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Absence makes the heart grow…annoyed?

To my 12 readers that are now likely 3 – thank you for coming back in for a quick peek despite my inability to post anything since “The Decision” which I believe was more than two months ago.

I’ve been in the process of starting my own business,which obviously takes up a lot of time, and have spent the very few free hours I have as far from a computer as possible.

So, in an effort to prove that despite being absent for months my sports and pop culture knowledge is up to par, I give you my “6 things that happened since that glorious one hour piece of television featuring Lebron James, Jim Gray and many traumatized children.”

1. Red Sox Injuries

Honestly it has been one of those seasons where the injuries pile up at such a ridiculous rate it becomes almost comical. Broken ribs, feet and a thumb. Strained backs, forearms and abdominal muscles. WTF? 

Now despite what Theo Epstein and the Sox brass may have attempted to have you believe – this was a bridge year just like 2006. The injuries just made it easier to compensate for losing. While D-Mac and Bill Hall have played admirably, you just simply can’t win a pennant race in the AL East if those guys are on your roster. Meh.

2. The Other Guys

I’m not going to lie – the thought of Will Ferrell movies make me pee a little. I think he is the funniest man in the world, hands down. I have probably seen Anchorman, Step Brothers and Talladega Nights combined more than the sum of all other comedies I have ever watched. I laugh at the same jokes hysterically and quote them via text weekly. Needless to say I was more than ready for this movie. Unfortunately I left kind of disappointed – building a movie up like that tends to always lead to a letdown. There were some hilarious moments and I’ll obviously see it again to catch some things I may have missed the first time around but it simply boiled down to too much Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch. Mark – I love you but you crushed this movie.  Was John C. Reilly unavailable?

3. Virginia Tech Football

I’m a die-hard Hokies fan and have been since childhood thanks to my dad. The fandom then took on another level when I visited Lane Stadium for the first time in 1995 and we started going to 1 or 2 games annually. Then my parents picked up season tickets before the 1998 season and it was on – we were making the 3 1/2 hour trip to Blacksburg for every home game. I literally used to watch the 2000 National Championship game over and over on VHS and turn it off after the 4th quarter with the Hokies leading 29-28 (that wasn’t the final score).

With all the preseason polls coming out and Virginia Tech picked by most to finish anywhere from 6th to 13th I’m giddy like a kid again. I’ll be on my way up to FedEx Field for the first game against the season against preseason Top 5 (in ALL polls) Boise State in less than three weeks – see you there.

4. DirecTV

Recently we switched from Time Warner Cable (i.e. The Evil Empire) to DirecTV. Simply put it was the greatest decision in the history of decisions made on the earth.  More channels, more HD, lower cost, exclusive programming and phenomenal customer service. It even gave me the ability to get the wife into The Wire which I’ve been trying to do for years. All thanks to The 101. I love you DirecTV. I love you.

6. LOST: The Complete Collection

I’ve already committed at least 7,000 minutes to the series and can’t wait to spend another 5,704 watching the series again.  That plus the fact that the set has 30 Hours of new features and a 12 minute epilogue show makes itttt touughhh to typpe. I already have mine preordered so it gets shipped the day before it comes out (8.24.10).  You may not see me for a while…

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Vacation Fail Blog

In all my wisdom, I decided to start a blog right before vacation to lose any traction I may potentially be gaining. Another reason why my mother will surely be my #1 fan no matter what blather I post to the Net.

So, in a lame effort to put SOMETHING up as I stew over my LOST series recap blog, I have decided to post a few of my favorite things over the course of the last month. Enjoy?*

*question mark completely intentional

The National: High Violet

When i first heard The National’s album Boxer in ’07 I wasn’t sure what to make of them. A guy the mumbles with a deep voice over a mish mash of instruments was actually my first thought. But for whatever reason I continued playing the record from beginning to end because something about it was haunting to me.

Fast Forward three years and I am one of their biggest fans. I saw them perform at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh from the upstairs balcony and it was one of the most memorable experiences of my concert going life.

High Violet is a step towards the mainstream for the band (if there is such a thing for these guys from Ohio) and they have a range of sound on this album.  Just like the previous albums they focus mainly on the American way of life – particularly in the Midwest and Matt Berninger talk/sings.  I’ll let you get a real critics take here  in Nicholas Dawidoff’s fascinating profile from the NY Times.

Big Papi/Little Papi

For those of you who doubted the big slugger – and quite possibly my favorite Red Sox player ever alongside Mo Vaughn, Manny Ramirez and The Teammates – shame on you.

This May David Ortiz is batting .361 with 9 Home Runs and 23 RBI’s and he has 2 more games to add to those totals.  Take away his horrendous April this year and this first two months of last season and Americo is hitting .280 with 36 bombs and 104 RBI.

Now I don’t feel as bad about naming my dog Lil Papi (and cursing Big Papi forever) prior to the 2009 season – especially if we can make a playoff run.

Vince Carter hits full court shot sitting down

I think VC knew this was a must in preparation for his playoff choke against the Celtics.  (Side note – I can’t say I ever thoughts Vince Carter would make it onto a blog created by me once, let alone twice in a month but hey, what can ya do.)

Random Favorites

Gordon’s BBQ in Apex, NC. – Looks like a dump, acts like a dump, tastes like something fierce. $4.99 platter on Tuesday’s.

Over The Limit on truTV – Drunk college kids and idiots trying to drive and/or walk get pulled over by cops and made fun of as the slur their speech and say things Mom is surely to be proud of.

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