I can't sleep. I've gone through a box and a half of sleeping pills in the last week. That's probably not good for me. Maybe it's my bed. Maybe it's my back. Maybe it's my 3yr old son. Maybe I was just stressed out by what to write for my blog this morning. I don't know. Whatever it was, I've been up since 4:30. It sucks as bad as you think it does.  

Anyway, as I was laying in bed this morning trying to go back to sleep, I tried to think of something to write about. You'd think that I would have come up with something sooner given how long I've known about it but you'd be wrong. You know how it goes. Why do it today when you can put off till tomorrow…or something like that. As I laid there in the dark my mind was a complete blank. Which is strange. Usually my best ideas come to me in that in between stage of being half asleep and half awake. This time, nothing. I wasn't able to concentrate on any one idea for more than a few seconds before my mind was off on something else. 

At first I thought I'd just write about music again.  That's easy. I thought I'd mention something about going to see these guys in OKC tonight and how I never really feel comfortable at shows like this and how I don't fit in.

I thought about saying something nerdy to illustrate my point like:  "Whenever I go to shows like this I feel like I don't belong, like an anthropologist observing some newly discovered tribe…" See what I mean? But then I thought, nobody cares about that, so skip it. 

Then I thought, well, I've seen some really great documentaries on Netflix about music, maybe I should mention those. I was going to tell you about this one documentary called A Band Called Death. It was about these 3 brothers growing up in Detroit in the early 70's who started a band. But instead of playing what was popular at the time, they invented their own thing. It was something way ahead of it's time.They only recorded one album but it was never released because their record company wanted them to change their name but they refused. It went unheard for almost 30 years. 

But then I thought, nah, nobody is interested in that. So I decided to write about another documentary called You're gonna miss me. It was about this guy named Roky Erickson who literally invented psychedelic rock music in the early 60's with his Austin based rock band the 13th Floor Elevators. I was going to tell you about how he was diagnosed with schizophrenia then later arrested and sent to a mental institution where he wrote some of his most influential songs.

But then I decided that was too depressing. Nobody cares about a crazy, has been musician even if he did influences countless other musicians over the years.

Then I started thinking about maybe telling you about some of the books I've been reading and my personal journey to find answers to life's big questions. 


But I decided against that because I didn't want to come off as nerdy or pretentious. Besides, that's stuff you're not really supposed to talk about, especially in a work blog. So it was on to something else. 

I thought maybe I'd write about sports. After all, it's what we do. For some reason I started thinking about the Washington Redskins and the debate over their name. I thought about telling you how I felt the name was in bad taste and giving a long list of reasons as to why I felt that way. But again, I thought nah, let's not get political. That's too heavy of a subject for  a work blog. Then I thought, well maybe I could show folks all the really great alternative concepts for team names, uniforms and logos that would fit Washington a little better. 

Once again however, I thought nah, better skip that one too. I'm a self proclaimed uniform aficionado and I know how angry fans can get when designers start messing around with tradition. Which started me thinking about the new Texas Tech Lone Star uniform. I thought, hey, maybe I could write about how these new uniforms and helmets feature a logo I designed. I thought about telling you how cool it felt to see my work on a team that I have followed and been a fan of my entire life. 

But then I thought, the logo is just the state of Texas with a double T sitting on it. It's really not that big of a deal. Writing about that might come across as bragging. I don't want to do that. 

So there I was, 6 o'clock in the morning with no idea what I was going to write about. It was time to get up and get the kids ready for school and get to work. I decided that I would just tell Kevin that I was unable to think of something to write about and apologize for procrastinating. I guess I need to go do that…

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