Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Football and other things

Double-header Monday Night Football?? I'm a fan! Even if it's a sloppy game like the Raiders/Broncos game...
Speaking of football, the Carroll College Saints suffered their first conference loss since 2006, snapping a 44-game league win streak. It was just Carroll’s 15th loss overall since 2000. A bit of a shock, as Eastern Oregon was unranked, but sometimes shit happens...
On a more positive note, the Griz looked pretty good in avenging last year's loss to Cal Poly. Maybe they can turn it back around this year! Their next opponent is Eastern Washington, the current National Champion in the FCS. EWU was shocked by South Dakota this weekend, and will be playing this week in Missoula, so conditions are ripe for another Griz win!
Spent Sunday alternating between 9/11 coverage and NFL. The opening of the memorial was nice, and it appears that it could easily become the #1 tourist attraction in NYC. But the best viewing this year was a documentary that I first wrote about in 2008...
"Watched a new documentary on the History Channel last week. "102 Minutes That Changed the World" gives a new look at the events of 9/11 through photographs, videos and radio recordings from the NYPD, the FDNY, the Port Authority, professional journalists and amateurs. No narration, no script, and no fancy editing. Just a very subtle soundtrack that you probably won't even notice.

The various videos are spliced together somewhat chronologically. It gives a view that the news stations couldn't. Personal vantage points. Video of the chaos on the streets, and in various buildings. Some from inside the WTC buildings, to as far away as Hoboken. Perhaps the most intense scene is from the NYU students who are just a couple of blocks away in their 32nd floor apartment, hearing the comments in disbelief that they are seeing people jumping, rather than chairs falling out. Or their horror as they see the second plane hit the towers. And the sheer panic to get out of their own high-rise. Or perhaps it's the husband and wife telling each other in disbelief that one, then both of the towers had collapsed, and telling their little girl to go back into her room and watch her movie. Or seeing the same little girl telling her baby brother that the towers are "all gone". To fill out the two-hour block, the remaining 18 minutes feature the actual people whose videos were used. Talking about what they saw, why they taped it, and how it's affected them over the years.

Of any 9/11 documentary I've ever seen, this is one that should not be missed!"

I ran into a panic situation this morning. The power adapter for my MacBook Pro developed a short and finally failed on me. Yeah...one of those first-world problems. I can't just go out and get a replacement, as the nearest Apple Store is 500 miles away in Salt Lake City. Fortunately, however, there is one place in town that sells Macs, and they happened to have ONE replacement. To the tune of $79. I love Apple, but geez...
The weather has been beautiful here, and will continue for the near future. Meaning that tonight's full moon could be seen in all its glory. Even through the haze of some smokey skies, thanks to some fires in the western part of the state. Damn, I do like living here!

2 comments:

Gigi said...

one of my teams won one of them lost so I'm not too sad about it ;) love me some football!

justhighheels said...

I missed that documentary, such a horrific event.
I love Apple too, can't you order online?
Sky is amazing here tonight, I've just spotted Jupiter