Week 69 of 213: It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them

Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 69 of 213 (976 more days until military retirement). I selected the quote of the week in honor of the Pantig and Crispino families for visiting us out here on the left coast. This week’s blog features Grandma K, the Pantig family, and a Crispino. Additional topics: UFC 164, Syria, the return of college football, and a summary of the past few weeks.

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Grandma and Grandpa K
Grandma and Grandpa K

Audrey Smith Kilar’s Birthday Anniversary.

Grandma K would have been 87 years old on August 25th. She taught me how to read, how to enjoy books, and how to put up with a spouse for 50 years. My fondest memories of Grandma involve her playfully arguing with Grandpa. At the time I hated how she forced me to read and eat vegetables, but she helped make me who I am today. I still hate Brussel sprouts.

The family has been fortunate enough to have friends visit us from San Antonio and Ann Arbor. Alas, their time with us is short, and we are reminded that we are, for the most part, isolated on the left coast with only vestiges of the happiness in our former lives appearing in fleeting moments. We have friends here, but it is hard to let go of six years of memories in our beloved Alamo City 1,352 miles away.

XMA Certification Camp, North Hollywood. August 30 & September 1, 2013.
It’s a Talented Summer, Park La Brea. August 28, 2013.
Summer Concert in the Park, Santa Clarita. August 24, 2013.
Bruce Lee Memorial, Chinatown. August 11, 2013.
Onizuka Monument, Little Tokyo, L.A. August 11, 2013.
OCMA ATA Tournament, Anaheim, CA. August 10, 2013.

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Why So Syria?

It looks as if the left and the right can agree that firing off missiles at Syria is a bad idea. In case you have not been paying attention to the news other than Miley Cyrus’ twerking and Johnny Manziel‘s jerking, Syria used chemical weapons on its own people for the first time in its two-year civil war. Normally Americans do not care about civil wars in the Middle East. Now all of a sudden, America cares about the atrocities, but not enough to go to “war”. [reference article: “The Best of the Internet’s Reaction to Obama’s Plans to Bomb Syria”. Buzzfeed. August 31, 2013]

Admin Error Sends Bradley Manning to Death Row, Nidal Hasan to Gender Reassignment Surgery

Due to an administrative error at Fort Leavenworth prison, Major Hasan will be getting a gender reassignment and Private Manning will be getting a death sentence. Due to sequestration budget cuts, the Army will not be correcting the mistake. [reference article: “Admin Error…”, Duffelblog, August 30, 2013]

Rest In Peace Zombie Neil Armstrong

This is why we should be careful of getting news from social media! Thanks to a misunderstanding, news of Neil Armstrong’s death started trending last week–one year after his actual death! If I were Mr. Armstrong, I would be flattered that America honored by life again, but I would also be disappointed that it happened due to an error at USA Today leading to an error in the Twittersphere. [reference article: “Neil Armstrong is Dead…”, USA Today, August 28, 2013]

Math Experts Split a Check

This is how an engineer, a mathematician, a physicist, a computer scientist, and an economist would split a check at a restaurant.

I found this blog from a fellow math nerd and just had to re-blog it. [reference article: “Math Experts Split a Check”, Math With Bad Drawings, August 21, 2013]


Pho bò tái, Mama Hong’s, Burbank
Banana chocolate bread pudding, Republic of Pie, NoHo.
Crying Tiger (Suea Rong Hai).


Successful launch of NROL-65 via Delta IV Heavy

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 here at 11:03 a.m. PDT today. Designated NROL-65, the mission is in support of national defense. This is ULA’s eighth launch in 2013, the 24th Delta 4 mission and the second Delta 4 Heavy launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base. [reference article: “Delta 4 Heavy Rocket Launches NROL-65 Mission”, Space.com, August 28, 2013]

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UFC 164: Pettis vs Henderson
UFC 164: Pettis vs Henderson

UFC 164: Pettis vs Henderson

Wow! Pettis caught Henderson in a double arm bar! I expected a much longer, evenly matched battle again. The rest of the fight card was crap, but at least this was a fight worthy of top billing. I did not predict this fight card very well, but the card sucked any way.

#10 Florida Gators 24, Toledo Rockets 6

College Football

  1. Alabama Crimson Tide 35, Virginia Tech Hokies 10. The Tide looked quite vulnerable up the middle, and the Hokies exposed the Tide’s vaunted defense for the first time in a long time. Christion Jones was stellar in this game. He scored three touchdowns–one by punt return, one by kick return, and one by pass reception.
  2. Ohio State Buckeyes 40, Buffalo Bulls 20.
  3. Oregon Mighty Ducks 66, Nicholls State 3.
  4. Stanford Cardinal – bye.
  5. Georgia Leghumpers 35, Clemson Tigers 38. Ouch! UGly lost a close one to a superior ACC team! Georgia looked good at times, but not so good at other times. UGly is still a dangerous SEC team, but I do not see them challenging Alabama and Texas A&M for the SEC championship. It is still too early to predict how they will fare against South Carolina and Florida in the East, but at first blush I would say that the SEC East is entirely up for grabs amongst the big three contenders.
  6. South Carolina  Gamecocks 27, North Carolina Tarheels 10. The Ol’ Ball Coach should be happy with the win, but should be displeased with the poor conditioning of his star defensive player, Jadaveon Clowney.
  7. Texas A&M Aggies 52, Rice Owls 31. Johnny Football is a toolbag, but he is fun to watch. The Aggies were able to defeat the Owls without half its team, which had been suspended for being idiots. This team is going to wreak havoc on the Crimson Tide if Nick Saban does not fix their defensive issues.
  8. Clemson Tigers 38, Georgia Leghumpers 35. See above.
  9. Louisville Cardinals 49, Ohio Bobcats 7.
  10. Florida Gators 24, Toledo Rockets 6. MVG: RB Mack Brown had 25 carries for 112 yards and 2 TD. MIG: QB Jeff Driskel was 17/22 for 153 yards passing and 8 had carries for 19 yards rushing. Overall the 2013 Gators looked like their 2012 version, but with clean, crisp passing in the flats. At one point, Driskel was 6/6 for over 50 yards passing. In the second half, the Gators went ultra conservative in order to preserve some element of surprise against the Miami Hurricanes next week.
  11. Florida State Seminoles vs Pittsburgh Panthers.
  12. LSU Tigers 37, TCU Horned Frogs 27. LSU looks as if they have reloaded after losing many good players to the NFL draft. This team looked sharper today than Alabama and Texas A&M.
  13. Oklahoma State Cowboys 21, Mississippi State Bulldogs 3.
  14. Notre Dame “Figthing Irish” 28, Temple Owls 6.
  15. Texas Longhorns 56, New Mexico State Cowboys 7.
  16. Oklahoma Sooners 34, Louisiana Monroe 0.
  17. Michigan Wolverines 59, Central Michigan 9.
  18. Nebraska Cornhuskers 37, Wyoming Cowboys 34.
  19. Boise State Broncos 6, Washington Cougars 38.
  20. TCU Horned Frogs 20, LSU Tigers 37. See above.

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