Thursday, October 27, 2005

Another Big Game

I'm looking forward to the Nebraska-Oklahoma game this coming Saturday. Neither team has had a great year, so I believe Nebraska has a good chance to beat Oklahoma Saturday. Go Big Red!

Traveling Thoughts

It has been a long and exciting week of traveling. I spent Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in my old stomping grounds of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Fayetteville is the home of Ft Bragg and the 40,000 paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. It is also the home of Pope Air Force Base. I was stationed at Pope from 1982 until 1988 and I hated every minute of it. Fayetteville is the roughest town I ever lived in. The town and the base look a lot better now than it did 17 years ago when I left. Just to show you how bad it was when I left in 1988, my MBA thesis in 1987 was "The Reduction of Prostitution in Fayetteville, North Carolina 1977-1987". It was a fun topic with no shortage of police case studies of busted "Prostitutes" and "Johns". Fayetteville had the highest per capita murder and rape rate of any U.S. city over 100,000 in the 1970s. It is nice to see they really did continue the cleanup of the town. The downtown prostitution area burned down to the ground and they built the new police station and county government building on top of the remains of the most notorious strip bar in town, Rick's Lounge. That is one way to clean up the area. It has really changed.

I have spent Wednesday and Thursday in Charleston, South Carolina. I will be flying home tomorrow. Charleston is a very nice town, but I'm sure I wouldn't like the weather so much in July or August. We spent a nice evening eating dinner at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company in downtown Charleston. It was a wonderful meal in an incredible old historic town. I was impressed.

I fly out tomorrow and then hit the trail again on Monday afternoon and will be in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I am tired of traveling this week and will really be tired at the end of next week. It will be great to see my brother Steve and his wife Tracy in Las Vegas. I haven't seen them in about 3 years. At least I will be able to spend some time with family while I'm gone away from home.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Everyone Welcome Here!

Thanks Erin for letting me know that the comments section of my blog was restricted to "members only." It must have been a new setting that Blogger added. Well, it is fixed now and everyone is welcome to comment! I still have the word verification program turned on due to spamming commenters. It is easy to use and only takes a second to have your comment posted.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Blown Out By Missouri

I watched the Missouri-Nebraska game today. It was a great game for the Missouri Quarterback Brad Smith, but not so good as day for Nebraska. Living in St Louis we hear quite a bit of press on Brad Smith, and he sounds like a wonderful kid. Oh well, there is another game next week. I still think Nebraska will end up going 10-2 or 9-3, which is so much better than last year's 5-6 mark. On to Oklahoma next week for another test!

Friday, October 21, 2005

Go Big Red!

I come from a long line of Nebraska Football junkies, and I fall right in line with the family tradition. This is a big weekend for Nebraska football. Big Red is 5-1, and if they can beat Missouri tomorrow the SEC and Big Ten biased media will have to admit that Nebraska is back. They may not be winning games in a pretty style, but they are winning none-the-less. I think they have the capability of closing out the season on a winning roll and end with a record of 10-2. If they can beat Colorado they could be in the Big 12 Championship Game and face either Texas or Texas Tech. Although they only lost to Texas Tech by 3 points I'm not sure playing either team in the Big 12 Champtionship Game would be a good reward for winning the North Division. Oh well, my alma mater UCLA still looks to me like they will be the only team to beat USC!

Hello Again!

I feel awful. I haven't blogged in so long! It seems like whenever I am home I am so busy at work that I hardly ever have time to blog any more. I am leaving on Sunday for a trip to Fayetteville, North and Sumter and Charleston, South Carolina for a week followed up by a week's trip to Las Vegas. I should have plenty of time to blog the next two weeks. My two favorite teams in baseball, the St Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Angels, both lost in the last round of the playoffs, so although I will watch the World Series games while I'm gone, and cheer on the home state White Sox, I won't be glued to the tube. I'm hoping for some quiet evenings with some time to blog, devour the Word of God, and work on my dissertation.