While I was busy trying to put some things together for my next move, I was the move that was made. I’ve welcomed it; sometimes we don’t make the changes needed until they are made for us.
I’m legit hurting in my soul right now.
I though I was done with caring for the Knicks, but last night proved I was only kidding myself.
In case you haven’t heard (or don’t care, it’s ok) the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery Order was determined last night. Each year, the leagues worst teams get to find out in what order they will be selecting players from June’s upcoming draft. This is significant because NY’s last great player (sorry Carmelo) was selected 30 years ago. Patrick Ewing was the #1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. Knick fans were hoping to strike gold again in this year’s lottery, and they deserved to. The New York Knicks had the worst record in the NBA for almost the entire season. They were “tanking” or deliberately loosing games to improve their draft position. The worst record in the NBA guarantees that a team will have the greatest number of ping pong balls, which equates to the greatest probability of earning the right to choose first in the draft. All projections had the Knicks earning the #1 pick for their efforts, with even the most extreme models showing them no lower than #2.
But the Knicks had to go ahead an Knick. For no reason whatsoever, they went on an uncalled for streak to end the season, winning 3 out of their final 6. Because of this Minnesota (who wasn’t tanking as obviously as the Knicks were) ended the season with the worst record by a single game, and thus the greatest chance for that coveted #1.
So what did the Knicks earn for their untimely righting of the ship at the end of the season?
The 2nd pick? Nope.
The 3rd pick? Wrong again.
The 4th pick? Bingo.
4th. This may not seem like a big deal but it is. This year’s draft features 3 virtual can’t miss rookie NBA draft prospects. New York went from having their pick of the best, to potentially missing out on all of them. That’s why Knicks General Manager Steve Mills has his MJ cry head on. He knows his organization just blew a golden opportunity to start over fresh.
But these are the Knicks we’re talking about here.
As I’ve mentioned before, i like sneakers. I like the sight, feel, and smell of them (no, I’m not one of the guys on YT and IG you see licking the outsole of my kicks, but you get the idea).
One of the reasons I began recording my thoughts here was to help figure out what now? My background is in Civil Engineering (roads & bridges) for which i’m grateful, but not inspired about. While pondering this question, i kept coming back to my appreciation for those foam, rubber, and leather articles that go on our feet.
After a few conversations with close confidants, i decided to run with an idea i’ve bounced around in my head for the better part of a decade. The result: Footwear Commodities Exchange (www.footwearexchange.com).
So what? An honest question. Sneakers are a big deal, and have been for quite some time. With all things good, come individuals who seek to take advantage and profiteer. Gone are the days of driving to the Mall or your neighborhood mom and pop store to scoop the latest pair of Air Jordan’s or Dunks. Re-Sellers (an individual who makes a living buying up all or the majority stock of a desirable item, only to “re-sell” it for a considerable mark-up. Think 100% – 200% of MSRP) have ruined things, camping outside of said establishments for days on end. If you manage to sidestep the Re-Sellers, keep a watchful eye for the exploding counterfeit market. Due to the swelling demand and ever shrinking supply, our friends in the factories of these multinational corporations have taken advantage of a golden opportunity: make “Grey Market”, “Replicas” (whatever the moniker, they’re fake) shoes and pass them off as authentic. Some of these offerings have come so close to the real thing that even the most experienced eye can be fooled.
Footwear Commodities Exchange (FoComEx) takes a different approach to this shoe phenomena. Shoes are a commodity (no different from silver, corn, or natural gas) that bought/sold/traded just the same. The problem arises in the fact that there has not been a regulated and monitored exchange where business can be transacted safely and securely, until now.
FoComEx not only provides a marketplace for users to buy/sell/trade footwear related commodities safely and securely, it offers the following:
- Zero Tolerance of Fraud and Suspicious activity
- Authentication & Verification Services
- Commodities Insurance
- Market base pricing history
- Commodities Futures
If you’re into sneakers, or just curious what this is all about, come see for yourself.
fo_com_ex (on Instagram)
The Knicks are still, well the Knicks.
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Sometimes, It’s like this:
But later becomes this:
Which reminds you what you really want/need is this:
(Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak -1963)
I am a man who strives everyday to hold to the teachings of Jesus. After my relationship with God, my 2nd priority is my relationship with my wife.
In January we will celebrate our 8th Wedding Anniversary (time really does fly). Between three children, career changes, health challenges, we have been through some stuff during that time. I credit our faith in The Lord for bringing us this far.
I have recently finished reading The Complete Husband by Christian Counselor and Author Lou Priolo. In it Priolo digs deep into the Bible to define the true purpose of marriage and being a husband, from the perspective of the creator of this most basic institution: God’s perspective. Priolo pours over virtually all of the scriptures in the Bible that call husbands to fulfill the roles given to us by God himself.
It was a challenging read because while reading I was constantly reminded of the areas that I fall short in (more dates and foot rubs!). But Priolo also does a great job not only convicting us husbands, but inspiring us to be better and use the scriptures as our motivation. This volume is not for the feint of heart, as you will be tested and made to really evaluate where you are in your marriage in regard to God’s standard. Not a quick read, The chapters are chock full of verses and well laid out examples. They are deep, but never too heavy.
Whether your marriage is on the rocks, stale, or humming along nicely, I recommend this book for any husband who want to take their union to the next level.
The Lottery. One of societies most interesting perplexities. Most people outwardly mock and disparage individuals who participate in it, but somebody has to be buying all those Power Ball tickets.
In some ways The Lottery represents one of mankind’s greatest flaws: the thinking that one stroke of luck can cure all ills. This is not only untrue, it can be dangerous.
I’ve heard The Lotto described as a tax on the mathematically challenged, reason being the odds are astronomically against you. I’d imagine that most lotto players don’t really expect to win, but do it out of habit. But the mentality of “seizing that one moment” has gone beyond the convenient store.
In this day and age, it would seem that many folks are waiting for their time to shine. More than a few “entrepreneurs” are looking for nothing more than a M&A (merger and acquisition) opportunity. The proliferation of reality TV competitions and contests, frivolous lawsuits, and much of social media support the notion that your average person expects the “come-up” or moment of adulation and praise. Success has gone from a goal to an expectation, even an entitlement.
The let down is inevitable because this train of thought is insincere. Most people who have accomplished notable things did so out of their own hard work and determination. Even when it seems the opposite, closer inspection will reveal the perseverance and determination which lead to eventual triumph. “Making it Big” is a function of how much an individual wants it, and is willing to make it happen. To think otherwise is self-deceiving.
One of the side effects of the “seize that one moment” mentality is a generation of people who are suffering because their opportunity hasn’t yet come. They have been taught to expect easy wins with little effort. It is sad to speak to members of this group because they embraced “what their itching ears wanted to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3). It is unwise to believe it is possible to succeed in any sense of the word, without expending some measure effort. From the beginning of time, History teaches that nothing comes easy.
So what to make of this? Bet on yourself. Find out what brings you the most joy and go for it, full tilt. It’s the closest to a sure thing there is.