Friday, February 19, 2010

RE: Tiger

Of course it was scripted. Bazillionaires' speeches are ever so. And of course we can never know what goes on in another's heart. What I meant was there was very little in the way of weasel words for the actual apology part:

Now every one of you has good reason to be critical of me. I want to say to each of you, simply and directly, I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in.

I know people want to find out how I could be so selfish and so foolish. People want to know how I could have done these things to my wife Elin and to my children. And while I have always tried to be a private person, there are some things I want to say.

Elin and I have started the process of discussing the damage caused by my behavior. As Elin pointed out to me, my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time.

"...I am deeply sorry for my irresponsible and selfish behavior I engaged in [emph. mine; dangling preposition his]" and "my real apology to her will not come in the form of words; it will come from my behavior over time [emph. mine]."

While I haven't gone back amd listened or viewed or read again, in the meat here there is none of that "if I offended" type of bologna that puts the fault on the victim or the fan.


A few weeks late but an apology even Michael could agree was a real one.

Bad-ass Hebrews and Texans

While there are still far too many Confederate flags flying in my beloved state (including one about 2 miles down the road from my old college and law school roommate's former ranchette just outside of Austin in the Hill Country, I do appreciate the solidarity many Texans show with Israel (for whom I fear more than ever given Iran's grumblings of late).

Driving between Athens and Austin many, many times over the last two years I was always amused by the US, Texas, and Israeli flags flying at a small establishment just east of Buffalo, Texas off of I-35 and Hwy 79.

Had to smile this morning at this blurb from a note to Nordlinger:

Wanted to publish a fun letter for you! It responded to something I wrote about conservative Christians and Israel.
Hey Jay,

My parents live in the Texas Hill Country, about ten miles outside of Fredericksburg specifically, and on the road to their place is a house that has three flagpoles out front: flying Old Glory, the Texas flag, and the Israeli flag. Every time I’m in the Hill Country and we drive by that house, I think of a Texan I heard who admiringly described the Israelis as “bad-ass Hebrews.” God bless Israel and God bless Texas.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

NYT, NYMag, WaPo, TIME Agree: Joe Stack Was One Crazy Teabagger! - Stephen Spruiell

I should have known it wouldn''t take that long to blame me for Joe Stack. Ok, so I'm not really a tea party guy but sheesh.

[Btw, first time I've used the "share" function. Click on "re:" line for link.]

My diagnosis (finally...sort of)

Had my follow-up with the Otolaryngology specialists earlier today. The general consensus is that I am having vestibular migraines without headaches. Not a 100% certain diagnosis, but somewhere in the 90% certain category.

Now the fun part really starts - trying to find the trigger(s). I may never find it, which means taking some type of medication from now on. I also get to try out different types of medications (if needed). For the time being, I'm sticking with my current medication. I've gotten the OK to up my dosage another 10mg if needed. I go back in 8 weeks or if my meds don't seem to be working (i.e. blocking or stopping the episodes). In that 8 week span, C and I will be making a trip, so they are very interested to see how I do on on the planes and immediately afterward. They are also interested to see how I do in the environment I'll be in (in keeping with my tradition of not disclosing info about trips I take until I return, the destination will remain a mystery until I get back to post about it).

The real bummer is that starting tomorrow, they want me to cut out (as much as possible):
  • chocolate
  • caffeine
  • wine, especially red
  • cheese
  • MSG

On a positive note, they told me that the vast majority of people who have this rarely, if ever, have headaches. I've been trying to remember when I last had a headache and discounting an after several glasses of wine one back in September, I can't recall one. So I have that going for me....

Austin Plane Crash

was apparently in about the 9400 block of Research/183. Looks like it was intentional per the Statesman.

About 5 miles north of my old place and about 6 1/2 miles north of my old office.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Adam performing a Stripped concert for Z100 Radio yesterday

Yesterday in New York, Adam gave a small five-song concert for Z100's "Stripped" series.  It's a pleasure to have high quality audio/video of a live performance.  Eventually, all of the songs will be available, but for now, there's just Fever and an incident with a rude audience member:

Can navigate to the phone incident in this one:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Adam at the Highline Ballroom Feb. 12

Friday night, Adam and a couple other Idols performed a concert together at the Highline Ballroom in NYC.  For anyone disappointed in the highly-produced, electro-pop qualities of his album, you should still consider seeing him perform live.  Here is Sure Fire Winners.  The note he hits at 2:42 is unreal:

And here's Fever:

You can see his whole set via fan videos collected in an unlocked post at Hoopla Magnet.