Sunday, May 31, 2009

Lebron is a punk

While he may be the most physically gifted player in the NBA, he is still a punk. The proof is in his reaction to losing game 6 to the Magic yesterday. Rather than stay on the court to shake hands with the winners (a sports tradition) and talk to the press (an NBA requirement for all players), LeTravel did what any punk will do: he walked off the court without a word to anyone. I heard he even refused to get on the team bus and sulked off to his mother's house (she lives in Orlando). What a punk! If that was Kobe, we would never hear the last of how Kobe is selfish. But with LeTravel, everybody (especially the fawning press) wants to give him excuses. He was so passionate about the game he couldn't talk! He didn't wanna saw the wrong thing! Bull!

I just wonder if David Stern will fine him for violating that rule. I remember one post-game interview where all Rasheed Wallace's response to ALL questions was "Both teams played hard". Dude didn't want to get fined but he knew he had a contractual obligation. But not LeTravel. When he wins, he's very loquacious; plays air guitar on the sidelines; blows powder at opposing teams' fans. But as soon as he loses (which he always will if he stays in Cleveland and is being coached by Mike I-allow-LeBron-to-run-things Brown), he clams up and refuses to talk. If he doesn't get fined big and publicly, it will only prove what we all known: David Stern wants LeTravel in the finals so bad, he's willing to sell the meager integrity of his game.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Jay Leno's last night

Tonight is Jay Leno's last night on The Tonight Show. He's being pushed out to make way for Conan O'Brien. Conan is funny but all Jay has done is kick Jay Letterman's butt for 17 years and been king of late night. But I guess that's not enough for the morons running NBC. What a bunch of idiots. I bet Jay goes to 10pm, gives it a shot for 1 season and calls it quit. I definitely don't think he'll be at 10pm for another 17 years.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Waiting for babies

Have you ever taken one of those classes in college where the final exam counts for 30% of your final grade? Where you've worked so hard and know that going into the final exam, all you need is to just write your name and you'll get a B? That even if you skipped the final, the worst you'll get is a C? I have and the feeling you get prior to the exam is sorta mixed. You can't quite let go since you really really want an A in the class. At the same time, you aren't too worked up about the final since you already have a good grade in the bag. You know that feeling?

That's the feeling I have been having the past 4 weeks. I know the twins are coming and that's a big deal. But I am not going to be doing the heavy lifting (or pushing as the case may be). We have a very good hospital, very capable doctors and I have made sure the car is gassed up (no stopping on the way to get gas). I know the way to the hospital (courtesy of the scare we had 4 weeks ago); it takes 20-25 minutes; and thus far (knock on wood) have never ran into traffic on the way there.

On the other hand, I know my life is going to change irreversibly. Even more than it changed after marriage. 'Cos what are you going to do; divorce your babies? So occassionally, I break out in a cold sweat and wonder "oh Lord, what did I get myself into?"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A GOP I can respect

In the past few days, there's been talk about how the GOP is non-inclusive and how that will continue to cost them votes. People like Joe Scarborough and Collin Powell want the GOP to embrace non-right-wing ideologies like same-sex marriage, sex education, health reform etc.

While that's all well and good, I think I prefer that the GOP remain what it is: a party for rich white straight folks. Why? For 2 reasons:
  • if you don't believe in a party's ideology, then you shouldn't be in that party. You can't call yourself a republican when you don't believe in the party's core ideals.
  • the GOP remaining non-inclusive virtually guarantee more wins for the democrats. Not necessarily because they are better but because you gotta vote for someone, right? Better you vote for someone you know (and you will know because those 2 parties outspend all the other fringe parties combined) than vote for Nader.
So while Rush Limbaugh is a fat idiot, at least he's willing to stick to his beliefs, however wrong they might be. People like Joe Scarborough aren't saying the GOP's ideas are wrong. They are just trying to turn the GOP from a party with central core ideals into a loose coalition of people that don't believe in the same things but find it politically expedient to vote together.

Of course, one could argue this is what the democrat party has become!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ready for them?

People keep asking me "are you ready for them?" Them being the twins my wife and I are having any minute now. When I am asked this, I give the customary "yes I am ready". Like what else am I going to say "oh shit! I didn't plan for this"? 

Sure the house is ready (set  up the cribs months ago; set up the bassinet this past week; pack 'n' play is on the way; baby video monitor is on the way; bought enough onesies). But am I ready? I certainly hope so but can you ever really know? After having lived with just 1 person for 5 years, how will I react to 2 babies crying non-stop? I am your typical early-to-bed-early-to-rise person, so how will I respond to midnight feedings disturbing my sleep cycle? What kind of dad will I be (thankfully I have an excellent template to follow)? Will they be healthy (this is my #1 fear every time I read about an abnormality)?

Am I ready? Ask me in a few months and I'll let you how ready I was.