October 17, 2008

Four For Friday

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Q1 - Ouch, That Hurts!: Who do you think hurt the United States of America more... Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda on 9/11 or the people responsible for the current state of the economy?

Q2 - Advice: If you were asked to deliver the commencement speech at your high school: A) Would you do it? B) What would you talk about?

Q3 - Event: "Hello! Is this [insert your first and last name here]? My name is Peter Gadwa and I'm calling from Ticketmaster. By a strange twist of events (pun intended), your name has been chosen to receive four tickets to any event in the world -- past, present or future. What event would you like to attend and who will be joining you?"

Q4 - Commute: If a high-speed or local rail line was available to take you to and from within seven blocks of your home to work or shopping, would you use it at least four times per week or are you too attached to your automobile?

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Q1 - Neither. 9/11 awakened a giant politically and caused a chain reaction that changed the landscape in the middle east for future generations. The current economic situation, while difficult in the short-run, is cyclical. Like wildfires allowed to clear the underbrush and not extinguished by firefighters, the economy will bounce back better in time as it always does.

9/11 helped the world by altering the course of history and dragging Babylon into the 21st century ridding the world of a few tyrants in the process. (I believe Bin Laden is currently well below the prescribed 98.6 degrees F that we are asked to believe).

The people responsible for the current economic state, ironically now in charge of attempting to fix it, will not suffer similar fates as Bin Laden or Hussein and his sons nor will they even be perp-walked as they should be.

I view the contraction of the economy as a positive for the long-term health of the country as well as the individual. It's economic times like these that ordinary people can truly build weath. It is not the time for people to suck their thumb in the fetal position. Buy on fear, sell on greed.

Q2 - a. Absolutely, but I would wonder why everyone else turned it down. b. I would tell them to cut back on the narcissism, that they are only truly relevant to their family and very close true friends and focus 95% of their energies taking care of them. The world will not think of them as important and even the famous are soon forgotten so don't waste time trying to be important to people who don't know you or pretend to care.

Q3 - I would like to re-attend the birth of my son.

Q4 - There is a good trolley system about a half mile from home that many of my neighbors "park and ride" downtown to work. The work that I do requires that I have my truck readily available throughout the day. However, if I worked in an office environment downtown or near a trolley stop, I would use it every workday.

Posted by: Dave at October 17, 2008 4:28 AM

1. The people responsible for the flaming trainwreck of our economy.

2. No. I loathed HS and didn't even want to go to my graduation. If I did give an address though it would be along the lines of 'Take a look around you. The jerks and idiots you're surrounded by right now will be with you all your life. Maybe not the exact same people, but the same types. As much as people are fond of "re-inventing" themselves, people don't really change, so get used to dealing with them. Once you'er in the real world, you will have the ability to distance yourself from them much more than you could when you're forced to sit next to them in homeroom.'

3. The beatles at the Indiana State Fair Coliseum.

4. Unless I was going to be lugging home a lot of packages, I'd definitely use it.

Posted by: mike at October 17, 2008 6:00 AM

Q1: The people responsible for the current state of the economy. I consider what they've done to be high treason. It's definitely more painful to be hurt by those who are supposed to be on the same side.

Q2: A) No. B) If I couldn't get out of doing it, I would talk about how important it is to speak and act honestly and with integrity. I would point out just how destructive it is to a society when people act immorally to serve their own best interests.

Q3: Woodstock with my wife and a couple we know from our college days.

Q4: I don't normally use my car four times a week. I would regularly use a high-speed rail to travel to nearby cities rather than driving... especially if it was cheaper or not too much more expensive.

Posted by: Joe at October 17, 2008 6:38 AM

1. I think the enemy within is always more dangerous. Plus, I don't wanna go all conspiracy theory, but I'm not sure that the people responsible aren't the same on both counts.

2. Yeah, I probably would. I'm not sure what I'd talk about yet... maybe the importance of continued learning throughout life--life learning.

3. Probably game 6 or game 7 of 1994 NBA finals. but the tickets would have to be right behind the Knicks bench and at either game my mission would have been the same--convince Pat Riley to sit John Starks. If I could be successful, the Knicks win the championship. It would also have been cool to be to Game 5 of the 1973 finals to see the Knicks actually win it, but since I don't know the players from back then very well and I wouldn't get to see Celtic great, John Havlicek play since he was injured, I have to go with the '94 games. As for who I would take, I guess my buddy Jonas, my wife, and ummm, man there really aren't that many Knick fans in Utah. I guess I'd take Sidwell too because he's crazy at b-ball games and since the Knicks wouldn't be playing against the Jazz, I could make it a condition that he would have to cheer for the Knicks for me to take him.

4. I would probably use it, especially as it gets colder and riding my scooter becomes less pleasant.

Posted by: Clark at October 17, 2008 6:46 AM

Q1- Both are painful, but different kinds of pain. Bin Laden hurt us like a swift kick to the boys down stairs,...a quick unexpected (sorta) blow. The current state of the economy hurt us like the slow but consistent and steady twisting of the boys,...progressively adding to the pain.

Q2- A) Yes, B) Farts.

Q3- Wow, great question. Dave had a good answer with the event being the birth of his son. I would like to go back to the birth of my daughter as well. But, to be original, I would go back to Fenway Pawk (Park) and re-live the "Flag Ceremony" event and game in general. I would have all the original peeps with me (including you Beli),...and add my daughter in the mix as well.

Q4- It would take some intense persuading to get me to not take my car. You never know when you gotta go somewhere unexpected. I like the freedom of my own car.

Posted by: Jake at October 17, 2008 6:52 AM

Q1. 9/11 vs. Economy - If we are speaking of 9/11 itself, as an isolated incident, then I would say the economy debacle is worse. But the 'aftermath' of 9/11 is still being felt and paid for... they are both sad, terrible events. But our country is stronger than either event - we will survive and rock again.

Q2. Commencement - I did. I spoke about overcoming stereotypes and reaching our potential... my class had many stereotypes to overcome and not many of them thought they had any potential... it was relevant.... There were only like 15 of us, all young mothers.

Q3. Ticketmaster - Oh WAY too many to choose from! But off the top of my head... Past: Any Led Zeppelin show during their 'reign'. Any Aretha Franklin performance. An early performance of Shakespeare - with him. Present: The Jason Mraz show in Utah next week. Future: The Gypsy Kings somewhere in France or Spain!

Q4. Commute - If I had a job to take it to, yes!

Posted by: Amandiva at October 17, 2008 7:28 AM

1- Per capita I would say the 9/11 attacks, just a few people responsible for a lot of pain/damage/anger/insert-your-emotion-here. There are a lot of people who contributed to the current state of the economy, so the blame could get spread out quite a lot. As a single event, though, I have to say the current state of the economy is a far bigger deal in the life of the average American.

2- I probably would do it; get up and say "speeches suck" and sit down.

3- I would like to sit in on the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution, and as long as time travel is in the works, I'd like to watch it happen with Plato, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Constantine.

4- Probably during good weather.

Posted by: Greg at October 17, 2008 8:03 AM

1. We now know in hindsight the effects 9/11 has had on the US. We are still watching re: the latest short and long term effects of the economic crash. It's hard to say.

What I do know is that 9/11 was a tragedy of human suffering compounded by a hard financial blow - caused by an outsider to the US community.

The events we are feeling today are own fault and we have no one else to blame other than ourselves.

Sadly, 9/11 united our country; the events of today are dividing our nation.

2. If I could do it at my age now, I would do the speech. I am much more confident and knowledgable that I was as a high school senior!

If I had to be the age I was as a high school senior, then 'No', I would not do it. I did not enjoy high school.

3. That's a tough choice to make. I would love to attend another parade of Tall Ships surrounding a major US celebration. My husband, Mom and Dad would be with me.

4. I would definitely use the train 4 times a week.

Posted by: Flower at October 17, 2008 9:07 AM

1. 9/11 - no question. Thousands of people died, I mean c'mon. Also, war is extremely expensive and having to fight the war on terror has cost billions of dollars.

2. Yep. I would do it and i would tell them how little they know, and much more they have to learn. I would be tough on them... but fair.

3. If I had four, I'd split them in half and use two to go see Simon and Garfunkle's Central Park show, as well as Phish's final show at Coventry. I haven't met the person I'd take yet.

4. Nope. I'd drive. Way more convenient and easy... for now, at least.

Posted by: David Lay at October 17, 2008 9:34 AM

mine is up!

Posted by: pinaymama at October 17, 2008 9:57 AM

1. Tough question. If I had to choose one or the other I would say 9/11 because I think it will have a much more long term effect than the current economic crisis and cost many more lives, which are much more important than a few trillion dollars.

2. You bet, that would be a hoot! I would talk about livin' the dream.

3. Hmm, how about a JamCruise with Michael Franti and Spearhead with my lovely wife.

4. Yes. I would commit to that in a heartbeat. We need a high speed train between Boulder and Denver!

Posted by: Ford Church at October 17, 2008 11:11 AM

Q1 - Ouch, That Hurts!: I like Greg and David's answers. 'Nuff said.

Q2 - Advice: A) Yes. B) I would start out with, "In three hours, you won't give a crap about what happens here. So why are you here? Do things that you'll look back on and think, 'Yeah, I'm glad I was there for that.'" Then I would give an irrefutable argument for why the Church of FSM is good and great, invite all the females to join me in my specialized baptismal ceremony, scream "AMEN!" then run around giving high fives.

Q3 - Event: Wow! This is really a tough one. I'm torn between two events. I'll give you the less personal one. I'd go back to the "event" of my leaving a martial arts studio on November 21, 1994 and tell my past self to take a direct route home -- avoiding 800 North at all costs -- save every last penny he makes from then on until the 1997 World Series of Poker, then bet it all on underdog Stu Ungar becoming the first and only person to ever win the main event for a third time.

Q4 - Commute: I love trains! I'd probably take it every day if they let me blow the whistle.

Posted by: One Crazy Mofo at October 17, 2008 11:13 AM

Q1 - Hmmm... 9/11 brought about some of the most ridiculous pointless changes to our lives, like taking off our shoes and not being able to bring a tube of toothpaste on a plane. In reality, The economy has probably affected more people directly. The 9/11 attacks hurt our national psyche, the down-turn in the economy has dropped our country down a few notches with the rest of the world's view.

Q2 - Ulgh. I'd try to weasel out of it. I don't really feel high school actually did anything for my development as a person. College sure did, but high school was a breeze and pretty lame. I'd probably tell them "high school is worthless"

Q3 - Wow. That's a hard question. 85 bears super bowl win? Woodstock? One of the Bulls championship wins?

Q4 - I'd use it everyday. I'm ready to not ever drive to work again. Bad for the environment, bad for my wallet, bad for my life. D O N E. I enjoy driving but I'm tired of paying for it and ruining the earth

Posted by: Josh at October 17, 2008 11:14 AM

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