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Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables

I am old enough to remember what food looks like. Oranges aren’t perfectly round or uniformly colored. Carrots aren’t all the same shape and size. The best, sweetest apples are often hideously deformed. Potatoes are downright ugly.

The fruits and veggies I see today are impostors. Stepford fruits and veggies. I never trusted them once I saw them for what they were.

I long for the day of ugly, real food.

Enter, “Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables”:

Courage

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“The opposite of courage is conformity.”

~ Rickson Gracie

Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy

Most week nights you can find me at Madama Jiu-Jitsu Academy. I teach the kids classes three nights a week. I take a class or two every night, and will even teach beginner and advanced classes from time-to-time.

Here’s a video that Professor Madama took this evening. You’ll find me rolling in the cage. I’m the guy who transitions to mount and finishes the guy with an arm-in guillotine. (That’s me in the preview image below.)

World Cup

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I am not a soccer fan, but I am one of those people that pay attention during the World Cup. Other than that, soccer doesn’t hit my radar.

I watched several games … err … matches this year in full. As I did during the last World Cup. I have some opinions about the game.

Boring Games. Good Company.

The finals pitted Germany vs. Argentina. Germany won. 1 to nothing … err … nil.

Most of my non-soccer watching friends (and that would be almost all of them) found the game boring and ludicrous. Me too. Kinda.

But here’s the rub: This was the only time that I can recall, including World Series and Super Bowl games, that both of my sons sat down and watched the entire game with me. The entire game. Over 2 hours of soccer boredom, and they stuck with it and me. So there’s something there.

We made jokes and had fun. But there’s something there.

Three Requested Changes.

1. Punish Cheaters

I come from a sport where if you even think that you violated a rule, you call it on yourself. If you cheat, you’re ostracized by the other players. Golf. Golf is a gentleman’s game.

Soccer, on the other hand, is a liars game. Period.

The guys who take obvious dives to get a call from the referee should be taken out in the middle of the pitch before their next game, be surrounded on all sides by the opposing team and a sub-set of fans, and shot with  paintball guns for any duration of time that seems too long.

Liars. They are unprofessional, cry-baby liars. I turns me off.

Each game should be reviewed for players taking obvious dives, and they should be dealt with severely. Maybe shooting them with paintball guns is a bit over the top, but fine them and suspend them. They are useless to your sport.

2. Do Something About Offside

Get a blue line like hockey, for Christ’s sake. Your version of offside is ludicrous.

It’ll make the game more exciting. More goals will be scored. And more people will watch … well … a least more Americans will watch. But maybe that’s not your goal.

3. Make It Television Friendly

This one has nothing to do with the rules but more to do with the people who televise the games.

Soccer has no time outs. You watch for 45 minutes, there’s a 15 minute timeout, and then you watch for another 45 minutes. Uninterrupted “action.” This leaves no time for commercials.

Wrong.

At certain points during the game, just squeeze the game a little smaller into the left hand side of the screen. Run a commercial or two in the upper right. And crawls something on the bottom that says something like, “The following commercial-free ten minutes of action is sponsored by Smith’s Widgets. If you need widgets, think Smith’s. Smith’s Widgets, for all your widget needs.”

I think companies would pay for that. But, then again, it doesn’t seem to be an issue.

Actually, none of these seem to be issues. So maybe I should just shut up.

This is Jim. Signing off.

PEACE!

Sandra Wellness Coach

Warning! Shameless Plug Alert!

My wife is a professional health and wellness coach. She has also been a registered nurse for over 25 years.

She has her own business where she helps people reach their health and wellness goals. She doesn’t sell any products or programs. She doesn’t steer her clients towards any products, programs, or lifestyle bull-shitty things.

She knows, and has been professionally trained to understand, that your path to wellness is within you. You’re intelligent. You’re an adult. You innately know what’s good for you and what isn’t. But with all the trappings of modern society it’s not easy to keep on the healthy straight-and-narrow.

It’s easy to eat bad food. It’s easy to sit around and watch television. Or go out drinking. It’s easy to join and gym and easier yet to never go there. It’s easy to say that you’re going to quit smoking, after this next pack. And on and on.

I’m not trying to be a commercial here. (Okay, maybe I am.) But I’m trying to be a sincere commercial. Let me say it clearly:

If you are finding it difficult to set and/or maintain goals that directly impact your life, talk to my wife. She can help you. Honestly, she can.

Go to her website (which I put together) to find out more:

www.SandraWellnessCoach.com

It’s Alive It’s Alive

Well, JimFormation has been around for a long time. And for a long time I did nothing with it.

And then I migrated it over to Tumblr. I like Tumblr, but JimFormation didn’t belong there.

And then I moved it over to Blogger. That felt wrong too.

So now it’s being powered, once again, by WordPress and themed by an old favorite, DePo Skinny.

Thank you, Derek Powazek.

Not that anyone visits personal websites anymore. Too many professional bloggers saying too many professional things.

The internet as the Wild West is over. The king is dead. Long live the king.

Greater Things

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“The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.”

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Fail Better

This is Samuel Beckett

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

~ Samuel Beckett

This is my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu philosophy. I need to try things. I will fail. That’s okay, because I’m going to try again. And I’m going to fail again.

And it just keeps going on like that.

Through all this trying and failing, I progress.

I think it’s like that with everything.

Radio, Anthony, and Me

I’m a little late to the party here, but I’m always late.

I’ve never been a big O&A fan, but I would listen from time-to-time.

For those that don’t know, O&A (aka “Opie and Anthony) is a long-running radio show. They used to be on regular over-the-air (aka terrestrial) radio until they got fired in 2002. They were fired because they ran a contest where people got points for having sex in public places. One of the places a couple had sex was St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The radio station got some heat. O&A were fired.

O stands for Opie. Opie is Gregg Hughes. They call him Opie because he looks a lot like Opie (Ron Howard) from The Andy Griffith Show.

A stands for Anthony. Anthony is Anthony Cumia. Anthony is funny, but his funny isn’t for everyone. It can be a bit over-the-top, edgy, maybe over-the-edgy. There’s a good chance that he will offend you, regardless of who you are. His humor is often “racially-charged and hate-filled.” Remember that, because it’s important.

O&A made a comeback on satellite radio (XM, now Sirius XM). There, without having to worry about FCC rules, their show took off. XM radio knew that Anthony’s comments were often “racially-charged and hate-filled.” They hired him because of it!

On July 3rd, they fired him because of it. From their official statement:

NEW YORK, July 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the Opie & Anthony channel. The decision was made, and Cumia informed, late Thursday, July 3 after careful consideration of his racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media. Those remarks and postings are abhorrent to SiriusXM, and his behavior is wholly inconsistent with what SiriusXM represents.

Emphasis mine.

The “social media” was Twitter. The remarks were made after some woman hit him repeatedly because she thought that he was taking pictures of her. He made the remarks about her.

Here’s the woman:

This is the woman who hit Anthony Cumia.

This is the woman who hit Anthony Cumia.

They were in Times Square. Lots of people take pictures there. Lots of people take pictures of lots of people.

It took me a while to track down what Anthony wrote on Twitter because he took it down. But I found it. He said a lot. And, indeed, it was “racially-charged and hate-filled.”

So, I’m taking pix in NYC & a black girl who was in frame punched me in the face. I called her a fucking “&$;;-:” cause that’s what she WAS!

Then she punched me 5 more times. She’s lucky I was a white legal gun owner or she’d be dead. Then 5 blacks started giving me shit!

I told them to back the fuck off, this wasn’t their show. The cunt then punched me again. Seems white boys don’t hit back. Lucky savage.

Wish a cop was around. Although she said she’d tell them I sexually harassed her. Lying cunt. I hope she gets shot in her ass fuck face. Ugh

They aren’t people.

I’m fucking livid. If I was an illegal savage I’d have shot her. The I are violence in her was so predictable. I hope she gets killed.

It’s a jungle out in our cities after midnight. Violent savages own the streets. They all came 2 defend this pig. I had to yell like at dogs

RT @justacword: @AnthonyCumia did you get any photos of her -Yup. Animal pig fuck cunt bitch

RT @tikiruss: @AnthonyCumia WTF? For no reason? -Reason!?? I WAS WHITE!!!

Savage violent animal fucks prey on white people. Easy targets. This CUNT has no clue how lucky she was. She belted me 10 times. I had a gun

RT @RonLR2: @AnthonyCumia So, what started all this? -I was taking pix in Times Square. She was in a pic. Violence was her answer. ANIMAL

The cunt animal kept walking into my arm I had up as a block saying “DONT TOUCH ME!” Then would hit me. I hope a home boy beats her to death

The automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion. It’s start punching at the least little thing. Uncivilized!!

RT @HuntsvilleDore:a female beat u? -No,an ANIMAL BITCH used it’s instinctual violence on me. I restrained myself from putting it to sleep

RT @KyleScutch: Did u hit her back -I was fooled by my upbringing. “Don’t hit a woman”. But this was an animal. I shoulda smashed it’s face

The switch to violence is immediate. No discussion, just violence. When will THAT be addressed? Oh, right, never. Slavery did it? Oh, ok.

There’s a deep seeded problem with violence in the black community. Try to address it and you’ll be exiled to racistville. But it’s real.

So there it is as reported by Anthony himself on Twitter (@anthonycumia).

For what it’s worth, he’s said this kind of stuff on the radio before. As far as I’m concerned, he was hired because he unabashedly said this kind of stuff. I think it’s hypocritical and inconsistent to be fired for it.

And why isn’t his employer (now ex-employer) asking if he is okay? He was assaulted and struck at least ten times in the streets of New York City.

Which gets me to my ultimate point, which was made by Penn Jillette on his podcast last Sunday (Penn’s Sunday School, Episode 25). First a bit more of a back-story: Anthony is one of the few people that New York City has granted the rights to carry a concealed firearm. On the day he was assaulted, he was packing. I guess you figured that out if you read his “racially-charged and hate-filled” remarks. Here’s what Penn said, he said it much better than I could:

“If I am in a position where I cross somebody who is carrying a gun and can defend themselves and hurt me and their CHOICE is to write angry stuff on Twitter instead of fighting me back – wonderful! Gandhi. That’s Gandhi.”

I make that point to make one more. Sorry.

I am a radiophile. I have been listening to talk radio almost everyday since I was 8-years-old. I love radio.

I gave up terrestrial radio for satellite radio. Satellite radio was better. More choices. Few commercials. More freedom for the show hosts to say and do what they want and how they want to say and do it.

I gave up satellite radio for podcasts. I religiously listen to The Joe Rogan Experience, Penn’s Sunday School, and Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast. I don’t miss one episode. (I also listen to a lot of other podcasts too.)

I moved to podcasts because I download them to my phone and listen to them at my convenience. I can pause them and rewind them. Fast-forward them and replay them. Whenever the hell I want too. And I have more choices. A hell of a lot more choices. And many of these “broadcasts” are more professional than anything that satellite radio and terrestrial radio are putting out there. And even when they aren’t professional, they are honest and real. And I like that.

Anthony is going to do a podcast. He’s going to start in August. I’m going to give it a listen. A lot of other people will too.

And that’s where Sirius XM shoots itself in the foot. Their biggest strength is the power of their personalities. They have Howard Stern and they have … err … had O&A. The A from O&A is going to podcasting and a lot of people are going to follow him. I fully expect that when Opie is finished with his contract, that he will join him.

And Sirius XM will piss away a few more listeners. With the advent of streaming music like Pandora and Spotify coupled with every increasing data plans, Sirius XM’s music content will begin to crumble too.

Satellite radio is going the way of terrestrial radio. It was a good run, but the internet is going to win.

Stars and Beetles

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“If one could conclude as to the nature of the Creator from a study of creation it would appear that God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles.”

~ J. B. S. Haldane

For reference: Beetles account for about 25% of all living things on the planet earth. There are 300 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone.

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EVER TRIED. EVER FAILED. NO MATTER. TRY AGAIN. FAIL AGAIN. FAIL BETTER.