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Sports I…Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods…Talk around the water cooler this week centers on two different types of sport. The first involves Lindsey Vonn and Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods can play GOLF. (Yes, capital letters mean ‘screaming and notice me’). He is playing the best golf of his late career. He has more wins (5) over the last two years than any other golfer worldwide. His sponsors and his fans have returned. Tiger Woods can play golf, but he is not perfect at golf or life. No one is!
Lindsey Vonn can ski. Ice, snow, and treacherous terrain are her playground. She has over ten million dollars in advertising revenue streaming in each year. She knows what she is doing in business and sport. She knows what she is doing with Tiger. Wish her well, please.
The water cooler pundits along with In Touch, People, and US like magazines are betting against the new dynamic duo. Bad form! Pictures of his ex-wife and Lindsey Vonn are shown together. Blond hair is the only similarity. Lots of people like blondes. Move on! Everyone deserves redemption. Move back and let them do the best that they can with their lives…..and continue to win tournaments and downhill races. Living in a fishbowl of scrutiny and bad manners isn’t what any couple wants or needs.
Sports II…The Final Four College Basketball Tournament…This is far more than just water cooler conversation. The gross national product of the United States declines the next two weeks due to college basketball national championship. It is estimated that 30 minutes out of every work-day is spent discussing the tournament and your basketball pick sheet. Translate that into a 7% decline in productivity. Bam!!! Big hit on the GNP. Don’t worry, aspirin sales go up to fight depression when your local college gets booted out of the tournament by a better team. A double aspirin hit when the team isn’t better than yours……Do you hear me Kentucky fans?
Forty (40) million brackets are filled out in local offices, gin mills, businesses, and on the Internet. For those that had trouble with math in school, forty million is a very big number. That is the amount of toilet paper rolls needed to stretch from Philadelphia to the moon or some other stupid analogy of number size. The president of the United States takes hours to fill out his men and women’s pools and then appears on ESPN to share his choices. What would happen if we are attacked by Argentina or Texas while he is doing this?? Good question??? What happens if the Speaker of the House is doing this in the time of war, too? Revolution returns to TV next week. The question of America’s readiness will not be answered by this column in tomorrow’s issue!
Sports III…Coin Flipping…The U.S. Penny…Stop flipping that penny at the water cooler when you do not know which of two teams to pick for your tournament bracket. Please, stop using the penny altogether. Sorry, Lincoln! When the ad says $9.99 instead of $10.00, there is nothing psychological about it. We are paying two cents to make a penny. That product you are buying is costing you $10.01 or more and there is nothing mental about that number.
Mental Toughness… The Brainpower Project Continued…Every issue of this column presents in puzzle, game, poetry, or creative writing form some little challenge that will keep you mentally sharp. The top index bar of this column has over one hundred of these creative encounters. If you teach or are home schooling members of your family, these ideas are perfect for young and old alike. Past columns have recommended that you keep a writing or activity journal. Hopefully, you will rekindle an old love of poetry and writing or discover a new interest and skill. Cancel hang gliding this week and write the beginning of that book you said you were always going to do! Call mom, too!
Two Dimensional Stories…Today’s challenge involves writing a two dimensional story. I have presented it in a reproducible format if you want to share it with home schooled family members, students, or friends.
The Two Dimensional Story…
A. Pick a general theme for the story you are about to write.
B. Pick a second theme you will try to creatively hide in your story.
C. Your story will be judged in three categories:
1. Creative hiding of ten or more theme words (Part B) (10 points)
2. Uniqueness of theme and story (10 points)
3. Creative uninterrupted flow of the story (10 points)
A. Murder Mystery B. Highway Terms
DEATH OF MR. PIKE OR MURDER MOST MEDIAN
The makeshift hiding place was a large wooden carton. Mr. Pike was curled up the way a mother cat does after feeding her litter. Without thinking I grabbed him by the shoulder and tried to turn Pike over. My guard rarely is down, but the sight of the blood-stained fork in his heart, the grotesqueness of a hardened face, and the brightness of his open eyes took their toll on me. The lightheadedness quickly passed, but the mental map toward the solution of the crime would not take root.
Design and illustrate a two-dimensional story of your own. Remember to indicate your general theme, creative theme and story title.
College…Saying Great Things About New York University…We have asked column readers to share this column with friends and share school, social, and business news that can be posted on the site as a benefit to the column audience. The shared insights that come in every day have been fantastic. Here is what Destiny Arturet shared about here program at New York University. We here at the column wish we were doing as much as Destiny…Good luck….And “You go girl” as we say here in Philadelphia.
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