Happy New Year, Freaks!

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Ok, lets just be honest here. There is no question that 2005 ranks in my top 5 all-time weirdest years of my life. To quote Ben Stiller from the movie “Keeping the Faith” (yes, I’m a geek for remembering this) when responding to how a bad date went, “Um, mostly horrible, with a few brief moments of excruciating agony. But at least it was long.”

Ok, that is probably definitely overdoing it. Maybe a better quote would be from Will Smith in “Men in Black” after witnessing an alien birth, “This definitely rates about a 9.0 on my weird-shit-o-meter.” Yeah, that’s more like it.

It’s like the old Chinese curse – may you live in interesting times. Well, this has certainly been an interesting year and, quite frankly, I’m glad it’s over.

I started the year alone contemplating the breakup of my marriage. I ended it playing poker with friends in Katy.

Considering that my broken relationship had lasted almost as long as it had been since I last played poker, it seemed a fitting end. Just another reminder that life’s a gamble and if you leave the table with some money in your pocket – even if you lost a little along the way – things aren’t all that bad.

Alright, enough of the stupid card metaphors. ESPN2 has enough of those on a nightly basis. Who made poker a sport anyway?

Happy 2006, everyone. All the best to you and yours for a happy, healthy and safe New Year.

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