Posts Tagged ‘tedium’

Charger Welfare

17 August 2011

Dear J-

As the clock winds down and Los Angeles creeps closer to actually building a new NFL-class stadium (“build it and a disgruntled team will come” they say) our mayor, Jerry Sanders, is leaving on a fact-finding mission to three cities: Denver, Indianapolis, and Kansas City. The purpose of the trip is to find out what works and what doesn’t work to get a new stadium built for the purpose of retaining the Chargers. Short of the system being rigged enough to sweep up voters in the city by kicking a Super Bowl Championship to the Chargers (hey, it worked for the Padres in 1998, didn’t it? World Series appearance and the new stadium was a shoo-in) I think they’re already gone.

Ever since we moved to San Diego ten years ago there’s been talk of a new stadium for the Chargers, constant threats to move and hand-wringing from politicians. All of which has sufficed to make this voter, at least, sufficiently unimpressed by both the city and the Chargers, neither side agreeing on much beyond that taxpayers should end up footing the bill. Enough corporate welfare goes on that running a sports team should not be a profit enterprise. The way that cycle should work is team does well, team attracts more fans, fans are rewarded by reinvestment in the team and stadium. If the Chargers want a bigger cut of the stadium take or a new stadium then they need to fork out the dough for a stadium.

Is that math simple enough for you? Libraries are facing budget cuts and property taxes keep rising but you want to take our money and fold it into a hole in the ground? The way sentiment is now the trip by Sanders is going to be a waste of time unless civic pride is at stake, and Sanders doesn’t want his legacy to be the guy who lost the Chargers to LA. Short of a bump in sympathy from a deep run in the playoffs I don’t think enough people in the city are sufficiently invested in the Chargers to keep them around through a stadium subsidy. If it’s folks outside the city — let’s say county-wide support — that are the strongest fans ask them to give up county money for the stadium. We’re all tapped out, and the Chargers would be incredibly poor gift recipients.

Mike

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Little Boss

8 February 2010

Dear J-

I took the opportunity of a doctor’s appointment to take the remainder of the day off (by the time I would have gotten to work, it would have already been noon and there aren’t enough hours in the day to make it worth it. That said, I think figgy spilled some fairly significant beans when she started screaming that “Legoland is over there! THERE!” as I was talking to my boss to call in sick. I needed the time off; though, and If I’m asked, I’m not going to lie about it — it’ll just make things needlessly complicated.

Yesterday we bowled enough to raise and pop a blister on my finger — my bowling hand is my writing hand so I’ll be going back to work mostly fit for duty. The apathy extends and grows; time off does nothing but make me appreciate what I’ve got at home. Long hours on the road between here and there say that we should make an effort to move closer, but I like where we are more than the pain of having more time to spend at work. What sacrifices are we expected to make for money? The literature says one thing, stories and happily ever afters don’t seem to get much traction under daylight.

The smaller things make the moments; there’s a frozen tableau on display and a million vignettes on display at Miniland; we’ve reached saturation, though, and every aspect doesn’t hold the same sort of fascination that it did. Same goes at work; the little challenges are losing their luster, and everything lately has become tedious. Once the routine changes, things improve, right? Why are we doing these things — how can having a two-year-old boss seem more reasonable than a fifty-year-old?