Monthly Archives: December 2009

In 2010, I will dig for fire

And I often ask him, “Are you looking for the mother lode?”

“No, no, my child. This is not my desire.”
And then he said, “I’m digging for fire!”
– Pixies, “Dig for Fire”
As the current year dawned, I took my cue from Yo La Tengo. In my contemplative state about ’10, I happen to be listening to The Pixies.
My glass half full view of a very interesting, challenging 2009 led me to a change in place of employment. Going through that process has made me come to a couple of key realizations, or, if you like, resolutions.
First, work and life must always and forever remain in balance. My most important role remains that of Dad/Husband. That sustained realization has made my career much more enjoyable, my time at work much more focused, my mind much more agile and creative overall (not just at work) – and my time at home, and thus my life in general, much more fulfilling.
I was struck by something Rishad Tobaccowala, forward-thinking problem solver in the marketing sphere, said in his keynote interview at ad:tech in Chicago back in September, right at a time when my employment situation was starting to reach a boil: “Employee politics are going to be less and less important in a transparent world.” I completely agreed with his sentiment, yet I wasn’t seeing it to be true in my day-to-day.
This led to to another realization: If all you have to learn at your current place of employment is how to successfully navigate politics, regardless of how skilled you may be in doing what you think is your actual job, don’t delay in making a choice. Run for an elected office. Or learn to enjoy “playing the game” at your job and realize “the game” will become if not all, then most, of your job.
Or, as Black Francis so eloquently puts it, go someplace where you can dig for fire – use the passion for what you do, what you truly enjoy doing, and be surrounded by others who are equally passionate, as well as honest and forthright, about the possibilities. Life’s too short to be caught up in everyone else’s perpetual search for the mother lode.
A special note here – I realize that I was truly blessed in the current times in which we live to find a more rewarding career opportunity. To that end, continued cultivation of a deep, sustaining network of friends and colleagues will, as always, remain on my list this year. And I have to assume the prayers didn’t hurt either…
A healthy, happy and prosperous New Year to you and yours!

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Random Media Musings Related to Sports

I will not pass judgment on what news organizations choose to cover, nor will I plead for the good old days of ESPN NFL coverage. Times they are a changin’, and I’m not feeling sentimental or curmudgeon-y. But a semi-Larry King-ish post is in order on TW and ESPN NFL coverage…

First, Tiger Woods. Charles Barkley’s statement from some 20 years ago about not being a role model seems more and more relevant, no?

Are we on the verge of a new type of consultant – the former mistress? The View had Eliot Spitzer’s former mistress on yesterday to, I assume, help make sense of all this. The Today Show had not one, but two, of Tiger’s actual mistresses on the show. Mess around w/ a high profile politician or athlete, get paid. Um, moving on…

I’ve got an idea rolling around in my head pitting athletes against politicians. Thinking it will solve issues pertaining to a BCS playoff system as well as run off elections. More on that in another post later.

I’ve got one degree of separation from one of the mistresses! One of my friends is from the same town as the Waffle House or Perkins or IHOP waitress! I feel greasy.

Next, I realized last night while watching MNF, I am a bigger fan of the commercials for their marathon in length and myriad in size yelling (definitely not talking) head pro football show (what’s it called these days?) than the show itself.

If only Fox, CBS and NBC could crank out a few catchy spots promoting potential shows within shows my Sunday’s would be a bit more bearable. Oh, and the NFL Network, too. And that other NFL show on Showtime, too.

Former NFL players can do more than dance w/ stars, for crying out loud. They can act in 15-30 second bursts as well.

Did the president call for a surge in NFL coverage recently? I think it a just cause for the American electorate to have a dedicated network plus 7+ full days of weekly coverage from all other sources. Revenues from Fantasy Football could invigorate this economy.

My take on John Gruden in the MNF booth – LOVE IT! He exudes passion for the game as a whole and for the one being played at that moment regardless of how ‘good’ the game actually is. He’s fantastcally honest, even when critiquing his coaching performance from last year (“I knew a coach just last year who started the season 9-3 and lost his last 4 games. I’m not coaching anymore.”) And, according to my wife, attractive. What’s not to love?

Two bits of curmudeon-ry. I enjoy Morning Joe on MSNBC, I think it is the most fair and balance political coverage on cable these days (not saying it actually is, just that its the most these days). So I feel safe berating them a bit for having Chris Collinsworth come on the show as an NFL expert. Come on, NBCU, you’ve got Tony Dungy on staff. At least put an actual intelligent man on such a show. Comcast, please figure this out.

And, lastly, I’ve posted on this in a related way during last year’s election coverage – Keith Olberman, stay as close to Dan Patrick as possible and leave it at that…

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