Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hell week

You need a status update. That's why I'm here.

How have I been lately? Not great actually. For those not in the sports journalism industry, the first two days of the NCAA tournament are beyond insane. Black Friday times two. We all dread this time of year. You have fun with your brackets and non-stop games. It's a hell of a lot of work for us. Game after game piled on each other with columns coming out of every corner of the nation. By Friday night I was exhausted. By Saturday night, I was catatonic. For proof, I went to bed at 1 in the morning, which is like a person who usually goes to bed at 11 going to bed at 7. And then I slept the next 10 or so hours and never felt like getting out of bed.

Now, the day before that, I actually celebrated St. Patrick's Day. You know I'm not a big drinker so the day has never meant much to me, but some friends love it so I hung out with them. St. Paddy's Day in Florida is quite different than it is in say, West Warwick. Some of the outfits I saw the women of Fort Lauderdale wearing that night were crazy. I can't begin to describe it without getting an NC-17 rating.

To cap the night off, we saw Badfish, the Sublime cover band. Never been huge on Sublime, but the show was good. The crowd was really into it and there might have been some of the marijuana floating around that building. I came away from that night thinking that Fort Lauderdale sure love its Irish holiday, more so than I thought it would. And that Sumblime fans love the grass. Who knew?

Anyway, after two long days of non-stop basketball, a cold/sore throat made its way around the office. I caught it about Saturday night and it got really bad on Monday and Tuesday. As I write this, I'm just getting over it. Another two off days down the drain, but I did get a lot of good TV watching in my jam-packed schedule.

(I never caught on to the Ricky Gervais podcasts for whatever reason. Now I realize how stupid I was. The show on HBO that replays them with animation has me in tears, literally. Some may think the animation is stupid, but it cracks me up as well.)

So the past seven days have been tiring, but the passage of the Socialist grandparent killing health care bill definitely lifted my spirits. The Dems actually got something done! I'm amazed. This is the first major piece of social legislation since the 1960s. And now the Republicans, knowing they're on the wrong side of history yet again, are losing their damn minds. While it's scary for the country, I am taking a bit of satisfaction in all this. Maybe November won't be such a disaster after all ... The Republicans need another electoral ass kicking so they can realize how low they have sunk.

In closing, a week where the Democrats lift my spirits (along with a very good episode of Lost that actually told us something) is definitely a weird week, isn't it?

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