Get it Together Like Your Big Brother Bob

October 20, 2012
     Earlier I was told by the oldest man I know that I should cut my beard.  As always his honesty was admirable.  I took away more from the conversation then the previous dozen I had participated in.   While making the request he included the message along the lines of, “You should take a look in the mirror.  You have wasted much of the last fifteen years of your life and given your current appearance there is only a little hope for your future.”  Despite the fact I had created an emotional buffer to lie between us ( I had cared for him less since the time he tried to dissuade me from getting married) I was still moved by his words.  I believe everyone means well in their own way.
      Despite knowing his feelings on the matter beforehand I was unable to quell the anger and resentment I felt.  Who was he to thrust his traditional ideals and judgments at me? Yet he had reminded me he was older and wiser than I. Opposing thoughts crept into my mind…  Perhaps I hadn’t done nearly enough with/in my adult life…     What would I actually be able to accomplish in 30 more years?  Twice as much debt?  Why even drag myself through inevitable disappointment?  But now I had been given a hopeful solution if I acted soon.  If I shaved and changed my ways I would be able to amass the riches and medical benefits needed to support my wife and become a success!!!
         His callous delivery and down talking wouldn’t affect my fragile ego for long.  He had awakened a far greater concern whose reality had analyzed for as long as as was able.   In many instances the thoughts/ beliefs of my elderly adviser are shared by the businessmen, employers. and the leaders who run our society.  Their world isn’t a place wear the movers and shakers wear dreadlocks, weird beards, or hoodies…  I guess mine isn’t either.  For now that is…  (conforming under the peering, judging eyes of society is the first necessary step an adult without a rare talent must take to establish their lives and carve out their niche; only after establishing an acceptable career and securing a sound financial portfolio will society’s masses allow you to fill their ignorant minds with the truth;  only then will your voice be listened to– even if you wear a beard…)
     So for the present I will reluctantly heed the life advice of a man who has suggested recently to his caretakers and confidants in recent years that he should have passed away years ago.  Apparently as long as one follows the path of conformity and  enters the modern world’s rat race for money one will eventually arrive at the place where they feel that they too should already have passed away.   Let us strive for more.  Hopefully more contentment can be attained, more inner peace, more enlightenment.  Or perhaps it has…   Now where’s my trimmer?
PS.  Two quotes keep coursing through my mind while writing this. 1)  “Get a haircut and get a real job.” George Thorogood  2)”it scares the hell out of me….  the end is all I can see….”  Muse’s Thoughts of a Dying Atheist 

10 Biggest Stories for the 2011 NFL Season

September 11, 2011

10) Will Roger Goodell repair his image with the NFL players and the fans?  Putting James Harrison’s ridiculous rants aside there are still many NFL players that despise Goodell’s seemingly dictatorial approach.  (How quickly they have forgotten how gunslinger Aqib Talib and numerous DUI offenders have avoided suspension thus far.) Fans also have given Goodell a lot of blame for the elongated lock out.  To most fans bad news and Goodell seem to find themselves making headlines together far too often.

9) Can Chris “STFU” Johnson live up to his new contract?  After going after fans and last year proclaiming he would run for 2,000 yards it’s time for him to earn his $30 million guaranteed paycheck.

 8) Will Donovan McNabb be able to resurrect his career with the Vikings?  Playing at a level just below Manning, Brady, Brees, and Favre for much of his career McNabb has gone from superstar to nearly irrelevant.  Fans must hope he utilizes the great Adrian Peterson and cuts down on the turnovers.

7)  Will Los Angeles finally acquire an NFL team?  It will be interesting to see how San Diego, Oakland, and Jacksonville’s progress and read their news clippings this season to give us a hint as to which team may end up in the country’s second largest media market.

6) Can Michael “Mr. Redemption” Vick and the “Dream Team” live up to the hype?  With good coaching, three of the top ten defensive backs in the NFL, and the dynamic Vick expectation in Philly have never been higher.

5) Will the NFL and stadiums league be able to curb violence and disorderly conduct this season?  In recent years fans have shown us why the word is a derivative of fanatic.  Security being beefed up, more of a police presence in the parking lots, and curtailed alcohol sales would be a start?

4) Can Gary Kubiak and Matt Shaub win a playoff game?  After years of 8-8 teams Wade Philips needs to elevate the team’s defense to anything near that of its very good offense.  With Manning hurt anything less than 10-6 should have Kubiak on the hot seat.

3) Will the Jets validate Rex Ryan’s talk?  The loudmouth coach of the Jets needs to get to and win a Super Bowl.  They have the backing of the fan base and the city.  Anything less than an appearance in Indianapolis will be considered disappointing.

2) Will Peyton Manning return this season?  One of the handful of faces in the NFL of the past decade and one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL has career threatening injury which has ended his 227 consecutive game streak.  If he comes back this season we will know him about and his future.  If he does not, the Colts franchise is doomed.

1) Will the Packers repeat? There is no reason to believe Aaron Rogers will not be able to continue his torrid pace with his receiving core intact and the return of Jermichael Finley.  Combine that with a star studded defense and the home field of Lambeau and the Pack look like a decided favorite to come out of the NFC.

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