Saturday, July 22, 2006
We do have an update on the wedding front! The picture over on the left shows the pool area at the Secrets Capri resort outside Cancun. We booked our reservations the other night and can't wait to go. They have lots of restaurants and bars(!), and plenty of activities. For some reason, I'm really looking forward to the ocean kayaks.
They also have a bunch of excursion trips, and we're going to take a look at those, too.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Well, wait no longer. I'd like to invite you to check out www.TVFoodFan.com.
I enjoy doing this blog, but I wanted to be able to blog on a topic that was of interest to me (no, the topic of "me" is not that interesting to me). I realized that the best thing for me to write about would be something that I spend waaaaay too much time thinking about and watching, TV cooking shows and personalities. Hence, TVFF.com.
I'm not sure how much this site will appeal to the "On the Mike" crowd, but you should feel free to check it out and subscribe to the feed if you are interested. Just a note on commenting...I love the fact that our comments here feature plenty of inside jokes and stuff like that, but I'm trying to make TVFF.com a "semi-professional" blog (notice the advertisements?), so feel free to comment, but do try to avoid being too "familiar." I want the site to be attractive to people who surf in and not seem like some kid's blog for his friends and family.
In case you were wondering, yes, I do promise to keep posting here as much as possible!
Friday, June 30, 2006
As I said above, something's cooking, and I hope to be able to share it with you soon. Right now, it's still a bit pink on the inside, but you'll be the first to know when it's time to dig in.
You'll be glad to hear that we're done with the church meetings and it's smooth sailing until the rehearsal dinner. All that is left is the tux and the honeymoon.
Less than six months!
You know I always rave about Picasa. I've put in a simple link over there on the right for you to go ahead and download it. (Be sure to use that link!!!) You'll thank me when you're making collages and sharing your pictures (with captions) in no time!
Monday, June 19, 2006
Bzz Agent sends you a product (usually with some samples and coupons) and gives you a set of ways to “Bzz” your friends and acquaintances. And they make sure that you do it in a “transparent” way and urge you to only tell people how you truly feel, not to be a “salesman” for the product unless you like it. Then, you just let them know how you’ve been Bzzing the product. (And, yes, you do have to spell it “Bzz.”)
Like I said, it’s a good exercise…having to remember the Bzz points that I should mention, then bring them up in a way that doesn’t make it sound like I’m getting a commission. If anyone has any interest in checking out Bzz Agent, let me know and I’ll send you an invite.
So…what am I Bzzing now? Glad you asked! Nivea for Men products. They sent me the Energizing Face Scrub and the After Shave Replenishing Balm. And, in all honesty, they’ve been really great. They leave my face feeling clean and they don’t irritate my skin. I’ve even gone out and picked up another Nivea for Men product.
Hang tight and I’m sure I’ll be Bzzing you about something else soon.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Used to be that you had to sit while someone endlessly flipped through photo albums or unspooled countless hours of home movies. Well, the ever-onward movement of technology means I will bore you in a much more time-efficient manner.
Plus, I get to do it using the BRAND NEW feature, Picasa Web Albums. It just debuted today and I got the special invite, so I upgraded to the test version of Picasa which now is integrated with free image hosting from Google. I know I always harp on Google's apps, and Picasa in particular, but posting the images was incredibly easy. Be sure to click on the photo and you'll see my pics. Click on the individual photos for a quick caption or choose "Slideshow" to see them all. You'll swear you were there with us.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
In the mean time, check out this pic I found at amusementpics.com showing how HUGE the new wooden coaster, El Toro (which just began test runs) is compared to Rolling Thunder and Kingda-Ka (the tallest coaster in the world).
Gonna' be fun...
El Toro, next to Rolling Thunder and Kingda-Ka (click to enlarge)
Friday, June 02, 2006
I promise a more in-depth review. I'm also going to see if "Hello," the add-on for Picasa (which you should be using!), works for posting pictures to this blog. If so, you'll probably want to set aside three or four hours in your schedule for the full, annotated slideshow.
Say it ain't so! Unfortunately, it is true. Mr. Softee is no more. I know that those trucks (and that music -- did you know there are words to that song?!?!? Don't tell me "On the Mike" isn't chock full of info.) seem like they've been around forever, but I didn't know that it actually does go all the way back to 1958.
I also didn't know that their building in Runnemede (proud home of Tri-High) was actually their headquarters.
No word on whether or not Mr. Conway was killed when run over by someone who disregarded the "Stop for Our Children" signs on one of his trucks.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
We think we hit the Priceline.com jackpot and we'll be staying at the Boston Park Plaza, which is right near Boston Common.
I'll be sure to let you know all about it next week.
So, I know you always want to be the first on your block using the cool new device on the internet. Well, if you do, then you should be hanging around Google Labs.
These are the folks who brought you the applications GMail (which is now my default personal mail), Google Earth (which I've mentioned before) and the image utility Picasa.
These are all great, and they fill a need I didn't even know I had before they came along. But the latest thing that has my eye is something simple that I've wanted for a while.
I'm always jotting down website addresses and notes, or sending myself e-mails to remember things I saw online. Now, there's Google Notebook. You can write yourself notes, copy & paste words and images and save the address so you can check it out later. Plus, if you have Firefox, it's that much easier thanks to a special plugin.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
However, at the end of the article, there was a list of the other most endangered historic places. One that caught my eye was "Doo Wop Motels" of Wildwood, New Jersey. I looked it up and, sure enough, they were talking about the obviously dated but still cool buildings that I remember from the shore while I was growing up.
It's good to hear that some are still holding out against the modern (and boring) beach homes that have been going up of late.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Apparently, this whole game is meant to keep everyone busy between now and the next season. With all of the hints and half-explained stuff we have seen this season, I'm hoping for some answers! Hoping, but not holding my breath...
Monday, April 24, 2006
TA DA! It's the brand new NJOT.org Web site. I've been working on this site with the NJOT folks, and this is the fruit of that labor. Honestly, I still don't know how I figured out how to do the Music Excerpts player.
I still have a bunch of enhancements to make, and I'm going to continue to update it for the time being.
Questions, complaints and hate mail can be directed to me.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Yes, that is the star of the show "Everyday Italian" and the author of the cookbook "Everyday Italian" (same name...what a coincidence), Giada De Laurentiis.
She has a new cookbook out and she was signing it at the Barnes & Noble at Princeton MarketFair. Patricia and I went over to check it out and maybe get a signiture, but the line went almost to the other end of the mall. Neither of us felt like waiting, so we had to settle for a quick picture and a wave.
I swear that she didn't stop smiling the entire time.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
I don't remember him taking it, and I have no idea what I was laughing about, but I think it looks great and the blur effect on Shaun and me was a result of us moving. I think it looks so cool.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
One more check mark on the marital to-do list. You can feel free to take a look around the Web site of Jeff Reeder. Patricia and I really liked him, especially his candid photos. We liked the idea of more of a "photo-journalist" feel, which we think you get from his pics.
Oh...and a shiny new nickel to the person who identifies the reference in the title of this post.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
So, I went to a beer tasting last weekend. What's that you say? Every weekend is a beer tasting for me. Excellent point.
But this one was at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. And there was a LOT of beer there.
There were a lot of local places, including Princeton's Triumph Brew Pub. But the majority of places were ones I've never tasted before, so it was a really great chance to (a) try new beers and (b) compare the same variety at a couple of breweries. Very informative.
And, as you can see from the picture on the right (be sure to click on it for the full-size version), we had plenty of fun. Yeah...I really don't know why I was making that face , let alone the gesture with my hand. But we were a good 25 beers in at this point. Good times.
In case you were wondering, my brother is the tall one on the right, the one on the left is his friend Shaun and the rest are assorted Schwartzburts.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Seriously, I don't care if they resuscitated Brando and Vito Corleone is taking over the Jersey mob, I don't want to hear about it. Once I'm caught up, we'll talk.
Sunday, March 05, 2006
OK. A bit of explanation for some of our less-Catholic readers. Pre-Cana refers to the story from the bible, although there was plenty of water and not much wine.
Basically, it is a day of counseling for engaged couples. Although there is some talking by the priest (because, you know, they're experts on married life), most of the event is married couples who talk a bit about their experiences.
It's pretty much what you would expect, including warnings about the importance of communication, financial planning and that sort of thing.
It boiled down to two lessons:
- God loves you no matter what. But He loves you more if you have lots of children.
- Don't get divorced. Ever.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
The acting and writing on it are great, but I think that the best part is that they're not afraid to take some chances and do different things. They've had an episode that featured "The Troubadour," played by Men at Work's Colin Hay, who performs an amazing version of "Overkill" throughout the show, and the last episode, which was full of The Wizard of Oz references. There are a lot of dramas on TV that try humor ... Scrubs is a comedy that manages to be serious and sensitive without being schmaltzy.
As if that wasn't enough, it stars everyone's favorite consultant, Bob Slydell.
Be sure to check it out!
P.S. - Regular Scrubs viewers know that Ted, Kelso's regularly-abused lawyer, occasionally shows up with his barbershop quartet. What you might not know is that they're really a band!
Saturday, February 18, 2006
See, I never had HBO, so I've always been on the sidelines when it came to The Sopranos. So, now that I've upgraded to Cablevision's Silver package and the 964 channels that come with it, I've decided to get "caught up" before the start of the new season next month.
How can I do this? The magic of Netflix. Not only do they carry movies, they also have television shows on DVD. So, I'm hard at work watching the first season.
Yes, this is WAY too much planning.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
But now I'm back in the Garden State and I'm just in time for temperatures to return to normal.
In wedding news, we're rapidly approaching the joy that is Pre-Cana. I'm sure I'll have a thing or two to say about that.
More soon, I promise.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Whatever. It does look like it will be nice down there, with temperatures in the high 70s.
I'll be sure to let you know how it all goes.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
No, he doesn't need that headgear for protective purposes. It's just part of the costume on "Think Fast!"
I won't get into the details of the show...check out the Wikipedia entry on it if you want to know the rules. All you really need to know is that I got some super-cool late-80's gifts, including a remote control car and foosball table.
Seriously, there was no real head trauma danger, so I'm thinking that the helmet and goggles were a bit of overkill. Plus, would it have killed them to have had a mirror backstage so that I could see that the chin guard was crooked?
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Unfortunately, because all of the pictures I have feature co-workers who failed to fill out the official "On the Mike" photo waiver, there are no pictures of me in front of the White House. You'll have to be happy with this fine illustration of the event at the Old Executive Office Building.
Now, on to the important stuff: I stayed at the VERY nice Willard Hotel. Apparently, Madeleine Albright was also staying there, so if it's good enough for a former Ambassador to the UN and Secretary of State, it's good enough for me.
And, because no business trip is complete without a culinary recap, the big meal on the trip was a celebratory lunch at the Capitol Grille. Despite committing the mortal dining sin of mixing steak and white wine, I can attest to the amazing experience that is dry-aged filet mignon. I really shouldn't be forced to eat anything else after that.
That's it for now. I promise that you'll see the single most incriminating photo EVER in the next post!
Monday, January 09, 2006
Friday, January 06, 2006
Of course, in this picture, Dave is the one who looks like he's sweating bullets. Next time around, he'll be the one with the serene (dopey) look on his face that I have in this pic.
I will say that the level of coordination in the hand crossing is tremendous.
P.S. Stay tuned in the near future for a recap on Mike's Adventures in Our Nation's Capital!
Sunday, January 01, 2006
As you can see from their site, it's really very nice. They also have a restaurant on the site, which was how we conducted our "tasting." I had a fish special (wasabi and sesame encrusted tuna) and the sausage and broccoli rabe appetizer. Both were great, so we're looking forward to the food!
The other (slightly) interesting thing is that Patricia's parents' first apartment is located right across the street from the Stony Hill Inn.
No word on the musical entertainment, yet. However, I am quietly lobbying to have a house band!