Friday, October 8, 2010

This religion quiz thing...

Insomnia lead me to take this strange belief quiz (use adblock to be safe) since I don't really have anything else to do, I got this:

1. Liberal Quakers (100%), 2. Unitarian Universalism (96%), 3. Mahayana Buddhism (85%), 4. Neo-Pagan (81%), 5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (80%), 6. New Age (78%), 7. Theravada Buddhism (75%), 8. Taoism (72%), 9. Orthodox Quaker (72%), 10. Secular Humanism (72%), 11. Baha'i Faith (68%), 12. New Thought (66%), 13. Jainism (64%), 14. Reform Judaism (61%), 15. Hinduism (61%), 16. Scientology (57%), 17. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (52%), 18. Nontheist (50%), 19. Sikhism (48%), 20. Orthodox Judaism (41%), 21. Seventh Day Adventist (38%), 22. Islam (34%), 23. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (33%), 24. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (30%), 25. Jehovah's Witness (22%), 26. Eastern Orthodox (19%), 27. Roman Catholic (19%).

Obviously, I'm not putting any stock into an online quiz for a rather big lifestyle decision, but the results are some what interesting. I've always admired the role that more liberal members of the Society of Friends played in abolition of slavery in America, their Dovish views on conflict are appealing, too.

Jainism has always been interesting to me, though I'm way too mental to ever be a Jain. It requires an incredible amount of discipline and work. Originally I was shocked to see Neo-Paganism so high, but after I thought about it I really wasn't.

The religion I was raised in -- Southern Baptism -- wound up finishing in the relegation places...err, toward the bottom of the pile. Not really shocked by that, there are reasons I left the Church to begin with.

I've been looking at religions for around a year and a half now and I still haven't found one that fits, usually that only happens with clothes.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Free Kobi!

I really didn't want to end my long blogless streak with a post about professional eating. Actually I didn't care what I ended it with, I just don't like the idea behind professional eating, I think it's vulgar, then again I am more or less a priss. But oh well.

I spent most of Independence Day in bed with a headache, this meant I spent a lot of time channel surfing. One of the recent television staples of July 4th has become the Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest in Brooklyn (the other Brooklyn, not our Brooklyn, Charlotte's not gross). Over the years ESPN has used the sporting lull that is July 4th to introduce us to the characters of this grand affair, people like Juliet Lee, Joey Chestnut and Takeru Kobayashi. Kobayashi (or Kobi, if you're cool with him) is like the Yokohama F. Marinos of hot dog eating, a once dominant and now fading force. Chestnut is like the Urawa Red Diamonds, he has a lot of fans and lately he's been winning titles. Also his fans will fight you on message boards, like Tim D'Annunzio -- who I have figured as a bit of a Kettering Town man.

Anyway, I need to cut to the chase before I start revealing just how little I know about this stuff. Kobi wasn't allowed to eat hot dogs on Sunday because he refused to sign an exclusive deal with Major League Eating, which I guess is like the WWE of professional eating. This is because Kobi is -- in professional gluttony terms -- a celebrity worth a lot of money. He's also very marketable. He knows this, and MLE knows this, this is why MLE wants him to sign a deal, so he can't eat for anyone else. Kobi doesn't want to sign a deal because it would prevent him from eating publicly for his own sponsors.

Drama bomb in here.

I guess Major League Eating is will within their rights to tie up Kobi, I mean, Vince McMahon doesn't let his guys wrestle in other wrestling promotions, but at the same time Vince pays his guys a decent wage, you have to wonder how much an MLE contract is worth. I mean, we can't be talking LeBron James numbers here, can we? With that in mind, I feel for Kobi. I mean, I think he's gross, but he still has a right to make money off his image, and as a professional eater I can't imagine he has a lot of opportunities flying his way.

Oh well, I guess we'll see how this one works out. Unless I lose interest, which I probably will. Maybe I should take up professional eating, I'm thin as a rail.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Emotional Jake a Charlotte sporting legend

Jake Delhomme couldn't contain himself as he broke down during his press conference today. The most accomplished quarterback in Carolina Panthers history found himself in tears and didn't bother fighting back. That's the way he's always been, and the reason he has earned such a passionate fan base in the Carolinas.

It's easy to assume Carolina fans are happy about the decision if you aren't a Carolina fan. All you'll see is Jake's horrible 2009 and his dreadful game against Arizona the season before. What you didn't see was the barely televised game against Jacksonville to start his first season as a Panther. With Carolina down 14-0 at half time John Fox made the call to pull veteran Rodney Peete and replace him with the unheralded Delhomme who lead the team to a 24-23 victory and capped off the season with an NFC Championship.

In the following years Jake would have his ups and downs. He would lead the team to another NFC Championship game against Seattle with a depleted running back corp only to fall short. He would also throw an obscene amount of interceptions and bad passes, and again he would lead the team on seemingly impossible last minute comebacks, like against San Diego where he managed to find Dante Rosario in the back of the end zone while falling down. Had Brett Favre made that same play various ESPN talking heads would've masturbated themselves into comas. But as it stood, Jake made it, so nobody west of Hothouse, south of Hardeeville, or north of Big Creek heard about it.

Off the field he was, and is a gentleman and a role model for young children, especially young athletes. Jake never, ever gave up on his dreams despite some harsh setbacks. He was determined to achieve his goal, and he did. Talent-wise Jake probably has no business in the NFL, especially not playing for championships, but he was there. He often found a hidden gear, a way to out play every other player in the league, and made a career for himself out of emotional, intense play. You never got cocky bravado from Jake, you got results. Sometimes not the way you expected, but he usually found a way to deliver.

He bowed out the same way he played, with intense emotion. Some will be critical of Jake for crying, and tell him to "man up". It's easy to tell a champion quarterback to man up when you're sitting at home. This is a man who played injured countless times and repeatedly dragged himself back to the line in intense pain to manage enough yardage for the Panthers to at least attempt a field goal, a man who was vastly respected by his teammates and loved by his fans. I feel he's entitled to a few tears.

In my eyes he's on the same level as Mike Minter, Muggsy Bogues, and Dell Curry, a Charlotte sports legend, and a world-class gentleman to boot. There will always be a place for him in this town.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Perspective Check

Seriously.

I have depression and I bitch about it, a lot. Both because it sucks and the fact that my current situation only serves to exacerbate it most of the time. Don't worry, this isn't another blog about that. Though for whatever reason those posts play well in Beverly Hills according to my analytics account.

But, I'm alive. I have ground under my feet and clean water to drink. It's not always easy, but if I were to put my head down I could probably free myself from the chains that have been put on me by various things. I've learned this last week that not everyone has that, some people don't have anything, like the people who have had their lives ruined by the destruction in Haiti.



We can all sit around and say "well, this is why it happened" and blame various politicians and other things. Some people Someone actually said that it happened because Haiti had a contract with the Devil, even though that person himself signed a multi-year deal with AC Hell Argyle back in the 1970s and is somewhat of a folk hero down at the Riverside. But enough about him. Talking about stuff like that is anti-productive, it solves absolutely nothing except the feeding of one's own ego by tricking yourself into thinking you'd have done a better job with no natural resources at your disposal. That's why Haiti is so poor, you know, because it has no resources, making it the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere -- by some way.

What can we do then? Well, you can donate, and I know that most people have and that some people can't. The economy is tight all over the world, trust me, I know first hand. If you have a birthday or anniversary coming up and want to help, have people do donations in your name to the charity of your choosing rather than buy you gifts. Material things are nice, but they're only things. People (and animals) are all unique and can't be replaced, a simple blanket or bottle of drinkable water could save a life, or a pair of lives, and people are being found alive everyday. The impact of that simply cannot be spoken for. Here's a list of organizations accepting donations in my local paper. All of those are trusted organizations that won't steal your money. Groups not on that list worth checking out are UNICEF and Samaritan's Purse.