Has Anybody Ever Noticed That…





Has anyone ever noticed that…

*  Whenever someone talks about who they were in a previous life, they are always somebody famous?

Kevin Costner, in the iconic baseball film Bull Durham, hit the nail right on the head when as the career minor leaguer Crash Davis, he asked baseball groupie Annie Savoy, played by Susan Sarandon, this. I vividly recall him asking her, “How come they are never Joe Schmo?”

Maybe that’s why I don’t really believe in past lives.


*  Whenever a guy proposes to his girlfriend at a sporting event, the girl never says no?

I’m sure that the lady doesn’t want to humiliate her man in front of anywhere from 20,000 to 70,000 fans – and oftentimes on national television, no less – but I have more than once wondered how often does the girl say yes, gives a big show of hugging and kissing him while enjoying the cheers of the crowd, then lets him down easy in private after the game, outside of the stadium, with no one watching.

It would, in my opinion, be the most humiliating thing for a man to have his marriage proposal turned down in public like that; I don’t think any female would put her guy through that unless such female is a complete word-that-rhymes-with-witch.

In which case the guy is very much better off without her.


*   Roughly 99% of the images of Jesus Christ in Bibles, churches, billboards and other places throughout this planet Earth portray him as a man of European/Caucasian descent, looking like a hippie from San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district circa 1967.

Which is not in the slightest accurate as the New Testament – Revelations 1:14-15 to be precise – proves that he did NOT have pale skin and blue eyes, but…

“…had hair like wool, and feet the color of brass.”

I don’t know about anyone else, but I will be one happy human being when I see a man of color, black or otherwise, play our Savior in a movie.

Avan Jogia, a young actor who is best known for being on the Nickelodeon teen show Victorious, would be a great choice to portray Jesus due to his dark skin, stemming from his (partly) Indian roots.






*  SO many critically acclaimed network television shows such as Freaks and Geeks and My So-Called Life only last a season or so, while other programs that have been panned as silly, stupid, and insulting people’s intelligence last several years?

Gary Marshall, the creator of hit series like Happy Days, put it perfectly when he said it came down to having a show that critics like but only lasted a couple of seasons due to low ratings, or do something silly that lasted ten seasons; he stated that he’d rather have the ten-year show.

I suppose there’s no figuring out TV watchers’ tastes.

And I also suppose we’ll have to make do with what’s on HBO and Showtime if we want to see good TV.


And finally, has anyone noticed that…

*  The cost to see a movie during the daytime, which is when theaters always charge discounted bargain prices, is the same as a full-priced admission twenty years ago?

and MORE than what they charged in the 1980s?

I remember Garry Shandling, in his self-titled show during that time period, answering when asked about a possible movie career in light of his TV success:

“Yeah, right! Would you pay six bucks to see me whine?”

Now six bucks won’t even get you a seat to see a movie in daylight hours!

Which I’m positive is why Netflix and Redbox, where people rent movies outside of supermarkets, is so popular.

Personally, except for rare times when there’s a movie that I absolutely must see first-run like The Hunger Games series or the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, I wait until a film appears on Direct TV cinema so I can pay $5.00 instead of $10.00 or $12.00.

Or if I am particularly patient, I wait around three or four months for the flick to appear on HBO and not have to pay a red cent.

It’s certainly a good way to save money, don’t you think?


All right, enough of these ramblings. I’ll go ahead and stop now.



The Hunger Games Film (6)






Having Asperger’s Syndrome in a Neurotypical World





There are approximately 20 million people in the world who have a high-functioning form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome, which affects one’s ability – often in a negative way – to interact socially with the general public on a consistent basis.

I am one of them.

Over the past few years, I have posted articles online regarding my experiences with being an “Aspie”; how I have been thought of by various individuals as being a little strange at best and an insensitive dork who doesn’t realize I am such at worst, being bullied and shunned during my formative years.

Not that I haven’t deserved those dubious distinctions as there have been many, many instances and incidents of me saying and doing inappropriate things throughout my life, things that to describe them in this post would induce post-traumatic stress because to think of the stuff I have done, even as a little kid, has brought me nothing but shame.

I have also written about how having AS (short for Asperger’s Syndrome) has been a root for the struggles I have gone through for the approaching 50 years that I have had this social disability as although there are plenty of “Aspians” with lucrative and fulfilling careers in the workforce, spouses, and children…

Despite my efforts spanning more than 20 years, those life milestones have proven too difficult for me to attain due to my inability to work effectively with supervisors in the workplace whom my brain tells me are totalitarian oppressors who see me as nothing but an inferior human being.

And being seen by roughly 99.999% of females as “not being boyfriend/husband material”.

Which is ultimately OK as I’d rather remain single for life than to marry someone merely to fit into some accepted American conformity.

I am not intending to wrote a “Poor Me” soliloquy, as there are some positive aspects about my life as an Aspie that I have sometimes overlooked, which I am sure others with this condition can relate to.

First, the fact that I was one of those “Smart Kids” in school, reading at two years old and being academically ahead of my peers at an early age was, a source of positive feeling for me. It felt good to get more than my fair share of A’s in elementary and junior high school and to be put in the gifted classes during those years.

Second, while in my youth and adolescence fellow students and others told me that I have an incredible memory for facts and events as even to this day I would periodically find myself recalling things that happened thirty and forty years ago with such clarity it would be, as the cliche goes, “like it was yesterday”.

When I learned that superior rote memory is a trait shared by many aspians, I understood where this ability to remember long ago things came from.

Another Asperger’s trait that I had as a child and to an extent still have is a sense of creativity, in that it seemed to be easier for me to imagine various stuff and to come up with ideas and stories about things than my peers growing up, and even today to a point. I remember at ages ten, 11 and 12 coming up with funny tales and drawing amusement parks and baseball stadiums, and I particularly recall making a ballpark out of red Lego blocks, using that as a toy for a time.

As a result of all of this, there have been people during my years as a young-un and today that see me as a unique person, which I suppose I can take as a compliment.

And I am glad to say that I am hanging in there, living my life the best I can, which is all anyone can do.

I would describe more of my Asperger’s experiences, but as I am writing a book called “MY ASPIE LIFE”, which describes in detail the good and (largely) bad times of living with this syndrome in the neurotypical, or non-disabled, world, in my view to write about such experiences here and now would spoil things.

can say that I am currently working on the first draft of the last couple of chapters, then after I edit and do some rewriting of the first five chapters I will consider myself finished; I am aiming to self-publish “MY ASPIE LIFE” – I have no desire whatsoever to submit it to some publisher’s rejection pile – in August of 2015.

It would certainly be a significant accomplishment.

And with God’s help, I can achieve this.












What Would Jesus Do If He Appeared In America Today?



Although I do consider myself a Christian due to my asking the Lord to forgive my sins and enter my life and subsequently following Him, I don’t think of myself as religious in the pushy salesman sense.

I have never approached strangers and given them any “You’re gonna go to hell unless you accept Jesus right now!” speeches like some people do on college campuses – which has happened to me and which I loathed  – and I’ve never gone around knocking on strangers’ doors like the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The reason? I’ll state it by saying this:


“I’ve accepted and believe that Jesus Christ is my personal savior and died for my sins. 

I also believe in religious freedom, and that it is neither my place nor my business to tell anybody how to go about worshipping God, or to force others to believe what I believe.”


Having said that, which will be my prepared speech whenever someone from Jehovah’s Witnesses or the Church of Christ (the group that used, and probably still uses, the pushy salesman approach at colleges) or anyone else who gets in my face and threatens eternal damnation if I don’t accept Christ and join their denomination, I have often wondered something…

What would Our Lord do if He appeared in these United States today; how would He react to everything that’s going on?

Of course He would already know that things such as extreme poverty and extreme conservatism would be rampant, Him being the son of God, but what would He do?

First of all, I reckon that Jesus’ top priority would to be to congregate with the downtrodden, rejected and despised. He would likely hang around places like Skid Row  – if He appeared in downtown Los Angeles – and other places where the “down and out” are.

If Our Lord ran into people like Donald Trump or any of those corporate billionaires, I know exactly what He would say:


“Go and sell everything you have and give the money to the poor, and you shall have treasure in Heaven.”


And after Trump and the rest of those billionaires business tycoons walked away with a look that screamed “I just can’t do that!”, Jesus would then intone:


“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”


Which is exactly what he told that rich man in the New Testament (Matthew 19:21 and 19:24, respectively)  after he asked what could he do to gain eternal life.

That, to me, is undeniable proof that Jesus was the original Socialist, as a big part of His creed while He was on Earth was, in a nutshell, this:


Share the wealth and help the poor.


Kind of what Karl Marx advocated in the 1800s as Jesus wanted his followers – as well as believe in Him in order to get saved and love one another, of course – to do this long before Marx came along.

There’s one more thing that I firmly believe our Savior would do if he were on U.S. soil…

To those ministers, folks from the religious right, and far right wing conservatives who have shown by word and deed that they have no compassion nor tolerance for anyone not like them such as Gays, people of color, people with liberal views, and anyone else who is less fortunate, and who advocate policies that would make such people (and others) suffer, I am completely convinced that Jesus would tell them:


“I never knew you.” (Matthew 7:23)


These are just a few things that I think our Lord would be doing if he appeared in this country today.

By writing my humble views on this, I hope that it will, in a small way, offer at least a little comfort to those who aren’t having it so good.

Thanks for listening, and God Bless.




The State of Los Angeles Sports in 2014 (according to me): Part 2



Now that the state of Los Angeles Sports has been covered on the gridiron, let’s talk about how this town is faring in the other athletic endeavors:

*  I think everyone will agree with me when I say that you can’t discuss the current state of sports in Southern California and not have the two teams in the National Basketball Association that call this region home – the Lakers and the Clippers – be not only prominent in the conversation, but have top priority.

I’m positive that NBA fans outside of L.A. have been dancing with glee over the misfortunes of one of the two iconic teams in pro hoops; I know, as sure as I’m writing this, that fans in the Bay Area and everywhere else have been shouting for the past year or two:

“The Lakers suck! And it’s about time!”

While laughing their heads off at the team’s ineptitude as their 27-55 mark last season was the Lakers’ worst in franchise history, dating back over 65 years!

It hurts me to say this as his career is arguably the best in L.A. sports history, but if Kobe Bryant thinks that he will win another NBA championship in the next two years, he is disillusioned.

Sure, acquiring Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer and re-signing Nick Young will help some,  but as far as being contenders for the NBA Finals in 2015, well…

If they reach the playoffs as a 7th or 8th seed, that would be a most tremendous feat.

I said this while writing on Los Angeles Sports Hub.com, and I’ll state it again:

These Lakers do not need to reload – THEY NEED TO REBUILD.

This purple-and gold-clad bunch needs to blow things up (which they can’t really do as Kobe is signed for the next two years) and start from scratch with high first round picks.

Which means in the proverbial short-term-pain-long-term-gain scenario, they need to stink for a couple of years while they rebuild the team.

* Meanwhile, across the hall at Staples Center…

I have been waiting roughly  30 years for the Clippers to not only become relevant, but become among the NBA’s best.

Led by perhaps the best twosome in the league – Blake Griffin and my personal favorite, Chris Paul – these Clippers have clearly taken over L.A., particularly when it comes to head-to-head battles with the Lakers as their record against them these past two years is 7-1, one of those wins being the worst loss that the Lakers have ever had; 142-94 on March 6.

Everything was going great with this Clipper ship!

Then owner Donald Sterling had to open his big, bigoted mouth when an audio tape, which caught him saying that he didn’t want African Americans at Clipper games, was leaked out.

All Hades broke loose immediately after that, as visions of players fleeing the team and empty seats at Staples due to boycotts danced in everyone’s heads.

Not to mention the Clippers losing millions of dollars because of sponsors abandoning ship, which quite a few of them did.

Thanks to new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver coming through, being a hero in banning Sterling from the league for life, those visions are unlikely to come to pass as the Clippers will pretty much main intact and continue as a real contender.

Silver has more or less ordered Sterling to sell the team, which he is currently fighting tooth and nail in the courts.

This soap opera will no doubt further unfold going forward…

*  Switching gears to my favorite sport, the sport where I have been involved with as a fan, a player, and a coach for over 35 years: Baseball…

I’m concerned about the team in which I was a fan of for the bulk of my life, the team in which my fandom was passed down from my beloved grandparents.

Sure the Dodgers, after being nine and a half games out of first place a few weeks ago, are in a tie for the National League West lead and will be in a rabid dogfight with their rival San Francisco Giants from here on out.

Sure, they are the owners of two no-hitters this season, one of them being an epic masterpiece by all-universe pitcher Clayton Kershaw on June 18.

And sure, their team ERA and runs scored are among the tops in the league.


Having four front line outfielders for three spots is never a good situation as Matt Kemp – who’s once again having a somewhat disappointing year after that monster 2011 of his – hasn’t officially demanded a trade, but has said that he wouldn’t be opposed to one if he doesn’t play everyday in center field; he currently resides in left.

Physically speaking, Hanley Ramirez is playing on shoestring and gum as the shortstop has been a walking MASH unit, getting knocked out of his last game by a pitch on his forearm, which will force him to – once again – miss a few games.

And while their 3.14 earned run average among the starters is the best in Major League Baseball, after Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun Jin Ryu the rotation falls off deeply, with Dan Haren pitching like Charlie Brown of late.

The worst thing of all about these Dodgers is the fact that because of the uncompromising demands by both Time Warner Cable and Direct TV, 70% of the Los Angeles area is unable to watch the Dodgers on TV.



Which is not a problem in the slightest to L.A’s Orange County neighbors, the American League’s Angels, as all they have done is post the second best record in baseball.

Many reasons factor in this surge, including 30 comeback wins, but the number one reason is – by a long way – their 22-year old center fielder.

In his third full season in “The Show”, Mike Trout has clearly taken over the mantle as the best player in baseball.

Let me count the ways:

– Two straight second place finishes in the MVP voting; if not for the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera, he would have won.

– 30 home runs and 49 stolen bases in 2012, the youngest ever to reach the 30-30 club as well as the first in MLB history to hit that many homers, steal that many bases, and score at least 125 runs (129) in a single season.

– Winner of this year’s All-Star Game MVP award with his double and triple in three at-bats, leading the American League to victory.

And on top of everything else, Trout has looks right out of central casting that can be considered on a par with Brad Pitt, a young Mickey Mantle, and an Eagle Scout; he just looks like a ballplayer.

With his team, like their blue-clad neighbors up north, posed for a brawl with their Bay Area rivals, the Oakland Athletics, for the A.L. West title.

People have been clamoring for a Freeway World Series for decades, and it looks like this is the best chance at one – if things work out.

* As for the sport that originated from Canada…

L.A.’s National Hockey League entry, the Kings, haven’t done much at all.

They have merely won two of the last three Stanley Cups, including this year’s as they beat the New York Rangers in the Finals, winning the Cup in overtime in Game 5.

Which has cemented them as the rulers of the Southern California sports world.

While that overtime triumph was an obvious highlight, it was one of two in my book this year regarding that black-and-silver squad as their seven-game Western Conference semi-finals against their Orange County rival Anaheim Ducks was, to put it plainly, epic.

And once and for all settled the question of who owns the Los Angeles area in hockey.

As well as leading me to officially state this:

This state of sports in Los Angeles, as least for the time being, is a good one.

Time will tell whether that distinction will continue, but for now…

Fans of the ten major college and pro teams (including the two Major League Soccer teams, the Galaxy and Chivas USA) that play their home games in this part of the country can feel good about themselves.










The State of Los Angeles Sports in 2014 (according to me): Part 1



For the past six years I covered sports – particularly the college and professional sports teams in Los Angeles and especially the football and basketball teams at my collegiate alma mater, UCLA – online for websites Bleacher Report.com and what is now called Los Angeles Sports Hub.com, where I served as an editor and an associate editor along with staff writer.

Though I’m no longer involved with those sites, starting this blog and working on my book, that hasn’t lessened my interest in the teams that call America’s second largest city home.

Or the state of such as we have entered the middle of the second decade of the 21st century.

I’ll just get right down it as far as how I see things in the sports world in the “City of Angels”:

*  Does anyone else besides me realize that this year will mark the 20th since the National Football League has had a team in L.A., as the Oakland Raiders and the St. Louis Rams had their final season in Southern California in 1994?

Incredible, ain’t it?

There was an article in the July 20th edition of the Los Angeles Times discussing this, which included NFL owners talking about how much they want a franchise in the nation’s second largest market and how teams such as the Rams, Raiders and the San Diego Chargers have issues with their stadiums and are considering moving to SoCal (or moving back, as all three of those teams have called L.A. home at one time or another)

My attitude to all of this is the same as it was for the past 20 years:

I’ll believe an NFL team will play in L.A. when they kick off in L.A. 

If that league wanted a team here, they would have placed one here a LONG time ago as they – and the people in Los Angeles – have done just fine without each other, the NFL’s revenue rising into the billions during these past two decades.

While football fans in SoCal have been perfectly happy with not having to deal with paying thousands of dollars for Personal Seat Licences and local TV blackouts whenever the game doesn’t sell out.

As well as two other reasons why the NFL hasn’t been missed in L.A:

1. The UCLA Bruins

2. The USC Trojans

Whose attendance has soared without something like an NFL team taking away fans.

*  Speaking of those two major college football teams that call Westwood (UCLA) and just south of downtown L.A. (USC) home, they have enjoyed a renaissance these past 20 years.

Particularly the Trojans during the last decade as no college team could match their accomplishments, dominating as they did with two national championships and a 35-2 record over a three year span from 2003-2005.

Of course that was before it all came crashing down like the Titanic in 2010 as ‘SC was paddled with the worst NCAA sanctions since the “Death Penalty” suffered by Southern Methodist University in 1987 for “Lack of Institutional Control”, leading non-USC fans to change the Trojans’ cheer from “Fight On!” to “Cheat On!”

This coming season marks the last year of those sanctions, which included vacating all 35 of those wins and the 2004 BCS title, a loss of 30 scholarships, and a two-year bowl ban.

And I must admit, with their 10-4 record in 2013 and their subsequent highly rated recruiting class, the Trojans are seemingly coming out of their punishment in better shape than anticipated.

Meanwhile, although it took a little while as they suffered through some down years during much of the past decade, ‘SC’s crosstown rivals, the UCLA Bruins, are poised to make their first run at a national title in over 15 years after hiring no-nonsense coach Jim Mora in 2012.

The Bruins served notice on their rivals by beating them in the big “Crosstown Rivalry” game the past two years, including a 35-14 win last season that marked UCLA’s biggest defeat of the Trojans since – get this – 1970!

And on USC’s home field at the Coliseum no less, breaking a seven-game, 16-year losing skid in that stadium.

These Bruins have also served notice to the rest of West Coast college football – and college football in general – by winning nine games in Mora’s first season and ten in 2013, the first time that was accomplished since 2005.

UCLA will begin this season ranked in the nation’s top ten and are one of the squads that are getting mentioned as being one of the four teams that will possibly be in the new College Football Playoff, which will determine the national champion and which fans have long wanted.

Whether the Bruins will continue their progress and make this upcoming season a historic one remains to be seen, but all the stars seem to be aligning; I will have a more complete preview of my beloved alma mater’s team in a few weeks.

COMING UP:  Part 2, which will discuss L.A’s fortunes and misfortunes in baseball and basketball












“Work Is Not Supposed To Be Enjoyable” – A Rebuttal





A little while ago I was reading an article – I believe it was on MSN.com – about people who were stressed, burned out, depressed, and just plain unhappy in their jobs, the piece listing suggestions as to how best to cope with those feelings when they arose.

I can’t remember any exact specifics about the article itself, but I do recall one written comment that upset me.

The comment stated that those who were stressed out and feeling miserable in the workforce, whether due to to too many hours on the job, not enough pay or being mistreated by supervisors, are nothing but a bunch of crybabies who need to understand that work is not supposed to be enjoyed.

According to the individual who made this comment, work is supposed to be difficult, which is why it’s called work, and folks who believe otherwise are losers who need to be glad that they are earning a paycheck at all.

That was the message I got.

I will admit that the guy who made that post-article statement had a point in the sense that with this country’s economy as fragile as it is, with the Great Recession being only a few years ago, anyone who is gainfully employed needs to give thanks for that, the alternative being a devastatingly shuddering thought.


I must vehemently disagree with anyone who is of the opinion that being in the workforce has to be a constant life of harsh, slave-like drudgery.

To be blunt, anyone who feels that way is just plain wrong.

And are extremely unhappy souls who are devoted to the concept of “Misery Loves Company”.

In other words, a career needs not to be unenjoyable.

It does not have to be eight hours of hell in the salt mines or the factories.

One spends, on average,  a third of their life in the workplace – that’s a lot of time.

So if such is the case, one better be fully sure that what they are doing for a job, or as a career, or to simply make a living, is something that they want to do.

Of course I understand that sometimes a person is in a situation where he needs to do whatever is necessary to survive; to feed, clothe, and house himself and his family if he has one.

I once worked as a salesman for a luggage store for eight months after I was let go from a teaching job. I hated that luggage gig so much that it felt like a maximum security prison sentence, and in a way I was glad when I was fired from that job.

But at least I was earning a paycheck.

Money can not be the only motivator in the workplace, though, despite the need to earn such to survive. I used to feel it had to be, and it led me to being absolutely miserable in many of the jobs I had over the years.

The luggage salesman gig taught me a very valuable life lesson:


You have to like what you do, else it’s really not worth it.


The salary I earned peddling suitcases and handbags – which was not a large salary by any means – felt like blood money to me, as I felt like a paid slave on a pre-Civil War era planation.

I once heard someone say that if you do what you love, you’ll never have to work a day on your life. No statement can ever be truer than that.

Here’s the point I’m trying to make:

A person needs to have passion in whatever job or profession he or she is in.

Happiness and enjoyment in the workplace is very important, or else bitterness and depression may ensue; I know it did for me at may of the positions I had.

Wanting to get enjoyment out of my work is a primary reason why I am currently a blogger and working on my own book. It fits my personality well in that I can express myself freely and and do my own thing without a slavery-era overseer, I mean supervisor, micro-managing me.

I freely admit that I’m not making much money as of yet – that will come in due time – but I can truthfully say that I like what I do.

I am pursuing my passion, which I feel is a significant part of what life is all about.

So to all the folks out there who are hating their jobs, you don’t have to have those feelings of bitter misery.

If you possibly can, go paint or captain a sailboat. Become a coach. Volunteer for a homeless shelter or the Peace Corps. Write a book (like I am doing); do something you are passionate about.

Find your happiness.

As the cliche says, follow your dreams.

It may just be the thing that will save your sanity.








The Two Most Overused Words in the English Language



Let’s get right down to the point…

For the bulk of the 21st century these two words have been, more or less, the only two words that people have used to describe something that they like or something they are impressed by:


1.  AMAZING (adjective) – Causing great surprise or wonder, startlingly impressive

2.  AWESOME (adjective) – Overwhelming, inciting awe


I’ll be perfectly honest with regards to this…

For quite a while, I have been tired of hearing folks use these two adjectives for this simple reason:

Those two words are used FAR, FAR too much!

Everywhere I’ve turned, whether I’m out and about or watching TV or a movie,  people – young and not-so-young alike – go on and on with proclamations such as these:

“That’s so amazing!”

“That’s so awesome!”

“You’re amazing!”

“You’re awesome!”

I’ve heard those words so much that there are times when I find myself dearly wanting to scream in annoyance,

“Can’t you find any other words to describe what you see or how you feel or how you like something?!”

That’s why I have gone out of my way to not only avoid using those two words at all costs, but to also find other ways to express myself when I’m impressed with something or somebody.

Here are some words that one can use to break up this awesome/amazing monopoly and to diversify one’s vocabulary – if you are looking to break yourself of what I call the “A – A” habit, I hope this will be of some assistance:


















That’s a total of 15 alternative words for all those who are seemingly fixated on using “amazing” or “awesome” for everything.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against those two words in and of themselves.

It’s just that they are used SO much, that it reminds me of another overused word that people used once upon a time, a word that folks got SO sick of that it got to the point where people who used them were thought of as nerds:


As in “Gee that’s swell!”

Which became thought of in the same way that disco music, wide bell bottom pants and eight-track tapes were thought of in the 1980s – outdated, geeky and just plain lame.

As for the other adjectives that I have named above – and quite a few more I may add – they add variety in one’s vocabulary and, personally speaking, don’t make me feel like I’m listening to a song that’s a huge hit, but is overplayed so much on the radio or on MTV that I grow sick of the song real fast.

That is why people who only use “Amazing” or “Awesome” to describe how they like things really ought to find other words to use.

Like the ones I have listed.

At least once in a while, anyway; I understand if baby steps are needed in this endeavor.

That’s my two cents on this issue. Thanks for letting me vent.