Archive for October, 2008

Remember Well…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

How do you remember someone who meant a great deal?…

My uncle meant a great deal to me and his death was one of my hardest experiences. He thought enough of me to leave me a few keepsakes to remember him by… He died when I was much younger, but the irony lies in one special treasure. He left me his jewelry pouch… And at the time I was like, oh thanks. It didn’t dawn on me then that today one of my greatest joys would be to travel. I just love to go-I love to see other places (Hubby does, too, so it’s perfect!) and other people. And from this love I get to take my uncle’s gift all over the world (Thanks Uncle!).

Jewelry Pouch

I share this because the New Orleans Hornets’ David West has a similar story (Sorta). His college coach, Skip Prosser, died unexpectedly while jogging, but the coach’s motto, seize the day, stayed with West. He took that saying and had it etched into his skin to remind him to always optimize the day… Yep, “Carpe” is donned on his left calf, while “Diem” completes the right (You guessed it, “Seize the Day” in Latin.). What better way to honor someone and acknowledge how his legs are crucial to his success?

For me, you never can be reminded too much to optimize today… Be sure you do!

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Can’t Risk It

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Okay, when you have children, they become your pride and joy, right? You don’t want any harm to come to them and you consciously pledge to put their lives before your own (Thanks, Mom!). I mean, give or take a couple time outs and go-to-your-room moments, children can be wonderful, correct (Uh, this is all from what I gather… our babies have four legs.)? Point is, you wouldn’t take any chances…

So, I was wondering why it appears that some NFL players are falling ill to staph infections… Yes, staph infections. The same infection known for it’s mutating ability and inability to respond to antibiotics. The current, most notable carrier is Cleveland Browns’ Kellen Winslow (He’s had it twice.).

Now, we all know this particular infection is found primarily in hospitals (We do all know this, right?… Just kidding, it’s okay if ya didn’t.) because of all the germs (I’m so about to yak.). So, why is it showing its contagious head in professional players’ locker rooms? More importantly, what can be done so these teams’ “pride and joys” aren’t put in harms’ way?

I mean, these guys represent a product and when the product isn’t functioning properly, all the stakeholders suffer, right?… (Warning parents: This statement is in no way comparing your precious off springs to such a product. I agree they are perfect angels with wings made of sugar.)… Okay, I’m back!

How can they stop these germs from prevailing? And thanks, Sheila from Ma Vie Folle, for the heads up on this story…

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It Was Good To See…

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Yes, it was good to see Chris Paul (A.K.A. CP3), of the New Orleans Hornets, sponsoring an event that benefits organizations around his hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C. I didn’t even know he liked to bowl (Go figure.) and apparently he’s some sort of phenom on the hardwoods (Uh, yes, I’m referring to the bowling alleys [not the basketball court]… It was just cuter to say “hardwoods”.).

This event [the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational] brought out the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (A.K.A. King James… Yeah, don’t get me started on the nic name. LOL! He is a beast though.), Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, and many others. They were teamed up with professional bowlers and just raised money knocking down pins.

So, like Hubby and I often discuss, these beasts of athletic cooperation (I just cracked myself up saying that.) are just gifted to play-and often times this collaborative talent includes sports outside the one they’re actually getting paid to play…

You know, it really encourages me to do more of what I know I can (and like) to do… I am a true believer in doing what you love and what you’re passionate about. This is a good example of that. These guys played for a good cause, put on a show of their athletic prowess, and had fun.

I’m going to ask Hubby if he wants to go bowling… (LOL! I know I have some shoes somewhere around here.).

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High-Paid Help!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Now, would you ask your teacher to write your paper for you or ask your parents (back in the day, of course) to do your chores?… (Some of you would, wouldn’t you?… Okay, I’m back). Well, it was a major surprise (more like a slight chuckle) when I saw Tiger Woods, golf’s elite, on the greens as a caddie…

You read it right… Woods was honoring the Buick’s “Tee it Up with Tiger” sweepstakes and yes, he was the prize… caddied for the winner while he played the back nine. Now that’s an assistant, huh?

Okay, I appreciate the whole servitude theme. I’m all for doing stuff for people (Sometimes. LOL!) and when you give of yourself and time people really appreciate you. What I am most stoked (Did I say “stoked”? That is totally my girlfriend’s word and not mine.) about is that he, the best in the game, was there giving advice and tips to this guy!!…

I would have to say Kobe Bryant would be my caddie (I first thought of Michael Jordan, but they’re both similar in their aptitude for the game)… My Boo, A.K.A. Hubby, needed time to think before he shared who his caddie was (I still didn’t get a name. LOL!). Who’s the “caddie” of your fave sport?

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You Said How Much?

Monday, October 20th, 2008

I’m curious… Have you ever been presented with an offer that was simply too good to turn down, or, for that matter, too good to be true? What did you end up doing, and, what was your process for thinking things through?

(Ugh!) I presented myself with the same question (Obviously!) because I’m intrigued by how we make decisions and how it appears that everyone has a price… Now, remember when you were younger and someone said “I’ll give you a dollar if you do (You fill in the blank.)”? So, with this in mind, what exactly would you do for 50 million (dollars, that is)?… I’ll wait…

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant, the prolific L.A. Lakers guard and THE best player in the NBA (Completely ignore the bias.), was apparently “offered” (I say this loosely as I believe it was more of a proposition, not a contract.) 50 big ones to play in Italy… Yes! You want to know which airline he took or if he took a private plane, right (LOL!)? For those who don’t know, Bryant spent a great deal of his life there and is obviously fluent. I say “do you”… He isn’t hurting for money, but additional income wouldn’t hurt. He should do what’s best for him and his family… (This is hilarious to me ‘cause I would be picking up my red sauces and dusting off Hubby’s Borsalino hat. LOL!).

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Oh Well… (Sorta) Part Deux

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Yes, the title is a little extra (I just felt it!), but I needed to bring emphasis to the previous post, where I went on about the “love thang” reunion…

Well, here goes…

– The fat lady is singing (a little hoarse by now).

– Someone has rendered the death wish.

– The pig is out of the blanket (Okay, not too sure about that one, but hey.).

I’ll stop there… The point is that the L.A. Dodgers, indeed, fell to the Philadelphia Phillies. And, although the Boston Red Sox came back to pull off a win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Manny Ramirez won’t meet up with his old compadres.

This is a lesson to all of us… It’s never a good idea to flaunt what you have now in front of what you once had. The best thing to do is just let it go… (Or, to go with the proverbial theme; Let sleeping dogs lye.).

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Oh Well… (Sorta)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

K, I was going to originally go with the whole Wordless Wednesday theme, but then I realized I had something to say-which would defeat the purpose, right? But, I digress…

Tampa Bay Rays Pictures, Images and Photos

Photo by Ultimatum_VI.

I have something to say about the whole Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox match up… Oh, and yes, the realization that the Sox probably won’t meet up with the L.A. Dodgers, which was all we (Hubby, too) were waiting for.

The waiting was for the chance to see the Sox meet up with their ex-left fielder, Manny Ramirez. Now, you never can say die until the fat lady sings (You get the proverbial saying. LOL!), but it looks it won’t be Dodgers and Sox this year. Okay, go with me here… Have you ever been in a long-term relationship, just to realize that you would rather be somewhere else?… AND, and, after getting into a better, more lucrative relationship you find yourself wanting to see that previous love thang (Yes, thang!) so he or she can see you now. You feel me now?… Okay, so that’s what we’re thinking Manny is thinking (Maybe not. Maybe this is my own creative liberty… Hey, what would the world be without it?).

So, yay, for the Rays… I don’t have a bias here, it just would’ve been nice to see that ole love thang again!

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Worth the Wait

Monday, October 13th, 2008

If you haven’t heard, the Saint Louis Rams finally won their first game for the 2008 NFL season (Finally is an understatement!). They weren’t expected to play this poorly, but for some reason that didn’t stop the “L”s from piling up. Fans were disgruntled, players appeared to be weary, and management was scratching their collective heads. There was no apparent rhyme or reason for this mystifying losing streak.

I tell you, when it rains it pours right (Well, that’s what the girl on the salt box seem to think!)? That’s what I thought after this win… The Rams were scrutinized and thrown out to the dogs-with good cause, I’m sure… People expect these guys to win. But, with all the media attention and all the naysayers, the team kept that faith in one another. Of course, that was a life lesson for me.

It’s clear that no matter where you are in life everyone’s not going to be pleased with your success. And, don’t make a mistake or two… You’ll never recover (Whatever…). The important thing is that you have a core of people (A team… Yay Team!!) who will be there and who will believe in you during your up and down times. It’s imperative to have this support, otherwise, you’ll fall victim to what’s being said about you… And no one needs any more victims (Smile!)!!

Go Rams!… Hey, you will find that DC over at Green Apples & Kool Aid has said all this in a few words… (Well, maybe not this exactly, but it’s close enough.).

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Attack of the Girlfriends

Friday, October 10th, 2008

K, so I was at lunch today with a couple of my girlfriends and they (of course) gave their opinions on how I could make my blog better… (I mean, hand gestures and all… I had to bring out the paper and pen to keep up! LOL!). I must say, what they’ve suggested makes tons of sense and would, ultimately, make things better for you, the reader.

I just thought it was comical that “the girlfriends” were totally confident about what I needed (Hilarious!). And, you know girlfriends (whether they’re really your significant other girlfriend or your pal) won’t pull any punches. So, I stand grateful to my friends for their recommendations (And, yes girls, I will take heed and add the suggestions!)… Friends, how many of us have them??

So, since the door has been opened for suggestions, what’s yours? What do you think could be done or added to make my blog better? You might want to ask your friends what they think about your site as well (Hey, I shouldn’t have to go through this alone. LOL!).

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Uh, What? Who?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

So, the question was asked on a sports’ show whether the New Orleans Saints loss the Monday night game or whether the Minnesota Vikings won the game (The question only makes sense if you watched the game, but no worries, the relevance is coming.). I was really stunned by the outcome of the game (Yes. I thought my pick of the Saints was a shoe in! Not so much.) because the Saints were so close to winning. Who knew the Vikings would come back in the last minutes of the game to silence the fans and walk away with a “W”?…

Was there ever a time when you felt like you put so much into something, just to walk away with a loss (Note to reader: This is a good question to pose to your significant other, of course referencing the Saints’ loss… I’m telling you, it’s good stuff!)? It’s when these times roll around that you just want to pull the sheets back over your head and roll over. Well, here’s the relevancy (A short one today folks…)… football players have a way of dealing with these types of occurrences (No, not introducing the quarterback to the ground the next time they play… Heehee!) so that they aren’t haunted by them. They have a short memory. Yep! That’s it… They walk off the field, learn from the mistakes, and begin preparing for the upcoming opponent.

We should all practice just having a short memory… We won’t win ‘em all (And, that’s okay!). We show up, we learn, and we continue to prepare. This is how I like to say it, “Keep it moving”! Let’s say it together, Keep-It-Moving!

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