Friday, August 31, 2007

Drum Songs

I certainly have not heard every song ever recorded. But then again, who has? So don't consider this a list of the "best", only what are my favorites.

It is heavily populated by classic oldies and classic rock.

Here are the songs that have my favorite drum performances. For a list of what the "experts" say, click here.

1. "When The Levee Breaks"- John Bonham/Led Zeppelin. Phenomenonally brutal.
2. "Wipe Out"- by Ron Wilson/The Surfaris. Probably the most famous drum song.
3. "Fool In The Rain"- John Bonham. And yet my favorite part of this song is still the whistle at 2:26, which starts Bonham's incredible interlude piece.
4. "Won't Get Fooled Again"- Keith Moon/The Who.
5. "Rock And Roll"- John Bonham.
6. "Achilles Last Stand"- John Bonham.
7. "Sympathy For The Devil"- Charlie Watts/The Rolling Stones.
8. The entire Side One of the album Moving Pictures- that would be "Tom Sawyer", "Red Barchetta", "YYZ" and "Limelight"- Neil Peart/Rush.
9. "Hot For Teacher"- Alex Van Halen/Van Halen.
10. "Tusk"- Fleetwood Mac/USC Marching Band.
11. "Do It Again"- Jim Hodder/Steely Dan. It's just got such a great beat to it.
12. "Ticket To Ride"- Ringo Starr/The Beatles. Ringo's still my favorite drummer.
13. "My Best Friend"- Roger Taylor/Queen.
14. "Who Are You"- Keith Moon.
15. "Help!"- Ringo Starr.

Feel free to agree or disagree. I haven't heard the vast majority of songs ever recorded, so if you have any suggestions for the list, send me the song and I'll consider it.

And finally, here's an amazing piece of drumming trivia:

The most single-stroke drumbeats played in one minute is 1,026, achieved by Johnny Rabb of the USA, on April 28, 2000, at the Nashville Music Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

"That's Incredible!"

Labor Day Weekend Reading

Saturday- Psalms 148, 149 and 150. 1 Timothy 3.
Sunday- Proverbs 1 and 2. 1 Timothy 4.
Monday- Proverbs 3 and 4. 1 Timothy 5.

Friday Reading

Psalms 145, 146 and 147. 1 Timothy 2.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thursday Reading

Psalms 142, 143 and 144. 1 Timothy 1.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wednesday Reading

Psalms 139, 140 and 141. 2 Thessalonians 3.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Tuesday Reading

Psalms 136, 137 and 138. 2 Thessalonians 2.

Monday, August 27, 2007

How Entertaining Was That?


HUGELY!

The theme for the weekend was the fun involved in watching someone self destruct.

Leading off my discussion of this weekend's TV is Design Star. Was there any doubt that Robb was not going to win?

Actually, yes. I had originally set the book at 1,000:1 for him to win this thing, but after two strong performances back to back, I did start to wonder if I was wrong. Obviously I should not have feared.

I think it must have been the intimidation factor that brought out the worst in Robb. And who wouldn't have been intimidated by having to design Wayne Newton's Las Vegas estate guest house?

Although on technical merit he did not deserve to get his show cancelled last night (that honor belonged to Will), Robb made such a jack-ass out of himself that the judges really had no choice but to can his kiester. I know I shouldn't take pleasure in watching someone totally come unglued, but it was enjoyable to watch because he brought it all on himself. If he replaced a little of his cockiness with a few ounces of composure when the pressure was mounting, he might not have come unglued on national television.

The limousine ride home after the first 8 hours of work were done made for some of the greatest TV ever. Whoever edited that show did a fantastic job. The contrast between the serenity of Will and Todd's ride and the friction of Kim and Robb's was brilliant. All's that was missing was a musical score to give it added effect.

So Robb is gone. And whoever thinks Will has a shot to win is taking prescription medications for life issues. His on-camera narrative of the new space he and Todd had just created can only be summed up by the word "boring". Probably possessing the most gregarious personality of the group, he went totally flat line when he was "hosting" for the camera. Even though his "real" personality is wonderful, I would never watch a show with his "TV personality".

Will has no shot and will without a doubt be the next eliminated. Leaving us with Kim and Todd to choose from to be the next Design Star. It will take a major upset for Kim to win. She is as big an underdog right now as the US Hockey team was in 1980.

The title is Todd's for the taking. It's a 1,000:1 shot that he does not win this thing. I think the only thing that can stop him is either an injury or illness. Or if he decides he doesn't want to win after all and loses on purpose. His TV presentation was good, he is by far the best carpenter, and he is a very creative person. Although he started off with building a weird skateboarding quarter pipe in the living area of the dorm, he has done nothing but shine ever since.

Moving on, I watched Kevin Costner self destruct in the movie "The Postman". It was the first time I'd seen it. I watched this flick for 3 hours and still cannot conclude if this comedic piece of art was intentional or unintentional. I must disagree with the multitude of critics who hated this movie and recommended against watching it. It is hilarious. A must-see. If you are a cinema buff, you have to watch this "masterpiece." The only thing missing from it was "Newman".

It had that coach from "Remember the Titans" in it, so I kept waiting for Denzel Washington to show up with a whistle in his mouth and make everything perfect again.

Finally, I saw the latest episode of "Grand Slam". It's super fascinating to watch these super-nerd game show geniuses start to self destruct under pressure. You can feel the tension in the contestants heads coming to a snapping point, whereupon the concentration is just gone. For the first time in their game show lives, they are coming to the realization that someone may be better than they are.

I believe the person who will win this thing will be a golfer. Because in golf, you have to put the last hole behind you and move on. If you focus on how badly you played that last hole, you're only going to dig yourself a bigger hole on the one you're on. When these guys don't know an answer to something, it really seems to rattle them, like they cannot put it out of their minds.

The matchup I'm waiting to see is Ken Jennings (of Jeopardy fame) against John Carpenter (the first Millionaire winner). It will come in the semifinals if they both win this week.
Tune in same time next weekend.

Monday Reading

Psalms 132, 133, 134 and 135. 2 Thessalonians 1.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Weekend Reading

Psalms 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130 and 131. 1 Thessalonians 4 and 5.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Friday Reading

Psalms 120, 121, 122 and 123. 1 Thessalonians 3.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thursday Reading

Psalm 119:105-176. 1 Thessalonians 2.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

This Day In History

On the way to the World Series title in 1982, one of the most exciting plays in the history of old Busch Stadium took place on this date 25 years ago.

Any guesses?

A back up catcher on third with two outs in the bottom half of the twelfth inning of a tie game. And the catcher decides to take off.

"Brummer's stealing home!" was the excited call from Mike Shannon that Sunday afternoon, something I'll never forget. One of the most unbelievable moments I've ever witnessed on the radio.

Reminiscing before the old stadium was demolished, Hall of Fame sports writer Rick Hummel wrote about that moment:
"There was backup catcher Glenn Brummer stealing home in the 12th inning on Aug. 22, 1982, to give the Cardinals a victory over the Giants. Brummer, flushed with success, tried unsuccessfully to steal a few more bases later in the season and Herzog revoked his running privileges."

The great Brian Gunn at the late, great Redbird Nation had this to say back in 2003, "
A TRIBUTE TO THE MOONMAN, MIKE SHANNON"
"There are some public moments that are so indelible, so searing, that you may feel as if you are waking up to the world for the first time. For many of us it was the Challenger explosion. Or the day Reagan got shot. Others of us may recall exactly where we were and what we were doing when JFK was killed, or during the moon landing, or on V-J Day. Me, I remember, more vividly than any of these, the exact moment when Glenn Brummer stole home.


It happened on a Sunday afternoon, August 22, 1982 at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals, clinging to a 1½ -game lead over the Phillies heading down the stretch, found themselves deadlocked 4-4 in the 12th inning against the San Francisco Giants. Glenn Brummer singled with one out in the 12th and made it to third with two away. Gary Lavelle on the mound; David Green at the plate; 2-2 count. And that’s when Brummer – dumpy third-string catcher, destined for the dustbin of the Baseball Encyclopedia – took off. The moment still comes easily to my mind. Not the moment after, when Brummer slid under Milt May’s tag for a steal of home and a 5-4 Cardinal win, but just before that, when Brummer rumbled down the basepaths and Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon shrieked through the radio: “Brummer’s stealing home!” It’s enough to give me goose bumps, even now."

Wednesday Reading

Psalm 119:49-104. 1 Thessalonians 1.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

Weekend TV

It rained yesterday, so I watched TV.

"Ice Road Truckers" came to an end last night. Hugh beat out Alex in both number of loads and pounds moved. I was kind of rooting for Alex, although Hugh is a heck of a driver. I just think he was too cocky for my taste.

The "Design Star" episode this week was a little quirky. A wedding reception design? What was that about? I admit I don't know how this is going to turn out, but that won't stop me from making further predictions.

Sparkle Josh, who I had pegged as the 'favorite', deserved to get canned. I was wrong about him all along. Looking back on it, I think the judges nailed it- he knew how to shop and how to decorate, but when he had to design something from scratch, he just didn't seem as "in to it". So there was no way he could win this thing.

Christina fooled me last week into thinking she had a shot, because she really put together a nice design. And there was nothing wrong with this week's design, except she put her own ideas ahead of the customer's. It was way too "girly". She totally ignored the groom's wishes. I had a feeling as soon as she said the whole wedding was for the bride that she was in trouble. Robb hit the nail on the head in telling her how wrong she was, that this was a 50-50 proprosition between bride and groom, and in the end once again he triumphed.

Now we have Todd, Robb, Kim and Will. Will was the closest to exiting of those remaining, and I can honestly say he has done nothing to distinguish himself so far in this whole contest. Neither has Kim. But they remain in it. I can't see either one of them winning, though.

Which leaves us with a horse race between Robb and Todd. I think Todd is going to win. And he is beginning to show us a little more and bring more to the table than skateboarding and surfing. Heck, this week it was guitars and gambling.

This year's contestants were weak compared to 2006. If they bring this show back next year, I hope they do a better job picking the contestants.

Moving on, I caught a little bit of a movie called "Napoleon Dynamite." I had heard other people mention this movie before, and I can't remember why. Was this supposed to be comedy? Drama? I found it to be completely weird and undeserving of any attention.

Speaking of undeserving of any attention, I caught "Black Sheep" on TV for the first time in several years. I must have seen this movie too many times, because the scenes I laughed so hard at previously barely brought out a chuckle. Maybe it's just not as funny as I remembered. Or maybe I'm just getting old.

I've recently caught a glimpse of a new Game Show called Grand Slam on GSN. I love the idea of having commentators. I love watching Dennis Miller anyway, but his stint in "the booth" of this show is much better than his stint in the booth of MNF a few years ago. And much more suited to his style than football.

Finally, the latest episode of Human Weapon did not disappoint. I never understood the differences between karate, judo and jujitsu, but I do now. This is a can't miss series.

Now, if they can just get us the new season of Ice Road Truckers soon...

Monday Reading

Psalms 116, 117 and 118. Colossians 3. Psalm 117 is my favorite.

Friday, August 17, 2007

I've Got To Get In On This

World Mag's Blog links to the annual contest at San Jose State University that I hope to win some day. It's prize is awarded to the person who comes up with the worst possible opening line for a novel.

This is something I could do. I write bad. It's my badge of honor.

This year's winner:

"Gerald began--but was interrupted by a piercing whistle which cost him ten percent of his hearing permanently, as it did everyone else in a ten-mile radius of the eruption, not that it mattered much because for them "permanently" meant the next ten minutes or so until buried by searing lava or suffocated by choking ash--to pee."

Check out the rest here.

Here's my favorite:

"Danny, the little Grizzly cub, frolicked in the tall grass on this sunny Spring morning, his mother keeping a watchful eye as she chewed on a piece of a hiker they had encountered the day before."

Friday And Weekend Reading

Today- Psalms 107 and 108. Colossians 1.

Weekend- Psalms 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114 and 115. Colossians 2.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Thursday Reading

Psalms 105 and 106. Philippians 4.

Put Away The Fins And Masks

The corn is dying in all the fields. Which means the seasons have changed.

I hereby declare summer has ended, and winter has arrived.

Everyone please stand and sing:



"Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!
Welcome Winter,
Come this way!


Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!
Welcome Winter,
Winter Days.

Welcome, Welcome
Fah who rah-moose
Welcome, Welcome
Dah who dah-moose
Winter days are in our grasp
So long as we have hands to clasp

Fah who for-aze!
Dah who dor-aze!
Welcome, welcome Winter
Welcome, welcome Winter Days."


See you in the snow banks!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

More Design Star Thoughts



Design Star Episode 3 is in the books. Five are gone, and we're now down to six contestants. I'm not sure why, but next week will be another double elimination, leaving only 4 designers left. I think they're trying to end this Labor Day weekend.

This week was whacked.

- Biggest disappointment goes to Scott. What happened to this guy? The first week he did the best, and then he fell apart. He had the back injury thing in week 2, and this week he just seemed lifeless and not in to it. And that room he built- what was that supposed to be?

- Todd had the best work? It wasn't even a room. What he made was a work of art. And he got rewarded for this? Granted it looked cool. And he should not have been eliminated this week. Once again, he shows he is good in his own niche. So as long as you want skateboarding and surfing themes in your house, he's the designer for you. But I have yet to see him do anything anyone else would have the slightest interest in besides him. Or some other surfer, dude. I'm now convinced- no way Todd wins this thing. Unless the show they want is called California Surf Design. He's going to have to bring more to the plate than this.

- Sparkle Josh should have been gone. That thing he made was hideous. Which I think points out the biggest weakness in this show. You can stand out and be the best two weeks running, and yet if you have one bad week you are gone. There she be some kind of elimination immunity the next week for having been judged as having the best work.

- That said, Adrianna didn't deserve to go. Her work was better than Josh, Rob and Kim.

- Rob's work blew me away- in a bad way. The guy paints a giant hideous flag like thing on the wall, in powder blue and gold no less, and the judges go ga-ga over it. What gives? I guess because he put an extra dimension in the wall by hanging a table top on it and putting a light behind it makes you a design star. That room was a seizure generator. NO WAY that's in my house. I'll say it again- I think they are keeping Rob around because he provides an interesting personality.

But that said, even though he should be gone, I like him. He's got personality, and wouldn't mind if he won the whole thing. I'd watch his show.

- Will did strong work. And also has a personality. Which makes me think that he's gonna be a contender. Rob and Will have the strongest personalities. Kim also. As this thing goes on, their charisma is going to play more of a role when they start to play to the camera.

- Kim is still in this because she hasn't been the worst of the week so far. At least yet.

- Christina had the best work this week by far. Elegant and classy work. I was shocked Todd, and not Christina, won best work for the week. But she just doesn't seem capable of pulling this thing off.

- So here is my revised book on who will win:
Sparkle Josh 2:1
Christina 5:1
Todd 10:1
Will 15:1
Kim 20:1
Rob 50:1

- Revised book on elimination odds this week:
Rob 2:1
Kim 2:1
Will 5:1
Todd 10:1
Christina 20:1
Sparkle Josh 30:1

The Beginning Of The End

Tonight is the start of a week's worth of games that will determine the course of the rest of this baseball season. Three games against the Brewers, followed by four with the Cubs.

Here's how it will turn:
If Cardinals get swept- season over.
If Cardinals win 1 of 3- the Chicago series becomes huge.
If Cardinals win 2 of 3- we're back.
If Cardinals sweep all 3- we're gonna catch them.

Go Cards.

Tuesday Reading

Psalms 99, 100, 101 and 102. Philippians 2.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Monday Reading

Psalms 96, 97 and 98. Philippians 1.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Weekend Reading

Psalms 90, 91, 92, 93, 94 and 95. Ephesians 6.

Friday, August 10, 2007

True To Form

Who writes these scripts? Perfect.

Dan has photos. He was there! I feel like we've got a B12 shot. There may be life in this old ball club yet.

Friday Reading

Psalms 88 and 89. Ephesians 5.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

If You Liked "The Natural"



No, not that one.

This one:



Then I'm sure you'll like the real-life version. I think the real one is an even better story.

Two More Posts I Wish I Had Written


Because this one hilariously and superbly puts "on paper" exactly how I feel about this season- the Cardinals are dead, and yet are un-dead, as in the movie Night of the Living Dead:

"Reporter: Are they slow-moving, chief?
Sheriff: Yeah, they're dead, they're . . . . all messed up.

all messed up, to be sure --- feeble and plodding and stupid, beyond sensation, beyond reason. they departed the green realm of postseason contention weeks ago, yet here they are still, the dead walking among the living. they won't rest; they can't be stopped. no wound can inflict any damage beyond what they've already sustained.

creepy, but kind of cool to watch. for summer entertainment, it'll do."



And after watching Kip Wells pitch the past couple of weeks, who can argue with the metaphor?! This guy, just when I'm sure he's dead, becomes un-dead. If the Brewers and Cubs keep tripping and falling while looking over their shoulders, these un-dead creatures will catch them.

And this post tries to make sense of the fact (and succeeds) that Barry Bonds, not Hank Aaron, is now the home run king. It's written by the keeper of my former favorite blog, Redbird Nation, Mr. Brian Gunn. (Hat tip to Dan at Get Up, Baby!)

Thursday Reading

Psalms 85, 86 and 87. Ephesians 4.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Design Star Thoughts So Far

After two weeks of HGTV's Design Star, here's my take.

- I don't disagree with any of the cancellations so far. Lisa was definitely going to be one of the first to go. And both Neeraja and "Green" Josh botched their leadership assignments, so it was clear they were going to go last week.

- This year's contestants are less team oriented than last year's. They've thrown each other under the bus a few times. I think Will, Kim and Sparkle Josh are the most team oriented.

- "Sparkle" Josh is definitely the frontrunner.

- I was certain Rob was going out that first week, but he has survived elimination two weeks in a row. And I'm glad he didn't. I kind of like the guy, even though he seems a bit obnoxious. He's fun to watch. And the most likely to be murdered by his fellow contestants. Which is probably why they have kept him on.

- Kim won't win. Don't know why, but she seems in over her head. Maybe it's because she's a hairdresser!

- Scott seems like a wuss, what with his back pain complaint and all. Hey dude, suck it up, this is your chance to do something great. You'll never be given a greater chance than this, so take advantage of it. You can whine about your pain when it is over. He reminds me of Jack Clark, who didn't play in the 1987 World Series due to an injury. Clark never made it back to play in the World Series after that. That said, Scott is still a contender.

- Todd is the most laid back of the group, kind of acting semi-detached, like he is above it all. Which he probably is. But he is also a bit cocky, and since he is probably as flaky as the California surfer dude he projects, he is vulnerable to flaking out and doing something totally outrageous. A quarter pipe in a living/dining area? Hello? However, I still think with his building skills he is a contender.

- I thought after the first show Adriana would be one of the first to go. She redeemed herself last week. She is a mighty fine carpenter. She'll be in it for awhile.

- I'm not sure how long Christina will last. She seems like such a lightweight in this whole thing. Or perhaps she has not been able to showcase her skills yet. But the way she tried to blow up Adriana in week one was pretty shallow, considering she went along with what was done.

- At first I thought Will was just a token black guy. But he is my favorite of the group. He seems honest, down to earth, and just a regular guy. I hope he goes far, but I just have a feeling he won't make it.

- The next show will definitely weed some people out, because this will be the first solo assignments they've been given. And I don't feel like I'm going out on a limb in saying Rob won't make it through another week.

- I believe Kim and Christina are also vulnerable. We'll see. Will has earned enough points the last two weeks as part of a team that I think he'll survive.

- Here's the opening book on the eventual winner- and remember, if you do wager, don't wager here on my website:
Sparkle Josh is even .
Todd 5:1.
Scott 5:1.
Adriana 10:1.
Will 50:1.
Christina 100:1.
Kim 200:1.
Robb 1,000:1.

- Here's the book on this week's cancellation:
Robb even.
Kim 2:1.
Christina 5:1.
Will 10:1.
Scott (due to injury) 20:1.
Todd (due to surfer mentality and flake factor) 30:1.
Adriana 50:1.
Sparkle Josh 1,000:1.

Don't forget to tune in Sunday night at 8 p.m.

I'll Discuss This With You When I Wake Up

Tuesday Reading

Psalms 79, 80 and 81. Ephesians 2.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Weekend Reading

Psalms 72, 73, 74, 75, 76 and 77. Galatians 5 and 6.

Friday, August 03, 2007

IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THIS, YOU'VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

I know one thing, I'm watching this "sport" from now on when it comes on TV! Thanks to Jim Rome's radio show, without whom I wouldn't even know this existed.


That was awesome!

Take a bow Jake Brown!

There's nothing like hurtling down ramps at incredibly high speeds and then launching oneself into orbit. I'll never forget the first time I did that. Only he forgot the landing part. Which is really the most important part of the whole "launching oneself" schtick.

And what's with all the leg pumping motion once he loses the skateboard? Does he think he can pedal his way through the air like he's on some invisible air bike. It's like something out of The Flintstones or some other Hanna-Barbera cartoon. They need to insert that fast paced rattling noise that accompanies cartoons when a character goes over a cliff and ratchets his legs before falling.

Yeah, they need to put that into the soundtrack of this clip. Dude, try flapping your arms like they were wings next time. It might keep you in the air a hundredth of a second longer.

The only thing missing was the puff of smoke when he landed.

And I'd want a recall on those defective shoes. If I ever free-fall 50 feet, I want a pair of shoes that aren't going to explode off of me when I hit bottom. Are they supposed to do that? I don't think so. When I buy a pair of shoes, I believe it is implicit in the contract that my shoes stay on my feet until I take them off. I don't need them deserting me. Besides, they could have killed somebody. How does one explain that to the coroner?

The mid-air roll was pretty good. But did I detect a slumping of the shoulders at the end there, when he realized he might be going to the Lord? That "I'm screwed" moment should have cost him some style points.

And who were the dudes in the orange shirts who took their time getting to him afterwards? Our dude is layed out, and one of those guys is just kind of non-chalantly walking up to him, then stops and crouches about 8 feet away. Is he a referee? Is he counting him out, like in boxing?

Dig those announcers, too! Just what does the sentence "I've never seen anyone get slammed that hard" mean? Doesn't "get slammed" imply there is someone doing the slamming? What, did the earth come up and slam him? It seems to me that he slammed the earth, not the other way around!

And why were they more excited and fascinated by his shoes coming off than a guy falling 50 feet and living? Listen to the volume of the voices go up- not for him walking away, mind you, but for the shoes shooting off!

And another thing- our hero has just been violently "slammed", and one of those stoners utters, "Wow, I can't believe he just made a 720!" Yeah, dude, and he might be DEAD because of it. Did you happen to notice that? That's the equivalent of some dopehead saying, "Wow, I can't believe he just peeled out!" when JFK's driver sped away in Dallas.

By the way, it wasn't "sad". Sad is when an innocent bystander gets knocked off. This guy purposely put his body in danger. Stupid, yes. Sad, no.

They said Jake Brown is a warrior? Maybe. But he went and picked on the wrong element to fight with. 'Gravity' is a pretty tough cookie in my experience. So why don't you go pick a fight with more of a sure thing. I hear 'fire' is looking for some action.

And I love the "explanation" of what happened. His board went "squirrelly" on him. Gee, that's really insightful. Blame it on the equipment being "squirrelly". Next time Albert Pujols pops up with the bases loaded, I want to hear him tell reporters after the game that his bat went "squirrelly" on him.

But I gotta give it to you, my friend! You are one tough dude, and you are definitely my new favorite athlete!

Thanks To Barb, My Secret Identity Has Been Revealed!

The only name I recognize is Mr. Darcy's. So I don't know who I am, really. And if you haven't read my "review" of Pride and Prejudice, go here.




You scored as Edward Ferrars, Edward Ferrars from Sense and Sensibility is one of the most awkward characters you'll come across, but it's endearing once his better qualities come out. He's devoted, extremely true to his word, and gentle.

Edward Ferrars

80%

Mr. Darcy

73%

Captain Wentworth

73%

Willoughby

53%

Which Jane Austen Hero are You? (For Guys)
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Was This Wrong?

Comedian Jeff Altman was on David Letterman Wednesday night. He told a joke that I laughed outloud at, but then I got to thinking, was it wrong to laugh at this?

They were talking about summer movies. He told Dave he had seen the sequel to "Brokeback Mountain". It was called "Dick Butkus".

I still think it is very funny, but was it appropriate to laugh at it? I was by myself, with no one else around.

Friday Reading

Psalms 70 and 71. Galatians 4.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

More Evidence Bud Selig Has No Clue

Story here. Poor Bud. Boo-hoo.

I love Jim Rome's take on this, which I reproduce here from his website-

"
Instead of constantly questioning Barry Bonds morally and ethically, I think it’s time we all took a step back and acknowledged what amazing and significant milestone he’s about to reach. A truly astonishing, physical and mental feat! No, I’m not talking about Bonds, I’m talking about Bud Selig traveling across the country following Bonds’ “traveling circus”. Ask Selig himself, and he’ll have you believe his effort has been nothing less than heroic…quote, “This has been a tough experience, I don’t mind telling you. I don’t think anybody can say I haven’t made a ‘Herculean’ effort. In fact, I do have a lot of people who are stunned I’m still at it.”

No joke, Commissioner. If anything, I don’t think you’ve been giving yourself enough credit lately. Other than you, who could endure this? The average fan has no idea just how taxing it can be flying around the country in private jets…staying in five star hotels and watching Baseball games from the owner’s box. You’re right! That is ‘Herculean’! It would probably kill the average guy.


I mean, the trials and tribulations of Bud Selig make what our soldiers are going through in Iraq look like a “walk in the park”. I’ll tell you what else is ‘Herculean’…your gall! I don’t think coal miners, fire fighters and policeman think flying around the country, attending Baseball games is so heroic. While you may not have shot anyone up, or rubbed any of the clear or cream on them, if it happened, it happened on your watch; so you need to grind your way through Barry’s death march just like the rest of us. You’re going to Baseball games, not the electric chair.
"

Thursday Reading

Psalms 68 and 69. Galatians 3.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007