Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 23 of 213 (1,307 more days). This week’s quote comes from Sophocles. I could have easily substituted this quote with a line from the 80’s rock band, Cinderella: “you don’t know what you got, ’til it’s gone”. Over the past 161 days that I have been here in
hell Los Angeles, I have complained and moaned about First World Problems. A couple weeks ago I realized that my problems are not bad in the grand scheme of things, so I have been slowly readjusting my attitude. This week I focus on the good things I have–a great wife, awesome kids, a steady job, and a decent home. Sophocle’s Ajax lost his best friend, Achilles, and killed himself over it. In comparison, I have great friends around the world, with only one of them with limited time on his clock. Afghanistan has been at war for millenia, and here we are in America complaining about $4.00+ gasoline. We truly do have First World Problems in America. I, for one, will try harder to keep such things in perspective.
Men of ill judgement oft ignore the good that lies within their hands until they have lost it. — Sophocles, Ajax
“Theater of War”, a dramatic reading of select scenes from Sophocles’ Ajax [LINK]. I was fortunate enough to be volun-told to attend a dramatic reading of Sophocles’ Ajax at the Los Angeles Air Force Base conference center. Normally I dislike being volun-told to attend these things, but this time it turned out well. I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. “Theater of War” is described as follows:
“Theater of War” presents readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes to military and civilian communities across the United States and Europe. These ancient plays timelessly and universally depict the psychological and physical wounds inflicted upon warriors by war. By presenting these plays to military and civilian audiences, our hope is to de-stigmatize psychological injury, increase awareness of post-deployment psychological health issues, disseminate information regarding available resources, and foster greater family, community, and troop resilience.
What I got out of “Theater of War” is that the lessons of war have been passed down through the years and we are still struggling to learn. In Ajax, the Greeks were just coming off nine straight years of war, and Sophocles wanted to pass on to society that the warriors need to re-adjust to peacetime, but that society must bear the scars of war, and heal from those scars. It was inevitable that war would return to society, which is why it is important to go through the process and prepare for the inevitable. Here we are winding down from Afghanistan and Iraq, and we should be learning from the Greeks. Society needs to be prepared to welcome its warriors home, and be prepared to spin back up for the next war. The warriors need to normalize to hometown, peacetime operations, but be prepared to redeploy. Before redeploying, the warriors need to heal from the last war–physically, mentally, and emotionally–and do this with the family and friends that support them.
A framework to end the Afghan War [LINK]. What is the plan for ending the Afghan war? Right now, the plan is for the US to simply pick up its toys and withdraw combat forces while leaving behind occupation forces. Since this is not a war, there are no objectives… unless you consider killing Usama Bin Laden an objective.
The goal is a framework for political transition where each side’s demands are boiled down to the irreducible essentials — providing a better deal for each party than they could get from battling on. [reference 1]
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Potential Chinese attacks on Google Services [LINK]. Google placed a banner above my GMail account warning that Google may be subject to attack from Chinese hackers. Whether or not you as a Google user are under attack or if Google is taking a shot at China’s censorship policies, your friendly Aerospace Cubicle Warrior offers some friendly advice on securing your e-mail services. (Click on the link above.)
#10/11 Florida Gators finally got Coach Will Muschamp his signature win with a 14-6 upset over #4 LSU. To make the day even better for Gator fans, the Georgia Leghumpers were destroyed by Saint Spurrier and Da Ewe was beat down by the Notre Dame golden domers. Many of my fellow Gator fans will also take pleasure in seeing FSU lose, but I am the rare Gator fan that actually likes the Noles. Besides, I wanted them to be undefeated until Florida beat them at Ron Zook Field. With this win, the Gators got their second victory in the Will Muschamp era over a ranked team, and first upset win.
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- Alabama. #1 in the poll. #1 in total defense. #68 in total offense. #24- SOS. Dismantled B1G Michigan, destroyed then-top 5 Arkansas, and is efficient in all phases. The schedulers were too kind to Alabama (and Georgia), so they have their first SEC West test against an angry LSU team in November. They can cruise until then.
- South Carolina. #3 in the poll. #11 in total defense. #63 in total offense. #32+ SOS. Yay for the C0cks. They get an angry LSU team in their home, then travel into the Swamp. They control their SEC East destiny. Florida is not at this level yet. I look at Connor Shaw as being similar to Jeff Driskel, but one year ahead in development and experience.
- Florida. #4 in the poll. #12 in total defense. #88 in total offense. #10 SOS. No passing offense = reality check against SC in two weeks.
- LSU. #9 in the polls. #3 in total defense. #76 in total offense. #16+ SOS. I am pleasantly surprised that Florida upset this team. As an LSU outsider I foresee LSU settling in right about here in the polls and taking care of SC before having to get kicked in the teeth by Alabama. If anyone can beat Alabama, it is LSU. In terms of size and overall depth, nobody else comes close.
- Georgia. #14 in the polls. #51 in total defense. #24 in total offense. #17 SOS. I love watching the Leghumpers lose to Steve Spurrier. They have all the athletes, size, speed, and balance, but crappy coaching and cocky QB.
- Texas A&M. #22 in the polls. #45 total in total defense. #12 in total offense. #14+ SOS. Welcome to the SEC. Gets the edge over Miss. State due to SOS and keeping it close against #4 Florida and exploding on Arkansas. They still have LSU, Miss. State, and Alabama to test.
- Mississippi State. #19 in the polls. #25 in total defense. #64 in total offense. #68+ SOS. I purposely kept Miss. State below aTm because they will get the meat of their schedule with Alabama, aTm, and LSU.
- Tennessee. “#28 in my poll”. #86 in total defense. #17 in total offense. #19 SOS. They are getting better, but need balance on offense.
- Ole Miss. “#50 in my poll”. #56 in total defense. #42 in total offense. #13 SOS. At least they kept it close against aTm. Please smash Auburn and Arkansas, just to shut those clowns up. Have fun wrapping up the season with back-to-back LSU and Miss St.
- Arkansas. “#60 in my poll”. #110 total defense. #60 in total offense. #7 SOS. Abandon ship!
- Vanderbilt. “#64 in my poll”. #33 in total defense. #90 in total offense. #12 SOS. Vandy has a shot at jumping over Arkansas. Just expose Florida’s lack of a passing offense, and they are back in the “not the bottom of the bottom, but top of the bottom” class.
- Missouri. “#65 in my poll”. #26 in total defense. #95 in total offense. #20 SOS. Downright embarrassing. I guess Mizzou joined the SEC for baseball and basketball.
- Auburn. “#61 in my poll”. #75 in total defense. #113 in total offense. #18 SOS. Somebody has to be in the bottom of the pile, and it might as well be the cheaters from the single wide trailer park school. If Auburn does not blow the doors out of Ole Miss and Vandy, then expect Gene Chizik to get a yellow card. The red card will come if the losses to aTm, UGA, and Bama look extraordinarily ugly.
- Kentucky. “#91 in my poll”. #69 in total defense. #104 in total offense. #22 SOS. Mizzou says “save me a spot in the I’m-a-basketball/baseball-school seat”.