Nixon's Memoirs: October 2005

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A better week

Well, things worked themselves out at "AHS", where it turns out only one band member was actually upset with me, and it wasn't even the one I lost my temper with. No biggie there. AHS played their opponent tough on Friday, losing by a mere 19 points, when they were expected to lose by almost 40. They played a tough game. The refs were once again questionable, and sadly the guy who does our announcing at home games complained a little too loudly, and was asked to leave.

Saturday, we went to West End for our usual OU watch party. But, we brought my brother-in-law, who didn't have his ID with him, and for some odd reason, West End has started to admit only 18 and up after 6pm. Weird, since they are supposed to be a family place. Oh well, we came home and watched the game, which is just as well, because struggling with BAYLOR is not the kind of thing you want to share with the general public. At least we won, and if we can win half of our remaining games, we go to a bowl! Yeah!

Sunday we went to Conway and had a mini-reunion with my Dad, step-mom, Uncle, Aunt, a cousin, his girlfriend and his partner (he's a police officer). That was a fun time!

This weekend is the Rock Creek men's conference "Call of the wild." I'm looking forward to it. Christian comedian Dennis Swanberg is going to be there. There will be a catfish dinner, hunting expo, door prizes, etc.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Long weekend

Friday night, for the most part, was a fun night. I got to see a cute little pug dog, witness a sixteen-year-old redneck attempt to hit on my wife, saw a guy who could put a nail all the way up his nose, and once again watched the boys of "AHS" lose at football. There was some really bad officiating at that game.

Then, the trip home. One of the guys became enraged with my wife due to her decision not to stop on the mere 90 minute trip back to the school, and began yelling and cursing her loudly, not allowing her to address the band. At one point he told her "You're not my mother."

This is when I stood up and said "I'm your mama." This meant, of course, that when he is on a band trip with us, we are responsible for his well-being, and he is responsible for obeying and respecting us. He continued to yell and curse at me, and I ended up raising my voice at him to get my attention. He calmed down after a little while, and we were able to speak like civilized people. We both apologized for our angry voices, and shook hands. I deal with angry teenage boys quite a bit, but it becomes a bit more emotional when they are directing their anger towards my wife.

Saturday we went and watched OU's pathetic victory over Kansas in a game we probably would have lost if they weren't even more pathetic.

Sunday, the wife, myself, and approx. 59,998 other Arkansans went to the state fairgrounds for the last day of the state fair. We ate some good (read "bad") stuff, but we walked enough to burn those calories off.

Monday was uneventful, except that the angry kid's mom now somehow thinks my actions towards her son were questionable because I may or may not have "taken off my watch."
What actually happened was, after I sat down next to him, I removed the sports radio I had been listening to, which was clipped to my watch, and put it back in my lunchbox. Doing what I do, I know that people see the removing of a watch as a precursor to physical violence, but I had absolutely no intention of that. This kid is actually quite a good kid, not to mention a talented musician.

So, that brings me to today, where so far my highlight has been the discovery of a fun, cheesy show called "Time Tunnel" Which stars James Darren, best known by Star Trek fans as "Vic Fontaine" from Deep Space 9.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Some Blogthings to pass the time.

Your World View

You are a fairly broadminded romantic and reasonably content.
You value kindness and try to live by your ideals.
You have strong need for security, which may be either emotional or material.

You respect truth and are flexible.
You like people, and they can readily make friends with you.
You are not very adventurous, but this does not bother you.

Your Hair Should Be White

Classy, stylish, and eloquent.
You've got a way about you that floors everyone you meet.

You are a Believer

You believe in God and your chosen religion.
Whether you're Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or Hindu..
Your convictions are strong and unwavering.
You think your religion is the one true way, for everyone.

How You Life Your Life

You seem to be straight forward, but you keep a lot inside.
You tend to avoid confrontation and stay away from sticky situations.
Your friends tend to be a as quirky as you are - which is saying a lot!
You tend to dream big, but you worry that your dreams aren't attainable.

You Should Learn Japanese

You're cutting edge, and you are ready to delve into wacky Japanese culture.
From Engrish to eating contests, you're born to be a crazy gaijin. Saiko!

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Rough football weekend and baseball predictions.

Well, the kids from the HS played hard, especially the defensive unit, but our opponent was also sporting a tough defense, and we lost the game 14-0.

Then, the debacle in Dallas, not that it was unexpected, but it hurt to watch the goodly number of Texas fans cheering in front of us at West End. I don't expect much more out of the Sooners this season, I'm just hoping they can pick up six wins somewhere and get to a bowl game.

On to my favorite sport, Baseball. I hope my Braves can pull out the NLDS with Houston and move on. I'm also rooting for the Angels on the AL side. The Cardinals look tough again this year. I did fairly well on my predictions last year, and I know it's late, but here they are for this year:

Chicago White Sox over Boston Red Sox (duh)
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim over New York Yankees.
Atlanta Braves over Houston Astros
St. Louis Cardinals over San Diego Padres (almost duh)

Angels over White Sox
Braves over Cardinals

The beloved Rally Monkey is Tomahawk chopped. BRAVES WIN! BRAVES WIN! BRAVES WIN!

Update: Are you freaking kidding me? In the immortal words of Rob Schneider in "Waterboy" "Oh no! We suck again!"

18 FREAKING INNINGS, and the Braves lose. It brought back flashbacks of the July 4th-5th 1985 game I attended as a boy.


Wednesday, October 05, 2005


I went this morning to place a small memorial to the slain student at the nearby gas station. I was polite enough to go ahead and ask where would be an appropriate place to put it.

I was told I could not, due to it being a "corporate" property. I asked them to call a supervisor and make the request for me. I was then told that they would have to call someone else and get back to me.

I certainly hope they allow me this gesture, for they are the same "corporate" entity that is profit-driven enough and disregards employee and customer safety enough to be open at all hours in this crime-ridden neighborhood. Every other store around it has the good sense to close early.

The young girl, until recently, lived in this same neighborhood, and went to school a block away from where she was killed before moving. That is probably why they chose to go there, because they knew it would be open. Because it is the only thing open at all hours in this area, it is also where the negative elements choose to loiter and cause havoc.

Let Our Violence End.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Wrongful Death

A girl was killed less than a mile from my home Sunday morning. And now I'm reading comments from other Arkansans blaming the PARENTS for her death. They claim that because the girl was 14, and the boyfriend 20, and that they were out at 4am, that somehow they were culpable in her murder. BULLCRAP!

A 14 year old girl and her 20 year old boyfriend have far more right to be at a gas station at 4 am than a COLD BLOODED KILLER.

The girl may have been "dating" this young man, but nowhere do you read they were intimate. And, even at this late hour, they were being chaperoned by two cousins.

The guilt and blame should all be resting on the person or persons who fired the gun into the car because the boyfriend wouldn't "give" the girls to them. So, in addition to murder, they should also be charged with attempted kidnapping.


Monday, October 03, 2005


Thanks to Mrs. Casablanca recent loss of some dress sizes, we made a trip to Dillard's on Sunday and bought her some new outfits. In addition, we bought some new pants for me, and I'm proud to report I'm now in a 50/30 jean! This may seem huge still, yes, but considering I had a 60 inch waist back in February, I'm happy with it! Plus, there was some wiggle room in the 50's. Woo hoo! We bought two pairs of RL jeans. I also bought a nice red Polo to match, and even picked up a *GASP* Razorbacks t-shirt to wear to the tailgate party at War Memorial this weekend.

It was a fanstastic Sunday!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Apparent terrorism at OU

Still tracking sketchy details on the explosion near OU's stadium during the game.

Update: Luckily, only the bomber was killed, and there is still no conclusion as to the young man's motivation. But, they have uncovered more materials at his apartment, in a complex where I once lived in fact.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.

A mixed weekend for the Casablanca household. My wife's school, which will from now on be referenced to as "AHS" for no particular reason, went down in horrid defeat by a difference of near 30 points.

But, today, thankfully, my Oklahoma Sooners went to 2-2 for the year and 1-0 in Big 12 play by defeating Kansas State 43-21. I'm still baffled as to how we didn't score the final touchdown of the muffed fair catch, but oh well, it doesn't matter, we won the game. We were outnumbered 2-1 at West End by the KSU alumni group, but by the fourth quarter, they were all gone. Ha Ha.

Despite my best efforts to make Mrs. Casablanca's 28th birthday a special one, a combination of bad drivers, and a crowded hair salon pretty much ruined her day. The AHS kids had really tested her patience on Friday, and then today everything I did or did not do or say seemed to come back and bite me in the buttocks.

But, the day ended well as we went shopping for some Kidz World prizes. Tomorrow is the big monthly drawing from all of the returned lesson programs and we had fun shopping for fun items to go into the prize bags, like Hot Wheels, football cards, stickers and such.

I heard from a dear old friend I had lost touch with today! We went to OU together, and he happened to find me on the OU alumni page. That is totally awesome. This guy is on fire for the Lord, and is one of the smartest people I've ever had the joy of knowing. I'm hoping we will renew our friendship now.

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