Marc’s GChat Status Expanded

Big Marc’s GChat Announcement

Hi everyone,

Most of you have probably noticed a pretty dramatic down turn in the amount of posting this week.

At the beginning of the week it was mostly due to my having the black plague. I’m happy to report that the plague has transformed into a full fledged head cold. Good times for all.

In the last few days however, the reason for not posting has been a bit different.

On Tuesday I accepted a position as Campaign Manager for a House of Delegates campaign here in Virginia. I’m incredibly excited to be jumping back into the craziness that is the campaign world, and this should be a great opportunity to get a lot of good experience.

Unfortunately, as you have seen from the last few days, this also means I have a lot less time to maintain Marc’s GChat Status Expanded. Granted I have been juggling both my current job (which I will leave next Wednesday) and the campaign, but I don’t see the amount of down time at work or free time after work decreasing anytime soon. In fact, I will most likely have much less of both when I transition to full time on the campaign.

Therefore, I have decided to temporarily stop writing Marc’s GChat Status Expanded.

I have about 3000 things to do in the next couple of weeks, and I don’t want to half ass the blog. Until I get a better idea of whether or not I’m going to have time to dedicate to writing, I am going to focus my full attention on the campaign.

If it turns out that I have time to write a couple of blog posts a day, or a week, then I will definitely do so. If nothing else I may pop on from time to time to discuss all the nonsense that the world has to offer.

For the time being though, I won’t be updating Marc’s GChat. The site isn’t going anywhere though. Both versions of the blog will stay online. And hopefully in a few weeks I’ll be able to reassess and figure out the long term plan for MGSE.


March 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Your Moron of the Week: Northern Trust Bank

As I sit here listening to LMFAO’s “I’m in Miami, Bitch!” (exclamation point being part of the song title, not added by me for extra enthusiasm), wishing for the song title to also be my Facebook status and Twitter feed, I can think of only one thing….

A bunch of morons are running Northern Trust Bank.

I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of the readers who selected Northern Trust Bank as last week’s Moron of the Week. The audacity required to spend millions on lavish parties after receiving $1.6 billion in federal bailout money (regardless of whether or not you asked for the money) is beyond comprehension.

So, congratulations Northern Trust Bank!!

Rather than just sitting there, accepting your money, and not doing anything completely stupid, you decided to sponsor a PGA Golf tournament and rent out exclusive clubs and bars for parties featuring 5 star celebrity music artists.

Two thumbs up!

In the worst economic climate seen in decades, it is so nice to have these all to common reminders that some of us are doing just fine, thanks! I am also happy to know that whatever money was spent on said lavish parties represents only a small portion of the money that me and my fellow tax payers are sending your way.

I’m assuming my invite to the Sheryl Crow concert got lost in the mail.

I’m having trouble deciding if this display of wealth is more or less moronic than the automaker CEOs traveling to their Congressional hearings in private jets. Right now I’m putting it just ahead of it, and here is the reason why:

You know that episode of South Park where the kids buy ninja weapons at the fair and stage battles against each other, except Kenny accidentally throws his ninja star for real, right into Butters’ eye? And then they dress up Butters like a dog to take him to the vet because they don’t want the hospital asking questions about what happened because they’ll get grounded? But then Butters wanders off, ends up at a hospital, is mistaken for a dog by the doctors, and is taken to a dog pound?

And remember how they throw him in one of the cages with the other dogs?

The American tax payer is Butters with a ninja star in his eye withering in pain on the floor of the cage. The automaker CEOs are the dog that pees on Butters in the cage. And you, Northern Trust Bank, you are the dog that poops on Butters right afterwards?

Why, because you just saw the Dog pee on Butters, and you should have freaking known better!

So heres to you, Northern Trust Bank, for thinking that any bank at all worldwide should be able to do the sort of things you decided to do while running up an 8 figure bill. Nicely done. And no, it doesn’t matter that you’re going to return the bail out money. You’re like a kid that got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Sure you’re returning the cookie, but you would have eaten that shit in 5 seconds if no one caught you. And no, it doesn’t matter that you used none of the bail out money to fund the parties and such. The general frame of mind when experts say “the banks need help” is that the banks don’t have money to spend on the House of Blues, or Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Hopefully you lock things up and realize what is and isn’t appropriate in these economic times. In the mean time, show your employees the Moron of the Week certificate. They may like that even better than the fancy cars you drove them from party to party in.

Stay tuned for this week’s nominations.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Moron of the Week | , | Leave a comment

OMG, A Blog Post

Yes, yes, you can.

HT: Mal

Hello everyone,

I am terribly sorry for the lack of updates over the last few days. On Monday I awoke to a winter (although some may say spring) wonderland of snow. I was delighted because it meant that I was going to work from home. My delight turned to horror rather quickly when, as the day progressed, I got a horrible sore throat, a pounding head ache, a fever, and my body began to feel like it was on fire. I was full blown sick by about noon. I slept (literally) for 7 hours from noon to seven. Died overnight, and felt a little better yesterday, but not so well that I could go to work or blog.

Today I just have the sore throat and a congested everything to remember the terror of the previous two days, but I am back on the mend and blog posts will be coming. I promise.

After all, we still need to give props to last week’s Moron of the Week, do nominations for this week’s Moron of the Week, and discuss pretty much whatever I decide to word vomit onto the keyboard.

Any suggestions for topics? I’m always open to suggestions.

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Nonsense | Leave a comment

Random Thoughts: As I work from home

Ok, ok, ok, ok, ok,

I’ll update.


I “finally” watched Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer over the weekend. I put finally in quotes because its not as though this was something I had been desperately trying to find time to do. Quite honestly, it was one of the worst piece of garbage movies I have ever seen. Visually it looks fine, but no different than any other high budget sci fi movie that has come out in the last 5 years. The movie had to have been made using one of the worst written scripts of all time because the dialogue is horrendous. It is laughably bad. Whoever wrote the move should have their hands sewn together to prevent them from writing anything else ever in their life. The story is remarkably bad. Nothing about this movie is good.

Even Jessica Alba is unbearable to watch. How bad does a movie have to be for me to not even enjoy watching Jessica Alba in HD? Really, really bad.


I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog yet, but I am running a triathlon in 5 or 6 months. I started training for it a few weeks ago. I haven’t decided which one yet. When I was browsing websites a month or so ago looking for local triathlons I wasn’t able to find any sprints that were in the DC area.

Since then and by talking to people who have run triathlons in the past, I was probably looking a little early for a triathlon in August or September. I’m going to look again in a week or so. That being said, if anyone has suggestions about good sprint triathlons in the area, let me know.


This weather is destroying my soul. Literally. I am normally a very healthy person. However, in the “transition periods” of the year, when going from winter to spring or fall to winter, my body reacts like I’m allergic to life. The constant boomeranging back and forth from sunny and 60 to overcast and 30, with rain, and then snow, is really killing me. I basically have a three week block in February/March and September/October where I sound like a yeti and can’t breathe out of my nose. Lots of fun.

So this little soiree we had with spring last week combined with today’s blizzard makes me want to curl up in a ball and die. I suppose my decision to go out on Saturday without a coat (thinking it was going to be nice like it was during the day, silly me) only to be snowed on while wearing a t shirt and sweater could have had something to do with it. Either way, the weather needs to lock it the hell up and decide what it wants to do with itself.


Fantasy basketball is winding down. I’m in a little bit of trouble. Three weeks out of fifteen are the reason why I currently find myself in a statistical tie for the last playoff spot with only a week or two left in the season. In those three weeks I lost 8-0, 7-2, and 7-2. Ugh. My entire team laid collective goose eggs. Now all of the hard work in assembling a decent team is slowly but surely going down the drain. Fortunately I’ve got one of the bottle barrel teams this week before going up against the 3rd place team two weeks from now.

The reason why its pissing me off. I have a great team. Granted I sacrifice two categories a week (turn overs and free throw percentage), but there is no reason why I shouldn’t have 6-3 or 7-2 victories every week. And I have been getting those. Except for those three stupid weeks. Dammit. Let’s just move on.


Coolest blog-related comment I’ve had in a long time comes courtesy of my friend Melissa on my Facebook wall:

Fun fact: While in the middle of Cambodia, I was actually checking your blog for news back home instead of CNN or NYT or any other mainstream news source. Thought you’d appreciate that.

And I definitely do. Cambodia! We are global!


For some reason the polls don’t have a “end on date and time” feature, so it’s possible you were able to vote on Moron of the Week over the weekend. I checked the blog on Saturday morning and I know who won. I’ll be writing that post up later today.


That’s all for now, be back later.

March 2, 2009 Posted by | Random Thoughts | , , , , , , | Leave a comment