a few days ago marked the 8th anniversary of blogging for me… On December 1st, 2000, i first opened up what i then called an online journal that consisted of a flat HTML file that i updated each time i wrote and republished to a free website service called “Homepage”… three years later, i moved over to xanga which was still just hitting its stride… since then, i’ve been through numerous iterations of the whole blogging thing and here we are today…

theTRu actually began as an outpouring of that early online journaling experiment as i included an album of the day with each entry and attempted to write up reviews for each of those… not surprisingly, i often fell atrociously behind schedule and found myself having to write “make up” reviews… (some things don’t change over time)… fortunately, though, i found my voice eventually and my current reviews read nothing like some of those early editions

Anyway, i’m not entirely certain why i’m waxing so nostalgic today – i suppose there’s something about looking forward to what the future may hold that begins with and requires a healthy look back at the past, where it all came together and how it all fell apart as the case may be – but it’s been kind of a trip reading through some of those older entries and realizing how different things are today… i mean, 8 years ago, i didn’t have a house, i didn’t have the littles, and i didn’t even have this job… much less all the experiences that i’ve had in my run as a “broke music journalist”… and now, i’m standing here at the verge of watching everything change again…

today, i’m gonna talk about the week’s football schedule, a book that i just finished, the books i’m reading currently and what i expect to get done in the next couple days… so…. let’s get it started now… let’s get it started, HA!… and away we go…

SPORTS: WEEK FOURTEEN

to the tune of Let’s Get It Started – Kidz Bop Kids

Week 14 for the NFL means that the playoffs have begun in one of my fantasy leagues and that it is only a week away in the other… fortunately i’ve managed to navigate my way into the superbowl hunt in both leagues and i plan on dominating once again… (last year i placed 1st in one league, 2nd in the other)…

on the other hand, my predictions for last week’s games didn’t work out quite as well for me… After a glorious week of 11-5, i got trounced this week, going 7-9 which brings my overall total 110-81-1… of course, the Bills used up all their scoring options the week before that and miserably put only 3 points on the board (after Lindell missed 2 more field goals)… and amazingly, 11 of the 16 visiting teams won their games…

anyway, time to bounce back… winners this week:

Chargers – this game will probably be significantly closer than it really should be, but the Chargers, on the back of LT (and his 3 TDs) will win…
Jaguars – man, they got rocked by the Texans on Monday, you know they didn’t sleep that off yet and they should bounce back against a battered Bears team that just can’t find its way…
Vikings – um, they’re playing the Lions… AP should have about 5 TDs…
Colts – if there will be any week that the Bengals actually look good, it will probably be this week, but let’s hope not… the Colts will look a lot better
Giants – best in the league, week in week out…
Titans – the Browns really have some troubles and the Titans really have a number of good ways to capitalize on them…
Falcons – didn’t they just beat the Saints? oh, no, that was the Chargers… anyway, this week, we’ll beat the Saints…
Packers – Well, they’ll at least be able to stop Slaton…
Bills – yeah, i just can’t bring myself to admit that the Dolphins might beat the Bills… i’d rather be wrong…
Jets – bouncing back in a big way… can’t believe they lost last week…
Seahawks – pay no attentin to the Thanksgiving day game, they’re ramping up as the Patriots are winding down…
Broncos – they need the victory to keep things going their way…
Cards – the Rams might not even show up for this game…
Cowboys – this may be a good matchup as it’s always good to watch Big Ben and Romo square off against each other…
Redskins – this is kind of a dud in the making as far as a Sunday Night Game, but it may also prove to be a good game…
Bucs – i’ve picked against them far too many times… the defense should be strong enouogh to derail the Panther’s momentum train…

and that’s that… i’m not sure which games i’ll get to watch yet, but since the Skins are on at night, i might get a couple extra aired…

BOOKS: DO THE RIGHT THING

to the tune of The Right Thing – Mandisa

Do the Right Thing
by Mike Huckabee

earlier this year, i read and reviewed another book from Gov. Mike Huckabee that focused on the need for character and integrity within government and this book takes that a step further, calling for not only character, but also common sense… now, don’t be mislead, this is a book about policy and it’s pretty thick with concepts, ideas and theories about how specifically the government should be run according to the Governor… sprinkled throughout the political themes are, of course, a number of stories from the campaign trail and everything presented is couched in the colloquial manner of Gov. Huckabee, but it’s understandable that some people may not enjoy this book as much as his other books…

having said that, prior to this year, i probably would’ve fallen into the category of uninterested as i had never quite put much thought into political theory… however, i really enjoyed this book and thought it was extremely well put together – minus the number of typos that jumped out at me – and i found that the biggest downside was the number of times i shook my head and wished aloud that Gov. Huckabee’s campaign had been more successful…

i enjoyed the stories, agreed with the policies as presented and i was somewhat energized by the knowledge that indeed, some people who have a bit of a platform and the potential for even more going forward have a sound mind about them… i was surprised at some of the things written about other candidates – specifically Gov Mitt Romney – but overall it was a great read and if you don’t like the whole political theorizing and whatnot, you may do better to read Character Makes a Difference or one of the other “Hucka-books”…

BOOKS: OFF THE SHELF

to the tune of I’ve Got My Eyes on You – The Clovers

So, here’s a quick update on what i’m currently reading and what you can expect to hear more about in the coming weeks…
The Truth About You (Marcus Buckingham) [about 20 pages left]
Twelve Ordinary Men (John MacArthur) [about 40 pages left]
No More Dead Dogs (Gordon Korman) [about 140 pages left]
Mike Singletary: One on One (Singletary/Carty) [about 140 pages left]
Churched (Matthew Paul Turner) [about 220 pages left]

AND WE’RE OUT

please stick with me and i’ll be getting some new content out the door in the next few days or so including a new 25 Words or Less, a Christmas Music Special, a new Left to Write and even more…

peace… love… bdg…