Weekly Notes: November 21, 2007

I suppose I won’t keep my usual schedule this week, with tomorrow being Thanksgiving.  We’ll have notes today and some basketball reviews over the weekend.

  • I’ve been slacking this week on basketball, instead spending my time looking at everyone’s Black Friday deals, most of which have already been released.  The Bargainist is a pretty reliable source if you want to check those out, and I’ve also been looking at Black Friday Ads and DealTaker for rumored deals.  I can’t blame you if you don’t want to get up that early, though.
  • The reason I’m checking out the deals so thoroughly is that Melissa and I are thinking about replacing her laptop.  Any laptop we get would probably also displace my desktop as our primary computer, so I’m probably putting even more thought into it than is actually necessary.  She’s going to hate me by Friday morning…
  • I’m rooting for the BCS Apocalypse now that I have no idea which college football teams are good and which are not.  If Tennessee beats Kentucky, it will be easy to root for them to beat LSU, and then I just have to root for Oklahoma to knock off the Kansas/Missouri winner.  If West Virginia can lose to UConn, too, then maybe we’ll have some riots on our hands.
  • Tom Glavine is back in a Braves uniform, and I’m kind of lukewarm on the issue.  I think he may not have much left in the tank, but at the same time, he’s better than the options Atlanta had last year, and it’s just cool to see Tom Glavine back again.
  • Tennessee beat MTSU last night in basketball just as badly as they beat UAM, and Duke knocked Illinois out of the Maui Invitational.  What’s shaping up this year might is probably the nightmare scenario for my college basketball fandom.  My home state’s school (Tennessee), which I root for in football, is finally good at basketball, possibly even better than the school I’ve been rooting for for the past 10 years or so (Duke) because of a campus visit I made as a seventh-grader.  I want them both to do well, but what if they face off in the Final Four?  My allegiances are totally screwed up, and I don’t know what I’ll do.

Have a great Turkey Day tomorrow.  I’ve been blessed in a number of different ways in the past year, from advancement in my career, to new and old friendships, to another year of marriage, so I have plenty of reasons to be thankful.  Even without those things, I would still have reasons to be thankful.  Tomorrow is a day to remember those things I’ve taken for granted and renew my commitment not only to remember them, but to take action and show my appreciation.


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