Thursday, March 26, 2015

Take on upgrading

One of the most disappointing things I have learned recently is that Delta is now treating cross country flights like they do international flights when it comes to upgrades. For years they have eliminated any upgrades when you fly over the pond or to Asia forcing you to cough up the big bucks if you wanted to have any hope of shut-eye but now they are implementing the same policy when flying from the West Coast to the East Coast and visa versa. They explain to me that even as a medallion member with nearly 500,000 miles under his belt in the last five years, they will not upgrade you anymore because it wouldn't be fair to be upgraded on a 3000 mile flight from NYC to LAX but not have the same advantage when flying from NYC to London as the flight time is equal. Fairness sucks and if they really care about it they would let airport kiosks upgrade you on international flights, also, as opposed to taking the cross country upgrade away but this is life on a traveling salesman in 2015. All joys and perks have been stripped away even as the cost has soared.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Take on being off the grid

I was sitting in a four hour meeting this pending after fighting four hours of traffic on the 405 in the hellhole they call the City of Angels this week and when I got out of my meeting this is what my phone looked like
3 text messages, 18 missed calls and 96 emails. I am a person who incessantly checks his email, so even seeing 5 email notifications get me nervous but I have never in my life stared at 117 total notifications and I nearly shit myself which would have sucked on the 405 in rush hour.
Anyway, I hate my life, I hate having to answer 96 emails, I hate LA, I hate Westwood, I hate the fact they have beautiful beaches, babes in bikinis and endless summer and I hate the f&cking 405

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Take on the middle seat

Long gone are the days I was platinum on Delta and was getting upgraded left and right. When you go from flying 75,000 to 100,000 miles per year to a measly 50,000, everything changes. I'm still a gold medallion member which basically means that you have to have the entire first class be stricken with food poisoning to ever hope for an upgrade. So here I sit on a six hour cross country flight in a middle seat in coach and the dipshit in front of me just went to the full-recline. So not only are my knees pressed up against the seat back and my nuts are jammed against my thighs, I can count the dandruff particles on his nasty head which I can do at will because the Internet connection sucks so badly and loading a single webpage is AOL slow.


Monday, March 23, 2015

take on the veteran's combine

The NFL put together a veteran's combine this weekend where the likes of Michael Sam, Felix Jones and Mike Golic Junior ran through a bunch of agility drills with the hope they could catch the attention of a scout.   I believe the NFL network broadcast the entire thing which is great since it probably still drew better than hockey or baseball but I think that this experiment might very well be a one-and-done thing because it seemed that the reason these were all ex-NFL players was pretty obvious....they had all gotten fat..

Looking over the 40 times of a bunch of running backs, I saw that Mikel Leshoure turned into Michael Bush and Michael Bush turned into Michael Moore because these guys who were once world-class athletes were starting to get into Rich Eisen territory..

the saddest time was that of Felix Jones who clocked in on with a sun-dial time of 4.8 which basically proved that he went from Felix the Cat to Garfield.

Deadspin says there was even some load who clocked in at 6 seconds.. you could eat a lasagna in less time than that..

anyway, maybe the NFL can expand the rosters to 60 spots.. give a couple of guys a shot at making the big league and (hopefully) rotate a few of them in so the head-to-head collisions for any individual player can come down a bit.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Take on the NCAA "don't bet on it"

I always felt the entire not paying college athletes anything while the NCAA is banking hundreds of millions was incredibly hypocritical but when they came out with their new "don't bet on it" campaign it was just ridiculously disingenuous. You don't allow them to benefit on a game they play and risk their lives in sports like football while you are raking in the cash but now they come out with some lame campaign when the only reason the NCAA mens's basketball is at all popular is because of the tournament and the office bracket. This is like colleges playing lip service to alcohol issues while taking millions from beer companies

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Take on mandatory voting

This week Obama had what seemed like a throw-away comment about mandatory voting which struck us as an absolutely horrible idea. I'm not talking about the inalienable freedom decide to vote but rather that it is just not a very good idea. First of all having a influx of uninformed voters decide the fate of this country sounds like a horrible idea. The people who spend more time worrying about American Idol than world issues should probably not be making decisions that will impact all of our collective future. Secondly, the thought that this would lessen the impact of big money in politics is ludicrous as it will only invite more attack ads as people will be voting based only on name recognition. Lastly, this country's constitution was never written to be a true democracy, look at things like the electoral college which is designed to minimize the impact of the uninformed, uneducated and undesirable voters. This is why we live in a republic with a representative democracy and not a true democracy. They may claim it is to protect the minority but truthfully it is to minimize the impact of the stupid and uniformed and I am OK with that.

Plus, if we had to vote in very single election between local, state, county and federal voting, I'd never get any work done. You'd be debating the merits of every dog catcher and country comptroller for hours

Friday, March 20, 2015

Take on the city streets

New York City's streets look like the face of a 13 year old girl. The entire city is one huge crater after another which is to be expected after the winter we've had especially considering the one it followed. I can't say the city should be in better place right now because I can't even imagine when they could have had a chance to patch a single pot-hole up but I think it is due time to come up with something other than that asphalt filler they throw into the streets to patch up the potholes when they do. May I suggest a diamond infused composite filler? Last forever and supports the local business community

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Take on race relations

As Starbucks rolled out another failed idea (uninspired lunch sandwiches, limited availability of Pumpkin Spiced Latte, new mermaid logo) with their Race Together initiative it was occurred to everybody-except Starbucks executives apparently, that having a constant dialogue about race is great but believing it can be achieved on the side of a coffee cup is silly. The side of a Starbucks coffee cup has always been a canvas used by baristas to miserably butcher the names of their patrons so why not use it to bring a conversation about race to the coffee table??

For one because the basically all white (and asian) clientele being served by an almost entirely minority staff, race relations although civil still show a gigantic rift right at their espresso station. Maybe open up a couple of Starbucks in East New York or Compton and see a social experiment in action or do some community outreach in minority neighborhood instead of writing "race matters" on a side of a coffee cup for a completely white washed clientele looking for a caffeine kick
I am all for Starbucks tackling issues like clean water, sustainable harvesting and better working conditions for their bean pickers but race is a bit heavy at 8am when the only race I want to hear about is the one my heart will be doing when I pound down a Venti Pike Place Roast with a double espresso thrown over top.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Take on the de Blasio "leadership"

Mayor de Blasio finally came out and commented on the vicious beatdown at that McDonalds in Brooklyn last week and as usual he showed the kind of leadership of a fish. Not only did it take him a week to even comment because he had not seen the video which is all if 3 minutes long but when a story like this grips a city it is his responsibility to address it. When he finally did comment his words were as lame as his delay. He spoke about these kids needing to seek mental health help but glanced over the fact that this was a gang attack of one gang on another in his city. This newspaper would have liked to have seen him stand up and shout that gang violence is not going to be tolerated, not going to be accepted and not going to be justified with lame mental health anecdotes.
TOR has been on the forefront of an overhaul of mental health system especially as it relates to crime but there are times when the issue at hand can't be blamed solely on that. This is a gang issue and one that needs to be addressed as such.
Mayor, stand up and do what is right by this city and do what the people elected you to do by having some guts and showing real leadership.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Take on Mark Davis

It has come to our attention that there might be a worse haircut out there than Kim Jong-un's ( which we find hard to believe but are more than willing to investigate

As it turns out Crazy Al seems like the same one in that father-son duo because good god does Mark Davis look like an imbecile . This guy's got the football acumen of John Idzik, an infatuation with ashed up players like Khloe Kardashian and the haircut of Lloyd Christmas. Although you can kind of see why Crazy Al saw in Jon Gruden because Mark looks like his multiplicity half brother. If his brother had an IQ of 46

No wonder they will never be relevant again

Although it has been pointed out to me that now that the 49ers have lost half their team to retirement or free agency including their best two best assets (Jim Harbaugh and Patrick Willis) that the chances of them being the new doormat of the bay might be a real possibility

Monday, March 16, 2015

Take on the iPhone calendar

I'm getting stood up left and right and couldn't figure out why, until today. I've successfully used the iPhone calendar for years but ever since I got the latest iOS the functionality has gone to hell. I would always schedule an event and then add people to it using the "invite" function in the edit mode but recently whenever I do this, the person I'm inviting stands me up saying they never got my invite. It's odd because I am doing it the same way I have always done it and have never had any issue but recently I have nothing but headache.
If you look at the calendar event you will see a little "?" next to their name as oppose to the green check mark or red X if they have either accepted it declined the invite.
I looked in the iGeek online forums and they aren't much help as the best explain action I can find is that because people have an iCloud account with corresponding email address which they never use, the email invites just flyer lost in cyberspace

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Take on the worst of the worst

I always thought that if you got together a bunch of people who travel a lot they could spend hours exchanging war stories of delays, reroutings, deicing, missed runways, turbulence, food poisoning, gross hotels, irritating fellow passengers, lost luggage and various other battle scars. I have basically dedicated a five year blog about the stuff I hate about traveling.
But the one I read today about a guy bitching that they turned around the flight because somebody dropped a horrific deuce in the toilet takes the cake. I mean the fact you turns around and are stuck in Heathrow for a full day sucks but who the hell wants to be on a 10 hour flight with the smell of a truck pisser invading the aisles. I have to move subway cars if I catch myself on one with one of those gigantic homeless people who smell like a combination of urine, dog shit and decaying flesh and could not imagine sitting for a half a day in seat 56E. Thus is the one time the airline was right

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Take on minister dollar

I know very little about ministers other than the fact I am an ordained one from the Church or People which I used to marry a couple. What I did get was a big thank you and a thoughtful gift from my congregation but I realize noemi was vastly underpaid because I was never gifted a private $60million jet.
Obviously my desires for one is not all that real but I did find it interesting that some Atlanta based minister has asked his congregation for $60 million for one, what is even better about the story is that his name is Minister Dollar which is an absolutely perfect name for somebody asking for sixty million of them

Friday, March 13, 2015

Take on the Where's Putin thing

The western media is in one of its typical frenzies trying to figure out what happened to Vladimir Putin. Apparently he hasn't made a single public appearance and everything that the state run Russian government has released appears to be week old footage rebranded as new.
Now maybe big Vlad is on a vacation riding on horseback around the steppe shirtless or maybe he's sumo wrestling a Boris Yeltsin looking bear but one thing is for sure, he's impossible to find right now. This is like Min Kardashian going dark (you see what I did there) out of the blue and not posting a new Instagram shot for a week, Vlad IS Russia, he is on TV all of the time basking in his own glory

So if somebody has seen Vlad, please send a tip to TOR and we'll try to verify it. My guess is that he is personally inspecting that flight MH370 which landed under cover o night in the desert in Kazakstan last year

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Take on the Times Square Kiss-cam

Is there anything more ridiculous than that big stupid kiss-cam in the middle of Times Square? Every day I try to walk home and get stuck behind this crowd of 100 people trying desperately to get their miserable Midwestern mugs onto some big jumbo-screen for 15 miserable seconds. It is not as if there is some value or a prize for getting onto the screen as nobody is giving out free pack of gum or rolls of condoms, so the only pleasure must be seeing yourself on a grainy TV screen.

At least when people go nuts at a baseball game there are 50,000 other people looking, in this case the only people who are even paying attention are the same people in the shot

Get a life and get out of my way

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Take on the terrible toupee

I am not one to watch press conferences generally because they always feel like an exhausting choreographed dance between two groups of people who don't like each other but boxing press conferences are something different. In boxing the adversaries don't give lip service to the other's style, class or skill, the two fighters start the heat right then and there and insult each other from top to bottom. Add to that the Don King's and Bob Arum's of the world, give me a Larry Merchant and sprinkle on some Bert Sugar (RIP) and it was always fun

But today's Mayweather-Pacquiao was one for the ages if for no other reason than for some dude wrong up on stage wearing the most ridiculous toupee ever

By the way the WBC/WBA/WWF and WNBA should all come to an agreement that Pacquiao should be allowed to juice before this fight because we have all waited too long to see this now washed up loser get his ass handed to him by Pretty Boy Floyd

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Take on the name on the pinstripes

There really is nothing lamer than somebody sporting a Yankee jersey with the name printed on the back, except maybe getting your hot-dog bun signed by Michael Kay while wearing said jersey.   I sort of get the argument that you might not want everybody to think you are a big Luis Sojo fan cause you have a #19 jersey on but it is utterly ridiculous for any Yankee fan walking around Steinbrenner field wearing an iconic number like 2,3,4,5,7,8,8 or 42.    So take your mustard stained jersey off and come back when you've removed the letters. 

It's not as if Michael Kay doesn't realize that Wayne Tolleson wore #2

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Take on Sigma Alpha Epsilon

I'm not sure how many people were really surprised when they read that the boys from ΣΑΕ  weren't the gentlemen their national chapter prided themselves on being.  This was a fraternity set up in the Deep South and from an informal poll I did online a number of people who pledged the frat do acknowledge that this was not a completely isolated incident.  What shocks me is that this shocks anybody.  Frat boys are not exactly the most upstanding citizens on a  college campus, just look at the hazing, date rape and male nudity that happens at these houses n a regular basis.  The University of Oklahoma can act like this is shocking to me but that is like Bud Selig saying he was shocked that Sammy Sosa and Big Mac were juicing. 
Every dude on that bus knew those lyrics,my and sang it with such gusto and enthusiasm that you know this wasn't some isolated case no matter how much the frat boys will claim it was all innocent fun

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Take on the Verismo machines

Has here ever been a coffee machine which has gotten less traction than the Verismo machine from Starbucks? People have been bought millions of Kuerig, Nespresso and Tassimo machines but I don't think Starbucks has sold a single one of their pod machines. I am not sure why because the coffee it brews can't be any worse than the competition even if it will never compete with a fresh brewed starbucks cup.

A year ago they were $199 then they dropped to $150, then to $99 and now they are giving them away when you buy a latte and even then people are just leaving them in the store.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Take on the No Fun League

The NFL is filled with ridiculous rules about everything from how you can celebrate, where you bean hit a quarterback, how you are allowed to wear your jersey, how much you are allowed to be paid as a rookie etc but nothing seems more asinine than the period that started this afternoon. The NFL allows teams to contact free agents and negotiate but not formally offer a contract. In a league where there were two major trades disclosed but not formerly announced last week because they could not be made official for a week, this is beyond absurd. Why allow somebody to negotiate but not offer a contract?? What exactly are they negotiating? How many pounds of peeled shrimp the team will stock as a pregame snack?? What bb umber he can wear or how many cheerleaders they will provide him with each week??

Maybe they should concentrate on something worthwhile like decriminalizing marijuana usages