Archive for October, 2012

A Casual Bystander’s View of Sports

Saturday, October 27th, 2012



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I’ve really never been a sports-minded person.  Sure, I participated in a bit of basket shootin’ and hittin’ the ball around when I was in grade school but that’s as far as it ever went.  The reason may have had something to do with the size of rural school where I attended grades one through eight.  I guess when there is a total student population of 14 – yes, in all grades, girls included – it’s a little difficult to completely grasp the “team sports” concept.


High school was a different story though.  Growing up in sports-minded Nebraska, I certainly had every opportunity to get involved in football, or even basketball or track for that matter.  So why didn’t I?  Well, probably because I was really (and I mean REALLY!) a shy farm boy with the self-confidence of a grape.  I took me a lot of years to wiggle my way out of that hole and truthfully, depending on the situation, I still have my moments.


As a result, I never really developed a full appreciation for either individual or team sports activities.  I don’t have any favorite sports “stars” (well, maybe with the exception of NASCAR driver, Mark Martin…) nor do I root for any particular team – in any sport.  Oh sure, I do appreciate the effort and training it takes to become skilled in any of the sports.  And I have a basic understanding of the techniques and strategies involved in many of the sports activities.  But that’s about as far as it goes.  Sick, huh?


Having said that, I’d like to take a minute to offer a big round of applause for all of those creative individuals and organizations that have contributed in any way to our present sports activities.  Through their efforts, we as a society are now able to:



Spend countless hours every week nestled comfortably in our recliners, drinking beer and ignoring the rest of the world.


Swear at the TV without being considered weird.


Cook brats on a grill in a public parking lot.


Watch bouncing boobies on the sidelines without being the recipient of disapproving looks from our spouses – or…


Backin’ Off to Move Ahead

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012



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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I think we’ve done it to ourselves.  In spite of all of the technological advancements, cool gadgets and labor-saving devices that are supposed to make our life easier, I think we’re losing ground.  You say that doesn’t make any sense at all?  Why, look at how far mankind has come in just the last hundred years or so.  Look at all of the advances in electronics, medicine, transportation and entertainment.  Look at all of the wonderful products available in our department stores and supermarkets.  And if you can’t find it in the stores, for dang sure it’ll be on-line.  If you want “it” – “it” is out there.  We can find ANYTHING we want!  Life is really, really good!


Or is it really?  Is life as good as we think it is – or have we just filled it with so many gadgets and activities that we’ve fooled ourselves into believing it’s good?  Is there a remote possibility that we’re missing something?  Something that could help make our lives a lot easier and a heck of a lot more enjoyable?


It sure looks like it to me.


Let’s take a step back for just a minute to look at the big picture.  As I’m updating this, the world population is estimated to be 7,046,257,349 – plus or minus a half dozen or so.  We’re over the 7 billion mark.  Impressive, huh?  Sort of scary too, when you get right down to it.  7 billion people trying to survive in whatever situation they find themselves in.  7 billion folks working, laughing, crying, reproducing and doing any of the other zillion things that we humans do.


What a large segment of that huge glob of people are unfortunately not doing however, is “tuning in”.  And no, I’m not talking about selecting any one of half a zillion TV channels or radio stations.  I’m talking about really tuning in to whatever the heck that “bigger thing” is that we’re all a part of.  Call it Universal Consciousness, our Spiritual Selves, the Big Picture, the Grand Scheme of Things, or whatever you want.  It’s that incomprehensible, mysterious something that binds us all together and provides a basic purpose for our existence in the first place.


About Mans’ Best Friend

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012



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The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.




Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

-Ann Landers



If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

-Will Rogers



There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

-Ben Williams



A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.

-Josh Billings



The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.

-Andy Rooney



We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.

-M. Acklam



Animal Instincts

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012



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We all are animals, right?  Mammals?  Sure we are.  We all have fur, a self-regulating body temperature – and our females have mammary glands (that’s boobs for those of you who don’t normally think in more precise anatomical terms).  Besides, if we aren’t plants – with a few exceptions that I’m sure are coming to mind out there – then we gotta be animals.  That’s the only other choice. 


So if we’re closely related to critters like dogs, cats, lions, tigers and bears, doesn’t it make sense that we showed up here on planet earth with at least a few of the same type of traits?  Animals are naturally assembled with characteristics that will permit them to survive in less than ideal environments – and do all those things it takes to keep their species alive for thousands of years.  Yeah, I know – that is unless we humans start putzing with their environment and remove all chances of their survival.  That’s happened entirely too much.


But apart from that, if left to their own devices animals do a darned good job of hanging in there (surviving) at least long enough to do the propagation thing (make more of their kind of animals).  Since we’re animals, that applies to us too.  Experts generally agree that we humans arrive here on earth pre-wired and pre-programmed to do those things it takes for us to survive – not only as individuals, but also as a species.  That makes sense.  These animal instincts have allowed us to grow from an indeterminate handful of Homo sapiens to a population of about seven billion people. 


For the most part, our survival instincts serve us well.  Threats to our survival (perceived or real) however, have occasionally prompted us to take drastic steps to protect ourselves – both as individuals and as groups.   I’m not necessarily saying “bad” steps – just beyond the ones we normally associate with everyday living.  Such as?  Such as moving from an area of town where there were a couple of drug busts to the perceived safety of a nice secure gated community.  Oh yeah, then there’s installation of the security alarm system and the purchase of a 9mm handgun as backup.  How about a big dog and pepper spray – just in case?  Classes in self defense might not be a bad investment either come to think of it.  And maybe bars on the windows, too.  And… well, you get the idea.  An instinct for self (and maybe family, too) preservation coupled with a touch of fear can easily direct us down a path we would not normally have taken.