Saturday, January 30, 2010

Family...

Starting with today's blog I am going to write a little bit of a tribute to my family members who are so very dear to me. Each day I will focus on one member of my family and point out why they are not only so special to me, but a value to the world we live in today.


Today I am going to write a little bit about my sister, Alicia Stinson (Fink).

Alicia is a truly wonderful woman. She is a registered nurse who works with terminally ill patients at a hospital in Louisville KY. She is a two time graduate of the University of Louisville with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration being her first and her nursing degree being her second.  She is a remarkably intelligent and passionate woman and gives all of her heart and soul to each and every challenge she encounters in life. She is married to a wonderful man who I am proud to call my Brother in Law, Blake Stinson. I will not go into detail on him because his time will come as well...

She is very opinionated but highly educated as well, which gives her reason to be of her opinions. She has excellent decision making skills and is not afraid to stand up for what is right based on her beliefs.
She is of strong family values and Christian morals, and that is a direct result of our upbringing in a strong Christian family. She is also blessed with exterior beauty to compliment that which lies within her heart of gold. She is humble and values the opinions of others and that is truly a rare quality in today's society.

My sister is one of the great people in our world today and if you ever have the pleasure to meet her in your life's journey, engage her in conversation, if for only a moment, and you will see for yourself that all I have written about her today is not at all biased by my deep love for her.

I Love You "Toots"


Jer

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hazard Pay




I want to talk about the atrocious salaries that NFL players make today and all the changes that the league makes each year to promote player safety.

First let me start with an example of appropriate salary for a specific "dangerous" job

The fisherman who go out each season in Alaska's Bering Strait  and fish for crab and other sea life are among the highest paid in their field. Captains can bring home up to $150,000 per season while deckhands can earn up to $80,000 per season. This salary is appropriate because of the high amount of risk involved with crab fishing in this area. Crab fisherman face a 141.7 per 100,000 fatality rate, the highest among all occupations. That is 75 percent higher than pilots, flight engineers, and loggers; the next highest jobs on the list. Bering Strait fishermen face a 90 percent higher fatality rate than the average American employee.

They deserve the high salary that they receive because they go out and work, basically unprotected, in the harsh cold of winter, in Alaska, on fishing boats and brave the elements and Mother Nature, putting their lives and livelihood in jeopardy every time they do their jobs. This in my opinion is a wage that is well earned.


They get "Hazard Pay"

Now, moving on to NFL players...

These men who are athletes and spend pretty much their whole lives preparing and training to play a game for a living must be aware that it is a dangerous job going in. There is the risk for injury, possibly life changing injury such as paralysis and there is even the possibility of death in the proper circumstance.

They are paid millions of dollars a year to entertain us and play a game, which I have no problem with. I am an avid football fan and I have no problem with men putting their bodies at risk for money and fame.

What I do have a problem with is the NFL changing the game so much over the last 20 years that it is almost to the point of two-hand touch.

I have a problem with players like Tom Brady pleading to referees for penalty flags on what used to be legitimate hits.

As an NFL player you must know going into your career that the average length of time you will play is 3 years and that the average yearly salary is roughly $770,000 (almost 16 times that of the average yearly U.S. income) and what that equates to is: in 3 years you will make 2.3 million dollars while the average American will not make that in a lifetime.

That is the definition of "Hazard Pay" my friends...reaping monetary benefit for putting your body or life in harm's way.

So when a WR is going across the middle of the field and my FS comes across on the blind side and makes contact helmet to helmet and knocks said WR the fuck out...don't boo him for doing his job. Don't boo me for getting excited at the fact that a great bone-crushing hit was made. Don't say it was "dirty" just because it was a jarring hit and he may have made helmet to helmet contact. They are just doing what they get paid to do...playing a violent game.


 None of these men, well, most of these men are not out there trying to kill anyone or ruin anyone's life. They are gladiators on the field of battle and most treat that with the respect and honor it deserves.

If the NFL really wants to make the majority of fans happy, stop making the greatest game in the world for sissy boys and pussies and let these athletes go out and do what they get paid so much money to do...entertain me and "Just Win Baby" at any cost.

Let them earn their "Hazard Pay"...

And if they don't want to do that, in the words of the great Jack Lambert, "Put a skirt on 'em".


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Why I beleive Wal-Mart is Satan incarnate...

I have recently completely boycotted Wal-Mart and I am passing along my experiences there in hopes that this country will follow suit and put this greedy corporation who is famous for poor customer service and failure to address consumer complaints out of business...for good.

I remember when Wal-Mart began to spring up all over the United States in the 80's. They didn't start out as much. They were just another nationwide department store that had good selection and good prices. They were customer oriented at that point and prospered because of that quality along with their product selection and quality.

As time went on they grew rapidly and moved into the grocery store business as well. They added other such convenience features to their "Supercenters" such as banking, hair salons, tire and lube service, and even franchise restaurants INSIDE so that you could grab a bite to eat while you shopped. They flourished while cornering the market on convenience. (I am still waiting for Wal-Dentists and Wal-Therapy to start springing up inside)

After many years of not being able to go inside and piss without losing an hour, the final straw came a few days ago when my fiancée and I found that we had been misinformed by an associate about their selection of air mattresses. (Surprise, surprise!)
We were told that the only ones they carried were located in sporting goods and we purchased one for approx. $60.00 along with a manual air pump (now, if anyone is on an exercise regimen, drop it and blow up a queen size mattress with a dual- action manual air pump...one hell of a work out I can tell you.)
 A few weeks later when we went in for sundries we discovered a much nicer air mattress in the domestics section and it plugged into the wall for inflation. We came home, boxed up the other air mattress and pump, found the receipt and headed back to town to exchange it for the electric model.

We reached the customer service desk (whose name is a far reach of the imagination) and approached the clerk and explained the situation. We told her we didn't want a refund or anything like that, just an exchange due to the fact of a misunderstanding. Well, her "Customer Service" manager( who could've been no older than 18) came storming over and declared that they had a 15 day return policy on air mattresses and that we couldn't exchange the one we had. I proceeded to tell her that my receipt didn't state that nor was I informed of that policy and also saw it nowhere on the HUGE return policy billboard behind the desk where she was standing. She tried to then tell me that it was inside the box of the mattress that I purchased and that all Coleman brand air mattresses had the policy inside the box. Well, here was problem number two which I proceeded to explain to her: I didn't purchase a Coleman brand mattress, I purchased an Ozark Trail mattress and there was no FUCKING return policy anywhere to be found!

I was beginning to get irate at this point and I asked the adolescent manager how I was supposed to know about the new air mattress return policy if I wasn't informed and it wasn't on my receipt or posted anywhere in their store...she then shrugged her shoulders at me...and I said...NO! Go get your store manager NOW!

She stormed off and mumbled that she "guaranteed" I would not be getting a refund or exchange for my mattress.

As I stood there I made several rude and very loud comments about what piss poor service Wal-Mart gives to their customers and that apparently we now had to figure out return policies via mental fucking telepathy. Maybe I will have time to do that while I wait for forty-five minutes in one of the three open checkout lines of fifty that are installed in all these stores.

I then stated loudly to my fiancée that if they did not return this fucking air mattress, I was going to blow up the mattress and sit outside on it and tell everyone that ventured inside to head straight for health and beauty and grab the Vaseline and prepare for the fucking that they would eventually get from Wal-Mart...I know, I am not the most subtle of people on the planet, but I usually get my point across.

5 minutes later the phone on the desk rang and another clerk besides the one that was "helping" us picked up the phone, she then walked over to our associate and tried to whisper to her, so as not to be heard..."refund the money and get him out of here per Scott"(The store manager who I was "guaranteed" would not be refunding my money or exchanging my item by the 18 year old telepathically psychic manager.)

When the associate got finished ringing the receipt in, she asked me if I still wanted to exchange our mattress for the other one we had found, I chuckled and told her not if you gave it to me for free.

That was my final trip to Wal-Mart...

I hope this story will inspire at least a few of you to value the "Mom & Pop" stores in your community and buy local.


Fuck Sam Walton and his billion dollar convenience store full of disgruntled employees and disrespect for the consumer, we are the people who made you rich asshole. (and yes, I know he's dead.)

Monday, January 4, 2010

Benchwarmers in the NFL...

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Holiday season but now it is time to get back to business and do some writing...

Today I am going to bring to your attention something that has been going on in the NFL for quite some time now. Teams who have clinched playoff berths benching starting players, regardless of injury, just too basically "rest" them for their upcoming run in the playoffs. I want to voice an opinion and I know not everyone will agree with me but here it goes anyway...

What these teams and coaches are doing by sitting their starters is essentially compromising the integrity of the game. It basically boils down to throwing games which is strictly prohibited in the NFL bylaws and rules.

Roger Goodell was seen on CBS today during the broadcast of the Steelers/Dolphins matchup and talked to Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf about some options the league is looking into that would provide "incentives" to teams that choose to play their starters for the duration of the 16 game season.

That, in and of itself, shows me that the NFL considers this action of benching starters to be wrong. I go a step further and say that it should be put into the rule book that if a starting player who is not listed on the injury report is purposely benched for no good reason, then the team should be fined and the player and coach suspended for the first game of the playoffs.

There are some things where integrity and honor still need to be held in the highest regard and the NFL is one of those places. Imagine the disappointment of a fan that may have saved an entire year to see his home team play only to have the stars benched to "rest" them for the upcoming playoff run. The NFL is made successful by fans and I know if I were to save (which I would have to do) to see my team play, and finally go only to watch backups and third stringers play, I would be quite peeved.

Just my two cents worth...

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