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Believe it or not, I was not thrilled to get up this morning at 3:40. Still, my family and I wanted to leave Hastings at 4:30 to make it to Lincoln as early as possible. But it wasn't the getting up early that was the worst part of the day, although what we did for the morning in Lincoln took a close second for that position.

We shopped. We shopped today--the day after Thanksgiving, the day that inaugurates the Christmas shopping season. I usually love Wal-Mart, but seeing its entire parking lot full at 6:00 a.m. made me nautious.

I should note, though, that there is someone whom I would like to welcome into my family: Buzz, my new coffee maker. You see, I accidentally knocked my old coffee maker (who didn't have a name, by the way) onto the floor, creating a lot of smashed glass and broken plastic. I was worried that I wouldn't have a way to supply myself with coffee, but Buzz will fill that position admirably. Also, I can program Buzz to get my coffee ready a half hour before I wake up. It's great!

But the biggest blow of the day came when Nebraska mathematically eliminated themselves from going to a bowl game, breaking a bowl streak of 35 years and a winning season streak of 43 years. It wasn't the streak that bothered me so much, though, but rather the fact that we had to lose to that school of slime, the University of Colorado. I hate the Colorado Buffaloes.

Furthermore, I couldn't yell during the game because I was saving my voice to preach in church on Sunday. Usually, I'm like the 12th man for the team, but today, all I could do was clap as loud and long as my hands would let me. I was hamstrung from donating my voice to the cause of winning.

So, I'm employing the same tactics I had to use when we lost to Texas Tech by the biggest margin in school history: I have to say, "Yes, Jacob, we did lose to the Colorado Buffaloes, giving ourselves a losing season and preventing ourselves from going to a bowl game. But still, life will go on."

I guess I was just more thankful yesterday. Now if you will excuse me, I need to go launder a Husker shirt for Monday.



Yeah, and ISU can't make a freaking field goal, so now Colorado is going to the Big 12 championship. Bah.

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