August 23rd, 2002

what's going on in the world

An excerpt of an article by Peter Gammons of about the Strike, and Major League Baseball in general:
"This is an industry that needs to seriously re-evaluate itself, its leadership, its business practices, its understanding of the product and its customer. But it's pretty hard for anyone to take it seriously, not when billionaires and millionaires sound like the Kennedy kids fighting over who gets the bigger dish of ice cream."

A really good article, worth reading through to the end.

Thanks to pastorofmuppets for pointing me to the article that linked to this one.

Last night was my first instance of Macroeconomics. I immediately liked the teacher. He's got salt & pepper hair, a corporate haircut save for a pony tail, and he's always smiling and laughing.

Of course it helps that he plans to give us the answers to every test and that all I need to do to get full points for homework is put my name on the page and turn it in.

So why did I give him the third degree? Probably because I figured he wouldn't take it the wrong way, he's that good natured. See, while he was introducing himself, he talked about his childhood, his college years, how he met his wife, his family, his career, everything. I really liked him up until the part where he talked about how he's a pastor. I could say that I have nothing against religious people, but that's not true. The truth is that I don't *want* to have anything against religious people, but more times than not they turn out to earn it. So when he said that my guard immediately went up. What can I say and not say around him? I have to activate the "I'm around my parents or someone else who's prude and conservative" filter. But, he talked more and more, and I felt better and more comfortable about him. I'm back now to thinking he's as cool as I thought he was before I knew he was a preacher.

So what's this third degree business, you ask? Well, after I had changed my mind the second time about him, decided again that he was cool, he stopped talking about himself and asked us if we had any questions.

Unfortunately for him, I'd been paying attention. Paying attention to the fact that he graduated from a religious school. Attention to the fact that he has a BS in Business Admin and a Masters in Divinity (preaching). Attention to the fact that he's been in the Church industry all his life. I asked, "what life experience do you have that qualifies you to teach this course?" Something evil inside me makes it feel good to ask a tough question like that. I don't know if that's right or not. But he was cool, he took it in stride, even laughed about it. I wasn't intending it to be a malicious question, I was genuinley curious. I thought maybe he'd forgotten to mention something. But no, his answer dealt with how he approached the course differently, how he approached it from a consumer standpoint rather than a participant in the economic world. So in practice, his answer was "none, really", but I give him credit for what he did say. Also, because I like him and because this class is going to be a piece of cake, I'll overlook the fact that there are other people out there who might be more qualified to teach the course. In fact, I might just follow him around and take as many classes from him as I want.

After class I told him I wasn't trying to be a jerk. He said it was totally cool and he seemed genuine. I hope that as a Man of God he wouldn't hide the Truth from me.

When I got home from class last night, Tandra had cleaned up the house very nicely. That's a very nice thing to come home to. Now tonight I just have to put that monster of a desk together and try to spend some time with my baby so that tomorrow I can relax for a couple hours before the miniature destruction terror havoc monsters invade the house.

WOO-HAA, Rally Deutschland begins today!! (That means Germany, kids.)


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