Wednesday, May 01, 2013

MAY DAY MUSINGS

May Day has never meant anything in particular to me, and even today, it only means that my birthday is just two days hence!  Rather than dancing around the Maypole, we are shoveling snow once again.  Earlier in the week, it was in the 70's and now last night's rain has turned to snow - at least six inches thus far and probably at least another six on the way.  We did not get the first picture, but rather the second......



Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson is a dolt, and a pernicious one at that.  After last night's win by the Nuggets, he was whining about the Nuggets' 'hit men'.  That's laughable.  Let's see - who was it that received not one, but two Flagrant 1 fouls last evening?  Wasn't the Nuggets.  And hatchet man Andrew Bogut should have received a Flagrant 2 for his double stiff-arm to Kenneth Faried's neck - watch for yourself below and tell me why that wasn't a Flagrant 2.  And who was it who pushed an opposing player after a foul?  Hint - Stephan Curry doesn't play for the Nuggets - and he too a whiner.  The refs bailed Curry out by giving a double technical.


         

Also on basketball - CU Boulder's Andre Roberson should have stayed in school rather than leaving early to enter the NBA draft.  My prediction - he will either be drafted in the second round [there are only two rounds, and second-rounders do not get a guaranteed contract] or he will not be drafted at all.  He will be exceedingly lucky to make any NBA roster next season, and likely will be playing on a developmental squad.  I believe that his family sees dollar signs, but I think that it was not a wise decision.  Time will tell....

Just finished a book entitled Charades- A Retiring Teacher's Diary by Ken Zimmerman - a pseudonym for someone that many of us know.  It is a diary of a teacher's last year in the classroom, after 31 years of teaching experience.  It is both humorous and sad, the latter being that Zimmerman accurately describes the sorry state of public education today, from the students, to the parents, to the administrators, to politicians, to the younger teachers.  All are in a state of decline with collapse being a distinct possibility.

Also finished up our 2012 tax forms - Federal, Colorado and California, as well as paying our 2012 property taxes.  It's not particularly edifying to see how much of what one earns ends up in the federal, state and local tax coffers.

Enough curmudeontary for now - gotta go shovel some more.....

9 comments:

Bizzy Brain said...

A lot of college one and done aspiring millionaires also end up as one and done in the NBA.

Steve Heller said...

Good musings! Love the winter wonderland pic. About that shoveling. Is that going to be snow or bs? (Just kidding.)

Ain't America Great? said...

Ha, ha, ha, thanks for your tax contributions, Doc! I'm a member of the 47% who doesn't pay any federal income tax. And also probably the only one to thank all you taxpayers for my free ride!

Douglas E said...

AAG - you are welcome :-)
Steve - both!
BB - precisely!!

Douglas E said...

Now a bit of a post mortem on the Nuggets: they did themselves in at the free-throw line. I volunteered to help make them a better shooting team, but got no response - now I'll bet they are sorry!! :-) The NBA office indirectly agreed with me about Jackson being a dolt - they fined him $25,000 for his comments and accusations. Corey Brewer's performance in the last couple of games may have gotten himself set up for a trade. I like Corey but he was pretty terrible. I am pretty much done watching the playoffs - my main hope now is that the Celtics eliminate the Knicks!!

Bizzy Brain said...

Is there a coach of the year award in George Karl's future?

Douglas E said...

Bizzy - there has been some buzz about the award for Karl. The main negative would be the Nuggets loss in the first round of the playoffs. Considering what he has to work with - no 'superstar' and no All-Stars, I'd say he deserves Coach of the Year.

Bizzy Brain said...

Maybe it will be the Pacers that knock off the Knicks.

Douglas E said...

Bizzy - Karl did indeed win Coach of the Year, even though there seem to be a few idiots in the area who think that he should be fired. Duh.....

Go Pacers!