Saturday, July 3, 2010

"Unfortunately, I've Never Been Mistaken for Johnny Depp." -- Gilbert Gottfried




It's the weekend, w00h00! Too bad I have a buttload of work-related obligations to see to... the August newsletters for Piranha, as well as another interview transcript to edit and format. Then there's the camp video, which is moving along nicely. I hope the momentum carries me through to a finished product...

Interesting developments on the "hot dog scandal" front... the big contest is Sunday (noon eastern), and the word from the pres of MLE is that after reviewing the tape, they docked another dog from Conti's total and that's it. The ruling stands, and he'll compete. Which makes me realize that they're hoping that the controversy around Conti will make more people watch. Figures. No sense in disqualifying him for obviously cheating when they could keep him in the event and have ratings go up. Plus, it looks like Kobayashi isn't going to be there, so they need something to boost viewership. I mean, no one else will likely come close to beating Joey Chestnut...

But currently, my YouTube video has over 7,000 views! Thanks in large part to an article about the video on a sports/gossip website called "Deadspin"... here is a link to that article, if you want to read it. They mock the whole situation, calling it a "conspiracy" tape, complete with "back and to the left" references, but hey, it's cool, I guess. It's easy to make fun of competitive eating. In spite of the way they worded the article, I wasn't the one that contacted them - someone else is apparently trying to get the story spread around. Good luck to them.

Another cool detail about this whole event is that now I'm facebook friends with a couple pro eaters, lol. How wild, the way things play out.


So the two eldest Wagner Girls are out of town for another week or so, in Albuquerque, leaving Wifey and I with two less distractions to prevent us from tormenting each other. I think we'll survive... we still have the 4 year old to act as a buffer.

Another cool "cat trap" video surfaced recently... it reminds me of the "cat in the suitcase" version from a couple years ago... I can't find the clip on YouTube, but it's on TBT and Break... I'll embed it from TBT... when I find it on YouTube, I'll replace the embed... I hate the occasional ads...


Yes, I bought a couple more games on Steam... a couple cool puzzle-type games for a couple bucks each, no biggie... one is called Osmos, and the other called Obulis.


Osmos is a very relaxing game... very cool and atmospheric. It can get hard, too... real hard... still, it's nice.

Of course, it's not as fun as playing in the water on the freeway...


Dang. Wonder what engineering snafu led to that chocolate mess? Wild. Actually, Logan would probably be the perfect person to ask about this...

Well, I guess I'll take off now and try to enjoy the rest of the weekend, with my sanity and my marriage intact. Wish me luck.

Dave

4 comments:

Abbie said...

that is insane! so much water!

Rebecca said...

And the poor dude who got out of his car...! Craziness.

Glad to hear that you made some cool connections with the whole hotdog contest mess. Who won the NY contest btw?

Too bad you have a lot of work this holiday. I am glad to have nothing to do. Bliss.

David Wagner said...

OK, my blog is acting crazy... I posted a comment, then checked later and it was gone! Whom do I sue? Such outrage! Harrumph! Harrumph!

Anyway, I mentioned that the winner of the NY event was reigning champ Joey Chestnut, who finished with 54 dogs eaten in ten minutes. The only person who could have given him a run for the money was former champ Kobayashi, who sat out over a contract dispute. But he showed up in the crowd, then after the event tried to rush the stage and got arrested! Go figure, eh?

The guy who cheated in Escondido finished with 20 dogs. I wonder if he cheated in NY as well? He wasn't on screen much during the ESPN coverage...

logankstewart said...

Actually, since I am employed as a highway drainage engineer, I think I would be the perfect person to ask. I saw this video on the fail blog the other day and I thought it was awesome and terrifying at the same time. I'd say the design was probably normal and adequate but some unforeseen/unplanned/unlikely event (i.e. sudden increase in pressure head or insane amounts of rain) led to the destruction. But that's just my own conjecture.