Archive for February, 2011

P.S.A. #1

Posted: February 6, 2011 in Uncategorized
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While you were glued to the television set for every ounce of reports of the pre-game shows, sat through the abortion version of the National Anthem, screamed and yelled at every play of the entire game of Super Bowl XLV, stuffing your face with snacks and getting drunk… remember this:

I was on the Internet, talking to your girlfriend and/or wife.

Thank you.

Today is Super Bowl XLV. (That’s “45” for you non-Romans.) And yet I find myself not much in the hype of the big game, or at least not getting involved in it all. I have to be honest, the NFL is not one of the things I ascribe to.

But don’t get me wrong. I am like any other warm-blooded male who enjoys his sports. It just happens to be that this is not one of them.

My mood has been the same all day long. There’s been no crescendo of jubilation or any countdown to kickoff of any kind. And I understand that there are many out there who have been waiting and waiting for this day to come.

Locally however, the apartment complex in which I live in, they have been struggling with management to let them be able to access the community room in order to watch the game. Our community room has a television, VCR/DVD, several dozen books, furniture, tables, chairs, and six computers. Its there for our use in the first place. But since the great remodel job of 2006, its been closed to the residents on the weekends. A bit unfair, but I’ve adapted to the fact that we must be crammed into our tiny apartments like caves for the weekend. So in a sense, it is a great victory for us living here.

As far as just having it opened for the Super Bowl, I’m not so sure I agree with that. But as they say, one step at a time. The struggles and tribulations of the community room is best served for another time, another blog.

I have been given the understanding that there will be food. So I suppose that would be one good thing about it. One thing about being a bachelor is that I can take the opportunity to partake in the munchifications and nobody will say anything about it. Finding places like that to eat, that is on the outside of the home is always a bonus in my book.

But here we go back again to the game. Its not giving me any interest at all. The Super Bowl takes a common football game which should last about two and a half, and up to three hours and stretches it so far with special commercials and what they consider “Halftime Entertainment”. Including the pre-game, the pre-pre-game, the pre-pre-pre-game, the trophy ceremony and oh…. on top of that, the post-game.

And did I mention, they get some goofball to sing our National Anthem and turn it from a two minute and ten second moment of patriotic pride to a four minute church hymn?

Altogether, a heeping pile of five to six hours in total length.

There’s almost a guarantee to have nothing else on television. For those of us who do not have cable or satellite, you know what I am talking about. Options are absolutely nothing on this day.

Yes, I know the commercials are amusing and sometimes hilarious. But believe me, you’re not missing anything because those commercials will be re-broadcast again throughout the rest of the month. Plus, there’s always the Internet. So that argument is out.

I think that instead, I’ll just stick to my sledge hockey. (Sled hockey as its called in the USA.)

Well, needless to say this blog is now officially open for business. I don’t have balloons and I don’t have any free giveaways. It is what it is.

I received the idea by reading another person’s blog that I have been keeping up with for some time now, and I wondered if he would have been open to the idea of using something that happened to me as a topic for a blog. But I felt it would be better if I had just done my own.

First things first. Question: Why do criminal morons believe it to be okay to prey upon those who are physically disabled? I.. being a person with a physical disability and having the use of a wheelchair have apparently been no exception to this so-called “rule”.

In the past 24 months, I’ve been accosted three times. Not once. Not twice. But three. The first of which I found myself struggling and defending myself from some crackhead who wished to steal my cd player from me as I was getting off of a city bus. Needless to say, I defended myself and found myself in a struggle and the altercation turned physical. To which, I was able to come out on top.

This third one, the last one, I was prepared because I remembered what I had gone through with the first one. Armed with a broken off hockey stick. And yes, I tore into this guy and he paid the ultimate price for his actions.

I did what I had to do, in order to defend myself from this drunk clown because he wanted my wallet.

Whether or not you believe what I had done was the right thing to do or not, my question still remains. Why?

I am just unable to correctly recall how many different times something like this has happened to me. Starting with a homeless person to a crack-addicted punk to someone silly under the influence of alcohol. And not even the good stuff, BEER!!

Each time this has happened, I’ve always resorted into the thought of “I need to move to get away from this.” Which in theory, would seem to be the right thing to do. But crime is everywhere.

But I am fed up. Pissed off. My self-defense mechanisms within me are now on standby. I feel sorry for the next guy who dares to try something stupid like this again.

So this is going out to all you people in the Lone Star state.

The current temperatures at the time this is being written is 24 °F/-4 °C . Rather chilly, I’d say. Wouldn’t you?

But you know what? This is also the month of February. Yes I know, its only the third day of it so far, and you’ve been so used to the month of January. And believe me- for personal reasons, if it could remain 30th of January, that would be fine with me. But I digress.

For this area, the forecasts and meterologists have seemed to have gotten together and devised a scheme of dun, dun, dun, “Winter Weather”.

What does this mean? It means that there’s a 70% chance of precipitation. Mainly, “the white stuff”. Sounds important, doesn’t it?

How much snow will this area of Texas receive? Go ahead, I’ll give you a moment to take a guess.

Time’s up!!

“.. up to an INCH!”. HOLY CRAP!!! Someone run me to the grocery store for batteries, bottled water, milk, bread, canned goods, and matches.

Really people? You’re going to go absolutely insane because it might snow and accumulations will be possibly not up to an inch?? You know, the stuff probably won’t even stick around for long. For one, its going to happen overnight. So probably by the time Billy Gene Rotten Mouth has awakened in the morning (because they have either delayed or cancelled school over this), there won’t be anything left on the ground for him to play with. And you’re stuck in the house all day with children because the temperatures are still going to remain as cold as it has been these past few days. Good luck!

Now I know that some parts of the state have been hit hard by this weather that airports in major cities have closed. I feel for them. I honestly do. As well as I feel for the rest of the country who has been dealing with headaches brought on by this winter weather. But central and even south Texas?? Would you just get a grip!?

Temperatures up to this point have been BELOW freezing for a few days now. Everyone saw it coming. They knew it would arrive. And yes, I am aware that some of you must brave the evil and wretched remains of what may or may not be an inch or two on the ground. But its still going to be cold. With or without it. And this is why you should have spent the $55 at Wal-Mart to buy a hat, coat, and gloves. Yes, I looked it up to see how much it all would cost. Plus, you’ve had since last winter to do so. Maybe the money you spent for those those cases of beer you bought last Saturday should have been used for something more useful as news has been reporting about this big storm system for several weeks.

If you are the kind of person that is cold natured. Its called “dressing in layers”. The rest of you, cover yourself. Do what you got to do to protect your family, pets, and plants.

It is cold outside. No kidding! Its winter. No matter what woodchuck did or did not see his/her shadow the other day. Winter isn’t going to just disappear overnight. And besides, don’t worry about how long its going to be frigid outside. In a few months, ya’ll will be bitching about how bloody HOT it is in Texas.