Monday, July 4, 2011

Independence Day means I'm free to work on this!

I've thought about writing for a long time.  Today my freedom (caused by everyone in the house except me napping) encouraged me to do so.  People used to say I was a pretty good writer when I was in school.  Later, I majored in Journalism and thanks to my (barely above-) average grades in all of my writing classes, I was able to balance out Statistics, Physics, and all the other Right Brain nonsense that was forced upon me.    

Then I stopped writing altogether.  Probably because I was so good at it, kind of like when Michael Jordan quit basketball to play baseball.  My subsequent success, however, has been comparable to MJ's in hardball.  All I can say is thankfully I didn't have to move to Birmingham to achieve it.  I've spent the last dozen years in luminous Los Angeles.  (Me 1, Jordan 0)

Well maybe I'm not quite Jordan-esque, though like him I was also cut from my freshman high school hoops squad.  But I do have a lot of ideas, some of which are probably worth exploring.  I hope they'll make you laugh.  If you're not a laugher, maybe I'll earn a smirk.  Or you might just think they are beneath you and go back to watching the Jersey Shore marathon on MTV.  If you fall into that last category, maybe someday you will explain to me exactly what a "Snooki" is.  

Whatever the case, I'd be remiss to not acknowledge that today is our independence day.  We all have a lot to be thankful for to be able to live in a great country that is known worldwide for it's heavy reliance on what I'll call "The Three D's": Democracy, Dogs and Doughnuts.  

That reminds me of what the seemingly way too young teacher said to her class in the beginning of the movie Dazed and Confused

"Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you're being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of July brouhaha, don't forget what you're celebrating, and that's the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn't want to pay their taxes." 

I'm not sure where she was going with that, but it'd be a lot cooler if I did.  

So, let me tell you a little about who I am, then I'm going to sign off to go watch Fireworks (which I've never really understood the appeal of, but that's another story).  

I grew up in the muggy Midwest.  Went to THE finest university in the land.  Moved to sunny SoCal in 1999.  Even after all these years, I still can't get used to the traffic.  I like watching sitcoms way more than I should.  I just got a haircut.  I really enjoy so-called "Sugar Cereals", but have cut my consumption down to the weekends (usually). I'm married to a wonderful woman and have an amazing son, who I now spend quite a bit of time with.  Oh yeah, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life.  Let me know if you have any ideas...



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