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Adoption Update

November 15, 2005 at 3:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Oops, I forgot to link to my most recent adoption update over in The Front Porch.

Four Inches of Fun

November 15, 2005 at 2:12am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Hot dog! Nebraska’s trusty meteorological prognosticators—who are never wrong—are saying we could see four inches of the white stuff tomorrow. Sweet!

I doubt I’ll be as pleased about the weather once tomorrow rolls around, though. It’s not the snow I’ll mind, but the wind. Nebraska’s fall winds can really take the fun out of a good snowfall.

Thrilling to the End

November 14, 2005 at 3:52am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I wrapped up the college soccer reffing season with one final game last night. I was AR1 for the Hastings College vs. Midland Lutheran mens match in Hastings. It turned out to be a very exciting match. As one of the Hastings coaches put it before the match, you never want to play the same team three times in a season. Hastings had already handily beaten Midland twice earlier in the year. Saturday’s victory wasn’t so easy.

Midland scored first in the tight match, but Hastings came right back just a couple minutes later to tie it up. Hastings dominated control most of the game, but it was Midland that missed the most scoring opportunities, hitting the post two or three times in the match. The first 90 minutes ended in a 1-1 tie.

The 20 minutes of extra time ended without any additional scores. As they did for much of the second half, Midland played not to lose rather than to win. It wasn’t necessarily a bad strategy, in that Hastings was obviously the larger offensive threat. But it sure would have been nice to see Midland take a few more risks to try to win the game.

Following overtime came kicks from the mark. The high tension was only made worse by the fact that the wind was blowing so hard that the ball would not sit still prior to the kicks. Each kick, which should have taken at most one minute (for the kicker to walk up, place the ball, prepare himself, and kick) ended up taking several. One player had to reset the ball at least a dozen times. But the rules don’t allow for the ball to be secured or held in any way, so there was nothing we as the referees could do.

Hastings ended up winning thanks to two Midland misfires and one blocked shot, while only one of Hastings’ shots was blocked. The better team won, but only barely.

I’m glad I got the opportunity to referee college soccer this year. I had a blast, I learned a lot, and I met some great referees I had never before wor

ked with. I even managed to get a center this year, thanks to a fellow referee’s injury. I’m already looking forward to next fall. Who knows, maybe in a couple years I’ll even get to center a Creighton men’s match. That would be an incredible experience, and it would represent the best competition I will be able to center in this area.

Probably the best thing about the end of the season is that it ended on a high note. With all the tension and drama involved in the Hastings/Midland game, it would have been a shame to be involved in a referee-related controversy. I dreaded negating a goal due to a controversial offside call, for example. As it turned out, the only hubbub I caused was when I gave the ball to the defense rather than the offense on one particular throw-in. Judging by the reactions of the participants I’m pretty sure I blew that call. But of all the decisions I made last night, if that was the only mistake I made, I’m not going to complain. I think each of the referees had one mistake apiece last night, all of which were minor. All in all, it was a great match to finish up the season.

Dear Adobe

November 8, 2005 at 8:15pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Dear Adobe,

Thank you for making Adobe LifeCycle Designer 7.0. It’s a swell product. With Designer I have been able to develop some incredible dynamic forms. I still have a lot to learn about the product, but so far I am very impressed.

I do have one tiny little gripe, though: Designer likes to impersonate Windows 95. Designer’s performance degrades the longer you use it, and every now and again it crashes for no particular reason. Designer especially enjoys crashing when I press CTRL+S. I nearly broke my keyboard this morning while venting in reaction to one of the three crashes I’ve experienced so far today. My co-workers probably think I have anger-management issues.

Please fix this impressively powerful and frustratingly crappy software as soon as possible. Thank you.

—Mr. Wilson

Melodramedy

November 7, 2005 at 8:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

If you’re a big fan of melodrama, check out Life in the Red. I have a really hard time not laughing at doomsday declarations like the ones found over there. They remind me of a teenage girl who finds a pimple on her nose on senior photo day. “My life is ooooover!”

I wonder if the sports writers at the LJS are wearing black this week?

Q: How many Husker offensive lineman does it take to stop a pass rush?
A: I’ll let you know the first time it happens.

Did you hear about the new restaurant being opened by members of the Husker defensive line?
It’s a drive-thru.

Please, somebody post some actual humor in the comments. This stuff is awful.

A Snip Snip Here, A Snip Snip There

November 7, 2005 at 3:27pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Before:
A tree!

After:
No more tree!

Anybody need some fire wood?
Big pile of firewood

Good News Bad News

November 4, 2005 at 8:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Hey hey, what do you know? The Republican Senate is actually going to cut spending. But only a little, and mainly in areas that affect the poor and elderly. That latter fact certainly won’t do anything to improve the perception that Republicans only care about the wealthy.

Part of me wants to celebrate this news. I mean, any spending cut is a good spending cut, right? To an extent, yes. But why pick on the poor and elderly first? Why not pick on Uncle Ted and other porkers? Of all the excess government spending out there, do Republicans really think that’s the place to start?

Besides, I thought the war on budget fat was over!

Useful Tip

November 4, 2005 at 5:49pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Note to self #1: stop kicking the power strip under my desk.

Note to self #2: upon ignoring note to self #1, refrain from swearing loudly enough to draw attention from co-workers when the computer suddenly turns off.

I’m Not a Lumberjack, But I Play One on Weekends

November 4, 2005 at 3:23pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

My father and I are going to fire up the chain saw and put on our best lumberjack impressions tomorrow. Place your bets on the likelihood that:

  1. One of us ends up in the hospital
  2. We damage the roof of the house
  3. We pull down a powerline

The Missus and I have pondered the fate of two trees since we first moved in. One is an evergreen bush-tree thing that sits right next to the driveway. It’s too big for its britches, and The Missus likes to scrape her car with it every time she backs out of the garage. The other tree is some sort of 25 foot flowering thing with evil, evil roots. Roots from hell. Roots that extend in every direction just at the surface. Roots that literally reach up and grab your ankle, trying to snap it in two.

I hate the tree with the evil roots, while The Missus hates the bush-tree. So we compromised: we’re chopping them both down. I’m not quite sure what we’ll do with the void we’ll be left with, but we’ll figure something out.

Dilbert Blog

November 3, 2005 at 8:19pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Hey, that Dilbert guy doesn’t suck as bad as I thought! Scott Adams’ blog is pretty dang funny.

Bottom Story of the Day

November 2, 2005 at 3:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

What does Bush keep in his pockets? - CNN

The Man They Call Scalito

November 1, 2005 at 3:29pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Some groups are up in arms over the references to Judge Samuel Alito as “Scalito.” I don’t get it. What’s so offensive about Scalito?

Upon Further Review

November 1, 2005 at 3:23pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

[Oops, I goofed! I didn’t see that D.M.B. had touched on the subject. I’ve turned off comments on this post; post your comments over there instead.]

Did Coach Bill Callahan imitate a throat-slashing gesture toward the referees during Saturday’s game against Oklahoma? The Journal Star has posted two screen captures showing the gesture, but the images are inconclusive. It would be far easier to interpret the images if there were more photographs showing Callahan both before and after the offending gesture. For example, I recall while watching the scene unfold on Saturday that Callahan swept his arm across his body rather forcefully while pointing to the spot where he alleged a holding infraction had occurred. Is that what the Journal Star’s images show? There’s no way to know since no surrounding context photographs are included.

Still images can be incredibly damning, but they can also be highly misleading. Without seeing the whole sequence—or better yet, a video of the event—it’s impossible to judge exactly what happened. Anybody got this one on tape or Tivo?

A New Toy!

November 1, 2005 at 5:18am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I love new toys!

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