I love my neighbours

People are parked on the street all the time even though there is plenty of visitor parking, and there are fire route signs everywhere saying you cannot do so. Our street is not that wide so it is a pain in the ass to pull out of your driveway if someone is parked directly opposite to you on the street. The problem is even worse in the winter, when the snow makes the street even more narrow.

I hate to say this because electric cars are really good for the environment, but how smug do you have to be to drive a Tesla, park directly in front of the no parking sign, and park in the damn near middle of the road?

Why the environment is f*cked and why people are obese

The other day, I was walkout out to the plaza behind our townhouse complex to Pizzaville to grab some dinner. As I am walking out of the complex, a black Hyundai SUV pulls to the stop sign at the entrance of the complex to leave. I walk across and everything is fine. This is not a pedestrian rage incident. Then I see the SUV pull into the plaza and four frat bros get out and go into Pizzaville. They grab a pizza each, and head back into the car. As I am walking home I see the SUV parked on the other side of the complex. They drove from inside the complex to the plaza which is directly adjacent to it. Here is what Google Maps says about the distance from my house to Pizzaville.

290 meters. Even close for the bros since they live on other side of the complex. We’ve gotten to a point where people are too lazy for a 3 minute walk. GG global climate and Canadian obesity rates.

Empty parks …

Every time I take Emma to the parks near our house, they are essentially empty.  We go multiple times a week at different times.  Once in a while there will be one or two other kids at the playground, but it is rare.  The playground equipment and the swings are empty.  Giant field empty.  Baseball diamond empty.  Pretty well maintained soccer pitch empty.  It’s a shame that public areas like these are going to waste.  Especially since they are maintained pretty well.


 

I know taking care of children is hard.  I have no idea what my parents did when Netflix didn’t exist.  We had a tv with literally 4 channels and I was never allowed to watch it anyways.  I can only assume that all the children are at home watching tv or playing video games.  It is difficult to pry Emma away from Paw Patrol, but once she is outside riding her bike, playing with bubbles, or on the playground equipment, getting her to come home is infinitely harder.  I guess this is why the obesity rates worldwide are increasing for both children and adults.  We increasingly do less and less activity, and eat increasingly more disgusting food.  We saw that first hand when going to the water park at Great Wolf Lodge, and the number of kids that looked obese.

 

Those numbers don’t look pretty for us, and even worse for the United States. Certainly a problem that needs addressing in the immediate future.

Value

With the rise of advanced analytics there have been a vast increase in ways to look at the game.  Smart teams are taking these into account, and you can see the most successful teams are increasingly looking for things that matter.

The whole Billy Beane Moneyball philosophy was to look at the data, and not just for players that “look the part”.  However, we are still stuck in the mindset that there are only two things that matter when determining who the best players in basketball are:

  1. How good is the player at ISO scoring
  2. How many raw box score counting stats can they acquire each game

 

Welcome to the neighbourhood …

Me: “Hello … welcome to the neighbourhood!”

New neighbour: “Hi … thanks.  Hey, can I ask you a question?”

Me: “Sure.”

New neighbour: “Is there anything we can do about that graveyard?  It can’t be good for our property values here.  Band together as a community and do something about it?”

Me: “?!??!?!?  Um, I guess you can bring it up at the next meeting with the board of directors for the complex.”

The church was there before our townhouse complex.  The cemetery as well.  Wondering why you bought this place if you didn’t like the cemetery.  I mean, it’s not going anywhere.  I, for one, love running by it.  Very serene and peaceful.