There was a time during the “Year in the Dog Park” where I described how humanity had a choice to make. Were we going to choose the red ball or the blue ball? Did the world’s population have the ability to make the choices to keep our world beautiful, clean, and blue or would we collectively annihilate the planet? Would we turn the Earth into a hellish and dead world: the red ball?
While I was doing what I understood I had to do to assure that the world would be saved a second time, I also collected two small balls; one red and one blue. The red one was very vivid and the blue one was very blue with some while surface areas. I really liked that one as it resembled a very blue watery world with cloud formations. Before I left most everything behind in California in 2009, I placed both in a yarn pouch and kept them with other meaningful, but admittedly inexpensive, items.
A couple of days ago, I decided to clean my apartment and dispose of some useless things I had accumulated of the past few years. I went through all the bags, pouches, and boxes of things I had stored all throughout my place. I opened the pouch with the two rubber balls and noticed the colors had changed over the years. Even though they were not exposed to light hardly at all, the color changes were noticeable.
The red ball is not nearly as vivid and has a slightly orange tint to it. It is still basically a red ball. The blue one is now definitely green. Not even a blue-green variety, but distinctly green. Does it mean anything at all? I am still pondering it myself.
Gyro plane flight sends message to Congress
Here is a video that was made before the man from Tampa made his flight to the Capitol. I think what he did makes perfect sense. If you watch the video, he explains why campaign finance reform is necessary before other important changes in this country can occur. I think his idea is a perfect form of non-violent demonstration that can gain the attention the issue deserves.
However, I am sure that while people will know about what he did, there is very little chance that it will bring the change he intended. I completely agree with him that the largest money interest have controlled Congress for a long time and that ordinary citizen’s concerns have been mostly ignored. The topic of campaign finance reform has been brought up many times, that I can recall, since I was a teenager. The situation has not improved since then, and in many ways, has only gotten worse. Still, I commend him for doing what he did and I believe he should receive the lightest possible punishment for breaking the law the way he did.
I have certainly been enjoying the end of the year. Day after day I have taken in all the college bowl games and they have been great. Some have been close, some have been blowouts but there have been many great performances by different players. However, something seems to keep grabbing my attention. The stands are all at least half-empty.
I am sure that many people will be talking about how successful this college post season has been. A lot of analysis about who is happy about the outcomes, how good the ratings have been, and whether or not the playoff system has laid to rest all the squabbling about who the real national champion is. Some people think that there are too many bowl games at this point: this year’s games have more mediocre teams than ever because a .500 record gets you a late December game. But even tonight’s Orange Bowl game looks like it’s being played before half-capacity. Is this really a success?
On some level I can’t accept that it is. Most of these teams play before capacity crowds all year-long. Games that are not nearly as interesting or competitive as the bowls but have much bigger crowds. From a visceral standpoint I cannot accept an event is successful if there are as many empty seats as fans, no matter what the TV ratings or amount of profit the game generates.
Recent economic figures state the “big recession” is long over even though some people believe we still are worse off than recent years. Are ticket prices too high? I went to the Rose Bowl over a decade ago and those tickets were very expensive, but that game was a sellout. Travel and lodging can be found for very cheap. For many teams these games are the highlight of the year. So I’m still trying to figure out why the crowds have not shown up in large numbers.
Not posted as an endorsement or indictment. You decide for yourself.
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