Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Wear your shirt!
We are all pressed together in fairly close quarters, and it is a violation of basic decorum to go shirtless during a concert. I'm not talking about an outdoor GA lawn venue, where your are free to hang out in the back away from the masses and generally subscribe to a looser code. I'm addressing a venue with seats, where bodies are basically cramped in tight side by side, front and back. There is a certain social credence, by which we have consideration for our fellow persons. This pertains to wearing your shirt at a concert. I don't strictly direct this to the fat, hairy, sweaty men. This is directed to all people--even you, Mr. "I spend 20 hours a week at the gym." This also includes women, of all ilk. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of the female form. However, there is a time and place for everything, and a concert is a time and place for the shirted.
The shirt is the basic fiber that allows for the separation of your sweaty body from other persons who don't want anything to do with your excretion of bodily fluids. Violating this social contract is simply poor form. I understand that is unconscionably hot outside. I understand the desire to get cool by the simple removal of one's shirt. I also understand that this is not a beach or a swimming pool, and that there must be a consideration for others.
Just think about it. You're at a concert, your dancing, or listening, or just doing your thing. The music is flowing. You're finding your groove. Just then, a sweaty, hairy shoulder blade slides across your forearm. That's it. Just like that the groove is shaken. Sure it's only a temporary moment, and you're sure to shake it off. But that moment did not have to happen if the guy next to you would simply leave his shirt on!
Friday, December 23, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
The AFC South now looks to be a two team race with the Titans, with Jacksonville down in the dumps, with no hope at all of getting rescued by a Hall of Fame quarterback in this season or the next.
Monday, July 11, 2011
On Friday, I was checking out a fairly local grill store, and came across the Weber Grill Out Handle Light. I purchased mine for $25--though it can be found online for $20.
I have to say, it assembled quite easily, and it provides a pretty solid light. I may consider adding a second, but that may be overkill, and it may crowd the handle which would make opening and closing the grill unnecessarily cumbersome.
The grill has a simple push button on/off control, and it can be moved and redirected with minimal effort. It also has a powersave feature. The light goes into a standby mode when the cover is closed. Apparently, there is some kind of level mechanism in the light so that it comes on when the lid is open, and dims when the lid is shut. The light does remain on slightly in standby mode, so the batteries (3 AAA) would drain if left on overnight. However, it does make using the light easier during an evening of cooking, without having to turn it on/off and not having to worry about draining the battery. Just remember that the last step in cleaning the grill at the end of the evening is to make sure that light is off. Problem solved.
The light seems to work so well, that I'll have very little need for my older grill light, which was solid, but had to be taken out and set up each time. With this new light, it's simply there whenever I need it.
Monday, January 3, 2011
I have been reading about the NFL and the desire of ownership to move from a 16 to an 18 game season. Aside from the obvious risk to player safety and career longevity, which are in obvious contrast to the leagues public stand on making the game "safer," what Roger Goodell doesn't seem to realize is that fans aren't complaining about the 4 game preseason. We are complaining about being charged regular season prices for exhibition football.
I can only speak for myself, but I don't want to commit to more NFL games before Labor Day. One thing that's great about football is that it brings an excitement to the end of summer/beginning of fall and that carries us into winter. I don't want to cut short my summer BBQs or vacation plans because of the NFL.
Additionally, it's not the starters that benefit from the preseason. Teams need time to round out their rosters with 2nd and 3rd string players, and to establish special teams. The preseason is crucial for this. An 18 game season does not help with anything other than helping the owners justify lining their pockets with cash.
I can't fight the feeling that we're moving to our first NFL work stoppage in a very long time, as billionaires fight with millionaires over how to carve the golden goose.