While I readily admit that relative to most of the people in the world I have a good life, the fact that our purchase of the “Goose Bumps” house has hit yet another snag brought me to a mini-nervous breakdown last evening. Life is really about the journey, in my opinion, because while we may have local destinations, in the long run we all share the same global destination. It is also very difficult to view the world through the eyes of others.
The twists and turns of our efforts to buy that house (which, of course, include trying to sell our current house) have overwhelmed me. I will refrain from sharing details. Suffice to say while our realtor and my wonderful wife are still very optimistic about successfully completing these transactions, I am far less so. When I received word of the latest snag yesterday, I told our realtor (Hi, K Squared!), “See, I knew something was wrong.”
A line from the great movie Broadcast News always resonates with me. The head of network news says to Jane Craig (played by Holly Hunter) after she argues about assignments for a special report, “It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you’re the smartest person in the room.” Her reply is, “No. It’s awful.” Of course, I am not always right–I am human and have never claimed not to be–but I am right more than I am wrong and that is of very little comfort to me.
Not trying to be melodramatic or hyperbolic, but I shudder at what I might do if this transaction is not consummated. In any event, we will know soon enough.
This ESPN article is titled, “How the Super Bowl tests boundaries, including the Constitution.” Here is the beginning of the story:
“A LAST-MINUTE paint job to obscure the brand names on food truck tires. A trademark infringement battle over a jolly, anthropomorphic and “superb” owl. A global soft drink giant that missed out on the Super Bowl taking place in its own backyard.
These are just a few of the many ways the NFL has long exerted control over its jewel event. But last Thursday — just 10 days before the Eagles and Chiefs kick off — a Phoenix judge said the league, the host committee and its Super Bowl planning had crossed a line: Violating the U.S. Constitution.
The case in question centered on something known as a “Clean Zone” — areas near the stadium and fan gathering points where companies aren’t allowed to sell or advertise their products unless they are official partners with the NFL…
Last month, however, a Phoenix man filed a lawsuit against the city in which he said this year’s Clean Zone resolution infringed on his free speech by restricting his ability to sell an advertisement on the side of the building he owns downtown. The judge, Brad Astrowsky, agreed, calling the ordinance “unconstitutional” in a decision that was a strong rebuke to the city — and the NFL — as well as a significant step for those who believe the league’s control over the Super Bowl borders on imperious corporate power.”
I think it’s brave for an NFL media partner like ESPN to publish a story like this. I think most fans have no idea how the NFL takes over the host city during the Super Bowl “period.”
Yesterday I wrote that after Transplant and The Good Doctor cease to be produced, I might be done with current scripted network TV. (Actually, I might then be done with network TV, period, except for sports. Of course, Transplant isn’t even produced in the US nor is it shown here anymore.) In this CNBC article about predictions by TV insiders as to what TV will be like in three years, Kevin Mayer–Candle Media co-CEO, predicted, “Next will be the end of scripted programming on broadcast networks.” Maybe there won’t be any such programming for me to ignore, after all.
Actually, I almost certainly won’t watch current scripted TV from any source. Hulu original programming is garbage, in my opinion, poisoned by
woke. (We subscribe to Hulu + Live TV.) We will not spend money on multiple streaming sites; it’s just not worth it.
I am not a big TV watcher, anyway. In my very strongly held opinion, TV should just be a diversion and not the center of a person’s life.
These posts don’t have to have photos, but I think they are more widely read if they do. Therefore:
As I will be gone much of the day tomorrow having medical imaging, it is highly doubtful I will publish a post.
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