Ahmnodt Heare for President

Ahmnodt Heare For America… Ahmnodt Heare For You.

Bracket Racket

March Madness is among us.  There were 68 teams in the tournament.  There will be 16 teams remaining after tomorrow.  I had a rough go filling out a bracket last year though I did pick Kentucky to win it all.  I was going to pick Kentucky to repeat, but they didn’t make the NCAA Tournament this year.  (They were knocked out in the first round of the NIT by powerhouse Robert Morris University.

I was not about to join a bracket this season, but my campaign manager (who may or may not be alive after our next meeting) insisted I join one.  He showed me has bracket.  He had Georgetown going to the Final Four.  I grew up near Georgetown University, so I decided to join his pool and do one better:  I was going to pick Georgetown to win the whole tournament.

Georgetown lost in the first round (Actually it’s considered the second round, but eight teams play in “tip-in” games with the winners of those games advancing to the round of 64.  Georgetown did not have to play in a tip-in game.  They were the number 2 seed in the South region.  Their first game was against Florida Gulf Coast.  I am not sure, but I think Florida Gulf Coast might have been in the same conference as my alma mater (St. Thomas Francis University).  Not only did Georgetown not beat Florida Gulf Coast, but it wasn’t even close.

I now have five rounds of basketball to watch with no interest either in school or in the bracket pool.  Making matters worse is that I think the groundhog saw his shadow today and said that we will have six more weeks of winter.

March 23, 2013 Posted by | Ahmnodt, commentary, editorial, humor, satire, Washington | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Bracket Racket

Hang in There

If I learned one lesson this week thus far, is. “Don’t give up.”  Things might look bleak today, but the bleakness could be a setup for something good.  I learned other lessons, but had since forgotten what I learned.

For those who are my friend on Facebook, you have probably caught one of my many rants about how poorly I was doing in my NCAA Tournament Bracket.  My record following the first round was 23-9.  It’s not very good for a first round.  (My first round last year was 25-7 and 27-5 in 2010.  This was also the first time that one of the teams I picked to play in the Final Four lost in the first round.  (Damn you, Missouri!).  My second round was horrific as I had a worst-ever 6-10 record in the second round.  I also lost another Final Four pick as Florida State lost to Cincinnati.   I was in the 17th percentile in all of Yahoo.  Most of the people who were behind me were either people who entered but didn’t pick or people who went with totally random entries with a Harvard – Davidson championship game.

Things started turning around the following weekend.  Most of the teams that I had winning in the third round that were still around won.  I was 4-4 (Most of the 4 losses came from games played when I picked both teams who would be in that round wrong).  The best I could get for the Final Four was 2-2.  Two of the teams I picked correctly played each other and I picked the correct winner.  Another game involved a team that I predicted to lose in the fourth round and did.  The other two picks were Kansas and Kentucky.  I had moved up to the 43rd percentile.  Kentucky won their semifinal and Kansas won their semifinal.  I had correctly picked both of those (but against different opponents.)  I had predicted Kentucky would beat Kansas 78-73 (The score was only needed in tiebreaker situations and my tie was broken long before then).  Kentucky won 67-59.  I ended up in the 89th percentile.  Looking back at my bracket, I knew where I was going, but I didn’t know how to get there.  Past brackets were more like I had no idea where I was going but I knew how to get there.

Here is today’s life lesson:  Things might look bleak for you. “Bleak” is a relative term.  Chances are things are more bleak for the people around you.  If they’re better off today, it could be that they have maxed out while you can easily surpass them though you are far behind right now.

If this lesson does not apply to you, tough noogies!  This is the lesson I chose to have learned.  Chances are the lesson you need to learn is one of those I had learned only to later forget.  It couldn’t be that important a lesson so it isn’t that big of a problem.  Smile and move along.

April 3, 2012 Posted by | Ahmnodt, commentary, editorial, humor, satire | , , , , , , | 7 Comments

I Hope I’m Not Too Late

I wanted to post this earlier, but sometimes life happens and you can’t get to the computer.  This message is for anybody going to tonight’s Final Four games.  Please remember the “Ahmnodt Heare for President” signs and the “Ahmnodt for America” lapel stickers.  Once again, I thank you for your effort.

April 4, 2009 Posted by | Ahmnodt, campaign, satire | , , , , , | 3 Comments

If You are Going to the Final Four

If you’re going to be in the Detroit area and you are going to attend the Final Four, I will need a huge favor from you.  I will need you to find band members of North Carolina, Villanova, Connecticut, and Mighigan State and make this sign for their lapels:

These signs should be 3" x 1.5" and placed on the shirt beneath the school logo.

These signs should be 3" x 1.5" and placed on the shirt beneath the school logo.

I will also need a few signs for the schools’ student sections and signs for people who can been seen on TV.

March 30, 2009 Posted by | Ahmnodt, campaign, satire | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on If You are Going to the Final Four

Things I Learned in Europe

Now that I am back from Europe and I have had some sleep under my belt, I will access the good and the bad from my recent campaign through Europe:

  • Stay focused on one thing – I was doing well when I did what the entire trip was supposed to be about.  It was supposed to be about getting signatures on a petition to allow non-Americans to vote for the leader of the free world.  (Especially for those living in the free world who are not allowed to vote for leader of the free world.)
  • If you are going to carry a sign in a language you don’t understand, then learn what the sign says before you hold it up for the world to see.  “Nur eine dumme Person Kampagne in Liechtenstein, um Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten.”  does not translate to “It takes a special person to campaign in Liechtenstein for President of the United States.”
  • Find out the cost of the subjects you wish to research before heading out to the locale to do the research.  If I had stuck with my original plan, I wouldn’t have to have bothered spending time researching prostitution on the nights I was lonely.
  • Know the issues that affect the people in the land you are campaigning in.  Although I succeeded with this in Liechtenstein with the Affordable Entertainment Awareness walk-a-thon, I missed the boat with questions about Northern Ireland while I was in Dublin.
  • Don’t let everybody know you’re an American.  This was hard for me, considering I went there to campaign for President of the United States.  This advice is for the Americans who plan on going to Europe who are not running for President.  Barack Obama’s visit to Germany last summer is the execption to the rule.
  • Don’t ask strangers where the nearest “Waffle House” is.  I thought I would have learned this from my trips to New York City.
  • And finally, don’t go to a sports bar in Europe and say that soccer is boring and that you want to watch the NCAA Tournament.  Soccer (or as they erroneously call it, “football”, is their sport of choice.)

Like President Obama did on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, I have made gaffes along the way.  When you campaign for a long time, you will occasionally make mistakes.  The secret is to learn from those mistakes.

March 22, 2009 Posted by | Ahmnodt, campaign, commentary, foreign policy, issues, Obama, politics, satire | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Uniting of Two Issues

For those who are new to my campaign, welcome!  One of the issues I have been campaigning about is that entertainment is becoming cost prohibitive.  My favorite target to date has been the Motion Picture Association of America (or “Cinemafia” as I call them.)  Not only has the price of movies kept going up, but the price of going to a concert or a sporting event.

I am currently in Amsterdam studying prostitution in society.  Prostitution is legal in Amsterdam and I wanted to see the various effects it has on a society where it is legal.  My in-depth studying on prostitution stopped when I found out it was €200 ($272.92) for an hour with the prostitute I wanted to study.  I ended up spending the night studying prostitution from afar from my hotel room window.

I had thought about asking for money from the people in the streets for money for my research.  I concluded that a candidate for President of the United States should never ask for money, even if it is for a worthy study.  I believe that dealing with prostitution requires a “hands-on” approach.  From this moment on, I will be adding prostitution to the umbrella of entertainment that is no longer affordable.

I will be watching the early games of the NCAA Tournament before catching the 10:15 flight to Stockholm.  At least watching the games online are still free.

March 19, 2009 Posted by | Ahmnodt, campaign, cinemafia, commentary, foreign policy, issues, Platform | , , | 2 Comments

   

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