Random Thoughts, Volume 29


Random Thoughts, Volume 29

1. Steve Ballmer was a co-founder and former CEO of the Micrsosoft Corporation. A few years ago, he resigned from Microsoft and their board of directors so that he could buy the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Steve’s net worth is about $24 billion, by the way. The Clippers recently unveiled their new , and awful , mascot named Chuck. During a halftime presentation, Chuck ran down the court and, using a trampoline, went high in the air and dunked the basketball through the hoop. This has been done at every NBA arena by every NBA mascot. It’s probably been done at every college, too. However, right after Chuck did it, using sign language, he made it clear that he wanted Steve Ballmer to try and do it. Steve told Chuck that, if he tried it and was successful, every specatator would be taking home a pair of Chuck Taylor sneakers……probably by giving each customer a voucher of some type, I guess. So, on Monday, February 29th, Steve proceeded to run down the court, jump on the trampoline and dunk the basketball…..barely. I’m sure that the crowd was very happy. I tried to contact Steve, or any member of the Clippers organization, to suggest that they apply to the Guiness book of World Records. I am fairly certain that he is the richest guy to ever dunk a basketball with the aid of a trampoline. They already have it on tape with 20,000 witnesses. It’s a lock. I was unsuccessgul in making contact so I could use a little help. If anyone reading this wants to take up the task, the Guiness people might give you credit for submitting the idea.
2. You can never find anything when you are looking for it. You have to wait until you are looking for something else before you can find what you wanted to find earlier. Here’s a case in point. February 2nd was Groundhog day. If you don’t know what that is, jusy stop reading and go away. On Groundhog Day, I wanted to watch the movie called “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray, However, I couldn’t find the movie on Netflix on February 2nd so I watched something else. Last night, while looking for something else on Netflix, I stumbled across “Groundhog Day.” If you haven’t seen the movie, you should because it’s pretty good. Also, if you haven’t seen it, the rest of this won’t make any sense. There’s a line in the movie that I’ve always liked. I think it’s probably in the first 30 minutes of the movie while Bill Murray is still not understanding what’s happening. He’s on the phone with somebody and, like the smart-ass that he is, says into the phone” Oh, Yeah ? Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today !” As I said, I’ve always liked that line.
3. Speaking of great lines, I was watching the documentary “The History of the Eagles” some weeks back. The late Glen Frey, speaking of when Joe Walsh joined the band said, “I knew it would be fun because Joe is an interesting bunch of guys.”
4. A few days ago, a political rally for Donald Trump in Chicago was cancelled because of too many protestors. I think what happened was this: the rally was heavily advertised well in advance and would be held in an arena that held about 20,000 people. A social media campaign began somewhere telling Trump protestors to buy tickets and attend and, basically, shout him down. Now, if there are 6 or 7 people who are shouting down a speaker, security can have them removed. If there are 5,000 to 7,000 people shouting the speaker down, however, that could get out of hand. So the rally was cancelled but it disturbs me. The First Amendment guarantees free speech. Does that same Amendment guarantee the free speech of the people who would shoutdown the scheduled speaker ? It reminds of the lyric from that song in the 60s…”There’s something happening here. What is is, ain’t exactly clear.” Well, I agree that it’s not clear. What I do think is clear is that it’s UGLY…..and I’m afraid there will be more……much more.
5. “One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” I think we’re pretty far from that right now in the United States.
6. Here’s another good line. I was playing Texas Hold ’em Poker at my local casino. At one point, the guy two seats to my left made a raise. For some reason, the guy three seats to my right didn’t like it. He was fairly small and had been drinking and he told the guy who had made the raise that he was acting like an asshole. The guy that made the raise was a big guy with a sleeve of tattoos on his right arm. Although he was big, he was very soft spoken. Although he had just been insulted, all he said, very quietly was “I just made a raise, sir.” The smaller guy then said, “Well, I think you’re a dick and you’re acting like an asshole.” The big guys sighed and said, very quietly, “I got off of probation yesterday. I could go right back on tomorrow.” I’m pretty sure that it was his way of informing the smaller guy that he’d be happy to continue the discussion outside. At this point, the dealer called the floor person over and the matter got settled. I just liked the way the big guy handled it.
That’s all I have for now. As always, thanks for reading. Please feel free to return to your normally scheduled lives.


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