Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Our rental property is becoming one headache after another. I'd say more, but I probably shouldn't.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Who in the world has time to keep updating the world on your boring statuses (stati?) on the myriad of web sites that want to know what you're doing. What with Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and blogs, I just don't have time to update all the crap in my life while attempting to continue doing crap in my life.

Plus, to be honest, I'm just bored with updating people on the things I'm doing. Especially the blog...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Things have been busy around here. We just got back from traveling on Sunday night.

Monday morning Lindsay took me to work, went to the Lakewood house to wait for the duct work cleaning crew. When she got back home Max had deposited his lunch all of the carpet. About 5 times. It turns out he has the flu.

Add that to his list of ailments...

He has a yeast infection on his skin.
He needs eye drops 3 times a day.
He is taking anti-inflammatory pills.
He is taking anxiety medicine.
He has prescription shampoo.
He eats prescription dog food.

And now he has the flu.


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Ahmadinejad released a largely conciliatory recorded statement on state TV, distancing himself from his past criticism of protesters, whom he compared to "dust" and sore losers after a soccer match.

"I only addressed those who rioted, set fires and attacked people," the statement said. "Every single Iranian is valuable. The government is at everyone's service. We like everyone."

Yeah. Pay no attention to him. He like's everyone. He wants to be your pal. Why don't you take off your green head covering so that he can shoot, err, talk to you face to face?

Pay no heed that he's trying to steal the election. Just go about your business and pretend that he's not rounding up anyone who thinks differently. Pretend that he's not trying to cut off all of your lines of communication.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Today was my first day at work. Pretty uneventful for having been out for 3 weeks. That's a good thing.

This weekend was going very well until last night. I did something to tweak my foot and felt a burning in my arch, as if something had stung me there. I took it easy and it happened a few more times, but so far no burning feeling today. It definitely hurts more than it did though. Especially on the heel, where the bruise is. I was back on crutches while at work though and that seemed to help. Now I'll just try to keep it elevated and see how that goes.

Ah, the boring story of an injured foot.

I could sell it for millions. It's gold, Jerry! Gold!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I am so ready to walk again. Hopefully on Friday...

Monday, June 8, 2009

We had an exciting adventure today of the exploding glass shower door. Glass went everywhere. Lindsay has at least a dozen cuts on her arms and legs but is otherwise okay. Not a planned event today.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The offseason for the Cavaliers is a critical one. Not only do they need to fill a lot of spots, but they were exposed badly in the Magic series and need upgrades. The problem is there's not much out there period, let alone upgrades.

The Cavs have the following free agents this year.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Joe Smith
Wally Szczerbiak
Anderson Varejao
Lorenzen Wright

Z and Varejao can opt out but Z would be insane to do so and it looks like Varejao wants to test the market so expect him to opt out on July 1st. If he can find a team willing to pay him $10 million per year then he's gone.

Szczerbiak looks close to done. He'll get nowhere near his $13+ million contract ever again. I think he'll be lucky to get $5+. He's a useful one trick offensive guy to have, but his defense is non-existent. He tries, but sometimes it's painful to watch.

Joe Smith is a good guy to have around, especially if you can get him around the $3 mill/year mark. I'd like to see him come back for next season. He was non-existent in the playoffs though.

Wright was no factor whatsoever and was merely a bench spot filler.

On top of those guys, Ben Wallace is talking about retiring. He's not close to the defender he once was. He has never been an offensive option. Now, with injuries, his body is close to giving out as well. In any case, it's a very long shot that he's with the Cavs next year. His expiring contract is too much of a prize, especially if he retires and takes a buyout. His contract give the Cavs the ability to trade for a $16 million guy for what could be a buyout price of around $7 million. That's a big savings in todays market when nearly all teams are looking to cut costs.

So after all those guys leave or potentially leave, the Cavs bigs will consist of Z and two rookies. Great. That means they'll need to really do some work in the offseason to rebuild the roster.

Here are some guys I think they should target. I'm not willing to break the bank for any of them, with the possible exception being the guy sitting at my top spot.

1. David Lee - He's young and can be a double-double machine. He isn't that great defensively, but then again the Knicks weren't exactly playing any defense anyway, so he might be better in a better system.

2. Charlie Villanueva - He can score the ball but is a soft defender. He has the desired height, and his ability to create his own shot is a plus, but as the Cavs bigs were exposed in the Orlando series, the ultimate need is for a big that can shoot AND defend. Those aren't exactly easy to come by. If Villanueva can ramp up his defensive effort, then he'd be a good fit.

3. Jermaine O'Neal - A very good defender. Has the height and size that the Cavs need. Could play the 4 if the Cavs went big with him and Z. No longer a go to guy offensively. Settles for outside shots too often. He's just the type of player that the Cavs need though when they play a bigger team.

4. Shawn Marion - He's an on the ball defensive stopper. He can play the 3 or the 4, but certainly isn't an ideal fit at starting power forward. He'd be a nice off the bench guy that could pair up with LeBron when the Cavs go small. He makes way way too much money though, and in order for the Cavs to get him Marion would need to be willing to cut at least 50% off his salary.

5. Marcin Gortat - A big white guy to back up the other big white guy. Would be a good backup center who could play 15-20 minutes a game. Doesn't have ideal size as he'd benefit for more muscle to put on top of is 240 lb frame. Has the necessary height and energy that the Cavs need from a bench guy though.

6. Shelden Williams - A pure energy guy. If Varejao goes elsewhere, then Williams could replace him. Not a great offensive player, but a pretty good rebounder. Typically a 15 minute/game guy who will give you about 5 and 5 in that time.

Realistically I think they'll get Villanueva and some scraps and that won't be enough. I'd love for them to pull off some miracle and get Chris Bosh, but that's as likely as Kobe Bryant signing with the Clippers.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

I'm too immobilized to write about all the changes the Cavs need to make this offseason.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Had a moment of excruciating pain last night in my foot but so far not much today.