This means two things.
The first is I finally have time to clean off my desk (I couldn’t find a paperclip all year and now I stumble across 1,714 in one drawer… who knew?).
Secondly, I find during the summer people continue to read this blog, but the number of comments go way down (yes, I’m trolling for more comments… I have little or no pride and apparently a great deal of free time).
The lack of comments could be a sign that the quality of my blog material isn’t as strong during the summer.
Or as I like to believe, readers are just way too busy (vacations, yard work, completing court-ordered community service, etc.)
Either way, I thought this would be a good opportunity to write(?) about a few of my half-baked theories that may not qualify for a full-blog.
So here are 10 possibly comment worthy theories of mine.
1. World Cup soccer is the equivalent of ice skating in the Winter Olympics.
I’ll watch because I take great pride in pummeling less fortunate countries, but in two weeks I won’t be able to name one athlete who participated.
News to soccer lovers: It still isn’t sweeping the country. And it never will (although who knows, because I did think horse racing and boxing were here to stay…).
Little kids like soccer because it’s easy to understand (and pretty much every 6 year old likes to kick a ball and eat snacks after the game).
The rest of us don’t love it because you aren’t allowed to use your hands.
Americans like sports we invented. And we only invent sports if we can use our hands.
I wish it was more complicated, but sadly it isn’t.
2. There are way way too many loud blowhard white guys on cable news. The loud I can mute, but is it too much to ask that we diversify a little bit?
It is 2010 after all.
There has to be at least one obnoxious overweight Hispanic guy/gal out there somewhere who wants to complain about government.
3. President Obama misjudged the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Turns out it’s kind of a big deal.
People are either incredibly angry or sad for those people/communities directly affected (and maybe more so for the birds covered in oil).
He’s not gaining many votes this summer.
He’s becoming the neighbor who leaves their trash cans in the front yard six days after the garbage has been picked up.
Not a big deal to them, but a huge deal to everyone else (yes, I just compared a massive oil spill to my neighbor’s trash… sorry about that).
4. Twitter is great.
It’s also causing people to be less productive at work.
My estimate is employees are costing their companies $4.3 trillion dollars each year by Tweeting when they should be working.
But that’s just a guess.
It could be more (feel free to follow me on Twitter… @principalspage).
5. Tony Hayward (head of BP) and General McChrystal (head of Afghanistan) are on my short list for Idiot of the Year (lucky for them we have a lot more year left).
Both should speak less.
6. My desk is like my dorm room in college. It’s a magnet for crap I think I’ll need later, but as it turns out, it’s just crap.
I’m making a personal plea on behalf of everyone who holds a meeting or a convention.
Stop giving us free stuff.
We can’t handle it.
And we definitely can’t throw it away.
7. As I get older (and older) winter is too cold and summer is too hot.
I have no point here, I just want to go on the record that I’m seldom happy with the weather.
No matter how bad my day, I always look forward to watching the weatherperson with contempt.
8. My daughter (the Evil Spawn) wants to be older. I want her age to be frozen in time.
This is no doubt the first of 19,767 arguments we will have between now and her 18th birthday (again, could be more… I’m just guestimating).
9. Education is changing. Fast.
And the worst part is most teachers/administrators have no idea.
In 5 years most of us won’t recognize schools, curriculum, evaluations, or the technology advances.
My only hope is all of this makes education better.
But with the government involved, it’s 50/50 (but then again, isn’t everything).
10. Buddy the Dog sleeps a lot.
And by a lot I mean at least 20 hours a day.
He only awakens to eat, roll over so we can scratch his big hairy gut, bark at big trucks (garbage, FedEx, UPS, busses, etc.), wander aimlessly around the yard, and use the bathroom (also a lot… and I know because I mow).
His life is exactly how I envision my retirement years (I especially look forward to the belly scratching).
Feel free to comment.
More importantly, enjoy your summer (it’s going fast).