Top 10 Pages & Friends of 2002

Time to start the promised Best of 2002 lists, and we’ll come off the top with an easy one for y’all. This is simply a list of the most visited pages on the site in the 2002 calendar year:

— The main index, not much of a surprise there.
— I was surprised that many people could care less about me.. hehe..
— This isn’t surprising, lots of search engine traffic starts here.
— So not only do you care about me, you care about my crew too.. ;)
— Cool.. these are all the slideshows of trips and such.
— Disappointing perverts everywhere since 2002…
— With additions here and there, this is the same page I made in 1996.
— Notice they visit the webcam archive first and then check to see if I’m sexy yet..
— Oops, probably should have actually made this page at some point.
— For those with an unsatiable lust to converse with me.

And now the top viewed Friends pages – fight amongst yourselves:
1. Brent England
2. Alexander Bosika
3. Rob Williams
4. Stephen Choi
5. Kip McCormick
6. Kim Jessup-Stoddart
7. Mary Jessup
8. Jason Cohen
9. Andrew Szabo
10. Michelle Reid



As part of my wind down from Vegas I’ve already put together the video presentation of the few shots I took while I was there. Check it out if you’re interested by visiting the Gallery. Some info you may not get out of just watching it:

  • Yes, that’s a meat locker Steve is pointing to.
  • The outdoor concert was being given by George Thorogood.
  • The restaurant after the Starbucks is Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House.
  • Yes, those lions were right above my head.

I think that sums it up. :)

So now, today, I try my hand at true professional cooking for the first time! Jeff has invited me up to try my hand at two lunches at The Angry Tomato, learn the ropes a bit, and see how it goes. This mixed in with my next eight weeks of cooking school should go a long way towards putting me where I want to be as a chef.


Rick in Vegas III (Final)

This is going to be my last report until I get home Saturday night, Internet is just too expensive when it’s not free here in the press room at G2E – thanks to the organizers of the event for thinking of us.

Interesting day – I finally met up with John, a friend online for a few years. We’re going to team up with Steve and meet another online friend Barry for a night on the town tonight. Things are pretty cool around here, I like the town, wouldn’t mind coming back sometime.

On the show floor, today was the final day. Swag everywhere as they try to unload it – the nice lady at the Sega booth even begged us to drink from her keg beause she didn’t want to cart beer back home. We helped. :) The Baywatch girls are handing out smoothies, other scantily clad ladies are handing out t-shirts at the WMS and Mikohn booths, and IGT spent a bit of time yelling at me for taking pictures of their slots. SLOTS. As in, machines. :) Pretty interesting show, hopefully the contacts I’ve made will help back home.

So until Saturday night, alas my time here is almost done. I haven’t hit Emeril’s or Coyote Cafe yet so I need to get moving. And John’s mad that I haven’t seen anything on the list he gave me so it looks like sleep isn’t an option the next two days.

Take care, be well, enjoy Survivor without me, and see you Saturday!


Zee Needles – Zey Are Hard to Chew..

I’m tired of working. Tired of working long hours. Tired of working at this desk in my office like a shut-in. Tired of working really hard for what seems like nothing. I really need a vacation. Bah.

Looks like I might actually make it to Vegas this time, for the first time. Steve offered me the chance to share his room with him, and another friend has hooked me up with his personal travel agent who should be able to get me a good deal on a flight. That leaves me with very little excuse NOT to go – and if I go, I don’t have a laptop computer to bring with me. Although I’ll likely spend every waking minute wondering if my sites are still up and alive, it’s probably for the better.

Tomorrow I’m going to blend up a prickly pear cactus, mix it with some tequila, a little cointreau, some lemon, and watch me some WWE SmackDown while sampling the pride of Mexico. It’s always nice to have things to look forward to, and for my friends who know how little I drink, the very idea of me planning a cactus margarita a day ahead of time is likely funny. Who cares, it tastes good and I’ve never eaten a cactus before.

ADDENDUM: It has come to my attention that is NOT mother approved. In fact, many mothers have been known to find some distaste in much of the content – namely, the content Alex and Mikey DO approve of. It’s all so confusing to me.


Wow.. so a few days

Wow.. so a few days since an update, but I had my reasons. The Relay for Life was extremely difficult, but an absolutely amazing event that was planned perfectly and seemed to go off without a hitch. My initial thanks need to go to Alex, Carrie, Christine, Mary, Ray, Rob, Stephen, Nan, Bumps, and my parents for contributing donations towards the cause. I personally raised over $150 towards the Canadian Cancer Society. The event featured no fewer than 40-50 teams of 10, all who contributed some amount, so no doubt the event was a success.

We arrived around 6PM and started unloading what I thought was way too much stuff (I ended up being right). I personally brought a small backpack of stuff, a blanket and pillow, and a cooler full of drinks for everyone. Somehow we ended up, between nine of us, with three tents, four coolers/baskets, and bags upon bags upon bags of stuff. It looked like we were staying a week. We certainly wouldn’t want for anything while we were there, and if we had, the volunteers and great sponsoring companies took care of it. There were full dinners and breakfasts, snacks, yogurts, apples, bananas, Gatorade, coffee, tea, you name it. It was ALWAYS there. There were live bands and karoake, games like volleyball and glowing mini golf, and an awesome set of portable toilets featuring a logo containing a sweating bear running for the door. :)

The team (consisting of the captain, my sister Kim, her husband Jeff, myself, Sandy Young, Barb Luxton, Chad Critchley, Cari Critchley, and their parents Jack and Connie Critchley) then began with me, Kim, and Jack starting things off. One team member had to be on the track at all times. As a team I believe we managed somewhere in the area of 170 laps of the 1-mile track. I personally managed 20 of them, although most came in the early parts of the night, from about 8PM until a bit after midnight.

I won’t bore you with details – thanks to all that donated, and I’m still trying to recover. :) Walking 20 miles in a night can hurt when you’re not used to it. Hehe..

Because I was doing this over Friday night I didn’t have a chance to do my weekly questions post – I’ll get that tomorrow morning instead. Incidentally, I won’t be making it to Vegas this week so I’m still around if needed. You know where to find me!

Rick Jessup