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Dude’s Review of Earto’s Bluetooth Keyboard Case

Today I am trying out a new keyboard case for my IPad. I recently purchased the iPad 7th Generation. Instead of plucking down $150 dollars for Apple’s Smart Keyboard, I decided to shop around and Earto’s keyboard was my first stop. I was not disappointed.

First, let me tell you some of the things that are “must-haves” for a keyboard case:

  1. The iPad needs to easily detach from the keyboard case so I can use it as a tablet when I need it.
  2. The keyboard should have backlit keys so I can type in low light conditions.
  3. It should function like a laptop and used in my lap.

Here’s what I found:

  • Pros:
    • Easily detachable case. I loved it. The case is magnetically attached and slotted to firmly hold the iPad but can be removed quickly. I like having this function so I can still use the iPad as a tablet when I don’t need the laptop configuration.
    • Backlit keys. This case has seven colors with three levels or brightness with over 300 color combinations. You can definitely give your keyboard some personality but honestly, I don’t think it’s necessary to have so many color options but it’s still nice to have..
    • Laptop for your lap. This case actually sits on your lap like a laptop instead of trying to find a tabletop or place to sit your iPad when you need to use it as a laptop.
    • Protective case. It is very sturdy and will fully protect your iPad when the case is closed. I didn’t actually test drop it or anything but the materials used for this case are solid and not some cheap plastic shell.
  • Cons:
    • Apple Pencil holder. It has one but I am not too confident that it will last. For me, this was the biggest negative about the case. The pencil holder is located on the outside of the case which will make it vulnerable to bumps and eventually wearing out. While it has done well keeping my Apple Pencil in place, I find myself constantly checking it to make sure it’s there.
    • Keys. I am a fast typist so it is probably unfair me to list this as a con but they were a little awkward for me. My hands weren’t cramped but the keys seemed somewhat low to the keyboard. I figured it was to cut down on key travel and clicking noises. It is still a good keyboard but, for me, a bit awkward.
    • Weight. There is also a trade off with having a solid keyboard case. It does add some weight to the iPad so you will have to decide if it’s something that will work for you. If you are a minimalist it might not be the thing for you but if you want a case that can sit in your laptop along with backlit keys, you will have to think about that.

The case also gives you the flexibility to adjust to different angles. The shaft bracket design allows the iPad to be tilted up to 135°to provide the most comfortable viewing position for typing, watching videos, playing games or reading.

You also have an auto sleep/wake function with this case which works seamlessly to extend your iPad’s battery life. It automatically wakes when open or goes to sleep when closed.

So will I keep it? Maybe. I’m a tough critic on keyboards but this one is going to be hard to beat. It’s still a better choice – at half the price – of Apple’s Smart Keyboard.

Don’t take my word for it. Give it a try and order one from Amazon by clicking below. If you don’t have an iPAD 7th Generation, no worries, Earto also offers keyboard cases for other models. Go to their website at http://www.earto.net/ and take a look.

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Frisbee Golf: Is That A Sport?

I was driving through a park recently and passed – what I thought was a golf course – but when I looked more closely at one of the holes, I noticed strange contraption where the cup should have been. I noticed it was for a sport called “Disc Golf”. I had heard of this before but I had never seen a REAL disc golf course.

Yes, Frisbee – or Disc – Golf is a sport and it is a refreshing variation of the traditional form of golf.

Disc Golf isn’t a recently discovered sport. It was actually invented in the 1900s when the first recorded game was played in Bladworth, Saskatchewan in Canada. It was never organized into a sport until the 1970s.

Instead of using golf clubs, players throw a disc at a target on a course with 9 or 18 holes. Players complete a hole by throwing a disc from a tee area toward a target, throwing again from where the previous throw landed, until the target is reached. Usually, the number of throws a player uses to reach each target are tallied (often in relation to par), and players seek to complete each hole in the lowest number of total throws. The “hole” is a strange contraption. Baskets are constructed with a central pole holding a basket under an assembly of hanging chains. When a disc hits the chains, it is often, but not always, deflected into the basket. To complete a hole with a basket target, the disc must enter the target above the top of the tray and below the bottom of the chain support, and come to rest supported by the target.

Believe it or not, there are actually over 6,000 disc golf courses in the United States. The best course in the world is Jarva Discgolf Park in Kista, Sweden. Maple Hill in Leicester, Massachusetts has the top U.S. course. Disc golf is the 4th fastest growing sport in United States. There has been a rapid increase in installed permanent courses with an average of more than 400 new courses added each year between 2007 and 2017. The game is played in about 40 countries and, as of 2019, there are 53,366 active members of the PDGA worldwide.

The top men’s player is Paul McBeth from Huntington Beach, California. He has 126 wins and has made over $400,000 in career earnings. Paige Pierce from Plano, Texas is the top women’s player. She has won 128 events and earned over $218,000. Both are members of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA).

Paul McBetch is the top men’s player
Paige Pierce is the top women’s player

After the coronavirus pandemic caused a two-month hiatus that canceled or postponed 645 events, 36 eager competitors flocked to a golf course in West Point, Utah, this past week for the official return of PDGA-sanctioned play.

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56 Things

Today as I turn 56, I am reflecting back on 56 things that I have learned about life so far:

  1. The older you get, the faster the world becomes.
  2. People will let you down.
  3. No matter what you do, you will let others down.
  4. Money only brings temporary happiness.
  5. A house is not a home.
  6. Whether or not you attend your high school prom really doesn’t matter.
  7. Don’t base your self-worth on what others think about you. Just because they have an opinion doesn’t mean they are right.
  8. Trust God and leave the results to Him. Don’t try to “help” him out.
  9. Don’t marry the person you can live with, marry the one you can’t live without.
  10. You body will wear out. Things will break or not work as they should.
  11. Everything does happen for a reason but you won’t always like the reason
  12. Church attendance is overrated. Going to church doesn’t make someone a Christian.
  13. You don’t know you are in a cult when you in one.
  14. Don’t breathe through your nose when changing a diaper. (Trust me on this one)
  15. Be good at adjusting to change.
  16. Be quick to forgive. The longer you wait, the more bitterness will set in.
  17. If people gossip about others to you, they will gossip about you to others.
  18. Never make an important decision when you are hungry.
  19. Learn from your mistakes.
  20. Give people a second chance
  21. You can never detect your own bad breath. This amazes me since our nose is so close to our mouth.
  22. Never assume anything.
  23. Never talk about having extra money around your house or car.
  24. Be careful what you post on social media.
  25. All of your Facebook friends aren’t your friends. You also don’t HAVE to friend everyone from high school or all of your relatives.
  26. Know your limitations. Just because you set your mind to do something doesn’t mean that you can.
  27. Don’t judge someone based on how they look. Actions speak louder than anything else.
  28. If work was fun it wouldn’t be called work.
  29. Do the right thing even when no one is looking.
  30. If you do a million good things people will remember the one bad thing.
  31. You can’t pick your family but you can pick your friends.
  32. Follow your heart but take your brain with you.
  33. Be on time.
  34. The one who really cares about you will be the one who cares for you.
  35. You can’t control what others do, you can only control what you do.
  36. When I die I want a representative from the Atlanta Falcons to be a pallbearer so they can let me down one more time.
  37. Don’t get so wrapped up with your favorite sports team.
  38. Take time to sit in silence.
  39. Work isn’t the most important thing in life.
  40. Hallmark doesn’t have a card for everything.
  41. There’s only one God and we’re not it.
  42. Nobody likes a smart ass.
  43. Take a European vacation.
  44. Don’t compare yourself to others.
  45. You can’t finish something you don’t start.
  46. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  47. Time doesn’t always heal all wounds.
  48. It’s never wrong to do the right thing.
  49. Do more than what’s expected.
  50. When one difficult co-worker leaves, they will be replaced by two.
  51. You can’t always plan everything.
  52. When times get tough, hang on.
  53. A good attitude can change everything.
  54. True love does exist.
  55. Wear Sunscreen.
  56. 56 years go by faster than you think.

Biggest U.S. Cities Without Professional Sports

Most professional sports leagues are successful when they have franchises in major U.S. cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Unfortunately, some of the cities with the largest populations get left out. Then you have cities such as Green Bay and Oklahoma City who get professional sports teams even though they aren’t in the top of U.S. population. Some cities are more popular than others.

Here are cities currently without a professional sports franchise in the five major leagues (Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League or Major League Soccer):

Austin, Texas (964,254)

The closest professional sports team is the San Antonio Spurs which is about 80 miles away from Texas’ state capital city. Although home to the University of Texas and several minor league teams, there has been no talk of any of the major leagues placing a franchise here. Austin seems to fall behind San Antonio and Houston which are 4th and 7th in U.S. population.

Current minor league teams: Spurs (basketball), Round Rock Express (baseball) and Stars (hockey)

What could work here? Perhaps an National Hockey League (NHL) team since there aren’t any in San Antonio or Houston. Austin was – in fact – awarded an MLS franchise and will begin play in 2021.

Fort Worth, Texas (895,008)

Technically, Fort Worth has the Dallas Cowboys as AT&T Stadium is only 18 minutes away but Fort Worth really has no team to call its’ own. The Texas Rangers are also 18 minutes away as well. Forth Worth has to adopt Dallas as their teams.

Current minor league teams: Vaqueros FC (soccer)

What could work here? Nothing really since they are so close to the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and Stars. They are just cursed to be so close. Nobody really likes a hyphenated team called the Dallas-Ft. Worth team. St. Paul and Minneapolis are in a similar situation but they use Minnesota as their team name but they are the only sports teams in that state. I can’t see anyone changing names to Texas Cowboys or Texas Mavericks.

El Paso, Texas (682,669)

Here’s another Texas city without a team and they are a long way from the closest one. The Arizona Cardinals are actually the closest team to El Paso at over 400 miles away.

Current minor league Teams: Chihuahuas (baseball) and Coyotes (indoor soccer)

What would work here? With El Paso on the border of Mexico, it would probably work to have an MLS team since soccer would be pretty popular. Unfortunately, there has been no talk of locating an expansion team here.

Louisville, Kentucky (620,118)

Of all the cities on this list, Louisville seems to be the most ideal location for a professional sports franchise. The Cincinnati Reds and Bengals are the closest to Louisville almost 100 miles away. The city had the Kentucky Colonels in the old American Basketball Association (ABA) in the 1960s-1970s but nothing serious since then.

Current minor league teams: Bats (baseball) and Louisville City FC (soccer)

What would work here? Definitely the NBA. Kentucky loves basketball and it would seem a perfect choice for an NBA franchise since the closest one is five hours around in Memphis. It seems odd that no new leagues have even considered Louisville. It would seem like a prime location.

Albuquerque, New Mexico (560,218)

The pro sports teams in Phoenix are the closest at 480 miles away from the largest city in New Mexico. The city did have a short-lived professional volleyball team in the 70s called the Lasers but nothing much except for minor league teams. There hasn’t been any discussion to include Albuquerque from any of the major sports leagues plus it’s not that easy to spell on a consistent basis.

Current minor league teams: Isotopes (baseball), United (soccer) and Duke City Gladiators (indoor football)

What would work here? Probably nothing. It seems that this city will be stuck in the minor leagues. Baseball seems to be the most popular sport here but I wouldn’t think the MLB would expand or move a team here.

Tucson, Arizona (545,975)

Tucson is about 113 miles away from Phoenix for their professional sports teams but none of their own. Tucson loves baseball as they are busy during MLB’s spring training in March every year. This city is completely overshadowed by Phoenix and there has been no serious talk about placing any professional sports teams here.

Current minor league teams: Sugar Skulls (indoor football) and Roadrunners (hockey)

What would work here? MLS would if could snag it away from Phoenix.

Fresno, California (530,093)

Fresno is halfway between the Bay Area and Los Angeles but 150 miles from San Jose and 200 from Los Angeles. It is not likely they would have any interest from any professional league.

Current Minor League teams: Grizzlies (baseball) and Monsters (hockey)

What would work here? Probably nothing. It would be hard to compete with other cities in California.

Mesa, Arizona (508,958)

Mesa suffers the same problem as Fort Worth as they are less than 20 miles from a big league city. Phoenix with the Suns, Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Coyotes are the closest major league teams. Mesa is big with spring training for major league baseball but not much in other pro sports and it is not likely they will get a professional sports franchise.

Current minor league teams: Rattlers (indoor football) and Cubs (baseball)

What would work here? Maybe build an arena to lure one of the teams to Mesa.

Colorado Springs, Colorado (472,688)

The home to the Air Force Academy is about 70 miles from Denver’s professional sports teams. College sports seems to have a strong hold on this city and it doesn’t seem likely that any major sports league would put a team here.

Current minor league teams: Switchbacks FC (soccer) and Rocky Mountain Vibes (baseball)

What would work here? Probably nothing. Denver is close enough and they have a franchise in all the professional sports leagues.

Omaha, Nebraska (468,262)

Omaha gets attention with hosting the College Baseball World Series but no one talks much about anything else. The closest they have been was the Omaha Knighthawks in the United Football League (UFL) which tried to become a feeder league for the NFL. The Knighthawks drew well but the league failed. They also had a brief stint in the NBA as they split the Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1972-1975.

Current minor league teams: Storm Chasers (baseball), Lancers (hockey) and Beef (indoor football)

What would work here? Maybe the Kings should move back here. The NHL could possibly work here too.

For many of these cities, you can’t say it would never happen. I never thought Oklahoma City would get an NBA team to move there so there is hope for these top cities.

When The Stanley Cup Was Affected By A Pandemic

We are still not sure how the current COVID-19 pandemic will affect this season’s Stanley Cup Final but we can look back to see how a similar pandemic affected the 1919 final. In 1919, the Spanish Flu outbreak impacted the Stanley Cup Final when it was cancelled after five games and no champion was crowned.

The final featured the Seattle Metropolitans of Pacific Coast Hockey Association (PCHA) champions hosting the Montreal Canadiens of National Hockey League (NHL). Seattle was the host of the Stanley Cup Finals which was a best-of-five series.

Game #1 – Seattle 7, Montreal 0: Seattle took advantage of playing by PCHA rules as they scored two in the first period, three in the second and two in the third.

Game #2 – Montreal 4, Seattle 2: The Canadiens evened the series in game two with Newsy Lalonde scoring all of Montreal’s goals. Montreal took the lead and never relinquished it, although Seattle scored two in the third in 32 seconds to make it close.

Game #3 – Seattle 7, Montreal 2: Seattle scored four goals in the first to take a commanding lead. No goals were scored in the second. In the third, Seattle prevented any comeback, outscoring Montreal 3–2.

Game #4 – Montreal 0, Seattle 0: Ended in a tie after 20 minutes of overtime, with both Holmes and Montreal’s Georges Vezina blocking every shot. At the end of the first period, the Seattle’s Cully Wilson scored a goal but it was waved off as it was scored just after he had blown the period’s final whistle. Near the close of the second overtime, Louis Berlinguette of Montreal had an outstanding chance to win it but missed by inches. At the end of the game, players laid collapsed across the ice, the crowd gave both teams an ovation after the game in appreciation of the teams’ play.

Game #5 – Montreal 4, Seattle 3: Montreal rallied from a 3–0 deficit after two periods and scored three to force overtime. Montreal’s Jack McDonald scored the game winning goal with Seattle down a player when Frank Foyston was injured.

The teams had planned to play the series deciding game on April 1st but the Spanish Flu outbreak affected several players on both teams. Newsy Lalonde, Joe Hall, Winfred Billy Coutu, Louis Berlinguette and Jack McDonald of Montreal were sick with high fevers. Montreal was going to forfeit the Cup to Seattle but Seattle’s manager/coach Pete Mudoon refused since it was a result of the illness.

Four days later, Montreal’s Joe Hall died of pneumonia brought about by the flu. His funeral was held in Vancouver on April 8, with most team members attending. Manager George Kennedy also fell ill. He seemed to recover and was released from the hospital, but he died a few days later.

No official Stanley Cup winner was declared in 1919. None of their names were engraved onto the trophy; however, when the Cup was redesigned in 1948 and a new collar was added to include those teams that did not engrave their names on the trophy.

Friday Flashback: Jacksonville Firebirds

The Spring/Summer version of American football has historically had a difficult time surviving even without the competition from high school, college or pro football. The Jacksonville Firebirds had some brief success during the summers of 1979-1981 in Jacksonville, Florida with the American Football Association (AFA). The AFA was established shortly after the demise of the World Football League (WFL) which disbanded in 1976 and created a league with teams mostly in the Southeastern United States.

The Firebirds tapped into some of the top high school coaches in the Jacksonville area, such as Bob Williams, Corky Rogers, Jimmie Johnson and Jerry Disch. Among the players were former University of Florida quarterbacks Don Gaffney and Jimmy Fisher.

The team played their first game on May 26,1979 against the Kentucky Trackers. The Firebirds won 48-14 in front of a crowd of 15,102 in the Gator Bowl. That kind of attendance was the exception for most AFA teams in the league. At the time, Jacksonville football fans were hungry for a team after both the Jacksonville Sharks and Express failed along with the World Football League (WFL).

Gaffney in a game against the Arkansas Champs
(Firebirds won 44-6)

The Firebirds played their home games at the Gator Bowl and drew over 153,000 fans for 13 games with respectable competition on the field during their first season and averaged 12,930 fans per game.

Gaffney had an outstanding season for the Firebirds in 1979 going 292 of 416 pass attempts for 4,290 yards and 50 touchdowns. Gaffney led the Firebirds to the AFA title. They defeated the Carolina Chargers in front of over 22,000 fans which is currently the fifth largest single game crowd for a semi-pro football game. (https://www.americanfootballassn.com/attendance-records.html)

Kicker Allan Leavitt kicked the Firebirds’ longest field goal in a game against the Carolina Chargers on August 9, 1980 when he booted a 55-yard field goal in an 19-18 win. Leavitt had played college football at the University of Georgia (1973-1976) and one season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League (NFL) in 1977.

The Firebirds went 26-13 during their three seasons of existence. The team’s biggest rivalries were the Orlando Americans, Alabama Vulcans and Carolina Chargers.

They played their final game on August 23, 1981 where they lost in a first round playoff game against the Chicago Fire, 24-17. The Firebirds were threatening to score late in the game and were prepared to go for two according to game reports from that final contest.

The success of the team finally ran out before the 1982 season as the franchise was rumored to move to Lake City, Florida. The team was eventually sold and renamed the Sunbirds. The AFA played one more season and folded.

YearRecordPlayoffs
197912-3First Round
Defeated Alabama Vulcans, 28-21
Championship
Defeated Carolina Chargers, 27-7
19807-5None
19817-5First Round
Lost to Chicago Fire, 24-17
Jacksonville Firebirds Season-by-Season Results

If you want some really good information on the AFA, check out http://www.birminghamprosports.com/ website. (Thanks to Gene Crowley for permission to use photos from his website. His site has a lot of photos and information you won’t find anywhere else.)

Firebirds vs. Alabama Vulcans (1979)
Firebirds vs. Carolina Chargers in 1979 AFA Championship Game

If you would like more information about the American Football Association and other minor league football teams, check out this book on Amazon:

What Is Cabin Fever?

With most of us in lockdown mode for over a month now, people are getting antsy and anxious to opening up their lives again. Although there are some legitimate reasons for caution, people are ready to get rid of their “cabin fever”.

What exactly is cabin fever? Is it really a thing?

Cabin fever is defined as irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors. It isn’t actually a fever; however, it can lead to some psychological and emotional issues. It can also lead to a higher risk of depression or, in some cases, suicidal thoughts. The lack of natural sunlight can increase a person’s anxiety.

With us coping with stay-at-home orders, this can lead to cabin fever as we grow restless, bored, lack of patience, overeating and sadness. If you are already a person who suffers from depression, being isolated for long periods of time can make you more vulnerable to serious effects of cabin fever.

So how can you cure cabin fever?

  • Get outside. Find a way to spend some time outside and enjoy some fresh air.
  • Work on a hobby. We all have something we enjoy doing. This is a perfect time to focus on it.
  • Start a good book. With society taking a time-out, we finally have time to sit down and read a book.
  • Work on some chores you never had time to tackle.
  • Write a letter to someone. An actual handwritten letter can brighten someone’s day.
  • Exercise. When you exercise the body, you are giving your mind a break.

It is easy to let the mind get lazy when you succumb to cabin fever. Giving into it can also contribute to physical problems such as headaches and nerve problems. It is important to recognize cabin fever early and make a plan to derail it before it drives you – and the people around you crazy.

To help cure your cabin fever during this Coronavirus pandemic, check on this game from Amazon:

Finer Than Frog Hair (and other strange sayings)

frogRecently these words came out of my mouth when my wife asked how I was doing.  While searching for a clever comeback, somehow my brain pulled this rather strange phrase out.

Finer than frog hair?

Why is that a saying?   As we both stood there for a moment, I couldn’t help but wonder why that came out.  I assumed it was a saying that originated from my South Georgia roots.  Who would even think of such a thing?  And is frog hair really fine?

This got me to wondering about other odd sayings that are out there and how they originated:

“Finer than frog hair”

  • What does it mean?  It means a person is in good spirits or excellent mood.
  • Origin:  The allusion to the hairs on a frog clearly points us to the ‘slender, narrow’, meaning of the phrase. Just as clearly, (most) frogs don’t have hair, and the ironic reference to it is intended to highlight the effect.

“I’ll keep my eyes peeled”

  • What does it mean?  Although it sounds like a painful thing to do to our eyeballs, it actually means we are going to watch something very closely.
  • Origin:  From about the 17th century on, pill was commonly spelt peel and took on the sense of “to remove or strip” in the weakened sense of removing an outer covering, such as a fruit. The figurative sense of keeping alert, by removing any covering of the eye that might impede vision, seems to have appeared in the US about 1850.

I beg to differ”

  • What does it mean?  It is usually a way to disagree with someone in a nice way.  You may not actually resort to begging but disagreeing kindly.
  • Origin:  Most sources indicate this saying originated from England as a proper British phrase.

“Let’s hightail it out of here”

  • What does it mean?  While the image of such a phrase is rather humorous, it usually means to get away very quickly.
  • Origin:  From comparisons of animals that raise their tails when fleeing.  Could also be from the days when horses were our primary modes of transportation.

“You’re a sight for sore eyes”

  • What does it mean?  A way to say you have missed someone or that you are happy to see them.
  • Origin:  This phrase was first recorded by Jonathan Swift, in A complete collection of genteel and ingenious conversation, 1738.

“Sleep tight”

  • What does it mean?  We are wishing someone to have a good night’s sleep.   Of course I have already heard it with “…and don’t let the bed bugs bite”.   Yes, that’s a real comforting thought.
  • Origin:  This 19th century expression isn’t, as is often wrongly claimed, a reference to the tightness of the strings used to support mattresses.

“Blood is thicker than water”

  • What does it mean?  Family is more important than anything else.  Yeah, you would think right?
  • Origin:  In ancient Middle Eastern culture, blood rituals between men symbolized bonds that were far greater than those of family. The saying also has to do with “blood brothers,” because warriors who symbolically shared the blood they shed in battle together were said to have stronger bonds than biological brothers.

“I quit cold turkey”

  • What does it mean?  To quit something quickly.
  • Origin:  People believed that during withdrawal, the skin of drug addicts became translucent, hard to the touch, and covered with goose bumps – like the skin of a plucked turkey.

“Waking up on the wrong side of the bed”

  • Meaning:  Waking up in a bad mood.   If you’ve known people like this you might want to consider the origin.
  • Origin:  The left side of the body or anything having to do with the left was often associated considered sinister. To ward off evil, innkeepers made sure the left side of the bed was pushed against a wall, so guests had no other option but to get up on the right side of the bed.

“Getting the cart before the horse”

  • What does it mean?  Getting things out of order
  • Origin:  The meaning of the phrase is based on the common knowledge that a horse usually pulls a cart, despite rare examples of vehicles pushed by horses in 19th-century Germany and early 20th-century France.

There are many more interesting phrases we use and, if your are from the South, the list is even longer.  Comedian Jeff Foxworthy has educated a lot of people on some of those.  We have some very interesting sayings.  Hopefully, I won’t be a frequent user of “fine as frog hair” in my vocabulary.  It’s even more confusing to use it around Halloween.  Some folks might get the idea that you are a witch and using frog hair for some kind of spell.

Okay, let me hightail it out of here before I say anything else…

For further reading on strange sayings, check out these books from Amazon:

BOREVID-19: Are You Bored Yet?

It has been over a month since we have been told to stay-at-home or do our part to “flatten the curve”. Now it seems that everyone is eager to re-open the country regardless of what doctors and science are telling us to do.

People are bored. They can’t stand it anymore. They want OUT!

For me, I have enjoyed this time. No rushing around and being able to enjoy time at home with my wife. I haven’t been bored.

People are funny though. They build their houses, buy entertainment devices and linked into social media yet they are still bored.

It wasn’t like when I was growing up when my parents would tell me to play in the yard.

No today my friend. People are totally bored with staying at home (for those of us who have) and need to get out.

What’s the rush?

Why do we get bored so easily when we have so much?

Consider these facts and figures:

  • Americans spend an average of $200,000 on their homes
  • We spend $2,913 annually for home entertainment equipment
  • Americans spend a total of over $36 Billion a year for video games
  • Game systems made over $7 Billion
  • We spend an average of $60 per month on Internet service
  • We average spending $1,093 per year for furniture
  • The average American subscribes to 3-4 movie streaming services for an average of $29 per month.

We spend all of this money for these things in our homes yet we are still bored. Boredom is a modern condition which has oddly increased the more that technology has. Boredom was literally nonexistent until the late 18th century leading into the Industrial Revolution. Early in human history, when our ancestors had to spend most of their days securing food and shelter, boredom wasn’t an option.

Having the latest in home entertainment doesn’t cure our boredom, we are motivated out of boredom when we do something. Here are a few things that you can do to become productive during this time:

  1. Update your resume
  2. Read your emails
  3. Clean the garage (or other space in your house you’ve been putting off)
  4. Read a book
  5. Write a letter (yes, actually WRITE a letter.)
  6. Watch an online tutorial
  7. Learn how to cook
  8. Write your autobiography

Need more help in managing your boredom? Try some of these:

Friday Flashback: Kentucky Colonels

While most people think of fried chicken, the folks in Kentucky enjoyed having a professional basketball franchise in the American Basketball Association (ABA) from 1967-1976. The Colonels won the most games (448) and had the highest winning percentage (.602) of any other team in the league during their existence.

On March 6, 1967, the American Basketball Association awarded the franchise that became the Kentucky Colonels to Don Regan for $30,000. Later that year the franchise was bought by Joseph Gregory, Mamie Gregory and William C. Boone. John Givens was named as the first coach of the Colonels.

The Colonels won their only championship in 1975 when they defeated the Indiana Pacers in five games. They were one of the ABA’s most consistent team as they won four division titles and qualified for the playoffs each season.

The most notable players for the Colonels were Dan Issel, Artis Gilmore and Louie Dampier. Issel played six seasons for the Colonels (1970-1975) then played for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1975-1985. He coached from 1992-1994 and then 1999-2001. Gilmore played for the Colonels from 1971-1976 and then played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics. Dampier played 10 seasons with the Colonels (1967-1976) before finish his career with the San Antonio Spurs (1976-1979).

Kentucky Colonel seasons:

  • 1967-1968
    • 36 wins, 42 losses
    • Lost to Minnesota Muskies in Eastern Division Semifinals (3 games to 2)
  • 1968-1969
    • 42 wins, 26 losses
    • Lost to Indiana Pacers in Eastern Division Semifinals (4 games to 3)
  • 1969-1970
    • 45 wins, 39 losses
    • Lost to Indiana Pacers in Eastern Division Finals (4 games to 1)
  • 1970-1971
    • 44 wins, 40 losses
    • Lost to Utah Stars in ABA Finals (4 games to 3)
  • 1971-1972
    • 68 wins, 16 losses
    • Lost to New York Nets in Eastern Division Semifinals (4 games to 2)
  • 1972-1973
    • 56 wins, 28 losses
    • Lost to Indiana Pacers in ABA Finals (4 games to 3)
  • 1973-1974
    • 53 wins, 31 losses
    • Lost to New York Nets in Eastern Division Finals (4 games to 0)
  • 1974-1975
    • 58 wins, 26 losses
    • Defeated Indiana Pacers in ABA Finals (4 games to 1)
  • 1975-1976
    • 46 wins, 38 losses
    • Lost to Denver Nuggets in ABA Semifinals (4 games to 3)

The Colonels played their last game on April 26, 1976 when they lost in Game 7 of the ABA semifinals to the Denver Nuggets, 133-110.

After the 1976 season, the ABA and NBA were deciding on a merger and which ABA teams would go over to the NBA. It was clear to everyone that the Colonels had the talent and the fan support to join the NBA for the 1976-77 season. However, during the merger negotiations in June 1976, the NBA made it clear that it would accept only four ABA teams, not five. With Denver, San Antonio, New York and Indiana being the clear front-runners to make the cut, Colonels’ owner John Y. Brown decided that it was better to fold the team for cash, instead of continuing to fight. To the great disappointment of long-time Colonels fans, Kentucky was left out of the merger.

Fans in Louisville would like to bring back the Colonels. The website #ColonelsComeBack is a grassroots effort organized to promote the return of the Kentucky Colonels to professional basketball. Supporters are passionate about basketball in this area, and wish to have their own team in the NBA.

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