RED

the sedentary life 2 Comments »

I just finished watching the Rockets game and so far I like what I see. Tonight the Rockets showed much more firepower while hanging onto the defense of the Van Gundy days. Although Dallas appears to be weaker this year it was great to watch the Rockets turn up their game to match Dallas’s running game. Historically the Rockets have been picked to be a championship contender dating as far back as the Charles Barkley days. The results: 0 NBA finals appearances. I don’t want to jump to conclusions or predict anything until I see it. Instead of going to many regular season games maybe I’ll reverse the strategy and go to a few playoff games. I can’t wait for Shane Battier to come back.

Go RED!

Sport

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Things have returned to semi-normal over the weekend. September has been a flash and I spent most of October trying to catch up on things I didn’t do in September. I did have lots of errands stacked up including multiple trips to the bank. Over the weekend I had a chance to get out on the football field for a weekend favorite, flag football. I do have to admit my skills are starting to decline. What use to come so naturally is starting to feel out of place. My mind knows where I have to be to best position myself to make the play, but my body lags. The last 2 times I played there were many plays where I thought I was fast enough or jumped high enough to catch the ball only to find I was wrong. But hey, I still enjoy the game for all it’s worth and I’ll still continue to play. I knew at some point I wouldn’t be able to play competitively. That passed many many years ago. haha

An American Creed

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I Do Not Choose to Be a Common Man

It is my right to be uncommon—if I can.

I seek opportunity—not security. I do not wish to be a kept citizen, humbled and dulled by having the state look after me.

I want to take the calculated risk; to dream and to build, to fail and to succeed.

I refuse to barter incentive for a dole. I prefer the challenges of life to the guaranteed existence; the thrill of fulfillment to the stale calm of utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence nor my dignity for a handout. I will never cower before any master nor bend to any threat.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid; to think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creations and to face the world boldly and say, “This I have done.”

By Dean Alfange

Obama natural born citizen?

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Normally I’m no political buff; in fact, I despise it. These people live in the arena of painting themselves perfect while pointing out the flaws of anyone who opposes. But we are in election year and this the biggest opportunity Americans have to say who we want to lead us for the next 4 years in other words I force myself to listen to these politicians. The last 2 days on AM radio (yes, I still exists) the talk shows have been hammering Obama’s natural born status. It’s shocking to me something a big as this surfaced just 2 weeks before election.

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Does this have merit? At first I thought no because something as huge as this could have easily been reported. But as the Philip Berg states, the Obama campaign has refused and ignored the federal court asking for documentation makes me believe there’s some truth to it. Why should it matter if Obama wasn’t a natural born citizen? If that was the case then being a natural born citizen shouldn’t be a requirement to be president. If that was the case then are we saying to Americans and other countries our constitution doesn’t mean what it says? At any rate now there’s 2 things to be pissed about, the economy and a candidate who may not even be eligible to hold the presidency.

401k

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A comment was made that I sounded mad on the last 2 posts. Truth of the matter is, I am quite pissed. If there’s a dispute, it affects a few people. If there’s a crime it affects a few people. If Enron or AIG folds it affects our entire economy. The first time in my career my 401k took a huge hit was when Enron imploded. I still remember Ken Lay assuring employees that the company’s financial situation was fine and it would bounce back. We all know the outcome and the government’s response was the Sarbanes Oxley Act that supposedly sends auditors to companies to make sure what they report is true. The biggest lesson learned from Enron is to diversify. Lesson learned my portfolio at that point was diversified to 4 different funds. Today’s financial crisis still has no resolution and it affected every single stock/mutual fund. There was no way even diversifying I could prevent the dramatic drop in my 401k. Let’s put this in perspective of dollar value. Both times my 401k took a huge hit it was equivalent to a luxury car. Put those 2 together and I could be driving a car I would only dare to purchase if I had won the lottery. All that built from almost 10 years of investing in retirement. Bit outrageous huh? Imagine if I was 5 years to retirement when the economy took a huge dive. Wouldn’t you be pissed if that was you?

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