Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Allow me to be serious today, won't you? By the way, this is NOT some stupid ass April Fool's Day joke. I'm being as honest as I possibly can today.
No one wants to be fired. If you know that things aren't working out, you would rather be the one that decides when to end it. You don't want to be shown the door before you are ready to go. Well, yesterday that almost happened. By the way, I am not talking about my job (which is safe). I am talking about this blog...which almost went bye-bye yesterday.
I get back from lunch yesterday and do my usual scouring of a few blogs before I actually buckle down and do some work. The problem was that all blogs were getting crushed by the office firewall. All of them. Even my own! It seemed as though the tech geeks had finally shut down the only reason that I show up to work 2-3 days per week. Eventually, probably about an hour later, I could access everything again. So maybe they were just messing with the settings or something. I don't know and I don't care but I was glad to have my site accessible again. Because if I have to kill time everyday by reading awful articles by Jason Whitlock and Ken Rosenthal, I will kill myself.
So I feel like I should at least come clean on something. Yes, I have been planning an eventual walk-away from blogging. I'm not going to do this forever. I even discussed this with commenter Dut about a month ago. This shit ain't easy. It's going to happen. But it's not something to worry about now. I have a tentative plan for how and why I'm going to end this, but it's a ways away. The key is that I want to go out on my own terms. I don't want to be "fired" from blogging because if what happened at the office yesterday ever becomes permanent, that's it. It's done. Finished. If I can't have access to one of my passions until dark every night, then this thing is going the way of Old Yeller.
Like I said before, I'm not too concerned about the firewall, but it will be in the back of my mind. And in all honesty, I think I owe it to you diehard readers. This isn't meant to be some sob story in which you should feel bad for me because why would you care if a guy that wastes half of his day at work can't waste it anymore? I'm just letting you know what the future will hold and the outside circumstances that effect this site.
Let's end the day on a random note, shall we. On Sunday afternoon, the redheaded roommate was wasted but quite concise with his thoughts. He kept saying things like, "Woods is going to make this putt" and "that 60 Minutes thing on James looks good". And I kept asking him why he was talking like that. His response was that you never hear those guys referenced by their last names and that he's going to try and make it popular.
So I bit. I played this game for about an hour of trying to figure out guys that are so well-known by their first names that when you hear only their last name, it takes you a few seconds to figure out who they are talking about. Here's what we came up with:
-O'Neal (Shaq obviously)
-Rousimoff (Andre The Giant)
and our favorite...
If you walked up to a sports fan and just said, "Ming played one hell of a game tonight", it would take them 5 minutes to figure out who you were talking about. I recommend doing this. It will annoy everyone you know and isn't that what life is really all about? These foreigners want to be known by their first names...fuck 'em. This is America, pal. Over here, your name is Suzuki and you are great at math. Deal with it.