Old Habits, follow-up

This post is a follow-up to yesterday’s Old Habits post.

On the E-ZPass thing: I’d posted a request on the E-ZPass website, asking them to keep the account open, and surprisingly, they responded, and told me that they’d keep it open for another year, but would close it in a year if there’s still no activity. So now I guess I have a year to drive through a toll plaza at least once. I guess if I go another year without driving on the Parkway or Turnpike, then I should just admit that I’m not the kind of person who drives on the Parkway or Turnpike anymore.

On NYCC: I activated my badge today. It was less annoying this year than in previous years, since I only had the one 4-day badge, rather than 4 one-day badges. Badge activation is still a pain though. (See this post from 2017 for the full rant. Most of the stuff in that post is still true.)

On football: The Giants won! And it was a pretty exciting game. So, yeah, I guess I’m going to be watching football this year, at least for a while. If the Giants collapse and wind up on a six-game losing streak or something like that, they I’ll probably stop.

Watching the NFL is a little more complicated than it used to be, but most games are still on regular broadcast TV, so I shouldn’t have any trouble watching them. Thursday night games are now on Amazon Prime, which I do have, so I can watch those too. Monday Night games are mostly on ESPN, which I don’t have, but some of them (including tonight’s game) are on ABC, so I can watch those. This article has some details on the schedule. (Of course, I may just stick with the Giants games, and skip all the random Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday night games.)

I’ve noticed that there a lot of clickbait articles out there with titles like “How to Watch X Without Cable”, where X is baseball, or football, or tennis, or whatever. And they’re all basically just trying to drive traffic through affiliate links to DirecTV, Hulu, and other services that offer cable channels over the internet. There must be a lot of money in those affiliate links, since so many people are posting these articles. And very few of them actually have any useful info in them. They mostly just seem to be copy & paste from a template, then tweak for a particular sport or event. Oh well. I guess that’s how folks running web sites make money these days. Can’t blame them for doing that.

Old Habits

I’ve been thinking lately about old habits, and inertia, and what I should be examining and rethinking. A lot of this is due to the change in seasons.

And a little is due to a letter I got in the mail from E-ZPass last week. Apparently, I haven’t used my E-ZPass since 2019, so they’re going to close out my account. I was a little surprised by this, but when I stopped and thought about it, I realized that it’s true. The last time I drove on the Parkway or Turnpike was June 22, 2019, according to my E-ZPass history. Looking at my Day One journal, I see that I’d gone down to Whiting on that day, to visit my old friend Gloria’s family, and to visit the cemetery. And I haven’t been down there since. I’ve thought about visiting the cemetery on multiple occasions over the last few years, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.

I guess I can keep my E-ZPass account active if I use it within the next couple of weeks. So maybe I should drive down to the cemetery and say hello to my parents. Or I could just give up on E-ZPass and return it.

Another thing I’m thinking about, and this one is definitely related to the change in seasons, is football. I haven’t paid much attention to the NFL the last few years, but I’m going to give it a try again this year. Today is the first Sunday of the season, and I’m currently watching the Jets game. I’ll watch the Giants game at 4 PM too, and maybe the Sunday night game on NBC after that. Or maybe not. I’m not paying a lot of attention to the Jets game right now, but I’m getting a nice feeling of comfort and familiarity from it. Just the sound of the game in the background is kind of nice, especially on a rainy Sunday in September.

I just googled “comfort of the familiar” and found some interesting stuff. It can be a good thing and a bad thing. I don’t think there’s any harm in getting some comfort from the sounds of a football game. But if I find that it’s not doing much for me, there’s also no harm in turning it off and reading a book.

On another subject, I just got my badge for NYCC in the mail. I still have plenty of time to decide if I’m actually going or not. I haven’t made a hotel reservation. If I go, I guess I’ll just take the train in each day. And if I don’t go, I’m out $210, unless I can resell my badge to someone else, but that’s not a big deal if that’s the way it goes. I’m fine either way.

I just looking at Evernote and Day One, trying to figure out when the last time I’d been in NYC was. When I went up to Albany in March, I spent an hour or so in NYC, to switch trains. But the last time I really did anything in NYC was October 2021, for last year’s NYCC. I’d thought about going in for some museum visits on various weekends this summer, but just never got around to it. So I’m wondering if I should keep paying for my Met and MoMA memberships, or let them expire.

I’m starting to wonder if my life is ever going to get back to what it used to be, pre-COVID. And I’m wondering if I actually want it to, or need it to. Part of me is fine with my “new normal” of spending a lot more time in my apartment, and a lot more time closer to home, in general. I need to think about what I should hold on to, and what I should let go of.

Are you ready for some football?

With the Super Bowl coming up tomorrow, now seems like a good time to talk about football for a bit. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, but I completely lost interest in football this season. I haven’t watched a single game. My interest has been waning for the last several years, but this year, I just couldn’t muster any interest.

I read a good article yesterday about cultivated disinterest in professional sports, and I can say that’s not the case for me. I’ve always been genuinely interested in football, at least, if not any other pro sports. I’m a nerd, but I’m not a snob. (At least in this area.) But the article reminded me of some of the benefits of keeping up with football. In particular, having something to talk to other people about! I’ve been at my current job for two years now, and I really haven’t done a great job of making friends with the people there. That’s maybe a subject for another blog post, but let’s just say that maybe wearing a Giants shirt to work occasionally might have helped start a few conversations.

I still haven’t decided if I’m going to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow or not. I don’t have much invested in it, obviously, since I haven’t followed the game this season, but I still dislike Bill Belichick and would enjoy watching him lose. And it’s pretty easy to think of Pete Carroll as a good guy, and root for him. (Though things probably aren’t that black and white.) So, I could probably watch the game with at least a modicum of emotional investment.

I’m also thinking about my Mom and my brother Pat this weekend, too, since Feb 1 is the day Mom died, and Feb 2 is the day Pat died. I know that I tend to get depressed on these two days, so I had a rough plan for this weekend in place. I’m taking Monday off, and I was going to head into NYC on Sunday and/or Monday and do some museum-hopping, which usually acts as a good distraction for me when I’m feeling down. But now it’s looking like snow Sunday night into Monday, and maybe a lot of it. So I’m thinking it might be better to stay home and watch some football on Sunday.

Giants 17, Patriots 14

Okay, color me impressed. And a little surprised. I never really doubted that we *could* win the SuperBowl, but I didn’t really think we *would* win the SuperBowl.

In the weeks leading up to the big game, by the way, I enjoyed following the blogs at the NY Times and Wall Street Journal. The WSJ blog doesn’t actually have a lot of stuff about *football* on it, but it’s still fun to read. The Times “Fifth Down” blog is much more focused on the actual football. The live blog entry they did during the game is pretty neat.

Giants Stun Packers and Head to the Super Bowl

It’s hard to believe that the Giants are actually going to the Super Bowl this year. In some ways, though, this is typical Giants luck: the one year they actually make it, they’re going to be up against possibly the best team in football history. Oh well, at least they made it this far!

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

  • I got a chance to see Adaptation and Nicholas Nickleby this weekend. Both were definitely worth seeing.

  • So what’s going on at Macworld right now? Boy it’d be nice to be in San Francisco right now.

  • I give up on the Giants. Hey, the NFL admitted that there was an officiating screw-up on the last play, though. Can we just play the game over next week? Can we? Huh?