Sunday, September 27, 2009
Take My Word for It, from 1986, dealing more with language than with politics, is the only Safire book I own. It's been quite some time since I read it, but I would like to thank Bill Safire for his influence on any positive planishing of my prose that might've resulted.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Now, I can't recall ever staging such a pose, nor would I, but I do have to admit that I've thought of getting my buds together to pose as outlaw hombres, such as the Dalton Gang, below:
Dalton Gang - October 5, 1892
Admittedly, my interest in the Dalton story was sparked by the 1972 Eagles' album Desperado, coupled with the notion that the actions that led to their demise occurred about 20 miles from my birthplace.
On the ground: The Eagles, flanked by Jackson Browne (l), and John David Souther (r)
Only in researching for this post did I find that the album's cover pictures were simply stills from a mini-movie or video shot for concert footage: Note - Some language at the end.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The forecast is a very slim chance of rain overnight, supposed to be high 50s in the morning.
Am I sleeping outdoors tonight?
Edit: The weather was great, and my sleeping bag was plenty cozy.
Edit #2: ...for two nights in a row!
Edit #3: ...and three...(don't know about tonight yet - one forecast has a low of 56°, good. Another says 64°, not so much.)
In the same vein as Field of Dreams, Frequency, and, to a degree, the Back to the Future series, the movie features a high school baseball player who encounters his future self (Robert Loggia), who admonishes him to pay attention to the small decisions which will shape his future. Unlike Back to the Future, this film is serious (but not didactic), as well as thought provoking. And though unrelated, I found the lyrics to Carly Simon's In a Small Moment totally apropos to the message of this movie relating to how we deal with the small things ultimately defines our character:
Going through some pictures on my xD card, I found an image from about a year ago of my daughter with a praying mantis.
This child is absolutely fascinated by all manner of things outdoors. Just Saturday, she found, and proudly captured [later released] a garden snake from under a walkway brick. She's also very good at catching the lizards and geckos around the yard.
I am blessed.
When I see something like this, I am in awe of God's wonder.
Just wish Mama [& Kodak] hadn't taken my Kodachrome away...
Despite my growing up in a fairly conservative household, my Dad had somewhat eclectic musical tastes, and I was fortunate to have been exposed to many artists and musical styles. Folk was one of them. Dad's education in electrical engineering didn't hurt, either, as he always had a top-notch high fidelity sound system, that had usually been tweaked a bit here or there. In the early '60s, I heard a lot of The Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, The Limeliters, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Brothers Four, and Peter, Paul and Mary.
The folk idiom at that time was such that many of the groups covered the same material, often from Pete Seeger or Woody Guthrie, but as time went on, the Kingston Trio and PP&M were instrumental in bringing new songwriters' works, notably Bob Dylan, Donovan, Gordon Lightfoot, and John Denver (who replaced Chad Mitchell when the eponymous founder left the group), to the public's attention. Undoubtedly, I first experienced Dylan's work through other artists long before I heard the composer's versions of his songs, and to this day am convinced that Mr. Zimmerman was not necessarily the best interpreter of all of his works. Some, but not all.
As an aside, it still amazes me that Dylan, like Jackson Browne in the '70s, was able at such a young age to capture certain insights into the human condition.
In the early '70s, I nearly wore out an 8-track of Peter, Paul & Mary's 10 Years Together, along the way introducing my carpool mates (I was in junior high at the time) to the trio's music on the commute to and from school.
What appealed to me about the music was that it was at the same time simple yet complex. Usually a guitar or two, or a banjo, and a double bass, the musical textures were every bit as interesting as Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" treatments. PP&M and The Kingston Trio featured a sort of innocence and optimism that seemed to be missing from the musical scene in later decades. The '60s folk trios gave way to the '70s singer-songwriter genre: Joan Baez, Harry Chapin, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Tom Waits, Dan Fogelberg, etc. Today, I think folk music would probably be regarded as Indie.
Today, only Bob Shane remains of The Kingston Trio, and no longer performs in the group. There is still a touring group of The Limeliters, but Alex Hassilev and Glenn Yarbrough have long since retired. It's difficult to imagine Peter & Paul performing without Mary.
So, thank you Peter, Paul & Mary for the memories. And Godspeed Mary Travers.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
This I lifted from "That Dude", regarding a woman in Missouri who was inconvenienced by a fallen soldier's funeral procession during rush hour traffic, and wrote to the Sheriff to make a complaint. The text of her email, and the Sheriff's response, are included with the article.
What I like about this is the response, which easily enough could have gotten into a flaming pi$$ing contest. But instead the Sheriff answered the misguided woman in measured tones.
Judge for yourself.
Friday, September 11, 2009
I know I've probably been insensitive in the past, maybe less than romantic.
That's all changed now. Next lucky female I meet, I'm gonna treat with utmost respect and sensitivity. Nothing will be too good for my new Queen-to-be.
Fresh flowers from the Krogers, a nice bottle of wine from the Lake Worth Wal-Marts, candle-light dinner at the Decatur DQ, and...a [Honda] limousine!
I think I hear wedding bells already...
DYN - O - MITE, baby!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
He should see this:
My office colleague says never eat at a Chinese Food restaurant next to a veterinarian or dog grooming salon.