The Cynic
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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Lots of New Things...

..I've got an exciting life again. Ok, not really. But I'm finally jumping out of my comfort zone again.

I'm leaving the newspaper business (for the most part). I'm taking a job in St. Petersburg as the chief editor of magazine brand. My first job will be to see the creation of a preseason football magazine centered around Florida High Schools. It's an exciting job, it's going to be very busy between now and August.

The main issue is finding a place. I've centered in on three, but each have plusses and minuses. It's almost like an episode of 'House Hunters':

Place A: Closest to work (basically walking distance) and I like the old, historic style of the places. The potential problems come from size (only around 850 sq feet for two bedrooms) and the appliances (which I have a feeling are old).

Place B: Most expensive, but a decent location (5 minute drive from work). Hardwood floors, and a two-level place which will give me lots of room to stretch out. Laundry room with hookups is nice too.

Place C: Least expensive in terms of costs-per-foot, it's around the same price of Place A, it's got sweet apartment amenities (pools, fitness room, etc. etc.). It might be the easiest move. It's about a 5-10 minute highway jaunt to work.

So that's my problem with finding a place. Please give me suggestions.

-- I finally have a book idea. I'm going to be tracking the progress of this kid named Brian, he's one of my interns who has decided to try to make a run at it in PGA golf Q-school. He's a scratch golfer, excellent scratch golfer and he's going to spend a year or so as a club pro. Basically I'm just going to take a bunch of notes and do a bunch of interviews and see what I've got before he goes to Q-school. It might work.

-- I just bought tickets for a Mets-Nationals series in August that I'm going to see with my friend Taryn. Wouldn't you know Sunday, August 13 is 'Screech Bobblehead night'. That's great.

Anyway, I'll keep everyone in tune on the new job. It will be an exciting time.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

More Oscars Love


I can't believe I forgot to give a shout out to the members of Three 6 Mafia...excuse me the Academy Award-winning Three 6 Mafia. DJ Paul, Juicy Jay, Crunchy Black and Lord Infamous join Eminem as the second hip-hop artists to be honored by the Academy.

And now, from the same group that brought you such fine hits as: "Slob on My Knob", "Knock Tha Black Off Yo Ass", "Weak Azz Bitch" and "Weed Is Got Me High", here's the Oscar winners for "Best Song" Three 6 Mafia and the winning song "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"

[Chorus 2X]
You know it's hard out here for a pimp (you ain't knowin)
When he tryin to get this money for the rent (you ain't knowin)
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (you ain't knowin)
[1] Because a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)
[2] Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)

[First Verse]
In my eyes I done seen some crazy thangs in the streets
Gotta couple hoes workin on the changes for me
But I gotta keep my game tight like Kobe on game night
Like takin from a ho don't know no better, I know that ain't right
Done seen people killed, done seen people deal
Done seen people live in poverty with no meals
It's fucked up where I live, but that's just how it is
It might be new to you, but it's been like this for years
It's blood sweat and tears when it come down to this shit
I'm tryin to get rich 'fore I leave up out this bitch
I'm tryin to have thangs but it's hard fo' a pimp
But I'm prayin and I'm hopin to God I don't slip, yeah

[Chorus]
You know it's hard out here for a pimp (you ain't knowin)
When he tryin to get this money for the rent (you ain't knowin)
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (you ain't knowin)
[1] Because a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)
[2] Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)

[Second Verse]
Man it seems like I'm duckin dodgin bullets everyday
Niggaz hatin on me cause I got, hoes on the tray
But I gotta stay paid, gotta stay above water
Couldn't keep up with my hoes, that's when shit got harder
North Memphis where I'm from, I'm 7th Street bound
Where niggaz all the time end up lost and never found
Man these girls think we prove thangs, leave a big head
They come hopin every night, they don't end up bein dead
Wait I got a snow bunny, and a black girl too
You pay the right price and they'll both do you
That's the way the game goes, gotta keep it strictly pimpin
Gotta have my hustle tight, makin change off these women, yeah

[Chorus]
You know it's hard out here for a pimp (you ain't knowin)
When he tryin to get this money for the rent (you ain't knowin)
For the Cadillacs and gas money spent (you ain't knowin)
[1] Because a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)
[2] Will have a whole lot of bitches talkin shit (you ain't knowin)

*Applause*

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Monday, March 06, 2006

The Oscars...


...were pretty decent. Jessica Alba scored a solid 8 on the Alba scale and even Nicole Kidman didn't look frighteningly skinny or unattractive.

While watching his wife pick up an Oscar and ready to cash in a $29M check for her next movie, you've got to think Ryan Phillippe is wondering where his career went wrong.

Anyway Crash won, I picked them to win, I don't see it as big of an "upset" as others do. It was a better film than Brokeback Mountain.

Crash Wins Top Prize [NYT]

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