Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Observations - Jan 11

- One of my best friends and current North Henderson Asst Principal Jason Joyce went to the hospital and had his appendix taken out on Thursday. He was complaining of pain during the day and finally went to the ER and was soon in surgery. Joyce is doing fine; he swears that the missing organ will take two strokes off his golf game.

- Zimbabwe is putting into currency a $50 Billion dollar note. That's $50,000,000,000.00. That's not a joke. With inflation reaching an about 231 million percent, the $50B will be enough to buy two loaves of bread.

I could not help but think of the episode of The Simpsons where Homer and Burns steal a 1 Trillion dollar bill and take it to Cuba. These lines make me laugh. Matter of fact, the entire scene makes me laugh:
Fidel Castro: "Comrades, we have to abandon communism..." (awws from followers) "... we all knew from day one this mumbo jumbo wouldn't fly."
Homer Simpson: "Mr. Burns, I think we can trust the President of Cuba."

- Zimbabwe was the example that I gave to my students on why the election of Obama was so great. It just showed that the people have the power to choose. I do agree that many Obama supporters had no clue why they were voting for him except that he was not Bush. But at least they could express their disapproval. Robert Mugabe has run Zimbabwe into the ground since he took power in 1980 and the people of Zimbabwe have been powerless to change.
- Did anyone see the final BCS Coaches Poll? Florida, USC, Texas, Utah, Oklahoma. Florida recieved 60 out 61 first place votes. Why is that odd? Because coaches are contractually obligated to vote the winner of the BCS Game first and someone didn't.

Utah, the only undefeated team in major college football, recieved the rogue first place vote and the voter was none other than Utah coach Kyle Whitttingham, who said he didn't care if he lost his right to vote in future polls. By the way, USC Coach Pete Carroll doesn't vote in the in Coaches Poll because he believes that the way the BCS crowns a national champion is flawed.

- I want to know who let Jake Delhomme go to Canada, get kidnapped, and be replaced by an Canuck imposter who obviously had no idea how American Football was played.
And did Arizona resident Cindy McCain, with her beer fortune, pay all the Carolina defensive players to not show up? How on earth do you let an immoblile quarterback like Kurt Warner behind a mediocre offensive line stay upright all night? And they acted like it was a surprise that Larry Fitzgerald, one of the best receivers in the NFL (if I could take five, they would be Fitzgerald, Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker, Hines Ward and Andre Johnson), was going to get thrown to.

Crush of the Week:
I was reading the February Outside magazine and there was a article on a new movie about fly fishing called The River Why. The "fishing heroine" is played be Amber Heard, who also had parts in Friday Night Lights and Pineapple Express. Amber caught my eye enough to make me want to read the article. Part of the movie was filmed on the Wilson River in NW Oregon, one of my favorite states! There's a good chance the plot of the movie sucks, but eye candy in the lead actress and eye candy in location give it a good start.

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