Friday, April 22, 2016

Pretty Cool Photos Of Palmer Chairlift At Timberline Lodge

Summer skiing is around the corner which means that Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood has opened Palmer snowfield for spring and eventually summer skiing.  

I've skied Palmer each of the past two summers and it's a magical experience.  There are people from all over the world skiing up on the glacier, from Olympic skiers to kids from Japan getting their two weeks of summer skiing in for the year.  Add to that the summer tourist season and it's an overall awesome time to be on the mountain.  

Take a look at some of the photos below:  

Until then, we have spring skiing at Mt. Bachelor through May 31st, so I'm going to try reaching my goal of 50 days of skiing in for the 2015-2016 season.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

If Shill Gets Dumped By ESPN, There's Always Fox News

Curt Shilling is doing a great job auditioning for a new gig as a paid commentator on Fox News with his latest opinion about all the new transgender bathroom laws that are going up in red states.  I wouldn't be surprised if ESPN releases him from his contract as a baseball analyst so that he can go work for Fox News, telling the 3,000,000+ angry white viewers about how the sports world is also persecuting conservative Christians who stand up for traditional family values. 

That would be just another in the long line of the persecuted who get paid by the "sorta" news network to talk about how tough life is for them under the oppressive Obama regime which is hell bent on taking down 1950s white Christian America. 

I wish him the best of luck.  

Monday, April 18, 2016

Grantland Was My Last Connection To The Sports World

Last night I figured out my cable box for the first time in three months and watched ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball between the Dodgers and Giants.  It hit me while I was watching the game that I no longer have any interest in baseball, or sports for that matter.  And that the last thing that kept my interest in sports was Bill Simmons', which ESPN killed last year due to a conflict with Simmons and orders from the parent company to cut costs.  

Grantland was the only sports site that I checked every few days.  The writers were great, especially baseball writer Jonah Keri.  I loved the in depth analysis of baseball even though I can hardly bare watching a game anymore.  But, I like to know what team executives and scouts look at when evaluating talent or constructing a roster, and that's what Grantland gave me as a reader.  

Plus, Grantland's pop culture articles were pretty awesome.  Bill Simmons' article about The Eagles Documentary on Netflix led to a rekindled love of The Eagles for me.  (I've seen the documentary three times so far).  

Maybe one of these days, with kids playing sports, I'll start to watch sports on TV again.  Until then, I'm crossing my fingers hoping to find another Granland-like site to keep my waning interest in sports alive. 

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Hopefully The End Is Fast Approaching For The Spectacle

I've been glancing at news headlines this past week and it seems that the end is near for the Donald Trump presidential campaign after his latest comment about imprisoning women who underwent an abortion.  Of course, his campaign PR people had to backtrack this comment very quickly and say that it was taken out of context and that he misspoke, which he of course didn't. They probably had to blame the media, ala Sarah Palin, or do something to make up for his unfiltered comments.  

But still, the spectacle has gone on long enough for the benefit of his ego and the benefit of the news media who covers him nonstop for fun and profit.  It's time to end the charade.  He's not a serious candidate and never intended to be. He's playing a character that he probably doesn't even believe but he needs to keep being more outrageous to keep the momentum going, according a former PR campaign manager who recently quit and wrote an open letter denouncing his candidacy.  You should definitely read it.  She clarifies what the campaign is all about.  

Here's the conclusion of the letter which sums up best what he's doing and playing the American people, with the culpable media's full support: 

And here's what he tapped into: the unprecedented, unbelievable anger. 
Because we are all angry — and we all have a right to be. But Trump is not our champion. He would stab any one of his supporters in the back if it earned him a cent more in his pocket. 
Unfortunately, the more vitriolic Trump has become, the more the people responded to him. That drove him to push the boundaries further and further. 
I also started seeing a trend of incompetence and deniability.
When there was a tweet that contained an error, he would blame it on an intern; when there was a photo containing a World War II Nazi Germany background, he would blame it on an intern; when he answered questions in an overtly controversial fashion, he would claim that he did not properly hear the question. He refused to take responsibility for his actions while frequently demanding apologies from others. 
Imagine Trump wronged you, even in the smallest possible way. He would go to the grave denying he had ever done anything wrong to you — ever. 
Trump acts as if he's a fictional character. But like Hercules, Donald Trump isa work of fiction.
This thing will end soon.  It has to end because it's just too ridiculous to continue.  The media execs will come to the conclusion that they are at a point of diminishing return on investment from Trump, much like an oil well that has peaked and profits are in decline.  Trump got what he wanted out of this campaign - attention.  The media got what it wanted - ratings.  And we the American people got what we deserved for consuming this spectacle - entertainment.   

I'm happy to say that this will soon be coming to an end.  Hillary Clinton will probably be debating some Republican not named Ted Cruz.  John Kasich, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, or someone else will probably emerge as the person to lose the 2016 election.  But at least we won't have to see the Trump spectacle play out much longer.