“You talkin to me?, You talkin to me?”
My all time favorite NYC taxi driver Travis Bickle addressing an Uber adversary.
Can we agree that the 15 round heavyweight championship fight for the hearts and minds of the the people of the United States has been difficult for spectators to watch, referees to ref and ringside judges to score?
So far, both sides have been penalized for low blows, head butts, butt heads, knockdowns, slips, rope a dopes, holding and grabbing, punching in the clinch, and biting an occasional body part. Their trainers and cut men have been challenged to get their fighters off their stools and back into the daily fray.
I have a simple list of suggestions that might cause us to lower our fists for a friendly bump and not a punch, a high five instead of slap upside the head, a thumbs up instead of an “up yours,” a smile instead of “The Finger,” a bravo over a boo, a pat on the back and not a kick in the butt.
Try some of these. It will lessen stress and blood pressure or you get a 100 percent cash refund, no questions asked.
Open a door for the person behind you.
Pay the toll for the driver behind you at the bridge.
Use your directional signal everywhere, especially when actually changing directions.
Pay for their coffee if you see a member of the armed services, local police or living U.S president in the line behind you.
Let drivers cut the line at an exit or entrance ramp without rage.
Tell the person with 27 items at the market “express checkout line”, “that’s OK, I’m in no hurry”
Pay in cash for any transaction under $5 bucks.
Don’t search for change, it’s a waste of time.
Write a letter to a CEO about how great one of their employees treated you.
Act silly once a week, Wednesday would be good..
When reaching for the horn, decide not to blow it.
Say “Thank You” before they do.
Flush the damn toilet.
Give your lottery seller at the gas station or convenience store 20 percent of every winning ticket.
Buy a gift for the high school teacher who kicked you out of class, mangled your name and knew you would be a complete loser.
Refrain from fist fights on a plane.
Refrain from taking an extra large meatsapalozza pizza on your cross country flight.
Remove your ear buds or headphones from time to time.
Wait at least 3 minutes to inject politics into any conversation.
There is way too much voter vitriol with countless craniums and tempers ready to explode. Short of full scale thermo-nuclear war we will be OK.
Most of those North Korean missiles will be doing major damage to North Korea and innocent squid in the South China Sea.
Can’t we all just get along?
Andy Dolich is a sports business consultant who was an executive of the Oakland A’s from 1980-94 under the Haas family ownership, has been COO of the San Francisco 49ers and president of the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies.