How did I what? Spend my summer vacation?
(long sigh) OK, fine.
Reading. Grilling. Swimming. Taking walks. Working on cars. Installed a new OS. Got my hands on some new Punisher comics. Jogging. Went to a Jimmy Buffett concert. Bought some Tommy Bahama shirts. Actually wore them to the concert, but I’m sure you guessed that.
Ummm … anything else? (long pause) I’m thinking.
Sealed the blacktop in my driveway. Grew some peppers. Started watching “The Big Bang Theory” from the first episode, finishing the last season this week so I’ll be caught up for the new episodes. Bought some stationary.
(sighs) I don’t know. Just boring stuff.
Why are we doing this again? No one cares what I did.
Want further proof that Cleveland has inexplicably become the nexus of American sports? Then let me offer two franchises, both of whom have been based in Cleveland at some point, using prodigal son LeBron James’ two most notable celebrations against each other during a football game in Cleveland, where a certain Jonathan Football, who is signed to James’ marketing agency, was watching from the sidelines.
Sure, the Browns lost, but those two clips should serve as quality evidence that Cleveland is back. But if not, then maybe we can hire Drew Carey to write a song for the Presidents of the United States of America to play during the Black Keys’ induction in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If that doesn’t do the trick, I’m out of suggestions.
(via For the Win)
It was cold. Even in the summer.
Just how I like it.
Shadows. Gloom. The clinking of chains, pushed in to action by the ghosts of anger past. Fueling me, fueling that tiny pit in my stomach — the one you notice right before everything crashes down.
Just how I like it.
All those things that make you sick to your stomach. Physically ill, desperate for sleep but wide awake. That’s where I live. Right on the edge, right where you can feel the nausea and fury burbling inside, that’s where I spent my summer.
Just how I like it.
And now there’s nothing. Nobody. No me. No you. No children shrieking in their seats, staring me in the hollow, dead eyes trying to understand where I come from. Where I live.
Without darkness, how can there be light? Without depression, how can there be elation? Without the worst, how can something be the best?
At least I have my heart of darkness to keep me warm.
Hey guys! It’s been a while! Just wanted to say hi now that summer is coming to a close. So, HI!!!
Anyways, as you know, summer got off to a bad start. Well, I guess it was still OK since I got to play with my best buds, compete against some other good friends and still come in second, which is technically “the best” according to a famous playground chant (you DO NOT want to come in third, trust me). So that wasn’t totally cool, but I would still say it rates as “pretty cool” in the grand scheme of things. I like to keep things in perspective.
Things didn’t really pick up from there, tbh. One of my friends ended up moving back home, kind of unexpectedly, so it was a bit of a bummer to tell him goodbye. I’m going to miss him for sure. It’s always sad when a buddy leaves. Like this guy Adam back in college. He showed up for fall semester and hung out a bunch and was just generally a fun guy who liked to have fun, but then it turned out he had too much fun, so his parents made him come home over Christmas so that he could have a chance to figure some things out. I haven’t heard from him since. Hope he’s doing OK. Hope I don’t lose touch with LeBron (the one that went home over the summer) like that.
So yeah, those weren’t my favorite parts of the summer. The past two years had been awesome, with all the smiling and the Taco Bell. This year has just been … different, I guess. I hate to say it, but I haven’t even tried TB’s breakfast yet. I’m usually right on top of their limited edition foods, but I’m slacking for some reason. Like I said, things have changed. Taco Bell just doesn’t seem like the right move right now.
But other than those two things (three if you count the no Taco Bell part), I had a great time. Like the best time. I went to a pool, a mountain, a street, a palace, the wild and the beach. ”I went everywhere, man.” — Johnny Cash haha. Seriously though, it was fun. VERY fun. I was making so many funny faces. Hahahaha. So fun. You know I love making faces.
When vacation was starting to get over, I was excited to get home. It’s always nice to be away, but there’s just something about sleeping in your own bed. Maybe it’s because I’m tall and don’t fit in a lot of beds or maybe it’s just because it’s a lot easier to regulate my home bedroom’s temperature now that I’ve designed, coded and installed my own proprietary temperature control system, but I just always sleep better in the comfort of my own home. Maybe it’s just the feather bed we just got, haha. Who knows? All I’m saying is, it was nice to be home, plus I finally got to finish up on “Bachelor in Paradise,” my favorite summer watch. (Kind of a letdown at the end, was expecting way more drama lol.)
I had a lot to do when I got home — start training for the season, go to some awards shows, a whole bunch of other stuff. I was busy busy busy. But the thing I was most excited for and that I spent the most time on? Mr. Nice Tie. Yeah, that’s I right. I designed some ties.
Me, Chris Bosh! I designed them myself and I even came up with the name, as if you couldn’t guess. (I’m a nice guy, which rhymes with “nice tie,” hence Mr. Nice Tie.) Can you believe it? I’m in the tie game now. And the crazy thing is that people like my nice ties (Mr. Nice Tie’s nice ties, haha) quite a bit. I mean, they let me show them off at Fashion Week (a big week of fashion shows) and I’ve been meeting some really fun fashion people now that I’m going to see these shows.
(I don’t mean to take up a bunch of your time talking about my tie business, but there’s one thing that does kind of need explaining. A lot of people are surprised I’m making ties for a couple reasons. One, obviously, is that I’m a basketball player and not a standard tie-maker. Fair enough. I get it. I’m not who you’d expect to design ties, just like I’m not who you’d expect to design and code the entire temperature control system for his own house. I’m no Tommy Hilfiger (or Frederick Brookstone), but I like ties. Which brings me to the second reason people are surprised about my ties, which is that they think it’d be hard to make a good-looking tie for someone with so much tie space. Because between my neck and torso, there is a lot of runway for a tie to fall through. But I just tell people that they’re right, but that I’ve tried A LOT of different ties — bow and standard — and that all that canvas makes for some pretty wild paint experiments. Not to mention, I’ve also coded an algorithm that allows me to determine the perfect ratio of chest to tie with regards to width. It’s just fun and I love the name.)
All in all, summer has been so much fun. I’m going to miss my friend, but at least I got to meet some new basketball friends, some new animal friends and some new clothes friends. And that’s the important thing to me, because without your friends and your family, you’re not going to get to smile as much. And trust me, smiling is very important.
Best summer ever. Or at least top three!
P.S. See enclosed pictures.
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On today’s show, The Starters breakdown the upcoming FIBA World Cup Final between Team USA and Serbia. Does Milos Teodosic and the Serbs have any chance to beat the Americans? Can Kenneth Faried continue his rebounding dominance? Could Spain have won it all? All that, plus Tas’ basketball honeymoon, Trey’s doppelgänger, and Lithuanian patty-cakes.
After an NBA season, the playoffs, the Finals, the draft, free agency and a trip to Las Vegas for Samsung Summer League, we’re taking a break for a bit. You’ll see us around the Hall of Fame inductions, then we’ll be back for the medal round of the FIBA World Cup, but until then The Starters will be enjoying the rest of their summer and recharging those metaphorical batteries you always hear about.
Stay tuned. Next season is less than a hundred days away.
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