I’m Callin’ Your Bluff

It is really difficult playing Texas Hold ‘Em with Gene (far right) because he is a great bluffer. He’ll make you fold your pair of kings when he’s holding an eight high and when you think you’ve called him on a bluff he lays down a three-of-a-kind. He’s good. Or, maybe I’m awful. Either way, I may not be able to call Gene’s bluffs, but there are some going on out there that it’s high time we quit falling for.

____ Parking Only. All others will be towed at owner’s expense. Fill in the blank with your own example there. Cinemark, Marriott, Radio Shack, whatever. My point is that I don’t think anybody is watching and the number of times someone has actually been towed is probably equivalent to the number of Championships the Rangers have claimed. Zero. The Chili’s near the Ballpark in Arlington that I worked at for a whopping four weeks had these signs out front: “Chili’s Parking Only. No Ranger Parking. All others will be towed.” Well, it never came up in orientation and I never heard my manager say, “Who’s on tow patrol tonight?” Know why? ‘Cause it’s a bluff.

Commercials That Say, “We’re The Best”. According to who? Your PR department?! I’m serious about this one. Some of the baseless claims that advertisers make about their clients’ products should not be allowed. Maybe this doesn’t bug many other people, but it drives me nuts and in the interest of full-disclosure, I’m biased against marketing to begin with because I’m tired of advertisements saturating every crevice of our environment. So, if you aren’t, you can ignore this bluff, but at least keep your eyes (and ears) out.

The Price of Dasani Bottled Water. Dasani is a Coca-Cola company and the water in those bottles is nothing more than local tap water that’s been run through a filter. Thanks for the effort. Thanks for reverse osmosisizing my water. But seventy-nine cents? Are ya kiddin’ me? It cost you two. Maybe. Evian and Perrier are the only ones who can really back up their price tags because their water actually does come from naturally-occuring springs in France. The rest of the guys are just cashing in. But you know what? I should be more upset with myself than I am at them, because while I may not buy Dasani, I pay fifty cents for a can of Dr. Pepper that’s packed with nothing but sugar and a host of other ingredients that my body was not created to use. So, I take this one back. I should stop bluffing myself. In one of his essays, Wendell Berry talks about the cost of things he doesn’t want or need and he asks and answers the question, “What would it cost me? More money, for one thing, than I can afford, and more than I wish to pay to people whom I do not admire.” If I made a list of every company that has some of our money but none of our admiration, how long would that list be? Dr. Pepper, Wal-Mart, ExxonMobil. How long would your list be?

Quick updates…

I’ve been meaning to write in-depth about these things but haven’t made the time, so for now, here is a little bulleted list of what’s been going on in our neck of the woods…

– The Easter Picnic @ IBC went great! Laura did an incredible job of organizing it and pictures of the bounce houses, petting zoo, pony rides and egg hunt are coming!

Barbara Ann Radnofsky won! Woo-hoo! Heartening news to be sure, but now it’s on to November against Kay Bailey Hutchison and that’ll be a tough one. Stay tuned for the debates…I’ll let you all know as soon as they’re scheduled.

– A couple weeks ago, we visited some dinosaur tracks at Lake Grapevine. About 100 million years ago, this guy left some priceless footprints that were amazing to see first hand in the very place he left them.

– The garden experiment is coming along. The radishes are sprouting up in little bunches and will allegedly be mature enough to pick at the end of the month. A lone zucchini sprout emerged on Saturday and it gives me hope that the other seeds have germinated as well and are on the verge of showing themselves in the next week.

Hope you’re doing well!

Remember to Vote!

Don’t forget, today is the Primary Runoff so exercise your civic right and duty. If you’re voting in the Democratic Primary, remember to cast your vote for Barbara Ann Radnofsky for US Senator (as if you guys haven’t heard that 73 times in the last three weeks)!

Polk Panthers on the Prowl!

I’m sure that was a lame banner at a high school pep rally once, but now it is a very appropriate title to this post!

Brian and some of the other teachers from up at his school have been playing basketball in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch City League. This last Sunday was the playoffs! His team, which only lost one game all season, won! (they did happen to have several basketball coaches on their team ;))

It was fun to see him out on the court playing! Having been one of 5 girls (out of 80-something) cut from basketball on the very first day of tryouts in 7th grade — an utterly scarring experience (I can still hear Coach Wooldridge saying, “I’m so proud of you for trying!! *big thumbs up*”– I was totally impressed! Here is a picture of the happy Champs in the tshirts they won!

01:02:03 04/05/06

Did everyone remember to Spring Forward an hour?

Speaking of time, someone at school sent this out. Wednesday, the 5th of April, at two minutes and three seconds past 1:00 a.m., it will be 01:02:03 04/05/06. Kinda neat, eh? Not worth staying up for necessarily. But neat all the same.

The Rangers season opener is tonight against the Red Sox. Beautiful, we get to face Schilling first thing. Woo-hoo! Laura and I miss Fonzee already, but hopefully the new kid will be full of surprises. He wears #5 (mine and Larr’s number back in the day) so that’s a good sign.

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