Archive for January, 2010

A Year Of Blogging

I posted my first post on January 24, 2009. I’ve only posted 56 times (57 if you count this post), I’m hoping to post more in my second year. My blog still has no central message. So far, it’s just random thoughts and a writing exercise that I post/do from time to time.

I’ve had a couple surprises since I’ve started blogging. I think the biggest surprise is the fact that I’ve had almost 21,000 views, that’s almost 21,000 more than I expected. When I decided to start blogging I thought, who cares what I post it’s not like anyone will ever see it.

I do take a little pride in the fact that an article I wrote while taking a citizen journalism class, through the adult community education program, got published in the twin cities daily planet (Spring Rolls In With Bocce Ball Players posted May 8, 2009). Thanks to the class teacher/editor.

I’m also really surprised that the post that seems to have gotten the most views has been “The National Flower Of Canada?” posted October 15, 2009. Since it was posted it has been viewed several times a day and it’s also the post that gets the most traffic from searches. Go figure. It’s the post that I put the least amount of thought into. I saw the picture and immediately thought that the red marks looked like a red maple leaf, so I posted it with a question. Apparently, as a whole, Canada doesn’t have a national flower, but if they ever do this one should be the one.

I want to thank everyone who took an extra minute to click the SocialVibe Badge, on the right, and did the activities. Just look at the amount of water you’ve earned. For those of you that haven’t done it yet, give it a try. It will cost you nothing but a minute or two of your time and it’s all for a good cause.

Now on to year two…

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Legalizing Marijuana

More and more states are legalizing marijuana for medical use, and there is talk of legalizing marijuana altogether. I’m all for the legalization of medical marijuana. As someone that has suffered from chronic pain, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss and many sleepless nights I can see the benefits of using pot. I don’t understand how as a society we can accept a prescription from a doctor of morphine, when needed, but not a prescription for marijuana even if a doctor feels it would be beneficial. I’m sure there will be some abuse by patients and doctors but there are abusers to a lot of prescription drugs. Legalization would also mean regulation. For those that say the pharmaceutical companies have already came up with THC in pill form, all I can say is that there is something about a ritual that is far more affective than just popping a pill. I use to have some of my own rituals so I can see the benefit of cleaning, rolling and smoking, just the inhaling and holding the smoke sounds a lot like controlling your breath which is a form of meditation.

As far as legalizing marijuana altogether I have given serious thoughts to both sides. The conclusion I came to even surprised me.

Most arguments against marijuana can be dismissed simply by comparing marijuana to alcohol. For example, for those of you who think that marijuana is the gateway drug, I would argue that alcohol and tobacco would have that distinction if they were illegal. It’s also my opinion that alcohol has caused far more problems than marijuana ever will. In 2008 there were over 13,000 alcohol related driving fatalities in the US, 37% of auto fatalities were alcohol related (http://www.alcoholalert.com/drunk-driving-statistics.html).

After doing some serious thinking about it I came to a couple of conclusions. First, pot isn’t and shouldn’t be a serious offense. Secondly it shouldn’t be made legal unless there are some stipulations attached like age and where and when it can be smoked (just like alcohol and cigarettes). If it’s ever legalized I think there should be pot dens for smokers to smoke and that should be the only place they should be allowed to smoke (I feel this way about cigarettes too). The reason I think we need pot dens is the simple fact that if I’m in a room with a group of people and they are drinking I can still decide not to drink, but if I’m in a room with smokers I’m going to get a contact buzz simply by breathing, taking away my choice. If marijuana was just made legal it would end up being smoked around others who may not want to be subjected to it (this was also my reasoning for banning cigarettes from public places).

Since I don’t see the “Pot Den” becoming a reality I guess I’ll stay on the side of making and keeping marijuana legal for medical use only.

On a personal note, I have done pot when I was younger and after awhile I just didn’t like it enough to continue and I have not used it for medical purposes, but I wouldn’t keep something beneficial away from others just because I haven’t used it.

Writing Exercise #4

Same rules as in the other exercises, use all of the words at least once.  Don’t forget to check out some of the responses from the other exercises (under the comments). If you join in leave a link to your story in the comments so others can check out your blog and don’t forget it’s just for fun. Here are the words:

Puzzle

Jump

Slant

Jolt

Stone

Diminish

How About A Terrible Bowl (Pooper Bowl)? (Or Not So Super Bowl)

Well it’s playoff time in the NFL. Then the Super Bowl, with all it’s glory. The 2 “best” teams in the NFL will go head to head to determine the best of the best. After the championship games to determine who goes to the big game they get a week off. During this week the media builds (and hypes) the game to an incredible height that usually ends in disappointment, leaving the commercials as the best part of the viewers experience. On top of that the game is played in some warm climate stadiums or in a dome somewhere. It’s more like a circus than a football game.

What I would like to see is a “Terrible Bowl”, played the week between the end of the playoffs and the Super Bowl. The Terrible Bowl would be played between the 2 teams with the worst record, and the game should be played outdoors in a stadium some place like Buffalo, Cleveland, Green Bay or New England, someplace where the fans have to brave the elements (not for the luxury box crowd).

Instead of a trophy for the winning team, the NFL could have a banner that would be hung in the stadium of the losing team that read WORST TEAM OF ____ (YEAR)or it could say “THERE IS ALWAYS NEXT YEAR”. Instead of tickets that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars the tickets for the Terrible Bowl could be $10 on a first come basis, sold on day of game at the stadium box office.

I can already see real football fans camping out a week before the game (to get those 50 yd line tickets), and to cheer/jeer their team.