Our Heritage?

Celebrate “Rip City style” by honoring the Trail Blazers 80’s teams. 
Players will wear special Rip City jerseys to honor our heritage.

Now me, I think of “my heritage” as something that happened far in the past, like the fact that my great-grandmother had 15 children, or my grandfather died when my dad was a teenager, or that my other grandfather was born in New Hampshire, but grew up in Greece.  I don’t think of my “heritage” as something that happened less that 35 years ago.  That’s not a heritage, that’s the recent past.

Interestingly, here’s the definition from Dictionary.com


  [her-i-tij]  Show IPA



something that comes or belongs to one by reason of birth; an inherited lot or portion: a heritage ofpoverty and suffering; a national heritage of honor, pride, and courage.

something reserved for one: the heritage of the righteous.



something that has been or may be inherited by legal descent or succession.

any property, especially land, that devolves by right of inheritance.

Can we really say that our pro basketball team came to us by birth?

Singles! We think you are totally stupid.

There are many reasons to be happy I am in a relationship, but today’s reason is that I don’t have to take this dreck personally.  Really?  Texting can create misunderstandings in the dating game?  I had no idea.

And this incredibly annoying advice that completely plays into gender roles:

Allow me to translate:
Women!  Uncross those arms!  Only the manly men are allowed to tuck their hands into their sides!
Women!  If you don’t turn toward your date, he won’t know you are interested!  This implies that 1)men are not responsible for assuring their dates they are interested or 2) guys always turn their shoulders toward women when they talk.
Women!  If you talk to much to your lady friends, how is the guy ever supposed to know you like him?
Women!  Don’t forget that you must smile because that’s your job!
Women!  Be sure to touch him a lot.
Men!  Nothing ain’t going to happen unless you take the lead.
Men!  Did you hear us about taking the lead? No?  Well we are saying it again so you hear it this time.
Men!  We only had two things for you to do so we will say something inane about texting here to kind of even the advice out.

The thing is, this is all good advice for both genders.  I don’t see why it has to specify one over the other.

“we think you will be too!”

My whole life the newspaper people have been changing around the paper which drives me out of my mind. On top of switching up things that are just fine they way they are is that they always say something to the effect of, “And we think you will love it too!”

Um, no.  It makes no sense to me to put the “living” stuff with the “travel” stuff and make the “arts” stuff separate.  The former section with the “living” and “arts” together with a separate “travel” section was working just fine for me.  But clearly someone needed to justify keeping their job, or needed a promotion or something, so I will roll with it until you change things up again and I get annoyed all over again.