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Making a Switch!

Posted: March 21, 2012 in Life in General, Music, NFL Football

So, I’m putting together a fresh, new blog that is a little less confusing.  The new blog is here:  scotta1a.wordpress.com

I will be redirecting this blog address to the new one at some point, but I want to ensure everyone is able to stay connected if you so wish.  Granted, blog updates have been inconsistent recently, however the uptick of work at the jobsite have made spare minutes rare.

So the big news in the sports world yesterday was this:

That looks strange!

This certainly shifts the balance of power in the AFC (true if Peyton is healthy and back to his old ways).  It sure will be bizarre to see him suit up in the orange and blue of the Denver Broncos.

Hey, if you’re a fan of Pandora Radio, you can check out ScottA1A Radio.  Go to:http://www.pandora.com/#!/stations/play/210591025619250594  and you’ll find a great mix of artists such as Train, Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffett, Oasis, Dick Dale, IZ, The Fratellis and many more!  I’ve created a station that quenches the thirsts of folks who like to hear sounds from the South Pacific, the Hawaiian Islands all the way to the Gulf Coast, Hispanola, the Florida Keys and the tropics beyond!  You’ll hear a good bit of reggae, some British rock, some Americana and solid rock-n-roll!

Allergies are super heavy here in St. Louis, in fact, weathermen are calling it EXTREME!  Needless to say the Flonase and Allegra are asked to pull double-duty.

Off to get something done…be looking for the new blog soon (scotta1a.wordpress.com)

Later

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As I’ve said before, today’s white collar world is one consisting of limited productivity, a semblance of effort with the perception of too many tasks to fit in a normal day.  As a consultant at a huge company (Fortune 20), I have been lucky to have landed in a good department with a Sr. Mgr and Sr. Director who want to do nothing but progress me into more and more responsibility.  Good and bad.

The Good:  I’ve built a good, solid relationship with the senior managers/directors here and that good-will has helped me with a couple of high-profile assignments that I’m flourishing with. 

The Bad:  Those high-profile assignments take all my friggin’ time!!!  I have no time to post to my blog, to check my fantasy basketball teams, not even any time to find a NCAA Bracket Pool!  First time in years I’ve not gotten into a big-money pool.  Probably for the best as my record isn’t too good, I’ve won exactly ONE pool in the past 20 years.  Oh, I’ve had three second place finishes and one third place so there has been some payback, but generally, I get screwed by something ridiculous.  Now I’ll just watch and hope that Kansas loses as soon as possible.  Even when I drop out of the money, as long as Kansas loses, I still feel like a winner!  Hoping for a big U of Detroit upset in the opening round!!! 🙂   If not that, I’ll be the biggest Purdue fan in the country for Rd. 2.

Just a few updates from my extended absence:  Noah, my son who just made the high school golf team (the only freshman, BTW), just shot a 41 in his 9-hole round yesterday.  He’s starting to learn more and realizing how to fix things.  Startling at such a novice level, but he’s really smart (IQ of 167!) so he has the ability to figure things out.  The golf team arrangement is going well, he’s enjoying it.

My daughter Sabrina, Noah’s twin sister, is a competitive dancer and has been for the last 11 years.  Her dance company just had a huge competition here in StL this past weekend and of her 10 dances, half were rated “platinum” and the other half were “high gold”.  Both of which were very good ratings as this group of judges only gave out 7 platinums all weekend long. 

She is trying out for the high school dance team called the “Golden Girls” that perform at halftimes of basketball and football games.  As a freshman, she is probably more seasoned and experienced than any of the returning vets.  She said her chances are good and is pretty confident about it.  Evidently her skills have intimidated a few of the dancers as three who have danced with her in small groups have quit tryouts.  Makes me sad because one of them was my son’s girlfriend!!  She said Sabrina is way too good and was as technically good as she had seen.  Made Sabrina feel good but yet she felt bad for ‘the girlfriend’. 

Key West Update:  All plans are finalized, the last week of June we’re setting a course south, following the trade winds to the island of drink and debauchery!   Probably two 12-hour days of driving will get us there and although we’re hesitant about the drive, we’re certainly looking forward to the challenge!!  Once it gets closer, I’ll reach out to Key West Lou and see if we can arrange some time at the  Chart Room (my favorite drinking establishment!!).

Be sure to check out the Key West Lou Legal Hour on KonkBroadcasting.com Friday morning at 10am Island Time (EST) and 9am St. Louis time (CST).  He’s got some great topics on the docket, you’ll enjoy the information sharing he provides!

I’ve got to get busy, too much to do and not enough time. 

Hey, if you are interested in joining a free fantasy baseball league, check some of my past posts and find the link.  It’s fun, you’ll get to meet (virtually) new people from all over the country and it will give you some players to keep an eye on when Sportscenter is on!

Later Cats!!

“Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you…”  Lyrics from the Simon &  Garfunkel mega-hit Mrs. Robinson  and I once again had those words run through my head as I watched Peyton Manning’s press conference where he was released by the Indianapolis Colts.  Just a couple months ago I felt the same, empty feeling when Albert Pujols wasn’t re-signed by the St. Louis Cardinals.  Two sports pillars, two exceptionally talented guys, two icons who are now moving on to other professional franchises.

I don’t know about other cities, but St. Louis is built on tradition with its sports clubs.  Names like Enos Slaughter, Rogers Hornsby, Stan Musial, Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Ted Simmons, Ozzie Smith are held to pope-like standards.  These are some of the baseball untouchables in this sports city and piss on anyone who says players of today are better than that group.  Well, I hate to tell this town, but Albert Pujols was the best of them all and now he’s playing in California.

This is how many in Indianapolis probably feel tonight.  After 14 seasons of generosity, of sweat, of pain, of winning, the great Peyton Manning will now be someone else’s quarterback.  Perhaps the greatest quarterback of all-time is being sent away from the only club he’s ever known.  Sure he’s had a health concern but many players come back from just the same procedure.  Many of them are hard-hitting linebackers and safeties who don’t wind up in a wheelchair.  Manning had fusion surgery on his neck and both doctors who performed the operation have given him a 100% clear sign to play again.

Gone are the days where a player spends his entire career with one team.  Oh yes, there are a few, but they are extremely rare.  The latest to do so is New York Yankee stud shortstop, #2, Derek Jeter.   These types of situations are soon to be extinct in the sports world of today.  Traditionalists will bemoan that fact.  People in St. Louis cry that “it’s just not the way it used to be”.  True, it’s not, but that is the machine that has been created with the advent of salary caps, enormous salaries and huge television deals.  Certainly it’s sad, I feel as though things just aren’t good, but the bottom lines of many franchises and television networks says differently.

I’m a Peyton Manning fan.  I think what he’s done in this league is unprecedented.  I’ll enjoy watching him play the remainder of his career in Miami, Arizona, Seattle or whereever.  It will be odd, just as it’s odd seeing Pujols running around with a big ‘A’ on his hat.    I feel we as sportsfans lost a little bit today, actually a little bit more.  We’re the ones who are impacted the most, the rabid fanatics who spend big bucks on jerseys, hats, car magnets, tailgating grills, etc., etc..  Yeah, things aren’t the same and we have to get used to it.

We won’t see this anymore…..

#18....the best I've ever seen

Weekend Recap

Posted: February 27, 2012 in Golf, Life in General

So much stuff going on this weekend, I’ll touch on the highlights.

Friday night brought with it a Trivia Night with our normal group of smarties.  We’ve got a retired Navy & Marine pilot, three school teachers, myself (sports, travel, eccentric) and a couple other guys who do manual labor types of jobs.  We did alright, not as good as normal.  Probably because the beer wasn’t free we didn’t drink as much as we usually do.  We finished fourth, just four pts shy of the top.  Fun time had by all.

Saturday brought with it the rematch between Mizzou & Kansas.  This game was a fiasco, Mizzou had a 19-pt lead with 15 minutes left and I was shocked and dismayed regarding officating calls made (or not made) and the fact Mizzou sort of fell apart, losing the game by one point in overtime at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.  Ridiculous on many fronts but I’m glad to be leaving KU to the Big 12 while Mizzou heads to play in the SEC.

Saturday night was our yearly winter party that my company puts on.  This year they had casino table games brought in, dealers, drink waitresses, the whole Vegas thing going.  We were all given $10k in funny money and got to play all the games of chance.  I won about $1k on the blackjack table, about $500 on the craps table and then as we were leaving, I put $5k on 33black on the roulette wheel and lost it all.  No pressure, not real money, but I still have a competitive streak and hate to lose.

Sunday was golf, both on television and on the course.  The World Golf Championship made for a great event with my favorite golfer, Rory McIlroy, whipping up on Lee Westwood but then falling to Hunter Mahan.  I don’t know how these guys play 36 holes without wilting but the quality of play was surprisingly solid.

In the middle of the afternoon, my son and I headed out to play 9 holes.  Problems ensued, due mostly to the 40+ mph winds!!  Yes, I hit a PW into the wind that went about 30 yards!!  I was starting to worry that it was going to come back and hit me.  The wind effected everything from driving to putting and we did not enjoy ourselves much.  At least 5 times one of us set a ball down to putt and the wind moved it at least a foot, sometimes more.  Never again will I play when it’s that gusty.

Today my freshman son has his first tryout for the high school golf team, hence the reason we went to the course tryouts would be to play yesterday.  Hoping he puts that last round out of his head, just not sure he can handle the pressure.  We’ll see, I’m very nervous for him…trying to channel good vibes his way!

Updates to this blog have been a bit erratic lately, the new building I’m in has no WiFi connection.  I’ll post when I can!  In the meantime, dwell on this…..

Can't Wait!!

Later Cats!!