Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Words Matter

As a marketer, this really resonates:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Aaron Rodgers Has No Gripe

After being hit by Anthony Barr, Aaron Rodgers popped up and started barking about the hit being unfair.  Likewise, countless Green Bay fans went to social media to accuse the same.

Here's the hit:

A couple of things:

  • The hit was clean.  Note that it didn't draw any kind of penalty, despite the proximity of officials.
  • Rodgers is a mobile quarterback.  He buys time to make plays by moving around the pocket, just as he did on this play.  Quarterbacks that move get hit.
  • After living in Green Bay for 7 years and watching this team way more closely than I'd ever like to admit, Rodgers has been hit a ton.  The offensive line seems to have always been an afterthought for the team, and the man has taken a massive amount of punishment.  If it wasn't the Vikings this week, it was just a matter of time.
It's easy to try and pin this on Barr.  The fact is Rodgers takes a ton of punishment, usually every game, and his number finally came up.

I take no joy in this.  He's the best quarterback in the league - a league which is suffering from a massive blow to its brand.  While indeed it is bad for Green Bay, it is bad as well for the NFL and for football fans across the land.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday Song Share: Senor Flavio - Dulce Babalu

I have no idea what they're saying, but still, this is one fun little song to put summer to bed:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

11 Year Old Girl Gets Adopted

Mass shootings.  Hollywood sexual abuse.  North Korea with nukes.  Political hatred.  Racial strife.

Then this.

This is what pure joy looks like, and we need a good firm dose of this now more than ever:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Minnesota Duck Hunting Season Status in Pictures

Three weeks into it, and it's been a strange duck season thus far.  Here are some photos that have captured the activity:

Opening day was fabulous, and thank goodness there were teal around.  Here's a limit of the little ducks, obtained in a couple hours of shooting.

Weather has been an issue.  On opening weekend we were treated to a rare rainbow as seen from the duck blind.

Speaking of weather, this is what things looked like the second weekend.  Needless to say, we didn't even go out that morning.

Last weekend I decided for forgo duck hunting altogether and opted for fishing for walleyes on Leech.  Here's my reward for that decision.

We're not quite half way through the season.  Hopefully, things will be picking up for us here shortly.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Saturday Song Share: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Mary Jane's Last Dance

One of the best Petty songs, and certainly the very best Petty video.

We will miss him a ton:

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Five Funerals

I returned to Minnesota in March, and in those seven months I'll have attended five funerals.  Three were parents of friends and/or coworkers, one was a friend and partner, and the other was the aunt of my wife.

Twenty-five years ago I was kept busy with weddings.  In fact, it seemed there was one every other week there for while.  Then it was kids - births and baptisms.  Now it is funerals.

I know it's part of life, but it is amazing to see how these are piling up.  

I liked the other stuff a lot better.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Goodbye Tom Petty

In another big loss to the music world, Tom Petty has passed on.  

While not a huge Petty fan, I'm not sure one could be a music fan and not appreciate what Petty accomplished.  Here are some things that really stood out for me on him:

  • The longevity is his career is striking.  He came of age in the height of the FM movement (his classic Breakdown was featured in the FM movie soundtrack) and he maintained relevancy all the way through.
  • He was a music fan.  A listen to his show on Sirius radio showed the depth of his knowledge and appreciation.  His musical tastes were pretty vast, and I actually picked up on some folks via listening to his show.
  • I don't care what you say about the Travelling Willburys, but I flat loved them.  And what was not to love?  George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Tom Petty.  Name me another band that had sold more albums individually than these guys.  They were the epitome of a supergroup, and while their songs weren't deep, they were catchy as hell.
  • His other collaborations were renown.  Stevie Nicks, Prince, Johnny Cash are some of the more obvious ones, but there are many others, including his side project with Mudcrutch:

Prince, Walter Becker, and now Petty.  I'm getting tired of writing these tribute pieces...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Thoughts on Las Vegas

The largest mass killing on US soil.  Nearly 60 killed, and 500+ injured.  It's hard to wrap one's head around the evil that was brought forth via this act.

There are a lot more questions than answers.  That will likely be the case for a good, long while.  That being said, there are some thoughts that we have here that we'd like to share:

  • Given the audio of the shooting, there is no question that the shooter was using a fully automatic weapon(s).  These are the most buttoned-down and legally regulated weapons in our society, and the fact that they were used in this murder just goes to show how little "gun laws" did to prevent this.
  • This isn't someone that "snapped."  The planning and execution (I apologize for using that word) were meticulous.  We don't know the motivation, but we do know that there is no question that this guy desired to kill a ton of people, and the actions he employed absolutely did so.
  • Given the hate with which this act was prosecuted, even if no guns existed in our society, do you really believe that this guy merely would have shrugged and would have given up on his murderous intent?  That sure seems ignorant.  When evil wants to raise its head and do what it does best, the tool really doesn't matter.  Evil will find a way to quench its thirst for death and blood; laws be damned. 
  • It has been asked why someone would need an AR style rifle.  Uh, for protection.  Why would I give up an inch when it comes to protecting myself and my family?  From hurricanes to Antifa, we have examples on a nearly daily basis which shows how close we are to absolute chaos.  When chaos hits, I'll be damned if I am going to be left without a means to take care of the ones I love.  
  • With people still in the hospital fighting for their lives, this morning a CBS executive posted on Facebook that “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc [sic] country music fans often are Republican gun toters.”  How much do you have to hate people to post something like that?  Thankfully, CBS couldn't stomach someone with so much hate in their ranks and they fired her.  
This will kick off the start of a lot of talk and debate - a debate that we have covered here before.  There are no easy answers, other than evil exists.  It most assuredly exists.