Saturday, March 26, 2011

Waiting for Superman

I appreciate most documentaries because they help to make me think beyond my realm of life and to focus on issues that are pertinent to many people.  I don't always agree with them, and I am always skeptical to allow myself to completely buy in to the arguments that are being made since the creators are rarely, if ever, objective in regards to the topic.  With that being said, a well done documentary is always enlightening, and I enjoy the opportunity to think more in depth about the subject matter.

I watched "Waiting for Superman" tonight after having heard a lot about it in the past couple of days. The documentary was incredibly well done, in my opinion, and I was made aware of tenure in the public school system.  I was aware of tenure on the university level, but I had no idea that this existed at lower levels of education.  What an absurd idea! In my opinion, and it would seem that the results of our education tests nationwide would back me up, with the obtainment of tenure, any and all accountability goes out of the window.  With tenure comes once again the ugly mindset of entitlement. Nothing needs to be earned because it cannot be taken away; and why put more effort into your job than you have to when there are no raises based on merit? From a business stance, it just makes absolutely no sense at all.  By allowing tenure to remain in the public school systems, we are allowing dead weight (Ineffective teachers) to drag down the youth who are mandated to be in these teachers' tutelage by discouraging the students' desire to learn, or at least hindering their progression of learning.

I do realize that an opposing argument may be raised that teachers obviously don't teach because of the pay level, but instead because they have a desire to educate the youth of America so why not provide them with security, but to this I'd say "Get real!".  Yes, there are many educators who teach because they love the youth and they are not driven by money, but these teachers would excel no matter what.  They would not need the joke known as "tenure" in order to keep their jobs. In fact, I firmly believe that they would be those who received raises based off of merit while those who are inneffective or who disklike the profession would be weeded out or would choose to leave since there would be no low hanging fruit for them to live off of.  Convince our teachers to reach higher and to become more invested, and I know that the majority of the students will mirror the same mentality.  Enthusiasm and passion are contagious. Unfortunately, so is stupidity and apathy.

Rythm of Love

I just saw the title of my last blog and this song came to my mind. It's a fun one by the Plain White T's

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rythm of Life

I was just standing by the copier making some copies of a document for my bishop.  As the printer worked, it made a rythmic sound and before I knew it, I was doing a little sway/dance to the beat and was pretending I could beat box. If only someone had walked by at that moment. If only...


I just got back from D.C. yesterday and it was an awesome trip! I was there for 8 days and loved each and every day.  One of my best friends, Billy, is out there doing some internships so my other buddy, Ray, and I decided to head out and see the sights...and visit Billy of course.  What made the trip even more enjoyable was that Billy's sister Tina met us out there with her friend Rachel.  The four of us did the tourist thing by day and were able to spend time with Billy at night. 

  • Tennis (3 times, baby!)
  • Being rained on while walking back from the FDR monument (seriously, I enjoyed it, oddly enough)
  • Being whistled at on the bus by a girl who can't really whistle, bless her heart
  • The Ford Theater Museum
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island
  • Hanging out with great friends, making a new one, and forgetting about my responsibilities.

I also learned that I do not care to be a museum goer on a frequent basis.  I appreciate artists' ability to create art, to put into physical form what they see in their mind, to be able to express themselves. I appreciate all of these things.  However, I don't enjoy sitting and looking at most of their stuff.  No offense if you're an artist.

Overall, I loved seeing the buildings and the neighborhoods around D.C.  I love seeing new mixed with old. The character of the area is awesome!

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Cheesy Pleasure

I'd say that over the past five years, I've definitely become less romantically cheesy, and a little more logical when it comes to the topic of love ("wuv, twue wuv").  Though, that's not to say that I'm not still a cheese ball, or that I've lost all of my cheesy pleasures when it comes to all things romantical. I've seen the latest Disney movie "Tangled" twice now and absolutely love it! But one of my favorite parts is the song "Now I See the Light".  It's incredibly cheesy, and no manly man would ever admit to liking it, but I do. I'm a fan.  It also doesn't hurt that Mandy Moore is singing it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Access Denied

Favorite work conversation this week:

Stu (One of the owners): Brod, I don't know what happened, but my card won't get me into the front doors of the building.

Me: That's because that's the card to our office doors.

Stu: Oh, well I tried this one and it wouldn't work either.

Broderick: That's because it's just a piece of plastic.

Stu: ...oh.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Poor Exploited Millionaires

It bugs me quite a bit to keep hearing news about potential lockouts in different professional sports because the players feel that they are entitled to either more money, more transparency about the revenue a team brings in, etc. WHY do these professional athletes feel that they should have more power, or more say?  I really don't care that they're the talent that people are coming to see.  They're not the ones who are taking the risk of owning a business and running it.  Yes, the fans go to see them, but try attracting crowds without a venue, or staff to run the venue, or dealing with the business side of things. 

I'm not saying that owners should have total control, but players shouldn't have as much say as they seem to be fighting for, in my opinion.  They get paid millions of dollars to play a sport. Yes, theirs is a difficult profession, but it's hard for me to see how any individual being paid millions of dollars can feel exploited. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Good Things to Come

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has always been a favorite of mine to listen to.  He speaks with animation and charisma, but more importantly with substance and with sincerity.  My good friend, Billy (Bih-ree to me) Swadley,  suggested I watch this Mormon Message that is about one of Elder Holland's experiences as a young father. I find it to be quite powerful, and hope that others who may not have seen this yet are able to enjoy the same uplifting experience that I did.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I heard Brian Regan's stand up comedy piece on yoga about a year ago and chuckled to myself because it sounded ridiculous and I thought he was exaggerating...yeah, he wasn't.

I did Yoga for the first time today and literally couldn't breathe in one position that they were doing.  My conclusion? Yoga is hard! Not joking, homes.  Don't believe me? Give the P90X yoga workout a shot. The worst part was that even though it was difficult and I couldn't do a lot of it, I was bored doing it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Tale of the Forever Bachelor


Future wife, future wife, where art thou?
Dost thou not know that to thy father I've offered a cow...


Ouch! Ohhhh, that really hurt!
Woman, why are you pushing my face into the dirt?!

It's not like I offered something insulting like a swine.
Say, you did look a lot different last night after I had just drunken some wine...

*Kick to the Tenders*

*High voice* You're obviously upset about something, we can talk later,
It doesn't matter;
I'd better just lie here a while and try to regather.


Where did this come from you might ask? I have no clue, to be honest.  But it was an entertaining waste of time to think of rhymes.  You can see that this man was clearly foolish though. He should have offered two cows, at least.