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Showing posts from November, 2011

Holiday Recap

There was eatin’. There was shoppin’. There was decoratin’. It was just another typical Tennessee Thanksgiving.We found time to decorate the house Friday when it was still 70 degrees.We discovered that some people like to add their favorite restaurants to their Christmas villages.We took a trip to the Opryland Hotel and walked around with the holiday weekend mob.Two strange kids wouldn’t stay out of the revolving doors. We don’t have the revolvin’ doors out here in the sticks.We saw the Christmas Panda.We saw the Christmas Zebra.Another highlight of our holiday was our annual viewing of Snoopy and Woodstock in the cartoon version of “The Silence of the Lambs”.We all went back to work and school today just in time for the first snow to arrive sometime tonight. Since it only takes about a quarter of an inch of snow to throw our city into complete chaos, I am not looking forward to tomorrow.Summer is so far away.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m taking a holiday away from the tweets and the status updates and the Tumblr. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Good song, weird video: “Hearts” by Marty ‘MacGruber’ Balin

I’ve been hearing “Hearts” again on the radio lately. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because it is 30 years old this year. I’ve always liked the song but I never knew much about Marty Balin other than that he was a member of Jefferson Airplane at one time.I had also never seen the video for “Hearts” until I decided to write about the song and started looking around YouTube for it. That is when I discovered that Marty Balin just might be MacGruber or MacGruber’s father.At the very least, Marty Balin looks a lot like Will Forte. The video is absolutely horrible in a most hilarious way. At the start, I got the impression that Marty did something completely inappropriate with his guitar that is illegal in most states. The video ends with a terribly funny “fantasy” scene that seems to have inspired every movie they show late at night on Cinemax. It is also mixed with footage of a speedboat which the director seems to imply is an inappropriate metaphor for “getting’ busy” with the musical ins…

Spring is Back!

I know – I should not complain about it being 70 degrees in November when other people are dealing with minus 35 or worse. I like the warm weather.  This whole “Spring in November” thing would be fine if it wasn’t for all of the stormy weather that always accompanies “Spring in November”. I don’t like the possibility of having to pick roof shingles up off of the lawn again. It’s the weekend. I’m tired. That’s all for now.

Guess what is back at Fred’s!

It’s time for creme drops. If you don’t have a Fred’s, you better get to a store that just might have them before they are all gone. Since I buy them six bags at a time, they might sell out and you’ll just be stuck eating a lousy candy cane.

Good song: “Lawyers in Love”

The kids decided they wanted to go through my record collection Saturday night. They are interested in how we lived in ancient times. They seem to be amazed that music will play through a needle. They are also not impressed at how short albums are considering they can play hours of MP3’s on their players.One album I came across was “Lawyers in Love” by Jackson Browne. I bought it in 1983 and I’m guessing I used birthday money to buy it since, being 10 years old, I wasn’t employed at the time. The album cover always stood out to me. It also makes me realize how much of the “personality” of albums that we have lost without them.The title song was always one of my favorites and I wanted to embed the video here from YouTube but, to my dismay, there were only two uploads of the song. One was just the song with a blank screen and the other was the video with someone doing karaoke and farting in the background. How lovely. I decided I had to correct this injustice against Jackson Browne fans…

A barn, not a drive thru

I’m about to get on a conference call this morning when I get a call from an insurance agent telling me that one of his clients has turned the storage barn at our church into a drive thru. Oddly enough, the driver had the same insurance as the church, was covered for property damage, and was not injured. The barn did not fare as well as the driver.I’m thinking our hoarding over the years may have saved the guy from injury. He was unable to make it through the whole barn since he ran into all of our junk. I’m thinking the thing would have collapsed on him if he had pushed the back out. This shows that hoarding may be good for us in odd and rare circumstances.I’m standing up by the road for this one. That barn is pretty far away. You would think he would have stopped or missed a gigantic barn. It was 4AM and nothing good happens at 4AM.The rain is coming tonight so we’ll soon have a pile of wet junk to deal with.In other news, I spent most of the weekend watching my new Hulu obsession,

IMHO? There are not many humble opinions on the internet

Every so often, I get on an internet tear. Something perturbs me and I feel the urge to comment on it even though it accomplishes zip. Instead of releasing the frustration and tension, I feel even more frustration and tension for adding my opinion to a cacophony of opinions from others who are also on an internet tear.Case in point: The Poynter-Romenesko debacle that ended with the early resignation of media blogger Jim Romenesko. I’ve been reading Jim’s posts for years and I feel he was unfairly ‘attacked’ by a member of his own team (supposedly). You can read about it here. If you poke around, you might also see a trail of comments I left behind on Twitter, the Poynter website, and the Columbia Journalism Review. Looking back on the last twenty-four hours, I wonder why I would even be tempted to get involved at all. It was a huge waste of my time and I certainly get nothing out of having others read or comment on my thoughts.That’s the trouble with the internet. Opinions are bad eno…

Sorry, Nintendo - Cartridges are so Two-Thousand and Late

The big Christmas gift for the kids last year were the Nintendo DSi’s. These were upgrades from the used DS models that we’d had for quite a long time and had suffered much abuse. The kids could play the games they had, the battery life was better, and now they had cameras and could even surf the net!Sadly, we discovered that the internet function is so clunky that it is unusable (a trait the DSi shares with the Wii Browser). Also, the clamshell of the DSi makes for a not so portable or functional camera. It’s fun for goofing for a bit but not for anything more. And, there is a stylus which seems more and more archaic as we embrace the touchscreen. The touchscreen on the DSi is just awkward and small enough to need the stylus for most functions.The kids actually wanted iPod Touches last Christmas since they always played with the one my wife had. I thought that $249 was far too expensive for gadgets for 8 and 9 year olds. I was incredibly mistaken. The DSi is cheaper but cartridges ar…

We interrupt this blog for a brief return to 1991

We started the week saying goodbye to Andy Rooney. Now we bid farewell to Heavy D and he was just 44. I wouldn’t call myself a rap fan but this one was pretty catchy and I do have it in my music collection. It brings back fond memories of the year I graduated from high school and the video makes me wonder if we had a hardcore fear of rain back in ‘91. There are a lot of people wearing parkas in this for no apparent reason.

Thank you, Andy Rooney

(AP PHOTO/ARIZONA STATE UNIV.)When Andy Rooney delivered his last essay on 60 minutes just a few weeks back, I was suspicious that something was up. I expected him to work until the last possible moment and I thought we were seeing just that. When news soon came that he had been in surgery and that there were complications, I thought that there was no way we would hear such news about such a private man unless his family realized that there was no chance of survival. Imagine the essay-length rant that we would have all heard or read if he had recovered. Sadly, he did not.Andy has gone to a place where there is no impossible to open plastic packaging and no partially filled bags of chips or boxes of cereal. I’m not sure what he’ll write about there.Here on Earth, we’ve lost a great voice that pointed out a lot of what is wrong. Sometimes he spoke of the minor annoyances of day to day life and sometimes he took on the great injustices that no one would dare speak of.In the obit posted o…

Cool and drippy

It sounds like a new dessert at Dairy Queen but it’s not. It’s the latest official forecast from the National Weather Service! I guess they are running out of ways to describe rain.Tom Turkey has returned and will be in charge of the front yard through Thanksgiving. Then it will be time to pull down the Christmas stuff. Ugh.This week started out so promising and now I have hit the wall of no energy and what energy has been around is all negative. I’m hoping to wake up tomorrow morning feeling positive no matter how cool and drippy it gets.