Ummmmm, happy new year y'all. Know what I mean!?! Has it really been more than a month since my last post? Yes. And has that become ever-more common? Yes, it has.
So it goes.
Fight or Flight?
I'm not one in the number of a far-too-large cadre of Republicans who are down in the dumps over the country making two mistakes in a row in our presidential elections. I have to admit, it has puzzled the hell out of me. Truly. Puzzled. That said, and perhaps because of my puzzlement, I have retreated into more of a sports focus.
The fact of the matter is that -- if I could make it work economically -- I'd probably be doing sportstalk radio. The odd thing about Tallahassee sportstalk radio is that the local station (currently 97.9 ESPN) is allowed to live in a fantasy world where they are able to disrespect the local market and talk as if this region is only interested in the FSU Seminoles or the damn Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It is bizarre, absolutely bizarre. Yes, the majority of the region consists of fans of the Noles but it isn't a large majority of the fans.
As much as they desperately try to deny the fact, this is SEC Country. There are huge numbers of Gator fans in the Panhandle, huge numbers of Georgia Bulldog fans in this region, and a significant number of fans from other SEC programs -- especially Alabama and Auburn.
Again, this is SEC Country. No one gives a damn about the ACC.
That said, it doesn't appear sportstalk radio is in my future. Damn, damn, damn (er, uh, I think). Because there's a big part of me that believes if I had been given the chance to try and do a local sportstalk show I'd soon thereafter wake up one morning and wonder what the hell have I gotten myself into and just what the hell was I thinking when I committed to doing sportstalk.
As I tweeted earlier this week, Charles Kesler's book -- I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism -- appears to be a necessary tonic for many Republicans. I haven't read it yet but I have purchased the Kindle edition and PowerLine's Scott Johnson highlights a critical series of thoughts that serve to explain why the book is important today.
The Upcoming Year?
I suspect this is going to be a year of transition for me. My work with a nonprofit devoted to Haitian agricultural and business development is progressing (see creoleinc.org). It's also already clear that issues of life and death will be prominent. An in-law has what appears to be late-stage prostate cancer; my mother turns 80 at the end of February; my younger brother is in his early 50s and expecting his first child.
Yep. Hello, 2013 !!!