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Bullet Sunday 108

Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2008

Dave!It's Bullet Sunday on Monday from chilly Wisconsin!

Yesterday I had intended on posting this as a second entry, my "real" entry for the day. But internet at my hotel is spotty, so I never got the chance because it went down before I could finish. That's the bad news. The good news is that I'm one of only three guests staying at the entire hotel, so it's been very quiet. I like me the quiet hotel.

• Cheese and Crackers. Whenever I travel, I always take along packages of Cheese and Crackers. Not just because they taste great (they've got cheese in 'em!) but because the packaging is useful as an iPhone stand for watching movies more comfortably. Just turn it upside-down after eating the contents, and there you go...

iPhone Cracker Holder

I mention this because the guy across the aisle from me on the plane thought this was the coolest thing since sliced bread.

• Flying The Friendly Skies. As a "Platinum Elite" flyer, I'm pretty much guaranteed a First Class upgrade any time I fly domestic with Northwest Airlines (for now... once they merge with Delta, who knows?). This doesn't make me special, it just means I fly a lot. And, while I do enjoy the extra legroom and being able to sit more comfortably, I'm not devastated if the upgrade doesn't happen. This is contrary to most other frequent fliers I've seen, who freak out if they don't get it. Eventually they called pre-boarding for First Class, so I got up and walked to the gate. As I was standing there behind other passengers, some guy comes out of nowhere with a Burger King bag and a boat-load of other shit he was carrying. He made a ruckus as he worked his way through the crowd informing anybody who would listen that he was "first class." When he finally got up to me, he said "Are you in line?" To which I replied "Yes." He then said "Sorry, you didn't look like you were first class." To which I replied "Fuck you." It wasn't loud enough for anybody else to hear, but I was pissed off and didn't care. He wiped the shock off his face, did a nervous laugh, then fell in line behind me. Fortunately, I didn't have to sit next to the dumbass on the plane, because that might have been awkward. For him. I didn't give a shit. I was wearing jeans and a Simmer Style hoodie. How this disqualifies me from looking like I fly a lot, I have no idea. But people who make judgements from appearances don't make much sense to me anyways.

• Warlords DS. WHERE IS IT?!? WASN'T THIS SUPPOSED TO BE RELEASED IN 2007?!? Probably my favorite strategy game of all time, Warlords II, is supposed to be coming to the Nintendo DS. I've been anxiously waiting for years now to get my hands on it, yet I've never found it for sale. From what I can tell, the company originally releasing it went under, now Glyphic Entertainment(the developer) has new distributor. A visit to their web site shows "Coming Soon" but that's what I've been hearing forever. How soon is soon?

Warlords DS Box Art

Even better than Warlords II for Nintendo DS would be Warlords II for iPhone! I wonder if that project is in the works? Apparently the spin-off Puzzle Quest: Challenge of The Warlords will be available for iPhone next month, so my fingers are crossed.

• Secretary of State. So Hillary Clinton has accepted President Elect Obama's offer to become Secretary of State. This does not make me very happy. Not because she's a woman, but because she's Hillary Clinton. Barrack Obama's lack of experience never much bothered me because he could surround himself with brilliant and heavily experienced people in all fields and use their advice from which to govern. THAT'S what a president does. But now he's put somebody's in charge of foreign affairs whose "foreign experience" comes from the globetrotting she did as First Lady? Seriously? If I didn't hate John Kerry so much, I'd question why his 20 years on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee wasn't tapped for that position. Or, if Obama was dead-set on having a woman in that position, why not pick Susan Rice? I mean, holy shit... she was Obama's foreign policy advisor during the campaign and has boat-loads of experience! If he wanted to prove that he is bi-partisan, why not pick Republican Senator Dick Lugar? He may be on the opposite party, but he has foreign experience for miles and similar foreign policy ideals to Obama (they worked together on the "Lugar-Obama Proliferation and Threat Reduction Initiative," and Luger endorsed Obama for foreign policy experience over McCain in the election). Hey, having a Republican Secretary of State in a Democratic White House worked on one of my favorite episodes of The West Wing! This is a highly questionable decision, and I hope it doesn't come back to bite us in the ass. If we've learned anything in the past eight years, it's that having shitty foreign relations doesn't help us any.

Santos Vinick Bipartisanship

&bull The West Wing. Speaking of The West Wing, here's a list of my five most memorable episodes of the show...

  • The Supremes. When a Republican Supreme Court justice suddenly dies, the Bartlet administration scrambles to find a worthy replacement, and the halls are filled with candidates. But it's Donna's parents' cats who provides the solution. Features brilliant guest-casting of Glenn Close.
  • The Stackhouse Filibuster. A stubborn Senator delays a vote, and the Senate's vacation, for over nine hours. Nobody knows why until Donna figures out that Stackhouse has a personal reason to make sure the vote won't take place.
  • Life on Mars. A seemingly benign press leak begins a journey that lasts for a day and a night and ends with the discovery of a scandal affecting the uppermost levels of the administration. Fantastic guest spot by Matthew Perry as White House lawyer Joe Quincy.
  • The Last Hurrah. While President Elect Santos is wrapped up in choosing his new VP, losing Republican Vinick tries to adapt to life after the election when a surprising opportunity comes his way. A show featuring Alan Alda at his very best.
  • A Proportional Response. The President plots revenge on terrorists as he gathers his advisors in the White House. His foul mood intimidates his new aide, Charlie, a college-age man whose mother was recently killed while working as a police officer.

And now it's time for me to brave the cold so I can get some dinner. It's supposed to snow tomorrow, and I think we all know just how much I'm looking forward to that.

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  1. Hilly says:

    Man, I wish I would have been there to hear you say “fuck you” to that doucheburger. I hate it when people make assumptions (which I know realistically they do all of the time) AND have the nerve to voice their presumptive opinions without tact or class.

    PS- I haven’t seen one of those cracker and cheese thingies since maybe I was a teenager. I’m walking down memory lane thanks to your innovative stylings.

  2. Avitable says:

    But what’s holding up the back of the iPhone?

  3. Dave2 says:

    iPhone is wedged between the cracker container and the cheese container.

  4. Faiqa says:

    HAHAHAHA@ first class guy. I guess your denim was too “proletariat” for his bourgie Burger king chomping ass…oops, can I say ass on here?

  5. B.E. Earl says:

    Those are some of my favorite WW episodes too. William Fichtner is also perfectly cast in The Supremes.

    Did you ever see The American President (also written by Sorkin)? It contains the same “virtue of a proportional response” dialogue from that last episode you mention.

  6. ChillyWilly says:

    Bravo… big time. I loathe people that make assumptions about others. I know I’m guilty of it here and there, but who am I to make a call about someone I don’t know. I’m ashamed at myself for the rate times I do this, but I do try to be better and not treat myself as someone that’s above others.

    Nice response and one that I would hope I could make if put into a similar situation.

  7. ajooja says:

    Do you have any actual connection to Simmer Style or is it just because of the name?

    There are a couple of sports teams with my last name, and a very up-and-coming politician, but I still haven’t got around to getting any cool swag.

    I’d love to get a “(last name) for Congress” (or whatever office it is) t-shirt.

  8. claire says:

    Mmm, cheese and crackers.

    The Supremes is one of my faves too. I’ve been missing West Wing lately. “20 Hours in America” and the whole arc when Zoey gets kidnapped are some great eps too.

  9. That iPhone stand is the work of genius I tell you. Cheese & crackers for the win. Oh, how I do miss me some West Wing. I bloody loved that show. Sigh.

  10. Mik says:

    The iPhone doohickey is cool, now I now what to do with all the cheese and pretzels stuff the wife throws in my lunch everyday, maybe I should mention to her I don’t like them! (and get an iPhone).

  11. TWINKIE says:

    I just threw up in my mouth at the sight of that processed cheese and crackers container

    Don’t worry. I swallowed it.

  12. ChicagoDave says:

    You need to submit that iPhone holder to LifeHacker. Brilliant.

  13. Good on you for sticking it to that snob at the boarding gate.

    My fav West Wing episodes are too numerous to list but I think my favourite scene/moment would have to be one where President Bartlett puts a religious nutjob radio host in her place.


  14. Don says:

    Hillary is a much better choice than say Sarah Palin. Her foreign policy consisted of living across the straight from Russia and next door to Canada. And she could not tell the difference between a Montreal DJ and the French Prime Minister. All I’m saying is that Obama could have done a whole lot worse than selecting Hillary (who is very intelligent and actually knows her geography).

  15. Dave2 says:

    No doubt Obama could have done worse. My point is that given his lack of experience in foreign affairs, he should have done better.

  16. Jill says:

    Getting Hillary out of New York State?
    *That’s* change I can believe in!
    The sooner she goes, the better.

  17. A Lewis says:

    Honey, please! “Fuck You”/??? I thougth I raised you better than that. I can think of several other appropriate adjectives that should have been added to the end of those two words.

  18. Michelle says:

    I love those Kraft cheese snackpacks. Pretty clever using it that way.

    So glad you set that dick straight. What a jerk.

    I personally don’t have a problem with Hillary. Alot of people can’t stand her though.

  19. Erin says:

    Oh I could go on and on and on and ON about my favorite episodes and scenes from the West Wing (it is my favoritest show ever). But I won’t. Except to say this: Butterball Hotline. 🙂

  20. SeaSlug says:

    IMHO, you are way off the mark with your objection to Senator Clinton as Secretary of State. What we need is someone who can appear tough, while still managing to be diplomatic and achieve results. I believe that she will do a great job.

    If anything, I worry that Bill Clinton will say or do something (while she is on the job) that will make things more difficult for her.

  21. Dave2 says:

    Admirable traits, yes. I’d agree with that. But the subtleties of foreign relations are vast, far-reaching, and something that requires practical experience to be handled well. If our standing in the world wasn’t so horribly damaged by the Bush Administration, I wouldn’t worry so much about Clinton’s lack of practical experience… but, given the shape we’re in, we need somebody who doesn’t need to learn on the job and won’t make mistakes. I’m not convinced that’s Hillary Clinton.

  22. Robin says:

    I can’t stand Hillary. The fact the PE Obama chose her brings him down a few notches in my eyes. I feel he did it to pacify some people in the party. That’s “politics as usual” in my book—not change. How disappointing!

  23. Randy says:

    Hillary: bad choice. It’s all about symbolism…

    But she will give comedians continued fuel…(the laff)

    Dave, I saw a license plate yesterday you’d like. It was on a Volkswagen: “DAVDUB”…shoulda had my camera…
    Happy TG.

  24. Jacki says:

    Yesterday I was visiting one of the offices in my region and was having my lunch in the lunch room. Decided to watch an episode of doctor Horrible on my iphone – had nothing to make the phone sit up. All I thought was – gee I wish I had cheese and crackers! Once again you prove you are smarter than the average person (me).

  25. The Cheese and Crackers iPhone stand is pretty cool!

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