Sunday, May 31, 2020

Cheer-leading

Oh brother, it's not even a word and requires a hyphen.  More reasons for me not to understand or like the word let alone the "activity."  It is NOT a sport.  Okay, let me clarify....... the ones  doing dangerous flips and tosses...... that is some talent and some guts and a little bit of craziness.  It is a very physical activity and  even athletic.  But, it is not a sport and never will be to me.  For me, sports require at least one ball.  It's a competition when teams go to events, yes.  But the only balls involved in cheer-leading are those possessed between the legs of  males who get credit for  being strong men, yes, but no, not athletes, in this case.  What about track?  Yes, that one gets me on my definition.  Runners are definitely some serious athletes as are swimmers.   So  let's throw in a clock or a stop watch........ there, now that is better.  Don't even get me started on curling.

Why are you talking about being a cheerleader, Windy?  Well, a few posts ago, I created a sentence that made me laugh when I wrote it.  So this post is inspired by my claiming not to be "some morning barking coffee chicken."  Laughing.  What I meant was that I am not happy and chipper and everything super duper all the time, especially  in the mornings!  (I am not a morning sex person and in fact, if Storm ever tried to get frisky when he wakes up at 6 am, I would probably sleep right through the activity because for some reason right around 6  to 8 am are primo sleeping hours for me.) 

There are different sides to me and I try to put my best foot forward here in blog land, but I don't always succeed.  And then I thought of Roz because she is like a blog land cheerleader with her faithfulness of showing up, cheering us on, often being the first one to greet us on our posts in the mornings, and I am thankful for that.  I had most of this post written for over a week, and then PK posted on her blog Thank You Roz!   I couldn't believe it.  She was thinking the same thing I was and we had not talked about it.   So funny!   And it says a lot about the quality of person that Roz is.  I don't think I've ever seen Roz comment anything negative or crabby.  She somehow finds something kind to say.  I laugh sometimes when I think of the things Roz has never written...... 1) Wow, this post sucked especially reading it first thing in the morning.  2)  What in the hell are you even talking about?  3) Stop complaining and go eat some chippies or something.  4) Your writing is atrocious.     Etc!   She is just a positive blog land person. ALWAYS!  Thanks, Roz!  So that kind of cheerleading, I can get behind..........

Now let's go back to the 80's.  Do we have to?  Yes.  Get some hairspray and spray the hair on your forehead straight up in the air.  Okay, that sets the mood and now you can see your computer screen more clearly.   But, I don't have bangs, Windy.   Well, it is technically the apocalypse in the entire world  right now, so I guarantee almost all of us look like some sort of wild haired cave woman, so go spray some hair on your body in some manner, even if it's your bush.  And if you have already been to get your haircut since some local restrictions have eased, I hope to God that you wore a mask.  Be safe. Don't be dumb. It takes zero effort to wear a mask.  (But, I love you even if you feel differently than I do about that.  Just don't breathe on me, please.)

Okay, so in the 70's and 80's.  Wait, you only said 80's.  Well, now, I'm saying 70's and if you've got the wild bush thing going on like I do right now, then you're all set.  If not, maybe put on some bell bottoms.  Better yet, take off your pants and be like Porky Pig. Windy, you know dog gone well, that nudity and free love thing is from the 60's .  You want us to go back that far? What I would like is for all of us to make it to the next dang paragraph!

Cheer-leading back in the day was not what it is today.  I grew up with the kind where a group of girls dressed up in uniforms with a skirt and no numbers on their chests.  Wait, I mean a skimpy uniform and the bottom half of that was shoved up their cracks.  Yes, these girls dressed up in their 1/2 uniforms to yell across the court or field at another group of people dressed up in 1/2 uniforms  while cheering for or against 2 teams with 2 different colors of uniforms fighting over a ball of some sort.  I just didn't get it.

There was a time when my girl was little and she wanted to be a cheerleader and I almost died.  But, she was still tiny and young enough to where it was cute......... way before the middle school and high school drama that often accompanies cheer squads.  Ugh.

If you're wondering whether or not I would classify fishing as a sport, my answer is no, I do not.  It's a challenge, it's exciting (to me)..........   but there is no ball ....... although technically, there is a tiny one that you put on your fishing line for a certain reason but I won't get into it as who cares and it still doesn't make it a sport.  It's just a hook and a worm up against a fish.  If the body of a fish is smaller than the palm of one's hand, you definitely throw it back.  But, before you do, a good fisherwoman tells this fish to go back in, hide better from bigger fish, do not take candy(worms) from strangers, and do a good job growing for a while, and I'll see you again in a few years.  Look at that encouragement.  Kind of like a cheerleader!  I have seen other fisherman do and say similar things.  My dad, for example, tells a tiny perch to go back in the water and send back his big brother.  He has also said to a small fish that have accidentallly run into the hook with their fin or their eyeball or whatever, "You dummy! You zigged when you should have zagged!"   And that always makes me laugh.

I don't know which of you were cheerleaders back in the day, and some of y'all might have dressed as cheerleaders for role play, but I love ya anyway!  And, no, sex is not a sport even though there are usually 2 balls involved!

14 comments:

  1. Ya know Windy 99% of the time your writing makes me laugh out loud - this morning was no exception!

    Best way to start the day!

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    1. Hi, MorningStar! I do love hearing that you laughed out loud! Glad to add some funny stuff to your day! Thanks for reading and engaging here! Hugs, Windy

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  2. Hi Windy,

    Thank you so much for your lovely words. You are such a sweetheart. I never thought of myself as a cheer-leader and this post has definitely given me a different perspective on cheerleading lol. I suppose there are many different kinds of cheerleading. It's not really a 'thing' here.

    This cracked me up and, once again, while I am drinking tea (some people never learn lol). It's always a pleasure visiting here. You make us laugh with your humourous posts, and heaven knows, we all need that right now, and ponder with your thinking posts. Thank you my dear friend.

    Hugs
    Roz

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    1. Hi, Roz!! You are the good kind of cheerleader for sure. LOL! Interesting that it is not a thing there. Is Trump a thing there? If not, Storm and I might want to move there. HA! I'm happy this post made you see yourself the way we gals here in blog land do. It's all good! So glad to have made you laugh especially with the seriousness of what is going on in our world right now. You deserve all good things, my sweet friend, Roz! Hugs! Windy

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  3. Windy....


    HUH????? I am so confused. I think I need to go back to bed. However, you seem happy and cheerful in your post, so YAY!

    hugs
    Boo

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    1. So sorry I confused you, Boo! Let me see if I can shed some light here: 1) I grew up as a hard core jock/athlete in the 80's 2) Hard core jocks in general couldn't stand the perceived flightiness and clique stuff that was prominent with cheerleaders and their followers. For the most part, I could not stand cheerleaders and I thought their activity was goofy and too girly. 3) There is an argument out there whether or not cheerleading is an actual sport or not. Back in my day, there is no way it was a sport. My basic definition as a former hard core jock (with the same mindght but not body from 30 years ago), is that a sport has to involve a ball. A basketball, softball, ping pong ball, golf ball, SOMETHING. That is what it takes in order for me to play a sport. But, my definition isn't perfect because runners, swimmers, and gymnists are definitely hard core atheltes too, and I do think what they do is definitely a sport, too. 4) I love fishing. Many men consider it a sport. There is even something called Sport Fishing. But, as much as I love it..... it's not a sport. No balls involved whatsoever. 5) Now that I am a big grown gal, I have been friends in my life with former cheerleaders. We disagreed on the sport definition all in good fun, mostly. LOL So I am pretty much gently bashing the old way of girly girl cheerleading in this post, but I want everyone out there who has been one or dressed up like one for role play to know that despite my being a hard core jock in my brain still, I love them anyway! Hope that helps. Hugs, Windy

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    2. Windy,

      Thank you so much! That is much clearer although, I must have been very groggy this morning I think. Unfortunately, I am a swimmer so I have to disagree about sports involving a ball (although water polo would fit that definition) and my kid was a gymnast that I thought would make a great flyer for cheer, but that would NEVER happen. If you talk to a lot of sport therapists they will tell you two sports to never go for: Gymnastics and Dance....worst things in the world for your body. Now our sport is couch surfing. We are really good at it!

      Hugs
      Boo

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    3. Yep, swimming and gymnastics and runners are big time bad ass athletes and those are definitely sports to me as I said so in the first paragraph. Sorry you are foggy groggy today. Feel better soon! Hugs!

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  4. LOL, I'm laughing along with the others! So glad we agree on Roz, she is a jewel! I feel as you do about cheer-leading. I used to tell Mollie I'd rather her play football than cheer for it. Remember I taught 6th grade, a very dramatic time of life and cheering want not a perfect world. My partner at school offered Mollie $200 in cash if she would cheer for a year. Mollie politely declined, guess I raised her right. All that being said, many of my friends and some younger family members were cheerleaders and fantastic people.

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    1. Hi, PK! Yay for laughing along! You have some of the most funny one liners that come out of nowhere and make me laugh.....you'd rather Mollie play football than cheer for it. HAHAHAHA! Love it! And, yes, there were and are some really wonderful people who just happen to be cheerleaders. HEE! Thanks for the fun! Hugs, Windy

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  5. That's funny! And hooray for Roz!

    I was a nerd in high school, so no cheerleading for me. Or so I thought until I married a guy with a thing for cheerleaders! He thinks they ought to be paddled and there we can find common ground. So yes, I own a complete cheer uniform, including pom-poms, and I do wear it from time to time, but only to the principal's office.

    Hugs,
    Bonnie

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    1. Hi, Bonnie! Glad you thought this was funny and a hip-hip -hooray for Roz, indeed!

      Ah, so your Randy thinks cheerleaders deserve a paddle whereas I just wanted them to shut up back in the day, but a paddling makes sense, too! LOL

      I was wondering what the other half of a cheerleader role play was.... I imagined a referee with a whistle, a male athlete wearing a letter jacket who caught his cheer girl kissing somebody else, but I did not think of the cheerleader being in trouble with the principal !! Good for you, Bonnie! You should post a couple of your spanking theme cheers some time! Laughing! Thanks for reading here and joining in the fun! Yay! Hugs, Windy

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    2. Spanko cheers! That's such a good idea. I don't have any, but maybe I should.

      Thanks for the inspiration!

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    3. Laughing! I bet you could write some good ones. Have fun!

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