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The Death of My Phone = Rambling Post



So, I woke up yesterday (phew), and reached for my phone to turn off my alarm.  In the process, I knocked over the world’s largest glass of water.  Onto my phone.

And, no luck on a “please work please work” miracle.  It’s now fully unusable (you know they could make these things waterproof in nine seconds).  Of course, it had my “to blog about” file that’s oh-so-crucial to running this blog on it, so it looks like I’m starting from scratch on ideas.

So, today we’re gonna get random.  Hold on tight.

Oh, and one more thing - your punishment for me wrecking my phone is that we’re all going to stare at a picture of my cat for a few seconds……..

Awww, nappin' while daddy types.

We call him Tyson for that badass face tattoo. 

Okay, you’re free to go now.


 As I multi-tweeted yesterday (and lost multi-followers for the personal life stuff), Bri and I finally have an official wedding date, September 17th 2011, in Huntington, NY. 

I’ll now commence the self-lobotomy that’ll be necessary to a) plan a wedding without fighting and b) be a married man in general.

The wedding is so far away because Bri and I figured it would give Brad Pitt and Marisa Miller time to realize that they’re our respective soulmates.

And, for those of you who still don’t know how “we” came to be an “us”, here’s the story as written for Chris Botta’s Islanders Point Blank, interestingly, the first piece of writing I ever did off this website.


Bri and I hit up Sedona, Arizona on the weekend, and decided to take a picture to replace the one at the top of this page (the picture we took for that isn’t the one below.  The other one is identical in look to the current header, only I’m gazing out at AZ).  It’ll be symbollic of change, both in location and lifestyle.  Not sure when I’ll have it up, so for now, check out this bad boy:

Ooo, so purrty.

Okay, “hockeyier” stuff:  I’ve started talking to two media outlets about next season so far.  Not sure exactly where or what I’ll be doing, but I think it’s safe to say you’ll be seeing/reading a lottttt more jb.  So thanks for making that possible.


The NHL Draft: 

Ahh, the yearly hopes-up-a-thon, where every scout, coach, manager and fan goes from being completely unsure about which kid has more potential, to suddenly 100% that THIS kid is going to be so much better than THAT kid.

I, for one, don’t watch/care about junior hockey, which makes me a horrible source for evaluating who had a good draft day and who didn’t.  Like you, I’ll listen to Pierre McGuire and that scouting guy with the mustache, and decide if the Islanders KILLED IT or TOTALLY SUCKED with their 10 picks (second most!).

If I were the GM – and I’m not – I’d trade about a half-dozen of them away for help today.  Having “prospects” costs money while they try to hit their stride, so lets let our top few picked players stay in the system, and trade the bottom bunch for a guy that doesn’t frustrate John Tavares.  We’re sucking the life out of JT without help.


I’m pumped about Kyle Okposo this year.  He’s about to become a name player in the NHL.


Jay Mohr was hired to host the NHL Awards.  Here’s a Puck Daddy compilation of the times he’s made it clear he hates hockey. 

Honestly, I’m okay with this hiring.  At least it’s someone relatively recognizable, which is a plus for our teensy little niche sport.  What, Vince Vaughn didn’t wanna do it?


Phoenix’s own Jimmy Eat World finished their latest album (though I have no idea when it’ll be out), and I’m pumped.  No band has a more undeserved reputation than them, and it’s based on the one crappy single that got popular, “The Middle”.  Give them a good listen to if you’re a music afficianado.  While most of it is “on the bus calm down music”, here’s a great warm-up worthy tune from them (that I’ve played on here before, but whatever), “Pain”:

 Oh, and I’m around all day.  What’s on your hockey-soaked mind?


And for those of you that like chill music, heres one of my go-to bus songs…. 23


28 Responses to “The Death of My Phone = Rambling Post”
  1. Char says:

    Bad link on the video, sorry.

    2011? Young people these days – I met, got engaged and married my husband in the span of six months. That was 23 years ago. ;-)

    I want the draft to start today. If I hear one more “the Bruins are going to be stuck with Seguin and that’s awful because they don’t need a center” I’m going to hurt somebody.

  2. jtbourne says:

    Yes, if there’s anything we can learn from society, is that rushing into marriage is a totally healthy, risk-free plan :) That’s great it worked out for you though! (Also, weddings in NY cost about 50g, and I average $40 a month in blog donations. Soooo, we need some time!)

    I’ll find a new way to make it play.

  3. Char says:

    50G? Have you considered eloping? ;-)

  4. JH says:

    Hey Justin. Really enjoy your blog. Being that you’re low on ideas, let me point you to this article you may or may not have read already –

    I’d be interested to know your thoughts on 2009-2010 as a potential “best NHL season ever.” The article had personal significance for me as 1993-1994 (some analysts seem to think this was the best season) was the year I really started getting involved with hockey, both in terms of watching and playing.

  5. jtbourne says:

    Thanks bud, I’ll check it out. I love me some NYT Slapshot Blog, Hackel does it right.

  6. Four to Five says:

    R.I.P. Justin’s phone, we will always remember you in our hearts.

    I only own one JEW (Jimmy Eat World has an interesting abbreviation, yes?) CD… And it’s the one with “The Middle” on it ;)

  7. j says:

    if it happens again remove the battery and any covers you can. place the wet phone and all its peice/parts into a small tupperware filled w/ rice. seal it up and leave it alone for a day or so. w/ any luck it’ll at least be somewhat usable until you get a replacement.

  8. Sherry says:

    Funny, my brain stopped reading at Sept 17, I didn’t realize it was 2011 until I read Char’s post. Congrats to you both!

    Please, please, puhleeeze – don’t get so swept up in the insanity that surrounds weddings that you lose sight of the point of the whole damn thing which is the marriage with a trusted partner. Do NOT forget to take in the moment and enjoy yourselves (and be sure and work in some time to yourselves too).

    Okay, this is me stepping off the soap box…

    Oh and, isn’t the bride’s father supposed to pay for the wedding? :)

    I’m with you Char – I am a little agitated waiting for something, anything, to happen in my own little hockey world. July 1 can’t get here fast enough! At least I have Game 7 of the NBA Finals tonight and can look forward to watching Mexico beat the Frogs today (I do love me some Ribery tho’…)

  9. Randi says:

    I’ve been reading the blog for a few months now and really enjoy it. I always mean to comment but usually get interrupted by work. Anyway your cat is very adorable. Mine will curl up next to me on the couch when I’m trying to knit and swat at the yarn, not as cute as it sounds. Jimmy Eat Worlds rocks, I owe all their CD’s. Personally I don’t really follow junior hockey either because I’ll won’t see most of the kids again. I was a little miffed last year when the Islanders played a preseason game in Kansas City and didn’t bring Tavares! I’m a Red Wings fan, he was the only reason I went to see a Kings/Islanders game. Speaking of the Red Wings what do you think of them signing Bert for two more years? He wasn’t amazing last year but he wasn’t horrible either. I’m hoping he’ll be more consistent next season.

    Totally off subject but I got a wild hair to start ice skating at 30, any tips for a beginner skater? I’ve only been out on the ice 3 times so far and I am taking a class at a local rink.

  10. Nadeau says:
    Here is a link to a video I found of Bourne and his cat enjoy!!!!
    I can’t believe Vince Vaughn isnt hosting over this guy I hope it is truly because he wasnt available and the didnt snub him

  11. Sioux in the Cities says:

    I’ve heard taking your phone apart and putting it in a bag of rice helps sometimes. I guess the rice absorbs all the moisture.

  12. Marc says:

    Jay Mohr…. Really? The guy who hosted last year’s BlizCon? Super awesome! Totally psyched the same guy who introduced the costume contest winners dressing up as characters from World of Warcraft will be working the crowd for this.

  13. Sioux in the Cities says:
    Halak traded to St. Louis.

  14. Doogs says:

    Just remember one thing for your wedding: it’ll go too darned fast, you won’t remember half of it, and everyone will have a thought. Like me.

    Keep it fun, remember it’s for the two of you, and do whatever Mr. Gillies says (that’s very particular to your situation).

  15. Doogs says:

    (duh…one thing…)

  16. crushasaurus says:

    1. Justin, your cat is the same breed as mine and looks exactly the same. I thought you’d stolen a photo from my house.
    2. The draft is always a massive anti-climax and yet I still watch it every year for some bizarre reason.
    3. Being that you’re low on ideas rely on humourous (yes it has two r’s) filler for a week or so and build up your memory banks again.
    4. Montreal is on fire.

  17. Deirdre says:

    I like watching the draft mostly for the looks on the prospects faces – they’ve just been handed their dream, and for some of them that’ll be it, they won’t make it, but for 15 minutes or so they’re guaranteed to be on top of the world!

    BTW, if you’re still attempting to watch World Cup games – somebody came up with a way to equalize out those horrible horns…

    As for the wedding, I’m with Sherry, isn’t Clark supposed to pony up? Or you could do it in Arizona, that’s *gotta* be cheaper!!

  18. SDC says:

    All that phone was good for was butt-dials anyways. I’ve heard “j” & “Sioux in the Cities” tips work for fixing drenched phones though. Otherwise, iPhone 4 is just around the corner…

  19. Travelchic59 says:

    50G’s??!!! To marry on LI, NY? WHERE???!!! More like a minimum of $75,000 by the time everything is calculated and that’s for a small wedding.

    Anyway, congrats to you and your lovely bride-to-be, Brianna. The big day will be here before you know it.

  20. Karen From Rochester says:

    If you think of the wedding as one BIG party (and I’m sure you’ve planned a few parties before!) it might help. That helped me a lot. Plus, not listening to all the wedding planners telling us “you HAVE to do this and you MUST do that” also helped. How do they know what is good for you and your fiancee’? The cat is really cute, reminds me of a cat I had growing up. BIG lap kitty…

  21. Karen From Rochester says:

    Oh-and Sedona is GORGEOUS! It was one of my favorite places to visit when I lived in Tucson (30 years) ago. I see from real estate listings that a much more rarified crowd lives there these days. Back then, it was a little town with not much in it. Now, I wish I’d had the means to invest in some land back then!

  22. JH says:

    You’re out of luck on Marisa Miller, obviously she’s all mine.

  23. neil says:

    Jimmy Eat World’s album “Clarity” is awesome, I liked the one after it too (Bleed American..?) but Clarity is great.

  24. Oarboar says:

    Phoenix is only 300 miles away from Las Vegas, y’know. Get married by an Elvis impersonator and you can still make the NHL awards. Lot cheaper than 50K.

    Seriously, congrats to you two.

  25. Here’s the best way for men to plan for the wedding day. I’ve been married twice, so I have experience with this age old problem. It’s simple boys, women LOVE, yes, LOVE planning weddings, and what they HATE, is men getting in the middle of it. Before it all hit the fan, I said to both of my blushing bridezillas, “Tell me when it is, where it is, and I’ll be there. The rest is up to you.” That way, you’re never to blame for all the bad that is sure to happen and you won’t get yelled at for being in the way, even if you are only trying to help. Your best way to help is to stay the hell out of the way, and like I said, your only responsibility is to show up to the right place on the right day at the right time. Simple. Just the way we like it.

  26. PS….if you continue to show “cutesy” pictures of you cat with “cutesy” words like, “Look, she’s playing as Daddy works”… you will be forcibly removed from the Man Club and be relegated to the B pool. And you don’t want to be in the B Pool.

  27. jtbourne says:

    Haha… Thanks for the wedding advice. But removed from The Man Club? Dude, even my cat thinks you’re a pussy. WHO WANTS SOMATHIS? GRRRR!

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