I grew up as a fan of all the local teams, but the only team I can say I sat my fanny in the stands for the majority of their games for a long period of time is the Patriots. For years of god awfulness I sat in the steel seats of Section 110 at Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium. There were some truly horrendous teams, but through it all I sat there with my Dad and brother. We cheered and complained with the rest of the crowd (though we were definitely in the sober minority).
It was with great wonder that I watched this hapless organization transform into a dynasty in the last decade. The Patriots' fan suffering was a different sort of suffering than the 86 years of Red Sox suffering. The Sox generally blew their chance when they got it. The Pats simply never had chances.
There was a time when I could cite every Patriots post season game by year and opponent. Now it's just plain expected that they'll make the playoffs.
Still, this year is an unusual treat. I really felt like the organization, and head coach Bill, were on the slide after last year. Every run must come to an end, and the Pats' sure seemed like it was done. Then this year crept up on us.
A healthy Brady...a housecleaning of flashy scraps...an influx of new talent from a variety of sources...an old compadre coming back, and a holdout's return. Rookies playing like vets. A legend playing like a legend. Wilfork playing everywhere, every minute. Woodhead!
By regular season's end we're looking at 14-2 team and another legit run at the Super Bowl. The future looks bright.
Whatever happens, this team has been more exciting than any team than any Patriots team in their history. Somehow the lovable loser franchise turned dastardly villainous dynasty has put on a lovable winner face again. Improbable, but true.
Enjoy the ride Pats fans!MediaMy Netflix Fix
It took me a long time, but I've become a bit of a Netflix junky. I always loved the old video store, but the internet Goliath has sunk its teeth into me and there's no going back. But I'm using Netflix in a way that's not at all how I would have envisioned. Through the wonders of an interactive Blue Ray player I can hook up with Netflix through a Wifi connection on my HDTV. I can queue up any of thousands of back catalog movies, TV shows, concerts, documentaries etc...and watch them instantly.
I've had Netflix for a few months and I've only had 2 hard copy DVDs sent my way through snail mail. In fact I prefer going to the local rental place still for those (yes, we have a rental place still and we love em! http://theboxofficecafe.com/
It's really amazing how all of the media technologies continue to blend together more and more seamlessly.
Perhaps my favorite part of Netflix instant view catalog so far has been my daughters' new found ability to watch Looney Tunes cartoons. Their love of Bugs and Co. is worth the price alone.
So yeh, I'm hooked.LifePutting Myself Out There
I recently completed a 2-year Masters program and I am now a licensed Teacher of Special Needs. Going back to school was no small task with 2 little kids and a whole bunch of other stuff to juggle, but I was on a mission and I got it done.
And now...it's over.
My new mission is to find employment. Again, not an easy task. I've never been big on "putting myself out there". I don't mind sitting in an interview and talking about myself truthfully, but the need for someone to accept me for who I am, and not a canned response of "what they want to hear" makes me uneasy.
I seek a comfort zone for my place of employment. I feel like I found that in the school where I did my student teaching, alas there doesn't seem to be an immediate opening there.
So I hit the computer today and started sending out letters and resumes. I put myself back on the sub lists everywhere I used to work, and some new ones as well. I scan the bookmarks of job postings.
I hope for a call.
As much as I value a job, I almost value a school's acceptance
as much. They'll come hand in hand, I know.
I will work on this as hard as I did for school, and I will be rewarded for the effort - and in the end I will find that feeling of acceptance.
Anyone wanna see my resume