When Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean, he thought he was half a world away in India. Today we celebrate Columbus Day, giving him credit for “discovering” America, a land he may not have seen before, but which was already populated by people who were not lost.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
As usual, I am behind the curve on this one, and the book has been around for a couple of years. That’s because we get our books from the paperback rack at Wal-Mart, or from Half Price Books. Still, if you have not read this book, find it and read it. It is outstanding.
A lot of reviews of the book make a big deal out of this being a “Fantastic First Novel” and it is, but that’s misleading. Hayes has had a long and successful career as a film writer, going all the way back to Mad Max 2 – The Road Warrior, and (one of my favorites) Dead Calm.
MGM bought the movie rights to this story in 2014, but don’t wait around for the film. The story is far too complex to portray on screen.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
A week or two ago, I picked up a new can of Barbasol. I still had some left in the old can, so I didn’t notice until a couple of days ago that it had a dinosaur on the can. The one I got was a lot more subtle than the one pictured above – instead of a huge pterodactyl, it had a smaller silver T-Rex on the can. I tried to take a picture of mine, but it came out pretty terrible – out of focus, and the can looks bent.
I’m not sure how I missed it, but apparently there was a huge cross promotion between United Artists and Barbasol – complete with TV ads – to mark the release of Jurassic World. I do know that, although no one will quote actual figures, Barbasol “starring” in Jurassic Park twenty-something years ago is considered one of the most successful product placements in movie history.
Anyway, when I mentioned the T-Rex on the can to Honey, she asked me if I had tried to unscrew the bottom of the can. I laughed and told her it was the first thing I did when I noticed it. What I didn’t say is that I’ve tried that on every can of Barbasol I’ve bought since we first saw Jurassic Park.
Friday, October 9, 2015
I guess you would have to say that last night was a good night for Houston sports teams. Not the Texans, who are still struggling and lost a game they were expected to win, but the Astros and the U of H Cougars both looked good winning nationally televised games.
Considering the expectations at the start of the season, anything the ‘Stros do now is icing on the cake. They went into Kansas City, and beat the Royals 5 to 2 last night in the first game of the division series and they looked like they were having fun doing it.
Meanwhile, the Cougars went to 5 and 0 with a 49-28 win over the SMU Mustangs. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. was 16-for-18 passing for 243 yards. He also rushed 14 times for 82 yards and four touchdowns. Those kinds of numbers are guaranteed to make Texans fans drool.
Houston is still looking for a quarterback, but Indiana proved that the quarterback isn’t necessarily the problem. They used 40 year-old backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who has been in the NFL longer than the Texans – and who was out sick and didn’t practice last week – to lead them to a 27-20 win.
Defensively in the Texans game, both Watt and Clowney were double-teamed on every play. That means somebody should have been wide open and in the Colts backfield on every play, but nobody ever was. I know we had a couple of linebackers sidelined with injuries this week, but where was everybody else?
Thursday, October 8, 2015
This isn’t original, but it’s worth repeating……..
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."
Remember to put the glass down.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The U S Disc Golf Championship gets underway today at the Winthrop University Gold Course in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I probably wouldn’t know or care, except that a former student of mine, Dieter Neumann, is one of the participants.
When I say former student, I mean that I taught him service techniques on several copiers – I sure didn’t teach him how to throw a Frisbee. I’d like to think he enjoyed my classes, but I know Dieter liked to come in from Shreveport for classes because it gave him the chance to play several disc golf courses around Houston.
Folks in Rock Hill have spent the entire summer getting the course in excellent shape – even re-doing direction signs on Interstate 77 – and despite all the flooding in the eastern part of the state, the course and the weather today should be almost perfect.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
I got up this morning and put on a brilliant hot pink golf shirt. I didn’t do it because it’s October - not because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – I pulled it out of the closet, and got dressed in the dark.
As someone who lost a daughter to breast cancer, I find the whole empty symbolism of wearing pink in October a little offensive.