Post Thanksgiving Notes

I certainly hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I know that I have a lot to be thankful for this past year.

Now that the first holiday swarm is over, get ready, because we get to do it all over again next month! Please savor the season because the spirit of this time is what’s most important. I know it can be stressful but try to put aside those worries and help stave off the insanity by finding your serene moment in this chaotic time.

Football on Thanksgiving is a tradition but by this time each year, the last thing anyone wants to see is the Detroit Lions. That immediately conjures up feelings of relief and gratitude for the rest of the country not residing in Detroit or what remains of that metropolitan area. While the Dallas game was exciting, between travelling and dinning with family, I wasn’t able to part-take in seeing the Saints win.

Quick tangent: the success of a team only lifts the fans of that team and makes them feel happy. The Saints winning the Super Bowl last year or yesterday’s come-from-behind-win doesn’t mean that the city of New Orleans will magically be restored or fix the population evacuation that has happened since Hurricane Katrina made landfall and flooded the city. If that’s the case, than since the White Sox winning in 2005, and the Blackhawks winning last year weren’t able to flush out the political rats that plague Chicago, I had better hope and pray that if the Bears and Cubs maybe get their act together and win because if they win, everything will then be OK! I can see it now! The thieving crooks that make up the Chicago machine will have their eyes opened, lower the county’s and city’s sales taxes, the inner city schools will turn into academic titans, gangs will stop killing cops and children and Chicago as we know it will be replaced by summer field of daisies and wild flowers. I won’t hold my breath.

Wednesday night, I received a most unexpected surprise. On Sirius-XM’s Cine-Magic channel, they were previewing a show for later that evening called “Television Zone” where the focus of the show is all on television and video game soundtracks. I was able to tune in and catch the soundtrack of “Battlestar Galactica”, “Caprica” and “Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood”. This is what the gaming industry needs more than anything, some exposure highlighting the original musical works that help highlight the industries best games. Generally speaking, the games with the best overall production offer the best music, though this is also true with the most iconic franchises in gaming. I hope that this show gets more air-time because I’m personally sick of the pimping of mediocre movies like “127 Hours” and some of the odd and otherwise boring music from lesser known or recognizable movies.

I hope your Thanksgiving holiday was enjoyable, relaxing, filling and safe. I’m waiting for my Hot Stove to warm up because we’re about 70 to 80 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.

If I hadn’t mentioned it before, my magic number is down to 4, and I’m a happy man.