Call of Duty

DLR / Sports, Tech / / 91 Comments

DLRandRussWe’re going to the Call Of Duty® Gaming Empire Mega All-Pro Heavyweight Internationals that now takes up a 17,000 seat arena for three days. It doesn’t really matter what it’s called, that’s how I feel. These people competing are not contestants anymore, these are athletes. There are now universities that not only sponsor but field teams of gamers requiring all the qualifications and specifications that you would for a contact football player or a professional tennis player or any other sports team. So the question is, is a gamer an athlete?

Let’s back up… Chess teams have been around for as long as I have and a couple of lifetimes before. We never think twice about the UCLA chess team. They’re sweating. I saw a commercial about an off road 4-wheel vehicle that said, “2 mph has never been so exciting.” It looked like the Jeep was going to fall over backwards and the chick at the wheel was squealing with ecstatic glee. I knew I had to have both, the Jeep and the dame. Perhaps if I bought the Jeep first, it would facilitate the later (you have to think like a guy). 2 mph was fine by me on both accounts. Besides, I’m at the age now where if I go any faster they can’t see who’s driving. Priorities do shift.

I think they’re athletes. Did your heart rate go up to 280 BPM? I think I’ve heard some great material at the Rehab Beach Club in Las Vegas that got my heart rate up to 280 BPM. For me, that’s standard when I’m walking out in front of Madison Square Garden. At Van Halen’s all-time great we had 350,000 people in attendance one night. I’m trying to remember… was that backstage or in front of the stage? Regardless, they were just close friends. All 350,000 of them. About 1 ½ hours east of Los Angeles you can get your heart rate up to 300 and survive it. Especially if there are girls watching and you’re wearing assless pants which I did in front of every single one of those audience members. (I don’t think of the audience as one cluster. I think of you each as an individual. This bun’s for you….) I think gamers are athletes in that they benefit from all of the cross training ideas that apply to Venus and Serena or the LA Rams, the Patriots and gymnasts. Virtually everything that they do is similar starting with kitchen skills (coaching, physical training and time management). If you’re competing for money or sponsorship (and that’s the same thing), if you want to make your living at it (and every surfer does) you must train. Uh, oh… did I just dovetail three ideas? You can handle it…

Gaming started the way surfing did. Surfing was something simply considered a game, a toy like a saxophone. When Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone, it was considered a noise-making toy that was more appropriate for political rallies and children’s birthday parties. I’m going to go artisanal on yo ass– now the saxophone is about as drenched in BBQ sauce as you could possibly imagine. The saxophone impacted irrevocably and inestimably the face of modern international culture and music forever until the last syllable of time. I think the first surfboard idea came about when a tree actually fell into the river and one of my first cousins clung to it, calling it a sport. Much later in my family tree, we bought a Jeep and I’m up to 2 mph. Is a jeep moving 2 mph almost dead vertically a sport? Watch out we’re going Buddhist here way before happy hour. There are no answers, just a lot of questions. Is it the salt or the french fry? Is it the blue cheese or the salad? We don’t know. The answer persists. I think the computer is vastly more complex than the surfboard in it’s simple construct. You can dedicate your entire life to elements of Call of Duty® because it’s going to change just like the surfboard has. Have you seen Laird Hamilton’s hydrofoil board? It sits above the water the way the sailboats in San Francisco do. It’s going to change from that as soon as they figure out how to make surfboards out of a little tissue paper and some spit to reduce the weight even more. You’ll be able to wear it around your neck when you go home. They will be doing 90 and have to wear helmets with heli-tethers. Initially there will be some back injuries but there are plenty of surfers.

Many friends would equate sports with extreme physical activity. I don’t know that that’s absolutely implied in its definition. Playing ping pong involves many tiny kung fu style movements. It’s more like dicing carrots… in a very small boat… in heavy weather. Compared to the discus throw which takes up the whole dance floor. In golf you have the big swing but where do you usually lose the game? The putt. In a world that is increasingly crowded and condensed, the smaller movement sports and art forms are going to take precedence because there is less room to practice the hammer throw.

91 Comments

  1. Deana  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Very cool!

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    • Sean Bowman  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Well Done Dave B-)

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    • jeannie tibbetts  —  September 4, 2016 at 11:29 am

      That was a very interesting view. Dave never ceases to amaze me with his views & thoughts about, well, just about anything & everything. I’m not always exactly sure what he’s talking about, but I enjoy it. How does one retain all of that knowledge about so many subjects?Sometimes I feel really stupid, I don’t remember shit. Well, maybe some shit, but not much. Anyway, love hearing what he has to say.

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      • Scott  —  September 5, 2016 at 9:56 pm

        Fucking amen! Dave has a way of putting together his thoughts & experiences into words that is so damned incisive, clever, and downright hilarious at the same time. I’ve been wishing to god he would write a sequel to Crazy From The Heat……so much so that I keep going back for a ‘cover-to-cover’ read until he does so. I’m going on 14 times now. The BEST read on the planet. He makes you laugh out loud with things…….”Dave-Isms” like…….well, instead of saying “his hair caught on fire because he was too close to the pyro @ stage left” – he puts his magic into it and says “He leaned a lil’ too far to the left and blew half his haircut off.” Now THAT – and I don’t care what anyone says – is fucking FUNNY.

        Give us another book, Diamond Dave!!!!!!!!!!

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        • Jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:10 am

          You know what was funny about the first time that burnt the hair thing happened was that we all laughed. Of course we were concerned he might be hurt, but his Dad happened to be there and was a doctor, but it smelled, like burnt hair……….and laughing relieved the tension we all felt.

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      • Jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:08 am

        I am with you. I don’t remember shit either. Sometimes things just turn up and I say them, or I read something and it reminds me of something, who knows where it comes from or where it goes. Part of being old and brain injured………:) I think Dave is one of us who reads just about everything. Did you ever notice that while at the Doctor or Dentist there are often forty different types of magazines………….if you have to wait a long time, you read them………..and of course there are a LOT of things you can learn just here and there and when someone mentions something, or you see something, it pops up in your mind and you just start talking with someone about it……………..I got severe brain injuries when I was only 29, now at 67 I love it that my friends are catching up and are forgetting things as much as I have, and remembering things as much as I do……….and I too love hearing what Dave has to say……………it helped me through some hard times…………sometimes he would come to my job and start blabbing, and I would forget how tough my job really was, either managing a grave yard shift at an ER or managing a law office. Real people problems and responsibilities………and Dave could just make me forget all about it…………..at least for a long blab or ten.

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      • Mike  —  February 26, 2017 at 11:29 am

        he is very intelligent PHD clever runs in the family i guess…saw Van Halen Monster of rock 84 donington…ACDC head lined by Van Halen were the best.

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  2. Lisa Castillo  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    BAM hey stranger it’s me Lisa Castillo Karen Valdez your ex security who back in the day keeped us in touch and so much more have Amazing pictures of us would love to share with you Alex Hall Insrodust us Fun times hands down ?

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  3. Danny Sotelo  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    I love this

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  4. jack  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Sounds kool.

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  5. Doreen  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    You can justify anything if you use the right fancy words. Me – I’m an athlete – I jump to conclusions and run my mouth constantly. You get my drift.

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  6. Priscilla Moya  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    You are amazing!!!!!! Love the way that mind of yours works. Much blessings and success to you.

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    • Priscilla Moya  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm

      You are amazing!!!!!! Love the way that mind of yours works. Much blessings and success to you.

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    • jimmy  —  September 6, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      Excellent, my thoughts usually go off the deep end after drinking some rot gut vodka but it enlightens who reads them.

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  7. Ed Lang  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Diamond Dave! I zoomed in hard and followed the whole way through… You’re still a rock star! = V /-/ = Best. Band. Ever!

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  8. Trevor  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Good shit. He almost always says “we” when he’s talking about doing something or going somewhere. Who does “we” include? An entourage? A girlfriend? The dog?

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    • Fabrizio  —  September 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Could just be pluralis majestates (royal we) ?

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    • jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Fleas………isn’t that the standard meaning of WE when in fact it is oneself?

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  9. Jim  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Gaming:Sport :: Donkey:Corvette

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  10. Michael J Hunt  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Ughhhh???

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  11. MRP  —  September 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    DLR writes well. Can hear his voice in the writing. Hoping for more Roth radio Show: as a latecomer listening to them back to back here in UK. Feel the energy!

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    • jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Maybe he is using Dragon or some other voice to text………….I use it for my writers when I am doing edits because I like to get their tone in the writing, not just write a book for them that is exactly like some school tome……………

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  12. Danny Rusell  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Stellar as usual from OUR HERO, the one, the only, Diamond encrusted Rock n Roll sage, Sir RockGod D-Ro. Hey Dave, Ever meet any pocket pool hustlers in Tokyo? lol Time to train for the autumn equinox and fire up the bbq for Labor Day weekend. Ingredients- Sochu. Sativa. Sun. Sex. Sand. And of course, VAN HALEN, baby. ALWAYS! Love to all OUR military and law enforcements peeps. And all the people inside the greybar hotel too. Either side you’ll find plenty o fans of THE MIGHTY. Dave you are a mighty fine wordsmith. Keep flying high and those HPM’s revving…
    Peace
    Zen Halen

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    • Danny Russell  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      BPM’s not HPM’s. (Heartbeats Per Minute) lol Kinda the same? No?
      Rock On!

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  13. Kimmy  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Reading and listening to the thoughts of an intellect races my heart, especially from your beautiful mind. I guess that means I have been an athlete since the age of 13. So much love to you, Diamond Dave. If you’re on Maui next March, please come to our wedding. I hear Steven Tyler has a place you can crash. xoxo

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  14. MJ  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    The most interesting man in the world still entertaining us, but sorry D.D. gamers are not athletes.

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  15. DES  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    I like this BLOG format

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  16. Puch  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    New album maybe?

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  17. Ben  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    Nothing But Yeahhhh !!!

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  18. Chris  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Hopefully the CoD event is graced with much VH on the loudspeakers.

    These young kids today need to know what a real erection is…

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  19. Bridget  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    ? Awesome, as usual ?

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  20. Paolo Gee  —  September 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    If hand-eye coordination is the barometer, then I’d have to support Prof. Roth’s thesis. Nevertheless, not too many defensive linemen get mugged.

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  21. Joe Miller  —  September 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    This is awesome. . Thanks David

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  22. Buddy Kirst  —  September 2, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Thanks, keep it going.

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  23. Fabrizio  —  September 2, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    No matter if it’s a radio show,cracking jokes before a song on stage,video blog,regular blog…it always rocks when Dave does it ???

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  24. Rodlake  —  September 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Dave you are an inspiration. I love the way you see the world ! You are a true artist ! Keep on rocking Diamond Dave.

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  25. Maggie  —  September 2, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Love the Blog! ? Keep ’em coming because every word wriiten or spoken by DLR is golden, and brings a big smile to my face.

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  26. Gerardo Rivera  —  September 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Incredible how Roth still amaze us with his words. So happy you are in this world at the same time I am. Diamond Dave forever.

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  27. MickeyT  —  September 2, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    As I ‘read’ this…. I could imagine you ‘talking’ it… The enthusiasm…. Made me wonder…. Do you dictate these things then have someone type it up? Do you write it by hand??? I’m very jealous of being able to show my arse cheeks in chaps… That’s the the thing with idols… “You either want to fuck them, or BE them…” … You’re still rockin’ the house Dave, and I’ll take the Jeep and the dames any day!!….

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    • Shayne Punim  —  September 2, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Good one!

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  28. @NOTCHMusic  —  September 2, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    ZING !

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  29. Shayne Pumin  —  September 2, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Funny as heck, interesting, too – glad I’m not just one of the masses, but them buns were for me as an individual and close friend! Have fun, don’t hurt yourself, bubbala

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  30. Swapmeet Sally  —  September 2, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Dave, the photos of you and Russell are a gift. Please take care!

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  31. Claire Long  —  September 2, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    You really are amazing bloke, take on anything you definitely no how to live a life your definitely my role model
    Claire

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    • jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:22 am

      He is definitely my role model often through life……………when I got TSS and it took me eight years to learn to walk and talk again, JUMP would come to my mind, and often when my work is hard and scary………….I once was told by a city council member who had his office fire bombed for work in gang abatement told me……be careful,some people need those gangs…..and will kill to keep them…………….I said, oh JUMP……………and went and talked to the gangsters on the street. JUMP to me can be running away, or taking the leap of faith……….and now I am old and got seriously injured in an accident and our entire Foundation got robbed, I mean they even stole the pens, stalls, covers and some of the animals, and our horse trailers and three of the horses………….I said………..I am going home to my older son’s house and garden. Then I said, nope, if Dave can get up one more time, it is time for ME to get up one more time, and we started our 22 Kill pushups for the vets on the 22 Kill web site to raise awareness to the vets that there are little old, disabled people working hard in their behalf and want them to make it…………….so yes, a great role model. His Dad and mine used to say it is not how many times you get knocked down, it is how many times you get back up that counts…………:)

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  32. Gina Burlingham  —  September 3, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Bravo darlin’ !!!!! This is great !!!! Keep it coming !!! … and I’ll keep YOU cum’n !!!!!! 😉 !

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  33. ToddP  —  September 3, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Enthusiastic belligerence in full effect

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  34. Tom  —  September 3, 2016 at 1:02 am

    The Diamond and Dog. That dog is the inspiration for me getting mine. We share a house and yard in San Jose. Visited your house when down there doing an architect themed vacation a few years ago. Great blog!

    Thanks

    Tom

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  35. Chad  —  September 3, 2016 at 1:14 am

    This again reminds me of an old western town. You have the saloon, the sheriff’s office, the blacksmith and then on the corner, you have the wordsmith. There you will find Dave in his ass-less chaps ready to provide a clever verse for those in need. You may not get it at first, but you’ll get it…halfway down the happy trail.

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    • Tom  —  September 3, 2016 at 2:31 am

      What occupation is a corner?

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    • jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

      I agree!

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  36. Pattie  —  September 3, 2016 at 1:45 am

    I think Russ would rather take a ride in the jeep. Dogs are funny that way.

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  37. Angela  —  September 3, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Where you lead the Roth Army, Diamond Dave, we will follow!?

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  38. Bert  —  September 3, 2016 at 2:32 am

    where is your hair ?

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  39. Deej  —  September 3, 2016 at 2:42 am

    Love you and Russ, too :^*

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  40. Gary  —  September 3, 2016 at 4:10 am

    You couldn’t said it any better !! 🙂

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  41. Erik  —  September 3, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Playing video games is not a sport. It takes great self awareness, balance and strength to be an athlete.

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  42. Gina  —  September 3, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Nice atmosphere in your blogosphere! Certainly gamers are athlets in the proper sense of the word.

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  43. Inés  —  September 3, 2016 at 11:17 am

    A new topic has been introduced by my hot teacher, David Lee. Congrats for the blog, nice picture ot the two warriors!

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  44. Antoinette  —  September 3, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Definitely some chewing gum for the brain!

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  45. Toddo  —  September 3, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I couldn’t of said it any better, even if I was wearing assless pants!

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  46. Robert  —  September 3, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    We need another book, Dave.

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  47. Deanna  —  September 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    So… Diamond Dave gets into playing “Call of Duty”? Hmm. I guess I can see that. I don’t care for video games much. Especially ones that target machoism. I prefer word games. I’ve always loved to write. Did you get to read the poems I wrote for you and posted on your Facebook account? Hope so. They are deleted now. I’m funny when it comes to FB. I’ve encounter some wackos on there. Something as personal as a poem isn’t something I feel comfortable leaving on there… Unless it’s my own account. Really hope you saw them before I removed them. 🙂 You inspire me!
    Think I’m going to like this forum better than FB. We shall see. Do you actually READ any of the comments?? lol I imagine you sitting up in the middle of the night scrolling through them all, reading only the ones that interest you. And I’m at the top of that list! jk
    Well, David, that’s about it for now. Have a super Saturday! Peace.

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  48. Stephanie  —  September 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    It’s very true what you say. I always admire the physical performance of athletes, because they are so powerful and healthy as others could never be. Sure, athletes are some kinds of gamers, they play with their bodies . Player / athletes / sportsmen plays sometimes with their health and their lives to win and to get to the finish. Is it worth to put their own lives and health at risk or even lose his life, only for recognition, admiration, money and fame? Is life a game? Is it really a question of who wins and who loses? Who sets the rules of the game and who they are in the game? For others life is a game. For me life isn’t a game, it never was.
    I love your dog Russell, he’s so lovely. Dogs are true pure souls and real friends.

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    • jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

      I love your thoughts. I do think it is about the game more than win or lose. I used to wonder about the statement a cheater can never win, when in fact you look around life and see the cheaters winning all over the place……………..and then my Dad told me, the reason they can never win, is they never give themselves a chance to win, they cheated themselves out of the win, they are just losers hoping no one catches them………….Life for me is not a game…………..I think you can play games that are fun, but in our school programs and in our veteran programs we have what we call “whacky sports” in which everyone plays all the parts, even ref, and because I am the teacher, I get to blow the big cool Air Force or CHP whistle I got from my Father in law, and say change……….and everyone has a new position……….everyone teaches each other to be better at everything, and it is so much fun. In all of our exhibition horse shows so many professional horse show people come and say WOW, we love it, you have time to enjoy your horse, your friends, learn from each other, eat a bite without knowing you might throw it backup during your competition…………….and it is FUN. And yes dogs are true pure souls…………I have many of them waiting for me at that rainbow gate, and a few here at home, they are therapy dogs and very cool friends and work companions…

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  49. Mike P  —  September 3, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    You know, Dave, many would say being a rock star isn’t a sport. But I think we all know the truth to that and you’re the reason it is. You set the bar for rock star’s to follow by doing all those high jumps and kicking it all over the place! Rock on Dave!

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  50. Dave B  —  September 3, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Love ya Dave, Vonnegut himself would be proud of your prose. rented a tent, rented a tent

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    • jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Vonnegut……….long time since I read his books. One of the reasons I thought about living every moment to the fullest is that one book, can’t think of the name, in which the man is reliving his life, sort of like sitting in the stands and watching it boringly go by. And of course now we are enjoying the harvest of sowing so much pollution, I think of Ice Nine……and wonder if we as humans will fix it, and save nature and the animals……………..I think if more people understood Vonnegut, more people would love to see a cheetah in the wild on tape from a professional videographer who knows how to not bother them, just let them be, and lets us see in their lovely lives………………..a great thing to rewatch if Vonnegut was right and we all are left at the end with only what we lived on this earth, looping over and over like a video we taped on our cable.

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  51. Susie  —  September 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Reading your blog is like watching an episode of The Monkees or sitting around listening to Joe’s Garage.
    Life is short and we need to smile and laugh more! Thank you!
    Love the pics of Russ!

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  52. Fred Christian  —  September 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Great Blog Mr Roth !! As a felliw blogger You hit it outta the park !! Two questions
    1 Your example of Chess was Great but how about Billiards or Bowling too ?

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  53. Mariette  —  September 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Back in the 60’s, Balanchine curbsided with Pilates in NYC so yeah it appears “smaller movement sports and art forms” can scale a Skyscraper and leverage the athlete/gamer for an unprecedented outcome.

    Russ is adorable and looks ready for the party.

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  54. Huber  —  September 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    You know I have to agree. I enjoyed the read! Thanks keep them coming

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  55. Ray  —  September 5, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Diamond Dave…we appreciate your zest for all things life….but what we all care about is new music with Van Halen. And pleasssse drop the 4th octave…it fucking sucks!!

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  56. KJ..UK  —  September 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Depends on the size of the hammer Dave

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  57. Elaine Kay  —  September 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    David, King David… could you be any more INTERESTING?

    The very many facets of Diamond Dave!! Love it…

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  58. Dave  —  September 5, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Interesting- we outta space even in sports

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  59. 270WBY  —  September 7, 2016 at 1:11 am

    The one the only “TOASTMASTER GENERAL” Diamond David Lee ROTH!!!

    Brilliant, eccentric and down to earth. A different day a different Dave!

    A Different Kind Of Truth

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  60. DD+VH  —  September 7, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Van Halen concerts are always an athletic event, for showman and fans alike. Should have been added to the Olympics.

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  61. jst4horses  —  September 10, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I wanted to see if any of the comments were about the Jeeps……..I love Jeeps, have owned four………..own my own four wheel club for women, we are starting it up again as a therapy program for women veterans with PTSD…………..I truly liked Toyota Tacoma, but it often did not have the power to go where I wanted to go, quite a few adventures with Big Macs, my Griphon that was my dog pal for 13 years…………and my daughter………..one time we went to TIerra Del Sol ……….and went up one of the runs, we got to the top of a hill, and looked down the other side and said, NOPE, and very gingerly turned that jeep around on the knoll of the hill, just to see what we had come UP was worse than the other side, so we turned around again and made it down, and we both started crying. My husband, who went with friends and said NO WOMEN, brought pictures home of their run, he was not driving, just one of the guys in truck……….and saw his pictures and said, good thing I was drunk. Sammy and I laughed and laughed because we had gotten through it NOT drinking…………I was asked to be on one of the Toyota teams, for stadium racing, I went on down to see what it was, I thought it looked like demolition derby on four wheels, and said thanks, but no, thanks for the promo pictures and I am going to come and volunteer and do pictures of the team members and the kids from hospitals whenever you need me to…………it was really fun, and I hope it cheered up the kids and their families… Two miles per hour, yes, and it is scary when you can feel the wheels leave the ground and know you might swing all the way over and go tumbling back down a rock, or road that was just too much for the vehicle you are driving……………..sometimes other drivers run out and jump on the offending off the ground part of the vehicle and get you some traction and help guide you down backwards. Not so bad in a Wrangler, but the bigger Jeeps, and the Tacomas………you can not SEE if you are as short as I am, over the back of the truck to get down……………One time my daughter was in the back with the dogs, and we were running with a lot of others in a dry riverbed, some big event in the desert…………and I saw the truck in front of me go airborne, there was nothing to do, but yell at her to hold on to the dog chain and keep on going. Another truck had slowed and gotten hung up in the sand at the top of the river break………….we went airborne, and I never let my daughter or dogs ride in the back on a road I had not already driven. Love Jeeps………..and desert, mountain and beach clean ups with kids and dogs, and LOUD music playing……………we won a lot of raffle tickets for the amount of things we picked up and pulled out.

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    • jst4horses  —  September 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Brandon, you could write some unique things, I think a blog is only great if everyone shares this and that……kind of like sitting by the fire at the beach in the evening and everyone just blabs this and that, or during the after hours times at some big all hours place after all the big clubs are closed, or you are coming home from a concert. Speaking of things to share, take a peek at 22 KIll, it is a site for committing to 22 push ups for reminding everyone to help our veterans, 22 die each day from suicide because there are not enough appropriate PTSD and other programs…………just label them and shove some expensive pills at them at the taxpayers expense……………..I am on my second set……….and it keeps me inspired in my work with veterans and first responders.

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  63. Jason Humphrey  —  September 16, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Dave, I’m enjoying the blog. I always enjoy your perspective.

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  64. Granato  —  September 30, 2016 at 1:13 am

    Still got that “flow” Dave! Stay real!

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  65. Seabass  —  March 10, 2017 at 5:54 pm

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