Last night, I decided on impulse to meet some friends up at my alma mater for the first football game of the year. While MTSU doesn't boast the best football team around, it's still always fun to go tailgate and hang out with people.
I wasn't able to get in on much of the tailgating action for two reasons. First, I had to work, and then I headed to the gym to get in my 6x800m speed workout in. It felt good to run at about an 8:27 pace. Then, I got stuck in standstill traffic on the interstate. After about 10 minutes of not moving, a BUNCH of cars started turning around and leaving the interstate on the nearby entrance ramp. It was empty since no one was getting on the interstate because they could see that traffic was stopped. Normally I'd probably never have the guts to follow the crowd, but I didn't want to be stuck on the interstate so I joined right on in. I turned my car around, drove down the ON ramp, turned back onto the main road (which is difficult since there is no light at the end of the on ramp), and made my way merrily to the Boro.
I called my friend to let her know I'd be a bit later than expected and relished a bit in the liberating feeling that came with blatantly doing something illegal.
I had a good time hanging out with several friends at the game, but they were losing badly when we decided to head out at the beginning of the fourth quarter. I'm still glad I went and had a great time, but I'm looking forward to next weekend when I can go on a Saturday and participate in all of the tailgating activities.
In other news, I don't profess to be especially political. In fact, I claim no party affiliation and find myself to be very much middle of the road on most issues. I don't really like to discuss politics, and I'm certainly not trying to get something started here. I'd just like to point out two things that have happened that I think are worth noting.
One - I think it's really cool McCain selected a woman as his vice president. I think this was a very intelligent move.
Two - I didn't like something very specific that Obama said in his speech last night (I pulled the quote from one of the many transcripts online):
“Tonight, more Americans are out of work, and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes, and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can’t afford to drive, credit card bills you can't afford to pay and tuition that’s beyond your reach.” The blame, he said, lay squarely with “a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.”
Um, I HAVE to strongly disagree to some extent. Americans are driving cars they can't afford because they CHOOSE to. Americans have credit card bills that they can't pay because the CHOOSE to. I realize some people will disagree, but I grew up in a home that had 2 kids and one income. We learned how to manage money appropriately. My parents taught us that you should never go into debt for things other than like your mortgage and that there is ALWAYS a way to make it work. I'm sure some people are truly strapped and have a hard time avoiding debt, but I think that MOST Americans are perfectly capable of making smart decisions with their money and avoiding the things that Obama is referencing here. They just don't. That's not our government's fault. People need to be held accountable for their own spending habits.
Anyways, you are free to disagree (but only nicely if you choose to comment). I'm in no way saying I have decided on a candidate to support. I haven't yet. But that one comment just really rubbed me the wrong way. I am the only person responsible for how I spend my money, not my government.
Well, I'm off to start my Labor Day weekend. Plans call for a 14-mile run tomorrow, lots of relaxing and a lot of fun!