November 23, 2006

Today was the most interesting Thanksgiving I have ever had. Last night I saw Casino Royal on a 3-story screen and got to sleep around 2:30AM. I awoke this morning five hours later to the sound of my little brother bursting into my room yelling, "Adam had a seizure!" In my half-asleep state I barely understood what he was saying. I don't function well after being woken up early. Before I was out of bed and dressed I heard more people shouting "the ambulance is here" from somewhere else in the house. Now, Adam hasn't had a seizure in almost ten years, and he has been off medication for it for 4 or 5 years. He's been just fine too. Luckily, my step mom went into his room to get something out the closet this morning while he was still "sleeping". She saw that he had propped himself up on his elbows but was still staring at his pillow. Thinking she had woke him up, she told him that he could go back to sleep. For some reason this triggered him and the seizure started. My little brother was sleeping on the other side of the room and he was obviously awoken to her screaming for my father. Not knowing what to do, he eventually got up stairs and told my father to go down. He's still pretty spooked, and can't sleep. That might explain why he burst into my room...

I didn't get to see my brother, nor did I want to, until he got back from the hospital. I couldn't have gotten into the bedroom anyway, since we had a whole slew of people on top of the usual 4-8 people that live here. I believe there were four or five firefighters (one being my step brother), a police man, and two paramedics all trying to get into that room where my father, step mom and Adam already were. Even if I wanted to I wouldn't have been able to see Adam except when they were carrying him out the door on a body board. But I have a soft spot for my brother and his disabilities, so I made sure I couldn't see him when they carried him out. Wuss? Naw, I had things I needed to do before I could relax.

Through all of this, my job was to call my mother and inform her of what was going on. My parents are divorced, and my mother's full time job is taking care of Adam. Adam is more work than your average kid, but my mother makes sure that everything is taken care of. This is why it is vital she knows what is going on. Obviously, my father could take care of things, but she has been doing it for so long that it's easier for him, and most people, to stay out of the way.

I left my cell phone charger in Ames, so my phone has been dead all week. Luckily, I found my cousin has the same phone, and I charged it. Luckily again, I made sure to not use it much. This morning I called my mother's house and cell phone with no luck. But I did feel much safer as I followed the ambulance out the drive way on my way to warn my mother. I had it just in case, and my dad did call it while he was down at the hospital. I drove over to my mothers in silence. I rarely drive with out the radio or my iPod, unless I am thinking hard about something. Today was no different. My head was racing, and for some reason I couldn't seem to warm up. I wondered what I would do if something happened to him. I knew I wouldn't be finishing my semester. Or at least I wouldn't be returning for the entire 3 weeks.

Anyway, I'm tried. Sorry to crap out on this but it's been a long day. Adam is fine, and back home. He actually made it to thanksgiving dinner/lunch. It was the shortest trip to the hospital yet. He actually came to in the ambulance, which I believe is a first. Besides checking him out and putting him back on medication, they didn't do much as far as I can tell. He came home as if nothing had happened. In that sense he is the lucky one in all of this. For all he knows, he falls asleep at night (or passes out during the day) and wakes up in a hospital where he gets to watch TV and play video games all day. The hospital doesn't scare him, although the rest of us hate the idea of being there again. Luckily everything turned out alright this time. He and I and my family are headed to my grandparent's house tomorrow for thanksgiving and Christmas (my grandparents drive south for the winter).

He's been excited all week. :)

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2006

Things you can't do when you are NOT in a pool

PMS Survival Tips

Cybernet News Redesign

My friend's new site got a redesign tonight at midnight. Besides new colors, the whole site changes it's layout when you resize your browser window. He wrote an article on all the new features HERE, and there are a lot of them. Check out Cybernet News for new info on new technology and software. I scan it daily, and although I don't read everything, I do find something that helps me every week. I enjoy, and you should too. You know you are a geek at heart. ;)

November 21, 2006

Cyclones 5-0

The Cyclones roared to victory tonight against the University of Minnesota Gophers tonight! And I was at the game. It was my first visit to the U of M's basketball area, the Barn. Seriously, I'm surprised it is still standing. Just getting to our seats was an adventure, partially due to our upper deck tickets and partially because of the crazy walkways. We entered the building on the complete opposite corner from where our seats were, but decided to head upstairs right away. Bad idea. We ended up going up some stairs, down some more, through the crowd, back up some stairs. Crazy Barn...

Iowa State represented tonight. During one time out chants of "ISU!" were started and resonated from all corners of the building. The cyclones started out ahead, but were down by 3 (I think) at the half. Mike Taylor was on fire in the second half! He put up almost half of our points tonight (33), and 25 of them were in the second half. I watched him sink 3-pointers from 22-24 feet out. Rahshon Clark also scored a double-double, his fifth in his career.

The game article on

I'm not a wine person, but I did have some really good wine the other day. Maybe it tastes horrible to a wine connoisseur, but I really liked it. It was a Dandelion Wine from Ackerman Winery. The winery is in Iowa, just south of Iowa City if I'm not mistaken. So if you are ever in the area, stop by the town of Amana and grab some wine. My step mom said she was going to open a bottle of the Autumn Blend for thanksgiving. Apparently, it's the best.

November 20, 2006

Since I turned 21 my parents have loosened up a LOT about alcohol. But that wasn't always the case. I remember the first time I came home from college. I had been at college for two weeks, one of those included class. It was a three day weekend, and I was headed back with a friend at noon on Monday. That morning I woke up sick to my stomach, and I puked. No idea why, but I did. Apparently my parent's thought that after two weeks at college I had become a binge drinker. Keep in mind, I never drank in high school and none of my friends did either. In fact, I never had a drink until most of the way through my first semester of college. But that day, my parents jumped the gun on alcohol. My friend came to pick me up and I ran upstairs to grab my bag. Later in the car my friend told me that my mother and step-dad had cornered him in the kitchen and threw a barrage of questions at him about me drinking. Poor guy. Now they don't care, as long as I don't get drunk or loud. I'm not sure that's fair, but those are my parents.

The real one VS the parody. This guy took a picture of himself everyday for 6 years. Crazy.




Skate Hockey

I'm up late talking to friends online (since no one is home from college), and I saw one of the coolest things I've ever seen. Skate Hockey in Canada! It's like street hockey, only you play it on skate boards. I could do that.

November 19, 2006

Tony Hawk's American Wasteland Soundtrack

Yep more video games. But this time, I'm suggesting a soundtrack. Most video games have crappy soundtracks, but Tony Hawk's video games have great music. All of them. The latest, Project 8, will hopefully be the best yet (56 songs according to it's wikipedia page. But I have not played it yet. I did play THAW though and it has great music. I bought the album because I liked it so much. Check out a few songs on the MySpace account someone made, or the Wikipedia page. Here's a list of the songs, plus the original artist in parenthesis.

1. "Institutionalized" - Senses Fail (Suicidal Tendencies)
2. "Suburban Home"/"I Like Food" - Taking Back Sunday (Descendents)
3. "Astro Zombies" - My Chemical Romance (The Misfits)
4. "Search And Destroy" - Emanuel (The Stooges)
5. "Sonic Reducer" - Saves the Day (The Dead Boys)
6. "Who Is Who" - Dropkick Murphys (Adolescents)
7. "Seeing Red"/"Screaming At A Wall" - Thrice (Minor Threat)
8. "House Of Suffering" - The Bled (Bad Brains)
9. "Time To Escape" - Hot Snakes (Government Issue)
10. "Start Today" - Fall Out Boy (Gorilla Biscuits)
11. "Wash Away" - Alkaline Trio (TSOL)
12. "Ever Fallen In Love" - Thursday (The Buzzcocks)
13. "Let's Have A War" - From Autumn to Ashes (Fear)
14. "Fix Me" - Rise Against (Black Flag)

One of my friends made this. It makes me laugh.

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This weekend both the PS3 and the Wii came out (so I've been told). Personally, I think the Wii will be amazing, but I am Nintendo biased. Last year, one of my roommates kept me up to date on the Wii (then then Revolution) and got me very excited about it. I plan on buying one eventually, for one game - The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. I was just reading a review of it here and I'm even more excited. The writer says he has tested it, but despite playing over 10 hours, he has barely made it past two temples. Nintendo claims it will take a whopping 70 hours to finish the main part of the game, and that is ignoring all side quests!

Personally, I don't play video games much anymore. But The Legend of Zelda for the Nintendo 64 is easily my favorite game ever. After reading the review on the new Zelda game, I look forward to both the Twilight Princess and the Wii.

Match Point.

All I can say about this movie is that the ending is brilliant. Everyone has seen twist endings before, but this one I didn't see coming. And trust me, I tried to figure it out. I guess I shouldn't be a screen writer.

Anyway, the movie is great. You should see it. Plus Scarlett Johansson is very good looking. 4 Golden Globe nods might help too. ;)

Check out the trailer and the website