1. The Redskins, as predicted, lost again, this time to the pathetic Chiefs. Watching the slow-motion disintegration of my team is just depressing. The quarterback is benched, and the backup has 30 seconds, down 6, for a miracle win. Instead, he just gets sacked in the end zone for a safety, game over. At least he didn’t draw out the suffering. The coach is relieved of his play-calling duties, which leaves him even more of a lame duck. Now what? I’ll tell you: a loss next week, in humiliating fashion, on prime-time Monday night. Are you ready for some football scrimmage practice embarrassment?
I missed a non-weekend day of posting for the first time yesterday, grrrr. I will make this brief. I hate budget time. I am not too sure about my new boss. Chris Samuels will retire (I predict) and the Skins will end up around 5-11. It’s the weekend, and HOT DAMN.
1. Busy day. A lot of work got done. I did manage to blow up a wee bit on my boss’ boss, and I ended up asking a bit forcefully when the Accounting department was going to be informed that there was an additional position to be filled in 2010, since we had to deal with the salary and related areas like pension and company contributions to Social Security and Medicare for budgetary purposes. A whole lot of wind later I got a “my bad”. Then I worked out (200 pushups, thanks sir!) and was too tired to care.
1. The Redskins lost, of course, as I said they would. I’ve been correct every week so far if they would win or lose. Not sure that’s such a great thing. Having your team become a national laughingstock due to the owner’s clueless tactics, the head coach’s clueless coaching, and the players’ inability to get out of their own (as well as errant punts) way is particularly embarrassing and galling. Hail to the Redskins!
I generally can’t stand consultants. They get called in when there is an issue, say whatever it is the person who is paying them wants to hear, collects ridiculous sums of money, and then disappears without having solved anything but helped whoever hired them look like they were doing something. My favorite consulting story involves a consultant telling the company that hired them that they needed to hire her full-time and pay her a lot of money. Of course they did, and the rest is a history chock full of ridiculous overspending and horrible management. So when your favorite football team hires a consultant mid-season to help with the offense? Oy. Read the rest of this entry
1. Why is it that when you drive through a poor urban neighborhood, a busy downtown district, or a college campus, pedestrians have absolutely no problem with stepping out in front of your car at any time and fully expect you to stop? I have my own theory on the matter. The poor do it because they feel that they have very little power over the world at large, and so take advantage of what little power they can as often as they can, glaring down people in their cars like they own the street. Meanwhile, those brisk-walking tools with their briefcases are too important and busy to trouble with niceties like crosswalks and crossing signs. They don’t even look at the car that almost hits them. Finally, students do it because they truly believe that the world revolves around them, and so they just glance at the car if they notice it at all. The world could use a lot less of all of them.
1. I graduated last night! My wife and I have finished our regular therapy sessions, with a healthy and happy relationship with each other, each of us better and stronger and more forgiving of ourselves even as we recognize our faults. I am incredibly proud of both of us; the road was the most difficult one I have ever had to go down, and along the journey there were many times that I just didn’t want to face another day. With hard work, honesty, trust, and willingness to fully invest in the process, we have become a healthy and happy couple once more. I can’t give enough credit to our awesome therapist, and to each of us for sticking to what we said we would do. Yay us!