Monthly Archives: April 2012

Name the Lakeside Athletic Complex after Local Hero Ryan Clark

I remember it as if it happened yesterday.  April 16, 2007. Virginia Tech. It was one of the worst shootings in US History. That day, we were ALL Hokies. You can read about it here, but I’m not here to talk about the tragedy today. I’m here to talk about the good that can come of it. Ryan Clark is a hero that needs to be remembered. He was the first person to give his life to save another on that fateful day in 2007, exemplifying Virgina Tech’s motto “That I May Serve”. Ryan was an example of that motto, long before he ever even attended VT.

He attended Lakeside High School, graduating in 2002. He was a stellar student, a dedicated band member, and all-around wonderful human being. He found it in his heart to volunteer his time and give of himself whenever he could and I find it only fitting that Lakeside name their new athletic complex after him.

There is currently a facebook page dedicated to this effort. Please take the time out of your day to like this page, and if it’s in your heart, write a few words of encouragement, not only to his family, but to the people who choose to visit and like this page. Also, if you see fit, make your case for Lakeside’s new athletic complex to be named after this brave and deserving young man. This campaign needs to go viral, not only in Columbia County, GA where he is from,but everywhere. Ryan Clark is an example of all that is good in this world. There is no greater love than a man who would lay down his life for a friend.

This endeavor is very near and dear to my heart for several reasons, but since I attended Lakeside, I felt the need to speak up about it. And on a personal note, I think it would be an honor for Lakeside to even have the opportunity to name its complex after this fine young man. Ryan Clark is NOT just a local hero. To me, he’s a national hero 🙂

Tee

The Low-Hanging Fruit Theory is NOT a Dating Strategy

There’s this really cute guy I know who always dates the most alias girls. I know what you’re thinking. “What,Tee! That’s super rude! Why would you say that?” But they ARE alias, guys! I mean, this guy is smart, good looking, dresses nicely, etc. He has a college degree and comes from a nice family. But he always dates…randoms. The girls are never very smart…or very cute…or particularly well-spoken… so I’m really confused. I wonder why this guy keeps dating these types of girls. Then, one day while in a business meeting, it hit me square in the face. IT’S THE LOW-HANGING FRUIT THEORY! OF COURSE! For those of you who aren’t familiar with this term, let me explain. In the corporate world, companies use the phrase “low-hanging fruit” when referring to easy consumer targets/markets.

The WiseGeek defines low-hanging fruit this way:

We have Mother Nature to thank for the expression low hanging fruit. A fruit-bearing tree often contains some branches low enough for animals and humans to reach without much effort. The fruit contained on these lower branches may be not be as ripe or attractive as the fruit on higher limbs, but it is usually more abundant and easier to harvest. From this we get the popular expression “low hanging fruit”, which generally means selecting the easiest targets with the least amount of effort.

That’s it! That’s why he’s dating these girls! They may not be the most attractive girls, but they are easily obtained with the least amount of effort. Okay, so I get that part. But what I don’t get is WHY ISN’T he putting in any effort to get quality girls? I mean, like I said before, he’s a nice guy, attractive, well-spoken, all of that. Why is he being lazy about dating? Doesn’t he know that this behavior can lower his stock? And before you call me a jerk again, how many of us have seen a potential suitor’s ex and think, “Ummm nope. Not doing it. I won’t be put into THAT category.” Even The WiseGeek agrees with me!

On the one hand,low hanging fruit is usually plentiful and often ignored by those looking for more attractive offerings. But low hanging fruit can also be seen as a negative, since the picker understands how low the quality of the fruit can be and picks it anyway. Someone who consistently chooses the immediate gratification of low hanging fruit could be seen by others as lazy or unambitious.

So why is he doing this? Fellas, please? A little input on this one, because I just don’t get it. Ladies, feel free to weigh in as well. And to be fair, it’s not like I spend a lot of time with these girls, so they may have qualities that I’m just not aware of. I mean, it’s not like I’m dating them, so I guess I really wouldn’t know.  But as far as I can tell, using the “Low-Hanging Fruit Theory” as a dating strategy is no strategy at all….

quotes c/o The WiseGeek http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-low-hanging-fruit.htm

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