Life Stages

I can’t help but wonder if there are stages of life that we all must go through, things that have to happen us, experiences that nearly everyone must endure in order to advance in life.

I think if that is true, that we all must go through things, the time that we go through them doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 33, there are certain experiences that advance you farther in life. Finding an item in early stage of a video game that you will need in a later stage is the only similarity I can come up with right now, knowing that if you don’t find the golden feather early enough, you’ll be forced to return to get it later and waste more time to complete the game.

Some of us have experienced so much at such a young age that in later years, when others are going through those same things we can relate but surely it has to be different, age alone must make things more difficult.

I had a conversation the other night with a good friend about relationships. I wonder if all relationships go through the same stages as well. I guess I was an early starter compared to some, I did things, said things, and experienced things much earlier than others. Looking back, I can see that some of those experiences helped me and others definitely hurt me later in life, I’m not saying my way is the right way at all. Writing this I wonder, the people I knew in high school who got married at 18, did they have to deal with those stages while they were married and have a rocky several years or maybe end in divorce? I can’t imagine being emotionally mature enough to be married at 18, although I’m sure I thought I was.

I think the older I get, the more I realize that the zeal I had in my younger years hasn’t necessarily been beneficial or detrimental, but more educational, whether I was mature enough to learn anything from it is something I will just have to wait to find out.

On a cold and rainy night

The startI had the opportunity last night to witness history. The Tipton boys basketball team won a sectional for the first time since 2001. They not only won the title but they did so at game that I can only describe as absolutely amazing. Tipton versus Oak Hill on a cold rainy night that was miserable for everyone except the Blue Devil faithful.

The game started at 730, living in town but not living there long enough to understand the gravity of the game I arrived at 710. Not a great move. I think I parked farther away from the school than I live. After a long walk through the rain and cold wind I arrived, dropped my five bucks and proceeded to find a seat in the very small feeling gym. As you can see, the place was packed. Both teams were bringing all their fans with them.

The game started off great, the Tipton star, Elston was on fire at the on set. Both teams were truly playing their hearts out on that floor though and the game remained very close. It was like watching a tennis match, back and forth all through the first half. In fact the lead for either team never surpassed about 5. The refs were calling a lot of fouls, most of which were legit but it did create some interesting language to be used in the stands, it also made the coaches use their bench pretty early and really made it exciting to me.

I sat on the visitors side, balcony, across from the home cheer block (student section). Basically I sat with all the late comers and Oak Hill grandparents.

High school basketball didn’t seem this exciting when I was in school. My school didn’t really have a great team most of the time but even so, this was electrifying. The crowd was so loud during time outs and bad calls that you couldn’t hear the horns or what the refs were calling. At half time no one left their seats. I’m not sure if that’s because no one wanted to lose their seats in the packed house or because one side didn’t want to show weakness for a bathroom break or a water/popcorn run. Champions

The second half was even closer, never more than a point or two difference. Even the stars of each team couldn’t seem to break out and run up the score. This was going to have to be a team effort. As the clock wound down though, fatigue was setting in, at least on the court anyway, the fans were still loud as ever, if not more so.

In the end both teams played a great game, OHHS shouldn’t feel bad about the loss, they played with everything they had and Tipton just had a bit left at the end.

I was excited to be a part of the game, no matter how small my part was. It’s starting to feel more and more like home.

What do you want for lunch?

So its another Monday at work, busy but not entirely so. I’m working, but not entirely so. I’m debating the merits of the Roomba and power consumption slightly on Twitter, keeping up on the news and jamming to some old tunes.

ketchup.jpgWe had an install in Kokomo this morning. Since the crew was coming back around lunchtime that meant it was the perfect opportunity to get Louie’s for lunch. Bakes. There’s really no good way to describe it, a hamburger rolled like a hot dog, simmered in sauce, put on a bun with chili sauce, mustard and onions, served hot and greasy. The true measure of a good bake is when the grease goes all the way through the wax paper and stains the counter. Mmm-hmmm, that’s good stuff!

I’m taken back to the days. Those days. Working downtown and walking down to Louie’s old store on my lunch. Passing the lawyers and bankers to sit at the counter and be served by Louie’s granddaughters who were either just old enough or nearly so, staring just a little too long at them. The times getting a coke in a bottle and spending less than five bucks on lunch. I’m not talking about 40 years ago, I’m talking about 4 or 5 years ago. Those were the days.

So it’s late afternoon now, I’ll be leaving for the game soon and then to relax on the couch. It’s been an eventful day, I’m full of bakes and wonderment about the looming “snow storm” we have coming.

Last time there was “a huge freakin’ blizzard coming,” it turned out to be about 2 inches of heavy wet slush, I went to work and school was only delayed a few hours. Tonight is another of the same, instead of making huge preparations, I’m planning on being at work on time, only taking a few minutes to clean off the car and not worrying about traffic being snarled across the countryside.

Dear Mr. Weatherman,
Make up your mind about the snow, is it coming, how much, when, and when will it stop?

Thanks, you’re friend
Mike

I’ve posted long enough today I suppose. I’m not saying I’m going to try to post more, I’d just end up not posting and looking like a liar. This way I only look like a slacker.

The tube is off!

After the game tonight I left my grandparents’ house and headed home as usual. I needed to stop off to get some bleach and laundry soap at Meijer, because it was on sale and I hate going to Walmart on any evening. Nothing unusual yet.

I put my headphones on and turned up the iPhone and headed into the store. A little podcast listening while I walked the store was amazing! I didn’t hear the annoying overhead loud speaker asking so-and-so to call such-and-such. Just my podcasts and a little music. I headed up to check out and took out the earbuds long enough to pay. No one said anything and I didn’t notice any weird looks really.  After I paid, I drove home to the sounds of the new Starbucks Free iTunes songs. Not bad really.

Once I got home and had everything put away, I cleaned the bathtub quickly with my newly purchased Comet. A little bleach in the toilet and a quick scrub finished off the chores for the evening.

Now it was “my time.” I could do what I normally do and turn on the TV and just sit here numb and watch whatever the Tivo caught over the last few hours or I could do what I’ve been really meaning to do and start reading again. Books. Not blogs, not weird websites, not Wikipedia. Books. With pages. I went through my bookshelf the other day and moved all the books I own but haven’t read to one side of one shelf. There are about 12 that need to be taken care of. Some fiction, mostly non-fiction. I also realized that I ordered 3 books last week that were going to have to be read. I find that I keep buying books and never read them. Gotta change that, I’m going to start reading again. Books. Tonight I read about 50 pages in a book I’ve been working on for months about the origins of Freemasonry. Its dry admittedly, but I started it, made it 100 pages in and now I am going to finish it. I’ll probably try to alternate between fiction and non-fiction, much like I do with Netflix, a documentary, an Office disc, then some random movie, and back around again.

Changing my choices like that keeps it fresh for me. Sometimes I can be analytical considering the consequences of the actual decisions of others, and other times I can let my imagination run wild, thinking of what the characters and scenes actually look like and hearing them saying their lines.

As usual I’m changing things in life for the sake of change mostly. But honestly I haven’t even wanted to turn the TV on tonight and it’s been kind of nice just sitting here in the quiet calm of the late fall evening, just me and my thoughts. Peace, of the mind and of the world, is greatly under appreciated.

What a day…

Well it’s been one of those days so far today… I woke up this afternoon (yes I did mean afternoon) and sat around for a while before the Colts game came on. While I was reading the paper, waiting on the aforementioned game to start I was told that my uncle’s computer needed some work. Usually not a problem, something easy like plugging in the power cord on the printer, today was no such day. I went over there during halftime to check things out. He had hosed his system, spyware galore… That took a while to get off then he told me about some email that he had gotten from "Paypal." It was asking him to verify his password, he clicked the link and gave away all his personal info. So I had to get into the real Paypal and try to fix it all. He lost some money, but I think all is well now. It’s now halfway through the 4th quarter when I get home. Of course we all know by now that the Colts lost a tough game, they just couldn’t execute today, no big deal, the real season doesn’t start up again until January.

The other thing that went wrong today that I just recently found out was the fact that when I ordered a new computer yesterday from Dell, for whatever reason, the order didnt’ go through. I found a sweet deal on the Dell Outlet and tried to buy it, it didn’t work. Of course by the time I had figured that out the computer was gone. I just bought a brand new one, screw it, I’m tired of dealing with the crap, it’s only money right?

Now I’m sitting here waiting on time to go play ball, maybe that’ll go better…

Looks like I’m going to have to buy a ticket

I applied for press credentials to the IU v. Purdue Bucket game under the auspices of the Fuzznik Podcast. Alas I was turned down as show below:

Dear Michael Bollman,

Your credential request for Indiana football media credentials has been denied for the following:

Michael Bollman

Unfortunately, your request did not meet our guidelines, and it is not possible to accommodate all requests.

Should you have any questions please contact our office at 812-855-9399. Thanks for your interest in IU Athletics.

So until I can figure out how to turn the podcast into somethign more legitamate I’m going to have to either pony up the dough for tickets or just enjoy it on TV like everyone else.