Monday, February 20, 2006

Seemingly worthless title

I just realized that my title of my last post had nothing to do with the body of the post. I had originally intended to rant for several days on the idiot that took Kyle's skis. As I started typing, I decided a couple things:
(a) my version of the story was partly secondhand. Although I was there for the theft and the use of the other rentals, I only heard about the encounter with the morons from Kyle. I wasn't there, so Steve should tell the story.
(b) in order to tell the story, I had a lot of details that were pretty mundane and boring. Not good material for a blog that no one reads already. Don't want to chase off the people that randomly come across this thing!!
(c) I found a few other things to talk about. By the time I finished talking about all those, I had forgotten about the ski incident. Imagine that - Flick forgetting something.

Things that I think I think. . .
- I think I become more libertarian every day. It seems like I stumble across stupid people or stupid events or stupid laws or bills or stupid ideals every day that could be amended with a few more people thinking with a libertarian philosophy. Here's an example of my rage - the show "The Book of Daniel" was cancelled by NBC after an incredibly short run. The major reason for this cancellation was the large amount of pressure to cancel the show by the group Focus on the Family. Damn Focus on the Family. Damn them. Do they understand anything about this country? This is a country that was founded on freedom. On liberty. Yet, Focus on the Family bitched and moaned about the content of a television show enough to get it cancelled. So much for freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The show did conflict with many of the groups central and core beliefs. The pastor's son was gay. The pastor smoked pot. Jesus literally sat and talked with the pastor throughout the day. I'm sure there were more "atrocities" in the show. But just because the show doesn't portray your particular beliefs, does that make it a show that no one should watch? Personally, I have a different approach to television. If I don't like the show or if I don't agree with the show, I don't watch it. Nothing says, "CANCEL ME" like poor ratings. If I'm not watching the show, I am helping the ship go down. That philosophy wasn't enough for Focus on the Family. They decided to encroach on everyone else's rights to appease themselves. To me, that is the greater of two evils.

- Figure skating is far too hyped up in the Winter Olympics. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I don't need to watch every freaking figure skater do every single event for the entire Olympics. Please, show me something more entertaining (like more curling).

- Working on President's Day is a crock. I am one of the few suckers that is actually required to work today. What a load of crap. Everyone else gets off school or work except my company. Way to go team.

- The Daytona 500 was far too anticlimactic for me. This is the first Daytona 500 that I have watched where there wasn't "The Big One", or the huge crash that takes out a large chunk of the field. There were several small crashes and one car pileups (if you can even call them that). Nothing big though. The good news from Sunday's race is the resurgence of Robby Gordon and DEI. Robby had moved himself up to 7th place before his right front tire blew out and put him into the wall. His crew did a great job in getting him back out onto the track. Robby then moved himself up to a 13th place finish. Add another 20 laps or so onto the end of the race and it would have been a top-10 (or maybe a top-5) for Robby. Dale Earnhardt Jr. managed to get a top-10 finish as he finished in 8th place. It could have been better, but there was no help for Junior on the top of the track in the final laps. It is still a better looking team than last year. Finally, Martin Truex had an early crash and worked himself back up to 16th. Add in a top 5 finish from Smoke, and it was a pretty good day of racing in my house!

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