November 28, 2014
Well the holiday was really nice. Chatted with my son for a bit and took the day at it's own pace. For lunch I made garlic and butter roasted shrimp. For dinner I slow cooked a bone in roast and it came out perfect. Day was spent relaxing and watching tv with periods of video games. Yes I play games. Always loved them.
I was watching some videos on Wimp.com and came across one about a pro football player that walked away from his contract (35 million by the way) to become a farmer. He had never farmed but felt he needed to live a life that gave back to people. His first harvest he donated to a local food bank. It made me feel good to see this. I have for a long time wondered why people hold pro athletes in such high regard. They are not like doctors or policeman or fireman or teachers that on a daily basis help our communities and each of us. They are people that play games for a living. Not saying they are not finely tuned athletes but they entertain us. Like actors and singers they supply us with diversions from life. So to see one that saw this and decided to add to humanity in a truly meaningful way and understood that football was not the avenue to do that is refreshing.
I don't throw stoned at anyone that loves sports or follows teams. I enjoy them myself. I don't however view the teams or players as something special. I see other jobs in this world as being much more important....in fact most. Is it more important that your heat be on or that the Bears win a football game? It is worth millions of dollars that a man can run fast or is it worth more that traffic lights are fixed and running properly? No I don't begrudge them their millions but I also don't think they are worth it. Just our society and the way it works. Just nice to see one man that sees it and puts it in perspective.
Wednesday evening two friends stopped by and we had an impromptu bourbon tasting. We cracked a couple of bottles of some really good stuff and had a great time.
Things I am thankful for:
acting in the face of fear