The yellow flag was waved in April and it feels like business has been in neutral for three months. Personally, I’m tired of it. This was supposed to be the big rebound year, but the earthquake and the oil speculators stole it from us for at least a quarter.
I like the spigot from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve being turned on. It alerts the oil hoarders that they can’t always play games with commodities like oil and win. What is the “real” value of a barrel of oil? Nobody knows. But $3 gas would be a welcome sight and with horizontal drilling for both oil and gas hitting its stride in North America it is quite possible pump prices could fall under that magic $3 mark. We always underestimate the possibility of change. Who predicted the fall of Communism, the Arab Spring, the rise of Apple and fall of Microsoft, the Facebook challenge to Google, a black President, the near collapse of Wall Street, dropping home prices, 3% ten-year bonds, and Boston winning the World Series? What are the odds of an alien attack? I don’t think I want to know. Hopefully they’ll come as tourists to Disney World.
Why are Americans so fascinated by the topic of aliens from space attacking “us?” I haven’t seen any movies or TV shows about them landing in Peru or the Congo. What’s so bad about the jungle? Aliens don’t dig parrots, I guess.
And aliens seem to have no interest in music. Rock, jazz, opera, sitar—seems like it’s all just white noise to them.
I have yet to write about Lebron and the “collapse” of the Heat in the NBA Finals. I know you’ve been waiting with baited breath.
I buy into the Bill Parcells theory of winning and losing. There is a moment in most close games when both teams have pummeled each other for two hours and one of them finally gives in, while the other pushes through. One team believes in itself just a little bit more than the other. The Heat’s Lebron, Dwayne, and Chris needed more “heat treating” to withstand the remarkable Dallas comebacks throughout the series.
Most championship teams need to lose before they can win. The heat treating of sports team takes place when a coach can help the players believe that winning is built on learning from defeat. Lebron will win championships. He needs a little more of a supporting cast—and the core belief in his ability to win the big game. It will come—eventually—and yes, we will applaud him for his perseverance when it finally happens.
Question: Do you believe in aliens from outer space?