I am not even sure where to start on this one but I will start with I do not like this guy. The person I am talking about is Donald Trump who is now running for president. Donald Trump is famous for many things and some of them are good and some are bad. First I freely admit that his book the art of the deal is a good read for people trying to understand dealing with business deals and not a bad read. I will also admit that his TV show The Apprentice is entertaining and has a fun catchphrase with "Your Fired". Now I will tell you some of the bad, Trump enterprises (his companies) have filed for bankruptcy twice. I bring this up because he insist on telling you how rich he is and how much money he has made over the years. He is smart in the way that he never involves his own money of name so that he can still make tons of money while the government, you and I forgive his companies debts and he makes millions. This brings me to another point which is he really smart for this or is he just a bad person who takes none of the risk and just the rewards. I realize that trump won't win the nomination or become president but to me he is just evil. When he announced he was running he said that Mexico sends us rapist and killer and only some of them are Ok people. He is completely wrong about that and it is the other way around, only a small amount are criminals. That would like thinking all Italians are in the mob, which is not true. I don't like the guy and that is obvious but what scares me is the lies he puts out there and that some do believe him
So this year there has been some changes on the late night talk show circuit. One of the first shows that changed host was that Stephen Colbert left his post and the show turned in The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. I try to make sure I watch this show at least a few days a week. I think Larry Wilmore does a good job and the show is very funny with eh different people he has on. The other thing I really like is that he has different guest on that I don't think would normally be on the late night talk shows. He has some rappers on along actors and political figures. Larry is black and I think that helps bring in different people and makes others more comfortable with seeing black faces on the panels. I think that having on different people of all back rounds and races is very interesting and give another view. I watch some channels and show's like Larry's who talk about other races but the only one's talking are white faces which does not make a ton of sense. I think having the rappers and younger people on helps give a fresh view as well as sometimes as we get older it is hard to accept change. I should also mention that Larry does a very good job of tackling serious issues while keeping the show funny. That is what impresses me the most truth be told, I would be way to fired up to keep the comedy rolling. I like the show and suggest you check it out
So sadly I have tweeted these thoughts before and again we are in a terrible tragedy dealing with gun violence. Last night in South Carolina a white man walked into a historical black chuck and sat with people for a hour and then opened fire and killed nine people. Now you may have noticed that I specifically that I added the race of the shooter and victims because this was a terroristic hate crime that was perpetrated. Save me the same old talk that after a gun massacre is not the time to talk about gun reform in this country. I also think it is time to seriously think about what people say about race. You can still like your country and criticize it at the same time. When local news stations lead with a quote dangerous situation because there is a Black Lives Matter protest, that is racist. There is nothing dangerous going on there except the fear of black people that some people have. South Carolina is still a state where the confederate flag fly's on the grounds of the state capital, stop that. First off that is not even the flag of the confederacy it is a battle flag used during the civil war. That flag they fly in the south and unfortunately in other parts of the country represents slavery and racism not pride or a good history. The president even said it today, gun violence like this does not happen on a regular biases like it does in our country. It is not a question of when, the time to actually have conversations about guns and race is now
I hope you are well today and got some sleep last night. Sunday night was a rough night to get sleep which I think may be do to the fact that it was warmer but also some big things happening in the sky's as we approach the Summer Solstice. I talked about this some on the Megascast with Migs but advice can come from all sorts of people. I was lucky enough to get a training session with the Seattle Reign yesterday the professional woman's team here in Seattle. Years ago my male ego would have the best of me and I would have tried to get advice from people who were not younger then me and not male. Now obviously these women know there soccer as they are professional players and what they tough me was great stuff as I am getting back into playing indoor soccer. The point is that advice can come from many forms and you should always listen but also think of where the advice is coming from. I say this because as easy as it is to overlook solid advice from a person you did not expected from you can also take in bad advice from someone you expect good advice from. I do believe that as we age we do get wiser but also some people choose not to mature or change their ways and thus the advice might not be good for you. I think that learning is a constant and you can learn from all types of sources but just be aware who the source is. Now go on my friend and soak up some sun and knowledge.
So this is a blog I never thought I would write but here goes. Like a monk or priest I have been practicing celibacy for a few weeks and have a few more to go. That is a proper way of saying that I do not have sex or masturbate, no sexual release at all. Now I will say this is a personal challenge and not for everyone but I want to tell you some things I have learned. Number one I watched to much porn for my taste. I have no beef with porn, strippers or even escorts as I have been to The Bunny Ranch but for me I now realize it was messing with my brain somewhat. I now go out and can talk to girls almost with no effort because I am not thinking just about having sex with them. It is a bit ironic that not wanting to have sex with them makes it easier to talk with them but then again women are smart creatures and can smell a agenda a mile away. A far as the porn goes I am sure I will view some again when the challenge with myself is over but I hope to have a better relationship with it and not just use it as a fail safe as opposed to meeting actual woman. I have also found myself almost like a teenager falling in love with women all over again. I now see them is different way and just get excited to talk and hang out with them and their energy. I even told someone the other day I would just be happy holding hands at this point. Now what does this all mean for the future I don't know but I am looking forward to the future for many things. The other thing about porn is it just so easy to access these days. Sex sells and I get why but sometimes I wonder if just looking at porn where I can scroll through picture after picture was taking away my enjoyment of being with just one girl. Like I said in the beginning this is only my personal experience but if you have ever though about a challenge like this, I say do it and see what happens.
So last week I took some time off and went on a retreat outside the city which was great. I did a lot of meditation and reflecting on my life and also spent time outdoors which leads me to this post. I forget every year at this time that I and everyone needs to use sunscreen. I had totally forgot about the sun and my fair skin, my price for that mistake was a sunburn and now a head that is peeling. It is not only the fact that I got a sunburn but also that sunscreen should be wore because the sun is powerful and can have some damaging effects. I love cold beers in the summer and can't wait to have some in July when my challenge is done but when drinking in the sun play safe. Playing safe in the sun to me is about two important things, plenty of water and plenty of sunscreen. Now get out there and enjoy your summer folks and drink one for me on that river float you take this summer.
This weekend is Memorial Day and it is a great weekend to fire up the grill and enjoy some times with friends and family. The reason we have Memorial Day is to honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice in their service with their life. While it is a somber thing I believe it is also a time to remember the good times you had with these fallen men and women while honoring them. I went to high school with a guy that lost his life in Afghanistan 2010. I want to tell you about him. Brendan Looney was his name and he was a NAVY SEAL who had graduated from The Naval Academy. Looney was a awesome dude and fun to be around, a nice guy who had a smile and a laugh with you. When I think of Looney I tend to not think about him as a SEAL fighting wars but more of who he was a the fun times we had at DeMatha. One time I remember, and keep in mind this was the late 90's, he had this shell he had to wear on top of his football helmet for head injurious. One day I am in the old part of the school in class and Looney is in the hallway walking around with just that goofy shell on making us all laugh. Our teacher was cool with and he had us cracking up and no way to explain but it was damn funny. I miss my buddy and what he stood for as man but I will also honor him in different ways but I still like to think of him as smiling and laughing.
As the weather gets warmer and summer quickly approaches I have to think about smells. The summer time can afford a lot of different and fresh smells in my mind. Now one of the first ones that comes to mind is fresh cut grass which I will add as someone that used to be a landscaper, it smells better when someone else has cut it. Another thing I like when I think about summer is how you can get up in the in the morning and you know its going to get hot but right now it is that nice morning temperature. For a lot of people summer also means that they will be going to the beach which has it own smells. First off the ocean clearly has a smell and then of cores the smell of the food. The smells of the beach can mean many things but I think of seafood especially crabs and also some type of fried treat maybe a elephant ear or funnel cake type thing. The other big smell is the ever present grill, weather you are cooking fancy steaks and salmon or just the standard hot dog the smell of the grill says summer. Side note last summer was all about shrimp on the grill and I believe this summer I will cook different fish often as I am trying to eat more fish. Summer of fish does not have the same ring as summer of shrimp though. Now there is also bad smells like sweaty people on the bus. I myself tend to be a sweater and I am not fired up for that but I am fired up for jumping in bodies of water. I say bodies of water because I enjoy all of them. Lakes, rivers, oceans and pools. I am getting excited for summer just writing this. Last note is don't forget the sunscreen
I live in Seattle which is home of the Seattle Seahawks who lost to the Patriots and Tom Brady this last year. I am not writing this blog as a homer or saying that the Pat's should lose the Super Bowl for deflating balls but I will say Tom is cheater. They won those games and I don't think you can take anyway away from that but what people will say until the day he is gone is that Brady and the Pat's are cheats. I understand wanting a competitive edge and I don't even really know if it is that big of deal but when they have won Super Bowl's they have cheated. Frankly the worst thing about it all is even I am talking about it. This is the world we live in these days and people do shady things to get ahead and advance in all work places. Look if you had a pill that made me funnier and I cold cash in I would take it. I think most people would and professional sports is highly competitive arena. At the end of the day both sides are right, he is cheater and a great quarterback/super bowl champ.
Starting to write on this blog space more again so here you go. I titled this one what is important to you because I feel like today people do not care about important stuff and just worry about dumb stuff. Now part of this is not your fault as the constant stream of 24 news is basically nonsense and news channels now are about rating's, not news. That would be one very important thing I would say is now a days you have the ability to find out news but some don't. Take the time to read other sources of news and take them in. Each side has their very own news network that will slant their way but anymore it seems to me that both sides agree on giving you non-sense. Now keep in mind I work on a funny show and don't want you to not have fun and still laugh but I want people to be up to date on real stuff that is happening as well. Also in these changing times we have to be aware that the would is different then it used to be. I catch myself sometimes saying things that used to be true but just aren't anymore. I also realize that here is Seattle we are lucky that it is a prospers city but unfortunately the rest of the country is not doing as well. In these me, me ,me times we live I hope people remember it is about us not me. Have fun but stay aware everyone