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Grandpa’s Bet

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Raoul’s 2 Cents

Sport Lesson

What is a sport where people spend most of their time socializing than watching the game? Most of the time is spent waiting and waiting and waiting for something interesting to happen. It can be dangerous because players actually use a weapon. It’s a legal weapon that does not need to be registered. Some people carry this weapon in the back of their cars. In fact, I know of a New York policeman who does this in case there is a riot. There’s a lot of chewing and spitting and fidgetting going on — it’s the only thing to do because it’s so boring. It’s as exciting as watching a race between a snail and an ant. It is a sport where most of the action is focused on just 2 people taunting each other while the other 8 players on stage wait for their chance to become a star. If you’re obese? Who cares? As long as you can still “tiptoe through the tulips” you can still play and get paid by the millions. Whether you are a lefty or a righty, you have to use both hands … your weaker hand is covered and protected, the other isn’t. It’s played outdoors but unlike real macho, physical, brutal contests, a little rain calls off the whole sissy game.

I think my disdain for this sport can be traced to my youth. I was never chosen to play when I was a kid so I never appreciated this game. I often wondered who would pay the players millions of dollars just to strut their butts like peacocks because most of the time they have their backs on you. What’s even more surprising is, it’s not really a contact sport yet a good number of the players get hurt …. mostly because of a self-induced accident.

If you guessed BASEBALL, you got it right.

LA Angels gameBUT last Tuesday I went to watch an Angels game. And, miracle of miracles, I am now a reformed baseball-hater. I can’t say I love it but now I get it. My daughter had free tickets to an Angels baseball so my family went to watch a live game. I was impressed. Volunteer good-natured senior citizens helped give you directions. The lights were so bright I didn’t notice when the sun went down. The field was so green and manicured I wanted to go down and touch it. Hardly anyone was paying attention to what was going on because, unlike watching a commentator on TV, you didn’t know how many strikes, balls or foul balls were at stake. You could hardly tell who was playing. But everyone was having a good time. It was like you were in a giant picnic. The couple behind me were chatting the whole time and I felt I was part of their conversation. There were so many kids running around and parents laughing behind them. The peanut guy, thechurros guy, the beer guy  and the hot-dog-&-drinks guy were all fun to watch — each of them with their unique way of selling their wares. And then there was the humongous big screen TV which flashed trivia games and kissing couples. It was fun. I mean, REALLY fun. No wonder they call it America’s favorite pastime. People laughing, families taking care of families — man! this is America. What a blessing to be part of this.

Like many things in life we can form opinions based on observations from afar. But when you are actually living it, the unspoken experiential nuances shame your biases. I admit I have been guilty of my narrow assumptions. If I have said anything to offend you in any of my many blogs, please let me know. I am open to your corrections.

Who would have thought there was a lesson in humility in the game of baseball?  TGIF people!

Joke of the Week

Thanks to Joel of Singapore for sending this joke.

TGIF Joke of the Week: Betting Grandpa

Video of the Week

funny video

Unstoppable Robin Williams
Sent by Peter Paul, South Pasadena, CA

Unedited Robin Williams doing a commercial … at least he is trying his best to stop the practical joker inside him. If you’ve never seen a display of multi-personalities, just watch. I couldn’t stop laughing.

WARNING: With Robin Williams, there is always some profanity.

WATCH VIDEO

 

 

Don’s Puns

From Don’s collection of puns

A man tried to assault me with milk, cream and butter. How dairy!

Something to Think About

Sent by Mike of New York City

Do you have time on your hands? Are you ready to take a short visual quiz? Below are 2 PDF files. One is for the women. The other is for the men. Both are about trademark/logo recognition. See how well you can guess the name behind the icon. Try it out with a friend.

Fashion Logos
Auto Logos

Being in the design industry and having designed quite a few of these logos myself,  I can really appreciate these great visuals.

Parting Shot

Thanks to Naomi of N Hollywood, CA who shared this.

Parting Shot: Swearing

 

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6 Comments

  1. Rick

    June 17, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Bro,
    I enjoyed your view on baseball after going to Angels Stadium. It is a nice park with a good crowd. Dodgers Stadium is very different with the crowds. Baseball is my favorite sport but recently over the past year or so have been watching basketball and football as well. I no longer care to go to the stadiums to see the games, but prefer to watch from home where I can see so much clearer and up close. Not to mention the fact that their is no lines at the toilet or the refrigerator.
    Thanks for the TGIF and all your effort and creativity week after week. Enjoy the weekend and get ready for the temperature to start ramping up.
    Rick

    Reply

    • Raoul

      June 26, 2019 at 3:45 pm

      I hope what I said was not
      offensive. I realize there’s a lot of strategy and unspoken nuances to
      the game that are not immediately recognized by the outsider. And I was
      also told the same about the difference between the Angels crowd and the
      Dodger crowd. No wonder the latter is more expensive and popular.

      Reply

      • Rick

        June 26, 2019 at 3:45 pm

        Of course no offense taken. I realize baseball is often slow moving which keeps me going back and forth to the game as I am changing channels or doing things around the house.

        Reply

  2. Tom

    June 17, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Thanks Raoul, That was great and more content than ever before. I have been to New York and found the contrast enjoyable. Robin Williams was a great talent and Tis a shame that he ended his life.
    Tom

    Reply

  3. Heather

    June 17, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I loved the IRA thing.

    Reply

  4. Amy

    June 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    I was right with you on the Sport you didn’t like, UNTIL I realized you were NOT talking about Golf! I like baseball!

    Reply

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