Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Already Gone?

  • Being an Eagles fan from way back, I'm of course bummed by the news of Glenn Frey's death.  When I was 16, I worked at a ice cream/fast food place, and a family friend in the record business offered to get me tickets to their DCC Hotel California tour show.  But, as luck would have it, I could not get the night off from work, and my upbringing would not allow me to call in 'sick'.  A couple of years ago, a friend (the same one who got me the inscribed Henley CD covers) invited me to go to their show at the AAC.  Arguably, it was the better show.
  • I've said for years that any genuine iteration of the Eagles would have to have Frey and Henley at its core.  Wonder if the remaining members will ever perform again as Eagles (after Henley's Cass County tour ends)?  Although no one can replace Frey, a Henley/Walsh/Schmit/Souther lineup would be worth seeing, and hearing.  J. D., of course, partnered with Frey in Longbranch Pennywhistle prior to the Eagles, and turned the Detroit native on to country rock, and frequently collaborated with the Eagles.
  • Adding Jackson Browne to the mix could be interesting, as well, but with a solo catalog that rivals, or exceeds, the Eagles' collective output, there'd be lots of concertgoers unhappy because their favorite song (from whichever artist) wasn't played.  Still, as these guys age, the idea of spreading the duties in a band dynamic might be appealing.  Another twist would be adding Detroit native Bob Seger to the line up - he collaborated on Heartache Tonight (which would have been this post's title if I'd written it last night), and performed, uncredited, on the song; Frey sang on Ramblin Gamblin' Man, and Against the Wind.  
  • Hey, some folks have their fantasy football/baseball/basketball teams - I have my fantasy rock-n-roll bands.  Get Over It¹.
  • J. C. Penney is returning to the appliance business in a pilot program in 22 of its stores.  My initial thought was that that is a crowded marketplace segment, but then I remembered a mid-size refrigerator I'd seen in the local home center, which had its price fluctuate from $679 all the way down to $528 and I think now sells at around $628.  That indicates to me that the margins must be decent.
  • Because the appliance category doesn't lend itself well to click shopping, the move adds the 'halo' effect of potential buyers (usually both spouses, if married) passing the Sephora, St. John's Bay, and Arizona Jeans kiosks/areas, so it's good exposure for their softlines.
  • Back when I was a kid, Penney's sold power tools also, and even firearms if I'm not mistaken.  I think I may even have an old Penney's-labeled sabre saw or 1/4 inch drill.  Update: Penney's firearms were sold under the 'Foremost' banner.  I don't own any of them, but do have one each of Sears' Ted Williams and J. C. Higgins models.
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  • One of the features of the Carson show that you don't see on late night anymore was the mix of 'ordinary' people that Johnny included in his guest line-up.  Last night he had the editor of Omni (?) magazine's puzzle page, and recently he had a truck driver, who at the time, had racked up the most miles driven.  Of course, last night also featured a 29 year young comic named Jerry Seinfeld.
  • I'm wondering if Bernie Sanders has peaked. A barrage of news articles appeared over the weekend, some about his rape essay from the '60s or '70s, and some about his hardcore socialist leanings and trips to Nicaragua.  Today I saw a piece that says he favors a $17+ trillion tax increase.  That kind of talk, of course, doesn't win elections.  One wonders how much information was packaged for the reporters by the HRC campaign staff.
  • It's hard to say who has the bigger balls, Trump or Hillary, but her capitalizing on the Flint, Michigan water situation is bizarre.  In the Sunday night debate, HRC said (italics mine): "...And the governor of that state acted as though he didn't really care. He had a request for help and he had basically stone walled. I'll tell you what, if the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water and being bathed in it, there would've been action."  Hypocrisy much, Hillary?  Think those words won't show up with images of Benghazi in the fall campaign?  I'll bet Carville texted her before she left the stage with "R U stupid or what?"
  • In other election year news, Dr. Ben Carson has suspended his campaign, following a bad car crash that left several of his staffers injured.  I suspect that the 'susp-' in suspended will prove to be superfluous.  Also on the GOP side, Ohio's John Kasich is said to be coming up behind that other Donald.
  • The past few years there's been much criticism of police officers becoming judge/jury/executioner.  In most cases - though not all - it boils down to a split second decision, usually in defense mode. Tonight, seeing a documentary on Bonnie & Clyde, I was reminded that I'd recently wondered if the legal system had been sidestepped.  Last night I discussed the issue with a colleague, who said they'd sealed their fate when they murdered those State Troopers at the corner of  Dove and 114 (in current day Southlake).  Sounds about right.
  • Accounts dispute whether it was Bonnie or Henry Methvin who initiated the murders of the Troopers.
  •  I have been a first-class klutz today.  This morning, I turned on the bathroom faucet, with the stopper set, then stepped into the shower.  When I emerged, water was streaming across the counter and onto the bathroom floor (the overflow didn't keep up with the rate of flow).  This evening, while replacing the $&#@!% child-proof cap on a prescription bottle, it slipped and nearly two dozen tablets were strewn on the bathroom floor.  Thankfully, they are super inexpensive tablets, so I just chunked them in the toilet.
  • Entered into a gentleman's agreement with my boss today that I can continue working on a limited part-time basis at my current employer after I start my new job, so long as I give him two weeks notice if I decide that the combined workweek is too oppressive.  Seems fair to me.
¹ This is a pretty good cover version.

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