Monday, January 26, 2015

Snowmageddon, Polar Vortex, Snowpocalypse... Bombogenesis?

Yes. We in the East are expecting a big storm. A huge storm. Some call it "snowmageddon". Others call it the result of the Polar Vortex. Still others like "snowpocalypse". But "bombogenesis"?

Okay. "Bombogenesis" it is.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Are We Teaching Our Children to Cheat?

"Deflategate" is the moniker for last Sunday's incident involving in play under-inflated footballs jury-rigged by the Patriots during the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts charged the Pats with intentionally under inflating the  balls, making them easier to catch, handle and throw.  The Pats beat the Colts 45-7 and were always ahead.  So much so that the Colts tight end, Dwayne Allen, tweeted:

I live in New England and they are rabid about their sports teams.  I went on Twitter hoping to find denunciations of the behaviour, the cheating.  Most of what I found were dismissive articles, posts and accusations that other teams are jealous and stirring up a non-controversy.  

Belichick gave a news conference this morning, revealing little but slyly placing responsibility on Tom Brady. 
I talked with team power brokers—general managers, head coaches and coordinators—as well as position coaches and others about the situation, and I got a mixed bag of opinions.  “Of course it’s a big deal,” said a defensive coordinator. “You go try to throw a ball in wet conditions that is fully inflated, and then throw one that has less air. Of course you’re going to get a better grip. It’s a definite advantage. And look which team it is. Not a surprise.”...   In his press conference on Thursday, Belichick categorically denied any knowledge of tampering with game balls: “I can tell you that in my entire coaching career I have never talked to any player [or] staff member about football air pressure. That is not a subject that I have ever brought up.”   the MMQB  1/22/15
Uh huh.   This is not Belachick's first involvement with a cheating controversy.  
 In 2007 Belichick payed a $500,000 fine for having an assistant videotape the New York Jets defensive signals. The team was also penalized with the loss of a draft pick for 'Spy-Gate.' At the time, the team had already won three Super Bowls. But haven't won one since.  Jeff Darcy 1/22/15
Baseball suffered for years with the controversy, accusations and denials of doping. Respected power players like Canseda, McGwire, Bonds, A-Rod, Clemons, Sosa, Piazza & more demoralized fans and the integrity of the game when it was finally confirmed they had been doping  and lying about it for years.

My question is, what are we teaching our children?  If we minimize the behaviour, are we not saying it's okay to cheat?  win at any cost?  rules don't matter?  I've heard more than one talking head/reporter/sports columnist say that everyone knows it happens; these guys just got caught.
And yet, because of some gamesmanship in Sunday's 38-point win over the Colts, the topic is something else, something silly that is being presented as sinister... "Footballs,'' I wanted him to say with a snort and a shake of the head. "We're talking about footballs."  Chad Finn 1/22/15
Would those same people who say "Everyone does it", "Everyone knows it goes on" give a pass to a golfing opponent who'd moved their ball for a better lie during a tournament? 

I think not.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

And Now for a Moment of Reflection in this Age of Insanity

"North Ledge Blue" copyright Cole Scott Photography

This image was shot by my husband at least 6 years ago in the front yard of our home on the hill.  It's the home in which we raised our boys and have so many happy memories.  We sold it 5 years ago and moved in with the MIL, temporarily, only to discover she was no longer capable or solvent enough to take care of the 2 acres and old farmhouse in which she lives.  She just turned 88 and we're still in the farm house.  It's one of those ongoing fixer uppers.  My husband does a great job all around.  

Today is our fortieth anniversary with 3 years off for good behaviour when wwe decided to divorce!

Forty years ago a young bride of 23.  My how time flies.


Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Resolutions 2015

The whole fam-damily
I NEVER make New Year's resolutions.  I know I'll break them.  

This year, however, it feels right.  But I'm going to try to make short term resolutions, achievable and not daunting.  Impossible expectations are why we fail to keep promises to ourselves.

Here goes (in no particular order of importance):
  1. Continue to work out/exercise a minimum three days per week, preferably four a minimum 40 minutes 
  2. Reduce my calorie intake by 400 calories per day.  
  3. Reduce my alcohol intake (about 3 drinks ea evening) to 1 (=400 cals)
  4. Eat more fresh produce.  Juicing counts so we (hubby & I) should juice daily.
  5. Eat less bread.
  6. Try to ignore, excuse, ignore or forgive my MIL who is now 88 and lives with us.
  7. Fight less with my husband, i.e. stop feeling defensive.
  8. Buy new clothes when I lose 10 lbs.
  9. Worry less about my sons and their futures.  Is this possible?
  10. Stop obsessing over my fading looks.  Is this possible?
  11. Keep my job for at least one more year (hopefully 3).
  12. Adopt another pound dog.

  13. Our wonderful dog Dewey 
    Meditate as often as I can.
  14. Don't worry about my swearing.  It's what I do.
  15. Enjoy life more; worry less.
TRX at the gym
Okay.  This seems doable.  It's also not a monumental list.  It's common sense.  Perhaps I'll put it in the sidebar of this blog so I have to look at it often.  

I hope your New Year brings you happiness, health and peace.  It's what really counts!



by Cole Scott