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I know I’m feeling a tad bit irritated by the performance of The National Anthem tonight at the Super Bowl, and I know that I should just let it go.  After all, I’m only one person and my opinion probably doesn’t mean much.  But when I see (and hear) such an atrocious version sung at a huge event that is broadcast nationally (and to our military globally), I have to express my ire. 

I know that singers want to show off their vocal acrobatic skill (or maybe it’s a lack of ability to hold a note?), but why do people feel the need to do this to The National Anthem? Aren’t there certain songs that should just be sung as they were written? Aren’t there any people who hold that song as something above the average song? It is a representation of our country’s history. And it is a solemn reflection of our honor for those who have sacrificed so much to keep our country free, an homage to the victories that made us a nation. It should be much more respectful and not treated like the next single sung on the radio or MTV. We need to take back our traditions, our honoring of our past and the heroes who gave their lives for our freedoms. 

Let’s go back to the beautiful version of The National Anthem that was written for us so many years ago.  And, more than that, let’s hold our hands over our hearts, showing the rest of the world that we still appreciate and love our country.  And, lastly, get the lyrics right!

“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” ~ Confucius

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Go Spurs Go!!

At the beginning of the playoffs, I was visiting my mother in Kansas City and we stopped by one of the casinos to go to the buffet. We were standing in line behind 4 VERY tall guys who looked like basketball players and we mentioned to them that they made us feel even shorter than we are. Nice guys — they laughed. When we were seated at our table, I noticed that they were seated at the next table over. My mother went to get her food and I watched our purses and the table and waited for our drinks. I heard the guys mentioning some of the pro teams and the playoffs, so OF COURSE I had to chime in. I mentioned that the Spurs were going to win…in fact, win it all!

They LAUGHED at me! One even had the nerve to tell me the Spurs players were over the hill and didn’t stand a chance against Nash and Stoudemire. In fact, Tim Duncan didn’t have the moves Stoudemire did. WELL, I told them I was glad they were laughing now, because they wouldn’t be laughing later.

And NOW I am having the last laugh!! I knew I would and now they know, too. I just wish I could find them again and get that last laugh in. I predicted it and now look at this. The Spurs are 3-0 against the Cavs and at half-time of the 4th game are leading. I think they actually could sweep and end up with their 4th championship in 9 years. Of course, they could lose this game. It COULD happen. I’m watching and loving MY SPURS through the whole series. It’s been awesome to watch the teamwork that exists and the level of defense they put forward to virtually stop Lebron James in his tracks. Now I just sit here waiting for the cheering to begin. I know the Spurs are true champions!! And the nice part is that they are champions in their daily lives, not just on the court. These are gentlemen who put forward their hearts and help the community. And they don’t get arrested…they don’t have women accusing them of rape/abuse/abandonment of children…they don’t bring us shame.

The Spurs – the Pride of San Antonio

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” ~ Heywood Broun

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I hate Mondays!!! But fortunately, this Monday wasn’t the usual kind. My boss is on vacation and he only called once!! That, in itself, made it a red-letter day. He is notorious for taking time off and then coming into work anyway. Or…he goes away and still calls in and views e-mail and sends me work. Go figure!! How can anyone possibly love work that much that they can’t let go for 5 days. Shoot…I went away for two weeks and would have loved to make it a month, if I could. Oh, well. I guess differences really do make it an interesting, if somewhat puzzling, world. He is the classic type A personality and truly lives to work, instead of working to make a living. I, on the other hand, am the latter, which could explain why I work for him instead of the other way around. Image But that’s okay. I’d rather have a life outside my job.

Rainy yesterday, for a short burst. I was hoping that we would get more, but I guess I should be happy there was any. It did drop the temperature for a short time from 100 to 83 in the space of about 5 minutes. I loved it!

Beau and I went out again yesterday and did more pre-shopping (see Saturday’s blog). We also looked at some new housing developments. Needless to say, I hope he doesn’t get any crazy ideas until I know for sure I’ll still have a job. We really need to wait until the lawsuit is over and make sure my company has won the patent infringement claim. I want that stock to skyrocket!!

Tomorrow night, we’re going to watch the Silver Stars play. I’m really looking foward to that. We have box seats, so we’ll have a great time, I’m sure. No matter what, though, it will be fun, because I won’t be at work, won’t be wondering how the lawsuit is going or how the weather is acting. I’ll just enjoy what talents nature has endowed these people with…amazing athletic ability. And even if they don’t win, they are still winners, because they have chosen to excel in something they enjoy. I guess they have chosen to make their fun into a job. How great is that? Being paid to play.

Tonight, when I came home, I had a great time looking at the beautiful blue sky, without clouds, the trees with beautiful blossoms, the gardens abundant with flowers, and the grass that has so far remained fairly green against all odds. Nature truly is wonderful.

“After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.” ~ Walt Whitman

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