Saturday Morning Cartoons of the 80s

May 22nd, 2007

Because of a posting on Robin’s blog, I looked back at the schedule of Saturday morning cartoons in the 80s to see if I could remember which ones I have been watching when I was young. It’s kind of scary how much I can remember.

For example, in the Fall of 1984, I would have watched

The Snorks on NBC, followed by Pink Panther and Sons. Then I would watch an hour of the Smurfs before switching to watch Dragon’s Lair on ABC. Then I would go back to NBC to see Alvin and the Chipmunks. At 10, I would either be watching Kidd Video or Dungeons and Dragons. Then I would see the Littles at 10:30, followed by the Bugs Bunny/Roadrunner show.

Birthday Gift

May 1st, 2007

 I had a pretty good day today. My brother Paul’s birthday is on May 2, and I had no idea what to get him. I didn’t worry too much about it, because he’s pretty easygoing and I knew that he would be happy with a good book or a gift certificate or a like item.

However, I knew that he would really like a Wii. He’s been looking for one since before Christmas and has had bad luck in finding it. They’re still rushing off the shelves here, so you have to be very lucky to find one.

I was invited to a game night far south of downtown, so I decided to leave early to beat the traffic. I did so, but realized that I would be extremely early if I didn’t find a place to kill some time. The only one I could see from the highway was a Best Buy. So I entered, asked if they had a Wii, got the usual answer of “no” and chatted with the salesman for a bit. Then I went to the PC game section to see what I was missing and look at a couple of strategy guides. After about 20 minutes or so, the salesman walked up to me with a Wii that had just come in. I bought it immediately.

Later that night, I delivered it to Paul. He was stunned and happy and estatic after I handed it to him. He also asked how long I had had the Wii, probably figuring that I had planned to give it to him for a while. Of course, he grumbled about how he had searched for months for one and how I got one in a day. But I know he loved it.

All in all, a good day.

Helping Family Out

April 28th, 2007

Today was a pretty busy day. First I had to help my dad out with some computer work at his office. I went home at 11:00 am, rode with him to his office and got to type information into a form that he had to e-mail to someone. I finished all of this around 1:00, though some of that was wasted time.

 Then I hopped in my car and went out to Manor to help my Aunt out. She has a back problem and isn’t able to do as much work outside as she used to be able to do. The funny thing is that the hardest work was what sounded the easiest. Namely, trimming the hedges. I spent over an hour trimming those bushes and given that we’ve been having a good spring for plants, I’ll probably trim them again later. But it’s nice to help family out.

Comment spamming

April 27th, 2007

Ugh. I’m getting brutally comment spammed. Glad I had it on moderation.

Chicago Pictures

December 11th, 2006

Well, here are some of the pics that I have from my trip to Chicago. These are all from the afternoon/evening of the first day. We went walking down by the lake. In theory, we were going to Millenium Park or Navy Pier. However, we didn’t get to either of them that day. 



I think we were gesturing to the museum in the background. That or geese.




I heard that there was a major Egyptian exhibit in Chicago while I was there. However, I didn’t see any signs of it.




 We’re standing.


 We’re walking.


We’re taking pictures.

Chicago Trip part 1

November 27th, 2006

As you may know, I visited Chicago recently to see Robin, Illie, Kevin, and Rung. It was a fun trip, and had some really special and/or interesting moments. I’ll be blogging about parts of it, though I admit that I am running a bit behind schedule.

I set up my plane flight so I would leave Austin at about 3:30ish Friday afternoon and would arrive in Chicago around 6:25 that evening. Pursuant to that, I got to the airport around 2:30 and made it through security in plenty of time to get on my flight. However, when I got to my gate, the flight had a 45 minute delay. I did not think much of it at the time and wandered the airport for a while, since, I assumed, the flight would still be leaving, albeit a little late. The 45 minute delay became an hour long delay, then an hour and a half.

 It turned out that there was bad weather at O’Hare and that American, which was the airline I was flying, had already cancelled two flights that day. They did not tell us this, of course. After more time had passed, and they cancelled another flight into Chicago, I started to think that I wouldn’t be getting into Chicago on Friday. I was right, since they cancelled the flight I was ticketed on before 7, saying that American was cancelling almost all the flights from Texas into O’Hare (so getting to another airport wouldn’t help).

I went to the ticket counter and tried to get on the 6:00 am flight to Chicago. It was not only fully booked, but they had overbooked it with the people from all of the other Chicago flights. I was able to get tickets on the 9:50 flight into Chicago. That flight would get into Chicago around 12:15, which would mean that half the weekend was gone. So I figured that since I was already going to have to get to the airport early, I might as well try to fly standby on the 6:00 flight.

I went back to my apartment, played videogames and catnapped for a while, then headed back to the airport. Since it was about 4:45 am when I got there, I had a pretty good parking space. I electronic ticketed myself and then went through security. My bags were searched, my toothpaste confiscated (I forgot since I had checked that bag the previous day) and I was ready to try and fly standby.

Flying standby is a somewhat stressful situation, since you’re hoping for your name to be called. Fortunately, the first flight was nice and early, so a lot of people would oversleep. On the other hand, there were a lot of people who hadn’t been able to fly to Chicago the previous day who would have gotten on this flight. I was about fifty in the standby line, so I had no idea if I would make it on.

They started boarding, and then started calling names to go to the gate counter. They called two names, then another, then two more. I was the last person called I think. So I was able to get on the early flight to Chicago by the skin of my teeth. I even got a window seat.

Hectic Days, Frantic Nights

September 29th, 2006

 Hey all. Sorry for taking so long to update. I’ve been having some really busy days for the past month or so. Generally, I’m involved in three seperate tasks that have been taking a lot of my time.

First, there’s work, which takes up about 40 hours a week or so, not counting all the time getting there and back, which probably adds about an hour or so a day. Overall though, this task isn’t too bad, since it gets me out of the apartment and getting a paycheck is always good.

Then I am volunteering on behalf of a convention to be named later, lest anyone accidentally google this site. My title is apparently publisher liason, but my main duties seem to be asking publishers to donate books for the gift bags that we’ll be giving out to the attendees.

That said, it takes a decent amount of organization and negotiation, since there are going to be about a thousand people at the convention. There should be a good number of books coming. Thankfully, this task should be over in about a month or so.  

The final major task that I’ve been having to deal with this past month or so involves family. I seem to have gotten into the position of having to help out whenever anyone has a computer problem. It’s not that I mind so much, it’s just that I have other things to do on my weekend than to spend time dealing with what is invariably a minor problem.

 For example, two weekends ago, I lost an hour of time solving a problem which essentially boiled down to the computer user clicking too quickly in webmail. So far, this is the most annoying task. I’m wondering if I should limit the times that I’ll do this, because I might be enabling it by being nice enough to help out without much complaint. Sigh, I’ll think about it.


July 28th, 2006

 I’ve started a rather arduous undertaking, cataloging and organizing my books. I’ve been a bit leery of trying this in the past because, frankly, I have a pretty decent number of books. In fact, two members of my family have refused to help me move again if they have to carry the boxes of books.

 I decided to catalog them mainly to catch any duplicates that I have and because I know I’ve missed out on having some of them signed because I either didn’t know where they were, or didn’t even realize I had them. So far, I’ve entered 600 books into the database and think that I am only about 1/3 to 1/2 done. So wish me luck.

Decisions, decisions

June 26th, 2006

 Sorry about the lack of any posting for a while, but my life has been rather boring lately. I know, I always say that, but it’s true. However, some positive (maybe) things have come up.

First, I got offered a job doing the same thing that I am doing now for about double the pay. However, just like the job I am in now, it would be a contract position, so the job security is iffy. Also, it would require moving back to Houston. I’m kind of torn, because although I would like more money, I’m not sure if I should go through the effort for a temporary position that may not last that long. I’ll have to think about it.

 Additionally, I have a job interview (I think) for a job in Corpus Christi. This one would be a permanent position, but I have no idea what it pays and what the work would entail. In any case, I’m willing to make the drive to find out. So, things are looking up a bit.

P.S. I’m going to try to keep my blog up better. And post some pictures.


Driving to Houston

May 22nd, 2006

I drove to Houston on Sunday, which was quite an experience. I took the Highway 71 route, which was quite scenic this time of year. The wildflowers, few though there were, were blooming and the Hill Country was nice and green.

 It was a somewhat wearying drive, since it’s almost three hours each way (162 miles). Not to mention that the speed limit for most of the trip is 70 mph, which means that  most of the drivers are going 75 or 80. I haven’t made a long car trip without someone to share the driving in a while, so I think I underestimated how exhausting it could be.

Something else you notice while driving that far, at least in Texas, is how the road changes almost every time you enter a different county. The way the road is paved, how often it’s patched, etc etc, seems to be different almost immediately after you cross a county line. Since you cross 5 or 6 of them on this trip, it’s very noticable. You also cross the Colorado River an inordinate number of times.

 It was fun just driving on my own though, especially since I could take the time to stop and look at the scenery periodically or check out those Historical Marker signs by the side of the road. I also saw some state parks that looked interesting. I may have to make a few day trips and explore them a little more closely.