The football season has begun!

Timing is everything when it comes to the big game. Is it cheaper to buy seats in advance of a sporting event, or will prices drop as it gets closer to game time and the sellers want to unload their wares?

SeatGeek has it all figured out, algorithmically – kinda like buying airline tickets at the last minute through re-seller outlets that buy seats in blocks.

Live, from Chicago …

More than 60 million Americans tuned in to watch this watershed event in 1960. What was it? Here’s a hint: it was the first ever to be televised, and from that day forward, America’s political decision-making process was altered forever.

The misery map

Florida leads the states in foreclosures (17.12 percent). Michigan leads the nation in unemployment figures (15.2 percent). Where does your state rank?

Vote for your favorite

On Oct. 10, the Military Writers Society of America will be holding its annual conference in Orlando, Fla.

As part of this year’s panel discussions, films and award banquet, event organizers initiated a writing contest. Members have already submitted their entries and a panel of judges selected the best eight. You are invited to vote for your People’s Choice Award, along with units in Iraq and Afghanistan, who will also participate in casting their ballots.

Military writer and historian Richard S. Lowry says, “We want worldwide participation. Can you help us get the word out?”

We just did!

Punch the keys!

From Finding Forrester: “No thinking – that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is … to write, not to think!”

Can you write 50,000 words in 30 days? National Novel Writing Month is a seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. You begin writing Nov. 1 with the goal of writing a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, Nov. 30.

“It’s all about quantity, not quality,” the website states. “The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks, and write on the fly.”

Total collective word count for 2008: 1,643,343,993!

There were over 100,000 participants in 2007. They started the month as auto mechanics, out-of-work actors, and middle school English teachers. They walked away novelists.

Punch the keys, for God’s sake!”

Who is Bob Ewell?

Bob Ewell is the racist character who destroyed the life of an innocent man in the movie “To Kill A Mockingbird,” a classic American film based on Harper Lee’s novel of life in 1936 Alabama and the racial injustice that resided there.

The left repeatedly plays the race card as if we still lived in 1930s Alabama. This iconic film shows what real racism is. Watch “To Kill a Mockingbird” for free at Like Television, where it is rated the most requested film of all time.

Like Television also features cartoons, movies, classic TV, vintage toy commercials, classic comedy and The Video Time Machine, with over a thousand short archive clips about history and Hollywood, famous people, places and things.

Sunday morning talk shows – Hair of the Dog

“This Week” I wasn’t in the mood to “Meet the Press” or “Face the Nation.” No problem. Steve Green, the Vodkapundit and Monday morning quarterback, gave me an insightful recap of the Sunday morning chat shows with “a stiff shot of wit and a biting dash of humor,” on The Hair of the Dog, available on Pajamas TV.

Lots of other good offerings at PJTV, including Glenn Reynolds, Hugh Hewitt, Andrew Klavan, Roger L. Simon, Alfonzo Rachel, and the weekly political commentary Afterburner with Bill Whittle.

Don’t miss his offering about American exceptionalism.

Feeling small and insignificant?

Or maybe you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? Take a break with this interstellar ditty.

Dennis C. from Florida sent this along with the message: “This clever piece originated in Australia. It is so very well done most people don’t realize how much info he is sharing! Speakers on. Photos by NASA. Enjoy your journey!”

Facebook as big as the USA

Facebook: the fourth largest nation in the world? This social networking site tripled its membership roll in the last year to a total of 300 million members, almost equivalent to the population of the United States.

“Facebook’s most powerful marketing tool has been one teenager saying to another, ‘What, you’re not on Facebook? Are you kidding? Everybody is on Facebook.'”

Are you?

Movie trivia

WorldNetDaily Surfin’ Safari readers Wendi M. and John H. of Spokane, Wash., correctly answered this week’s movie trivia question. Both identified the character Rankin Fitch played by Gene Hackman in the movie Runaway Jury, a film about a juror on the inside and a woman on the outside who manipulate a court trial involving a major gun manufacturer.

Our movie trivia question this week: which character said, “Just once in my life, I’m gonna own my temper.”

Name the character, actor and movie. Send your answer to me at the email address below. The first three readers to guess correctly will be announced in next week’s Surfin’ Safari.

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