Hall of Famer

If there is one phrase that I never, ever thought would ever be applied to me, it is “Hall of Famer.”  It’s not that I don’t have dillusions of grandiour, because I do.  I just realistically never imagined that I’d ever get to use that phrase for myself.

Well, in case you haven’t guessed by now, in a few short months, I will be able to say that I am a member of a Hall of Fame.  It’s not an individual induction so I guess it’s not “me” in particular that is a member of the Hall of Fame, but rather a team that I was a part of.  The football (American) team that I played on as a freshman at my alma mater is being inducted into the Hall of Fame at homecoming this year.  I got my official invite letter today.

We were the first team to win the division and a berth in the playoffs in something like 60 years.  Or maybe it was since the 60’s.  I can’t remember.  It was exciting though.

So, it’s not me in particular that is Hall of Fame worthy, but rather something that I was a part of.  And isn’t that just as good if not better?  I think so.

I’d like to congratulate my fellow teammates on the 1997 Jamestown College Jimmies Football roster.  We’re Hall of Famers!

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Knock, Knock

Who’s there? Winter.

We got nailed yesterday. Just under 9 inches or so. I’ll try and get some pictures on Flickr, but probably not going to happen until either late today or tomorrow sometime.

My wife is stuck in Fargo at the moment with our son, so still trying to figure out a way to get there. I don’t think I can get either of our cars unstuck enough to get to the interstate. The silly town apparently doesn’t plow on the weekend. Not to mention that it’s a holiday weekend. I haven’t seen anything but a 4 wheel drive go by the house yet this morning.

Should be all kinds of fun.

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Alma Mater

I graduated from Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota.  I haven’t the available funds to participate in alumni giving and as such I do not.  Much like any other College or University, JC has an alumni website where we alums can go sign up to keep our classmates and the school updated on our life and just what it is that we are up to.  It also serves as a handy-dandy way for the school to get ahold of us alumni to inform us of upcoming events like reunions, homecoming, etc…

As part of my profile on the JC alumni website, I have listed this website along with several others that I either run or contribute to.

So, that’s the background of this story.

Over the last several days, I’ve noticed a few visitors coming from my profile on the JC alumni site.  This got me to thinking.   I do not contribute in any way to my alma mater except in what I do as an alumni.  So, I’ll endorse the school here and if any prospective students are reading this, I may be contacted for further info.

JC ChapelI received an above average education from above average educators at Jamestown College.  It by no means was a Harvard education, but I firmly believe that I could not have received an education that would equal the one I received from any other college of Jamestown College’s size anywhere in the region.  And the food wasn’t half bad.  In fact there are days when I’m cooking my own food that I really wish that alumni could still stop in for free chow at the cafeteria.

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Partisan voting ballots

Each voting year, the local newspaper publishes a “sample” ballot.  And each time one thing jumps out at me about the primary ballot.  I’m only allowed to vote within one political party.  If I were just Republican or Democrat this probably wouldn’t bother me.  I’m not.  I like to consider myself a centrist independent.

The problem then becomes that while I may think the Republican candidate for Governor is the best person for the job, I also may think that the Democratic candidate for Senator is the best man for the job.  If I were to vote that way, my ballot would be rejected.

I understand that it is set up this way to ensure that a candidate from each party is on the November ballot.  What I don’t understand is why the partisan politics are allowed.  Encouraged even.

Scenario: There is a Democrat encumbent in office.  Obviously, the Democratic party is not going to run another candidate against the encumbent.  It’s also a given that in the primary election, there could be more than one Republican candidate.  For this scenario, there are two Republican candidates.  Suppose that the majority of the people would rather have either of the Republican candidates instead of the Democrat.  Wouldn’t it make more sense for the top two vote getters in the primary to run against each other instead of only the top Republican and top Democrat?  Sure, it would make for a one party November election, but if both Republicans are more popular than the lone Democrat, it would also make more sense.  Also, in this day and age, the odds of it playing out to where there were a one party ballot are pretty slim.

What I am suggesting is that we get rid of partisan ballots.  Let the best person win.  That’s the way it was supposed to be and should be.

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