Feeling more like myself than I was yesterday, so let's get to this...
On "Blog Post Titles; Confusing"
First things first. [Gotta love redundancy coming at you right off the bat.] Yesterday I titled my post Constitutional Amendments and asked if anyone knew the reason why I might do so. Well, I was just wondering if anyone happens to have the same Jeopardy! desk calendar I do. That's all. [Sorry for the letdown!]
I'm a huge fan of the classic trivia show and my wife had gotten the calendar for me as one of my Christmas presents this past year.
Note to self: The "past year" part of that sentence is unnecessary. It's not like she would have gotten you a 2010 calendar in '08. Of course, you've already typed it and are currently out of White-Out, so you'd better just keep it in there.
2nd Note to self: Buy White-Out.
Note to reader: Did you just read my "notes to self?" Those were personal! How could you?!
On "Soccer Players; Unrelenting Whining From"
For those who don't necessarily follow soccer (vast majority of Americans...), there has been controversy surrounding the particular ball being used for the World Cup. The "Jabulani," manufactured by Adidas, had been widely criticized by goalies, whose job it is to prevent goals from being scored. They have claimed that the nature of the construction for these balls leads to erratic movement while in the air.
I play rec soccer. My game is not even close to being good enough to be affected by how a ball moves in the air. Mostly, I'm just lucky when I don't miss the ball completely when I go to kick it... which was not the case on one offensive possession this past Sunday. *hangs head in shame at the memory*
Recently, the Argentina futbol coach, Diego Maradona, has blamed the Jabulani for the low scores of the current World Cup games. Uh, Diego, aren't high level soccer games typically low scoring?
But wait a second... Don't those contradict? Goalies -- current soccer players -- don't want scores to be made, so they complained that the ball will cause too much scoring. The Argentina coach -- a former iconic soccer player -- is complaining because the Jabulani doesn't lead to enough scoring. Say what?
My take? Soccer players just like to whine.
On "Readers; Can't We Just Be Called"
I had a revelation yesterday. It wasn't divinely inspired, no heavens parting or whatnot. My revelation came in the form of one of those rejected posts I had written.
(For the benefit of those just joining us, I was feeling quite "off" yesterday and wrote three posts, all of which I hated. I wound up deleting something close to two thousand words, if you round up.)
In my semi-coherent rambling, I used the term "lurking." My revelation was the fact that I HATE this term in the context of our little blogosphere we have going here.
For those who aren't "in the know," lurking refers to those who read blogs without leaving comments. (You're welcome.)
Here's what I don't like about it: The term lurking has negative connotations. At worst, it makes you think about some creepy guy hanging outside a bedroom window at night. At best, it makes you think about a creepy guy just hanging around.
Either way, that's a lot of creepy.
But people accused of lurking in the blogger world aren't necessarily doing anything creepy. They're just reading. Sure, they aren't leaving comments, but maybe they don't have much to say... Maybe they are shy... Maybe their keyboards are broken, but the mice, monitors and hard drives are working just fine.
We don't know.
What we do know is that when someone reads a book or magazine, he is not accused of "lurking." No, he's just reading. Why can't it be the same here?
Just because someone has the ability to comment doesn't mean she should feel any obligation to do so. I don't. If I don't have anything to say, which -- believe it or not -- happens, then I don't say anything. Period.
And that's all I have to say about that.