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Football season Mon, Oct 30, 2006
I really like football.  And I really like the time of year that's referred to as football season.  In my opinion, no other time of year is as wonderfully synonymous with a specific sport as fall/winter is with football.  Baseball takes up the greater part of an entire year, and it's filled with thousands of games played at various times of day on any given day of the week.  Basketball season is sort of behind-the-scenes; you need to make an effort to actually see a game.  And hockey?  That's hardly even a consideration.  But football ... now football is a great sport.  You can place much confidence in the times and frequency of football games.  Sundays have games at 1, 4, and 8 (or something close to that).  Mondays have a game at around 8.  Only around major holidays is this any different.  Significant life events and major social gatherings can be organized around football.  Who ever heard of a World Series party?  Not me.  But how many people remember what they were doing when their team was in the Super Bowl?  I was 8 years old and I jumped out of my seat when the Buffalo Bills missed a field goal in the last few seconds of Super Bowl XXV, giving the Giants a 20-19 victory (yes I used to be a Giants fan; now I'm easily swayed by seasonal differences and geographical constraints).  Plus, watching football aligns so well with the changing of seasons (this probably isn't quite as true for warm places like Florida and California).  As the weather gets colder, people tend to spend less time outside.  The grass doesn't grow, so it doesn't need to be cut.  It eventually gets too cold to do other outside odd-jobs, so more time is spent inside.  And what better way to spend time with family and friends than with good-hearted rivalry and sportsmanship? (Wendy:  "You suck and so do the Eagles"; Yinka:  "Dear NYG Fan (s) ... That is probably one of the most pathetic team performances in sports history.").  But seriously, it's good to be able to sit around and do very little instead of the normal working, cleaning, fixing, cooking, socializing, Bible-studying, etc. #sports

Vimo Mon, Oct 30, 2006
Vimo is a site that specializes in "comparison shopping for health".  While I'm not interested in shopping for health insurance, I am interested in the site's other function:  Rating doctors and dentists.  I have an opinion about most things, and my horrible experiences at doctors' and dentists' offices are certainly no exception.  I reviewed one of my doctors here and one of my dentists here.  By far, my biggest complaint of these people (except my current dentist) is their amount of disrespect for my time.  Here I am, a healthy person taking time out of my day for a voluntary physical checkup, paying these people so that I can sit around in the waiting room.  And then after I sit around in the waiting room, I sit around in the smaller waiting room in only my underwear.  Jerry Seinfeld was right:  "There's no chance of not waiting.  That's the name of the room."  But anyway, Vimo is a pretty easy-to-use site and it's good to be able to see what people think about a doctor or dentist before scheduling an appointment.  The only bad part about the site is that you have to register in order to submit reviews.  But they only ask for your name and email address, so it's not too bad.  On the plus side, reviews can be submitted as "Anonymous" in case you don't want the health care mafia knocking at your door. 

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