Backcountry Shot Glasses. Because Sanitation.

first_imgFirst, I should say that we don’t recommend doing shots in the backcountry. Combining alcohol with adventurous sports is irresponsible and could result in a variety of dire consequences ranging from impaired decision making to hypothermia. Also, there’s a rare condition associated with boozing while hiking or biking called “having too much fun.” It’s serious. And contagious. I want to be a responsible adult, but I keep running into the same problem: bourbon tastes good. And it tastes even better when you’re deep in the woods at the end (or middle) of an epic adventure. And they make flasks so lightweight and portable these days that it seems almost silly not to take a few ounces of your favorite spirit along on your adventure. While you could sip your hooch straight from the flask like a damn animal, there are other, more civilized options for the discerning drinker. Enter the Adventure Shot Glass Set from Stanley–four stainless steel sippers that stack together and pack away in their own steel carrying case. Look at these things; they’re so cute, it would be rude not to whip them out when you reach the summit of your next peak. And any wilderness guide worth his/her salt will tell you that the number one medical issue in the backcountry isn’t a sprained ankle, it’s communicable diseases. For some reason, people are in such awe of nature that they forget to wash their hands. They go all communal and start sharing spoons and cups. But if you have these shot glasses, you don’t have to suck the bourbon straight from the flask, right after your sleazy friend with the stripper girlfriend sucks the bourbon straight from the flask. You think taking a shot of booze in the backcountry is irresponsible? Try getting herpes. See? Using these little cups is a public health issue. Be responsible.last_img read more

Memories made: Lessons for credit unions we can learn from our dads

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Katie Nehl A born and raised ranch girl from small town North Dakota, Katie started her credit union journey six years ago, with First Community Credit Union (FCCU). After working three years … Web: Details As Father’s Day has just passed and Independence Day is just around the corner, I take a step back to reminisce about how most of our holiday weekends during the summer were spent – at a rodeo. For years we spent the two weekends traveling to a rodeo to watch family or when we were old enough, my brother and I would be competing ourselves. In fact, the Independence Day weekend is often referred to as “Cowboy Christmas”, because of the abundance of rodeos over July 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Needless to say, rodeo has been a big part of both Father’s Day and the Independence Day weekend for our family, for my cowboy dad and my husband, too. See, a year ago, over Father’s Day weekend, after a rodeo that my husband was in, we told our families that they would get to be grandparents. They were overjoyed and excited for their grandchild to come. Now, at over 5 months old, that handsome little boy has his grandparents wrapped around his finger. Recently, a coworker asked me what my favorite thing about being a new parent was. Without much hesitation, I said, “Seeing my husband, as a dad and our parents, as grandparents.” The truth is, many of my friends and other parents told me to be prepared for the emotional roller coaster of parenthood. However, none of them prepared me for the joy I would feel when seeing my husband, parents and in-laws with our baby. So, in honor of Father’s Day that has just passed, and the upcoming Cowboy Christmas as we like to call it, here’s a few things I’ve learned watching the cowboys in our family, like my husband, my brother in law, my own father and my father-in-law, become dad’s and grandpas. You’ll Learn as You Go: Seeing the dads in our lives like my husband, my dad, my brother in-law and father-in law with our son is like pure magic. At first, the nurses had to teach my husband how to hold our child, how to hold a bottle up for him and yes, how to change a diaper. But he got the hang of it in no time and is now ‘super dad’ as I call him. The same went for our sons’ grandpas. They forgot how to hold babies and were worried they would hurt him. But, every day and minute that goes by with them and our son, they’ve learned. Their love for him is so pure and grows stronger by the day. As our son grows, he’s learning, but the wonderful dads in his life are also learning, too. They all remind me that no matter what we’re doing, we never stop learning.Take Time to Play: Having a baby has really changed my husband, my dad and my father in law’s mindset about just slowing down. It’s fun to see how they all now take time to lay and play with our son, read him books, shake his toys, help him roll and more. The other stuff can wait. Having our son grow, learn and laugh, cannot. The time we take to sit down, laugh, enjoy baby giggles and join together as a family is one of the greatest gifts I could ever ask for. In our fast paced world, filled with technology, social media, and hand-held games, it’s important to not forget face-to-face communication; to not forget how to simply enjoy being in one another’s presence; to not forget to slow down and enjoy the little things in life; and to not forget how to laugh and feel emotion with others. It’s Not Always About You: It’s funny how when you have a child, life changes and things you did selfishly before, you can’t now. It’s not about you, it’s about them. It seems so much that my husband or dad will ask how Clayton is first, as they should. Your child is the center of your plans, dreams, goals, and more. It’s the same at your credit union. It’s not always about you, and meeting your goal numbers every month. It’s about the member; it’s about giving them the attention they need and finding out what you can do to help them. Just Do your Best: Those that know me, know I share this story about my dad often. See, before every single rodeo event I used to compete in- Breakaway roping, Barrel Racing and Pole Bending, my dad would come up to me as I sat on my horse, look me in the eye, pat my leg, and say “Do your Best, Kate”. It was like clockwork. Whether he realized it or not, he taught me so much in those three words: Do Your Best. Now, as first-time parents, my husband and I are learning that we have to simply do our best, in raising our son. There are so many unknowns and scary times when we question if we’re parenting correctly, but my husband reminds me like my dad used to, that we have to just keep doing our best.  See the thing is, if we’d simply give our all, do our best in every task we face, we can better ourselves in our career, inspire others, win awards, stand out from the crowd, develop new skills and more! If you’re not doing your best, then you’re operating at a lower level. You’re compromising your standards, and setting yourself up to accept substandard performances. Every day, in every aspect of our lives we have the option of doing our best work or something less. I hope you choose to do your best for all the reasons above, and simply because you can.Remember That Some Things Aren’t for Sale: This may be the one lesson that sticks with me the most that I’ve learned growing up from my dad, and now the same goes for watching him become a grandpa: Some things aren’t for sale. The truth is, some things in life simply can’t be bought. You can’t buy hard work. You can’t buy honesty. You can’t buy the feeling of holding your new child, watching them smile and grow. Or seeing your husband and parents hold your child and all the fun they have with him. The same can be said in our office, you can’t buy the feeling you get when you help a young adult get their first car loan, or a newly married couple afford their first house. The older I get, it seems as if time passes by more quickly than ever. I now realize that there are so many things that our parents taught us, that I hope we can now pass on to our son. The point is, these memories and valuable time we can spend together can never be bought. The best “things” in life, aren’t things, they are memories and the time we have with others. Don’t forget to be thankful for these life moments, as they go by quickly.So, while some of the best men I know and have had the privilege of knowing are cowboys—it’s fun to see these cowboys like my husband, my dad, and father-in-law now become dads and grandpas, themselves. I think it’s their best roles in life, yet.Happy ‘late’ Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there and happy early ‘4th of July’.  I know where we will be over the 4th– at a rodeo of course! But, I hope you all have a wonderful day, making memories with your family.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img June 12, 2020 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A group of University of Texas football players and athletes across several sports called on the school Friday to rename several campus buildings, change the traditional school song and donate a percentage of athletic department revenue to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.The letter said it was sent on behalf of the Longhorn “student athlete body.” It said the football team will participate in all required team activities ahead of the upcoming season, but players would not aid in recruiting future players or participate in alumni events.The two-page, unsigned note posted on social media accounts of dozens of Longhorns athletes noted the school’s motto of “What starts here changes the world.” It said the group was moved to issue its call for campus changes after protests erupted nationwide following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESFlorida governor signs college athlete compensation bill Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that would allow college athletes in the state to earn money from endorsement deals.The law goes into effect in July 2021. By then, both the NCAA and Congress could have national legislation in place to lift restrictions on college athletes being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Florida is the third state, joining California and Colorado, to pass a law targeting current NCAA rules that restrict college athlete compensation. Florida’s law goes into effect 18 months earlier than the other two.NCAA-ELECTION DAYNCAA encourages day off from college sports on election dayUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is encouraging its 1,100 member colleges and universities to give athletes the day off from sports on election day. Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason. The players’ last offer was for an 89-game regular season at full prorated pay.MLB proposed that players be guaranteed about $1.25 billion in salaries, earn an additional $200 million if the postseason is completed plus a $50 million postseason players’ pool even if no tickets are sold.The union’s proposal would guarantee players $2.2 billion. Before the new coronavirus caused opening day to be pushed back from March 26, salaries had been set to total $4 billion.Players have insisted they receive 100% of their prorated salaries, the terms the sides agreed to in March. But MLB told the union that playing in empty ballparks without gate revenue would cause a loss of $640,000 for each additional game played and that teams can’t afford 100% prorated pay. The union has said it doubts MLB’s figures but has not received sufficient financial disclosure to make a full evaluation.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: PGA-FBC HERITAGEHilton Head field stacked with winners, but no Tiger WoodsHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The field for the RBC Heritage next week includes 114 players who have won on the PGA Tour, the most of any event since the tour began keeping track in 2000.It just doesn’t have Tiger Woods.For the second straight week, the top five in the world will be competing as golf resumes its schedule from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown that began in March. — The NBA has given teams a more definitive timetable for the restart to the season. It includes required coronavirus testing that is set to begin this month and mandatory individual workouts in early July before training camps. The league is still working on completing the health and safety protocols that will essentially become the rulebook for the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Talks with the players’ union on those matters are continuing.—The University of Houston is suspending all voluntary workouts for its athletes after six tested positive for COVID-19 with symptoms. Houston announced it was shutting down workouts due to “an abundance of caution” and an increase of positive tests in the greater Houston area over the last week. The school said the athletes, who were not identified, have been placed in isolation and medical staff is conducting contact-tracing procedure.— An unidentified Boston Bruins player has tested positive for COVID-19. General manager Don Sweeney says the player had not been a part of informal workouts with his teammates. The Bruins say the player was tested as a requirement to enter the team’s practice facility and came up positive. The player has not shown any COVID-19 symptoms. The Bruins say the player has since tested negative twice for the disease.— The Kentucky Derby Festival won’t have any large-scale events this year, including the highly popular Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show that leads off the run-up to the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Oaks for fillies and 146th Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thunder Over Louisville was rescheduled for August, but Festival organizers announced last night that the air show and events such as the miniMarathon and Pegasus Parade are off.— Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The sport’s governing body says it still hopes to deliver up to 18 races in the rearranged 2020 season. The first eight have already been confirmed and they start with a double-header in Austria in early July. The races in Azerbaijan and Singapore use street circuits and require long lead times to construct them. The Japanese Grand Prix was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions during the pandemic. That was scheduled for Oct. 11. Varner takes early 1-shot lead over Spieth, DeChambeauFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Harold Varner III took his place in history in the PGA Tour’s technology era, all because of a triple bogey.Jordan Spieth had his lowest 36-hole score in four years. Rory McIlroy shot 63 with a bogey on his last hole. The strongest field of the year in golf’s return to competition produced an All-Star leaderboard at the Charles Schwab Challenge.Varner had plenty of juices flowing after his first tee shot on No. 10 went onto a bridge, led to a one-shot penalty, and eventually a triple bogey that quickly knocked him out of a share of the lead. No worries. He answered with eight birdies and a place in the record book with a 66. It was the lowest score on the PGA Tour by a player who began his round with a triple bogey. He was at 11-under 129, the lowest 36-hole score of his career. He heads into the third round with a one-shot lead over Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau.The PGA Tour has returned after three months because of the pandemic. And if the opening round felt like the first day of school, Friday was a small step toward normalcy, even without fans.center_img Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB offers players 80% of prorated salaries, 72-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has offered players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule starting July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season. That’s according to details of the proposal obtained Friday by The Associated Press. Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 player, will be at Hilton Head for the first time since 2009. Brooks Koepka will be playing for the first time.Woods only played Hilton Head one time, in 1999. It was thought he might return at Hilton Head, especially with no likely appearances for him until the Memorial on July 16-19. Speculation increased when a marine tracking site indicated his yacht “Privacy” was just off the Georgia coast near Sea Island.But there could be family obligations as his daughter’s 13th birthday is Thursday.AMERICA PROTESTS-TEXASTexas athletes: Rename buildings, drop ‘The Eyes of Texas’ In response to nationwide protests of police brutality and racial injustice, Georgia Tech announced earlier this week it was giving nine fall sports teams a day off from athletic activities on Nov. 3 so athletes can vote in person. UCLA followed with a similar announcement.At other schools, coaches and players have organized team-wide voter registration efforts, marches and rallies.The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes.The NCAA did not mandate a day off for athletes on election day, but instead encouraged schools to assist students in registering to vote and give them a day off from athletics.CINCINNATI-SCHOTT’S NAME — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed appeals by two Swiss soccer clubs who wanted to complete their league season despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Swiss soccer association voided the seasons of all leagues below the second division and scrapped promotion from the third division. Third-division league leader Yverdon Sport asked CAS to approve its promotion and both Yverdon and second-place Rapperswil-Jona appealed to the court to order the season restarted. The court says the Swiss soccer body did not violate its rules and dismissed the appeals one day after a fast-track hearing was held Thursday.— The Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botoşani tested positive for the coronavirus. Botoşani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off. The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni. Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed after a staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.— English Premier League jerseys will feature “Black Lives Matter” instead of player names for the first 12 games after the competition’s shutdown ends on Wednesday. The movement’s campaign logo will then feature elsewhere on jerseys through the July 26 conclusion of the pandemic-delayed season as players decided to highlight racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. The Premier League also announced it would support players taking a knee at matches.— The head of the Tokyo Olympics says 80% of the facilities needed for next year’s games have “basic approval” to be used. But organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says “there are also venues that already have reservations from other users for next year.” Organizers say that two of the largest venues needed for the Olympics have not yet been secured. They are the 5,000-apartment Athletes Village and the Tokyo Big Sight. That is the venue for the main press center. Organizers are also still unable to say what the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost and who will pay.PGA-COLONIAL What’s in a name? Cincinnati grapples with Marge SchottCINCINNATI (AP) — Marge Schott’s slurs and other offensive comments while she owned the Cincinnati Reds have organizations in her hometown reconsidering the use of her name on facilities that benefited from her donations.Schott died in 2004, but her name is still prominent in the community. Most of her estate went to a foundation that funds a wide range of philanthropic ventures. Her name is featured on many facilities, from the Cincinnati Zoo to a baseball stadium on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.Calls for racial justice following George Floyd’s death have renewed questions about how to remember Schott, who was repeatedly suspended and ultimately ousted by Major League Baseball over her slurs and praise for Adolf Hitler.A Catholic high school this week became the first to remove her name from facilities.last_img read more

Guyana to face Jamaica, Antigua and Aruba in League B of CONCACAF Nations League

first_img… GFF president confident of Nations League successBy Rawle Toney in Las VegasCompliments of Guyana Chronicle and Let’s Bet Sports)THE Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s senior Men’s National football team, will face Aruba, Antigua & Barbuda and Jamaica, in Group C of League B in the CONCACAF Nations League.The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) held its official draw for the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League, at the Chelsea Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was conducted by CONCACAF Chief Football Officer Manolo Zubiria and the confederation’s Director of Development and former Grenada international footballer, Jason Roberts.The home-and-away group stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League will be played on FIFA match dates in September, October and November 2019, while the Final Championship will take place in 2020.Additionally, the teams at the bottom of each League A and B group will be relegated to League B and C.By virtue of finishing seventh in the qualifying stages of the competition, Guyana were pitted in League B; something Wayne Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) says he’s comfortable with, given the fact that he’s confident that the Golden Jaguars will hold their own against the Reggae Boyz, Antigua and Aruba.“I know that the countries that would have done well will try to do better and those that might not have done good enough, are going to be making the investment because of the attention this Nations League is getting globally and within the region. It’s going to push member associations to make the investment,” Forde told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview in Las Vegas.Forde further added: “My only hope as in the case of Guyana, where the government has come on board in some measure and helped us. That will deepen and we’ll have a greater partnership with the Government and corporate Guyana to help us. I’m wishing similar success for my brothers and sisters within the region.”“I’m excited, I’m not afraid of this group, I think we have the players and we’re continuing to do our work at home and do our procuring abroad to find players that we think can really complement the squad. Coach (Michael) Johnson is optimistic and inspired,” said the GFF boss.Guyana qualified for their first-ever Men’s Gold Cup tournament and will feature in the June 15 – July 7 event. As Forde related that he believes Guyana will be very competitiveness and I’m absolutely confident that we will be a permanent fixture for two consecutive years at the CONCACAF Gold Cup for two consecutive years.”The groups for the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League are as follows (listed in the order drawn):LEAGUE AGroup A – USA, Canada and CubaGroup B – Mexico, Panama and BermudaGroup C – Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique and HondurasGroup D – Haiti, Curaçao and Costa RicaLEAGUE BGroup A – French Guiana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize and GrenadaGroup B – El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia and Montserrat.Group C: Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda and Aruba.Group D: Nicaragua, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines and DominicaLEAGUE CGroup A: Barbados, Cayman Islands, Saint Martin and U.S. Virgin IslandsGroup B: Bonaire, Bahamas and British Virgin IslandsGroup C: Guatemala, Puerto Rico and AnguillaGroup D: Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos and Sint MaartenAt the conclusion of the group stage, the winners of each League A group will qualify to the Final Championship, while Leagues B and C group winners will be promoted to Leagues A and B for the next edition of the competition.last_img read more