Rants, Raves & Reviews – In Defense of Offensive

imagesAre you confused by the above diagram, depicting and labelling the players on two opposing football teams? Most are. Actually, it’s not as complicated as it looks…an offensive position starts with an O and defense with a D. The numbers on jerseys give you further clues and so do the players names on the back.

If only it was that simple in real life. A friend just posted on Twitter, apologizing for using a racial slur, after using the word Eskimo in a song that was written that way. Call me ignorant, stupid, or a racist, but that’s a new one on me. Am I the only one having a hard time with this? Are blacks now people of color after being Negro, brown, African-American and black?

Does everyone know what LGBTQQIP2SAA stands for? I lost track after the first five letters. Can’t we just call each other they or them? Don’t ask Don Cherry. At 82 years of age, Billy D. Williams publicly announced he was gender fluid. Two days later he said he wasn’t sure what exactly that meant. Where does all this stop?

Maybe we should adopt the football mentality and number everyone…or better yet, have everyone where name tags. If everyone wants to be treated as equals than why do they want to be labelled or classified as something specific or different? I consider myself informed, but I can’t keep up. Can you? Should we have to…what ever happened to our right to free speech or opinion?

Ed’s Weekly Rant- Navigation – Paper Map or Electronic Device

a user is setting the gps on his carCall me old and stupid because I’m a map guy, but has anyone else every put their trust in a GPS while driving and ended up in a parking lot or dead end street? Maybe I wasn’t listening and should pick a better voice, one that says, “turn now you big dummy.” I’m sorry, but these devices are not foolproof and I know I’m not the only person who’s been led astray by one.

My first experience of trusting a GPS was on a boys bike trip where I was the old map guy and the three younger dudes all had fancy electronic gadgets that were supposed to take us to our cabin in the Smokey Mountains. When my buddy’s GPS said we’d arrived at our location I laughed out loud. There wasn’t a cabin, house, mailbox, or anything inhabitable in sight.

Cathryn and I relied on our GPS, a road atlas, and a guidebook on our recent cross-country trip on Route 66. Although not perfect, the book was the most reliable resource. I’m ranting on this topic because of Cathryn’s niece who recently told us paper maps are completely useless. This is from a Millennial who relies on Google to find the nearest shopping mall in the city.

Navigation systems are now built right into our vehicles and are supposed to be safer and more convenient – no more distracted driving or wire plugs hanging from your rear view mirror. But what about those fancy displays that tell you everything except what you ate for lunch?

The display on my dash likes to change when it feels like it and I constantly have to take my eyes off the road to get the proper screen back up. Same with the read-out for my odometer and speedometer, fluid levels and tire pressures that change with the weather.

My favorite is when my display goes black with a message that’s it’s unsafe to take your eyes off the road while driving. And how does one clear such a message? By taking their eyes off the road to select the appropriate button. It must have made perfect sense to the idiot engineer who designed it.