Sunday, December 11, 2011

Mother Effing Magic!

For anyone who grew up in the 90s watching Clarissa Explains it All on Nickelodeon and then later following Melissa Joan in her career as Sabrina (and even if you didn't), you will truly appreciate this little gem that was passed onto me through the world of Facebook. Next time someone pisses me off or mildly annoys me, I am gonna break out the cup spell on them.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In the Home Stretch!

As the semester winds down and the winter quickly encroaches, I have come to the realization that this has been a year of change and growth. I started out the semester trying to find my way back to the way things were only to discover those were the things I had outgrown. It's always a sobering moment when you realize the world you used to know so well has gone and caught itself in a freeze frame of sorts; the pieces just don't fit anymore.

These past few months have been trying as the things I thought I knew and understood turned out to have false bottoms like the desk drawer of a paranoid schizophrenic. A drawer that concealed ugly secrets, which were desperately hidden in hopes the true metaphorical head of the villainous trickster would never be seen. Funny thing about those who stir the pot; eventually no amount of stirring will prevent the stew from getting burned. There's really no going back, and I'm more than O.K. with that.

While it was a harsh reality check, it was necessary. I've learned there are more important things in life than going through the motions and embracing the trivial. I've learned to always question and not play into the manipulation that comes with passive aggressive behavior. I also learned that I have some great people I can genuinely call friends that make all the other stuff seem so tiny and insignificant. 

I have gained a new appreciation for the work I do and my co-workers. I am lucky to work with a group of people who make my job fun and keep me on my toes. Teaching is still rewarding despite the bumps in the road and those that seem impossible to reach. Giving up forensics to focus more on the opportunities at hand wasn't as jarring as I thought it would be and actually find it to be quite refreshing. This last semester alone I:
  • helped a transgender student remind fellow students and instructors that the institution was one that embraced diversity, which was also written into policy. 
  • literally made an impromptu trip to attend a conference that would create potential for future programming and coordination opportunities.
  • learned empathy after seeing the full scope of how students process and deal with their stress levels throughout the semester; some better than others. 
  • coordinated efforts between various clubs and organizations on campus hoping to improve communication and encourage collaboration among the student body. 
  • grew an appreciation for the student leaders that work with our department and all the hard work they do. 
  • had a lot of fun getting to know my co-workers a bit more and take part in the occasional office prank or two. 
  • fully embraced the fact that there is only one doctor: THE DOCTOR
It's been a crazy insane semester, and I am so glad it is over. I am looking forward to traveling and seeing old friends over winter break. As the sun sets on the final days of the year 2011, I hope to go into the new year moving forwardno turning back.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The More You Know...

The following is a meme that has been popping up on Facebook. It's a nice little reminder that we must be diligent in our research before we spout off political arguments and more importantly before we make our voting decisions. Know what ideological principals you are standing behind and know the folks you are voting into positions of power. The more you know...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This is the 99%

"These protesters who are actually few in number, have contributed nothing. They're parasites. They're pure, genuine parasites. Many of them are bored, trust-fund, kids obsessed with being something, being somebody. Meaningless lives, they want to matter."
                                                                                      ~Rush Limbaugh

This appeared on my Facebook news feed that someone shared from Don Giordano's Facebook page. Don't know who this dude is, don't really care. I've been seeing a lot of similar rhetoric pop up on my news feed lately (I live in Wyoming). That's awesome this person managed to get through college debt free. Truly, but I have some issues with this statement. 

I disagree with this statement mainly because it twists the arguments of Occupy Wall Street and what it was intended for. While I am sure there are those that jumped on the bandwagon because they blame "The Man" for all of their problems and poor choices. But there are those that have legitimate reasons to take part in this movement and making a hasty generalization based on what the media spoon feeds you is problematic.

Taking the major premise that you read an article or saw a news report showing Occupy Wall Street participants complaining about student loan debt, then going off the minor premise that you are part of the minority with the luxury of being debt free due to "hard work" in order to lead to the conclusion that Occupy Wall Street protest participants are nothing but college kids with privilege whining about their debt and poor decisions is not an absolute truth, but a faulty categorical syllogism at best. Furthermore, not all debt is the result of poor decisions but rather, a consequence of the system.

I will agree that perhaps the original goals of this movement have been submerged through the few bandwagoneers and the media's interpretation. The true meaning is best described as the following: "Occupy Wall Street deals with the very material consequences of corporate collapse in the last five years. People who 'worked hard' lost their jobs and their savings." So, the Occupy Movement in all reality has NOTHING to do with student loan debt. It's that the priveleged benefiting from big corporations are feeding off of the demise of those beneath them. It's about bringing awareness and expressing outrage regarding these practices.

Thus, I feel there are genuine and legitimate reasons to take action through protest in order to enact change. THIS is the 99%

                                  Photo taken by: Katia Roberts

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First Class Comes With a Little Redemption

As some of you may remember from my last X-Men rant, I was more than reluctant to watch the latest installment in the Hollywood version of the mutant team. After the travesty of the third X-Men, Wolverine Origins came along, and I was also a little gun-shy about Hollywood destroying yet another beloved character (RIP Phoenix), but let's face it; watching Hugh Jackman's interpretation of Logan is both enjoyable and dreamy. Sure Sabretooth was never really established as Wolverine's bro, but they weren't bros for realsies. One comic establishes Wolvie's arch nemesis as his father. "Logan, I am your faaaaaasha!"
I don't necessarily mind when a film takes certain liberties, shift happens. As we all know, there are splinters in the comic verse, but it's when the very core of what makes a comic book character really interesting and legen-------dairy is completely altered that results in the most epic of fails. Phoenix explained as a split personality = epic fail. 

X-Men First Class, despite portraying Havok as a founding member of X-Men despite being the younger brother of Cyclops and later joining X-Men after his brother in the comic-verse; I digresswas pretty effing schweet! This latest mutant flick focuses on the bro-mance between a younger Professor X and Magneto.  They were in college and ya know, did some experimenting. The audience catches a deeper glimpse at the origin of their iconic chess games and banter depicted in the first two X-Men movies (notice how I only include the first two films). The story is told through this relationship as well as the relationship of some other mutant pairs.There are some playful cameos throughout, and the storytelling stays true to the nature of the characters introduced to many by the comic-verse, which makes it all worth it in the end.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Star Trek Naughty Placement

You know that game with the Disney films? You know the one! The one where you try and find the spots where the animators and artists snuck penises into screenshots; if you paused in the exact right spot, you could see dick clear as day! Well, it seems the directors and or prop crew for Star Trek: The Original Series also enjoyed challenging viewers to a brisk game of spot the shaft!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Schweddy Balls

Personally, Cherry Garcia is my favorite, but this definitely sounds like a flavor worth trying. Ben & Jerry's introduces a new flavor!

Personally, I can't wait to get these Schweddy Balls into my mouth. 

The hottest new club...

While Saturday Night Live's skits can be inconsistent and you never really know what you're going to get; some send you into fits of hysteria, while others just leave you feeling meh. Throughout the seasons and casts, Weekend Update was always one of my SNL highlights. I enjoy the current host, Seth Meyers and find his Weekend Updates delightful, but I light up when I realize it's a Weekend Update that features a certain lovable city correspondent.     
(1)Some argue that Stefan is homophobic and perhaps he is; he's definitely not known for saying the most politically correct things. (2)Bill Hader explained to Jimmy Kimmel that the character was a combination of a barista with similar mannerisms and vocal inflections as the character Stefan and an email writer John Mulaney received about a gay bar that had a laundry list of features. A gay bar that prides itself on the many amenities and attractions it has to offer? WHA????

(3)Take the following descriptions of some of the hottest gay clubs in New York City:

Mingle with a pretty and diverse gay crowd at this hot nightspot in Hell’s Kitchen. The huge two-level lounge is a former warehouse (and whorehouse). Enjoy therapeutic cocktails named after your favorite disorders – from Delusions to Psychotic Episodes. Free entertainment includes an open-mike night, a comedy hour featuring queer-friendly comedians, and nightly DJs.
At Eastern Bloc, the drinks are strong and (relatively) cheap, bears are beautiful, and the house assumes no attitude. The decor is early Communist nostalgia and DJ Josh Sparber runs the show at the Good Times parties on Wednesday night, where it's easy to strike up a conversation with a bearded stranger.
Stefan's portrayal seems pretty accurate when you take these factors into consideration. So, O.K. Stefan is a bit of an exaggeration, but come on! That’s what makes him so funny! Some of the stuff the writers have him saying is so outlandish, Hader can barely keep a straight face and often breaks character as he bursts out laughing at the absurdity. I can see how some may find him offensive, but shit is funny; I don’t care who you are...
With Stefan’s backstory and origin in mind along with the satirical nature of both the show and the performance, I would say the knee-jerk reaction to cry homophobic may be a bit pre-mature on this one. I would hope the majority of American audiences can distinguish between realistic performances and satire. There once was a time when the sole purpose of a homosexual character on a television series or the big screen was to be THE comic relief—the idiot or the bafoon. We’ve come a long way baby! There are a multitude of characters, and these characters showcase a multitude of backgrounds and a much more complex archetypal schematic for the "gay character". With this broader exposure, I'd like to believe the majority of audiences fully understand characters on SNL do not serve to represent the whole nor encourage hasty generalizations. Are there some who will come to the myopic conclusion that Stefan is "just like the rest of em"? Yes, but those folks will always be around. Upon each generation, shiny and new douche-nozzles shall arise! One thing is certain; progress has been made. Let's not pick on poor Stefan as if he is standing in the way of it.

1. Stefan on SNL is Disturbingly Homophobic,” (The Data Lounge, December 21, 2010).,9965549 (September, 6, 2011).
2. “Bill Hader Explains the Origin of ‘Stefan’ on Fallon,” Huffington Post, November 25, 2010. (September 6, 2011).
3. “Top 6 New York City Gay Bars,” ( (September 6, 2011).

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thursday is Tracks Night-Golden Phone

Oh Micachu and The Shapes, you make me happy and fuzzy inside.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back to School...

It's been a while since I've posted due to the craziness that comes with the end of the summer and the beginning of a new academic year. So, this post is going to be a sporatic and a hodge-podge of tidbits. This is the randomness of my mind on this second week of school. 

During the first days of classes among the traditional syllabi discussion and run-down of the course I discovered a few things:
  • No matter how many times I get asked, I will always find it amusing that students ask if they have to give speeches in a public speaking class. It's also equally if not more amusing to watch their eyes widen in horror at the fact they also have to write papers in addition to giving speeches in my class.
  • I am going to have to just set aside a whole class period to talk about Aristotle, Plato, Cicero, Quintillian, and all the great philosophers who developed the art of public speaking. I get way too geeked out and find myself talking about them the whole class period every time, no matter how much I tell myself I'm gonna cut it short.
  • Having a position where my job is to advocate for student rights and encourage them to challenge the system is bad ass, and I love that I still get to teach on top of that.
  • The two weeks culminating up to the start of the new year and first week back is exhausting, and I need to take a long vacation before this craziness starts next year.
  • Teaching an 8 a.m. class has been both brutal and rewarding. I also now find it impossible to sleep in  on the weekends. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet. 

I really enjoy British humor. I've been watching a lot of Dr. Who lately and forgot how much I appreciate both the brits' dry sense of humor and their television. So, I thought you should enjoy some of their humor too.

And now that I've made you laugh, I'm gonna leave you on a more somber note. Sending out positive vibes to all those on the East Coast and hope everyone has been safe from Irene. I have some friends out there, so I was tracking it all throughout last weekend. Not everyone came out of it O.K. and the following image and story is kind of heartbreaking. Click the link of source for the full story. Stay safe all. 

                               Source: Gran Amor

Monday, August 29, 2011

24 hours of gaming...

Hello gentle readers!

I apologize it has been so long since I have posted. A brand new semester has started and the craziness that comes with the last bits of Summer and preparing for a new academic school year prevented me from blogging. I hope to get up some shiny new posts when the dust settles.

I have been recruited to join a team of gamers to game in the name of charity. This gaming session of epic proportions is going down on October; 24 solid hours of gaming in order to raise money for a children's hospital in Colorado. I don't usually whore my blog out like this, but in the name of charity and for the children, so I figured it would be O.K. just this once. FOR GOD'S SAKE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!

Please consider sponsoring me :) Every little bit helps. 

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Snapshot Sunday: Summer Storms

                                                                  Photos taken with droid incredible

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Snapshot Sunday-Impromptu Road Trip

These photos were taken with a cell phone from inside a car, so the quality is not that great. The landscape where I live though, beautiful!

Some friends of mine from Colorado were stranded in Wheatland, WY. A pretty desolate town where the sheep outnumber the people. Picked them up from Wheatland, and we found ourselves back in Colorado in no time.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Effing Hipsters

The hipsters are at it again...le sigh.

Don't understand hipsters either? Asking yourself where did all the hipsters come from? It's really no use trying to make sense of the conundrum that is the hipster. Trust me; your mind could explode. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Office Talk: Freudian Slip?

I heart my jobby job for a plethora of reasons. The most recent being the conversation that took place between the Boss Lady and I after a departmental meeting today.

BL: Do you ever watch porn...(her face instantly begins turning beet red, and she proceeds to giggle)

UD: (with a perplexed look) That's kind of a personal question...I don't know that I'm comfortable answering that...

BL: Oh nooo! I meant to say PAWN Stars!!! I didn't...I am so sorry! I...ugh this is so embarrassing; HR is going to have a field day with this. 

Hilarity ensues

Thursday is Tracks Night: Let the Drummer Kick

                                                           IMTV Sports

Thought this would be an appropriate track to feature in celebration of the World Cup.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

One Sweet Dress

Remember that one T.V. show on MTV where that one girl made her prom dress out of duct tape. Pretty sweet eh? Speaking of sweet dresses, duct tape girl has nothing on this soccer mom.

I don't know why Zane is so embarrassed. Although Starburst is known for being a contradiction, it seems to me considering the theme that these two are going to be the hit of the party. That or everyone is going to point and laugh.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Hiking Adventures with Underground Dude and Minnesota Gal

I enjoy hiking. I really do. Some might even call me a pretty earthy kind of dude. However, I have learned recently that preparation is key to a successful hiking trip. O.K. who am I kidding, my last hiking trip was absolutely delightful, but for an entirely different set of reasons than the usual giddiness that hiking brings out in me.

Words cannot even describe how delightful it was to have a former teammate from the college years and one of my closest friends find her way out west. We decided to go exploring one day, and I knew of a place that was rumored to have a spectacular view of the city, but had never actually been.

Lovely, what a delightful way to spend an afternoon; an afternoon spent driving up a mountain road and casually pulling over to check out the scenic views as we make our way to the top.

We should have probably been a bit more thorough with our research...

We make our way to the top end of the mountain road, and notice there is a fee to get into this so called mountain park...peculiar.

We gladly pay, very proud of ourselves, because the view will so be worth it. We park. We then step out of the vehicle...wait a minute...there is still clearly a lot of mountain ahead of us, and there is no view at all...

We notice a few trails and realize we were given a handy dandy trail guide by the gatekeeper to the park after we paid our fee. We open it up and the first thing we notice is:

"Easy Trail-1 1/2-3 hours"

MG: Oofta! (from Minnesota)

UD: That's the easy trail eh? (likes to pretend he's from Canada)

MG: I enjoy hiking...when I know I am going to be hiking. I guess we can try it out and see how far we make it. 

UD: I'm wearing dress shoes...

MG: I have these stylish sandals (holds foot out daintily admiring her sandals for their cuteness), but I should probably go with my flats. She proceeds to pull out a pair of slip on flimsy yet flowery flats from her purse and changes shoes.

As we make our way up the trail, there are others coming down the trail with the look and smell of victory. They clearly had made it to the top. A woman who was perspiring profusely was donning a hefty pack loaded with bottles of water on each side and sporting some pretty sturdy hiking boots, which totally clashed with the rest of her ensemblejust sayin. Her companion was a male utilizing two metal walking sticks that resembled ski-poles to which I thought to myself: how embarrassed was he when he got to the top and discovered there was no snow to be found? These folks were hardcore and the looks they gave us...oh the looks that we got! I am fairly certain I heard the ski-pole man scoff "noobs" as he passed by us on the trail. 

We were definitely the odd couple on the mountain that day:
  • A dude in a fashionable pair of jeans (strictly aesthetic rather than practical) and dress shoes. 
  • A Minnesota gal delicately trying to find her footing as we navigate the trail. 
  • No water whatsoever...
About 5 minutes up the trail:


MG: What!? What is it?


The snake proceeds to slither off the trail as Minnesota Gal glimpses the tail of the vile creature. 

MG: Ohhh my! My ankles are not protected; maybe we should head back. 

UD: I am really wishing I had one of those ski-poles right about now. I bet they make awesome weapons. 

So, we didn't make it to the top of the mountain, but it was a hiking trip of awesomeness I will never forget. As soon as we got back in the car hilarity ensued and we had ourselves a good laugh. And hey, the trip wasn't totally wasted either; there were some turnouts on the mountain road from time to time for the "noobs" to take pictures.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

OMG Cats!

So, I'm not a huge fan of cats. This has been established. Many readers may be aware of an epic battle I had a few months back with The Dumb One and The Bad Seed. 

However, I do find LOL cats delightful and they do indeed make me lawl. Cats; whether you hate them or love them, I don't think anyone has anything on cat lovin with this gal:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Summer Daze

Last week I got that warm fuzzy feeling (it could have been the Jameson) that Summer is finally here. Finally, the weather has warmed up enough and the sun is brightly shining to make activities like hiking, camping, fishing, and outdoor concerts part of our daily routines. Not quite yet for me though. While, I can still enjoy my weekends; for which I am grateful. I am stuck indoors for the next 6 weeks during the week. I work on a college campus and teach in the communication studies department. In addition to some of my other responsibilities that keep me busy during the day, the summer night classes I teach keep me on the campus for 12 hours a day...and I don't think I realized just how exhausting it would be. This is also the first time I have taught a 3 and a half hour course let alone two long condensed courses. I was worried it was going to be difficult to maintain my students' attention and find ways to keep it interesting, but it is actually turning out pretty awesome. I have a great set of students in both classes, and they all seem really eager to learn about the material; they seem interested in my insights and what I have to say. They even laugh at my jokes...well, o.k. they may just be laughing at me and my attempts to be funny, but they humor me none-the-less.

Teaching also always seems to get my adrenaline going. I enjoy teaching and discussing topics that I find interesting and fascinating in lecture, topics that send my geek pointer far off into the redexcitement and giddiness usually ensues. Class doesn't end until 9:30 p.m., and I start my day at 9:00 a.m. (usually in a daze) for those first couple of hours. It always takes me a good 3-4 hours to wind down from the day, so my sleep schedule has been thrown into complete and utter chaos. That's o.k. though, I tend to enjoy a little bit of chaos in my life and it's only for six weeks. Not too bad. 

So, no fishing or camping for me at the moment. But, there will be time for that in July. Fun in the sun will be had, and some friends of mine also reminded me that Summer is the perfect time for photo bombing...more on that in a later summer post. Summer is here and hey! Guess what day it is tomorrow!?!?

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Snapshot Sunday-Summer Nights

The first Friday at the Depot Plaza kicked off the first in a series of outdoor music concerts. For me, this signifies the beginning of Summer. It's kind of awesome to see the community come together for fun in the sun, good music, and an all-around good time.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tidbits from the Underground

Summer is  here and there have been a couple of events, to remind me that it's not only here, but it has officially begun. 

Tidbit #1: So, You Think You Can Dance!
I have missed Cat Deeley so, and I am grateful I have the option of being able to view this online on nights that I miss it. Some would argue the audition episodes can be some of the most entertaining due to the drama, the emotion, and...the anomalies. I know it's supposed to be entertaining, but I just find the fact that some of the "failed" auditions are pushed though just plain awkward to watch. 




Tidbit #2: Fridays on the Plaza
The local newspaper here sponsors this event which includes free outdoor concerts on Fridays throughout the Summer. The kick-off for FOP was this last Friday, and it was a pretty good time. Tomorrow's post will feature a little more on this. Summer has officially begun and the villagers are rejoicing!