My Little Corner of the World 8/19

One cottage industry that has exploded in the last 10-15 years is fantasy football. It wasn’t that long ago that fantasy football was reasonably obscure. Now, it is everywhere. Talk to most people, they are in a league with coworkers, family or whoever. Hell, my mother who is not a football fan is in a freaking league. It is that common. Let me be clear, I have nothing against fantasy football. Its a fun way to enjoy the NFL. It gives you a rooting interest in a greater number of games. I like fantasy football. Hell, I’m the commissioner for the league with my in-laws. But fantasy football has some unintended consequences that are a real pain in the ass.

First, nobody cares about your team. NOBODY!!  Please stop telling me about who you have and the various decisions you are forced to make. I sincerely do not care and I have to assume nobody else does either. It is one thing to talk about the league with those you are involved with. That kind of trash talk makes office and family leagues great. I have nothing against that. But for those of us not within that small circle, please keep it to yourself. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone I just met tell me about their draft, their team, blah blah blah. I would rather hear about your gastro intestinal issues or your taxes from 2008 than who you have as your flex player. I hit the eject button immediately on that conversation. It is great that you are interested in the NFL. It gives us common ground for conversation. But for the love of all that is good and holy keep your thoughts about your back up kicker to yourself.

Also, folks, please remember what flag you fly. I am a Philadelphia Eagles fan. Loud and proud. I will not, under any circumstances, select a player from the Cowboys or Giants. I just won’t. I would rather lose. It always confuses me when I see a Bears fan with Aaron Rodgers. A Ravens fan with Le’veon Bell. If you hate that player or that team in your everyday life why on earth would you cheer for him for the sake of your fantasy team? I guess it comes down to priorities. Keep your priorities straight. The real team you cheer for is infinitely more important than your fantasy team. If you draft a player you hate you will be cheering for them to some degree. It’s just a big conflict of interest. Why the hell would you ever want to put yourself through that?


My Little Corner Of The World 7/11

This is the first of what I hope is a weekly, or biweekly addition to the Anderson Files. Each week I will take on some matter. Sometimes it will be of some importance, other times not. It will be a grab bag, some odds and ends from my life. I can see this turning into a place for me to rant as well as a place to take stock of the world I live in. So here goes. I hope you enjoy.

I got off of work a few weeks ago around 9 pm. I needed a few things before I returned home. Unfortunately, there was no convenient place to secure these items between points A & B. So I made a small trip out of my way. No big deal. I went in to the Wal-Mart and hurriedly grabbed my 5 items. To my surprise and delight there was a cashier, an actual human being checking people out, and only one person in line. Fantastic!! I get in line, pleased at my progress. Then a hold up. Uh-oh!! The cashier had the drawer open, a vacant look on her face and she was waiting for a manager. I figured she did not have the appropriate change for the customer. No big deal. Then I heard her say that she needed a calculator. I thought she had to calculate the tax. Then the customer spoke up.
“Its $1.35. The total was $23.65 and I gave you $25.00.”
Are you freaking kidding me? The holdup is over simple arithmetic? This can’t be.
“I can’t do math lady. I’ll need a calculator to figure how much I owe you.”
I was stunned. First with the fact that simple addition and subtraction is the kind of thing you have to stop everything down for. But also for the flippant attitude of the employee. She looked at this simple math problem as something like Everest. Far beyond anything she may be capable of. Rather than attempt to figure it out she immediately threw her hands in the air and gave up. No damns were given whatsoever. Finally, somebody came over and they determined that, indeed, $1.35 was owed. I was chuckling.
“Is something funny?” the snotty cashier spouted.
Now I’m in the mood to play ball.
“Yep, I think its funny you cant do simple math. That’s something a 10 year old could figure out.”
“You are going to piss me off!!”
At this point I had paid with card and had my merchandise in hand.
“I really don’t care.”
I grabbed my items and walked off as she stormed off in the opposite direction.

Was I a jerk? I’ll admit, I’m guilty of that from time to time. Maybe even here. But when a grown ass person can’t do simple arithmetic and decides they aren’t even going to try, I get a bit pissy. You are going absolutely nowhere in this world without a few basic skills. The ability to give a shit is one of them. Arithmetic is another. Nobody is asking her to put a man on the moon or even find the collision point of 2 objects moving in opposite directions. This is simple shit!! Further, her rotten attitude further torked me. I understand she is a Wal-Mart employee. They probably don’t pay her enough to care. Still, I have to think that a little integrity would go a long way. How about exerting just a little bit of effort. Just because your pay isn’t what you think it should be does not mean you can just say screw it. Take a little bit of personal pride for crying out loud. I probably should have let it go. I’ll own that. Still, it was an interaction that still puzzles me. What kind of future does a person who can’t do simple math have. That’s a scary thought. My guess is she isn’t going to be moving up the corporate ladder anytime soon. Then again you never know.

Hello again

Hello folks!! Its been too long. Life is busy, as I’m sure you all know. I’ve gotten into the bad habit of making excuses for not writing. I’m busy with work, or the kids, need time to relax, blah blah blah. It’s all bullshit. I forgot how therapeutic this particular hobby can be. I really benefit personally from getting my own thoughts out. But for whatever reason I’ve simply fallen out of the habit. There is no good excuse. Its something that I need to prioritize in my life. Going forward, I’m going to be intentional about setting time aside each and every week to put some thoughts on the screen. Some of it, no doubt, will be total rubbish.  Absolute crap!! That much you can count on. I’ll spare you those posts and give you the very best I have to offer, which may still leave you underwhelmed. As you can imagine, there will be some College Football posts. Maybe even some concerning my beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers. The general message here is that I will work to not be so slothful, so mentally lazy, and will get back into blogging consistently. Hopefully, some of those thoughts will be enjoyable, perhaps even useful. Certainly, some will be completely ridiculous. I just won’t publish those. Or maybe I will. Who knows?


It’s here!!  Finally, summer vacation. Well, sort of. This weekend I load up the entire family and head to my brothers house in Kansas City.  Its not exactly a glamorous trip, but I’m excited to see the family all the same.  Last year my family in Nebraska, my brother and sister in law in Kansas City and my family all met in the middle in Oklahoma City. We could meet at the river styx and have a good time. There were beers aplenty, some children’s activities for my daughter and solid family time. It was extremely gratifying. OKC is not a destination, but it simply didn’t matter.  This year the debate was where to meet.  We considered Wichita, Northwest Arkansas and even Galveston. Ultimately we went with meeting at my brothers house in KCMO. So my wife and I will load up the family car just like the Griswalds before us. Who knows what sorts of problems and adventures lie before us. It matters little.  Living as far from my family as I do makes trips like this particularly special.  When I moved I had no idea I would miss my mother as much as I do. Instead of seeing her several times per year I only see her 2-3 times. Even then its a whirlwind. It seems to go so quickly.  Hopefully this trip, with minimal distractions, will be a time we can reconnect over beers and bbq. I’m looking forward to it more than I can accurately express.

Oh yes, the whole point of this post was to inform you that I wont have a Nebraska Football entry this week.  I’ll return next week with yet another question about Husker Football in 2016. Additionally, I’m working on my season preview as well as my conference outlooks and playoff picks.  I have a lot of content planned for the month of August in preparation for the greatness of College Football.

Cell Phone Etiquette

We live in a world with rules abound. Do this, don’t do that.  Some of these rules are written into law. Others are common sense, while others still are just basic consideration.  One area where I feel these rules are lacking is in dealing with cell phones. Its like the wild wild west out there.  People are just doing whatever, wherever with little to no consideration for those around them. A decade ago this was a problem, considering cell phones were relatively new, problems were bound to happen.  Unfortunately in 2016 I do not feel that we have made any damn progress toward civility with our various devices. It looks like I have to take action. Here are a basic list of considerations and rules which everyone should abide by.  Feel free, gentle reader, to chime in with a helpful addition or two where necessary. Its time we corralled this thing.  With your help we can make the world a better, less aggravating place.  Here goes:

*When in a shared public place like a waiting room or a line, save your conversations for another time.  Nobody wants to hear half of a conversation between you and your mom concerning last nights Game of Thrones episode. Show a little consideration for those around you jerk.

*Similarly, get off your phone when you are checking out at a gas station or grocery store.  Its super disrespectful to the cashiers time and to those behind you in line. Put the thing away and conduct your transaction.  Its not that difficult.

*When you and I are having a conversation, an actual person to person interfacing, it is extremely rude to pull your phone out and check facebook.  The subtext here is that I’m not interesting enough.  If you feel that way, just say it, because odds are I feel the same.  Still, while you and I struggle through this interaction have the decency to keep the stupid thing in your pocket.

*When in a theater put the freaking thing away. A theater is dark and your screen is extremely distracting to those around you. This one seems obvious.  But common sense is, well you know. This is also an area where we have seen some level of progress.  Some theaters have drawn a hard line on cell phone use, adopting a zero tolerance policy.  I applaud their action. Well done!!

*Limit your use while operating an automobile. I don’t care if you are cruising down the freeway, having a conversation.  Frankly, freeway driving is not difficult and the act of having that conversation is no different than if that person were sitting in the passenger seat. Texting, or internet browsing is a different matter.  It requires you to divert your attention from the roadway.  Its dangerous and inconsiderate. Please don’t be that person.  That person is an asshole.

*If you work with the public I, as a customer, don’t want to see it. I don’t care if its in your pocket or whatever, but I don’t want to see you use it. You are there to work, so work. If I were in a leadership position I would have very little tolerance for this kind of thing. Whatever it is can wait.  If it cant, you need to go home.

Look, these devices are still pretty new to us as a society.  What is, and is not, acceptable is still up for grabs. It seems like nobody wants to take the lead on this thing. If I’m something of a pioneer, or even a hero, for making a stance, Ill let you decide. For now I would like for people to put the things away and show one freaking bit of consideration for the people around them. There is a time and place for this technology. Lets not neglect the actual human interaction we experience everyday.


That’s life

The Anderson Files has hit its first snag.  That didn’t take long. I know, I promised you folks 5 questions pertaining to the 2016 Huskers on each of July’s 5 Saturdays. It was going to fit together quite tidily. Well, its not going to happen. A ridiculous work week has occupied my time and attention in 6 different states. That’s right, I’ve been on the road pretty much all week. Its what I do. Typically the workload isn’t as outrageous as it has been this week. I’m not complaining. The Anderson house could always use the extra dough and I’m happy to step up to the plate. The little time I have spent at home is either preparing to go out or catching up with my loved ones. Its been exhausting to say the least, but its all for the best. More money at home is good for everyone. The victim, if you can call it that, is of course the blog. I simply have not had the time nor the energy this week to complete the submission.  Go ahead, call me names, cuss me out, do whatever it is that makes you feel better. You will survive. This much I am sure of. Rest easy, I will complete all 5 of the Nebraska Football questions, it just wont be as I planed.  That’s life. There is not a damn thing you can do about it.

Happy 4th

A very happy 4th of July to everyone out there.  This is one of my favorite holidays, for a number of reasons.  This is a day for you to do whatever the hell you want. There are no family obligations nor social norms to abide by.  If you want to sit around the house, go ahead.  If you want to go to a party, terrific.  If you want to work, I imagine that possibility exists as well. Its a day I get glassy eyed and think about our forefathers.  I know our nation has come off the tracks to a certain degree but that is not what this day represents.  To me, its about Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and the rest of our founding fathers signing the Declaration of Independence.  Signing that document was not for the meek. It meant openly defying the most prolific country with the most military might. Its a terrific day to celebrate the enormous onions of our forefathers. So do whatever it is you wish, just keep Thomas Jefferson and company in mind. I know Ill be raising a glass for him.  Once again, happy 4th!