I made a New Years Resolution with myself to read more this year. Not web articles, not wiki pages, not blogs, not tweets, not facebook updates, but good old tree-killin’ books.
The good news is that “more” meant something like 2 books total for the year so it was a low bar. The bad news is that I am absolutely NOT a reader of books, not one bit. If necessary, I can stomach non-fiction that is about a specific topic I enjoy, usually technical or scientific, and written in a fun style. I will not even touch a fiction book. In school I would read the important bolded parts or chapters for homework and exams and skip the rest. I even deployed the read-every-other-paragraph strategy quite often for any reading requirements. An honest estimate of books I have read cover-to-cover before this year: 8.
Which is why I am so shamazed (shocked + amazed) I am now starting my 6th book this year. Or, probably a more accurate statement would be that I am shamazed I found 5 (maybe 6) books that I really like this year. It doesn’t sound like a lot but for someone like me it is nearly unheard of.
Here are some books I have read over the years and enjoyed. I highly suggest you check them out or buy them for a friend:
I have to admit, my first reaction when I heard that Qatar had beaten out the United States for the 2022 World Cup was a big, fat, WTF?! It’s not that I was upset at or hate Qatar, it is more of a frustration at FIFA for selecting essentially the same region for 2 consecutive world cups for no justifiable reason.
However, I have since calmed down and reminded myself that I have a bit of a soft spot for Qatar. Way back in the day, I got really (seriously, REALLY) good at FIFA 94 on my Sega Genesis (oh that sweet, sweet theme music) to the point that I was bored always winning with Ireland and USA. So I set out to find the worst team in the game and they would become my team. That team? Qatar. Nevermind all the quirks and bugs that let you score by standing in front of the goalie on punts or sending a swerving ball towards the goal from the right sideline, it was clearly my ball movement and proper spacing, along with 2 speedy Qatarian(?) center midfielders, that would won me those games.
So, Qatar, congrats on getting the World Cup in 2022. And if you aren’t able to actually make outdoor air-conditioned stadiums for 130 degree heat or deal with the raging alcohol consumption and other unmentionable things, know that the US is here already fully prepared for hosting an extremely successful World Cup.