Monday, February 25, 2002


One-handed typing is boring and labor intensive. I'm learning this from experience and out of necessity due to my attempt to block a shot on a breakaway by a guy a lot faster than me. Wound up in front of him when I thought I could slide across his path to the basket and block him from the other side. Put the left arm down to break the fall and broke it up near the elbow. Not wanting to look like a whiner, I tried to keep playing. The next ball passed to me felt like it was going to take my arm off and I promptly turned it over. Ugly. Damn thing hurts worse today than yesterday.

Thursday, February 21, 2002

This Is Our Year

HD linked an article a while back about how to survive incarceration in which the author exhorts the reader to avoid watching TV in prison as it creates the desire to be constantly entertained, which leads to laziness. The Zen TV Experiment expands on the argument. In thinking about the Nader article linked below, I commented how it seems to me most Americans tend to think of themselves with regard to politics and society in roles like Democrat and Patriot vs. the more rational and relevant roles of Worker, Taxpayer, etc. We're all familiar with the "TV is the opiate of the masses" refrain, but I suspect we tend to underestimate what a malevolent force TV is in the hands of a shrinking number of corporate owners [see the 2/20/02 post at Cheek]. I'm thinking out loud here to remind myself to blog more and watch less TV.

On a completely unrelated note, it was nearly 60 degrees outside today and as always happens the first really warm day of pre-Spring, my thoughts turn to baseball. I'm excited to report that I've got tickets to opening day at Fenway; this'll be my first Fenway home opener and is surely the first of many portents that this is indeed going to be the year the Sox finally win the World Series.

Fearless Prediction

UCONN 106 - Providence 41.

Maybe it's because it was Senior Night. Maybe it's due to my forbidden love of Sue Bird. Maybe it's because I'm slightly loaded. Maybe it's the way Bonedaddy made an inspired pick of the Patriots weeks before their Superbowl win. Whatever it is, I'm predicting now that UCONN will go 39-0 and win the National Championship in San Antonio this year. Bird, Jones, Cash, Williams are the greatest UCONN senior class ever, men's or women's. Hands down.

Tuesday, February 5, 2002

Armchair Detective

Missing San Diego girl's parents aren't suspects? I can't be the only person who finds these reported events suspicious: (1) the dog didn't bark or anything when sometime between 10:30pm and 1:30am someone strolled into the house and abducted the little girl from her bedroom, (2) the father woke up at 1:30am to let the dog out and found the sliding glass door open and burglar alarm going off and didn't check on his kids, (3) the dog needed to be let out when there was an open door. Maybe all the details aren't being reported, maybe the dog was shut in the basement or something, but how can anyone hear the story the way it's being presented and not be immediately suspicious of one or both of the parents?
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