Laura Ingraham vs. Lebron James

I’d like to address the Laura Ingraham-Lebron James strife last week.

 

Without question, the last Presidential Inauguration was the tipping point for notable athletes to stand up (or, in many cases, kneel down). Not that they weren’t politically involved before 2017, but now, the biggest stars in American sports seem to feel a sense of obligation to social activism. And this is a reality with which some Seahawks are ever so familiar.

 

“Shut up and dribble!” said Ingraham, igniting a social media uproar. Needless to say, the subject of politics-savvy athletes did not entertain her in the slightest.

This is Lebron’s response:

“I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, equality and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to ‘shut up and dribble.’”

 

Okay, those were the shots fired. And to be totally forthcoming, both said a lot more than what is represented in these quotes, especially Ingraham, most of which was not the least bit combative.

 

Before diving in, allow me to insist on an open mind. I’m not here to lambaste Ingraham or Lebron for speaking their mind. I’m simply here to touch gently on the factors that induce so much division in the present day. But first, allow me to be clear, taking one side is something I will not do, and frankly cannot do, for the sake of self-protection in today’s violent politics.

 

So here is my first take:

 

A good roast may feel invigorating for the veins. But telling a passionate someone to “Shut up!”, whatever the intent, is not the first domino for productive discourse.

 

I will continue these thoughts–with sincerest apologies for this week’s brevity–in the upcoming posts. Stay tuned.

Most Popular Vehicle Class

Hi everybody!

The automotive world is always changing day by day. And oh boy, these past couple of years have been very interesting with sales. Americans have moved away from Mid-Sized family sedans for Compact Crossovers as most popular choice in automotive class. Most Americans now have crossovers in their driveways and garages, and now compact crossovers are taking by storm.

Although gas prices are around 2.75-3.20 dollars a gallon, most people tend to still want to be economically friendly, yet Americans want to feel secure with cargo, versatility and the available all wheel drive options. Since this is the most popular class in the nation, every automaker has decided to join this battle of who deserves the Compact Crown.

The cars that did not get placed are listed here. GM came to the scene with the Chinese born Buick Envision, eco friendly Chevrolet Equinox and enticing GMC Terrain. These three did not make the finals because of reliability and craftmanship concerns. Ford brought us the European born Ford Escape. While the Escape is a great crossover, it had one of the worst reliability ratings according to consumer reports. The Korean twins brought us the humble and conservative Tucson and Sportage. Nothing stood out with these two vehicles. Mazda tried with the beloved Mazda CX-5, which was a bit small for me. Mitsubishi entered with the lonely Mitsubishi Outlander. Again, even though the optional third row is nice, nothing was very special for me. Theres also the plain Jane Nissan Rogue. I honestly love the Rogue but the powertrain was very lethargic at times. The brand new Volkswagen Tiguan was a huge debut to this class. But I have to wait a year to figure out reliability for this vehicle.

Third place in this competition is the Toyota Rav4. This car has come a long way since it’s debut in 1994. It grew in size and became much more conventional, with a lift up hatch compared to the side door and now comes with a hybrid option which gets the best economy in the class. If you need a hybrid compact crossover I would totally recommend this crossover for its practicality and somewhat premium feel. I am still disappointed Rav4 does not have a V6 option.

Second place goes to the best selling in the class Honda CR-V. Its spaciousness and overall exquisite interior really makes me smile. Although i am not a fan of its very round rear end, I enjoy the grille and how proportionate it is compared to the rest of the car. The drivetrain is peppy with 192 horsepower out of the 1.5 L Turbo earth dreams engine. The history is amazing as it debuted back in 1997 and had an identity change in 2007.

The Subaru Forester earns the gold medal this time around. It started off as a little station wagon back in 1997 and has grown to become a compact crossover in 2009, where sales boomed and this car was loved dearly by many people. I have had the pleasure to ride in one of these and the new ones feel very rugged, yet decently luxurious. I respect Subaru’s drivetrain modes and the symmetrical all wheel drive. I also really like the panoramic sunroof, which started a trend with many cars here today. You can also get a turbocharger and it has 240 horsepower.

All in all, these three are amazing cars to have and any of them are great choices depending on what your needs are. For now guys have a great week!

Disneyland Bucketlist

It’s Fastpass Master here! This week I wanted to talk about all the Disneyland related things I wanted to eventually do! So here is my Disneyland bucket list!

  1. Get an Annual Pass. Hopefully, someday I’ll live in the Anaheim area and I’ll be able to go to Disneyland whenever I want! That would be a dream.
  2. Go to a Dapper Day. Every year Disneyland has a “Dapper Day” where everyone dresses in 20s style clothing, where many people choose to dress up as Disney characters. It looks like a lot of fun and I’d love to do it someday!
  3. Go on a VIP tour. At Disneyland, you can rent a VIP tour guide that basically lets your skip every line and gives you other special treatment, like preferred seating for shows. Although it is crazy expensive, it would be super fun to splurge one day on a VIP tour!
  4. Get more fun ears. I currently only have one pair of Minnie Mouse ears and I would love to get more. The best place to get them is The Mad Hatter in Fantasyland. There are also many online shops that sell super cute and unique ears.
  5. Steer the Mark Twain Riverboat. If you ask a Cast Member on the Mark Twain Riverboat, and someone hasn’t already asked before you, you can pilot the Mark Twain Riverboat. Although you’re not actually steering, to the boat is on rails, it would be super fun to say that you’ve driven the big boat!
  6. Be at the opening for rope drop. Every morning, Disneyland opens with a rope drop. I’ve never been there quite early enough to see it up close, as the lines form pretty fast, so I would love to see it in person!

That’s all I have for now, but hopefully,
this list will keep growing! Also, I’m heading to Downtown Disney tomorrow (!!!!!) and I’ll hopefully share some pictures from there!

And remember, “To all those who come to this happy place: Welcome.”

~Fastpass Master

Track in t-9 days

Track is finally going to be here. I have trained three months for this after cross country. Trading has gone well and in the last 6-7 weeks I have accumulated almost 170 miles. We have also began our harder workouts and speed has definitely developed through strides.

As a senior in my last year this season will be a journey and very emotional at times. This may be the last time we race with some of my teammates. Races have more weight now especially for those who wish to run in college. As it becomes more and more our last chance, races will become much more intense and mentally demanding.

The season as always will fly by leaving the team with only memories in less than 7 months, already in college, preparing for cross country or studying. Because the approaching end of this chapter, Prefontaine’s very “give everything and then more mentality” may become one of the ways racing is done this year.

I have goals that I need to work on, especially maintains speed the last quarter of a race. The work that goes into a season often is more satisfying doing it because the season is so far away. But now with one week until the actual training begins, work has more of a purpose seemingly.

No matter what, I am excited for the last season of High School track and what happens and comes along with it.

Cross country team at white pass-after the hill run, 2 miles and all uphill

Feelings, Freaking Out, and First Dates

Hello, guys! Hope you guys had a nice week! And for those of you that celebrated Valentine’s Day, hopefully that went well. If it didn’t, you have my condolences. 🙂 Anyway, for today’s post, especially since it was Valentine’s Day this week, I thought it would be nice to talk about first dates.

First dates are always exciting, whether it be your first date ever or your first date with a particular person. At the same time, they can be extremely nerve-wracking, so what is the best way to go about them? Well, people tend to worry a lot about they dress, so let’s address that first.

Make sure what you wear is something you are comfortable in and can relax in. After all, you are going to have a good time, and if you’re wearing you normally wouldn’t to impress your date, then you won’t have as good of a time. (Plus, the person already agreed to go out with you, there’s no need to impress them further. They already like you.) Just be sure to wear something that is also suited to where you are going on your date. For example, if you are going to a fancy restaurant, dress nicely. If you are doing something more casual, such as going on a walk or hike, wear something presentable but not too nice.

Another people worry a lot about is where they should go a date. What it comes down to is picking a place/activity that you know both of you will enjoy. If both of you like to play games and are competitive, going to an arcade would be great. If you’re both thrill-seekers, going to an amusement park would be very fun. If you guys are more of the type of people who prefer to talk with one another and enjoy each other’s presence, I would recommend going on a walk in a scenic area, like a park or beach. If you feel like you don’t know you date well enough to make this sort of decision, don’t be afraid of asking them what they want to do. It’s a better idea to do that rather than end up doing something that your date hates for your very first date.

As for how to act on first dates, I’m not just going to tell you, ‘be yourself.’ (Though you should, but everyone needs some advice beyond that.) Before your date, think of several conservation starters/topics that you start up to prevent any awkward silences. The best thing you can do is act as genuinely as possible, and I would even go as far as to openly addressing the awkwardness and making fun of it. Everyone’s nervous on a first date, so it’s bound to be awkward, but you might as well use that to your advantage by sneaking in some jokes about it to keep the mood light.

That’s all for this week, guys! I hope that this post was helpful in some way, and that everyone has a nice mid-winter break! (Honestly, I am the least qualified person to be giving these sort of tips/advice, but here it is.)

Until next time, chicos. This is Wannabe Philosopher, signing off. *finger guns*

Post Wisdom Teeth Removal Foods

Hey there guys!!

I hope everyone got through the week successfully and you are able to have some down time over break. Today I got my wisdom teeth out around twelve in the afternoon and my mouth is still numb and sort of hurts which makes it really hard to eat. You are also only allowed to have cold foods for the first twenty four hours which makes the food you can eat even more limited.

When I first tried to drink water after my procedure I could not feel it going into my mouth and therefore was not able to swallow it. But, as the night has gone on and the numbing had gone done a little bit, the one thing I have been able to eat is a smoothie my mom got me from emerald city (you are not allowed to use a straw so I have to eat it with a spoon).

Because I have had such a hard time figuring out what to eat after my operation I figured I would give you all some ideas so that if you ever are in the same situation as me in the future you know what you can eat!

Foods to eat after getting wisdom teeth out:

  • Smoothies (they cannot have seeds in them though, so avoid fruits like strawberries and raspberries)
  • Milkshakes or ice cream
  • Apple sauce
  • Jell-o
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Mousse (not something I would have thought of but it is another option!)

Once I am able to eat warm foods it will make things a little bit less limited, so I am looking forward to that!

Again, I hope you guys have a good break and get some time to relax!

Love Story…

Last Wednesday was Valentine’s Day, a day of love and romance. I couldn’t help but think of this one particular story that I will be sharing with you today…

There once lived a middle-aged physic professor named Anthony. At the time, Anthony was dating a novelist who went by the name of Emma. Anthony had dated many ladies before, but he felt that Emma was the one. Gathering his courage, Anthony took Emma to her favorite restaurant before proposing to her later that night.

“Oh Anthony, I love you very much, but I don’t think you truly know what kind of a person I am.”

“What do you mean Emma? I know your favorite foods and what books you like. I know what you like to wear and what you like to hear.”

“Anthony. I am a writer. You are a scientist. Our thinking is fundamentally different! I still have much workto do before I can publish my next book.” Emma paused for a moment, looking teary eyes of Anthony. “Anthony, will you write a book for me? Write a 50,000-word book for me, and I will marry you.”

The next day, Anthony began writing his book. In his eyes, 50,000-word book shouldn’t be that hard to write but before long he ran into a problem. No matter how hard he tried, the characters of his book just didn’t feel alive. His book was stale and eventually became unbearable to write.

“Anthony, you got to think about your characters beyond the scope of the book,” Emma advised when Anthony asked for help. “You have to picture them from the day they were born to their very last breath. You have to not only know what values motivate your characters, but also what events in their life fostered their values!”

Anthony scraped the first draft of his story and began brain storming about characters. As the first rays of sunlight peaked over the mountains off in the distance, Anthony had created his first (and last) character, Anna.

Weeks passed, Emma had finished her book. However, she had not heard from Anthony since the night she gave him advice on character creation. Emma called him many times, but he would not answer. Then she called the university that Anthony taught at and found that Anthony began to skip work days and eventually quit work altogether! At last she decided to go visit him personally at his apartment.

When Anthony opened the door, a rich aroma of eastern cuisine greeted Emma who had rang the doorbell. Glancing in, Emma saw an unusually clean room illuminated the whickering flames of candles.

“I was not expecting guests today. Would you like to join us, Emma?”

Slightly puzzled, Emma accepted Anthony’s invitation and entered the apartment. Upon closer inspection she saw two sets of plates and silverwares set neatly upon a small table in the middle of the dim room. Anthony disappeared into the kitchen before reappearing with a third set.

“Anthony, who are those for?”

“For you of course. Let’s eat. Anna is waiting for us.”

Looking around the room, Emma confirmed that there were just the two of them.

“Anthony how is the book going?”

A moment of silence followed. It did not take long for Emma to understand what had transpired.

“For the majority of people, what they love exists only in the imagination. The object of their love is not the man or woman of reality, but what he or she is like in their imagination. The person in reality is just a template used for the creation of this dream lover. Eventually, they find out the differences between their dream lover and the template. If they can get used to those differences, then they can be together. If not, they split up. It’s as simple as that. You differ from the majority in one respect: You didn’t need a template,” Emma said before leaving the dimly lit room.

This story was inspired by a section from the book the Dark Forest by Liu CiXin, and the last quote was actually a quote from the story. However, the originally version of this story was a lot longer and had a lot more context (we are talking about at least 800 pages of stuff). I found the authors idea very intriguing and worthy of sharing. Hope you enjoyed it.

 

Fc Lugano

Hey Guys,

Fc Lugano is my all-time favorite club to use for a FIFA career mode. Let’s take a brief look at the history of the club. Lugano has won the Swiss Super league on three occasions there most recent being the 1948-49 campaign. They have also added three Swiss Cups. Since their starting budget in FIFA career mode has always been below five million euros it can be difficult to acquire top level talent. However, they’re are certainly some methods to acquire talent. One method I’ve used to construct some very impressive squads is using the free transfer rule for players with expiring contracts. Some of the notable players I’ve acquired for Lugano through this method include Raphael Guerreiro, Stefan De Vrij, and Oğuzhan Özyakup among others. Once you acquire a notable player it places Lugano in a great financial position because the arrival of the player boosts jersey sales. In addition, if you decide to sell the player you will likely receive a sizeable transfer fee. The funds acquired through selling these players can go towards signing even better players. I performed this strategy to great success in a Lugano career mode when I sold a few high priced players acquired via free transfer to land Andrea Belotti. Belotti instantly became the face of my club. In just two seasons I was able to turn a budget of under five million euros into a young prominent striker like Andrea Belotti. Another method I’ve employed to acquire a world class player with Lugano is to buy a young player with considerable upside for around one to two million euros and then develop him. I did this with Athletico Madrid keeper Andre Moreira. I bought him for 1.5 million euros and then subsequently trained him up to around ninety overall in roughly two seasons. Understandably, beginning a career mode with a small budget club Like Lugano is not an attractive proposition, however, when you ultimately acquire upper echelon talent it’s a very rewarding feeling.

Outdoor Activities

Hey Everyone!
It’s officially mid winter break! I don’t about you guys, but I’m really looking forward to relaxing and (hopefully) spending lots of time outside if the weather is nice. Because I feel like I have cabin fever from spending so much time inside this winter, and for those of you who are having a staycation this break, I decided to make a list of closeby outdoor activities to do over break.
Hiking Trails
Chances are, living in Issaquah you have done a lot of hiking. Although popular trail heads such as Poo Poo Point and Rattlesnake are great places to hike, Issaquah and the surrounding areas offer many other beautiful and scenic trails. Squak Mountain, Cougar Mountain, and Tiger Mountain all offer great trails for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. However, my advice is to take advantage of our days off and go hiking on a weekday instead of the weekend because it will be way less crowded.
Skiing/Snowboarding
One of the best parts about mid winter break is having the opportunity to go skiing or snowboarding when it is less hectic than the popular holiday season. Luckily for us, Issaquah is very close to Snoqualmie Summit, Alpental, and Crystal Lake which are all great places for a variety of snow sports. My personal favorite place to ski is Alpental because they offer night passes which allows you to ski or snowboard in the dark.

Those are all of my outdoor recommendations for mid winter break! Hopefully you all have fun spending some time appreciating and enjoying nature!

The Future is a Fast Ball and I’m a Rookie Hitter

Do these body parts represent the senses? The mind? How people may see the world? A lazy platform to play out some terrible word play? Just a very uncomfortable image to look at? Well, it’s up to you.

I can’t tell if these blog posts are getting easier or harder to write. Time should have made this into a habit, but yet. Let’s continue this pattern and let’s go through some questions!!!!

I don’t know what I’m going to be in my future. There’s just a lot to worry about and everything seems so far away yet close at the same time. How can I squish my fears into nothing?

-anonymous

Wow! That’s a lot but yeah I get it? I don’t know what I’m more stressed about the past or the future. I am haunted by the thought of both. It’s like getting chased by a murderer but there’s another murderer just around the corner ready to stab me from the front. A constant feeling of stress and actually I have no advice on this because I am just as terrified. The future is scary and the past has me haunted, what am I supposed to do? If you have advice you should tell me what to do because I am worried. My eyebrows have been furrowed for so long I just look like a concerned muppet. So the table has been switched. I’m turning the game around. Give me your advice, because I don’t know!!!

Send me your advice at  https://goo.gl/forms/CnhEXlDVKpOvuAkF3 Thanks. 🙂

“keep it 10% freezy and 90% freaky”

-ab-so-lutely

 

 

 

161 Days Until Football

Some of the past week(s) news around the NFL

  • Brady last player from 2000 draft class still on same team.

With 39 year old kicker Sebastian Janikowski release from the Raiders, Tom Brady remains the only player drafted in 2000, on his original team the Patriots. Janikowski has enjoyed 18 years on the Raiders in oakland having a fruitful career, and now will seek a challenge elsewhere. Brady looks to win his sixth super bowl in history, still with the Patriots.

  • AJ McCarron will become a free agent.

Once one greatest college QBs of all time is now an NFL backup. Having thrown for less than 1000 yards and been on the Bengals for three seasons, he now wants to seek a challenge elsewhere, most likely in a starting role. He won 2 national titles at Alabama, threw for over 9000 yards and 70+ TDs. He is expected to leave to only backup another quarterback elsewhere, with only Cleveland looking like they will give him the starting role.

  • Aqib Talib will be leaving Denver.

Talib used to be one of the best corner backs in the game. He still is good do not get me wrong, but he is far from the greatest. After four years on Denver which brought him a Lombardi Trophy, he is ready to leave and free up a chunk of salary cap for the Broncos. During his time in Denver he averaged a PD (pass deflection) per game and racked up 11 interceptions, returning SIX of them for TDs! He will be missed but the Broncos do have the depth to back him up as they already have Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby, and Michael Hunter.

  • Can the Steelers tie down Le’Veon Bell

Bell is one of the best running backs in the NFL currently, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will need him in the future. Le’Veon will not resign with Pittsburgh and is showing a few signs that he wants to leave. Another option would be a franchise tag, where they pay him an average of the top 5 players at his position, which would be a lot BUT he would be forced to accept it. If Big Ben is to retire soon, the front office should attempt to keep him for life after Rothlisberger.

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University of San Francisco

Hello Everyone,

Today I will be presenting a smaller-medium size college located in the northern half of California: The University of San Francisco (USF). USF is a Jesuit Catholic University that’s campus covers 55 acres and is located right behind the golden gate bridge and golden gate park. The main campus’s nickname is the “hilltop” because of its location on Lone Mountain.  The University of San Francisco offers more than 230 undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate programs on its main Hilltop Campus. Although, its new campus, USF downtown San Francisco, offers the MBA and the Executive MBA, MBA Dual Degree programs, and Master’s Degrees in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Financial Analysis, Global Entrepreneurial Management, Nonprofit Administration, and Organization Development which can be a very attractive addition to the campus that college students are seeking. Along with the education aspects being located in San Francisco opens doors for many internship opportunities.

The Dons are the mascot of USF (Green and Gold) and they participate in the NCAA Division 1 conference of the WCC. One notable team is the 1951 football team. This team was coached by Joe Kuharich and was undefeated with a record of 9-0, producing nine future NFL players from that team. Five of these players became pro bowlers while three of them were inducted into the hall of fame, which is a record for one college team. Meanwhile, the basketball program has won three national titles. 2 of them were the NCAA national championships in 1955 and 1956. The dons were the first team to ever go undefeated and did so in 1956 led by future hall of fame player Bill Russell.

See you next week.

Review: Rich Brian – Amen

Indonesian rapper Rich Brian, formerly known by the somewhat silly and borderline offensive name Rich Chigga, just recently released his debut project(which he’s not calling an album), Amen. The record showcases Brian’s signature hard hitting rap flows and playful yet intense synths in his production. After he exploded to internet stardom with the song Dat $tick in 2016, he went on to prove that he could deliver banger after banger while amassing an even larger following, thanks to his charismatic tweets and appearances in other YouTube videos. He even got hip-hop legend Ghostface Killah from Wu-Tang Clan and underground rapper Pouya to hop on the remix of the song. This project, though, shows Brian getting a lot more personal lyrically, while still keeping things light. It also showcases some of Brian’s best production to date. Songs like Cold exemplify his use of heavy synths over trap-style drums, whereas title track Amen chooses a more minimalist approach to production while Brian spits his hardest, fastest bars. He also manages to get a few features off. The most prominent of which is Offset from Atlanta rap group Migos, who features on the song Attention. He also gets the assist from Japanese-American artist Joji, whose vocals make the track Introvert that much better. The best track, in my opinion, is previously released track Glow Like Dat, which has a very unique instrumental and a more melodic tone than his other songs. Overall, I think that Rich Brian has potential to be an artist with real staying power, and this project definitely solidifies that opinion. I’d rate Amen a solid 7/10. If you’re a fan of Rich Brian, check out his debut.

A Season In Review

The internet blew up last week when fans discovered the new Google search results of “New England Patriots Owner”. Yes, the top result was Nick Foles, though only momentarily. It seems the majority of National Football League followers are dancing in glee at the Super Bowl shortcomings of Brady and Belichick. Well, I guess waiting this long for retribution, albeit indirect, is the new quintessence of wisdom. Of course I’m joking. It’s pathetic. The New England Patriots are the coverboys of dynastic achievement in American sports; they’ve qualified for three Super Bowls in the last four years, not to mention eight out of the last 17. Brady and Belichick are 5-3 in Super Bowls, which isn’t perfection, but it’s the closest thing to perennial preeminence we’ve seen since Ali. I enjoyed rooting for the Seattle Seahawks all season, through euphoria and heartache. But in retrospect, what the hell was I doing supporting the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Conference Championship? Yes, I know how good Sacksonville’s defense was; it was pretty darn outstanding. But to put Blake Bortles in the Super Bowl is to drive millions of Americans to the mental asylum. In a country with unprecedented levels of anguish and anxiety, we don’t need any more. We need competence. And if Bortles strikes anyone as remotely competent then we’re all living in an episode of The Twilight Zone. So I could go through all the major turning points in the regular season, I could even pause at the most thrilling games. But that, in the grand scheme, is futile. The New England Patriots will face off against a mighty NFC opponent, hopefully the Seahawks, and nearly everyone outside of the Northeast corridor will unite against Brady, as they always do.