You made it to the middle of the week, which is a way bigger accomplishment now that it’s football season. Congratulations.

Somehow, 9/11 is not a national holiday. We all tweet and post to our stories “Never Forget” but there is no official documentation that legitimizes the significance of that day in American and world history. Absolute banana-land.

Large at Barstool Sports wrote an awesome blog about his 9/11 experience, he was working just blocks away from the Twin Towers, read it here…after you finish this.

I was just 7 years old on September 11th, 2001, only a week into 2nd Grade. Everyone in my class got called out to go home with their parents, myself included. When I got home, I just remember watching the footage with my parents, not really grasping what was going on. Obviously myself and everyone my age has since learned about how much that changed our country. But more than anything, it pulled us so close together. It didn’t matter your political view, you cheered for this first pitch by President Bush during the World Series that year:

Right down the middle. Awesome moment. To conclude the talk for the 17th anniversary of 9/11, here’s my tweet from yesterday:

On to much lighter and less important matters (which I hope is what you expect from Clean Smoke). In beginning my preparation for the final season of Game of Thrones, I have binged about 10 episodes of the last couple days. Re-watching season 1 was awesome because this time I actually knew things that were happening. I’m in season 2 right now, Joffrey is King of Westeros, the 2nd insufferable character the show presents that makes it so damn good. The first? Viserys Targaryen. But his level of shithead was almost too overstated and he died pretty quickly. I can’t wait for Ramsey Bolton to get on the screen. What a season that is.

From 9 AM to 2 PM today, I was underneath our lake house, insulating the floors to make winter visits much easier. Dirty work obviously, but we found a 8-foot long shovel-like tool that probably dates back to the 1920s. I would post a picture but I’m too lazy and tired to go outside. It’s huge and cool, just take my word for it.

Hopefully I’ll finally have a full-time job towards the end of the week after the slowest hiring process in America. Timing would be perfect because the weather here in upstate New York has really started to turn, I’m not outside as much, and I need some better wifi to effectively watch all of the football I need as the season progresses.

Speaking of, I’ll be in the Carrier Dome for my Alma Mater Syracuse vs Florida State this Saturday. The Dome is the perfect place for an upset, just ask Clemson. This will be my first Syracuse football game I watch from the stands since 2012. Definitely going to be a strange feeling, but damn will it be fun to watch the boys in Orange fly around.

Beers will also help, The Dome is one of the only on-campus stadiums in the country that sells alcohol and yet, we always struggled to get a good crowd, especially in the student section. I know we weren’t and still aren’t a winning program, but what stops everyone from getting hammered and going to the game and barely remembering the loss (or hopefully the win)? I never understood, but I was a football guy at a basketball school. The northeast just doesn’t get why football is the most exciting and energizing sport for any college campus.

Finally, thoughts and prayers with everyone in the path of Hurricane Florence. He seems like a real bitch. Take all precautions to stay safe and keep your spirits up. Hoping for the best!

Just clearing the air.