Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Bits

Definition of MARGINALIZE
transitive verb
: to relegate to an unimportant or powerless position within a society or group

Definition of RATIONALIZE
transitive verb
1: to bring into accord with reason or cause something to seem reasonable: as

a : to substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of <rationalize a myth>

b : to attribute (one's actions) to rational and creditable motives without analysis of true and especially unconscious motives <rationalized his dislike of his brother> ; broadly : to create an excuse or more attractive explanation for <rationalize the problem>

Have you ever been marginalized?

I have been “marginalized” twice in the last week. Once for some actions and once for the type of work I do.

In both cases, the people marginalizing then decided to tell me how they rationalized their thinking. This in turn caused me to label them as idiots and of course, any credibility they may have had with me went South.

I mean, it’s not like I haven’t been marginalized once or twice in my life, who hasn’t? But the arrogance to tell me why is unbelievable. Have these people never learned the golden rule: If you can’t say something nice to someone, don’t say it at all.

So what did I do?

Nothing/Nada/Zip. Smiled and nodded my head. Bobble head Shawn.

Why? Because in my world, they are not the centre of the universe….whereas in their own, they are. That and I absolutely refuse to parry with an unarmed opponent. Ignorance is bliss I guess.

Glad I got in 6 ½ miles last night because the forecast is for sloppy weather this weekend…snow/rain/sleet…..which means wet sloppy runs…yippee he yelled in his happiest manner…NOT.

Cold, wet and windy is not my idea of joy. But then again, I could probably marginalize the effect of the weather and some how rationalize running in it!

Have a great weekend….see the Bengals upsetting the Texans and the Falcons coming thru over the Giants.

BTW - Happy 100 posts to me

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos. ~Author Unknown

I have no tattoo's...that puts me on the afraid side.

In a very rare occurrence, I went with my wife to a movie last night. I say rare, because we went on cheapie Tuesday night. I always feel like a cow in a cattle car when everybody is out to save a buck. Makes me nuts milling about with the rest of the herd, especially when they don't know where they are going. I just start thinking, "Lord take me now"!

With that said, we watched “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Definitely not a movie for kids as it carries a +18 rating. I enjoyed the story and was never bored….but there were more than a few scenes that had my mind reeling and my wife going “Holy Crap”!!!!.

I think I will have to start reading the series as I always seem to get way more that way than the cliff notes movie.

One of the interesting things I noticed during the movie was how easy information about you, your family, your life, etc can be accessed by people with certain skills in our digital age.

I reflected this back to blogging and realize that as much as we may want to be anonymous with our personal information, we can’t control it all the time. I mean, anybody who can use a keyboard can figure out my info pretty quick if they want even though I keep most of my personal info off the blog.

Does this bother you? I try to keep all my running stuff separate from the rest of my life. I don’t even know if my wife has ever looked at my blog (I have offered to show her...) or has just said that’s your business….maybe like a personal journal or something. Just curious as to how others feel about anonymity?

Random Notes:

Warming up to -8 °C here this afternoon with just a hint of wind. Means make supper when I get home and then head out for a 6-7 miler. This seems to be my normal run, day in and day out. I have a ½ coming in Feb and will soon have to make a somewhat concrete training plan….or not.

Most of our big movie rental chains are gone here. This may mean I might be grazing with the herd more in the future than I want to…or not.

My Raiders bit the big one last week even after KC helped them as best they could. It means I will have to cheer for some other team…or not.

Lastly, one of my other runner brothers posted this on his facebook page. It is definitely him to a tee and even I find myself doing this once in awhile (thank-you runnersworld).

Have a great evening….and hey, it’s only 76 days to the first day of spring!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Going, Going....gone!!! 7.6 miles to the man in the Lime Green Jacket and Yellow shoes!!!

No Hangover - Check

No apologies to make (partly due to "No Hangover") - Check

7 and a bit mile run this morning with no hangover - Check

Almost all my chores done yesterday so I can watch football guilt free - Check

Hoping there is no Tea-bagging  Tee-Bowing going on today cause my Raiders need some help - Check

Knowing that the link above should give you a good chuckle...always cracks me up - Check

Hoping Kyle Orton gets a little measure of revenge for being tossed aside by the broncos - Check

Hoping you all had a good time last night - Check

Hoping as co-inhabitants on this big planet, we can try to get along this year - Check

and finally

Wishing you all the best in your running quests and may we all PR as human beings in 2012 - Check