Monday, September 25, 2017

Boycott.....

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8:22 am - Monday - September 25th - 29º F, humidity 95%, wind 1 mph out of the south southeast......clear BLUE skies.....forecast high for today is 50º F in Gardiner, Mt, and 49º F in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY......0% chance of rain.

Sunday was a very emotionally turbulent day for me.......if you have read my blog for any period of time you know that I love to watch both college and professional football.  Over the past couple of seasons a few NFL players began to protest during the National Anthem first by sitting during the anthem, then kneeling.  This practice escalated significantly this Sunday with, in some cases, entire teams refusing to stand for the National Anthem, and others remaining in the locker room until after the Anthem was finished.  I have become increasingly disturbed by this show of disrespect for our national symbols, which in my opinion, is entirely based on a false premise.  They have the Constitutional right to protest.....it's called 'Free Speech'......they do not have the right to be respected for their form of protest.  I was faced with a difficult decision......do I continue to watch, and therefore lend consent by my silence, or do I stop watching?  I wrestled with this decision the entire day at work, and by the end of the day decided I would also engage in my own form of protest.....I will no longer watch NFL games as long as this disgusting display of disrespect continues.   Politics continues to encroach into every aspect of our lives.....is there no corner of refuge from the political?  I cannot turn on ESPN anymore without being deluged with political opinions by the nattering nabobs foisting their politically correct opinions upon my soul.  I am boycotting ESPN, and I am boycotting the NFL.  When they decide to leave politics at the door of the studio and stadium I may return.....I don't know.....that is a decision for another day.  Until that day arrives I now have Sunday's free once again.

Our Sunday shift was the 'CLOSE' so, as is our custom, began our drive up the Gardiner River Gorge around 11 am arriving at the General Store around 11:15 am.  Including myself we had 4 workers in the fountain when we could probably have gotten by with 2, or even one for 99% of the shift.  I'm not complaining.....it is the nature of this time of year and the 8 am to 8 pm hours......once we begin our new store hours (9 am to 6 pm) and only work 4 days per week that, the over staffing, will disappear.  

There were brief flurries of activity during the day, but for the most part we, the 'Fountain' folk, spent our time talking about 'cabbages and kings' 95% of the time.  I spent my last 'CLOSE' shift working with Taylor.....we work well together, and when it comes to closing the 'Fountain' and doing the required cleaning we have it down to a science.  Once again it was 7:30  and I was saying good night to Taylor for the last time.  I had to wait about 30 minutes for TLE as her shift begins and ends after mine, but we were on our way home by 8 pm......not watching Sunday Night NFL, but the finale of Master Chef, which was won, deservedly by Dino.

We are off work the next three days, and we are awaiting a phone call from a possible employer at our exciting summer of 2018 destination.  They have read our resumes and want to talk to us......crossing our fingers that all goes well!

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7 comments:

  1. Hello Clarke, I am 100% in agreement with your NFL / ESPN position. No business can expect to survive by constantly insulting their customer base. It began to fade for me a few years ago. Too much chest beating, too many successful pivitol plays called back due to taunting, late hits, celebration, etc. Add this to a telecast bloated with commercials and unwelcome political commentary. I have far better things to do with my time and money!

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  2. I am struggling with whether to watch or not as well. I went out and cut my grass during the game on Sunday because I was so disgusted. They are all hypocrites as far as I am concerned. I have the utmost respect for the one player on the Steelers who stood alone for the anthem. I'm not even a Steelers fan.
    Jim

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  3. Hi Clarke!
    We agree w/you as well, it's bad enough to see people in the public eye act like they are some sort of pre- maddonas, but to watch them disrespect our flag and county is too much to swallow!
    It's far past time to start showing appreciation to the folks who deserve respect, service men & women, law enforcement, teachers and preachers, volunteers who give time helping other folks w/o fanfare & million dollar salaries!
    Just sayin'!
    Russ & Debbie Davis
    Newell Coach #428

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  4. My comment most likely will not be published but I don’t feel the athletes are disrespecting our flag, country or the military. They are objecting to a president bent on furthering racism and divisiveness within our country.

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    1. Joanne G......you have a right to your opinion, however, the flag does not represent Donald Trump. His comments, and you know this in your heart, have nothing to do with race.....that is a straw man the left sets up to knock down. The flag represents millions of Americans who have fought for that flag, and in some cases died for that flag. The National Anthem is not Donald Trump either. A broad majority of Americans are offended that NFL players have seen fit to inject politics into sports.....that will be a loser every single time. That is why ESPN's rating have been crashing.....they inject politics into sports 7 days per week. We're pretty much fed up with it.

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  5. Directv just announced if you cancel your NFL Ticket subscription & mention you are doing so due to the player/team protests, they are waiving all penalties & cancellation charges.

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    1. That is correct, and they refunded 100% of the money I had already paid! Thank you!

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