Letters to Holly

Monday, August 27

Back to School

Your Sis got home at a decent hour last night, and we had a light supper. She got her clothes in order and made sure she packed everything she needed for work and went to bed early. It was almost solemn, like a ceremonial preparation for the new year. She's ready. She's spent all summer getting ready. There's nothing more she can do. The last school-related activity she tackled was to fold the last of brochures. This she did while watching taped horse racing and eventually the preseason Philadelphia-Pittsburgh game.

The fantasy league draft went better than I expected, even though I wasn't there. My team managed to snag Tom Brady and last year's Heismann-winning running back. I even go the kicker I wanted. My wide receivers are weak but had they been better, I would have developed unrealistic hopes for winning the league.

Your Sister's wrestling character turned out very well. She can compete against the male wrestlers, and I designed a championship belt for her to defend. Your Sis likes it. She also competes alongside my wrestling character to defend the Debacle World Championship. She has teaching names for the wrestling holds like the detention, suspension and expulsion (where she actually throws the opponent out of the ring by the belt and collar).

Picture of the Day
The latest mix CD for Your Sis. Here's the track list:

Eruption Van Halen
You Really Got Me Van Halen
Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) Big & Rich
Icky Thump The White Stripes
Da Sound of Da Irish Band KRS-One/House of Pain
Here It Goes Again Ok Go
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
Girlfriend Avril Lavigne
Candyman Christina Aguilera
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B) The Puppini Sisters
Amie Pure Prairie League
Lord Is It Mine Supertramp
Russians Sting
Tongue REM
John Allyn Smith Sails Okkervil River
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Gordon Lightfoot

In the News
The attorney general quit Friday and will announce it today. The first analysis I heard about this on the radio said the Democrats won by cruelly treeing Gonzales and pressuring him to resign. This ignores what Gonzales did to hang himself and growing Republican panic that the administration's tone will lead to greater Democrat gains in Congressional elections. The administration has a little over a year to bolster the reputation its party, and the departures of Rove and Gonzales can only help. Even the press secretary said he wouldn't last until January of 2009.

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Also facing the music is Michael Vick, and I can't remember a more prominent active athlete dropping so hard from a lofty perch. He was in the top ten of NFL quarterbacks every year he played. This isn't the biggest scandal for an active NFL player. Carolina had a wide receiver who plotted the death of his significant other, and Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis was found not guilty of manslaughter during the offseason a few years back.

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