Month January 2014
Superbowl Trivia Challenge
The Seattle Seahawks will be playing the Denver Bronco’s in New Jersey in February 2nd in an outdoor (uncovered) arena.
Here’s a quiz to test your Superbowl knowledge:
1. Between the Seahawks and the Broncos, which team has never won the Superbowl?
C. Neither won
D. Both won
2. Which team won the first Superbowl?
3. Which team lost the first Superbowl?
4. What city hosted the first Superbowl?
B. New York
C. San Francisco
D. Los Angeles
5. Which team has won the most Superbowls?
6. Which team has score the most points in a single Superbowl game?
7. How many teams have never won the Superbowl?
8. The most watched Superbowl of all time was played in what year?
9. Which performer has the highest rated halftime show?
A. Janet Jackson (the wardrobe malfunction)
B. The Black Eye Peas
10. In 1970 who was the first (non marching band) half time performer?
A. Barbra Streisand
B. Carol King
C. Carol Channing
D. Jackson 5
11. What two cities ties for hosting the most Superbowls?
A. Tamps and San Diego
B. New Orleans and Miami
C. Phoenix and Houston
D. Atlanta and Detroit
12. Which game had the highest attendance with 103,985 in the audience?
A. 1980 in Pasadena
B. 1987 in Pasadena
C. 2011 in Dallas
D. 2010 in Miami
The answers will be in the comment section 🙂
Dragged a comb across my head
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,
And looking up I noticed I was late.
Found my coat and grabbed my hat
Made the bus in seconds flat
The picture book practically writes itself. I guess kiddie music isn’t a bad thing just not what I expected. Although maybe that’s why it is so universally loved. It is simple and accessible for all.
Is this As Good As It Gets?
I stumbled onto a great podcast last week from Cracked.com. The overall theme of the podcast is straight nerd comedy. Although it’s not a theme I’m normally drawn to, it was funny and insightful enough to keep me listening. The most recent two episodes discussed the topic of what movies and tv shows hold up over time. Great movies of their time watched decades later don’t always remain good. For example, have you ever watched one of your beloved childhood cartoons as an adult and thought, “This is such a piece of shit. How did I ever like this?” If you haven’t had this moment go back and watch the original Smurfs cartoon. *Shudders*
Visit The Cracked Podcast to have a listen. I also recommend the podcast about LBJ. I was surprised how interesting it was.
12 Thing Reality Bites Taught Us
Next month is the 20 year anniversary of Reality Bites.
Here’s a look back at the lessons we learned.
7. You still have Stay stuck in your head
8. If only Bill Reilly had a producer like Lelaina Pierce of Good Morning Grant
9. Everyone would wear a chokers to your funeral if you were the AIDS character on Melrose Place
10. This is the least lesbionic Janeane Garofalo ever was
When I write I often focus on my personal life and don’t often talk about my work life. There are two main reasons I don’t talk about work. First, when you name your employer online anything you do or say can possibly be linked back to that company. I realize it’s not the most common occurrence but why chance it. My blog isn’t always the appropriate for all viewers so there’s no need to bring my companies name into the mix. The second and more important reason I don’t talk about work is because my job is quite uninteresting. I work in the property/causality insurance industry which comes in second only to accounting for the most boring award. Coverage questions and deductibles just are not exciting reading.
I decided to bring this up because it occurred to me recently that I’ve finally gotten to a place in my life where I feel very content in my job. When I graduated college I went straight into retail management. After a couple years I’d had my fill of retail and knew it was time for a change. Getting out of the retail game however is easier said than done. I spent several years fighting and struggling to change my career path. My resume was always online and I would constantly dig through online job sites for new postings. Feeling unsettled in my job became comfortable and normal. I got used to the struggle. Even when I finally got my first interview with my current employer it took them a full year before finally offering me the job. Advancement and salary increases have never been my main focus. I’m happiest when I have a work life balance while enjoying what I’m doing. In the past I’ve taken the promotion I wasn’t sure I wanted just for the big pay increase. I learned that even with more money I still didn’t like being a manger and I still was unhappy. You might laugh but one of my very first goals was to find a job that had standard Monday through Friday hours. When I left retail management I even took a 20% pay cut just for the possibility of not having to work on the weekend.
Now I’m happy to say I’ve gotten to that happy median where I’m content. I like working for a large national corporation because it offers possibilities. It afforded me the possibility to move across the country. While I’m not sure I would use the word love I can say I genuinely don’t mind going to work in the morning. I have a boss who trusts me and lets me work independently, my coworkers are nice people who work well together and I almost never have to talk directly to a customer. Did I also mention that I started with 4 weeks of vacation time. 4 WEEKS! Those are the things that matter to me. I don’t have to manage people and I have more time off then I can sometimes use. It may not be a high paying job or the one I dreamed of but it’s the job I enjoy.
While we’re on the subject, let me talk about dream jobs. A department store fashion buyer has always been my theoretical dream job. I use the word theoretical because while I like the idea of becoming a buyer, I’m sure I’d like the reality. The other problem is the fashion/department store industry is volatile. The continued evolution of tastes and purchasing habits have brought an uncertain future to professional buyers everywhere. While insurance isn’t the most exciting but it is stable. Seeing so many of my friends face layoffs makes my practical nature value my stability.
On one final note. It’s also nice to work in an environment with coworkers who are retiring. When I worked in retail it always struck me as interesting that I never once saw of or heard of a person retiring from their job as a retail manager. In fact it was more common to hear stories about successful managers who had climbed up the ladder only to one day give it all up because they just couldn’t take it anymore. Or to be more polite they would say they just “needed a change.” Whenever anyone tells you they need a change it’s code for I’m miserable. Seeing everyone always quit or get fired before the age of 65 only confirmed every instinct I had to leave. So now when we celebrate a retirement at work I feel confident that there’s at least the possibility that I too can one day retire from this job.