A Solution Looking For A Problem

Preparing for what life throws at us is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.

I find myself in a lot of situations, unsure of how I got there, or how I’ll get through it. I prefer to prepare by thinking through situations ahead of time when I can. Visualizing what success will look like and considering what I’ll have to do to get there helps me develop action plans.

Sometimes it doesn’t work that way. Just the other day, I ran across a solution for a problem I don’t have.

I Wasn’t Looking

Boring game, but the best seats I've ever had.

Kicking off this idea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Saturday, I watched a college football game. The teams playing weren’t ones I’m connected with; I watch a lot of games just to appreciate the art of the game itself. As the announcers discussed one of the plays, the name of a defensive lineman for Ohio State hit me right in the ear – Noah Spence.

Mr. Spence played well; I’m sure he’s a great student and will go far in whatever he chooses to do. But he has one of those names that makes me think “someone didn’t say that name aloud before they gave it to that kid.”

Noah Spence. Noah Spence.

Noah Spence is a great name because it is a great play on words.

And then it hit me. Being Noah Spence could be useful, and not just to the student-athlete on the Ohio State defensive line. In a very specific situation, one that I don’t foresee myself in, I might change my name to Noah Spence. Read the rest of this entry »

I Adopted Manti Te’o’s Girlfriend’s Cat

I remember the moment like it was yesterday; it was yesterday. A talking head on ESPN, the text below him parroting the hard truth he was speaking. “Manti Te’o’s girlfriend never existed.” It was the moment I knew I’d been hoaxed.

Mr. Te’o, the best player on a great college football team, became an inspirational figure by playing on in the face of the passing of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day. So many of us felt for the kid.

Manti Te’o’s girlfriend’s cat that is mine now even though I haven’t actually seen him. I named him Ghost, after Te’o’s girlfriend. (public domain, wikimedia)

I didn’t know how to help. Then, late one night, it hit me. She probably had a pet that was left behind. It was probably a cat. I’ve never had a cat, but I would have this one and raise it like my own.

I Had A Cat…

After some internet research and a few calls I heard the words I was hoping for from an animal shelter worker: “yeah, we’ve got Manti Te’o’s girlfriend’s cat and you can adopt him. We’ll fly him right out.” It sounded like he said something about a nut job as he hung up, but I can’t be sure. Read the rest of this entry »

The Jolie Pez Project: The Jolie Sees NC State Beat Carolina In Chapel Hill

The Jolie stopped in North Carolina for a day while in transit from her soon to be published California adventure to her upcoming visit to the Washington, DC area. This visit was completely unexpected, but apparently she wanted to see The Omawari-son and the North Carolina State Marching Band play at the big football game between NC State and the University of North Carolina.

The Jolie complained the whole ride about having to pay $5 for a ride to the stadium from a satellite lot in Chapel Hill. She was starting to get on everyone’s nerves until… Read the rest of this entry »