The complete Olympic Games include the Paralympics

My editor wrote this over at GerardMcLean.com and I had to share. It is something that I privately champion at every opportunity, and this being one of those time, here you go.

UPDATE: @Neenz just published the Paralympics page at Alltop.com last night, Mar 5. If you know of or write a blog on the Paralympics, submit it here to be included.

I first got schooled in the Paralympic Games from Kim* during a telephone conversation my first week on the job back in 1996. For those who don’t know, I used to sell exercise bikes to paralyzed people. True.

“I am a tennis player,” she said.

“You mean you used to play tennis?” I asked.

“No, stupid. I play tennis. Wheelchair tennis. And I’m training for the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney.”

“The Special Olympics?” I said.

“No, I’m in a chair, not a f***ing r*tard!” she shot back angrily.

She was not one to mince words. She had also served four years in the US Navy and she swore like a sailor.

By the time I left the company several years later, we had gotten to be pretty good friends. I wish I had kept in touch, but that wasn’t what Kim was all about. She was one who lived in the moment, curious and anxious for the future with no regrets for the past. She never made it to Sydney, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

That was my introduction to the Paralympic Games. They are held two weeks after the Olympic Games everyone knows about and gets broadcast on TV. Here is the Web site for the Games in Vancouver.

Eventually, I hope the Paralympic Games are played alongside the Olympic Games as paralympic athletes are every bit as tough as their able-boded counterparts. It seems to me that even when NBC doesn’t see the value in broadcasting the Paralympic Games, Social Media should be all over it. The Paralympics are like a really cool blog that you accidentally stumble into that you didn’t know existed, but changes your world view forever. If you want to see some real athletic ability, I encourage you to watch this year. And London. And Russia. And Rio.

Get involved on twitter. Encourage Guy and Neenz to establish a blog directory for the Paralympics on Alltop.com that doesn’t lead to disability. Write a blog article about how you feel about the Paralympics.

Do something inclusive. We’re all in this together.

*Withholding last name, but in case she ever reads this and I have permission to fill in the last name, I’d be happy to.
**Please don’t contact me about ELA being out of business. That happened way after I left.

Listen up, famous and cool people

alltop_coolpeople Here is my hit list and here is my challenge:

The first cool person who adds DogWalkBlog (can be found at http://pets.alltop.com) to their my.alltop.com page will be sent a personal Thank You bark from Charlie, the German Shepherd at DogWalkBlog.com

You must be on this “cool people” list and you must send me a DM or email at rufus [at] dogwalkblog.com

You just can’t be cool unless you have a cool dog.

Sorry, them is just the rules.

What the Wii?

Wii game Petz Sports
Wii game Petz Sports
I returned from my walk this morning to a tweet from Guy Kawasaki about how injuries caused by excessive Wii play is on the rise.

I tweeted back saying people should just get a dog and walk three times a day. Then, it occurred to me that somebody may have already developed a game for Wii where you can walk your virtual dog.

Get this. A game, Petz Sports, was released last month where you can use your Wii to interact with a pet.

Just plain wrong.

Put on a Smiley face

Smiley Faces
Smiley Faces
I found myself in a Staples last week, waiting on some stuff from the business services. I wandered down the wrong aisle and found myself in the wonderful world of teacher supplies! I don’t think I’ve ever gone down that aisle before, but if you have not been there, you should go. For me, for a moment, that aisle was the happiest place on Earth (sorry Disney.)

I started buying up lots of goofy things, like packs of smiley face tickers for a couple bucks, a big sheet of smiley face plastic clings, animal stickers with monkeys giving a thumbs up. As long as it was brightly colored and gave me an affirmation, it was cool and in my cart.

As I was driving home with my stash of stickers I really didn’t know what I was going to do with, it occurred to me that for a few bucks and some stickers, I had forgotten about the economy, almost all my worries and I felt really good inside. There had to be a way to pass that along. I had a web server, some skills, a Twitter account but mostly, a really warm feeling inside.

So I registered up the domain PutOnASmileyFace.com, made a web page and viola! we have a social movement to spread smiles as far and wide as we can.

Are you with me? I sure hope so. Together, we spread this thing as far as you can. I think we can even make the entire country grin ear-to-ear if we only believe.

Yes, yes we can. Click here to get started.

Nuggets of Reality

I received my copy of Guy Kawasaki’s Reality Check yesterday, wasted a whole day NOT reading it, but when I started, immediately got these three nuggets.

1. Majora Carter. Oh, my god, where has this woman been hiding? Why did it take this long to discover her?

2. A couple days ago, Guy tweeted out this link. I scratched my head, shrugged and kept reading. But, it was sticking in my paw and so I sent Guy a direct message asking why he would tweet out such an odd link. His response was:

guykawasaki Because I like to help people with my tweets.

Ok, that made even less sense, so I just shrugged that off. Page 232 of Reality Check,

The funnier you are, the more people think you’re smart, because it takes great intelligence to be funny.

Improv is perhaps the hardest comedic form to do well. That and repartee.  I’m sorry, Guy, I’ll not doubt again.

3. Page 237, Guy says:

On a personal level, blogs are an outlet for expression and creativity. Truly, if no one but your dog reads your blog, it’s still worth doing.

Rarely do I disagree with Guy, but I think he meant to say:

If your DOG writes your blog, everyone will read it. 

Heck, you’re here reading this now, right? Come on, read a few more posts.

224 pages of Reality to go.

Artificial time dividers

500 Tweets
500 Tweets
Today, I reached 499 tweets on my Twitter account and wanted my 500th tweet to be something special. It was and it wasn’t, as it was co-opted by Alltop to blast out a new feed page using TwitterFeed.com. That’s ok; Guy and Neenz are good folk and I don’t mind.

Got me thinking about all sorts of other “artificial” time periods we use to trick our minds into stuff. Here are a few of mine:

  • Thanksgiving is the start of the official Holiday Sloth season where I no longer need an excuse to not get something done.
  • 29th birthday to 30th
  • 30th birthday to 40th (we won’t go further)
  • Every New Year. This time, I’ll be more organized, less frivolous, more, blah, blah
  • Oh, well I ate that Snickers bar. I’ll get serious about the diet tomorrow.
  • I can pay bills tomorrow. Today is already shot and the post office is not open anyway.

The truth is, however, that time does not see any of these dividing lines. It keeps marching on and so what we see between age 29 and age 30 is just a fraction of a second — maybe less — to time.

So it is with my 500th tweet. Is the 500th any more or less special to the person who got it? Should it be more special to me? Should I have saved it for that one special tweet to that one special follower?

I dunno. Don’t think it matters much because I’m now working on my 1000th tweet. That one will be really special.

Half the failure Guy is

My dream is to become only half the failure Guy Kawasaki is!

http://www.rivershark.com/x/47

I still have not written the two books banging around in my head. But, I figure if I blog almost every day, that kinda counts?

Love that “big pile of nothing.” To misquote Emily Dickinson very badly, “I’d rather be sitting on my own big pile of nothing than at the bottom of a big pile of Yahoo!”

That “big pile of nothing” gets me traffic and Twitter tweets! Keep on doing nothing, Guy!

 

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