Friday, April 07, 2006

Catching Up

Everyday I see things and think that I will write about them as soon as I get home. The problem is that I get home late and have to go to bed early for my 4:00 am alarm that always comes too early. My opinions are longer than I seem to have time to voice. I know this comes as no surprise to most of you. In an effort to clear my mind of some of the things I've been thinking about, here comes a bunch of random thoughts. Ahh, ha, ha!!!

Larry Miller, please find us a winning team in time for next season. If you need some suggestions, please feel free to call me. I love the Jazz, and I want them to be good. It is always more fun to watch a good team than a bad team. It would also reduce your risk of a heart attack. Maybe we could talk while sitting at a Bees' game. I'll even buy a hat and bring my glove and bubble gum.

For as hard as this year has been on the Jazz, Real Salt Lake is off to no rousing start this season. Did anyone else see that first game? Wow. Not impressive, Mr. Checketts. Good luck with that new stadium.

Wheat Thins should not be flavored. Powdered, icky flavoring on the newest of my beloved Wheat Thins should not continue. The regular, reduced fat, and low sodium varieties are the only ones that deserve to keep the name. Any other flavor that is added to such a wonderful cracker owes it to Wheat Thins to be called by another name. Do not taint my crackers.

Happy birthday, Apple. Woz and Jobs, I love you guys. Thank you for a bunch of wonderful computers. The first one we had in my house was an Apple IIe. Now, I am using a PowerBook G4. OS X is the greatest. Final Cut is the best video editor in the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Congratulations to the Maryland Terrapins for a well-fought victory in the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship. Thanks to you and the Duke Blue Devils (no, I will never thank Duke for anything ever again, so enjoy it while you can), the college basketball fans of this world were treated to a true championship game--emotion, grit, angst, suspense, and the love of the game. I wish the young men of the basketball world would all pay attention to that game and the attitudes demonstrated there instead of the haughtiness of the NCAA men's games. The Terps and Devils are not alone in receiving my admiration as fun teams to watch. The Tar Heels (again, this is a one-time praise), the Utes, the Cougs, the Vols, and LSU all were fun to watch. No, they don't dunk like the men, but they play the game like it was meant to be played--as a team. Thank you, ladies. My hat is off to you.

I hate cell phone companies. I do not want to renew my contract with Verizon to change my plan or my phone. I've been with you for long past my original contract. You have the best service where I live. I have no reason to leave you, but if you are going to bully me, I will be done with you. I lived without a cell phone for decades. I have no problem leaving it behind. To the rest of you, I am open to options. If you have something to offer that could keep me in the cell phone world, I'm listening.

I love Mother Nature in the spring. Winter is not my favorite. Frankly, it is my least favorite of the seasons. Summer holds down the number one spot for me, but spring is pretty fun in my new locale. Last week, it was nearly seventy degrees. Today, it snowed all day. By Sunday, it is supposed to reach the mid-sixties again. Tuesday it is going to snow again. I love it. And by the end of next week, I'll probably be wearing shorts again.

Mad props to Katie Couric for heading to Les Moonves' CBS. Jeff Zucker and NBC tossed a few extra million dollars at Couric only to be turned-down. Too bad for them. I'm not saying that I'm going to buy a whole bunch of Viacom stock on this one move. Heck, I don't have quarters to put my laundry in the drier, but I digress. As a media geek, this is going to be fun to watch. Couric is going to be the managing producer (I think that is the title) for the evening news. That means she gets to choose what stories will be covered during the 22 minutes of news in the broadcast. Maybe things won't be much different than they are now. Then again, maybe things will change a lot. No one knows. It is the first time a woman has held the two posts. It will certainly be interesting to watch. CBS has put a whole bunch of marbles in this bag, and it hopes Couric will pan out and bolster its shows the way she did NBC's.

As a side note for Jeff Zucker at NBC, I am happy to offer my services for much less than many of the people rumored to be on the short list for your new positions. Shuffle where you wish. I would take whatever is left. I don't think it is legal to be paid less than I am right now, so don't worry about that part of things. We can negotiate later. Just give me a call. Heck, let's do lunch here in Park City--my treat. I'll see you soon.