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This and that

A little bit of this and that this week as I try to catch up with some of the scattered thoughts pinging around in my mostly-empty head.

  • First up, no, you can't come share the spa. Several people asked, and it would just get too crowded. Go buy you own. Eight bucks isn't too much of an investment for a spot of inflated serenity. Or an inflatable oven - whichever you prefer. And, for those curious, I'm still peeling and itching. I may have a spa for sale soon. Cheap.

  • I camped out in front of the TV again Monday morning, mesmerized by the coverage of Hurricane Katrina. I can't imagine the horror left lingering in the storm's wake. The pictures of submerged homes and businesses were mind-numbing, and the survivors' stories just intensified the feeling.

    Take a minute and pray for everyone affected - and another to pray for the people from our area who've already headed that way to help with the cleanup. And if you don't feel that's enough, get involved with the local relief effort. There are few feelings in life that can rival helping someone you don't even know who is in a situation you can't even imagine.

  • Speaking of television, I trudged through the MTV Music Awards Sunday night. You know, for a station that plays maybe three music videos a week, there were a lot of performances in the three-hour show. That's usually a good thing. This time, not so much. Or maybe it was just me - am I finally too old to be a part of the MTV generation?

    (For the record, next time R. Kelly wants to "premiere" another part of his urban opera, he probably should test it out on someone first. I'm sure there's some law about unleashing such horror on large groups of people. And, yes, I've watched the entire five-part sequence. I thought the concept was cool and actually liked the videos. R. Kelly's VMA performance needed more actors, less Kelly.)

  • I was on the sidelines for Thomson's 10-0 loss to Washington Wilkes last Friday and thought I'd offer my two cents. First, don't discount the performance of the Tigers. They came down the road and played a heck of a game.

    But on the Bulldog side of the ball, the overwhelming feeling I came away with is this: The players were shocked, the coaches were angry and everyone involved left the field with a new resolve. I heard a veteran player yelling at some of the younger players and telling them they'd been warned by the coaching staff that they could be beat. Now, he hollered, he guessed they'd believe it.

    I'm not worried about the Dogs (or the Bucs for that matter, but that's another issue). They'll be fine. This loss - while not something anyone wants - may be just the fire some of the players need for the rest of the season.



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