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Sports hell

So I moved earlier this month, which kind of sucked because AT&T couldn’t come out to install cable and Internet for two weeks. No, there wasn’t anything good on TV: ALL the Giants playoff games, Raiders-Niners (well, that didn’t turn out so good), the Raiders absolute destruction of Denver, etc).

By now, I was supposed to be feet up, chips in hands, watching sports just about every night (Giants WS, the Warriors’ opener, football). But the guy who came out to install the cable couldn’t find the hook-ups.

I repeat, just to clarify: THE CABLE GUY COULDN’T FIND THE CABLE!!

So I’ll be going at least another week without cable and Internet, which is why I’m at work checking e-mail and blogging right now when I’m supposed to be on vacation. Oh, I got a phone upgrade to one of those Droid deals, but as I’ve only had it for 24 hours, I won’t actually know how to use it until sometime next Spring. They might as well ask me to design a nuclear weapon.

If you’re one of my Facebook friends, that’s why suddenly – after all this time – you’re getting “poked” by me and phone calls at midnight. No, Ann, I didn’t mean to call you in Idaho after all these years. Sorry … call me if you ever get back.

At least my wife scored some World Series tickets for Thursday, so I can actually watch the game live. I haven’t asked how she got them because I don’t want to know. If you’re going, I’ll be the guy wearing an A’s hoodie (A’s fans, read my column tommorrow on the living hell of being an A’s fan in 2010. They say it’ll be on the front page, but they often lie to me about things like that to keep me interested. To be safe, just go to the website). 

And if the Comcast guy – who’s coming a week from today – can’t find the damned cable either, it may be his last day on the job … ever.

Posted on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
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So the President lost the nuke codes …

Is that a big deal? Seriously?

General Hugh Shelton, who otherwise has nice things to say about our former president Bill Clinton, says in his new book that the president once lost the nuclear launch codes. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, October 21st, 2010
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Best music for an afternoon wake-up

So I’ve hit the wall. I have no super-nuclear energy drink to pull my head off the desk, nor can I afford to take a nap on my desk (not, at least, with the boss in the vicinity. They put up with a lot from me but that’s not something I could get away with). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
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The return of Keef

Keith Richards will be back as Captain Jack Sparrow’s dad in the next “Pirates of the Carribean” film. Which, I confess, makes me happy. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
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Hicks: Remember when rock was dangerous?

Well, OK, so there’s really nothing dangerous about guys younger than my dog who like AFI seeing the back cover of Motley Crue’s “Too Fast For Love”record and deciding to seek fortune and fame (one of the guys even gave himself the last name “Sixx,” which I find kind of sweet). Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010
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Weezer offered $10m to quit.

Finally, a worthy charitable cause to get behind. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Thursday, October 7th, 2010
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Me and Glenn Beck …

So the entry for the new Vince Flynn book on Amazon quotes two reviewers of his last book: me and … Glenn Beck.
Two peas in a pod, me and Glenn.
By the way, apparently my real name is “Contra Costa Times (California).”

Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
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Why it’s not a good idea to make a lion mad

I’m one of those hypocrites who will rail against animal abuse while inhaling a pulled-pork sandwich. I know – awful. I can’t help it. Meat is just too tasty. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
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A word about 6-year-olds with bowling balls

I’m back at work today, which is extremely exciting as it gives my life purpose and tangible value again, something I was lacking last week as I wandered hopelessly around my neighborhood while on “vacation,” not knowing who I was or why I’m on this Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on Monday, October 4th, 2010
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