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Preferred draft spot

29 August 2011 - 01:25 PM

10-team league, each team gets to protect 3 players from the previous year's roster. We use normal serpentine draft order. I get to select my draft position first, so I can choose 1.1 to 1.10...anywhere in between. Because there are so many top players not in the draft pool, the first round doesn't carry quite as much punch. For instance, 1.1 may very well be someone like McFadden or SJax. Am I better off going 1.1, 2.10, 3.1...or should I choose to draft later in the first round? If so, where? TIA.

Good friend just shot and killed an intruder

24 August 2011 - 12:40 PM


Free Eyeglasses Today (4-26-11)

26 April 2011 - 08:08 AM

Coastal Contacts is giving away 10,000 pairs of free eyeglasses today. I just ordered an $88 pair for the cost of shipping ($16). All you have to do is select a pair of glasses that allows coupon discounts, put in your prescription and enter the code AMERICAFREE at checkout. Most everything with a sale price under $150 qualifies. Probably not going to be the absolute best quality (though they do carry plenty of popular brands) and you have to get the regular lenses to really take advantage of the discount (though you can pay for the upgrade), but this is a great way to get an extra pair of glasses for under $20.

Another thread about putting a pet down...

11 February 2011 - 02:43 PM

R.I.P. - Chloe
April 1, 1999 - February 10, 2011

I knew it would be coming sooner or later but didn't realize 6 weeks ago it would be this soon.

My wife and I got this little dog about 9 months after we got married. Chloe was with us almost 12 years. She was our "kid" before we had our three children. She gradually took a back seat to the kids in terms of the attention she received, but she was a constant in our house - usually sitting under the table waiting for a kid to drop something or curled up in her bed in the laundry room.

Losing this little dog has been tough because it seems like the end of an era. I think back to first getting her - kennel training, reading books on how to care for a dog, teaching her to walk on a leash - and I'm going back to the time of being a newlywed. That little dog reminds me of living in our first 2 bedroom house, without kids - just me, my wife, and Chloe. In a lot of ways, she was the only thing that was still a link back to that time in our lives. Now that she's gone it feels like that entire era is officially over.

She had been doing pretty good from a health standpoint. The vet told us in December she was beginning to have some heart problems related to a leaky valve. She was on medication and seemed to be having no problems. On Wednesday evening something changed and she started to really labor with her breathing.

I pulled a mattress onto the living room floor and planned to sleep with her that night to keep an eye on her, so my wife wouldn't worry about her all night. By the time we went to bed, I really thought she might not make it through the night. In fact, as the night wore on, I hoped she would go to sleep and not wake up. She was struggling with her breathing to the point she couldn't comfortably lay down. About 1 a.m., she climbed onto the mattress with me and just sat next to me. She managed to doze off a few times but spent most of the night leaning against me trying to get comfortable. I decided about 3:30 am that if she made it through the night I would take her in to be put to sleep first thing in the morning. It killed me to hear her struggle all night.

We got up the next morning, and I slowly broke the news to my wife and each one of my kids. They were devastated, but my wife was in complete agreement. They all said their goodbyes, and Chloe got in my car for that dreaded drive.

Chloe suffered with pancreatitis for the last four years, so everything but her prescription dog food had been cut out of her diet. She used to eat cheese as a treat and would come running into kitchen anytime she heard the cellophane being peeled off a piece of processed cheese. On the way to the vet, I fed her her first slice of cheese in four years. I regret the frozen custard place wasn't open that early in the morning. We always got her a "puppy cup" in her younger days, and I always imagined buying her one last puppy cup if I had to take her in to be put down.

The experience of taking a pet into be euthanized is strange. I couldn't believe I was really doing it. I was almost waiting for the vet to talk me out of it or tell me it wasn't quite time, but she just agreed that we were doing the right thing. It's really painful to see your dog lay down on the table and then take her last breath. They die so peacefully, but it feels so unsettling.

I spent the rest of the morning in my frozen backyard, digging through the snow to make a final resting place for our little dog. Tough stuff being a pet owner.

Rest in peace, Chloe Mae.

Why is Facebook worth $25 billion?

07 February 2011 - 09:30 AM

Not sure if that number is accurate anymore, but based on what was discussed at the height of the Social Network buzz, that was the number thrown around. Can someone give me a basic explanation as to how FB is worth that much money? I realize FB has 500+ million users and is one of the most visited sites in the world, but it doesn't appear they leverage advertising to any significant degree (at least that I see). What exactly gives FB its tremendous financial value?