I don’t mean the above as an insult to Special Olympics. I’m glad that there is a venue for those with physical and/or mental challenges to participate in sports activities if they so choose. It’s great to encourage people to overcome obstacles and work hard to get healthy, have fun and achieve a higher goal. However, the idea of the mentally challenged engaging in a motorsport seems a bit counter intuitive. I’ve yet to see a chainsaw sculpture competition for people with tremor disorder. I hope nobody ever thinks of that one, because Jerry with a chainsaw could be a very dangerous thing. I don’t know of chess tournaments for those in a vegetative state, or beauty awards for old cougars with bodies that look like roadmaps of Atlanta either.
Ohio State actually won the Sugar Bowl last night. I dozed off around 9:30 or so. I read it in the news this morning. So now everyone can shut up about Terrelle Pryor and company getting caught hawking memorabilia and getting free tattoos- at least until next football season.
The more I think about it, I don’t think either chess or beauty pageants are technically considered sports. I could possibly gain an interest in chess, if I had the time, motivation and a worthy opponent. Chess requires a strategic mind. The closest I get to honing my strategic abilities is in playing freecell and other variants of solitare. My oldest sister did the beauty pageant thing only to discover two important truths: 1.) There actually are people more vapid and self-absorbed than she was in high school, and 2.) Beauty is generally not compatible with brains. The beauty pageant crud is also incredibly expensive. By the time you buy the dresses and the makeup and hairdos you’ve spent a small fortune, but that’s just the beginning of the indignities. To me, the exquisite torture of being confined for inordinate lengths of time with a bevy of dingy bimbos who would like nothing better than to rip out your throat and crap down your neck is even worse than parting with boatloads of cash. I would pay boatloads of cash to avoid confinement with dingy bimbos if I had to do so to preserve my sanity.
Thinking about the beauty pageant tomfoolery almost makes me glad I never had a daughter, and that my son is the Straightest Man in the World. Just ask him.
Apparently chess and beauty pageants aren’t sports, but bowling, billiards and poker are considered sports, at least on ESPN. Poker I would have to put in the NASCAR category of “non-athletic” sport. If it were possible to get ripped by sitting on my ass and playing cards, believe me, I’d be learning poker with the quickness. The same goes for driving around in a continuous left turn with the pedal to the floor for 500 miles. If I could drive my way to a buff bod, believe me I’d be on it. I wouldn’t mind continuous driving except for one thing. If a race is four hours long, do they wear a Depend under their racing outfit? I don’t know of very many people who can drive for 500 miles without having to take a whiz. Maybe they have empty Mountain Dew bottles to whiz in, like truckers do.
Billiards (or pool) might have a bit of athleticness to it, as you do occasionally have to stretch across the table to make those awkward shots. I thoroughly suck at shooting pool. Bowling also requires some physical coordination, which is why I completely suck at bowling. Even though I suck, I do like to go bowling occasionally. I’m doing really good if I can score 100 or more. My bowling scores are usually more like 48, 71, or 82.
I have to love the “limited time offers” I see on infomercial TV. Probably the most hokey one I’ve seen (other than the foot washer and the pecker pump) is for colorized two dollar bills. Basically someone thinks I am going to pay $10 plus freight for $4. Not in this lifetime.
I try not to follow the doings of British royals too closely. Americans don’t have royalty, but we have Hollywood, and that’s far worse. I try not to follow Hollywood either. Even though I am not enamored of inbred Europeans, and I generally don’t follow their escapades, I think the “limited time,” “As Seen on TV” horrible knockoff of Princess Diana’s engagement ring is beyond tacky. I can only hope that Prince William takes after his mother and not his creepy dad. It would be sad if he treats Kate as bad as old creepy Charlie treated Diana. Ultimately Charlie got even creepier Camilla. Charlie and Camilla are a far more appropriate match. Eww.
On one hand, it seems to be a lovely gesture for William to give his fiancee his mother’s engagement ring. It’s worth a huge amount of money (unlike the cheap gumball machine knockoff advertised in the commercial) but to me, considering the trainwreck Diana’s marriage was, I would consider that ring accursed. I don’t even want a cheap gumball machine copy that will turn my finger green and has a slide adjust so it “fits any size.” Anyone who pays $20 plus freight for this is a.) asking to share in someone else’s 30 year old curse, and b.) is stuck with yet another worthless piece of poorly made costume jewelry.
I might like it better if it were amethyst instead of sapphire, but that’s just me. I’m not a big believer in costume jewelry with the exception of funky earrings. If I’m going to bother to wear rings, bracelets, necklaces or watches, I want decent stuff that won’t turn me green or fall apart. Otherwise, I just don’t need it.
The “limited time” offers seem to drag on forever and ever. I mean, how long is Billy Mays going to be selling stuff from beyond the grave? I can imagine his Oxy Clean and Awesome Auger commercials are still going to be aired twenty years from now, and there will still be warehouses full of that crap for the hawking. When you think they’re gone, they magically reappear, announcing for the fourth or fifth year in a row, that it’s imperative to call in the next ten minutes- to buy crap that has been sitting in some warehouse gathering dust since the Clinton administration. I hadn’t seen the Lipozene commercial for some time, until last weekend, when it reappeared in its original form, where you pay $30 for a 60 day supply. I tried it a few years ago, when I was just a little less cynical and had a little more money than I do now. It doesn’t work. Anything that sounds too good to be true generally is.
I’ve said it many times that I am politically slightly to the right of Reagan. I am deeply concerned that the political correctness BS has gone amok yet again. For those who don’t know what political correctness is, I do have a summary. If I knew who originally wrote it, I would give due credit, but I don’t. Rumor holds that the following definition was written by the winner of a Texas A&M contest in 1997, but I can neither prove nor disprove it. I do, however, agree with it:
“Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.”
This being said, it is downright offensive to me (but who cares when a Christian or a conservative is offended, eh?) that a distinguished Navy captain can be dismissed for some off-color videos recorded several years ago for the entertainment of his troops. The videos may have been in poor taste, but shouldn’t the punishment fit the “crime?” It seems a bit ironic that DADT was repealed, and then *all the sudden* no one in the military can make any kind of remark (in jest or otherwise) regarding homosexuals. I find it offensive that certain special protected groups have more right to be offended than the majority. Nobody cares about offending a law abiding, native-born, conservative WASP, but just stand back and watch the fireworks when someone says something derogatory about Obama’s pet groups- such as gays, minorities, illegal immigrants, or convicted felons!
The Navy captain incident was bad enough (but again, nobody cares because he appears to be a native born conservative WASP type) but now a jail employee (presumably also a native born conservative WASP who nobody cares about) has been suspended for saying the “Obama Prayer.” I need this T-shirt.
The shirt says:
Pray for Obama
Psalm 108:9, in the King James Version, reads:
“Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”
What native born, conservative WASP isn’t praying this prayer or something very similar?