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Sports? Meh.

I have a confession.  I don’t like to watch sports on TV.  However, I do love the feeling of football season.  I love the competition between teams such as the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.  It’s fun to see everyone wearing their team’s jerseys.  Some people wear a lot of NFL apparel and own a lot of memorabilia.  I also enjoy the camaraderie, the gathering of friends to watch the games together, whether they root for the same team or not.  I enjoy the competition, “My team is better than yours”.

I also enjoy the parties.  I’ve attended Super bowl parties where I didn’t even watch.  I love hearing all the guys shouting and rooting when their team makes a touch down.  Yes, I’m only there for the food and the company, but if you are discreet enough, no one has to know.

I’ve also never understood the thrill of watching NASCAR on TV.  It might be exciting in person, but really?  Sitting and watching cars going around and around the track just doesn’t turn me on.  Is it the crashes that make it exciting or fun to watch?  I’m sure no one wants “their” driver to get hurt but are the crashes what makes it popular?

The one sport I do enjoy live, but still not on TV, is professional baseball.  I will take a baseball stadium, sitting in the sunshine, with a cold beer and hot dog any day.

Little Furry Piss Machine

Last night I walked the dogs in a mixture of drizzle and sleet before heading to bed. I had to hit the sack early and didn’t even hear the late night news forecast. So imagine my surprise to wake up this morning and find about 2 inches of snow covering the ground! The weather that was so mild a pleasant just one week ago has turned back to bitter, blustery cold. The snow fell all night and stuck around for most of the day, especially in the shady spots. Temperatures in the 30’s and a howling wind kept me inside most of the day except for the three times that I took the dogs out for their walks.

While walking the dogs this morning I realized that every single house on my block – both sides of the street – have at least one fucking dog. The only exception to that is the neighbor on my left. She is a retired widower (a real bitch) who doesn’t like animals at all. She told me once that she does not believe that animals belong inside a house for any damned reason. Animals should be kept outside or in a barn.

We have a big representation of breeds in this neighborhood, everything from Chows to Yorkies. The Yorkie is directly across the street from my house and that little yapper comes over to my mailbox every day and pisses on it. One of these days I will have a surprise for that little furry piss machine!

Same Damned Thing

For the entire day yesterday I was trapped at home waiting for the furnace repair guy to show up. They refused to give me a fucking time estimate, couldn’t even tell me whether it would be morning or afternoon, assholes. So I thought that while I was waiting I would watch some of the new music videos and see what is new and what I’ve been missing out on lately. I flipped through to VH1, but they weren’t showing music videos. They were showing some stupid ass reality TV show. I tried MTV. Same damn thing. Out of desperation I even tried BET. Same damn thing! The only channel showing any videos at all was the fucking GAC country channel. I can handle a small amount of country music. At least the country videos are generally good quality, well thought out, entertaining and pleasant to the eye, unlike most of the rock videos that just don’t make any sense and are just a bunch of random shots of tits and ass with a bunch of violence thrown in to round it all out like.

What happened to all the music videos? There have been music videos on cable TV since the early 1980’s. I clearly remember seeing the first MTV videos and how popular they were, which spawned the birth of VH1. Now neither one of them is even showing music videos. That’s crazy!

This morning found my neighbor with his head under the hood of his daughter’s piece of shit car – again. It seems like that bucket of bolts is over in his driveway about once every 3 or 4 weeks for some sort of repairs or maintenance. His daughter has a total loser for a boyfriend – doesn’t work, has no car, can’t work on her car, refuses to watch her kid while she works. It’s ridiculous. But my heart goes out to my neighbor, as he is the one dealing with the asshole.

Today’s breakdown involved a car battery. Her dad told her to go buy a new fucking battery, but she doesn’t get paid until the end of the month and has another 5 days to go with no money for a battery. This is when bad credit payday loans can come in handy. His daughter knows how much she will get in her next paycheck, so she can take a Cash Advance against that paycheck so that she can get off of her fat ass and go get a new fucking battery so she has transportation. The critical part of that is paying it back on time. Sometimes $200 seems very far away and there are little urgent matters that can’t wait. The right loan can make a huge difference in someone’s life, especially when it seems all the chips are down.

Had to spend an hour with a 6 year old so I brought out a small jigsaw puzzle of Spiderman and dumped the pieces out on the dining room table. There used to be years of my childhood with a puzzle on the dining room table for days at a time as the family took turns finding the right pieces to complete the puzzles. A lot of shit was discussed over doing a puzzle back then, great opportunity for “good quality time”.

I was surprised that he had no idea what to do with the puzzle, so I showed him my methodology for working simple picture puzzles. As I explained each step, I showed him how to work along with me and we spent about an hour putting together Spiderman, with each piece becoming a small triumph. First, I turn over all the pieces so that the photo or picture side is facing up. As I turn over the pieces, any piece with a straight edge gets set to one side and the non-straight edges go to the other side. After all the pieces are facing up, I go back through the rest of the fucking pieces to pull the rest of the straight edges. As I work through finding the straight edges, the four corners are noted and set out on the table in the approximate locations, based on the photo or picture colorings. Then it’s time to work with the straight edges to fill in between the four corners make a complete frame. Then, the rest of the pieces are fitted inside the frame, usually based on the colors or designs. Building a puzzle this way has proven to be successful for several hundred jigsaws over the years. And it kept this little shit occupied for well over an hour.

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