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Getting ready for Rio

Against all media warnings of a disastrous 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Zika, thieves targeting tourists, infrastructure not being ready, general corruption, general crime, general safety issues and half the PGA Tour dropping out of the games), I’ve decided to attend the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Despite all of the media reports, I booked my trip back in May and have, hesitantly, continued to plan for the trip.  My motivation for going is simple.  I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics, I’ve never been to Brazil (let alone South America), and I need an extended, international vacation.  I haven’t really taken a vacation in over 2.5 years in my current role.

I can’t really tell you why I’ve ignored all the media reports, but I have.  And, of course, I’ve been doing some research.  If you happen to be heading to Rio this month as well, here are a few resources I’ve found useful:

  1. Remember that Visa requirements have been suspended for this summer for U.S. Residents, so you do not need to obtain a Visa prior to travel.
  2. I found National Geographic’s “Rio de Janeiro Travel Basics,” simple but useful.
  3. TripAdvisor’s Rio de Janeiro Travel Guide
  4. CNN’s recent segment, Rio Olympic transportation slowly coming together
  5. Amazon Prime
    1. Mosquito Repellent Wipes
    2. Insect Repellent
    3. Power Adapter for Brazil
    4. Bug pants (Yup.)
  6. Common sense
  7. Prayer

Looking forward to the trip.  If you have any more advice for me, I’ll take it.

Now, here’s an incredible photo of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue:

Chris the Redeemer

Al Pacino’s speech in ‘Any Given Sunday’ — Now, what are you going to do?

“Either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals.”

Are all the motivational posts on my site getting too cliche for ya?  Oh well. I’m doing this for your own good.

Here’s another great inspirational/motivational football movie speech by Al Pacino in “Any Given Sunday.”  It’s amazing how motivational scenes in football movies seem to embody the struggle, pain and glory of American life.  I think I could watch a new good football movie at least once a year for the rest of my life and it wouldn’t get old.  I love this country.

At any rate, here is the speech:

Watch this when you want to quit

You ever have a rough day?  Feel like you just can’t get it right?  Things aren’t going your way?  What’s the point?  Life is tough.  Not matter how hard things may get, you just can’t quit. This scene from “Facing the Giants,” (which is a movie I’ve honestly never seen), is something I came across on YouTube.  Sometimes, you need a little push to persevere.

Craig Sager’s Inspirational Speech at the 2016 Espy Awards

Batavia, Illinois product and TNT NBA broadcaster Craig Sager delivered an inspirational speech at the 2016 Espy Awards.  The fight against Cancer continues, and it continues to be a theme at the Espy Awards.  The funding of Cancer research and treatment needs to be a consistent focus in the U.S. society and worldwide, as it has impacted so many of us humans, directly and indirectly.  Cheers to Craig Sager for his message of positivity, faith, love and fight in both pre-Espy’s and Espy speeches.

Amazon’s ‘All or Nothing’ featuring the Arizona Cardinals – Free

Whether you are a casual football fan or a diehard, I think you will enjoy Amazon’s new series, “All or Nothing,” for which they followed around the Arizona Cardinals for the entire 2015-2016 season.  If you like HBO’s Hard Knocks, you will definitely like this unrated look into the Cardinals’ season.  And the best part, right now, is that it’s completely free until August 31st, as long as you have an Amazon account.  I’d recommend signing up (if you haven’t).

This show is also included in Amazon Prime after August 31st.  I can also recommend Amazon Prime.  It’s an incredible service for just $99 a month (and no, nobody is paying me to write this–unfortunately).

So, check out Amazon’s “All or Nothing” if you are looking for some solid football content this offseason.  Here in Arizona, it’s helping me avoid the heat.



And by the way, I’m actually a Chicago Bears fan, but I do root for the Cardinals since I live here.  My Chicago friends like to give me a lot of shit about that…but the Cardinals originated in Chicago, so they can’t really knock me for this one.