Ski Trip!

Well, I was going to post this yesterday, until I got sleepy. So you get it today instead!

English: Snowboarding in New Brunswick, Canada

English: Snowboarding in New Brunswick, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This last weekend was my second time going on an annual ski trip. The trip has been going on for a fair number of years, but The Wife and I have only gone twice now. It has been a blast both times.

I’m not really a ‘do-er’. I tend to be more comfortable wearing a divot in the couch than I am getting out and doing things. I’m ok with this most of the time. I enjoy staying comfy and cozy indoors, so I see no trouble with this. It occasionally becomes a point of contention with The Wife.

She likes to do stuff. She likes to see what’s happening, to be involved and to get up and go. She likes to do things with other people and generally have a good time. Sometimes me being a sofa spud can get frustrating. I think it’s a good thing that we both really enjoy skiing/snowboarding.

That said, she enjoys the skiing, and I prefer the snowboarding. I believe I have mentioned it before, but I have a pre-existing medical condition with my left hip. Skiing contains the potential for my two legs to end up going different directions, and I suspect that would end worse for me than for some others. I chose snowboarding, where my two feet are stuck to the same object.

We went last year, and while we were there we took a group lesson. We didn’t get to spend a lot of time out and about practicing last year, partly because day 2 was very icy. We started this year on our own, and quickly found that we needed more guidance. We went ahead an got private lessons.

It ended up outstanding. We both picked up enough of the basics in our lessons to feel comfortable going out on our own. We went out for a few hours each day on Saturday and Sunday. We came home on Monday.

It’s a great little break in the middle of our winter. It’s a mini-vacation! I’m really looking forward to next year already, and maybe we’ll even get to go someplace nearby and get some practice in.

We may also have to look into getting our own equipment. If we keep going, renting will get expensive soon!

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Quick Update

Sorry for missing you yesterday.


English: Gentaur schedule

English: Gentaur schedule (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I wasn’t able to stop by yesterday for a couple of reasons. The first and most important was that I was out of town all weekend. The second is that because I was out of town all weekend, including yesterday, I am a little off my schedule.


I ended up with a 3 day weekend this last weekend. I left home on Friday morning, and went out of town straight from work. I didn’t get home until about 4 pm yesterday. So I am just now getting back in a normal rhythm.


I’ll go into a little more detail tomorrow, but I was snowboarding this weekend. A little winter holiday if you will. Have no fear, I’m fine.


Until tomorrow, with the whole recap! See you then.


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(American) Football Season!

I’m excited.

Football season is upon us. My weekends will now be full of what has become the new favorite sort in America. This is probably my favorite sports time of year.


Football (Photo credit: The Malones)

Most weekends will now be full to the brim with Football. Fridays are High School Football. The area in which I live is a BIG Football area. Lots of games to choose from, or I can just go to the closest one, which happens to be The Wife’s alma mater.

Saturdays are full of College Football. Games start around noon EST, and go pretty much the rest of the day. I rarely miss my team, THE Ohio State University Buckeyes. I will sometimes go nuts and watch lots of other Football too.

Sunday is usually bittersweet. Between my Cleveland Browns being… well the Browns, and my Fantasy Football team frequently disappointing; I’m excited for Football Sundays but I typically end up annoyed by the end of the day.

Who cares what happens? This is Football season! That means cookouts, campfires and Football parties. It means cool weather, crisp air, and outdoor sports. It’s all the best parts of Autumn combined with friends and Sports.

Definitely my favorite time of year.

Tomorrow it begins

Tomorrow begins the gladiator season.

American football player in action with ball

American football player in action with ball (Photo credit:

Football. Probably more accurately HandEgg. Full of carrying and throwing and uncontrolled violence.

I may write a post about the nature of HandEgg later. It’s been a controversial topic of sorts recently. There’s been a lot of talk about concussions and safety and long term effects of the sport on its players.

I’ll need some time to organize my thoughts, but I think a full post about it is well in order.

Until then, I’ll be enjoying the brightly colored and exciting violence tomorrow along with lots of other people.



a baseball game

a baseball game (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Going to a Baseball game tonight!

We have previously been rained out, and this is a make up game for it. It’s been a little rainy all day. This is unfortunate.

Regardless, we will persevere! Fun will be had! Hot Dogs will be eaten!

I’m really just trying to be as obnoxiously positive as possible here.


EDIT: Posting this to yesterday as a testament to my actually having written what I did then.

Who Writes Short Posts? I Write Short Posts!

Well, today anyway. I know most of my posts here aren’t really what most people would classify as ‘short’.

Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio

Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight, I will be busy! While I’m sure I would have a tiny bit of time late, why put it off? Tonight is a baseball game!

We’re going as an early present for The Wife’s birthday. She’s a big sports fan, and she is actually totally responsible for any sports enthusiasm I might exhibit. Baseball is definitely her favorite though. She could live without pro football, and basketball is a take it or leave it activity  for her. She enjoys college football quite a bit, but nothing beats baseball.

So that’s where we’re going tonight. It’s a lot of fun going to the game, but it’s just far enough away that we don’t get to go as often as we’d like. They are really trying to keep cost down, so that really isn’t as big a deterrent to us as the time. We both just get pretty busy right around this time of year, and between the drive there, the time at the game and the drive back, sometimes we just can’t make it. Especially since if we want to be on time, I have to leave work early. I can do that sometimes, but not as often as we’d like to go.

Quick subject change, remember yesterday when I said I might have a surprise for you? Well I do! But not until Monday. Mwahaahahaha. Remember, don’t actually peel your eyeballs. I’ll feel bad. Do, however, get totally excited for Monday’s post.

On that note, I will see you next week!

Wimps! Wimps I say!

As I have shared before, I am a fan of the Cleveland sports teams. That includes the Indians, who had an excellent weekend sweeping the Kansas City Royals during their first home stand of the season. There were also some theatrics on Saturday night that got me riled up about the state of sports and what that says about us as a country.

Top of the 3rd inning, Shin-Soo Choo of the Indians gets hit by a pitch. Choo yells at the pitcher, people meander out of the dugouts, lots of yelling and jawing at one another. Warnings are issued by the umpires (we’ll revisit this in a moment). Bottom of the 3rd inning, Indians pitcher Gomez drills Moustakas from the Royals, benches clear. Jack Hannahan of the Indians lets all the Royals know how he feels about all of this. End result: Gomez, Hannahan, Manager Manny Acta tossed from the Indians.

Seems like a fairly routine set of baseball interactions when someone gets hit by a pitch that may have been not really on purpose, but certainly didn’t upset the pitcher who hit someone, right? That’s exactly the problem. The whole issue I have is that the warning by the umpires always comes as soon as someone gets hit and tempers flare. The umpires tell the adult men, “You’d better behave or we’ll punish you!” Personally, I think the adults can handle it themselves.

Yes, in this particular instance, “Handle it themselves” means someone from the other team gets drilled with a baseball at 90 MPH. I don’t actually see a problem with this. It would have been handled, and if at that point, the umpires want to let everyone know that it should be over and they wont stand for anymore shenanigans, so be it.

As has become the norm for violence in all sports, only the guy who retaliates gets punished. Where’s the problem? You might say, of course he should be punished, retaliation should always be punished. WRONG!

Especially in sports, where people are talented and passionate, and emotions run high, people ought to be able to handle their business on the field/court by themselves. Anyone gets hit by a pitch in baseball, warnings and the next guy who hits someone purposefully or otherwise gets tossed. In football, people start shoving one another after a play, second guy gets flagged. Someone takes a cheap shot or late hit on your guy, you can’t say boo to the guy that did or you get flagged. In basketball, if a guy takes a cheap shot at your star player, you can’t so much as get in the guys face before technical fouls are handed out all around and the first one to complain about that gets a second tech and is thrown out of the game. Even in hockey, where they allow fighting and always have, referees are beginning to limit it to one fight a game, and they only allow a couple punches to be thrown before they step in.

Most people don’t see the issue with limiting the amount of blatant violence allowed in the middle of a sporting event. I’m here to tell you that limiting that reaction is causing us all to become wimps.

Lots of us are taught from the time that we’re little things like: No fighting, violence isn’t the answer, hitting people is wrong no matter what. The problem with that is that there is always someone who will take advantage of someone else who won’t fight back. That applies to people, animals, families, countries, and just about every other interaction that involves living things with instincts.

I’m not saying people should be ready and willing to jump up and fight over every little slight that they might experience. It truly is more admirable to be able to say, “I don’t need to retaliate to this, because I am alright.” If someone never fights back though, someone else is bound to notice and find a way to use this to their benefit.

We are finding ways to try to show everyone, all the time, that fighting back is wrong. You should always “Be the bigger person and walk away.” In an ideal world, yes you should. Our world is far from ideal.

What we should be teaching is how to tell the difference to a minor insult or slight, and an attack on someone/something you believe in/care about.

This is one of those things that categorically sounds like a good thing to teach people. To not retaliate or escalate a situation, but I bet each and every person could think of something that they feel is too much to resist fighting back for or about in a split second.

To me that’s just further proof that somethings really are worth fighting for, and knowing the difference is something we should be learning.

Wanna tell me I’m an idiot? That I should be the King of the World? Comments are at the bottom.

Basketball (In Which I Don’t Think Too Hard So I Don’t Get Mad)

After My Wife got me interested in sports(thank you for that), another friend of mine got me interested in the Cleveland Cavaliers. I found it much easier to watch Professional Basketball than College Basketball because of the amount of coverage Pro ball gets. Much easier for me personally to keep track of when I can choose to watch most any game.

Let’s leave all of the discussion about Last Summer out of this particular post though, shall we?

What I wanted to mention was that currently, there is serious danger of the NBA season either being delayed, or not happening at all this year.

The reason for this? The players and the owners both think they deserve more of the Basketball Related Income than the other group. Basically, they’re all fighting over the money that we as fans, may or may not give them based on our own choices and even whether or not there is a season. Does that not sound completely ridiculous? I know I’ve really simplified it here, but that really is the main sticking point right now. All these guys that get paid because we choose to watch them play, are arguing over how much of that money they deserve.

Personally, I’m kind of looking forward to them not agreeing and whining until they lose enough of the season that the fan base completely abandons them. They don’t think that this could ever possibly happen. They assume we’ll all be waiting with open arms whenever they decide to return to business as usual. They are likely basing this assumption on both the way fans reacted to the NFL labor issues, and to the belief that all the growth they’ve had over the last decade implies increased interestin basketball as a sport and a brand.

The truth is, America likes football WAY better than they like basketball. They also have been more interested in basketball as of late because the NBA has built their brand on star power and sensationalism over the last decade. Basically they’re a big old celebrity wedding that is falling apart, and they think we’ll all still give a shit in 3 months when the juicy news has run out.

The other thing they seem to be forgetting is how much America HATES work stoppages in sports. The surest way to destroy all you’ve created is to have a public labor dispute with a work stoppage involved. Ask MLB who was top dog until they had 2 major work stoppages within 10 years and now sits 3rd in national interest.(not that the Yankees being in the postseason every year doesn’t also turn half the nation off, but that’s another discussion) Ask the NHL who was on a meteoric rise to the top based on star power, flashy plays and aggression(sound familiar?). IT was like the perfect cross between Basketball and Football for a lot of people. Then they had a work stoppage and people just refer to it as “that sport they like better in Canada. You know, the one with the ice.”

I guess my main point is, the whole thing is ludicrous. Th only thing more nuts is how much ESPN and the national sports media think we care about every minute detail. Did we care about the meetings this weekend? Sure. Big chance of major developments. Did we care about the 2 weeks leading up to the meetings where something might or might not happen? Not a chance.