February 3, 2009

February 3, 2009
The Bong Hit Seen Around the World

BRRRR and welcome to another day in my life. We are in the beginning of another artic blast hitting all the way down to Florida.

Now I think everyone knows by now I am not a fan of very cold weather. And I define cold as anything below 40 degrees. According to my definition of cold, it is going to be miserable around the south until this weekend.

Here in Jacksonville, the low temperature for the evening is going to be around 28 degrees. But then another blast of artic comes in the morning and takes us down to 22 degrees on Wednesday evening. (Just my luck we have men's group that night!)

But still what we are going through in north Florida is nothing compared to the rest of the country. The snow line is all the way down to North Carolina working to the middle of the country. Millions are still without power in several states and have had to declare state of emergency.

Now on television we are seeing our new President selling his new stimulus package. President Obama blanketed television with the message that Congress must approve hundreds of billions of dollars to fight off economic collapse.

In more normal times, Obama's plans to name a third Republican to his Cabinet, New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg as commerce secretary, would have dominated White House news. But with the United States facing an uncertain financial future and rising unemployment and discouraging economic data, Gregg's nomination falls to a distant second as Obama's plan to grant interviews to every national television network.

Also big on the news is Olympian Michael Phelps caught smoking pot from a bong in a picture. Michael Phelps' sponsors are sticking by him. Speedo and Omega, with whom Michael has lucrative endorsement deals, have expressed support for the Olympic swimmer in the wake of BongGate '09.

Phelps is still tops with with the companies despite being caught with face firmly implanted in pipe. Speedo said: "Michael Phelps is a valued member of the Speedo team and a great champion. We will do all that we can to support him and his family."

Omega seconded that emotion, calling the scandal a "nonissue" and saying it was "strongly committed" to its relationship with Phelps.

Phelps also got some shout outs from his Olympic teammates. Mom-phenom Dara Torres told the AP, "This in no way, shape or form diminishes anything he's done." And Mark Spitz, whose Olympic record Phelps broke in Beijing, said he feels badly for Michael.

We feel kind of badly for Phelps too. The eyes of the world are upon him for doing what many a 23 year old is wont to do on a Saturday night. And if you can not trust the dudes with the weed, who can you trust? Er, uh...

At any rate, we are glad to know that Michael will still be sporting that Speedo. We suggest he slip into it right about now. More focus on the impressive torso means less focus on that impressive bong rip.

Well that is all for another day in my life. What is going on in yours? Drop me a line and let me know.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab