I've done very well on every graded evolution thus far this semester. I'm now into the second round of them in all of my classes. I have several theories as to why this is, drawing from various past experiences. I don't consider myself a particularly superstitious person...but I don't want to jinx the semester, so I'll wait until it's done before dissecting my academic performance.
At the end of last month, I finally got my end of the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit. At no point was I ever in dire financial straits, because the combination of the volume of my savings and a lack of expenses keeps me from ever seriously worrying about money. But to log into your bank account on the afternoon of Halloween and see five thousand dollars that were not previously there? What a rush of euphoria. Amazingly, that happened not even an hour after I read an op-ed piece in Newsday entitled "GI bill looks like an IOU."
Even as the Giants were running up a gaudy résumé against their early opponents, I was concerned. I even expressed that concern here. It was based in part on Big Blue's placement in the Z-Ratings, which was then below the other undefeated teams. And now, experience has borne out that concern. The G-Men are 5-4 and hopefully well rested off the bye week as they prepare for the Falcons. One more note on the proceedings of NFL week 10; it concerns the fourth-and-two play with 2:08 left in the Patriots-Colts game. Once again, Bill Belichick thinks he's Rick James. I first surmised this in the aftermath of XLII, when he attempted fourth and thirteen. In neither case did fans of the "Flying Elvii"* enjoy a conversion.
While the gridiron might provide me with anguish, the various frozen ponds surely do not. Cornell stands at 4-1 on the young year, and the Big Red boast an unusually high offensive output - twenty-two goals over the first five games. Among the four wins is one over Harvard, in which Cornell erased a two-goal deficit after forty minutes. As for the professional ranks, well, the Islanders aren't doing half-bad. Their official record^ is 8-6-7, good for 23 points and seventh in the Eastern Conference. And the Isles wouldn't be where they are without the play of a man who honed his hockey skills "far above" - Matt Moulson. Whoever decided to put him on that top line with Tavares and Okposo smells awfully sweet right about now.
One more thing I want to get in: I am now less than two weeks removed from my ten-year high school reunion, an event I've mentioned more than a few times here. I'm excited for it, but I can't say the same for all of my good friends from that day and age. In particular, RB wants to make his feelings known, in a manner only slightly subdued by the pixellation I've added:
* Gregg Easterbrook, aka "Tuesday Morning Quarterback," refers to the Pats with this moniker, because the face on their logo resembles the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
^ Their "real" record, discounting the effect of various shootouts, is 7-9-5. (That's W-L-T.)