This is my personal week in review, shared out for anyone and everyone.
The Big Takeaway from this Past Week
The money going around the NBA free agency period is insane. As of this writing, Mike Conley is set to sign the largest contract in the history of the league. Mike Conley! A good, not great, point guard with a good-not-great three-point shot and solid defense. Maybe the fifth-best point guard in the Western Conference, behind Curry/Westbrook/Paul/Parker and I consider James Harden to be a PG as well. So maybe the sixth best player at his position in his conference is the all-time highest paid player of all time?
Sounds insane, but it’s all good. One, I’m hoping that Mr. Kevin Durant of House Thunder usurps him. Two, the NBA is paid nearly $25 billion for TV rights by ESPN and TNT. In the past, the owners – men who are already billionaires – have taken the majority of the earnings.
Now, the guys who actually comprise the product people pay to see, are going to take home the majority.
Kent Bazemore getting paid $17.5 million per year to score 12 points a night?
Whatever, man. Good for you.
KD, you won’t see this. But stay in OKC. Win titles. You have the opportunity to change the culture in that state. embrace yourself as an icon. Something bigger than a guy with a ball.
Probably Inappropriate Internet Content I Shared with My Kids This Week
What I Read This Past Week That’s Worth Sharing
I won’t lie – I love when they dig up old stuff. I’m fascinated with ancient cultures and customs. I love the thought of people in their prime – people who are now just bones, or dust. What they did, the things they touched, what they wrote, their customs. This is just fascinating to me.
And yes, I do enjoy beer.
What I’m Grateful for This Week
- Prairie Artisan Ales, whose beer I drank during my Oklahoma trip, and who was just bought by Krebs Brewing. Congrats, and please send your beers to Utah soon.
- Any time I and/or my loved ones travel safely is worth inclusion here
- Reaching a point in life where I have no same in being “dad at the water park” – shirt on, white smears from too much sunblock, sneaking in snacks instead of buying them at the park. Whatever.
- Lori’s social networking (the offline kind) skills. I’ve got a lot to learn from her ability to be inclusive and warm.
- Nathan’s quiet determination that comes out when he needs it the most
- Anna’s insistence on honking the horn dozens of times when she climbs into the car and I’m not in it yet
Listen to This
I’m only now getting around to watching Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. In fact, as I write this, frogs are raining down from the sky and my brain is thinking, “That’s a lot of dead frogs.”
It’s a great movie, and I wish I had seen it earlier. Oddly enough I’ve been listening to the soundtrack of the movie for nearly 20 years now.
I know Napster was bad for a lot of big name artists. But I believe in my own mind that it helped many others build their names. I remember listening to John Mayer coffee shop recording and Howie Day demos. To this day I meet people who discovered my good friends Stephen Speaks through Napster. A group of Tulsa high schoolers recording in a garage and it spreads across the globe.
Anyway, I downloaded (stole) the Magnolia soundtrack back in 2000 or so, and Aimee Mann has been in my rotation ever since.
This song especially.