You know when something has been a part of your life for so long that you just feel like you know it inside out? Well, Arnold Schwarzenegger is probably one of those things. He’s been in the public attention for pretty much all of our entire lives (unless you’re old… sorry), so we might think we know everything there is to know about Big Muscle.
BUT DO WE?!
Holy shit, you hadn’t thought about that had you? I don’t want to startle you too much, but this article entitled ‘QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Arnold Schwarzenegger?’ has an actual frickin’ quiz about the big man in it!
So test yourself, test your friends, test your family. Cherish those who get 100%. Destroy those who get a zero.
And guys, if you get it wrong you can always…. come back! That was a play on his famous catchphrase but it didn’t go that well.
He suggested limiting alcohol sales
Nobody who’s spent a Saturday afternoon on the golf course with their buddies is a stranger to bringing a few beers along to make the long walk a little more bearable. A few cold ones are part for the course, no pun intended, and stashing a cooler on the golf cart is part of the fun.
But professional golfers don’t have that luxury, not in the midst of competition, but fans in the gallery do. And some of them are getting a little too saucy for Rory McIlroy.
The Irish golfer took home the trophy at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida over the weekend, but after his impressive round on Saturday, he had something besides winning on his mind. He took issue with the behavior of some fans in the gallery who might have had a bit too much to drink.
According to the Sporting News, McIlroy, who has won four majors and is one of golf’s young stars, suggested limited alcohol sales.
“I don’t know, I think it’s gotten a little much, to be honest. I think that they need to limit alcohol sales on the course, or they need to do something because every week, it seems like guys are complaining about it more and more,” McIlroy said.
This isn’t the first time the pro has spoken out on this issue; he mentioned that Tiger’s failure to make the cut at a previous tournament may have been partly due to the rowdy crowds. This time, McIlroy felt the sting even more when one possibly inebriated fan was singling him out.
“There was one guy out there who kept yelling my wife’s name,” McIlroy continued. “I was going to go over and have a chat with him… I know that people want to come and enjoy themselves, and I’m all for that, but it’s when the comments get personal and people get a little bit rowdy it can get a little much.”
That’s definitely a bit much, and that fan, drunk or not, seems to have thought he was at a football game, where boisterous crowds are a part of the deal and not just a funny aspect of Happy Gilmore.
“[Golf] is different than a football game, and there’s etiquette involved, and you don’t want people to b]e put off from bringing their kids when people are shouting stuff out. You want people to enjoy themselves, have a good day.”
He may have a point. I’m just glad he doesn’t run my country club!
“It’s always important to photograph such moments with the dads and the kids! To remember the moment? Sure, that’s a bonus – but more importantly to let the wives know that we totally have it under control and can provide them with a few carefree hours of peace, wine and adult conversation with their friends.
Even though we’re novice dads, we know it’s important to let the wives get that time away to make the time they spend with us that much sweeter. Plus, what’s not to love about talking tech and podcasts with pizza and beer while the wives get their night away at a Warriors game? Go Dubs!”
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This question comes from Kristin in Los Angeles.
Hey Doyin, you are a fantastic asset to The Dad with your advice column and, hopefully, you’ll be a fantastic asset to my family. Here’s the quick story: My husband is a great guy and we have two beautiful daughters together (6yo and 3yo). Recently he stopped being as involved with the girls as he used to be. He often just sits on the couch, stares into space, finds little joy in anything, and complains when he has to do normal “dad stuff.” I’m not sure what’s going on with him, but my girls are noticing it, and we’re all miserable. You have a great way with words. How can I smack some sense into him and get him back to being the guy we all love?
Thanks for the kind words, Kristin. I also think I’m pretty good at this advice column, but there’s one factor I’m most proud of: I don’t have all of the answers and I don’t pretend to. Based on what you’re telling me, I can tell that your situation at home isn’t going to improve with me dishing out a few witty lines or by “smacking some sense into him.”
Have you considered that your husband could be suffering from depression? To be clear, I’m not here to dish out medical advice, but coming from a person who suffers from depression (me), it certainly looks like he checks many of the boxes. Sadly, we still live in a world where men can’t openly talk about being depressed without being viewed as sissies who can’t “suck it up” and deal with it.
To emphasize how big of a deal this is, depression is currently the leading cause of disability worldwide with more than 300 million people affected by it. I’ll go out on a limb and guess that a solid percentage of those 300 million people are men who are suffering in silence. Could your husband be one of them?
In my personal situation, I kept my depression to myself and I became more irritable, disinterested, and hopeless around my children. No way in hell I was going to say anything because I thought people would punk me for being soft. This continued for years before I finally hit rock bottom and visited with a therapist — and without hyperbole, I can say that decision literally saved my life.
Now I’m able to enjoy the good, bad, and ugly things that fatherhood brings.
If you want my advice on this, I would HIGHLY recommend that both of you visit with a licensed therapist as soon as possible. He/she can help to unpack whatever is wrong with your husband in a way that I can’t. If he enters the sessions with an open mind, I’m confident that things will improve.
Even in today’s “man up” culture, I wear my depression like a badge of honor because I understand that true strength doesn’t come from wearing a mask of fake toughness, but by being vulnerable and admitting you have a problem. I hope your husband will agree with me.
As if flying with kids wasn’t frustrating enough
Nobody likes to be on a plane with a little kid, least of all that little kid’s parents. All the annoyance and frustration you feel when there’s a crying baby or an irritating toddler sitting a few rows ahead of you?
That’s nothing compared to how aggravated, stressed out, and self-conscious the parents are. No one wants to be the parent responsible for a little kid who’s acting out on a plane, it’s bad enough that you’re on a plane to begin with!
Flying is a pretty unpleasant experience all around, and while kids can be loud and unruly, they are as entitled to fly as anyone else. Besides, they’re children, they often can’t control themselves through no fault of their own, unlike plenty of adults who cause commotions while flying the not-so-friendly skies.
Unfortunately Southwest Airlines doesn’t seem to see it that way.
On Thursday, a video surfaced of a Southwest employee removing a father and his young daughter from a plane after the little girl got scared and threw a fit. In the video, which was filmed by another passenger, the girl is already calm and sitting in her seat.
Despite the fact that several passengers came to the father’s defense, the captain announced that the plane was returning to the gate to “handle a customer service issue” and the father/daughter duo were escorted off.
According to Alexis Armstrong, the woman who filmed the incident, a flight attendant also threatened her with removal, telling her and another woman who spoke up in defense of the dad and his daughter that they were in danger of getting kicked off as well.
“They then told me stop filming and this issue did not involve me, and that me and another woman who spoke up will be the next off he plane,” reads the Facebook post that accompanies her video.
This is strange policy even in a world where every controversial moment weren’t being recorded and broadcast on social media. At the very least, it’s poor customer service and terrible brand management, and it’s not the first time.
This is merely the latest in a string of high-profile controversies involving airlines. Last week a family’s bulldog suffocated after a United flight attendant forced his owner to store it in an overhead compartment for the duration of the flight.
It’s starting to seem like flight attendants and airline employees are a bigger obstacle to a pleasant flight than any unruly kid or crying bay could possibly be.