I am excited as I write this blog because I have a weekend trip planned with my good buddy Steve the Producer from the BJ Shea Morning Experience. I am going to Spokane for the second year in a row with his hockey team the Tacoma Donkeys. They play in a hockey tournament out there and I am in as coach/moral support for the boys. The first thing I learned about hockey and you can just say F*ck boys whether it is a bad thing or a good thing. Let me show you how it works, a guy chugs a beer and spills "F*ck boys come on". Now on the same token it can used for something good as well, the team is playing well and dominating "F*ck boys, great shift". At this tournament there is also a lot of Canadian guys and they are fun to drink beers with, did I mention that there is a beer garden that has people in it no matter what time of the day it is. I do enjoy the ride out as well since we have a party bus to take us out there. Now I am sure that you have taken a rode trip before but a five hour road trip in a party bus is just unreal. Last year we took a limo out there and I was not in good shape by the time we made it to Spokane. My point of this blog is I am going to have fun and I hope that you get a chance to have some fun trips in your life. I do believe that having a escape some times is good for the soul and your friendships. Party on my friends and get a trip in with your buddy's. Lets get it Donkeys
~~This blog is hard for me to write because how I grew up and how things have changed. I grew just assuming that cops were the good guys and if something happened then the person is in the wrong. My mind has started to change over the years about this stance because as a adult you get the real story. A man was shot dead by a cop right outside of our work for carving wood with a knife. When the cop showed up he got scared and shot and killed him, and got no jail time and got to leave the state so he could be safe. I am not here to say that being a cop is easy but on he same token we have to keep them accountable. I knew of that guy that carved wood because I used to live in the neighborhood and the cop could have taken him with out a shot. I dealt with the same drunk guys countless time's and never felt I could not handle the situation much less pull a gun. The idea that the streets are a war zone is another thing I think we are doing wrong with cops these days, they should keep the peace not look for violent contact. Police are men and women just like us who took a oath and not some superior person. I saw about the story in LA where a guy who called the cops and ran out of a door first was not only killed but three cops fired not just one. That is crazy and the other day on Cap Hill a guy with a knife was shot dead. Are you really telling me a trained police offer can't stop a guy with a knife other than shooting him dead? I just think we have to sit back at this point and have a serious conversation about the militarization of the police force in this country. I would also point out that there are mostly good men and women in the police force but some bad ones too. I don't have the answers but I do think we should all sit down and talk
So spring is in the air and you what that means, I am not sure what it means. I just feel like that is one of those things people say but in the end spring can be a lot of things. For most they talk about spring cleaning which I was never a big fan of until this year but cleaning the place felt great. I think spring can be a jump off for starting new things or maybe just getting back to things you like. Change is always constant in life and I believe it should be constant in my personal life as well. Spring is also a good reminder of the fact summer is around the corner and so is the sun and fun. I always find it interesting when I say comments like "it's already summer" as if I was not aware of the fact summer is around the corner. It also seems crazy to me that in the fall when it gets to 65 I feel chilly but in the spring when you hit 65 I am warm and want to put on some shorts. Spring can be and mean a lot of things to everyone and I hope whatever it means to you, it is better for you. Get out for a walk and enjoy the sunny days we get because you never know when the gloom is around the corner here.
Today a big story going around is about a man named Vance McAllister, who is a congressman in Louisiana which is why you might not know his name. So he got caught kissing one of his staff members. People on both sides of the isle get caught cheating and that happens with men in powerful positions. The reason that I am even bringing this up is because the guy ran on the platform of family and Christian values. His big supporters were some of the guys from Duck Dynasty, those are the guys who hide behind the bible to promote hate speech on gays. This stuff just drives me crazy because they are so full of BS. I get that people all people are human and make mistakes but to sit there and go on and on about values then cheat is wrong. These are the people that are a threat to marriage not gay people. To make matters worse the girl who he got caught with is not just on his staff but also a family friend of his and now he is asking for forgiveness. I will forgive people like this guy when he is finally honest with himself and everyone else. Here is the deal too with these kind of people is that they don't truly believe what they preach because if they did they would scared of the hell they will be in in their afterlife. I drink and I curse and I say things people don't like but hey you know where I stand and am honest about it. Stop being so fake and doing things for money that go against your book anyhow. Life has a way of evening out things just remember that
Today here at KISW is Seattle Rock Day and we are excited. I don't care where you are from you at some point were a fan of Seattle Rock music. I think I have talked about this before but when I moved here to Seattle I was not the biggest rock music fan in the world so I started to listen to more rock and fell in love with Alice in Chains. Dirt was the first album I got and went through a year listening basically to that. I then went through all the appropriate Seattle bands like Soundgarden and Nirvana. I would mention Pearl Jam but they were so big that even I liked Ten when I was on the East coast. After going through a bunch of music and bands I think I would say that Mother Love Bone is my number one. I can put that CD on and just let it ride, CD by the way is how us old people listen to music when we were kids. So on this Seattle Rock Day I am also reminded of the greatness of Jimmy Hendrix and the king of the block in Seattle Maclemore. Seattle has such a great history and future when it comes to music. Always proud to live here and more proud to be a part of the city and its music
Today is a sunny day so far and it got to thinking about what it is that makes me feel better. I like sun and I think it has been proven that sunny days can lift the mood of people especially here in the northwest. I also started thinking about what really makes me happy as opposed to what people tell me should make me happy. I see things and people doing things and I wonder if they are happy doing that or is it just what they think they should do. I thought for a while that I needed a woman in my life to make me happy but what if I was still not happy. I have never really had huge urges to have a wife and kids outside of thinking people will ask why I don't have wife at 33. See this is part of point is that at some point I had the urge to have a wife just because I was not strong enough to be alone. I have friends and good family with me so why should I relay on others for my happiness. I should say I had a girlfriend until a month ago, so like most white people I am going through changes and questioning things. On the topic of questioning things maybe we all should question more things in all aspects of our lives. One thing though I should warn you about though is as you questions things some people will not be happy to hear this. Sometimes people like how life is and don't want to upset it or change but evolving and change have to be present in your life to achieve more. When I say achieve more I don't mean acquire more stuff to impress people but achieve more to make you happy and live up to your awesome potential. I am starting a long path of holding myself to a higher standard so that I can demand more out of life. Change also happens slowly not overnight so if don't beat yourself if you slip up along the way. I have to remind myself of that as well, good luck
This weekend is the annual Emerald Comicon in Seattle. Now I am not that into the geek culture as much as some people like say my buddy The Rev. I did however recently buy a Batman shirt so I dipping my toe in just a little bit. The thing that is so crazy to me is I have not seen this many people downtown for a event since the Seahawks vs 49ers in January. Comicon is Seattle has become a huge one as well, I still believe that Comic Con in San Diego is the biggest but then again I might be wrong since I do not follow this stuff as much. I am always impressed by the way the fans show up to this thing in costume. I saw a woman today who was not that attractive but in a costume she was hot. I have talked to people who go to the event and they get so excited just talking about it is awesome. I love to see people happy and enjoying what they are doing for fun. I would sit here and say I wish I went to something like Emerald City Comicon but the true is I do as a sports fan. It is easy to sit back and make fun of people in costumes but on the same token isn't wearing another grown man's jersey like a costume. I don't get all the things at Emerald Comicon but I do get fun and hanging with people that are into the same things as you. Have fun downtown this weekend if you are going and if not have a great weekend anyway
This blog comes to you with a heavy heart. Last Saturday was the tragic mudslide on SR-530 and the news just gets worse and worse by the day. I don't think I really could comprehend what had happed or how bad it was the first day I saw the news on it. I know that road some what as I take every summer out to the White Horse Amphitheater for Summer Meltdown. It is beautiful country out there I must admit but once I realized where it was and how many people lived there my heart sank. It is one thing to hear the news but to now see the pictures and hear the stories are gut retching. I feel so bad for those people and families torn apart by the mud slide. That is a very tight community up there and this is about the worse thing that can happen to a small tight nit community. I am not sure what I could say to make anyone feel better but I will say my thoughts are with everyone effected and I hope for the best.
Holy Crap, what a start to the NCAA tournament. It was almost like the college basketball God's heard me saying I am not that into college hoops anymore and made a point of awesome games. Overtime seemed to be the norm yesterday as there was a record four overtime games. My team Maryland is not in the tournament and I watched all the games I could. Upset's you say, well there was upsets as well. The one upset I was happiest to see was the Dayton Flyers taking down Ohio State. The reason I liked this one so much is that Ohio State ducks on their in state rivals all the time year after year and when they could not hide anymore they got beat. Another upset I was happy to see was North Dakota State beating Oklahoma because North Dakota State is a power house in college football in the lower division and I am happy to see their hoops team playing this well. Also they had College Gameday in town last fall so it has been a exciting school year so fay for Bison fans. Buzzer beaters as well as the game I just talked about NDS had a three to win and later in the night Texas won with a buzzer beater with les then a second to win it. This morning it kept going as Duke lost and if you know me you know that made me happy as I hate Duke. I say it again, Holy Crap what a tournament so far
So it is that time of year again when college basketball takes over for a few weeks in the sports world. I do have to admit that I have not been into college basketball as much the last few years because my team the Maryland Terps have not been in the tournament. They also have not been having great seasons so I fell off a little bit but this time of year you can just pick a team and hop on for the ride. The other good thing is that live sports are on all the most of the day and that to me is the best thing about the NCAA tournament is the games are on. To me as long as some live sports are on then certain things open up to you. You go into a bar and just sit there drinking a beer or you at the bar catching a game. See catching a game sounds better and is the reason you are there not just booze. This will also allow other things to open up for you like hey my buddy has to come over so we can watch the game together. Maybe you are in a relationship and you can use the live game excuse to go to your buddies house. It could also be a great reason to order a pizza since hey the game is on. As I write I feel like maybe I am just telling what I am going to do this weekend. Sounds like I am going to be watching hoops with a buddy while eating some pizza. Live sports you are my friend and I thank you