The Tiger's Eye: February 2008

29 February 2008

Hmmmmm....there is something missing here

What could it be?

It certainly isn't the humor.

In fact, much of the time its far funnier.

24 February 2008

I just discovered something about myself

I guess I'm not as "White" as I thought after all.

I mean most of the stuff on this blog doesn't pertain to me.
  • I don't drive a Prius.
  • I rarely shop at a Whole Foods, a co-op or at a Farmer's Market and frankly I cannot tell the difference between "Organic" and regular veggies.
  • I HATE Hip Hop and other "ethnic" music. (unless it happens to be good music, then I don't particularly care where it came from).
  • I've never understood Sarah Silverman. Mousy voiced, skanky hoes don't make me laugh.
  • I don't have a useless degree.
  • I've read the New York Times exactly once in my life.
  • Public Radio? You gotta be joking!
  • Sushi = Cat food or fish bait.

Hmmmm....maybe I'm really one of those "wrong kind of white people".

23 February 2008

One of the reasons I like living in Indiana.

Debbie Lee addressing the Berkeley Council 2-12

Please tell me that...

If Hildy or Barak "Yomamma" are elected that this wont happen here.

"A&E patients left in ambulances for up to FIVE hours 'so trusts can meet government targets"

I've always liked what P.J. O'Roarke said about Government run health care:
"all the efficiency of the U.S.postal Service with all of the friendliness of the IRS"

19 February 2008

It is Lent

And for another year I am coming to grips with my ongoing lack of sanctity.

Or to say it a different way, It would be a hell of a lot easier to be a Christian if sinning weren't so dammed viscerally satisfying. Actually that's not really correct, its ultimately empty but like eating too many sweets on Halloween it just SEEMS to satisfy at that time. I've often said that my motto ought to be, "Well, it SEEMED like a good idea at the time!"

I had one of those "moments" today when I realized how different I am from my coworkers. I have a fellow at work whom I have known for 32 years. Heck, he is partially the reason I chose architecture to begin with. This guy and I have been off and on friends for most of that time and over the last two years we have worked together on two very important projects. I have a promotion to thank him for but that's another story.
Today he shared something confidentially with me that I would have rather not known and later found myself in the position of having to "shade the truth" to our client in order to protect his "secret". I detest lying and in order to keep a sense of propriety on the project I had to tell a little white lie to our client. Ultimately it will be made known and I will be able to explain myself if asked but for now I am pretty pissed off at him for putting me in this position.

As to how this fits into my Lenten observances; well, I'm not exactly sure? Perhaps I should be more patient with others now that I have had a dose of my own sinfulness in the form of anger and frustration?

15 February 2008

Have patience young paduan...

AJ You sell yourself short.

(Check out his photos. They are really good.)

I know him from a professional affiliation. This guy is going places.

Also, I read a funny one...

What do you call the Ratio of an igloo’s circumference to its diameter?

...Eskimo Pi

Courtesy of The Cajun

05 February 2008

A revelation .... of sorts

While sitting in the opening session at the Second Indiana LEED Symposium last Friday, I had a little revelation. The opening speaker was a dynamic self-described "lefty from San Francisco, which means "I'll believe anything"" who was relating how CB Richard Ellis has gone green as a corporate strategy.
Mid-way through his talk he sidetracked into a rant on how evil the right wing of our political structure was and how backward and uninformed they were. While not entirely unexpected, it was certainly unnecessary and somewhat discordant in an otherwise positive talk.
At that point I realized that both sides of our political discourse have fallen into the habit of demonizing the opposition rather than allowing them the courtesy of ideas firmly held in antithesis.
As I sat there, I kept thinking, "Dude, I'm already sitting here, I may not vote for your guy but you don't need to further antagonize me by offending me."

It would seem to me that if you want to win converts to your cause you have to convince them of the rightness of your argument.

You aren't going to do that by belittling them.

not sure how I feel

Like a lot of men who grew of age in Indiana, I watched the 76 IU team run the table of the opposition each Thursday night and Saturday afternoon. I was in Architecture School in 81 when Isaiah Thomas and the rest of the 81 team made mincemeat of the NCAA and in 87 I watched him coach the ultimate gym-rat in Steve Alford "socks, pants wipe swish!". For much of my young adulthood Coach Knight was an integral part of my mid-winter routine. You lived in Indiana, you either watched IU or hated them. As he aged the sport seemed to pass him by. We all watched as he appeared to self destruct on a national stage in front of our eyes. By the time he left Bloomington, most were relieved if not happy. Now that he is gone; apparently on his own terms, one gets the feeling that his presence will be missed. Coach was a singular man, they truly broke the mold when he was born.