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Eye of the World Audiobook Update 6

No idea if that is the sixth update but looking over some of my recent titles I just keep putting the same title on it so for the sake of keeping a running series I gave it the number 6. Old school Miami Heat LeBron style. Actually that makes me gag. Looking up famous athletes who wore number 6 it’s like Bill Russel and Julies Erving, both dudes that are not from my time so I guess LeBron blog it is. Expect this blog to be extraordinarily self-centered and quick to blame others. Unless I succeed, then it’s all because of me. God I can’t stand that man. If he gets traded from the Lakers that will almost fill the void in my heart that Zion was supposed to fill. RIP in pieces to my dream of one day watching the Knicks without complaining the entire game. I guess I will also throw the Giants in that category.

I want to talk a little Warriors Blazers but I fell asleep at halftime so I won’t.

That’s talking hoops folks.

Back to the book. Hand up it wasn’t my fault but I was fed false information about the Mines of Moria part of the book by anonymous sources (my memory). A temporary lapse in memory from years of misspent youth had me thinking that weird out-of-world path that connects different parts of the world was where the Moraine gang was headed too but in actuality it was Shadar Logoth. I honestly really like this part of the story even though I think the running away from the Trollocs and the giant killing fart cloud is stupid. I love the move of the fat guy trying to get Rand and our hero Mat to try and take some gold. I would be diving in that pile grabbing annnnything I could lay my hands on. Quick thinking superstar Cauthon saw an opportunity to get his bread up and took it. Not his fault that it turned out to be cursed, honestly its Moraines fault for not being more on the ball. Like if there is cursed treasure and Foreskin running around let the crew know. Like she should know looking at Mat that he is going to try and get them stacks, so throw him a heads up. Fuck al’Bore I wish he took some.

Such an underrated move from Moridin just blowing up like a pufferfish. Not once in the history of media has the pufferfish move failed. Too bad it didn’t pan out. Maybe I had trouble hearing this part of the chapter but why can’t he just stab them? These are the kinds of questions that I had as I avoided puddles running in the rain for the 14th straight day.

But some good came out of the trip, all the characters split up. The book is much better when all the main characters have time to develop their own individual story lines. Though I don’t talk about him a lot because I think his story isn’t the most interesting, I really do enjoy Perrin. His chapters are a kind of nice pallet cleanser from the Rand teen angst shit and the cattiness of the Aes Sedai. Now that the dead weight has been cut off, it is time for Mat to truly shine.

And that kind of concludes the update. I guess I should mention that Kate Reading read to me for the first time. The switch off from the female narrator/female POV chapters to the male narrator/male POV chapters was refreshing. Also honestly all this rain has been miserable and made the beginning of the week a pain in the ass for getting miles in. Had to do my long run Saturday which meant I ran 37 miles instead of the 33 I had planned. Didn’t taper at all this week and now I am just sticking with 36 since the Brooklyn Half is Saturday. Might plan to do a race review, has nothing to do with fantasy nor pro sports but it’s my blog so if that’s what I want to write that’s what I am going to write.

Final notes: Had to go to Dumbo to get my race packet. Hadn’t been there since I interned at Melville House Publishing. Love that area and loved that internship, ABSOLUTELY hate getting there. Come-on NYRR it’s ridiculous that I can’t just go to the Run Center to get the packet. Shirt looks fire though.

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Matrim’s Money Makers Part 3 (or 4?)

“The only rules he wanted to remember were “never kiss a girl whose brothers have knife scars” and “never gamble without knowing a back way out” – Mat Cauthon

Time has come for the number one blog to guarantee you get rich. You want winners? TRUST ME I HAVE THEM. Look at my past history if you want examples of greatness. This is the third (or fourth?) rendition of the gambling blog for fantasy fanatics. The 0-3 (or 4?) speaks for itself or to itself on some Iskaral Pust flow. If you don’t believe real money is changing hands I might start posting the betting slips, you have never seen $10 dollars (I know high roller stuff) disappear faster. It’s funny, the winners I have had recently are of course undocumented. The old Instagram philosophy comes to mind, if you don’t post it it didn’t happen. A quick aside, I read a story about some influencer faking attending Coachella and everyone eating it up, and I gotta say I lovvvve that move. Like an old soldier claiming they fought next to a hero, meanwhile they were like fucking guarding the supplies.

That being said I know that I got a hot one tonight. We got my gambling favorite Philadelphia 76’s taking on the professional chokes the Toronto Drakes.

Philadelphia 76ers   Toronto Drakes
-1.5 SPREAD +1.5
-125 MONEY LINE +105

You gotta hammer the 76ers tonight. I wouldn’t hate on taking the money line I really believe this one is going to come down to the last bucket, but I don’t feel good enough to take the Drakes. This is going to come down to the 3rd quarter, if the Sixers can come out of the half strong then they are going to take the game. It’s funny, both teams have won based on brilliant performances from stars. You could make the argument that Butler is 2nd or 3rd fiddle, but certainly Kawhi is THE GUY. But I think the team that is going to take this game is going to have the better-rounded team effort. I want to compare the Sixers to one of my favorite mercenary groups, The Black Company, but due to what can easily be a confusing and controversial label (with the exception of JJ and Boban) I think I am going to go with The Crimson Guard. Doesn’t translate as well but so be it.

Regardless, they are the home team. They stole a game on the road. They are individually the more talented team. They have moments where they actually come together. They also have moments where they splinter off to do their own thing post loss of K’azz style, but I think the energy in Philly is going to propel them to actually work together. So book it.

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Here we go…

Similar to a young, ignorant Rand al’Thor finding out he is the dragon reborn, or an equally young Kevin Durant getting selected with the number two pick (shout out your boys Logain and Greg, the greatest busts of all time), it is time for me to embark on a new journey. Where we are going only time will tell. The original concept of this blog is to combine the type of fantasy discussions found only in the deepest, darkest pits of Reddit and wiki’s with the over-saturated market of sports talk by suburban white guys. Whether that is a concept that will work remains to be seen. But shit if JR Smith can win a championship and all-time loser Frodo can destroy a ring, maybe it can happen. Initially the plan is to test a few different ideas and see if I can stick with them. Also as I am planning on doing zero promotion until I get some content up, this is mostly just a pep talk to myself.