Saturday, June 26, 2010

My LW, a Swede?

My lovely wife, in her Swedish Women's Chorus uniform.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Amazon has a section where they recommend items based on your previous purchases.  They recommended "Smallville: The Complete Ninth Season" for me even though I have said that I was not interested in any of Seasons 1-8.  They recommended "George Lopez - The Complete First and Second Seasons" because I bought various Gilmore Girls seasons, however, Gilmore Girls is a comedy/drama that was very well done with mature humor whereas, Lopez is slapstick.

"Jack the Ripper" because of "You Only Live Twice"(James Bond) is there any connection that normal people can find?  "Alien Nation - The Complete Series" because of "Greatest American Hero"?  "The Complete UFO Megaset" because of "Our Man Flint"? "Mannequin & Mannequin 2: On the Move" because of "Due South"?  "Grey's Anatomy: The Complete Seasons 1-5" even though I told them I wasn't interested in seasons 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 or 5!

I also like there search engine.  I was searching for "Swedish Music" and the "Dumb and Dumber" DVD came up as one of the items.  Searching for "Castle Season 2" bought up "Married with Children - The Complete Fifth Season" (not seasons 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 but 5) in the first page.

Of course, some of the recommendations make sense and the search comes up with the items you may like most of the time.

A good face they say, is a letter of recommendation. O Nature, Nature, why art thou so dishonest, as ever to send men with these false recommendations into the World!   Henry Fielding

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Aristotle

You don't carry in your countenance a letter of recommendation. Charles Dickens

“Brevity is the best recommendation of speech, whether in a senator or an orator”  Marcus Tullius Cicero

“And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be made out of what had up to that time been” Arthur Conan Doyle

recommend (v) 1 put forward (someone or something) with approval as being suitable for a particular purpose or role  • advise or suggest (something) as a course of action • [ trans. ] advise (someone) to do something   • make (someone or something) appealing or desirable
2 ( recommend someone/something to) archaic commend or entrust someone or something to (someone) 
ORIGIN late Middle English (sense 2) : from medieval Latin recommendare, from Latin re- (expressing intensive force) + commendare ‘commit to the care of.’

Coaching Soccer

In my daughter's blog she said "I think this must be why my Dad coached his kids' soccer teams--to give him an excuse to be the one yelling on the sidelines." 

I admit that I did keep up a steady stream of "helpful" coaching from the sidelines.  The reasons for coaching probably included the "yelling" part.  I think that if I was to coach another team of very young kids; I would encourage the kids to talk to each other on the field.  Young kids quite often keep talking and talking, but put them on a soccer field and they will not talk to each other.  In soccer other players can help their teammates by telling them that an opponent is coming up to them or that a teammate is open square, etc..

I also coached because I like sports and spending time with my kids.  I was introduced to soccer at a later age, it is a sport I probably could have been good at if I had started at a early age.  Running and thinking are a couple of my strong points.

Plus my kids were/are good at soccer.

To get back to the "yelling/coaching". I also believe that the kids on the field don't really hear us!

Coaching is not a natural way of life. Your victories and losses are too clear cut.-- Tommy Prothro

Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you.-- John Wooden

Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you.
-- Eddie Robinson

Coaching is a profession of love. You can't coach people unless you love them.-- Eddie Robinson

A successful coach needs a patient wife, loyal dog, and great quarterback - and not necessarily in that order.-- Bud Grant

I'd rather be a football coach. That way you can lose only 11 games a season. I lost 11 games in December alone!-- Abe Lemons

Overcoaching is the worst thing you can do to a player.-- Dean Smith

Either love your players or get out of coaching.-- Bobby Dodd

"The coach should be the absolute boss, but he still should maintain an open mind." -- Red Auerbach

Bad shooters are always open" -- Pete Carril

coach (n) 1 a horse-drawn carriage 2 a railroad car.

an athletic instructor or trainer.  • a tutor who gives private or specialized teaching.
ORIGIN mid 16th cent. (sense 1) : from French coche, from Hungarian kocsi (szek√©r) ‘(wagon) from Kocs,’ a town in Hungary
ORIGIN early 18th cent. (as a verb): figuratively from coach 1

Saturday, June 12, 2010


In many of my jobs, I was very competent.  In the Navy, I was an excellent EOOW (Engineering Officer of the Watch - in charge of the sub's nuclear plant).  In my NRC days, I was probably the best Nuclear Simulator operator licensing engineer.  When I was an instructor, I was very good at the simulator.

The Chicago Blackhawks are very competent at playing hockey as shown by their Stanley Cup victory.  My wife is very competent in most every thing she does.  My kids are extremely competent as parents.

Why can't we have a competent President?  P.O. has failed as an ambassador for the US (he apologizes every where he goes for our faults(or at least his opinion of what are faults)), he has basically bankrupted the country with his budget (my grandkids and their kids will be paying for it), he has failed in protecting the country, and he has failed in his handling of the gulf oil spill.

P.O. is in over his head.  He has never run anything.  I thought he was at least competent; boy was I wrong!  The Peter Principle at its finest!

“Never ascribe to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence” Napoleon Bonaparte

“A competent leader can get efficient service from poor troops, while on the contrary an incapable leader can demoralize the best of troops.”  John J. Pershing

“The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence.”  Elbert Hubbard

No human being will work hard at anything unless they believe that they are working for competence.  William Glasser

Sincerity and competence is a strong combination. In politics, it is everything.  Peggy Noonan

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare. Daniel P. Moynihan

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.~Laurence J. Peter

Everyone rises to their level of incompetence. ~Laurence J. Peter

Incompetents invariably make trouble for people other than themselves.~Larry McMurtry

competence (n) 1 the ability to do something successfully or efficiently  • the scope of a person's or group's knowledge or ability  • a skill or ability. • the legal authority of a court or other body to deal with a particular matter
2 dated an income large enough to live on, typically unearned
ORIGIN late Middle English (in the sense [suitable, adequate] ): from Latin competent-, from the verb competere in its earlier sense ‘be fit or proper’ (see compete ).

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

BH Town

I listen to a lot of sports talk radio.  It is usually interesting when the local teams are losing. At the beginning of the hockey season, you could not find any hockey talk on the radio.  After all, there were the Bears, Bulls, White Sox & Cubs talk to talk about.

But now all you can hear is the Blackhawks' players or experts talking about the Hockey season.  For those of you who do not follow sports, the (hated) Blackhawks are in the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-0 games lead.

Those of us who are Redwing fans, it is very boring talk.  Last year when the Redwings & PIT were in the finals there was little talk about it, after the BH's lost.  My son is a big BH fan, whereas, my son-in-law is a RW fan.  Unfortunately, for us the BH have a very good young team who will probably be good for a long time.  But we RW fans' hope is that we will raise again!

Hockey is a sport for white men. Basketball is a sport for black men. Golf is a sport for white men dressed like black pimps.- Tiger Woods

I went to a fight the other night and a hockey game broke out. - Rodney Dangerfield

All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.- Gordie Howe

A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. - Wayne Gretzky

Ice hockey is a form of disorderly conduct in which the score is kept. - Doug Larson

Hockey players wear numbers because you can’t always identify the body with dental records

 ”A fast body--contact game played by men with clubs in their hands and knives laced to their feet.” - Paul Gallico

Goaltending is a normal job, sure. How would you like it in your job if every time you made a small mistake, a red light went on over your desk and 15,000 people stood up and yelled at you.” - Jacques Plante

”It takes brains. It's not like a forward, where you can get away with scoring and not play defense. On defense you have to be thinking.” - Chris Chelios

”My former wife made me a millionaire. I used to have three million dollars.”- Bobby Hull

ice hockey  (n)  a fast contact sport played on an ice rink between two teams of six skaters, who attempt to drive a small rubber disk (the puck) into the opposing goal with hooked or angled sticks. It developed in Canada in the 19th century