I hope we don’t see another either. First off two brothers actually placed bombs at the site of the Boston Marathon and injured a couple hundred, including killing three people, all of which were doing nothing more than watching the end of the marathon race. All this debate over gun control and in the past week we have had gun violence, a mass bombing and a stabbing event at a small college. Do we need gun control or people control? I do believe we need to register all guns just like we do cars but let’s end the debate, it’s not going anywhere. Violence will occur if a person has it in their head to make it happen. What I do find fascinating is that the bombers were caught so fast. I knew they would be caught, what with all the video cameras in big cities nowadays it was really just a matter of time. I figured they would run for it, but hell they stuck around like a couple of idiots and the FBI ran them down in four days. The city of Boston on lock-down for 22 hours, holy crap! When if ever have you heard of such a thing anywhere much less a city the size of Boston. Are people so desensitized to violence and killing that it means nothing to some anymore? Why would you take the lives of innocents if your mad at a government or an ideology? You’ll change neither.
The other news events; a massive earthquake in China, a scale 7.2 as I remember, and the explosion in West, Texas of a fertilizer factory. Both taking many more lives, but were the under card to the Boston Bombing. I heard a story on the news about a guy who crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon just as the bombs exploded. Hours later he boarded his plane back to West, Texas where he lived 1/4 mile from the fertilizer factory that blew up on him Wednesday night. Talk about being jinxed, uninjured, but jinxed. Only good thing about the week was we didn’t have to hear the boy king in North Korea running off at the mouth.
In the world of thugdom there are many true thugs and a lot of wannabe thugs. I’m no expert but I think one of the main signs of a wannabe thug is the the guy who forever walks around the hood with a dog, usually a pit bull, on a leash, rope, or whatever and does his best bad imitation. Now the leash is all important. I have seen some with just some ratty rope, to cheap to buy something better for his beloved pet. Chains now, are all the rage with the thug, and the bigger the better. I guess a big chain gives the impression of a big bad-ass dog, or so in their minds anyway. A few days back I spotted the ultimate leash. This fellow was using a logging chain as a leash. Have you ever seen a logging chain? A real logging chain? Look it up. These chains are used for everything that’s near impossible to do. Hell they hook them to the backs of bulldozers and pull up stumps. Yes these are bad mam-ma jamma’s. Their size a weight alone is something to be in awe at. Anyway this dude found a short length and was using it for a leash. The weight on his arm and the dog I imagine would be pretty taxing after even a short while, I’m telling you these chains are heavy duty. Based on the leash alone I’d say this dog was probably indestructible if he could walk with that attached to his neck. So I got to thinking, if that dog truly needs a chain of that magnitude let’s examine this closer. Now bear with me. Let’s say for the sake of saying the dog needs a chain like that, being he would break anything smaller. And let’s say the thug could possibly hold onto it with the dog in full pull and be strong enough to hold his position so that the dog could not pull him around. That said I truly believe the thug’s arm would be ripped from his body well before the chain would ever come close to breaking. How the hell is he going to keep a job with one arm? Yeah right, now that’s funny. Anyway stranger things have happened, but if Fido goes in front of a truck and is being dragged down the street so is the thug, if Fido falls down a hole down goes the thug, if Fido runs down stairs the thug is taking a tumble, remember the leash isn’t breaking. Do you think the thug wannabe has figured out this logic? Chances are it’s not going to happen, but do you think he has come to the realization that where the dog goes he going, regardless of if he wants to or not? Think about that next time you see a one armed thug.
The Wolverines are welcomed home!!!
It didn’t turn out the way I wanted but what a game, hell I was tired at the half from just watching. Michigan played a great first half, both teams did, and bolted to a 12 point lead with Spike Albrecht shooting lights out. That lead was short lived once Luke Hancock for Louisville got rolling, four three’s in four trips down the floor put the game back on an even keel at the half. Then race was on. Trey Burke who got in foul trouble in the first half and sat most of it put the game on his shoulders in the second half and damn near pulled it out. It was frustrating to see Louisville get three and four chances under the boards only to watch it trickle in. Man they were fighting. I think the future is bright for this team, although I’m pretty sure Hardaway and Burke will leave for the pro’s. This game is being called by most a classic, and it was. It had everything a basketball fan would want, and I’m not a huge basketball fan. My Dad used to love this tournament even when Michigan exited early. For the most part, he had to love last night.
- Come to papa!
I can’t believe Michigan made it to the Final Four. They had a good team this year and I figured them for maybe a Sweet Sixteen team, but no farther. One incredible comeback later and there we have it. Truth is I forgot all about the game that night and had about a hundred people ask me about it the next day. I just smiled like I saw the whole thing. Cool weekend coming up. You don’t get there often (been since 1994) need to just enjoy it!
- Remember this?
Way back in 1981, might have been 1980, I could look it up but I won’t, the first Music Television Video channel or MTV as it was popularly called was born. When first introduced it was a huge success with the younger people and why shouldn’t it, it was pretty cool. I dug it. Music videos were all the rage at the time. One thing I do remember is the first video aired because it is a great memorabilia question, the video was “Video Killed the Radio Star”. By who I can’t say. Hope that’s not part of the question when I’m asked. Anyway when I stroll around the dial at night I frequently go past MTV and honestly I can’t remember the last time I saw a video playing, I don’t think they play them anymore. A music video channel and no music video’s. Go figure! Anyway what I do see is usually some young people with tattoos up the butt sitting around some house, apartment, bar, or wherever, bitching about someone, what someone did or said to them or someone they know, and in general they look pretty miserable while doing it. The house or apartment their sitting around in is usually pretty nice, but messy, so someone gave them some pretty nice digs to do their bitching in. Sitting around is an understatement here. If any of them went to school I’m sure they majored in sitting around. One thing I never hear them bitch about is anything related to school, work or working, a job, or really any kind of responsible thing a young person would normally bitch about. No they bitch about Johnny because he danced with Mary last night at the club while Joey was doing shots with Billy at the bar?!? Or some lame crap such as that. Duh! The good thing in all of this is that if a parent wanted to use MTV as a learning tool and teach their children all they needed to know about succeeding in life in all situations MTV is the place. They could sit them down in front of the TV for 4-5 hours with MTV playing, and tell them not to ever do any of the things they see. I once knew a girl who used to watch a show similar to what I described above called “Real World” and I told her that show in no way represented the real world. The video channel is killing our young folks!
It’s really been six weeks since I last entered anything into this website! I’ll tell you what it’s been a wide ride the last couple months. There are people buying houses and expecting me to paint. Yes paint, one of the things in life I really don’t care to do. I will say one thing about painting, I am good at it, but I hate it none the less. “The River” keeps calling me weekend after weekend. But like I’ve said time and time again, “I didn’t buy it to let it sit empty”. My wife and I are enjoying retirement now so to speak. I can’t tell you how many people ask me on a weekly basis, “you going to The River this weekend”? Probably the biggest reason that I’ve been away is work. My goodness it’s a time there let me tell you. If there’s a problem I’m involved. No one is calling me with good news, and the phone calls I have to make are one’s I normally don’t look forward to. You ever been on the phone with someone who goes on and on on what we should be doing and you can’t tell them to shut the hell up? You just have to, for the sake of the company and customer, sit there, listen, roll your eyes silently and hope for it to end soon. Occasionally I will get a call for advice. Pretty cool. I really wonder how many decisions I make on a daily basis. Most times the decision is a not a popular one with someone. Anyway by the time I get home I’m beat, not physically, but mentally taxed. Even then my phone keeps reaching out to me. On the home front after I get home I do what I got to do and signing on and blogging is not one of them. There’s always something going on or on the horizon. Funny how I always dream of down time but after a few minutes of down time I’m looking for something to tinker with, read or whatever. There’s very little down time, but I do it to myself. This past Friday my wife and I got up and drove two hours to Raleigh for a noon wedding and reception, then drove over to Durham to spend some time with family and then out to dinner Friday night in downtown Durham, Saturday morning we arose early for my nieces 9:00 AM soccer game then afterward headed home stopping along the way for a late lunch, once home we vegged. Even early during the veg time I was looking for something to do. Of course once the recliner got me that was it. Next weekend is a three day weekend as well and we have half that already planned. You know what? I’m looking forward to it!
I think when prisoners come up for parole part of the parole board, at least two of the members, need to be guards that have guarded this prisoner. Who else would have a good idea of how this person really acts and have a feel for how they will act when they get out. Not a parole board of suits who have never been around him.
Why is it when another country does something we don’t care for we condemn their actions. Big Deal! It doesn’t change anything and they just thumb their noses at us, until, wait for it, we condemn their actions again! They’ll be sorry.
Why all the hubbub over a few lights going out at the Superbowl? So what? A few lights went out. They were out for about half an hour. Then they came back on. No need for seventeen press conferences. Crap happens. Deal with it.
I think the reason we can’t get the budget straightened out in this country is because congress is too big, it needs to be a just small cross section deciding this. Nothing ever get accomplished in a large group. Especially a large group of ego’s.
Whoever thought that the most hated athlete today, how they figure that out is beyond me, would be from NASCAR!
You ever wake up with aches and pains, or kinks that are just nagging you to no end? Usually I just let the day wear on and it goes away, maybe just maybe if it gets to be persistent I’ll take an aspirin. I know that’s living on the edge now a days but I’ll do it. I have never said “ya know if I just smoked a joint the pain will ease off”. I believe that smoking a joint makes all pains ease off, along with everything else, at least for a while. But Steve isn’t smoking a joint illegal? Not if you have a prescription for it it isn’t. Yes we have reached the age of medical marijuana. Hows that work on your insurance? What’s the deductable? Ah well light up and who cares. Now if I go to the doctor and tell him of my ailments he’ll give me a precription for a pain reliever. But I guess if the pain lingers long enough he’ll give me a prescription for marijuana, now yer talkin. How that works I’m not exactly sure. Do you have to go back a bunch of times before he says what he’s giving you isn’t working and then he moves up to the big leagues of wacky tobacky? Every doctor worth his salt will do whatever he can to help you quit smoking, now he’ll write you a prescription to do so. Let’s say someone is faking back pain just to get a prescription, I know that’s not likely to happen but let’s just say the doctor keeps giving him other pain relievers and isn’t getting around to the good stuff quickly enough for the patient. Does the patient mention that medical marijuana might help, how does he know, or does the doctor say “nothing I’ve tried is working you may just have to smoke a joint”. At this point the faker would have smile on his face plastic surgery couldn’t remove while the precription is being written. I wonder how many refills you get with one? “Better give me a few extras doc I’m having a party Friday night.” Most of us when going off to get our prescription filled simply go to the pharmacy and hand it to the druggist and he does the rest. You have no say other than generic or name brand and you may not get that. When you get a medical marijuana prescription you get intimately involved, hands on so to speak. From what I’ve seen on TV the medical marijuana store, or head shop as it’s commonly called, is like a jewelry store with all it’s trays of marijuana behind the jewelry case glass. It’s like getting an open ended prescription for anything in the store. The druggie, I mean druggist, gets them out for you to examine and you decide what one will fill the bill. By the way in order to be a medical marijuana druggist you have to have long ratty hair, dress like you still live in the 60′s and bathing is optional. He’ll say “this one here was grown in the rich soil of South America, it’s call mountain pleasure, two hits of this and you won’t know you have a back, much less have pain there”. Must work though, did you ever hear a dealer say “my back is killing me”. Are there medical marijuana equipment stores where you can buy, you know, bongs, rollin papers, lighters, roach clips, black light posters etc etc? You know real medical supplies, no need for crutches, braces and all that other crap junking up the place. Couldn’t you kill the same back pain with alcohol? I wonder how long it will be before we have prescriptions for booze? I’ve heard people say they use it for medicinal purposes, why not? Imagine having an open ended prescription in a liquor store.
When the weekly NCAA College Basketball poll came out today The University of Michigan was ranked #1. This hasn’t happened with the men’s basketball team for over 20 years, back in 1992 they began the season at #1. The last time a University of Michigan team was ranked #1 in anything was back in 1997, when the football team won the Nationa Title and ended the year at #1. The football team made a run to #2 back in 2006 but fell just short of the #1 spot. Anyway kinda cool while it lasts.