Aug 7, 2020 - An unexpected letter could arrive today, Leo, with a check enclosed, perhaps a gift, bonus, or offer to make more money. This might be a welcome break, possibly coming at a time when you really need it. If it's work, don't worry about the time involved. You'll be able to finish it quickly and efficiently. It might lead to more offers in the future.
Aug 5, 2020 - You may feel like a skipping record, Leo. You've been scratched and mistreated, and now you continue to repeat the same thing over and over until you've driven your point home. This isn't your doing, so don't be concerned if you hear protests that you're sending others over the edge. This may be the very thing necessary for all of you to advance to the next step.
Jul 31, 2020 - This is a day to be up front with your partner, Leo. It's possible that your relationship has reached some sort of stalemate. It's up to you to get that fire burning brightly once again. How? You know the drill - romantic time alone is all it takes. A nice outfit, a reservation at the best restaurant, and you and your mate are back in business.
Jul 21, 2020 - You're apt to feel more talkative than usual, Leo. There are many times when you may shrink from a situation in disgust or perhaps boredom. You're usually anxious to move from one scene and get on with the next. Feel free to call the shots and speak your mind. Others are more likely to listen to what you have to say, so be honest when someone comes to you with a question or situation that he or she needs help with.
Jul 17, 2020 - Hard work on a particular enterprise for too long a time could finally lead to an increase in income, Leo. Creativity or innovation could be involved. Don't be surprised if you find yourself on the receiving end of compliments. You'll be feeling proud and confident, and you certainly have good reason. Buy yourself a present. Take your partner out for a celebration. You deserve it.
Jul 16, 2020 - There are days when you feel wonderful without being able to attribute the feeling to any real event. Of course, your rational mind will search for a reason for the happiness. If you count the number of times when you do things against your will or better judgment, it becomes obvious that logic and reason don't always apply to this world. Don't even try to understand, Leo, just enjoy!
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Jul 14, 2020 - With the current aspects at play, Leo, you could find that the hard work you've done in the past finally brings financial rewards. This will make you very happy, but don't get carried away and go on a spending spree! Treat yourself a little. Celebrate with a friend, if possible. Take care to exercise a little good sense. You don't want to buy too much and have to take a lot of it back to the store.
Jul 13, 2020 - Your mind is especially sharp, Leo. You're logical and objective by nature. However, today you're likely to find that your thinking is more influenced by feeling than usual. This is a positive development. It demonstrates that your intuition is operating at a high level, so don't fight it. This is definitely the day to follow your heart rather than your head.
It seems that someone might be pressuring you towards making a particular decision and it will take you a while first to figure that this is actually happening and then to devise and exit plan. Some natives might end up in such a hopeless state, maybe upon being disappointed by whomever is trying to manipulate them that they are even considering succumbing to the pressure and letting things go at their own pace.
Jun 25, 2020 - Romance blossoms for you tonight, Leo, perhaps after a long period of standing still. A new sense of stability and security may settle on love relationships and close friendships. Children could also be a source of warmth and pleasure. You might want to channel some of this positive energy into creative activity of some kind, which will increase your sense of contentment and well-being.
Jun 23, 2020 - Certain situations may be difficult to deal with today as they take an emotional spin, Leo. You're getting anxious. Things are getting started without the careful planning and consideration you feel is necessary. Try not to worry so much. Your own doubt is likely to hinder any project. Have faith that things will work out. Be bold. Take an active role in helping to get the ball rolling instead of holding it back.
Jun 18, 2020 - How about changing roles today, Leo? It's true that you aren't one for idle chat. You prefer taking action rather than talking about grandiose ideas that never go anywhere. Yet today you may actually feel like discussing things in depth. The stars' alignments are bringing out this other side of you, so take advantage of the energy. Other people will be grateful since they've been waiting a long time for this day.
Jun 16, 2020 - A partnership of some kind, perhaps business, perhaps romantic, is likely to be on your mind today. You might want to seriously consider whether or not it has a future, and if it does, what to do next. You could spend time socializing, if possible, but you could be too preoccupied to participate much. A lot of serious decisions need to be made, Leo. The outcome is likely to be positive. Try to relax and have some fun.
Jun 15, 2020 - Discussions involving a group you're affiliated with could lead to some deep subjects, such as philosophy, metaphysics, science - or all three. Your mind should be quick and sharp today, Leo, on both a logical and an intuitive level. You'll probably soak up just about everything you hear. You could give it a lot of thought, and yes, you should be able to make sense of it all.
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Jun 11, 2020 - Relationships of all kinds are likely to be strengthened by an increased level of understanding today, Leo. Your thinking is greatly enhanced by your emotional intuitiveness, so you'll be more able than usual to identify with the needs and desires of those around you. As a result, acquaintances could become friends, and friendships could progress into bonds that last for life. Romance also benefits from intensified empathy. Enjoy.
Jun 10, 2020 - We all have to make compromises in order to live in contemporary society. You may have strong beliefs, but it's difficult to combine your ideals and a social life. Today you may wonder if you're prepared to be edged out of society and fight for your convictions. Shouldn't you try to find a compromise between life and your ideals?
Jun 9, 2020 - You're naturally involved in things and bursting with energy. You're also trying to work on how you relate to other people. However, you tend to want to get too involved in their lives at home and work. You even tend to do their work for them sometimes. Try to avoid overworking yourself. Think about how you fit into the group around you.
Jun 8, 2020 - You've been working hard lately and giving a lot of your energy to others, Leo. Today you're feeling tired. There will be tension in the air throughout the day. You may feel that certain people that you considered friends now disappoint you. Don't get tangled up in their superficiality. It's probably wise to put some distance between you and these people.
Jun 2, 2020 - Experiences you never expected could come your way today, Leo. A talent that you didn't know you had could come to light. This might involve a combination of arts and technology, such as computer graphics or animation, or it might involve spiritual or humanitarian work. You might also try fundraising for a charity or a social or political cause. Don't hesitate. Go to it.
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May 28, 2020 - The solar system is shifting gears today, Leo, and it's liable to trigger a great transformation that will last seven months. This change will center on how you define fulfillment in both your career and your love life. If you're starting to feel hemmed in by your training or upbringing, you can expect to seek liberation from these inhibitions in the months to come.
The word used for Aztec Eagle and Jaguar Warriors was cuāuhocēlōtl which was a combination of the world cuāuhtli meaning “eagle warrior" and ocēlōtl meaning “jaguar warrior". According to Aztec beliefs, the Jaguar Warriors represented the God Tezcatlipoca who was the god of the night sky. On the battlefield, their jaguar costume was also thought to give them the powers of an animal. Since they were considered the bravest of warriors, they were deployed at the battlefront during military campaigns. Their foremost purpose was not to kill enemy soldiers but to capture them to be used in human sacrifice during religious ceremonies. In this video, I’ll go over the Jaguar Knight and what his life could have been like during pre-Columbian times. Make sure to let me know in the comments if have any feedback and if you have suggestions for future videos! Subscribe to Opochtli! http://bit.ly/Opochtli
May 27, 2020 - Things may not be as obvious as they first seem today, Leo. Don't get started on a project until you understand the full scope of what you're getting into. Otherwise, you may find yourself caught in the middle of an emotional drama that leaves you little room for escape. Don't be surprised if your motivation suddenly dissipates and you're left with no incentive to get your work done.
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Mar 18, 2020 - You might be a bit confused with the mood of the day, Leo, which fosters quick action and a sporadic approach to things. More than likely, this approach isn't exactly in line with your usual methodical protocol. Do what you can to merge with this energy in order to add a more spontaneous spark to your daily routine. Take a walk on the wild side today.
Mar 4, 2020 - Opportunities to increase your income by working out of your home could well present themselves today. There might be more than one, and you could be tempted to take them all on. Think about this carefully before you commit, Leo. You're feeling energetic today, but that could flag on future days. Consider the situation honestly and objectively before making any firm decisions. You don't want to regret it later
Feb 27, 2020 - If a family member is in a bad mood but not confessing why, it's up to you to step in and help. He or she is carrying that big black cloud around, casting shadows everywhere they go. Do what you can to snap your relative out of it, although take care not to force the issue too harshly. Counseling might be in order, and this may not be your area of expertise!
Feb 25, 2020 - You surprise yourself by signing up for a group lesson rather than a private one. This is unlike you; nevertheless, you find you enjoy the social interaction. Besides, whether you're learning cooking or rock climbing, it's always much more fun to learn with others. That way, you can learn from their mistakes and they from yours. It's bound to be a fun, adventurous day, Leo. Enjoy it.
Feb 24, 2020 - You’re usually a hard worker, Leo, whether the work involves a job, personal project, or simply chores around the house. Today, however, you're going through a fit of laziness. Chances are you don't want to do a thing except lie around and read or watch TV. It's OK. We all need time to let our hair down and relax. Don't suffer undue guilt because you don't feel like working.
Feb 19, 2020 - A social event could put you in touch with someone who's carrying around a lot of bitterness and anger, Leo. This probably won't be very pleasant for you, as this person could well see you as the perfect listening post for all their problems. Don't feel trapped! Be polite but make your excuses as soon as you can. There are other friends present whose company you'll enjoy a lot more! Dig deep
Feb 18, 2020 - You’re usually a very practical and down-to-Earth person, but today you may be more inclined than usual toward mysticism. Spiritual matters seem extremely appealing, and you could find yourself gravitating toward metaphysical bookstores or seeking discussions with people who are well versed in such matters. You also find your imagination working overtime. Indulge in a few flights of fancy, Leo. We all need to escape from time to time!
Feb 13, 2020 - Careful planning on your part is starting to pay off, Leo, but be careful that you don't alienate others in your quest to be the best. You may not realize how your harsh words affect the people around you. Be more sensitive to the feelings of others. Focus and be brave in your actions. Hesitation may cause you to lose control of the situation. Know your boundaries, but push beyond them.
Feb 12, 2020 - Legal documents that concern your business may need to be executed today, Leo. There might be a lot of paper to wade through, not to mention jargon that appears indecipherable. Don't get too impatient, however, as this is important. Instead, find someone more familiar with this sort of thing and get him or her to explain it all to you. Then, assuming it's agreeable, take care of it and move on. The results should be well worth it!
Feb 7, 2020 - Make some plans to write a letter, send a greeting card, or put together a package for someone far away today, Leo. This can be a lot of fun to do, especially if the person on the receiving end isn't expecting anything from you. Pictures, crafts, cookies, candies, or books can make a wonderful package to send to someone special. Even a simple greeting card can really brighten someone's day. Have some fun.
Feb 6, 2020 - You might find yourself really interested in getting out and doing something today, Leo. And why not? It can’t be too difficult to phone a few friends and arrange to get together in the evening. Or perhaps you can look in the events page in your local newspaper and see whether a meeting or lecture is taking place that you'd like to attend. Is there a place you've been curious about and wanted to visit? If so, go there today and check it out. Make the best of your time!
Watching an SUV barrel down a Boise sidewalk to pass stalled traffic recently, I had an epiphany.
Nobody in Idaho knows how to freakin’ drive.
I see you nodding in agreement, reading this on your phone as you cruise down the Connector.
Motorists here are aggressive. Inattentive. Stupid.
Lend an ear to any law enforcement officer who patrols Treasure Valley roads. They’ll tell you.
“Believe it or not, most people do a good job,” Lt. Berle Stokes of the Meridian Police Department says with a chuckle.
“... But there’s certainly some knuckleheads intermixed there.”
Thank you, sir.
Navigating the Boise metro area clearly ain’t what it used to be, even a few years ago.
Idaho drivers have evolved into a strangely aggravating breed.
“Everybody’s in such a huge hurry,” Sgt. Scott Tulleners of the Idaho State Police says. “There’s also a lot of lack of accountability, too. We stop someone, write them a ticket — we’re just an inconvenience of their day. It’s like a lot of people just don’t care.”
Is that a reflection of society in general? Probably.
But crappy, treacherous driving in Southern Idaho takes every form imaginable. Following too closely. Not letting cars merge into traffic. Slowing down unnecessarily to allow cars to merge. Flipping illegal U-turns. Blasting through lights after they’ve turned red.
So who’s to blame?
Is it big-city transplants? They’re accustomed to bumper-to-bumper commutes in their mall-terrain vehicles.
Or is it longtime Idahoans? Natives weren’t forced to pay much attention to traffic until the last several years. Some drive below the speed limit, infuriating newcomers: “I’ve never been somewhere that gains an extra lane (I-84 in Nampa goes from two to three lanes) and traffic somehow manages to slow down,” a commenter griped recently on the Boise Reddit page. The thread’s title? “PSA: It is 55 mph for most of Eagle Road, not 30 mph.”)
Should we blame city planners and leaders? Roadways have not been able to keep pace with our head-spinning population growth. “I don’t know that they can,” Stokes says. “It’s going to take a while for the roads to catch up.”
I think it’s a perfect storm. Idaho’s bad-driving virus is caused by two wildly disparate motorist cultures and exacerbated by overflowing streets.
CALIFORNIA VS. IDAHO DRIVING
Andy Johnson thinks this three-pronged theory might have merit. A Boise police officer for nearly two decades, Johnson observes drivers from a unique perspective. He’s worked on the bicycle patrol for the past 14 years.
Also, he grew up in California. That’s where he learned to drive.
“My experience is that people in California are good drivers when they’re in that environment,” Johnson says. “They’re faster, they’re closer together, they all drive on the same page.
“People who are raised here are good drivers. They’re all on the same page together. But when you blend those two worlds, you have different ideologies of driving, and they don’t always work well together.
“You put them on the same roadway in a town that’s growing exponentially, where the infrastructure is lagging, you’re gonna have a clash. It doesn’t mean one driver is worse than the other. It means there’s going to be frustration, because everyone is pointing the finger at everyone else.”
Time and growth seem to have eroded “Boise values,” too.
“I’ve been here since the mid-’90s, and it just seems like there was a little bit more courtesy, and little bit more patience,” Johnson says. “People had a lot more respect for other people. Now the values have changed a little bit. ... It just seems to be a different mentality: ‘I’m in a hurry to get to my place, and it’s more important than you.’”
Is there a cultural component causing it? Johnson thinks so. “We live in a world of expedient consumerism,” he says. It’s filled with citizens burying their faces in electronic devices that provide instant gratification. “They become more self-absorbed, and they want what they want and they’re used to getting their way.”
That doesn’t translate to smiling, courteous motorists during rush hour at Glenwood and State streets.
“The internet and electronic devices teach you one thing growing up, but then you have to apply those skills to real life,” Johnson says. “It’s not all about you. There’s other people out there you have to consider.”
So basically, everybody in Boise is a terrible driver except me. And, fine, you — if you’ve read this far.
But one way or another, we all need to improve. Because the challenges are only getting worse.
MERIDIAN GROWTH, ‘HORRIBLE’ DRIVING
With a population of 106,410 in 2018, Meridian is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. There were seven fatal accidents inside city limits last year. That’s more than the prior three years combined.
Stokes calls it a “shocking” statistic. “We hope it’s an anomaly of some sort,” he says.
The total number of accidents in Meridian grew from 1,397 in 2013 to 1,733 in 2018. There were 88 road rage calls for service in 2013, and 114 in 2018. Citations? Naturally, those trended skyward, too.
“I do think it’s a small percentage of the motoring public that creates the problem,” Stokes says. “But that’s true for about any problem in society, right?”
Either way, the impact feels dramatic when you’re white-knuckling it during rush hour. Been on Eagle Road lately? Or near one of its intersections?
When traffic backs up toward Boise on Ustick Road, all bets are off. Almost any day, Stokes sees some jackwagon treat the center turn lane on Ustick as if it were a freeway. Impatient drivers just want to get home!
“They will hop in that center turn lane and I mean drive,” Stokes says. “I’ve seen people drive nearly a half-mile in that center turn lane because they’re trying to get around stopped traffic.”
That’s horrible. Meridian law allows 100 feet.
“It is horrible,” Stokes agrees. “Obviously, it can lead to all kinds of stuff — head-on collisions and all kinds of problems.”
‘INSANE’ INTERSTATE SPEEDS
Drivers on the interstate can get even nuttier. Tulleners has a guaranteed method for ticket writing. He just waits until cars thin out in the evening, and then parks on the median near Camping World in Meridian.
“I can get 90- and 100-mile-per-hour speeders all day long,” Tulleners says. “It’s insane. I can get several high-speed — I’m talking 90-plus in a 65-mile-per-hour zone — pretty repeatedly out there. I’ll stop a car, write ’em a citation, and I’ll turn around and on the way back, there’ll be one that I can’t turn around on because of the barrier.”
Like Stokes, Tulleners avoids saying he’s witnessed a greater number of bad Idaho drivers. “I would use the term ‘aggressive’ drivers,” he says. “You call it what you want. But yeah, there are more aggressive drivers out there, because we’re stopping more of them. I’m personally seeing higher speeds and just bad driving habits in general.”
There’s also a national trend that has hit Idaho: deranged crotch-rocket dude.
“I’ve seen a huge increase with the reckless driving in the sport-bike community,” Tulleners says. “... It’s crazy. It’s like a video game to these guys.”
Sometimes, they try to evade police. “The problem is,” Tulleners says, “those guys run, they’re doing 140 away. You make one small mistake at that speed and it’s over. ... I was a young dumb male once myself, but to the level that we see in the last couple of years, it’s just been an interesting change.”
Racing — both cars and motorcycles — is another perilous pastime. Especially on the interstate.
“Every weekend,” Tulleners says. “We’ve got guys street racing. They’ll come to a stop on the interstate, which is also insanely stupid. You just stop on the interstate, and get hit by an 18-wheeler — he with the most lug nuts wins.”
“We get complaints over in Nampa. We get complaints out by Eisenman (Road). They move around.”
LAWS? A NUISANCE
Crummy Idaho drivers seem emboldened, if not entitled.
Why not run a red light? Traffic violations in Boise cost only $90. Why not fly down an Idaho interstate at warp speed? It’s a fixed fine of $155 for excessive speed — anything 16 mph or more over the limit.
Will penalties like that deter a trust funder driving a shiny new $50,000 vehicle?
And crashes are just nuisances to other drivers. They honk and holler at police. Do burnouts past the orange cones.
“We get people: ‘Get that mess cleaned up! It’s backed up!’ ” Tulleners says. “It’s like, ‘No kidding, bro.’ I was on a fatal crash one day, and some guy was complaining, ‘Why is this taking so long?’ It’s basically a crime scene.”
That often won’t stop people from being selfish.
“People don’t know there’s somebody trapped inside this car,” Stokes says. “Or waiting on an ambulance, or the car isn’t moveable because of the accident. But like I said ... the vast majority of people obey the law and are just trying to get safely to where they’re going.”
Our world has gotten faster. Ada County’s population grew 3.6 percent in 2018 to about 471,000 people, according to the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho. It grew 2.6 percent in 2017 and 1 percent in 2016.
As more dreadful drivers rev their engines, it feels as if fewer police officers are available to monitor them. On a typical weekend, Tulleners has three ISP troopers to work the Boise metro area. “Do the math,” he says.
Stokes, a 16-year veteran of the Meridian police force, laughs politely as he considers the Sisyphus-like challenge of trying to modify driver behavior.
He’s lived in the Boise area since 1989. He knows how Idahoans feel: It takes longer to get anywhere than it used to. It’s maddening for all of us.
“Our message to people, on all fronts, is just take a deep breath,” Stokes says. “Be aware of your surroundings. Give yourself more time to get places. If you can avoid traveling during rush hour — morning and afternoon — to get to a place, that’s probably better. ... Be patient. Be courteous. Wear your seat belt.”
Despite this rant of a column, try to keep a positive attitude? Be one of the good guys behind the wheel? Tulleners, an Idaho native, still sees plenty of conscientious Boise motorists, he says.
“There are a lot of good drivers. Unfortunately, you see the increase of bad ones, it makes it just look bad for everybody,” he says.
And remember the reason why Idaho is attracting more lousy drivers. Johnson is reminded of it each workday as he pedals through the beautiful City of Trees on a mountain bike.
“I would say, by and large, Boise is still one of the best places across the nation to be on a bike,” he says. “We still have a lot of good people. And I think the people that move here are still really good people. We’re not attracting a bad crowd by a long shot.”
Our crime rate is low. Our spirits are high.
Yeah, traffic sucks. But life is good.
“For people who have been here a long time, it seems like it’s getting worse and worse,” Johnson says. “But if you step back and compare it to a lot of the cities our size, we’re still doing really good. We’re slowly losing a way of life that people are used to, but by comparison, we’re still ahead of the game. And I know change is hard for everybody, and nobody wants it — including me.”
Feb 5, 2020 - See about using your good relationships with friends and loved ones today to get some group activities going, Leo. Chances are you'll feel pretty good and the idea of socializing will appeal to you. See about inviting people over for supper or a game of cards. If you're especially lively, some sports may be just the ticket to get you out and moving. Do whatever it takes to have some fun and get some fresh air today.
Feb 4, 2020 - Don't judge someone if he or she has a different lifestyle than what you consider to be OK, Leo. You probably lean toward the traditional, yet not everyone feels this way about relationships, working, or lifestyle. While it may seem impossible to understand and even frighten you, try not to be too harsh on those you deem odd. You'd be better off using that energy to keep your own life on track.
FEB 3, 2020: Everything's been so entertaining lately, and the fun shows no sign of stopping any time soon! You and your friends can have a good time doing just about anything anywhere, so schedule some good deeds in with all that fun. Why not get a group together to clean up the block, work for a charity one afternoon, do some yardwork for a disabled neighbor, or hold a charity carwash? As long as you and your people are together, you'll be smiling!
JAN 31, 2020: There could be a fun little drama popping into your life today, and it could toss a monkey wrench into your carefully made plans. But so what? Plans are made to be rearranged sometimes. And you could use a little lesson in flexibility. Be as adaptable as you possibly can in the situation and keep smiling. This isn't going to be a big deal unless you make it a big deal. Creating more emotional distance from the negative energy will free you from having to worry.
JAN 29, 2020: Don't be too alarmed if some problems you're having at home start to spill over into your social life. No harm will come of it. It's only natural that things that are important to you take center stage, especially when they aren't going quite right. You might be somewhat distracted during the day, but if you just give yourself some time here and there to process what you're going through, you'll feel your enthusiasm and positive thinking building slowly but surely throughout the day. Six hours after the news was released, Shaffir took to Twitter: “Kobe Bryant died 23 years too late today. He got away with rape because all the Hollywood liberals who attack comedy enjoy rooting for the Lakers more than they dislike rape. Big ups to the hero who forgot to gas up his chopper. I hate the Lakers. What a great day! #Fuckthelakers.” The Journal reached out to Aqua Talent Agency for comment. Shaffir, who resides in Los Angeles, is best known for his podcast “Skeptic Tank” and for his appearances on “Joe Rogan Experience.” His behavior in the past has been a cause for concern, as he garnered criticism for punching Bobby Lee in the face, and for drugging his good friend Bert Kreischer. He retweeted his tweet after an outpour of anger and threats came in from Bryant fans, then claimed he was “hacked.” On the morning of Jan. 28, he issued a statement via Instagram. “Every time a beloved celebrity dies, I post some horrible shit about them. I’ve been doing it for years now. I like destroying gods. And right when a famous person dies they’re at their most worshipped. So as a response to all the outpouring of sympathy on social media, I post something vile. It’s just a joke. I don’t really hate any of the people.
Comedian Ari Shaffir’s career appears to be reeling after he made jokes about the death of Kobe Bryant last week.
Here’s a look at some of the memorable games of Kobe Bryant vs. the Utah Jazz: Nov. 20, 1996 — Bryant’s first game against Utah came at The Forum in Los Angeles. At the time, no one knew the 18-year-old who had been drafted No. 13 by the Charlotte Hornets and traded to the Lakers would turn out to be one of the best players in NBA history. He scored just 11 points, making all three of his 3-point tries in 21 minutes off the bench. Unlike many players who were stars right from the start, Bryant only started six games in his rookie season. Dec. 4, 1996 — Utah’s first glimpse at Bryant was another forgettable performance as he played just 13 minutes in a 101-75 Lakers’ loss, scoring just eight points. May 12, 1997 — It was Game 5 of the playoffs and with Byron Scott out with an injury, Robert Horry having been ejected and Shaquille O’Neal fouled out, the Lakers turned to their rookie in the final minutes. But he came up miserably, not only missing four shots in clutch time, but air-balling them, including two 3-pointers, one that could have tied the game in Utah’s series-clinching win. He finished 4 for 14 from the field and 0 for 6 from 3-point range. Years later, Bryant said of those misses, “It was an early turning point for me in being able to deal with adversity, deal with public scrutiny and self-doubt. At 18 years old, it was gut-check time. It helped shape me.” Nov. 1, 2001 — In a 105-101 Lakers’ victory at the Delta Center, Bryant scored 39 points on 11-of-22 from the field and 16-of-19 from the line, while dishing out eight assists. Three nights later in Los Angeles, he nearly matched those numbers with 38 points on 13-of-21 shooting and 12-of-15 from the line in another 4-point L.A. victory. Dec. 8, 2002 — Bryant had his high assist night against Utah with 14 assists in a 110-101 victory in which he also had five steals and 25 points. He matched that 11 years later with 14 assists to go with 14 points in an 18-point win over the Jazz. Nov. 30, 2006 — The Jazz came into this game as one of the best teams in the Western Conference at 13-3 with Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams and Andrei Kirilenko. But behind Bryant, the Lakers lit up the Jazz in a 132-102 victory, as Bryant poured in 52 points, making 19 of 26 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers and 12 of 15 from the foul line. May 4, 2008 — In the first game of the second round of the playoffs, Bryant led the Lakers to a 109-98 victory as he made 21 of 23 free throws on his way to 38 points. In his other games of the series, he scored 34, 34, 33, 26 and 34 as the Lakers took a 4-2 series win over Utah. Jan. 11, 2011 — Bryant scored 40 points and hit all 11 free throws, including the clinching foul shots in the final seconds of a 90-87 overtime win. March 28, 2016 — His final appearance in Utah was one to forget, as Bryant scored just five points on 1-of-11 shooting, including 0-for-4 from long range in a 48-point L.A. loss. Two months earlier in his second-to-last game in Utah, he also scored just five points on 2-of-8 shooting. April 13, 2016 — In his final game against Utah, or anyone in the NBA for that matter, Bryant saved his best for last, scoring 60 points to lead the Lakers to a come-from-behind victory. It did take him a career-high 50 shots to get there as he made 22 field goals, including six 3-pointers and added 10 of 13 from the foul line.
JAN 28, 2020: No matter where you go or who you talk to today, you're sure to make a very good impression on all the right people. This is a great time to move your social life into more exotic and stimulating territory. Are you ready to meet some fabulous new people? Sure, you might be perfectly happy with the people in your life right now, but a stranger on the scene has some interesting skills to teach you. You should definitely let them share what they know.
JAN 27, 2020: You should start working on the idea of romance today. If you're missing romance in your life right now, add some! Another person isn't necessary to achieve this, you know. You can romance yourself! Take yourself out, treat yourself to a spa day, or buy yourself flowers. If you have someone in your life, be sure to do what you can to make them feel special. Let them know how much they mean to you. After all, they can't read your mind!
Kobe Bryant, the NBA MVP who had a 20-year career with the Lakers, was killed Sunday when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas. His daughter Gianna, 13, was also on board and died along with seven others.
Just a Friday morning rant after getting no sleep after a stressful week...
JAN 24, 2020: You thought you totally understood your feelings about a recent encounter, but confusion might swim to the surface again today. Having doubts about what happened is fine, but don't make any changes based on your doubts. It's a waste of time. What's done is done. If your feelings are starting to change, there's nothing you can do but accept it and keep moving forward. The impression you left is the one that will stay, and you don't have to apologize for it.
Just remembering the basketball coaches bias towards athleticism...
JAN 22, 2020: Your opinions have extra weight right now, so vocalize them loudly and proudly if you really want to make some changes in your world. Get involved, and when someone says something that you don't agree with, speak up! You should not be surprised when others join you in battle. After all, you're right, aren't you?! This is the start of a new and exciting phase in your life when you're finally realizing how much power you have to create the world you want!
JAN 16, 2020: If you're feeling extra sensitive or emotional right now, don't fight it. Turn to your family for the comfort you need. Even just a short phone call could make you feel much better. Don't worry if you're experiencing some sad feelings. It's nothing to be concerned about. You're an imperfect human, and it's a healthy thing to process all your feelings, both the positive "it's going to be a great day" feelings and the negative "I don't want to get out of bed" feelings.
JAN 15, 2020: You have excellent self-control right now, but are you using it for the right reasons? Resisting temptation is a good way to use this strength you have, but subjugating your emotions is not. Controlled anger is still anger, make no mistake about it. You have got to let your emotions out today. Step right up to that person you've been avoiding and get things out into the open. Avoiding the topic isn't a sign that you're in control of your life.
JAN 14, 2020: Socialize as much as you can today, in every arena. There's always a way to connect with other people, whether you're sitting in a waiting room, standing in line, or taking notes in an important work meeting. Exposing yourself to a lot of unfamiliar energy will feed your curiosity. How do other people think? Contact with others will also give you new ideas on how to deal with your own issues. There are a lot of fun conversations to be had. Go out and have them!
Opochtli Podcast #153 - Story premise about stored memory in your DNA that can be extracted through sacrafice and ritual
JAN 7, 2020: The best lesson you learn today won't be found in the same old place. You're going to have to move as far outside your comfort zone as you can stand to go in order to get the nutritious input that your brain is hungry for. Experimentation is the key to keeping yourself sharp right now, so branch out and try out a few new tricks you've been toying with. Through trial and error, you will eventually perfect your technique and establish a whole new best practice.