I write a blog. I have no deadlines, no editor, no constant pressure to write, and no one on my ass. I write when I feel like it, which is the best sort of situation possible.
However, I’m lazy and I’m a procrastinator. I have a veritable plethora of distractions and I know how to use them. Didn’t the kitchen sink need scouring?
My blog serves two purposes. First, relaxation therapy for me. I love to write. I love to read my own words. I’m a neologist, a bombasterator, and an etymonarcissist. Occasionally, I add content to the words, which makes me even happier. The second purpose of my blog is to share information. When I write silly stuff like this, I’m not really sharing information. Furthermore, if I write drivel or worse, nothing, no one will come here to read my words, just on the off chance that they convey something meaningful. I am really falling down on the job.
I’ve castigated myself for non-performance in prior years’ football off-seasons. It seems to do no good. I have to rebuild my clientele every fall when football interest picks up. Every year I lose a few more because people rightly don’t have the time to read drivel when there are so many good and informative Penn State football blogs on the Internet. Look at Black Shoes Diaries or Linebacker U, to name just two. They’re not slacking off for the summer; they provide excellent information on- and off- season. Thus, they retain many of their hard core devotees during the summer.
Sandra Friend, who writes several blogs about hiking and outdoor life in Florida, has been traveling around the world and is always working on and publishing new books, yet her blogs continue to be regularly supplied with new content and don’t seem to miss a beat. Frankly, I don’t know how she does it all. But she does it, and she does it well.
Not this Turkey. Bad Turkey. This Turkey trots when he feels like it and for five months, he’s barely felt like it. I usually don’t post something for the gratuitous sake of having something to post, but today I have done so. Has it assuaged my guilt? Would that I could tell you.
And now the news:
Osama bin Laden is dead. Just in case you didn’t know it, you know it now. Discovery Channel is showing us all how it happened tonight at 10.
Jim Tressell still has his job at Ohio State, though it’s anyone’s guess as to why, in the wake of Tattoogate.
Prince William took a bride, a commoner. Now, Waity Katy gets to walk three steps behind Will in public. What a life.
Syria looks like the latest Muslim country to degenerate into civil unrest.
Joe Paterno walked out of a Big Ten press conference without answering any questions, leaving a couple of first year assistants to the press wolves.
The McCabe Sisters are still, as a unit, better than the Penn State offensive line.
The Big Ten’ll get you Twelve will still have two divisions inanely named Leaders and Legends for the forthcoming season.
Ashton Kutcher will replace chronic malcontent Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men. How is he going to maintain the show’s edge? Date a different cougar every month?
This Turkey no longer cares about American Idol, but is rooting for Hines Ward on Dancing With the Stars, which he has never seen.
The beleaguered Pittsburgh Penguins were drummed out of the first round of the playoffs. But it’s a wonder that they got so far without Crosby, Malkin, Staal, and Cooke for much of the season.
The same Penguins have been ruminating about reviving aging Czech star Jaromir Jagr. Last year they picked up Alex Kovalev, another former Pen star. Their combined age is 77.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were above .500 for one day.
Jenny got a dog. She’s a well behaved but shy cutie named Shyanne.
President Obama says he will allow oil drilling in the Gulf and Alaska Reserves. OMG, did he join the John Birch Society or something?
AT&T is trying to acquire the U.S. operations of T-Mobile, creating an oligopolistic market for cellular communications. Bad for the consumer. Very bad. (Next move would be for Verizon to acquire Sprint. Check and checkmate.)
Republican members of congress are threatening to block an increase in the debt ceiling. They ought to do more — like stopping runaway spending by both parties.
Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant likely suffered a core meltdown. We don’t know for certain, but we’ll be able to tell you better in 2.187 x 107 years or so.
I think I’ve covered enough to make this an official post. Right?
The Redhead says
I’m behind on my blogging, too. I’ve been working on a “list” post similar to this one. Always enjoy your posts, Ben (although I don’t read the ones about football as I’m not a fan of the sport 🙂
The Nittany Turkey says
I think we both might be spending too much time on Facebook, which tends to sap brainpower normally made available to the blogosphere. This must be remedied, at least here in Turkeyville!
The Redhead says
Funny thing, until the past couple of days, I’ve been on Facebook significantly less. In my case I am suffering from writer’s block and a lack of energy. Hope we both find remedies soon!
Are you telling us that you are a narcissistic linguaphile? Or is the term logophile? Nonetheless they both sound like terms that could get you arrested.
Since you are waxing on news items — a couple from North of the 49th:
Federal Election: Tories won a majority, Liberals trounced ( like you losing the GOP), Bloc Quebecois no longer an official party ( who else has an official party that wants to break up the country), New Democrats now dominant in Quebec with some sketchy Members of Parliament elected. The outcome remains to be seen but we are not going to be annexed to the U.S.A. We like you as good neighbours!
Vancouver Canucks: our last Canadian hope in the bid for Lord Stanley’s trophy. Only other hope if they go is Tampa Bay since Stevie Y. is from my home town and has a local arena named after him.
World Cup: both the U.S. and Canada sent packing. U.S. loss to Canada and Canada loss to Russia
Weather: in my part of the world. Please sent any extra arks you see that are not in use.
My Dogs: Shasta and Rocco, costing me money; one obeys and one does not. Where is the dog whisperer when you need him.
Must go and scour my sink. Thanks for reminding me!
The Nittany Turkey says
Did I ever respond to this? I don’t see it here. Maybe I did it by mail. WTF? LOL.
I’ll trade you some Florida heat for your rain right now.
The Bolts bamboozled the Bruins in Game One, but the Bruins seem to have got their number now. We’ll see, but I’m thinking that a Boston vs. Vancouver championship looks pretty solid right now. I’ve been known to be wrong in the past, but as long as I have a 25% chance of being right, I’ll reserve my bragging rights.
I was going to write some more drivel this week but the time was displaced by moving the mail server for my company over to Google Mail. I could write about that, too, for the geeks in the crowd. But nooooooooooooooooooooo, I continue to displace my relaxation therapy in favor of other worthless pursuits.
Finland deserves a world title every now and then, just so I can befuddle everybody by talking about Suomi. Besides, those names with the –ula and –onen suffixes and the KKs are too cool. Better than all those –bergs, –quists, and –sons from Sweden (Sverige).
That’s about it. I probably said all this in an email. Or not.