Thursday, October 5, 2000power hungry
naked as the news, again
buy the numbers
heres a newshour realaudio segment that tries to unravel the numbers game at the debate the other night. two supposedly nonpartisan think tankers sit down but im not sure they hash it out much better than the tweedlers onstage. their conclusion? half truths abound.
i guess i should keep up with my quasisoccer journalisms. tonights game (10pm start) was a losing effort. i think it ended 12-3 but it was closer than that. it was 6-3 with about five minutes to play and by that time our will and defense disintegrated. i stepped off at 7-3 with about four minutes to play and since i was the only one playing defense at that point, it got ugly quickly. one unfortunate part of indoor soccer is that if you have one weak player on the field out of 4 plus a goalie eventually that will catch up to you as will poor lung capacity. this was a much better team than last week and they had lots of eager players. (i think they timed their shifts on the field.) they were also major league pricks. maybe not all of them but the most rotten ones have a way of stirring up the stink. there were boatloads of fouls called on both sides but.......they were just testosterone addled farks. some of my teammates can instigate a confrontation with an unnecessary elbow or grab or stare or taunt but nearly everyone was involved in a skirmish of some sort. early on at one point i harmlessly fell over their goalie. i wasnt kicking him or at the ball, i was just following the path of least resistance to avoid injury. after i get up and jog off, one of their players sort of knocks into me as if to say 'watch yourself.' its a very jocky sort of protect the quarterback kind of thing. meanwhile, the goalie was twice the size of me and i had barely touched him. that was a mild example. there was cursing and shoving and posturing for fighting. one of their players at one point was pointing to his chin daring one of our players to slug him. at halftime as i was listening to everybody hissing about, i thought i would diffuse with a little crosscourt humor. i went up to one guy sort of away from the coven and said 'so whos the diplomat on your team?' he responded with 'i dont know what your talking about' and a confused scowl. i said something like 'its just a game, yaknow' and probably raised my eyebrows sighed and shrugged. wouldnt gorp be proud?
so we had not alot of cohesion on offense. not alot of sharp passes or movement. fatigue is a concern. we didnt convert on the opportunities we had. they played a tight aggressive defense throughout the game. we had lapses and holes in ours. i had one goal. should have had about 3 or 4.
another great night outside after the rain but a cold fronts a blowin in this weekend. time to think about those sweaters. (need some work on the wardrobe.) had another one chewed up by moths this winter. this place isnt an apartment, its an ecosystem. ive got waterbugs, an ant colony, moths and mice, not to mention the neighbors dog. who needs pets?
Wednesday, October 4, 2000brownsville
Tuesday, October 3, 2000my dinner with vidal
bloghop ist der uber spotenzee, yah?
holding the bag
"To the legendary pitcher's six rules for "How to Keep Young." Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, who pitched for many years in the Negro leagues before helping break the major leagues' color barrier in 1948, advised folks to 1) "Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood." 2) "If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts." 3) "Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move." 4) "Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society. The social ramble ain't restful." 5) "Avoid running at all times." And 6) "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."
chairman of the bored
open your sourcecode
the new economy
king of the stratosphere
"Now, concluding those campaigns may have actually encouraged heavy drinking, colleges across the country are trying a new tactic: saying students don't drink so much, after all. To the surprise of many, the approach has produced marked declines in the number of students who say they drink heavily."
Monday, October 2, 2000ramp it up
pass the thug rock
eye on america