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The “No Curves” Zone: Love is a Battlefield — The Sports Edition

Friday, December 4th, 2009

If your post-Thanksgiving meals were like mine, one topic dominated  conversations around the dinner table.  I’m not talking about the conversation about Aunt Martha’s lousy pumpkin pie, or grandpa’s personal hygiene problem.  I’m confident most of us were talking about that small car accident that took place early Friday morning in Florida.  Unless you were forking down cranberry sauce on Mars, the facts surrounding the event, and the resulting fallout, are well-known.  What has been most revealing has been how this has become what could be called a “teachable moment.”

My first “teachable moment” involved my mother, who at 80 years old is still the wisest person I know.  (more…)

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The “No Curves” Zone: How Rogue can you go?

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The book we’ve all been waiting for is finally out, and what better way to show the special someone how you love them during this holiday season than a copy of the Thrilla from Wasilla’s 400-page pimp slap of John McCain, Katie Couric, the father of her daughter’s child (Ricky Hollywood!), Barack Obama and, of course, the liberal media.

I was in the company of a number of men last week, and used them as an unofficial focus group on the subject of Sarah Palin.  (more…)

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The “No Curves” Zone: Has the Shark Jumped the Cougar?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

In what could be the deathknell to the latest social trend, ABC, the network that gave us Tom DeLay shaking his hips on “Dancing With the Stars” (I’m sure Jack Abramoff enjoyed watching it on the prison TV), will give the nation Courtney Cox in “Cougar Town.” You know a fad is on its last legs — pardon the pun — when network television gets involved! (more…)

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The “No Curves Zone”: Paying the Cost to Be the Boss

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

In the midst of encouraging economic news, one of the realities of the past few years is the continuing demise of “traditional” jobs that dominated in the American economy in the 20th century. The Industrial economy, and its well-paid “blue collar” jobs, showed the dominance of the single-earner household.  Those days have certainly changed, and even if every one of us decided to “buy American” (an idea about 15 years too late, by the way) the days of the male being the only wage earner in the household are over.

There are still occupations where men will always dominate, but they are shrinking.  One factor that has made recent economic times different is that other male-dominated industries, like financial services, have been hit hard.  A recent study released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics points out the high jobless rate for men over 45, with slim prospect of those jobs coming back.  (more…)

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The “No Curves Zone”: Rick Pitino, Come on Down!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

 I know I’ve been tardy with my posts. We had a great family vacation, and are in the final stages of a kitchen renovation that has disrupted our lives for much of the summer. I was working on another posting, but the events of the past 24 hours regarding basketball coach Rick Pitino adds another chapter to a previous post that generated a number of interesting comments.

For those of you who don’t know the particulars:  back in April, Louisville University basketball coach Rick Pitino was accused of raping the wife of the basketball team equipment manager. Pitino responded by accusing the woman of extortion, saying she had demanded 10 million dollars to drop the rape charges. The mainstream sporting press, overwhelmingly white, male, and middle aged, came to Pitino’s defense and labeled the accuser as a vengeful, slightly unbalanced woman. (more…)

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