If you’ve been reading my earlier posts, you already know I’m living with a sports fanatic. You should see how his face lights up when he’s telling one of his baseball stories or blabbing out statistics — he’s clearly into it. But since I was getting tired of hearing it all, I turned him on to blogging so he could find a wider audience. I didn’t realize I was creating a monster!
Two distinct traits of my sports nut’s personality make this possible. They are a craving of competition (in any form possible) since he’s not pitching anymore, and becoming obsessed with whatever he’s into at the time. Last weekend, it was the new Harry Potter book, but I’m sure he had a lot of company there.
Now he’s back to blogging compulsively: comparing his stats with mine, obsessing over checking “the score,” and making sure he blogs daily to keep his numbers up. He expects me to do the same. Continue reading
“Withdrawal, also known as withdrawal syndrome, refers to the characteristic signs and symptoms that appear when a drug that causes physical dependence is regularly used for a long time and then suddenly discontinued or decreased in dosage. The term can also, less formally, refer to symptoms that appear after discontinuing a drug or other substance (unable to cause true physical dependence) that one has become psychologically dependent upon.” (Wikipedia)
Would someone like to edit this Wikipedia entry to include symptoms that appear after finishing the final Harry Potter book? My last entry focused on blogging addiction, but this is something else entirely. The Sultan set aside his entire weekend to listen to the HP audiobook (17 CDs). He holed himself up in his office with his laptop CD player until late Saturday night, slept briefly, and then got up Sunday to do more of the same, without watching “Meet the Press” (without any TV at all, which is unbelievable in itself), without talking on the phone, without eating, except for a few bowls of cereal, and most amazingly, without pestering me every few minutes with the number of views on his blog. Thank God he finished the novel (approximately 22 hours total listening) by Sunday night though or he would not have made it to work on Monday! Continue reading