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Sad

I am just so sad for everybody today.

I am sad for Koby and The Princess.
I am sad for O’Baby.
I am sad for Bro and Bubba.
I am sad for Mr Obama – the public disrespect he faces and the ground he seems to be losing on so many fronts.
I am sad for the earth and the millions of people and wildlife affected by the oil spew.
I am sad and disappointed about Al Gore.
I am sad about many things that I can do nothing about.

My reflex reaction to this? Making blueberry muffins with whole grains, hand-picked blueberries, honey and love. Fixing a big dinner of steaks and vegetables for the people I care about.

All things will pass. But today was tough. Hopefully tomorrow will be easier.

People in the news

1. I hate to put him at the top of any list, but Tiger Woods. He’s a douchebag. He stages his own ‘candid’ photoshoots with a photographer on his payroll. He stages a ‘press conference’, pretaped in front of a smal audience of family and friends. He has no reason to speak to anyone, unless it’s to serve his own need for publicity. The man is a narcissist and needs to just shut up and play golf.

2. Roger Ebert used to be the irascible one in the Siskel & Ebert duo of movie critics. The argumentative, opinionated one. Now he is a beloved, respected elder statesman, who has been through the war and come out a better man. He has been through terrible surgeries for cancer, and radiation that doomed further successful surgeries. He lost his ability to eat, speak and drink. Now he communicates mainly through the written or tweeted word. His writing senses are sharpened and honed. His online journal is entertaining and wonderfully written. I have a renewed respect for the man, and I hope he writes an autobiography soon. Or any other book not written about the movies.

3. Evan Liscecek (or however it’s spelled) won the gold medal in men’s figure skating last night. He is sweet, skilled and humble. And good-looking. He is also from Naperville IL, near where I used to live. He just seems like a genuine nice guy, even speaking kindly and respectfully about his sour-grapes Russian rival. He displays good sportsmanship and sets a good example.

4. Lady Gaga has become a caricature of herself. They may have been her intent, I don’t know. She was the new Madonna, but I think she may have taken it a bit too far now. I guess her next album will tell the tale.

5. Barack Obama has had a tough freshman year. But we should remember the Ronald Reagan did too. And he ended up being one of the most fondly remembered presidents in history. We should be cutting Obama some slack. When I turned on the TV this morning, I couldn’t but notice how the media was saturated with rabid anti-Obama, anti-Democrat, anti-bipartisanship screaming rhetoric. The accusations and vemon were scattered like buckshot, with no thought to whom they might affect, or what outcome they might precipitate. I wish the Republicans would just stop spouting, and start working with their rivals to produce some positive outcomes.

And that’s how I feel about that.

Performance review

Commentary on two performances:

1. Roger Daltrey’s during the Super Bowl halftime show. He was actually singing the whole long medley, and he did a great job. But I did notice that they did not show him doing the iconic scream in Baba O’Riley. I took this to mean that it was either taped, or he lipsynced it. Which is entirely understandable for a guy in his mid- to late-sixties. Overall I thought The Who did very well, but nobody beats Prince’s performance a few years ago.

2. I ran two miles nonstop today at 5.2 mph. That was about 22.30 minutes worth of straight running, and my goal is 25 minutes. So I feel pretty good about it. I don’t hurt, although I might tomorrow. Eventually, I want to run a 5k (3.1 miles) at about 5.5 or more mph. By then, it should be warm enough to take my exercise outside on the bike trails. This will be much harder than the treadmill, but much more enjoyable. Something to look forward to.

Also, I’m loving the use of Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police” as a new anthem: “Green Police” in the new Audi commercial. Cheap Trick could use some royalties. They seem like a bunch of good guys. And, what’s with all the first quarter commercials about guys not wearing pants?

Deceived

I thought he was the Last Good Man.

He was compassionate, he fought for the little guy, he cared about the poor. He loved his family. He lost a son. He grieved and went on. He and his wife worked side-by-side to raise their kids and to accomplish the lofty goals he set for himself. He lost an election and he went on.

He loved his wife and supported her through breast cancer. He ran for election again. His wife encouraged him to do so, even though the cancer had returned.

He was a good husband. A good father. A smart politician with a heart. He was modest and self deprecating.

He was none of those things. He cheated on his wife repeatedly and long-term. He denied being a father to his child for two years. He became desperate to get into office and started to believe his own hype.

He is a sad, desperate, conniving, smarmy politician who has no morals or scruples. He is just another one of them, maybe the worst of them.

Because once upon a time, I believed in him. I thought he was the Last Good Man. And I thought wrong.

In a way, I am grieving. For that lost ideal. It feels like a bad breakup. John Edwards disgusts me now.

So now do I stop believing in people? If the Last Good Man/Woman comes along, will I know him/her? Is there even such a person? Is Obama that person?

How will I know? How do you ever really know?