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You’d Think College Students Would Know Better

March 30, 2011 1 comment

Welcome to another addition of  “What Grinds my Gears.” The idea to write about this particular pet peeve came to me when my phone auto-corrected one of my text messages for the one-millionth  time. I get a text message back saying that I used the wrong “there.”

After that text response I thought about my college experiences and the many occasions where I was editing a classmates writing or reading someone Facebook status where people don’t use specific words correctly. This thought made me increasingly irritated.

By the time someone enters college I hope that they know the difference between “you’re” and “your,” “there” “their” and “they’re,”” we’re” and “were,” it’s” and “its, and my all time favorite “mine,”and “mines”

Unfortunately on many occasions college students I’ve come across don’t know the difference between the words and this is quite clear.

For this post I thought of the idea of explaining the words and when to use them, but screw that, if college students don’t know how to use them already they’re hopeless (wonder if I used the right one there.)

This peeve brings forth two issues:

1. Even though there are more college students than ever before, many students don’t learn the essentials of language before entering college.

2. People use words even though they don’t know what they mean.  Simply, if you don’t know what something means, don’t say it!

Hopefully this epidemic will be rectified soon for my sake and the sake of the other educated people in the world!

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Move Bi***

Welcome to part three of “What Grinds My Gears.” Part three will be something that anyone who’s from New York City or other places where mass transportation is a common way to travel throughout the city.

This pet peeve is when people, specifically strangers, sit next to you when there are other spaces available.

Here are a few reason why it’s annoying to have someone sit next to you when there are other spaces available

1. This is the United States! Personal space is important in the United States!

2. Some people smell, I don’t want these people anywhere near me.

3. Some people like to start conversations up with strangers, I don’t!

4. There are other spaces available!

I understand that rules are different in other nations around the world. However, if there is space available, use it and get the hell away from me! I don’t know you!

Uggs?? Uhmmm, Hellllll No

Welcome to part two of “What Grinds my Gears.” Part two will consist of one of my biggest pet peeves in the world, UGG boots. I cannot stand them. What bothers me the most with people who wear Uggs are people who wear them with skirts or dresses.

This is a NO NO!!

I understand that the boots are comfortable. If that was the premise for many women and some men wearing the boots I’d accept that, but problem is that it often isn’t – people see Uggs as some sort of fashion statement. They aren’t!!

Uggs are ugly, unattractive boots which many people purchase simply because other people have them.  These ‘sheep,’ as I like to call them, don’t have minds of their own and just buy the boots because they want to look like everyone else and be a part of the ‘in’ crowd.

I respect those people who have these boots and only wear them during the winter or other times when it is cold outside. It irks the hell out of me when people wear them throughout the year and wear them as if they’re some sort of fashionable footwear. Wearing Uggs going out to a bar, party, or any other social occasion because you think they look good is no good my book.

Uggs for winter wear- they’re okay, but they’re ugly people! know it! Uggs as a fashion statement with dresses and skirts, don’t do it! They’re ugly ass things which look like someone/something threw up on your foot.

This is where they belong!

What Grinds My Gears…

March 24, 2011 2 comments

This is the beginning of an extensive series of what irks me, pet peeves, or as Peter Griffin says, “grinds my gears.” I’ll note that these aren’t going to be in any specific order, but rather in way what comes to me when I am writing.

A major pet peeve of mine is rudeness. I have a major issue with people who are rude. No matter who they are: ranging from a random person who I’ve never met to members of my family.

What bothers me the most about being rude is that it doesn’t take much effort to avoid doing so.

What’s so difficult about opening a door for an elderly person or keeping a door open for a couple of seconds to allow someone who’s coming into a building behind you to get in as well.

I witness countless people as well who don’t say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ and this kind of rudeness bothers me as well because it shows how selfish and careless many people are. I am not sure if this is a New York thing where people are brought up rude or if this is becoming a pandemic where everyone is becoming ruder and ruder by the day.

Another rude thing which I witness on a regular basis especially when I was in college was the lack of respect for other people’s space. Even if you don’t know someone you should at least acknowledge their presence if you’re a visitor to their room, car, house, cardboard box, wherever.  This type of rudeness shows a lack of class and etiquette which people should learn growing up, but apparently have forgotten what their parents taught them or simply are just that ignorant which is pitiful.

I know my ranting about it isn’t going to solve the problem of rudeness throughout the world, but it feels good letting it out.

To everyone who knows rude people out there, everyone: tell them being rude is not the way to go! Say please and thank you, open doors for the handicapped and elderly, let them sit down in your sit if there aren’t others available. It’s called being a human being!

Words To Live By

Going through of my reflective phases, I have a list of quotes which I try to live by. I feel it’s my duty at the moment to share some of the quotes that I heed most:

 

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” -Bill Cosby

“Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. “- King Whitney Jr.

“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”- Nelson Mandela

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein

“Don’t give up, don’t ever give up” – Jim Valvano

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” – Albert Einstein

“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles” – Mahatma Gandhi

And just a random one from a good friend of mine

“My friend pointed out that me choosing employment over baseball is what makes us different from Boston fans … well that, and 20 championships.”

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The Little Sparrow- She’s Awesome!

March 22, 2011 1 comment

When I listen to music, I go through different periods of listening to specific genres. Tonight I wanted to listen to French music. My favorite French artist is Edith Paif, unfortunately she died some time ago, so there won’t be any new music coming from her. Below is one of my favorite songs by her and one of my favorite songs ever, “Non, je ne regrette rien” and I’ll put the lyrics below in French and English (since not everyone understands French)

French Lyrics (With English Translation Below)

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait
Ni le mal; tout ça m’est bien égal !

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
C’est payé, balayé, oublié
Je me fous du passé !

Avec mes souvenirs
J’ai allumé le feu
Mes chagrins, mes plaisirs
Je n’ai plus besoin d’eux !

Balayées les amours
Et tous leurs trémolos
Balayés pour toujours
Je repars à zéro

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait
Ni le mal; tout ça m’est bien égal !

Non, rien de rien
Non, je ne regrette rien
Car ma vie, car mes joies
Aujourd’hui, ça commence avec toi

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The King vs. The Black Mamba

March 19, 2011 2 comments

Regular Season.

Career averages

James: 27.7 pts 7.0 rbs 7.0 asts

Bryant: 25.3 pts 5.1 rbs  4.6 asts

Career Highs

James: 31.5 pts (05-06) 7.9 rbs (07-08) 8.6 asts (09-10)

Bryant: 35.4 pts (05-06) 6.9 rbs (02-03) 5.9 asts (02-03)

In terms of averages LeBron James is a better player than Kobe Bryant. It’s important to note here though that Kobe has been in the NBA seven more seasons than LeBron has.

LeBron has always been the #1 option on his team through his whole career. The same cannot be said for Kobe. Kobe was the #2 to Shaq for during their three peat at the beginning of the decade, and when Kobe became the #1 option his numbers immediately increased and Shaq was traded to Miami.

LeBron plays the small forward in comparison Kobe playing the shooting guard. This result in LeBron having more opportunities to rebound the basketball, plus LeBron is bigger and stronger than Kobe.

LeBron and Kobe have played in completely different styles of offenses over their careers which is part of the reason for the disparity in points and assists averages between the two of them. LeBron during his time in Cleveland played in an offense based on him having the ball all the time and doing the work for the team, whether that being scoring or creating baskets for his team. Kobe has played most of his career with Phil Jackson as his coach who has an offense based a lot more off of movement instead of one person, no matter how great they are, creating everything for their teammates or themselves.

Award tallies (regular season)

James: 2 time MVP, 6 time All-star, 4 time All-NBA first team, 2 time All-defensive first team, 2 time All-star game MVP

Bryant: 1 time MVP, 12 time All-star, 8 time All-NBA first team, 8 time All-defensive first team, 3 time All-star game MVP

Playoffs

Career Averages

James: 29.3 pts 8.4rbs 7.3 asts (71 games: 42-29, %.591)

Bryant: 25.5 pts 5.2 rbs 4.8 asts (198 games: 125-73, %.631)

This is where statistics can lie. James statistically is superior to Bryant in every category, but Kobe has a better overall playoff record than James.

Bryant has played on far better teams than James has over his career which lead to his playing many more games in the playoffs than James. In the beginning of his playoff career he didn’t play much. Than Kobe began to play more when the Lakers had their three-peat in the beginning of the decade and was the #2 option to Shaq. Following Shaq’s departure Kobe has become the overwhelming #1 option for the Lakers, but over that period the Lakers didn’t make it out of the first round on two occasions. James has never lost a first round playoff series.

Both players have faced media scrutiny for giving up on their team at the end of playoff series where they were eliminated. James the past season against Boston and Bryant in 2006 against the Suns.

However, the difference between the two is results. The goal is to win the title. Bryant has won five NBA titles and James has won zero. Bryant has made it to seven NBA finals and James has made it to one; the only finals that James made it to his team was swept and the deficiencies in his game magnified.

In the end, Bryant has won when it matters most and LeBron hasn’t.

Conclusion

Who’s the better player? If you’re drafting a player for your fantasy basketball the choice is obvious, draft LeBron; however, non-fantasy speaking pick Kobe. Kobe has the respect of his peers as the best player in the NBA. When the game is on the line, who would you rather the ball? Kobe. Kobe has a wider variety of moves, is a better shooter from the field and from the line, has made more game winning shots.

Right now Kobe is better than LeBron; however over time this might change with LeBron on the Miami Heat. This debate will continue for years to come, especially if the Miami Heat win a title to make the comparison between the two more fair.