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Manti Te’o’s Top Five Playlist

We have it on good authority — well, ok, from an anonymous spokesman from the Grassy Knoll Institute for Conspiracy Studies — that the following songs are the five most played on  Manti Te’o’s iPod:

#5)  If The Phone Doesn’t Ring, It’s Me — Jimmy Buffett

#4) You Won’t See Me — The Beatles

#3) Who’s That Girl — Madonna

#2) Imaginary Lover — Atlanta Rhythm Section

And last but not least,

#1) She’s Not There — The Zombies

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Regarding Lance Armstrong: Second Thoughts

So it’s now clear. Lance Armstrong admits he doped from the start, in every one of the seven Tour de France races he won. It’s a fact, not an allegation.

Back in October, I wrote that I stood with Lance, and would still wear the yellow Livestrong bracelet as a sign of respect for his contributions to cancer research, patients and their families. I meant what I wrote. But since then, the bracelet has become tarnished for me.

Call me naive if you must, and many will, but I believed Armstrong when he denied ever using performance enhancing drugs to win races. Now that he’s admitted those denials were all lies, I feel betrayed. I can’t manage to feel angry, really, just disappointed. We all want to believe in heroes, and it’s no fun to realize they’re as human as the rest of us. Yes, Armstrong lied, and cheated, and deserves to be punished for it.

Questions have arisen too abou the purpose of the Livestrong Foundation. Was it nothing more than a “yellow-washing” campaign to maintain Armstrong’s reputation? Maybe. I can’t bring myself to wear the wristband, a symbol of too much deceit.

But I still believe in the foundation, and that Armstrong’s work on its behalf actually has benefitted cancer patients and their families. The foundation does provide resources for patients and caregivers, and that shouldn’t be shortchanged by the founder’s dishonesty.

And I’m still not impressed by USADA’s tactics, or by many of those who spoke out against Armstrong. Some of them had ulterior motives of their own.

Yes, I realize I’m all over the map here, but maybe that’s as it must be. For me, the whole story is a mixed up mess, one that has shades of black, white and gray. I end up a little sadder, a little wiser, and in the words of the Who, determined that I won’t get fooled again.

Did You Ever Wonder…

… what would happen if Schroedinger’s cat thought outside the box?

New Year, New Possibilities

Welcome to 2013!  It’s a fresh new year.  What are you going to do with it?

Think about that for a second. It’s not an idle question. The whole year lies before us, ripe with possibility. It’s a time for just a little nostalgia about the year just past and a lot of hope for the year ahead.

Remember, January is named for the Roman god Janus, a two-faced deity able to look to both the past and the future at the same time. That’s what this first week of the new year is really all about. It’s a time to learn from our mistakes of the last year. It’s a time to make new mistakes, and learn from them too. And of course, it’s time for new triumphs as well.

What do you want to change in 2013? Do you want to lose weight, gain weight (not a problem for your humble Walrus, alas), learn to speak Spanish, run a marathon? Go for it! All you have to do is take the first step and your journey will begin.

If you’re content with your life as it is, that’s fine too. Be happy. If you’re not, well, what better time is there to change than right now?

Most of us have no idea how much power we have at any given time. If you want to change your life, you have the power to do that. If you want to change the world, you have the power.

To paraphrase John Lennon, you say you want a resolution. Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan. Lots of folks are making resolutions, vowing to change some aspect of their lives, great or small.  Many of those resolutions will be forgotten by the end of the month, if not by the end of the week.

Forget resolutions. Don’t waste your time on them. If you want to change something, make a COMMITMENT. Commit to being the best you that you can be. Commit to positive changes in your life. Commit to making the world a better place.

Obviously, some things will be easier than others. It’s a lot easier to drink less coffee, for example, than it is to change the world. But if you truly commit, you can indeed change the world too.

Think about where you were at this point last January. What’s changed in your life since then? Sift through those changes, learn what you can, leave what you must and commit to embracing all the possibilities 2013 has to offer.

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