Quick mid-day post

So as I said yesterday at the Rockies game Sam and I got to talking about relationships and more specifically why I am not in one.  A while ago Sam offered this premise that the reason I am not dating anyone is because my standards are so high that I basically eliminate any girls that are interested in me.  I really resent that statement though – just because there are a lot of qualities that I look for in a girl doesn’t mean that I’m not willing to take the chance and get to know someone better and see where things go from there.  Hence the definition of dating…  Or one would think.

Sam subscribes to this notion that the way I convey my expectations when I meet girls is in such a way that in her words "girls take themselves out of the running". I really struggle with this because while I do have a list stashed away of qualities that are important to me, one of my qualities I value most is my friendliness and desire to be accepting.  I think if a girl has endearing qualities that I’d just like the chance to get to know her better, build a friendship and see where things go from there.

If I was going to breakdown my reasons for being single it would there would be two primary reasons:

1)      I don’t have many opportunities to meet girls in a constructive setting.  At work I am the youngest person by far, and I work so much that when I got to class I’m not on campus before or after for long – I bolt back to work.  I’m not involved at my local church anymore (see previous posts) which has closed down a very big social avenue, and the activities I am involved with at  church (Pastoral Council, Choir, teaching) aren’t very big avenues to connect with girls either.  So yes, my “meeting” opportunities are limited.

Sam asked me “Why don’t you go to bars to meet girls?” When I told her I never would do that she goes “Well there you go – your high expectations again.”  But I resent that!  In my mind if you go to a bar by yourself (or even with another guy friend) to the sole intention of meeting girls it never goes well.  I’m not saying that you can’t meet someone in a bar – some of my friends have great relationships that happened from bar-room meetings – but when I go out I go out with the intention of just going to have a good time, chill with your friends, have a few Pops and play pool or dance.  If you meet someone along the way – great!  But I think at that point it’s just being in the right situation at the right time.

2)      Call me a romantic novelist, but I have this notion that a healthy relationship is built upon the foundation of a strong friendship. And I guess that’s one value I struggle with compromising.  I’m not someone who can just casually date for the fun of if – it really should be going somewhere.  Now I’m not saying that we need to go out and pick out drapes together and come up with our future kids’ names – but at the same time I’d like to know that there is some kind of potential there for a long term thing.  And then there’s my dream that my lover will be my best friend, so I go and build friendships with these amazing girls and most of the time those girls can’t see our relationship as anything beyond a friendship. Argh…  So maybe in that regard my standard is a bit lofty, but I don’t think it’s unreachable by any means.

At the end of the day is it too much to ask for to find someone who has a good head on their shoulders and makes smart decisions in their life?  That’s all I’m really asking for.  If that makes my standards “too high” then I don’t know what to think…

Sidenote: While I was writing this posting my friend Matt IM’s me:

HzRdS: dude, Coldplay DMB’d us
romeyinfc: What?!?
HzRdS: they’re skipping us this year
romeyinfc: DAMMIT!

What the heck?!?  This is the second time this summer we’ve been jipp’d by a really good band.  Denver is the freaking largest city in a 600 mile radius – why is it that we are now consistently being stiffed on these great bands?  Matt and I got to go see ColdPlay over at Red Rocks a few years ago, and it’s definitely on my “Top 5 Best Concerts” list…  Those guys were simply amazing live and I was looking forward to seeing them…  looks like it won’t be any time soon.  DAMMIT!  I’m already flying out east to go see DMB (for the second year in a row as they screwed us last year too).  THIS SUCKS!!!

Late night = another quick entry

Today was a good day, another very productive day at work.  I was joking that if I keep it up at this pace I’m going to run out of things to do by the end of the week!  Hahah, probably not – I always manage to find more on my "to-do" list.

Tonight I went to the Rockies game with Sam. We had a lot of fun and the Rocks won (for once!) 9-4.  It was a lot of fun and turned out to be a really nice evening.  Of course that meant I got absolutely nothing done this evening, but I’ll make it up tomorrow.

Two quick things I encountered today that I’d like to comment on:

1) At work they had a nice little story about a "limited edition" product they’re rolling out…  Well, see for yourself: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2005/050516a.html

…Yeah…  First off you’re telling me that we couldn’t find anyone with any more talent or credibility than GWEN STAFANI?!?  Ugh… Give me a break!  They said that the camera was "designed for her fans".  Isn’t that making the presumption that SHE HAS FANS?  I guess I didn’t get the memo..  I’m sure that her 10’s of fans are very excited about this.  Now maybe I’m a Gwen hater, but I really feel that she is one of the banes of the music industry.  She has a minimal amount of talent and exploits it in the most annoying fashion..  And just because those Japanese girls wrot-ERRRR-collaborated on her new album doesn’t mean she has creative license to help design one of the ugliest cameras I have ever seen.  It’s not enough for her to ruin Ska with No Doubt (then fake R&B and reggae), or to ruin Pop with her "Love, Crappy Music Baby" CD but now she has to ruin my company’s products???  Thanks for nothing Gwen…   Also have you seen the "Hollaback Girl" video?  They say the camera was featured prominantly in the video…  After watching the whole thing it seems that the camera wasn’t the only thing that was featured prominantly…  GET SOME PANTS ON!!!  And "the S*** is Bananas?".  What’s that supposed to mean?  This isn’t exactly the best song to be associated with…

2) My conversation with Sam about why "my standards are too high for girls and is the reason I’m not dating anyone" – Too much to go into tonight, but I’ll post on that in the next day or so…  Interesting conversation though at the ballgame…

Big Upgrade Completed

Quick post, as it’s getting late and I stayed up getting some work done…

Today was a GREAT DAY!  A very busy and productive one.  First and foremost I successfully completed my upgrade installation at work.  This has been a project that has been about 6 weeks in the making (but also has been in the pipes for well over a year now), so while I’m grateful that this is off my shoulders I think my boss and team will be pretty excited that we can cross this off our list too.  This clears a final "red tape" hurdle that we needed to take our product to Prime Time, so I’m pumped about that.  So far we’ve been upgrade for 7 hours and no issues to report   I’m happy…

I’m also happy that I went grocery shopping and finally stocked up my fridge with something more than beer, condiments & pop…  Wow, it’s weird to see real food in there! lol…

Also I managed to get some good NCSC work done today as well.  I got the information for our Colorado vacation out.  This is something that’s been looming over me to get done, but once I finally sat my butt down and started doing it – it turned out to be a lot of fun!  Something tells me this is going to be a good NCSC week.

Tomorrow night Sam and I are going down to Coors Canaveral to watch the Rockies play.  Two games in two weeks – woah!  You’d think I was a Rockies fan or something   Also I bought some movie tickets for Thursday, as I think I might come down with a case of "Star Wars-itus" *cough* *cough* and might have to miss a few hours of work around lunch-time…

As far as Mondays go today was a really good day   Looks like it’s going to be an exciting week ahead!

Good but unproductive weekend

Great weekend!  Did I get any work done? No…  Did I chop any items off of my to-do list?  No…  But that’s partly why it was such a great weekend.  When Friday came I felt that the previous week was quite productive, and getting the rest that I got felt really good.

Now that’s not to say that I sat around and did nothing…  I actually wasn’t home all that much.   Saturday morning I joined my mom at the movies.  We saw "Kingdom of Heaven" – interesting movie.  I’m not really sure if I enjoyed it very much, but I didn’t hate it either.  I wish I knew my 12th century history, then I could better understand the resentment some religious have directed towards this movie.  I was disappointed that the crusades were secularized as much as it was in this movie.   They made the crusades sound like it was more about land rather than the whole "religious war" aspect of this.  But again, I’m not one to make claims given my lack of historical perspective I really can’t make any judgments.  But I’m also disappointed in the religious officials who are making every effort to denounce this movie.  I think that if people accept Hollywood entertainment as historical gospel then they probably have bigger problems.  But to spear the movie-makers seems to be going a bit far.  Let them make the movie, offer historical clarifications, and let the people take it from there.  From a cinema perspective the movie was alright, I was disappointed in the lack of character development in Orlando Bloom’s character.  The action scenes, while good, are a bit "ho-hum" when you think of Lord of the Rings..  Also the movie seemed to run a half-hour too long..  But thank you for tuning into "Behind the Balcony with Jeromey Gaudreau"…

Last night I waxed the car for the first time this season.  I did about as decent job you’d expect for a "Hey it’s 9pm, let’s wax the car" job.  Didn’t really miss a few spots but the irony of it was when I went out to the parking lot today I saw that some bird left me a nice present on the hood.  The humor in life J

The majority of today was devoted to being at Emily’s graduation party.  I love my friend Emily   She’s so awesome and I’m really proud of her achievement!  Her party was a lot of fun.  I got to help with the setup and cleanup, which made me feel useful.  I also got to spend a lot of time with Emily’s family, who I’ve discovered are one of the coolest families I know and were just a lot of fun to be around.  Got to see Jas-TOR and Julia as well, so it was nice being able to see some good friends.  I was there the entire time and this was the only grad party I went to, but it was still a blast

So in tribute to my friend Emily and her big weekend I decided to subject her to my latest Photoshop experiment.  You know those iPod ads where people are dancing around with them and you have those cool silhouettes of people with the iPods?  So I decided to take a picture I had of Emily and Photoshopped her.  The pic was taken at NCSC Orlando Conference…  This is my first attempt, so be gentle (and yes I realize she does not have an iPod in the picture  )



So that brings to end my un-productive, but great weekend   And thus begins my summer work working as well.  Monday here I come!

Enterprise Finale

And another crazy week comes to an end.  Today turned out to be a so-so day.  I spent most of the day walking around with a headache, one that didn’t go way until I came home and napped after work..  A lot of what happened at that UMAC meeting weighted heavily on me throughout the day as well.  As the day progressed I was able to get it more out of my mind, but my emotions are still pretty high with it.  It helped to be able to talk to Joel and process things out a bit – especially from someone who knows the situation but wasn’t there… Interesting perspectives from my good friend.

Work was great today.  My project is back on track and I made a lot of head-way with another project I’m working on.  I’m ready to hit the ground Monday and feel pretty good about everything.

So my night tonight…  Was a complete waste/veg-out night.  I went and got take out Chinese and killed some time in front of the Tivo.  What an unproductive evening!   In some ways it’s exactly what I needed after a busy week, but in other ways the weather is beautiful and I should have been outside.

But being that I was in front of the TV I managed to catch the series finale of "Enterprise".  Now being that I am a closet Trekie (yes, it’s true…  I’ve been a Star Trek fan for the better part of 13 years…  And no I don’t go to the conventions, wear the pointed ears or even go around quoting the stuff, but I have seen a lot of Star Trek, especially back in the glory days) I do feel compelled to give my viewpoint to the end of another installment of (and for the time being THE END) of the Star Trek franchise.

And to put it simply IT SUCKED!!!

Now I’ve never been a huge fan of Enterprise.  The original concept was great and I did enjoy watching the first few episodes, and throughout its run it had it’s moments, but the show has been poorly written, especially for Star Trek.  I understand that each series had it’s own flavors that attracted certain fans, but this one never managed to find it’s niche.  And to make matters worse they tried to sex up Star Trek…  The words "sex" and "Star Trek" really don’t belong together (just ask all of those convention losers).  So this concept really hasn’t worked.  With that said, I’ve really respected their attempts to get back to the franchise’s roots, especially during the 4th season.  This season produced some of the best quality shows of Trek that I’ve seen in quite some time.  It was nice… and definitely deserved better than what happened tonight.

First off they base the premise to be 6 years into the future (and you gotta love this being the 3rd "Trek" finale that’s been based in the future – what a tired concept).  But to make matters worse they didn’t even really travel back to the past.  Instead an older, heavier, receeding-hairline version of Riker was trying to pass himself off as a 12-years younger version of himself.  And what were they doing?  Jacking around with the Holodeck!  That’s pretty much the equivalent of an entire TV series turning out to be someone’s dream at the end of the show’s run.  What a joke!  So the current cast, characters and storyline totally got jipped.  The finale seemed to be based more around the Next Generation series rather then Enterprise.  It was like "Oh yeah, I guess this show’s been around for a few years..  Maybe we should feature the ENTERPRISE  cast in the ENTERPRISE FINALE!! Hmmmm…"

At what point did this seem to be a good idea?  And to make matters worse, they ended up killing off one of the characters.  Did he die saving the ship?  No..  Did he die to save the crew? No…  He died because he put some wire into another socket and blew himself up…  What a stupid death?  Completely meaningless as well!  And I love that in the show the characters grieved for about 3 minutes and then everything was back to normal . What a joke!

Now when I heard Enterprise got canceled I wasn’t that sad to see it go.  Truth be told after 18 consistent seasons of Star Trek and over 630 episodes during that time – I think that the time had come for that old dog known as Star Trek to be taken out back.  But they didn’t bust a cap into Old Yeller – instead they decide to rip his nails off and let him lie there bleeding to death.

As immortal as we thought "Trek" to be we all knew the eventual end of this franchise would some day come, but for it to tank the way…  There’s are two people who are to blame for this: Rick Berman and Brannon Braga .  Now granted, back in their prime they put together some of the finest "Trek" years in The Next Generation and carried a great legacy of Gene Roddenberry into DS9 – these guys have now become mere shadows of once they once were.  And like Willie Mayes dropping fly balls in the outfields these guys have managed to embarrass themselves and bring the entire Star Trek franchise down with them.  What could have saved Trek?  A lot of people said their biggest mistake was moving from syndication to UPN and the way being on a network ties you down. I subscribe to that notion, but ultimately what screwed up Trek was THE HORRIBLE WRITING!  The plot lines were unoriginal, there was little or no character development, and the moral and philosophical struggles in Star Trek storylines had been replaced with action sequences, burning ships and naked Vulcans rubbing ointment on people’s backs…

My only prayer is that if and when Star Trek comes back, that Berman and Braga are as far away from this as possible!  Please, just GO AWAY!

So yes, sorry to go off on Star Trek of all things, but I felt that the end of an era (although nerdy) deserves a bit of reflection….