I'm a firm believer that consumables (specifically alcohol) make the best gifts for adults. Your cousin may not want that hilarious t-shirt, but a bottle of wine is guaranteed to be either consumed by him or gifted to someone else.
Normally I try to go for bottles the recipient would not normally be able to find, either for reasons of geography or limited supply. For example, my mom loves Scotch, so I typically look for single cask bottles from her preferred region. The problem with this is that if the recepient really likes the bottle they typically can't get more of it (at least not easily).
Lately I've been wondering if I should instead look for bottles that the recepient would not typically buy but are related to what they like (such as different wine varietals or different styles of whiskey), or whether I should just give bottles I know the recepient buys and enjoys.
My question to all of you is what type of gift would you prefer as a gift: an old favorite, something new but of good quality, or something rare? If you're a Two Hearted fan would you prefer a six pack of Two Hearted, a six pack of something good that you've never had but you can find (possibly with a little effort), or a bottle of Pliny the Elder?
Well, today is the last day for OT posts. Thank goodness.
However, today I have a personal request, which actually extends out beyond me personally. If something happens to bring it to your mind, pray for those who serve in the military. (If you don't pray, well, think happy thoughts? Wish them well? Dunno.) Right now, there are 1.4 million active military, or about a half percent of our population. It is personal to me because my daughter is in the Navy, deployed on a Destroyer with the Eisenhower Carrier Group to the Persian Gulf and surrounding seas. This is how she will eventually pay to get an engineering degree. (She is an Aegis Computer Network Tech, already prepping her for some future course work).
Normally, when we communicate, it is just to talk about missing home, and some of the things they've been doing in the 120 degree weather. For instance, last month, they came on a ship full of 320 Yemeni refugees that was dead in the water, headed across the strait to Djibouti. Her destroyer provided desperately needed water and food, and in the span of 24 hours, machined new gaskets and fittings to make the diesel engine on the stranded ship operational again. They saw the dhow safely on its way, providing another dhow for escort. Things I never thought of the Navy doing.
A couple days ago, my daughter's ship was one of 2 involved when 4 Iranian Revolutionary Guard Patrol boats approached the Destroyer Nitze at a high rate of speed. Needless to say, things were tense on the ship. Two more incidents occurred yesterday with other ships. These incidents are out of the ordinary.
It reminded me that many serving in the military make significant sacrifices, and are often in danger. As regards the strait of Hormuz, the chokepoint giving access to the Persian Gulf, the actions of the patrol boats are a high stakes game of chicken. Knowing that the destroyer Cole had a huge hold blown in its side by suicide bombers in 2000 gives you pause. And those with boots on the ground nearby war zones are in much more dangerous and difficult environments.
As we end OT posts for the season, and focus on the important business of football, remember those who serve and protect our nation, giving us the freedom to enjoy things like Fall afternoons full of football.
Rising to the challenge presented by Everyone Murders.
"Honey. I am not rewatching the game for the fourth time, I am prepping for the UFR."
Do not disappoint. Some raw material.
MGoFriends, I've watched the tail end of OT Season as a lurker, and frankly I'm disappointed. While we've had some moderately bad threads - you know who you are - at no point did a swarm of flies descend on my monitor.
We can do worse. I believe in the MGoBoard to have some truly awful thread ideas. I'm looking for suggestions that would make us pine for another Nike shoe thread. In short, I'm looking for OT threads that would just be a ... (struggles for the right word) shitshow.
Here are some topics that came to mind:
1. Marry One, Murder One, Fuck One – Moderator Edition!
2. No Ragrets - What is your life’s biggest regret?
3. POTUS 2016 – Who You Got? And why?
4. Kate Upton – fit or flabby?
5. Alternate Universe - If 2016 Harbaugh coached 1984 Harbaugh in this offense would 1984 Harbaugh quit or thrive?
6. If you could spend an “intimate weekend” with an MGoBoard member, who would it be and why?
7. Wolverine Devotee – A Psychoanalysis.
8. Favorite MGoSexual Positions – Let’s Hear Them!
9. What’s your Tinder Handle?
10. We know he’s a good coach and a nasty man, but is Mark Dantonio – deep down – loveable?
11. Who’s got a hot mother-in-law? Pictures or it didn’t happen thread!
12. Pit bulls. Great pets with a bad reputation, or bred to kill?
13. Best waffle iron?
14. We probably shouldn’t _____ until Michigan has beaten MSU and OSU. (Wherein we go from beating a dead horse to making dog food.)*
I know you can do better. Remember, the idea here is to come up with a terrible topic for the board - not to actually discuss them. So whaddaya got?
*FWIW, I thought that Mad Hatter's meme, when properly deployed, was like a fine chili con carne - it got better and better over time.
We are all waiting for football season. And today is the next to last day for OT posts. Here is one I thought relevant to University life. There was an editorial today in the Chicago Tribune about the University of Chicago and freedom of expression. In a welcome letter sent to all incoming students in the class of 2020 from the dean of students, they are encouraged to understand that the university is meant to be a place of robust debate and open discussion. He writes:
You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.
The Trib heartily seconds his letter, and the rejection of the idea of a "safe space" and "microaggressions" and "trigger warnings." I realize that a post like this can easily become politicized. The point of the letter, the point of the editorial, and the point of my post, is that this is apolitical. Regardless of one's political persuasion, or position on the issues of the day, or gender, or religion, or race, or culture, or language, or sexual preference, vigorous debate and even discomfort is a good thing. Shutting down discussion because you don't like the other person's position doesn't help. We need, imhe, more legitimate discourse.
I loved my time at UofM, and the opportunity to talk late into the night with fellow dorm mates and fraternity brothers and room mates. We sometimes didn't agree, but some of my best friends and I continue to have those kinds of discussions that we began many years ago. I hope that UofM, like Chicago, is a place for open discussion, and a forum where individuals coming from all over the spectrum can be heard.
(Edit: I hope the link works. I subscribe to the Trib, and some things are paywalled. I'm sure if you use Google to search the news, or look for trending on facebook, you can find it).
Addendum: As I reflect on MGoBlog, I like that at its' best, this is also a place for vigorous debate and discussion, albeit on Michigan athletics. You don't always agree with others, but you can argue about it, in a good way.
In awesome news, next week is a Game Week! That also means the end of OT season and thus, our last car thread of the offseason.
August used to be the best time to buy a car, due to the end of hte Model Year and the new ones coming out in the fall, but now launches happen just about any time.
So, who's got car questions? Car answers? Is your car the best tailgate car there is? Football!!