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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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Covering The Field

This week is the most important week of the NFL preseason.  Forget the preseason games and training camps, with the lockout ended and the new franchise regulations firmly in place, teams and players can finally get down to the business of reorganizing their rosters and signing their free agents.

This is the week that teams stock their shelves for the long war of attrition that is the regular season.

The most coveted free agent is a player you’ve probably never heard of (because he languished in obscurity for the Raiders) with a name you probably can’t pronounce (because it looks like someone just got a bunch of new scrabble letters).

It’s Nnamdi Asomugha.

Mr. Asomugha is a cornerback.  During the game he guards the other team’s best reciever.  His job is to make sure the opponent’s fastest player is never without a companion, and never catches the ball.  In household terms he’s like your lightswitch,  you don’t think about him unless he isn’t doing his job.

The cameras never follow a cornerback unless he’s just made a big mistake.

Since the cornerback spends the majority of his time far away the action, you pay him for his reliability.  You don’t want to have to think about how quickly a game can go badly if he’s negligent in his duties.  When you find someone who can make big problems go away, you pay them well and highly esteem them… even if no one else notices.

Yesterday, a 90 year old pastor and theologian passed away.  If  you’ve never heard of John Stott you aren’t alone.  John Stott was the silent partner to Billy Graham in the evangelical revolution that took place in Christianity during the second half of the 1900’s.

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