Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The NBA: Where Cheating with Teammates' Wives Happens

Eva Longoria filed for divorce from Tony Parker today.  This comes amidst speculation that Parker had apparently been cheating on Longoria for over a year, exchanging hundreds of text messages with one of the couples' "mutual friends."

"Mutual" might not be the appropriate term anymore.

According to People Magazine, Eva Longoria apparently told Mario Lopez that the "mutual friend" was the wife of one of his fellow San Antonio Spurs.

If the allegation is true, which Spurs player would you like it to be?  Feel free to comment below.

For obvious reasons, I hope its Duncan.  Not so fundamentally sound in the sack are ya, Timmy?

Some Thoughts on Road Trips

I went on a bit of a road trip this weekend, just a simple drive from Ogdensburg to Rochester.  I've learned to really enjoy that drive, perhaps because I associate the trip with the journeys I would make back and forth between home and college.  Maybe its because I know the route well, so I don't have to think much about what I'm doing.  I can just kind of zone out and focus on other things.

Whatever the reason, the expedition made me realize that the road trip is one of those unique life experiences that, for me at least, seems to only have the ability to go one of two ways.  That is to say that road trips have the potential to stir up either one sentiment inside of me, or its polar opposite: invigoration or exhaustion, placation or exasperation, exhilaration or agitation.

For me there is no in-between, and the difference between an enjoyable road trip and a miserable one can be easily swayed by the trip's most minute details.  A string of good songs on the radio, a trip to a fast food place that I haven't been to in a while, or some particularly beautiful scenery can have a major influence on how I experience a road trip.  At the same time, seemingly inconsequential events can have an equally significant and opposite impact on a trip.  Inclement weather, a close encounter with a furry friend, or an inconsiderate traveler can make a perfectly good trip go downhill in a heartbeat.

The road trip can be a fickle undertaking.  Your experience with it depends on your mood going into it.  If you dread it beforehand, it is more than likely going to be one of the longest experiences of your life.  If you're excited going into it, the road trip can be an enjoyable, even relaxing experience.  Unfortunately, controlling your feelings beforehand is nearly impossible because your excitement level almost always depends on your destination.  Travelling for a concert or a fantasy draft is almost certain to yield plenty of laughs and funny stories because the anticipation of the event raises everyone's excitement level, which in turn gives everyone a brighter outlook.  On the contrary, travelling a long distance to complete a menial task can be brutal.  The destination offers nothing redeemable, so the trip inevitably seems long and burdensome.

Trying to project how a road trip will turn out can be difficult for other reasons as well.  They can be predictable if, for example, you're travelling with a family member.  Since you already have a clearly defined relationship with that person, anticipating how well you will get along in a car for several hours should be relatively simple.  Members of my family, for example, should never be allowed in a car together for more than 45 minutes.  There are just too many big personalities.  The situation would inevitably devolve into a WWE-style "Hell in a Cell" match - a few foreign objects, a little blood, and a healthy dose of shame when its all over.

Its much better to travel with a group of friends whose personalities complement yours - people with a similar sense of humor or the same interests.  Ya know, people with whom you won't clash.  I, of course, am going to disregard my own advice this weekend and travel to Virginia with a high-energy, frequently whacky, middle-aged man.
Welp, at least it won't be a boring drive.