The big news!

From today’s Dallas Morning News (online):

“Report: Dallas-Fort Worth has strongest job market in U.S.”

No duh – I got a job!

More details later…suffice it to say that I’ll be a Senior Copywriter, mostly direct marketing to start, for a rapidly growing agency.

Really psyched to start next Tuesday!

The greatest new show on MTV

Anybody who loves pop culture like I do knows about “My Super Sweet 16” on MTV. It’s the show where they show the most unbelievably spoiled kids in the history of the world, spending thousands and thousands of their parents’ dollars on an unnecessary (and undeserved) party that usually culminates in them getting a $50,000 automobile with a red bow on it.

But now, in their infinite wisdom, MTV is introducing “Exiled.” They’re taking some of their former Sweet 16ers (with their parents’ permission) and sending them to places like India and Morocco and Thailand to live in poor communities – ostensibly to teach them things that their parents never did. You know, like how to think about somebody other than themselves or collect camel dung.

I guess watching these incredibly spoiled brats learn hard “life lessons” is pretty awesome, although it’s hard to blame them completely. These parents have done a horrible, horrible job in raising these kids. In the interviews, they keep saying that they’ve “sheltered” their kids and were too “overprotective.”

Hey idiots, what you did wrong was never say “no” to your brats.

So tune in to Exiled with me and let’s watch spoiled kids get tortured.

It’s been too long.

Sorry about that. Did some vacationing in South Padre Island (go – but not during Spring Break), some interviewing for jobs, some navel-gazing.

Remicade treatment today. Two hours of a continuous IV drip. Yay? (At least the chairs are comfy, and the WiFi is OK.)

Check this out:


Aug 20th, 2008 | WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. workers killed on the job has dropped to a historic low.

A government report released Wednesday shows there were 5,488 fatal work injuries last year. That’s the lowest number since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began keeping track in 1992.

There were 3.7 fatal work injuries for every 100,000 workers, the lowest annual rate ever reported by the fatality census.

The 2007 numbers represent a 6 percent drop from 5,840 deaths reported to the Labor Department in 2006.

There were increases in some types of work fatalities. The number of fatal falls on the job rose to a high of 835 in 2007, while workplace homicides increased by 13 percent.

The numbers are preliminary, with a final report on 2007 due next year.

Salon provides breaking news articles from the Associated Press as a service to its readers, but does not edit the AP articles it publishes.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Question: Do they take into account the fact that less people are working anyway? It’s hard to die on the job when you don’t have one.

Seven Ways I’m Like Barry Bonds (but better)

1. We’ve both done steroids, although mine were legal and prescribed (and not the muscle-creating kind) and didn’t swell my head three times.

2. He’s the godson of Willie Mays; I’m the godson of Willie Mays’ biggest fan – who wanted to (but didn’t) name his daughter Wilhemina Mays.

3. Nobody will hire him to play ball in 2008; nobody will hire me to write for them in 2008 – but there’s pretty much zero stigma attached to hiring me.

4. We both played college baseball, although I did it for the love of the game – that’s how we roll in Division III.

5. Bonds refuses to appear in video games – me, too, but only because of the way they portrayed me in Grand Theft Auto: Des Moines.

6. He spent 1986 – 1992 playing for Pittsburgh; I was across the state in Philly playing for the Mayfair Shamrocks (and my high school and college teams).

7. He’s the all-time home run champion (for now); I’m the all-time best at Season Ticket Baseball 2001, a simulation game for PCs.