Hello. I started updating my diary at night. I’m not sure if this trend will continue, I just felt like mixing it up a little. After I posted Monday’s diary (Sunday night) The Straight Story came on again. I stayed up until 2 am! And let me tell you something, I was tired yesterday.

Last night at the Hoboken Barnes & Noble, there was a book signing for Hoboken native/actor, Joe Pantoliano. He has a new book out called, Who’s Sorry Now – A True Story of a Stand Up Guy. I like this guy’s acting and he seems like a man’s man. He’s been in some really great films, everything from Memento to The Sopranos to The Matrix, to Eddie and the Cruisers. And I’d be interested to hear about his life growing up in Hoboken. So, after work last night, I headed straight for Barnes & Noble.

I’ve never been to a book signing before. You have to buy the book and then stand in line. The line was moving too! A person was at the front of the line making sure that people had their books opened. I asked this nice lady if she wouldn’t mind if I took a quick photo with Joe. She said, “Sure, I’m sure Joe wouldn’t mind.” I got up there, told him my name and handed her my camera. I’m posing with Joe and nothing – no flash. She tried again, again nothing. I took the camera to check it out and the flash worked. I gave her the camera back; she took another one, again, nothing! She gave up and gave the camera to a gentleman and finally, the flash worked! Joe said something like; you should go to Brooklyn and buy yourself a camera that works. Ha ha. I just wanted to get the heck out of there at that point! I got home and loaded my photos on the computer. The camera was working the whole time! There was enough light in the bookstore and the flash didn’t need to go off – I have six photos of Joe and I! — Story of my life.


Joe Pantoliano and Bob


My own autographed copy!


That was exciting! I watched
Monday Night Football after that. I’m in a Fantasy Football league this year and football is more interesting now. Out of 11 people, I’m in 8th. But I missed the first week, so I’m doing pretty well for me.

I woke up yesterday with a sore throat but it was gone after I was out of the shower. I did feel a little off yesterday but I think that had more to do with little sleep. I hope I’m not getting a cold.

OK, that’s all I have today. Have a great Tuesday. God Bless America.

Another weekend has past. Friday night, my friend Jay and I went to see Red Dragon. I have to say, I didn’t like it. The Silence of the Lambs is the gold standard, Hannibal was just too over the top and Red Dragon was just more nonsense. Great cast but 12 years after the ‘original’, who cares?! During one of Edward Norton’s scenes, I was reminded of his performance in Primal Fear – that’s too bad. That’s two not so great movies in a row for Jay and I. The last one we saw was Barbershop. How am I going to remedy this bad movie situation? I’m never going to the movies with Jay again – Sorry, Jay.

Jay and Bob can’t find a

good movie to enjoy
(file photo)

Saturday, I drove to Nutley to do my laundry. Holy crap, the traffic! The Turnpike was severely backed up and that backed up everything else. It took me about 40 minutes to get there, it usually only takes about 15 minutes. I washed my clothes, made some calls and ate some pizza. I drove to the A & P and did some shopping. I needed shaving cream and blades. I’m partial to the
Mach 3 blades. But I haven’t bought them in a while. I’ve been using disposable razors for about a year. Anyway, damn, blades are pricey!
Bob paid $17.89

for razor blades

When I got home I looked at my receipt, my bill seemed kind of high this week. I bought Mach 3 Turbo blades by mistake.
They were $17.89!!! I couldn’t believe it! I took them back the next day. Who the hell buys blades for $17.89?!

Saturday night, I could have gone to a birthday celebration for my friend Pam. I didn’t go, usually birthday celebrations involve drinking and I didn’t want to go somewhere and get caught up in a night of that. I stayed home and watched Singin’ in the Rain. Now that’s a good movie! I’ve never seen it before — I was pleasantly surprised. After that I watched SNL and called it a night.

Sunday, I didn’t do much. I went back to the A & P to return the $17.89 blades. And check it out; I got aparking spot right in front of my building, a rarity these days.

Bob found a great

parking spot

During the summer, people drove to their beach homes and it was easy to park on the street but alas,
autumn is here.

Sunday night, I watched The Sopranos and Curb your Enthusiasm. They both haven’t hit their stride yet. IFC was the place to be last night. Sweet and Lowdown and The Straight Story were playing. I really like Sweet and Lowdown and I watched 20 minutes of The Straight Story before The Sopranos came on. That seems like my kind of movie. Can’t wait to see the rest of it.

OK, that’s it. Have a great Monday. God Bless America.

Yesterday I asked to hear from everyone on my message board. I wanted to get a rough count of ‘real’ users that check out my website. Well, wouldn’t you know it, they were fixing their website all day and left me hanging! What a pain in the butt! That’s what I get for using a crap board. It’s free, don’t ya know.

Something different today – I’m writing and posting this diary Thursday night. I thought I’d update my site from home so I could sleep in a little Friday morning. I usually get up at 6 am. 7 years ago, I set my alarm that early so I wouldn’t be late for my new job — I never really changed it. It’s been so busy this week, I feel like I need sleep. I went to bed at 10:30 last night. That’s early for me.

Because of this very special edition and because I don’t really have a lot to talk about – I’ve decided to add a new level of excitement to today’s diary. What new level of excitement you ask? That’s right, booze. For every paragraph I write in today’s diary, I’m going to drink a can of beer. Enjoy.

Three paragraphs, three beers.

Bob is hanging tough.

I’m so sick of the state of music today. All of the sudden, I’m being inundated with ‘garage bands’ — they’re all the same! Three chords, played fast and loud. These new bands are the new Teen Pop that was shoved down our throats. I’m not buying it! All I want is the
Foo Fighters. That Dave Grohl is one talented SOB. He was back behind the skins on the Queens of the Stone Age CD, and that rocks! Foo Fighters’ new CD, One by One, comes out 10/22. It’s the little things. Why does Moby sell all his songs? Well, that was a stupid question. The answer, of course, is money. Good for him.

What else? You know what I’m sick of also? Money. More specifically, not having any. I’m 32; I’d like to drive a car that wasn’t built in the eighties! Blah blah blah!!!! I’m sick of hearing myself talk!

I’m not looking forward to Halloween this year. I told this story before but one year while I was walking home in Hoboken – some punk kids hit me with an egg! The egg broke skin too! Hell, the first diary of this site, I told you how my candy got stolen when I was a kid. Traumatic? You bet your sweet – you better believe it! I think I may have had too much.

6 beers – Bob

doesn’t feel so good

This diary wasn’t such a great idea. I ended up just getting angry. Hey! I think I saw
Michelle Pfeiffer on the subway yesterday. I forgot to mention that. I doubt it was her but she was FINE!

That’s it! Have a great weekend. God Bless America.

BobBorden.com does not condone drinking. The use of Coors Light in today’s diary was for entertainment purposes only.

Hello. I haven’t checked my ‘hits’ for BobBorden.com in a long time. I guess I could check it myself but I like to meet and greet the fine people checking out my website. If you wouldn’t mind, drop me a note on my horrible, pop up riddled message board. Just say Hi. And no, it’s not a contest. I’m just curious to see how many unique hits I get on an average day.

Speaking of my message board. If you’ve read my message board I’m sure you’ve seen the numerous posts of an English gentleman that goes by the name of Carl. Well, Carl came by the show last night to say hello to another staffer, Tim Mann.

Tim Mann

(file photo)

Tim has been showing Carl and his friend Simon around for about a week. Actually, they’ve been enjoying their fair share of
pints, ha ha. I met Carl and his friend Simon. They were good people. Carl even invited me out for a drink but I had to decline.
Back, L to R: Carl, Bob

Front: Simon

It was
nice to meet you guys. Sorry I didn’t want to go out, I had a busy day and was tired.

I got home last night and watched Junkyard Wars. It was the only thing on at nine o’clock. I’m cutting it really short today, as I have nothing else to say.

That’s it. God Bless America.

Today is all about getting over the hump! I rode the bus home last night with my friend Tiffany. Two people, exhausted from working all day trying to have a conversation, that’s always fun, ha ha.

I don’t know what the heck to talk about today. I’ve been writing this diary since October of 2000. There have been some real stinky diaries since BobBorden.com’s debut. I’m not ashamed to admit that, that’s just the way it goes sometimes.

I did do something fun last night. I put in a great videotape that I borrowed from the show. Telly Savalas’ The ABC’s of Winning Blackjack.

Bob picked up some Blackjack
tips from Telly Savalas


What a great tape! I learned a lot more about the game. Telly’s a great teacher — Here’s what I learned from the tape:

Telly’s 10 Commandments

1. Keep Your Emotions Under Control
2. Expect To Win
3. Don’t Even Think Blackjack If You’re Under The Weather
4. Focus On The Dealer
5. Drink At The Bar Not At The Table
6. Be Comfortable
7. Know How Much To Lose and How Much To Win
8. Use Rent Money To Pay The Rent
9. Know How To Bet
10. Remember The Other Nine (Commandments)

What a great video! Telly’s Ten Commandments are in the video, cool! I also watched the rest of A Hard Day’s Night. I liked it but didn’t love it. I enjoyed it more for the historical significance. Now, I’m going to sell it, ha ha.

That’s it for me. Have a great day. God Bless America