Random Thursday Thoughts

The Thursday Run:

Night #2 of No Boundaries at Fleet Feet went well. Really well, even. I missed my running buddy, Julie, who was down in her back. I guess that happens when you get as old as her. Filling in was my #1 daughter, Ellie, who was all decked out in her pink running finery.  The Green Belt was under water so we ended up having to run through parking lots, behind buildings, through alleys and such. It was a bit brisk out, but I am very proud of all the great folks who have committed themselves to this effort. Great fun is being had by all. I felt much better tonight than I did last Tuesday. I hope that trend continues.

Ohio State:

The double-standard I am seeing in certain sectors of sports media is sickening. The way the administration at Ohio State, as well as, coach Jim Tressel is handling this situation is atrocious. Some are lauding his efforts to knowingly withhold information which allowed key players to remain eligible for a run to a BCS bowl game under the guise that it somehow protected the players. Never mind that he was trying to protect his backside and his job. Bruce Pearl has been routinely filleted by the media weekly all season long for having 3 players (2 of whom play for other teams) over to his house for a BBQ and first denying it. He then went, of his own volition, back to the NCAA and fessed up. Tressel was outed by the media. Peal was fined $1.5 million and suspended for half of the SEC season. Tressel, thus far, has been assessed a $250,000 fine (he makes somewhere north of $3 million per year) and he is suspended for the first two games next season. They are of the “Sisters of the Poor” variety games against Akron and Toledo. It’s just plain pitiful.

The Wait Is Over:

Ever since the iPad was introduced last year, I have suffered from iPad envy. Based on my own personal needs assessment in conjunction with an understanding of the many hats I wear and after much research into computing, e-readers, smart phones and certain combinations thereof, I have determined that I could benefit from owning said iPad. Did that sound convoluted enough to be mistaken for plausibility?

I started an iPad fund last fall. Family and friends have made contributions through Christmas, Boxing Day (my Canadian friends), Presidents Day, Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Laundry Day, and, of course, my birthday. Now the funds are in hand. My child will NOT have to go without shoes and my church has not had to go without my tithe. TOMORROW, IT’S ON LIKE DONKEY KONG!

According to sources, 5PM will mark the beginning of The Invasion of Best Buy or, as I like to call it, the Black Friday Best Buy Beatdown! I pity the fool that stands between me and my iPad 2! I’m normally a mild-mannered gentleman. Tomorrow the gloves come off. The forecast calls for mayhem the likes of which has not been seen in these parts since that unfortunate bear crossed paths with Davy Crockett. I will be rested and ready, well-hydrated and, quite possibly, main lining some Girl Scout Samoas just for good measure. I am going for the white, 64GB, WIFI-only model with the ingenious Tennessee orange cover thingamajig. I will be bringing the whole arsenal: The Suplex; The Cobra Clutch; The Jackhammer and even the People’s Elbow. A certain celebrity, who shall remain nameless, has claimed to have tiger’s blood flowing through his veins. That’s nothing. I’ve always had that, baby! If necessary, I will even resort to my secret weapon. I will stuff Ellie’s pockets full of cash and send her to the front of the line. Who could deny my adorable little Brown-eyed iPad Ninjetta?

Perhaps the next post you read will have had its genesis on my new iPad 2. Oh glorious thought! Stay tuned.