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October 2011




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It’s been an exhausting week on my end, and seeing Cardinals’ fans coming out of hiding to support their team in the Series hasn’t made anything better. Here’s to a Rangers’ comeback.

Anyway, I hope Sunday brings sunshine and smiles to all! Let’s get on with the show.

The Wizzies

The “Occupy” protests saw a rash of arrests over the weekend in various cities. I feel like we should take a role call here on VFTB to make sure we didn’t lose anyone. Or maybe buddy-up like the mall scene from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

The World Series starts on Wednesday in St. Louis with the Cardinals taking on the Rangers. If you plan on rooting for the Cardinals I suggest you keep that to yourself.

 Katie, Katie, Katie… Article I, Section 1, Subpart A of the Sports Fan Constitution cleraly states “… being a fan of a team is not subject to win-loss records or quality of play on the field, court, rink or other facility where the team plays…

Campana shouldn’t start for even the worst team in baseball.

We could offer them fried chicken and beer in the locker room in exchange for Theo.

Theo can show up to the office in shorts and a T-shirt and gut fish a la Office Space, offer crazy trades via twitter, quadruple park in the owners parking spots, etc… until they are forced to fire him if he wanted to.

Really? no way! I thought fiberglass and and nicotine were good for you… huh. If you outlaw chew, you better outlaw the crotch-scratch, too.

I long for the day where I can look at a Sox fan and say, “That ring in 2005 was nice wasn’t it? Look at all of our rings now.”

“Your mom goes to college” – Kip Dynomite

If they really asked for Castro, that was an ill-advised proposition. That’s like asking a kid to trade his new Optimus Prime toy for an old Hotwheels car. Unjustifiable.

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Question of the Week

Excuse the randomness, but what is one thing you are looking forward to accomplishing during the offseason?

  • Buddy

    One thing? I tore my calf muscle earlier this year, so I’m trying to get back in running shape without injuring myself again. It’s hell getting old.


    Cleaning my desk off before I leave for Florida. My room and desk are a mess

  • My one thing is very important. Getting a freaking staff at my pizza shop in which they all show up on time, actually show up and leave all their drama at home. Good Lord Holy God I pray that I can be blessed with this simple request.

  • Buddy

    I’m rooting for you Tom. That doesn’t sound like fun at all. Hang in there!

  • Doc Raker

    Tom–please don’t tell me the young generation of today is irresponsible and has a mentality of entitlement. Say it ain’t so. * imagine how effective Campana could be if he learned how to hit or if they let him hit from second base. He would have a lot of gap shots if he hit from second base.

  • Seymour Butts

    A minscule operative mortality rate would be nice.

  • Katie

    Kids these days… despicable. I feel like an old lady compared to all my friends.

  • Kris

    I’m with you, too, Buddy. I’ve been dealing with tendonitis in my knee for a couple of years and using as it excuse to stop running and get out of shape. This must be remedied!!
    I also need to get the house and garage in order. Combined households when I got married in March, and we’re finally starting to make headway on getting the house organized–not easy in a townhouse with minimal close space! 🙂


    Woohoo! World Series tied at 2. Cardinals fans will get to see Pujols again. They will get to see him hit into the last out of the World Series

  • chris in illinois

    Feel for you Tom….
    Had an older employee call in sick yesterday, I hate how all 40 million of her generation are always sick, slackers.

  • Katie

    Chris – I take offense to that. Haven’t missed a day of work (or class) yet this year.

  • Mark

    I’m going to have my first kid this off season. I think I’m going to just attempt to survive that.

  • Chuck

    Well, with three boys all involved in sports at a fairly high level (except for the 5-year old) we never have an off-season. There is always some sport or training or game that I am carting my kids around to.
    We thought we would have a month off, but my middle son was asked to be on a tournament football team so we have that for the next couple of weeks. Then it will be basketball and baseball. Yes, we practice baseball almost year-round in our family. Our oldest has given up competitive basketball to concentrate more on baseball and football so he is going to be in a strength and agility program along with weekly pitching/hitting lessons.
    If oyu want to find me when I am not at work, look for a local ball field or gym. I’ll be there.

  • Chuck

    Mark: Congratulations! I found that newborns are the easiest to take care of. If they cry, 95% of the time it is either 1) I pooped or 2) I am hungry. You can just lay them int he middle of the room and do other stuff (within sight range) while the wiggle around. When they start to crawl, then watch out. They put EVERYTHING in their mouth. It does not matter what it is.
    They also don’t have expensive habits like $300 baseball bats, new pants every tournament because they rip holes in them, $200 in catchers gear, gloves, lessons, cleats, mouthguards every week because they think it is gum, more (but different) cleats, team colored socks, more team colored socks because 1 always gets lost, etc…
    Formula (if you go that route) is extremely expensive as tehy get older. Buy in bulk at a Cosco or Sams. Get all your friends signed up to get the coupons from the formula companies. They are good for $5 a can and you wil need them.


    Due date 12/31? That sucks. If you can sneak that birth onto January 1, you’ll get an extra year of tax exemption. A trick I learned in my tax accounting class. What is this whole cloud computing thing? Are you a possibility to lose your job with the management change?

  • lizzie

    You’ve got that backwards. He WANTS the baby to arrive in 2011 to be able to get a full exemption for the little gal even though she didn’t get here til the very last day of the year. The WSJ was being stingy since I don’t subscribe so I didn’t get the whole story. Wishing you only good things, jswanson.

  • Liz is correct CAPS…if she shows up in 2011 we will save some loot. I am not sure that the savings amounts to much, with respect to the larger picture. As so long as she is healthy, I won’t be nitpicking.

    Thanks guys….the job sitch should be just fine. Hoops to jump through, new stuff to learn, etc….but we have a solid product and make money. You don’t get rid of the producers post buyout, so we nerds should be good to go.

    I forgot the Journal is paywalled…here is our local version

  • lizzie

    Thanks for re-posting, it was an interesting article. I agree, the trenches are usually safe! At least they’ve been with my company, although admittedly we’re the buyers. But the newly acquired have always been quite safe! And you’re right, the tax savings won’t help a lick. She’ll just spend it later!