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The new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is …

For those of you who actually follow me or know me. You already know one thing –

I am a Clippers Fan!

The last few days have been rough to say the least. Ever since the whole Donald Sterling Scandal broke and with the help of Magic Johnson behind the megaphone. This scandal not just grew but became the only thing people where thinking inside and outside the NBA. So, it had a great impact on me but not just because it was a scandal that involved the team that I have been rooting for.

My daughter and I attended last night’s game. Game five of the round one of the playoff against the Golden State Warriors.

Clippers bs Warriors Game 5 #clippernation

The game was emotional to me on different levels.

I was sad and then angry that although I live my life where someones color, religion, or ethnicity doesn’t even register in my way of thinking of living there are people who still do. As a father I am trying to instill those basic ideas in my kids that I know will eventually make them better humans. When I was in the 3rd grade and learning about the civil rights movement I was happy thinking that when I got to the age of having my own family. Things like race, sexism, and hating people just because they do not believe in the things that you do will be things of the past that my kids will never experience.

I learned that wont happen years back. But, that dream is not my kids dream as they hope that their kids will not have to deal with that.

So reading the headlines about the how the Clipper owner said some racist remarks made me angry. I was angry that there is a person that has impacted the lives of many minorities and although he might have been respectful to them in person. It did not have the same opinion in private. Angry that someones private conversation was made public with an agenda. Angry that this man is married and has been so use to living a sexist life that no one objected and they just accept it. Angry that we all seemed to not care about all the racist things he might have done in the past that have been stored for us to review in the form of public records.

I am left feeling angry that I did not care enough to know who the owner really was when it was all out there for me to find and read exactly how Kareem Abdul Jabbar wrote.

A few years ago my daughter discovered basketball and decided to call Clippers her team. Since I was a child I have been a passive Clippers fan mostly because I always cheer and go for the underdogs but I really thought the year that Dominique Wilkins came to the Los Angeles Clipper it was going to be the year we actually would win a Championship. But, we all know how that turned out.

The last two years my daughter and I have created many great memories attending Clipper games especially since we became season ticket holders.

So, I was also angry that the views of a owner was going to take this away from my daughter and I.

We went to the game and although I saw the crowd of the protest. I decided to avoid all of that and just go into the stadium. I wasn’t so sure of how many people were going to show up because when we arrived it was empty but we were there almost 90 minutes early. I have never been there so early but this time I wanted to avoid running into additional traffic because of the protesters and news media.

When we got to our seats. I wasn’t sure if anyone else would be coming to the game.

Clippers vs Warriors Game 5 #clippernation

The game was emotional on different levels for us the fans. The players had to deal with their own emotions and it seemed that they felt the love from us.

Chris Paul talkes about the game #clippernation

Although, there were plenty of empty seats and a handful of Golden State Warrior fans. I have never seen nor experience the Staple Center with such a high level of energy that the #clippernation had last night once the game started.

#clippernation cheered the Clippers as they took the court for warm-ups and that level of excitement never lost steam and for the first time I don’t think any Clipper fan until the final buzzer went off.

The days, months, and even years will pass before a new owner is selected and the Clipper will finally be able to move forward and hopefully away from all this scandal.

I suspect that the future owner of the Clippers will be news worthy regardless of how silly it could be.

I picture it now.

Breaking News: Someone famous was seen wearing a Clippers jersey. Does this mean they are thinking about buying them? … .. We will spend the next 5 news cycles talking about it.

I can honestly say. Last night’s game was a great game from a fan perspective and it provide some form of closure or at least some sort of milestone as we all move forward. As a season ticket holder I have come to know employees from the Clipper organization and although they could not publicly speak what they truly felt. It was still easy to share the pain they were going through.

I hope Clippers win it Game 6. But, if this series goes to Game 7. You can count on my daughter and I being there cheering for the Clippers a long with the rest of #clippernation.

The only thing that made me sad was seeing Hedo get hurt.

I miss the epic honesty of the early internet days!


When it comes to internet things I fall under the “Generation Dinosaur”. The first time I got on the internet it was called BBS. You had to dial into a computer and the only people you could interact with where users dialed into that computer. Since, you wouldn’t want to dial long distance you tend to dial into a computer in your own community so those users you were talking with were also in your own community.

Back then you didn’t connect with followers or fans. You connected with people.

You didn’t worry about the number likes or friends your profile displayed. You worried about the quality of friendships you were able to maintained.

Everything on the internet seems to age quicker. So, I guess it’s no surprise that at my age 33 (My age depends on when you are reading this 🙂 ) I already sound like my grandparents when talking about the good old days. The music is too loud and my black t-shirt and blue jeans are no longer a cool combination.

I wont yell at you to get off my lawn. – Well not yet.

But, I will tell you how much better the so called online friends were in the early days. So, that is why I am not surprise how much of a hype the iOS only App Secret got. https://www.secret.ly/

Secret took back to the early days of blogging when we blogged honestly how we felt knowing that no one would really connect the dots when I wrote about hos much I hated this, that, or a particular person. Anonymity was the platform that allowed for some epic posts. Not, because they were full of steamy details and full of drama. They were epic because the were full of honesty.

The one thing I learned was that when you write from an honest place that emotion somehow transposes into the text on the page.

I miss being able write about how much this one thing made me so happy, or how much this one thing made so sad, or how much I miss having that. I miss it because I have to filter my self when it comes to talking from the heart because of those who will be affected and haven’t grown to listen to what others have to say and respond without getting defensive.

So, I look forward to the a blogging type system to come out. Heck, Facebook can do that now. Let me write an honest post and to my so called friends but when it comes out on their timeline they don’t see it’s from me. Because, maybe you want to be able to ask your friends something and they might have some insight that can help you.

Meanwhile, if I truly feel that I can’t be 100 percent honest with my topical categories maybe it’s time to put those writings under a different name completely separated from here or any of my existing profiles.

On a side note!

Something weird happen on my way to work today. Water was falling from the sky. I live in Los Angeles, California where it’s always warm and sunny.

405 traffic just got worse thanks to the Sepulveda Pass Improvements

In Los Angeles (LA) traffic is part of it’s landscape as the Hollywood Sign, Santa Monica pier, movie premiers, and the Socal Palm trees.

Many of the people who come and visit LA will usually say something like “Love the city. Hate the traffic”. While those who visit hate it they get to leave it behind when their visit is over.

But, for may of us we have made the LA traffic part of our daily routine and for many the 405 commute is even part of the daily work schedule.

The 405 is one of the few freeways / highways that you can always count on hitting traffic. Well, I am the only one that could have the view. But, when I have to use the 405 I always expect to hit traffic along my journey.

So, starting On Friday, June 22, 2012, the 405 is going to start a major improvement called the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project to improve our lives. But, sadly it will drive us nuts before it makes us happy.

Please make a not that many of the exits will be closed as they will be demolished / improved. So, your commute will get more fun as you will have to deal with local traffic on local streets to make your way to and from work.

(Hopefully, you have a radio or an air condition vehicle as we start the summer to make your commute more enjoyable)

But, before you start loosing it, yelling, or sending evil tweets to @I_405. Please start to figure out how to deal with the added stress of traffic.

Yes, the LA traffic can inconvenience us. But, watch the video below and see how other people are inconvenience and you may hate the LA traffic a little less.