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A birthday celebration with Mark

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Before Mark returned to Louisville, he fulfilled his promise to take me out for my 30th birthday. Our friend Sharon joined up with us and we enjoyed a rather sublime evening at Bonefish, Ceviche and downtown St. Petersburg. Nothing too noteworthy, other than to say that throughout the night, I kept thinking how blessed I am to have friends that still make me laugh. So many guys have a difficult time keeping a friendship that doesn’t revolve around XBox, Hooters…

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Online gambling is for suckers

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The fact that the New York Times publishes a regular column on poker tells you how big the sport has grown in the last few years. Today’s column by James McManus argues that the Poker World is Flat (a play on the title of Tom Friedman’s book that discusses global interconnectivity) and that online gambling is just an oh-so-wonderful phenomenon. McManus provides some powerful statistics to back up his claim. “According to industry research, more than $60 billion has been…

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A perfect case of it couldn’t have happened to a worse person

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Lynndie England, the U.S. soldier incarcerated for abusing detainees in Iraq, was badly burned in a prison kitchen accident, her mother said on Thursday. England was pictured holding a leash to a naked, hooded Iraqi inmate at the Abu Ghraib prison. England works in the prison’s kitchen, where she suffered second- and possibly third-degree burns from being splattered with grease over her chest as she removed chickens from a tall oven, her mother, Terrie England, said in an interview. “She…

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Two polls, one truth: Happiness cannot be bought

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There are two very insighful, almost jaw-dropping surveys making their way around the web. The first survey by the University of Chicago shows that personal misery among Americans is at its highest levels since the early 1990s, with people saddled with woes over healthcare, unemployment, paying bills and romance. A second, seperate survey indicates that U.S. Consumer Confidence is back to its pre-Katrina levels, indicating that Americans are likely to spend (and consume) more. I think one survey is feeding…

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A week left of twentysomething life

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Seven days are all that are left before I turn 30. Because my birthday falls on January 4th, it faces the danger of being lost in the holiday shuffle. I, of course, do my absolute best to make sure this does not happen. See, I believe in the specialness of someone’s birthday and have always done my best to make my family and friends’ birthdays not just another day. Of course, this is done quid pro quo, with me keeping…

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The CHRONICles of Narnia (SNL skit)

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The funniest shit I have seen in months is The CHRONICles of Narnia skit from SNL (the best way to view it is here). From the NY Times: A pair of “Saturday Night Live” performers turned unexpected hip-hop icons are discovering that Internet stardom may be more easily achieved by being as nerdy as possible. In “Lazy Sunday,” a music video that had its debut on the Dec. 17 broadcast of “SNL,” two cast members, Chris Parnell and Andy Samberg,…

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Eric Ryan’s Christmas card

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It has become a time-honored tradition by one of my best friends, Eric Ryan, for him to give me a rather unique Christmas card each season. What makes them unique? Well, it’s that Eric actually makes his Chrismas cards, just as we all did when we were 6 years old, with glitter and glue, contruction paper and crayons. One other note: Would it surprise anyone if I told them EPR also gave Mark, Sherwin and I the “Heineken Holiday 5-Pack”?

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