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Just sayin'. From July 2010:
I've thought about what's the psyche behind the Armstrong myth. Here's my take.
1. In the mid-90s, Armstrong was a great one-day racer. The type of guy that'd be a favorite in classics and things like the Olympic road race. Then, all of sudden, guys on r-EPO started winning. r-EPO was undetectable, so Armstrong, like other cyclists were faced with a big moral dilemma. To dope or not to dope. I have some sympathy for Armstrong at this point. If he didn't dope, he'd likely lose his livelihood. It's easy to understand why so many riders chose to dope and just makes those who didn't all the more admirable.
2. Armstrong got cancer. The interesting thing is that his level of beta-hCG (the indicator of testicular cancer) should have been detected in routine doping tests months earlier. I'd imagine Armstrong felt two things: a) the cycling authorities weren't serious about catching dopers, so they were tacitly approving the practice and b) it was partially their fault that he almost died. If Armstrong had any moral doubts about doping, it's easy to see how they could have been erased. The UCI didn't care about doping and furthermore, they owed it to Armstrong.
3. So Armstrong went on to dominate the Tour de France rest assured that he wasn't a cheater because a) he had the moral high ground given his cancer and b) everyone else was cheating too. That attitude helps explain his issues with Christophe Bassons. Bassons' clean riding picked away at that moral high ground. Everyone wasn't cheating. Armstrong wasn't really an innocent victim of a dirty sport - he was part of the problem. Bassons mere existence must have irked him.
4. Armstrong kept winning the Tour. He got rich and famous and had a fabulous image that opened lots of doors with sponsors, celebrities and even politicians. That image had to be protected at all costs. Hence his attack of Filippo Simeoni, his feud with Greg Lemond, and his attempt to portray himself as a victim of the nefarious French.
5. At some point, I think Armstrong started to believe his own lies, kind of like O.J. Simpson. How could react with his typical level of indignation if he didn't? I think Armstrong thinks he's owed something because of Livestrong. It's a get-out-of-cheating-free card. If all else fails, he could fall back on cancer.
Eventually, I suspect Armstrong will have to deal with confession, contrition and rehabilitation. It's not pretty to imagine how a man like Armstrong is going to deal with his coming fall from grace. If he's running down innocent pedestrians now, just imagine who he could take down with him in the coming months.
I'm so in love with my new boyfriend. He's handsome, smart, passionate and the sex is incredible. On the down side, he's just recently separated from his wife, he can be quite secretive and he could be in some legal trouble that will very negatively impact my career. I want to throw caution to the wind and start planning our future together, but my friends and coworkers are really discouraging me. What should I do?
Dear Jazz Lover,
You say your boyfriend is secretive and talk about your passionate, dangerous (at least to your career) relationship. I wonder if you love the excitement more than you love him? Will it be worth your career when your relationship has more nights filled with Chinese takeout and Netflix than with dodging the law or his wife?
Not to sound cocky, but I'm the best at what I do. Everyone from my coworkers to our customers and even our competitors agree. The problem is that while management does generously compensate me, I can't help but feel that I'm being held back by coworkers that just aren't performing at my level. I'd like to stick it out longer, but it seems like the more things change, the more they stay the same around here.Should I get a different job or stick it out here?
Dear All Day,
Look at your management's track record over the years. If they've shown little ability to bring in and develop top performers, perhaps it's time for you to run away, before you're blamed for lack of overall success.
I just got a new job! It's a lateral move, but I get a significant salary boost and I get out from under my boss' thumb. My problem is that I've found it very difficult to be gracious in my exit interviews. How can I show my excitement for my new gig while not burning too many bridges?
Dear Pig Farmer,
First, congrats on the new job. Second, if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all. The reason platitudes exist is precisely for situations like this. Being bitter just makes you look bitter. The way to prove that you were right about your old job and boss is to succeed at your new job. So, hold your tongue.
Anyway, Eblouissante isn't a dancer like Zenyatta, but she's even prettier and by all accounts has a completely sweet temperament. But can she run? Let's take a look at what happened today :)
So there you go, another big, black filly to spend a dream on.
NFL standings and I had a realization about what's going to happen at the end of the regular season. The final wild card is going to come down to Seattle and Minnesota and Seattle will advance all because of that one extra "victory" over the Packers. Even in defeat, the Packers will be able to screw the Vikings. Isn't that beautiful?
The part that has always resonated with me the most is
Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
in the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;
the islands and bays are for sportsmen.
I love it for how he captures the difference between cold, awesome Gitchee Gumee and bright, friendly Lake Michigan. He gets the personalities of our upper Great Lakes.
I'm glad the families of the men of the Edmund Fitzgerald have embraced the song over the years. It's yet another lovely, lasting tribute to them.
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I once compiled a list of my favorite Presidential quotes for our old website. I picked out two that I think are especially important to keep in mind over the next couple of days:
Yet we can maintain a free society only if we recognize that in a free society no one can win all the time. No one can have his own way all the time, and no one is right all the time.
Richard Nixon said that and I think it's important to remember that this is what democracy looks like. What democracy looks like is a vast purple plain of different ideas - some we agree with and some we don't. But it's not all black and white or blue and red. Only the truly partisan or truly deranged can honestly believe that their party is right all of the time. Because of that, we need to remember that we'll need to work together to find the best path. And the road to working together shouldn't start with nastiness or riots.
I also love this quote from Andrew Jackson:
It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that every American and every candidate, right or left, wants to make America a better place. We have the same goals, we just have different ways of getting there and luckily for us, there are several paths that lead to the same basic place. We're going to be okay. The only disaster that can happen tomorrow is if we all think we're on Team Obama or Team Romney.
We're not. We're all on Team America.
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