Simulcast blog:  ScottA1A.wordpress.com is going to take the place of this blog.  Reason being, I needed a fresh start for the new goals I’m putting in place for it.  Not only with the same meaningless information be posted here, but also too will be artwork ranging from charcoal sketches to digitial prints on canvas.   Until I make the clean cut, the same posts will show up in both blogs.   Point your browsers to the new site!!

At this current client I’m assigned, working on Fridays is quite enjoyable.  In fact, it’s almost like a social event, with more deskside conversations going on than anything.  There are a mix of folks who don’t work on Fridays as they work more hours Mon-Thur, some take off Fridays and due to those factors, few impactful meetings are planned.  Generally I come in early, watch the Key West Lou Legal Hour on Konk Broadcasting at 10am EST (9am CST), make my rounds to some folks to find out the latest status’ on their projects or issues they are realizing and then off to lunch.  Almost every day lunch consists of a protein shake for me.  I try to eat small but fortified throughout the day.  Breakfast follows my morning Insanity workout and I am a tried and true oatmeal consumer.  I like to arrive home in the late afternoons with about 1200 of my alloted 1700 calories available.

So this weekend, my smokin’ hot wife and I are headed to our favorite restaurant in St. Louis, Iron Barley.  A few years ago, Food Network star Guy Fieri made a stop by this dumpy sort of high-class restaurant for his Diners,  Drive-Ins & Dives show and ever since then, getting a table has been about a two-beer wait.  Small, mismatched and just not too concerned with the decor, Iron Barley owner Tom Coghill has created a treasure in South City St. Louis.  The best dinner we’ve ever had anywhere and a description will be available tomorrow.  Beer of choice will be Cathedral Brewing’s Belgian Abbey Ale, which is hoppy, rich and tasty!

Then, tomorrow we head to Columbia, MO, home of the University of Missouri, to just mess around.  We love going to our favorite pizza place, Shakespeare’s (voted best college hangout by ABC News!) to chow down on some of the best pizza we’ve ever had.  Nothing really special about it, just a nice, tasty, chewy crust and some flavor-popping toppings.   Great beer selections also help out, although I like to start my time at Shakespeare’s with a 24-oz Pabst Blue Ribbon.  If you haven’t tried it in some time, you should, they’ve gone back to their original recipe and it is exceptional!!  Also, you will begin to see more creative commericals from Pabst Brewing as they just hired away one of the top marketing executives who used to work at Anheuser-Busch.   I believe Pabst will make a run at ecclectic, amusing and provacative ad campaigns very soon.

Be sure to check out Key West Lou coming right up in a few minutes!

Cheers!

Making a Switch!

Posted: March 21, 2012 in Life in General, Music, NFL Football

So, I’m putting together a fresh, new blog that is a little less confusing.  The new blog is here:  scotta1a.wordpress.com

I will be redirecting this blog address to the new one at some point, but I want to ensure everyone is able to stay connected if you so wish.  Granted, blog updates have been inconsistent recently, however the uptick of work at the jobsite have made spare minutes rare.

So the big news in the sports world yesterday was this:

That looks strange!

This certainly shifts the balance of power in the AFC (true if Peyton is healthy and back to his old ways).  It sure will be bizarre to see him suit up in the orange and blue of the Denver Broncos.

Hey, if you’re a fan of Pandora Radio, you can check out ScottA1A Radio.  Go to:http://www.pandora.com/#!/stations/play/210591025619250594  and you’ll find a great mix of artists such as Train, Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, Oasis, Dick Dale, IZ, The Fratellis and many more!  I’ve created a station that quenches the thirsts of folks who like to hear sounds from the South Pacific, the Hawaiian Islands all the way to the Gulf Coast, Hispanola, the Florida Keys and the tropics beyond!  You’ll hear a good bit of reggae, some British rock, some Americana and solid rock-n-roll!

Allergies are super heavy here in St. Louis, in fact, weathermen are calling it EXTREME!  Needless to say the Flonase and Allegra are asked to pull double-duty.

Off to get something done…be looking for the new blog soon (scotta1a.wordpress.com)

Later

Changes

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Daydreaming, WTF?

The whole “some days you’re the statue, some days you’re the pigeon” saying certainly is true.  So many small, split-second decisions can make a day good or bad and today I’m a member of the ‘bad’ side.

Getting gas this morning, ticked that prices are where they were, I finish, pay and while leaving, I pull out and just over from me, someone else pulls out at the exact same time.  So in an attempt to keep moving and avoid a head-on, I cut my wheel a little too close and scrape my new car on those gas pump protector bars.  Yep, on the rear passenger side…red scrapes on my white car….sick…feel stupid….just a bonehead thing to do.  So I stopped, cleaned off what red paint I could but I’ve got a pretty good dent or two on the passenger side rear door toward the bottom.  Looks ugly and my ugly mood now matches.  It’s my own fault, I wasn’t truly expecting it but thought my car was smaller than it was.  Geez!!!!  %*@@!!!##!!!    Bad way to start the day.

Other than that, I’ve gotten rid of the Papa Flamethrower label.  To be honest, I don’t have time to get too worked up about politics, inflation, injustice, sports controversies, etc..  No time to pull out the flamethrower and torch everything in front of me.   So, the change to ScottA1A Warped….fits my moods and mental state much better!

I need to go daydream a while….take my mind on a walk around Key West Bight…..I’m off.

Later……..

As I’ve said before, today’s white collar world is one consisting of limited productivity, a semblance of effort with the perception of too many tasks to fit in a normal day.  As a consultant at a huge company (Fortune 20), I have been lucky to have landed in a good department with a Sr. Mgr and Sr. Director who want to do nothing but progress me into more and more responsibility.  Good and bad.

The Good:  I’ve built a good, solid relationship with the senior managers/directors here and that good-will has helped me with a couple of high-profile assignments that I’m flourishing with. 

The Bad:  Those high-profile assignments take all my friggin’ time!!!  I have no time to post to my blog, to check my fantasy basketball teams, not even any time to find a NCAA Bracket Pool!  First time in years I’ve not gotten into a big-money pool.  Probably for the best as my record isn’t too good, I’ve won exactly ONE pool in the past 20 years.  Oh, I’ve had three second place finishes and one third place so there has been some payback, but generally, I get screwed by something ridiculous.  Now I’ll just watch and hope that Kansas loses as soon as possible.  Even when I drop out of the money, as long as Kansas loses, I still feel like a winner!  Hoping for a big U of Detroit upset in the opening round!!! 🙂   If not that, I’ll be the biggest Purdue fan in the country for Rd. 2.

Just a few updates from my extended absence:  Noah, my son who just made the high school golf team (the only freshman, BTW), just shot a 41 in his 9-hole round yesterday.  He’s starting to learn more and realizing how to fix things.  Startling at such a novice level, but he’s really smart (IQ of 167!) so he has the ability to figure things out.  The golf team arrangement is going well, he’s enjoying it.

My daughter Sabrina, Noah’s twin sister, is a competitive dancer and has been for the last 11 years.  Her dance company just had a huge competition here in StL this past weekend and of her 10 dances, half were rated “platinum” and the other half were “high gold”.  Both of which were very good ratings as this group of judges only gave out 7 platinums all weekend long. 

She is trying out for the high school dance team called the “Golden Girls” that perform at halftimes of basketball and football games.  As a freshman, she is probably more seasoned and experienced than any of the returning vets.  She said her chances are good and is pretty confident about it.  Evidently her skills have intimidated a few of the dancers as three who have danced with her in small groups have quit tryouts.  Makes me sad because one of them was my son’s girlfriend!!  She said Sabrina is way too good and was as technically good as she had seen.  Made Sabrina feel good but yet she felt bad for ‘the girlfriend’. 

Key West Update:  All plans are finalized, the last week of June we’re setting a course south, following the trade winds to the island of drink and debauchery!   Probably two 12-hour days of driving will get us there and although we’re hesitant about the drive, we’re certainly looking forward to the challenge!!  Once it gets closer, I’ll reach out to Key West Lou and see if we can arrange some time at the  Chart Room (my favorite drinking establishment!!).

Be sure to check out the Key West Lou Legal Hour on KonkBroadcasting.com Friday morning at 10am Island Time (EST) and 9am St. Louis time (CST).  He’s got some great topics on the docket, you’ll enjoy the information sharing he provides!

I’ve got to get busy, too much to do and not enough time. 

Hey, if you are interested in joining a free fantasy baseball league, check some of my past posts and find the link.  It’s fun, you’ll get to meet (virtually) new people from all over the country and it will give you some players to keep an eye on when Sportscenter is on!

Later Cats!!