Out of the Blue

I've seen a few sad reminders lately that today is the anniversary of Paul Steed's passing. The former id artist died four years ago today, and in many ways the shock from that persists. Paul would like the attention, but not the mourning. I imagine he would far prefer the takeaway from this to be to appreciate life and friends as best you can. At least that's how I try to view it. I try to use thoughts like that as a reminder to be better about keeping in touch with people.

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jdreyer wrote on Aug 11, 2016, 13:49:
On the one hand, athlete salaries can be completely outrageous. On the other hand, if the athletes don't take it, the owners will which is worse. On the third hand, lower-tier athletes get paid orders of magnitude less for essentially doing the same amount of work as the top athletes. Kind of wish prof sports would implement some kind of basic pension system. I read too many "broke former athlete" stories, and many of them suffer from conditions caused by their participation.

I love football but not to the point I'm ready to fork over money for "official" merchandise. Why in the blue blazes would I pay $200 for an "official NFL licensed" Aaron Rodgers jersey that cost $5 or less to make in some third world sweatshop? Yet people do it droves. Point in fact that's where most of the money comes from, merchandising. That's the fault of idiotic fans. And all pro athletes are overpaid IMO. It's just some of them actually have to really work to earn those dollars in high risk environments like football vs. baseball/golf. A football/hockey/basketball player should make scads more money than the assholes in hobbies like baseball and golf do.

And pro athletes do have pensions. If they go broke, that's their own fault. Stop buying mansions and $250,000+ cars and jewellery. Take some personal responsibility and do some financial planning.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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