Mark Richards


Friday, May 23, 2003

The Week In Review

I must say that it's been a very interesting week. Here's the rundown:

Monday: Mr. Personality finally ended. I was a little worried going in to the final episode that Hayley was going to pick the guy in the green mask, Chris. I didn't like this guy, and all his Jedi mind trick B.S., from the beginning. So when Hayley selected Will, the guy in the silver mask, needless to say I was excited. For those of you that don't remember, let me remind you that from the little I knew about Hayley at the show's outset, I predicted that Will would be in her top two, and not solely for his money. I'm happy that I was right because Will struck me as a very classy guy and I hope things between he and Hayley work out.

Tuesday: Team Bad Guy took the field in an attempt to not let the opposing team score twenty runs, score more than ten runs, and lose by fewer than fifteen runs. Surprisingly enough we accomplished most of these goals and even a few more. I must admit that I had a very good feeling prior to the game and we proved that we are not nearly as bad as the first half of the season made us look. Going into the fourth inning we trailed by only a few runs, but had not scored yet. I remember standing on second base saying to myself "I hope we don't get shutout! That isn't even possible!" Luckily I was right once again. Our bats finally came alive and we put up some runs. In previous games when we weren't hitting well, our fielding didn't keep us in the game until we started getting some hits. This game was different though because through four innings we had only one error and had caught every fly ball hit to us. So, with two outs in the seventh inning (the last inning) and trailing by one run, 6-5, with two outs and nobody on base, Brad came to the plate. And with one mighty swing of the bat, Brad tied the game on our last chance and sent the game into extra innings. Unfortunately for us, our luck ran out when they scored three runs and we went down in order. Although this 9-6 loss in extra innings was disappointing, it gave us a glimmer of hope for the future. I'm proud of how much we've improved over the season. I am going on the record right here and now: Team Bad Guy will win at least one game this season!

Wednesday: The season finale of American Idol was the highlight of this day. The final show pitted the flamboyant Clay Aiken against the mountain of a man Reuben Studdard. I've been pulling for Reuben the entire season. In my eyes, he has been the most consistent and has the best recording artist voice of all the contestants. Now before I continue, I must make this clear: I like Clay. I think he is a very down-to-earth person with an excellent voice. I just believe that he didn't have the tonal quality to be the American Idol. So, after an hour and forty five minutes of prolonging a decision that would take sixty seconds to say, Reuben was announced as the winner, which I was very happy about. After watching this reality television show religiously and very intently over the past few months, it led to a discussion between my girlfriend, Sarah (happy now? I said it!), and I about what made this show so interesting and different from the other reality shows. We came to the conclusion that it's just really cool to watch someone, who is as normal as you and I, have their dreams recognized right in front of your eyes and that they did it with their own talent by working hard where nothing was handed to them. I guess it just makes you believe that anything can happen and my extraordinary dreams my come true someday as well.

Thursday: I went on a job interview for a ColdFusion/SQL Development contract. I applied for the position earlier in the week because the position sounded intriguing and was at a widely known company. If the money and the future opportunities were good, I would definitely consider leaving my full-time position here at BioLab. I think the interview went excellent though. I answered the technical questions well and had experience in doing a similar project. I also liked the two gentlemen that interviewed me. They made me feel confident in the fact that the environment would be a positive one and one that I would like to join. No matter what happens, I am proud of what I have accomplished thus far I my career and the manner in which I handled myself during the interview. When I am ready to leave my current position, I am sure that I will be able to find something that will fit my needs and wants.

I wonder if next week will be as eventful?


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