Sunday, March 28, 2010

One Lump or Two?

Today is my last official day of unemployment. Tomorrow I officially begin my new duties as Second-in-Command of Jamestown Coffee Co. The process leading up to this day has been full of tests and in depth discussions. I will be working for my best friend in the world, and both of us wanted to be absolutely sure that this would work for both our benefits as well as protect our lifelong friendship.

I believe this is a good move for me. I have retail management experience as well as food service management in my background, and I was good at it. In addition to the day to day operation, I have also been given a voice for creative and operational input. This is something I have never had as a manager. 

And let me be frank, here. I absolutely LOVE coffee. Furthermore, Jamestown Coffee is not just any coffee. James has put a lot of time and energy to procure the very best coffee products out there. There is a lot for me to learn, but I am going to be surrounded by an exemplary team of individuals and I have known my boss since 2nd grade. We have worked together several times over the years, and it has always been a blast.

Stop by and have a cup of coffee....or several. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Weighing In

This will not be a post about my actual physical weight. I have nothing significant to report yet. Although I just played outside with my dogs for about 30 minutes, and they dropped before I did. Four legs and all!

No, I would like to weigh in on the Health Care Reform that was signed into law today. Everyone has their own personal feelings about it. So do I. I am not going to debate the right-or-wrong of it all here. What I want to do is to publicly rebuke certain citizens of the US of A who have hurled racist, hatemonger assaults at various elected officials, and those religious fruitcakes who are now touting health care reform as the end of times.

Since the day of Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven in the book of Acts, mankind has at various times in history used some major social or political crisis as the catalyst of Christ's return as recorded in the Revelation. In our lifetime, the Jewish holocaust, rock-n-roll music, Roe v. Wade, Walter Mondale's run for President, September 11, 2001, President Obama's election, and now Health Care reform signed into law, have all been hailed as the end of society, the end of the world as we know it, and the end of mankind.

Oddly, mankind is still here. So are society and the world.

Now, in addition to Joe "You Lie" Wilson, GOP, Tea Party, and Evangelicals alike are demonstrating the most UN-American immature behavior since the 1960s. Spitting on public officials, yelling racist and hateful remarks, and protesting on the SC State House wearing a God Hates Fags t-shirts representing a Kansas church. And people ask me why I don't go to church anymore. I don't want to be labeled as one of these morons. I am NOT one of these morons. I am a totally different breed of moron.

Here is what I think EVERY responsible American should do: READ THE HEALTH CARE DOCUMENT and see what it says instead of listening to doom-and-gloom fear mongers. Think for yourself by doing your own research. After you have done that, form your own opinion. If you're still against Health Care reform, at least you will be informed and the rest of us will respect your opinion.

Here is what I think the rest of America should do: GROW UP.

Here is what I think Evangelicals should do: recall that Jesus Himself said, "NO ONE knows" when His return will be. Even He Himself did not know while He was on earth. Next time you feel the need to proclaim ends times prophecy, read the Bible first. Read the prophecies first. It just might help you be taken more seriously. K?

As for me and my house, we are just going to go on living our lives and thanking God that after 100 years of arguing and grandstanding, health care reform was passed. Why is anyone surprised? It was a campaign promise. Are we so accustomed to no one keeping campaign promises that we don't know how to react when a promise is actually kept?

And here is one more thing I want to get off my chest. One of my very best friends in the world is serving in Afghanistan even as we speak. To my knowledge, he does not support President Obama's policies. Instead of calling names and disrespecting the President of the United States, he is serving over there, away from his family, friends, church, and career. He is doing this so you who are numbered among the morons can act like the morons you are under the banner of freedom. Mind you he is not alone over there. Are we going to repeat the behavior towards those who served in Vietnam when the soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan return? If things keep going the way they are, it wouldn't surprise me to see these idiots (and you know who you are) spitting on our soldiers. God forbid it be so! The soldiers should spit on you.

Thus endeth the rant.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A New Way to Retire...Not Retiring!

I am a sentimental guy; I really am. I have been to retirement parties. It moves me to think that someone has reached a point where they no longer have to work. It is a bittersweet thing to watch. When someone has worked hard to build a career, retiring is a very emotional experience. One of my dearest friends retired from the produce business he had built with his own sweat and sustained for over 40 years. He shared with me how much he had sacrificed regarding quality time with his family. When he retired, it was the end of a long and sometimes painful career. He found many new ways to occupy his time, including spending time with me. In my mind, that is what retirement was supposed to be.

Retirement seems to have a new face these days. Three faces, specifically.

Brett Favre had a celebratory career as the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. His retirement was to have catapulted him into legendary status. It didn't quite work out that way. Not even a year later, he announced that he was coming out of retirement. Green Bay didn't take him back, so he played for the Jets. Then he retired again. Then he came out of retirement again. Now he is a Viking. That's cool. I mean, being a professional athlete unfairly forces you to retire in your 40s. In the non-athletic world, that wouldn't happen. The only thing that really bothers me about Brett Favre is that now his legacy is more of a joke. He deserves better than he gave himself.

I cannot remember a time when Ric Flair was not in wrestling. I am a lifelong fan of the sport, in no small way due to the accomplishments of "The Nature Boy," Ric Flair. He retired at last year's Wrestlemania with the pomp and circumstance worthy of his contributions. Untold numbers of wrestlers owe their careers to this man. He was the shining star of pro wrestling, and anyone who wrestled him became great because of him. Many things that go on in pro wrestling today originated with men like Ric Flair.

So I turn on TNA Wrestling the other day and I see Ric Flair. Look, I get it. Wrestling was his life. I would rather die in the ring than retire. But now seeing him with another company cheapens his retirement and the celebration of his accomplishments. Woooooooooooo!

Then of course, we have Jay Leno back on The Tonight Show. I am still waiting for the dust to settle on this one. I watched and DVR'd his final Tonight Show. It was nice, meaningful, and it was clear that he had lived up to the legacy.

Then came Conan O'Brien.

Then went Conan O'Brien.

Then came Jay Leno...again.

So what does it all mean? I don't know, but I am not going to any more retirement parties.