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Global Poker (at a Ballpark Near You!!)

To my dismay, I see that my beloved San Francisco Giants (and, presumably, all the rest of MLB), has “partnered” with an outfit called Global Poker. For the uninitiated, Global Poker is an on-line casino playing for real money. Just like Las Vegas. In other words, a dandy place to go and lose you family's rent money from the convenience of your lap-top computer in your bedroom while your wife is asleep.
This “partnership” consists of yet another special night at the ball park. Global Poker Night!! Come early for a FREE ticket to the baseball game.
We no longer allow the evil of tobacco in our wholesome ballpark, but will allow this? Bizarro world, I tell you. I'm speechless.
Global Poker is based in the Principality of Malta. MALTA for Christ sake.
It simply wasn't bad enough that MLB sacrificed some televised games for Facebook…..Now this.

The MLB All Star Game

I'm a fan of the San Francisco Giants, but more than that, I'm a baseball fan. If I find myself in a strange town during baseball season, I'll go find and watch a game—Pro, College, High School, Bobby Sox or Little League. It really doesn't matter to me. I'm a baseball guy.
But mostly, I'm a fan of the San Francisco Giants and the National League style of play.
Time was, I also looked forward to the annual All Star game. Time was, also, that there were two All Star games every season. And life was good in these United States.
So, let us now disabuse our collective selves of the notion that the current state of the All Star game means anything at all.
Fans voting for All Stars? What a disagreeable notion. Every team gets an All Star? What a disagreeable notion. A HOME RUN derby??? Holy Crap…..
For the record, and I'm all for stuff being on the record: -Fans shouldn't be involved in the selection of All Star baseball players. -Not every team al…

Sssooo..........It Is What It Is

Here in the Castle Rock, when I'm not working, I watch the local news on the local (Portland, Oregon) stations—Affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. They all give about the same News, Weather, and Sports, and I rotate. They have more than the news in common, which brings me to my main point.
The news staff and personalities are being infiltrated by the younger generation. That happens with EVERY generation, and I know that. I also know that I am no longer the “target demographic” of anything, local news included. Here's the rub…..I'm weary of location news reporters starting sentences with “Sssooo”, and then proceeding. I'm weary of every tragedy being “Literally Horrific”.
I understand that these folks speak like that to one another, but in generations past, by the time they became TV personalities, they had learned a more traditional manner of speaking.
Try as I might, I cannot recall previous reporters using Valley-Girl speak, or punctuating sentences with…

The Giant Asian Hornet

Yep.....One more thing I could have gone all day without knowing about--The Giant Asian Hornet.  Two inches in length, a three inch wingspan, and a quarter inch stinger.

Foreign Language Ads

I play Microsoft card games on the computer pretty much every day. If I felt guilty about it, it would be a guilty pleasure. I get some ads with the card games because I'm a cheap bastard and won't pay to eliminate the ads.
I told you that so I could tell you this: Of late, the ads have been speckled with Spanish language ads. I'm not bi-lingual. Never claimed to be.
So, if I'm going to get Spanish language ads, I want some inclusiveness. Give me the occasional Russian language ad….Or Korean…..Or French…..Or Greek…..Or something else I can't understand. I'm just sayin'……….