lydman
17:41 Derian Hatcher: 2 Minutes for Elbowing Brian Campbell
19:20 Mike Rathje: 2 Minutes for Holding J.P. Dumont
1:53 Denis Gauthier: 2 Minutes for Hooking J.P. Dumont
6:23 Denis Gauthier: 5 Minutes for Checking From Behind Thomas Vanek
6:23 Denis Gauthier: 10-Minute Game Misconduct
11:44 Freddy Meyer: 2 Minutes for Hooking Maxim Afinogenov
16:09 Ben Eager: 2 Minutes for Interference of Dmitri Kalinin
16:09 Ben Eager: 10 Minutes for Misconduct
18:35 Jeff Carter: 2 Minutes for Interference of Brian Campbell
11:36 Freddy Meyer: 2 Minutes for Tripping Maxim Afinogenov
16:33 Ben Eager: 10 Minutes for Misconduct Thomas Vanek
16:33 Ben Eager: 2 Minutes for Roughing Thomas Vanek
16:33 Ben Eager: 2 Minutes for Roughing Thomas Vanek
16:33 Derian Hatcher: 2 Minutes for Roughing Derek Roy


“Use a different word if you want, but I thought they [acted like idiots],” Ruff said. “The more they acted like idiots, the more we wanted to play.”

Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock took offense to Ruff’s description after the Flyers took 17 penalties, including Denis Gauthier’s ejection and Ben Eager’s two misconducts when the play deteriorated as the Sabres built a 5-0 first-period lead.

“That’s Lindy’s opinion,” Hitchcock said. “I’ve seen his teams do the same thing. So he ought not to talk about that.”

Hitchcock took one more question before abruptly leaving the podium. On his way out, he used two profanities in muttering aloud that Ruff should mind his own business.

See you Wednesday! wave


What a game.

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I’m just back from a weekend of debauchery up in Potsdam for TDK’s annual Founders Day weekend, pics of which are now online here. I’m still in hangover mode, so don’t bother me with more requests for squirrel videos right now.

The greatest news item ever?

I think so.

By way of FARK.com:

Lost and Found
Student recovers squirrel-stolen ID, Residential Life apologizes for employee’s insult
By Justin Fritscher
April 19, 2006

Squirrel BoyGreg Joubert held his recently found Tiger Card Monday on the Union’s front steps. It was the same card a squirrel stole 2 1/2 weeks ago near Joubert’s Louise Garig dorm room.

Joubert, industrial engineering freshman, recovered the card shortly before leaving for spring break from East Laville’s lost and found.

“It was found by a tree near East Laville,” said Joubert, who transferred to the University from Georgia Tech this semester.

Meagan Stewart, Joubert’s girlfriend and communication studies freshman, said an anonymous student turned his card in to East Laville’s front desk, where she works.

“I was going to take my shift, and one of the guys said, ‘I found squirrel boy’s ID,’” Stewart said.

Stewart said the student found the card in the garden in front of the dormitory.

“[The squirrel] somehow got the ID to East Laville,” Joubert said.

Joubert said he dropped his ID card from his third-floor window to his girlfriend below him on the ground. He said the card landed on the ground, and before Stewart could get the card, a squirrel snatched it and climbed a nearby tree.

“She heard a chirping noise and saw this flash,” Joubert said. “I guess he was thinking he could make a home out of it.”

Stewart said she was bringing Joubert some groceries when Joubert dropped the card to her.

“The sun was in my eyes, and I saw a blur,” Stewart said. “I heard the ID land, and it happened really fast.”

Stewart said she saw a squirrel dart up a tree with something in its mouth.

Joubert said he had heard about the aggressive nature of local squirrel before transferring to the University.

“I just got here this semester, and I heard before how crazy the squirrel were,” Joubert said.

Joubert said he has received attention from the squirrel incident.

“I never thought it would turn into this two weeks later,” Joubert said.

He said some friends from Atlanta, where he attended Georgia Tech last semester, heard about the squirrel’s crime and Joubert’s misfortune.

The squirrel’s theft had instigated a complaint by a Residential Life administrator, which was later followed with apologies.

“I got an e-mail apologizing later followed by a phone call,” Joubert said. “It was awesome that Residential Life was asking me for forgiveness.”

Joubert replaced his card shortly after it was stolen.

“What was funny was getting the new ID card,” Joubert said. “I said, ‘The squirrel took my ID. Do I still have to pay for a new one?’”

Joubert paid $15 to replace his squirrel-stolen card.

Joubert said he has learned his lesson.

“I haven’t thrown my card out of the window since,” Joubert said. “I come down the stairs for now on.”


Leafs on Weck

TORBUFAnother typical Leafs/Sabres game at HSBC Arena last night: 50% of the crowd were Leaf fans, the beef on weck was Delicious with a capital D, and the Sabres thrashed the Leafs. I should note I am now 6-for-6 in the winning department when wearing the blue-and-gold Lafontaine jersey to Sabres games. So, please, give me all due credit for the win last night.

And it was simply a fantastic game all-around. The Sabres took it to the Leafs right off the bat in the 1st period, spending most of the time in Toronto’s zone. I think 5 of the 6 goals scored were all highlight-reel worthy, though perhaps the most exciting play of the game came on a non-scoring rush. Winger Maxim Afinogenov was rushing into the Leafs’ zone and made a move to his right, froze the defenseman, and slid the puck behind the defender and moved to his left to pick the puck back up. The defenseman promptly fell on his ass, to the delight of the 18,000 fans in attendance (yeah, by this point, even the Toronto fans were chanting “Let’s Go Buff-a-lo!”). Breathtaking stuff outta Max.

Things are looking much better for Buffalo than they were two weeks ago, amidst what looked to be their worst stretch of the season. I think they’re in good shape for the playoffs, which are due to start this Saturday against either Philly, New York or New Jersey. Ryan Miller was just as good as he was the previous night in Montreal when he stopped 43 shots, notching 31 saves en route to a 6-0 shutout. He made some absolutely outstanding saves and is a large part of the Sabres’ having a renewed swagger about them.


Most importantly, I think I noticed more fine femmaninas than I ever have before at the Arena. I was surrounded by a veritable sea of hot women, although the occasional drunk, nasally-voiced Leafs fan was interspersed with that sea. I don’t know where all these hot women came from, but I don’t think they inhabit Buffalo on a regular basis. For some reason, I didn’t get too much attention from them, either. I guess a bearded guy wearing a hockey jersey eating beef-on-weck doesn’t put me on the cover of GQ. But come on, ladies, where else are you gonna get a fine package like this?