vince young

Big news in Austin, Vince presumably scored low on some mulitple choice 50 question test that is supposed to tell NHL teams how intelligent their draft pics are. http://www.statesman.com/sports/content/sports/stories/longhorns/02/28VINCE.html

Have you watched this guy play? At all? I'm not a big football fan, I watch about 2 games a year. This year it was the Rose Bowl and the Superbowl. The Rose Bowl was so much better. Vince dances out there. And he uses his head. He's smart in the way he needs to be for football. I think I would question the validity of the test if he scored low.


2006 Torino Olympics

When I was little, there were a few occassions when my parents would give us a free pass from sitting together at the dinner table trying to make conversation and let us all eat on tray tables in front of the TV. The Olympics was always one of the best. To this day, I love the Olympics. I watched all two weeks. I tape them each evening and watch them a day later to skip through 3 and 1/2 hours in, oh, about 1.5 hours. I could live the rest of my life without seeing Bob Costas, but I do love watching those amazingly beautiful boys and girls perform their hearts out for our national pride. My favorites this go-round were: Chad Hedrick (fellow Texan), Apollo Anton Ohno, Sasha Cohen, Jonny Wier (you go Grl!), Shaun White, Lindsey Jacobellis, Jamie Silverstein (the 16 yr. old figureskater), Vonetta Flowers (bobsled), and Ted Ligety.
So imagine my joy when I found this! http://www.hotathletes.org/

What I want to know is where was this site when the summer olympics TX-USA swim team was hot? I'm going to go send in my 2c.


Early voting started Monday and I have yet to decide if I am going to vote in the primaries (Democrat!) or not vote so I can sign a petition for one of the indendents. Huh? I know, it's confusing. I'm confused and I have a masters in public affairs. Here is the deal:

Under Texas law, if you vote in the primaries, for any race, you signature is invalid on a petition to get an independent, on the ballot. There are two very worthy independents looking to get on the ballot this spring; Kinky Friedman (the Jewish Cowboy-for the politically estranged) and Carole Keeton Strayhorn (current Texas Comptroller, or Ann Richards v.2-for the estranged Republican and minority of Democrats). Of course, Carole has a much better chance of actually challenging Rick Perry, since she was a Republican, and has only moved to be independent in the hopes of getting past the primaries into the final election. However, there is a lot of hope for Kinky, as a populist-let's-knock-some-sense-into-Texas-government-Ventura-style (he even hired Ventura's campaign manager, I believe).

However, there is a local primary race that has a very close race brewing. Sarah Eckhardt, daughter of the late U.S. Senator Bob Eckhardt (D) and a former classmate of mine, is challenging the incumbent County Commissioner Karen Sonleiter (D) for County Commissioner of Precint 2. Of course, first I had to check whether I live in Precint 2 on the Travis County Voter Verification website, which encompasses most of West Austin. Then I had to research why Sarah had jumped into this race. My take is that Sarah (and her supporters) are pissed off that Karen voted against Travis County joining in legal action against those organizations and persons that conspired to redistrict Texas for political purposes and that Karen voted for the current toll-road package. I support Sarah, she's smart, hardworking and earnest. I liked her way back then (I haven't seen her since), and I think she would work hard to do a good job. My only concern is whether I should wait and help with the signatures for the indepedents so we can have a real governor's race.

There are, of course, other primary races possibly worth voting in, although as a D, none of them outside of Travis County have ANY chance of getting elected. For those of you not in Texas, Travis County(which is mainly Austin) feels like Brigadoon!


My Lists

To ease into this, this....this. I've created some lists, perhaps to give you an idea of who I am by what I like. Here is my movie list. My caveat, it's not finished, nothing with me ever is. I like to keep my options open.

Feel free to comment. I especially love getting book recommendations.

Great Movies:
Singing in the Rain
Jurassic Park
Stand By Me
Breakfast Club
Pricilla: Queen of the Dessert
Chasing Amy
Oliver Twist
Bringing Up Baby
Fight Club
Pulp Fiction
A River Runs Through It
Life is Beautiful
Schindler’s List
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
12 Angry Men
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Dr. No
Fifth Element
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Blazing Saddles
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Barefoot in the Park
Raiders of the Lost Ark
El Mariachi
The Music Man

Extremely Good:
Pink Panther
When Harry Met Sally
Toy Story
Kissing Jessica Stein
An American in Paris
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
My Fair Lady
Thelma and Louise
Laura Croft: Tomb Raider
Il Postino
Say Anything
Strictly Ballroom
Blues Brothers
Animal House
2001: A Space Odessey
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (original, of course)
Diamonds are Forever
Monster’s Inc.
Eddie Izzard: Dressed to Kill
American Beauty
A Bug’s Life
Usual Suspects
The Professional
A Beautiful Mind

Adventures in Babysitting
Dirty Dancing
Yellow Submarine
The Little Mermaid
Air Force One
The Player
Kill Shorty
Napolean Dynamite
Working Girl
Jackie Brown
From Dusk Til Dawn

A Waste of Time:
The League of Distinguished Gentlemen
Face Off

a beginning

This is a huge step for me. I'm a watcher. I've been watching other people blogging, writing, wondering. So here I am. Finally taking my voice, not waiting for it to be given.

Welcome to my world.