I've been thinking about this because I think about things in my spare time and I have more spare time than most people can ever dream of. If you have the spare time to read this, I'm shocked. I have the spare time to read the complete works of Shakespeare once a week. And go fishing twice.
I have a very minor young guy who isn't flat broke problem on my hands. It concerns my free time.
I have a vacation coming up in a few weeks. Once again, I can't figure out where I want to go or what I want to do with myself for that week I don't have to work. I have a truck, myself, and I can go anywhere. I can do anything I want that week.
So, naturally, I struggle to figure it out given the infinite number of possibilities for my leisure week.
I see the girls I know on Facebook. They take vacations together when they are single. Men operate a little differently. We'll go off for a weekend, but we know better than to spend a week straight with our buddies because we wind up temporarily hating them when we do that. You ladies, though. Y'all can go to the beach for a week, on a cruise together. Pretty much anywhere you wanna go, and you always have friends who want to do it with you.
For a single man, what is a vacation? You're gonna go try to meet women, and you might get lucky one or two nights, which is still pretty lame since you've been on the prowl for the better part of a solid week. You're gonna drink. Probably a lot. You're gonna sleep a lot. You're gonna eat by yourself at bars. It's what we do as men.
Last time I had a week off, I never decided where to go, so I spent the week in Greenville doing pretty much the same thing I would've done had I gone somewhere else. I guess Hedonism is the answer, but the nudist colony in Chesnee is more in my price range.
Tony Stewart in the Coke Zero 400
First, Saturday night. NASCAR was in Daytona for the Coke Zero 400. Formerly the Pepsi 400. If you grew up listening to the race on the radio, you call it the Firecracker 400.
For most of the 167 laps around Daytona, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle seemed dominant. So how did Smoke come out on top?
Simple strategy. At one point, he was in 42nd place. He hung out toward the back of the pack for the majority of the race. He trusted himself to know the race and the track well enough to get where he needed to go when he needed to go there. He stayed out of all the wrecks and cautions. By the time they started, he had already moved to the front of the pack. Once he got up front, he never looked back. If he did, he'd have only seen smoke and carnage on his way to the checkers.
Anderson Silva at UFC 148
Later on Saturday night into Sunday morning, Anderson Silva defended the UFC Middleweight Championship for the 10th time. When you look at title reigns across all weight classes and across all of combat sports, 10 consecutive successful title defenses is a feat achieved by very few men since we started keeping records.
He did it again, this time coming out, taking a whooping in the first round, and making the statement he wanted to make in round 2. He TKO'd Chael Sonnen, finally buried that long-standing feud, and added another incredibly entertaining chapter to possibly the most storied career in MMA.
Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Early Sunday afternoon, or nearing prime time in England, Roger Federer sunk the host nation's dreams when he locked up his 7th Wimbledon championship. Seventeen grand slams since his first Wimbledon win 10 years ago. Seven Wimbledon wins in the last 10 tournaments. A career every bit as accomplished and prestigious as Tiger Woods, if not moreso. Possibly the greatest of his era, across all sports. The greatest to ever step on the court anywhere in the world. Except France.