I started watching Chelsea Handler’s new series on Neflix: Chelsea Does…
I’ve never watched anything by her before. She’s very raw and not for the faint at heart. But the show is very provocative and interesting.
In the series, she examines four different topics in depth: marriage, racism, Silicon Valley and drugs.
In the episode about the Silicon Valley, she examines technology and pitches an app that she came up with to help her get out of bad dates.
It’s called “Gotta Go”.
The app allows the user to generate excuses and set alarms for text messages and calls. To use Gotta Go, you tap on the emoji associated with the excuse you want to use, add the contact number to your address book, and set the alarm.
Basically, the app can send you a text, a phone call or an email based on an scenario that allows you to leave. But, here’s the brilliant part, you can show the text to your date to prove that there really is an emergency. Your mom is sick, your dogs have escaped your back yard, whatever…
Gotta Go would be perfect to use on a blind date when you want to leave early. Or set it up to send you an alarming note to get out of a boring meeting.
Best Female Rock Climber in the World is 14 Years Old
Ashima Shiraishi can scale boulders and rock faces that most people twice her age simply can’t. The 14-year-old New York native started climbing boulders in Central Park when she was just six years old and hasn’t looked back.
I listen to ESPN radio while I’m driving, and all the talk earlier in the week was about Cam Newton’s pants.
Cam Newton, for those of you who don’t watch football, is the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers–one of the teams in the Super Bowl.
Cam Newton is one of if not the most controversial players in the NFL.
Football fans either love him or hate him. Nobody’s neutral. And given that he’s the odds on favorite to win Most Valuable Player, everyone who watches football knows who he is.
I’ll admit that at first I didn’t like him. But then Richie talked me out of my narrow-mindedness and encouraged me to enjoy Cam Newton for what he was–a man who loves life and loves football and isn’t afraid to show his joie de vivre.
He has his signature poses for first downs…
He does a dance called the “Dab” after scoring a touch down…
And he wears flamboyant pants that sell out hours after he shows them off…
Love him or hate him, you won’t have a hard time finding him in a crowd. 🙂
NFL scores with ‘Super Bowl Babies Choir’ commercial
By Remi Merhi, Special to CNN
The highly anticipated Super Bowl 50 commercials have been preceded by a spot the NFL released Monday to remind fans of the excitement that a Super Bowl can bring.
The “Super Bowl Babies Choir” commercial features babies, children and adults who were born nine months after their parents’ favorite team won the Super Bowl. According to the NFL, birth rates in winning cities increase nine months after the big game. The ad also shows snippets of reactions to past wins to show the excitement that could have caused this surge.
The “Super Bowl Babies” come together in choir form, each wearing apparel of the team responsible for their conception, and sing to a parody of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” with Seal himself singing along.
The combination of the adorable 2014 Super Bowl babies and cute lyrics left viewers praising the commercial.
The ad also prompted some viewers to ponder whether they might be a Super Bowl baby as well.
Other viewers attempted to decipher the true message of the commercial.
The NFL released the commercial on YouTube in an attempt to “recreate one of the greatest love songs of all time to celebrate the greatest game of all time.”
The commercial is successfully getting fans excited for the 50th Super Bowl between the Panthers and the Broncos. Now the only question is whether there will be a surge in birth rates in Charlotte or Denver nine months from now.
I went to my first yoga class at the YMCA yesterday.
It was marvelous and very different from what I expected.
The class was entitled “Restorative Yoga”. This type of yoga combines slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching.
Rather than changing quickly from pose to pose, we held each yoga pose for about ten minutes.
Within the hour-long class, we completed about five poses. Focusing on passive stretching, the poses were very restful.
I loved it and I will take the class again and again.
All of the poses we did involved forward ‘folding’ and ‘bending’.
Because I had just returned from a five-day trip, my guts were churning because they virtually stop working while traveling.
Unfortunately for those near me, I tooted a couple of times.
I tried to cover them up with a cough, but I don’t think I was successful.
Oh well… I will just put my yoga mat next to a new victim at the next class. 🙂
Here’s a brief description (from about.com) in case you are interested to learn more about restorative yoga:
Restorative yoga is something completely different. It’s about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. If you take a restorative class, you may hardly move at all, doing just a few postures in the course of an hour.
During these long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since props are used to support your body instead of your muscles. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and an excellent antidote to stress.
In restorative yoga, props are used extensively to support your body so that you can hold poses for longer. Postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary straining.
For instance, a seated forward bend – paschimottanasana (see above) can become restorative by placing a bolster or several folded blankets on top of your legs so that your forward bend is fully supported with the entire torso resting on your props.
I recently traveled to California to visit family.
Actually, the REAL reason for my trip was to attend a pickleball camp and visit with Carol who also wanted to attend the camp.
The good news is that one of the family members I came to visit has recently started playing pickleball so I was able to combine both loves–family AND pickleball.
Pam recently retired from teaching 5th graders. She has some health issues and was worried about how she was going to fill her days after retirement.
I last saw Pam two years ago at a family reunion. While visiting at that reunion, I talked with her about pickleball. (Don’t all pickleball fanatics talk to others about pickleball whether their listeners want to hear about it or not? 🙂 )
Pam just said “Hmmmm…” and “Well, that sounds like fun…” while I talked with her about pickle. Actually I talked TO her about it, not WITH her about it.
I’m pretty sure her eyes glazed over as I went on and on about this AMAZING sport! After she fell asleep on the couch, I went on to the next cousins to tell THEM all about pickle.
Pam was worried that her health issues wouldn’t allow her to play.
I didn’t convince Pam, but Myles, my nephew, went down to visit her six months ago. He’s a high school tennis player who picked up playing pickleball with my twin sister in Nevada.
He took four paddles and some balls and introduced Pam and a few neighbors into pickleball.
Pam was hooked! She fell in love with the sport and hasn’t stopped playing since.
Since her introduction to pickleball, Pam has accomplished a lot…
She started a club in her subdivision.
She’s convinced the home owner’s association to paint pickleball court lines on the seldom-used tennis courts.
She’s introduced the sport to her 80+ year old parents who now play twice a week.
She’s applied for and received a grant from the USAPA to help pay for nets and balls.
While attending the camp, Carol and I played with Pam’s club and gave a few helpful hints. Her group has a blast and is very eager to learn more about this fun game. They often meet to play on Friday nights and go out for pizza and beer afterwards.
Pam is still trying to convince others to try pickleball. She bugged one of her friends, Angie, for weeks to try it out.
Finally Angie gave in and came to an introductory session late one afternoon. Mainly, she just went to try to shut Pam up so that she wouldn’t keep talking about pickleball…
Angie called Pam early the next morning and said, “I drank the Kool-Aid! Buy me a paddle…”
Now Angie’s talking to others trying to get them to “Drink the Kool-Aid.” 🙂
I’m Josh Yandt – the Doorman. I was bullied in school. I made my high school a better place by holding doors and have inspired people all over the globe to be kind to one another. I speak to schools and workplaces promoting kindness.