The Denver Broncos just fired Mike Shanahan.
He was a great coach, and I understand the move by the organization, because they have underachieved for several years now. This year they suffer A LOT of injuries, so he can/can't be blamed for the late season break down, because they were playing pretty poorly, but the injury situ didn't help at all.
So it is an end to the greatest coach in Bronco's history's tenure and I wish they would have let him go out in a better fashion than firing him, but it all has to end sometime. Bye Mike... I will miss you!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Denver Broncos just fired Mike Shanahan.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 4:51 PM
My sleep schedule is screwed. I really have to shift it back to getting up early soon, because Monday is going to be an early one.
Yet, here I am at 2 a.m. in Austin not sleeping. So I figured while I was not sleeping, I would blog... because you know I love to blog when I am not sleeping!
It is wonderful to see my sister again. I am looking forward to NYE with her in downtown Austin. Oh the fun we will have. It will of course not include a New Years kiss, as usual, but it will include alcohol, fun, and somebody getting motorboated. Not by me or to me, but someone within our party to another party member. I already know it will happen. Mark it down folks, motorboat action in the Townsend party.
Anyways, after much hinting/requesting/guilt tripping, I will also be going to Dallas while I am on leave. It will be for only 2 days, but I hope I can see all the people who have been requesting my presence. Logging a lot of miles in my new car... but at least it rides nice.
Oh yeah, I dunno if I mentioned it but I did get a new vehicle. The mini van is no more. I finally got rid of the very emasculating vehicle i had and got something a tad bit better.
I like it. it is a 2003 Dodge Intrepid, and it runs pretty damn well. I have no complaints with it, except the money it is costing me at the moment. With the registration/title/license plate fee and first payment due soon, I am HURTING for money. But I guess that is the price you pay... I'll survive I am more than sure, but it will be a pain in the ass.
So that is about all I have for now, but I do want to send a shout out to a certain reader of mine... You are a pain in my ass... but I love every second of it!
That's all for now. Back to your lives now. Over and out.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 1:56 AM
Sunday, December 28, 2008
So the Cowgirls choked it again. I'm laughing. Some people aren't.
T.O. crying when he realized his time in Dallas, and the prime of his career are OVER.
Seriously? Is he crying into a PINK towel? What is that the special crying towel Jessica gave him? What a wuss.
Let the crying and finger pointing begin again. I can't wait to see the off season drama that will unfold, and I have a feeling one, if not several, of Dallas's high priced players is leaving, if not the head coach too. Yeah, I know Jerry said Wade Phillips is safe, but lets face it, Jerry is a consummate liar and backstabber.
So who do I think will be gone? Wade is probably gone, and I think T.O. is out too. They have a headline receiver in Roy Williams (without the problems), and a young core of decent receivers, so T.O. has become (again) an unwanted quantity. The Cowboys would be wasting their time to keep him around, and subjecting themselves to more and more trouble. He really isn't worth the heartache or headache, and I honestly think Romo's development is being stunted by him. Romo is practically worthless in December anyways, and I doubt it would really make much difference, but without T.O., he might not be such a headcase about keeping a stupid ass premadonna happy.
So yet another playoffs will be watched by the Cowboys at home. Of course my Broncos look like they are heading for their couches too, as they choked out the last 2 games (and at the time of this post their third and final game is well on it's way there) but I believe the expectation differences with both teams says it all. The Broncos weren't supposed to make the playoffs anyways, and if not for the major injury problems they have had this season, they might not have broken down so late. When you lose 7 running backs, a couple receivers, half your defense... you kinda suffer. They were lucky to have the record they do. But the Cowboys? Failures. Plain and simple, they again failed to live up to the expectations people keep unwisely giving them.
You would think the pundits would finally figure out that betting on Dallas is kin to wasting your time.
So despite my team stinking it up.... I will keep laughing at the dysfunction that is the Cowboys. Keep the drama and comedy rolling in fellas, I always need a good reason for a chuckle.
Oh and losing your final game in Texas stadium by giving up two of the longest runs in Ravens history on consecutive plays... one to a FULLBACK... HA HA HA HA HA. that's all I have to say to that.
On an unrelated note, It's sad that the 11-5 Patriots will get left out of the playoffs while an 8-8 team will make it in, and get home field advantage in the first round. The playoff system, much like the BCS is a failure. Get it fixed fellas... so deserving teams don't get fucked.
That's all for now. Over and out.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 8:56 PM
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Every year, I try to catch at least a few minutes of every bowl game. So far I have missed 2 games, but after I make my way to Austin for 6 days, I will probably end up missing a few more.
I hope I can catch most of them though... I guess it's a silly goal, but it's a fun thing to try and obtain. So far there have been a few surprises, but nothing major to be honest. All the big shockers come around during the BCS games, and they usually involve OU or Ohio State, although I am not surprised by them losing... BCS curse victims right there.
Anyways, I hope everyone had a good Boxing Day, the little known holiday following Xmas, also one of the worst days to work retail. Black Friday wins that race by a nose.
Oh yeah, was anyone else aware that Red Bull has a new Cola out? It's made with all natural ingredients and isn't half bad, but not really worth the price. If you ever see it around, give it a try... like I said not bad.
All this talk of Red Bull got me really thirsty for a Jager bomb.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 1:31 AM
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Merry Christmas everyone.
I hope you enjoyed time with your families and loved ones, and enjoyed that quality time that is most important on this day.
I unfortunately spent this Christmas in my own company, and definitely missed being with my family and friends. Fortunately I did get a lot of phone calls and texts so I knew I was being missed and loved.
As Derreck said "Merry Retail Exploitation Day"... because unfortunately this holiday is more about what's under the tree than who is gathered around it. So I hope you enjoyed the company as well as the gifts and realize what this day is truly about... family.
So I hope your Christelmas day was wonderful, and I hope everyone was safe, happy, and stayed generally out of trouble!
Next up: New Years... which I will be spending in Austin with my sister.... muah ha ha ha ha ha the trouble we will cause! I can't wait to open the New Year with the best sister in the whole world!
Oh and what was with there being no football on today? What the hell? Not having football on Christmas is like.... fining someone for making a snow angel after scoring a touchdown.... I'm just saying (I'm not saying, I'm just saying)
At least they had a Mythbusters Marathon... Santa did get my letter! Now if he could have just brought a few other things/people I wanted... oh well.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 9:49 PM
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
So it cost Wes Welker 10 grand to make a snow angel after scoring a touchdown...
What is wrong with the NFL? Why are they fining a guy for having a little fun in the snow? When did the NFL become the No Fun League? Players are getting fined left and right for this shit, as well as hitting people too hard.
Last time I checked, football is a contact sport. People love big hits. Its exciting, funny, and more often than not, the worse the hit looks the less it hurts. I got hit a lot (you can tell) and the hits that hurt the most were the little ones for some odd reason. But whenever I would crush someone or someone would return the favor, I never felt it. So when someone gets decleated and the whole stadium goes "OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHH". That shit is awesome.
Back to my original topic, I think it's silly to fine someone for playing in the snow. I can see fining someone for digging out a cell phone and making a call, or grabbing pom poms and dancing, or signing a ball with a Sharpie he pulled from his sock, but making a snow angel? Come on... If that is the case, then the players jumping in the stands should be fined. Any player kneeling to pray should be fined. The guy slam dunking the ball over the cross bar should be fined. Lets fine everyone. Score a touchdown and get fined 10k. Fuck it.
Stupid, that's what this is. I hope someone builds a snowman next... that would be worth the fine! Where is the holiday spirit? It's about giving not taking!
Merry Fucking Christmas!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 4:34 PM
So here it is... the day before Christmas, and all through the house, Ian will be working, there is no doubt.
Yeah that made no sense, but still...
So I will be working while Santa is out and about giving out gifts to all the good little boys and girls... while parents spoil all their rotten little brats with shit they don't need!
This will be the first Christmas I have spent away from home, so maybe that's the reason I am not so "in the spirit" this year. Added to that fact is that I will be working tonight and sleeping away most of Christmas.
I'm not all Bah Humbug but I am pretty close. I mean I did sacrifice going home for Christmas to spend New Years with my sister, so it's as much my doing as anything else, but I wanted this year to continue to be one of firsts (Thanksgiving with my sis, paying for my own car, making a life on my own, etc.) so the the sacrifice of a family Christmas for the first New Years with my sister was a fair trade off in my books.
So I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas Eve and Day. Be safe if you are traveling and enjoy this very special time of year!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 10:30 AM
I hate bandwagon riders. They really drive me nuts. i don't understand the concept of shifting loyalties... I would rather ride out bad times with my team then constantly shifting to a new team.
This year, when Texas beat OU in the Red River Shootout (I refuse to call it the Red River Rivalry, because that's just post-9/11 stupidness) there were millions of new Texas fans. Then Texas lost to Texas Tech and all the new Tech fans came out of the woodwork. Then OU hopped back on top (unfairly I might add) and now the Boomer Sooner bullshit is back. It makes me sick.
I can deal with a person who has no loyalties, and just watches sports for the games. They at least are fans of the game, and that never wavers. What I can't stand is those people who jump on whomever is on top of the heap.
Part of being a true fan is enjoying the high times, riding out low times, and knowing everything there is to know about your favorite team. When you can have a heated arguement about who's team is better and dredge up decades worth of stats, records, and players without stopping... that is being a true fan.
Wearing the same outfit every time your team plays because you believe it to be the key to your teams successes is true fanhood. Never wearing it again because they lose is true fanhood.
There is however a limit. Putting your team's logo on everything you own is lunacy. So is crying your eyes out when they lose, or claim various forms of cheating (refs, dirty play, dirty tricks, etc.) leading to their downfall. That is also bad sportsmanship.
For example, I know many OU fans (most of them actually) who always scream they were cheated when they lose. It is always the refs fault for making a bad call, or whatnot. It's never that the other team was just better. Bad sportsmanship ruins the experience. Be a gracious loser and offer the other team (and fans) their due and move on. Your shot at redemption will come around sometime.
So in closing this little rant, I just want to reiterate my main point... Don't ride the bandwagon. Pick your team and stick with it, or don't pick one at all. And for goodness sake... be a good sport!
Enjoy the Bowl season and be sure to watch the Longhorns stomp Ohio State and OU get spanked by Florida!
I ran across this article, and despite showing some signs of being a lunatic (crying when his teams lose, having a teams logo over everything, claiming losses are due to refs), Big Lo shows what it means to be a true fan. Here's to you Big Lo! Hope you keep getting better and healthier!
True Fanhood right here
Posted by Ian Townsend at 12:15 AM
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I am alive I promise. I'm sorry I haven't written much, but I will be doing more now hopefully. Due to the prodding of others (you know who you are) and being outblogged by a few people, I want to kick up my output.
So here's my end of 2008/start of 2009 resolution... To blog more. I have a lot rattling around in my head, so I'm going to finally let some of it out!
Oh and by the way, I write my opinions, so to any new readers who have just come across this site, don't be too offended by anything I write. Oh and if I haven't offended you yet, just wait, because your time is coming around!
I am also working on doing some video blogging so look out for that in the near future.
Check back soon for new content!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 11:27 PM
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The other day, I realized that I swear a lot. Like A LOT a lot. So I have decided that I need to clean up my language.
I look at it this way... I am 24, educated, and want to go somewhere with my life and career. I know how to control my mouth, and can do it quite well, but it gets out of hand sometimes.
So the way I look at it is that if I start cutting back, not completely editing myself, I can be less offensive with my language. I know I have that whole Sailor thing, but in all truth, the old views of a Navy Sailor aren't exactly accepted anymore.
But that's my plan. I'm going to start watching my mouth. Wish me luck!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 1:54 PM
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Wow, its been a while yes? Well I've got alot to update on, and upon request from the sister I will hit all the points here and now!
1) I finally will be transferring to Pensacola, FL. I leave the 3rd and will be on HOLD until late July when I class up. So I am transferring from being on hold here to being on hold there. You figure it out, I can't.
2) I got orders for my first duty station. I will be working on Mine Hunter Helicopters for squadron HM-15 in Corpus Christi, TX. Yep, I will be HOME... or close anyways. Unfortunately its only until early 2010, when my squadron changes homeports to Norfolk, VA. I am supposed to report in mid-September.
3) I have a girlfriend. Her name is Jessica and she is from Chicago. She is an amazing woman, and she has made me really happy since knowing her. Unfortunately I will be far away from her when I move to Florida, but she is going to come visit me, and then come to Dallas when I go on leave after A School. She is also joining the Naval Reserves, and goes to boot camp in November. Her A School is in Texas so we will be close again for that time, and she is looking at schools close to where I will be. Basically she is fantastic and I'm glad to have her.
4) I got a new tattoo. It's my Navy tattoo, and if you want to see a picture, go to my myspace page and browse my pictures.
Besides all of that stuff, life has been pretty chill. Just a boring daily routine with a dash of variety every once in a while. Things will get interesting soon and I look forward t it. While I am excited to be moving on with my training, I'm sad to be leaving Jess behind in Chicago with our relationship being so young. I really hope she can make it down to visit me in FL. so we can spend time together... but we will still talk insane amounts like we do now!
That's about all guys and gals... Wish me luck on the next leg of my journey and here's to becoming the Navy Sailor I am meant to be!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 10:03 PM
Friday, June 13, 2008
A Soldiers' Prayer
"Almighty Father, with an upright heart I have left my dear ones at home, to defend my country against its enemies. My thoughts constantly goes back to them. They are thoughts of love and of anxiety. I ask You loving Father to keep a watchful eye over each and every one of them. Soothe their hearts and help them to bear my absence patiently. Protect them from the dreadful dangers of war.
O my Lord, I ask not much for myself - just only courage to perform my duties well. I offer You this day and every day my thoughts, words and actions of mine as prayers of faith in You, of hope in Your provident care, of love of You and Your justice. May my prayers parallel all my service and sacrifices for my fellow comrades, my family and my country, protect them all and bless them now and forever. For all those who have died welcome them into your loving embrace. Gracious Lord, lend an ear of compassion to the supplication of a soldier - your child - serving my country to the best of my ability out of love for You. Amen."
American Soldiers' Prayer
"Help me to remain true to my ideals during my service to my country. Help me be what is in America, the land of the free. May I realize that I represent what our country stands for. My uniform is a symbol of duty and valor both in peace and in war. I take up arms to defend what all Americans hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Grant me the strength to live according to these ideals, the courage of my convictions, and the resolve to endure whatever dangers threaten. With You at our side I fear no evil and resist every enemy, secure in the knowledge that you hold me in the palm of your hand. Amen."
Prayer to St. George
Heroic soldier and defender of your Faith, you dared to criticize a tyrannical Emperor and were subjected to horrible torture. You could have occupied a high military position but you preferred to die for your Lord. Obtain for us the great grace of heroic Christian courage that should mark soldiers of Christ.
Prayer to Saint Michael
"Glorious Prince of the heavenly hosts and victor over rebellious spirits, be mindful of me who am so weak and sinful and yet so prone to pride and ambition. Lend me, I pray, thy powerful aid in every temptation and difficulty, and above all do not forsake me in my last struggle with the powers of evil. Amen."
Posted by Ian Townsend at 9:52 AM
Sunday, June 8, 2008
SO I completed my Apprentice Technical Training (ATT) ten days ahead of schedule. It was all computer-based, and self-paced so I, being the intellectual that I am, of course finished early. It wasn't hard, just alot of pointless math and stuff I really won't use except on my advancement exams.
So anyways, I was thinking that by getting done faster I would get out of Great Lakes faster. Well that is not to be. Since I am Full Time Support (FTS), which means I am active duty in all ways except for when they count the number of active or reserve members I am counted as reserve, my orders for my next duty station have to be written differently.
So what does this mean? It means that I am on hold (stuck here) for more than a month. Now I am not complaining too much about sitting around here, doing practically nothing and getting paid for it, but I would trade that for getting into my actual training and moving along in my Navy career, and oh yeah BEING IN FLORIDA.
Oh, and the explanation I got for why I am different from the rest of the students transferring to Pensacola was so vague and worthless, I almost lost it on the woman. Is it too much to ask to get a proper explanation of why it is that I am getting screwed over? I would hope not, but as I always say... "Welcome to the Navy".
So anyways, maybe with all the down time I am about to start having, maybe I will blog more. I know I have been slacking, and I am sure my reader base has dwindled to almost nil, but let's see if I can draw in some new fans by updating my site somewhat regularly!
That's about all I have at the moment, so I will call it a post. Be back soon with some exciting or at least funny Navy stories!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 10:32 AM
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I feel so free now. I dunno what it is, but something has changed in the past few days. I was down, non-social, bottled up. Now I am outgoing, having a good time, and feeling really good.
I feel great, and I am excited to feel this way again. It's been a while since I felt this good. It's actually kind of weird, because it seemed like I would never get out of the funk I was in, but now the skies are clear and the road is open and wide.
On top of it all, I feel like I don't have to please anyone but myself. All I have to do is make sure I am happy and not worry about other people.
Some may call it selfish, but I think it's time I focus on me for a bit. Anyways, thanks to those who shot me encouraging words and made sure I was alright.
I am lucky to be where I am at and to do what I am doing. I am working for and defending the greatest country in the world, and I am proud to be a U.S. Navy Sailor! It's about time I acted like I was enjoying myself!
Here's the lyrics that I am feeling at the moment... Bryan Adam's Open Road
i'm sitting at the wheel
i got a green light
not afraid of nothin' cuz heart and soul
i'm built for life
so let the engine roar
push the pedal down
i want the white lines on the highway
to lead me out of town
i'm rolling on and on and on
who knows where i'm goin'?
life is an open road - it's the best story never told
it's an endless sky it's the deepest sea
life is an open road to me
life is an open road to me
i got headlights
to guide me through the night
i got the window down and the radio playing
it makes me feel alive
Yeah life's an open road
life is an open road - it's the best story never told
it's an endless sky it's the deepest sea
life is an open road to me
life is an open road to me
Yeah life's and open road
Yeah and I'm built for life
Life is an open road to me
Posted by Ian Townsend at 8:38 PM
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Ever wanted to tell somebody something but you could never bring yourself to tell them?
Even when you thought about the moment when you would tell them, tried to figure out every reaction that they could have, when the time came, it simply never came out?
You get that empty feeling in your stomach, like a pit sucking you down, and you know the only way for it to go away is to let out that thing you are holding on to...
Yet you can't, and it kills you...
What do you do?
Posted by Ian Townsend at 6:36 PM
Saturday, May 17, 2008
I guess with being in boot camp for 2 months, the simplicity allowed me to sort things out a little bit and get my head on straight.
With all that's going on these days (school, duty, training, etc.) my heads coming unscrewed again. I guess you could say I am spacing out a little and feel all out of sorts.
My mind goes places when I should be focusing and I think about things I really shouldn't be worrying about. It's not that its distracting me or affecting my training, it's just starting to drive me a little nuts.
Anyone who knows me, knows I over-analyze EVERYTHING, especially given the time to think about it. Its a bad habit, kind of like smoking is for some people, one that gives me health problems and will probably shorten my life but I just can't stop.
I find that when I am thoroughly distracted, have something to focus on, or am so busy I can't think is when I can control it. Unfortunately for me, I tend to have a decent amount of down time, or I am engaged in a mindless activity that allows my mind to wander, leading me to unknown (or too well known) places.
I wish I could shut those thoughts out, or just resolve them, but I can't ever seem to, especially when it involves things I deal with on a daily basis. Most of the time I worry about the things I have no control over, which I know is ludicrous, but I can't help it... I'm a control freak, and when it feels like I don't have control over something, I hate it.
I dunno what to do about it really, except try to just realize that if I can change it, to do so, if not, don't worry about it.
"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
Like I said before, it doesn't effect anything I am doing, but I certainly don't want it to get to that point. I guess I will just have to deal with having my head in the clouds from time to time, even if it is a severe thunderstorm up there.
In other news, I started Apprentice Technical Training (ATT) classes on Tuesday, and so far so good. It's all self paced computer training, so I should be done with it by the 13th of June, but I will still be stuck at Great Lakes due to being on Dental Hold, because they are taking forever to get all my dental work done.
It's a pain in the ass, but hey, at least I have a great friend to hang out with, stuff to do, and full liberty privileges... So I should be OK with being here a few extra days, even if I have sun, sand, and beautiful women waiting for me in Pensacola.
So anyways, I think that about wraps it up. I hope that everyone out there is doing well, and I hope I can see those I love and miss again soon.
"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand." -Irish Blessing
Posted by Ian Townsend at 7:14 PM
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
True friends are hard to come by these days. I've met a lot of people, been quite a few places, and through it all, I have met very few people I would consider my friends. In fact, I can count them on one hand.
Some people have lots of friends. Some people feel the need to surround themselves with lots of people and be socially superior and popular. I don't feel that need. In fact, the less people I involve myself with, the better.
I have trust issues. There are only a few people who have earned my trust and managed to keep it for longer than a month or so. Once you lose my trust, it's damn near impossible to get it back. I'm not saying that it's never happened, but it is rare, and I can't think of any specific occasion that it happened.
Now some may think I'm some kind of elitist when it comes to my friends, but a small circle of friends is just how my family has always been. We just don't feel the need to be social butterflies, but are happy with having a few friends. We're picky, and being picky works for us.
Now I went through all that to get to the point of this post. My friends (along with my family) are my rock. They keep me grounded, pick me up when I am down, help me when I need it, support me in whatever I do, and most of all, are there when I need them.
I have been through some rough times in the last few years, and without the friends I have, I would not have made it. They kept me going when I wanted to give up, or kept me on track when I started to wander. They kept me sane when everyone and everything was driving me nuts. Even though I don't see them more than a few times a year anymore... they are only a phone call away. I can't count the times when one of my friends called me up randomly to talk about stuff or I did the same to one of them. It's rare to have that kind of true relationship with someone, especially after several years. I've known two of my best friends for over 10 years, one for 5, and one for 4. And the coolest thing is that we always seem to know when something is up with the other, and just seem to be connected on a level that goes beyond friendship.
I recently found another friend (in a rather unexpected place and person) who it feels like I have known for years instead of months. What's great is that she and I can talk about anything and everything and I can trust her with anything (which if you know me, is something that is hard to come by). It usually takes forever for me to really trust someone and be able to let them inside my head, but she found a way in, and seems to be taking up residence. It will suck when I have to leave Great Lakes for Pensacola, because who knows the next time I will see her after that. (She is Navy as well, and its a big Fleet and the odds of seeing someone you went to Basic or A School with is rare.) Luckily we will still be able to keep in contact, and seeing as I never see my other friends either, it will be just like old times!
I'm lucky to have the friends I do, and to be able to say I have true friends that are like my family. Scratch that, ARE my family. I would not be who I am or where I am with out them. They keep me going, and I thank my lucky stars for them everyday. You make me smile and laugh, listen when I need it, talk when I need it, and are there whenever I need a friend to lean on.
Thank you guys (and gal) for everything. It means more to me than you know.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 9:21 PM
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Hey guys, how ya been? It's been a LONG time since I've written, and for the uninformed, the reason is that I have spent the last 2 months in Basic Training for the U.S. Navy. On March 3rd I left a civilian, and on May 2nd I officially became a U.S. Navy Sailor.
It was a long tough 2 months, but at the same time it was a life changing experience, and really wasn't what I was expecting. I enjoyed watching myself become a whole new person, but still remaining the person I already was. I am very happy with my decisions and am glad to be where I am at... unlike where I was around 3 months ago.
Anyways, I am currently at Naval Training Station Great Lakes in Great Lakes, IL. for around 2 months for school, then I transfer to Pensacola, FL for the rest of my training. From there... I have no idea where I will be heading, but it will be an Adventure where ever I go. (I won't be heading to the Middle East so don't you worry about that.)
I will be writing more often as soon as I get settled in and I figure out what stories I can and cannot share with the world. So thank you to those who kept me in your thoughts and have supported me from day one.
~Ian Townsend, AR, USN
Posted by Ian Townsend at 12:24 PM
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
It seems that no one reads this blog besides my sister, so due to this fact, I am moving up my Hiatus Day. I was going to be not available after March 1 due to the fact that i am going off to the Navy, so i was going to close the site off then, but I think now is as good of a time as any.
I appreciate all of you who did stop by and read my stuff, and it will still be up and online for anyone's perusing, but there will be nothing new until after Basic Training if not later.
So unless I am struck with the urge to write between now and March 1, you will see nothing new for a good while. As a writer, I crave an audience, and to not have one is disheartening. BUT, I am sure one day people will flock to read my writings, but these are not those days, and I am OK with this. It is a part of life, and as with everything, it must be taken with a grain of salt.
So again, thank you to the people who took the time to read and enjoy my writings, and I hope to be back with a whole new load of stories in the not too distant future.
So I say farewell, and off into the great seas I sail...
Friday, February 8, 2008
Five things about me that you may, or may not have known.
In no particular order and without further adieu…
A) Five jobs I have had in my life:
1. cart pusher
3. sports writer/copy editor
4. tech salesman
5. enviro technician
B) Five movies I watch/have watched over and over
1. Kingdom of Heaven
2. Fight Club
4. Out Cold
5. Grandma's Boy
C) Five places I have lived:
1. dallas, tx
2. richardson, tx
3. muskogee, ok
4. tulsa, ok
5. the colony, tx
D) Five TV Shows that I watch:
3. american justice
4. venture bros.
5. fight quest
E) Five places I have been
1. Disney World
2. on a cruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuise
4. kayaking on the Patomac
5. hell and back
F) People who e-mail me (regularly):
5. my boss
G) Five of my favorite foods
2. anything my dad grills
3. ghengis grill
H) Five places I would rather be right now...
1. having sex (can't argue)
4. with my verybest friends
5. Anywhere but here
I) Five friends I think will respond
1. no one
3. not a soul
4. a pattern?
5. I think so
J) Five Things I am looking forward to in 2008:
1. finally leaving Muskogee
2. 3 days with my sister. (symmetry)
3. Going to the Navy
4. changing my life
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
You don't realize how attached you get to the stuff you have until you're faced with not having it. When I leave for the Navy, I have to leave behind... well EVERYTHING.
No computer, no ipod, no phone. No tv, no movies, no music. None of the comforts I have grown to "depend" upon. No more junk food, beer, lazy days spent watching football. I will get to enjoy these things again, just not during Basic Training. It's just when you live your whole life with it, you tend to find it hard to change.
I know it's simply the price I have to pay. Every decision requires sacrifice, and my life as I know it will be my sacrifice. I can't say that I am totally disappointed by what I have to give up.
I have to move out of Oklahoma, stop living on the verge or poverty, give up my job that doesn't give me enough hours or pay, move out of an apartment that has a bug/noise/idiot neighbor problem.
What do I get in return for my sacrifices? I get a great job with great pay and benefits. I get to travel the world. I get a month of paid vacation. When I get out of the Navy, I have a great resume.
I am not complaining. I am willingly giving this stuff up (for the time being) so that I can raise my quality of life, and not be stuck in the same rut I have been in for a while. I just don't see any downsides to the adventure on which I am about to embark.
I am lucky to have the friends and family I have, who support me in my decisions, whether they totally agree with them or not. I am privileged to be able to go to them, and have them give me their opinions straight up with no bullshit.
My sister did not agree with my joining the Navy in the beginning, but over time, she is slowing coming to embrace the idea, and not because she totally agrees, but because she loves me, wants to see me happy and successful, and if this path is my chosen one, she will be behind me. My best friends support me as always in everything I do, and that's more than I could ever ask for. My Dad and my Stepmom also support me in the same way as my sister, not totally agreeing, but standing behind me regardless.
For those of you who don't know, on March 3, 2008 I am shipping off to Navy Basic Training in Great Lakes, Ill. There I will spend two months becoming a U.S. Navy Sailor.
After that I will be off to my Training School in Pensacola, Fla. for training in Avionics. I will be there 14-26 weeks to learn all there is to know about planes and helicopters, and possibly becoming part of the Aircrew.
From there I will go on assignment, and when it comes open, try to shift into Mass Communication when a spot opens up. I was not able to get a spot initially due to the program being fully staffed. So I will learn Avionics until then.
Also, after a few assignments, or at the end of my 5 year enlistment, I will be joining Officer Training to learn how to be either a Public Affairs Officer or a Naval Pilot.
Everything after my initial training school is just speculation, but at least I have a plan going in. I want to serve enlisted for a few years on assignment so I can see the world and enjoy my time in the Navy before becoming too "responsible", or as the enlisted say... "I want to work for a living, and earn my pay".
So anyways thats whats going on in my life. 9 days 'til I leave Muskogee, 19 days 'til I get to hang out with my sister, and 26 days until I ship off. I want to thank everyone who has supported me through all the thick and thin, and to all my readers for checking out a view into my world. You have 26 more days to enjoy my insights until I go on hiatus!
Seaman Recruit Townsend, Division 302 signing off.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I just watched, what was arguably the best, and the most shocking Super Bowl in history. The then 18-0 Patriots could not rewrite the history books completely as the Giants defeated them in a huge game. I shall proceed to eat my words on my prediction.
I am impressed. Simply impressed by the way the Giants weathered the game and made plays when they needed to. They outlasted the best team in football history.
Congrats to the Giants for winning such a big game. Congrats to the Patriots for doing so much this year and it's a shame they couldn't cross that final hurdle.
As well as both teams played, especially New York, the Patriots gave them the game. They missed so many opportunities that would have put the game away. But on the other hand, the Giants made several awesome plays to take the game. It was simply one team wanting it more. Don't take this as me bashing on the Giants, they played a hell of a game, but they know they escaped with that win, but they also know they outplayed the best team in NFL history.
In all the history-making the Pats did this year, it was the Giants making the final marks in the history books. For the first time in history two brothers not only took their teams to the Super Bowl, but also won it, and picked up the MVP trophy as well. I don't think Eli is going to be the laughing stock of the Mannings anymore.
One thing is for sure... I think all star quarterbacks who have celebrity girlfriends, will tell them to STAY HOME from now on. Sorry Gisele.
Anyways, I want to again say congrats to the Giants for a remarkable game and season. Who would have thought that an NFC East team other than the Cowgirls would have a chance and actually win the Super Bowl? (besides me that is...)
So this is the end of the 2007 football season... *sigh*... I can't wait for next season already!
It's time for everyone's favorite unofficial Holidays, Super Bowl Sunday! For the first time in a while, I am actually excited to watch this game.
The Pats vs. the Jints. The consummate favorite vs. the consummate underdog. Tom "Hollywood" Brady vs. Eli Manning a.k.a. The Other Manning.
After much consideration, I think the Pats will win 35-24. The Giants will do enough to cover the spread, but not enough to ever really challenge the Pats. New England will make history by being the first team to go 19-0, win their 4th SB in 7 years, and Tom Brady will win his 3rd (should be 4th but whatever) Super Bowl MVP award.
The commercials, I HOPE, will be better this year than the last few, and the halftime show should be exponentially better. Tom Petty!
Anyways, I'm off to watch the Mythbusters Marathon and drool over Kari until the Super Bowl comes on!
Friday, February 1, 2008
On January 31, 2008 I became a Naval recruit.
After about a month of paperwork, and other bullshit, I have finally accomplished what I set out to do. I am in the Navy.
Keep your seaman jokes to yourself.
Unfortunately, I did not gt the Mass Communication job I was aiming for. Apparently the job will not be available until next year. So, I am going into Avionics.
Due to my 95 on the ASVAB test, (4 points shy of a perfect score), I was able to pretty much pick whatever job I wanted. Due to my leave time frame, and my record of traffic violations (yeah it bit me in the ass) That field was limited. But I was still able to to get the best job field in Aviation that the Navy offers, which is fucking awesome.
And I can apply for the Mass Comm job as soon as it comes open, so it's still in range, it's just over that hump.
Anyways, as an Avionics recruit, I get to work on planes and learn all about them, and I also get the chance to fly.
Let me repeat that... I CAN FLY!!!!!
Slightly excited about that. My A school will be in Pensacola Florida for 14-26 weeks, depending on what job I choose in Avionics. From there I go on assignment or I go to flight school.
I leave for Basic Training on March 3rd, and I am working on getting shifted to leave out of Dallas instead of OKC.
So that's all the news I have for now... I'm really excited, and thank you to everyone who has supported me through this whole process.
Here's to my future!
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
She made a public blog, because I talked her into it.
Saucy Wench Words
As I told her, I think her words are to good to hide from the world.
Plus, I wanted her to have a public blog so that I could become famous by relation/association.
My logic is this: They see she has amazing words. They see she has a brother. They figure that I am just as amazing, and read my stuff, tell their friends, and I now have a large following.
Seriously, I didn't do it for me though. I did it because she can amaze you with the things she says, and make you laugh so hard your sides hurt. I didn't think it was fair that so few people got to see those words, and so many people are deprived of her wisdom, humor, and wit.
I missed out on many many years with her, and I know what it feels like to not have her in my life. IT AIN'T COOL. So now she is world-wide again, and it's all my fault.
You can send thank you emails to email@example.com
Loves you sis.
Monday, January 28, 2008
So I was walking in the mall, and I happened past a store that sold ladies underwear.
A quite attractive woman was standing outside, and as I passed by she said, "You should come in and check out our special sale for your wife or girlfriend, all of our bras are 50% off."
I couldn't help myself. A reply came to me, and I could NOT stop myself from saying it.
"Well," I replied smiling, "I prefer it when bras are 100% off"
A confused look crossed her face. "But sir, then they would be free."
Yes, yes "they" would be, I thought to myself.
"And we would not make any money," she continued.
"I have to argue with you there," I said. "I know plenty of places where bras are 100% off and they make a killing, but it's usually in $1 bills."
If you don't think thats funny, there's something wrong with you.
That is my goal for one day. I average anywhere between 6-12 a day now. I want just ONE day with 50. That would make me feel loved.
So here's what I want y'all to do for me. A favor if you will. Tell your friends about this blog. Tell them to tell their friends. Etc. I'm hoping through this exercise I will get more regular readers.
So will you help me meet my goal?
Sunday, January 27, 2008
I know I may have quite a few pissed off women on my hands after they read this, but it will be less than you would think. ( I have heard plenty of women tell me they don't like Hillary.)
I dislike Hillary for several reasons. First off, if it weren't for Bill, no one would care about her. If she had not been the wife of the president who got caught cheating, or hell, had not been first lady at all, she would not be where she is now. Someone honestly tell me you cared about Hillary before Bill got caught cheating.
She has no emotions, period. She cries on stage, tries to passionately reach out to her audience... bullshit. She's playing you. A can of Coke has more emotions than her.
She has done nothing worthwhile. She holds no candle to what Obama, McCain, or Huckabee have done. As stated before, she would not have been a Senator, and I would not be complaining about her now.
I don't think she will get anything done if she managed to get the Presidency. I think so many people would be opposed her being in office, that the Senate and Congress (or rather the lobbyists controlling the Senate and the Congress) would oppose her at every step.
And lest we forget... her being in the White House would bring Slick Dick Willy back there too. Is that such a good idea?
She has testicles. Why do you think Bill had to get ass elsewhere? She's more of a man than him. So you aren't voting for a woman, but a post-op gay man.
What I think is the most unfortunate part of her running, is the fact that she is taking away votes from the strongest candidate in the race, Barack Obama. He is the ONLY Democrat I would ever dream of voting for. His ideas, his track record, his influence, his poise, etc.... He is the best choice because he is out to clean the country up, and level the playing field for everyone, no matter color, gender, or social class. The things he has done in his political career are far more than Hillary ever did, or would ever be able to accomplish.
Also, her running makes this race a popularity contest and not an election of a competent leader of our country. Everyone is ignoring politics and voting for whether they want a black man or a woman in office.
If you think I am being sexist, I'm not. I would support any woman who pulled her own weight, showed she could make a difference, and got where she is on her own merit, not what her husband did. Like it or not, the truth is she is riding the "sympathy vote" and some women are so blind that they would vote for a woman no matter if she would not do the country any good.
Bottom line, I don't like Hillary, and I will never support her. I think Obama or McCain would be far better presidents, and they have the experience and determination to make a real difference.
Thats my opinion. Let the hateful comments commence.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
A priest and a nun are playing golf together. The priest tees up his ball on the first hole, takes a big swing, and completely misses the ball.
"Fuck, I missed!" the priest yells.
The nun looks aghast. "Father, you shouldn't use such language."
They play through the first hole, and go to the second. The priest tees up his ball, takes a big swing, and misses again.
"Fuck, I missed!" the priest yells again.
The nun looks mortified. "Father, if you say that again, God will strike you down!"
They play through the second hole, and go to the third. The priest tees up his ball, swings hard, and misses for a third time.
"Fuck, I missed!"
The sky clouds over, thunder rumbles, suddely a lighting bolt arcs from the clouds and strikes the nun, frying her.
A loud echoing voice speaks, "Fuck, I missed!"
Friday, January 25, 2008
A seaman meets a pirate in a bar, and the talk turns to their adventures. The seaman notes that the pirate has a peg leg, a hook, and an eye patch. "How did you end up with the peg leg?" he asks.
The pirate replies, "I was swept overboard into a school of sharks. As my men were pulling me out, a shark bit my leg off."
"Wow!" says the seaman. "What about your hook?"
"Well," answers the pirate, "we were boarding a ship when one of the enemy hacked off my hand."
"Incredible!" says the seaman. "How’d you get the eye patch?"
"A sea gull shit in my eye," the pirate replies.
"You lost your eye to a sea gull dropping?" the seaman asks.
"Well," says the pirate, "it was my first day with the hook."
A guy gets home from work one night and hears a voice in his head, which tells him, "Quit your job, sell your house, take your money, go to Vegas."
The man is disturbed at what he hears and ignores the voice.
But the next day, the same thing happens: The voice tells him, "Quit your job, sell your house, take your money, go to Vegas."
Again the man ignores the voice, but he’s becoming increasingly upset, and the third time he hears the voice, he succumbs to the pressure. He quits his job, sells his house, takes his money, and heads to Las Vegas.
The moment the man gets off the plane in Vegas, the voice tells him, "Go to Harrah’s."
He hops in a cab and rushes over to the casino, where the voice tells him, "Go to the roulette table."
The man does as he is told.
When he gets to the roulette table, the voice tells him, "Put all your money on 17."
Nervously, the man cashes in all his money for chips and then puts them on 17.
"Now watch," says the voice.
The dealer wishes the man good luck and spins the roulette wheel.
Around and around the ball caroms. The man anxiously watches the ball as it slowly loses speed until finally it settles into number . . . 21.
The voice says, "Fuck."
The ambitious coach of a girls’ track team starts giving his squad steroids. Their performance soars, and they go on to win the county and state championships. The day before the nationals, Penelope, a 16-year-old hurdler, comes into his office.
“Coach,” she says, “I have a problem. Hair is starting to grow on my chest.“
“Oh my God!” yells the coach. “Well, how far down does it go?”
“Down to my balls,” she replies, “and that’s another thing I wanted to talk to you about…"
A Texan, a New Yorker, and a Bostonian are sitting together in a bar in the Yukon. The Texan tosses back his shot of tequila, throws the half-full bottle up in the air, pulls out a gun, and blows it to pieces. The other two, shocked, just stare at the Texan. He explains, "Where I come from, we have plenty of tequila."
The New Yorker, not to be outdone, finishes his glass of wine, tosses the half-full bottle up in the air, pulls out a gun, and blows it apart. "Where I come from," he explains, "we have plenty of fine wine."
The Boston guy slowly drinks the last drop of his beer, tosses the empty bottle in the air, pulls out a gun, and shoots the New Yorker between the eyes. He then catches the bottle on the way down. "Where I come from," he says slowly, "we never waste booze—and we have plenty of New Yorkers."
A heavyset guy sees an ad that reads "Lose weight. Only $10 a pound. Call (202) 555-0238" and decides to make the call. The operator asks, "How much weight do you want to lose?"
"Ten pounds," he replies.
"We’ll have a representative over in the morning," says the operator.
About 9 a.m., there’s a knock on the door. There stands a fairly good-looking girl, completely naked except for a sign around her neck reading “If You Catch Me, You Can Have Me.”
The hefty fellow chases her upstairs, downstairs, and all around the house. Finally, panting and wheezing, he catches her. After they have sex, he runs to the bathroom and weighs himself. He’s lost 10 pounds!
That night he calls the number again and says, "I want to lose 20 pounds."
"We’ll send someone over."
The next morning, he’s greeted by a gorgeous girl dressed only in track shoes and wearing a sign around her neck that reads “If You Catch Me, You Can Have Me.” The chase takes a good while longer this time, but later he finds he’s lost 20 pounds!
That night he calls and says, "I want to lose 50 pounds!"
"Fifty pounds?" the operator asks. "That’s an awful lot."
The man replies, "Listen, just take care of it!"
About 7 a.m. the man hears a knock and opens the door. Outside stands an enormous gorilla with a sign around its neck that reads “If I catch you…”
One day, Bill comes home from the pickle factory where he works and confesses to his wife that he has a terrible urge to stick his penis into the pickle slicer. His wife suggests he see a sex therapist to talk about it, but Bill says he’d be too embarrassed, and he vows to overcome the compulsion on his own. One day a few weeks later, Bill comes home absolutely ashen.
"What’s wrong, Bill?" his wife asks.
"Do you remember that I told you how I had this tremendous urge to put my penis into the pickle slicer?"
"Oh, Bill, you didn’t."
"Yes, I did."
"My God, Bill, what happened?"
"She and I both got fired."
My year has not started off well. Things that I neglected, things that I should have paid more attention to caught up to me. But they are taken care of now, and in the past. Another bad memory in the rearview.
But through all of that, a new path in life has appeared before me, and with it a promising future. I have something to look forward to, something I cannot wait for.
In the past few months, I was a person without much direction. I was just kind of going along, not really paying attention. I had "plans" for my future, but I was very invested in them. In short, I was really unhappy with where I was and where I was going.
Sometimes it takes bad things to bring the good to you. It took me going through a really difficult situation to find my way.
I did not do this alone either. I had many people helping me out, and without them, I would be stuck in the same rut I was in before. I am proud to have the friends and family I do, and I thank God for them, and for my life experiences. I would not be who I am without everything in my life.
So here's to the path behind me, and to the one in front of me... and to those who have been with me along the way.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Heath Ledger's death has been ruled an accident.
Apparently some sleeping spills he took to help him get "much-needed" rest had an adverse reaction with the medication he was already on. He was fund face up in bed, no sign of foul play. Doctors say it was no an overdose, and only the recommended dose of the sleeping medicine was taken.
Alot of people have been running off with half-cracked theories, but I would rather believe he simply made a mistake with the medication and he died accidentally. I would like to believe he had enough going for him, that he would not take his life, but I don't know him personally, so how can I be for sure?
Anyways, apparently theres some weird religious jackasses in Topeka, Kansas at the Westboro Baptist Church plan on flying to Australia to picket and boycott Ledger's funeral. Click the link below to see the flyers they have been passing out.
Why? What's the point in this? If I was the Australian officials, I would deny them entry into the country. People need to grow aqnd get with the program. We aren't living in the 1st century.
So all that aside, I just want to say again, we will miss you Heath.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Heath Ledger is dead.
Apparently (because no one really knows yet) he died of a drug over dose (and we don't know if it was prescription or not, several reports say one or the other), in an apartment reportedly (and in other reports not) owned by Mary-Kate Olsen.
So basically all we know for sure is that he died, but not how, or in whose apartment. I have to say I'll miss the bugger. I liked most of his work, (Knight's Tale, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, Four Feathers, The Order) and was really excited to see him as the Joker. Apparently preparing for his role in Dark Knight drove him batshit crazy (pun surely intended).
From Wikipedia: "Heath Ledger plays the Joker, whom the actor described as a "psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy". Nolan had wanted to work with Ledger on a number of projects in the past, but had been unable to do so. When Ledger saw Batman Begins, he realized a way to make the character work in that film's tone, and Nolan agreed upon his anarchic interpretation. To prepare for the role he lived alone in a hotel room for a month, formulating the character's posture, voice and psychology. While he initially found it difficult, Ledger was eventually able to generate a voice which did not sound like Jack Nicholson's take on the character in Tim Burton's 1989 Batman film. He started a diary, in which he wrote the Joker's thoughts and feelings to guide himself during his performance. He was also given Batman: The Killing Joke and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth to read, which he "really tried to read and put it down". Ledger also cited inspiration in A Clockwork Orange and Sid Vicious. Ultimately, "there’s nothing that [is] consistent", as his main objective was to frighten the audience. The challenge of the role put a strain on Ledger's sleep patterns, finding himself unable to rest for more than a few hours each night."
Anyways, I am sorry to see him go, and in such a sad way. He was a talented actor who had alot of future in front of him, but he, like most of Hollywood, let the drug culture of our country get to him, and it cost him his life (speculation at the moment).
So here's to you Heath... may you be remembered for the good things in life and not the bad.
Monday, January 21, 2008
I know I am slightly late with this, but after I got done with my community service stuff last night, and just resting today... I wasn't up to writing until now.
Anyways, I suffered my first mis-pick of this season's playoffs. I figured the Green Bay Packers could beat the G-Men in Lambeau... WRONG. It seems like both teams were doing everything to lose... and kicker Lawrence Tynes was literally this " " close to getting shit-canned for missed two potential game-winning field goals, before finally making an almost impossible 47-yarder. Of course I have to defend the fact that the one at the end of regulation wasn't his fault... the bad snap screwed up his kick.
But thats why I love football... because sometimes, the team you really don't expect to win does so. And for the FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, two quarterbacking brothers have played in consecutive Super Bowls, Indianapolis' Peyton Manning, and NY's Eli. And amongst all the Patriots record setting, NY also won 10 road games in a row... the most in history.
So the showdown in the desert features the history making Pats, and the improbable opponent, the Giants. While some people think this game will be a blow out, including the oddsmakers who have the Giants as 13 1/2 point underdogs, it seems like everyone has forgotten the regular season finale when the Pats barely beat the Giants 38-35, and trailed much of the game. Personally I hope for another thrilling game between two of the hottest teams in the league. The "road warrior" Giants against the "history changer" Pats.
The Patriots looked very lack-luster yesterday... but did what they had to to win. Their defense was stellar in the red zone, and Lawrence Maroney is finally becoming the running back they need. All of that combined with Tom Brady being halfway consistent gave them the win. Brady didn't have a good day, but against the team with the most takeaways... it could have been much worse. Remember, the Pats aren't a team that relies solely on one person, but a "team" concept. When one player is down, others step up to fill the space. It was an ugly win, but a win nonetheless, and in 2 weeks they can complete the first ever 19-0 season.
So in two weeks, we get to witness a Super Bowl that more people will tune into watch just because they might witness the greatest history in football.
1) a 19-0 season.
2) the first time in history a team has won 4 super bowls in the same decade.
3) and for once a non-shitty halftime performance (TOM PETTY BABY!)
I'm excited, and you should be too.
Here's my prediction for the game: Patriots 35, Giants 24
So be one of the MILLIONS UPON MILLIONS that watch the game, and enjoy it. Also enjoy the commercials that companies pay millions to have shown. Hopefully the quality of the commercials will be better than the last couple of years...
Friday, January 18, 2008
Body: Fill this out IN YOUR OWN WORDS and repost as, my autobiography.
1. Who took your profile picture?
I did. Built in webcams rock
2. Exactly what are you wearing right now?
Longhorns t-shirt, and jeans
3. What is your current problem?
Waiting to enlist, and then get to Basic
4. What makes you most happy?
5. What's the name of the song you're listening to?
Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
Chapter 1: ABOUT YOU
Wolf, Fast White Guy
2. Eye color?
3. Hair color?
Blonde/red/brown... its a mixer
Chapter 2: FAMILY
1. Do you live with your parent(s)?
2. Do you get along with your parent(s)?
one of them
3. Are your parents chill?
my dad is most of the time
4. Do you have any Siblings?
between my parents, no, but I have a half sis and half bro, plus two steps
Chapter 3: FAVORiTE
1. Ice Cream?'
chocolate chip cookie dough
any one besides winter
I have about 50 favorites
Apple, and under armour
6. Drink(s) (non alcoholic)?
IBC Cream Soda
7. Pen color?
Wal-mart or target
Chapter 4: DO YOU
1.Write on your hands?
not since elementary school
2. Call people back?
most of the time
3. Believe in love?
For other people? sure. For me... the jury is still out
4. Sleep on a certain side of the bed
Chapter 5: HAVE YOU
1. kissed someone in the last week?
2. Ever done anything crazy for money?
Well there was this one time.... no I'm kidding, no I haven't done anything CRAZY for money... but that COULD change
3. Had PHYSICAL therapy?
Yeah for my knee, back, neck
4. Gotten surgery?
Knee and Lasik
5. Taken painkillers?
6. Overdosed on pain killers?
7. Been stung by a bee?
8. Threw up in a doctors office:
9.Do you have a crush on anyone?
10. Do they know?
Chapter 6: WHO/WHAT WAS THE LAST
1. Person to text you?
2. Thing you touched?
the "L" key
3. Thing you said?
something to Vince when he called me about some stupid BS that I forwarded to him, so he could get a laugh...
4. Person you hugged?
5. Person you talked to on the phone?
Vincent Edward Davis Jr.
6. Last book you read?
Star Wars- Darth Bane: Path to Destruction
7. Last time you cleaned your room.
earlier this week
8. Last time you talked to someone you LIKED?
Chapter 7- The End
1. Who is your best friend?
Derreck, Bryan, Ronnie, Vince, and my very darling sister
2. Name a random person.
Why would a name a random person? Do they not already have a name? Ok well I will call him BOB.
3. Who did you copy this from?
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Every once in a while, you have to make life changing decisions. One's that effect the outcome of the rest of your life. Some examples are: choosing which college you want to attend, choosing your major, choosing your career, marriage, etc. Well it has come time for me to make a life changing decision, and it is none of the above.
I am joining the U.S. Navy.
If you are confused, please read above sentence again.
Some may ask why I would do that. Here are my reasons:
1) I am stuck in a dead end job. The newspaper I am working at has not potential to get me anywhere in the business except small time papers, which isn't my thing.
2) I have an associates degree (coursework is complete, don't have the degree yet), and in the newspaper world, except for small time papers, that won't cut it.
3)I am STUCK in Muskogee, Oklahoma... and its miserable here.
4) I have become lazy and complacent, and it is driving me insane.
5) I am not happy with where I am at.
Ok so that answers the why. Now I will answer what the Navy will do for me.
1) I will be able to complete my Bachelors relatively quick, which gives me the chance to train as a Naval Officer.
2) I will be going to one of the best Mass Communication schools in the nation.
3) I will triple or quadruple what I am making now, instantly, plus full coverage benefits.
4) I can travel.
5) When I get out of the Navy, I will have Navy attached to my resume, and can go to work anywhere I want.
So that's what the Navy will do for me. The next question you will have is when will I leave, and what is the timetable I will be working under.
1) I will leave as soon as I get all my stuff in order. So I am shooting for late spring early summer.
2) Boot Camp or "Basic Training" will last 8 weeks in Great Lakes, Illinois. Then I will be off my A-school for Mass Communications in Athens, GA for 25 weeks. After that I will pick my assignment, whether it be at a base or at sea.
3) I will be enlisting for 8 years, and then I will probably go reserve after that.
This decision definitely came out of the blue. I was not looking in the direction of the military, but it definitely came to me, and came with a lot of pluses. I have done my research (still doing it) and have talked to all the major players in my life. They all agree that it is a good idea, and if I work hard and do as instructed, it will pay big dividends. If anyone has any further questions or inquiries or would just like to say anything regarding my decision, feel free to do so. I welcome all input.
This is the SeaWolf signing off until next time.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Here are the rules: Pick one person and answer 51 questions about them. The post a comment in their blog letting them know about it. The catch? That person must pick someone else to answer the questions about. They cannot use the person who did the questionnaire before them. Keeps the cycle going!
Have fun and enjoy!
1) What’s their name?
2) Does he or she have a boyfriend/girlfriend??
not that I know of
3)Do you get along with this person all the time?
yes I do!
4)Has this person ever hurt your feelings?
nope. She says things that are truthful and blunt, but never meant to hurt feelings.
5) Has he/she ever cooked for you?
I think she has.... YES YES SHE HAS!!!
6) Is this person older than you?
yes... 8 years, 1 month, and 4 days.
7) Have you ever kissed this person?
on the cheek
8) Have you ever seen this person cry?
yes i have
9) Are you related to this person?
through our father
10) Are you really close to him/her?
close as I can get from 500 miles away.
Christel Pistol, Tistel, ChaCha
12) have they ever broken any bones?
13) How many times do you talk to this person in a week?
as often as possible... but usually 5-6 times
14) Do you think they will repost this?
I am sure she will
15)Could you live with this person?
yes, and it would be FUN
16) Why did you pick this person?
because she is my sister and I LOVE HER
17) Has this person ever seen you cry?
18) How long have you known this person??
technically since birth, but KNOWN her since we both woke up and realized we had alot in common.
19) Have you ever been to the mall with this person?
20) Have you ever had a sleepover with this person?
21) If you ever moved away would you miss this person?
I already don't live near her, so I miss her already
23) Have you ever done something really stupid or illegal with this person?
define "stupid" and "illegal"
24) Do you know everything about this person?
I know a lot, but not everything
25) Would you date this person’s siblings?
That's called incest...
26) Have you ever made something with this person?
jokes, laughs, stories, drinks, food, her apartment, etc.
27) Has this person ever killed an animal?
Well she has contemplated killing Rooney...
28) Has this person ever drank?
29) Have you gone skinny dipping with this person?
30)what is there fav. food?
bacon and chocolate!
31) Are they on drugs?
does alcohol count?
32) Have you ever cooked for this person?
I think so.
33) Have you ever worn this person’s clothes?
no.... I don't think so.
34) Have you and this person made up a hand shake?
35) If it was “freaky friday” would you switch bodies with this person?
Probably not... I think we both like who we are...
36) Have you ever heard this person sing?
I guess.... oh yeah, her and Angela were singing in the car on the way to 6th Street.
37) do yall have an inside joke?
38) Do you and this person have a saying?
39) Do you know this persons blogger password?
40) do they fart in front of you?
41) Have you and this person ever gotten into a fight that lasted more than 2 months?
42) What is there fav. thing to do?
43)What is there fav. show?
44.) Have you and this person gone clubbing?
45) Do you know how to make this person feel happy?
46) Do you and this person talk alot?
47) Do you like this person?
48) Has this person yelled at you?
sternly spoken to me, in a sisterly manner
49) Have you and this person got into a fist fight?
50) Do you want to go out with this person?
no... once again... incest
51) Do you want to be friends with them forever?
She's my sister... so of course!
Your turn sista!
I want to thank the San Diego Chargers and NY Giants for ridding the playoffs of Indianapolis and Dallas. Because of you, Brett Favre can play one more game in a Snowy Lambeau Field, and the Patriots pretty much wrap up a trip to the Super Bowl for a possible replay match-up of Super Bowl XXXI (Green Bay and New England).
Anyone who knows me, knows I hate the Cowboys, in fact there are only two other teams I hate more, OU and Texas A&M. So to see them stumble and fall in their first playoff game... again... against a team they beat twice in the regular season, was sweetness.
Indianapolis is just a team I don't like, and I dunno why. I just do not like the Colts. I used to hate Peyton because he had a habit of blaming everyone around him, but he finally grew out of that, so there's really no reason why I shouldn't like them, but oh well.
In all honesty, I should have been cheering for them, because San Diego plays in the same division as the Broncos, and I HATE Phillip Rivers (he's a big headed prick who thinks his shit doesn't stink) and Shawne Merriman (he's a cheater, asshole, and a thug), but I would rather the Pats play the Chargers, because they will maul them, and not just merely eke out a win like they would against the Colts.
Anyways, another week another round of losers going home. So far my hopes have come true to this point in the playoffs. In fact I boast a perfect score on my selections. Here are my picks for the final three games.
New England over San Diego (AFC Championship)
Green Bay over New York (NFC Championship)
New England over Green Bay (Super Bowl XLII)
Here are some pointless fun facts for your enjoyment.
Fun Fact #1- All of the teams remaining are ones with Two-word cities or locations, Green Bay, New England, New York, and San Diego.
Fun Fact #2- Eli Manning, and not Peyton is the one who led his team to the Conference Championship round. Maybe baby brother is all growed up.
Fun Fact #3- 3 out of the 4 remaining teams are from cold weather places. So there is a 75% chance of two cold-weather teams playing in sunny and warm Arizona.
Anyways, there was some fine football on this weekend, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing two of my most hated teams take a tumble. And next week, weather permitting, we might get to see two blizzard games. Won't that be fun?
Friday, January 11, 2008
Here’s how it works: Link to the person that tagged you: Christel Pistol
Post the rules for the meme on your blog. And here they are:
Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, tag 7 (or so) random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
1. I would rather spend my time alone than with people. It's just the way I work. I'm a halfway social person, but more often than not, I would rather be by myself, unless it's with my friends and certain members of my family.
2. I own alot of movies. 144 to be exact, which is slightly over half of what I previously owned before a certain theiving event.
3. I cannot... repeat cannot go into a store that sells movies without perusing the selections. More often than not, I also can't leave without buying anything.
4. I have no full blood siblings. I have a half-sister from my dad, a half-brother from my mom, and a step bother and sister from my step mom. So when I say there is no one else like me, and I am one of a kind... I AIN'T LYIN'.
5. I have played every position in football besides offensive line and kicker.
6. My favorite beer is Shiner Bock, and it is all my sister's fault.
7. I am joining the NAVY.
Since I am the last in a long line... I have no one to tag.... sad isn't it?
I need new friends.
I am currently pondering some life altering changes to my life. And I am not talking little minor things.... I'm talking HUGE.
Some already know about it... some don't, but rest assured that when I actually up and make the decision, you will know what it is. I don't want to put it out there not before I have all of the information, did all my research, and looked at this from every angle.
So far it's looking like a good deal, but that can change like anything else in this world.
So I ask you to bear with me, and when the time comes, throw your opinions into the ring, because I would like to hear what everyone has to say.
It may or may not make any difference to me, but I like to hear other people's thoughts. But in the meantime, I love everybody who makes my life worth living, and I love all my readers. (I think its like 2 people.... but shhhh I like to think I'm really popular!)
Anyways, I just thought I would update you while I am NOT SLEEPING... because that's my life... one of insomnia and deep thoughts.
Its like chocolate and bacon.... they just go together.
Write that down.
Edit: Who are the Irving and Addison TX viewers of my blog? I'm getting mega hits from that area... Just wanna know...
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The 2007 season of college football came to an end last night in historic fashion. LSU beat Ohio State 38-24 to make them the first team to win the BCS National Championship twice, and also the first 2-loss team to win a BCS National Championship.
That's only the ENDING to the madness of this season. Let's recap shall we?
There was not a single team that was ranked no. 1 or 2 that DIDN'T lose while being ranked in that position. 20 different teams held the no. 1 or 2 spot this season, the highest amount in history.
The only team that went undefeated during the regular season, Hawaii, only got to no. 10 because of their weak schedule then got embarrassed by Georgia in the Sugar Bowl 41-10.
Only 6 of the original top-10 teams were ranked in the final 10, and only Chokelahoma at no. 8 and Virginia Tech at no. 9 were ranked in the same position.
USC- Preseason rank: 1, Final rank: 3 (11-2)
LSU- Preseason rank: 2, Final rank: 1 (12-2)
West Virginia- Preseason rank: 3, Final rank: 6 (11-2)
Texas- Preseason rank: 4, Final rank: 10 (10-3)
Michigan- Preseason rank: 5, Final rank: 18 (9-4)
Florida- Preseason rank: 6, Final rank: 13 (9-4)
Wisconsin- Preseason rank: 7, Final rank: 24 (9-4)
Oklahoma- Preseason rank: 8, Final rank: 8 (11-3)
Virginia Tech- Preseason rank: 9, Final rank: 9 (11-3)
Louisville- Preseason rank: 10, Final rank: Not ranked (6-6)
The other 4 teams that made their way into the final top-10 rankings were Georgia, Missouri, Kansas, and Ohio State.
Georgia- Preseason rank: 13, Final rank: 2 (11-2)
Missouri- Preseason rank: NR, Final rank: 4 (12-2)
Ohio State- Preseason rank: 11, Final rank: 5 (11-2)
Kansas- Preseason rank: NR, Final rank: 7 (12-1)
How crazy is that? There was so much drama and shake up this season, that you never knew who would win from week to week. Missouri gets beaten in the first week by Appalachian State, a Div. 1AA school. USC gets beaten by Stanford, a 41-point underdog, at home. This pattern goes on and on and on.
To add to the mayhem, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, last year's Heisman runner-up is told he didn't win because he was a sophomore, then he proceeds to have a better year than last season, and has to watch Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, a sophomore, win the Heisman. How fucked up is that? Personally, I wanted Tebow to win, because he is the best player in college football hands down, but I felt bad for McFadden who was a victim of circumstance.
As a Big 12 fan, I was so happy to see 4 teams from the conference ranked in the top-10: Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. For all those assholes who talk about how the Big 12 is a weak conference, and how the SEC and PAC-10 are better, here is retribution. The Big 12 and SEC are tied for most teams ranked in the top 25 with 5. Let's see what people say next year about the Big 12.
I'm really not going to go into the amazing player stories and fiascoes of this year right now, because that will require a much longer post, and perhaps more than one, whenever I get around to it. So heres my overall team/season wrap up for 2007.
This season proved that you always expect the unexpected. Never get used to the way things are because they will always change on you. National powers like Notre Dame fall, and new powers like Missouri rise. So in my opinion, the Emmy, Golden Globe, and Oscar for Best Drama should go to the NCAA. They kept us on the edge of our seats all season, and make us excited for next season's craziness.
This is why I love football.
Monday, January 7, 2008
I am effectively BORED at work. I love my job, mind you, but it has its downtime. And when I say downtime, I mean looking for things to do to keep from chewing my own arm off.
I usually work anywhere from 3-5 hours a night (sweet job right?) but for the first 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours.... BOREDOM. Unless I am taking call in scores, it's pretty dead. I build my page layout and throw in the early stuff... then it's a waiting game. I have to wait until the scores, standings, and roundups to cross the AP wire (Associated Press database for said work) and plug them in, which usually come in all at the same time right before deadline. So it's hectic for like 30-45 minutes at the end.
Right now is downtime. I'm watching the BCS Championship, which I could give less than a shit about who wins... actually I retract that statement... I hope LSU wins, because I think Ohio State is severely overrated for the second year in a row, and cheated their way to their last National Championship. (Edit: LSU won 38-24. Congrats to the Bayou Bengals. I'll do a blog tomorrow about the crazy NCAA football season.)
I also get to read all the AP stories before the rest of the public universe gets a shot at them (nah nah nah) so I feel superior in that respect.
Anyways... I guess I will get back to "work"... Just thought I would blog a little bit to break the monotony.
That's all for now. Thanks for tuning in. You can go back to your lives now.
Since I am currently low on blog ideas, I figured I would take the easy way out and do a survey that everyone can read, steal, and do themselves. Enjoy.
Hi, my name is: Ian
but you can call me: Wolf
Never in my life have I: had a million bucks... but oh boy I wish....
The one person who can drive me nuts is: stupid people in general.
My high school was: ok... I had more fun when Derreck and Bryan were still there.
When I’m nervous: I clam up... it's best you leave me alone and let me deal with my shit.
The last song I listened to was: All My Friends Say by Luke Bryan
If I were to get married right now: I don't think i would mind, but I really don't think I am ready either.
My hair is: getting longer
When I was 4: I was cute as hell
Last Christmas: I got my new MacBook Pro and got to spend time with my best friends.
I should be: more worried than I am, but I found out that worrying leads to nothing but making things worse.
When I look down I see: that I'm gifted. (Take that how you want... I was talking about my new computer... weirdos.)
The happiest recent event was: Being with my best friends.
If I were a character on ‘Friends’: I would be Ross... he got Jennifer Aniston... hells yeah!
By this time next year: I want to be well into my career
My current gripe is: money
I have a hard time understanding: the way life goes sometimes
There’s these girls: that....
If I won an award, the first person I would tell would be: my dad
I want to buy: my way out of troubles.
i plan to visit: Austin
If you spent the night at my house: futon, unless your name is Renee
The world could do without: dumb chicks
Most recent thing I’ve bought myself: groceries
Most recent thing someone else bought me: my car out of impound
My middle name is: Kyle
In the morning I: wake up
Last night I was: at my apartment
There’s this guy I know who: is one of my best friends
If I was an animal I’d be a: a wolf, duh
A better name for me would be: I like my name thanks
Tomorrow I am: sseeing someone, I hope
Tonight I am: working
My birthday is: on October 30th
I am: wanting to have my life in order
Posted by Ian Townsend at 3:55 PM
|What Ian Means|
You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 11:59 AM
Sunday, January 6, 2008
In an effort to keep up with who visits this site, and who are repeat viewers... I would like y'all to leave comments... whether it's once of frequently. I just want to see who is stopping by.
Also, if anyone has any ideas/thoughts on how I can get the blog out to more readers, please let me know.
Posted by Ian Townsend at 6:53 PM
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Life can be very difficult sometimes. It seems that some days, all of the bad things that have kept just out of sight all come to bear. Almost always, you are never prepared for it.
I just recently had one of these times, and I am still reeling from it, trying to recover. It is slow going, and it's hard, but luckily I have people willing to help me out in my time of need.
More than anything, in these times, people need support from their friends and family, because that is more valuable than money. It means that people do care about you, and are willing to go the extra mile for you when you need it, because they know you would do the same if the roles were reversed.
These times also serve to help you learn lessons, and help you take care of things you have neglected. It helps you to get your life back into perspective, and realize you have to handle your business and not blow things off.
So if your life brings you into a dark situation, you will find new things out about you and those around you, and perhaps come out a better person than before. But don't be like me, and let situations get so forgone that they come back to bite you in the ass later.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I bet OU doesn't want to play in the Fiesta Bowl ever again. After Boise State used three trick plays to beat the Sooners last year, West Virginia ran up and down on OU this season, to hand them their 4th straight BCS loss. Don't you love watching the Chokelahoma Sooners lose big games? I sure do.
Major props to the Mountaineers, playing under then-interim head coach Bill Stewart after Rich Rodriquez split for Michigan, and playing without Steve Slaton, and still being able to absolutely flatten OU.
So to all of those annoying, overbearing, idiotic Sooners fans, here's to you and a New Years constant... OU choking it in a big game.
To all of the West Virginians... here's to you for kicking that ass.
Who thinks it's time for an NCAA playoff?
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Well I'm back in Muskogee... *sigh*. While I really enjoyed being home, seeing my friends and family, eating home cooked food, and TEXAS BEER, I was glad to leave.
I guess I am getting too old to stay at my parents anymore. This is nothing against them, their hospitality is wonderful, it's just me growing to used to being independent.
Since September, I have been living in my own apartment, and enjoying the freedoms contained within. It was hard to get used to having people around me again. Anyone who knows me, understands I value my personal space and my privacy. So to put me back into a situation where I don't have that as much was weird.
Anyways, I had a fantastic time with my best friends Derreck and Bryan. It's been so long since we were all in the same place, that we had alot of catching up on missed time to do. It was a blast, seriously. There were far too many good times to go into detail about but let's just say this was one of the best New Year's Eve parties we've ever had. You should have been there, you missed out!
I'm also ready to get back to work. I actually enjoy my job and I am looking forward to going back to it, and hoping (fingers crossed) that it turns into a full time gig. I'm really glad I found a job in a field I like working in.
So that was my trip in a nutshell. It had its good times and its bad, but overall a good trip. So now it's back to the real world... hooray!
Posted by Ian Townsend at 8:52 PM