Sunday, June 10, 2012

It's a 10

On the day after the Celtics lost to the Miami Heat with their version of the big 3, Mother Nature countered with one of this season's near perfect days.  Lately, New Englanders have been making good use of their umbrellas and raincoats, but in the wake of the Celtics 7th game disappointing loss, Mother Nature had the remedy for the pall.  She dialed up a perfect 10 today.

The future of Boston's big 3 may be in question, but their impact on Celtics fans is undeniable and that makes the day a 10 all around.  Thanks for all that sunshine from your fans who recognize and appreciate perfection!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Assigned Seating

Have you ever been to a formal, sit down affair with assigned seating such as a wedding?  If you have, then you know there are only a limited number of seats that you can choose from, once you arrive at your table.  Alternatively, the option of open seating presents the dilemma of choosing from all that available seating.  What is interesting, however, is how people tend to gravitate to the same seats, even when there is an opportunity to make a change.  Well, when I go to morning spin class, one would think that we had assigned seating for those stationary bikes.  On second thought, maybe we do, and permit me to explain.

I have been attending a spinning class at the local fitness club for a year now, and it has been my observation that the attendees typically gravitate to the same bike at the start of each class.  Whether this is due to being creatures of habit or because particular bikes may be more finely tuned, it remains a puzzle to me.  Regardless, when the instructor appears on the scene and opens the door, there always seems to be a mad dash for that favorite bike.  But after everyone settles in and the music starts, the real challenge begins.  Forty five minutes later, after a series of sprints and hill climbs, you feel like you had joined the peleton, earned some sweat equity, yet are relieved to be finished.

When it comes to spinning class, it has been my observation that it appears to be an open seating arrangement, but I can assure you that it's "ass-hind" seating only!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Reasonable Fairness

When a group of individuals differ on their opinions regarding a particularly controversial topic, it can be very difficult to come to a just and fair compromise.  Clearly, there are some issues that aren't worth arguing over, but when it comes to one's ethical and moral beliefs, it is fundamentally important to take a stand.  Otherwise, what does any one of us really stand for?  Unfortunately, differences of opinion can create division.  Remember the words of Lincoln, "a house divided against itself cannot stand".  Although the very differences that make us unique, may also prevent us from acting as one.

A gentleman I met once used the term "reasonable fairness" in preparation for a negotiation, and I truly believe that life's negotiations should be fair and as equitable as possible, given our existing differences.  There is no such thing as a perfect world, but it's imperative to be fair and reasonable to each other, regardless.  Although we all have opinions, keep the peace my friends!