So far I’m watching ‘Alex, Inc’. Zac Braff (Scrubs, Garden State, The Last Kiss) is so far the perfect family flick.
Baseball is Back
First pitch. First batter. Cubs are off to a good start. Padres are already showing signs that the offense is stuck in neutral. But hey wasn’t it just last year where they had gone four games without scoring a single run?!?
Currently, my Cubbies are in the 13th inning and tied 1-1. There was some fun with Wilson Contreas and Anthony Rizzo. I guess Rizzo wasn’t thrilled with how much speed the catcher put on it.
Bryant also had his first home run of the season. Two games and boom!
HaHa. No, not that one. The car rental place. I’ve had literally the worst experience ever with them. This all started because my wife got hit in the back of her new car by a millennial up by work while she was stationary. The car that hit her – going about five mph. If I had to guess she was probably looking at her phone and then wham. My wife said she was nervous and shaken up. Yep! Beware of that 5 mph. Wait until you hit 10 or even 30 mph. So anyway, our insurance provides us with a rental car while we’re getting the back bumper replaced. Hello, Enterprise rent-a-car. I arrive there are 9:30. Get a Chevy and drive it on home. One big problem. The AC doesn’t work and the air flowing out of it is warm as if it’s direct from the engine. Yeah, that’s not going to fly. So off I go back to Enterprise. I arrive and tell them,”No AC. Only heat pouring out.” They have me wait thirty minutes and tell them they’ll get me an upgrade. I’m happy. Finally, he walks me to out to this Dodge Journey. I get it, start her up, and no Bluetooth. Now in this day and age, every car that I’ve looked at comes with Bluetooth for calls. I tell the guy,”This won’t work. I need Bluetooth for calls.” He proceeds to tell them that about half of their cars don’t have it. That’s just plain crazy to me and I think he was talking out of his ass.
So I wait another thirty minutes. Finally, they point me to a Chevy Tahoe. A big beast of a car. Bluetooth. Yes. Air Conditioning. Yes. I’m happy. Drive it to home and park it in the driveway. I think to myself that I’m glad I don’t have to deal with Enterprise again. My wife and I are walking the dogs that evening and she says,”Do you realize that the car has Illinois plates on it and that they’re expired?!” I swear I just want to bang my head on something.
It looks like I’ll be making another trip back there this morning. This is truly the worst customer experience I’ve experienced with a car rental outfit. I’d just like a normal car. AC. Bluetooth. Proper Registration.
Funny video that Henry Cavill made about his CGI mustache removal that was used in Justice League. Quite funny.
I really don’t know why we’re in such a huff about the whole Facebook and your data was given to other people. That’s the risk of these social networks. You don’t OWN the data. You make posts and you give that data to Facebook who puts it on about a hundred different servers. Backups up backups. Ever tried leaving Facebook? They tell you that it’ll take thirty days to process the deletion of your data. Insane.
“This is a major trust issue” – Mark Zuckerberg
No flipping shit Mark! Isn’t that obvious!?!?! Now the Obama administration is saying they were given data access as well. So basically – hey if you want it – we’ll give it to you. My advice? I use Facebook sparingly. I’m very careful what I do post to it and what I give another company about my life. Basically, all Facebook knows is that I enjoy a good beer with my wife, I enjoy my daughter Joy, and I enjoy photography/golf. That’s all that I’m good with. I post maybe two photos of my daughter a month.
I got out Tuesday afternoon for some golf with Eric and Dylan. Doug was enjoying his match and WON!
Golf this weekend was bittersweet. On one hand, I was glad that I was able to put together one good round. It was duck taping things together and to say that I was leaking oil coming in is probably being generous. But I was able to post that 77. Flash forward to yesterday and I knew it was going to be a tougher round. Why? St. Patrick’s Day. Also our typical Saturday night out with friends so I knew I wasn’t going to get home until late and then it would be a matter of how little alcohol I could drink so as to stay in a decent golfing shape. BTW, thank goodness for Uber. More on that later.
A sandbagger is a lovely golf term. It means that your handicap is higher than your golf potential on purpose. Basically, so that you can try and give yourself an advantage over your playing partners. My playing partner was one under thru eight holes of golf but here’s the kicker – he was getting six strokes. He finished with a score of even par and shot a net – 66. Odds?
It looks like the odds are around 536:1. Just a good round that’s completely random? Just a month ago we also had a net 67 from the same golfer. 276:1. Argh! It really just makes you wonder why you’re competing in a tournament.
But focus on the positive. I got to enjoy a fun round with Jim Davis. I played decently well on Saturday in rainy conditions for two hours. Basically, I got soaked for two hours and I was still able to string something together.
Conor Lamb took an impressive House seat in PA. Surprised? This is probably just the beginning snowball and it gathers speed. A blue candidate takes a seat in a deeply red district. Ground game politics works. Engage with people and know their issues. Then it really doesn’t matter is blue, red, green, or purple. Slight funny note. He’ll be campaigning again in eight months as this was a special election.
So much turnover in the Trump administration is just the biggest sign of instability. My take: DT wants to surround himself with people that agree with him.
Marine Corps vs Marine Core
I served for more than 20 years in the Marine Corps. I know that he doesn't read, but the fact that our Commander-in-Chief doesn't know the difference between a Corps and a "Core" is more than a spelling error. Wrap yourself in the flag all you like – actual veterans have had it. pic.twitter.com/1N2cO36bgT
An excellent interview with Phil and how his strength training program is what has lead him to be competitive and injury free. Dan Patrick was talking ‘bench press’ with him and Phil interestingly made a comment saying,”I would never do that. It’s all the pressure on my spine.”
Charles Barkley on DP
Excellent segment talking about the NCAA and college’s paying players. Charles makes a good point talking about how he took a loan from his agent to and it lead to him staying in college longer. But, the NCAA made $1 billion dollars last year. Granted that’s through ALL of its sports but it’s still a lot of money. Free educations is worth a lot and the vast overwhelming majority of these kids won’t be playing professional anything. Charles also makes some great points about NBA teams tanking and getting more ping-pong balls for possible draft picks.
Tomorrow Tiger Woods tees off at the Valspar and his butt better make the weekend. I think he’s looking solid and I wouldn’t be surprised if he breaks thru and we see a top-five finish. Phil Mickelson’s win is probably even more incentive for him to win.
But who can forget the time that Tiger was being introduced and the starter was listing his year victories and Phil had heard enough. Video below.
First Wednesday Tournament
Today is our first Wednesday tournament and I spent the last few days hitting some shots to get ready. Part of that getting ready was a lesson with Bob Madsen. It looks like my stance was too wide for my driver. The road to better. One day at a time.
So is a bit funny to me when people get all fired up when an actor or an actress is voicing their opinion. They’re doing the exact same thing that I’m doing right now. I just happen to do mine in a blog format on social media which has a reach of about 10,000 to 15,000 people. Between Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Instagram. I’m grateful for having that voice and I try to make a point not to abuse it. But I applaud people for taking a stand and voicing an opinion.
Sam – the video above – is definitely one of my favorite actors. I think he’s highly underrated. He is definitely very comical.