Wednesday, January 28, 2009

It's a great day!

Wake Beats Dook!
Carolina Beats FSU!

Do I have to say anything else?

Dear God, please let...


In a moment of weakness, I dated a woman who went to Dook University. One night, we went to a Dook v. University of Miami basketball game (pre-UM entering the ACC), and had a meal before the game. A friend, who was at Dook Divinity School offered a prayer over the meal, which concluded with the following words: "May Dean Smith and the University of North Carolina basketball team die in a fiery bus crash."

I was horrified. (Yes, there is a line, even for The Lifeguard.)

But, sitting here watching the Number 1 Dook Blue Devils play Number 4 Wake Forest (at the Joel), I can kind of see his point of view.

Not only am I frustrated by the poor officiating (which cuts both ways), I am angry with (at least one of the) announcers. Dick Vitale, who is proof positive that there is no justice in the world, is so far up Mike Krzyzewski's ass that he can tell you what Coach K had for supper yesterday...without asking.

But, Wake is leading at the half, 33-28, so I am (for the time being) not beating my kids, breaking random shit, or screaming obscenities into the ether.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

At least I saw it...once.

I Can Not Believe How Much Dino Gaudio Reminds Me Of Jimmy V...
On Wednesday, January 21st, 2009, The Lifeguard took a trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and was able to see the then-Number One Wake Forest Demon Deacons struggle with a Virginia Tech Hokies team that played out of their heads for forty minutes.

Sadly, Wake lost to the Hokies--a team that looked like five pumpkins (and which has a castrated turkey as a mascot)--by a score of 78-71. And though Jeff Teague banged in 23 points, the Demon Deacons just could not overcome the fired-up Hokies, the near-silent alumni, the poor shooting (43.1% to Tech's 50.0%), and uneven officiating (Wake didn't even go to the charity stripe in the first half).

But, I got to see a top-ranked Wake Forest squad play, live, for the first time in my life, so I'll take it.

Now, if Gaudio can do like Jimmy V and win the NCAA Championship...

*Photo courtesy of SAL Photo Bureau (Copyright 2009)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

She's Not Even That Hot...

I'll Give You Change...

Dana Delaney, one of the stars of Desperate Housewives (or, as Chris Rock calls it, Ungrateful Bitches) was just interviewed on Fox News about the new administration.

She thought item number one should be to lift the so-called "global gag rule" so that women around the world could start getting their U.S. Government funded abortions once more.

Tell you what, honey. Let me decide who gets the abortions and I'll give you some change you can believe in.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


What's Good For The Goose...

If some bassackward retard in a Third World backwater said to his followers that someone should "...expend a bullet on [Livni]," would anyone care? Hell, some bassackward retard in the United States of Amerikkka said "God damn America," and one of his followers got elected President.

But, I digress.

Israel, our strongest ally in the broader Middle East, is presently running Operation Cast Lead (to the chagrin of the rest of the Jew-hating world). They are in the process of draining the swamp that is the Gaza Strip (which means "place to launch rockets at the Jewish dogs" in Arabic)...a process that lasted until yesterday, when Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called a halt to the operation.

Now, it is all well and good to "claim victory" when the pressure from the world is mounting; but, it is foolish to think that a group--Hamas--that wants to eradicate Israel from the map will do anything other than claim their own victory, and use the cease fire in their own recruiting posters. After all, they survived for three weeks--sort of like the Viet Cong survived--and waited for public pressure against Israel to reach a critical mass.

Now, Israel is at a crossroads: Kill every last terrorist--and every last person that Hamas puts in harm's way; or, quit, claim victory, and sit back until the next rocket attack (which is scheduled for two hours from when you read this post).

Frankly, I don't understand how a group that can build tunnels and car bombs, and can afford rockets and ammunition, can't build schools and homes and have running water. Oh, wait, it's just easier to blame the Jews.

Peace in the broader Middle East will only come when one of two things happen: Either Israel tells the world to "fuck off" and outright wins the war (which is next to impossible given public sentiment and the fact that Israel is all alone in a sea of hate); or, Arab mothers (and fathers) will start loving their children more than they hate Israel (and the Jews).

Yeah...The Lifeguard isn't holding his breath.

In the meantime, if anyone hurts Tzipi...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Yeah, baby!

If Wake Forest Isn't Number One...

I will have an effing thrombo.

Dook, Wake Forest's cross-state rival, and present Number Two, did manage to beat Number Twelve, Georgetown; but, Dook lost to Michigan back on December 6th.

Wake Forest, on the other hand, is the nation's only unbeaten Division I team (following the Louisville upset of Pitt).

Wake beat Carolina (ugly), pounded Boston College (at Conte), and lit up Clemson, at Littlejohn. Wake Forest is the real deal, and there is no reason (other than the basketball press corps sucks up to Dook) that Wake Forest isn't the new Number One.*

*Of course, the University of Utah went undefeated in football, and they got screwed.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Wisdom Of Big Bob.

This Is My Favourite Picture...

My dad, who is third from the left, was a great man...and, he is dead. But, not a day goes by that I don't think about some of the wisdom (and pithy sayings) that he offered The Lifeguard on a near daily basis.

He always used to say that I was not afraid of hard work. "Son," he would say, "you could lay down beside it and go to sleep."

On work, he noted that "if work were fun, it wouldn't be called work." In fact, he believed that the natural order of things should be that every person should get to have their retirement from the age of 22 (after finishing college; or, just as important, military service) to the age of 32. The government would pay you Social Security, and you could fuck off to your heart's content. But, at the age of 32, you went to work...where you stayed 'til you died. Too many people, he noted, worked their entire lives only to die before they could enjoy the fruits of their labours.

He observed that, "Manual Labour is not the President of Mexico."

That, "If you needed a day's work, get a boy. If you needed half a day's work, get two."

Or, "The only thing that you can do well with gloves is piss your pants."

On religion, he thought that if you weren't going to actively participate in the activities in your church, you should go and play golf. He was a member of the Church of the Seventh Green; and, he celebrated the glory of God, upon his retirement, on the golf course at least five times a week.

Of Hell, he said that, "At least I'll be warm, and all of my friends will be there."

He recommended a healthy amount of Scots Whisky daily; and, he enjoyed the occasional Cuban (cigar, you sickos). "No one ever died from having a whisky and a Cohiba (or Romeo Y Julietta)," he would say. And, when The Lifeguard was teeing up the ball, he would offer his support (especially if we were playing a $5.00 Nassau, and there was a press on):

"Don't shank it," he would say.

"Dad, we're on the same team," I would respond.

[Shanking the ball.] "Fuck!"

"I told you not to shank it," he would offer.

He was a man who was larger than life. He survived polio, a World War, a couple of plane crashes, and a car accident that would have killed a lesser man. He was full of a humble swagger that was admired by many (and owned by few).

He didn't have a favourite book, song, or movie. He loved living. He could solve the world's problems before 0700; and, shoot an 83 before noon. In the afternoon, he would be the referee in a sporting event. At night, he'd solve the problems of the world that had arisen since last he'd solved them.

I never knew how much my dad knew until I realised just how little I knew.

And, as the seventh anniversary of his death approaches, I think about his life, his love.

He was a great man; and, if The Lifeguard can be half as good as him, The Lifeguard will be a great man, too.

God bless you, Big Bob.

I Hate Everyone, Volume 2

Life in New England...

can be a perplexing mix of weirdness and sublime idiocy. For instance, it snows in New England. Sometimes, a lot. And yet, every summer, there is a giant orgy, where nearly every New Englander has their brains completely effed out, thus erasing everything that they once knew about driving in the snow.

Unfortunately, I have never been invited to that orgy, because I know how to drive in the motherhumping snow!

The other day, on my commute to work, some moron (and his moron chick) kept climbing out of the windows of their moving vehicle to scrape snow off of the windscreen of the truck...while they were a snowstorm. I mean, they were climbing out of the windows. Sitting on the door. Scraping the windscreen. While they were driving. In a snowstorm.

Sadly, neither person fell out of the window (which would have surely earned them an entry into the 2009 Darwin Awards competition).

The prior snowstorm, we got absolutely shit-hammered with snow. I went out to clear the sidewalks and driveway.

As New England is a region of contrasts, witness two different reactions:

First, I cleaned up my elderly widowed neighbour's sidewalk and driveway.

"Oh, Lifeguard," she said. "Please don't do this now. We are still going to get more snow, and I want you to wait until tomorrow to clean it up."

"Um. But, I have to work in the morning, so I figured that I would clean it up now, which will make it easier for me to do tomorrow."

"But, I didn't want you to do it now. I want you to wait until the storm is over," she said.

So, The Lifeguard bid her adieu...and never went back.

Now, when I plowed my other neighbours--an Irish woman and her daughters--they were so grateful. Happy about the snow clean up, too.

And now, another storm is coming...

and you can bet your sweet ass that The Lifeguard will be letting the old broad shovel her own effing snow.

Thursday, January 08, 2009


I Hate Boston College!

For several reasons...

First, they are the primary rival for my Boston University Terriers (in Hockey East) and my Wake Forest Demon Deacons (in ACC action, if only because I live in a place with a heavy concentration of BC graduates...and wannabes).

Second, BC alumni are obnoxious. The joke, how do you find the Boston College graduate in a roomful of people?* is eerily true.

Finally, well, I can not remember what the other reason is; but, I am sure that if you wait a minute, I can tell you.

So, last night, the lowly Harvard Crimson journeyed out Commonwealth Avenue to play Boston College, the 17th ranked team in the land (based in large part on their stunning upset of the then-top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels).

And, the Crimson won--with five white (or, at least, light) guys--82-70, stunning the Conte Forum crowd.

It was sweet. And, for a minute, I lived the old saw, "My two favourite teams are Boston University/Villanova University/Wake Forest University (my three NCAA Division I alma maters, in alphabetical order), and whoever is playing Boston College."

*Just wait a minute, he'll tell you.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

I hate that effing song!

The University of North Carolina Is On To Something...
After giving their coach, a huge (but, apparently, not huge enough) raise, the University of North Carolina football team made it to a bowl (The Something or Another Car Care Bowl), and nearly won the game. Against the West Virginia University Mountaineers. (Of course, the saddest part, aside from the next part of this post, is that this was, essentially, a home game for the Heels. And, they blew it.)

And, you know what it means when the Mountaineers win, sports fans?

They play, the John Denver standard, "Take Me Home (Country Roads)". Loudly.

And, as I have said about another song associated with a college, "I hate that fucking song."*

*For those in the know, that other song is the University of Tennessee's, "Rocky Top."

[Ed. Note: Last The Lifeguard checked, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons were the only North Carolina team to win their bowl game.]

Happy Effin' New Year!

What A Long Strange Trip It's Been...
There was a snow storm yesterday, on New Year's Eve. And, it was bitter cold, with the temperatures hovering around, oh, 5 degrees Fahrenheit. (In other words, it was fucking cold, courtesy of man-made climate change.)

To top it all off, The Lifeguard was facing some serious impediments to his New Year's Eve plans. The weather led to cancellations, travel difficulties, and the like. And, at 3:00pm, I got the call that I was dreading....

"I don't think that Ryan will be able to make it tonight," she said. "It may be just you and me, if you don't mind."

"Sure, that's okay, I guess," I said.

So, I raced out to suburban Boston airfield and met my ride, a sleek, shiny G-V. (The picture above was taken on the plane. Hey, you have to be comfortable when you travel, right?)

Winging our way toward New York City, we sipped cocktails and ate some sushi that had been earlier procured from Nobu.

"I am really sorry that Ryan couldn't make it. I hope that you don't mind spending the night with me," she said.

"No, that's okay. Really, it'll be fun," I said. (The Lifeguard is always the life of the party. She knows it, I know it, get over it.)

Touching down at Westchester, and hopping a limo to The City was rather a drag; but, we got by, on icy cold Pol Roger and shrimp cocktail. Fantastic.

Then, last night, at a private party, we danced the night away. I actually didn't mind that Ryan couldn't make it. And, this morning, I woke up, alone...with a note pinned to the pillow:

"Thanks for a great
night. Hope that your 2009 is everything that you hope that it will be. Love and hugs, S." (The Lifeguard can not believe that anyone signs any note "Love and hugs.")

So, as The Lifeguard makes his way home (flying commercial...ugh!), he sends you the same wishes: That that your 2009 is everything that you want it to be.

(Of course, with President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama's swearing in just over two weeks away, whatever your hopes and dreams are will be fulfilled (especially if you are a member of the United Auto Workers, or future Senator William Jefferson Clinton).)