Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Running up 42 Floors of the Met!

For anyone that has ever been unemployed, you know you have more time than you know what to do with. I try to make the most of my time, by going to networking events and talk to people that might help me get a job.

However, I also spend a good amount of time watching television to pass the time and one night while staying up late I saw a commercial for Master the Met. I was immediately intrigued by the commercial.

I have run 5k's, played in soccer tournaments, participated in the polar bear plunge in New Jersey, was locked up for MS and also was a celebrity waiter for the crisis kids nursery in St. Louis.

However, I also like to do things that are a physical challenge!

What is Master the Met you ask? Well the Met is the Metropolitan Square Building in downtown St. Louis and consists of 42 floors. Mastering the Met is running/walking up all 42 floors.

So why do this? Well, one is because I have lots of time on my hands, and two it sounds like fun, promotes a healthy lifestyle and benefits a good cause, the American Lung Association. Ok, so maybe that is like four reasons rather than two.

Anyway, I have been training the last couple weeks and now have my donation page set up. All I am looking for is $100 as my pledge goal. I know it’s a difficult time in the country with the economy, but I figure I know at least 100 people that can donate one dollar!!

To donate go to my donation page.

Thanks for your help and support and I will see you on the 42 floor of the Met on March 6!!

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, Million Dollar Contracts

So now that the New Year is hear, I want to reflect on a few things. First off, how to say the year.

For the past 10 years I have put up with how people said the year, mentioning it in the thousands. For example, 2009 was said as two thousand and nine.

It is now 2010. Please stop saying it as two thousand and ten. It should be twenty-ten. It’s not a big deal; I just think too many people are saying it one way or the other. Let’s all get on the same page and call it twenty-ten. Enough of the two thousand!!

Matt Holliday. I am in no way attacking Matt Holliday or how athlete’s contracts are decided upon. However I just want to make one point as these athletes try to break the bank and get the most money they can.

How come they can not get a pay cut or be affected because of the recession as well.

There are millions of people in this country that have either A) lost their job, B) took a pay cut to keep there job, or C) accepted a job below their market value just to have a job.

How come this same philosophy doesn’t work in the sports world? How come it’s ok for these athletes and agents to go after $18 million contracts because $15 million just isn’t good enough?

Are you kidding me?

Take your $15 million contract and be happy because there are millions of people not working, on welfare or flat broke and living at a shelter because they can’t find work.

I understand you are a good athlete, but it’s a recession so take your recession contract.

Everyone else is suffering in this country, why should you be different; you are seriously bickering over $3 million?

There are lots of people in this country working for less than what they are worth just because they want to have a job. I would be more than happy to take a job that is well below what I think I am worth just for the opportunity to show I can do the job and so I can actually have a job and pay my bills.

That’s the difference though between myself and million dollar athletes. I am just looking to pay the bills from month to month. The athletes and their agents are looking to have multiple homes with lavish expenses and lots of cars, that’s why the difference in $3 million is so important.

Sign your contract already and stop fretting over the difference of $3 million. You’re contract is up in a recession, deal with it!

That’s my early January rant. Happy New Year everyone!!