Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Red House TV Commercial

There are almost too many things to love about this.

Just enjoy:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Diggs Catch is Puckettesque

As a Minnesota sports fan, this was the biggest single play since Puckett's Game 6 home run heroics.  

I know it's been shown ad nauseam.  Don't care.  Biggest Vikings play ever.

To paraphrase Jack Buck, "And we'll see you Sunday night!"

Monday, January 15, 2018

Trump Does the Talking Heads

I remember when I first saw the original of this video back in high school, and how cool I thought it was at the time.  The Talking Heads, David Byrne, the whole thing.  Now this.  I'll never be able to see the original in the same light again.

Good stuff - great mashup

Sunday, January 14, 2018

End the Suffering

I have been a Minnesota sports fan my entire life.  I've seen a vast swath of championship performance:

  • I've seen the Twins win two World Series and celebrated the second one at Bullwinkles on Seven Corners.  When Larkin hit that ball, the place went absolutely ape.  It remains my happiest sports moment of all time.
  • I've seen the Met host a Stanley Cup final, but I did leave the game early as I couldn't bring myself to watch Lemieux skate around my beloved ice holding the cup over the Stars' heads.
  • I enjoyed the dominance of Gopher hockey and watched it parlayed into a gold medal for the USA when, as a country, we desperately needed it.  I've then watched them parachute to hockey irrelevance.
  • I've hopped around my living room, watching SJU on ESPN winning one of its myriad NCAA D3 Championships.
  • I've watched too many talented Gopher basketball teams content to win NIT championships.
  • I've watched the Wild be happy about making the playoffs, and then get thumped by a clearly more talented team. 
  • I've watched the Gopher football team consistently suck, and happy to make it to lower-tier bowls.
  • I've watched great Vikings teams - truly great by any measure - lose in the playoffs or in the Super Bowl.
Of all the highs and lows, the only thing I truly care about anymore is the last bullet.  I'm tired of feeling like this team has a curse.  I'm tired of having some incredible teams and having nothing at all to show for it.  I'm tired of having to put up with the jokes and ridicule.

As it comes to sports, I've seriously never wanted something more in all my life.

Come on, Vikings.  It starts today.  End the suffering.


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Truckin' Buddy

As an owner of an old dog, as well as a body clearly in its middle age, this is a hell of an invention:

I think the next YDP mobile will definitely be a pickup truck, and this will likely be on the short list of accessories to add.  Cool stuff.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fitness Matters for the Older Set

I'm rapidly careening into my mid-50's, and frankly, my habits aren't the best.  

Old age isn't the end of physical fitness.  In fact, this very blunt message reminds us that our quality of life is really dependent on how seriously we take our fitness.

Tough words, but true.  

Time to hit the gym...

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

More on Oprah

I had a very wide-ranging discussion with Mrs. YDP last night on the Golden Globes.  She put forth the postulate that Oprah's speech was a good one, and the Oprah alone could not have "fixed" Hollywood.


However, in YDP's world, if you see evil and choose to do nothing (especially because it is fiscally prudent to do so), that makes you evil as well.  You're simply no better than the ones committing the atrocities.  

That's exactly why, upon liberation of the Nazi concentration camps in WWII, GIs forced the local populace into the camps to clean them and to serve witness to what was committed in their backyard, with their permission.

If Oprah had blown a whistle ten years ago, could she have changed things?  Maybe, maybe not.  But here's what I know for sure:

  • She's arguably the most powerful woman in the world.  Part of being a good leader is understanding how to use power.  If she can't understand that, I'd argue she wouldn't make a very good president
  • Because she didn't do anything hundreds if not thousands of people were harmed.  She needs to own that.  She was happy to stand by and watch.
  • Not only did she watch, but she did this:

Still think Oprah is presidential material?

Gross.  Just gross.

True heroes expose evil.  They fight evil.  Even up to their deaths.

They don't go around protecting evil with their silence, and they certainly don't go around kissing evil...