Mark Richards


Monday, March 28, 2005

Too Much School For Me

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate a close friend of mine. Last week, Lee was accepted to the doctoral program at UGA for economics. Even better, it looks as if he is going to choose UGA and move down to the Dirrty Dirrty (the Dirrty South for all you non-natives) for the next five years! While going to school for as long as he has been, and as long as he plans to be, is not the least bit enticing to me, I am extremely happy. I know this is what he really wants to be doing.

Lee is one of my oldest friends, and probably the closest mutual friend of Sarah and mine. Although he will not be living in Atlanta exactly, Athens, Georgia is only a short drive away. I guess there is even a chance that he would look for work during the summer down here in the big city.

This is so cool!

Monday, March 21, 2005

I'm Dope

For those of you who did not know how dope I am, check this out:

  • Look at me in this pic. Could someone not dope pull that pose off?

  • When I do a web search, I do it in style. Now that is hip.

  • I know all the latest forms of communication. Fresh.

  • At this very moment, I am wearing a DKNY shirt with hints of both purple and pink in it. Only the dopest of all the dope can go there.

  • Check out this pic. Note the visor.

  • That is it. The votes are in, and I am fresh!

    In the words of one-hit wonder hip-hop artist Skee-Lo, "Ah yes, ain't that fresh. Everybody wanna get down like that."

    Saturday, March 12, 2005

    Misconstrued Quote of the Weekend

    "Always wait until the last moment to wash your berries."

    Rachael Ray
    30-Minute Meals

    Wednesday, March 09, 2005

    Terrific Tuesdays

    I really enjoy Tuesdays. Currently my Tuesdays include ballroom dance lessons and The Amazing Race. In a few weeks, the dance lessons will be complete and softball will be back in full pun intended. Domino's pizza has a commercial talking about how much Tuesday sucks, but for me, it is a day that I look forward to the entire week.

    Why ballroom dance lessons? So Sarah and I do not look like fools during the first dance at our wedding reception. Thus far we have learned the Foxtrot, Swing, and the Waltz. As far as wedding dances go, the Foxtrot is where it is at. It is a versatile dance that is controlled, elegant, and smooth...perfect for a multitude of songs. Swing is always fun, but it is much more difficult to look good swing dancing due to the upbeat tempo of the music. The Waltz sucks...bottom line. I am not sure what exactly makes the Waltz so unbearable, but I think it is the accompanying music. I find it very humorous to watch the facial expressions and body language of my fellow classmates when we begin going over the Waltz. It truly is a life draining experience.

    I would consider myself a reality TV buff. I have seen many of the programs that stations have to offer and would consider myself an aficionado. For the longest time, if asked the question "What is the best reality show on television?", the response would have been Survivor. Ask the same question now and my answer would be The Amazing Race. I have thought long and hard about what makes The Race so enjoyable to watch and I think that I have narrowed it down to a few points including the awesome destinations, the unique and creative challenges, the non-torturous environment, and the fact that anything actually can happen. If I had the chance to be on any reality show, this would be it. I know I would do well on Survivor, but The Race is a different sort of beast. In The Amazing Race, you can outwit, outplay, and outlast (so goes the Survivor motto) and still lose because your stinkin' cab driver gets stuck in traffic...will not drive up on the curb to go around...because he cannot understand a word you are saying...because you do not speak the same random language he speaks...nor does he care since it is not his race for $1 million. I just flat out love it!

    Softball is right around the corner and I am pretty jazzed up about it. From what I am hearing, I will be playing shortstop this year, which is the only position I never played growing up. During our practices over the past few weeks, I spent most of my time fielding ground balls at short, getting used to the angle of the throw over to first base, and turning double plays. For the most part, I feel very comfortable. More comfortable than I expected actually. I have also been pleasantly surprised at the fielding range I have. Since losing a bunch of weight over the past 2 years, my reflexes are much improved and my movements are quicker and more crisp. I am very confident about my new role. My preseason prediction for Team Bad Guy is 7-3. Bring it on! I love a challenge.

    Tuesday rocks!

    Monday, March 07, 2005

    Odd Scholarships

    What is odd about these scholarships is that there is nothing scholastic about them. If you are a tall male (6'2" or taller), a tall female (5'10" or taller), or are simply left-handed, you already qualify, so apply now!