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Best of All the Places I’ve Lived

7 Apr

I’m taking all my favorite things from every place I’ve lived and making one great city with them:

 

Arizona

saguaros

red faced love birds

sunsets

Mercury WNBA games

Bitter & Twisted

Snooze AM

The Phoenix Zoo

no snow/ice in winter

Mill Street

Social Hall

the Hippy Store

Suns NBA games

 

Utah

the Jordan River Trail (especially the Rose Park leg) with all it’s birds & animals

ArtsFest

Tracy Aviary

walking from Wasatch to downtown

HS all-weather track (open 24/7)

all the different birds everywhere

Cheesecake Factory (w/in walking distance of our apartment)

Raw Bean (chiller = ice cream + espresso + flavor syrup)

Uptown Cheapskate

the Temple’s Christmas lights

Bourbon House

Squatters Brewery

Sundance Film Festival

Gracie’s patio (and Halloween costume contest)

kitty-rose

Jazz NBA games

Pride Parade

Wasatch mountains so close

the Temple’s spring garden (looks like Wonderland)

City Creek (especially at Christmas with the lights & fountains)

seasons

High West in Park City

Prohibition (restaurant)

 

Spokane

Green Bluff (you-pick farm conglomeration)

the community college all-weather track (open 24/7)

Grocery Outlet!

Steelhead

Flying Goat (goat cheese balls and D-street pizza made of curry and potatoes)

living next to a river

Riverfront Park

NoLi (patio by the river)

house sitting for the cousins

Julyamish powwow

my co-workers at the YMCA

proximity to Walla Walla & the Gorge (& CdL to a lessor extent)

 

Seattle

Freemont (especially the colored sidewalk art)

Melting Pot in Queen Anne

watching the Storm WNBA live

Basalu ham & cheese croissant (so good I literally dream of it)

The Ram (burgers & brews)

all the different coffee shops

Union Lake, Montlake cut, Gasworks Parks (all the good picture opportunities)

Theo Chocolate

Blue Moon Burgers

the troll under the freeway

Kerry Park

 

Missouri

all the concerts

cheapest gas prices in the country

cheap groceries

proximity to STL and KC (and Chicago)

Tropical Liquors (alcohol slushies you can drink there or take to-go)

Saki (Saturday)

Katy Trail (goes thru whole state)

PrideFest

Twilight Fest

9th Street video (indy DVD rental)

Shakespeares Pizza

proximity to other states

wineries

Flatbranch

 

Reno

Reno Balloon Races (& Dawn Patrol)

Wild Waters

the downtown ‘biggest little city’ arch & skyline

relatively easy freeways

outdoor shopping centers

 

Dayton

smell of sagebrush after rain

dark, dark nights

very quiet

less traffic

proximity to Lake Tahoe

 

Montana

beautiful sky

powwow in Arlee

huckleberries

Bison Range

Missoula

green scenery

Cheryl Miller = Inspiration

26 Sep

Cheryl put her trash-talking brother, Reggie to shame all of their lives.  Sure, he got more hype by virtue of being in the NBA and having Spike Lee squabble with him, but Cheryl was a superior player and role model for women:

1981 Dial Award for HS player of the year

6th all-time scoring record in NCAA w/3,018 points

1982, became of one of the five female HS players ever to score over 100 points in a game, scoring 105 points against Norte Vista.  Making Miller 3rd highest HS female points scorer in history.

3rd all-time NCAA rebounder w/1534

College player of the year (3x)

1984 U.S. BB Olympic gold medal

1986 she was drafted for US BB League (a men’s league)

1993-1995 USC BB coach w/42-14 record

Coached 4 seasons of WNBA Mercury, going to play-offs once

1995 BB hall of fame

1996 she was the first female TV analyst to call a nationally televised game

1999 Women’s BB hall of fame

I think it’s awesome to see a female that can out-play the dudes.  She paved the way for Sue Bird and other WNBA stars that are amazing and elevate women’s basket ball as well as women’s sports, and females in general.  This story makes me excited to own my Komodo Dragons WNBA team one day when I’m a billionaire 😉

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Black Sox and the NBA

26 Nov

 

 

I read about how the NBA finally settled their financial dispute and will start their season on Christmas.  What an ironic day.  But before you judge the players as greedy (which of course they are, but with good reason) and lose interest b/c of the money, read about The Black Sox. There are plenty of books about their scandal and plight.  If you don’t know, they were the baseball team that threw the game for gamblers.

Those guys, back in the depression era were barely making enough money to feed their families.  They had restrictive schedules and many hard-core rules to adhere to.  While the fat-cat owners were living high on the hog.  Even the gamblers (with their swindling and graft) were making boat-loads more money then the professional players the fans were paying to see.  It’s no one the players committed a desperate act.  That blemished history, and began the tarnish on America’s formerly beloved sport of baseball.

The NBA players are hardly starving.  Yes, the players make more money then most people do in a lifetime. Their figures are wildly inflated and scary. As are actors, directors, and celebrities of all kinds.  I am not saying they need more money.  But we’re talking about percentages here.  Don’t think of it as having to make MORE money to give the greedy guys a bigger paycheck.  Think of this as them fighting for what percentage of the money they are already bringing in.  In the past, owners made for an example, 98% of money fans paid to watch the games, while the players got just 2%.  Is that fair?  I don’t think so.  So now the players will get about half.  I think that is acceptable.

But, but but–do you have any idea how much team owners make? They easily make time times the amount the players (doing all the work) garner. The players are at least earning that income by attending practice, a rigorous game schedule, and maintinging their bodies during the off-season. After some overhead costs, owners are just raking in the dough–that the players are bringing in. So it really is fair the people doing the work, bringing in those fans.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/26/2519365/owners-players-agree-to-deal.html