More Super Bowl XL

I’m really wishing right now that I would have launched that Super Bowl XL blog I was thinking about back in October. This site doesn’t get many hits, and I’ve made all of 5 Super Bowl posts, and yet I’m still getting traffic. Besides, then Ben Roethlisberger and I could have had something in common.
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Super Bowl Volunteering

If you have a Super Bowl, and no media show up, does it make a sound? That’s the question I was asking myself during my volunteer shift yesterday morning. My gig was from 7:00am until 12:00pm at Metro Airport. My assignment: to ride the shuttles with media from the airport to their hotels in Detroit and Livonia. During my 5 hour shift I encountered exactly 5 media (not counting Pat Vitaly from WWJ) at the Macnamara Terminal. Needless to say it was a little boring.

Now clearly there are media in Detroit, and they are here for Super Bowl XL. Some have written positive things, others have written realistic things, and others have just been mean. But where how were they getting in without being seen? From what I was able to gather by eavesdropping on various conversations, the people in the terminals (like gate agents and such) didn’t know about the media shuttles departing from the baggage claim area. So it seemed that some members of the media were being directed to conventional ground transportation instead of the shuttles.
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Another milestone

The crib is gone. My little girl, my youngest, my princess, has moved on from the crib to the “big-girl bed.” Seeing as Mrs. Billfer and I are both content with the familiy as it stands, the chances of me re-assembling the crib are small. In addition to the big bed, she is pretty close to being completely potty-trained with diapers only worn as a precaution at night.

With the crib gone, and the diapers dwindling, the last vestiges of baby-ness are leaving the house. While that does make me a little sad, it is more of a relief than anything else. A relief in the sense that we got through it. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed both my kids as babies and I look back with fond memories. But it is time to put that in the past…at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

SB XL Pep Rally

On Saturday I attended the very, very, long pep rally for Super Bowl XL volunteers. I know in my last post I was pretty critical of the process. However, after seeing the magnitude of what they’re trying to manage, I have a little more sympathy. I understood all along that there were 8000 volunteers, but I guess seeing them all in one place kind of put it in perspective.
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Dude, Suit Up

Often times people ask me, “Billfer, what is your favorite sitcom?” In the past it has been hard to choose because there were so many good ones. Lately though, the offerings have been limited to say the least. Fortunately I found How I Met Your Mother and it has quickly become my current favorite. The characters are all likable and Neil Patrick Harris’ slimeball horn-dog Barney is a regular scene stealer.
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The show even has a legitimate babe in Cobie Smulders. Smulders, while not necessarily hot in the classical sense is definitely diggable. And, I don’t know if it is the character or Cobie, but there’s just something there that makes her very appealing.

Now I don’t know how long the show will last. The premise of Bob Saget telling his kids about his past exploits could get old. In the meantime though, I’m going to enjoy the show and read Barney’s Blog.

The assignments are out

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a Super Bowl XL volunteer. Back in the fall I remember being impressed with the organization of the volunteer coordinators, and being really excited to be part of the event. All that has diminished in the last few months.

I received my assignment yesterday. The assignments were supposed to have been sent out at the end of November. The tardiness wouldn’t bother me so much, because it is a monumental task. However, there was absolutely no communication about the delay. No emails, letters or phone calls and the volunteer website was taken down.

As for my actual assignment, I can’t complain too much. The shift I was assigned was a shift I signed up for. However, it is only one shift. Way back when it was time to sign up, it was required you sign up for at least two shifts. I’m somewhat disappointed to only get one.

That disappointment about only one shift is compounded when you take into account the amount of training that is required. First there was the customer service training – which was 3 hours long. And then there is the mandatory pep rally. The mandatory pep rally is 4 hours long if your name is in the first half of the alphabet (3 if it is in the second half). I shudder to think how mind numbingly boring a 4 hour pep rally will be. Not to mention the fact I have to commit 7 hours of training to do a single 5 hour shift.

And then there is the issue of parking for the pep rally. The pep rally is at Ford Field, and parking is provided. However, there is only one small lot East of Woodward available. The rest of the lots are in the Cass/Grand River area. Why couldn’t the lots around Ford Field and Comerica be made available?

I know it sounds like a lot of bitching about something I volunteered to do. I new about the two meetings in advance (not the length of them though), but I expected more volunteer time. I’m still looking forward to my assignment, but all this other stuff sure is dampening my excitement.

Loving Lost

I hate when I’m late to the party with a show. I missed the first several seasons of the West Wing (partly out of a strange protest because Aaron Sorkin stopped doing Sports Night to focus on West Wing), and I still haven’t see the Sopranos. However, I put my time off to good use as Mrs Billfer and I dove into Lost.

We have knocked out half of the first season in the span of 5 days. Sure we’ve lost some sleep, but how do you turn it off? Not since that first season of 24 have I been this captivated by a show.

The question is, now that we’re hooked should we start watching season 2 midway through? Will we have missed too much, or will it compromise our enjoyment of the first season? Should we just wait until Season 2 hits DVD and watch it in the proper sequence?

Boy I Suck

So I start a blog, and 6 weeks later I go two weeks without posting. Well, TV for Tots has plateaued at about 110 visits per day. I haven’t really pushed that blog like I should have the last couple weeks. I stopped pushing new and different content (branching beyond the same handful of shows I’d been blogging about), which squelched additional keyword potential. Even still, the Christmas shopping ad revenue didn’t roll in like I’d hoped it would.

In the meantime I had another rather successful blog launch in Baseblogging. Right now the hits are coming in surges, but I’m building an audience and learning more along the way. In fact, a well written well timed post resulted in my first 1000+ hit day. A post about accounting for bloggers written by Brian of Tigerblog was wildly successful. On the same day the Tigers were kicking up the heat on the hot stove which resulted in a surge on the Tiger site (600+ visits in a day, my biggest day ever).

So blogging has been successful other places, just not here.

Early Christmas Present

Mrs. Billfer and I decided that we needed to upgrade our digital camera. Our 5 year old HP 2.1 megapixel camera had served us well for thousands of pictures, but we really wanted more. Our Christmas present this year is a new digital camera.
Red Cardinal

After a weekend of research we (by we I mean me) narrowed it down to 3 cameras. The Kodak Z7590, the Canon Powershot S2, and the Panasonic FZ5 (aff links). Despite knowing people who had the Kodak and the Canon – and were thrilled with them – we went with the Panasonic. The Kodak was cheaper, but didn’t offer image stabilization. The Canon had a couple more whistles – like the swivel out LCD and a better movie mode, but the cost was outside of our price range. We split the difference and went with the Panasonic. It’s movie resolution is the lowest of the 3, but we weren’t buying a movie camera. It has 12x optical zoom and 5 megapixels. These shots I took this morning on pure automatic mode, and I have to say I’m pretty happy.

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More on the Man Baby Shower

The more I think about this baby shower for dads, the more I realize the genius in it. In our circle of friends all the guys are married now – so no more bachelor parties that we have to go to (sigh). These baby showers will fill the void (without extreme debauchery of course). It’s gonna be a thing!

We’ll be throwing one this weekend for a friend who’s wife is having a scheduled c-section. I’m thrilled at the prospect of telling everyone we meet that it is “Joe’s Baby Shower.” Now we just need to think of activities. Any suggestions?

Putting the SFW in NSFW