Friday Five

Ok, so I haven’t done a quiz in weeks. But I’ll do one today. Even though it’s not Friday. As Alex might say, WVA!! Of course, he won’t say that now because he’s too busy writing a thousand page thesis on his blog. I guess talking about chicks and beer just doesn’t cut it for every guy.

1. Do you have a car? If so, what kind of car is it?
My treat of the three years (I lease .. don’t bug me about it ..) is a black 2000 Pontiac Grand AM GT.

2. Do you drive very often?
Not any more, since I started working from home. The first year I had the car I put about 35,000 km on it. This last year, about 10,000.

3. What’s your dream car?
I have two. A Pontiac Aztek and a Mazda GLC. The Mazda would, obviously, not be an every day car. I’d love to rebuild one, even though I know NOTHING about cars. The Aztek is what I’ve been holding out until this lease expires for. I drove one last summer and it was drop dead amazing. Whether you like the outside or not, you have to drive it before judging it. Amazing ride, and the number one rating in customer satisfaction of any car.

4. Have you ever received a ticket?
Oh yeah. A handful of speeding when I was younger, and last year after years of driving completely sane and safe, a ticket on a back country road at 1:30AM for doing a rolling stop. Seriously. And I didn’t run it – I slowed down to a crawl, glanced over, no cars and sped off. A cop was hiding in the trees and got me for it. I asked him if it made his life some more meaningful to bust me for not quite stopping when Bolton has a problem with kids speeding down the hill. That really got on my last nerve.

5. Have you ever been in an accident?
Yup, the last time I was actively trying to work out regularly and get stronger. It’s a magnet for ill health, I tells ya. On the weekend I was benching 250 lbs. at my cousin’s house – headed to Ottawa on business and got sideswiped in my old Sunfire. It wrecked my back (although I didn’t know until the next day) and I went immediately down to benching 10 lbs. Took about four months of therapy to rebound from it to a decent degree, but my back is still nasty.


Do you ever get the

Do you ever get the feeling that it’s just not your year? I mean, I’ll be honest, all in all this year has been great. I’ve been loving working on my own, marriage is great closing in on the start of year three, and in general, things are great. So, it’s with a heavy heart that I announce that I have AGAIN injured myself playing Sunday morning softball. Best part? This time it’s my right ankle. Frig frig frig. Because of my shoulder and elbow I’ve been working out legs instead of arms lately in the gym – now what do I work out? Neck? Bah. (waves paw)

I had hit a decent shot on the ground between first and second base and ran all-out for first when my ankle turned and I heard a rather loud crack. The next thing I saw was people staring at me and I was actually lying on the grass behind the fence above first. My sister told me I had actually continued running to be safe at first, and that almost immediately after had fallen on the ground. I don’t think it’s serious – a lot of pain and a enough swelling to represent a second ankle, but it’s already feeling a bit better which should mean it’s all good in a few days. It’s just the principle of injuring myself again. I’m down 12 lbs in the past couple months and I have to keep that up – I honestly feel that if I can get under 200 things will start to feel a lot better. For those keeping score, that means I’ve got about 18 lbs. to go before I’m in health country. I carry a lot of weight so 200 for me is about 175-180 for your average joe.

So, now it’s ice-on, ice-off while I await the arrival of Rob and Rocco for our first WWE pay-per-view in months. We attended WrestleMania X-8 – other than that, I’ve been conserving the money this year. We’ll see what happens – for fans of wrestling out there, was seeing Bischoff arrive on Raw not the first “HOLY —-!” moment of the last couple years? You could have scraped my jaw off the floor.

Does anyone out there own an Aztek? I’m giving serious consideration to attempting a swap at the dealer on my 2000 Grand Am GT for a used Aztek. I’m not asking for people who DON’T own them to e-mail me and say “but they’re so ugly, why would you get one?” I want opinions from those that own them, if there are any out there. I test drove one last summer and I’ve been in love ever since – I’m interested in how they are for repairs and problems, things like that. If you do own one, toss me an e-mail by clicking on my name below. CLICK MY NAME!!! ;)

Rick Jessup