Posts Tagged ‘Sport’

Who decides right and wrong?

Recently, my wife and I went to Mexico with some friends who have a timeshare in Los Cabos, arriving the day the community started celebrating its annual Fiesta. It was much like our state fair, with carnival rides, food areas, and booths with items for sale. But, one “attraction” was decidedly different. Each evening they had cockfighting. 

I have read about this “sport,” but I have never witnessed it firsthand. So, one evening our wives headed back to the hotel and my friend and I headed to the cockfights. They were held in a large, circus style tent in an arena surrounded by elevated seating. 

Finding your way home – CHRISTMAS

Several years ago, I wanted to find more trails for mountain biking near our cabin because they are scarce in Targhee National Forest.  I remembered seeing game trails while riding the few available trails and decided to ride game trails and also cross-country to connect trails, creating longer bike trails.  But doing this would require something I had not done before, riding cross-country from one trail to another. 

With my normal optimism and my ability to severely underestimate what I was about to undertake, I decided to do it.  I didn’t worry about getting lost because I had a good sense of direction and a newly purchased GPS mounted on my bike. 

Who takes the risk and pays for our choices?

On June 6, 2006, a tragic accident occurred during a little league baseball game.  The 14-year-old pitcher was hit in the chest by a line drive off a metal bat. Unbelievably, when the ball struck the young man’s chest, his heart went into ventricular fibrillation, a rhythm incompatible with life.  He remained in this rhythm until the paramedics arrived and “shocked” him back into a normal rhythm. Unfortunately, he suffered permanent brain injury and will live with significant disabilities the rest of his life.  The family’s attorney estimates this young man’s future care will cost millions of dollars. 

Should America boycott Beijing?

August 8th is the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.  This Olympics will open with controversy, just as have some earlier Olympics.  The controversy surrounding this Olympics is the ongoing human rights violations attributed to China.  Political dissidents in China often face imprisonment, torture, or even death.  There is escalating violence in Tibet along with alleged genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, believed to be supported by the Chinese.