Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
November 30, 2007
It looks like this Sunday I'll be going to the Titans/Texans game with my friend Brian Cart. I've known Brian since I was in the first grade, and much to my discredit, I haven't hung out with him since I moved back to Nashville in April. He is in a different spot than I am, being married with three kids, but still he and I go back a long, long way and I look forward to the experience.
Happy birthday to my sister Mary Beth, who turns 19 tomorrow. My bro Matt and my parents are going down to spend the day with her. Strangely, I wasn't ever extended an invitation to come along, though to be fair they knew I couldn't go anyway since tomorrow is a huge day for college football (and, with my Draft King responsibilities, I need to watch as much as I can of the action.)
Somehow I managed to pull a muscle in my back this evening in either getting into or out of the tanning bed we have here at the house. The hydraulic lift is messed up on it, and there's not a whole lot of room between the bed and the wall (since it is stashed in my brother's bedroom.) This is one case where having muscle relaxers helps; in the words of Ezal from Friday, "Oh, I'm hurt. Oh, my neck, my back, my neck and my back. Oh, I want $150,000, but we can settle out of court right now for twenty bucks."
I think I'll be alright. For me, pain is all relative to that of a migraine, so a slight tweak in nothing to worry about.
Speaking of migraines, my forthcoming Migraine website is still in development, but I'm very excited about getting it launched. Not just from a financial standpoint with advertising, but also because it's something that I've become passionate about after suffering through the hell of them for seven years. Well, I guess technically six years since I haven't had a full-blown migraine since Thanksgiving 2006, but that's only because I take medicine daily to control the muscle spasms in my neck that trigger them.
My brother Matt and I watched the CNN/YouTube debate on our DVR, and it was comical to see Rudy Guiliani face heat, Mitt Romney look plastic as ever, and Mike Huckabee flaunt religion to appeal to people who like their politics spiked with God references. I really enjoyed the John McCain vs. Ron Paul interaction, if for nothing else since it allowed Paul to refute the absurd notions put out there by McCain and others about us "needing" to spend trillions keeping military bases across the world in places that neither want nor need us there.
My Dad and I had a political discussion the other day at lunch, and he mentioned the flawed theory that, "Either we fight them there or we fight them here." That is absurd thinking since it presumes that if we brings the troops home, they'll attack us here. Whereas, in reality, it is the meddling of the United States in imperialistic form that in many ways has created so much bad blood toward us in the international community.
If you're undecided, or if you aren't sure exactly why you support who you support, I beg you to read up more on Dr. Ron Paul. His message of liberty and limited federal government intrusion into the lives of Americans is a refreshing one that is drawing people from all sorts of political circles. Do me a favor: go here and spend one minute reading up on the issues. You might be shocked at what Dr. Paul supports that NO OTHER CANDIDATE backs.