Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Coffee is my substance of choice and indifference is my main emotion at the moment. I sit at my desk thinking about my exhilarating weekend in Atlantic City and bullshit existential questions I can’t answer. I guess these questions are part and parcel of the human condition, but not having all the answers perpetuates the cognitive dissonance. All the answers would ruin the fun though right? Anyway, its hot as shit out today and that fact plus these questions got me thinking about the passage of time. I feel like just last week I was freezing my ass off in the dead of winter and now summer is right around the corner (Maryland may be the epicenter of global warming). People often forget that time is a human construct and therefore we miss out on the little things along the way. Every interaction or minute gesture could be the answer to one of those bullshit existential questions. Its hard to think in this manner at the beginning of each week, but it is valuable, and will help one avoid feeling like Marcel Proust their whole life. I guess sometimes you can’t let the grandiose questions rule your everyday life, sometimes you have to just believe, regardless of the difficulty in such a task.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Major League Soccer is underway, and I have had the pleasure of watching a number of very entertaining games thus far. Over this past off season the league lost a number of big names, which worried spectators in a number of circles. One big name who is absent from the league, but who has not moved on is of course Landon Donovan. The long time American hero is currently taking a sabbatical from the game to assess his life and future options. In recent weeks Donovan has been spotted at various places including a USC speaking engagement and surprisingly in Cambodia playing pick up soccer with local children. I have always been a fan of Donovan and truly respect his introspective personality, but I think this reeks of unprofessional behavior. Donovan took the chance to rest this whole MLS off season and has not been playing with the national team recently. One would believe this was a good amount of rest for a top level professional soccer player, but Donovan needed more. The LA Galaxy are allowing Donovan to return to practice at the end of March, while during that time span he will miss a number of league games, and their Champions League quarterfinals. Any where else in the world and this probably wouldn't be tolerated; Donovan would be dropped and possibly jettisoned from the team. Also think of the double standard between this situation and when Donovan called out David Beckham for his commitment to the Galaxy. I know I can never put myself in his shoes, and he doesn't owe us anything, but for American soccer to reach new heights, there needs to be a higher standard of professionalism.