Saturday, December 31, 2005

2005 In Review

I can’t imagine a better way to close out the year than copying Sarah:

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Damn. The question isn’t “what did I do”; the question is “what didn’t I do”? (Please don’t say we’re not going to take the car home…) I got married. Check out the archives for the rest.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn’t really make any last year. I was perfect, or so I thought.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
My niece is cuter than your niece.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
A few relatives. A few friends. Rest in peace, everyone.

5. What countries did you visit?
Alaska is a different country, right? I know Italy is, and parts of Canada might be.

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
A 2006 calendar. And mo’ money.

7. What dates from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 9th. The day I ate more vodka-soaked swedish fish than anyone on earth.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I done gots my wife knocked up!

9. What was your biggest failure?
Well, I haven’t gotten this semester’s grades back yet, so I’ll let you know which final wins this award when I do.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Both, along with “insult” added to them.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A bow tie. It fits in so well with my NPR-listening, port-drinking, business-section-reading lifestyle. And it’s from Rome.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Cecilia and all the others who danced like rock stars at my wedding. And Esther who didn’t because of #3.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Drugs and illegal firearms. And by that I mean food and education.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving in below friends and fellow-bloggers who like fire pits and drinking good booze as much as we do.

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
Ben Fold’s, The Luckiest, as sung by Lou.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? A touch thinner, but it’s been quite a ride.
c) richer or poorer? Richer, and not just because of my lexis nexis points.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent Christmas among family, exactly like I wanted. Lisa worked quite a bit, since she’s low man on the nursing totem pole, but despite that I think we did most everything we wanted to. Except she never made any white trash.

21. How will you be spending New Years?
I’m going to a friend’s dressy fancy-pants party tonight, much to the dismay of my family. I hope they save me some brisket.

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?
Every day.

23. How many one-night stands?
Shhh… my wife is reading over my shoulder.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Something off of HBO, probably. Six Feet Under? Carnivale? Scrubs and The Office are definitely up there.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Well, I didn’t know some people this time last year that I do now. I will say that of the people I knew then, I don’t hate them any more or less now.

26. What was the best book you read?
I just finished Wicked and enjoyed it quite a bit. Absolutely nothing like the musical, as it turns out. I re-read American Gods, and am about to start the sequel, Anansi Boys. Oh, and on a friendly recommendation, I did quite enjoy Gates of Fire

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Man, I just generally got a lot of mileage out of downtempo. Most recently, U.N.K.L.E.

28. What did you want and get?
Into law school

29. What did you want and not get?
My grades from law school

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I honestly can’t think of one in particular. I had a great time seeing Sideways with Lisa, Laura and Hoffman, who smuggled a bottle of wine and four glasses in under his jacket.

31. What did you do on your birthday?
My Contracts final. Then drinky drinky with the gang!

32.What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A monkey. But I don’t fault anyone for not getting me one. They’re pricey.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Slightly improved, though I really was looking forward to a green knit sweater with a reindeer on it.

34. What kept you sane?
Louis got me a ps2 as a wedding present. God bless‘em. And Lisa will never, ever know how much I love her days off.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I do have a little crush on Rachel Ray.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Man, too many to list. On a local level, I think the casino has me the most worried.

37. Who did you miss?
Those on whom I flaked. There were quite a few evenings of 44 or poker I missed out on while learning about easements and personal jurisdiction.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
I did make some law school friends – Cliff, in fact, had a new person of his own back in November.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005:
Lefty Loosy, Righty Tighty.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
“If you question what I would do to get over and be with you. Lift you up over everything to light up my room.” (Okay, cheesy, but I’m hooked on this song. And the line does fit. Happy New Year, everyone…)

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Balls out

Lovin’ me some vay-kay right about now. But I miss blogging. I’m back for the foreseeable future. Honestly? I was thinking about shutting down the RT for good. But then I realized I’d actually have to SEE people in order to keep in touch with them, and considering my hectic playboy schedule, I think we all know that’s not likely to happen.

Let’s catch up:
Exams sucked the ever-living ass of the world. I’m still not really sure that I passed a couple of them, but since they sent me a bill for second semester, I’m sure it’ll all work out in the end.
The big 2-8 was more than I deserved. By the end of the day, I was a year older and a box of legos richer. Mom and dad got me the Calvin and Hobbes collection – do you have any idea how many hours of bathroom reading that represents?
Christmas was most awesome, both in the loot department and in the finally-get-to-see-my-family department. I ate such that I should not be alive right now, but here I am, in all my cholesterolish goodness. It’s a Christmas miracle!
Cecilia is doing much better, but I’ll let her tell you all the details when she sobers up. I had an excellent time making fun of her while she was all spaced out on dopamine or hephaestus or crack or whatever it is they gave her to kill the pain.
Have you seen my child?

And finally, since I’ve been away, I notice a few new residents have moved into the neighborhood. Johnny was a college room mate of yours truly and gabby, I notice, still uses the nick-name I gave her back in our canisius years. “R” is a friend from when we were in Little Shoppe of Horrors together in high school, and sweat pea, despite her debilitating addiction to all things Jets has been my friend on the right coast for some time now.

So, how’ve you been?

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Drink more water or exercise a bit or...

Like me, most people this time of year are thinking about shedding a few pounds. Cecilia beat us all this morning when she had her appendix and gall bladder removed. She’s such an over-achiever.

Seriously, though, your thoughts and silent words to the Big Guy are appreciated. In the meantime, she’s doing fine and should be home by tomorrow.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

A Royal Holiday

Dear All,

I’ve come to an extremely difficult decision. Don’t take it personally. Until further notice, I’m shutting the Royal Toybox down.

Well, not really. I mean, it’ll still be here, I’m just not going to update for awhile. Or read anyone else’s for a bit either.

See, exams are coming up. I have three, and each one alone scares me to the core of my soul. In semesters past, I’ve given finals the respect they deserve, and I’ve always ended up in the black. I do my part and they do their part. I study as much as I need to, and they don’t pull my grades down too far.

But, the sadist who invented law school decided to smoosh all the grade-determining action into the final exams. That means I have one, do-or-die opportunity per class to prove to my teachers that I haven’t slacked all semester long. Evil, huh?

And truth be told, I only have x amount of free time during my day, and I just plain spend too much of it on the internets. I write on my blog and read your blog and wish more people would read my blog and wish I was as good a writer as you are on your blog and then sometimes I look for porn.

Allow me a few seconds of sappiness – Now I’m going to be a father. Unless you’ve been there, you have no idea how much that permeates your whole day. I eat, wondering what his favorite food will be. I watch the news, looking for new-parent stories. I listen to music, hoping she won’t be into country western. War scares me more. So does the absence of good cartoons.

Exams, Baby, Scott’s Christmas puzzle… suffice it to say, my mind just isn’t into weblogging. I love the RT, and I’m sure its allure will hit me again soon. Maybe once winter break rolls around? Maybe after Christmas? (Who am I kidding – I’ll probably be back sometime tomorrow.)

Thanks everyone. Talk soon…
-Michael J. Garvey, Jr. M.B.A.

PS. Kudos to Catherine Bridget Dempsey who passed the bar. I’d say she gives me hope, but she’s smarter than I am.

PPS. Kudos to Cecilia who is going back to school.

PPPS. If you really miss me that much, comment here or drop me a line at

PPPPS. Just to keep you cozy through to Christmas, here are a few festivus links: - an advent calendar with legos. - once I have the free time this guy has, I’m sure I’ll post again. make sure your sound is on.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Whaaaah? Two sports posts in a row?

I went to my first ever basketball game the other night here at UB. The good guys (UB Bulls) beat Fresno State, much to the dismay of the two Bulldog fans in the crowd. Not a lot of Fresno-to-Buffalo transplants, I’m guessing.

Man, what an eye-opener. I had no idea people on this campus had so much school spirit. I figured anyone who wore the school’s colors was really just happy they matched jeans so well. But no, not only was there a huge student/community presence in the stands, but judging by their cheers and synchronized dances, they’d been there before. Or else, they got together to rehearse their basketball fan etiquette beforehand.

Anyway, I was much too busy being a nerd growing up to really become interested in sports, and I hated gym class so much I NEVER gave basketball a chance at all. Here’re a few initial thoughts:
--Basketball is like hockey, but with more instant gratification. You’d think that the 80th point scored would be less enjoyable than the 8th, but it really isn’t.
--They don’t sell beer at college games? Pftht… squares.
--I’m used to hockey and football where people wear helmets, or baseball where the players are too far away to see, so I notice that there’s a very tangible proximity the crowd has with the team, simply because you can see facial expressions. I.e. it’s much easier to lip-read swear words.
--I’m the first to admit my bandwagonner status. I went because a friend had gotten free tickets, and the team had only lost one game so far. Would I be as interested if the team sucked? Probably, but I’d be a lot more upset about the no beer thing.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

And we should bring back the Stallions.

I get this forwarded to me once or twice every year, each time with a more convincing rumor that “next year will be the year” we go back to the old Sabres colors.

Take a look at these:

I like them! Like most Buffalonians, I grew up worshiping the old sweaters, and I’d love to see a re-dedication to that style. Undoubtedly, the current jerseys were designed by a marketing master who knew just how to read the numbers and equations and computations in order to pick out the exact motif that’ll make the most bank for the club. And, hey, they worked. I like them (especially the alternate, red suits), and I’m told that for some time they were hot sellers.

But, man, wouldn’t it be cool to see our guys skate out in the old blue and yellow again? Can you imagine how ape-shit crazy this town would go?