For reasons I'd rather not discuss, I had to go to work yesterday. Apparently, when you hold an administrative position at my company, "watching the preliminary rounds of the National Spelling Bee" doesn't qualify as a medical condition, family emergency, or holiday (although I could make a pretty strong case for that last one) that justifies taking the day off work. It's inexplicable to me, honestly.
But I don't want to get ahead of myself, so that's all I'll say about the Bee today. Except to mention that with each passing year, I'm growing a little more terrified of Canadians.
Reluctantly, I have to agree with Angie and a few others in being very disappointed with the new Linkin Park CD. Three strong songs, two so-so ones, and not much else to speak of.
So much for them being the rock band of the decade. I guess we can open up the nominations for this title now - I could probably make good arguments for Green Day or the Foo Fighters, or even Fall Out Boy, but that would be an entirely different post, and honestly, I'm too tired to think about it right now.
I finally pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, scheduled for delivery to my house on July 21st. Which wouldn't be unusual, except that my son already pre-ordered a copy for himself that he's going to pick up at midnight at one of the release parties a local bookstore is holding that same night. I don't know when a family officially reaches "houseful of dorks" status, but I'd think that watching the National Spelling Bee together, and ordering multiple copies of the same Harry Potter book has to inch us dangerously close to that boundary.
Yes, I'm a Harry Potter freak, along with my wife and son. And yes, you're going to hear more about this in the next couple of months. I've already said how I go crazy for spelling bees, but in that context, I meant just everyday, run of the mill crazy. When it comes to this series of books and movies, I go completely off the wall, Britney Spears crazy. Just wait ... you'll see.
And finally ...
I got sick of hearing friends (and reading websites) rave about "Lost", the ratings gorilla on ABC, and finally decided to see what all the fuss was about. So I watched the "Questions Answered" recap show and the season finale on the ABC website, and all I can say is ... wow.
I found it completely mesmerizing. So now, as if I'm not busy enough trying to train for an Ironman, I've got to somehow find time to watch 3 seasons worth of Lost DVDs before the next TV season starts. In the meantime, if you have any thoughts as to who is in the coffin, or whether the people on the boat are good or evil, or ideas on the time machine or purgatory theories, my e-mail box is always open.
As is my brain, much too often than it should be. But for today, it's time to hit the off switch. Look for the NSB report soon.