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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's the weather?
« on: January 31, 2011, 10:01 PM »
Matt, where are you?  We're looking at something "similar" in about 12 hours as well.  Of course, the forecast is 1-3 inches of snow, lots of ice and sleet, and the idiots on the road who don't know what they are doing but think they do.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:07 AM »
Thought I'd bump this up.

I went to see Ozzy with Slash opening.

Slash was pretty good but it took a couple of songs for him personally to get going.  His singer for this tour is Myles Kennedy.  He did great with the vocals, but not so much on showmanship.  I'd give the overall performance a B or a B-.  I really expected a lot more, but I guess a lead guitarist can only do so much.  People got pretty fired up about the old GnR stuff, but not very much for his new stuff and he only played one VR song.  As I was watching the GnR stuff get played and people got going, it made me wonder what it must have been like with the old band and Axl on lead.  I bet places they played went nuts.

Ozzy was freakin' awesome.  He came out, got everyone fired up and sang his ass off.  The old fat man did a great job.  He had a foam cannon that he kept blasting himself and those up front with.  His band was incredible and he fed off them and the crowd fed off him.  His performance was a very solid A in my opinion. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Office
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:42 PM »
Packer would be hilarious if they'd bring him back on.  He's just as much an f up as Michael and would make the show just as uncomfortable.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: January 3, 2011, 10:36 PM »
Well I'm ahead and pretty close to finishing my research for a master's paper I'm working on.  So I'm taking a little time when it's available to read George W Bush's "Decision Points."  I'm only a chapter in, but a really good and interesting read so far.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Tron: Legacy
« on: December 30, 2010, 10:08 PM »
I just got back from seeing this in 3D.  I thought it was really, really good.  I appreciated the throwbacks to the original, but the buddy I went with thought it was good all on it's own and he had no problem understanding anything even though he hadn't seen the original.

All in all, a good movie and I was glad I spent the cash to see it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: December 16, 2010, 06:57 AM »
I should be getting that for Christmas, but I probably won't have time to start reading it until February when my current class winds down.  I've got a stack of books that are calling my name but have no time to get to them.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Who Wants to Lose Weight?
« on: November 27, 2010, 02:56 PM »
I'm not really worried about losing weight.  I've been between 205-215 for about 8 years and I'm pretty happy with it.  I wouldn't mind getting my weight down to 195 or so though.  However, I'm a lifter and have been going on 14 years now, so for the most part the weight is fine with me provided it's good weight.  I got up to a very chunky 220 or so when I was in college and got tired of feeling lazy and not feeling good about myself.  So I had a change in my eating habits.

I'll be happy to offer advice to people who might want it.  I'll offer words of wisdom I've gained over the years in the gym and watching others struggle with weight if anyone wants it.  I would never, ever suggest any kind of fad diet at all.  Once you are "off" of it, people usually go back to the way they used to be.  Think of weight loss as a change in lifestyle.  My biggest suggestion is to eat in moderation.  Don't go overboard and from time to time enjoy the "good stuff."  It won't kill you.  However, be mindful of what you are putting in.  If you are person who eats fast food and that's just the way it is, let me help you with some common sense stuff.  Have your meal dry or with mustard.  Cut the mayo, cut the cheese, and any other dressings that are offered.   Get grilled food whenever possible, especially chicken.  If you have to have fries, go small, or try to substitute fruit or something else.  Or just go with the entree and skip the sides completely.  Drink water when possible.  If you don't like the non-taste of water, then get some kind of powder you can pour into your water and flavor it.

I try to stick with this kind of common sense plan.  I do fall of the wagon from time to time though.  However, I make up for some of it because I run anywhere from 10-20 miles a week and lift moderate to heavy weights 3-5 times a week.

Common sense, moderation, motivation, and will power are your best friends in the weight loss battle.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: November 15, 2010, 10:33 PM »
I hate this f'n book.  Sun Tzu and Clausewitz are thought of as great military philosophers but in reality all they have done is taken pen to paper and written a bunch of common sense "no ****" statements.  What those guys wrote really isn't rocket science or very profound reading.  But because my professor is a jackass, I have to do research on a subject he is interested in, not my own.  Yes, I'm a bit bitter about it.

Collections / Re: Photos of the collection... Updated 09.22.2010
« on: November 15, 2010, 05:12 PM »
Holy crap Rob.  I thought before you moved you thinned out your collection.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: November 6, 2010, 11:32 PM »
My birthday isn't for a month and the concert isn't until January, but my wife bought me Ozzy tickets tonight.  Slash is opening.  I'm pretty freakin' stoked.  I've been walking around the house tonight much to my wife's chagrin singing "Ironman".

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: November 5, 2010, 10:41 AM »
Started on my next masters class.  This one is Military Philosphers.  So my current book, Sun-tzu's "The Art of War."

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Halloween Costumes!
« on: November 5, 2010, 06:40 AM »
On the Friday before Halloween our sitter requested that we have our kids wear something other than their costume simply because those things can get hot.  She is also a part time photographer and she wanted to get pics.  So below is the outfit that my daughter and I picked out.  The bottom pics are her ladybug outfit.  By this point, I think we had taken the wings off.  Somebody tell me she isn't a daddy's girl.  ;D

JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB 2010
« on: November 2, 2010, 12:35 PM »
Hat's off to the Giants. That was a great game to be at last night. The Giants absolutely dominated the Texas hitters and they never made the proper adjustments. The Giants fans were really, really cool to watch. They sat about three sections over and four or five rows behind and were as loud as anybody else in the stadium.

This season was success for the Rangers. Definitely not how I wanted it to end, but I'm thrilled nonetheless. I've waited 20+ years to see a real, complete team put on the field and we finally got it.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: October 28, 2010, 11:55 AM »
Two questions here...

I'm considering going to see Ozzy/Slash in January when they are here in Dallas together.  Has anyone seen Ozzy before and was his concert good?  I'm assuming it was.

Slash is out pushing his solo album and is opening that night.  Has anyone seen the solo performance?  If not, how was he live with VR and GnR?  I'm assuming VR was pretty good with him being most of the way "clean" at the time.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What's spinning?
« on: October 25, 2010, 06:46 AM »
When I don't have the iPod plugged into, this is what I've been listening too in regular rotation.  I might be headed to see him in January.

And opening for him that night:

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