Idolizing Yourself

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Matthew McConaughey possesses the rare blend of enviable beauty, charm, and confidence that makes a person undeniably fascinating.

As an actor he can either stun you with his ability to dive deeply into a character, or irritate you by kicking back and letting his abs do the work.

Either way, you can’t take your eyes off of him.

This past week the Oscar Winning actor came under scrutiny for comments he made about being his own hero during his acceptance speech.

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A Jihad For A Jihad

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There are many places in the developing world where religious groups come to power and begin the fanatical murder and systematic oppression of the unfaithful.

It’s common enough that widespread coverage of religious violence has brought the words “Jihad” and “Infidel” into our common American vocabulary.

Infidel is a latin word meaning “faithless”.

Jihad is an Arabic word that means “Holy War”.

When used in conjunction the two words conjure images of bearded men wielding swords and rifles, seemingly bent on establishing self-rule under Islamic law.

These two words have also become common place on Christian radio.  Just a cursory review of your local station will reveal many teachers claiming to expose “the truth” about Islam, and sermons from regional preachers quick to use Muslims to grind their ideological axes against.

This week I listened to a Christian radio station for 20 minutes and heard the words “Jew”, “Arab”, “Muslim”, “Jihad”, “end times”, “Jerusalem”, “beheading” and “Allah”, but never heard “Jesus”.

This isn’t a post about “the Muslims”; we already have enough of that.

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Spice Up That Party!

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Fun Things to do during your Super Bowl Party

If this Super bowl is a close game I believe the Seahawks will win.  In most cases this will not only be fun for most regional watchers, but the excitement will be entertaining for the national audience.

However, if this game turns into another Super Bowl blowout, not only will the Broncos be on high side, but your Northwest Super Bowl Party is going to need a pick me up before people start heading home.

I’m hoping that you won’t need to use this, but in case Manning’s boys go up big in the 2nd quarter, here are 4 things you can do to keep your party from turning on Michael Crabtree.

IMPROMPTU SPELLING BEE!

Ask watchers to pick a team, then correctly spell these players names:

Seattle:
Breno Giacomini
Steven Hauschka
Lemuel Jeanpierre
Paul McQuistan

Denver:
Demaryus Thomas
Zane Beadles
Duke Ihenacho
Quanterus Smith

TRIVIA GAME:
Know your Shon/Shawn/Shaun!

The Super Bowl features an epic number of Shawns, can you tell them apart? (Click on the question to see the answer)

 Which Shon/Shawn/Shaun loves Skittles?

A.) Knowshon  Moreno

B.) Marshawn Lynch

C.) Shaun Phillips

D.) DeShawn Shead

 

Which Shon/Shawn/Shaun went to Portland State University?

A.) Knowshon  Moreno

B.) Marshawn Lynch

C.) Shaun Phillips

D.) DeShawn Shead

 

Which Shon/Shawn/Shaun cries during National Anthems?

A.) Knowshon  Moreno

B.) Marshawn Lynch

C.) Shaun Phillips

D.) DeShawn Shead

 

Which Shon/Shawn/Shaun caught passes from Drew Brees in college?

A.) Knowshon  Moreno

B.) Marshawn Lynch

C.) Shaun Phillips

D.) DeShawn Shead

PICK ‘EM GAME:
The Super Bowl features a number of Gender ambiguous names.
Guess if the name belongs to a player or a cheerleader? (Click to reveal)

Caylin Hauptmann

Toni Basil

Christine Michael

Britton Colquitt

Sandy Olsson

Kayvon Webster

Quinn Fabray

Percy Harvin

C.J. Anderson

Kelly Kapowski

Sione Fua

Blake Lively

Paris Lenon

Make Your Own Guacamole

Since you never know how the game will go, being prepared for the uncertainties means having something fun to do until the commercials come on.

For me, the only thing certain about this Sunday’s Super Bowl is that I’m going to be seated in front of a television, eating about a gallon and a half of guacamole.

And no, the Guacamole won’t come from the grocer’s cooler.

I grew up in a region where avocados actually do grow on trees and Abuelitas pass out love by passing down recipes.

At an early age I discovered that there are essentially two types of guacamole: The kind that contains everything and the kitchen sink, and the kind that lives and dies on the strength of it’s avocados.

While a multitude of vegetables can go into a lot of admirable and fanciful avocado dips, all truly gorgeous Mexican recipes need very few… wait for it… “ingreeedients”.

In my experience the same people who like to overload their Thanksgiving stuffing with crunchy celery, water chestnuts, chewy giblets, and cranberries also like to pad their avocado mixtures with sour cream, onions, corn, beans, and tomatoes.

Unfortunately, grabbing the Corn Salsa and the Pico De Gallo and blending them into the Guac not only leads to an eventual ‘watery’ consistency, but it’s like mixing all of the options at the Golden Corral salad bar together and hitting it with some ranch dressing to hold it together.

 Green Jello and Garbanzo beans don’t belong in the same dish.

Here’s how to make your own simple yet delicious guac:

Mash a ripe avocado or two,
(Pretend your fork is Marshawn Lynch’s feet and stomp the avocado into the dish)

Hit it with a squeeze of cut lime,
(Yell, “Omaha, Omaha!”)

Stir in a just a pinch of garlic salt and cracked black peppercorns,
(Spin the whisk like Russell Wilson, AWAY from the line of scrimmage)

 Stab it with a sprig of Cilantro
(A small, Wes Welker Sized bunch)

 Dig in with a bag of Juanita’s chips
(If someone asks who was talking about Guacamole, shout “CRABTREE!”)

Have a great Super Bowl.

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