Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A Small Lesson In Humility

Many of us occasionally get "to big for our britches" - some might say the word "occasionally" should be removed when referring to me, for example.

It's easy to let our egos get in the way of accomplishment.  That just seems to be one of the irrefutable laws of nature.  Sometimes the old "humility" dog bites you in the fanny to help deflate that ego.

So, when a friend sent me the flyer he received from the Estancia High School Football Boosters earlier this week I couldn't help but think that Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger just experienced one of those ego-deflating events in his life.

You see, Mensinger fancies himself "Mr. Football" in Costa Mesa.  It seems almost impossible for him to hold forth on almost any subject without folding in a reference to Pop Warner or Estancia High School football.  Not that there's anything wrong with that - necessarily.  Heck, he's the president of the Estancia football boosters, for goodness sake!

We've seen parents, coaches and players line up at speaker's podiums to sing his praises over the past couple years.  Clearly, they all felt he had positively influenced their lives - at least, their football lives.  Good for him.

So, when you view the image of that flyer, below, I suspect you may find just the smallest hint of a smile form on your lips as you observe that the good folks in the booster organization, in presenting Mensinger's message on the left edge of the piece, somehow managed to misspell his name - twice!  Yep, they left out the first "N" in the name at the top and also in the cursive "signature" at the bottom.

Somewhere up in Mesa Verde, hard by the golf course, you can almost hear the air gushing out of an inflated ego... I'm sure he'll just take it with a smile...

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Anonymous Pirate Press said...


7/24/2013 01:38:00 PM  
Anonymous mulva said...

a typo is released in a flyer. this results in an ego being deflated? you are so jealous of his accomplishments you need to write a whole post hoping his ego gets deflated. Hell, I saw Genis campaign signs with her name incorrectly spelled. her ego was fine afterward. what say you Jeff?

7/24/2013 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

I say learn to spell...

7/24/2013 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Mesa Mustang said...

At least Mensinger is out trying to help the programs out at our local schools. Wish folks would step up and help out our programs like Steve does. I think this was a cheap shot and goes to show the bias of this blog.

7/24/2013 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

mulva wrote " his accomplishments "

What "accomplishments"?
Falsely accusing others of committing felony vandalism or tanking our city's budget, non-stop dissing of Wendy from the dais, taking credit for accomplishments he had nothing to do with or harassing our city employees?

7/24/2013 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Mesa Mustang,

OK... and yet, here you are, posting away... Bias? Maybe. I don't like many of his ideas and certainly don't like his style. Cheap shot? Hmmmm... maybe against the person - we assume it was one of his loyal followers - that doesn't know how to spell his name. Before he blocked me on Facebook I used to read some of his entries... it is not a surprise to me that some of his followers can't write a lick, either. And, if you don't like what you read here just stop reading it! Geez!

7/24/2013 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Poor Mesinger said...

Some of the Sandy Genis campaign signs were vandalized and crudely defaced. Weren't you outraged? It wasn't a typo. Some jerk took them home, spray painted out the G, then carefully used a marker to make a very juvenile change. Then they added red starbursts with another marker, and scattered them about the city. Quite an elaborate, but illegal, project.

Heck, the signs were stolen, then vandalized and defaced, but you aren’t outraged? Didn’t you-all hold a press conference when someone tore up a Mesinger sign? Interesting.

Did Sandy whine, throw a tantrum, hold a press conference, call you all thugs? No, she was her usual class act all the way.

BTW, the City employee accused of vandalizing Mesingers signs, you knew then and for sure know by now, his prints aren’t on all those ripped signs you drug over to your press conference at City Hall. You know whose are you fakers, unless you wore gloves.

Sandy’s campaign volunteers have the defaced sign that was in front of Fitzpatricks house. I wonder whose prints are on it?

7/24/2013 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous skosh said...

Hey Jeff, Oops I mean Geoff...slow news day?

7/24/2013 03:57:00 PM  
Blogger The Pot Stirrer said...

Gary, er, skosh,
Nope, not really. Posted my views on the General Plan meeting really early this morning - about the time you were closing up - and will be heading to the Charter Committee meeting later. Typical day in the life of an old guy with too much time on his hands. Thanks for asking, though.

7/24/2013 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Phil Lesh said...

Why would anyone be jealous of of mensinger? Accomplishments? Surely you jest!

7/24/2013 04:18:00 PM  
Anonymous MV said...

Boy, defensive much? Just ironic that that a flier for a school, where kids are supposed to get educated, can't get the spelling of their savior right, in not one, but two places. Just plays further into the stupid jock stereotype, I suppose. Hopefully, when they aren't too busy playin' ball and chasin' skirts, they're hitting the books so some day they can grow up and spell properly on fundraising fliers and maybe even become city council members.

Now my question is, has a PI been hired to run forensics on the handwriting samples on the flier where the personalized note is written? I hope not, since I was the one who sent the flier to Geoff, as I found it so hilarious.

Go Eagles! And yes, I'll still be making my donation.

7/24/2013 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

Not only did you post your report on the General Plan Meeting early today, in it you gave credit to Fitzpatrick for listening to the concerns of residents.
How many of your adversaries are willing to give you credit for anything positive?
You are a good man, Geoff and you are fair.

7/24/2013 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Improver said...

We already control plenty. Spell however you want. History will have our names correct after you're long gone and nobody remembers who you are.

7/24/2013 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous WS said...

Kwalf, let me list a few more of his accomplishments:
Chest bumper; flasher of fake sheriff badges; got himself fired from Arnel; managed to initiate a lawsuit against himself for uh....shall we say, "harassment"? There is just so much more, but there are only so many gigabytes in a day...

7/24/2013 06:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

to Coach Bargas: Mike, I need to see you in the locker room, NOW!

7/24/2013 06:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Flacco Flag Football said...

That's nuttin'. Did ya see the Daily Pilot today. Do you wanna know whatsa also goin' down.

Matt Lienert comes to Estancia High.

Parks commission trying to get rid of Friday Night Lights.

Matt Lienert has his own Flag Football League.

7/24/2013 08:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Bottom Line said...

Ridge and West can laugh all they want we're winning. Look at council and planning. HA HA.

7/24/2013 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous EZ up said...

Dear ********, we could sure use your help this season. However, not with spelling or proof reading.

Hey, whaddya say your name was?

7/25/2013 06:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Friday Night Lights and Sirens said...

Is it true the Master Stephen Mesinger can't go anywhere or do anything without a high school coach in tow? I heard that Mesinger signed off on the new fire department ambulances only after the coach came by the fire station and checked them out. Good job mayor pro team (remember folks the badge says so).

7/25/2013 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Microscope said...

@ Bottom Line--looking at the Council I see a power hungry transplant who will do whatever he can to ruin a City, I see a dive bar owner who does as little as possible and shows up as little as possible but still wants all the medical benefits, I see a failed business man who is living in the past ala Uncle Rico.

The planning commision is full of mindless sheep who are taking orders and waiting for the day when political favors will be paid back.

Taking a good look is good for everybody to do once in a while, it really opens your eyes to the numb skulls trying to ruin this City.

7/25/2013 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger Gericault said...

......uncle Rico.....ok , that was funny.

7/25/2013 11:58:00 AM  
Anonymous giving alf fitz said...

alf is correct as usual.
this blog is totally fair!
no bias ever shown, no favorites, just tellin it like it is.
all sides are taken to task
no sexism either, no boyz/girls
no democrat vs ocgop, nothing
all fairly reported.
alf is as correct as she always is.

7/25/2013 02:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Director said...

Are there similarities between Mensy and film character Uncle Rico?

7/25/2013 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Mayor Pro Tem Pedro said...

I think the Uncle Rico reference is directed at this losers wish for turning back the clock and reliving his football days.

7/25/2013 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger Gericault said...

Funny how appropriate this image is to the current state of Costa Mesa......
"Until we get our collective head out of our ass and treat teachers and cops and sanitation workers and firefighters and the men and women we send into combat as the priceless resources that protect our lives, care for our children and make our country worth living in, we’re doomed to a future of self-centered stupidity and civic ignorance.

Bread and Circuses brought Rome to its knees. Will our epitaph be “Football and Junk Food?”

Read more:

7/26/2013 12:34:00 PM  

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