August 25, 2015

imagesSo I read this article from ESPN about a football player that quit after one year his name was Chris Borland. He didn’t retire because he was hurt or wasn’t starting or was gay. He quit because he was concerned about turning into a vegetable. He was worried that if he kept playing and taking hits to the head and getting concussions that later in life he wouldn’t be able to talk to his kids. He doesn’t hate football just the violence. I love football and watched my brother play at Kings Point Merchant Marine academy. He started playing at Great Neck High School when the helmets were made of cardboard. He tore his knee up and back then you didn’t really come back from that kind of injury. He graduated because he was smart. Athletes are considered a commodity by schools, most aren’t concerned if they graduate or what happens to them after school. Chris Borland has received praise for his courage in giving up a career which would have given him a lot of money. He’s not running around bad mouthing football he just doesn’t want to be a flashpoint for what other people think is wrong with the game. My opinion of football hockey and other rather violent sports is they were never supposed to be gentleman’s games. I do think that it is necessary for better equipment but more importantly health care for the athletes during and after their careers. I have no delusions that because of the money that’s involved a lot will change about how the sport is played. People love to violence you know crashes at motor sport event or the highway for that matter. That violence is fine so long as they can watch and it doesn’t affect them. Parents support their children plying these sports until they suffer some horrendous injury then they become vocal about the inherent dangers that sport presents. I watched a lot of great athletes end their careers on the playing field they knew the risks and accepted them. I don’t think they thought when it was over that they would just be an article in Sports Illustrated. On this point I read an article years ago in that publication about a player for the Washington Redskins that went all threw school including college as a functional illiterate. Meaning he couldn’t read above a second grade level but he sure as hell could play football. His name was Dexter Manley he played from 1981 to 1991 take a moment and Google him. This is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

ShowViral_donald-trump-wants-to-control-the-country_299812I got to tell you this blogging thing gets harder every time, mostly because I try to have something with a little humor and that’s getting harder all the time. I decided it was necessary to write a little something about Donald Trump. You know the ass hole with the hair. I’ve reached the conclusion that he really doesn’t want to be president he’s just using the campaign to promote his brand. A few days ago his company negotiated a deal to buy a hotel down here in Medellin. Not only that but he’s trying to buy Athletic Nacional a highly successful soccer team once partly owned by Pablo Escobar. It is also located in Medellin a city he has, to my knowledge, never visited. We all know he doesn’t believe in Global warming and has made some of the most publicized disparaging remarks about Latinos and women as well as poor folks. Now here’s the kicker he could win and if that isn’t the funniest thing I’ve heard in years I don’t know what is. What makes it so funny is he doesn’t even want the job. Also can you vision him sitting in the Oval Office screaming into the red phone at Putin saying YOU’RE FIRED? That alone might be worth having that ass hole elected. If there was ever a candidate that could get American to revolt if he was elected it’s him. Even the one percent thinks he’s crazy. I think that if he loses like I hope the US is going to have to rework the election process or risk the end of democracy as we know it. Well if this keeps up I can see Jeff starting to drink again. In the mean time this is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.


August 11, 2015

nothing3Once again I had a busy Monday and couldn’t get to the blog also my writing partner Flounder has been under the weather lately. I thought I would write about my pet peeve religion, and then I thought that would just piss a lot of people off. So what should I write about? Well there’s always the old standby politics but it’s gotten to the point that isn’t funny anymore it’s just sad. With the Holidays coming I could always write about stuff cause you know you’re going to get more stuff soon. I could write about family dynamics but we know that would really get me in trouble. We could try sports but that’s more corrupt than politics. How about climate change well if I did that and told you the latest predictions you’d would most likely go and shoot your selves. And that would involve talking about politicians and how uneducated they are compared to the regular idiots in the world. We could discuss the Far East situation but I’m really not suicidal yet. I could talk about my last book and what my new ones going to be about but then I would get depressed. Well I guess there’s really nothing to talk about today so this is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

keep-calm-and-still-no-internet-no-phone-no-tv-I almost forgot it was Monday. You know when you don’t go to work every day looks just like the other one. Here’s an interesting thought, what would you do if the internet and cell service collapsed tomorrow morning? Would you panic run around crying or would you be able to cope. I mean you’d have to go to the library to look things up you would still have your regular phone service but no cable TV. You would have to get up and walk next store if you wanted to see your neighbor no video chat no social networks. Facebook would once again be the local beauty salon or tavern. You’d have to go to the post office and buy stamps the mail your letters. No more instant gratification you think you could handle it. I for one would enjoy watching young people running around without a clue while some of old folks aren’t bothered at all. Young people would have to read a magazine or newspaper to find out what was happening in the world. People would have to talk to people again. No more internet porn well that would be good. No more tweets or instagram photos of Britney or Paris running around without underwear. People would actually have to do something with their lives instead of sitting there using their thumbs to talk. Well while you ponder that I’m going for a walk, remember those. This Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.