Monday, February 8, 2021

The Super Bowl

*** I forgot to publish this last night!!


I am watching the Super Bowl.  Brady just threw for his second touchdown.  Rex asked me who I thought would win the Buccaneer/Kansas City matchup before the game started.  I thought then, as I do now, that the Buc's will win. 

I understand that a LOT of people do not like Brady.  They find him arrogant and a lot of other things apparently.  I find him interesting.  I admire someone that has had the success he has had and goes to Tampa Bay after 20 very successful years with the Patriots. I think it takes a lot of guts for him to challenge himself like that.

 As far as I can tell, Tom Brady "walks the walk".  He actually puts in the work it takes to maintain his abilities.  He has to look within himself to find the motivation and dedication to put in the work required to maintain that level of performance.  I feel the same about Olympic athletes.  Of course, Olympians start with the dedication and hard work at a very young age.

I do not know Tom Brady personally, he might be a totally unpleasant person, but I still admire a lot of his qualities.

Can't help it, I was brought up to applauded excellence.  So I will.

I have heard some people say they thought "the fix" was "in" for the "old guy" to win.  If that's the case, what's the point?  Why would you ever watch the NFL again?  It's like the news.  I have quit watching the news because I don't believe anything they say.  So why would I stress (the news is very stressful) over something that has a high probability of being untrue?  



 

Sunday, February 7, 2021

The Rim Trail

Today we went for a hike on the Rim Trail.  This is one of our favorite places to hike. The path that we take is a little over a mile, just a nice little walk, and part of it is paved.

The Rim Trail, located 2.6 miles from our house, is part of the Mogollon (pronounced muggy-own) Rim.  The rim is a geological feature that extends about 200 miles across Northern Arizona.  We have hiked different portions of this trail around the rim and have never been disappointed.

From this trail, you can see a portion of the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine in the world. Amazing to think that we are in the midst of such awesome beauty every day. 





We are so blessed!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Lunch in Miami

Yesterday we had lunch in Miami!!  Miami, AZ that is. We went to meet up with 4 high school classmates of Rex's

Arizona is one of the most popular winter destinations for midwestern snowbirds, so 4 people that graduated from high school together were close enough to get together.   I had never met any of these people so it was fun for me.  I found them all to be nice and interesting people.

 

And here they are, members of the Stockton, Illinois class of '67!  Rex is the tall good looking guy on the left!!


Saturday, January 30, 2021

Disgusted!!

Disgusted, yup, that is what I am, just plain old disgusted! 

I am disgusted by the human race.

I am disgusted that we can't get along. 

I am disgusted that the level of greed and avarice of people, especially people in power, has led to the ruination of our planet.

I am disgusted that we can't seem to get it right.  To be perfectly honest, I think that the "Golden Rule" and The Ten Commandments are excellent guidelines for anyone's behavior.

I am disgusted that there doesn't seem to be any right or wrong anymore.

I am disgusted that we are willing to accept people that are in power acting like bullies on the playground.

My Mother used to say that she thought that someday there would be a giant "pop" and it would all be gone.

I think if all of the supervolcanoes got organized and erupted at the same time that could happen.  Just ask the dinosaurs!

If some such event should occur, I pray that the next intelligent creature to crawl out of the primordial ooze is blessed with common sense, kindness, and an understanding that this planet has enough for all if we would just take care of it.   




 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

SNOW!!

 Last week at this time we were on the beach on South Padre Island, Texas.  





This week we are back home and looking at this!  





So glad I bought a new winter coat!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2021

TV

Television sure isn't what it used to be!

Remember the good old days when it was either off or on?  How about being "the remote" for your parents?  How about the test pattern when the station signed off from the broadcast day with the national anthem? And I can't forget the responsibility of knowing the schedule for all stations.  CBS, ABC, and NBC.  That was long before Fox and etc, etc, etc.  My parents really appreciated that I could tell them what was on and when.

I remember the days when Saturday morning was the realm of Sky King, Roy Rodgers, Gene Autry, and many other wholesome heroes.  The Lone Ranger,  Marshall Jay, and Captain Kangaroo were also some of the clear "good guys" on TV.

The heroes were obvious and not just because they wore white hats.  They had principles and standards, they also knew that "right was right and wrong was wrong".  I miss the days when you knew who the good guys were.  I actually like my good guys without the flaws that most "heroes" of today's TV and movies have.

Anyway, I digress from the original point of my post.  TV is no longer by the airwaves, the cable is on the way out, but we now have streaming.

The point of this blog was actually to recommend a series available to anyone with CBS ALL ACCESS.  Having CBS All Access opens the door to the "Smithsonian" network.  I have been watching Aerial American and am hooked.  They give you a birds-eye view of each state accompanied by a narration of the highlights of the state and its history.  It is so very, very interesting.  Do yourself a favor and watch this very inspiring series.