Who’s the worst?
- During the NCAA basketball tournament, in a game between Northwestern and Gonzaga, the officials missed a pretty cut and dry goaltending call. You’d expect reporters and especially the fans of Northwestern to come unglued, which they did. What’s so disappointing to me is the reaction of some basketball referees. I belong to several websites that you need to be an official to belong to. Most of the things that are discussed on these sites are videos of plays that are unique, or just officials wishing to get other officials opinions. What I’ve found is that some officials are the absolute worst when one of their brothers screws up. Its like they’ve never missed a call in their career. Did those officials miss that call? There’s no question that they did. Are they feeling poorly about it? Probably.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- I’ve been dumped by my Little Brother from Big Brothers. More accurately…he and his mother have fallen off the radar. Everything that we’ve tried hasn’t yielded any response from them. Its a shame. 18 months of building a relationship with a kid with no positive male role model and then (puff)…its done. Ended. Not even a “goodbye”. We had a lot of good times. Movies. Dinners. His first baseball game and car show, and lots of talking. Figuring out the world, school, people and going over interview questions for his first job interview (he got the job). I honestly don’t know what caused the sudden shift of him not wanting to get together. I have an idea, but nothing concrete. One idea is that he just turned thirteen, and he’s a quiet kid to begin with. Those teenage years are tough, maybe he just didn’t want to engage. Another reason may be that he told me that he and his friends were stealing and got caught. I told our case worker, then was instructed to tell his mother. I did. She thanked me, and that was the last time there was any communication between us that wasn’t just me asking if Logan was available to go out. Long story short…I wish them well. I hope Logan does great at whatever he chooses to do. One telling observation is from a year ago when we were on our way to dinner. I asked him about his dad (who lived in another state and was rarely brought up by Logan). Logan’s easy-going demeanor changed immediately to agitated. He curtly replied “we don’t talk about him…” and since then…we hadn’t. I hope that he’s okay. I’ll get a new Little Brother this Spring. More than likely…with a few issues to go with him.
- Let’s just say that if you’re the type of guy who doesn’t eat a lot of fiber then increases it dramatically one day…your lower intestine will not appreciate it. It’ll take a look at the large influx of veggies, fruits, nuts and berries that you gobbled up then swoosh them out the back door. Literally. Swoosh.
- Since the swooshing of the berries, or as I call it “Black Friday”, I’ve lightened up on the fiber and eased into it. I still cheat and eat some bad for me food (when your blood is 7% Frito-Lay you can’t just go cold turkey…) but I’m coming around with smaller portions, leaner meats, and (yes) fruits, grains, nuts and veggies. Moderation my boy….moderation.
- I lose a few pounds then put a few back on. Its difficult when my lovely bride, the honorable Mrs. Richard Ripley, tells me that there’s “summer sausage and three different cheeses in the frig that’ll get thrown out if no one helps her eat it”. So yeah….my goal is to lose fifteen pounds by next October through better eating habits and exercise, cheese and summer sausage be damned!
My colon is famous!!
- I have a colonoscopy later this month. I had to have one anyway, and since March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month I decided to use our company’s Facebook page to promote the two together (good seats are still available…especially front row). I don’t like to brag…but my colon is getting quite a bit of air time on Facebook. Like over 1100 views since Monday. I’ll venture a guess that my colon is probably the most popular colon of any of my high school contemporaries….so suck on that Ken Glaser! (a classmate of mine who was popular from kindergarten thru our senior year. Ken’s good. I think he’s an accountant now. No hard feelings aye Ken?) Anyway…the prep will be the worst part of it. I’ve had them before, but a long time ago…back when they had a person use enemas. Lots of enemas. If you’ve never had an enema before I’d suggest that you put it on your bucket-list. They’re a blast!
BASEBALL IS COMING!!
- I’m working my way through the baseball rule book. Its boring, but a refresher is necessary. Baseball has so many rules with exceptions during many situations that, if you’re on top of them and can recite the rule to the coach when he’s pissed off….its a great thing. My spring and summer nights are starting to fill up with baseball games. This season I’m totally off the varsity grid, I’m only working sub-varsity and USSSA baseball. They’re in my comfort-zone. I’ve worked the varsity level for a couple of years and decided that the travel, late nights and temper-tantrums from coaches weren’t worth it. Its not that I don’t get a few coaches that go sideways on me at the USSSA or sub-varsity level, its just that I handle them better AND I’m usually home by ten at night or much earlier.
Thanks for coming along!