Archive for September, 2006

Turkey Lasagna

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

I just spent over an hour making some delicious turkey vegetable lasagna. Oh my God, I make it all the time, this time it might be the best I’ve ever done.

It’s got ground turkey, specially seasoned by me
3 types of peppers, red, green, and yellow
2 types of mushrooms
little specs of broccoli, which mixes well into the sauce
Roasted garlic sauce, again with my extra seasonings, basil, sage, etc.
both ricotta and mozzarella cheese.

all cooked and put together, layered with love, then baked for 40 minutes in the oven at 375 degrees.

I just pulled it out 15 minutes ago and let it sit and cool for a few minutes.

And now I’m not hungry anymore.

Dang it.

-Ray

Overtime

Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

What is wrong with the NFL overtime system? I have been hearing people cry about how it is unfair and that they should mimic the college overtime system as if that is the gold standard of how to end sporting events.

Am I missing something? First off, in NFL OT, the first team that scores, wins, the end. If you allow your opponent to drive the whole length of the field and score, then you deserve to lose.

Cry cry, the team that wins the coin flip and gets the ball first always wins. WRONG! If you kick off and hold your opponent to a 3 and out, then you will likely get the ball in a better position on the field than your ‘always winning’ opponent did, thus giving you a better chance to score. All that they ask you to do is play a modicum of defense and not let the other team dominate you.

The college OT rules are weak anyways. Let’s let both teams get a shot from the other team’s 25 yard line, like that is not random and stupid. So let’s let both teams start in highly makeable field goal range to start, to make sure the games might take forever. But to be sure, after 3 possessions if still tied, you are forced to go for 2 point conversions instead of kicking the extra point.

So essentially in the college game it becomes a battle of 2 point conversions. Does this sound anything like a soccer penalty kick shootout to anyone else? Yet people seem to agree that is a stupid way to end a match, but they love this arbitrary college OT system? Like it’s much better?

My solution; to make for exciting games it is simple. Just play out a 5th quarter, full 15 minutes, 1 time out per team, then at the end of that, most points win. If still tied, then it is a tie, move on. This will give both teams at least 1 possession to score, and reward all phases of the game instead of inventing a weak system to make it ‘fair’.

How easy is that?

You are welcome new NFL commissioner whatever your name is.

-Ray

I try

Sunday, September 17th, 2006

Sometimes I question why it is that I exibit characteristics of retarded people.

It has been said that only the insane do the same thing over and over again and believe that they will achieve different results.

I agree.

That being said, I find myself once again involved in another unwinnable situation, and I feel dumber for having taken part in such.

What the hell is wrong with me? I already know that best case scenario = I lose. Yet here I am, playing my part, what it is I desire does not equate with what reality has in store for me. Once again I will find myself on the outside looking in, wondering what could have been, all the while being stupid, that is me.

I don’t know if all of you have heard the masterpiece that is the Marilyn Manson album “Antichrist Superstar” There was a point when I was at a very low point and it was the single entity that helped me get through it and move on and grow as a person. I feel oddly compelled to listen to it more lately, because I feel like I am going down a previous road, and it was the traveling music I was listening to back when, so it feels familiar.

Anyways, cryptic bullshit aside, I do not understand, I do not know what it is I am supposed to think,and such as it is, I am tormented and stupid.

Nothing easy is ever simple. My mom bought me a pillowcase with that slogan on it when I was very young, and sadly it has become the central theme of my life ever since.

Such is life, and so I endure.

Me = dumb.

Hello code, I am Ray, have we met before?

-Ray

Oh Awesome

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

The NFL season is here. Time to be once again filled with joy, excitement, and eventually Detroit Lions heartbreak.

This year would seem to be different though. In the NFL quick and sudden turnarounds can happen to any team in any year. I keep waiting for the Lions to get their turn on the carousel. That being said I know this team has much talent, and the new coaches fill me with optimism, they seem like the right crew at the right time. I have high hopes that this will not be a disappointing season.

Then I read today that one of the Lions assistant coaches was caught driving naked and drunk a few days ago.

My only reaction was to stop, shake my head, and say, “Aww Fuck.”

Way to go Lions, right on the verge of what could be a great surprise season, a coming out party if you will, you gotta go and freaking embarass your organization, and your city on the eve of the opener.

Thanks alot jackasses, usually you guys wait til a few games in to let everyone down, now you’ve stepped it up to deflating hope before the season even begins.

And best part about the naked story, it was his 2nd arrest for DUI in like a week and a half! Imagine his thought process for a second, “Hmm, ok I just got busted for DUI a week ago, what would be the best thing I could do, hmm, let me see, oh I know, I’ll take off all my damn clothes, strip down totally naked, and drive around while drunk tonight, that would be HOT! Thankfully I don’t have any responsibilities to my community, so off go my pants, WOO! I mean sure I just got busted, but I have the power to push those thoughts of eventual repercussions out of my mind, goodbye boxer shorts YAY! Ok, I’m ready to go, LOOK OUT WORLD!!!

It’s hard enough being a Lions fan out in the middle of LA as it is, but it gets even harder when the only things to come out of Detroit are hideously awful and embarassing. Are we getting a team in LA yet?

-Ray

(Addendum)It has come to my attention that he had the drunk naked incident the first time, and then got the real DUI in the 2nd infraction a week later. I don’t care.