Friday, September 26, 2008

That's debatable...

What if the first question in the debate was "Which kind of bear is best?" That would be great. Of course, the only answer would be "false, black bear." That would determine the presidency. There, done. *wipes hands*

Anyhow, this may be a sign of adulthood (or nerdiness), but I'm actually pretty interested in the debate this evening. I've watched many in the past, but they never had the same hook for me. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Sox are losing again so I have to avoid that channel no matter what!

So here are my humble musings on what I've seen so far:

NAIVETE-- This might just be my personality, but if someone called me naive or inexperienced this many times, I would be naively punching them in the face. Seriously, disagree with each other, but that tactic (yes I know the difference between tactic and strategy) is tiiiiirrrred.

SOMETHING IN YOUR EYE-- Apparently, Jim Lehrer asked this secret question as a precursor to the debate--"Mr. McCain, as president, how many times do you think you could blink in one minute?" McCain then proceeded to break his own personal record a number of times.

BAM! ZING! P.O.W!-- I gotta give props to McCain for only mentioning this once that I can recall. Obviously, the guy deserves our respect for his service, and I'm glad he focused (mostly) on the issues.

NOBAMA-- I think it's important to remember that in reality, these guys are going to get a ton of help from their advisers. That being said, I was surprised how well Obama knew his stuff. Obviously, he's a smart guy, but McCain really does have a huge amount of experience over Obama. However, I felt like his 30+ years experience didn't really show themselves as much as they could/should have.

HUH?-- Did I hear this correctly? McCain said something about North Koreans being on average 3 inches taller than South Koreans? What? I mean, me and the people that read this blog are brilliant, so we can clearly make the connection of average Korean height to possible presidency, but what about Joey Bagodonuts on the street? Is he going to be able to connect
those dots?

UN(es)-- Where were the questions about current video game consoles, games, sales, and brand allegiance? I suppose in order to win, they would both have to back the Wii. But what if Obama gave out his Gamertag, and McCain pulled up his sleeve and showed off his FFVII tatoo? Would a president who games be respected by anyone? I'm pretty sure I know the answer, but I don't like it.

TRIVIAL PURSUIT-- Those of you who know me, know that I love trivia of all sorts. I have an affinity (and a knack if I must say so) for remembering things that nobody should (or does) care about. However, I think I must Palin comparison (sorry!) to these two candidates. I'm sure there's some buzzkill online right now listing all of their errors but I think it's still pretty amazing the kind of statistics and facts they can pull out of their biznass.

WRAP-UP-- My opinion was unchanged. I think it was kind of a draw, but how do you objectively grade these things anyway? Oh, here's how: McCain-- B, Obama-- B+. I give Obama a slight edge for his words on foreign policy which McCain call naive, and I call different from the status quo-- something we may need.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Okay, so I haven't written here in 9 months-- what could have happened in that amount of time? Well, this blog is going to change a bit. I've started to enjoy writing more just as an outlet for schtuff. I didn't say it's improved, so don't expect much- I just like it more. So, I guess I will actually just be talking about anything that strikes me.

Also, Concordia University's lack of quality professors has inspired me, nay, forced me to write.

You're visiting your great grandmother. It's her birthday, and a few of the family have gathered

to visit. She begins to regale you with tales from the olden days. Oh, she repeats herself a few dozen times, mistaking names and places the third and fourth times through; but... she's earnest and excited to be talking to somebody, anybody. Sometimes she's looking into your eyes, sometimes into the eyes of friends and family members past.

Now, put your great grandmother in front of a classroom and you can picture my last four Tuesday nights. What's that? Hyperbole you say? I wish I could agree. Fortunately, our class knows how to entertain itself by this point.


A word about baseball- Yes, I'm jealous. Is THAT what you wanna hear Cubs fans? I wish my team had a larger following. I wish my team had a sweet neighborhood where the game is as fun in the bars as in the park. I wish my team were national darlings instead of the dark horse.

However, I will STILL take the White Sox every day and twice on Sunday. To you, Guillen is a nut job. To me, he's an eccentric genius. To you, Pierzynski is a dirty player. To me, he is a heads-up baseball player. Okay, we can both agree he's kind of a jerk personally. The point is, please don't tell me the Cubs are better, because I will never believe it. Just as you will not believe the Sox are better.

Here's the problem, since there are more of you (and plenty that come out of the woodwork when the Cubs are actually playing well), I never hear the end of it. From now on, include baseball allegiances along with religion and politics as items that are off the table in polite small talk.