Archive | October 2012


Do you know what grinds my gears? When people can be so opinionated and think they are always right. One of the biggest examples of this is people’s favorite type of music. Some people think rap is mumbled gibberish. Others think country sounds monotonous. Everybody is entitled to their own unique opinions, and that is understandable. But just because you like one type better than the other does not mean that it is true. In my opinion, I think rap is better than country. That doesn’t mean that it’s true, and it also doesn’t mean that I have the right to parade around proclaiming I am right. This can agitate people like me, and sometimes it annoys them to the point that they blog about it and feel the need to complain (hypocritical, yes, I know).

Another big debate that is just as annoying is the presidential race. I am fine if you want a different candidate than mine to win. Even if I think your views are wrong and that you don’t know what you are talking about, I won’t tell you any of that because I know it will upset you. I would really appreciate it if you would do the same. Generally, people who are adamant in their decision will not look at your point of view, but instead will start to yell their opinions louder. However, I would like to make it clear that I am not discouraging debates. In debates, people are forced to listen to both sides and make their decision based on what impresses them. There is nothing wrong with that. But when two people are discussing their choices and one of them keeps on pushing their opinion on the other, then that can go wrong. Finally, if nothing else, just keep it to yourself. You can even not look at both sides of the story, as long as YOU DON’T EXPECT THE OTHER PERSON TO.

That’s probably what bothers me the most: when people won’t do the things they are expecting the other person to do. In the end, both people are mad, and no debate has occurred. I guess the point of this blog is to try and express my point of view on this topic. Don’t feel obligated to follow this, but look at it as something to think about. One of the worst things that I can see happening is fighting, and that’s all I’m trying to prevent. That’s why some people think I don’t talk much, and I come off looking very demure. I always like to think before I speak, to avoid saying something that I will regret later. If I get angry, I will definitely say something I don’t mean to. This is the main reason I try to avoid conflict at all costs.

Once again, I hope some of you will read this and take something from it. If anything, maybe I’ll give you something to think about. I believe that it is healthy to think about lots of different aspects of life. Hopefully I’ve helped you do that!

Please don’t grind my gears by being dogmatic in your opinions!



Do you know what grinds my gears? Getting a concussion. I play football as some of you may know, and I got a concussion when my head hit the ground with a player on top of me. Luckily, it wasn’t anything major. However, I have had one for over a week now, and I am so ready for it to be over. I knew concussions were a serious thing, but I had no idea how easy it was to get one. I also didn’t realize how long the symptoms last, especially the headaches. I never get headaches no matter how sick or stressed I am, so I am not used to having them. One week after I got it, I still have headaches. I had no idea that they would last that long, even on a small one like mine. However, I am so glad that I haven’t had the nausea, dizziness, and memory loss like concussions can often have. My parents and I have noticed that I have been having trouble putting sentences together, though. Also, I have occasionally been changing my mood quickly for no particular reason. These are normal things for a concussion, but when you have one it’s kind of scary to have those things. You start to find that you are angry at yourself for not being able to talk correctly or get mad all of the sudden.

Anyway, the most annoying part of the whole thing is that I cannot get any physical exercise until all of my headaches have stopped. For some people, this wouldn’t bother them at all. For me, this is complete torture, and I have found myself lethargic as a result. I understand why I have to do this, but it has been a struggle for me not to move around. I’m getting less and less headaches as the days go on, but I just can’t seem to shake it off. I know that concussions take time to heal, but I had no idea that it would take this long for a smaller concussion.

Finally, I am starting to question a  football player’s safety. I am the SIXTH person to get a concussion on our football team. That is a lot for a small team like ours. It just doesn’t seem safe to have this many people getting concussions during one season. I have no idea how they can change the rules or equipment to make it safer, but it seems to be getting out of hand. Either way, I can’t help but cringe when I think of hitting again in a football practice, but I think that will wear off. If anything, this incident helped inform me on what concussions are like.

Please don’t grind my gears by giving me a concussion! (not really anyone’s fault on this one)

Thanks for reading!

I liked this blog by one of my blogging friends. I thought I would reblog it.



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Christmas in October???????


Do you know what grinds my gears? When stores put Christmas stuff up for sale in October. Are you kidding me? IT IS OCTOBER! We haven’t even had Halloween and people are already trying to make you buy more decorations that are going to sit in your house for two more months before they are used. I get so tired of Christmas being in your face all of the time, thanks to stores like Wal-Mart. Sometimes it can take away the specialness of Christmas and turn it into a big-box store merchandise battle.

I know all the stores out there want to make money and I am fine with that. At least wait until it is that month’s holiday! I remember last year, I was so mad because when I saw commercials before Thanksgiving, they were all about Christmas; every single one of them. They were full of “Buy this!”, “Save this much!”, and “The best deal of Christmas!”. Not only did it degrade the Christmas holiday, but it ruined the excitement of Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving as much as the next guy, so I get so mad when Christmas advertisement takes away from it. I don’t care if they advertise the crap out of it the day after Thanksgiving is over, but I would like to believe they could wait until then. However, here I am on October 13 and Christmas stuff is already out in stores.

Along with that, during the month of December, when Christmas is over, you could not be happier that you don’t have to hear another Christmas song. I think I speak for all of us when I say that I become a grouch about Christmas music, especially when I’ve hears Jingle Bells for the twentieth time that day. The reason I bring this up is that Christmas commercials are always paired up with a cheesy Christmas song. When these commercials air in mid-November, I’m already tired of those songs BEFORE DECEMBER EVEN STARTS! I love Christmas a lot, and I think that songs add to the atmosphere about the holiday. However, that doesn’t mean that I want to get in the spirit of the holiday a month and a half before the actual day.

Either way, I know my anger won’t stop it. Even if everybody gets tired of it, stores will still do it to try and make money. And who can blame them? They just want to make money like a lot of us do (including me) and they have to advertise to do so.  Then again, maybe they could advertise Halloween and Thanksgiving more, but who am I to make suggestions.

Please don’t grind me gears with Christmas in October!

Thanks for reading!

Fighting in High School

Do know what grinds my gears? When people can’t learn how to get along. I am a sophomore now, but my classmates get into more fights than WWE on Monday nights. I mean those fights are nothing as physical as WWE, but they’re as emotionally brutal as the Bachelor (no offense to anyone). These fights are pointless and happen just from people being completely inconsiderate of each other. Is it really that hard to say decent things and not tell people off? I have as many people that annoy me as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean I go and start a fight with those people. I also try not to talk behind people’s back either. I don’t do a very good job of it, but I’m trying.

Either way, I get so tired of all the drama that ensues a big fight. I wish our high school would just come to school, shut their mouths, learn, go home, and repeat. It makes life so much easier. Sometimes I understand that if someone is being that mean to you, some action may be required. I would just hope that you would handle it maturely and not sink down to their level. If there is any doubt in your mind whether you should take action, don’t. Bite your tongue, keep your head down, take a deep breath, and treat them as politely as you can. I know this may seem hard, but it will make you a better person because of it. Trust me, my whole goal in life is to have as few of enemies and rivals as possible. When people torque me off, I just try to ignore them. I don’t start rumors about them. I don’t tell them off. I just keep my thoughts to myself and try to think about being the better person.

A good tip to being able to control your anger is to have a place to vent ALL of your feelings in a safe environment. For example, I tell my parents almost everything about any person that is grinding my gears. They don’t divulge any of that information to anyone, but they agree that it is much better to have a place to have someone listen to you vent and get all of the bad feelings out. I really appreciate that place to do that, and it helps me keep my mouth shut when I get to school.

I just hope that people will start to see what they are doing to each other and maybe be able to break that habit before they leave high school. What are the chances of that happening? I have no clue. But for now, all I can worry about it myself.

Please don’t grind my gears by fighting all the time!