I have wanted to read The Lord of the Rings since I was in elementary school. I finally got around to it, and I’m bowing out as gracefully as possible. I made it through book one and halfway through book two, but I can’t finish it.
Tolkien’s writing, while vivid and expansive, ran together for me. I feel like I could turn to any page in the book and it be the start. Yes, the characters move along, but it seems to me they are all going in a circle. And that same circle is described to you over and over and over and over.
Even the characters seem to say the same things from chapter to chapter. These hobbits, dwarves, elves, and men move from one spectacularly beautiful land to the next and they always seem to find themselves sleeping peacefully and at the same time hardly, while eating much and also little.
Anyway, I’m taking the overpass through Middle Earth and watching the movies.
I think we all enjoyed Breaking Bad so much because it gave us one of those rare opportunities to love the bad guy. I’m not sure why I ever rooted for Walter White, but damn it I’m glad I did.
There are a lot questions being asked about the Syria situation. But the most important question, for me, has not received very much attention. Where is the rest of the world in this? I mean, we know where Russia, Iran, China, and Syria [Assad] stand. But where are the other 180+ countries that signed the Geneva Convention?
Consider this: the United States of America is on the opposite side of the world. Of all the nations bordering Syria, why are we being looked to for a decision? Yes, we are the leaders of the world, set an example, blah blah blah. However, shouldn’t those that have the ability to degrade Assad’s capacity to use chemical weapons be using that force now?
Also, I was really impressed with President Obama’s speech last night. I think he addressed the popular questions very well, and provided a clearer—while still not totally clear—message as to what the goals are in Syria. Hearing a diplomatic solution is still option A was very good to hear. Hopefully the U.N. will release their findings soon, so we can get this business underway.
Fandom is all but dead. We live in a time where enjoying a sport causes persecution. Where liking a team that wins envokes animosity from friends and strangers alike. Where watching a new sport brings on questions of how long you have been a fan, and if the answer isn’t since birth, then your opinions are discarded.
I once heard someone say, “Bandwagon fans are disrespectful to those of us who work at being fans of only ONE team.” To this, I only have one question: what work do you have to do to be a fan? To me, all it takes is an interest in a sport. Any sport, any team, any player, it doesn’t matter. Who am I to say you can’t enjoy watching a team because you weren’t born wearing their jersey?
These people that want to root out “bandwagon” fans only make themselves look like huge douchebags. Bitter because their team hasn’t had a winning season in decades. Hateful to those that like a sport but don’t have a team, and simply root for whoever is there at the end of the season. What do you get out of it? Asking how long a person has been with a team makes me wonder how long you have been socializing with humans.
What I’m getting at is, you shouldn’t have to recite everything you know about a team and just how long you liked it before anyone takes you seriously.
Also, GO STEELERS, 49ERS, DOLPHINS, HEAT, BLUE DEVILS, AND VOLUNTEERS!!