I woke up this morning incapacitated and FUBAR. I was definitely feeling the detrimental repercussions of our 5-31 house party. The party itself turned out better than I had expected (I tend to set the bar extremely low) and everyone seemed to have a decent enough time. We had about 20-25 folks engaging in the shenanigans last night. It was definitely good times. Maybe in a few months, we’ll do a part II. But then again..ya never know…I mean, it only took us 8 months to throw a housewarming party…so considering that, we’ll see…better late than never, right?

Kobe “Bean” Bryant. He is playing at a different and far superior level than anyone else in the league right now. He has become so efficiently cerebral. No longer does he force unnecessary shots or take selfish risks. Now, Kobe simply picks his spots. When he wants to turn it on, he does. It is amazing how he has done this time and time again this season. He literally takes the game over whenever the hell he feels like. He did it on cue in games 1 and 5 of the Western Conference Finals against the Spurs. He’s like a dormant volcano waiting to erupt. I am anxious to see how he will fare against Boston’s vaunted defense. I will definitely be tuning in each game.

The plight and redemption of Kobe Bryant is fascinating. When Kobe came into the league, people were enamored with him. They loved the fact that he was cultured, well-spoken, and eloquent. But after the Colorado fiasco and the Kobe-Shaq feud, it seemed as though his reputation was irreparably damaged. Suddenly, the hate for Kobe reached an unenviable crescendo. Understandably, some of that hate was self-inflicted by Kobe, but what bothered me about the entire situation was that people let their distaste fo Kobe cloud their better basketball judgment. It is one thing to hate a man for who he is and what he has done, but it is another to ignore his professional accomplishments because of those very same things. You don’t have to like the man to recognize how talented he is. That is why it is amazing to see Kobe overcome all the tribulations of the past and once again be embraced and appreciated by the average NBA fan. Even the Kobe haters are finding it increasingly difficult to deny that he is unequivocally the best player in the league. It seems as though Kobe has come full circle. All that’s left to be done is winning the NBA championship. I am pulling for him. By no means am I absolving him of any responsibility pertaining to his perception, but the man has been through a lot and it would be nice to see him overcome it all and once again reach the apex of his profession.

I saw Indiana Jones last week. It was ok. Nothing to write home about. I know it may not be fair, but I can’t help but compare it to the previous Indy films. It just isn’t as good as the previous films. It’s a decent enough film with plenty of action, but the movie felt like it was going through the motions. I remember the trilogy of Indy films and they were groundbreaking in the sense that they set the framework for so many pictures in the future (National Treasure, Safari, etc.). Like I said, it was a decent enough flick, but just not all that memorable. Sometimes, especially after this long a hiatus, they should leave well enough alone. There doesn’t always need to a be a re-make or sequel to a great thing.

I started reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns” this weekend. It seems interesting enough so far. I’ve heard from folks that it is as emotionally gripping as The Kite Runner, if not more. I feel like I’ve read a few duds recently (The Life of Pi, Into the Wild), so I’m more than anxious to thumb my way through a page-turner.

The idea of buying a condo in the city has recently come to mind. I’ve spoken to someone who told me that condos in Midtown Atlanta are very inexpensive right now because of the recent downturn in the housing market. So I may do some preliminary research on this. I wanted to wait at least another year before I considered making such a substantial investment, but this seems like a great time to buy, so my interest has been piqued.

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