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F*ck Cancer

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Yep. That’s how I feel toward all cancers. According to the Official Sponsor of Birthdays®, 1:2 males and 1:3 females will develop some type of cancer in their lifetime. I do not like those odds. So, in October, I ride my bike in support of the most common cancer women get – breast cancer. Help me in my fight by donating to the Mamma Jamma Ride. Thanks for your support. Regards, Ross The Official Sponsor of Birthdays is a registered trademark of the American Cancer Society

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Regarding Dave Chappelle’s Composure

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I complain when something is wrong. This is the first time I have felt it necessary to write a letter to the editor of several local papers regarding something I found “wrong” – us. Last night, I attended Dave Chappelle’s surprise performance and could not believe what I unknowingly became a part of. Here’s what I wrote, verbatim. I drove home from The Paramount Theatre on Tuesday night in silence, feeling embarrassed, ashamed, and quite pissed off. The vague questions and severely outdated movie quotes were almost as disrespectful (and annoying) as the shouts comprised of unambiguous words like the current year, a city, his name, and the college you clearly didn’t learn any manners at while attending. As an audience member, I would like to formally apologize to Mr. Chappelle. Sorry we wasted your time. Sorry we claim to love you, but have not figured out what that means. Sorry we transformed the area beyond the stage into a…

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My First Movember

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The “Birds-and-Bees” discussion with my dad didn’t prepare me for the changes I’ve seen over the past eleven days. FYI: I’m currently listening to the ‘Top Gun’ soundtrack.1 November, or “Movember,” is dedicated to increasing the awareness of men’s health risks, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men, by encouraging men everywhere to sport their ‘stache. In addition to the rise in Woolly Willy-esque beards, I’ve noticed several other changes in my daily activities and life in general. See the chart (below) for reference. As you’ll note, my testosterone has steadily increased, while failing (e.g. papercuts, spelling errors, tripping, etc.) is on the decline. In addition, I’ve experienced an average of a 30% boost in all of my man-skills, like bear hunting (without the use of forged weaponry), arm-wrestling, wood-chopping, cage-fighting and putting out fires. My awesomeness has grown significantly, spiking sharply on November 7, when I remembered to call my sister on her birthday, and the time…

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Like Me

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If you’re anything like me, you missed last night’s lunar eclipse. Not because you gave up and went to bed early, or because you forgot. But, because last night you were playing ping pong in a friend’s garage, drinking tallboys, awaiting a once-in-a-lifetime event…then, cue cloud-cover and you get a backlit stratus eclipse. Weak. Austin, TX: home to beautiful 65° mid-December days, and a thick blanket of clouds on the one night you hope for a clear sky. So, if you’re like me and missed last night’s lunar eclipse, (which won’t happen agin until 2092), here are some cloud-free photos.

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Luckily, Charmed

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If you eat all the marshmallows out of a box of Lucky Charms, do you get Lucky? or Charms? Neither. You get a sugar high and a box of tasteless shapes reminiscent of Alpha-Bits. Chew on that. What do Lucky Charms have to do with my post? Not a damn thing, so I’ll do my best to wrap up quickly. This is my first Thanksgiving sans family. My travel budget is invested in my end-of-the-year trip to South America. Instead of spending my day surrounded with family and close, Kansas-City friends, I’ll be giving thanks with an Austin-based friend’s family. I’m thankful for so much this Thanksgiving – a successful year, my health, my family, new friends, old and expired ‘ships. Thankful for expired friendships? Maybe not thankful, but I’m ok with it. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Seatbelt Cha[i]r[-]a[i]des

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Since that was probably the most bracketed title I have ever written, I must explain… Seatbelt Charades aka Seatbelt Chair-aides. It will make sense after watching the following PSA. / (tangent) I received this from a friend via email [Fwd:] and it was spot-on appropriate for two reasons: I’m having a party this evening, which will require many to travel via vehicle. Texans cannot drive in any weather other than one-hundred degrees and sunny, (and even that is sometimes challenging), let alone the current torrential downpours we are experiencing as a result of Hurricane Alex – the strongest June hurricane since Alma in 1966 – so, the likelihood of car accidents in Austin today have exponentially increased. (end tangent) Say a prayer. Watch this video. Buckle up.

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Bike Against Breast Cancer

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Join me tonight at GSD&M Idea City (828 West 6th Street) and prepare to join the fight against breast cancer in the second annual Mamma Jamma Ride. View Larger Map The ride is September 25, 2010. All rider levels are welcome and there are a variety of route distances. RSVP here, or just show up!

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Texas Dresscode

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Everyone that lives in Austin claims that it is non-representative of the rest of the lone star state. That may be partially true, but not completely. For instance, if you were to randomly sample a set of twelve people’s conversations, I guarantee at least seventy-five percent of those conversations would include any, if not all of the following words/phrases: – y’all – fixin’ (sometimes with “to” appended) – ain’t – a hunderd – we’ll see you later (even if only one person is going to be seeing you later) I recently dropped off one of my favorite pairs of jeans to be dry cleaned. No questions, just dropped them off and I was told they would be ready in two days. Our former President, that claims to be from Texas, once messed up a saying that begins: Fool me once… Well, they got me this time and it won’t happen again. I returned two days later to pick up my…

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Recycling Bender

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Austin is such a progressive area when it comes to being Earth-conscious. I’ve changed a lot of my habits when it comes to recycling. I recycle everything. Hell, I even got made fun of the other day at work for drinking out of a mason’s jar (actually, it was a once-delicious jar of locally-made salsa). A new permanent fixture in my apartment (besides a frugally-stocked wine rack) is a recycling bin. Paper, plastic and cans can all be recycled at my apartment complex’s trash areas. My office also has a recycling bin next to my desk…I guess it helps working for an environmentally conscious employer. During my first week (following the move) I purchased a domain specifically focused on propegating the ideas for becoming (buzzword in three, two, one) “greener” as a marketing company and encouraging clients and partners to follow suit. www.be00ff00.com Those familiar with hex color codes should make the connection right away. Those unfamiliar should at least…

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Se[eC]attle

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Your environment can mess with you. (So can bullies and pain killers, but for the following combination of characters, we’ll focus on the meteorological aspects.) The importance of the Sun’s energy is vital to life on Earth – even if you’re a cave-dwelling cockroach, the Sun’s energy somehow helps support your life.[1] So, you can imagine what three days of rain back-to-back will do to an Austin resident…it threw my entire program off, and almost threw me off my feet. For three days, I didn’t wake up to sun, didn’t drive to work with sunglasses on, didn’t roll my windows down on the way to work, and I couldn’t go running outside after work. Plus, during one of my lunch breaks, I almost slipped and busted my pride/ass on the floor of my parking lot/grassy knoll.[2] Dear Clouds, Texas is for livestock, good weather, great music, oil and republicans. Please, turn off the water in Texas and go back to…

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