TOYS AND GAMES: Summer Travel, Olympic Thoughts, Cool T-Shirt

Summer is basically over, so the kids are back at school and family travel is over, which changes the complexion of flying for the better. Here are my top three most obnoxious passengers from this year’s vacation season:

The mother sitting next to me who watched a video without headphones.

The couple who arrived to the airport at the last second and the airline they were flying allowed them to cut in line because they were late for their flight. Giggling after getting their way showed poor form. One word came to mind: Entitled.

And the top offender…

The guy who complained about not being able to fit his suitcase in the upper compartment–and he was flying Southwest, which doesn’t charge a baggage fee.


Three thoughts on the Olympics:

I want to be like Usain Bolt. Was the Jamaican sprinter fun to watch or what?

My favorite Ryan Lochte headline came from the New York Post: “Liar, Liar, Speedo on Fire.”


I did not see one Olympic medal awarded for participation. Bingo, you guessed it, I’m not an advocate of receiving trophies for showing up.


Finally, I loved the t-shirt worn by a laid-back dude drinking a beer. An upside-down Nike swish adorned the front and underneath it read: “Just did.”

TOYS AND GAMES: UCLA QB, Stereotype Reversals, and Choo Choo

Josh Rosen is now one of my favorites.

According to an article appearing in Sports Illustrated’s College Football Issue, the UCLA quarterback posted a Los Angeles Times graphic on Instagram announcing that the Bruins’ $280 million deal with Under Armour was the largest inĀ  NCAA history. Underneath the post, Rosen wrote: “We’re still amateurs, though… Gotta love non-profits. #NCAA”

I also loved that Rosen would like to become a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and do well enough on endorsements that he could play for the league minimum and have the excess of money saved by the team spread around to his teammates.


While in New York, I liked the t-shirt worn by a young woman on Lexington Avenue that read, “Train Like an Angel.” Obviously, its meaning can be interpreted on several different levels.


Talk about defeating stereotypes, wouldn’t it be cool to see the Stanford football team win a national title with a black head coach, David Shaw, and white star running back, Christian McCaffrey?


Finally, the following is a Facebook post from my friend and colleague Roger Mooney:

We morn the passing of legendary Met Choo Choo Coleman with this great exchange between Coleman and Ralph Kiner during a TV interview …

Kiner: “What’s your wife’s name and what’s she like?”

Coleman: “My wife’s name is Mrs. Coleman and she likes me, Bub.”