The Tiger's Eye: October 2006

26 October 2006

Short post of explaination

no blogging lately due to vacation preceeded by hard drive crash on the home machine (Im posting this at work after hours). Hopefully I will be back online by the weekend.

The old hard drive is apparently toast. That funny "Whing, Whing, Whing" sound was the drive arm not connecting to the disc. Some of the info might still be salvagable but it doesnt look promising. The back up 40G drive is apparently workable but the computer doesnt seem to want to find it when I boot it up so its back to work with the damm box and let the IT boffins work it over. Hopefully I will be up by Tuesday.

(UPDATE the Second)
Well I got the back up Hard Drive installed and is now recognized as a valid Drive (loose wires can really screw with your head) but now I have a bunch of error messages due to missing system drivers. Apparently my drive was not compatable with the Dell P3 that I installed it into. I am thinking that those deals at the computer store are starting to look really good.
In the meantime I am still posting this at work in off hours.


17 October 2006

The Question.

I had deleted the post placed her.
In it I had asked what Degree you could earn from University that held the highest level of esteem and Why?

09 October 2006

Breaking headline...

"NORTH KOREA TESTS NUCLEAR DEVICE!" - multiple wire services

"More Fizzle than "POP" "- US Intelligence Officer.

"Bush blamed for North Korean Nuke Test as a way of shifting focus from the really important matter of which 21 year old ex-page Congressman Foley diddled and how much of it can we blame on the House leadership" - annonymous Democrat party operative.

OK, OK - I admit made the last one up. But hey, like the CBS crew said in '04, It COULD be true.

08 October 2006

What football is supposed to be.

Yesterday I got the chance to make an old guy feel young again. A very good professional friend emailed me a few months ago and asked if I was a fan of Notre Dame Football. Even though I did not attend the school I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the Golden Dome. "Of course!" I said, "Does the Pope Sh!t in the woods? Is a bear Catholic?" His next email said he had two tickets for me and a guest to the Stanford game. I immediately thought of my father. He grew up on stories of George Gipp, The Four Horsemen and Knute Rockne while listening to Notre Dame Football on the radio in his small central Indiana town. Attending Notre Dame was out of the question but dad always dreamed of seeing at least one game there. When I called him early in September to ask if he would be free, he immediately said “Of Course! Does the Pope Sh!t in the woods? Is a bear Catholic?” (The nut didn’t fall far from the tree). We left Indy yesterday at 9:45 am in the company of my friend and another business acquaintance, traveled up US 31 to the Joyce South Lot. We tailgated from the back of his Suburban, drank some brewskies, ate some perogies, we watched as the band marched to the stadium and then we headed to our seats in the south end of that famed stadium. If you ever have a chance to attend you should make every effort to do so. This is what College Football is all about. From the moment the oldest college marching band assembled in the tunnel and was led high-stepping onto the field by the leprechaun and the cheerleaders, to the fabled fight song and the singing of the alma mater; through game itself featuring a pretty good Notre Dame team manhandling a spirited but undermanned Stanford to the final whistle it was a fantastic afternoon. Then something magic happened. At many if not most college football games once the final whistle blows the band marches off the field and everybody leaves but not at here. The band marched back onto the field, dressed their lines facing the student section and proceeded to serenade the remaining faithful along with the team by playing the fight song again, another victory march, and the 1812 Overture (accompanied by the fans waving a “W” with both hands above their heads). They did an “about face” and serenaded the remaining Stanford fans with the Stanford fight song, another “about face” and played Notre Dame’s Alma Mater accompanied by nearly 50,000 students, alumni and fans who sang along. Then a smart “Right face” and they high-stepped off the field to the ND Victory March.

It was as Dad said, “A wonderful day. One he will remember the rest of his life”. It was so much fun to see him truly enjoy the day.

Thanks Lonnie.

05 October 2006

Just askin...?

A Few thoughts at random:
• Can someone please explain the mechanics of gas prices? It does not appear to be simple supply and demand. I don’t buy for a minute that the President or Karl Rove or Dick Cheney has any ability to manipulate such things on such a massive scale. After all, if they did wouldn’t they also be manipulating the Stock Market and the news media as well? Oops…, cats out of the bag. (snicker)
• As reprehensible as Congressman Foley’s actions appear to be, doesn’t it seem awfully suspect that the information was released to ABC on the final day of congress prior to a vital mid-term election when they appear to have been circulating in Democrat circles for well over a year? Is there a correlation between the release of such damaging information just as the Republicans looked to be making enough gains with voters as to offset the public’s tiring of the constant anti-war sentiment in the media and thus likely ushering in the reign of Speaker Pelosi?
• If Congresswoman Pelosi does become speaker will we see impeachment proceedings, de-funding of the war effort in Iraq, major tax hikes on the “Upper class” (read anyone making over $100,000 per annum)?
• If there is a Speaker Pelosi; will there be another attack on American soil similar in scope to 9/11?
• If both houses go to the Democrats will the Dow drop below 10,500 before 2009 and will inflation soar? If inflation rises what is the likelihood that we will see our taxes rise?
• Will the North Koreans or the Iranians test a nuclear warhead and will they then offer the technology to the highest bidder?
• I thought “Gay-men” didn’t have any interest in 16-18 year old adolescent males. Isn’t this one of the politically correct mantras that the Left consistently drones on about when ever the issue of homosexual rights is discussed – like the Boy Scouts not wanting to allow homosexual scout leaders?

Or am I all wet and all of this won’t happen because after all, as reprehensible as his actions were, Congressman Foley’s actions were the actions of one man and not the corporate actions of a party, that the American people will be smart enough to figure out that even with the likelihood of enormous bungling on the part of Speaker Hastert there was no conspiracy on the part of the Republicans and that same electorate will recognize that we are still at war with an enemy who would simply execute both the congressman and the pages he dallied with on-line along with anyone else who they deemed evil enough to meet their demented standards? An electorate that will recognize that regardless of how bad the Republicans have bungled some things the alternative of a Democrat controlled House and/or Senate at this time would be far worse?

Fire away, comments are OPEN.

01 October 2006

1 October 2006!!!!

Damm it is hard to believe its OCTOBER already! Where did the summer go?

I'll second the comment by my friend Rob over at

NOBODY runs the 2 minute better than Mr. Manning.

Regardless of the fact that they still cannot seem to stop the run, Dungy's "bend but not break" defense keeps working. Yet perhaps in spite of that and the fact that much of the team cannot play due to injury they just keep winning. If we can make it to the bye week then perhaps we can get healthy again. We currently have 22 on the IR list with 2 out for the season (Sanders and Simon - both with knee injuries) 3 on Injured Reserve and 14 who were listed as questionable for today's game. 12 of the names are defensive with much of the secondary still out.
I know its early but still this team seems to have more "GUTS" than last year.
As the coach says: " A win is a win".

On another note, when we moved to Indy nearly 14 years ago we choose the northeast side for a number of reasons but mostly due to the schools. When we built our little enchanted ranchburger on the prairie we never guessed that while living on the sunny side of the city, we would be cursed with higher gas prices. For some reason this side of town is about $0.15 to almost $0.25 higher than the west side of town. All the past week Plainfield has skirted with sub $1.90 gas and is currently at:

What gets me is that its all the same gas! Stores with sub 2 dollar gas on the west side are hiking it just because they can.

Gas hit $1.89 all over Indy today including the eastside in numerous locations.