I hate cheese... Yep, that's right. I hate cheese and there is nothing I can do about it. As far back as I remember, I have not liked it. I just can't stand the taste or smell of most cheeses. Yet, here is the kicker... I like pizza. I guess Mozzarella does not bother me too much since it has no flavor. Though I would prefer to have tons of toppings versus having a bunch of cheese on my pizza. Start adding other types of cheese on my pizza and I will not eat it.
I hate being the guy that does not like cheese. People ask if I am lactose intolerant or something like that and they are usually confused when I tell them that I just hate the taste of it. I usually just say that you if don't like something, there is nothing you can do about it. Most people have some type of food that they refuse to eat, my problem is that 99% of people like cheese which really makes me an outcast. It's gotten to the point to where I just tell people that I hate Wisconsin so much that I don't eat cheese.
What really sucked as a kid was that I had family members that really didn't get that I hated cheese. I would visit my Dad's for 2-3 months during the summer growing up. (parents divorced) They would always make scalloped or au-gratin potatoes. My father was in the Army, so things were a little strict. So I needed to eat everything on my plate. Those potatoes literally made me gag when i had to eat them.... Then there were times back at home in Minnesota that my Mom would mix some cheese in to my scrabbled eggs for breakfast. I think she just wanted to test me to see if I could tell if she put a small about of cheese in the eggs or not. Other times she would say flat out that she didn't know that I didn't like cheese. HUH? How could you forget that your own kid does not like cheese? Needless to say.... There were many times where I was forced to eat cheese and think my hatred for cheese has been greatly amplified because of it.
What sucks these days about not liking cheese is that many things that used to not come with cheese now does. Some time in the mid 90's, some idiot cheese lover decided it was a good idea to add cheese to dinner salads at restaurants. It was never this way back in the 70's, 80's and early 90's. So now I have to ask them if they have cheese on their salads. I can't even get a salad from a fast food place because all of them are pre-made with cheese in it!!!! What's even worse is now some restaurants are putting blue cheese on their steaks! Good god! How can you ruin something as good as a steak by adding something that smells like stinky feet to it!!!! GRRRRR!!!!!
Okay.... must calm down.
I guess I will just continue to be an outcast when it comes to cheese. My taste buds are not gonna change. Since becoming an adult, I have met a few people who hate cheese like I do. So it's nice to know there are a few of us out there. But to all of those cheese lovers our there, consider yourself lucky. Because it ain't easy being anti-cheesy.
While visiting a local fast food establishment the other day. (Yeah I know... the Fat Planet eating fast food? no!!) They asked me if I wanted a small combo. I said sure. With that combo came a 20oz drink. This was a "small" drink according to them. Now back in the 70's and part of the 80's when I was just a tiny planet, this "small' drink was considered a large. What is now the "kid" size was a small back then. It just got me thinking how much things have changed since I was a kid. I totally understand what our parents used to tell us while we were growing up. How things have changed so much, but we just didn't get it. Now I think about it all the time.
Remember when you could go out to play for hours and hours with your friends without having to check in every two seconds to let your parents know you were alright? These days you are considered a bad parent if you don't keep tabs on your kids 24/7. I believe that violent crimes are way down since I was a kid, yet we are required to be paranoid parents these days. I don't really like it, but I don't know if there is much I can do about it. Society is just too paranoid.
Remember when you would come home from school when you were in elementary and you could just go out an play? Maybe in 4th to 6th grade you would get a few math problems to finish, but that was about it.... My 1st & 3rd graders have homework every night. I just can't believe the volume of stuff they have to do. We never had that when we were kids. I don't even think I had a back pack until junior high. My kids come home with stuffed book bags everyday. It's just ridiculous!
Remember when you were in high school.... Maybe going through a rough patch? It was just the "end of the world"... I look back now and think, "what a wuss". I can't believe that I was upset over some of the stuff I went through in high school. Compared to what you face as an adult. I would gladly take those "problems" today compared to the real issues of being an adult.
Remember when you could go to McDonald's and get a twist cone for 25 cents plus tax? These days I can't get a twist cone and I certainly won't get it for under a buck.... Pack of gum? 25 cents.... Gas? 89 cents a gallon! $5 used to go a long way as a teenaged driver.... $2 movie tickets.... Pay phones? 10 cents.
Remember when you needed to go to the library to get info on just about everything? I was in college at the very beginning of the internet, but it really didn't take off until I was done with school. eMail? I think I had a VAX email account at Mankato State, but I never used. I didn't get a real email account until 1997 with my yahoo address.... I can't tell you how much easier school would have been to have that type of resource when I was young.
Remember when you could go out and play hockey, football.... whatever.... and not wake up the next morning in pain? I am much much more conservative than I was as a kid. But my body just can't do it anymore. If I did 1/4 of what I did as a kid I would be in the hospital.
Remember when no one wore helmets while riding their bikes? I still don't, but I already have some brain damage so it really doesn't matter for me. This is totally politically incorrect, but back when we were kids..... The "retarded" kids wore helmets while riding their bikes. Don't rip on me for that comment. There was no such thing as political correctness back when I was a kid. So I am just stating it for how it was back then.... Of course now, I would never let my kids go without a helmet. I think the kids without a helmet are the dumb ones. I guess it all comes back to being a paranoid parent.
Remember when days seemed to go on forever? My childhood seemed to last the longest time. It took forever to get through elementary, junior high and high school... After that, everything just sped up exponentially. The days just fly by now. My kids are growing up too fast. And of course I keep getting older. It seems like I just got married, yet I have been married for over 11 years! What?!?! Why is everything flying by so fast? I am just 3 years away from 40, but it seems like I just turned 21. This just sucks!
Remember when I started this post? I thought it would be fun to think of the old days. Now I just feel old!
40 years ago today, Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin were the first two humans to land on the moon. It was a huge accomplishment for the United States. From 1969-1972 a total of 6 missions and 12 men walked on the moon.
I was 1 month old when Gene Cernan, the last man to set foot on the moon said the following. "As I take man's last step from the surface, back home for some time to come — but we believe not too long into the future — I'd like to just [say] what I believe history will record — that America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17." Well.... It's been over 36 years since we have been to the moon. There is a rough outline to return to the moon by around 2020, but right now those prospects do not look good at all.
I feel that we must move forward and expand our knowledge as much as we can. For our entire history we have moved forward and kept on going. We have set goals... achieved them... then set higher goals. But with the space program we just sort of got stuck on pause. Sure we had the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. They have been great programs. But we really didn't expand our abilities or challenged ourselves to do the much harder things. Things like a moon base or a man mission to Mars. Now I realize that doing this type of thing is very expensive and many American's have no interest in doing it. I think it's pretty sad that people feel that way.
It just seems to me that no one is dreaming anymore. No one is looking to the future. We would rather just stay still instead of moving forward. Right now the plan is to get back to the moon by 2020 or so. That will be 50 years after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon for the first time. 50 years!!!! Are you kidding me? I can tell you right now, that with the way we are progressing, we won't make the 2020 date either. It's gonna be more like 2025. So that puts us at over 50 since Gene Cernan was the last man on the moon... Of course, this will only happen if we stay on course. Right now, it's not looking good. More cuts to NASA appear to be coming and the time line is not looking good right now... In fact, I am willing to bet that China will make it to the moon before we do.
If we would have kept moving forward instead of pushing the pause button, we would have already been to Mars and possible other places like the moons of Jupiter by now. We would have gained so much knowledge and kept pushing forward like man has done all throughout history.... But unfortunately, that was not the case.
I guess we would rather spends hundreds of billions of dollars in other parts of the world trying to solve their problems instead of investing in our hopes and dreams here in the United States. How sad is that.
Hmmm.... It's been a while since I have blogged. I figured I should at least write something here right? Yeah... I probably should.
Politics suck!No really! I think it sucks! I mean the 120 day Minnesota State Legislature session for 2009 is almost over. Yet we have no budget. They are just waiting until the last moment to get things done. Soooo what are they doing for the other 119 days? Oh that's right... they are too busy bitching and picking sides. Who's fault is it? The Democrats? the Republicans? It's both!
You were elected to be a Governor, a State Representative or a State Senator. You are representing the people of the state of Minnesota, not a political party. Oh... but if someone goes against their party, the party may nominate someone else to represent the them come election time. So they would rather just stick with the party line than risk not getting re-elected. How sad is that! You are supposed to be representing the people, yet you base your decisions strictly on personal/party preservation. Isn't that great!!!
The National level is even more of a joke.... I really don't want to waste time on them because it would just piss me off even more. I guess we are pretty much stuck with our current political process. So I say.... Politics suck!
But it's all good!! I can accept it because I know nothing will change. I could go on bitching about it... How we should get rid of lobbyists. How we should have term limits and whatnot... But I just don't feel like going in to that. I basically just wanted to blog something new to see if anyone is reading this. (hehehe)
Though I guess I may be in trouble here since I am talking "politics" on GPL....
Bad Planet!!! Very Bad Planet!!!!!!
For 10 years I listened to the PA & Dubay radio show from 9am to noon on KFAN... I may not have heard every single show, but I was able to enjoy most of their run. I was never a big fan of PA (Paul Allen) but he was tolerable. I liked Dubay (Jeff Dubay) because he was a Rube just like me. Jeff was a huge booster of Gopher Hockey and regularly talked about the team on the air. That is probably the main reason why I listened to the show....
Recently Jeff was let go by KFAN due to being arrested on drug related charges. (I am too lazy to look up the exact charge). Being connected to Gopher Hockey, I have met Jeff and most of his family. They have always been very nice to me, so I really don't want to discuss his personal problems here. All I can say is that I hope he gets things turned around soon.
Anyway... When Jeff was let go by KFAN, the PA & Dubay show became the PA & the Producer show.... What that basically means is that it is now the Paul Allen show with some support by the producer Justin Gaard. I have listen to the show hoping it would not change a lot from the PA & Dubay show, but I must say that I can't listen to it. PA was tolerable when he was with Dubay, but now he just terrible. The things that I hated about him before have been amplified by a factor of 10. They have tried to balance the show with Justin Gaard, but it has just not worked at all.
The hockey talk has gone down quit a bit. Being the State of Hockey, this really disappoints me since PA & Dubay was the only radio show to talk hockey on a regular basis. But it's not just that. PA referring himself as "VOX" is something that just bugs the hell out of me. Apparently he is using VOX to refer to his voice or something like that. I really don't know, but it's just awful. Talking about yourself in third person is very off putting. Maybe it's an ego thing? I don't know. It just seems that since Dubay has been gone, PA's head has grown even bigger than I thought possible.
Will they replace Dubay permanently? Who knows. They have had Paul Chargian (sp?) and Kevin Gorg as co-hosts with PA. With Charch we will end up getting nothing but more Vikings talk. Seeing that the bulk of the KFAN programming centers on the Vikings, I really don't think adding Charch is a good idea. How about Gorg? It would definitely help get more hockey talk back on the air which I am definitely for. But it would also mean that we would get more Horse Racing/Gambling talk. I would rather listen to the farm report on WCCO than listen that. Horse Racing talk is just un-listenable.
I can only hope that once Jeff gets back on his feet that KFAN will re-consider and get him back on the air. I really don't think this will happen, but maybe if PA's ratings drop a ton they may take a look at bringing him back. But for now, I have decided to cut back on listening to KFAN from 9-noon. It's just not the same without Jeff "Puffy" Dubay.
Back in the 1980's and early 90's I would regularly watch college and pro basketball. I would yell at the TV just like I always have when watching hockey. But as the years have gone by I have been watching less and less basketball. The last game I recall attending was a T-Wolves game back in the late 90's. I just don't care about it like I used too.
So what's the deal? I think it's a bunch of different things... For one thing, it just seems to me that there is no flow to games anymore. There are so many stoppages and timeouts that it has come to a point where it drives me crazy. Including media timeouts, a college game can have up to 18 total timeouts. Come on!!!! It's only a 40 minute game! Do you really need that many timeouts? When you then add fouls and personnel changes, the game just ends up having no flow. At least that is how I see it.
The reffing of the game also bugs me... Now I yell at the hockey refs just like everyone else, but when I compare them to basketball refs it's just not close. These guys are terrible. One of the main reasons I stopped watching BBall was the phantom fouls. You know those fouls that get called when there was no contact between players. It just looked like there was contact so the ref blew his whistle. What the hell is that?
So what would bring me back to basketball? I think a few rule changes could go a long way.
First, cut back the timeouts. 2 per half is plenty.
Change on the fly. I know this sounds strange and would never happen, but I think it could really add a cool dynamic to the game. A player could go to a designated spot on the sideline and be replaced by another player while the game is going on. Just like hockey players switch during play.
Allow a bit more physical play. Now I don't mean checking or anything along those lines. But how about allowing more hand work prevent the constant fouls being called. So if a player going for the ball gets hand contact instead of the ball, it would be allowed. There is nothing more frustrating than watching someone go to the net, go up for the shot and an opposing player slightly touches his hand instead of the ball gets called for a foul. That type of thing should be let go.
In the last 2 minutes when a team is behind and fouling on purpose to try to get the ball back. Call it what it actually is, an "intentional foul". So the other team shoots and gets the ball back. This is the only way to speed up the last 2 minutes of a game that can take up to 15 minutes to complete.
None of those suggestions will ever happen. So I guess I am done watching basketball.... You may think that I am just a hockey guy that hates basketball, but that's just not true. I think it's fun to play because none of the B.S. I described above is not part of the game when playing with friends. It's just played as a pure game and is a lot of fun. Too bad that is not the case when it comes to the "organized" basketball.
What the heck is a "Planet Blog"? Well, the Planet Blog (Or PB for short) is just a place where I can babble about what's on my mind. I have this site and I might as well make more use of it. Now I will tell you right now that I am not a writer. I suck at it. So don't get too critical about what I may talk about here. Speaking of that... What is going to be talked about here? Anything I want I guess. It maybe hockey related and it may not. I have no idea what I am going to do with it right now.
Most of you are probably reading this from the message board since that is where the Planet Blog is created. But I do have a dedicated page for it and would prefer that you go there to read it. LINK I will probably add a link up in the navigation eventually. Though I am not sure where I will put it. Maybe under Community? Who knows. The message board area is just so you guys can respond to whatever I feel like writing.
Patrick Reusse of the StarTribune put Don Lucia on his list of honorable mentions for Turkey of the Year. I believe this is the 3rd year in a row that Don has graced this "list". He was 1st runner up in 2006 because of the Holy-Cross debacle..... Now I know that Pat just loves to bug the Gopher Hockey fans. Anytime he mentions Don or the team it's usually negative. Okay, maybe it's always negative. I get it. He just loves getting us all riled up and we just love to give him the satisfaction by reacting to his crap..... (I did like his pick of Marian Gaborik for Turkey of the year.)
But I have to ask you Pat. Do you ever get sick of ripping Don and the team? Don't you have something better write about? Maybe something a bit fresher? I just think that it's getting a bit old. But whatever gets you going I guess.... You know, I don't think I ever recall seeing Pat covering a game at Mariucci. Maybe he's afraid to show his face there or something. Who knows.... I did see him in St. Cloud last season. He also showed up for the Friday afternoon game during the 2007 Final Five, but those are the only two times I have seen him since GPL started covering the Gophers back in October of 2006... I wonder if he will ever get over to Mariucci and write something positive about our Gopher Hockey team? Nah! I wouldn't bet on it!