Dedicated in loving memory to those long forgotten childhood games we played when life was simple and meant to be enjoyed.
Does anyone have a clue anymore? Remember the good ole days when you could walk to the edge of the river bank to kick back and go fish without a care in the world? Remember when we referred to battle as just a card game and not some racist bullshit we are surrounded with today?
It seems our government has a monopoly over our actions as though it is some covert operation. Agh! The damned yo-yo’s. Worse than a barrel of monkeys. Truth is it is our own mouth that puts us in jeopardy . It has nothing to do with government.
In scrabble we must think before we play a word. Isn’t it odd that we don’t think before we speak? And then what? Bingo! All of us, we end up throwing hand gestures and saying “I’m Sorry” until we are blue in the face. We’ve all gone marbles.
So many people in society today can barely connect four dots without expecting a handout. Ask these people what a payday is and they will look at you as though you are some master mind trying to trick them into a real life game of truth or dare. “Catch me if you can” they think to themselves.
Perhaps we should all abandon the dream of a fairy tale life in candy land singing high ho cherry o with guess who. We are at war with ourselves on our own private battleship.
This I do know: LIfe is a risk. A constant game of hide and seek. And try as you may, you will never master perfection.
Well, I guess 3 out of 4 isn’t bad. I went with the Colts because I just don’t like the Patriots. It would have been a stab in the heart to root for them. I should have known better. I never should have listened to my heart … when my head was telling me something else!
Becky, of all the games, the Chargers vs Broncos game was the best !!
As a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 9th task is to head a little deeper into the blogosphere and follow five more blogs or topics. Since I already have enough topics of interest I am going to choose to follow five new people. After looking over several, these are my choices:
Deb’s 365 Acts of Kindness – Tales of kind gestures.
Three by M.E. – short, sweet, thought provoking poetry.
Self Wonder – discovering your true self.
Little Things That Amuse Me – I think you get it 🙂
(I am doing this on my other blog Every Day in 2014)
As a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 5th task was to try out different themes. Yay! I got a break that day as I already have several themes saved. My 6th task it is publish a post that includes a new-to-me element. I am to use or embed something like a video, or a photo, an instagram or a tweet or a myriad of other options. Yeah … No. Not today. You know what is a new-to-me element? Ranting. A post that is not proof read, does not apply punctuation and ignores grammar altogether. (And for those of you who are thinking all of my posts are like that … Bite Me…this is the start of my rant)
I’m sick to my stomach. I am a football fan. I have compassion. Now that you know that, this recent NFL Concussion Settlement is a crock of shit. I’m angry. As much as the spectators enjoy the sport, let us not forget that this is a profession for the athletes. This is the chosen profession and the athletes are paid very well. They are paid to hit hard and paid to take hard hits. They are not forced to do this anymore that I am forced to set at a desk and stare at a computer while my ass grows larger day by day. It is a choice. And now, the NFL is responsible for paying these athletes in the aftermath for the choices they have made?
Can I sue my employer for the poor vision I will suffer in a few years for staring at a computer all day? Can I sue him for my large ass I look at every morning that has developed from sitting at a desk for the most part of eight to ten hours a day? Can I sue him for my hearing loss I will sustain because of the headset I wear? Huh? I can’t hear you? (Ok, just kidding). The answer is “No”. I can’t sue him for any of these things. This is my profession that I have chosen, aside from the risks. It is no different. Wait, that’s not true, there is a difference. The difference is that these athletes are getting paid millions of dollars to do something they love to do. Something they have a passion for. Something that they are driven by. I read earlier today …”The issue of brain injury will haunt football as long as large men slam their helmeted heads into one another” …. It is not rocket science. These athletes knew the risk when they signed on to play. Just as the Nascar drivers know they can crash and burn. Just as pilots know they can hit bad weather. Just as office workers know they may develop a large ass. It is a choice. You chose the level of risk.
Okay, don’t scold me and say that the NFL is a 10-billion dollar a year business. All companies large and small are in the business to make money. We live and breathe in a capitalist economy. This is what we are built on. So no bullshit about how the NFL profits and so now they must pay. They have already paid. Good business is good business, they should not be penalized. Besides, isn’t the athlete money driven as well? Isn’t this why they take such a risk?
And how will money make a difference now? Will the money somehow make these athletes accountable for the poor choices they made in life? At what point does the athlete become accountable for his choices? Instead of the NFL having to pay out on this “concussion settlement”, why don’t they take that money and offer bonuses to the young men who actually graduate with a college degree before entering the NFL? With today’s draft, these athletes will have nothing to fall back on in the event of injury. Then what? Do they get to sue the NFL for depression and being homeless? These are boys (not men) making choices. And these are choices that the parents are encouraging these boys to make. These boys can’t make these choices any more than they can manage they money they are about to be given.
And why should the family get to profit from the loss of their loved one? It’s sickening. Let them rest in peace for God’s sake. Do you not have any morals? Perhaps that is the problem to begin with, morals, or lack there of. Were these athletes raised with morals? Do they have a relationship with God? Do they respect their parents? Headlines mentioned a recent lawsuit filed by the family of an athlete (team/athlete intentionally omitted) who shot the mother of his child (notice, I did not say his wife) and then shot himself. Now the family wants to blame the NFL for this? Do you think there may have been some moral issues that the athlete was dealing with? Perhaps some emotional issues? C’mon we all have issues. We all screw up. Be accountable. Stop blaming others. How in God’s name can the family justify benefiting from such a tragedy? And remember the quarterback (team/athlete intentionally omitted) whose mistress shot and killed him? I didn’t read about his wife suing the NFL for his being away from home so much that he hooked up with a mistress who eventually killed him. Although, it is never too late I suppose.
I will stop my rant. Why? You ask? Because it is my choice. Life and death are both about the choices we make.
This post is inspired by today’s Daily Prompt: “What does happiness look like to you?”
After a weekend of stomach aches and nail biting, I am happy. Yes, yes, this is happiness. I have found it. Until next weekend.
As a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 4th task is to engage with the community, and follow five new topics in the Reader. What? Really? Seriously, five new topics?
I already follow these: Comedy, Confidence, Daily Prompt, Death, Faith, Football, Forgiveness, Grandchildren, Happiness, Houston, Jokes, Kindness, Laughter, Loneliness, Love, Love Stories, Music, Peace, Pets, Poetry, Postaday, Prayer, Reality, Recovery, Romance, Sports, Success, Texans, Thanks, Today, Wisdom, Wordless Wednesday, Zerotohero.
But OK .. Mr. and Mrs. Team of Top Expert Bloggers, I will accept your Zero to Hero challenge and give honor to the first blog that comes up in my new categories:
Cooking: My husband will appreciate this one, if I actually learn something from it. The first post I read was from Roots and Vines, who is grounding your diet so you can reach out. The post is “Our favorite recipes of 2013”. Looks like an interesting site. I may just have to follow it.
Exercise: My husband will appreciate this one too (hahaha). Actually, he could care less what I weigh or how I look. But I am a better wife when I am healthy so I hope to learn from this one too. The first post I read was from Dream Big – Live Amazing, who says that something magnificent is right in front of you, just look for it! She obviously is not standing in front of my mirror. She reminds us in her post “Comfort and Joy? How about Discomfort and Joy?” that we will all be sore if we intend to achieve our goals in diet and exercise. Get Uncomfortable – Make that your #1 goal every day!
Bridgewater: I figured I better follow this one since he will most likely be the next quarterback for the Texans. The first post I read was from CBS Houston and Sports Radio 610, talking about how Teddy Bridgewater needs to be our first pick in the draft. At this point, I will be happy as long as it is not Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football. Not that he isn’t a great athlete or an awesome quarterback, I just don’t think he is the right “character” for Houston.
Parenting: Regardless of the stage you are at in parenting, this topic will be good to follow. Parenting changes all of the time, sometimes daily, so this blog topic should be interesting. The first post I read was from Not Another Daddy Blog, who then admits, well, OK, it totally is. The blog appears to be a blog of short stories about being a Dad, with the latest “The Triumphant and Unexpected Return of Walter the Dolphin”. I could use another perspective I suppose.
Chocolate: Chocolate and Cheetoes are my downfall. Now I can read about it! The first post I read was from The Sweat Angel, who has a blog on fitness, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. What? A nutrition blog with a “chocolate” tag? Her post is a recipe for Chocolate Honey Peanut Butter Protein Bites … Yummy. This is a sign from God …..
As a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 3rd task is to state what is on my mind or why I started my blog.
Quite frankly, football is on my mind right now. Watching KC and the Colts and it is not looking to good at the moment, I hope my whole weekend doesn’t go this way! But, I know this is not REALLY what the challenge is asking for so I will move on.
I started m blog as a way to clear my head. I have trouble sleeping because my mind won’t stop turning. I write best in the wee ours of the morning while everyone else is sleeping. I will write things I would not otherwise say. I try to communicate my feelings and help others understand me and my thought process. I like to make people laugh and to make them feel good about themselves and blogging is a great way of doing that. Blogging can also be a way to tear someone to pieces so I try to be careful not to be too negative in my blog but still stay true to myself. Just as there are many things that I regret saying, I am sure there will be many things I will regret posting, but hopefully I can learn from it.
I am somewhat creative and use this as an outlet since I don’t really like the social Devil, what it stands for or the drama it causes in life. You know what I am talking about, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etcetera. If I told you that I met my husband on MySpace (belly laughing right now), you would wonder how I can say that social media is the Devil. Our meeting was quite by accident. But that is another story for another day.
As a participant in the Zero to Hero challenge my 2nd task is to edit my title and tagline and flesh them out more in a widget.
I don’t know, I kind of like my Title (Better than Reality) and I like my tagline (My Choice, My Life, My Destiny). They both kind of define my blog and what it is all about. I did accept the challenge defining my site and putting the widget to the right. Literally as you can see. I hope you like it. I am open to suggestions if you can come up with something catchy for me. I will even consider the suggestions from some of my “smarter” followers, aka smartasses. 🙂