Let’s say, “That’s so gay”


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Ok, so you have probably seen the PSA about not saying “That’s gay” or “that’s so gay”. They are right on about how we should stop using it in such a negative way and that it only builds more negative feelings.

Let me present a quick thought to you.

If you Google define:gay you get

  • cheery: bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; “a cheery hello”; “a gay sunny room”; “a sunny smile”
  • full of or showing high-spirited merriment; “when hearts were young and gay”; “a poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company”- Wordsworth; “the jolly crowd at the reunion”; “jolly old Saint Nick”; “a jovial old gentleman”; “have a merry Christmas“; “peals of merry laughter”; “a mirthful …
  • given to social pleasures often including dissipation; “led a gay Bohemian life”; “a gay old rogue with an eye for the ladies”
  • brave: brightly colored and showy; “girls decked out in brave new dresses”; “brave banners flying”; “`braw’ is a Scottish word”; “a dress a bit too gay for her years”; “birds with gay plumage”
  • offering fun and gaiety; “a festive (or festal) occasion”; “gay and exciting night life”; “a merry evening”
  • wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

Now I ask you, is that a bad definition? No it is not. Instead of trying to ignore the word, and yet still have it be negative lets take the word back. Let’s go back to the original definition and make it a good word again.

Let’s say things are “so gay” and let’s do it with a smile, and realize that it is not a bad thing!

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Some times you need a sense of humor, Tibet is important but lighten up!


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Should life always be serious? Hell no. It needs to be fun some times too. That was my take on the Groupon ad in the Superbowl. I know what is happening in Tibet is serious. It has been serious for a really really long time. Do I know how long. NO. Does it matter? NO. What matters is it sucks and it’s not right and we should want it to change. Remember the 90s? The Beastie Boys made sure we all knew how wrong it was. So we all get it.

That being said…I can’t be serious all the time. I loved the ad. It started off like the typical guilt fest than quickly turned into a laugh fest. I think it is similar to looking at The Simpsons VS Family Guy. The Simpsons tends to be slightly smarter humor that requires thought process. You don’t have to over think it like some horrible Dennis Miller jokes on Monday Night Football but you have to put a small amount of effort into it. However that is not needed with Family Guy. No thought process is needed. In fact if you try to think while watching it chances are they will beat the thought out of you with mindless repetition. Think about Peter and “the bird is the word”. Or pretty much any other joke they do. But guess what? Some times you want dumb stupid entertainment. I won’t apologize for that. I will stand up and proudly say I liked the ad. It was funny. It made me laugh. Thank you Groupon.

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TOO many ideas and not enough time!


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I have so many things I want to blog about. Here is the quick list.

  1. Egypt and their revolution
  2. The groupon Tibet Superbowl ad
  3. Aol buying the Huffington post. Sold out to a corporation. So much for caring about their stories.
  4. Chase pulling the plug on their program to let people in the military suspend student loan payments
  5. If the cyber crack down in Egypt was really the fault of an American company who sold the spy software that helped make it possible
  6. I would love to write a blog on Anderson Silva and how amazing a fighter he is, the possible super fight between him and GSP George Saint-Pierre! and of course the involvement of Steven Segal in MMA yeah, WTF!

The problem I run into is I just don’t have enough time for a full blog. So I’m pumping my ideas out where, in hopes that I don’t lose them, and can come back to them and complete them.

Wish me luck.

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The Punk Curmudgeon Post Game Show-or BEING A GOOD SPORT SUCKS!


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Well it was a hard-fought game. I was up and down, screaming at my tv. The dogs were freaking out. The kids and I high fiver, we cried in dismay. In the end my Steelers lost to the Packers.

The Packers deserved it. I can admit it. At Superbowl XVL they were the better team. We were a good team, we played hard and have nothing to be ashamed of. James Harrison from his twitter account @jharrison9292 tweeted sorry. My response?

@jharrison9292 Don’t be sorry. You guys played a hard game. so did the packers. I’m still a #proudsteelersfan

That is the honest truth. I think it is great that he said he was sorry, very humble of him. But they played hard and didn’t give up. It is easy to be a winner. You do nothing but be happy. Being a good sport is hard. In fact is plain ol sucks. But it’s the right way to be. I congratulate the Green Bay Packers. Tonight they were the better team. They deserve their win. I congratulated the friends I have on Facebook. We chatted back and forth in good nature during the game but when it comes down to it I’m not mad over the loss. Disappointed sure but we gave it all and left it all on the field. I can live with that.

Oh and did I mention we still have 6 Superbowl rings? More than anyone else? At least there is that. 🙂

Also I considered commenting on Christina Aguilera and her singing flub, but lets face it, she is hot and that’s about it. So who was really shocked? Not this guy.

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Superbowl today!!! So much fun matter who you are a fan of!


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Yep, maybe you just woke up from a coma. So let me turn you onto a huge secret. Today the Pittsburgh Steelers and the  Green Bay Packers play for the title of Superbowl XLV winner. The Superbowl is one of those events that almost everyone enjoys. You don’t have to be a huge football fan, you don’t have to be a fan of either team playing. It’s just plain old fun. You can have people over or go out. You can eat, drink and be merry. The game is fun to watch and the commercials are fun to watch and who does not like to hang out with friends? It is one of those rare win-win kind of things. So have fun! Enjoy! Sit back and watch my Steelers win their 7th championship!

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Got that mountain bike ride in despite the cold!


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What a great day. It started off with snow this morning and looked cold. My wife went to the gym and reported to me that it was cold and windy. However after the last time where I let myself get lazy and missed out on a really nice ride I stuck to my guns today. When 11:30 rolled around I got my new cold weather gear on. I just got a Terramar half-zip winter shirt, Terramar winter pants and some Mountain Hardwear stretch gloves from http://www.sunnysports.com. I’ll be reviewing those in my next blog.

I knew if I shut off my computer, loaded up the bike and just got out I would have a great time. I sure did. It was cold, chilly really, not cold. It was snowy, icy, muddy, in other words IT WAS GREAT. I only started doing real mountain bike riding this summer and we have had a slow easy winter down off the mountains in Colorado so this was my most “wintry” ride yet. I’ve ridden in some slush, some snow and some mud but this was the biggest mix of all 3 yet.

A little info for you I don’t have a new bike. I have my old steel 98′ GT Outpost. It is a hard frame without even front suspension. I have slip-ins on my peddles, a decent seat, a rear rack for a functional fender and those handle things on the ends of my bar. It’s a great bike. It does not look like much but it rides well. Really well. I bought it new in 98′ and all I have done is one tune-up and changed the tires and the seat. Everything else is original parts. That is how well it has held up and I really give great props to GT for making such a sturdy bike.

That being said I have ridden a newer Trek. It was full suspension and weights about 1/4 of what my GT weighs. It is amazing to ride. So fast, so quick, so smooth. It is my friends bike and when I rode it the one time it was like being Superman. I could just go faster and faster and faster. I was riding on a trail with rocks, drops and big tree roots but it was like riding down the street. So much fun. The downside? It cost him $2300 dollars and that was marked down from $2900. Now sure it is worth it. I really do think it is worth it but it is only worth it if you can actually afford to drop 2k on a bike. I can not.

Getting out and riding today was a huge accomplishment for me. My first real winter ride in adverse weather conditions, in adverse riding conditions and required that I force myself to do it. But like always once I got going it was so much fun. I always feel that way. Even if I don’t want to once I start I love it. And what  a great day I have had today. I did strength training this morning, went on a bike ride, and walked the dogs with my wife. Now I’m settling in to watch the UFC prelims for UFC 126.

Exhaustion really is good for my soul.

Punk Curmudgeon

P.S. Of course I used the Cardiotrainer app from http://www.worksmartlabs.com like always. Still hoping they will give me a bluetooth heart monitor to review. 🙂


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Massive explosion hits natural gas terminal in Egypt-Is it militants or the government?


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There was an explosion on a major gas pipeline in Egypt today. I see this as one of two things.

1st. It could certainly be militants taking advantage of the army’s distraction to attack a hated pipeline to Israel. Since the peace accord the supply of gas to Israel has always been an issue of contention. That is certainly plausible.

2nd. This one pushing the boundaries but it is also quite possible. It is not impossible to believe that the government did this themselves. By taking attention away from the protesters and having unrest they can blame on them it gives them an excuse to put it down. It gives them an excuse to roll in and stomp down with their steel toed boot. Safely from inside of a tank of course.

We may never really know what happened. In fact the governments own stories do not match up, but what matters is that the protestors never give up, never surrender. Keep doing what you are doing. If they can keep at it, not get discouraged or sent home they can accomplish something amazing. History is happening now in Egypt and it is so exciting.

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Video: Anderson recounts being attacked in Cairo (via Anderson Cooper 360)


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I try to avoid rebloging however this is a really important video to watch. To understand what is happening in Egypt the danger people are in and the change they are trying to affect.

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Staying motivated, not easy when it’s cold.


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Today I let myself down. I was wanting to go on a winter mountain bike ride on my GT in the middle of the day when it was at its warmest. I recently bought some medium duty cold weather gear from http://www.sunnysports.com and have been itching to try it out. Now you do have to understand that it has been super cold here in Colorado for the last four days. But I was all set. The forecast called for it to be 37 degrees. I ran an errand in my car and saw people commuting to work or to CSU which all got me excited to go. Than I got home and the chill set in and I wimped out. When I looked up the temp it said it was only 22 degrees out. But I should have gone outside. Later when I did go outside it didn’t even feel very cold. I was really bummed and disappointed in myself.

But I’ve learned from it, and I plan to remember this little episode and grow from it. As long as I do that and in the future don’t miss chances like today than I can live with it.

Staying motivated, pushing one’s self, that is what it is all about!

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Rise up and throw off the blanket of ignorance you are snuggled under!


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You’ve heard it before. Ignorance is bliss. Well yeah in some ways that is true. But want to know what kind of bliss it is? It’s the daily humdrum of just getting by. It’s the reason we find ourselves more and more obese even tho we claim to be health conscious. Just look at the people of walmart website.pow It’s disgusting. man boobs, side boobs, back boobs. Who knew there were boobs we did not want to see?

You must rise up!! Throw off that security blanket of ignorance. Fight back! To quote Anti-flag “you gotta die die die for your government, die for your country THAT’S SHIT!” Our government should be giving its life for us, the citizens not the other way around.

If you think President Obama will affect change you are seriously delusional. If you think a republican/libertarian or any other member of our current government system will affect change you are seriously delusional.

You can’t change the system from with-in. It’s a fallacy. Much like the 3rd party system which is promoted simply to placate us and waste our time. By telling you to vote for a 3rd party, or convincing you that by becoming the man, you can beat the man they cut you off at the knees. They stop you from really doing anything. Complacent and happy it’s a lot like after thanksgiving high on turkey we want to move.

I get it. We can’t all quit our jobs and lead a revolt. And we don’t all need to have a bloody coup like they have tried in some places. At times it can be as simple as not settling. Speak up when things are wrong, make your voice heard. Preach the truth from the roof tops.

And sometimes, just sometimes an injustice comes along that is so large and so grave we must rise up. They are doing that right now against Egyptian leader Mubarak. Those people started a peaceful protest, they wanted to make their voice heard. They were trying to do the right thing and violence lashed out at them. These people are amazing. They are risking their lives. This stuff is really happening!!! It is going on right now. Don’t be put to sleep by the daily routine. Pay attention, raise up, speak up, stand out!!!

To protect your future you must be strong and willing to participate. You can’t complain when you do nothing about it.

For on the ground real news about Egypt‘s revolution follow 3arabawy and sharifkouddous

There is so much good info out there. You have to search for it, you have to research it. Make sure it is true and then tell others. I don’t seek to change the world with my post here. I just want to help educate you and share things with you that you may not have heard yet. Follow the people I mentioned, read the articles below. Education yourself, make up your own mind and then tell others!

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