Monday, March 31, 2008

random thoughts.

A few things running through my brain...

-I'm kinda disappointed that all four #1 seeds are in the final four! BORING! I took a big chance and put Stanford in my final four... I like those Lopez twins! Jackie and I decided that we will marry them... i get Brook and she gets Robin (she likes his fro). It's either them or the Korver brothers.
-I LOVE MY REBELS! They had a good run. Curtie is my inspiration for life, I'm gonna miss him!
-I get more and more excited for Australia every day! I looked up the Bungy Jumping company online the other day and it looks absolutely TERRIFYING. I'm sure I'll get talked into doing it tho... maybe if me and Joe Darger go tandem? Whoops. Sorry Dad.
-Tonight I watched that Oprah show, the Big Give, and it was really cool. They gave the contestants $100,000 each and they had to give it all away, but they couldn't spend more than $500 on one person and no more than $10,000 at one place. One guy went to a bunch of electronic stores and bought TVs, microwaves, ipods, computers, all sorts of stuff, and then went to a ghetto neighborhood in Miami and knocked on doors and just passed things out to the families. It was so cool... it made me want to do the same thing! The people were so grateful and surprised... I think that would be fun.
-I love my Daddy. He is my best friend and I can tell him anything... and after talking to him, I'm really excited to go check out the Mexico house!
-It SNOWED today. uggghhhh. I hate the snow with a passion. Just last week it was up to like 68 degrees! I guess we have just been spoiled. I'm SO ready for summer.

Hopefully we'll have a more excited post later!
PEACE

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Cutasity

Alyssa looked real cute today with her cute little dress and curly hair, just thought everyone should know! (Becca looks real cute too, we love her.)

Jump On It!










These past couple days have been a blast! On Monday night, Me, Ally, Ciji and Courtney went to the Jazz/Raptors game with some friends. We sat in a box and it was so much fun! Kyle Korver is beautiful. Me and Courtney took to rooting for the Raptors because we felt bad that there was no one there to cheer for them, but the Jazz came through and won the game. We had a great time and discovered that the ESA has fantastic kettle korn!

Tuesday Night we went to this trampoline place called Jump On It. It definitely made for another fun night! As you can see, we took lots of funny pictures and discovered that Ciji is a very talented acrobat! The only bad thing is that I missed American Idol, but I heard it was Beatles night... didn't they just do that last week? Oh well. Go Jason Castro.

I did my brackets today! I love March Madness. I have been getting lots of comments on how obnoxious UNLV fans are... kind of annoying. Anyways, I've got a North Carolina/UCLA final with UNC pulling through! Hopefully I can win me some money in the office pool this year...

PEACE

Monday, March 17, 2008

Word Vomit...

So I decided its time for me to voice some of my opinions. Isn't that what blogging is for after all?

MWC TOURNAMENT

First off, lets address the whole brawl that occurred after the championship game. I personally didn't see any of it, but I heard some awful things. It's unfortunate that something like that had to happen to taint the Rebel's amazing victory, and it's embarrassing that some of our fans would act that way in a winning situation... it's scary to think of how they would react had we lost! However, don't group all of us UNLV fans together. We do have the drunken idiots that ruin well-fought victories like this for all of us, but we do have some quality people who are there for the sole purpose of cheering on the team they love and have loved for years. You're gonna get obnoxious fans wherever you go, BYU included. However, it should never turn into physical violence.

One thing I do think was stupid was putting that wall up. Not only did it take away 500 of the best seats in the house, but it only made the situation MORE dangerous. People are gonna storm the court, it's pretty inevitable. This time they just had to jump over barriers to do it rather than walk down some stairs. We had just won a championship game against a team that we all LOVE to hate, and won an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, which is ultimately what every team works towards year in and year out. Isn't that the kind of environment you WANT in a championship setting? And can I so lovingly remind those whiners who made the T&M construct the wall in the first place that you all rushed the field just a few months before at the Vegas Bowl? Oh, but that's different, you say... I think not.

Now on to the very tired "home court advantage" argument. Yes, its true that we are very lucky to be playing at the Thomas & Mack. It's an environment we are used to and allows a lot more of our fans to attend. I Agree that although they take all insignias off the court, remove our championship banners (that hurt a little), and make us the visiting team, we still have the upper hand. But you know what? Stop using it as an excuse for your team losing. The thing that I love about sports, specifically college basketball, is that any team can win on any given day. There are no Cinderellas (I love that commercial). Clemson beating Duke. NY Giants beating the Patriots (ugh). UNLV beating Wisconsin. I could go on all day. You want to find an excuse for losing? Try Wink Adam's relentlessness. Rene Rougeau's ability of coming up with ridiculous offensive boards while facing guys 5 inches taller than him. Curtis Terry's Hair. Let's just get over the fact that we are playing at our home floor, because its staying that way for at least the next 2 years. Go check out Boise State for some inspiration... they just beat New Mexico State... in the championship game... on NMSU's home court. See? It's doable.

REEE-BELS CHANT

I love this part of being a UNLV fan, but this cheer was broken out WAAAYYY too much during Saturday's game. Like every 30 seconds. Let's save it for the right moments people.

SPRING BREAK

I wish mine was magically extended to this week. My family will probably go to Omaha without me, just like last year :( Poor me. If anyone would like to sponsor my trip to see the rebs play, I am accepting donations. Otherwise I'll be watching from my tiny tv.

That's all for now...

PEACE

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Economic Armageddon- By Jackie

This semester I am taking Macroeconomics, and I feel the need to vent...Every day I have Macro, I leave class worried and depressed. My teacher, who could very well be my grandfather he is so old, is a crotchety old cynic who is borderline fatalistic about everything we talk about. He reads the Wall Street Journal every morning to make sure he is prepared to come to class and wow us all with his knowledge of the economy, and heaven forbid any of us try to make a comment or participate in a "discussion" about the economy. And another thing, why is it that every economics class I have taken has had the same types of people in them? There is ALWAYS an older man who just sits in class with his arms folded and a slight grin on his face, making comments like "Well you know Bush..." and "Bernankes at it again..." with an air of complete superiority because he obviously knows everything about the economy. I am convinced that he thinks it is just him and our professor in the class because he makes these comments as the professor is speaking and acts like they are in on a little joke together. The teacher doesn't see this bond they apparently share, which makes the older guy all the more pathetic and irritating. One of these days I am going to snap and I will walk up to him and slap him in the face, and as he sits there I will ask him why he even comes to class, and I will tell him that maybe he and the professor should get a room. He will seriously contemplate this statement, and then smugly walk away with that stupid grin on his face, briefcase in tow (and don't get me started on the concept of bringing briefcases to class). Besides all-knowing older guy, there are always the 25 to 28 year olds who like to chime in as well. They are the ones with the laptops who Google every topic the professor mentions in case he asks a question about it, and they can quickly answer with a dead-on response straight from Wikipedia. These brown-nosers are plentiful in not only my econ classes but also any business class I have taken. I describe all these people as male because in my experience, they all are. This is not being sexist, this is just my observations. In addition to being 1 of about 4 girls in every business class I am in, we are all surprisingly normal. I have never seen a girl in a business class give a smug little comment on the markets or the new rate cuts. It appears that girls who take business classes are actually there to learn about the subject of the class! Shocking I know. Also, this isn’t the 1950’s people! Girls take business classes and yes, girls can be business majors. I’m getting a little tired of getting oogled by the 98% male class as I walk in on the first day (and not in a dirty way because obviously they have no time for dating or other non-lucrative activities, but simply because they are surprised a girl is in the class). Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a big deal and I’m not some crazy feminist lobbying for equality or something, but there is a serious disparity in the male to female ratio in the business school. I enjoy my classes and most of my teachers, too. All I’m saying is that if you come to class, come to learn and not to try to show everyone else how much you already know, because I can almost certainly speak for the rest of the class in saying that we did NOT come to listen to you.

One last thing, I need to elaborate on something I mentioned in the second sentence. I leave class every day depressed because of my teacher’s gloomy forecasts for the economy. According to him, in a few years we will all be jobless and the economy will have crashed and burned. Also, the world will have been taken over by monkeys. So you can see my emotions as I leave class, concerned about this economic Armageddon that is apparently right on the horizon. This is just my opinion and I expect no one to share it, I just want to give my perspective. There is so much talk these days about a recession and the sad state of the economy (i.e.: the housing crisis, subprime mortgages, the Federal Reserve cutting rates, inflation, gas prices, lagging consumer spending, unemployment, etc.) and everyone acts like it’s the end of the world! Yes, the economy isn’t’ the healthiest at the moment, but how many periods exactly like this or worse has the economy gone through in the past 70 years? Quite a few actually. So Dick and Jane have to cut back on their expenses and can’t buy that new flat screen TV they wanted to get… well how about the genocide in Darfur, the AIDS problem in Africa, or, I don’t know, the war in Iraq? We’re in a little recession, and all anyone can think about is the quickest way out (tax rebate?) and back to the spending and prosperity we’re used to. Well how about a little perspective. Maybe you have to budget a little more and maybe you need to cut back on expenses a little, but at least you have food on the table. Next time I am sitting in class getting ulcers because apparently recession= the end of the world, I am going to think about the fact that I am able to sit in class with my tuition fully paid, with an apartment to go home to and a car to go home to see my family, and enough money in the bank for gas money to do it. I’m going to think about how recession or not, we’re still doing pretty dang good.

Now how about that perspective?:



http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/02/13/iraq.wheelchairs/index.html

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/11/22/bangladesh.aftermath/index.html

Monday, March 3, 2008

G'Day Mate!



IT'S OFFICIAL!

I'm going to AUSTRALIA this summer with my dad and the Rebels and I couldn't be more excited about it!