Monday, July 28, 2008

3 Decades

30 years ago today, something happened that would change the face of history. This date to be remembered is the anniversary of the day that Timothy Mark Lewis came into the world. Celebrate in whatever way you would, but the preferred method is with cash. Cash, or wiener dogs. My parents decided both would be appropriate. This is my birthday wiener dog.

Thanks to my family for the awesome party.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Golf = Lame

I use the "sports" tag very loosely here.

First read this article. Michelle Wie was disqualified from a golf tournament this weekend. She was in second place. The reason: not signing her scorecard before leaving the playing area. In any serious sport an athlete or team is supposed to win because they are the best. With more questionable practices by professional sports, such as steroids, possible official scandals of fixing games, and owners and cities fighting over new stadiums to be funded by taxpayers, I would say this one takes the cake. Imagine if the NBA is about to hand Michael Jordan the championship trophy when the officials look at the scorecard and realize he didn't sign the final scorecard. They hesitate and pull the trophy away and gasp, saying, "We're sorry Michael, but we're going to have to give this to the Pistons. You forgot to sign the scorecard."

I know what you're going to say. It's about tradition, etiquette, etc., blah, blah, blah. The scorecard is superfluous. If you watch golf on television you can check the score as they go. They have officials there to keep track of their scores for them. These are professionals and when we're talking about hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, it should not be up to the athletes, if you can call them that, to work on the honor system anyway. Of course, they're all millionaires anyway, and because of this little flap, Michelle Wie lost $155,252. That's second place. I reiterate: golf is lame.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Writing: The Next Step

The past few months I have been practicing the discipline of daily writing. I set up rules that allowed me to take certain days off from writing, but for the most part I have been pretty successful in keeping with my goal of writing at least 500 words each day of various subjects and forms. I even set up a blog to keep track of these goals and for others to track my progress.

Having kept these goals and tasted the discipline of daily writing, I feel that focusing this writing may be the next step. I will continue to keep the daily writing blog, but I will also be spending more time refining some of the ideas that arose from this practice. These will not get posted because they will be the beginnings of a book (or multiple books) and I would hate to ruin my chances of having them published, because my wife wants me to write a best seller (or multiple best sellers) so that she can quit her job.

So that's it. I will be refining the rules on my writing experiment in order to begin writing a book. I will not be giving it up totally because I have had so much fun with it, but I want to stretch myself even more, and I think this is the way to do it.