Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Song Share: Jack Penate - Pull My Heart Away

A nice newer tune:

Friday, April 20, 2018

Why the Wild Have No Chance

Down 3-1, the Wild have their backs to the wall; facing Winnipeg on the road in two out of the next three games if they could possibly stay alive.  But stay alive they won't.  

Why?  Lots of reasons.  They lost Suter before the playoffs started.  They lost Parise at the end of game 3.  They've been drastically outplayed in three out of the four playoff games thus far.

But here's the real reason why they're done:

That was the Wild's best player and the only source of consistent offense taking a brutal cross check to the head.  But they'll lose not because of what happened.  Rather, they'll lose because of what didn't happen.

At no time in the rest of the game was there any payback for this brutal hit to their best player.  Nothing.  And when a team doesn't have each other's backs, especially in hockey, they're done.

Get your golf clubs ready, boys, because your gutless rear ends are going to be off the ice by the end of the night.

Cowardly, gutless, selfish losers.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

SW1380 Audio

Southwest flight 1380 had an engine explode and a passenger killed by debris.  Despite this, the plane laned without further catastrophy.  Part of the reason was the professionalism of the team working on the situation.

Here's the audio of what that sounded like:

What remarkable composure by all involved.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Britain in Free Fall

Yesterday the Daily Mail reported that there is a machete crime committed in Britain every 90 minutes.  

Machete crime.  Seriously.

Also recently reported is that London has passed up New York on number of homicides, despite England's ban on guns.  Indeed, most of the deaths have been caused by knives.

You know why people aren't killed with machetes or knives on our streets?  Because you never know who might be packing, and it is suicide to bring a knife to a gun fight.

Still, Londoners click their tongues at us in chat rooms for our gun violence while those that they've invited to their country continue to hack at their necks and spill their blood onto the streets.

You reap what you sow.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Twins Restart in Puerto Rico

After having their last three games snowed out - not rained out, snowed out - the Twins have flown off to Puerto Rico where they'll act as the home team for a two-game series with the Cleveland Indians.  

It's a good time for us to think about our blessings.  Yes, we've had to endure a horrible winter.  However, our infrastructure is still intact and deaths due to the weather have been few.  The same can't be said for the beautiful island, and there is still a lot of locations that are without power.

Hopefully, the games can serve as a nice distraction for everyone.  

Monday, April 16, 2018

The Longest Winter

Here in northern Minnesota winter started in the first week of November.  Our lakes froze, our duck season ended, and we hunkered down for what we expected would be a long winter.

We had no idea.

First, we had winter without any reprieve.  In a usual winter, we'd get a number of days in the 40's to allow things to thaw and allow people to come out of their hibernation.  We had nothing like that.  In fact, we had the opposite, with stretches of days that ran well below zero.  It was so bad, that positive temperature figures, even single digits, felt good.

Second, we're here in the second week of April and are still mired in a full-scale winter.  To our south, the Twin Cities are unburying from nearly a foot of snow.  It's horrific.

Let's do the math on that span: That's nearly five and a half straight months of winter.  We're not talking fall or spring days - we'll talking 100% straight winter stuff.  Even staunch Minnesotans have had enough of this.  We're ready for spring.

It looks like we may get our wish as temps at the end of the week will be into the 50's, and all of that snow will quickly melt.  Hopefully, we've turned the corner and we can put a cap on the longest winter I can ever remember.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dysfunction Junction

Yesterday was an odd day.  I had not one but two encounters with customers in which they felt slighted, and their remedy for the slight was to behave in a wildly inappropriate fashion.  Then, later that evening, I had a fellow board member on a board in which I sit go completely off for reasons that might seem reasonable for an adolescent mean-girl.  

I've not seen anything like it.

Perhaps I've been really lucky and just have not had to deal with a ton of dysfunction in my life.  Actually, I know I've been lucky.  Those with whom I've been close have done a good job of keeping the drama in check.  Likewise, I've been fortunate that chemical abuse has been limited as well.

Thus, when one event occurred yesterday it was odd.  Two?  Really weird.  Then throw in the inappropriate behavior of last night and I don't even know what to say.  Upon reflection, I think things get summed up as follows:

  • There are a lot of people out there that have honed their interpersonal skills in social media, and that should scare the living hell out of all of us
  • We don't know what kind of medial and/or addiction issues some folks might be suffering

When encountering these behaviors, we're best served not to get caught up in the drama and emotion.  These people don't deserve our anger or even our engagement.  They may deserve our pity and our prayers, however.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018