The Pendulum

It swings right, then it swings left. What we are now seeing is the beginning of a swing to the right. Triggered. Safe space. Social justice warriors. The terminology itself is enough to make me vomit. These are dangerous concepts. It’s a stubborn movement with no end insight, except that there are always consequences. Ideologies that can seem unstoppable are always so until they are met by an immovable force. World War II was an example of what can happen when dangerous ideologies grow to a point where they collide. At its heart, the war was a battle between communism (the left) and facism (the right). Russia and Germany collided, leaving immense destruction in its path. It is too early to tell, but the social justice movement on the left is already leading to a rise in the opposite direction from the right.

The London Chronicles: Fed Up

I was due to catch a flight at 11am from Heathrow to Shannon, Ireland for a wedding. My friends and I were to go straight from the airport to the wedding ceremony that Saturday. Having travelled repeatedly out of Heathrow, I knew exactly when to leave my flat to avoid sitting around Heathrow watching the clock and idiotic travellers shop at an airport. I woke up expecting the day to be relatively calm and peaceful. It took me two hours to experience enough stress and angry thoughts to send most people onto a therapists' couch (or into a mental institution).

Part 1: Ballin’

College Basketball in the 80s through 1994 was the best period of college sports I have ever witnessed. In particular, at its peak, the period of 1990-1993 was simply remarkable. The same period for the NHL was the best of professional sports that I have ever watched. I continued to watch College Basketball with enthusiasm post-1993, but was always left reminiscing of what it used to be. In the case of hockey, I did nothing but reminisce as I watched the sport decline to levels of embarrassment it is only starting to climb out from. Like an old man, I'm resorted to looking back on those days fondly, wishing it could come back. Sports isn't everything obviously, but if you enjoy sports and are watching an era of the sport at its pinnacle, enjoy it while it lasts. Things don't progress as you would like them to. It is all a business after all. This part will take a look at that era of College Basketball.

Year Zero

For the past six years I have not integrated into a country that I moved to. I have been coasting and just jumping from sinking ship to sinking ship just to remain afloat. I look around now and realize that I find I’ve allowed myself to form a group of friends that don’t share many of my views or interests. I haven’t made much of an effort to make any new ones other than the group I was introduced to after my first few weeks moving here.