July 27th, 2011
Two universes clashed together today, as my old world clashed into my new world. After spending the morning at EH&S inputting data into an excel spreadsheet, I met up with Geetha at Geisel, before we proceeded to Panda Express/Subway for lunch. I got Subway which was much of an inferior product in comparison to her delicious Panda Express. We went back to my place where she did homework while I "caught up" in Breaking Bad (I haven’t quite finished completely yet though, sadly). When she departed, I talked to Tyler & Lauren for quite a long while, before Leandro, Torrie Bear, and Howard picked up us to go get dinner at…. Five Guys. It was ironic because five of us guys were there (not including Lauren obviously). There, the universe of my old roomies (Torres/Howard/Leandro) clashed with the universe of ultimately my new roomies (Tyler/Lauren). It was nice though as I ran into Tiffany and Spencer while there. We got our food to go, Leandro departed to pick up Alexis, and we all hung out subsequently for a bit.
Round 1. Catan. Winner: Tyler Nelson. It was a shame, because I had 9 points for a majority of the game, but still ended up losing. Leandro came back immediately after we finished Catan, and subsequently he opened up his birthday gift, excited to see both a Lakers shirt and a Lakers poster. HIP HIP HOORAY!
Round 2. Poker. Lauren left at this point because she realized it was too much of a manly endeavor. Tyler ended up winning yet again. The elimination in order being: Howard, me, Leandro, & then John Torres. Even though John Torres had no idea what he was doing, he still ended up losing.
Round 3. Bang. All of us minus Lauren played bang. The first round, the sheriff ended up dying extremely quickly (the sheriff of course being Tyler Nelson). Finally he loses a game.
Round 4. Bang yet again. In what would have been a short game, all I had to do as Deputy was to help kill the remaining Outlaw (Tyler), but because I was in an alliance with him I didn’t end up attacking him the entire game. Instead, I let Howard (the sheriff) and him battle it out back and forth the entire game, as I just messed around the entire time. I could tell Howard was a bit frustrated, but he still ended up winning. Subsequently, I finally won the game as of that round.
When they all departed, we all said our goodbyes and I would ultimately call it a night.
On this day in 1974, the House Judiciary Committee recommends that America’s 37th president, Richard M. Nixon, be impeached and removed from office. The impeachment proceedings resulted from a series of political scandals involving the Nixon administration that came to be collectively known as Watergate. The Watergate scandal first came to light following a break-in on June 17, 1972, at the Democratic Party’s national headquarters in the Watergate apartment-hotel complex in Washington, D.C. A group of men linked to the White House were later arrested and charged with the crime. Nixon denied any involvement with the break-in, but several of his staff members were eventually implicated in an illegal cover-up and forced to resign. Subsequent government investigations revealed "dirty tricks" political campaigning by the Committee to Re-Elect the President, along with a White House "enemies list." In July 1973, one of Nixon’s former staff members revealed the existence of secretly taped conversations between the president and his aides. Nixon initially refused to release the tapes, on grounds of executive privilege and national security, but a judge later ordered the president to turn them over. The White House provided some but not all of the tapes, including one from which a portion of the conversation appeared to have been erased. STILL A GOOD PRESIDENT.
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has fresh bragging rights after picking up what is surely a coveted endorsement on Monday. Cory Adams – the Republican chairman of Story County in Iowa – endorsed the Texas congressman’s presidential bid at a campaign event in Ames, Iowa. That’s significant for a few reasons. Ames is the largest city in Story County, home to over 50,000 residents. And it is in this city that a widely-watched showdown between the GOP presidential candidates will play out on August 13. The Ames Straw Poll will test the candidates’ popularity and could be a sign of their electability. Having the endorsement of such an influential political figure in and around Ames will surely give Paul’s campaign something to boast about as it aims for a strong showing in that contest. HOPEFULLY HE WINS…