I apologize for WVU’s loss on Saturday night. I knew I’d better not watch the game, but did anyway. And they were beaten, as feared. I don’t watch sports very often anymore, and when I do, the team I’m pulling for always loses. Always.
So, you see, it’s my fault. If I’d just watched Curb Your Enthusiasm or Rescue Me on Saturday, the Mountaineers would have played for a national championship last night. I hope you’ll find it in your heart to forgive me.
Of course I’m joking, but only sorta. I really did think to myself, “Should I watch the game tonight? ‘Cause if I do, they’ll definitely lose. As sure as a Sunkist soda will trigger a frantic drive to the poop-hoop.” But then I dismissed that kind of thinking as ridiculous, idiotic superstition.
Yeah, and we all know what happened next…
Are you superstitious about anything? I am, but only mildly so. I’m aware, if you know what I mean. I take things as signs – good and bad – but don’t fully believe any of it. I don’t make decisions based on it, or anything like that. But I’m always aware.
For instance, if I look at a clock and it says 7:11, I’ll stop and try to remember what kind of ridiculousness I was just thinking about. Because 7:11 are good numbers, and I might want to follow-up on what was passing through my head at that time. You know, that sort of thing.
What about you? Are you superstitious at all? Tell us about it in the comments, won’t you? Do you make life decisions based on it? We need to know.
I was listening to a podcast at work a few nights ago, and the guy cranked off some amazing statistics about the reading habits of Americans. I don’t know if they’re accurate, but I suspect they are. Here ya go:
58% of adults never read another book after high school.
42% of college graduates never read another book after graduation.
80% of families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of adults have not been in a bookstore during the past five years.
57% of new books are never read to completion (page 18 is the average stopping point).
I find those numbers to be amazing. How is it possible? Books are fantastic, one of the best things in the world. I always have at least one going, at all times, and lately have been reading two or three at a time.
In fact, I polished off two (really good) books about editing fiction last week alone. They weren’t huge, but they had a lot more than 18 pages each.
I love books, and buy ‘em a lot faster than I can read them. I do my best to keep up, and sometimes do a better job than other times (I’m running wide-open at the moment). I can’t imagine NEVER reading. Why would you never read? It makes no sense to me.
And I hope you don’t think I’m pretending to be highbrow here, sitting around reading William Faulkner and James Joyce with half-glasses way out on the tip of my nose. ‘Cause that ain’t it. I read all manner of stuff, including many novels that are designed for pure entertainment, and nothing else (aka “trash”).
And I also love bookstores. I could spend hours wandering around a good one, if I had hours at my disposal. Just like when I was nineteen, loving record stores and the whole record store vibe.
Which is why those podcast numbers blew my mind… Do you think they’re accurate? What are your own reading habits? Are you like me, and consider reading a natural part of the day? Or have you never read another book since teachers stopped requiring it? I’d be interested in knowing.
So, there you go… I’m superstitious, yet very well-read. Make of that what you will. And actually, I’m not all that well-read. There are lots and lots of “the classics” that don’t interest me at all. Life is too short for the Scarlet Letter, for instance. Far too short.
And just so you know, I got my Droid on Friday afternoon. I’ve been playing around with it, and have already gotten into a habit of checking the exact same things, over and over.
I fear I’ll get locked into this cycle, and will only take advantage of 5% of the phone’s capabilities. So, if you have one, or any so-called smartphone for that matter, what out-of-the-ordinary things do you use it for? Please help me avoid the 5% cycle!
And that’s all I have time for today, boys and girls.
I’ll see you again tomorrow.
Now playing in the bunker