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Archive for November, 2006

Santa Stumble

Posted by Ren McCormack on November 29, 2006

Ever wonder what made jolly ol’ Saint Nick so Jolly?  Well, let’s just say that it wasn’t the cool, crisp air at the North Pole. 

The 2006 Santa Stumble bar crawl is slated for Saturday, December 9.  What could be more amusing than seeing hundreds of santas, elves, and reindeer galavanting around Georgetown?  Trust me, I did the Stumble last year and had a phenominal time.  To make the drunkeness seem like we’re not just a bunch of boozers dressing up in December and acting like bafoons for no reason, there actually is a damn good reason– it benefits the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Question:  Do I need to dress in costume to participate?

Answer:  No, you don’t need to, but that’s half the fun– coming up with a creative, non-standard santa or elf costume (see the pics on the website for ideas).  PLUS, you get beer specials (I hope!) and don’t have to pay any normal covers at the participating bars if you are in costume. 

So get shopping and pull your costume together.  You can buy a Santa cap at any Wal-mart, Target, or craft store.  I plan to hit the Goodwill this weekend for the rest of my costume…

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Posted in Bar Crawl, Party, Santa Stumble, social | 8 Comments »

Hit Me Baby One More Time

Posted by Ren McCormack on November 16, 2006

So after reading an article in the Washington Post on how Ted Leonsis (owner of the Caps and co-AOL founder) manipulated Google’s algorithms to pull up favorable links about himself first, I thought, “hum, I wonder where this tiny little blog stands in the list of Google hits?” 

 

So I first typed in my name, Ren McCormack, into the search field.  Guess what?  This blog came up 4th on the list and my Flickr account came up 5th.

 

That’s pretty respectable, if you ask me. 

 

Next, I typed in Footloose. 

 

And, well, let’s say the results are not so respectable.  On my first search, I went through all 83 pages of results.  This blog did not show up.  But, this message was at the bottom of page 83:

 

In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 822 already displayed.  If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included. 

Have you ever gone through 83 pages of search results before?  Don’t worry, no one in the history of the Internet has.  Until now.   

So, I repeated the search with the omitted results included.  Again, I went through every page (this time 99 pages of results).  Still no hits.  Even the Penn State Thespian Club  and Google’s own list of photo search results were listed.  How demoralizing.   

Then I thought to myself, “What if I include the word ‘blog’ in my search?  Surely then this blog will show up.”   Nope.  I repeated the same process as above, going through the first 83 pages then clicking the “omitted results” link.   Now, I would expect that blogs like Stuck in the 80s would show up before mine.  But I wouldn’t expect that a body building blog that makes a passing reference to the song Footloose would.  I thought the 7,405 hits this blog has received (as of this posting) combined with the Flickr hits would count for something.  Naive me.  Sure, that’s a drop in the ocean of the web, but it should count for something, right?  RIGHT?! Ok, now I’m officially depressed.  Defeated.   And what do people do when they feel defeated?  Drink heavily.  But I can’t do that now, I’m at work.  I’ll do that tonight while watching Earl and The Office.  What else do humans do when defeated?  Answer:  justify it.   

Here’s my justification.   I could add tags, name drop (did I mention my lunch with Kevin Bacon last week?  It was ab fab), or link to other blogs, but that would call into question the purpose of this blog.  Is the purpose to gain net notoriety or to become the next Pink is the New Blog  or Wonkette ?    Nope.  Fundamentally, the purpose here is to manage the team during the season and provide an avenue for information dissemination both during, after, and prefer the season.  Heck, most of my friends don’t even know this blog exists.  Lord knows that I won’t tell my fam either (the pics are just a little too incriminating).   

So don’t worry, folks.  I’m not going to sell out and start working at Time magazine like some other blogger.  I’m here to stay.  But don’t be surprised if you don’t see a few more tags and links showing up either…

Posted in AOL, kickball, Penn State Thespians, Ted Leonsis, Time magazine, Wahington Capitals, Wonkette | 9 Comments »

It’s the Last Call…For Action!

Posted by Ren McCormack on November 7, 2006

Why did I put such a cheesy title to this post?  Because it was the cheesy subtitle to the 1989 Patrick Swayze “classic,” Road House.  And why, you may ask, am I posting about some Swayze movie?  Because Damien from K-funk notified me that there is a kickball reunion of sorts at the Rhodeside Grill in Courthouse Wednesday night starting at 6pm.  So you get it?  Road House…Rhodeside?  Get it?  Get it!

I have class that night until 10ish, but if people will still be out, then I’ll definitely be there.  It’s been way too long since the team has gotten together for drinks. 

For extra credit, who can name (without googling it) the blues musician featured in the film? 

Edit:  I just found out this nice little fact…$5 pitchers!  Hurrah Beer!

Road House

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