Monday, July 30, 2007

Funny How Things Just Seemed So Easy When We Were Young

Last Friday, July 20th, I had the extremely pleasure to attend the Dolores O’Riordan concert in San Francisco. She has been on a small North American tour to support her solo independent release, “Are You Listening?” Though it was a small crowd, the energy was intense. I dragged my friend Tara to the concert with me. It is always so refreshing to go with someone who thinks they are as perfect as myself. It makes it that much easier to criticize others. Let me tell you, there were some crazies in the audience. I particularly enjoyed the 50 year-old men and women in front of us who were, to put it loosely, trying to dance. They were so entertaining! They made me happy due to their extreme enthusiasm for Dolores. The concert was a 50/50 mix of old Cranberries standards and cuts from her new LP. She played all of my favorite Cranberries songs except for “Promises,” and sang all of my favorite songs from her solo album, including my favorite b-side, “Willow Pattern.” All in all I had a fantastic evening. The downside was that I had to drive home from San Francisco after the show because I had marathon training in the morning. I got home about 2:00am went to sleep an hour later and was up at 6:00am. I was flat ass tired needless to say!

This week I also got the extremely sad and upsetting news that my Grandma’s cancer had returned. She had been in remission from breast cancer for about a year and a half. She had been complaining of stomach and back pain for a couple of weeks, but the doctor had thought that it might be a result from a car accident she was in a few months ago. After a few tests, it was revealed that her cancer had come back. It is now located in her liver, abdominal region, and one side of her lung. It is devastating news and almost too much to comprehend. She has always been the most active person and healthiest person I have known. Though all nine of her siblings have succumbed to this vicious disease, it is still difficult to accept. My Mom and Dad just returned from visiting my Grandma, and they said that there is a noticeable difference in her appearance and attitude in a mere two weeks since we last saw her. I pray that when she does pass, it was we painless and swift. Cancer is such a fucked up disease. It can just sneak up on it’s unsuspecting victim, and once diagnosed, it can be too late to successfully take any type of measures to eradicate.

It is extremely hard to put into words how much my Grandma means to me. I think that this song, no matter how cheesy it is, sums up my relationship with her. There really is nothing better than her on the phone. She is so compassionate and non-judgmental; pretty much the only person in my family that I can speak openly and frankly with.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Lamest Excuse Ever...

It comes from the Lohan camp -

"The cocaine found in pocket of her jeans is not La Lohan's. She was wearing someone elses jeans."

Well This explains it all! The cocaine must be Paula Abdul's because they wear each others clothes.

Both Lindsey and Paula need to star in their own Intervention episodes on A&E.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Meltdown #1

I resisted the laughter until 'YOU GUYS, PLEASE, IM TRY'N TO TELL A GOD DAMN STORY!'

Questions I have for Paula:

1) What studio hires someone to be the Executive Producer, Choreographer, Costume Designer and Doll designer? Don't you think that there are too many feathers in your cap?
2) Why am I laughing uncontrollably when you yell at your staff?
3) Are there pain pills and booze in your purse? It sure seems that way due to the fact that you had to grab your purse when you went into your bedroom.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Announcement, Announcement, Listen Up Y’all

That is right, I, Ryan A. Schmidt will be training for a marathon beginning next Saturday June 21, 2007. I have teamed up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training. They are the world's largest endurance sports training program. The program provides training to run or walk marathons and half marathons or participate in triathlons and century (100-mile) bike rides. Have any of you ran a marathon in the past? I am sure that I have a whole lot of work ahead of me. I am glad that I have lost 70lbs within the past 18 months. Now I don’t have to carry that load of crap with me while training. Damn I was a fuckin’ fat ass at 260lbs. Well I think I am going to start another blog to highlight my training.
I will be running the California International Marathon on December 2, 2007.
Here is the course map! Enjoy.

Things I Wish I Could Take Back This Week...

1) I wish I could take back the time that I spent my hard earned $10.00 to see Transformers.

2) I wish I could take back the time that I spent my hard earned $10.00 to see 1408.

3) The week is not even half over so I know that there will be additions to this list.

EDIT - 10:01pm Wednesday July 11, 2007

4) I wish I could take back the 10 minutes that I wasted when watching the last ten minutes of America's Got Talent. I then turned it to PBS and began to watch a miniseries about the Mormons. At least it is historical and educational. Those Mormons are so damn crazy. Why the hell would you settle in the Great Salt Lake Basin? God must have hated them. It was the land nobody else wanted. Okay, maybe I should take those last few sentences back...

This miniseries reminded me of a great book I read a few years ago called Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows . Extremely Fucked up. Killing and hacking up unarmed innocent women and children. I don't think that Joseph Smith would have approved of these actions. Oh, that reminds, me I haven't watched the newest episode of Big Love this week.