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AL(al) n.
Narrator of highest note.

LORI(lohr-ee) n.
The girlfriend. Slightly bratty. Arachnophobe.

CHARLIE(chahr-lee) n.
A dieffenbachia plant spawn from the great Mother Charlie in Woods Hole, MA.

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:: Friday, August 19, 2005 ::

I went to the Patriots-Saints NFL preseason game last night.

Gillette Stadium is wicked pissah.

What a great place to see a game. But man, $7 for a beer? It kills me every time I get one (or five). The $3.50 Quarter-Pounder with Cheese from McD's was the biggest bargain in the place.

Too bad the Pats blew it at the end and lost 37-27.

Hey, it's preseason.

In Bill We Trust

:: posted by Al on 8/19/2005 04:45:00 PM ::

:: Thursday, August 18, 2005 ::

Man, I hate internet worms. But my bank account is gonna love all that OT I'm piling up this week making sure all our systems are clean.

I guess there are 3 differnet hacker "gangs" out there writing viruses that all take advantage of the same Windows flaw.

Viruses from one gang were written to actually delete the competing gangs bots before re-infecting with their own malware!

Hacker on Hacker violence. Not a pretty thing.

:: posted by Al on 8/18/2005 08:08:00 AM ::

:: Friday, August 05, 2005 ::

Anyone else out there miss the NHL last year?

Well I'm a big Boston Bruins fan and I most certainly D-I-D did.

I was a happy camper when they announced that the NHL was going to return this October.

I got my fix last season watching the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL, which is fine, because you spend 1/9000th the amount of $$ at minor league games. But let's face facts. It's time to watch some real NHL caliber hockey.

I think everyone understood that the NHL needed to be overhauled if it had any plans to survive. The deal that the two sides agreed upon was the right move.

Just look at all the free-agent signings (for semi-reasonable $$) in the past couple of days:

Forsberg will be playing for Philly, Chris Pronger is an Oiler, Holik is in Atlanta, Brian Leetch and Alexei Zhamnov are Bruins, Roenick in LA, Khabibulin is now in Chicago, Paul Kariya heads to Nashville, and Scott Niedermayer's a Mighty-frickin Duck?

A salary cap for each team was absolutely 100% necessary. This will be proven as we watch the popularity of the NHL return over the next decade.

If anyone has any questions about any of the new rules, such as "Tag-Up" offsides, let me know. I'll do my best to explain them.

This goes without saying, but bow your head in reverence because Ray Bourque is a god.

:: posted by Al on 8/05/2005 07:58:00 PM ::

:: Tuesday, August 02, 2005 ::

In my line of work I sometimes get called in to the office to deal with so-called "emergencies" while normal people are at home sleeping. Last night was in fact one of those nights.

Anyway, I went in, did what needed to be done and was headed back home around 1:30am. I was a little sleepy and any pep I got from the Diet Coke I drank 2 hours previously had run out about an hour and a half ago. I didn't want to chug another one now because I was close to home and wanted to be able to sleep when I got there. I just needed something to tide me over the last stretch. I started flipping around the dial trying to find a song to keep me awake. I found a couple decent candidates, I don't remember exactly what they were, but my inner Jedi Mind-Trick told me they weren't the song I was looking for. I was just about to give up when I heard those familiar piano notes...

Just a small town girl,
Livin' in a lonely world,
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Bingo! This was just what the doctor ordered. I knew I had found that one song I needed.

Street-light peo-ple,
Living just to find emotion
Hid-ing, some-where in the niiiiiight!

(Guitar solo)

Well from that point on the rest of the ride was cake.

Yes, Steve Perry and Journey may have saved my life last night.

:: posted by Al on 8/02/2005 11:33:00 AM ::

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