It's All Goodnow……

The First Girl I Ever Kissed

Here is a mixed bag…………

1. I was on the subway yesterday and  4 African-American males got on the train.  In the four stops (about 9 minutes) that I was on the train with them they said the N-word 28 times. (Yes, I counted)  Loud too.  No regard for anyone around them.  Terrible.  In schools they should be taught “How to interact in society 101”  Using “The N-word” over and over and over in a language that only a small sub-culture would find acceptable is worrisome. 

2. Guess what I have in my apartment?  A pet.  I got a pet.  Ok, maybe a mouse found its way into my place, but he’s cool and I’m keeping him.  His name is Chip.  He lives under my radiator.  I have no intentions of feeding him.  I like the arrangement.

3. My knee is torn to shreds.  I cannot walk.  I limp everywhere.  Going to the doctor early next week to find out if I can get a shot to get me through training or if I need to hang it up and get physical therapy.

4. I signed up for a writing course through Gotham Writing School.  It is a creative writing class.  I think it will be a good way to force me to work outside of my comfort zone, maybe meet some new people, and do some networking.  Moreso, it is a way for me to pursue my passion.  Writing makes me happy.

5. Several people have called me to ask if I’m OK because my Facebook account was deactivated.  Hmmm….didn’t know that was a sign of distress.  Well, I’m better off without it.  I’m using my time more efficiently.  I was on that site far too much.  I’m glad I can diagnose a problem and do something about it.  There is hope for me yet.

6. The Gaslight Anthem plays on September 30th here in New York City.  I don’t have anyone to go with, but I’m going to go.  I don’t care if I’m alone.  I really want to see that show.  I’m going to get good tickets because it will make me happy (and I’ve been fairly good on my new budget)

7. Ready for this?  Today when I was walking home I noticed a girl that I thought I recognized.  I walked up to her and…….   Yep, it was who I thought.  The first girl I ever kissed.  Ha.  She lives 20 blocks away.  Small world.   That was today’s New York moment.

I wanted to tell her that I wasn’t sure if it was her at first because she wasn’t in the backseat of a Ford Taurus with foggy windows, but I refrained. 

Not sure quite how to put this, but she sure did grow into her looks.  You cannot say that about most women, but this girl got much better looking with age.

8.  I found a bunch of live tracks that the Gaslight Anthem recorded on NPR.  Excellent stuff.  Especially the “unplugged” tracks.   I have been listening to them non-stop.

9. Best man speech is complete.  Typed.  Printed.  Done. Now it is all about the execution.  I thought about a MILLION different things I can do with this speech.  I have costume changes.  A pyro technic set up.  Several props.  Electronic equipment.  A light show.  A midget.  And a bottle of scotch.

Stay tuned.

10. I was eating lunch and a girl was within earshot and speaking on her phone, “Oh My God.  I am such a loser.  I am eating ALL ALONE.”  I felt bad for her.  Too bad she has to feel that way and she can’t enjoy some time alone.  Time alone is a beautiful thing.

11. I have a friend who just started a blog.  It is fucking awesome.  He keeps more to one topic at a time and does a great job.  He has a way of making you feel like you are in the situation he is depicting without being wordy.  That’s a gift.

12. I went to the gym tonight and hated it because I cannot run.  I benched heavy for the first time in a year.  After two sets I realized I was going to hurt a joint if I kept doing it so I stopped.  Maybe I’m recognizing when my body says “No mas, por favor”

13. I love writing.  I want to do it as my job.  All the time. I want to get better at it.

14. Time to buy a new pair of Brooks Brothers khakis.  They are about all I wear these days. 

15. I’m really pissed about my knee.  I look down on people who set a goal and do not accomplish it.  I think that is why I want a doctor to shoot up my knee with some pain medication.  I don’t care about damage right now.  All I want to do is run this marathon.  I will have surgery when it is over.  I have no problem with that at all.  This is about me finishing out  2010 strong with a marathon.  It needs to happen.   I guess I have issues, but I’d rather have issues with wanting to accomplish my goals than with not pursuing them.

I’m more afraid not to try than I am to fail.

I wonder which song they’re going to play when we go? 

I hope its something quiet and minor and peaceful and slow.

J-E-T-S

Last evening I went to the “New Meadowlands” to watch the Jets of New York (They should be called the New York Jets who play in New Jersey.  I mean, the Patriots aren’t the Boston Patriots BECAUSE they do not play in Boston.  They play in a small town in the middle of nowhere.  Thus, they are the New England Patriots.  Same should go for the Jets.)

The Jets of New York played the Ravens of Baltimore.  I was excited to attend this game for a solid week. 

1. The first Monday Night football game in the new stadium.

2. Jets home opener.  Lots of energy. 

3. Both the Ravens and the Jets are supposed to be top notch football teams this year.

4. An excuse to get out of Manhattan for a night.

5. Good company with my buddy who has the tickets.

Overall, I was looking forward to a great night.

The night provided far more entertainment that I could have imagined.

First, I got a ride out of the city.  I’m not used to being in nice automobiles (the extent of my car riding experience is typically that of a 1998 Ford, Crown Victoria being driven by some maniac who I’m pretty sure has no regard for his  life or mine)  so it was a refreshing change to be in someone’s BMW 5 Series zipping our way to the game.  (Sidenote: if you want a great car.  Get a BMW.  Hands down.)

As we get into New Jersey the sky looks like the world is about to end.  Literally, we got out of the Lincoln tunnel and you would have thought we were in a different universe.   Lightning filled the sky.  It looked like the world was about to be swallowed by the sky. 

We get to the stadium to discover that  the game has been delayed due to lightning.  There is only one reason why they will delay on NFL football game and that’s it. 

After a half hour of waiting around a crowded concourse listening it J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets….cheers every 23 seconds or so the stands were opened and I could escape the echoes of drunken chants.

Oh, I also enjoyed the most mediocre grilled cheese sandwich of all time.  Unmelted cheese in between two pieces of toast.  I threw some BBQ sauce on it and was a happy camper.  Truthfully, I was just glad there was a vegetarian option.

Let me give you some background on the seats that I sit in when I go to Jets games.  My friend has had them for 25 years.  Everyone around these seats has had season tickets for approximately the same amount of time.  It is a big family.   Now, with the new stadium these folks were still able to stay together.  That being said there are a whole lot of “transient” fans who buy single game tickets and are scattered amongst those who have been going to the games for years (ie, people who want to watch the game and not get into 438 fights) 

I think you can see where this is headed.

Mid-way through the second quarter a Ravens fan goes up to a group of young kids who have been acting like morons (Trying to start fights with older Jet fans.  Calling people fat, f&gg0ts.  Asking who wanted to fight in the parking lot after the game.  So in general acting like clowns who have watched one too many episodes of Jersey Shore.)  The Ravens fan is also an idiot (I don’t think I would go up to a group of aggressive Jet fans and start taunting them after my team scored a touchdown.  I think a quiet golf clap is appropriate in such a setting)

The next thing you know one of the “Jersey Shore Jet Fans” (oh, that’s a great name for this kid)  throws a soda bottle (Hey, that’s $4.75 that kid just threw in the air)  And it misses the Ravens fan.  You know who it hit?  Oh yes, that’s right.  A FEMALE security guard.  Two minutes later SEVEN New Jersey State Troopers are removing this kid.  It was fantastic.  Everyone started yelling at the kid.  The kid starts yelling that everyone is a “rat” for “telling on him”.   (Hey kid, you are at a $1.8 BILLION stadium.  You think you weren’t on camera?  You hit a security guard with an object.  You……..are………..going…………to JAIL.   Yeah!!!!!!!!!!)

Things were fairly tame after that, with the exception of another trip to the seats above us to the removal of some drunken Ravens fans by New Jersey’s finest.  (These Troopers were some bad dudes.  If they got time and a half they deserved it)

Oh, yeah….the football game.

Ugly.  Penalties everywhere.  Only one touchdown scored all night.  But at the end of the game the Jets lost and that is a good thing.  (for me anyways)

 Some notes:

1. It was announced that a B-52 bomber was going to flyover after the national anthem.  It did not show up.  Bummer.

2. Green Day played the half time show.  Very cool.

3. They stopped selling beer at the start of the 3rd quarter.  I was surprised by this, but by no means upset after seeing how drunk and aggressive people were.

4. The new stadium is better for this with money and much worse for those who can “only” afford the $100 seats.  Unreal.

5. Mark Sanchez looked terrible.  I mean, really bad.

6. Ray Lewis is scary.  From 180 feet up he is still a scary looking human being.

7.  When Revis was introduced you would have thought the President was being announced. Place erupted.

8. The fireworks for the pre-game intros were a nice touch.

Great time at the game.   Entertainment to behold everywhere.