For the last few years, in an effort to keep tabs on what both major parties are up to, I've subscribed to both the DNC's and RNC's emails. That extended to several campaigns over the years, most notably Obama's. But the honeymoon is long over. No, I'm not talking about Obama's policies and the impending Republican takeover this coming election, I'm talking about the quantity and quality of these emails.
In the last week I've gotten 17, count 'em, 17 emails from Obama's camp in advance of the upcoming mid-term election. I don't know what kind of research studies David Plouffe has done, but this doesn't make sense one bit! One email a day, I can handle. Two emails a day, in the leadup to an election, OK...but only for a few weeks. But this barage is not tolerable.
I unsubscribed to RNC Chair Michael Steele's emails months ago and been hanging on to Obama's up until last week when I proceeded to hit "unsubscribe" in 9-consecutive emails from his staffers. It seems the campaign is so busy sending out emails, scared shitless about the potential mid-term results (which I don't get either since it was bound to happen regardless), that they can't check their inbox for unsubscribes.
So I've taken the more difficult route of deleting the messages immediately after reading them, asking me to join the fight, send some money, spread the word, etc. etc., but this is still like a 2nd job. And anyone who knows me knows I already have about six jobs!
Since 5pm today I've gotten the following emails:
From: David Litt, Obama's DC Volunteer Coordinator; Subject:Saturday after the rally: Phone Bank to Restore Sanity
From: Natalie Foster, Obama's New Media Director; Subject: 7 on 7 Daily Report: Wednesday
From: Natalie Foster (seriously, you again?); Subject: Joah, are you on Facebook?
Why yes, I am on Facebook. But don't you dare start pestering me there either!
You know that scene in Dazed and Confused when Randall "Pink" Floyd rolls up that piece of paper and throws it at the coach? "I may play football...but I'm not signing this!" Well, that's how I feel right now.
I may vote with you, but I'm not signing up for any more emails!
So I earmarked last night for NBA's opening night and watched the Miami Heat start off fairly poorly with only 9 points in the first quarter and 30 in the half before turning it on to make it a game with the Celtics, largely due to LeBron's strong second half performance (he finished with 31 points). The game was fun to watch not only because the Heat struggled, something I don't foresee them doing for much longer, but because the Celtics were the ones doing the punishment. I'm not a Celtics fan at all, but it's my hope that these Eastern powers - Miami, Boston, Chicago, Orlando - beat up on each other throughout the season in hopes of securing home court advantage against the Lakers...only to each end up with 60-65 win seasons.
The crappiest part about watching the game was that I was starting to feel the early affects of a terrible stomach bug - going around Austin for the last few days from what I've heard - that had me back and forth between watching the NBA and the toilet. Not fun at all.
Another crappy part was watching LeBron's shitty new Nike commercial. I absolutely hate when these superstar athletes make a terrible life or business decision and instead of just coming out and saying "hey, The Decision was a bad decision," they get Nike (or some other sponsor) to spend a couple of million bucks to make some commercial addressing it. It not only shows immaturity, but it also shows a deep sense of entitlement...like we, as NBA fans, are the ones who forced LeBron onto that idiotic TV special.
The saving grace of the night was watching a touching Lakers championship ring presentation that went from over-the-top to extremely heartfelt in a matter of seconds as Phil Jackson, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Kobe spoke to the packed Staples Center that included Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, David Beckham, Jaden Smith and, yes, Justin Bieber.
The Lakers, like the Heat, started off very ruggishly and without a lot of tenacity, but Kobe (27 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds) and Gasol (29 points, 11 boards) seemed to realize how important the win was somewhere during the third quarter and ignited the team just enough to overcome a double-digit Rockets lead and allow Steve Blake, an important free agent pickup for the team, and Shannon Brown, resigned thankfully, to drop in a combined 26 points with seven three-pointers.
Despite the stomach bug, LeBron's childish new commercial and the Lakers' early lethargy, I went to bed feeling good about this NBA season and the Lakers' three-peat quest.
*Just added: Charles Barkley on the commercial."
“LeBron is trying too hard, Nike is trying too hard," Barkley said.
"LeBron should have just come out and said ‘I had a lot of great years in Cleveland and I wish I would have handled the Decision thing differently.' That’s the only criticism that he has gotten. No one is mad. First of all he was a free agent so he could have done anything that he wanted. I said 'punk' and I was wrong to say that and I apologized. But that was silly to sit there and torture us for an hour. And another thing, he shouldn’t have disrespected the Cavaliers, he should have told them in advance.”
I hate writing to people on Twitter who I've never met because I'm never sure if they're actually listening (looking) or not, so I figured I'd just write a blog instead.
Austin isn't quite L.A. or New York when it comes to shopping (there's no Brooklyn Industries, APC or Paul Smith), but it gets better every year. Service Menswear, for example, is a men's shop down the street from my place on South Congress that I'm always happy to spend some time in. It's a small little boutique with plenty of known entities (Levi's, Penguin, Jack Spade), but they really know how to utilize their space and buy things that work well in Austin.
Well, it just so happens that Levi's work really well in Austin not only because a stylish guy needs well-made, yet affordable jeans, but also because Service Menswear allows me to get the name-brand jeans I love without going to a department store. That being said, the last half dozen pair of jeans I've purchased were from Service...and they were Levi's.
Unfortunately this whole "work-ready" thing we're being sold on isn't holding up. I bought a pair of 501 Straight-Leg, Button-Fly Levi's and four months later - while putting in some new inventory for Sneak Attack - they ripped between the back pocket and crotch area. Now I know I have a decent sized behind (mostly from running 30 to 70 miles a week since I was 13), but all I was doing was bending down to pick up some t-shirts and then getting them out into the store. I was pissed. The dry cleaner hemmed them up, but that didn't do much good since the rip was so severe.
But I moved on, as I always do, without complaint. Now, here I am, six months later and the second pair of the same jeans have ripped in the identical spot after a similar amount of low-intensity workload. I'm not one to gripe like this, but this is seriously pissing me off. And it's threatening my loyalty to Levi's. Why can't they make a pair of these jeans that truly are ready for work? I bought them at a place called Service, but I don't think a guy wearing these jeans would be doing much service in a pair of these if they only last a few months.
Not sure what ever comes of these tweets/blogs/FB posts, but I hope Levi's responds...not with a free pair of jeans or something like that, but with a genuine desire to get to the bottom of this problem. Because my bottom shouldn't be popping out of the jeans like they've done twice now.
I've been wanting to say this since I got back from my recent trip to Atlanta. Why do we spend so much time telling children that they can do anything they put their minds to? I think we should be spending just as much, if not more, time telling them to do exactly what they love doing. Let me reiterate by saying it is my belief that rather than only spreading a message that says do anything because your brain says you can, why not tell our young people that they should do something because their heart wants you to. This is one of the principle things I learned while writing Real Role Models.
Maybe I'm on an island by saying this. I don't really care. What I'm trying to say is that I'm one of those people who believes God put us here for a reason, not just any reason, but a specific one. Each of us individually. We have a purpose. I'm not trying to be all Joel Osteen or Tony Robbins on you, but it's the truth...we all have a purpose in life and we must find it.
I bring this up because I happen to wake up every morning thanking God for the same things I have nearly all my life...for the ability (and time) to get closer to my purpose in life. It's the same thing I pray for every night: that I'll be blessed with the people, opportunities, lessons and skills to better determine my purpose.
That's what this life is all about if you ask me. No, not just finding your purpose. I'm talking about fulfilling the purpose laid out for you in the short time you have on this Earth. It's funny to read this because it makes me feel like I'm being all religious or writing some type of self-help book, but I'm not tryign to do either.
Some people were born to be mothers, some teachers, some researchers, some athletes, some were meant to correct the harm done to the world by people who think they have no other purpose other than to do harm to others. Determining these purposes is pretty hard, but if you identify your interests, your experiences, your desires and your skills and abilities, your inner-most thoughts should point you in the right direction. At least in the vicinity.
From there, it's important to start figuring out how to fulfill it. Not only for God or this higher power that has given you that purpose (if you too believe that), but for yourself because your heart and mind will agree if you've found it.