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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Long time no see.

I spent yesterday volunteering my sailing skills to Access To Sailing. (If you don't feel like clicking the link, it's a non-profit that provides sailing opportunities to the disabled). For some reason, I get a strange vibe from them whenever there are no disabled persons around. For instance, their flagship ship is named "Zij Naplno" (Czech for "Live to the fullest") and the two directors have young Czech girlfriends. Were they dontated along with the boat? One of them seems to live onboard...at the prime 60' Shoreline Village dock provided free by the City of Long Beach. Altruism is dead.

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Still recovering from last month's marathon, I finally went to see my doctor today Re: a broken bone in my foot. My doctor dislikes me strongly, and made me sit through this story about the very first marathoner before providing any treatment:

The modern Athens Marathon commemorates the run of the soldier Pheidippides from a battlefield at the site of the town of Marathon, Greece, to Athens in 490 B.C., bringing news of a Greek victory over the Persians. Legend has it that Pheidippides delivered the momentous message "Niki!" ("victory"), then collapsed and died, thereby setting a precedent for dramatic conclusions to the marathon.

As I figured, the x-rays were negative, although he thinks I have a small break that was not visible. No running for 6 weeks.

Friday, March 12, 2004

Well this whole Quizno's thing was certainly fun. My Blog went from 3 readers per day to over 100. I am a little surprised at how few people made it over to my webpage. How can anybody resist reading a page called takealotofdrugs.com? Sure it's not very interesting...but I pay $8 a year for that name. Some traffic would be nice.

In recent news: I made an unsuccessful run for both President of the United States and California State Assembly (68th district) on the Libertarian ticket. I think if Nico had written me in for State Assembly, I would have won the nomination. Maybe if I campaign a little harder next time...

Monday, March 01, 2004

I realize I said I was not going to write about the Sponge Monkey...so I won't. Evidently, I had another typo: They are really called Spong Monkeys (or maybe it's one work: Spongmonkeys). I guess it's supposed to rhyme with pong. I have no idea what that means. But anyway, I've had a few requests to make my guitar tab a little clearer. Feel free to email me with any corrections. If you like my tab, please donate to the boat fund>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

E.......A ......B................E
..............We love the subs
E.......A.......B................E
..............Subs are a dollar off
E.......A.......B................C#
When you bring in coupon
C#.............B...............C#
..........................For things to eat or oil changes
B
or pony rides or for hairplugs
E........A......B................E
................Any coupon works
E........A.......B...............C#
Beware of paper cuts
C#.......B.......................E
The Quizno Subs
E A B E


I play the chords like this
E A B C#
-- -- -- --
-- -- -- --
-- -- -- --
0--5--7-9
2--7--9-11
2--7--9-11


Hopefully, this will be my last Spong Monkey entry. Here is a neat marketing lesson: Also, believe it or not, there is some classic marketing strategy going on here. As others have pointed out, this spot—unlike shock-spots with, say, flatulent horses—actually centers on product attributes. We're told that Quiznos subs are tasty, crunchy, warm, and toasted. We're introduced to the concept of the pepper bar, which one imagines is a bar stocked with a menagerie of peppers. (Not really my thing, but still, a selling point of sorts.)