Thursday, January 7

Thank You For Letting Us Be A Part Of Your Weekend.

I guess I've been a little out of the loop lately, because I only found out today that George Michael, famous broadcaster best known for The George Michael Sports Machine, passed away on Christmas Eve.

As a kid that grew up in the 80's and 90's without cable television, The George Michael Sports Machine was my SportsCenter. The rapid-fire delivery of former DJ George Michael made every clip and highlight feel like a magnificent event, even if it was merely a water-skiing squirrel. What I especially liked as a kid was the futuristic set (at the time), and the way George would press that giant button that 'fired up' the Sports Machine, careening the show into action.

I still have an old VHS tape of his 1991 'Plays Of The Year' episode, where he broke into fits of laughter approximately 10 seconds into a nine-minute highlight package, never to fully recover. To this day, it's probably one of the funniest things I've ever seen on television.

Also, on a personal note, I didn't share too many bonding moments with my old man as a kid, but the memories of being allowed to stay up late to watch Sports Machine with him every now and again is something that always makes me feel happy. Hell, it's probably why I'm such a big sports fan to this day.

Anyway, this may not resonate with a ton of people, but it's a bummer to lose George Michael, as he really did have a positive and nostalgic effect on my life. And for those of you who want to take a quick trip down Memory Lane, or at least want to know what in the hell I'm talking about, here's a brief clip from the early 90's:

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. At 10am on Friday, I'm getting my wisdom teeth pulled, so keep an eye on the CDP and my Twitter account for play-by-play coverage.

Wednesday, January 6

Traffic Light Eyes.

Over the holidays, I developed an infection in a semi-impacted Wisdom Tooth. I'll spare you the details, but it got crimson, tender, and every time I bit down on something I'd cringe so hard that I'd pee a little. I could no longer chew without crying, so from December 23-26, I consisted on a diet of Rum and white wine, which deviated slightly from my 2008 Christmas diet of Whiskey and cheese.

Point being, I have three Wisdom Teeth, and they all need to go immediately.

No problem, I figure. In fact, when I was putting together my 'Must Do In 2010' list, 'Remove Wisdom Teeth' was near the top, wedged between 'Write Another Book' and 'Complete New Super Mario Bros. Wii.' Sure, I wanted to extract them on my own free will, instead of a dire and painful situation, but at least this way will prevent me from backing out at the last second, as is my custom.

So, I'm going in on Friday morning, they're drugging me up and and yanking these bastards out. I've already cleared my weekend and stocked up on Snack-Pak pudding and Mott's applesauce. I think I've prepared myself to know what to expect, and I've already arranged for the Missus to cart my groggy ass back home when it's all over.

Assuming that my condition allows it, I want to document this via CDP and Twitter as soon as I come out of the anesthesia, so please pay attention to my feed come Friday morning and throughout the weekend. Follow me on Twitter, or just follow along in the sidebar on your left. I'll be here/there.

I'm ready to go, or at least I think I am. Am I missing anything?

Monday, January 4

Gimme Five.

1. "Hey, What Are You Reading Right Now?"

Eating The Dinosaur - Chuck Klosterman
Get In The Van - Henry Rollins
Y: The Last Man - Brian K. Vaughan

2. "Hey, What Are You Listening To Right Now?"

'She Came Along' - Sharam f. Kid Cudi
'Ambling Alp' - Yeasayer
Post-Nothing - Japandroids
s/t - The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

3. "Hey, What Are You Watching Right Now?"

Sport-wise, a truckload of pro football, college basketball and mixed-martial arts. Now that the holidays are over, we'll see the return of shows like Modern Family, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock, as we wait patiently for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the triumphant return of Lost. I'm still trying to find a block of time in which to watch WWII In HD, and determining just how negative a toll watching Hoarders is on my psyche.

4. "Hey, How's The Next Book Coming Along?"

Considering that I started actual work on it less than a week ago, very good. I'm in the process of drafting and tweaking no less than 60 pre-existing essays, in addition to crafting 20 brand new essays (I plan on cutting both of these numbers in half during the editing stage). I like to do my work in huge chunks and stages, and I'm currently in the groundwork stage that's relatively easy and stress-free. Come Spring, I'll be singing a different tune. This is a huge project that hasn't even approached its infancy yet; it'll probably take every second of 2010 before I'm finished.

5. "Hey, What Else Is Going On At CDP Headquarters?"

Back to the grind, I suppose. I've had nine of my last 12 days off of work, allowing my sleep schedule and rapid alcohol dependency to turn me inside-out. For a while there, me and the Missus were going to bed at 5am, and there's nary a scrap of booze left in the house. That all being said, the holidays were wonderful, I feel surprisingly healthy and productive, and I'm more than happy to be getting back into the swing of things.

Sound off in the comments section, let us know how you spent the holidays and enjoy your week. (@RyanZeinert)