Friday, January 21, 2005

Stupidity and a cut finger

Actually stupidity isn't exactly the right word. Maybe carelessness is a better term. Yesterday I was chopping onions for a recipe. I had just finished cutting up a large steak and was still using the large knife for cutting. (Click here for a picture.) Anyway, chop, chop, chop go the onions. Then, my left thumb got to close to the blade and CHOP! The blade hit the side of my thumb, creating a gash about a 1/2 inch deep.

After calling Heather, we took a trip to the hospital for sutures. My reward was five stiches across the inside part of my thumb towards the tip. I'll have stiches until next Friday.

I guess I got lucky. It definitely could have been a lot worse. I didn't cut a tendon. I didn't cut it off. However, it still hurts like hell!

Monday, January 17, 2005

Les Miserables in Pittsburgh

BTW, I wanted to mention that Heather and I had the chance to see the musical Les Miserables last Tuesday when it came to Pittsburgh. Although I've seen the musical at least three other times before, it had been quite some time since I last saw it (1995?).

We really enjoyed it. I know the music by heart and actually own multiple versions of the soundtracks, in several languages. Nevertheless, most of the acting and singing was superb. My only gripe is that some of the lyrics were changed. Not really changed as much as having some select snippets of particular songs removed. I guess the writers felt that they didn't add as much to the score as they distracted. Anyway, some of those snippets were my favorites!

Nevertheless, I'd highly recommend that you take the effort to see it!

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Go Steelers go!

It was "Two miracles in two minutes" at Heinz Field on Saturday. If you missed the game, Pittsburgh had every chance to lose the game, and I really think they were working for it. Game tied 17-17, the Jets marched down field and lined up for a field goal with 2 minutes left. Boom goes the kick..........CLANG! The ball bounces off the crossbar. No goal.

Pittsburgh takes over the ball and promptly throws an interception on the next play. The Jets have the ball in perfect field position to win the game. With two seconds left on the game clock they line up for another field goal. Boom goes the kick...........MISS! The ball sailed wide left. Thousands of Steelers fans worldwide yell out simultaneously. Ironically, the game started with the "world's largest terrible towel wave". Instead, they got the world's largest sigh of relief and cry of joy.

In overtime, the Jets win the coin toss. They end up doing nothing with the ball and punt. The Steelers are able to take the ball, march down field, and kick the winning field goal.

This was definitely a game that the Steelers had lost, but amazingly they won. Up next? The AFC Championship game here in Pittsburgh against the New England Patriots. This is a rematch of the Halloween game that I attended with Heather's dad earlier this year. All I can say is "Go Steelers!"

Saturday, January 15, 2005

New webpage

I have finally registered my own domain and have a new website. You can check it out at I get more space for a lower price then my previous page. Plus, it's a heck of a lot easier to find then, which makes my wife happy. Anyway, please feel free to check it out. I've merged it with my other picture page at As you can see, my web page was spread out across two or more servers. Now it's almost completely in one place!

BTW, sorry it's been so long since I've written anything substantial. I guess I just don't feel like I have much to say!