Spring, DST, And Football

It’s been a while since I have posted here but somehow I have managed to be busy. I never intended for that to happen, but it happened anyway. I posted around the first of the year and now all of a sudden, it’s almost spring. They say that time flies when you are having fun, but I didn’t think I was having that much fun.

Anyway, it’s almost spring and that brings several things with it. One of which is the dreaded Bradford Pear trees blooming. I suppose it has to happen, but that doesn’t help my allergies any. We noticed yesterday on our way to church that if you look close, you can see the buds starting to appear. Won’t be long until everything outside will be covered with a yellow dust that is guaranteed to make your eyes leak water and your throat feel like sandpaper.  One time when I was visiting the doctor, he asked if I had ever had trouble breathing, headaches, cough, blurred vision etc. and I just looked at him and said, “Doc, we live in East Tennessee. Everybody here has done all that and more sometime.” The joys of spring. I do love this time of year though. Coming out of the dead of winter to the life of spring is always a good feeling, even with the allergies.

Another thing spring brings is Daylight Savings Time. Just for the record, I love the long afternoons before sunset, but I am not too fond of the early morning darkness. This morning, it was still dark when we got up and that didn’t seem right. But the biggest problem came with our phones. They didn’t automatically update the time. Or else they updated the wrong way. I have the “old” iphone 3g and my wife uses a Pantech phone, my daughter has a Samsung. None of these phones updated correctly. I did some searching online and found out that several people with iphones were complaining, but it wasn’t just Apple that had the problem. It seems to have been across several providers and makes of phones. Now the big question is this. In this complicated world that we live in, it would seem that resetting a clock would be fairly easy. I remember the old clocks we used to have. All you had to do was take one finger beside the longest hand (the minute hand) and make one complete circle either forward or backward to adjust for daylight savings time. Now we have automatic updates which don’t seem to work. It’s kind of scary to think that we trust technology with so many things, but technology can’t seem to be able to set the clock to the right time. Makes you wonder if progress is really going forward.

Changing gears, how about the NFL? I don’t know about you but for me it’s really hard to have any sympathy for either the players or the owners.  I love watching football but I have to admit that it’s not the same as it used to be. And now, it is going to be even less of what it used to be. The players were all given a college education and then most were paid good money to play a game they love. The owners are blessed to be able to even own a pro football team. From what I can tell, they all made their money somewhere else and became owners of football teams as a second type of job. I don’t recall any of the owners making their fortune by being an owner. But they do make money by owning a team, lots of money. Bottom line is that both the players and owners already make way beyond what the average football fan makes. In my case, most of the players make in one game more than I would make in a whole year. And some of them make more in a year than my whole life savings is worth. So, excuse me if I don’t have sympathy. The thing I hate about this is me losing interest in football. And that is sure to happen. They will fight it out in court and both sides will gain something, and the fans will lose something and then be expected to pay them for whatever they gain. That’s the sad reality of it all. The fans lose and have to pay.

One more thing spring brings, the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway! It’s happening next weekend and I hope to be able to work with Bristol Raceway Ministry at the races. The weather looks good and just for fun, here’s a short video we put together last year for raceway ministries.