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Tim Tebow

Okay, I just have to ask:  Am I the only one, not an Evangelical Christian, mind you, who likes Tim Tebow?  At first he was annoying.  The commercial during the big game, the one with Tim and his Mom explaining how she almost aborted him, and thank God she didn’t?  That was a little over the top for me.  But I can’t help but be drawn to Tebow because of his focus and desire to win.

When he started playing pro football, he was roundly criticized for many things: his inaccurate passing, his horrible footwork, his Tebowing at the drop of the hat. (Tebowing is what they now call it when players bend on one knee and give thanks to God for whatever marvelous thing they just did.)  You have to admit, though, he does win games.

I’m from Seattle, I’m no fan of the Denver Broncos.  I became very tired of watching John Elway come back from the dead to beat my poor, long-suffering (on my part) Seahawks.  You would think Elway, of all people, could appreciate the comebacks Tebow has engineered in his short career.  But that doesn’t seem to be the case.

I watched as, after one comeback, Elway walked right by Tebow, completely ignored him.  Come on, John, he just won a game, give him a handshake.  John Elway even said he didn’t think his quarterback of the future was on the roster today.  That’s not a nice thing to say.  John did reverse himself, in the last day or two, saying he would spend the offseason with Tebow, working with him to be the best quarterback he could possibly be.  Not a ringing endorsement, but better than a swift kick in the butt.

I find myself having hypocritical thoughts all the time, I can’t help it: I’m human.  I find myself a bit of the hypocrite, especially when I’m driving.  I want people to slow down and drive like responsible, good drivers, but when they do, it makes me angry.  ‘Get out of my way, Grandma!’ is one of my more printable sentiments.

So, after reading in the papers and emails all the horrible things people do to each other day in and seemingly day out, I just want to read about a nice person who does good things.  But when I do read about a person like that, a person like Tebow, it annoys me to death.  “Really?  No one can be that nice!  He’s faking it.  Someone follow him around and catch him in the act of nastiness and debauchery.”  There’s a lot of that going around.

Am I not fully in the Tebow bandwagon just because of his over the top religious beliefs?  It does invoke a few eye rolls on my part, but if you take that part of him away, take away his religion, would I like him more?  Would I like him more if he weren’t an Evangelical Christian? What would that say about me?  Nothing annoys me more than when someone doesn’t like me just because of one aspect of who I am.  You liked me before you found out I was a Libra, I’m still the same person, don’t hate me just because of that.  If you don’t like my personality, that’s fine, I think there’s a club for you people.

Maybe I have a hard time believing he’s honestly that nice because I have watched TV Evangelists and Politicians too long.  They seem to thrive on saying one thing and doing the exact opposite.  To them, it’s better to say what people want to hear, need to hear, than the actual truth.  ‘Oh, give me money: God says you must to further his word.’ Really?  Not so you can own a fleet of cars, a plane and a mansion?

I’m a firm believer in freedom of religion.  But let me clarify: don’t force me to believe what YOU believe.  Let me just sit in the corner, my little non-believing corner, and let me be…and you can go to your corner…and believe whatever you want to believe.  As long as neither of us hurts anyone, who cares?

I like Tim Tebow, more and more as time goes on, because he seems to genuinely care about other human beings.  Something this world needs more of, in my opinion.  The guy can win a football game, too.  I like a person who has that much drive, that much ambition, that much belief in himself and beyond, to win football games on shear will alone.

Sure, he’s not the best quarterback to walk the planet. <Insert favorite good quarterback here> was a much better quarterback.  (Since I am limited in the good quarterback area, I’ll say Warren Moon, but I still hold a torch for Jim Zorn.  They robbed you, Zorn!  Damn Krieg!)  But Tebow seems to be a fundamentally good human being.  And if his religious beliefs created this persona, who am I to say he is wrong.

jenn

Ps.  I just finished the second draft to my book!  Yippee yeehaw!  I’ll read it one more time, just to catch the really ugly mistakes, print it out and give it to a couple of friends to read.  Janet and I tried to pick people who we thought would give honest opinions.  People who could gently steer me in the right direction, not make me cry, but let me know when something doesn’t make sense.  A lot of times, I know what I am talking about, nobody else does.  It makes it hard for me to communicate.

Janet, Jessie and I are celebrating Christmas with Janet’s family in Indiana this year, and I am looking forward to seeing their new house.  I can’t wait to go to a state I’ve never been to, spend time with Janet’s family (always a treat), and watch some good football.  What’s that Janet?  Oh, we’ll be watching the Colts play?  Damn, a team worse than my beloved Seahawks?  Sorry, just had to put that in there.  It’s nice, every once in a while, to not be the worst team in the NFL.

Janet and I will be going to Austin Texas, to visit friends, in January of the new year and we are very excited.  We have to be organized: creating lists of places to go and people to see.  Or we’ll just go out with friends, drink a little, eat a little, and get nothing done.  I know where we definitely want to go eat: Chuy’s, Rudy’s, Upper Crust bakery, maybe Guero’s (not our favorite restaurant, but it is the site of our very first date)…

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What’s Worse?

What’s Worse? 

So, I was watching a little blurb in an email today, about Michele Bachmann, and it got me to thinking about something I think is terribly wrong in the world.  Let’s see if you feel the same way.  What’s worse?  Believing in something generally thought of as wrong or just saying you believe to gain political (or whatever) footing?  I consider them both bad, but the latter really disturbs me.

I am naïve to a fault:  I don’t understand why people do bad things for money, don’t understand it at all; I don’t get why a woman has to cover herself up because men can’t control themselves; and I really don’t understand why you would stand behind a position you don’t believe in just to get something you want, especially if it’s one group of people putting down another.

I watched a video of Michele Bachmann that was initially very funny.  She’s at a book signing (if she can do it!) when an 8-year-old kid shyly approaches her and wants to say something.  MB can’t hear him and leans over the card table to hear him.  He says something the microphone doesn’t catch, but MB stand straight up, looks utterly shocked, and waves bye-bye to him.  Google ‘Michele Bachmann vs. the 8-year-old’ if you want to see it.

What the little boy said was, ‘my Mom is gay and she doesn’t need to be fixed.’  I had to laugh at the look on MB’s face.  She was not expecting that sentiment from the young boy.  I thought about that look for a while.  Why would that statement surprise her like it did?  Because it came from a child?  Because it’s easier to tell an adult ‘you are going to hell’?  Should it be that hard to tell a child why you believe in something?  Or is it because she doesn’t really believe homosexuals are evil?  Come on, she married one.

MB got me thinking about a 60 minutes episode I saw, many years ago, about George Wallace.  His story is the first I had heard about (in my short, sheltered life) where someone sold their soul for a little power.  I didn’t understand it then and I still don’t understand it today.

George Wallace was the Governor of Alabama when America finally tried to right the tremendous wrong of ‘separate but equal’.  He refused to let blacks join whites at schools across Alabama.  Here is one of his many ugly thoughts back in the day:

“In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

While Governor of Alabama, GW took his hate tour on the road, campaigning for President of the United States.  Wouldn’t that have been fun? While campaigning, GW was shot 5 times by a man who wanted to be famous.  The price some will pay for fame.  This ended his presidential hopes and pretty much his political career.

The 60 minutes episode pulled into the present (at the time) and talked with the black man who now took care of GW.  I can’t remember his name, but he was asked how he could take care of a man who so clearly hated people of his color.  His reply went something like this:

Oh, George doesn’t really feel that way.  He just said those things to get elected.  This was Alabama in the 60s.  He never really felt that way against people of color.  He’s really not a bad man.

I couldn’t believe what he said.  I’d never heard anything like it before.  Why would anyone say something they don’t believe in just to get a position of power?  Isn’t that like stealing something that isn’t yours?  My Mom taught me stealing was wrong.  You shouldn’t take that which isn’t yours, she told me many, many times.

Which brings me back to Michele Bachmann.  If you believe in something you won’t talk about with an 8-year-old, is it something you should believe in?  And if you don’t really believe in it, just parroting things you hear (like from your husband – I’m surprised you can hear him, from that far back in the closet) or things you think your base wants to hear, are you being true to yourself?

I can respect you if your opinion differs from mine, many opinions do go against my beliefs.  But believe them, don’t just say them.  I believe in the golden rule; I believe we choose the life we live; I believe being true to ourselves will make the world a better place; I believe ignorance is a dangerous thing; I believe those who deceive for power are especially dangerous and should be watched very, very closely.

jenn

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Lesser Known Holidays To Celebrate On A Budget

So, Janet and I are attempting a budget next year.  I know…why on earth would we do that?  If we stick to our self imposed frugality, Janet could conceivably, possibly, perhaps think about retiring in about 10 years.  I don’t just mean ‘get off the road’, I mean stay-at-home-and-bug-jenn-all-day retire.

Janet and I picked an arbitrary number and are taking time this month and next to keep track of every dime and see if said number is feasible.  I’ve realized something the past couple of weeks: we spend a lot of money.  Bunches.  Yikes, this is going to be difficult.  I’ve been racking my little brain trying to figure out where we can cut back.  Since traveling seems to be an addiction for both of us, I decided to cut back on gifts.

What happened to my carefree youth?  Where I woke up Christmas morning, not having spent a dime on anyone, and received a bunch of cool toys?  Oh yeah, I had to grow up.  Christmas has gotten way too expensive, since I have no talent for crafts.  Maybe if I celebrate (small celebrations mind you) different holidays throughout the year, Jessie and Janet won’t notice if we skip Christmas next year.

I googled ‘weird holidays 2012’ and found www.holidayinsights.com.  I had no idea there were so many…um, interesting holidays out there.  Some are too serious a topic for me; some I don’t want to explain to Jessie; some I don’t want to explain to Janet; and some I just don’t have the energy to do.  Really, how can I be honest the entire day?  I found about 2 per month I think my little family can celebrate:

Jan 3 Humiliation Day – I figure chances are pretty good I’ll do something humiliating on this day.  I’ll probably even spread this one out over the whole year.

Jan 18 Thesaurus Day – This lone commemoration might be a merriment, if one brings forward the expenditure of energy.

Feb 22 Be Humble Day – I’m just not sure I can do this one…and I know Jessie can’t!  But we can try.  We are trying, aren’t we Janet?

Feb 26 National Pistachio Day – I love pistachios, I can celebrate this one.  I hope this holiday is close to ‘have-a-hammer-handy’ day. I can’t get the stupid things open sometimes.

Mar 10 Middle Name Pride Day – Wear it with pride, even if your middle name is Estelle or Adele.  Mine is Lynne with an E and I liked it so much, I gave it to Jessie.  My baby sister’s is Marina (she’ll tell you her name is Kristina Marie, but I like mine better).

Mar 30 I Am In Control Day – Just once, one day out of the year, I would like to be in control.  Of everything.

Apr 1 International Fun at Work Day – I’m pretty sure this has something to do with April Fool’s Day.  We’ll celebrate this day with…

Apr 3 Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day – Exactly.  Pizza, popcorn and movies, come on over!

May 11 Eat What You Want Day – When did that stop being every day?

May 20 Be A Millionaire Day – Oh please, dear Lottery God, let me be a millionaire!  I’ve tried poor and I don’t like it much.  I have enough character now.

Jun 1 National Doughnut Day – I will definitely spend the day eating doughnuts.  Good way to start the summer bikini season.

Jun 18 National Splurge Day – Janet and I will try and splurge just on this day.  I’m thinking we should call AMEX and give them a heads up.

Jul 3 Stay Out Of The Sun Day – I had to laugh at this one until I realized it must be for people in Arizona and Texas.  300 overcast days a year, good chance we won’t get any sun today.  For us in the Pacific Northwest it’s ‘Get Out Your Happy Light’ Day.

Jul 16 Nothing is picked for this day!  What should we do today?  Wow, skies the limit.  How about:  Why’d I Marry You? Day (Tell her why she married you because, seriously, she might have forgotten at this point).  Barf Out a Confession Day (run up to a love one, yell out a dark hidden secret, and run away. Ah, good times.)

Aug 10 Lazy Day – I am all over this day.  It was hard choosing between this one and ‘National Goof Off Day’ in March.  I’ll probably do both, to be honest.

Aug 30 Frankenstein Day – this one might be fun.  You could have monster parties, dress up time, movies, electricity…you name it!

Sep 2 National Beheading Day – I’m pretty sure this is illegal, but I could be wrong.  I just thought it was weird.

Sep 23 Dog in Politics Day – I’m sure our 4 legged friends could do just as well, in Congress, as the current group of animals.  I’m for it.  Send in a couple of cats, too.

Oct 2 Name Your Car Day – I love this one.  My Mom always named her cars Betsy.  I haven’t done my car yet, but we named our GPS unit Mavis.

Oct 3 Virus Appreciation Day – As a science geek, this one amuses me.  I’m not sure appreciation is the right word, but you gotta love the little bugs.

Nov 2 Look For Circles Day – Oh, I like this one.  Jessie and I could have a ball!  <–Circle!

Nov 17 Take a Hike Day – I take this in the literal sense, not the ‘get out of my face’ sense.  I like to wander around in the woods.  I even like it when I get lost out there.  For the first day or so.

Dec 4 Wear Brown Shoes Day – This is a little oddballish day.  I don’t believe I own brown shoes.  Luckily, I have Splurge Day earlier in the year.

Dec 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day – Hey, Janet has her own day!

See, who needs to spend all that money at Christmas time?  Most of these holidays require just a little bit of thought (Janet), craftiness (Jessie), and laziness (Me).  Retirement, here we come!

jenn

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