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It Makes You Wonder

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

You have someone that yo been friends with for many years, through good and bad times, then “poof” nothing from them.  Emails and text messages go unanswered, phone calls never returned. The person is still alive and okay, social media can be a good and bad thing at time, but for whatever reason has decided not to communicate with you any longer.

Something you said or did? You would hope that a true friend would tell you when something upsets them. Moved on in their life to a different spot? Maybe, but seems like you would expect the “courtesy” reply now and then.

Not much you can do but go on with your life, and wonder from time to time.

 

Mug Shot of the Day Website

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona has a new thing going, a “Mug Shot of the Day” website. I have no issue with doing a little public shaming of convicted criminals, but these people have not been convicted of anything, just merely charged. What happens if an innocent person ends up as the “Mug Shot of the Day”?

Lets look at a situation. Deputies arrive at a scene one Saturday night and see one guy is laying down in the street, covered in blood” and another guy is standing against a truck, also bloody. The deputies start questioning the guy standing and because of the adrenaline rush and catching a blow to the side of the side, he isn’t too coherent. The best deputies can make out at that time is something about “decking the guy”.  The other guys plays the innocent victim (once the deputies wake him up) and says the guy jumped him and started beating him for no reason.  Given this information and no other witnesses being present the deputies arrest the guy that was standing up and charge him with assault. The blood, cuts, and bruises make for a pretty site and he ends up as the “winner” for the “Mug Shot of the Day”. And now, the rest of the story.

A bank across the street has video cameras in their parking lot and a bank employee looking at some of the film from the weekend catches what happens and calls the sheriff’s department to turn over the film as evidence. What the film shows was the person charged with assault walking done the street and being confronted by the other man. He tries to back away, hands up in a submissive posture, when the man confronting him launches the big overhand haymaker at him, followed up with a blitz of punches.  The film shows the man at first being startled by what happens and then defending himself. He manages to land a clean punch to the other guy’s head, dropping him, with the deputies on patrol showing up right after that. With this evidence the assault charges are dropped as it was determined it was self-defense, as the man claimed once he re0vered his senses.

Maybe this could happen, maybe it won’t, but an innocent person could see his picture plastered all over the internet. Friends and family members could be calling him about it. His employer could call him into the office for a discussion. Should he be able to sue for damages? Going to be interesting to see how this plays out.

Relay For Life

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

I have a good friend that is doing the Relay For Life this year in Derry New Hampshire on June 24-25, 2011. To use her own words as to why she is doing this:

“On June 12, 2010 I lost the most amazing, wonderful, caring, warm, beautiful person… my mom… after almost 5 years to cancer.  For years I had thought about joining a team, making donations or doing whatever I could think of to support the fight for cancer, but had never been able to do it, that is until mom passed.   We need to find a cure, and I want to be a part of it.  I’m doing this for my mom, my uncle, my friends, and all those that I don’t know. Won’t you join in helping me? 🙂

Cancer Sucks!”

Please help out if you can by donating to her cause.

Stocking up on Starbucks

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Been purchasing lots of Starbucks for my Tassimo single serve coffee brewer. Why yo may ask? Kraft, the distributor of the Tassimo has lost Starbucks as one of the brands they carry.

A couple of years ago when I was looking for a single serve coffee maker, I looked at the Tassimo and the Keurig. The Keurig is the most popular brand but the Tassimo had several things going for it that I liked.

First it uses a pressured system to brew drinks. In my opinion this allows more flavor from the coffee grounds to enter the cup. Second it uses a bar code system to read what type of drink you are brewing and adjusts its brewing cycle to this specific drink. Lastly they had Starbucks. The Keurig lacked all three of these items.

Now you would think that with Starbucks being involved I would be able to go to my local Starbucks and purchase discs for the Tassimo. No such luck. In fact finding discs tended to be a major pain. The only reliable way to get them was direct order from Tassimo. No problem, i order them from Tassimo or got what i could find at my local Bed, Bath, and Beyond, only store that carried them in my area.

Now Starbucks finally got tired of Kraft’s lack of marketing and bolted. Keurig will carry Starbucks now and Starbucks will stock the K-cups the Keurig’s use as well as Keurig machines, something Kraft wouldn’t let them do with the Tassimo. Kraft with the Tassimo has their heads up their asses and will only carry coffe for the Tassimo that Kraft has sole marketing rights. Talk about shooting yoruself in the foot.

So stocking up on Starbucks and as soon as they are done I’ll probably purchase a Keurig unless Tassimo starts to carry a good coffee. Sorry Kraft/Tassimo, Maxwell House doesn’t do it for me.

Larry Lucas Needs To Honor His Agreement

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Larry Lucas, representative for All In Energy Drink, made a promise to Deadlifts and Dresses to fund 1000 calendars. To date Mr. Lucas has failed to do so and n fact is going out of his way even reply to questions about his promise. I e-mailed him last year about this issue and never got a response.

Mr. Lucas, you need to honor the promises you made on behalf of All In Energy drink.

Don’t Set Resolutions This New Years Eve

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

With the start of a new year there is a tradition to set a resolution or resolutions for the new year, lose weight, get in shape, or quit smoking are examples. While a noble effort I would suggest setting goals instead of resolutions. And when setting goals, make them SMART goals. SMART being a mnemonic for:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

Too often when setting goals people miss one or more of these points. A good way to avoid doing this is write everything down. Write down the specifics of the goal, how you will measure it, is it attainable and how you will attain the goal, is it possible for you to reach this goal and why, and the time time frame for reaching this goal.

There you go, set goals for the new year, not resolutions.

Some Football Thoughts

Monday, December 27th, 2010

No surprise that Mike Singletary is gone from the 49’ers, just wasn’t doing anything.

Giants get my vote for biggest collapse at season end.

Seahawks could win the NFC West and make the playoffs with a record of 7-9, go Hawks!

I was impressed with Sam Bradford in the first game of the year, he looked like a professional quarterback. He should get rookie of the year.

Glad Time Tebow is getting some playig time to show what he is made of. He will be a good quarterback and seems to have the respect of his teammates already. I wish the Seahawks would have drafted him.

Speaking of the Seahawks, linemen and a quarterback should be the concerns in the off season and for the draft.

Haunted

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

What does it mean to be haunted?

Closing my eyes I can see the first time I saw you. I open and close them again and I see the last time I saw her. I hear a love song on the radio, especially a Beatles one, and I hear her voice in the lyrics. I can see your smiles and your tears. I hear you laughter and you sarcastic remarks aimed at me. Not a day goes by that you don’t drift into my thoughts, even if just for a second. I care for you, worry about you, and want the best for you.

I know you don’t feel the same, and I’m a realist so I know the odds of things changing are pretty low. So all I can do is sit from afar and be haunted by you.

The masses and dim-witted

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Crossfit Headquarters (CFHQ) announced changes to how people can qualify for the Crossfit Game. Main point was doing away with sectional qualifiers and going to on-line qualifications at that level. I’ll stay away from how silly this is if you want to be considered a “sport”, but think of how many sports out there on the professional level (baseball, football, basketball) that have teams or people qualify for their championships by having a video submission? What is this, “America’s Stupidest Home Videos?” There is a nice thread discussing these changes you can read through if you really care to do so.

If you have read the thread you probably came across Greg Glassman’s comment (founder of Crossfit) giving his thoughts on those that disagree with the changes:

“This entire fitness concept was launched amid near universal derision and consternation. I’m quite comfortable making unpopular decisions that irritate the masses and dim-witted. I’m proud of the decisions we’ve made, the deliberative processes we’ve engaged, and our track record generally.”

Kind of a nice thing to say to those that pay you money in some way or another isn’t it?  Many of us know that the whole “open-source” and all the other stuff that CFHQ says is mainly hot-air, CFHQ will listen and discuss things with you as long as you agree CFHQ is right and you are an idiot if you think otherwise. I’ve met Glassman before and heard him speak. He came across as a nice guy that had some information he wanted to share. But reading comments like this above makes him come across as an asshole in my opinion. This isn’t isolated either, many more comments, Glassman has many more comments like the above, not to mention kicking out any subject matter expert that doesn’t tow the CFHQ line 100%.

I don’t do Crossfit, I prefer doing a smarter training program focused on my goals. And I don’t knock people that want to do Crossfit. I would ask those people to stop and consider if they want to send money to someone that makes comments like the above about his customers? Even ig you go to an affiliate money is making its way back to CFHQ. You don’t need to pay anyone any money, especially the $100 a month or more so affiliates charge, you can do it in a home gym, at the local track, or youur local gym that charges you $10 a month. Just something to think about.

Dear T-Mobile

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

It is great that you are pushing your “4G” network. I use the quote marks as most people know your network doesn’t meet the definition of 4G, but it is fast. While you are rolling out this new network, what about those of us stuck on your older network?

I’m not referring to your 3G network but rather your 2G network. Some of us T-Mobile customers would love to move up to even to 3G network speeds. Now I could upgrade to a 3G network if I wanted to switch to AT&T,  Sprint, U.S. Cellular, or Verizon, all which offer 3G service in the area where I live.

I’ve placed calls, contacted your online support, and even wrote letters asking when I can expect an upgrade in my area. I would expect just a standard boilerplate answer of “we are continuously upgrading our network to bring you better service” but I just get silence.

Well T-Mobile, when can those of us that live in areas that could get 3G service from your competitors get it from you? Or is your silence a hint we should just switch carriers?