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It’s Just Not Fair

The other day I was at “Yogurt Wave” and I almost gagged.  It had nothing to do with the quality of the product I was consuming, or the extreme proliferation of self-serve frozen yogurt shops, and everything to do with finally reaching my threshold of tolerance for hearing the phrase “It’s not fair!”

If you are a mom you’ve already guessed why it was said; someone got more yogurt than someone else.

Whether it’s professional athletes arguing with team owners, politicians playing chicken with our finances, or teenagers lamenting a life altering loss during C.O.D.4, I think we are all beginning to grow weary of hearing how unfair circumstance is.

“It’s not fair!” is an amazing sentence because even though we hate hearing it, we never really grow tired of saying it.

If there’s anything worse than hearing about how unfair life is, it’s probably hearing the standard response to the fairness issue.  Remember the first time you heard someone say, “Life isn’t fair, deal with it?”  It’s like your heart was being boiled in a pot of tears as your soul was being hit in the crotch with a frozen sledgehammer.

The only thing you can say in response is, “Well it should be.” (more…)

This Golden Age

This has not been a great week for our globe.  The rioting in Europe working in conjunction with the U.S. credit downgrade have joined with the uncertainty of our new global economy to create an anxious stare in the eyes of even the most optimistic of people.  This is the kind of week that makes people openly pine for “the good old days”.

“The Good Old Days”, you remember them right?  They were a time when things seemed so certain, people were more trustworthy, and music was so much more meaningful.  During the “Good Old Days” you didn’t worry about things like calories or fat content, interest rates or balloon payments, you just enjoyed life because it was quite simply better.

Obviously I’m talking about the Reagan years.

Or did you think that I was talking about the British Invasion ’60’s?

For some of you it was the Wally and Beaver era ’50’s.

Depending on your age, the time period we’re talking about is different, but the feelings are the same aren’t they?  When we think back on the “Good Old Days”, we both experience the same feelings, even though you may be remembering HALO while I remember Burgertime, and a grandparent is thinking of a hoop and a stick.

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Addition By Subtraction

Charles Barkley is one of the greatest basketball players ever. He’s also hilarious. His one liners (Sam Cassel looks like Gollum!) are rivalled only by Shaq for their ability to be simultaneously offensive and endearing.

Sir Charles is charming in a way that makes you take notice of his positive attributes while ignoring his less than savory characteristics which include, but are not limited to, a painfully bad golf swing, massive gambling addiction, and eyebrows that look like Little Richard’s mustache.

Charles Barkley made headlines  on Wednesday by revealing that he hasn’t spoken with his good buddy Tiger Woods since that ill-fated Thanksgiving weekend in 2009.

“You think you’re friends with a guy. You talk to him once a week for 15 years. You’re like, this dude is my friend, we do things, we have fun together… I haven’t talked to him in two years and I’m wondering what the hell is going on.”

Charles denies any knowledge or involvement in Tiger’s nearly 10 year binge with women and prescription drugs, even though he maintains that the two were close. He can’t fathom why Tiger isn’t interested in hanging out with him and other celebrated gambling womanizers like Michael Jordan.

While there are many possible reasons for the lack of communication between the two, something obvious should be jumping off the page to Barkley. (more…)

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