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Friday, February 25, 2005

We know it's not a sport

I just got my Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition a couple of days ago, I am a subscriber to SI. And I have to say that I have yet to go through the whole thing. To me the SI swimsuit edition is not a big deal and in fact is not even my favorite issue of SI. However one of my favorite issues will be coming out in a couple of weeks. I do not know what the cover story will be, but in the letters to the editor section there will be several letters about the swimsuit edition. These letters will range from:

Why do you have this issue, it's not about sports
This issue degrades women
This issue is pornographic

And at the end of some of these letters, these folks will cancel their subscription. I can't believe that SI still gets these letters; the swimsuit edition is over 25 years old. It's not like folks don't know it's coming every year, same bat time, same bat channel. And yet every year SI gets letters from "outraged" readers.

Here's an idea for those who don't like the swimsuit edition, throw it away when it comes. No one is forcing you to read it. If you did not like it before, chances are you are not going to like it the next time.

Why is it in our society today, do we feel that just because we do not like something that means that it should be stopped? We like to spout off about freedom in this country so go ahead and exercise your freedom of choice. Turn the channel, change the station or throw the edition away. No one is forcing you to read it. So go ahead and give your constitutional rights a workout, or contact me and I will let you know how to forward me your swimsuit edition.

Monday, February 14, 2005

Every Second Counts

One thing I have noticed at my company over some time is the way the people can't seem to wait to get the elevator doors to close. As soon as the last person is on the elevator someone hits the "close door" button. It is the same whenever someone gets off, whoever is still on practically leaps to close the door. A couple of times I have had someone almost close the doors on me as I was getting off. Apparently my exit was not speedy enough.

I am not sure why most folks feel that they can't afford to lose that extra second waiting for the doors to close automatically. Especially since "a sense of urgency" does not seem to be woven into our corporate culture. Maybe it is because there is a button that gives folks the power to make a decision on their own and so by using this power it makes them feel somewhat better about themselves.

Whatever the reason I find it somewhat rude and annoying. Really is that extra second really gonna matter? I find it hard to believe people will think 'I could have gotten more done if only I hadn't waster so much time waiting for the elevator door to close.'

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Suing from the Grave

I am sure that this may be a touchy subject but it seems to me that every time something bad happens we feel the need to sue.

Chicago Tribune | Family of boy killed by train sues Metra

Not let me just say that:
This was atragedy
I have not had a loved one killed in any remotely similar manner
I am sure that the parents would rather have their child back

Given this though, I am not sure what the point of the suit is. The people were fired, they paid a price for their actions. Now I am not sure if criminal charges were filed but even if there weren't, why sue? Is it to send a message? If so then I am missing what that message is. Is it to further punish those involved? Maybe at least a little bit. I don't want to seem callous, but I can't really see what is to be gained from this suit.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Ain't talking 'bout love

Well I just read that Meredith Phillips and Ian McKee have split up. Who are they? They were America's cutest couple from the second season of the bachelorette. Am I happy they broke up? Well I could not care less really except for one thing, after the show they had no problem going on every talk show and appearing in every "People" type magazine professing their undying love for each other and how this was the real deal. So I guess it wasn't so real after all. Maybe they realized that the circumstance under which they met were slightly unusual and that when the cameras turned off they had to adjust to being together and dealing with real relationship issues, which are never easy.

I love that celebrities, in this case pseudo-celebrities, go to the press and tell every one how mush they are in love, that this is the real thing and that they are soul mates. Then two weeks/two months later they have broken up, but are still good friends. Hey how about you just shut up. Relationships are hard things to keep going and many times it seems easier to walk away than go back and try to work things out. I mean, I know the giddiness at the start of a relationship seems like it will last forever, but just because you got along great on the set or at the post Oscar bash, doesn't mean that your new crush is the love of your life.