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  • Vanberge 8:31 am on December 19, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Burn ’em 

    This week I’ve finally been able to burn up my last 4 vacation days.

    It seems like taking vacation time is always a challenge for me – but I really try to do it because I don’t get reimbursed for untaken days and they do not roll over into next year. It’s “use ’em or lose ’em” scenario.

    I guess it’s not a bad problem to have; but I sometimes feel like I have more vacation than I know what to even do with. After volunteering with Habitat for a couple saturdays, I literally had 4 and 1/2 weeks of vacation to work with. Next year will be even worse because I’ll have 5 weeks. I did manage to knock out most of it earlier in the year, and wound up with just these last 4 days left.

    So far in these last 4 days I’ve played Forza 2 with Vanbergs, eaten at Mongolian BBQ, played Gears of War, flashed my phone with the newest firmware, watched “Doom, watched “Rambo II”, watched “Rambo III”, watched “Brick”, saw “I am Legend” on Imax, bought a new wireless card on ebay for 6.50, painted my hallway with two coats of “Parmesan” satin, and finally got the chance to use my behemoth snowblower…

    I’ll see what else I can add to this list today. It is still pretty early.

    • vanlandw 12:02 pm on December 19, 2007 Permalink

      you are a good man vanberge

      Rambo fucking rules.

      Brick is awful

      Snowblowers rule

      You should finish out your week replaying Halo 3 and read a book…brb

  • Vanberge 9:06 am on December 1, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Wait Staff 

    An increasing trend that I’m noticing in this world is that waiters/waitresses have stopped writing down orders. Instead of writing down what you want, they simply acknowledge “ok” or “mmm hhmmm” to every item you request and they try to remember every single thing you order.

    I’m not sure why this is a continuing trend, I’m sure it must have something to do with management telling their workers to do so in an attempt to be more efficient or something. But really it has an overall negative effect right from the beginning. For some reason it tends to make the person seem cocky or arrogant to me. And as I’m ordering, I feel like I have to go very slow so that the person getting my food has enough time to commit my order to memory. I also feel like I can’t change the order in any way because it will make it harder for them to remember. On more than one occasion, the waiter/waitress has had to come back to my table and confirm something about our order.

    Granted, they don’t very often screw up orders – so I suppose it shouldn’t really bother me as much. But I don’t really understand why this is the common practice now. I would so much rather have the person write down every detail about my order. In my opinion that makes me more comfortable when ordering and decreases the chance of a ‘screw up’ with my order.

    Stupid restaurants.

    • bun 10:46 am on December 1, 2007 Permalink

      maybe you shouldn’t order half the menu 😛

    • Kramer 1:36 pm on December 1, 2007 Permalink

      LOL, that was good.

    • Vanberge 9:39 am on December 2, 2007 Permalink

      Russ you may be the worst commenter ever. your comments never have anything to do with the subject matter – you are simply crying out for attention.

    • vanbergs 12:43 am on December 3, 2007 Permalink

      There is a large amount of irony in your post, brother. Isn’t it funny how, at fast food restaurants, they manage to fuck up orders on a regular basis? They have computerized order input systems, that tell the morons in the kitchen how to prepare the food, and they still manage to get it wrong a good percentage of the time. I want taco bell.

  • Vanberge 7:11 am on November 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Site Overhaul 

    About twice a year, I get an obsessive compulsive bug to completely overhaul my internet destination.
    Sunday proved to be the 2nd time for 2007.


    • Upgraded to WordPress 2.3.1
    • Upgraded to Gallery 2.2.3
    • Installed and moderately tweaked new theme called “Sleepy Blue”

    I guess i’m not really sure why I do this.  How much does it really matter what my website looks like.  At any rate, the change is made.  I still have a little tweaking to do to get work my content into this theme the way I want, but so far it’s coming along nicely.

    I hate HTML, I hate CSS, I hate PHP, and I definitely hate MySQL.

    • vanlandw 7:39 am on November 12, 2007 Permalink

      you really are vanberge number four….there is nothing more to even say about this

    • bun 9:02 pm on November 12, 2007 Permalink

      this is a good layout my friend vanberge :-*

    • vanbergs 2:15 am on November 15, 2007 Permalink

      Your site is very pretty 🙂

    • Vanberge 6:50 am on November 15, 2007 Permalink

      I like the theme… not sure about Gravatars though. :-*

    • bun 7:23 pm on November 18, 2007 Permalink

      i like gravatars, and i used to have one actually. its a good idea in theory, but i never “login” with that same info.

  • Vanberge 8:57 pm on October 31, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    An Ongoing Struggle 

    I’ve recently become certain that there is simply not enough free time on this planet.

    Between things like work, home ownership, being married, etc – I could seriously spend all my within that realm.  Don’t get me wrong, spending time in this “Adult” realm is definitely not a bad thing…  But for the most part, the days of the 10 hour Counter Strike sessions are long forgotten relics of a previous life.

    I’m still having a little trouble transitioning though.  There is definitely a large party of my being that is still very immature.  I very often find myself wanting to shrug off all responsibilities.  Definitely been a bit of a struggle lately… I guess you could say I’m hanging onto the “college” mentality.  For example, my college mentality tells me:  I should beat Halo 3 again.  I should play through Fear.  I should play through Forza 2.  I should finish Gears of War.  I should watch the 237 (yes, two hundred thirty seven) movies in my Netflix queue.  I should get Guitar Hero 3.  I should mod my Xbox.  I should get digital HD cable.  I  should get a DVD/Nav system for my car.  I should get a Wii.  I should make a Mii.  Apple should make itunes for linux.  I should get a new video card.  I should get another 19” monitor.  I should get a new laptop.  I should get surround sound for my upstairs.  I should get a blueray player.  I should plug in my effing Super Nintendo and play “Pilot Wings” from start to mother effing finish.

    Then there’s the responsible side, telling me things like:  I should paint my hallway.  I should fix my garage door trim.  I should put in new floors (wood laminate).  I should completely remodel the bathroom.  I should rake the yard.  I should sweep the drive way.   I should clean the carpets in the basement.  I should put in an exhaust fan in the bathroom.  I should change the shitty outlet in the living room that plugs don’t even stay in.  I should put the final touches on the finished basement.  I should save for a new furnace because mine is exactly as old as me.  I should clean the gutters on my garage.  I should power wash the deck.  I should stain the deck.  I should water treat the deck.  I should paint the annoying wall in the kitchen.  I should get new cupboards in the kitchen.  I should get a new motion light for the back yard.  I should cut down the basketball pole that there is no basketball hoop fastened to.  I should fix the garage walls. I should put real siding on the garage.  I should see my father without a mustache at least one time.  I should read a book.  I should lose a little weight.  I should clean the air filter in my car.  I should change the front brakes in my wifes car.  I should buy a floor jack to jack up both cars.  I should unplug the effing Super Nintendo.

    Obviously there is a solution to this profound predicament:  Balance both of these worlds.

    Provide a good home, but enjoy the home.  Sit out on the deck you just stained and have a cold beer.  Have a nice dinner in the kitchen you just put nice new floors in.   Hell, even take a bubble bath in your remodeled bathroom.

    With an answer so clear, its amazing that I am even finding myself troubled with this.

    • bun 9:33 am on November 1, 2007 Permalink

      “Apple should make itunes for linux.”

      i love you vanberge. i will be in town the weekend of november 10. we should have a beer. GH3 is amazing, btw. i’m half way through on expert. 😛

    • vanlandw 10:35 am on November 1, 2007 Permalink

      It’s all about a good balance. There is NEVER enough time really to do everything you want to do. Case in point I bought Leopard on Friday and I haven’t really finished installing it even yet. I bought a Wii but it seems everybody else has played it more then I have.

      Priorities do change and as you get older you do need to do more shitty things. Luckly you have a good wife and you can share those type of responsibilities together to get things done.

      The other thing is that your 27 years old and you have about another 50 on this planet to get these things done.

      You are vanberge…I should clean my cat box but I’m going to make coffee…brb 😛

    • Jeff 10:54 am on November 1, 2007 Permalink

      I may play Pilot Wings on the Xbox today.

    • Adam 2:58 pm on November 1, 2007 Permalink

      I know how you feel, vanberge. I’ve managed to quiet the ‘college’ side of my brain (except for the part of my brain that likes beer) but it’s still the case that I don’t want to be doing work all the time. I have a laundry list of things to do too, but in order to get it done, I’d have to work from the time I got off work, to the time I went to bed, every day, for a year.

      To avoid the guilt, I’ve been playing BioShock.

    • vanlandw 8:37 pm on November 1, 2007 Permalink

      just so you know i ended up cleaning the cat box

    • vanbergs 12:18 am on November 2, 2007 Permalink

      One other thing you “should” do…delete the paragraph that deals with the responsibility side 😉

    • Kramer 3:47 pm on November 2, 2007 Permalink

      You are a wise man, vanberge.

  • Vanberge 7:19 pm on October 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Buzz Cut 

    For nearly a month, I’ve heavily been considering a change in my own ‘look and feel’. I’ve had the same haircut and style for literally about 10 years. Really the only thing that has changed has been my hairline; which has receded pretty drastically (thanks Dad).

    I started reading online… I explored the history and enigma that is “The Buzz Cut“. You see, the buzz cut is not just a simple hair style. It’s a change in attitude, a renewal of youth, a whole new life style. I needed it.

    After settling that I was going for “The Buzz Cut”, I started researching different brands for a set of clippers. I ended up trying to decide between Wahl and Oster – but then I found an awesome website by Wahl with video examples for home haircutting (http://www.wahlkeepitclean.com). Due to the awesomeness of the website, Wahl got the nod.

    So I now own a home hair cutting kit with a nice set of Wahl clippers.
    And I also own a close cropped, clean looking, fantastic “buzz cut”.

    Overall, i’m very happy with the results… And i’m pretty sure I am going to maintain this hairstyle for the foreseeable future. It’s easy to do, even on my own. It’s surprisingly clean and professional looking especially accompanied by glasses. And it really takes the emphasis off of a receding hairline. My head is a pretty good shape for a buzzcut. My ears don’t stick out funny. And I am pretty confident that I wear the haircut very well.

    Some pics have been posted

    • vanbergs 1:16 am on October 17, 2007 Permalink

      You should post some pics of your new ‘do 🙂

    • Kramer 7:31 am on October 17, 2007 Permalink

      I feel your pain about the receding hairline, Van. It sucks 🙁

    • vanlandw 11:09 am on October 17, 2007 Permalink

      You should sport the ‘buzz cut” and a “beard”. Beards are making a comeback lots of people at work have them. I’m mostly lazy and don’t care much for my appearance. You are a sexy man vanberge

    • vanlandw 3:06 pm on October 17, 2007 Permalink

      the other thing good about buzzing your hair is the money you have on haircuts. In the past year I’ve paid for a haircut twice. Once when you got married…and once when payner got married. That is $30 dollars in a year in hair maintenance. I bet women pay that in week.


    • Vanberge 8:50 pm on October 17, 2007 Permalink

      I hear you on that vanlandw… I bought a 40 dollar home hair cutting kit, the clippers seem really nice. They plowed right through my hair.

      40 bucks is exactly 2 haircuts for me. So these clippers will literally pay for themselves in 2 months. That saves me 240 dollars a year. These clippers have a 5 year warranty.

      I am forever an advocate for ‘the buzzcut’ and all its variations. The butch. The ‘high and tight’. Even a fully clean shave.

      You should bic your head vanlandw.

    • vanbergs 3:30 am on October 18, 2007 Permalink

      You’re even an advocate for butch lesbians? Cause they suck. And where the hell were you paying $20 for a haircut?! That is officially highway robbery.

    • Vanberge 7:21 am on October 18, 2007 Permalink

      15 bucks for haircut, 5 dollar tip.
      It’s one of Chris’ Friends.. 🙁

    • vanbergs 1:37 am on October 19, 2007 Permalink

      3 words: divorce

    • Vanberge 6:13 pm on October 20, 2007 Permalink

      Who is vanbergs, where is vanlandw, what is flo

    • vanbergs 9:03 am on October 21, 2007 Permalink

      Your brother, Chicago, unanswerable

    • vanlandw 11:38 am on October 26, 2007 Permalink

      lol…..cutting your own hair is a good thing vanberge

      and lol at many of these comments….and no I’m not going to bic my head any time soon but I’m going to keep it short i think for the winter.

      you are the fourth vanberge ever

  • Vanberge 7:06 pm on September 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply  


    One of the definite upsides to my career is the fact that I really get quite a bit vacation time. I do however find it challenging sometimes to work vacations into my schedule because I’m usually fairly busy at work – but this week is one where I’ve worked 5 days off into the schedule. And so far, it’s been fairly productive for me.

    For anyone that knows me, they know that I am the exact opposite of a golfer. Sure, I’ve taken the occasional bucket out at the driving range… But to really seriously golf on a course I can only remember doing one time in my whole life. Now it is two times: On Monday I golfed 18 holes in a scramble format. I borrowed Vanlandw’s clubs, bought some golfballs, some tees, and gave ‘er hell. I have to say, I really enjoyed myself. I was surprised at how well I hit the ball, and free food/beverages didn’t hurt either. I’m still not a ‘golfer’ – but I respect it a little more.

    Monday Night/Tuesday
    I will have a dedicated post on these proceedings at a later date. For now, here is an unordered summary.

    • Wii Sports.
    • Coney Island.
    • Vanhood.
    • Game Fuel.
    • Halo 3.

    Today has been a general recovery day. This is generally necessary after playing a single video game for over 10 hours in one calendar day (and, pretty much in one sitting). I recovered successfully by waking up too early, watching two episodes of sports center even though it was the same taping played twice, taking a nap, meeting johnson2 for lunch, and generally laying around accomplishing little to none. Most notably today I watched Predator 2.

    We’ll see what happens for tomorrow and Friday – I’m kind of winging this “vacation” and just trying to realign my being.

    • bun 11:47 pm on September 26, 2007 Permalink

      vanberge you are an amazing male, and predator 2 is an awful film.

    • vanbergs 5:54 am on September 28, 2007 Permalink

      I noticed you have House of 1,000 Corpses in your queue. It’s not as good as Zombie’s follow-up, The Devil’s Rejects. I have the unrated editions of both 🙂

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