This past Wednesday, I was finally able to get back out to play basketball for the first time since February. Oliver has not been the most cooperative baby, especially compared to Emma. We decided to give it a test to see if I could get out for a few hours. Emma is on and off with whether or not she is going to require to be attached to me to sleep, so really it was a flip of a coin. Thankfully everybody stayed asleep for the time that I was out.
This was also the first time that I got to play at Hershey Sportzone. It is a huge complex with multiple basketball courts, as well as indoor soccer fields. It is a really nice facility. It also happens to be the practice facility for the Raptors 905 G-League team. That means NBA 3-point lines. The longer line has really cut down on the number of bad threes at the run. Although there were a ton of airballs for those that did attempt. I went 4-6 from distance, but it’s going to take time to get the rest of my game back. I turned if over a lot. Much better than playing on the crappy courts outside though.
So two nights ago, in the middle of the night, somebody came to my parents’ house and dug up one of their bushes and jacked it. Who steals a bush? It’s not like you can easily resell that. I am assuming that they want the bush for their own garden? In all likelihood you could not have that in the front of you hourse. I guess I shouldn’t complain about people parking on the street in my area. At least people are not stealing my landscaping. Sigh.
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?
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.
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.