I don't know when our roads became such a bustling bit of activity, but driving around now requires much more diligence that I think most people realize. Granted, I lived in
My tirades against radio here in
I haven't talked much about my personal journey for myself lately, but let's just say that lately I've learned for a guy, I'm a really good communicator but for the female set, my skills border between inept and clueless. I'm a verbose person by nature, which does add a huge degree of difficulty in conversation, but imagine talking with people where words matter quite a bit. I have never realized how clunky my speech can be until I really thought about it, and thought about recent conference calls I've been on. Well, that and a conversation I had with my wife a few nights ago about our bowling location. I knew what I was trying to say, but I couldn't get my brain in gear to use the right words, but in my brain, I had the picture of exactly the right concept. But if you had listened to my description, you'd probably think I write technical manuals for electronics equipment for a living. And if you've ever actually sat down to read one of those, you can understand what I'm talking about…
Election Day is coming soon, and I'm already tired of it all and I haven't even seen my ballot yet. Frankly, I long for days when candidates actually stood up and talked about their beliefs and what they really wanted to do, and now, politics is nothing but a war of sound bites and fractured statements. I can't blame candidates for being careful about things, because we live in a fragmented society with involved citizens that often don't agree on the priorities that an entity should follow. It doesn't help when you have collective interests that love to play on those divides and make them either more apparent or try and bring things together, but for those people that choose to run, you have my complete admiration even if I don't vote for you. I can't imagine putting people that I care about through the rollercoaster ride that is a campaign for any reason, even if the cause is noble. Personally, I live some of the things that
It's tough to imagine the changes that the Timbers will be going through over the next few months as they move up from USL to MLS. I've grown to appreciate this club quite a bit since my first game in 2001, and I can't believe that 10 years later, we will be joining the top level of American soccer. To put all of the memories over that time would take far more time that could be committed here or in my other blog home, but in trying to boil things down to the key points, I think I can safely say the following: (1) I'm proud to be Timbers Army, even if I don't completely agree with the antics of some, (2) July 2, 2005 was the date my life changed during a Timbers match, and I will never forget that (I might misspeak the date, but the feelings are real), (3) Being Timbers Army, I never cease to be amazed at what a group can accomplish if they simply put their mind to things, (4) Loving a team also means watching them and supporting them when they break your heart, (5) If you've never experienced frustration, anger, resentment or some other severe emotional reaction in supporting your club, I'm not sure you can call yourself a real fan, (6) I love living in Portland even if there are things that I dislike immensely about it. To love a place, you accept the good with the bad, and right now, the good things about the Rose City far outweigh the stupidity and pretentiousness that I see in certain aspects, and finally (7) Pets help make anything better, even helping deal with a tough Timbers loss.
Until next time….