OT: The Friday "What are you up to?" Posbang Thread

Submitted by profitgoblue on June 8th, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Its that time again.  Time for a good Friday posbang!

What are you all up to today?  Have you found a way to avoid being productive on this sunny Friday?  Are you doing anything interesting this weekend?

Me, I'm sitting here at my desk as usual, trying not to get carpal tunnel syndrome as I hammer out document after document.  Howard Stern is talking in the background, providing another distraction to get me through the day, which includes me trying very hard to keep my composure with a lawyer for Comerica about language in a document.  Who would have thought a mid-sized bank like Comerica would be so difficult to deal with!?

As for this weekend, I have a nice little Saturday planned.  Going to take my oldest to a gourmet breakfast at IHOP and then hit the storage unit to move crap out of our house so we can put it on the market.  (You'd be amazed at the amount of kids sh-t that you accumulate in just four years.)  Maybe I'll cut the grass too.  Not sure.  Not sure if I'll have enough time.

(For all you Battlefield 3 players out there:  Have you purchased the Premium add-on yet?  Any thoughts on the new weapons?  For you PS3ers, I set up a new platoon called "MGoBlog" (clan name "MGo") if any of you want to join.  I'm playing under a different PSN these days so friend me up.  I'm still playing late-night so if any of you are up late playing too lets squad up.)


[EDIT:  Almost forgot to upvote my own thread . . . Done.]




Doc Brown

June 8th, 2012 at 11:34 AM ^

Giving finals to two of my classes. Then this Saturday I am applying for a few teaching jobs in Bloomfield. I am also volunteering at an event at my wife's work.


June 8th, 2012 at 11:42 AM ^

20 mintues ago the bell rang and now I am free for the summer...other than grading exams, cleaning, setting up for graduation, going to a tech conference, going to a leadership conference, and planning out the wrestling teams off-season workouts and fundraising, oh and lesson planning for next year. I sure am glad teachers get the whole summer "off"


June 8th, 2012 at 12:12 PM ^

Just got through my first season as a head coach and a teacher fresh out of college, I had one guy place top 8 in 182 at Florida states, hoping for a better all around team showing next year


June 8th, 2012 at 1:17 PM ^

wow...I am try to build up a team that hasnt been all that successful for a few years now, I got a few who have the skills but they dont have the mental part down, we need to get tougher. Plus in Florida wrestling is not all that popular as it is in some places in the north so I am fighting that too. We will see, they are all still warry of me just because I am a northerner with a different perspective and ideas, they dont like change.


June 8th, 2012 at 11:42 AM ^

Beautiful day to waste in the cubicle. Trying like hell to get IT to respond to my emails - it seems like they live in a bubble of their own with no thoughts given to people on the outside.

Looking forward to grilling, beaching and microbrewing tonight and tommorrow. Only 5 more days til we get to pick up the new puppy!


June 8th, 2012 at 11:44 AM ^

for the students was yesterday, sitting here nursing a hangover on the last teacher work day.

decided yesterday was a good day for a brown paper bagged 40oz of old english...those are always an awful decision the next day.

then i just got a call from my brother that i have to go help him spread 7 yards of mulch for his elderly neighbor as soon as i leave here.



June 8th, 2012 at 11:46 AM ^

So I'm not in the market for a new car for a couple of years, and there are a bunch of cars that are on my future list, but I know we have some other gear heads here,s o I thought I'd pose the question: Nicer or faster?

There are 2 cars that really intrigue me: the next Gen Audi A3 and the next gen VW GTI. (I'm also going to look at the Focus ST, Chevy SS, Buick Regal GS, Dodge Dart SRT4 and any other fun things with 4/5 doors in the $30K range available with a manual. I'll test drive a lot of things and I'm not buying anything for a while, just been going over this question in my head)

The A3 is going to be lighter than it is now with a 1.8TFSI engine and 180HP. It'll have comparable performance to what I'm driving today, but with better mileage and a much nicer interior and stuff seeing as it's an Audi.

The GTI is going to have 230-260 HP. Much better performance, but equal or a small step down from the nice side of things to what I'm currently driving.

There isn't much of a price difference (I'd probably get a high end GTI or low end A3) figure $2,000. Which would you buy? Nicer or Faster?

Hemlock Philosopher

June 8th, 2012 at 11:54 AM ^

My brother has a mtx S4 Avant (4.2L V8, got it used for $35K) and I had an RS6 (4.2L biTurbo V8). These cars are fun as hell to drive but cost a ton to maintain. Even so, I'd get another if my wife wouldn't kill me for it.

I am intrigued by the new Focus, but haven't had any luck with Fords ('98 SHO cost almost as much as the RS6 when the damn cams spun). 


June 8th, 2012 at 11:59 AM ^

I just saw that Audi is bringing the RS5 here.... that'd be fun.

I forgot to mention I'm currently in a VW CC - a bigger, nicer, GTI that isn't as "fun" when handling.

My brother-in-law has a new Focus, great car. Ford did a great job. I wouldn't go to a base focus, but the 256HP ST interests me... I'll have to drive/compare it.


June 8th, 2012 at 12:38 PM ^

But I'm liking the new Focus. And I would never have bought any of the old models. This one has more zip, great mileage, and a look miles cooler than what they were kicking out before. But then I've had better luck than you....I put my Probe out of it's misery when I figured it was going to cost more to make everything work than was worth it vs. putting it in a new car, but that was after 223,000 miles and 17 years. 

Now I've just got to get the cash and time together to get my Triumph up and running...


June 8th, 2012 at 1:31 PM ^

But if you're willing to fix the seat every time she's taking it, you can not only slide it all the way back (assuming you're not having anyone ride in the back), but you can raise and lower the seats for more head room (not just the slant of the back...but the actual seat. Just found this out). As for the underpowered, it's not a true sports car, just sporty (though you can get the sports package), but I offset that a bit by getting a manual which avoids the questionable auto shift and a little more pick up.

But it's a small car. But I've always perferred maneuverability over a big metal shell. I mean, everything seems big after my first car.

(Not me, but reasonable facsimile of my car)


June 8th, 2012 at 3:17 PM ^

Yes, British electrical systems weren't glorious. Eventually it becomes impractical to drive a car without locks anywhere though.  Not that it mattered when 4 or 5 of your friends could pick it up and put it on someone's lawn. Though that part of it WAS great if your brake line went out, and you had to stick your foot out to stop the car, all Flinstones style.

Smash Lampjaw

June 8th, 2012 at 4:44 PM ^

with an MG with no locks or keys, I never knew where to look for my car after school. Many others knew it was available throughout the school day. It served them right that it would also get stuck in reverse and they would have to drive around town backwards.


June 8th, 2012 at 12:59 PM ^

But I work for an auto supplier and get a pretty good discount on new cars. Since it doesn't cost too much more, the warranty, included service, etc. makes new cars a good deal for me.

My concern with a G would be finding a 4 door Manual. I know they exist... they're not quite a unicorn but they're like a narwhal...


June 8th, 2012 at 12:02 PM ^

Sitting at work regretting going to the midnight showing of Prometheus, because the lack of sleep is catching up to me quite a bit. A good movie though, would recommend to any Sci-fi movie watchers.


June 8th, 2012 at 12:03 PM ^

Someone I once considered my best friend has all but kicked me out of his life over the past few weeks. Had tickets to the Reds/Tigers game for Saturday and asked him to go with me (he lives in Cincy)--he never responded to the e-mail.  Broken-hearted, I put them on StubHub just now for the hell of it.  They just sold. =)

Forgetting the boy and buying a new bag.  And looking for a new best friend.


June 8th, 2012 at 12:08 PM ^

Tip from personal experience - guys and girls can never be best friends.  The guy always wants more.  It sucks, and I'm probably an a--hole for saying it, but its true 9 times out of 10.

Either that or your guy has a new girlfriend that has been hinting/telling him that you two shouldn't be friends.



June 8th, 2012 at 12:20 PM ^

I didn't like him like that, haha.  I really didn't.  And I highly doubt he felt that way about me.  I just have no idea why he pulled away so much.

But onward and upward. I got some super good advice from a guy much older than I am a couple years ago: "Watch what you fight for."


June 8th, 2012 at 12:51 PM ^

Ahh that video was heart-breaking.  There's a backstory.  It involves him breaking plans to go to The Game with me a week beforehand because he decided he's getting back with his (evil) ex-gf.  I even met her after the game.  Not sure how I kept my cool.  That night ended with me (super drunk) sobbing in the bed of an athlete (you're welcome) about how much I love ex-best friend and how I would have never hurt him.

In conclusion, yes, all women are crazy.


June 8th, 2012 at 1:46 PM ^

And I'm not sure....who's welcome....me?  Because it'd have to be BEFORE the game with the good results the next day to have helped me.  If it was the athlete...well, I hope he got more than the sobbing for his "thanks". If all he got was the sobbing, then maybe he should be saying "you're welcome".

Though even a more than a month latter, I'll gladly give you credit for the Sugar Bowl win. Especially if you're the "brunette girl."


June 8th, 2012 at 12:49 PM ^

It's not "pushing you away" so much as it is cutting ties.  If you find yourself in the "friend zone" with someone that you really like and care about it's extremely difficult to cut ties with them but it's the best way to maintain your sanity.  The idea is that you are supposed to miss him enough that you realize that you have feelings for him too.  Doesn't always work out that way though.


June 8th, 2012 at 1:16 PM ^

Its a sh-tty situation, Jen, but one most every guy has been in before.  From a guy's viewpoint, like MAgo says, we finally realize that, after a whole bunch of hints (maybe not recognizable enough because girls always say "he doesn't like me like that") and pain and suffering from wishing the situation was different, its time to move on.  It's hard for the guy too - imagine wanting something so badly (not just the s-x) and being "this" close to it for so long and then having to give up.  That's what it feels like - giving up - and no guy likes to do that.  Plus, you don't get to hang out with your friend anymore.  But that's less painful than wanting something you'll never have.  So either the girl gets her sh-t together and realizes that they should be with their best friend or they suffer the fate of many - lose them.



June 8th, 2012 at 1:36 PM ^

You said he went back to her. After you pretty much giving him the "let's just be friends treatment".  He probably went back to her because he came to grips with the fact that he wasn't getting anywhere with you. "Picking her" makes it seem like you were an option. If you gave him the same impression you've given us, he probably didn't think you were an option.

So you have to decide what you want with him, and not play games with him, and let him know straight up. Because it sounds like you wanted to play it both ways...have all his attention, but not do anything serious-scary. So either have to no send mixed signals, or let both of you move on.


June 8th, 2012 at 1:45 PM ^

I love him more than anyone I've ever loved in my entire life, and that terrifies me.  I tell him I love him alllll the time.  He's never said it back.  To quote some melodramatic song from Les Miserables, "If he asked, I'd be his."


June 8th, 2012 at 1:57 PM ^

And then there's I love you. If you've given mixed messages to a bunch of strangers on a message board, one can only guess the multiple messages he's getting.


didn't like him like that, haha. I really didn't.

Some guys are built differently. They won't say I love easily. And most won't at all if they're afraid loving you is going to scare you off. You've said you don't like him in that way, and here you're saying something different. If you still care and value it, don't be afraid and tell him how you really feel. Can't really feel any worse than you do now, can you?  But if you're just going to yo-yo him back and forth between friend and more, let him go, because he's saying he can't take it anymore.