Friday, January 9, 2009

New Post!

I have to write a new web log entry because that last one is a stinker. I actually wrote a bunch more that ended up being too personal and too whiny, so I deleted it. We're all safe and healthy in our house, and one of us still has a job, so why complain? It does bother me that excess becomes the norm and is therefore expected, so we're going to struggle for a bit while a new norm is established. So what?

So what should I write about? My practice swing is still rock solid, even though I'm releasing my hips too soon, resulting in a loss of power. I'm still pounding 300-yard imaginary drives, so there's not much more to say about that.

This blog is experiencing a death rattle. Is there a term for that? Maybe eDeathRattle. You know a blog is hurting when the author talks about blogging.

I could write about losing a long-time friend over something he did a few months ago, but that's too personal. Hmm.

Oh, the Colts lost, just as I expected. The night they played, I set up a date with Wendy so I wouldn't have to watch the game. We went and saw the Seattle Symphony perform Beethoven's Ninth. On the way home, I turned on the radio and ended up hearing, "The Colts went out on a nine-game win streak." I watched just enough highlights to torment myself. That night, with the triumphant Ode to Joy refrain in my head, I kept thinking about Peyton Manning completing a pass on third down to steal the game. Instead, he pump faked and got sacked. I'd try to put it out of my mind, and think about more pleasant thoughts, like mutual funds, and then wham -- I'd bolt wide awake and see Manning's happy feet in my mind's eye.

There. Now that's a blog entry.

17 comments:

  1. If you're steering away from a post because it's too personal, you're blog is in trouble. Just ask dug. But seriously, you've written about some intensely personal stuff - not trying to goad you, just saying. Maybe another sign you're not feeling the blog right now. Understandable. Things come and go.

    Sorry the Colts let you down. Maybe you'll think me soul-less, but I don't care about sports much anymore. I enjoy a good game, but I can't seem to muster the same emotional commitment. Maybe I've grown too jaded. But I like to think (deceive myself?) that I derive more visceral thrills from biking and doing stuff with people one-on-one or small groups that the more distant fan - pro athlete/team relationship pales by comparison.

    Heard a discussion/interview on NPR with a fellow who explained his interpretation of Ode to Joy and it was fascinating. He posits that Beethoven had a musical conversation going on in the 9th Symphony. I think this is it:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5487727

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  2. Kris - Thanks for the Ode to Joy link. I'll take a listen. Also, I agree with you about professional sports. For me, it's a guilty pleasure. I think it's ridiculous to care so much about pro/college sports, but I can't help myself.

    You're also right about the blog. I'll start a new one soon, one with more structure.

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  3. Shit Bob, I don't even remember what I did to piss you off.

    Was it that crack about your hair?

    Botched

    P.S. Cheer up, the recession might be depressing, but it's just a recession, not a depression, although it might be depressing.

    P.P.S. What you need is a gimick to help you come up with blog material. I know, what about reviewing stuff or making arbitrary hierarchical rankings of whatever you can think of.

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  4. Brilliant idea, Botched! I'm setting up a new blog now.

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  5. I don't see why you need to start a new blog, this one has lots of good stuff. Seems to me you're just in a slump. Ride it out, see what happens.

    But if you have a new idea/theme for a blog, go for it.

    Roger on the guilty pleasure of pro sports. I have my own irrational obsessions. How boring life would be without them.

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