Profile on President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush’s administration of our government since 2000 has been shameful. Bush has wrecked our government with his incompetence. Bush claims to be a Republican, but has shown himself to be much more of a Christian Democrat. The supposed hallmarks of Republican theory hold that the government should be small, spend little and regulate sparingly.… read more “Profile on President George W. Bush”

Happy Birthday Joshua Gross!

Today was my little brother Josh’s birthday party at my mom’s house, so I went down and hung out with him. He’s a stellar stud. Josh just turned 14 and he’s already over 6′ tall and damned big. I was about that height at his age, but I was bony. He’s pretty skinny too, but he has a big frame with broad shoulders and if he’s fed properly and starts lifting, he will be a beast.… read more “Happy Birthday Joshua Gross!”

Nameology: Joel Randall Gross

“Randy at night, Gross in the morning”

My name is Joel Randall Gross.

I am named after the prophet Joel in the Bible who took some mushrooms and foretold the end of the world: “I will show portents in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and columns of smoke. The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes.”… read more “Nameology: Joel Randall Gross”


A clawing need inside that cannot be ignored
Painful desire crushing down relentlessly
Constant pressure to keep going.
Frantic movement with no purpose
The heavy foot stuck to the accelerator
Inescapable scorching fire, leaving nothing.

The War Room

After interviewing Melanie last night and sending her off home, I was supposed to go to the War Room (a club on Capitol Hill) with a bunch of friends. I was just sitting at my computer, chatting online, and starting to get a little tired and thinking about skipping out when Ben called and said he and Rachelle were going to come pick me up and take me to the War Room right then.… read more “The War Room”

“How not to break up with a chick”

Melanie just had her boyfriend break up with her via MySpace message… which is about the worst way you can do it. Apparently, she had just “expressed her discomfort with the fact” that he is going on a trip for Oktoberfest in Leavenworth with his supposed ex-fuckbuddy and he replied by breaking up. So Melanie and I are hanging out and having a beer and she let me copy and paste it here… enjoy entering a world of douchiness lol

heart to heart

On a completely different note, and on its own wavelength from anything Oktoberfest related, I wanted to talk to you about my own pit-of-my-stomach feelings that hopefully don’t come as a total out-of-left field surprise / are semi-mutual in their existence.… read more ““How not to break up with a chick””

Tackling Life

My life has generally consisted of short periods of tough challenges followed by long periods of relative stability. I think I am starting to come to the end of an especially extended time of peacefulness and am preparing myself for a struggle. I have some important decisions looming on the horizon and how I handle them will determine my future.… read more “Tackling Life”

Joel is currently a Spendthrift Bastard

I usually try and save a good chunk of my income every month and have been good about it through my first 10 months of unemployment. However, over the last 4 months, I have not been paying enough attention to my financial situation and after inspecting my bank statements I have discovered I have over a thousand dollars less today than I did two months ago.… read more “Joel is currently a Spendthrift Bastard”