I recently underwent complete ACL reconstruction on my left knee, and this was the first major surgery that I've had.
Here are some of the things I learned. (Actually, this is more of a sarcastically toned rant about my how my weekend went.)
*Now also keep in mind that I am 6'4" and 230 lbs so some of these things may be easier for people that are a little smaller than me*
Brushing My Teeth: Me being so tall, I have to bend down a good ways to get my face close to the sink and when you are on pain meds trying to balance while brushing your teeth can be a task in itself. So basically I just made a giant mess in the sink with toothpaste remains all over the place. My roommate is probably not too thrilled about sharing a bathroom after that.
Using The Bathroom (Going Number 1): Not going to go into great detail about this but again, me being pretty tall and only having one leg to stand on and trying to balance while on pain meds and not fall over can lead to some messes while trying to use the lavatory. My roommate is probably hating me at this point.
Shower: This one is the most difficult of all and if I could give you advice it is to just deal with the stink and not shower!! It is not worth the struggle just to smell like Old Spice for a day. When I say that it took me 20 minutes to try and figure out how to fit in the shower that is not a joke. I am too tall to take a bath and stick my leg out of the water, too tall to sit on a 'shower stool' ( my leg would not fit in the tub) so I ended up basically doing some sort of ninja yoga movement to get my body into the tub and stand up on one leg and lean against the wall, exhausted, and let the water hit me for 5 minutes. Here's the kicker! I didn't smell any better after the shower because I started sweating when I put my clothes back on! Which leads me to my next struggle...
Getting Changed: This almost made me become a nudist, after all of that work of taking a shower (and not being able to completely dry off without falling over and taking down every towel rack within arms reach) I now have the struggle of attempting to put on underwear and clothes on while sitting down and keeping one leg straight and not being able to move it. So after roughly 10 attempts of trying to lasso my toes with the leg hole of my underwear, I got it! I acted like I won the lottery, but I realized the battle was not over yet, so I stayed determined. After I secured the undergarment I then did the same with shorts and then stood up and that's when I realized something...I was even sweatier now than I was before I had taken the shower!
Riding In A Vehicle: Again this goes back to me being tall. The only way for me to ride in a vehicle is to sit long ways in the back seat with my leg up on resting on the seats. And it has to be in a large SUV or truck. This also makes it difficult to use a seatbelt and it not choke you. Every little tiny pot hole in the road feels like someone is high-fiving my knee with a metal chair.
So with all of that being said this has been an interesting experience, and I have had to use a lot of patience (which is not an easy thing for me) and learned to rely on others for a lot of help, also not easy. If you have amazing people close to you it makes everything a little easier and I have been fortunate to have that. The road to recovery is going to be a long and painful process but I am ready for the challenge!
What in the world could possibly make over 40 million people fill out a stupid bracket that ends up looking like a 5-year-old scribbled all over an excel spreadsheet with a crayon? Two words for you, March Madness. Some people call this month the greatest month in sports, all because of the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament aka "March Madness".
Here's a very quick rundown on what the tournament is.
The top 68 teams selected to play in the tournament. It is a single-elimination tournament. (This means you lose once and you're out)
Teams are placed in four different "regions" and you are ranked in each region based on how well you played in the regular season.
So, with that being said you have all of these college athletes that are 19, 20, 21-years-old and they are in the national spotlight every single game during March. They know that every game could be their last of their life! When you have that kind of pressure you have the potential for lots of unexpected results and wild and crazy finishes to games. Every single year there are huge upsets and amazing stories that develop during the tournament whether it be a father coaching his son and his son hits the game winning shot and they celebrate together on the court. Then you have the other side, where a team who is heavily favored chokes and loses in their first game and the entire fan base goes into hiding for the foreseeable future.
That is a look into one side of March Madness...now lets look at the other side.
I'm sure you know at least a handful of people whether it be at your work, gym, school, wherever, that filled out one or maybe even multiple brackets. Hey, maybe you even filled a few out this year because your office had a bracket contest to try and win some cash. Well here's the only problem with 40 million people filling out brackets and everyone wanting to say that they are the best and smartest; every morning turns into "Hey Carl, so guess how many upsets I had picked last night??" And the answer is always the same "NO, I don't care who you picked and you probably didn't watch a minute of any of the games either!" But instead you say "Sure Rick! Lets hear all about your awesome bracket!". There is nothing worse than the "I'm going to brag about my bracket guy" this time of year. So, if you see THAT guy just be ready for what is about to happen and arm yourself with a stapler just in case...you never know if you'll need to use it.
Those are the two sides of the true madness that is "March Madness" and I personally love this time of year because of the amount of drama that happens every single game. *And everyone turns into experts on how to beat a full-court press or how to run a 2-3 zone properly*
You never know which team is going to be the "Cinderella" team each year, and that is the beauty of it!
Oh! And not to be THAT guy, because I'm totally not like that......I have Wisconsin winning it all this year just in case you were wondering!
YESSSSSSSSSS FINALLY!!!!!! Have you been wondering when its okay to say "Happy Birthday" on Facebook? I personally hate bdays on facebook because its so impersonal but in the event you want to wish someone Happy Birthday here's the breakdown.
Birthday Etiquette tips for Facebook(BTW you're welcome)
A writer for "Time" magazine posted a list of birthday etiquette tips. It's basically a list of people in your life, and how you should wish them happy birthday. Check it out . . .
1. Your husband, wife, boyfriend, or girlfriend. You should wish them a happy birthday in person, AT midnight. She specifically says to stay up until midnight so you're the first person to do it . . . which seems like overkill. The morning is fine too.
2. A brother or sister. You should STILL wait up until midnight, and then call or text them. Apparently this woman thinks everyone stays up until midnight all the time?
3. Close friends and family members. Say happy birthday over the phone, not on Facebook. Which is probably fair. You shouldn't just post "Happy birthday" on your mom's Facebook page and not call her.
4. Friends you've made in the past five years. You can get away with just a text message. But you still shouldn't JUST say happy birthday on Facebook.
5. People you ONLY talk to on Facebook. It's the only time it's okay to say happy birthday on Facebook and not send a text message too. (Which I just don't agree with. That's too many birthday texts.)
I read this awesome article on The Daily Hitt about the difference between hot and beautiful that was really interesting.
In fact back in the day I used to always wonder what the actual difference was between the two. I would always find myself a little bit jealous when my guy friends always commented on how hot certin girls were and all i'd ever get was beautiful(Not complaining but back in high school every girl wanted to be call hot for some reason not realizing what the word BEAUTIFUL actually ment)
If you're like me and would like a little clarity On the term HOT vs Beautiful then be prepaired for your mind to be set free(I don't know what that means just felt like saying that lol).
HOT VS. BEAUTIFUL
Women are stunning creatures, with assets and traits both unique and enchanting to each one of us, and it’s time we started showcasing our individuality and stop giving in to the illusion of sexy created by man. Because beauty isn’t about wanting to f*ck her; it’s about wanting to be with her.
Hot is admired from afar; beauty is to be held.
Hot is perception; beauty is appreciation.
Hot is smokey-eyed; beautiful is bare-faced.
Hot is an appearance; beautiful is more than skin deep.
Hot is the way she moans; beautiful is the way she speaks.
Hot is a strong appeal; beautiful is strong mind.
Hot is youthful; beautiful is ageless.
Hot is conventional; beauty is unique.
Hot is a one-night stand; beautiful is sleepless nights.
Hot is a state of being; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Hot is devious; beautiful is innocent.
Hot is bending her over; beautiful is baking her blueberry pancakes.
Hot is sultry; beautiful is wholesome.
Hot is her curves; beauty is her nerves.
Hot is a text message; beautiful is a love letter.
O M G! This has got to be the best promposal in the history of the prom. This guy lives in Enterprise, Alabama and I am really hoping Selena Gomez gets the chance to attach her eye balls to this video. Unfortunately, I think he is too late to get the answer hes looking for. Zedd is digging his trenches as we speak.
Carl's Jr/Hardees has done it again with another racy commercial prompting the hashtag #WomenAreMoreThanMeat. The commercial was set to air on the west coast ONLY during the Big Game on Sunday but even THAT isn't set in stone yet. The commercial could be fully banned by the time the Big Game gets here!
Here's the list we talked about today...let's do this together!
1. The "Prayers Please" Post
Can you be a little more specific? If I'm going to have a direct line into God for you He's gonna want some details. Stop.
2. The "Let's See Who Reads My Wall" Post
No I won't comment back the first place we met and what your favorite color is. I saw what you wrote. I'm ignoring you. You're a grownup. Stop.
3. The "I Have the Best Husband/Wife Ever" Post
Do you now? Someone dost protest too much, methinks. Stop.
4. The "I Just Cleaned Out My Facebook Friends...If You're Reading This, You're Welcome" Post
Like we should be so grateful. Thank God I'm still here to see and read that you're still making bad decisions on the regular. Stop.
5. The "Default Picture Update Every Damn Day" (with the same head tilt)
When you've maxed out the number of filters one photo can accept, it's time to reconsider your life choices. Stop.
6. The "I Believe Everything That's Shared" Post
Nope, the Dalai Lama wasn't caught dancing with the Taco Bell dog to protest Ferguson right before a major baby food recall. Stop.
7. The "My Team is the Best" Rant When, Let's Be Honest, You Know the Bare Minimum About the Game In General
Provide just one stat and I'll believe you. Just one. And the color of the uniform doesn't count. You're foolish. We all know it. Stop.
8. The "De-Friend" and then the "Re-Friend"
Yeah, I'm all set, but thanks. Stop.
9. The "I Post Everything From My Own Website on My Facebook Page"
10. The "7 Years Ago Today My Wife and I Stood in Front of Our Family and Friends and Declared Our Undying Love for Each Other and Blah Blah Blah" Post
Really? Cuz you were publicly fighting at the bar the night before and I'm pretty sure the c-word was used. Stop.
11. The "Witty Birth Announcement"
Yep, we see the extra pair of shoes in front of the fireplace. Stop.
12. The "I'm Deleting Facebook at the End of the Week" Post
Sh*t or get off the pot. Stop.
13. The "I'm Checking in Everywhere I Go" Post
We get it. You've been places, but I'm embarrassed for you when you checked in at Johnny Rockets. Stop.
14. The Passive Aggressive "I'm So Over It" Post
Over what? This status update? Stop.
15. The "Taking a Picture of Whatever Gross Growth on Your Body and Asking Your Friends to Identify What They Think is Wrong With You" Post
First, you're gross. Second, use this time to travel to the ER and not uploading photos on Facebook. Third, stop.
16. The "Does Anyone Know What Time Walgreens Opens" Post
Um, this isn't Google, dipsh*t. Stop being so lazy. Plus, this makes me question how good you could possibly be at your job. Stop.
17. The "Dog With the Black Eye" Post
Posting pictures of abused animals online? Cool. Stop.
18. The "Heathy Food You Just Made" Post
Nice! Now go back to binge eating in your dark basement. Stop.
19. The "Political Rant" Post
You literally know nothing. We all suffer from secondhand embarrassment for you. Stop.
American Sniper was expected to do well but not this well: The Clint Eastwood-directed war film took in an estimated $90.2 million—and broke a few records.
The movie set a new record for a January opening by taking in $30.5 million on Friday. So you can see why one would want to go see the movie that's breaking records left and right.
Bradley Cooper did an amazing job and should honestly win every award he's been nominated for but there's one issue I had with this movie and thats the creepy ass robot baby they used in one of the senes.
(Small Spoiler alert) It was the sene that Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller, were having a conversation about his desire to go back to active duty while they each take turns holding their new born baby.
I had no freaking clue what they were talking about because I got so distracted by the baby, which is obviously mechanical.
When you first see it, Sienna Miller's holding the baby and "nursing," and the baby's hand that is more prominent moves a few times. It totally looks artificial and immediately drew my eye to it.
As a result, the entire rest of the scene, that's all I could look at. It's so obvious, and neither one of them looks like they are comfortable holding it.
The weight's all wrong, and it shows from the way they have to try to liven it up with their own body language. Bradley Cooper looks like he's never held a baby before.
I was cracking up the whole time, in fact the whole theatre was as well. As big as this movie is they could of at least got a real baby for the dang sene.
To me he was something else entirely. He was inspiration. When I started my journey into broadcasting I had no intention of joining the music side of radio. I wanted to talk sports. Many people played a part in my molding. Dan Patrick, Scott van Pelt, Howard Stern, and the late Scott. All of them either work or worked with ESPN except Stern. Watching "Sportscenter" from the time I was a kid until now I've seen many come and go, but one figure never changed and that was Scott.
Earlier today ESPN released a "Best of Stuart Scott" video that shows all the various commercials he was in. I cried after watching it AND the ESPY speech above.
Scott was a pioneer in the world of sports television. He had a style unlike any in the business and was briliant at coming up with punch lines. He will be greatly missed by his coworkers, fans, athletes in different sports that he'd talk about, and hell even the President of the United States!
Stuart Scott was a famous man, but now...he's a legend. RIP...BOO-YAH!