Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PBS + Paying it Forward

As many of you may know, for the past year I have been coaching a football team here in Costa Rica and just to clarify I am talking about American football.  You know, the NFL, Friday Night Lights, sweating behemoths crashing into one another, FOOTBALL!

Football is in its infancy here, but is developing rapidly.  The sport started 3 years ago as a loosely connected league of 7 teams playing what can basically be described as a glorified tournament.  Last season, the second season, one of the seven teams was lost (unfortunately it was the first team I coached), but a weekly television program broadcasting highlights hit the air and the playoff games were also broadcast.  This year the government has officially recognized and sanctioned american football as a sport (http://ffacr.com/) making it easier to find fields to play and insure the players and 2 more teams are hitting the field (one of them is my new team the Scorpions).  There is even a flag football league starting to help develop younger players and spark interest in the sport.  

This may not seem like a big deal, being that the majority of my readers are from the United States and have been able to find an outlet for their own unique form of diversion.  We have the ability to play whatever, do whatever, or be whatever we want, but it is just not like that in the rest of the world.  There is always something  we can find that is just for us, something that makes us feel like we belong, just look at the Olympics and how many different sports we compete in.  Now check out some of the other countries.

What do they compete in? 

Do they compete in anything?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Clean the Gutters

Have you ever just let things go?

You know like the dishes, the yard, working out, or my favorite personal finances (ie the budget, the taxes, retirement planning).  Eventually you get this pile of stuff that needs to be done, look at, fixed or filed and it seems insurmountable.

Not our mess, but you get the picture.

Now I know this happens to everyone from time to time, and often for good reason.  There are things that happen to us that deserve the full measure of our time and energy and justify a break from the responsibilities of everyday life.  Occasionally a few dishes in the sink should not only be tolerated, but expected, however, at some point the reasons why really cease to be.  At some point there is just a mess.

Your boss doesn't want to hear that your kid had an ear infection and your mother-in-law came to visit and is driving you nuts (which has never happened to me) and you car wouldn't start and you had explosive diarrhea and THAT is why your report is 2 months late.  NO!!!  He, or she, just wants your job done! 


You know it needs to get done.  You know, more or less, what needs to get done and how to do it, but where do you start?

I have heard several people talk about this kind of thing.  Its usually at some conference or seminar that I paid WAY too much to attend.  Maybe at a "breakout" session, or some type of general assembly, but you get these guru types that say things like: