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A wake up call for Generation X?

Ted Anthony, Associated Press writer and manager, has produced an essay on the impact of the loss of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett on the members of Generation X. If you are not familiar with who that includes, Ted is a member (graduated from high school in '86) and so am I (Class of 1991). Generation X covers a broad swath of people born from 1961 to 1981 and was popularized by Douglas Coupland.

Enough of the Gen X lesson. Here's a bit of what Ted had to say (Read the whole thing here) :

"“These people were on our lunchboxes,” said Gary Giovannetti, 38, a manager at HBO who grew up on Long Island awash in Farrah and MJ iconography. “This,” he said, “is the moment when Generation X realizes they’re grown up.”"

"These were the people who sent to the top of the charts a song called “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” then figured out how to churn them out wholesale, launching the celebrity obsession that is now an accepted part of American cultural fabric."


Michael Jackson

My Michael Jackson vinyl...

I had to put "Off the Wall" on the turntable for a spin tonight - first time in years.

It's hard to believe I've owned anything for 30 years but I have had "Off the Wall" that long.

Yep - Michael did some weird stuff. You always wonder why the great ones just seem to lose it.

I prefer to think back to what a great time the early '80's was. I don't know if kids growing up today will look back on this time like I do that time. It seemed special - maybe it was just because I was there and I am biased.

Either way, having his music as a piece of that time makes it all the more special to me.

A case of the Mondays

Random thoughts for Monday:
What a rainy and humid day. I think it topped out around 95 today and we got two pretty good lines of storms. The latest one scooted just west of us as it slid on by. I still have trees leaning on trees where it is either too wet or too hot to start cutting down the mess. It may be October before the weather cooperates enough to clean that up.Now on TLC... "Jon & Kate Separate". Pretty catchy, huh? I watched a bit of it out of morbid curiosity. It's a mess and a terrible situation but what is worse is that the show seriously impacted their lives. But fame is like drinking - the more you get, the more you act like you truly are in the first place. This didn't just happen but the show definitely accelerated the fire.Today was way too busy and there is still much more to do. This is going to be a crazy week. The good news is that the faithful '99 Contour made it through the dealership visit with flying colors. They said it is in excel…

Stamp this trip DONE

380 miles driven today and the last two sites I had to visit are finished. Right as I pulled out of the parking lot at Fletcher, we had another whopped of a storm. I've been rained on every day this week but tomorrow is supposed to be clear and sunny and near 100 degrees. This is the view from the Lowe's across the street.

This is at the Fletcher Community Park where I walked off supper.

Due to the rain, most of the trail was flooded over in places.

Cane Creek was a bit angry after the downpour.

I attempted a run - more of a trot, I guess - for a little bit and that did not work well at all. My feet felt like concrete blocks. I need to seriously get back in shape! Maybe the travel will be dying down now and I can avoid some of the fast food mess.

Wrightsville Beach

All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea whether it is to sail or to watch it we are going back from whence we came.
-John F. Kennedy

Day 2

The most familiar site on this trip continues to be the rain. I bet it rained 80% of the time I was on the road from Charleston to Myrtle Beach today. I drove south into Myrtle Beach a bit but turned back to North Myrtle Beach. It was just too touristy for my taste. And, the rain was sticking around.

It finally stopped and I was able to grab some supper and then park at one of the many beach access lots in North Myrtle Beach.

The sky looked nasty but the rain stayed away. It was windy but the water is very warm. I walked for over an hour and it was hard to go back to the car and head back inland to the hotel.

This is looking toward the south to Myrtle Beach.

Tomorrow I drive to Wilmington, NC and will work the full day there. They are having some network problems beyond what I have been working on at the other sites so tomorrow could be quite the challenge. Some beach video (should be available in a bit):

Driving, driving, and more driving...

Another week on the road... The day started out like this: But it pretty much ended like this for the last 100 miles:

I got a Webkinz at the hotel - much to the delight of the kids.
There is a great walking trail behind this hotel and after all the fast food, I need to walk.

Tomorrow, I will work in Columbia in the morning and then Charleston in the afternoon (where I will stay tomorrow night).

Here are some videos from the day:

Today was too productive

I hope my co-workers don't start to expect it daily. Actually, this has been an incredibly productive week. I have no idea what it is but I have hit a stride lately. I can only remember a few times in the past few years where things really really started to click and this was one of those weeks. Could it be the kids Hawaiian Punch that I keep sneaking drinks of? Maybe it's exposure to chlorine from cleaning the pool? Has my dislike of Sarah Palin propelled me to a new found energy (You rock, Dave!)?
Anyhow, next week is another 1500 mile round-tripper. I'll be visiting 6 sites in the Carolinas upgrading invoice printers. I know it sounds glamourous - tooling around in the rental car, yanking the guts out of 15 year old printers and staying at a different hotel each night. At least I'll get to see the beach on two of those nights and that alone makes all of the driving worthwhile.

I spent today getting everything as prepared as possible for the trip. The weekend will be a…

Radio Shack Portavision 16-127, Much Beloved Hot Pink Television, is Obsolete at 16

Portavision 16-127, the long time kitchen television owned by the creator of this blog, has become obsolete. It was 16 and lived in Lebanon, Tennessee.

The cause was the national transition to digital television that begins at 12:01 AM tonight in Nashville.

Portavision, a 4.5 inch diagonal black and white analog television set with a hot pink casing, was manufactured in 1993 and was purchased on clearance at the Radio Shack in Bowling Green, Kentucky's Greenwood Mall in early 1994.

Portavision was used mainly in the kitchen while cooking or during thunderstorms. It lived in a variety of cities including Cincinnati, Ohio.

Its owner, who declined to be identified for this article, said "It was the best bargain I ever got. Just thirty dollars and it lasted me faithfully for 15 years. It's been part of my life longer than my wife, my kids, and most of my pairs of socks. It was here when I was thin and had most of my hair and even stuck by me during the chubby years. It will be mi…

Looking for my $4000 a month

This article in the New York Times last week was a hoot:

Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest

I am blown away that there are bloggers out there that made these comments -

“Every once in a while I would see this thing on TV about some mommy blogger making $4,000 a month, and thought, ‘I would like that.’ ”Someone is a blog failure when "The post generated no comments."“I was too Web 1.0. You want to be anonymous, you want to write, like, long entries, and no one wants to read that stuff.”“I did some Craigslist postings to advertise it.."“To be honest, I would love a book deal to come out of my blog,” she wrote. “Or I would love for Salad Days to give me a means to be financially independent to continue pursuing and sharing what I love with the world.”
By the way, two different people made the first and last comment. This tells me that there are probably quite a few people writing thinking that this will lead to some pot of gold. Anyone writing with such an agenda is not really …


We saw "Up" tonight. I have been looking forward to it for a long time. The little clips they've been showing for over a year really pull you in. And, it is an excellent movie. Some reviewers touted that it was the best of the year so far and I would agree. The story, the characters, the visual effect of it all - magnificent.

So, critics will have it in their top 10 lists at the end of the year. Allow me to put it in my own special list.

Hmmmm. What other movies would be in this list? I'm thinking, maybe, "Beaches". Yep, and "Brian's Song". "Love Story", maybe? "Driving Miss Daisy"? Are you seeing a theme here?

It's one of the saddest movies I have seen in a long time. That's right - sad. In fact, it's just about tragic at times. That's not to say that there are not funny parts. But, every time I'm ready to sit in for a laugh, they nail me again. I won't go into details because that will spoil the whole…

Another week

I am now paying for my "weekend of laziness" in which I ignored the lawn and most other "to do's" around the house. With the rain coming back in the forecast and so much to do at work, I had to give in and mow tonight. Mowing is not fun when it is 91 degrees and the humidity is 1000%. I also goofed up my right knee again in the process of said mowing. I feel that a bionic knee will be inevitable.

A week or so ago I hit the 99 cent sale at the "last chance book store" (where all remainders go to die) and I picked up this book...
Haunting, as it says on the cover, nails it perfectly. It's really a gripping read and I am shocked it was in the 99 cent stuff. I went back for the other copy they had and it was gone. I'm not sure how to describe it. There is a gloomy odd aura about it that the author pulls you into. The weather is its own character in here - you can picture yourself right there running in the rain or watching the sun burn off all of th…


The disclaimer first - the internet at the hotel last night was unbelievably slow. It was so slow that it gave me flashbacks to AOL in 1994. Needless to say, I shut off the computer and gave up. With Hampton, it's always a crapshoot - you just never know. Tonight, all is good at this Hampton, by the airport, in Savannah. Even the stairs are carpeted here. Very nice. This trip has been all about driving. I have been to each end and side of the state in just two days. There are not many interstates here so I did a fair share of backroads country driving. Yesterday, I drove from Columbus to Valdosta and passed through Plains - home of former President Jimmy Carter. I was 30 minutes too late to get in here.

On I-75, I saw this nice peanut tribute.

The state flower here is the billboard. I-75 in south Georgia is one of the ugliest stretches of interstate you will ever see. Mile after mile of billboards. Horrible.

I got done at a decent time tonight and drove over to Tybee Island for some be…


It doesn't seem like 17 years have passed since this was in the TV Guide. (It's also hard to believe how bad TV Guide stinks now, but that's another story for another time)

Tonight, history finally gets corrected as Conan takes over the helm of "The Tonight Show". I do like Jay Leno and I think he has done a fine job but I am a long long time Letterman fan and I still feel that Dave got a raw deal back in 1992. Those matters can be put to rest since I feel Conan follows much more in the tradition of Dave than Jay ever fit in the tradition of Johnny. Now, I'll have two shows to DVR at the same time.