Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Christ on a Cracker!!

When are people going to stop getting their panties in a bunch over others taking theirs off. The boy is 16 years old which means his friends are in the same age range. You think they've never seen a naked or semi-naked woman before? There never was an episode where the Beav was told about the evils of pornography so it must not have existed in the 'heaven' of the 50s, right? Bullshit, go sit in the corner and bury your head in your bible and let the world get on with itself!!

In the words of my father, as my friend and I had a discussion about sex one evening in SF coming back from a restaurant, "You think this is something new for me? You people seem to think you invented sex. You didn't invent it, you just won't shut up about it."

Uncle Charley, c. 1940, when everyone was pure: Bob, where's a guy go in this town if he's got hot nuts?!

Sex happens. Sexuality happens. Sexual frustration happens. If you're a parent, talk to your kids and help them make the right decisions. Don't ban shit unless you want to drive them to it. There's a reason that the Scandinavian countries have less teen pregnancy, less STDs, and less abortions: the kids are engaged in dialogue with the adults and are given plenty of information.

Moral crusading is just one of the many forms of idiocy and one of the most insidious. It's also one of the most hypocritical forms since the same people engaged in it are often the same ones who preach about abstinence and against abortion. Hypocritical? Yes, since the moral crusaders, more often than not in their righteous fervor, actually increase participation in dangerous behaviour by arousing the curious intensity that is being a teenager.


Thursday, July 07, 2005

My Thoughts on Stevie G

His agent was leading him around, no matter Stevie's protests. We've long known that he is an emotional person and that he loves the club in which he has played since the age of 8 years. I think his agent was whispering into his ears that there were bigger and better fortunes to be found elsewhere and that he wasn't wanted at LFC. Gerrard is simply too trusting a/o too naive, he's a professional footballer so may not be the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, and listened. Of course, his new deal is not going to mean he is a poor man but he certainly could have done better contractually elsewhere. However, in the end, this may be more financially rewarding for him since he will be able to claim a large increase from LFC, probably increase his sponsorship deals now that his name is even bigger, and ensure that LFC are not going to turn their back on him in the future (he seems to need that, you know). On that last point, there are good and bad sides to it. The good side, as I see it, is that he will become closer with Benitez, i.e., distancing himself from the agent, and Benitez undoubtedly knows the game and can teach Stevie much about tactics, leadership, study, etc. Benitez will become a father figure to him which will help him with his emotional maturity helping work on that temper of his, for starters. The bad side is that we are now stuck with him even should his form dip dramatically for whatever reason. I don't think there is too much worry on this, though, since he is dedicated to LFC and has always tried to give his best, when emotions allowed...furthering the point on Benitez' stewardship of bringing Stevie further into manhood.