Common Sense

My goal with this blog from day one has been to steer clear of political/sensitive issues. I look at this blog as a way for me to share my life experiences, promote the heck out of professional wrestling, give my teenage daughter a venue to share her opinions and improve her writing skills, and various benign reasons. It has been getting more and more difficult for me to keep silent with all of the goings on in this crazy world we live in, both positive and negative. So, without being too obvious I am just going to generalize how I feel about where we are headed as a society.

Just a little background on me first…I am neither liberal nor conservative, just a guy with opinions.

My opinion on everything that has been going on recently can be summed up in one simple phrase, common sense. What is wonderful about being a human being is that we are able to live our lives in any way we choose as long as we do not hurt ourselves or others. Having differing opinions is a good thing since life would be mundane if we all agreed on everything.

I am perplexed when people get outraged by the way others live their lives. Common sense dictates that what someone else does in their personal lives usually will not affect me. As long as you are a good, decent person whatever lifestyle you live is your business and does not negatively impact me. I get beyond frustrated when someone gets angry about what other people do in their private lives. Common sense would tell these people to get over themselves, but they rarely do. I have family members and friends who I strongly disagree with on certain topics, but I do not think any less of them and they do not think less of me.  We are all allowed to have our opinions and share them, but we should never tell someone else their feelings are wrong, unless it is something harmful to them or others.

Also, why is it considered oppressing someone when they come out publicly with an opinion and I come out in opposition to it? I cannot stand it when people get up in arms when you disagree with someone else and act like you are trying to oppress them in some way and not allow them to share their feelings. Isn’t the whole point of freedom of speech the fact that if you come out and say one thing that I have the right to give a dissenting opinion? I am baffled when people act like I am taking away a person’s right to free speech when I disagree with that person. That is what free speech is. I am not telling the person to shut up, I am just giving my opinion on the matter.

Plain and simple, common sense is one of the most important skills we must all learn. With it, I think the world would be a much better place and our stress levels would decrease dramatically.

Remember, we are all equal, we all have the right to free speech, we should feel comfortable sharing our opinion, and we all need to get over ourselves just a little bit.

I have now stepped off of my soapbox. Carry on…

Happy Monday!

Just a quick blog post today.

Spent a great Father’s Day weekend with friends and family in Flagstaff.

We hiked down Walnut Canyon on Saturday, which is a beautiful area, and spent the rest of the day shopping/eating in Historic Downtown Flagstaff on Route 66 which was a blast.

We drove back in to town yesterday and have already planned our next trip to Flagstaff. I cannot recommend the area enough. It has a small town atmosphere and lots of great hiking options, outside of the norm shopping experiences, great eateries, and the temperature is a good 20 degrees cooler than the metro Phoenix area.

Definitely an area I will visit much more frequently in the future.

Have a great Monday!

Surface Pro 3

Talk about pure luck…a couple of weeks back I won a contest at work and received a 128GB Microsoft Surface Pro 3. I entered the contest a few months ago and completely forget I entered and was surprised to find out I was one of 3 winners. I am a tech geek and was absolutely thrilled to win one, since I was interested in getting it once funds allowed it.

I am going to give my initial impressions of it and nothing too heavily technical since you can easily find specs online. I just want to give an idea of how I feel about the device.

I will start out with the two negatives:

1) An external keyboard must be bought separately at a little over $100. Microsoft touts how the Surface will replace your traditional laptop. Not if you have to pay extra for a traditional keyboard. Mind you, the keyboard is nice and my wife surprised me with one last week, but if I had shelled out the money for the Surface then paying for a keyboard would have been much more frustrating. The keyboard must come with the Surface for it to truly replace a laptop.

2) Battery life is a little frustrating. I am hoping it is just the standard issue where it needs to be drained and recharged a few times to hold the charge better, but Microsoft states you will get around 9 hours of battery life with standard web surfing. I tried that test and within two hours of light usage the Surface lost half of its charge. We shall see if that changes in a few weeks and I will update this post if it does.

Now for the good and there is a lot of good:

1) It is fast. One thing I have always found annoying is boot up time. The Surface has almost no boot up time. I turn it completely off when I am done using it for the day and the next morning I turn it on and it is ready to go almost immediately.

2) Size and appearance is perfect. The Surface is not too big to carry around and not too small either. The screen is high resolution so everything looks great in HD. The separately bought keyboard works and looks great. The included stylus is the best yet since it truly feels like using a pen on the screen. It truly is a high end device in the way it works and the way it looks.

3) The system itself works extremely well. I have not been a big fan of Windows 8 since in my opinion it works awkwardly on laptops and even laptops with touchscreens. Clearly Windows 8 was meant for the Surface. It looks sharp and works smoothly. I have several PC games loaded already and they all play very well (one thing, they are older games so I am not sure how current high resolution games fair). I have a subscription to Microsoft O365 and it installed quickly and works perfectly.

Overall, I absolutely love my Surface. It works great, looks great, and replaces my laptop. If you want one device instead of carrying a laptop and a tablet or picking one over the other, you should purchase the Surface. Mind you, this is coming from a big Apple fan since I own a Mac, iPad, and an iPhone who always touts the superiority of Apple to PC, but with the Surface, the PC world is finally evolving and proving that the PC is not dead, just changing.

The NBA Finals

I am a huge basketball fan.

For most of my life I have been an avid Phoenix Suns fan and enjoy playing and watching the game of basketball.

The Suns struggled this year so my normal playoff time passion has been quelled until the finals started. It is fantastic to see the two teams who are truly the best in the NBA going head-to-head.

No one this season was better throughout the year than the Golden State Warriors and despite experiencing some troubles early in the season, the Cleveland Cavaliers made it clear that they are the top team in the Eastern Conference.

My hope is that this will be a 7 game series and after Cleveland’s big win at Golden State last night, I think that is a strong possibility. Despite losing Kyrie Irving for the rest of the finals this Cavaliers team came up big with LeBron James dominating as usual. Golden State is a great team and will more than likely win at least one game on the road making for a long series. With the first two games going into overtime this is going to be a long, drag out fight to the finish.

I am rooting for Cleveland since the state has never won an NBA title. Who do you want to see win the NBA Championship this year? Let me know in the comments and here’s to what could turn out to be one of the best Finals in years!

Back in the Saddle

I am ready to get back to blogging.

I had personal goings on that prevented me from writing as often as I would like, but I am forcing myself to get back on track with at least 2 posts a week like before.

This month will be a bit of a ‘mish-mosh’ of topics since a lot has happened in the past couple of months that I would like to share my opinions on.

I also need to finish up my reviews of the modern Wresltemania’s since I left off at 24 and still have 25 – 31 to go through plus all the new PPV’s that aired in the past couple of months (and there were a lot more than normal).

Mondays will be fairly random in topics with Wednesday’s focusing on wrestling as always. My daughter will also be getting back on track with her fandom posts so you will see something at least 3 times a week from this blog.

I look forward to sharing my opinions again and hearing from everyone else.

Good Morning and Good Week

Normally I have a topic of some sort to discuss on Monday’s, but today I am a bit under the weather and my brain is not fully functioning. I am looking forward to not only feeling better ASAP, but also to getting some rest and having a good week overall.

My schedule has been a little hectic lately, in a good way, so my goal of reviewing all the Wrestlemania’s from 2000 on is not going happen before this Sunday’s Wrestlemania 31. I will have a few more to talk about though on Wednesday plus there were two WWE Live Events here in Arizona this past weekend and I had the pleasure of attending both so I will give a rundown of both of those this week as well.

I am going to try to trudge through my work day and get some rest tonight. Have a great Monday!

Fall Out Boy

Last night I took my 13 year old daughter to her first concert, Fall Out Boy.

I now officially know what my father felt like when he took me to my first ever concert (which was Lita Ford, Black ‘N Blue, and Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force by the way). I felt like a father who’s goal was to make sure things went well, not embarrass your child, and try not to look too out of place. I think I did fairly well in those regards.

Overall, this was one heck of a show. I was surprised by how familiar I was with the majority of FOB’s music. It was nice to hear them sound the same as they do on their albums. I have been to a lot of concerts and there have been a few that were terrible live, but Fall Out Boy is not one of those. They had a big screen flash all kinds of videos and images throughout the set with my personal highlight being when they performed ‘Immortals’ from Disney’s Big Hero 6. During the song they played scenes from the movie and that was the first time I have ever seen a Disney animated film at a rock concert and I must admit I loved it.

My wife and daughter also had a great time and if they want to check out Fall Out Boy again I would not be opposed. Sometimes I get in to ‘old man mode’ regarding modern bands, but I must admit that Fall Out Boy is a damn good band that puts on a great show no mater how old you are.