Super Bowl: The Movie

31 01 2010

Today begins the week where all of us football fans (and non-fans) will be blitzed with all sorts of stories and angles about the Super Bowl, from stories about the superstars to features on the cousin of the gardner’s ex-wife who bumped into a former equipment manager for the Arizona Cardinals who once saw the Saints and Colts’ locker rooms.
Just for fun, if the Super Bowl were a movie, who would you cast to be in it?
Here’s a couple of my choices.

Colts QB Peyton Manning

Played by The Janitor from “Scrubs.”

Saints QB Drew Brees

Played by Luke Wilson

Colts WR Reggie Wayne

Played by WWE wrestler Kofi Kingston

Saints RB/KR Reggie Bush

Played by actor Omar Epps

Colts center Jeff Saturday

Played by Al Borland from “Home Improvement”

Saints head coach Sean Payton

Played by Ralphie from “A Christmas Story”

And finally, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell

Played by Nein Nunb, interim co-pilot of the Millenium Falcon

Feel free to add your choices.


Giving the finger

18 01 2010

I am a big fan of the Nintendo Wii gaming system, particularly because of the interactive game play. However, it appears there are hazards to playing certain games, as evidenced by my sprained finger shown above.
I was playing a game this morning with my youngest daughter, and part of the game requires the player to move the game controller in an upward motion. Of course, I didn’t realize where I was standing, and I wound up smashing my hand into a low-hanging light fixture. Sheesh.
I don’t know what’s more embarassing: getting an injury playing the Wii, or the fact that I was specifically playing a figure skating game.

Doing something meaningful

17 12 2009

Healthcare reform. A faltering economy. Two wars. That’s a lot of heavy issues being debated in the hallowed halls of the U.S. Capitol.
It’s probably difficult to figure out which one is the most important, but I’m glad to see that Congress is tackling even more important issues such as the volume of your televisions.
The U.S. House of Representatives took a bold stand yesterday by voting in favor of legislation aimed at topping TV advertisers from running commercials at louder volumes than the actual programming.
Wow. Now THAT’S really important. Apparently, TV viewers are too stupid to push “down” on the volume button of their remote controls.
Actually, I shouldn’t be surprised that our representatives are spending time on bills like this.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s really annoying when I’m watching “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and reruns of “Beverly Hills, 90210” when all of a sudden the Shamwow Guy or the Free Credit rock stars come blaring from the speakers at a higher volume level than the show.
But do I really need the federal government to fix the problem for me? Not so much, especially with everything else that needs fixing in this country.

Then again, Congress dealing with these kinds of issues keeps them from screwing up the major ones, so maybe this is a good thing.

Would it kill you to treat me like a human being?

15 12 2009

I hate Time Warner Cable. I’m sure that’s not really anything earth-shattering, since just about everyone who doesn’t collect a paycheck from them hates them.
I especially think the cable company lists treating people like idiots and scum and having a nasty disposition as requirements for working in its customer service department.
Unfortunately, I had to deal with one of these urchins yesterday. The next time, I think I’ll staple an American flag to my butt and walk around downtown Tehran, because I’ll probably be treated better there than I did by this person.
The kicker of the whole thing was I called them because of Time Warner’s screw-up, and they acted like I was a common criminal trying to rip them off.
The woman on the other end of the phone was rude, condescending, and talked to me as if I couldn’t count to 20 without taking my shoes off. And at the end of the conversation, no “thank you for calling” or anything like that. Stupid maggot simply hung up.
The whole ordeal got me thinking about how customer service overall has been tanking over the past several years. It’s not just Time Warner.
Ever head through a McDonald’s drive-thru and have the person whose job is to take your order act like you’re a bother because you’re placing an order? Ever make a transaction at a bank without even speaking to the teller? Or buy a bottle of pop at a convenience store, and have to wait because the clerk is on that all important phone call making plans to go out later?
I just don’t get it. It’s goofy. I thought the whole point of customer service was to deal with customers.
Is it so hard to simply say “hey” and “thanks?” Saying “hello” is quicker than texting “OMG! LOL!” to everyone on your contact list.
Is it so hard to treat people with just the slightest smidgen of courtesy, especially when they’re paying you for a good or service?
I realize people can be a monumental pain in the tuckus from time to time. Believe me, I deal with them on a daily basis.
It still doesn’t mean they’re dog dookie on the bottom of your shoe.

I just realized that sounded like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli. Whatever.

Damn teenagers ruin everything … mmmmmmm

9 12 2009

I couldn’t help but chuckle at this letter that appeared in a local newspaper earlier this week.
According to the letter writer, teenagers are the new terrorists because they wear dark hoodies and are therefore responsible for every fire and break-in that takes place around town.
If there’s a wider brush that can be found to paint an entire sub-group of people, I’d like to see it.
Equally as amusing was this response that appeared in the same newspaper. However, this author’s point is well-taken.
Unfortunately, the author first mentioned in this post probably sums up the exact attitude many local residents share when it comes to the younger generation, and is exactly the reason why our young people can’t wait to get the hell out of Dodge once they graduate high school.
Granted, there are bad seeds in any bunch, but many of those bad seeds under the age of 18 are more than likely the products of crappy homes led by negligent parents.
I have a son who is merely seven months from officially being one of those teenagers. You know how he spent part of his snow day today? Helping a local business owner clear the sidewalk in front of their store.
As he grows older and is well into his teen years, I really hate the fact that there are people around here who will look at him an automatically assume that he’s up to no good.
It really irks me that some ignorant old fart would write a letter making assumptions just because he doesn’t like the way people a lot younger than him look. Hey idiot, you were a teenager, too.
And like everyone going through their teen years, you were probably a jackass, too. Maybe in a different fashion, but a jackass nonetheless.
I was one in my teen years. And, to anyone who actually reads this, admit it, you were, too.
At the same time, it doesn’t mean every person between the ages of 13 and 19 is hell-bent on ruining the community they live in.
In fact, it’s ignorant geezers like the original letter writer who are ruining our area, becuase that type of outlook is exactly what chases our young people, the future of our community, away, sometimes for good.
We can’t afford to let that happen.

From the Department of Give Me a Break

23 11 2009

Some people really need to get over themselves. I mean really get over themselves.
Apparently, an Best Buy ad that ran over the weekend put more than a few panties in a twist. Why? Because the ad contained a statement wishing people a Happy Eid al-Adha, which is the Muslim equivalent of Christianity’s Christmas. You can read about the furor by clicking HERE, and you can see the ad for yourself by clicking HERE. You’ll actually have to search for the blurb that’s causing all the controversy.
I’m not really one for poltical correctness, but I fail to see what the big deal is. We have freedom of religion in this country, which means people are free to practice whatever faith they choose.
If a company wants to wish a particular religious group a happy whatever, it has every right to.
What burns my toast, however, is the blatant secularization of Christian holidays. Santa and Rudolph have taken over Christmas, and the Easter Bunny seems to be the main focus of Easter.
I’ve got no problem with recognizing the holidays of other religions, and people who are critical of ads like the one run by Best Buy are being small-minded and petty.
But can Christians have their holidays back, too?

Calling a truce

19 11 2009

I had fully intended to leave this one alone, but poster w murphy took yours truly and another local blogger to the proverbial woodshed for some sniping taking place as of late.
Mr. Murphy is right on the money. I’ve posted a few things since the resurrection of Krab-cakes and Football that’s been critical of anonymous blogging and posting anonymous comments. He’s right when the blogs about blogging take away from raising the level of “local discourse,” which is the point of this blog and I believe is the primary point of the other blog.
Point blank, I do not like anonymous blogging, nor am I a fan of posting anonymously to blogs. Likewise, I also agree with the author of the other blog that callers to local radio talk shows should be identified, at the very least, by their first names … something that happens on most radio stations.
I do not question the host’s right to blog anonymously, nor do I question the right of people to post anonymously.
I do believe who is making a point is as important as what is being said, but I don’t believe the who is more important than the what. Both are equally as important.
What burns my toast, however, are posters who use anonymous “handles” but will deign to call me and others who choose to identify ourselves by our names, in some cases by our full names. That’s when I tend to pop off.
However, discussing the pros and cons of anonymity and the like takes away from what’s truly beneficial … meaningful discourse.
I think I’ve made my point clear on where I stand on anonymous blogging and posting, so there’s no need to keep hammering the issue. And frankly, in the past, I’ve actually allowed people on previous blogs I’ve hosted to use Net handles, and will continue to allow it here.
Mr. Murphy’s point is well-taken.