Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Debut Blog


I have been wanting to have a non-FaceBook outlet for random thoughts, opinions, comments, and general rants. Longing for my college sports-writing days ("Korny's Notes-N-Quotes"), this blog will be Korny's random "kernels" of information. Could be sports, politics, social, pop culture or whatever pops into my head!! Dawn will help me get the "form" and "look and feel" of the site updated in weeks to come. For now, I will write when I can!

I hope you all check it out, join in and help create a lively "buzz" on here!! Is going to be a lot of fun, I promise. Please be respectful when posting -- language appropriate for all please!!!

Here goes -- "The Debut Blog." March 19, 2009.

Today is a happy day in Kornfeld-land. Hence, the inspiration.

A personal day today (bar mitzvah madness continues for both of my 2 boys; oldest's is in 9 days, youngest will be October 2010 and we need a place!). Pretty relaxing. And in the zone.


If people take off for St Patrick's Day, President's day, their birthday or when their favorite team wins a sports championship why not "madness Thursday and Friday? I propose something "radical" -- make the beginning of the NCAA tournament, the first two days, a formal legal holiday! No greater sporting event out there, and millions go to bars and their computers to watch as it is. Hence just make it a paid holiday! Give people that Thursday-Sunday off and it will re-charge their batteries as spring approaches. Seriously. Companies and firms give people the day after christmas or new years or july 4th off depending on if it is a Thursday-Friday deal. The tounrament deserves the same elevated treatment. Indeed with President Obama the first President to publicly pick his bracket for ESPN (thereby endorsing some form of wagering, no?) this seems to be the opportune time to get this through Congress! I mean we can all take a break from the misery of the economy, the fight over the social agenda, the pains and losses suffered by the heroes of our military, to ALL rally around this great, so0lely American common cause!

Without doing any kind of socialogical or scientific or economic study, I am sure that productivity of most working adult males goes out the window, people spend hours tracking their teams in "brackets" on the Internet, people spend half the day if not more on So why accept the pretense that people are actually working? The loss of productivity (people at their desks not working) could be converted in some way into people spending money or at a minimum not wasting time!

Me and my dad and my buddies usually head to Vegas every other year now (ah old age -- when we were in our 20s, it was every year, but houses, mortgages, kids, wifes and jobs later, its an every other year rite of passage) for the tourney. It has been written about thousands of times but bears repeating -- there is truly NOTHING like the first rounds of the NCAA tounrey in Las Vegas. All normal things go out the window. Sleep. Conscious eating. Money management. Normal speaking tones (people screaming second to second). Cheeseburgers and Jack Daniels at 8am. No sunlight for days. Not to steal from the greatest sportswriter of our generation "The Sports Guy" (I will always pay homage), but Las Vegas for the tournament is "the bomb." There is no equal. Exhileration, misery, sleep deprivation, dehydration, decoloration, and utter loss of self -- the perfect get-away.

If you think NCAA Days 1 and 2 should be a federal holiday chime in. If not, . . . see the prior clause.

Kernel Number 2 -- STARBUCKS

I am late to this party I know but am I the only one who is convinced that Starbucks simply cannot get the drink right no matter what? I go to the same one every day and it takes FOREVER to make. And rarely do they get it completely right. I know the kids who work behind the counter try hard. I know it is hard to be on your feet all day. I know poeple like me who order six things in their drink can gnaw away at you. I am not an obnoious person and have a lot of patience. I appreciate that people are working hard. I do. But still -- please, I beg you please, CONCENTRATE! I want a tall, decaf, 3 splenda soy misto. Not grande. Not skim. Not latte. Not sugar. Not with cinnamon sugar free sauce. What I ordered.

And this leads me to a rant -- very few things in life that bug me. But the one that does the most -- people who hate their job and take it out on you! The people sometimes at the DMV (NOT ALL PEOPLE OF COURSE), the receptionist at the medical facility who takes your insurance information and slams that annoying little window shut after handing you the two million forms to fill out to get your sore throat looked at by the non-doctor, the toll booth person, etc.

Let me be clear -- it is cool if you don't like your job all the time or ever. I have NO problem with it. That's why its "work" and not "fun." But IT IS NOT MY FAULT YOU ARE MISERABLE -- SO DON'T TAKE IT OUT ON ME!!!! TAKE PRIDE IN WHAT YOU DO OR DONT BUT DON'T TREAT ME POORLY BECAUSE YOU ARE UNHAPPY. SERIOUSLY.


How is it that I go into Starbucks and order the same drink 5 days in a row and it costs 3 different prices?

How about the salad place? I bought EXACT same thing two days in a row, same salad, same snapples, same water, and one day $17 bucks, the next $14?

I was just wondering.


I know it's important. I know it makes you look and feel better. But do people really "like" it? I have been going to the gym routinely now 2-3x a week for 3 months. I am not a work-out fiend and cannot honestly say that I have ever been committed to going to the gym for any stretch but these 3 months. And it is because I find it a real mental struggle. I know it requires discipline. And I admit I don't mind the alone time where I push myself a little. And I do feel a little better. But there is really nothing "enjoyable" about the experience. It is exhausting. At times boring. And otherwise miserable. And no, doing "classes" or "working out with a friend" won't be "fun." I go to the gym at off hour when all of the beautiful people are working!! I don't want to be the super fat guy all the fit people are thinking to themselves -- wow this is why I do this! I swear, I see this woman at the gym every day -- she does the stairs or some other cardio machine where she is "running" faster than any normal person should inside when not being chased, and is sweating more than Patrick Ewing in a playoff game; and she must weigh 80 pounds soaking wet with clothes. It scares me a little.

It took me 20 plus years to get so ridiculously out-of-shape. So it should be no real surprise that it isn't taking 3 months to be "fit" (by the way in those Bowflex commercials do you EVER see someone in it that looks like me -- rotund, out of shape? Of course not! So the suggestion that I could look like the Mr. Univere's in just 90 days is an insult to anyone with a quarter of a brain!). And that is the DEPRESSING PART! I will solider on but I simply don't believe you health nuts out there who pretend to like exercising at the gym!


5 kernels for this posting will do. I will try and end blogs with some musings:

Am I the only one who wonders whether the market could literally go to zero? Or if Lipstick Jungle will be renewed? Or if the L word Series Finale could have been any worse? If Televsion executives should bring back shows they failed to "end" like "Soap" or "October Road?" Or if Facebook addiction will morph from being a joke on line to something a psychiatrist will actually label one day as some sort of affliction? Am I the only one who is wondering about stupid stuff at such a dire time? I sure hope not!!

Look for hoops, baseball analysis, family postings, pop culture, politics, funny stories and the unexpected in future blogs!

For now, have a great night. I wish all success in not seeing their brackets busted on Day 1.



Anonymous said...

Notes-N-Quotes is back in business. :-) Great start!

With respect to exercising, I must say I now like running. I went through a tough mental period a few years back and started running mostly to help relieve the mental stress. Now I just enjoy the quiet time alone, maybe with my iPod, maybe not.

It took awhile, but as a side benefit, the twenty plus pounds I put on since college disappeared too. Stick with it, you'll get there. I didn't like the gym though. I had to go outside and started walking for jogging then running.

I look forward to your commentary on life.

Kelly said...

Hey Mark - I can hear your voice as I read this blog and it is a marvelous thing. Keep it up, my friend.

Anonymous said...

Some good points. I used to work for a guy from Louisvilly, KY who took at least three weeks off every March... That was like the biggest event of the year for him.... Luckily his wife was a sports fan too. Nowadays you can look up everything on your computer and the people passing by your office door have no idea what you may be looking at so maybe wherever that guy is now, he can save his vacation for someting else! ha. Wow, you really hit home with that doctor's office thing... I feel like such a leper when they shut their little window and close you off from whatever little party they are having in there... I agree, very unfriendly for the amount of money you are no doubt going to be paying them. I went to a new MD last month and the "New Patient" fee (or whatever you call that) was 558.00... I just stared at that woman... I couldn't believe she was serious.

Anonymous said...

K - great start to your blog! I have to second Anon's post re: exercising in that after awhile it does grow on you. I know that some folks (like maybe your 80lb rabbit runner) get an actual "high" from working out. I am not in that blessed class, but definitely feel so much better after an hour or so of solid work. When I started I was exactly like you - NO INTEREST in classes or socializing at the gym. But I've found that a good conversation while kicking it up on the elliptical makes the time go by faster. And that classes help kill the boredom factor (and give you better results long term). I've made some unlikely friendships there (like the 75+ man who is recovering from bypass and is a pilates nut!) So KEEP IT UP! (Even if the actual workout isn't enjoyable, the side benefits are) !! -Mary Catherine

Anonymous said...

Hi Mark-

Great job on your blog. I read every word, except the blah, blah, blah about sports. Too boring. Could you take out the stuff about sports, lol. In Florida, they always get my drink order right at Starbucks. You should move to Florida. Also, they make $5.25 an hour. They don't care about what you ordered. They are working there for the health insurance. I hate it that Obama went on Leno. Not drinking the cool-aid here. Use spell-check.

Korny said...

Will work on spell check anonymous, can;t remove all sports references because sports is in my being and shapes my writing. Thanks for the comments and feedback. There will be a lot of things for everyone, I promise.