I’m often working hard to write late into the night these days, fighting a never ending battle against Writer’s Block and Written Diarrhea that it feels too epic for a human writer. As a result, I have conjured up my vision of a writing superhero to visualize my glorious quest to push me through any barrier that stands in my way. I call him Nightwriter, and his symbol is that W you see to the right!
You can start early voting today for the US, it seems, from what some friends were posting on Facebook. That’s almost a month ahead of time!
That led me to think with that much time, what if enough people went to vote that CNN and other news stations could call the election before election night?
Seriously, this could be done!
C’mon, American neighbours! Don’t make me wait. And don’t disillusion me on my perception of your collective intelligence and common sensibility.
Actually, forget about me! Don’t make the world wait. Nor disillusion it on their perception of your collective intelligence and common sensibility!
It’s a pretty obvious choice! Why prolong the inevitable?
For the opening of the 2015 Thursday Night Football season with the Denver Broncos visiting the Kansas City Chiefs, there was an inspirational 1 minute 42 second speech by Forest Whitaker shown below. The video works if you play it on YouTube. The NFL just made it inconvenient for us not to show it when embedded in WordPress.
I’ve taken the time to write out the text below (as well as put it in a JPG) because even more inspirational than listening to an inspirational speech, is reciting it aloud yourself! If you’re even keener, practice it so you recite it better than just reading it aloud first time around.
It’s empowering as well as inspirational, and it works whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, doing it by yourself or to friends or family. The latter might actually benefit from hearing any inspirational speech you choose to recite if they had not heard it before, or even just hearing it from someone they know!
You don’t have to do it in the same style as the orator. Actually, I would encourage you put your own style to it! Make it yours! Go for it!
The Thursday Night Football speech text is below.
p.s. This video seemed to have also been a premonition. The kid fumbles the ball during tackle practice. Then he goes on to wear a Jamaal Charles jersey to the game. And what happened? Jamaal Charles fumbled the ball twice to cost his team the game (and he said that, not me blaming him). And now, Jamaal Charles could probably use this speech more than anybody else! I’m a Broncos and Peyton Manning fan, but I wish Jamaal all the best on the road back. Go for that feeling, man!
It’s December again, and for those who want to liven up the holidays with some inappropriate Christmas carols, I have eight I have written starting from back in 2009.
- Jingle Bells for Tiger Woods
- 12 Days of (Vietnamese) Christmas
- Noisy Night
- Bad Christmas
- Have Yourself a Bummer Little Christmas
- I Want a Hypothalamus for Christmas
- Deck your Balls with Boughs of Holly
- The Drugged Up Christmas Song
On Monday night, the NFL replacement officials made a terrible call that robbed the Green Bay Packers of a victory, and gave the Seattle Seahawks one, on the final play of the game. Watch the video through the link and judge for yourself, if you have not seen it. The NFL has tried to support this decision, but I doubt anybody but Seattle fans and their team are buying it.
Back in June, 2010, American League umpire Jim Joyce made a wrong call on the final out of a Indians – Tigers game that robbed Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga of a perfect game. To be fair, Jim Joyce publicly apologized, but he should have pushed major league baseball to reverse the ruling given it had no external impact like game outcome or playoff race, or different outcome the way it was allowed to play out.
Both of these were potentially game ending rulings if done right. That is, what came after would not have mattered. There were no “what ifs” had the rulings been changed, like a mid-game ruling where there were lots to still play for and anything might still have happened.
So why can’t they be reversed and the correct results be placed in the record books?