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Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: Poor Rudolph

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Nevermind that the other reindeer never let him join in any reindeer games. Rudolph has bigger problems.

I love the holiday season because it’s a time for getting together with family and friends. Our world has become increasingly busy and so times like these are important. There is also another reason I love the holiday season. The classics like ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’, ‘The Grinch’ and of course ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ to name a few. I continue to make it a point to watch these classics even now at the ripe old age of 49. These specials bring back tons of great memories. But God forbid now you try to enjoy something for what it is or what it was. Nope. Can’t do that nowadays. Seems Rudolph is promoting bullying and bigotry.

Rudolph Actor Says Critics of Bullying Plot Miss the Point: ‘It’s More Relevant Now Than Ever’

My God man, this world has become so ridiculous and overly sensitive. It’s all about getting to your safe place when things don’t go your way. Jesus Christ. This nonsense has me swearing on a post about the holiday season!! Everything is a problem with todays generation. Now they want to rewrite Rudolphs history. I say no…

“Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer
You’ll go down in history!”

Can’t something just be what it is? There are far worse things in this world that need immediate attention.

Anyway, I took the following from a friends FB post..

let’s just go all the way and ban these songs also!

Merry Christmas !

We should banish the following:

1. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus: subjecting minors to softcore porn
2. The Christmas Song: Open fire? Pollution. Folks dressed up like Eskimos? Cultural appropriation
3. Holly Jolly Christmas: Kiss her once for me? Unwanted advances
4. White Christmas? Racist
5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Sees you when you’re sleeping? Knows when you’re awake? Peeping Tom stalker
6. Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Everyone telling you be of good cheer? Forced to hide depression
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Bullying
8. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Forced gender-specific gifts: dolls for Janice and Jen and boots and pistols (GUNS!) for Barney and Ben
9. Santa Baby: Gold digger, blackmail
10. Frosty the Snowman: Sexist; not a snow woman
11. Do You Hear What I Hear: blatant disregard for the hearing impaired
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: Make the yuletide GAY? Wow, just wow
13. Jingle Bell Rock: Giddy up jingle horse, pick up your feet: animal abuse
14. Mistletoe and Holly: Overeating, folks stealing a kiss or two? How did this song ever see the light of day?
15. Winter Wonderland: Parson Brown demanding they get married…forced partnership. Forcing religious beliefs.
16. Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer: Woman attacked & Grandpa gambling.

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Sunday Morning coffee with a little musing: @timhortons must be spinning in his grave

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Nevermind turning in his grave… he must be spinning full throttle.
A few years back my daughter and I were staples at Tim Hortons every weekend. We’d go there both days and sometimes multiple times a day. No matter what I chose to eat I always had to have my coffee. It was great coffee. When they introduced dark roast I hopped on that train because it was beyond good. Then the unimaginable happened. In 2014 Burger King agreed to purchase Tim Hortons. Or as I refer to it, the beginning of the downward spiral into the depths of hell for the once iconic Tim Hortons. The quality and service just isn’t the same anymore. Their coffee both regular and dark roast is sub par.. I’ve never tasted dirty water but I think the coffee I have at Timmie’s is dirty water. When they introduced the hot lattes it was a godsend because even though more expensive I had a good option replacement for the terrible coffee options. It too now is not an option any more. It no longer tastes as good as when it was first introduced. Needless to say I rarely go to Timmie’s nowadays.
Anyway, it’s not all bad. Their app is decent and convenient for the times I do want some Timmie’s. Place an order while at home or in the car, pay via the app, pick up. Convenient. I also like their breakfast biscuit.
I guess it would be fitting to mention that my usual Sunday morning coffee is nespresso. The irony though is that I wrote this post from a Timmie’s this morning. Early morning trip to nonna’s and so a quick stop at Timmie’s to have some breakfast.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: Bill Maher, oh no you didn’t .

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Like everyone else I know Bill Maher from his tv commentaries. He comes across as a guy that likes to make noise. Says stuff for the shock value. Sure, there have been times when I have agreed with him but boy oh boy do I disagree with him now. Although he recently said that his initial attack on comic book culture was not a swipe at Stan Lee… Ummm, yes it was. I cannot believe the audacity of this man to try to take down the legacy of a man that just died by being so ignorant. Proof of his ignorance comes in the form of his claim that suggested comic book creator Stan Lee was partially responsible for Donald Trump becoming President.

He followed that up by writing

Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess.

So ignorant.

Bill Maher knows nothing about comic books and its culture and so should not be writing about it.

I grew up reading comicbooks and I have no pblm admitting that I am one of the ‘dumb’ grown ups Bill refers to who still reads them. Many, many years ago I was introduced to the world of comic books by a friend whose brother was into reading comic books. And I will never forget that day simply because of the sheer amount of books he had. I was literally a kid in a candy store.
Growing up, comics allowed me to escape to a world of super heroes. It was a fantastic journey of imagination. It’s not just about art, fantasy. There are life lessons in these books. It’s about right and wrong, acceptance, inclusion. It’s about understanding the consequences of the choices you make. It’s about morals and so much more. Literally the opposite of what Donald Trump represents. So, really. Who’s the dumb one here.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion but if you’re going to comment on something try to atleast know the subject matter. I’m sure Bill never picked up a comic book in his life. Like everything else this will soon pass but it doesn’t change the fact Bill is ignorant on this matter.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing:Keeping it real.

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Are you serious? You’re trying to keep it real for your followers you say? Stop. One of the many fake ppl flooding instagram. There really isn’t alot to say here. Mr ‘I am natural but taking steroids’ is keeping it real for his followers. Lol. Ok there buddy.
His beefy condition = off his cycle = keeping it real. Lies. But hey he’s ready to write fitness programs for you. Tell you what to eat. Suggest what supplements to take.. And while you’re working your ass off and not seeing results he’s popping gear and/or stabbing gear into his ass.
Btw this dude went out with Paige Hathaway for like a split second. Blink and you missed it.

You’re probably asking yourself if I am following him. I was. I’m done now.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing:#Netflix #Marvel trending downward

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So why was Iron Fist and Luke Cage cancelled? And why is Daredevil season 3 viewership trending downward? Hmm, I don’t know. Maybe try giving the marvel fans what they want. What about stronger storylines?

Luke Cage

Let’s start with Luke Cage. Season one for the most part was boring as hell. Season two got better but mostly because of Mariah and Bushmaster. This is a personal thing so I don’t want to generalize but there were many times when I didn’t understand a word that came out of Bushmaster’s mouth. It didn’t matter that I would rewind and blast the volume. I just couldn’t understand a word. Very frustrating. It’s like when Ur better half is talking in their sleep and mumbling and then u can’t sleep out of frustration because you’re trying to figure out what was said. As for the two seasons, both pretty much had the same storyline. Revenge, gangs, mob bosses, power, control.

Sweet Christmas.

Iron Fist

I don’t even know where to begin. The acting in season one was horrible. The fight sequences were choreographed more than dancing with the stars;ie horrible. You literally could have a drinking game for every time Danny said ‘I am the iron fist’. I actually lost count. And how do u suppose they solved that problem in season 2? Well they had Danny’s brother say that over and over instead. Holy Jesus. And speaking of season 2. How long does it take a person to ‘find themselves’? I’ll tell you how long. For Danny it took two seasons and a post credit scene at the end of season 2 to finally find himself. Atleast I think. We’ll never know because the series got cancelled. Now apart from this nonsense what was the most glaring thing missing from the two seasons? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? I’ll tell you. Iron Fist donning his full fledged costume. That’s what. We got to see a couple flashback scenes where Danny and his brother were wearing the mask and that’s about it. . And you know why we never got to see the costume? Danny was too busy ‘finding’ himself.

Daredevil (season 3)

Here’s another guy that had to find himself. I don’t get it. We get to see bullseye in the Daredevil suit and not Matt. Instead we get Matt going around in that black getup and at one point late in the season rope wrapped around his hands. I guess the rope was his secret weapon to taking down Kingpin? And as is the case with Luke Cage. More of the same.. Sure we have bullseye but the main antagonist is still the Kingpin. And by the way I can’t picture anyone else other than d’Onofrio playing this role. He’s great at it.

On a side note. I know that we’re supposed to check ‘reality’ at the door when watching these shows but the amount of punishment DareDevil is able to endure is not humanly possible. The same actually goes for the Punisher.

Sunday morning coffee with a little musing: Coaching youth sports is tough.

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Coaching youth sports is a thankless job. Well, it becomes thankless once you get into the competitive side of things. My only experience is with soccer but there is no doubt this story is common across the whole spectrum of youth sports.

Picture this. Two teams who had a stellar season. Both achieved greatness. Both finished in first place in their division. Both made it to nationals. You would think that there would be nothing but euphoria, right? Not the case. In both camps you had disgruntled parents and players. How do I know this? Well I still get information come my way from people who are still very much in the loop. I don’t have details but it always ends up being the same thing… threats by players (ie: parents) that they will leave the team if the coach doesn’t get replaced. I even heard that some players on the younger team will ‘strike’ if their current coach doesn’t get replaced for next season. That’s a new one. They must be unionized. Imagine, this on a team that lost ONE game all season long. Players. Why so serious?

From what I heard this week it appears these players will get their wish. Apparently the coach of the other disgruntled team will take over this disgruntled team. Four quarters for a dollar. Lol. That’s basically the solution the technical director of this club has for everything. As long as you are in his circle, he’ll just keep moving you from team to team until there are no other teams left for you to move to and piss off. Apparently he thinks information doesn’t get around. 😋
I really don’t know what the issues on these two successful teams are but I can assume that the major one is playing time or lack of it for some of the players. And also what is perceived as favouritism. Obviously as a parent who is spending alot of $$$ for your child to be in high level soccer you are expecting to get your moneys worth. Unfortunately it doesn’t happen for some players. In high level ⚽, that’s just the way the ball rolls (See what I did there? 😁)
You have the starting 11. Usually that means the strongest 11 on the team and then you have the bench players. These are the players that will come off the bench but in all likelihood would never start a game or play an entire game. At times, given the game situation some of these bench players may not even get playing time. It’s tough. It’s tough on that player, it’s tough on the parents but it’s also tough on the coach (something that is always overlooked). Here’s the thing though and I experienced it first hand as well. When a coach spells this out at the parents meeting before the season starts, noone says a word. No parent comes out and says that it’s an unfair practice. Why? Because each parent thinks it won’t be their kid. The shit hits the fan when it becomes their kid that is being affected. And in the end the solution is always to leave for greener pastures. It’s never about working harder to see if as a player you can become that starter. Nowadays, It all boils down to entitlement. You expect everything without working for it. Sorry but not sorry. The pattern is always the same. Instead of working harder, said player starts to miss practice more frequently. Becomes unavailable for games. Especially the away games where the travel is far. Why the hell work hard for something when there is an easier solution? Not happy? No problem. Leave for greener pastures until that pasture too no longer is green.
I know both coaches. They work hard at this. They’ve been the coach for their respective team for a few years so I am sure there have been issues in one form or another for years. The one advantage is that if you’re in the technical directors circle and are basically a ‘yes man’ you are given the heads up and the benefit of the doubt so you get to last a few years with the team. Unfortunately for one the time was up; yes man or not. I am almost sure that for the coach that is being replaced it will be played out that it was his decision to step away on a high note 😋. Doubt it.

PS: playing time isn’t the only issue facing youth coaches but if I got into it, this post would be a novel and no longer morning so I will just leave it at that as I am already pushing the whole ‘morning’ thing.

Lack of commitment + lack of support = Difficult season

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My daughters team is sandwiched between two age groups whose respective teams are having a great season. This team however is struggling. The last time this team had a stellar campaign was in 2015. I was their coach. Just putting it out there 😁. They have struggled since. As a matter of fact when the season started my daughter did not want me to go watch as they were struggling. At the half way point though we made a deal that I’d go watch only the home games. And if she felt she didn’t want me at any particular game I would not go.

Anyway, there is talent on this team. What it lacks is commitment. It doesn’t matter how good an individual player is, when there isn’t collective commitment it’s hard to succeed as a team. In a competitive environment, the biggest trigger to lack of commitment is lack of playing time. When a player doesn’t get playing time, their will to commit is nonexistent. In today’s generation it is very difficult to find young kids/young adults who are willing to fight it out and work hard toward achieving something. If they don’t get what they want, they won’t work for it. They either quit altogether or leave for ‘greener pastures’. There are very little values instilled nowadays. It’s want, want, want without working for it. It’s terrible.

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The other issue this team is facing is the lack of support from the technical director and also the coaches below and above this team. I was in the loop for many years. I know the drill. At the beginning of every season you get the defacto email from the TD that he and his staff will support any decision you make as a coach and will be there in general to support in any capacity. Bull, Fuckin’ Shit. The TD has shown very little interest in this team. I saw this lack of support back in 2015 when I coached the team. The difference then is that I knew what I was doing and the team was immensely successful 😁👍. The other issue is the lack of support coming from the other two coaches that could be helping but are not. Both the coaches of the younger and older team have players that they can send to this team to help support but they don’t. Another thing that happens at the beginning of each season (atleast I think it still does) is that coaches are told that they must support the other teams in the club when required. That as coaches they should not refuse a request for players when it happens. Another resounding bull shit. Both these teams have players that don’t get alot of playing time with their respective teams that could be sent to help this team but the coaches refuse. Why? Because they are chasing first place. Terrible. And do you think anything gets done about it? Of course not. Who are we kidding. I feel for this teams coaching staff. It’s a terrible feeling when you don’t get support from those that ‘promised’ it would be there.