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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tidbits from T-Bonz

Every now and again (mostly when I feel like writing, but can't really think of a specific subject to write about), I'm going to express some random thoughts, questions and potential answers in a little something I'd like to call Tidbits from T-Bonz. Sort of a cop out, but hopefully, it will keep my followers - up to seven as of this writing - entertained a bit, so without further ado, here goes...

- Have you noticed that there isn't anything "real" about reality shows nowadays? Probably because people use it as an escape from reality...

- This time of the year is probably the second best from a sports perspective - NCAA Tournament, the beginning of baseball season, NFL Draft, NASCAR, and so on. It's pretty exciting.

- However, it doesn't compare to October for me... NFL season in full swing and baseball playoffs, enough said.

- Always, always, always kiss your family members before you leave them. It's important for you and important for them, plus you never know when you will see them again.

- I recently had the blessing to experience some incredible time with family and there is an amazing peace of mind from above when you kiss them goodbye and tell them you love them.

- Speaking of goodbye's - HBK Shawn Michaels, it was a great ride! I'll be buying the DVD in the near future!

- Intense conversation between me and my two year old today (or any day for that matter):
Me: Can you throw the napkin away?
Child: Umm... Sure, I be happy too!
Me: Thank you so much.
Child: A course, anything you want!

Hopefully, it continues to stay this easy....

- If I were President, the first thing that I would work on is the elimination of mosquitoes. I think we could rid the world of a lot of problems that way.

- As a male, I'm very protective of my "sensitive areas" and I'm sure all males can agree with me on that. As a father, I wish that the hospital would have given me a complimentary protective cup upon leaving the hospital with my newborn children to help in this protection.

- It's important to always keep your chin up and focus on the positives, no matter the situation. I am thoroughly convinced that in every negative, there is a positive. Sometimes it is extremely hard to find the positive and sometimes it takes a long time to find it, but in every cloud, there is a silver lining.

Well, there you have it, some Tidbits from T-Bonz. As it turns out, it was Ten Tidbits from T-Bonz. Ten Tidbits from T-Bonz - that's some great alliteration and There's No Bonz About That!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Game of Life

When I was younger, I was a big fan of the board game called The Game of Life. Whether you are familiar with it or not, the gist of the game is each player gets a turn and on each turn, the player is presented with a life event type of question dealing with career, family, money, so on and so forth. From there, the players make their choice and move up and down the board accordingly, with an eventual winner declared and the other players revealing where "The Game of Life" took them.

I was reminded of this game tonight as I began watching, what's turning out to be, an amazing documentary on The Discovery Channel called Life. Now, believe me, the documentary is much more real than the simple board game. It discusses and shows the ways living beings have to adapt to survive. Some choose to work in teams to hunt and some choose to work in teams to survive. Others choose to work alone, changing their strategy or technique to live or die while others yet make use of the tools around them to get to the next day.

This got me to thinking... What sport best represents the game of life?

Is it golf? One person with one simple goal carrying all of the tools necessary to survive in one bag. Concentration and focus are the key to survival and you have no one but yourself to blame if you lose, yet no one to celebrate with if you win.

What about football? You and ten other teammates striving to work together in sync with each particular person doing their particular part all with one goal in mind. The sum is bigger than the parts and everyone needs to work together to survive.

Do you think hockey most represents the game of life? Having to do multiple things at one time, using speed, strength and agility to make the perfect shot at a completely protected barrier to win?

Now I'm not saying that I have the answer to this and in all honesty, who does? I do however, have an opinion. I am convinced, without a shadow of a doubt that the game of baseball most closely represents the game of life.

Baseball is the perfect combination of working with others, yet relying on your own instincts to succeed. There is no one else in the initial encounter except the pitcher and the batter. Mind games of where to pitch and what to look for are the best example of one-on-one battles in all of sports. However, if you want to survive, you need your teammates to move you to the next base or come up with the big play defensively.

You have a secret language with your teammates (signs) and you are constantly doing everything you can to survive, up to and including stealing. You play hard, get dirty and one decision or mistake could mean win or lose.

Because of these reasons and many more that I can't list in this blog, I feel baseball mirrors life more so than any other sport...

In any case, I'm interested in hearing your opinions or thoughts on this, so feel free to email me at murrayrj18@hotmail.com or post a comment.

As a final note, if you haven't seen it you really should catch Life on The Discovery Channel. It's an absolutely amazing show that you will no doubt learn something from. The show is on Sunday nights, is a great way to end your weekend and there's No Bonz About It! For more information on the show, you can log onto www.discoverychannel.ca/life.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Round 2

First off, for all three of my followers out there, I apologize for having to start a new blog website. Hopefully, the internet won't crash when you all make this one of your "favorites" at once.

The other day, I got to thinking of another question. A rather simple one, but a question nonetheless.

If you could be any food and drink, what would it be? Now, keep in mind that once you are eaten, you could keep coming back as that food.

After pondering a long time about this (that's what long drives will do), I decided that I would be a hot dog and beer at Yankee Stadium. A few reasons for this....

- Nothing is better than a dog and a beer...Nothing
- Throughout your time, you would make millions of people happy
- No matter what, you'd always have the best seat in the house and people would actually be paying for you, instead of you paying for the seats
- Think of all the historic moments you would have seen, considering Yankee history.
* Gehrig's epic speech
* Roger's 61st
* Reggie's 3 homers in the Series
* Boomer's perfect game (and I'm sure he would have enjoyed more than one or two of me after the game)
* The Professional that is Derek Jeter
* A multitude of World Championships

And that's just naming a few.

In today's world of corporate suites, PSL's and fancy, over the top stadiums, there is no food and drink more synonymous with baseball, or sports for that matter, than a dog and a beer.

Considering all that, if I had to choose to be a food and drink, my choice would easily be a hot dog and beer at Yankee Stadium.

I'm sure when reading the question, one may think "I'd want to be a prime rib with a 1997 Merlot" or "Perhaps I would be a Cornish Hen with fresh vegetables and a vintage scotch." Not don't get me wrong, I like some good food (and I can cook the hell out of some) and all that sounds delicious. As for me, I can only think of one thing - a dog and a cold beer at The Stadium.

Just a simple question from a simple guy.. And there's No Bonz About That!