09 January 2011

Pastime

I just started reading "The Final Solution" by Michael Chabon this afternoon, with my Webster's dictionary at side (provided compliments of the Clark County School District and the Honors English program of my freshman year of high school) which I use profusely when reading nowadays, as I seem to have forgotten many of the words I claim to have once known.

pastille: an aromatic or medicated lozenge

This is the word I was looking up. I note the definition on my legal pad of vocabulary words to learn/re-learn (likely a futile attempt) and then happen to glance at the next entry.

pastime: diversion; something that serves to make time pass agreeably

An interesting way to frame the description of the passage of time. There's a certain implication there. That the passing of time (I guess put more appropriately, our experience of it) is inherently painful or unpleasing. It often feels like that, when you're not doing something to distract yourself from the awful reality of the situation. I like the line from Mr. Curtis Mayfield's song "It's Alright" (covered excellently by Seal, the rendition I've been listening to lately):

"When you wake up in the morning feeling sad, like so many of us do"

That line makes me feel a bit better. There's a comfort in knowing that you are not alone in the experience. I guess the wisdom to be gleaned from this is quite simply just to live. Distract yourself as much as possible, every second that you can. Idle minds/bodies are sad ones.

07 January 2011

Mr. P.J. O'Rourke

The only thing I've ever read by P.J. O'Rourke is "On The Wealth of Nations". I don't think I even finished, but I liked his style, his wit...his logic.

While reading The Week (you should really check it out if you've never read it, great little news magazine), I saw a quote from his new book "Don't Vote, It Just Encourages The Bastards". Here it is:

I have a twelve-year-old daughter, Muffin. All I hear is, “It’s not fair! It’s not fair! It’s not fair!” I say to her, “Honey, you’re cute. That’s not fair. You’re smart. That’s not fair. You were born in the United States of America. That’s not fair. Darling, you had better get down on your knees and pray to God that things don’t start getting fair for you.”

Love it.

05 January 2011

SDSU vs. TCU

Just caught the second half of San Diego State vs Texas Christian. San Diego has got a lot of talent. And I'm glad that the Mountain West Conference has three top 25 teams. But at the end of this game San Diego was acting too arrogant. I know that they're number six, they know they're number six, but seriously, have some class. They're winning by double digits with less than 10 seconds to go and they go for a huge nasty block and then saunter up the court with the ball while the clock ticks down. Then TCU jets up from behind, steals the ball and gets another bucket before time expires. I'm glad TCU did that. Billy White and co. can swagger all they want right now, but someone is going to beat their ass, and I can't wait for it to happen, because these guys need a reality check. I'm not feeling them at all.

Today is the day

The time has come. UNLV faces off against conference foe BYU tonight at 7pm. Are you ready?

Here is some love from ESPN for the Mountain West Conference.

Over 17,000 tickets have been sold thus far. The house will be rocking tonight.

04 January 2011

Uh oh, I smell trouble...

"Despite Fredette's accolades, BYU has never beaten UNLV in Las Vegas with him on the roster."

Story.

02 January 2011

I Threw It On The Ground!

This is great! Why haven't I heard of it until now? Thanks Hendrik Hertzberg.