Monday, October 30, 2006

Blogging resumes, the drugs are wearing off...

So… since I last left you, I was getting ready for my big ACL surgery, and I’m glad to report everything went well. The doctor had some trouble getting the old screws out of my bones from my previous surgery 6 years ago, but other than that everything was ‘standard procedure’. Plus, I’ve got a pretty sweet “incision/battle scar” from the surgery (chicks dig scars, right?).

After the surgery, I was drugged up on hydrocodone pills for 2 days or so… which of course made it easy to just lay around, pass out, concentrate on the paint patterns on the ceiling of my bedroom, etc. I also had time to reflect and value the humbling experience an individual is put through after surgery. With how busy and ‘connected’ we all are in this world, it doesn’t take much to make you realize how important friends, family, and good health are.

I do want to mention, I also really appreciate the emails and comments everyone sent, thanks for the support! You guys are awesome!

I’m not 100% sure, but he does look familiar...

Deputy prosecutor has sex in women's restroom

A Seattle deputy prosecutor found himself on the wrong side of the law Sunday after police said he was caught in a women's restroom at Qwest Field (Seattle Seahawks Pro Football) having sex.

The incident happened during the Seahawks game against Minnesota on Sunday afternoon, King County sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said. Qwest employees alerted off-duty sheriff's deputies working security at the stadium. The deputies went to the area near Section 138, where they found "a guy in the women's restroom having sex in one of the stalls," Urquhart said.

At the time, there was a long line of women waiting to use the facilities. Once he was outside, Urquhart said, it was clear the man had been drinking. The 31-year-old woman found with the man was not detained or arrested.

The man who was arrested was admitted to the bar in 1994. Holm said he has worked at the prosecutor's office for about 15 years and is one of its better trial attorneys. Article here.

I just have this weird feeling there's someone else

Girl ends her drivers by test crashing into DMV

Shortly after completing the road test for her driver's license Tuesday, 20-year-old Jessica Krasek ended the exam by crashing into the license bureau.

Her maroon 2003 Ford Taurus struck the front window of the license branch office. The girl wasn't hurt but a BMV worker suffered a hip injury and was examined by emergency medical personnel but was not hospitalized.

Portage Assistant Fire Chief Mike Bucy said the teen was pulling into a parking space and she hit the accelerator, instead of the brake pedal.

Amazing Travel manager Susan Williams described the accident, saying she thought something had exploded next door. Williams said she felt a boom and then heard glass shatter. "We jumped up and we went to the door and saw the car half in and half out of the license bureau," Williams said.

Williams said everyone was so stunned by the crash that they neglected to call 911. "Everybody was on their cell phones, but nobody called 911. I came back in and called 911," Williams said. Article here.

"Little Giants" coach for hire? Genius!

Halloween is almost as popular as Christmas?

Halloween is creeping up on the December holiday in popularity and consumer spending, according to recent retail surveys. And the customs surrounding the ghoulish day are not just for little ones anymore.

Adult participation in Halloween is at an all-time high in the United States, with big kids dressing up as their favorite characters and partying into the wee hours like never before. Americans will spend almost $5 billion on Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), a jump of more than a billion dollars over last year.

More grown-up participation in spooky festivities is a big contributor to the holiday's growth, experts say. Nearly 80 percent of 25-34 year-olds will dress up in costume, according to an NRF survey, which lists witches, pirates and vampires as its top adult get-ups for 2006.

Top Adult Halloween Costumes (2006):
1. Witch
2. Pirate
3. Vampire
4. Cat
5. Clown
6. Fairy
7. Gypsy
8. Superhero
9. Ghost/Ghoul
10. Dracula
11. Devil
12. Woman of the Night
13. Nurse
14. Pumpkin
15. Athlete
16. Princess
17. Zombie
18. Angel
19. French Maid
20. Cowboy/Cowgirl

Top Kids Halloween Costumes (2006):
1. Princess
2. Pirate
3. Witch
4. Spider-Man
5. Superman
6. Disney Princess
7. Power Ranger
8. Pumpkin
9. Cat
10. Vampire
11. Angel
12. Fairy
13. Ninja
14. SpongeBob SquarePants
15. Batman
16. Cheerleader
17. Football player
18. Tinkerbell
19. Monster
20. Star Wars character

Pet costumes so cute they’ll make you puke

Mom eats dead rat in McDonalds salad? Eww...

A Dallas Cowboys coach, his wife and the family's nanny have sued a McDonald's owner, alleging they found a dead rat in a salad purchased at a Southlake restaurant.

The lawsuit, which seeks $1.7 million in damages, was filed Thursday in state district court on behalf of Cowboys passing-game coordinator Todd Haley, his wife, Christine Haley, and the family's live-in baby sitter, Kathryn Kelley.

"We tried to work this out," said Scott Casterline, a spokesman for the Haley family. We were forced to file a lawsuit. It's a tragic situation for any family to go through."

Ken Lobato, owner-operator of the McDonald's, said he hadn't seen the
litigation so he couldn't respond to the allegation.

They took the salad home, where both women ate part of it before a dead rodent – thought to be a juvenile roof rat – was uncovered. The women called the Southlake McDonald's, and a manager came to the house to examine the salad.

The manager asked to take the salad and rat, but the women declined, the lawsuit says. The women became severely ill and endured long-lasting physical injuries, the lawsuit says. Mrs. Haley, who was nursing, had to feed her baby formula.

"She got violently ill; she couldn't perform her duties as a mother," Mr. Casterline said of Mrs. Haley. Both women say they suffered severe mental and physical pain and that their dining habits have been altered, the lawsuit says. Article here.

Hillary Clinton's high school picture... cute?

“I thought my high school picture was cute.”

— Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY). After her long-shot opponent, Republican John Spencer, suggested that Clinton had undergone "millions of dollars" worth of plastic surgery, and pointed out that she used to be much less attractive. Source.

Halloween Lights synched to music [semi-cool]

Michigan man has sex with dead dog? WTF?

A 44-year-old Saginaw man remains jailed today on charges of bestiality after he was seen engaged in sexual acts with a dead dog, Michigan State Police troopers said.

Troopers said a woman from the day care center called for animal control because there was a dead dog near the property that had been hit by a car several days earlier.

Before officers could arrive, the man showed up and began engaging in sexual acts with the dog, police said. The animal control officer also reported seeing Kuch involved in the sex act and as he approached him, Kuch shoved him away and ran off. State troopers searched the area and found the man hiding in the attic of a nearby house. Article here.

A dickwad costume, literally?

Coming soon... Fried Coca-Cola?

A new fast food is making its debut at U.S. fairs this fall -- fried Coke. Abel Gonzales, 36, a computer analyst from Dallas, tried about 15 different varieties before coming up with his perfect recipe -- a batter mix made with Coca-Cola syrup, a drizzle of strawberry syrup, and some strawberries.

Balls of the batter are then deep-fried, ending up like ping-pong ball sized doughnuts which are then served in a cup, topped with Coca-Cola syrup, whipped cream, cinnamon sugar and a cherry on the top.

"It tastes great," said Sue Gooding, a spokeswoman for the State Fair of Texas where Gonzales' fried Coke made its debut this fall. "It was a huge success."
Gonzales ran two stands at the State Fair of Texas and sold up to 35,000 fried Cokes over 24 days for $4.50 each -- and won a prize for coming up with "most creative" new fair food.

Now other fairs in North Carolina and Arizona are following the trend, and other people are trying to emulate Gonzales' recipe. Gonzales gave no indication of the calories in his creation and said he would not patent it.

"The best I can hope for is that it's the original and hopefully the best fried Coke out there," he said. But Gonzales said the success of his fried Coke had inspired him. Next year's fair-goers can look forward to fried Sprite or -- for those watching their weight -- fried diet Coke. Article here.

Makes for a good story to tell your friends?