Thursday, March 26, 2009

Check it

So I started writing a blog about last nights events at youth. Sadly, my computer at work crashed momentarily and completly closed all of my IE windows. So, for lack of creativity and lack of a desire to write, may I present to you my brothers blog. To encourage you to visit and read the wonderful (and no I'm not bragging, just speaking truth) blog written yesterday, I'm going to help him out just a little. Pearl Jam gets my vote. And in the words of Nickleback, "Cause we all wanna be big rockstars..."


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Moral Dilemma

Every once in a while I'm out and about in the evenings. And, when the family is with me, the radio station usually ends up on WAY-FM. Their evening program (6-10pm) is called Total Axxcess and is hosted by Wally. No last name, just Wally. The man good enough to go by one name.

I like Wally. He is funny, honest, insightful, fairly knowledgeable and every once in a while reflective. On a really god day, he is able to mix all of these traits into one topic. Tonight was that night. Upon hearing the topic of discussion, Janda and I laughed. Not that the topic was funny, but the presentation of the topic was great. So, please allow me to steal his question meant for fun and present you with a moral dilemma.

"If both of your parents wind up needing a kidney transplant at the same time and you are a match, which parent would you give your one available kidney to?"

Oh the family battles that could be waged based on this one decision. And not just potential negative battles, but also the positive ones of spouses sacrificing their lives for the other out of love.

So, what would you do?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Why are you having this done?

I am becoming acutely aware of the simple fact that dumb people surround me. Moreove, I could probably write a book about the stupid things these people do, say, write, etc.

I work at a radiology office. I schedule exams for hospitals that our radiologists read exams for. Over the years I have seen exams done for many reasons. Some histories are amusing, some are interesting and then there are those that make you really question whether you would ever want to visit that particular doctor. With that, I leave you with today's reason for having an exam done.

Exam ordered: right shoulder xray
Reason for exam: abdomen and back pain

I am no rocket scientist, but the last time I checked, the shoulder and abdomen are in fairly different locations of the body.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Captain Obvious

While scheduling an xray today I saw a case of overstating the obvious. See below.

"Please have exam read by radiologist."


Sunday, March 1, 2009

American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice

I'm not one to consider myself a reality junkie. As a matter of fact, the best reality shows I can think of are the ones that come in sport form. March Madness is quickly approaching. Spring ball is going strong and th NBA and NHL are nearing its completion in a couple months. However, for as much as I love those "reality" moments, there are two shows that I somehow always find myself entranced by - American Idol and Celebrity Apprenctice.

The two shows are a display in contrasting formats. One pits a bunch of unknowns together competing to make it big. The other pits those who have made it big competing for serious bucks for their charity. One, the contestants seek the adoration of America, the other seeking the Donald's good graces. Both shows eliminate contestants, one through fan voting, the other through a firing. Yet, despite these differences, I am noticing one similarity...a very LARGE similarity - EGO.

In the tryout portion of American Idol, people of all walks ar continually rejected despite their "talent" that is the best of all those trying out. It is their right to be on the show and the judges have just taken that right away from them. Who cares if the judges think they can't sing, they know they can and they will do everything to keep their dream of becoming rock stars alive.

Watch five minutes of Celebrity Apprentice and you'll soon see how big the ego's are on the show. Sure, these are individuals who have reached the pinnacle of their professions. Somewhere along the line they were able to take their talent and made money off of it. Put them in a situation where they have to work with others with as big an ego as theirs and spontaneous combustion will soon follow.

I love both shows. I don't agree with the ego's. Actually, I'm amused at the ego's. Real life application for the humble. In all you do, consider others first. Think highly of yourself, but think even more highly of others. When you are told you aren't the best, live with it. Sure, you may be good, but not every one is the best. And if you are good, keep doing good. You will be rewarded. What you sew you will reap. Realize that those criticizing you may actually know what they are talking about, be it Simon, The Donald or your boss.

One more thing, parents, be honest with your kids. If they can't sing, tell 'em and help them find another dream. If they can't play baseball, encourage them to try soccer, tennis or something else (chess if anything). As a parent, I want my kids to succeed. I want to see them trhive in something. Ethan is a good ball player but I realize he has a long way to go to be a great ball player. Rachel is becoming a good swimmer, but she needs more work to be a great swimmer. I'm not afraid to tell them as such either. And because of this, I'd like to think they respect me just a little for being honest with them.

For those with ego's, please leave them at the door when you come over to my place. I'm brazen enough to tell you the truth, you aren't the greatest thing walking the earth. That, and I hope to see you on TV one day making a complete fool of yourself (Bikini Girl and Andre Dice Clay) providing me with a few laughs.