Doing laundry is one of my least favorite things to do, I feel like going on a bit of a rant on how I detest laundry days, but I know they are necessary to keep pleasant hygiene. Every time I begin to do laundry, it somehow becomes a full day job. I don’t have a washing machine in my home, so I have to actually go to a laundromat, which means I have a very high chance of forgetting something at home. Whenever I forget to wash an important item of clothing, another trip must be made to the laundromat and more time must be spent washing clothing. Aside from the fact that I have to actually leave home to do laundry, I find the entire process of washing clothes quite monotonous, and any attempts to liven up laundromats, often fail to kill the utter lack of excitement of the laundry day. I have been told time and time again to use a washing service since I find such despair in the task of washing clothes, and I know these types of services are abundant in New York, but I just can’t trust a stranger with my clothing. I guess I will just have to deal with the tedious task of doing laundry, until I decide to let others do it for me, or at least until 10 minute washing machines are created.
Fan safety is a huge issue at sporting events these days. The safety of the fan is commonly stressed at every event I have ever attended, but in spite of the warnings and apparent security all over these gigantic venues, fans are still being injured in terrible accidents every year. Last night, during the Yankees game at Atlanta, a man fell 50 feet from the upper decks while leaning over the railing to shout insults at players. Thankfully the man did not fall on anyone below, but sadly, he later passed away from his injuries. A tragic event like the fall of this man could have been prevented by an increased presence of security in his section, but events like this happen all of the time with less catastrophic results. I can’t blame every tragic event on security, since they have no control over the alcohol intake of fans, and all sports related fan injuries are not easily preventable, but I do think sporting venues can do more to keep fans safe. To be completely honest, I think the biggest risk to a fan at a sporting event is alcohol abuse. Most tragic events that take place in or around sporting events, have been alcohol related, and that is not just a coincidence. It is not really the team or the venue’s job to stop fans from drinking, but they have fruitlessly tried for years to curb fan alcohol abuse. It seems that the notices to “drink responsibly” are going largely unfollowed, and fans are getting more reckless with each passing season. I love going to sporting events, and I don’t think much needs to change in order to make a ballgame a safer place. I just think all fans need to understand that everyone at the venue wants to enjoy the game as they do, and that getting home safely is more important than getting overly drunk or “shaming” the visiting team and their fans.
You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.
Family is definitely a gift, it is not a simple task to find a group of individuals who have the ability to understand you without much explanation, but family is that group that was made to just get you. The bond of a family can not be mistaken, as these people share more than just genetic material with you, many of our mannerisms and beliefs are forged and fostered by our family traditions. In a sense, you are literally an extension of your family, and all of your descendants will carry something that was part of those who have gone before you. There are times when I wonder about the traits that I have gotten from my great grandparents, and how my ancestors would have handled certain situations, but I know that they probably would have done similarly to me. I am a product of my past and my future descendants will be an aggregation of the gifts I have gained from my parents, and those I’ve learned on my own. I know that family members can sometimes be annoying or upsetting, but when you think about it, they are forever all you have. Family is truly a gift, and while gifts can sometimes be surprising and unexpected, they are always something to be cherished. Be thankful for the family you have, biological or otherwise, and cherish those who care for you, these people are the greatest gifts you may ever receive.
Fantasy Football is a billion dollar enterprise, that may actually be more popular than the actual sport itself. In fantasy football, fans are asked to draft individual players from various teams, and build a team that can outperform their competition. The business of fantasy football has become huge these days, with several companies offering fantasy coaches millions of dollars to pick the right team, but in my opinion fantasy football is hurting the game. I am a big fan of fantasy football, and I understand that the NFL will continue to thrive because of it, but fantasy football has created a new generation of football viewers, who don’t care about teams or standings, all they care about is an individual’s stat line. In a sense it doesn’t seem too terrible for the league if people are watching at higher rates, but with the high interest in stats comes much lower interest in merchandise and actual game attendance. Fans go to games to watch their favorite teams play, so when fans begin rooting for players only, the lines of fandom begin to blur. I am a Giants fan, so I do get upset when I see other fans of my team rooting for rival players but I guess that is just the way of the future. Fantasy football is definitely here to stay, and though it is killing the way of the fan, I’m sure the NFL will gladly continue to capitalize on the money that is coming in and punch the fantasy football revolution.
I just realized that I spend over 10 hours of my week on the New York City subway system, and I find that to be pretty upsetting. The subway system is probably not the worse place in New York to be for 10 hours, and it is not as horrible as it is shown on television, but 10 hours is a long time to do anything really. I guess if I was to break it down 10 hours is only about six percent of my week, but the way time is, I’d be glad to get 1 percent of my time back at the end of each week. I think I may have an obsession with time, it is not that I want more of it, or less of it, it is the fact that time is a constant, which means it can’t be controlled or changed. Time is set, we are given a finite number of hours in a day, and if a task must be completed by a certain time, there is nothing that can change the approaching deadline other than our inability to keep up with a schedule. Whenever I think back to my days in school, I can remember instances when a paper or project were due, the most aggressive obstacle in the completion of these assignments was the time deadline, and no matter how I sliced it, in order to make that deadline other things, such as sleep, had to take a back seat. Time management is probably one of the most important skills to pick up these days. With great time management, it is hard to be unsuccessful in any venture. My way of managing my time, is to lay my schedule on a pie chart, we have a finite number of hours in a week, so if I plot them accordingly, I should be able to maximize my productivity. Time management is a skill that takes tremendous resolve, since keeping to a schedule is not as simple as cutting a pie, but once a commitment is made to keep to a schedule, everything flows much easier. I know that it is simpler to write about time management than to practice it, since the constant of time is always intertwined with the variable that is life, but proper time management can make the things we can control move a lot smoother. The way this world is, it is impossible to run everything mechanically or on a stopwatch, but when good time management skills are learned controllable events can easily become much more predictable and enjoyable.
The United States presidential election is right around the corner, and that means everyone has suddenly become a world renowned political genius. Politics is one of those topics that it is just best to steer clear of when it comes to relationship building. It is incredibly rare to see more than two people agree on multiple different political issues these days, and these small differences in opinion usually lead to huge arguments. I don’t think I have ever seen two people ever amicably discuss their differences when locked in an intense political debate. I don’t mean to say that politics can not be spoken about in a cordial and sensible manner, but I have never seen a political debate end until one individual’s voice gets a bit too loud. I have my own political views, but unless I decide to run for office, I generally keep them to myself. In my opinion most people should just leave politics to the politicians, too many people view their political party as they view their favorite athletic team, and frankly, it just isn’t that simple. There are too many variables in a political argument, and most politicians are most likely going to change their stance on an issue several times before a vote, so arguing for or against any candidate is quite pointless this early in the race. Political talk can be very divisive, and at times uncomfortable to those who are observing the argument, so please, if you feel you must have a debate, it is best to keep as calm as possible and remember, many of these politicians don’t hold as strong a view on an issue as their constituents think they hold.
I am pretty upset that yesterday’s post actually didn’t go through when I thought it did, I know I could always change the time but I feel like that would be inauthentic, so I’ll leave it as it is. I apologize for any inconvenience my timing may have caused my readers. With that said I am reminded of the topic of today, excuses. Excuses are statements that are used in order to lessen the blame upon an individual, or to justify an action, and frankly, I dislike using them. Generally speaking, excuses usually cause more damage than just apologizing for a wrong, since the hearer is being forcefully taken from the position of the offended. Whenever an excuse is used, the person being told the excuse has to understand an event that had nothing to do with them, and forgive the person at fault for not having control of the situation. The person who is actually at fault is placing the blame on circumstances that the person with the right to be upset can not comprehend, so they usually have no choice but to accept the excuse. I understand that excuses are basic social behaviors that are not always used in malice, but I just wish people had more tact when it comes to situations in which they use excuses. I am not one of those people who doesn’t accept excuses, because in all actuality, I understand that there are circumstances that just can’t be controlled by man, I just think people need to “feel the room” at times before coming up with an absurd excuse. Excuses are a part of life that we all have heard and gotten used to, I think everyone would be better off if we made sure our excuses are placed in a way that they are not doing more damage than the situations that called for them.
I love watching the NFL, and I have even been known as one of the few people who actually enjoy watching preseason football, but in spite of my immense excitement for the start of the season, I actually hate the NFL preseason. In order for me to fully explain my stance, I must first state that I understand the reason for preseason football, and I understand that it is important for players to get some full speed practice in before getting into the real games. It is just disheartening to see that players are getting injured at such an alarming rate. Football is a contact sport, so injuries are part of the game, but I have noticed that several key players have been hurt early on in this preseason, and many from non contact injuries. Big name players, such as wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Kelvin Benjamin, injured themselves while jumping or making a cut, while very few other player injuries have actually been contact related. I should probably blame the injuries of these star players on offseason conditioning, but perhaps the NFL is asking too much of these players in too short of a timeframe. Many of these players are jumping right out of vacation and into a gauntlet, injuries like this are not regularly seen mid season and that is due to players being ready to push their bodies to a high level. The NFL needs to either get rid of the preseason as it is currently constituted, or work on ways to better prepare players for the type of stress the season puts on their bodies. There is no effective way to rid the NFL of injuries, but in this time of increased safety, it would be wise for the league to look into ways to keep its best players on the field in time for the start of regular season. If keeping players healthy means getting rid of the preseason, I would be all for that measure.
Creativity is always a leap of faith. You’re faced with a blank page, blank easel, or an empty stage.
A blank page is one of the scariest and most powerful tools known to man. When placed in the wrong hands, a blank page can bring destruction, but in the right hands it can be turned into perfection. It is never easy to create anything, but when you fearlessly face a blank page, it can become a great ally. A blank page or an empty slate, is the highway that leads to creation, and once the mind is on the right track, great things can be made. One of the most daunting aspects of creation is having an idea that needs to be expressed, but seeing nothing more than an empty space. I find it both terrifying and exhilarating to see an empty space waiting to be filled while I have yet perfected the idea I am trying to convey. Creativity in itself is always hard, because anything created has to be consumed by others in some way, and there is never a way to gauge how others will comprehend what you have created. Anytime you face an empty space or a blank page, the easy thing to do is leave it the way it is, but when you allow your mind to work with that clean slate, you are always more satisfied with your creation than the emptiness that once existed. It is always scary to start something from nothing, but no matter the outcome, it is always much more rewarding than letting an idea stay locked away in the mind.
Of the many issues plaguing the NFL, there is one that I find quite glaring and seemingly irreparable, and that is not the league’s rampant drug and alcohol abuse, or domestic violence problems, it is the fact that the NFL has one man to report to as judge, jury, and executioner in disciplinary situations. Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, is the man in charge of all league disciplinary precedings and decisions, and oddly enough he is also in charge of hearing and deciding on any appeals of his rulings. I find it completely absurd that a man should have so much control over the livelihood of others without any checks and balances, but this has been the norm for the entirety of Goodell’s stay in the commissioner seat. Goodell has been known as one of the toughest commissioners in NFL history, handing down year long suspensions on several occasions, and handing out punishment on an undefined scale. Goodell’s authority recently came into question as Tom Brady took him to court over his handling of the “deflategate” situation, and an actual judge is now looking into the way Goodell makes his rulings. It seems as though the courts disagree with Goodell’s punishment system enough that they mandated Brady and Goodell come to a mutual agreement, but it really isn’t enough in my opinion. The NFL needs to go through a total overhaul of its disciplinary structure, rather than keeping one man in charge. I feel as though the league should have a three man system involving one player representative, a neutral party, and of course the commissioner. Implementing this tribunal will vastly improve disciplinary measures and the overall approval by players, fans, and team owners. I accept the fact that no system is without its flaws, but any change would be welcomed if it means abolishing the dictatorship of Roger Goodell as NFL enforcer.