FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
I am currently in an online franchise for Madden 10 on PS3, and we are in need for some new owners. It's a solid league and we usually advance every 4-5 days. The franchise is in Season 2 in the Super Bowl, which has the Lions(!) playing the Pats, so if you are interested we should be doing the rookie draft on the 21st after some members get back from a trip. There is a website for the league that is pretty nice. Link here.
Not sure about all the open teams exactly since EA won't let me check but the ones I know of are the Bucs, Bills, I think the Chargers, Dolphins, Chiefs, Jaguars, Seahawks, Browns. Not sure if there are more, but that should be most of them.
We don't want any cheap players, and we play with some rules to make sure the game is played the way it should be played. We will also be continuing this franchise in Madden 11, I believe.
Okay, so, way OT, but again, it's May. Deal.
My U.S. Flag is a tattered mess. I get very high winds outside my house, and my flag hangs 24/7 (except on game days, which I trade it up for my Michigan flag). I have ordered a new, really high quality US made flag for high wind areas, which should be here in about a week. In the mean time, I need to conduct a Flag Retirement.
When I have talked to my neighbors, and much of my family, they have been very dismissive of the whole idea, suggesting I should just continue to fly the tattered one, or just throw it in the garbage, which is deeply bothersome to me. Furthermore, most of my neighbors don't even FLY a flag.
Does anyone have any ideas on how I might hold a flag retirement which will A: Not make them think I'm crazy, and B: Maybe encourage a few of them to respect the flag a little bit more? My current plan is to lay out bricks to form an enclosure, light coals in there, and drape the flag over to the star spangled banner. This will be followed by burgers and dogs for the wife and I. Shall I invite others?
Edit: The burgers and dogs will NOT be cooked over the same coals.
I considered posting this under numerous other threads ("OT: Bachelor Party" almost got it), but in the end, it just needed its own special treatment.
I'm prepared to make a bold statement: Donald Trump may have saved America. Or at least USA. Or US Americans. Or whatever, but. . .wow. Thank you, Donald.
The Miss USA pageant has been something of an afterthought for years. . .aside from a handful of notable distractions (Carrie Prejean, Shanna Moakler, Ali Landry, and the wonderful Tara Conner), it was an event that many of us remember most fondly as one we watched with our dads when we were kids, in one of our first "guys vs. mom and sisters" bonding rituals. We really didn' t know what we were doing, we just knew it was something Dad liked, and Mom. . .didn't. Mom liked the Miss America pageant, because they sang, danced, and demonstrated wholesome qualities. Dad? He was one of us, before we was "us".
Miss USA was the Penthouse of beauty pageants. None of this "talent" stuff; Miss USA was founded when some Miss America winner decided she didn't want to pose for photos in a bathing suit. So the sponsor dumped Miss America, and created a whole new contest that got right to it: no more plate spinning, juggling, or bird-training, this contest was about looks (evening gown), looks (bathing suit), and looks (better not distract me from your looks during the interview). Miss America was for the girl next door; Miss USA was for her naughty cousin who came into town from time-to-time, and who you still remember with a smile.
I could go on and on, and maybe should in my first diary--plenty to say, looking back on pageants' role in the whole father-son relationship (like "watching Wonder Woman with Dad makes more sense when you know she was Miss World USA first", or "what the hell happened to Delta Burke?"). However, how about we end it now and open this up for comments with the following 3 points:
1) Donald Trump is a genius, as hard as that is to admit;
2) I'll be watching the Miss USA pageant next weekend, likely chatting with my brother and Dad over the phone, wholly because Trump has decided that there wasn't enough "glam" (yes, their word) in pageant-world;
Behold, Miss Wyoming:
Yet another "favorite (insert whatever)" discussion I thought could be interesting and maybe enlightening to the music fans we have around here. What is your favorite album of all time? I have to say "Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd. I can't say that any individual song is among my top 10 or 20 but the album as a whole is a masterpiece. The organization of the album is perfect. It flows so well it sounds like one 50 minute song. Fantastic. "The White Album" by The Beatles is another great one. What does everyone think?
I need your help...I'm getting married in three weeks in Omaha, NE (my fiancee's home town, also the home of the College World Series), and since neither I nor none of my groomsmen are coming from remotely close to the area, I need to help out with the planning of a bachelor party of sorts...
Now, I assume not that many of you have actually been to the booming metropolis of Omaha, so I won't expect any Omaha-specific suggestions, but I wondered if you guys could offer up some bachelor party suggestions...a few stipulations:
1) My fiancee's brother will be there, and he is only 17 (though due to his upbringing not likely to slip roofies into our drinks, a la The Hangover), plus my brothers which are 18, 18 and 20 so that rules out any over-21 exclusive places...
2) I'm not into strippers or strip-clubs or any of that type of thing...I love having fun, but the cleaner the better for me...
And yes, there can and should be U-M elements to this, I'm an alum, my three brothers are all undergrads now, six out my eight groomsmen are U-M alums, and just about every guy coming to the bachelor party is as well...
Thanks for the suggestions!
I hope I am not the only one here that finds this to be one of the funniest shows ever. Well I have seen that they are going to start production for season 2 this month but I can't find any dates for when it will actually be on HBO again. Anyone have any idea? Anyone else find this show overly hilarious?