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Don’t look behind the curtain.

August 13, 2008 Leave a comment

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The olympics are well underway and have proven to be pretty exciting. I have loved seeing Michael Phelps and following along on his journey to become the most decorated olympic athlete in history. I have been on the edge of my seat while watching the men's and women's gymnastics. All in all, it has been pretty entertaining.

The opening ceremonies were just incredible. However, I found myself thinking about the people involved the whole time. I guess I don't really know what it is like to live under communism. What I know about it is largely anecdotal. But as I was marveling at the precision of the drummers and the sheer size of the production in general, I couldn't help to think about how long it took to get it as perfect as it was. It was really remarkable. How long did these people practice? I heard somewhere that they practiced hours and hours for days and days. Do they have jobs? Did companies sacrifice productivity for the sake of the state? How much do these people get paid? One of the segments said that the vast majority of Chinese people get by on $2/day. Did I hear that right? The ruling class is VERY wealthy. Everyone else just survives. If that is so, do these people realize that? Even the Chinese athletes are taken from their families at very young ages to train. They rarely see their families. Are all of these sacrifices made voluntarily? I guess everything is done for the good of the state. I don't get it.

So, even as I was impressed by the expansive scope and technology of the opening ceremonies I had a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach. It might have been the lunch that I had eaten earlier but I suspect it was the realization that China, a country often vilified for it's disregard for civil rights, had spent billions of dollars so that people like me would sit in amazement at their spectacular job. We will probably never know how much this Olympics cost them or how much debt they are left with.

Later, I heard on the news that the sweet little girl in the red dress was not singing but lip-syncing. Also, the fireworks on television were not the same fireworks that were experienced live. They had been enhanced with computer-generated graphics for the television viewers. I understand, I suppose, China's desire to look good to the world. But this is a perfect example of what communist regimes try to do. Let's make it look perfect and maybe they won't notice what is behind the curtain. It makes me wonder how much of the ceremony really was computer controlled. That would explain the precision. Whatever you do, ignore that man behind the curtain.

Safest place to be…

January 15, 2008 Leave a comment

The National Weather service just released new guidelines for emergency procedures should a tornado be spotted in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. All residents are instructed to go immediately to Texas Stadium. They will be safe there because the likelihood of a touchdown there is very small. These plans may be updated at sometime in the future.

Many fans are still reeling after the loss this past weekend. Whatever! I am such a fair-weather fan. I am surprised that I let myself get so emotionally involved as I did. Before the game I told Rhonda that I thought the Cowboys would lose. Just a feeling. I like Romo but his inexperience was definitely showing. Things could have gone better for them. There were so many dropped passes, missed blocks and tackles, and just a general loss of focus. Now, it is sad. I don’t really care about the Superbowl. Last year I was indifferent but watched hoping to see some great commercials. Even the commercials let me down. We will be arriving back into town from our cruise on the day of the Superbowl. I guess I won’t be in such a hurry to get back.

Categories: Humor, Sports

A New Year Begins

August 31, 2007 Leave a comment

So here we are going into September and that could only mean one thing. School has started back and Flag Football is going strong. What a busy past few weeks we had. I know that is not uncommon but the weeks before the new school year are always somewhat hectic with the haircuts, shopping for supplies and clothes, getting geared up for football, getting geared for church activities. I guess this is the busiest time of year for us.

It is hard to believe that Trey is in 11th grade. He is driving Dayna’s Trooper (thanks, Dayna!) until we can get the yellow VW running. Yes, we still have it. People are amazed by that. But it is a classic now, I guess. Let’s see…. about 34 years old. I was not too smart and let it sit without starting it for a few years so it definitely needs some work. But, we are confident that it will make Trey an awesome little car and relatively cheap to drive. I think Trey is really going to be challenged this year in school. He had straight A’s last year. This year places him in several AP classes which I think are really going to stretch him.

Noah is in 3rd grade and really likes his teacher. She is new to his school and seems really nice. He wants to walk home and we have determined a route that keeps him off of the main road (it doesn’t have a sidewalk). He is going to do well again this year.

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Noah is playing Flag Football once again. And what a difference a year makes. The boys we have this year are great. I am much more comfortable with coaching and everything seems to be going really well. I guess we will see just how well when our games start in a week or so. I love doing this.

Categories: Family, Sports

There’s no crying in hockey!

April 30, 2006 Leave a comment

Dallas StarsIt was bound to happen. I even found myself with some hope throughout Game 5. The Stars played great – outshooting Colorado by something like 20 shots. But they just could not get the game winner in the net. So the record breaking season comes to an end and I will be hockeyless for about five months. Oh, I might watch some of the Stanley Cup but my Stars won’t be playing so it just won’t be the same. They, at least, ended the season with a very hard fought game. That’ll do puck, that’ll do. (I am not sure what that means. It was funny in the movie Babe, though, and just sounded kinda apropos.)

Categories: Sports

Star 4, Avalanche 1

April 29, 2006 Leave a comment

Dallas Stars

Great googly moogly! What a great game that was! My Stars actually looked like themselves last night. Marty (the goaltender) did a great job and the team played good defense by allowing only 23 shots. Now, that sounds like my Dallas Stars. They also managed to light up Theodore with 4 goals. Now we will have to see how he handles that. Hopefully, each goal that Dallas scored chipped away some of his confidence. Now that Game 4 is behind us we have to gear up and do it all again. Three more times! Is it possible? Could this really happen? Can I find another reason to say Great googly moogly? I hope so. I like saying that. You should try it! I defy anyone to say that and not smile.

Categories: Sports

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times, and Black Holes

April 27, 2006 Leave a comment

Many people know that I am a big hockey fan. Truth is… I can’t get enough. I love my Dallas Stars. To me, as I have stated before, hockey is the perfect sport. It is everything anyone would ever want in a spectator event: speed, aggression, surprises, and fisticuffs. You never know when a goal will be scored – even the announcers seem surprised sometimes when the red light comes on. It just gets me all excited.

Dallas StarsThe Stars had a great season this year. They set, it seemed near the end of the season, a new franchise record with each game. They have so many great players that would never stop playing when they would find themselves behind (which happened more than I care for.) But they usually managed to come back to have the third best record in the NHL. What a great season.

(Cue serious, but reflective music.)

Then came the playoffs. What has happened? The first game was a lost cause from the get-go. Okay. It is not so bad to be down 1-0 in a best of seven series. Then the next two games both ended with a last minute goal by Colorado to tie them. That is almost too much to handle. Of course, the two winning goals in both of those games only drove the nails into the coffin. Now for Game 4. Can the Stars really be swept? Can they really win 4 games in a row? Can they win even one game? That will be determined on Friday night. My hope is that they come back from this deep, deep hole they they have dug for themselves but reality says that this phenomenal season is over. I am not ready for the funeral dirge quiet yet but the guys in the band might want to start warming up. You know, just in case.

I guess Daryl Reaugh, the analyst for the Stars broadcasts had it right:

Sure, the lustrous Stars performed more like a Black Hole in Game One, sucking, sucking harder, then sucking some more. Sucking pucks into their net, and sucking the life out of AAC. That’s what imploding stars do, they suck… It’s science. (Google Mr. Hawking if you don’t believe me)

He was referring to Game 1 but I think the analysis relates to all three games. So Game 4 will be on Friday and we will have to wait and see what happens. I guess I can be comforted by one fact, if nothing else. It’s not every day that you get to see a Star implode. And lately, I have been seeing it often.

Categories: Sports

Steelers of my heart.

February 6, 2006 Leave a comment

SteelersRight up front I will say that I am not as much of a football fan as I once was. These days hockey has this guy’s heart. But for the past ten or so years I have been rooting for the Steelers. I don’t know when it actually happened or why? I grew up hating them. Back when Dallas was in it’s glory days (and the Steelers were in theirs) my family hated them. So what changed? I ask myself that. As far as Dallas goes, I admit that I am a “fair weather” fan. If they do well, I will be “on board” but don’t really care about them one way or another if they are bad. And face it, with the exception of about 3-4 years in the 90’s, there really haven’t been too many things to get excited about.

The Superbowl wasn’t all that great as far as it goes. I like the razzle-dazzle plays by the Steelers which added a bit of excitement to an otherwise lack-luster game. It was great to see Cowher finally get a title and really something to hear the Bus hang it up. I will be interested to see if that actually happens or if he got caught up in the emotion of the ceremony. I think maybe it’s time for him to park the Bus. What a way to go out!

Commercially speaking, it was really kind of dull. I like the fridge commercial and the young clydesdale (Rhonda figured that one out). There were just a few that made me laugh though. It is amazing that these companies spend so much for these 30 second spots. (And Budweiser had like 11 of them.) I don’t know how wise the investment is on some of those. A lot of times I will remember the spot but have no recollection of the company that is being advertised. (The cat herders from a year or two ago) That, in my book, is not a good investment.

So when all was said and done I was satisfied. My team came out on top. Now… I can get back to hockey. The puck drops in about two hours. Go Stars!!!

Categories: Sports, Television