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Friday, December 15, 2006

Jeff Pearlman vs. John Rocker...

"Jeff Pearlman is who he is: A liberal Jew from New York. He's one of their own, who spent a couple of hours with me, pulled things out of context, and you're trying to create a persona of an individual when you don't know them." -- John Rocker from his interview in Deadspin.

"John Rocker is right. I am a liberal Jew from New York with an agenda. I have two African-American nephews who I want to grow up in a world indifferent to the color of their skin. I have gay friends who deserve the same love and respect and legal protections as everyone else. I don't condemn people for not speaking English, just as I don't condemn Rocker for speaking moron." -- Jeff Pearlman from ESPN.com Page 2 column.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

An Interesting Movie to Pull....

....a quote from but there was a spot in this movie "Drumline" where one of the characters talks with the other about how he lost sight of what was important because he let his personal ego get in the way. And the end result was that we all occasionally lose sight of things.

I think I've lost sight of who I am and what I love. I gave up something I loved because my ego told me that I was better than the job. And maybe I was better than the job and maybe I needed to experience a different opportunity. But in the process I gave up something I loved to do and I see how it's beginning to effect my spirit and my energy.

Hopefully getting back to my blog will help me begin to recover what I lost. In the end I know I'll be faced with a tough decision, but it will be the right decision.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Tift County Gets Crunk...

Why does high school football in the South rule? Because schools aren't afraid to get crunk. The homies and non-dancing white boys from Tift County make you do the Devil Walk.



Yeah...you know you're bobbing your head. Don't deny it.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Ahhh a Day Off

I did something today I hadn't done in months. Take a day off. In my job days off don't come too easy because I don't have an assistant or anyone that could watch over things while I enjoy time off. I also decided I needed to blog because I should blog every day and not blogging over two weeks is more disappointing than spending $51 million dollars for the rights to sign a baseball player and then going the cheap route when it comes to actually signing said player.

It also gives me a chance to check out the new blogger format. So far...eh? Not sure how much I like it so far.

So I got a chance to ride around my hometown, St. Petersburg a.k.a. "The Sunshine City" and I conjured the following thoughts:

1. St. Petersburg is a beautiful city: It really is. It's the perfect size for the area I want to live in right now. I miss the hustle and flow of NYC and occasionally I miss the small-town homeliness of Gainesville and Lakeland. But I really love St. Pete, it's close to the beach, the sun is always shining and there are tons of things to do, especially in terms of the arts and museums.

2. Where's the free Wi-Fi?: When did people start charging for Wi-Fi again? I hit the downtown Barnes and Noble to catch up on e-mail and it's $3.95 for two hours. Fair enough. I hit the downtown coffee shop for a nice large cup and it's $9.99 for a "Daypass"? What a rip off. There are some hot spots downtown somewhere but after 90 minutes of walking I couldn't find them.

3. I hate working days: One great thing about my old job was the fact that I worked nights and had my days to run errands, walk in the park, do some sight seeing, whatever. Most people would hate working nights but be honest: What happens between 4 p.m. and midnight anyway? Not much.

4. Really bad sports week: First off my rival high school wins its third state football championship in a row after punking my alma mater in the regional playoffs and then my beloved New York Jets played a total stinker against the Bills. Not sure what happened to Gang Green but I blame the Giants for bringing a losing aura around the Meadowlands.

5. Next vacation: Will be a little longer and it might include a few days...weeks camping through Eastern Europe. Who's coming with!?

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