So a few days ago I got asked “What kind of music do you like?” and after a quick minute of conversation, including some replies of “no, never heard of ’em”, I concluded that in order for me to answer I would also need to provide listening methods… And here we are!  Included is a few  [read: many] more questions that I got from Facebook.  I’ve provided answers to the best of my ability with minimal amount of Googling, and have included plenty of self-commentary along the way.  Questions are copy and pasted, with my replies in green.  

NOTE:  I wrote way more than anticipated, so I’m splitting this into two separate posts.  I’ll get the other half, including the music question, answered within the next week.
Without further ado :

Coach’s Corner with Coach Seth

 

Tery “FitDad” McGovern

“How many sacks did you have in your high school, college and pro football careers? Don’t be modest now…

Please dedicate an entire blog entry to explain how the Star Wars stories are really a parody of the 100+ year rivalry between the Boston Red Sox (red socks for you) and the NY Yankees”

I had two hackey sacks in middle school, one of which I kept in my top dresser drawer through high school.  They were used [poorly] at the local Historic Morganton Festival TGIF Concert on the Square every Friday afternoon.  Due to my lack of good hand-eye coordination, I had to retire early.  In college I met iSack, who many of you know to this day!  He frequents the gym and we are often found calling each other “Good Buddy”.  He is the only sack that I have in my pro career, although we have never played football.

Terry you sly dog you, this is another one of your trick questions!  The Boston Red Socks and the Yankees are not rivals.  The Atlanta Braves are the Yankees rivals.  Let me tell you some facts that I remember on sports from my Paw Paw (that’s southern for grandfather, I don’t know what you call it up there at the Cape Cod): The Yankees don’t let you have facial hair, and we don’t like Jeff Gordon, either.

Mark “Sizzlechest” Melchior

“How many times a week do middle aged women try and pinch your butt?

How many eggs do you eat a week?

Whats your answer to perfect skin

If you had a caveman name, what would it be?”

I am not the recipient of many middle aged women butt pinches, although frequently am the recipient of commentary.  The most recent was a woman who was giving out samples of food at BJ’s said “OH I LIKE THOSE LEGS” (she did this after making a flexing motion with her arms as I walked by).

How many eggs a week… The One-And-Only Melissa is usually on breakfast duty, which means we rotate Paleo Pizza (with eggs on top) or Paleo Yiddish bagels with boiled eggs and sausage.  I’d say three a day on weekdays, five or six on weekends.

Kind sir if you are implying that I have perfect skin I first must offer my appreciation.  My skin diet is a follows: water, video games, trying to absorb as much Vitamin D as possible when outside which means no shirt.

My caveman name would be  **minutes later**

ah man I am struggling with this one **the next day**

(note that I have skipped this while writing and came back to it much later)

Seth is a good name.  So is Skywalker.   So is Sizzlechest!  I’d settle for StoneThrower, though.

Dang Xiong

“where is the fortress of solitude?”

I am going to fess up to my first Google encounter here – I did not know what this was.  If you are privy to this inside joke, I know that I have fully disappointed you by now, and I should just go ahead onto the next question.

Kelly Zagar

“If I gave you bleach, parachord, two horse shoes and a bag of skittles, could you still make a pair of your signature homemade sandals

Is taking selfies with your weighted barbell appropriate during a workout?”

The best I could fashion with that, since I’m assuming (probably incorrectly) that you are placing me on an island in a survival scenario, would be as follows:

Take Skittles and use them as animal treats.  Find native wildlife and bend it to my will, using the magical power of fructose addiction and my natural ability to tame beasts.  [Take a leap of faith here and let’s say I tame a sea turtle]  I will combine the skittles bag with the parachord and fashion a sail (albeit small) to capture energy from the wind.  The bleach will be used to fend off any poison ivy that I rub up against on the Island, which I know works because I had to do it when I was 16, but it burns like a B****, particularly since I was already scratching it.  I’ll tie the empty bleach bottle to the tail of the turtle for added buoyancy, and  proceed to ride on it’s back in the direction of civilization.  The horseshoes were unhelpful so I left them on the beach.

Regarding selifes, I have made a flowchart for you:

**5 minutes have passed with me Googling “free flowchart diagram maker”**

Never mind I am not.

If you win the WOD, sure, I guess you can do a selfie during.

Keng Lee

“Who shot first?”

The one and only, baby!  (Except now there are two because they just casted Alden Ehrenreich!)

 

Christine Shoemaker Harris

“ “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

― Milton Friedman

As an econ major and part of a small business your thoughts…”

Let me first admit that I have used some “Google fu” to brush up on Friedman’s views.

Again, the quote: “Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

My thoughts:  I like the free market, and I agree that people act rationally given the information available to them.  What is rational to one person may not seem rational to the next, which is why we have people with many different lifestyles throughout the world.

Friedman took a viewpoint in stark contrast to Keynes – as he must have had to by his name!  [get it… pronounced “freed-man”]  He was very pro free market, laissez faire if you will.  While you may not know of these men, Friedman was part of the reason for the income tax withholding  policy that is currently in effect.  The idea was that we could temporarily fund WWII with the added revenue, but he was appalled that the government made it a permanent part of peacetime taxation.  So, thanks, Uncle Sam.

Wow I could keep going, and I’d love to…. But I shouldn’t.  If you’ve made it this far, we should talk in person.

So what do I think?  I think that a free market left to its own devices produces too many negative externalities (social negatives) and too few positive externalities (social positives).

Two easily notable negative externalities are as follows: cigarette smoke/butts and the spillover costs of obesity.   People smoke and you smell it, gross, get away from me with that mess, and DON’T THROW IT ON THE GROUND!!!  There is a myriad of costs of obesity, but instead of listing things until this blog crashed, I’ll focus on the one that absolutely upsets me the most: childhood obesity.   Kids don’t have a choice, and they don’t know any better.  It is disheartening and I hate it.  I won’t continue.

Positive externalities are the opposite; they provide a benefit to the individual and to others as well.  With education, the skills acquired and knowledge learnt at university can benefit the wider community in many ways.  Private healthcare for contagious illnesses is similar, because the payee incurs the cost of treatment, and many other people benefit from not being sick.

Are you still with me?  If so, I applaud you.  And thusly I’ll write my conclusion:

I don’t like bailouts.  I don’t like “too big to fail”.  I like the idea of a free market, but I do not think that it will work in practice if it is upheld completely.  I think that free markets coordinate people’s actions very well, even though said coordination was nobody’s actual intent.  Money is a fantastic motivator, and supply and demand is it’s compass.

However, without regulation I fear there would be too large of an overproduction of social negatives.  Alcohol would be too cheap and not as safe, the same with cigarettes, and things like methamphetamine and heroin would not be regulated.  Things with a high potential for abuse will be overproduced and overused, which would have a negative impact on everyone’s lives.

So I disagree, Mr. Friedman, I do believe in freedom, and I like the idea of a free market with minimal government intervention.   But I think a large portion of the population needs someone to save them from themselves.  When people are not disciplined we see too many negative externalities.  And will the free market stop that?  No, it will make a can of soda even cheaper.  And I do not like where that leads.

TLDR: No, read it and educate yourself on some economic policy!