February 16, 2007

FOUR FOR FRIDAY

Q1 - Public Speaking: What is the largest group of people you have ever spoken in front of, and what was the focus of your talk/speech?

Q2 - Freedom of Speech: Earlier this week, former Miami Heat basketball player Tim Hardaway said on a sports radio talk show that he would not want a gay player on his team. "You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known," Hardaway said. "I don't like gay people and I don't like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States." National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern, upon learning of the remarks, banished Hardaway from this weekend's NBA's All-Star activities in Las Vegas. Despite what you think about Hardaway's comments, do you think the NBA took the right, appropriate or just action in barring him from the League's All-Star functions?

Q3 - Food Poisoning: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat from certain jars of Peter Pan peanut butter or Great Value peanut butter due to risk of contamination with Salmonella Tennessee (a bacterium that causes food borne illness). The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter have a product code located on the lid of the jar that begins with the number "2111." Have you ever had food poisoning? If so, what made you sick, and can you still eat that particular food? If a restaurant was involved, can you still eat food from the establishment that contributed to your food poisoning?

Q4 - Purchases: What was the last thing you purchased, and what do you think you will purchase next?

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Comments:

1. I think it was around 35-40 people, back when I was teaching an introductory Marketing class for a semester.

2. Yes, yes, and yes. Repellant as they are, Hardaway has the right to his beliefs and to express them any way he sees fit, but: 1. The league does not owe him a platform to express those beliefs; 2. If the league is using him as a spokesman, they have every right to punish him for remarks that could damage the reputation of the league. and 3. yes, they have every right to bar him. They are a private organization and it's their prerogative. That being said, the league's speed in disavowing Hardaway's comments and banning him makes me think that plans were already in place to deal with "homophobia eruptions" from one or more current or past players. This tends to make me believe that the league is aware of many more players who have issues with homosexuality and are more concerned with quieting the hue and cry public relations after the fact than addressing the underlying problem.

3. Never had food poisoning. Anyone who's seen my kitchen would be quite surprised at that.

4. Last purchase? A snow shovel. Next purchase? Two or three skeins of pink furry yarn so I can knit a scarf for a co-worker.

Posted by: mike at February 16, 2007 6:39 AM

Q1 - I've spoken in churches several times, as liturgist, presenter and/or reader, and in meetings of various types (not really "in front of," more "in the midst of"), and in large classrooms. I can't remember anything much more than about 100 people. That's enough!

Q2 - Well, it seems to me that the NBA probably did him a favor. I'd bet on there being at least one gay person in the vicinity of Las Vegas, and since he doesn't like being around gay people...he got his wish.

He's honest. I'll give him that. And yes, he has the right to say stuff like this, just as the NBA has the right to tell him to siddown and shaddup, in this case disinviting him from something that is clearly invitational. I don't think the Heat could fire him for saying this stuff, but again they might just be able to say what I said in my first paragraph: You don't want to be around gay people? OK, well, since there may be gay people on our staff and in the crowd on game days, I guess you'll have to seek employment elsewhere. Someplace where there are no gays.

Uhm, yeah. Let me know how that works out for ya, maggot.

Q3 - I've surely had mild cases of food poisoning, but I've never been able to tie it to a specific food, or a place where I ate. Sometimes the canapes have just been sitting out too long at someone's house party.... If I did get sick from a restaurant, I doubt I'd eat there again.

Q4 - Food. It's always about food for me!

Seriously: I ate Taco Bell food last night (ironic that this follows a question about food poisoning!), and I need to hit the grocery store today.

Posted by: Cat. at February 16, 2007 7:01 AM

Q1 - Public Speaking: Well, as an actor, I have been in front of audiences as big as about 250-350, and as small as 15, man was that a rough night, hahaha. As far as speaking alone, I'd say probably about 30 people, Senior Government at SHS, arguing in a class debate that "Under God" should be taken back out of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Q2 - Freedom of Speech: It seems like most basketball players are ignorant of a little thing we call "tact." Oliver Wendell Holmes once said "The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins." Hardaway's comments, while he has the right to say what he wants, where and whenever he wants, were harmful to the NBA, and I agree with Mike that, like it or not, he serves as a spokesman for their private organization, and it is their prerogative to handle the situation in any way they see fit.

Q3 - Food Poisoning: I once had a shrimp salad in Huatulco, Mexico, my first mistake, eating fish in Mexico. I was sicker'na dog for a week. If I remember correctly it was over a year before I could eat shrimp again, but I once again love shrimp! Huzzah to still being able to eat one of my favorite party platters!

Q4 - Purchases: The last thing I bought was a pack of cigarettes, I think the next thing that I will officially be purchasing is a shirt that I ordered during the run of a play I'm in right now, a production shirt.

PS - This is what part of the alphabet would look like if Q and R were eliminated.

PPS - Missed your comments this week, Mikal!

Posted by: Fezzik at February 16, 2007 7:34 AM

1. My largest audience was about 140 4th grade kids about 3 years ago. I worked at a corn maze in Idaho and in order to make their field trip an "educational experience" I was asked to give about a 15 minute speech about the several hundred thousand ways in which corn is used in industry.

2. Hardaway is going to have to quarantine himself if he's really got such an issue with homosexuality. Here's the thing though, the NBA's intended message is inclusiveness and tolerance; how does banning a former all-star based on his beliefs show tolerance. The really do have the right to do whatever they want, and are probably figuring on avoiding further public spectacle, but I think the core message was lost.

3. The only time that's happened was on a road trip with my family when I was 7. We had Taco Time burritos, and me and both of my siblings were ralphing for a while afterwards. I can barely stand to eat at any fast food mexican, let alone Taco Time.

4. The last thing I bought was gas, and the next is likely to be food from whatever restaurant my wife feels like tonight.

Posted by: Greg at February 16, 2007 8:54 AM

1. Several times, I've spoken in front of a few hundred people, generally about political or Jaycee topics.
2. The NBA is OK when it imposes a dress-code, but, even though I am gay & disagree with the hateful remarks, I think it is outside the scope of the NBA's role to censor and censure for such things. A point to consider: What would the NBA do if a player made such a remark about race, about a black person - or even about a white person?
3. I have never had food poisoning, although some of my hangovers in my 20's seemed like they may have been from food poisoning!
4. I bought drinks at my birthday party last night. I dropped film off this morning and will pick it up shortly.

Posted by: Lee McD at February 16, 2007 9:41 AM

1. I've given several talks in church, usually in front of 200-300 people. It's been about two years since my last talk. The subject was on resources to learn more about the gospel, and I chose to focus on recognizing and heeding the influence of the Holy Ghost.

2. Interesting comments all around. I generally agree with the majority thus far. Being that the NBA is Hardaway's employer, and he represents the NBA in a big way, they are well within their rights to do what they did, and it was probably appropriate. My employer would likely fire me if I said something like that publicly while representing them.

3. Last I remember, I got food poisoning from some pizza-like thinger at TGIFridays. I spent the entire night vomitting into my toilet. It's been about 8 years since that incident, and I still feel sick when I see a TGIFridays commercial. However, I have eaten there twice since then.

I have also gotten food poisoning from Wendy's and some bad beans in a TV-dinner meal.

4. Last thing I purchased was a BBQ-Bacon Cheeseburger combo at Wendy's (yes, I eat there all the time despite my food poisoning experience). My next purchase is likely to be a Dbl. Ceeseburger combo at Burger King... or something of that sort.

Posted by: Stuart at February 16, 2007 10:29 AM

1. Largest group Ive ever spoken in front of would have to be my church ward, about 200 or so people ages 18-50s.. The focus of my talk was my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (I was giving a talk i n church!!)

2. I dont think he should be banned, but I'm not for gays at all.. I think that was a little bit extreme dont you say? And its not like hes going to change his "life style" just because of that, he may hide it but.. "A man forced against his will is of the same opinion still".

3.I have gotten food poinsoning before. I got it from eating lunch meat from a grocery store. My symptoms included upset stomach, flu type sickness and A LOT of throwing up.. It lasted about a week.. I can still eat from there (its a grocery store!!).. but i dont purchase that same kind of meat.

4.hmm.. hahahhahaha. this morning i bought a breakfast burrito from Mc Donalds (didnt have time to make a normal breakfast).. next thing ill purchase.. hmm.. i dont know.

Posted by: Crystal at February 16, 2007 11:20 AM

1. Largest group Ive ever spoken in front of would have to be my church ward, about 200 or so people ages 18-50s.. The focus of my talk was my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (I was giving a talk i n church!!)

2. I dont think he should be banned, but I'm not for gays at all.. I think that was a little bit extreme dont you say? And its not like hes going to change his "life style" just because of that, he may hide it but.. "A man forced against his will is of the same opinion still".

3.I have gotten food poinsoning before. I got it from eating lunch meat from a grocery store. My symptoms included upset stomach, flu type sickness and A LOT of throwing up.. It lasted about a week.. I can still eat from there (its a grocery store!!).. but i dont purchase that same kind of meat.

4.hmm.. hahahhahaha. this morning i bought a breakfast burrito from Mc Donalds (didnt have time to make a normal breakfast).. next thing ill purchase.. hmm.. i dont know.

Posted by: Crystal at February 16, 2007 11:20 AM

1. Probably around two to three thousand people. I'm not sure, because I was giving my high school valedictorian speech in a packed football stadium.

2. Yes.

3. To my recollection, no.

4. Lunch. Next thing--probably more food.

Posted by: sya at February 16, 2007 6:24 PM

1. I have a fear of public speaking, so I avoid it at all costs. But, when I was in grad school I had to facilitate a discussion (along with another person) in front of the class. Most of my public speaking has been done in school - so probably about 20+- people.

2. Any person with that much hatred should be banished. Why should he have the priviledge of participating in such an event? People like him do not even deserve any perks. He needs some deep therapy.

3. No, I haven't had food poisoning, thank goodness. But a friend of mine once ate a fish sandwich from a popular fast food chain (McD's) and got food poinsoning - he became a vegetarian after that.

4. The last thing I purchased was gasoline for my car (and it was a full service station!). The next thing I will probably buy - a birthday card and gifts for my niece.

Posted by: Vera at February 16, 2007 7:02 PM

Q1 - Public Speaking: 150 people, mostly elementary school students and teachers, parents and grandparents. I was president of SPT (Speedway Parents and Teachers), so I had to speak at a few gatherings every year. I didn't mind the rest of the job, but public speaking is definitely not my forte.

Q2 - Freedom of Speech: I think Hardaway should be able to say anything he wants, and people should be free to say anything against Hardaway that they feel. Without an honest and open dialogue, we will never overcome bigotry. It will just be suppressed and then expressed in more subtle ways.

Q3 - Food Poisoning: I don't know if it was bona fide food poisoning, but I became very ill after eating a fish on a rooftop restaurant in Puerto Angel, Mexico. I wouldn't eat at that restaurant again, but I've certainly eaten fish since then.

Q4 - Purchases: Tresor perfume for my wife for Valentine's day. Next purchase--a new pair of black dress pants.

Posted by: Joba at February 17, 2007 6:27 AM

1. Speaking--around 800+ in church regarding singles ministry. Singing--thousands at fairgrounds in California back in the day.

2. I think Mike and Fezziz said it well.

3. Had it bad. Dairy Queen ice cream cone. Doctor says he thinks that may be what started my IBS. Don't go often but have been back just not to that one.

4. Last--Scrapbook materials. Next--scrapbook materials.

Posted by: Deb at February 17, 2007 10:47 AM

1. I donít know if this is considered public speaking per se, but I had the opportunity to be part of a live radio show for a station in Praia Grande, Brazil that had a listener base of about 150,000 people. I was on the show a total of four times and talked for about 5 minutes each time. I was a missionary at the time and the focus of what I spoke on was the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. The scary part was that I had to talk in Portuguese ń yikes!

If the audience has to be in the same room with you for it to be public speaking, then it would be a couple thousand or so ń however many students were in my high school.

2. Yes. The hilarious (to me) part of the story is that Hardaway was working for an NBA program called NBA Cares. You canít have a guy be a spokesman for a program called NBA Cares talking about how much he hates a certain type of person.

3. I donít know if Iíve every had really serious, go-to-the-hospital-to-get-your-stomach-pumped food poisoning, but I seem quite prone to eating things that make me puke a lot. The last time this happened was when I got heartburn really bad at my in laws house. They didnít have any Tums or normal antacid, but I did find some baking soda (which also works great as and antacid) and quickly downed a teaspoon of that. Shortly thereafter, I found out that I the baking soda I used was their fridge deodorizer and not something they used for baking. So basically I had just downed a teaspoon of 6 months worth of bad fridge bacteria. Needless to say, I donít eat bad baking soda anymore, but I have no problem eating other foods Iíve puked in the past.

4. The last thing I purchased was a bunch of junk food and beverages for a small get together with some neighbors. I think my next purchase will be Audioslaveís new album.

Posted by: Clark Winegar at February 20, 2007 5:00 PM

1. No idea certainly in the multiple hundreds, probably pushing 1000 -- I have no idea. Crowds don't bother me.

2. I have no idea, but I am sad that Illinois retired it's mascot today.

3. Absolutely four times that I know of:
easter egg -- always keep them refrigerated
guacamole -- don't eat it any more after being sick twice
hardees -- many years ago
It's miserable. I have 2111 peanut butter. It's getting returned unopened.

4. 174 feet of coax, a battery tester and coax cable fittings (6) and couplers (2). 2nd tuner should be working in a day or two.

Hope you are well my friend. How's the running going?

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