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Know what’d be cool?

GAD GRAPHICIt’d be cool if our president and the World Cup MVP would meet. If one of them – doesn’t matter who – put politics aside, for a day. Closed door. Player and President.

When I watched the World Cup final, I didn’t see gay players or straight. There was no distinction between conservative or liberal. All that mattered was the white shirt.

It’s kind of the cool thing about sports.

What if we could take it one more step? What if Megan could say, “Mr. President – I’d like to visit the White House. Could I have a private meeting with you?”

What if Donald could say, “Megan, you’ve done this nation proud. Please accept this invitation to the White House. Let’s meet in the Oval Office. Closed-door, no media – your concerns, only.”

I like America where this sort of thing could happen. No one asked me, but it was on my mind. Here are five questions the girls have asked, though.

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1. Does the flu shot hurt more than other shots?

Back in 2011, folks felt it might have.

That was a rare year. Vaccines targeted the same strains as 2010. That could cause more of an allergic response, like swelling and soreness. You could ask for a smaller needle, but your insurance might not cover that. And it’s more expensive. Ibuprofen could help.

I’d rather skip the shot altogether. I’ve got this.

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2. If you serve two terms as president, can you run again four years later?

Nope. Well, you could run a 5K, or a report, or run a risk. I wouldn’t suggest it, but you could run a fever, too. Thanks to the 22nd Amendment, once a president serves two terms, consecutive or not, you’re done running for president.

George Washington started all this. 

Americans wanted him to run for a third term, and he said no. He had things to do, you know. Dude could have been king (more king than LeBron James thinks he is) but knew it was best if he didn’t.

Cool huh?

Plus, stuff changes. Why tarnish your legacy if the game has passed you by? Like when Steve Spurrier tried to come back or even, Dick Vermeil. That’s tough. I’d rather take my place on a dollar bill and retire to a life of M*A*S*H* reruns and Totino’s pizza.

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3. Can I cook two sheets of cookies at once?

You could – but it’s tougher than justified getting a flu shot to me. 

Most recipes say to put the rack in the middle slot. Ours is there already, because of cookies and also Totino’s. When you’re making good, why wait? Every second counts. Anyway, if you put a rack in the middle, there’s no room for a second one. 

So you’re supposed to divide the oven into thirds.

Put one rack at 1/3 and the second at 2/3. If that math didn’t kill your buzz, catch this: They want you to switch sheets halfway through. Are you kidding me? When cookies come out of the oven, that should mean they’re on their way to my mouth. 

Plus, I hate to pull things out before they’re done, at all. Feels like bad mojo. Let’s stick to one big-ass cookie sheet at a time, loveys.

4. Are you OCD?

I took the test. It says I display little or no indications of OCD. That stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. People have asked me if I’m many things (I won’t list them) but this is a first.

[Take the test here]

I’m the opposite of OCD. Might be a tad lax in the whole attention-to-detail thing.

Which isn’t true. My desk is messy and my car a garbage scow, but I write lists. I try to organize life. I’m a stickler for straightening aisles at Target. Makes it tough to zone the entire section at that pace. I’m not sure which girl asked this question, or what led to it. 

We toss around OCD in a blase way.

That grates me. That we turn out spices label out doesn’t make us OCD. Or that we try to fix our hair for selfies. Or organize our animal crackers in pairs. (This one is fun.) It’s rude to those who live with OCD to attribute chosen behaviors to claim to have OCD.

You know not much offends me. But this does. 

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5. Where will the Super Bowl be played?

The 2020 Super Bowl will be in Miami. Well, South Florida. That stadium – which has had more names than Shaquille O’Neal – is in the swamplands. It’s not Miami. It’s on a concrete slab slapped down in the marshes.

We checked out a baseball game in that stadium back in the day. 

It’s made for football, so it was like someone jabbed a snickerdoodle in a graham cracker box. We sat on the club level, but you had to turn your ass to the left to face home plate. It was so long ago that a dude named Marquis Grissom led the game off.

He’s 52 now.

The team he played for: The Montreal Expos. Yes, they actually had batting helmets back then. Anyway. Football. They’re planning a huge canopy construction to cover those old tired seats.

That 4 p.m. Florida thunderstorm is like clockwork, but Super Bowls start late, anyway. So we’re good.

After the 2020 game, the Super Bowl will head to Los Angeles for 2021. I wish it was at The Coliseum, one of only five things in L.A. I like (Gah, this post is crabby.) But they’re making this new campus-style stadium in Los Angeles. Whatever that means. 

The L.A. Rams will call it home.

Wonder if they can make it to this game. If the Rams have to watch the Cardinals, 49ers or Seahawks win a title in their new digs, it’s gonna hurt. Like a flu shot, even.

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  1. Lyn says:

    I had a bad reaction to the flu shot that year. Despite being sick for 8 months, I would never NOT have the flu shot every year. Being an asthmatic and prone to bronchitis and pneumonia, it would be nuts not to have it.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Yikes, Lyn. I think that’s what keeps me apprehensive. I feel like I’d rather trust my own immune system than injest a vaccine!

  2. Sue says:

    I agree with you on meeting in the White House. We need to talk to one another. It would be a great teaching moment for the younger generation.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Wouldn’t it be cool, Sue? Just, talk. I’d be thrilled for either side to extend the invite.

      1. Sue says:

        I agree! 😊

  3. We always cooked 2 sheets of cookies at a time, switching racks half way through. That way they all got baked sooner and I could get down to the business of eating them. Yum!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You’re a professional at this, Susan! And I’m in favor of quicker paths between cookie and my mouth. 🍪

  4. Beth says:

    I always get a flu shot. I don’t mind shots so much. Having blood drawn on the other hand is a nightmare. Deep set veins in this lady. Not so much fun!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Even in the worst years, we’ve not had them. Shots don’t bother me much either. Neither does drawing blood – I can watch them do it!

  5. All shots hurt about the same to me, which is too much but i dare not skip them with my health record.

    Not OCD and not going to compare minor personal quirks to any such label. The people who have those problems suffer enough that we shouldn’t do that, i have to agree.

    1. Heather says:

      I totally agree on the OCD comparison. It saddens me when I hear someone talk about arranging their shoes in closet being OCD. After you’ve turned your lights on and off 20 times before bed and checked and rechecked the locks 1000 times. And then flossed for 60 mins maybe then you could say you have OCD. But its simply not OCD to have a neat closet. Although it would be great it mine were.

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        For some reason, Heather, people don’t seem to see the wrong in the OCD comparison. It kind of glosses over a real problem. And I think it comes from a place of just not understanding what it is.

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      Shots are a necessary pain, and I wonder if it’s any less worse on the buttocks as in the arm. I think it’s become accepted to attribute quirks to OCD and I’d not mind seeing that change.

  6. Kathy G says:

    I started getting a yearly flu shot when my health insurance made it easy by making the Walgreen’s pharmacy in-network, so I didn’t have to pay any type of co-pay.

  7. That meeting would be epic. We all get the flu shot, and if you asked my kids, they would definitely say it hurts more. Then again, they would probably say that about any shot. Not big fans!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      An ultimate summit. My sister used to milk her shots more than I did! I wonder why kids don’t associate lollipops with shots the way cats do cars with trips to the vet!

  8. That’s really interesting about the flu shot. I’m allergic to eggs, and since the vaccine is cultured in eggs, I’m not able to get it. I’m kinda glad if it does hurt more than other vaccines.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I wouldn’t have known anything like this about the flu shot had the girls not asked, Lecy. Also I had no idea the vaccine is cultured in eggs!

  9. Lauren Becker says:

    Hah, I love that quote about a coach’s best class being P.E. Gotta stay humble right? And yeah, I don’t like that people throw around OCD and other mental illnesses like it’s nothing…these can be really serious disorders for people.


    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      That quote is kinda true, right? Although I wasn’t so hot in P.E., and I’m a coach! I think people fail to realize you’re not OCD about your M&Ms or your sock drawer … OCD is something that affects all parts of your life.

  10. Great post Eli. You and your girls had me smiling throughout. First, I wouldn’t send any woman into the Oval office without a third party (witness). The pres is also a predator on top of all other bad shit.
    I’ve never had the flu shot! I’ve doubled down on the cookie sheets in the oven. I switch them half way through haha. It takes less time to get through the whole batch. I’m not a football fan…sorry…but I love that coach’s quote. It’s hilarious and humble and true. I will take the OCD test because some days I wonder about myself. My mother had it. One of my brothers may have it. 😛

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Lisa. I pick the questions at random, so you never know what you’ll get – especially in the combination! Great point on the Oval Office’s safety …

      I think I was thinking old-school on cookies, in that you lose like 7 years of your life every time you open the oven with something baking. Isn’t that how it goes? Maybe I need help.

      The OCD test was interesting. I’d be interested to know how it looked for you. And as a coach, I can certainly appreciate that quote!

  11. ksbeth says:

    I can’t handle the cookie sheet rotation, would probably just grab a half done one in the process, I know myself too well. I’m far from ocd, but think we all have our things that we like a certain way and we let the rest pass.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I might grab a half-done one anyway, even without rotating! I keep my blog stuff highly organized while the rest of life slides off the edge of the table.

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