Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thanks Allot....

In the spirit of thanksgiving...

To the city of Seattle, that can't figure out how to properly synchronize stoplights or regulate traffic, resulting in me sitting in front of a red light at 5:30 a.m. in the morning when there are no cars in sight....Thanks Allot!

To the guy who drove up behind me while I was on my bicycle at 5:00 in the morning just so you could honk at me for going slow when there was an open lane to the left in which you could have passed me...I really appreciated it, thanks.

To Nintendo, who loves to release sub-standard products (like wiimotes that take AA batteries instead of internal rechargeable batteries like the X-Box 360 and the PS3, or the original game boy advance that ran off batteries and had no back lite) and then release better products a year or two later, prompting all of us who bought the substandard product to slap our forehead in frustration....and inevitably spend more money buying a product that should have been released at the get go. Thanks.

To the Seattle Seahawks...you single handedly ruined by football season, and to the rude fans that sat in front of me during the one game I was able to attend and who harassed the poor Greenbay family that was sitting a few rows from me, you made my one home game so much more enjoyable. Thanks.

To all you Starbucks haters out there; way to root against one of the few large companies that has a strong social conscience, cares about its' employees and does its' best to be a good steward of the environment. You make my day.

To the 700 billion dollar bills that will be given out by the federal government. Each and every one of you is a slap in the face to hard working and responsible people like my Dad who was wise with his finances and investments. For you we are especially thankful.

And last but not least, to my right knee. You are a pain. Thanks!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

to be a hero

I enjoy reading Gregg Easterbrook on ESPN.com. While he can be insufferably arrogant at times, for the most part I like what he has to say. In this weeks itteration of Tuesday Morning Quarterback, he had this to say about what it means to be a Hero. I just thought I would pass it along.

"NFL Network is advertising Thursday's Jets-Patriots pairing with a commercial that shows Hackensack Brett (see below) and the word HERO in big letters, then talks about Favre as a "hero." People who make millions of dollars for chasing a ball are not heroes. Athletes work hard and can be role models, but nothing they do is heroic. A hero is someone who takes a risk, or engages in sacrifice, to serve others. Soldiers, firemen and police officers can become heroes. Teachers, social workers and religious figures can become heroes. By no stretch of the imagination has any NFL player ever done anything heroic on the playing field. It's one thing to admire NFL players and enjoy watching them perform. To hero-worship someone earning $12 million this year? Please NFLN, show a little perspective."

Right on!