Thursday, January 10, 2019

All Work and No Play....

Back to the 52-week blogging challenge. Today's prompt is "Work + Play." I'm not sure if that's supposed to be "work plus play" or "work and play."

I talked about rest here. But resting isn't playing.

Ever since I left the corporate world, work and play are a lot a like. I get to my hobby as work, i.e., writing. Now, sometimes writing is hard work, especially freelance writing. But I love doing it.

I guess my only pure forms of play are watching movies and driving. Although lately I haven't been driving as fast as I used to. I've sort of lost my desire to risk jail for the joy of going over 100 mph. (Of course, now that it's winter, driving fast is out of the question). I've thought about returning to the racetrack, but it is so damn expensive. Not the fees so much but you can go through tires and brakes in a couple of days. And tires on my car are very expensive. Plus I think I'd need to buy a new helmet.

But I am so thankful that I get to do what I love as my work. Just wish it paid better.

What do you do for play, and who does that relate to your work? Let me know in the comments below.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Huskies are #13

The final AP college football poll came out yesterday after the CFP playoff game (I find myself happy that Alabama lost). And the University of Washington Huskies ended the season at lucky #13. This is an improvement over last year when they ended the season at #16. But it's way down from 2016 when they ended at #4.

Washington lost their bowl game to Ohio State which ended the year at #3.

The only other Pac-12 team in the top 25 was Washington State. They were #10 after winning their bowl game. (I don't want to talk about it.)

I've said it before, but back when the Huskies sucked (like in 2008), I said I had four criteria for a good season:

1) Win at least 8 games (and they did, winning 10)
2) Beat Oregon (they didn't)
3) Beat WSU (they did)
4) Go to a good bowl and win it. (They went to the best bowl, but lost).

Well, I'm still happy with my Huskies and will be their fans no matter what.

Now we just have to wait until August 31st when college football starts again.

Monday, January 7, 2019

College Football Post-Season

The college football post-season play is almost over. There's one last game, tonight, the FBS national championship game between Alabama and Clemson. No surprise there. If you care, it's at 5:00 PM PST on ESPN.

The bowl season was almost exactly what I didn't want. Teams I wanted to win lost and teams I wanted to lose won.  I basically cared about Pac-12 teams. I wanted all of them to win except Oregon and Washington State. Here's table of what happened:

As you can see, the Pac-12 went 3-4 in post-season play. There was only one upset: Utah versus Northwestern.

The Rose Bowl (Washington and Ohio State) was fairly close and a lot of people were expecting a blow-out. The final score was 23-28. If Washington has played the entire second half the way they played the fourth quarter, they would have won.

The college football regular season starts August 30, 2019. A long wait until then.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Culture

Time once again for the 52-week blogging challenge. I'm getting close to the end.

Today's prompt is "Culture."

I used to work with bacteria cultures such as the one pictured to the left. Good times!

Culture is an interesting thing. Corporations say they have a "corporate culture" and that's why they succeed or fail. Countries have cultures and that's why some have lots of problems and some don't. Culture isn't race based, it's usually location based. There can be micro-cultures (my term) inside a larger culture. There is an inner-city culture and a suburbs culture. There's a drug culture in the U.S. And a gun culture.

Culture often determines how you live. If you dropped me in the middle of an New Guinea tribe that's had no contact with the outside world, I would have to adopt their culture to survive. Which would be tough since I was raised and live in a totally difference culture. If you took someone from that culture and dropped them into the U.S., they would have to adapt to it or they wouldn't survive.

And interesting movie about culture clashes is The Gods Must be Crazy. Which unfortunately, isn't on Netflix disc or streaming.

What do you think about culture? Am I nuts or am I right? Let me know in  the comments below.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Final Week of Pac-12 Bowl Games


There are five Pac-12 Bowl Games in the coming week!

Today the WSU Cougars will take on Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl. The game is 6:00 PM PST on ESPN. The Cougars are slight favorites. Go Cyclones!

On Monday, December 31st, there are three games:

At 11:00 AM PST, Stanford takes on Pitt in the Sun Bowl. It will be on CBS. Stanford is favored to win.

At 12:00 Noon, PST, Oregon takes on Michigan State in the RedBox Bowl. That game will be on Fox. Oregon is favored in this game. Go Michigan State Spartans!

And at 4:00 PM PST, #17 Utah will play #22 Northwestern in the Holiday Bowl. The game will be on FS1. Utah is also favored in this game.

On Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, #9 Washington (Go Huskies!) plays #6 Ohio State in the 105th Rose Bowl. The game is at 2:00 PM PST and will be on ESPN. The Huskies are the huge underdogs in this contest. Go Dawgs!


Update: WSU beat Iowa State, 28-26.

Update2: Staford beat Pitt 14-13. Oregon beat Michigan State 6-7. Utah was beaten by Northwestern in an upset by a score of 31-20. And finally, Washington lost to Ohio State 23-28.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Rest

Time once again for the 52-week blogging challenge. Today's prompt is simply "Rest."

What the heck does that mean?

It's almost the end of the year. My next blog post will likely be in 2019! Back when I worked in the corporate world, I would take the time between Christmas and New Years off to rest, recharge, and relax. Last week we talked about rising. But before you can rise, and after you rise, you need to rest to ensure your personal battery is fully charge.

Now that I am a writer, I rest more. In fact, I tend to take naps almost every afternoon. One thing that I don't like is I tend to start feeling very sleepy at 9:00 P.M. I call it "pumpkin time" (from "turning into a pumpkin" from Cinderella where the stage coach turned back into a pumpkin). Used to be I'd wake up around 5:00 AM every morning. Lately it's more like 7:00 AM. And I try to stay up later and maybe sleep 11:00 PM to 8:00 AM. But I just can't seem to do it. I either fall asleep or wake up at 7:00 AM anyway.

Rest is important. How do you rest and recharge. Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Two Pac-12 Bowl Games Next Week


On Wednesday, December 26th, there is a Pac-12 bowl game, TCU versus California in the Cheez-it Bowl. It will be at 6:00 PM PST on ESPN. California is a slight underdog in this contest.

And on Friday, December 28th, the WSU Cougars will take on Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl. The game is 6:00 PM PST on ESPN. Again, the Cougars are slightly favored. Go Cyclones!
UPDATE: California Lost to TCU, 10-7.
UPDATE 2: WSU beat Iowa State, 28-26.