Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Jim Phelps Would Be Proud

"Your mission, Jim, should you decide to accept it, is... As usual, should you or any member of your I.M. Force be captured or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your existence. This tape will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim."

It's probably a guy-thing, but Mission:Impossible was one of the coolest shows I watched growing up. It made espionage the best job ever. Say what you want about the M:I movies, but Alias, Bourne Identity, and now 24 have tapped into our obsession with spies and specialized government agents.

Well now technology has caught up with Hollywood. Just like Jim Phelps, you too can send and receive self-destructing messages, text messages that is. I found this online and if it's not worth your time, then THIS message will self-destruct in 40 seconds. Good luck.


Monday, January 22, 2007

One Great Deal

Just a heads up: Barnes and Noble is having a huge sale on DVD box sets - 2-for-1. The box set must be more than $30 and more than one disc - which ones aren't. I'm hoping to get West Wing seasons 4-5 this week.

And in a related and developing story, Katie is really getting into the West Wing. Is this really happening???

Thursday, January 18, 2007


What can I say, I'd been waiting for January 14 for months! It marked the 2-day, 4-episode premiere of 24. Jack Bauer is back!!

I know some people wonder how many times a single man can save the country. The answer is as many times as the country needs a hero like Jack Bauer. Here's some info on Jack:


Department of Defense, Washington DC – Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense CTU – Director of Field Operations, Los Angeles Domestic Unit CTU – Former Special Agent in Charge, Los Angeles Domestic Unit Los Angeles PD - Special Weapons and Tactics

LASD - Basic SWAT School Master of Science, Criminology and Law - University of California (Berkeley) Bachelor of Arts, English Literature - University of California (Los Angeles) Special Forces Operations Training Course

US Army - Combat Applications Group, Delta Force Counter Terrorist Group

Widowed Daughter - Kimberly Bauer

Are you catching the drift? This is serious stuff. At least to some of us. Sunday night Katie and I watched the premiere together. Then Monday night we got together with the Metzgers and Cranneys for the 2nd night. If you're not already into this show, I doubt you'll check it out. But if you want a thrilling drama every Monday night, you can catch up in one night. Otherwise email me and I'll give you a summary.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

UW Hockey - Saturday Night Tickets

You gotta like two nights of college hockey!!! As I said, Katie and I went out for a burger and beer - Dotty's Dumplings. You need to try the Ostrich burger.

We got to Dotty's a little late for a Kohl Center Event. The wait was 30-40 minutes, but it ended up being about 60. All my worries were put to rest when we got a seat just after 6pm, and I knew we'd eat and get to our seats before they dropped the puck.

A sad night, though, as the ugly (and I mean UGLY) Gophers beat us, 1-0.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

UW Hockey - Friday Night Tickets

I just told Katie a week ago that I really miss going to UW basketball and hockey games in these cold months here in Madison. If you have been to more than a few of these, you know what I mean. There's nothing like walking from the cold weather into the warm confines of a UW Athletics event. And this week I was offered tickets for three events:

Friday - Women's Hockey (in a suite)
Friday night - Men's Hockey (in a suite)
Saturday night - Men's Hockey (student section)

Here's Katie and I at the Nitty Gritty after the women's game. We went out with a bunch of her co-workers.

After this, I went to Ian's and met Kirk and Matt for some pizza before the men's game. The Badgers are playing the Gophers who are ranked #1 in the country. Kirk got us into a suite through his work. Life is good in the suite.

And tonight I'm taking Katie downtown for a burger and beer before the 2nd men's game tonight. Oh, thanks for asking (Todd). The Badgers won 2-1 in an exciting game that went down to the final shot w/ 8 seconds left. This makes for excellent drama tonight.