Ruth out for lunch

Ruth is excited to be out for lunch with her parents at P.F. Chang's!
Excited about Chinese food!


The NFL doesn't want you to see the whole game

When you watch a football game on TV, it's an endless barrage of highlights, cameras focused on the quarterback or the receiver.  The view that you don't ever see is the "All-22" shot, showing the whole field and the actions of both teams simultaneously.

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article that delves into why the NFL doesn't release that footage to the public.  The upshot is that it shows the viewer too much about how the game is played and how the team is coached (or not).  The fear the league has is that fans and talk radio would criticize coaches more than they already do, and worse, would provide evidence to back those criticisms up.

I'm not optimistic that the NFL releases the footage any time soon, but I do want to try to see more of the big picture when I watch the games.  I picked up a book from the library,  Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look.  I'm not trying to become an expert, but I would like to understand more about what's happening on the field.


On the Redskins, halfway through the season

We're halfway through the season and the Redskins are 3-4 going into today's game against the 49ers at Washington.  I'm crossing my fingers for a win today, but after last week's game (9 sacks!), I don't know if it's realistic.

Beck's not a bad quarterback, but the injuries to the offensive line don't give him any time to throw the ball.  Even when he does have time, I'm pretty sure the other teams in the league have figured out Kyle Shanahan's play calling.  Add that to the injuries to Hightower and Moss, blown coverage in the defense (other than Fletcher), and the team may be on the way to a 4-12 season.  Top of the NFC East seems so long ago...

Still, "Hail to the Redskins!"


Hiring a criminal defense lawyer

I spend all of my working hours defending people accused of crimes. However, because I chose to be a public defender, you can't hire me, I have to be appointed. If you are charged with a crime and don't qualify for a public defender, you should probably talk to a reputable criminal defense lawyer.

Brian Tannebaum, a criminal defense lawyer in Florida, wrote an excellent e-book, "The Truth About Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer" that covers the process of finding and hiring a criminal defense attorney. Read it before you hire a lawyer for your criminal case. It'll answer most of your questions and make it a lot less scary.


Coffee: Is there anything it can't do?

I like coffee. It wakes me up, helps me focus, and tastes good.

Turns out, it's not just good, it's good for you. If you're a guy, it lowers your risk for prostate cancer. If you're a woman, it lowers your risk for breast cancer. If you drink, it lowers your risk of getting cirrhosis.

So have another cup of joe.

Hat tip: The Atlantic


Rock climbing skills applicable to real life

One of the things you learn when rock climbing is that you always need at least one stable hold when moving. Throwing yourself at the next hold usually leads to falling.

Now that I have a broken ankle, I find those same skills of having a steady hold before moving are paying off when showering on one foot, and especially in getting in and out.

Aside from that literal application to life, there's also the metaphorical. If you are going to make a big move in your career, relationship, or any other area, it's best to have at least one area of your life that is stable to lean on.