One of my greatest ambitions as I grown older is to visit various places that I have never been to including several foreign countries. I would love to visit European cities such as London and Paris. However, there is one problem with that rather huge plan, I hate traveling by plane. The recent events of the past week only reaffirmed my lack of enthusiasm for purchasing a plane ticket anytime soon.
There have been numerous recent stories in the news about long lines at airports for security issues. I can certainly appreciate the TSA staff doing their jobs to keep the travelers safe, but for crying out loud, isn’t there a more efficient way of getting people through security? The fact that people have to wait for 3 hours in line is absolutely appalling! For me to travel by plane from my place in Minneapolis/St.Paul to Chicago should be only about 1 hour. Now if I have to go through all those security issues with the long lines and such on top of the 1 hour trip, that is about 4-5 hours. I could easily drive the 400 miles and do it much cheaper than flying. Someone at these airports needs to get their head out of their rear ends and find some answers to this dilemma soon!
The recent story of the Egyptian airliner has to send shock waves to anyone considering traveling via plane in Europe. At the present time, there is no known cause of this accident, but it really seems highly likely that this is another cowardly terrorist attack. You can be absolutely certain that somewhere in this world right now, there are a bunch of terrorists trying to figure out how to pull off another 9/11 and fly a plane into another building. My biggest nightmare is being on one of those planes. With the rise of terrorism around the world in recent weeks, how safe can one feel about flying?
I certainly believe that as a whole, flying is still relatively safe. If you look at the thousands and thousands of flights that take off every day in the world, the number of incidents are extremely small. Will that continue is anyones guess. I have huge concerns not on the mechanics of the plane, but terrorists having access to those planes or taking them down with missiles.
The airline industry is vital to not only our economy,but the world’s as well. We have a number of brilliant people who should be able to figure out how to keep us safe in the most efficient way. Sadly this is not being done at the current time. The terrorists have succeeded in causing flight issues. We cannot let them win. In the meantime, I think I might just use my car to travel around the country. At least I won’t have to worry about losing my luggage and waiting in long lines as well.
It seemed like just yesterday when both the NBA and NHL kicked off their regular season. Now we are nearing the finals in both leagues and quite frankly, I am ready for both leagues to crown their champions. I find it rather ridiculous for the season in both leagues to stretch into June, but hey, money talks. The only ice I want to see in June is in my cold beverage by the pool, not on television watching some hockey game. Well anyways, I have a few thoughts about the playoffs so far which will hopefully end by July 4th.
1) No Canadian team makes it to the NHL playoffs. They take their hockey very seriously up there in Canada and I have to believe that there is a ton of very disgruntled hockey fans up there because not one team from the great hockey hotbed of Canada made it to the playoffs. That just does not seem right!
2) A Canadian NBA team makes it to the Eastern Conference finals. Further proof that this world is becoming stranger every minute, the Toronto Raptors, an NBA team is the last hope for any playoff hope in Canada. Does anyone in Canada even care? Furthermore, I thought Toronto was supposed to be hockey central in Canada and here an NBA team is stealing the show. Once again, that ain’t right!!!
3) Biggest surprise of the playoffs in both leagues. I know many fans might argue with me, but I was extremely surprised to see the sudden and shocking collapse of the San Antonio Spurs. In game 1, they absolutely destroyed Oklahoma City only to lose the series in 6 games. How can a team that won 67 games during the regular season collapse like that? It will go down as one of the bigger surprises in recent NBA playoff history. I just did not see that coming.
4) Nervous sports executives at NBC. There is a real possibility that the NHL may have this barn burner of a finals, San Jose against Tampa Bay. I am sure that potential series would generate record ratings! No offense to the fans of those cities, but wouldn’t you rather watch Pittsburgh and Sidney Crosby play in the finals? I know the sports executives at NBC are deeply sweating out the Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay series.
5) A potential great NBA finals matchup. I would absolutely love to see a rematch between Golden State and Cleveland. Cleveland is healthy this year and might be playing better than anyone else in the playoffs. Furthermore, it would be a matchup between the 2 best players in the league right now, Steph Curry and LeBron James. Recent comments by LBJ regarding Curry’s MVP selection might add some more fuel to the fire.
As far as predictions go, I like Pittsburgh to win the NHL playoffs and Cleveland to win the NBA title. I have to say this in closing. I would absolutely be thrilled if Toronto somehow won the NBA championship. If that unlikely scenario happened, It would be interesting to see how the country as a whole would react. Maybe this is a new age when the NBA starts converting some of those passionate hockey fans up there in Canada.
This Sunday, May 8th, is Mother’s Day here in the United States and many will show their appreciation to mom in some way or another. The overwhelming theme for this weekend is to give mothers the much deserved praise that they richly deserve and the countless sacrifices they make for us. A good many mothers in this country are married and have a partner to ease the burden of caring for their children. However, a large number of mothers in this country are not married and do not have the luxury of having that extra help. Many of these women deserve extremely high praise this Mother’s Day for a very difficult job.
Just to set the record straight, I have am not dating a single mother right now, but I have a deep appreciation for what they have to go through. We often look upon single mothers in a very negative way, as being extremely irresponsible and yes, some are. But many are the victims of an abusive relationship or a rotten guy who cheats on her and leaves the relationship. In the many cases, the man does not want any responsibility for raising the child or children. The woman is left to fend for herself. Besides the huge task of taking care of her children and the emotional stress of doing that, there are often financial concerns as well. Try putting yourself in the shoes of one of these single mothers for a day. I think your appreciation for them would drastically change.
A very common word that is thrown out this Mother’s Day weekend is the word sacrifice. Most mothers make a great deal of sacrifices for their families, but for a single mother, the word sacrifice takes on an even deeper meaning. As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, there is no husband that she can rely on to take a timeout and have “me time”. She is very limited on the amount of freedom that she has. Her life has to center 100 percent around her kids. I get stressed out from just being with kids for an afternoon! I cannot imagine how stressful it would be to do that everyday.
I am in no ways an advocate of single parenthood. I strongly believe that a child needs both a mother and father to raise them in their lives. So many problems arise in our society from broken families and children coming from single family homes. But there are women out there who give 100 percent under the most adverse conditions to ensure that their kids are raised the right way. These women certainly have my respect and appreciation on this Mother’s Day. Your efforts are making this world a better place to live.
Now that Donald Trump has unofficially locked up the Republican nomination in the 2016 race, his biggest challenge may not even be Hillary Clinton. It will be convincing people of his own party that he will not be some loose cannon, fly by the seat of his pants leader of the most powerful nation on earth. It is really amazing to see how a nominee of a party could have such unfavorable ratings among, not only the general public, but members of his own party as well.
The next 3 months will prove crucial to Trump’s chances of winning this November. Now is the time to show the world what kind of leader he will be. Good leaders have an ability to unite people with differences and he has a golden opportunity to unite the very fractured Republican party before the party convention in July. If Trump is able to convince those doubters of his party that he is worthy, then that will be a huge feather in his cap.
Many conservatives of the party have made it very clear that they are not happy with his all but certain nomination. I have heard people say that they will never vote for Trump and just stay home. Other conservatives have said that they will cross party line and vote for Clinton. How foolish is that! If you are a true conservative and you vote for Hillary Clinton, you ought to be tried for treason! Seriously! If you just stay home, that is nearly as bad. It is indirectly a vote of Clinton.
So what can Trump do to help garner support of those bitter conservatives who were huge supporters of Ted Cruz? Why not reach out to him to be his Vice President? I know that sounds like a very radical idea and no, I am not smoking something right now! In my opinion, Cruz is probably the most qualified person out there for that position and he is also the most popular. A Trump-Cruz ticket would be a very strong ticket. If I were Mr. Trump, I would seriously consider mending fences with your bitter rival. It certainly does not seem possible right now, but hey, in politics, anything can happen!
I am not about to make my official endorsement yet for president, that will come in a post sometime this fall and I am sure that both Trump and Clinton will be pressuring me for my endorsement, well not really! I have to admit that Mr. Trump is not my first choice for the nomination. I have serious questions about whether a guy with no political office experience can just walk into the office of the president. Furthermore, I have concerns about his temperament. Good leaders do not go around insulting people who are their enemies. That will not go down very well with members of Congress if he becomes president. This country does not need that. Having said that, there are things that I really like about Trump. His business background is really a plus and the fact that he seems to stress the importance of having good people around him. So I would not rule out voting for him at all. I am willing to give him a chance and further evaluate him.
On the other side, I am also will to give Hillary a listen, but judging from what I initially see, she will be just another extension of the Obama presidency. Our country cannot afford another 4 years of that crap. If Hillary has any chance at all, she will try to separate herself from the Obama presidency. I would greatly respect her if she went after some of President Obama’s mistakes during the past 7 years and articulated in great detail what she would do differently.
Donald Trump has a great opportunity right now to be the president, however, his biggest challenge may prove tougher than beating 16 very well qualified candidates for the nomination. It may be just winning over his own party. This voter is willing to give him a chance. What are the alternatives? Why should I vote for someone who appears to be supporting the same failed policies that have hurt this country? There has to be a better way and just maybe, Mr. Trump will have a better way.