I've been living the wild bachelor life this week. My spouse and one son jetted to sunny Las Vegas for a trade show earlier this week leaving me and the other son home to revel in wild abandon for 4 days. I've worked till 8 or 9 every night, come home, fixed a bite to eat, watched the news and went to bed. When the heck did I get this old (and boring)? Tonight the younger son had parents night at his football game, and it was homecoming. You think as they get older that the kids want to separate themselves from you, seek their own identity, grab some space. Nah, M was pretty worried I wouldn't get off work and I'd miss his game. He was pretty careful to inform me exactly what time to meet him to walk out on the field before the game. My kids are just about all raised. Cooks have it easy, they know how their work turned out in hours. Kids are tougher, it takes about 30 years to know that you got it right.
David Blaine [10:57 PM]
No, not that kind of coming out. I am about to divulge my true identity. I thought about this for awhile, and decided there is no one who has been visiting this page lately who showed any anymosity, save one misguided girl a few months ago, and I think she had a mistaken identity. I just have a story that is too good not to share. I share a name with a somewhat famous celebrity. You know my first name is David. My name is currently shared by a magician who appears on television doing magic tricks on street corners and bars, etc. He has also done a few stunts and is currently trying to live for 40 plus days in a glass box suspended by a crane somewhere in England. In the past he stood on a pole in New York and once was frozen inside a 5000 pound ice cube for three days. So last week I get a phone call from someone who says he is working with people who share names with celebrities. He is an advertising consultant, and his firm does billboards for Nextel wireless phones. Their ads show an average guy or gal using Nextel and say "Bill Gates uses Nextel" and tells where this Bill lives, like Saginaw, Michigan. So I'm thinking he wants to put me on a billboard, right? Wrong. He wants to freeze me in a 5000 pound ice cube for three days.
He explains a little bit about how it works, it is a bit of an illusion, but you are inside the ice cube for three days and that means you don't eat for four days, the day before and the whole duration. Part of me wanted to try it, endurance oriented guy that I am, but I'd have to talk my boss into letting me out of work for three days. After sleeping on it for a night I started to regret telling the promoter I'd be interested. It seemed totaly self serving and didn't seem to accomplish anything except showing off. I also like to eat too much, not to mention using the sanitary facilities. Of course there was talk of remuneration, but I earn a good living, so I didn't even consider the money in my decission to pull the plug on the idea. The promoter seemed to be looking for someone who wanted to massage their ego. I have a big ego, but it gets massaged by doing things more significant than standing still for three days, things like raising a family, being a dependable friend, employee, husband and father, and occasionaly helping out in the community. So tell me, what would you have done?
David Blaine [6:29 AM]
Amina Lawal's conviction for fornication has been overturned by an appeals court in Nigeria. Not only was the execution set aside, but the entire conviction was voided. On a 4 to 1 vote the 5 member appeals court ruled that Ms. Lawal's arrest, prosecution and conviction had not been carried out properly, and that Islam holds that gestation in the mother's womb can take up to 5 years, in which case Amina Lawal could have conceived while still married to her ex husband. I feel that the pressure brought by the voices of many individuals, people like yourself, have been heard by these 4 justices and that the pressure has caused the court to spare this woman. Remember this the next time someone asks you to sign a petition or write a letter. Enough little guy's voices sometimes get heard.
David Blaine [9:28 AM]