2013 Year in Review

2013 was interesting year for me. This is a list of things that I did, saw, or experienced this year.

1. Had a bone in my hand snapped by a 6’6″ Romanian

2. Saw Grace Potter, Lupe Fiasco, Lecrae, and Old Crow Medicine Show in concert

3. Saw Star Trek Into Darkness, Ironman 3, Elysium, Lone Ranger, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Thor: The Dark World, Gravity, American Hustle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues in theatre.

4. Played indoor soccer at the Premier Soccer Center

5. Finished my first year at LSU

6. Worked at a dude ranch for the summer (Heart Six Guest Ranch)

7. Worked for over 30 straight hours in a kitchen preparing for/working a wedding

8. Saw Old Faithful erupt… twice

9. Wrestled a pig

10. Rode horses in the Tetons

11.Saw a grizzly bear, a black bear, an osprey, a bald eagle, moose, elk, bison, trumpeter swans, pronghorn antelope, beavers, a wolf, foxes, etc. in the wild

12. Saw an osprey and a bald eagle in a midair battle

13. White water rafted while a bald eagle soared overhead

14. Watched Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich contest an all German Champions League Final in a bar overrun with Bayern Munich fans from Germany

15.  Washed more dishes this summer than you probably have in your life

16. Made pancakes every Wednesday morning of the summer while staring at The Grand Teton

17. Made or maintained friendships with people from or currently residing in: Cambodia, Turkey, China, Nigeria, Jamaica, Cameroon, Angola, Czech Republic, Germany, Honduras, and Mexico

18. Made road trips to Dallas and Athens to see LSU play TCU and Georgia

19. Changed my major and declared a minor

20. Helped lead a community group

21. Helped serve breakfast one Sunday a month to a homeless community under a bridge

22. Turned 20

23. Rented my first house

 

I could continue but I’m blanking at the moment.

So… what all did you guys do this year?

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Christmas Eve Rant

The NFL Playoff seeding system is DUMB. If Arizona (10-5) beats San Francisco (11-4) this weekend and New Orleans (10-5) takes care of business at home against Tampa Bay, we will see a team with 11 wins miss the playoffs. MEANWHILE, up north, the winner of Chicago (8-7) and Green Bay (7-7-1) will not only win their division, but have a home game. Green Bay could be hosting a home game with 8 victories. Arizona could be watching Green Bay on TV at home. Their 11 wins in this scenario? Pointless. That makes PERFECT sense. The logic there is actually FLAWLESS. In 2011, Denver won the AFC West and locked up the #4 seed at 8-8. Pittsburgh went 12-4 but was seeded #5. They had to play on the road at Mile High and lost to Tebow. In 2010, the Seahawks won the AFC West at 7-9. BELOW .500. Not even mediocre. Actually they were worse than mediocre (16 teams had a better record than Seattle that season). They got to host the Saints who finished 11-5. The raucous home crowd did just enough to see them to victory. Every year, it seems that a team that shouldn’t even be IN the playoffs is REWARDED with a home game. The current system encourages mediocrity. I don’t want to ever see an 11 win team sit at home, even if means the Saints miss the playoffs at 8-8. Put the best teams in the playoff, not the winner of a dumpster fire of a division.