Friday, August 14, 2009

My View

Some random thoughts from a warped and fevered mind...

I'm going to try to put up a blog on Fridays that focuses not so much on hockey, but just on things that are interesting, quirky, or just plain unusual. I will ramble from sports to politics to business with just some brief comments about whatever strikes my fancy (since it is my blog).

Someone please tell me specifically when healthcare became a RIGHT. I'm still looking and can't seem to find when we as a nation adopted that one. If healthcare is a right, then I demand... free hockey tickets as a right. After all, I have a right to happiness. Says so right there on that old parchment. If we want to have an honest debate about healthcare in this country, then let us first realize that healthcare is NOT a right. Then we can start to make progress on how we deal with the healthcare problems in this country.

I had a chance to take the family on vacation a couple of weeks ago. We went to LA (Lower Alabama) to beautiful Orange Beach. You know what I discovered while there? Jellyfish taste nothing at all like jelly. Oh, and there must be a horrific shortage of mirrors in that area, because I'm certain that some of you would not have walked out of your house or condo looking the way you did if you just had a mirror.

The NHL does a lot of things that I would do differently, but kudos to them for embracing the new media of bloggers and tweeters. They are far ahead of the other sports leagues, in my opinion, and this will serve them well with the changing media landscape.

Absolute power corrupts, but we still need the electricity.

I invest and manage money for people. In my 30 years in the financial services business, there has NEVER been an investment opportunity that my clients had to do RIGHT NOW. If I tried to manage my client's assets that way, they would be very suspicious of my motives if not just outright fire me as their money manager. Doesn't it make you just the least bit concerned when anyone out of Washington says we have to do something RIGHT NOW?

There has been a shocked reaction to the actions of Patrick Kane. Shocked because "hockey players are different" and not like their counterparts in the other professional sports leagues. Sorry, but this is not correct. Young men that play hockey are subject to the same whims, temptations, and foibles that other athletes face.

The other day, my wife called me a complete idiot. That's not true. Parts of me are missing.

Speaking of my wife, we celebrated our 27th anniversary in May. I can't believe how fast time has gone by. I told her it felt like five minutes. Underwater.

Okay, that's all the ramblings for now. New topics and opinions await next Friday.


  1. Health care is not a right, but as a wealthy industrialized republic we've reached the point where we can make it something close to that. Other nations have figured this out without destroying their economies, but our politicians have a pathological aversion to recognizing anything foreign as worthy of replication.

    Even the right-wing in the UK thinks the Republicans have gone too far in their staunch opposition.

  2. Jennifer Parker aka PredsAddictAugust 16, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    I have always said that God made sand, mirrors are made of sand, therefore God would not want you to leave the house looking like that!