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|Saturday, October 18th, 2008|
A little over 6 years ago, while walking out of (what was then named) the Fleet Center, I remember thinking to myself, "That was without a doubt the best game I've ever seen." It was the type of game that you always hear about, the ones that everyone claims they were at. The Celtics had just beat the Nets. It was the Eastern Conference Finals. The referees were calling a bullshit series. It was the first good Celtics team since I was 12 years old. And the Celts had just come back to win the game after being down 27 points in the 4th quarter, an NBA playoff record. I lost my voice cheering. My hands were swollen from pounding on the wall behind me after losing my voice, you know, because I was sitting in the last row of the gym with 7 of my high school buddies and we could not believe what the hell we had just seen. Still can't.
I also can't believe what I'm about to type, but that is now the second best game I've ever seen. Thursday night (Friday morning at this point), while walking out of Fenway Park, I had that very same thought. Another record playoff comeback, but this time while facing ELIMINATION!! After looking absolutely lifeless for 2 1/2 games to boot!
Granted a few things have changed over the years, this was a near-dynasty Sox team, not an upstart Celtics squad. I didn't drink a drop of booze, because it was a work night. I was sitting in corporate seats a row above the Sox dugout. Other than that, it felt exactly the same: magical, exilhirating, you get the idea. I guess the point is that there aren't many things that make my happier than my teams, no matter the circumstances. I've never had season tickets, and I don't go to that many games a year, maybe 6-8 total. So maybe it's the shock, or who knows, but I'm just so thankful and love following these guys. Other things in my life have changed, come and gone, but this remains the same. Whether it's on some couch, a barstool, or in the front row, there isn't too much I enjoy more.
|Friday, April 11th, 2008|
|I actually have news to post
So I bought a house today. Its actually kinda funny. I feel like I should throw a party in the basement like a fraternity, you know, really introduce myself to the neighborhood. I'd just have to remember to invite them.
Next up, dog!
|Monday, January 14th, 2008|
|Then and Now. . . .
8 years ago....January 2000
1.) How old were you? 21
2.) Where did you go to school? I was starting my last semester at WPI
3.) Where did you work? Interning at Duke Engineering
4.) Where did you live? Worcester, MA
5.) Where did you hang out? The frat house, holes in the walls in Worcester
6.) Did you wear contacts? no
7.) Who were your best friends? Many to list
8.) How many tattoos did you have? 0
9.) How many piercings did you have? 0
10.) Did you drive a car? Yes, an 85 Camry in the winter, an 80 Corvette in the summer
11.) Had you been to a real party? oh yes
12.) Had you had your heart broken? no
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorce? taken
14.) Any Kids? nope
4 years ago..... January 2004
1.) How old were you? 25
2.) Where did you go to school? No school
3.) Where did you work? Macomber Builders in Boston, building low income housing in Allston
4.) Where did you live? Medford, MA
6.) Did you wear glasses? no
7.) Who were your best friend(s)? Many to list
8.) How many tattoos did you have? 0
9.) How many piercings did you have? 0
10) What car did you drive? Subaru WRX
11) Had your heart broken? yea
12.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced? almost taken
13.) Any Kids? no
Today..... January 2008
1.) How old are you? 29
2.) Where do you work? John Moriarty & Associates, Boston MA, building a 32 story hi-rise downtown
3) Where do you live? Brockton, MA
4.) Do you wear glasses? no
5) Who are your close friends? Many to list
6.) Do you talk to your old friends? I talk to everyone I considered a friend
7) How many piercing do you have? 0
8) How many tattoos? 0
9) What kind of car do you have? Lexus LX450
10.) Has your heart been broken? Not in some time
12.)Any Kids? 0
|Sunday, November 4th, 2007|
So just like a bunch of you, I've become a total fraud and pretty much abandoned eLJay in favor of myspace. Okay, maybe that isn't being a "fraud" but I'm a sucker for hyperbole.
In the 4-5 months since I've posted here's what has gone down.
With work - I completed the project in Brighton, WGBH Headquarters, at the end of June, which is to this day the coolest thing I've ever built by far. Tremendous sense of achievement/relief/accomplishment/you name it. For all of the headaches that go along with construction, I think it is one of the most rewarding occupations when you reach certain milestones. Maybe it isn't along the lines of a doctor healing a patient, or a teacher teaching a child how to read, but it has its place on the list. Before taking the summer off (more on that in a bit) I resigned from Turner, which went over like a fart in church given they just promoted me and gave me a raise and accepted a position with another firm in Boston, John Moriarty & Associates. I started working here in September. Everything so far is as promised, and very good at that. Here's the funny thing: I thought after WGBH that nothing else would be as challenging. WRONG. That was before they asked me if I'd be interested in running work bringing a 32-story high rise out of the ground. Phenomenal. The project is called Russia Wharf Development, and there's an architect's rendering of it here: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/61/Russia_wharf.png
So much for work.
With play - Taking the summer off was one of my life's best decisions. Sure it sounds a little slackerish, but I'm a self diagnosed workaholic and just wanted to see what it would be like to have a teacher-like summer vacation. And truth be told I needed a breather after the year long sprint at WGBH and my own side project residential home. I took off from June 30th to September 15th. The first 2-3 weeks I spent back and forth to Newport, RI just being a beach bum, working out and partying. When I reached my fill of Newport, I departed for a 7 week trip to Greece, where I totally unwound. To say that I relaxed would be an understatement. I woke up at noon-time on average every day. Hit the beach for 2 weeks, spent 3-4 weeks at my family's house on the countryside, then a few days here and there in the city for some partying. By the way, you CAN reach your fill of partying I found out. I'm still spent. I came back to the US in early September and spent about a week and half getting back into the swing of things, reconnecting with friends and preparing for work.
Bottom line, is that I've just gained such a positive outlook on everything over the past 4-5 months. I've always been a glass half full guy for sure, but at times the daily grind gets the better of all of us, and losing focus isn't unheard of. I did just that. I had lost a little bit of focus of just how good I have it. Life is phenomenal and I wouldn't change a thing. In the past I've given tons of thought on moving away from Boston, but I won't have it now. This city, for all its faults, is one of the greatest places to live in the World. Maybe I just had a hard time believing it for 28 years. If irony still exists, this is when I'll meet a girl from New York or worse, Texas or something, that totally sweeps me off my feet. Until then. . . .
Oh yeah, one last thing: Anyone catch the World Series? How about the first 8 weeks of the NFL season? How about NBA's Opening Night? By the way, I love the role of the villain. There is so much anti-Boston sports fan sentiment throughout the country right now and I fucking love it. Yes, we're a proud bunch and we shove it in people's faces. Yes we're loud. I'm not making any excuses, because I like it. It's pride and passion, and maybe a little bit of "we're better than you." Hear that Yankee fans? What a team in total disarray!!
|Thursday, June 21st, 2007|
|I completely stole this survey, but I need to do one. . . .
1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
Um, I don't remember
3. Last time you puked from drinking?
February in Phoenix
4. When is the last time you got drunk and danced on a bar?
Sophomore year if a beirut table counts.
5. Name one of your first grade teachers?
6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Pitcher for the Red Sox
8. How many colleges did you attend?
9. Why did you wear the shirt that you have on right now?
It was clean and not wrinkled
10. GAS PRICES?
They are what they are. If I had a big enough problem with them, I'd change my lifestyle.
11. If you could move anywhere?
12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
13. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
14. Favorite style of underwear?
15. Favorite style of underwear for the opposite sex?
Thongs if a girl has an ass, if she doesn't, underwear doesn't matter much.
16. What errand/chore do you despise?
Cleaning the house
17. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer at an art gallery?
18. Get up early or sleep in?
19. What is your favorite cartoon character(s)?
Was Looney Tunes when I watched them, probably Family Guy now.
20. Favorite NON sexual thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
Hang out at a beach at night with booze.
21. A secret that you wouldn't mind everyone knowing?
I'm on my longest dry spell of all time right now.
22. When did you first start feeling old?
I don't yet. I originally did when I started losing my hair, but I actually feel younger now than I did then.
23. Favorite 80's movie?
24. Your favorite lunch meat?
I don't like cold cuts
25. What do you get every time you go into Sam's Club?
I don't shop there.
26. Beach or lake?
27. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual that was invented?
no, it works for some people and not for others. I don't think that it should be expected of all people, as not all people want it.
28. How many people do you stalk on Myspace?
29. Favorite guilty pleasure?
I'm really not that guilty about any pleasures.
30. Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
31. What's your drink?
32. Cowboys or Indians?
33. Cops or Robbers?
34. Who from high school would you like to run into?
I still see everyone that I want to see really
35. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
AM1030, cuz i'm a big traffic nazi in the morning.
36. Norm or Cliff?
37. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons?
Tough one, but its hard to beat that Cosby Show entrance where Bill does the really slow motion dance thing where it looks like he's trying to either crap or tip toe through a mine field.
38. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
Screwing over Kristen, I still feel as though I am a huge asshole for that one.
39. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
Now I do, not 1 month ago.
40. If you could get away with it, who would you kill?
41. What famous person(s) would you like to have dinner with?
That really rich dude who is donating like 80% of his shit to charity.
42. What famous person would you like to sleep with?
It really changes day by day, depending on who www.barstoolsports.com features that day, or a few of the girls from www.sportsbybrooks.com
43. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
44. Last book you read for real?
reading Tucker Max "Hope They Serve Beer In Hell" now
45. Do you have a teddy bear?
46. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
47. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
48. Number of texts in a day?
49. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship?
50. Do you go to church?
51. Pencil or pen?
52. What do you want to achieve in life?
Just enjoy the everyday stuff
53. How old are you?
54. Where do you see yourself when you are 40 ?
Filling out 54 question surveys on the internet of the future.
|Wednesday, May 30th, 2007|
It's safe to say that at 28 now, I don't feel much different than when I was 21. Its pretty comical how much I have not changed. I have to imagine that at 34 I'll be thinking the same exact thing.
The construction project that I have been working on for the past 22 months is complete. By far the most magnificent endeavor I've ever been involved in, it's both a giant joy and relief to have it come to completion. It was just featured in the Globe a few weeks ago: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/editorials/articles/2007/05/13/studios_worthy_of_the_station/
I'm taking the summer off, which should be cool. Haven't had a summer vacation since after senior year of high school. Damn!
Other cool stuff: Went to see 3rd Eye Blind and Velvet Revolver recently (no, they weren't the same show), The Sox are 14.5 games ahead of the Yankees (!), heading to Tampa this weekend (to screw around), and to Arizona next weekend (3 Sox games).
|Saturday, April 7th, 2007|
To myspace or not to myspace?
|Sunday, March 11th, 2007|
Everything pretty much sucks right now.
|Tuesday, February 27th, 2007|
-How can a shirt be XL and not fit me? Then again, that's like a girl saying "how can my bra be a 34D and not be big enough in the cup?"
-I'm probably in the midst of the longest dry spell of my life post 15 yrs old. Don't really know what else to add to that.
-When I finally get around to making a diesel myspace page, my occupation is going to read "Strip Club DJ". As it is, I'm so guilty of anonymous myspace stalking.
-6 months ago I used to love my job, and besides waking up early, I looked forward to it. Now I hate each and every day except payday.
|Tuesday, January 30th, 2007|
You know you love your job when you wake up every day and a small part of you thinks "man I wish my car wouldn't start and I would get to call in". Fuc'm. Talk about a countdown to the end of the project. The silver lining is that I work with great people, one kid who even told me that his dad would get me a job when I move to Greece this summer if I wanted one. That's huge.
I'm leaving for Arizona this Thursday, which is going to be great. Meeting up with my buddies Shanny and Lutzy. Lutz is training for the Olympics and we're gonna get him pumped up. Remember the name during the '08 Olympics, Justin Lutz. Other than that, I'm also gonna rip it up.
Workouts have really peaked lately, probably not in the shape I was at my absolute peak (at 25) yet, but I will be by about April, then by summer's end I'll hope to set new personal marks. Its weird what's happened in the past three years, as I've been working out just as hard as ever, but have just plain eaten more. I've cut back on the size of my meals the past 4 months and had great results.
Plus, anyone around Boston has to check out this new restaurant/lounge on Rte 138 on the Stoughton/Canton line called X&O. Good food, even better night crowd, great vibe/feel. Just opened a few months ago.
|Thursday, January 18th, 2007|
-Going to NYC this weekend to hang out. Looking forward to it, I never have a bad time there. Definitely a friendlier city than Boston. Just a pregame for my trip to Phoenix trip on Superbowl wknd.
-Work is very busy, and I didn't make the right decision on which company to work for. My commitment ends this spring, so I don't have much longer to go with Turner. Much too corporate for me.
|Tuesday, December 26th, 2006|
I wish that I could do that whole fake turnaround jumpshot while yelling "Ballin'" everytime I did something awesome at work.
Went to Ikea for the first time. What's all the fuss about? Guess I never had the urge to have to assemble my own furniture.
Mer, I heard there's a bar on the Florida Alabama border called Floribama; please confirm. We're goin if it exists. I need that tee too.
Best webpages right now:
Sportsguy on ESPN Page 2
|Tuesday, November 21st, 2006|
I really don't have much to write about. At least that is usually the way these posts start off, but by the end of them I find myself busting at the seams with things to post. Here we go. . . .
-So I have a stalker. Not sure if I have written about that. Tends to find out what bars I'm going to on any given night. Says things like, "you have my number right?? USE IT". This past weekend she even found her way to my house cuz one of the roommates invited her over post party style. All I can equate this too is when I was in 8th grade I was totally in love with this girl Michelle, calling her non stop and totally not taking the hint at her always being "busy" or "not around". This was before caller ID, so I'm guessing nowadays my calls would constantly be going straight to her voicemail, while her and all her friends would huddle around and laugh at my "pour my heart out 13 yr old kid messages"
-Anyone ever get one of these emails?
"Hey guys. So, here's the thing, I don't know if any of you but ******* knows... but my girl and I are going to be having a baby. Yeah, came as a slight shock to me too! In light of that, she and her sister are throwing together a shotgun wedding, so she can actually fit into her dress before she starts showing. I tried to convince her to just fly to Vega$ with me and get married by Elvis, but to no avail. Turns out, she's like other women and wants her family and friends there. I'd be honored if any or all of you could attend. It's going to be Dec 23rd in *********, MA. I know that's a tough date, regardless of whether you'd want to attend or not, being immediately before Christmas and everyone will be busy with their own familys, shopping, company Christmas partys, etc, so no worries if you can't make it. As a forewarning, this thing isn't going to be like the classy weddings those of you who are married have thrown. Tough to throw one of those together on a months notice. Gonna be in a hall and her father is going to be catering it. If you have any interest at all, could you let me know, so I can give your name and address to my girl and her sister so she can send an invite... probably going out in a few days. Hope you're all doing well and if I don't see or talk to you, have a great and safe Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, etc.
p.s. *******, feel free to come, get bombed, get shut off at the bar and do belly flops on the dance floor like I did at your wedding!"
-The kid that sent that last email. I had breakfast with him the morning of his first date with "his girl". That was September 3, 2006. Two and a half months ago.
-My fantasy football teams can best be described as "frisky" -- just good enough to be wary of, not good enough to be afraid of. I actually like it best this way, hopefully fly under the radar all the way to both league superbowls.
-Since deciding to move to Greece for a while next summer, I'm making myself visit more places in the US, in case I don't move back. I'm going to Chicago for new years weekend, and then going to Arizona for superbowl weekend. Probably going to sneak a trip in to Tampa this April or so. I've never been to Florida.
|Thursday, November 9th, 2006|
Anyone ever do some really stupid stuff when they were young?
. . . . one time I missed the school bus and hitched a ride with a complete stranger who brought me to the next bus stop. I was 9.
. . . . one time I was just throwing rocks from my front yard into the street like Hail Mary passes, imagining the cars as crossing wide receivers, and broke a car's front windshield.
. . . . one time my dad was coming back home from a hunting trip, and I caught him in the driveway before he came in. I thought it'd be funny if I hid in his carry on bag and jump out and surprise my mom when he opened it up. When in the bag, my dad's dirty laundry smelled so bad that I threw up. Surprise mom!!
|Friday, October 20th, 2006|
Does anyone even read this anymore?
Its gotten to the point where eljay is like the forgotten sibling to myspace. prince harry to prince william. frank stallone to sly stallone. drew lachey to nick lachey. ashlee simpson to jess simpson.
we were having this conversation last night about people picking their own nicknames and how that's illegal. Still, if I got to pick my own nickname it'd probably be Dirty Frank.
|Saturday, October 14th, 2006|
Movie of the Year.
So, yeah, I'm biased, but there's no way a movie can portray a region's soul as well as this one did. You'd swear Scorsese is from here. Just so real. Every big name actor delivered, when's the last time that happened?
By the way Vera Farmiga is stunning. I can't believe there hasn't been more talk of this. Made my jaw drop.
|Tuesday, October 10th, 2006|
Nothing much going on, but I guess I'll post the latest anyway.
New job is going great. Amazing to be with a challenging and motivated company again where my talents aren't being wasted.
Just bought a blackberry pearl cell, which has to be the most incredible phone, aside from not being able to send pics. Thing's diesel tho.
Can't wait to see The Departed.
Is there anything more vain than people watching at homecomings/reunions? At the same time I fuckin love it.
|Friday, September 22nd, 2006|
I separate all my laughters from my entire life into two groups now. My laughs while reading this article: http://www.theonion.com/content/node/52981
, and then every other not as hard laugh I've ever had.
Jennifer Love Hewitt has to be the biggest non-slutty looking slut of all time. I mean she looks so dateable, then you realize she's been with EVERYONE.
The Nonathalon is tomorrow. If you think I'm not winning it, you're insane. What's a Nonathalon you ask? Well it starts at 10 a.m. and its a competition in Basketball 3-point contest, Basketball H-O-R-S-E, Whiffleball Homerun derby, Bocce, Horseshoes, 9-Ball pool, Darts, Ping Pong, and finally Texas Hold'm. And there's plenty of beers. And sprinkle some shots in just for fun. Last year I passed out because of them. Pretty fun.
Last weekend I found my swimming class diploma from June 1985. I had graduated as a "Polliwog." That's the rank below "Guppy."
My new company has been great so far. Really couldn't be more pleased.
|Monday, September 18th, 2006|
|Sunday, September 3rd, 2006|
You know everyone is quick to complain (myself included) about gas prices going up when they do? Well, its time to be legitamately pumped about them going down. I think they've dropped like 35 cents per gallon in the last 2 weeks.
I need to learn to leave my cell phone in the car when I'm out at bars. I inevitably end up morphing from Tim to TextMessageTim. Last night a girl caught me texting a few times, walked over and said, "Texting isn't going to work, pick up the phone and call her, girls want to hear your voice!"
I saw the show Ali G for the first time last night. Let me just say that you all stink just a little bit for not ever mentioning how awesome it is.
Let me tell you why my buddy Ben is awesome: He let me drunk pass out in bed with him, no doubt had an awful night's sleep due to my snoring, and gave me a ride to my car at 8 am this morning. Who does that?
Even though I normally stay away from anything NY-related, Busta's new hit "New York Shit" is dope as hell.
If EndOfTheSummer-itis is your disease, Fantasy Football is medicine for your sickness.
Girls never have to worry about one of their girls getting arrested when they go out in droves, but with a crew of dudes, its about a 1 in 4 chance that its going to happen. Then again, we never have to worry about holding a dude's hair when he's pulling the trigger. Current Mood: groggy