I’m in a Bad Mood

I got some bad news today…really bad news! I hate getting this kind of news, but I hate the fact that I can’t control my environment more. I really can’t talk about it here, but all I can say is that I have a very good friend that I’m going to miss seeing…YOU WILL BE MISSED!



Happy Birthday to my daughter, Kiara Anne. She has been my reason for getting up in the morning, the reason I come home, and the reason I strive to be the best I can be. Kiara, I love you, and hope that I don’t disappoint you ever.


Happy Work Anniversary to Me!!!

Six years ago today, I started working for Data Planners, Inc.. I’ve come a long way since walking into these doors. I’ve made a lot of progress, and I’ve got a long way to go. It has been great working here, and I hope to continue that great working relationship with this company. Thanks Joanne, Ken, Shirley and Bill!


Where in the World is Ray Bilyk?

I haven’t been blogging much because I’m currently out of town on business. (Two weeks ago, I was in Ohio.) I miss internet access when I’m out of town. This hotel has wireless access, but now I think that my wireless card craps out on me when my computer ‘warms up’. I keep having to remove it and reinsert it. It’s frustrating! This is reason 387 why I need a new laptop…


Dish Network and Viacom reach agreement…Comedy Central is BACK!

I turned on my television this morning and saw that Comedy Central is back! Dish Network (EchoStar) and Viacom have reached a long term agreement. When I checked the Dish Network website, they stated that customers will get a $1 credit plus a free Dish Network ON DEMAND Pay-Per-View movie. I ended up losing a local channel during this 36 hour ordeal, but even with that, I survived. I would have been angry if I couldn’t get Comedy Central after a week or so, plus March Madness would have been a problem. Get more info from Charlie Ergen, CEO of DISH Network, here and a press release from Viacom here.


Bowl-A-Thon Update: Boy, was I WRONG!!!

In a previous entry about the Michigan Squires Bowling Tournament, I said that they raised over $1000.00, but I was off a bit… THEY RAISED $3564.50 !!! Great job to every Squire (and Counselor) in the Great State of Michigan!


What ever happened to Steve from Blue’s Clues?

I’ve heard rumors left and right about Steve from Blue’s Clues over the years. Most of them I pass off as wacko rumors. Earlier today while viewing some weblogs, I came across Developing Storm, which had a link to Steve Burn’s website. Apparently, he’s been working on a music album. You’ve gotta read some of his site to get into his head a bit. I wasn’t a big fan of his on Blue’s Clues (mostly because I’ve been forced to watch the show due to a almost 2 year old daughter and young niece), but now that I’ve been to his site and listened to his music, I’m a fan of his! I always thought that he was too squeaky clean for my tastes, but now I know he has a weird side. STEVE…YOU ROCK!


SCO sues DaimlerChrysler over Linux

According to USA Today, SCO Group sued DCX and AutoZone in a effort to collect royalties from anyone using the Linux OS. Give me a break! SCO! Yea, I’m talking to you! Give it a rest!!! Stop trying to sue companies in order to make money for your company!!! What I found interesting in the blurb in the newspaper was that SCO reported Wednesday that they had a $2.3 million loss for the quarter ending January 31st. As a result, “…SCO shares fell 14% to $11.59.” Wouldn’t it be cool if DaimlerChrysler or even IBM bought out SCO Group to end this all?


Eisner out as Disney Chairman, but still CEO

Yesterday, almost half of Disney shareholders meeting in Philadelphia chose not to vote Michael Eisner back on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company, which sent the board to remove him as Chairman, but he stays on as CEO…for now. The board announced former politician George Mitchell as the new Disney chairman, even though 24.1% chose not to vote him back on the board either. Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, son of the co-founder of the Walt Disney Company, and a former Disney director (along with former director Stanley Cold) ran a semi-successful campaign to remove Eisner completely from the board of directors. Sorry Michael, you did Disney proud for a while, but you might want to get out before you get kicked out. I know if I had a company that needed a guy it all, I’d give Eisner a call right about now. You never know…you might see him back. After all,…(hear comes the groan)…It’s a Small World after all…. UPDATE: I was just listening to CNN Headline News. Michael Eisner was making comments about what happened to him. He stated that the Chairman/CEO split was something that the board was considering for a while. Sure Michael…right….


Bowl-A-Thon Results

This past weekend, the Squires and Counselors from Fr. Daniel A. Lord Columbian Squires Circle #801 traveled to Lansing, Michigan, to participate in the Michigan Columbian Squires State Bowling Tournament and Bowl-A-Thon for Special Days, a camp for children suffering with cancer. Over $1000 was raised, and everyone had a great time for a good cause. All three games were done as Cosmic Bowling, which means that the lights are turned off, and some of the balls ‘glow’ due to black lights that are placed throughout the bowling center. The third game was a 9 pin no-tap, which means if you get 9 pins on your first ball, it counts as a strike. I never do well in either one of those. The scores reported from the Royal Scot Bowling Center in Lansing for Circle #801 (including me) will be announced shortly.

UPDATE: Bowling Results
Here are the bowling results:
“Sugar” Sean Roland (Circle Deputy Chief Squire): 36+26+39=101
Brian “Big Show” Hopper (Area Chairman & Circle Chief Squire): 96+96+91=283
Bruce “Our Olympic Hero” Hopkins (State Chief Squire of Michigan): 94+110+110=314
“Stone Cold” Ray Bilyk (aka The Lion King) (Counselor): 173+169+127=469
The boys did well, but I was pretty embarassed considering I have a 300 game under my belt. Oh well…

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