Gun violence

For starters, I want to give my biggest sympathy and well wishes for those that either lost someone or is currently recovering from the shooting in Las Vegas and Kansas. And to those who have been impacted by a shooting somewhere else in the country and the world.

Gun violence. We hear about it every day. Every day is there is some sort of shooting and innocent lives are taken. Not only that, but it it is breaking families and friends apart because we as a society are resorting to this as an answer to our problems.

VIOLENCE IS NEVER THE ANSWER!

Why does this happen? What good does it do? Every day as well you hear that “There should be tougher gun laws” but let’s be real, I haven’t heard anything. Have you?

If I am not mistaken, gun laws are regulated state by state and not the Federal Government.

All I know is, I want to see an end to this sooner rather than later.

Just a quick post today. Please be safe out there. That’s all I ask.

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I am who I am.

 

Pain. Agony. Defeat. Frustrated. Hurt. Depressed. You would never know that is how this young man is feeling if you look at these two pictures. You see that he looks to be happy with a flag and his race bibs behind him as well. You also see his crutches, so you know he’s had some sort of injury. He still uses them because he still gets some intense pain and has to use them every now and then to get around.

That young man is me. I am who I am. All those words in the beginning are how I feel most nights and there is really no way out. This year has been a tough one for me, but I am still going strong through it all.

I would love to talk with some of you and get to know you better. If you wish to contact me, my Facebook and Instagram links are on the right. If you can’t view them, but still wish to contact me, let me know.

Have a great week everyone.

It may be only week two but…

Ah yes, the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Such a beautiful time of year. The leaves are changing, people are getting outside more, pumpkin spice and apple cider products are in plenty, and football.

As this blog post is being written, we are in the third week of the College Football season (My boys are 2-0 and 1-1 respectively) and in the second week of the National Football League already.

Notice how I didn’t give a record to my NFL team? That’s because I’m slowly drifting away from the NFL. It may be only week two but, for some reason, I just can’t get into it this year. Maybe it’s because I’m tired of hearing all the bullshit from “fans” who want to complain about every little thing a player or team is doing. It’s called Free Speech. Let them do what they want to do. Sure, we can criticize them but let’s not be all whiny about it. Come on now. Not only that, but when you have a select few teams make it to the postseason and it is the same ones making it the distance, that’s where the problem comes in too. I’m all for expanding the playoffs by two teams. Ask me later how the brackets would work.

Maybe it’s also because unlike the NFL, in college, you have a better chance of pulling an upset if you aren’t that great. For an example, FCS (Formerly 1-AA) school South Dakota beat FBS (Formerly 1-A) Bowling Green last weekend. Granted they were both 4-7/8 last year, but you see my point. Yes, I know Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, and sometimes Oklahoma are the schools to beat, but beyond that College Football is awesome because there are more postseason opportunities and, at most schools, they play it for the love of the game and not money.

Is it hockey season yet?

Happy Birthday United States.

I know we have struggled as a country from time to time, but that should not dampen the mood as we celebrate Independence Day. While there have been conflicts, protests, corruption, and so much more, we still should take for granted that we live in this beautiful country with the freedoms we get to enjoy on a daily basis.

To me, this isn’t just home. I love being an American and I hope you do too. If not, then by all means tell me why not.

Happy Independence Day everyone and Happy 241st Birthday to the greatest country in the world.

God Bless America.

What in the world Mr. President?

Is it just me or are you starting to get fed up with what Mr. President is saying? Don’t get me wrong here, he has done decently (not well) so far in office, but there are some items that are just getting under my skin.

I feel like he is rambling on a lot of times and not only that, just some of his speeches and accusations aren’t true.¬†What in the world Mr. President? I understand not everyone will get along with you or believe what you say, but come on now. You are much smarter than that.

I know it’s not just me that sees this. Having a President without any prior background in politics was a bad idea from the start.

Hopefully this country learns from that and won’t make the same mistake in three years.

Toughen up Mr. President, do your job, and stop calling out people that don’t agree with you. You said you will make “America Great Again” and I’m waiting for that.

My fellow bloggers.

My fellow bloggers.

It is now a sad time here in the United States. President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order saying that refugees from certain African and Middle Eastern countries will not be allowed to enter the country and will be detained if they try and do so.

This makes me really sad, angry, and depressed. We are all immigrants one way or another in this wonderful country I call home. I understand there are some word wide terrorist groups that we have to watch out for, but what happened to letting different people from all over the world visit and maybe someday live here?

Maybe it’s just me, but I love when people from all over the world visit. I love talking with them, learning their cultures, and telling them why I love here.

All I can say is; President Trump, let these people in!

God Bless America.

Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick and tired of hearing people say that Cousins should leave DC. All I am going to ask is; if he does, who do you want as his replacement? I’ve heard outrageous remarks from Tony Romo to Colt McCoy to RG3 to Nate Sudfeld.

I’m sorry, but right now Captain Kirk is the best quarterback the Redskins have had since either Jason Campbell or Patrick Ramsey or if you really want to go far back; Mark Rypien. The reason why all three left is not because they couldn’t win the big games, but because they just couldn’t stay healthy. That isn’t a problem with Kirk Cousins last time I heard and/or checked.

While Cousins may struggle at times, all quarterbacks tend to. have a bad game or two. Oh and while we are at it, let’s put some of the blame on some other players for him having a bad game or two. Oh and how about that horrible defense? That cost the Redskins a few games too.

If Cousins does leave, I will not be just angry at them for letting a really good player go, but I will laugh at them each and every time they finish below 500 for the season.

What do you think?

Why I didn’t say Merry Christmas or Happy New Year on social media.

You may find this opinion piece unpopular and that is okay. I do this blog not because I have to, but because I want to.

Now that Christmas and New Year’s have came and went, I can get this piece of information out.

Do you know why I didn’t wish anyone a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year on social media? It’s because I have friends, colleagues, etc, that don’t celebrate either one. On the Christmas side, they either celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or they don’t even celebrate it at all. As for New Year’s, some people could either care less that it is the New Year, or help take part in Chinese New Year. Remember, the Gregorian calendar is the one you look to for New Years.

I’m not being politically correct, I’m just looking out for other people in other backgrounds who may find it offensive that we don’t include them in their celebrations.

There is a reason why we say Happy Holidays now and not just Merry Christmas.

Brief absence..

I know I haven’t written lately, but never fear, I’m still here.

My physical health is okay, and my mental health is meh.

Starting with my mental health; I have seen a therapist for the past month to two months. It helps some, but there are times I still have issues. For an example, I almost had a panic attack at work one night as one of my top leaders started asking me all these questions and every time I didn’t know an answer or gave an answer he didn’t like, he just shrugged it off. What made it worse is that he did it unexpectedly too. A few nights after that, I had an anxiety attack as I was talking to a friend about it. I was rapidly breathing, my heart was racing, and there were moments where I almost couldn’t breathe. Since then, I have had another anxiety attack, but that one I was able to calm myself down.

As for my physical health; I still have my lingering shoulder pain from when I hurt it in our softball tournament back in August. I still have a bad knee that has plagued me since high school and I know is falling apart on me. I also think I have a strained neck that has brought me down a few times at work because the pain has been bad. I also have a bigger concern. My heart has been giving me some issues at times. There are times where my beats per minute is in the 80-90 range and then all of the sudden it jumps up to near 120-130+. Not only that, my oxygen saturation level drops off and it worries me because there are times I can’t breathe.

So yeah, how are you doing?

Happy Thanksgiving.

So, I would post something long and sappy being Thanksgiving and how thankful for all of you in my life…

…but I won’t.

Instead, I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving with family and friends. Please remember also to think about the ones who can’t be here whether they are members of your family, friends, or our troops overseas.

To my friends on here who don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (or had it earlier in the year), I hope you have a great rest of your day.