Superbowl? Super… huh?

I’m not a football fan. Let’s make that disclaimer from the get-go.

All I care about is Beyonce sluttin’ her way through the half-time show.

And then a power outage to make things a bit more interesting? Was this Obama’s idea?

Speaking of our President… he plays football, too:

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Oh, yeah, Barry! Throw that ball! Ick.

Anyway, back to my story… I only pay attention to the Super Bowl when it’s held in a city that I find fascinating or when a nearby team is playing or when there is an act that I really like performing at halftime. None of this applied tonight. I can listen to a recorded Beyonce song right now, for sake!

But last year I found myself in the middle of some Super Bowl controversy. Does anyone remember this?

Awesome, right? And then he did the whole talking-to-the-chair deal and everyone forgot about this classic.

But I opened my mouth last year after this commercial aired… and I sent a letter to USA Today. And then, they published it. And then, I got hate mail. The text of the letter is pasted below. And here is the link to USA Today.

As an independent voter, I am quite shocked by the controversy over Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad featuring Clint Eastwood (“Super Bowl ads grab social-media buzz“)

When Eastwood asked, “How do we come from behind, how do we come together, and how do we win?” He was talking about us as American citizens — not political parties. In the upcoming election, the electorate wants to hear a positive message. We are tired of being divided into the 1% and 99%. We are all in this together. This feeling no longer exists in the USA, thanks to politicians willing to divide us to conquer their opponents.

The citizens of this country, whom politicians are supposed to be representing, have instead become the collateral damage in their endless pursuits of power. Karl Rove was offended by the ad? Well I’m offended at the behavior of politicos and pundits who would try to politicize this very American message: The game isn’t over. Americans don’t give up. And better days will lie ahead when the spirit that those from the Detroit area have shown spreads throughout this land.

I stand by that. Republicans should have laid off— immediately. The ad wasn’t about the election. It was about us. It was about America. And it was about spirit. Hell, Eastwood himself went out and proved it wasn’t about politics at the Republican convention.

Tonight, I feel that another controversy may be a’brewin. Check out this year’s ad from Chrysler, featuring its Jeep brand (built in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio!!!!! Woot! Woot!):

Oh, boy. Chills. Anyone else? Chills? Chills? I’ve been a critic of Oprah in the past. In fact, I’m surprised I’m still alive to talk about this, but I had a letter critical of O published in… get this… USA Today, during the 2008 Democrat Primaries. But I’ve forgiven Ms. Winfrey and moved on. She’d do the same for me— and I’m sure she has.

I have a feeling we’re going to hear a whole shit-load of Republican Righteous Indignation tomorrow about this ad. The Karl Roves of the Living Room Box will be yapping that Chrysler and Winfrey are hijacking the troops and supporting the President and capitalizing on the sacrifice of so many. Bullshit. Chrysler has a wonderful way of celebrating America and everything that is unique, special and, yes, exceptional.

That’s right— exceptional. Deal with it.

Way to go, Chrysler. Same to you, Winfrey.

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Idaho… potatoes and so much more. Really– this state has been one of the most beautiful… and the people are so very friendly.

However, I didn’t eat any potatoes while here. Joe had steak fries at the hotel restaurant, but I think that hardly counts.

Pocatello, Idaho has been welcoming us with open arms. This is the district where the Superintendent asked just how many readings we could squeeze into one day. We offered to stay for two days. And she scheduled 13 readings at 9 schools in 2 days. Tight schedule? Yes. Super fun? Absolutely.

The kids have asked great questions. The teachers have been very happy to participate. And the best part? WE GOT NAME TAGS!!!!

At the very first school this morning, Indian Hills Elementary, one class walked in wearing Dolphin name tags! Joe, being Joe, told the teacher that our only request was a dolphin name tag. Towards the end of the assembly, when we were packing up, the teacher ran up to me and said, “don’t leave yet… we’re laminating your name tags!”

Seriously… what a really nice thing to do. I meant it when I said that Idaho has been one of the friendliest states we’ve visited. Joe and I will be wearing our name tags with pride.

Today’s video is a bit different. With so many schools scheduled, and as little as 20 minutes in between buildings, we had no time for our “encouragement” interviews that we’ve been doing. So, here is a nice little mix of music, pictures and video that document our visit to 5 different schools in just one school day!

Until tomorrow,

Nick

 

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Today: USA Today, Today. Today.

Hey there,

We might have some new readers this morning. You see, if you Google (or search!) my name on ye ole internet, this blog appears. Now, I don’t know what bored individuals sit around Googling “Nick Rokicki,” but I certainly thank them for their time!

So, I’m sure you’re wondering why we may have some new readers today? Well, this happened —–> I got fired up and sent a Letter to the Editor at USA Today. If you don’t feel like clicking the link or running out to the nearest newsstand (or to the Hampton Inn on the corner— USA TODAY is FREE there! And you can help yourself to free breakfast, if you hurry!) here is the text of what was published in this national paper:

As an independent voter, I am quite shocked by the controversy over Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad featuring Clint Eastwood (“After the bowl, the buzz, and voting, live on,” Money, Tuesday).

When Eastwood asked, “How do we come from behind, how do we come together, and how do we win?” He was talking about us as American citizens – not political parties. In the upcoming election, the electorate wants to hear a positive message. We are tired of being divided into the 1% and 99%. We are all in this together. This feeling no longer exists in the USA, thanks to politicians willing to divide us to conquer their opponents.

The citizens of this country, whom politicians are supposed to be representing, have instead become the collateral damage in their endless pursuits of power. Karl Rove was offended by the ad? Well I’m offended at the behavior of politicos and pundits who would try to politicize this very American message: The game isn’t over. Americans don’t give up. And better days will lie ahead when the spirit that those from the Detroit area have shown spreads throughout this land.

No, I’m not running for anything. Yes, it does sound like a campaign commercial. But I truly believe that this country is, at it’s heart, full of relentless optimists. And the winning candidate in the fall will be the one that can capture and embody the spirit of that Chrysler ad.

As I said, if you’re new here because you Googled my name after reading it in the paper— welcome! I hope you follow the blog of this fledgling author— and comment and tell me I’m wrong, when I’m wrong. And let me know when I make you laugh or pee a little.

This blog has a little of everything— funny stories about trips I’ve been on, travel documentary stories where you might learn something, a wide-ranging tale of the love of my life (hint: Santorum would not approve; man-on-sloth), lots of tales of woe regarding my undying infatuation with Combos Pretzel Snacks (actually… let me write that down.. I haven’t talked about that yet!) and of course— a whole lot about my very first Children’s Book being published on February 29th, Pete the Popcorn!

Pete the Popcorn is a Corny Story About Popping Up! Perfect for children in grades K-4, this colorfully illustrated book will capture imaginations while stressing an important lesson: we all grow up to be exactly who we are supposed to be. So this little book might teach kids at a young age to respect others, don’t even think about being a bully — and to celebrate each individual person, because we’re all going to grow up to be very different than the next person reading this blog.

I hope you will pledge to purchase a copy on 2.29.12 at Amazon.com to help make it POP into the Amazon rankings.

So that’s it! You know a little bit more about me if you’re a new reader. If you’ve been here before, I hope I didn’t scare you off with a little dose of common-sense political theater. And thanks for indulging my excitement that I made it onto the editorial pages of a national newspaper!!!

This weekend, check back for more TRAVELING PETE and some stories from readings we’ve done recently… along with a touch of Las Vegas, which is coming your way next week.

Have an awesome weekend.

Nick