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1.01.2011

Random New Year's Thoughts


  • I'll give the Daily News credit. That's a great cover. (I had been completely oblivious to that famous photo having been taken in Times Square.)
  • No matter what, I always wake up at 5:00 a.m. Weird.
  • 2010 was uh, eventful: Began the year with an absolute dream vacation in a remote part of Costa Rica, got engaged and married within less than three weeks in between, had that marriage in a Las Vegas, went to Jamaica, hiked Palo Duro Canyon, completely revamped my house for two kids,  completely changed my lifestyle, sat in a school drop off line for the first time in my life, sat on a curb waiting for a school bus for the first time in my life, ran two half marathons, lost 20 pounds (stress?),  and bought two cars.
  • Found myself actually thinking, despite the boatload of new responsibilities and pressure, that I don't want my life to change. 
  • One year ago today, we checked into a hotel late at night in San Jose, Costa Rica as I looked down at my wallet to realize I had only $50, no debit card, and the only credit card I owned had been left in a restaurant at DFW Airport. That created a minor, no major, internal panic. 
  • I learned that someone could deposit cash into my bank account in Decatur and that the updated balance would immediately  be recognized at the only ATM in a jungle town in another country.
  • OK, I drank one of those Five Hour Energy drinks last night. Oh, my. W.I.R.E.D.
  • TCU has won so much that I'm inclined to root against them this afternoon.
  • The 2nd Grader in the house had a friend over last night while the older kid spent the night elsewhere. I was working with "friendship bracelets" at 10:00 p.m.
  • Did Channel 8's local coverage at Victory Park trump Dick Clark? Couldn't find him. (But, man, Gordon Keith is funny, although Pete Delkus and Dale Hansen together is pure TV Anthrax to me.)
  • I must be getting old, because MTV's coverage bordered on obscene. 
  • I think I'm going to sit Mrs. LL down today to plan our year. 
  • I've gotten weird by buying crazy stuff at the grocery store on holidays. Yesterday I bought a shrimp platter and a huge (and elaborate) bean dip platter for no reason. Right before midnight, with hardly any of it gone, Mrs. LL (somehow) managed to cause the bean dip platter to land upside down on kitchen floor. I've never picked up food with a dust pan before.
  • No matter how hard I try, I can't get her to laugh at the British The Office.
  • 2011. Man, that doomsday 2012 guy must be getting giddy.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

How can you root against TCU? Fewer degrees of separation there than other teams, including your Bears. I am anxious to see Colin Jones play on what is arguably the second largest stage in college football. Just because the Frogs killed the Bears, don't hold that against them.

By the way, have you seen Mark Cuban's plan for a playoff for college football? I would not be surprised to see him throw enough cash at the college presidents and athletic directors to actually pull it off. He says even an eight team playoff would generate > $500 million from the networks alone. He can guarantee more money per school than the current bowl system. Every D1 school would get at least $1mm each year. I can't stand to watch him but that guy is crazy smart with huge cajones.

Anonymous said...

So happy that you're happy!!!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with that "sitting Mrs LL down" tho I am guessing she is smart enough to let you think you are.

May 2011 be as good as last year for you.

gern blansten said...

A wonderful, happy New Year wished for you, Barry, and everyone else who reads this blog (including you, MzChief). May this year be the year for my favorite naughty snack - the FRIED PICKLE!!

Love, Gern Blansten

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you're getting to experience the true joys in life rather than the more shallow ones. An evening home with family to start the new year out is definitely the way to go.....and sober to feel great the next day shows maturity. Happy New Year.

Dorothy said...

Happy New Year, Barry! I must say, since you got married and now have two daughters, your blog doesn't have as much sharp glass and jagged edges. Marriage agrees with you, friend, and in my opinion has made you a better person. May the Lord bless you and yours in 2011.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year from Larry, Darryl, & me.

My Other Brother Darryl

PS - Barron, I know very few folks who have had the life experiences you have had in just one calendar year. Good going, man, good going.

Ernie said...

Good stuff. Except for the TCU "HSO". I have an idea for you and Mrs LL's 2011 plan, pop out a baby. Loads of fun.
Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you mentioned WFAAs INSANELY stupid decision to show us their 11:00 pm activities and make all of us miss New York's "ball dropping" during THEIR midnight hour. As if we're all too stupid to appreciate the time difference. Then they show us the New York Time Square's midnight moment around 12:30 OUR time (which by the way, had one picture showing "LIVE" in the upper left corner), as if we could care about it by then!! I mean, don't "fix" what ain't broke--show us New York activities primarily up to their midnight, then switch over to Dallas coverage until our midnight. DUH. WHAT STUPID IDIOT THOUGHT UP LAST NIGHT'S FIASCO?

Sorry about the rant, folks, but everyone at our party was wondering what the heck was going on!

Anonymous said...

Americans have really filled out the frame since the forties! Appropriate juxtaposition!

Anonymous said...

Happy 2011 Barry. Glad to see you are enjoying married life. I hope your family has a joyful year. BTW I think you have your hands full with kids. My advise is to enjoy the family you have and do not complicate it with a new bambino, seriously - not kidding!
Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

Big D NYE appears to be the only NYE celebration in the world that is more of a beating on TV than it is in person. If you were there in the cold with a bunch of idiots listening to bad cover bands, you at least weren't subjected to what amounted to an infomercial for Winstar.

Anonymous said...

Happy 2011 to you and your new family...i have followed your Blog since the "Musing" days, and my wife always knows what i am reading as I sit on PC surfing for hours and then suddenly laugh out loud, she knows I am on your page..I read the line i thought was funny and she dont get it...but I get you brother...
It is even better now as i follow you in these life changing events from Single to Married with children and pets....i relate...
Good for you man. Keep on blogging brother....
...Craig Moore...Lake Conroe

Anonymous said...

Barry,
What can I say! What difference will this make a hundred years from now.We all like what we like and put our pants on one leg at a time.Lets all live like its our last life and lets all love like its our last love.....who knows for sure????
Happy new year!
uncle fester 2012

mzchief said...

To BU-Bear...
Congrats on having an awesome year and realizing how good you have life.

* Just a hunch....Splints on BOTH wrists MIGHT explain how/why Mrs. LL dropped the 7 layer dip.

* I have come to enjoy the gnarly, bitter tang of the berry flavoured 5-Hour drink.

* Ricky Gervais' HBO special is hi-larious!

* Heck! The 2012 guy has me looking forward to 2012. I laugh out loud, nearly, every time the 2012 guy throws down some irreverent 2012 doomsday commentary. I most enjoy the nutcase commentators......tick...tick...tick...I know it's coming.....tick...tick...

Happy New Year to EVERYONE.

Regardless of what some of you may think, I have NEVER wished harm on any of you and sincerely hope EVERYONE does what it takes to have the best year of their life, each and every New Year.

Anonymous said...

I love this blog and I want to thank Barry for providing us with the opportunity to vent. I admit there are times I decide never to log in again, as it gets me so worked up, but then I do...it's addicting. Barry, though I generally disagree with your politics and I ALWAYS disagree with your focus on the physical (SHALLOW) I find your blog entertaining and possibly a bit therapeutic, and I truly wish you and your new family the best. Family is what matters in life...not what you look like, what you do, but who you call family. That's quality of life. Best wishes to all.

Anonymous said...

The 2012 guy is absolutely giddy. This morning I saw him skipping down the sidewalk training for his next half marathon. I waved at him but he just flipped me off. I think he was high on energy drink. He was wearing a friendship bracelet and Nike gook boots that looked like he had stepped in bean dip or dog dip, one of the two.

Jarhead said...

That fact that you were thinking about rooting against TCU gave them a 100% chance of victory. Thanks!

Sports Genius my ass...

Maybe North Texas will turn it around next year.

Anonymous said...

So glad you are happy. Hope you have a great year!!

Anonymous said...

I always wake up at 3:10! That's even more weird!!

Anonymous said...

You had good parents to train you Barry and now you can pass it on.It's not hard to tell you are eating it up.Enjoy your selves!DAGO

Anonymous said...

7:21, Skippy must have flipped you off because you were wearing your 'Bush' Miss me Yet? TShirt.

RPM said...

Happy New Year Barry & Co. Here's hoping your 2011 is even better than 2010.

The BigDNYE was BigLAME. I wondered why they switched places with the NY show, but then I didn't have the heart to see if Dick Clark was on camera again this year. Hang it up Dick!

Anonymous said...

mzchief, You may claim to not wish death on anybody, but the bile coming out makes us wonder otherwise.

I made a comment one time based on your comment about Down's Syndrome. I posted that that there is a wait list to adopt Down's Syndrome babies. My reply to your abusive comment was posted before you posted again. Then a rude comment appeared, so you commented as if I were slow. Unlike you, I don't sit all day watching the comments. You stated, "stay with me" as if I couldn't follow your obnoxious drivel. You attacked me and made (false) accusations that just floored me. I am not a religious zealot. But, unlike YOU I can see other views. If I were pregnant with a Down's Syndrome baby, I would abort it. But no ..... You had to attack my comment based on YOUR assumptions rather than acknowlege that another view could be presented objectively.
You don't wish joy on anybody. You are too busy attempting to show that you are superior to everybody else on this blog. I notice that your blog has 3 followers. Wow!

mzchief said...

To anonymous 9:58...
Either your memory is none too good or you are desperately grasping for some reason to maintain your personal dislike for me. Trust me, there are FAR greater reasons to dislike me than the meager exchange between you and I had on November 2, 2010. Based on your whiney little gritch about our exchange and the fact you are still harbouring a grudge, 2 months later, YOU are the one who is intolerant to the fact other people have opinions different from yours. My suggestion for you, get a life in 2011 and enjoying living whatever life you manage to foster.

Your comment:
"Anonymous said...

Wow. Mzchief. I do not like Palin either. However, you are a sexist! Why aren't you complaining about men who father kids at an older age? If she wanted a baby at 44, 54, or 104, it's not your problem. That is strictly between Palin and her husband. Did you know that there is a waiting list for adopting children with Down's Syndrome? http://specialchildren.about.com/b/2006/02/06/down-syndrome-children-in-demand-for-adoption.htm
Just because you are so judgmental about children with special needs, doesn't mean that everybody else in the world has your extreme position.
8:47 PM


My ONLY response to you:
"mzchief said...

To anonymous 8:47...
Try to keep up.

My opinion that Palin is an IDIOT has nothing to do with her having birthed a child with Down's syndrome. As I have stated, NUMEROUS times within this blog thread, my objection to Palin is based upon her irresponsibility and horrific judgment as well as her inability/unwillingness to live up to her promises to the people who voted for her.

Save your self-righteous judgment and ballyhooing the benefits of children with Down's syndrome for an appropriate occasion/discussion.
9:11 PM "


As for having so few followers to my blog, there is only one post that was made July 23, 2006 so it would stand to reason there really are not too many people who follow my blog but I do have vastly more people viewing my blog, these days.

Anonymous said...

9:58, The only reason you got your diaper in a bunch is because your stupid. I read all the stuff MzChief wrote about Palin and she never said it was wrong to have a down syndrom baby. MzChief said Palin was irresponsible for not being careful with birthcontrol. You saying you would kill your baby because it has down syndrom means your wishing death on someone.

Anonymous said...

This is 9:58.
To: Mz Honey and 10:36. I wrote that response to catch mz in her own delusional ramblings. She has a blog that continuously berates ONE person. The point of my comment was to get her to say, "move on..." She did! Now mzchief, ". . . get a life in 2011 and enjoying living whatever life you manage to foster."
p.s. All children are a gift from God. I was just trying out her anti-religion rant. hee hee.