Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday Reading

Genesis 46-48.
Matthew 16.

I think I might have posted this song a lifetime ago.  Or maybe not quite that long.

For whatever reason, I was hearing this song in my head all day, but I couldn't get the words right.  How exactly one does this, I don't know, but the mind has a way of filling in the blanks.

Anyway, it's impossible not to be in a good mood after listening to this.

And in my book, anyone who has the word "banjer" in their vocabulary belongs in the Right Honourable category of life.

"I likes the ol pianer, I likes the fiddle too, 

The guitar makes the music awful sweet.
But when I pick the banjer, my heart is mighty free
The banjer am the instrument for me!

Well, let me hear the banjo,
I like that good ol' five string melody
It makes me feel so happy, my hearts so light and free,
The banjo am the instrument for me.

Well I used to court the ladies, and flog the ol' banjo
They gathered round me happy as can be
That's why the children like me, when things told me so
The banjo am the instrument for me.

Well, let me hear the banjo,
I like that good ol' five string melody
It makes me feel so happy, my hearts so light and free,

The banjo am the instrument for me.

Now I'm old and feeble, grand children by the score, 
Every night they set upon my knee,
That’s when I scoot 'em over just to make a little room,
Cause the banjo am the instrument for me.

Well, let me hear the banjo,
I like that good ol' five string melody
Well it makes me feel so happy, my hearts so light and free,
The banjo am the instrument for me."

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Reading And The Dick Van Dyke Show

Genesis 43-45.
Matthew 15.

I posted last week on the loss of Dick Van Dyke Show characters.

One of the things that always intrigued me about that show was that it was at the end of the black and white era of TV.  So, no episodes were ever in color.

I always considered the show a little mysterious for that reason.  I had no idea what color the living room was, the kitchen was, the bedroom, the office, the clothes they wore...you get the picture.

And it bugged me.  I have know idea why. 

I really became a little obsessed over this when I was in high school in the late '70s.  I was a big fan of the show, and watched reruns at least daily. 

This is going to sound weird, but it got to the point where I would dream about the show being in color!  You know, the "lost episode" type of thing.

Then I'd wake up, be disappointed, and go back to my wondering.

Amazingly, during that time period, I was able to find a few color photos of the cast in books I checked out from the library.  Believe it or not, the first color photo I saw was in a book on TV Guide covers.

Bingo!  There they were- Rob and Laura Petrie in living color!  I even found a color cover photo with Rob, Laura and Alan.

That satisfied my curiosity for awhile, and would just have to do for then.

A few years later, in the early 80s, I heard (probably on Entertainment Tonight, I used to watch that a lot back then) about the new computer colorization that was occurring with some old movies.  I think Laurel and Hardy was one of them. 

So of course, my mind went immediately to the Dick Van Dyke Show.  When would they get around to colorizing the program I always wanted to see in color?

Well, the answer seemed to be "never".  Because it didn't happen.

So then, this thing called the internet became a hit.  So I'd search for color pictures of the Dick Van Dyke Show.

As you can see, I found some.  Wow.  So cool.  And as the years went on, I found more and more.

Imagine my surprise when I found out in 2016 they were finally going to colorize some DVDS episodes.

And imagine my extreme disappointment when I missed the broadcast and forgot to record it.

Two years in a row.

After decades of waiting for this very thing to happen, I felt like George Constanza- "Lord of the Idiots".

Thankfully, I was able to view 2 episodes this year online.

So now, after 40 years, I've finally seen the show in color. 

It was actually the only thing on my bucket list, so now I may die in peace.

Hey, what can I say?  I'm easily entertained.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekend Reading

Genesis 37-42.
Matthew 13-14.

So, who's playing this weekend?

I was 2-2 in my NFL picks last weekend.  For me that is outstanding.  The Rams and Chiefs did not escape my jinx, but somehow the Saints and Jaguars did.

I really don't even know who is playing who this weekend.  Because it doesn't matter.

I've already decided that the Vikings and Eagles are winning, and the Patriots and Steelers are winning.  Which of those teams the Jags, Saints, Falcons and Titans are playing is completely irrelevant.


I mean, how could I go wrong here?

By the way, does anybody reading this not think the Patriots will win it all again?

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Reading And Where Are You All?

Genesis 34-36.
Matthew 12.

OK.  I feel like going all Bluto on everyone.

A few days ago I implored those of you who used to blog to get back in the game.

Well, I have yet to see a peep or hear any action.

HEEEY!  What's this lyin' around crap!

Over?  Did you say over?  Nothing is over until we decide it is!  Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?  No!  Well it ain't over now!  'Cause when the goin' get's tough...the tough get goin'.


LET'S GO!  Come on!   AAAAAH!

Whatever happened to the old Lutheran Bloggers Alliance I used to know?  How about all you Cardinals bloggers?

Where's the spirit?  Where's the guts?  Huh?

This could be the greatest time of our lives?  But noooo!  We're gonna let it be the worst.

"Oooh, we're afraid to blog with you, Scottius, we might get in trouble!"

Well, I'm not going to take this.  Nooo!  Not me!

We need to go all out.  What this situation requires, is that a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part...and we're just the fools to do it.

So come on...LET'S DO IT!!!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thursday Reading And A Family Resemblence?

Genesis 31-33.
Matthew 11.

It must have been fate that yesterday I watched one of my favorite movie scenes on the same day that Viva El Birdos made a post about Willie McGee's California Gumbo recipe.

Because I finally saw it.  For the first time in my life I saw it.

What I am about to point out may have been obvious to you, but I never realized it.

At the end of For A Few Dollars More, the colonel gets his chimes back off the dead body of Indio.  And Clint Eastwood's man with no name utters "Seems to be a family resemblance."

And then I saw this picture of Willie McGee and it all fell into place.

Willie McGee and Lee Van Cleef were definitely separated at birth.

Don't you agree?

By the way, I can't leave this post without embedding that scene.  With the possible exception of the ending of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, this has to be the greatest ending to any western ever made.

The music.  The dialogue.  The expressions.  It's an absolute genius work of art.  And now I'll enjoy it even more knowing it has Willie McGee's brother in it, too.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday Reading

Genesis 28-30.
Matthew 10.

As a huge Dick Van Dyke Show fan, I couldn't let this go too long.  It has not been a good couple of weeks.

First it was Sally Rogers.

Then it was Stacey Petrie.

They once had had a "practice date".  It's wild that later they died within 8 days of each other.

Who's left? 

Just Rob and Alan, I think. Well, and Ritchie.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Tuesday Reading

Genesis 25-27.
Matthew 9.

The mind wanders sometimes. 

And in my wandering, I have figured out that either: a) Time really does not exist, or b) We live in multiple infinities.

Because each second is composed of subunits of time, 1/8, 1/100, 1/1000 of a second, etc., then, because of the infinity of numbers, there are an infinite number of subunits.  So each second must pass through an infinite number of subunits. 

But if there are an infinite number of subunits, one would never reach the end of a single second, and therefore it would never end.  Each would be eternal.

Meaning in the time it took to read the paragraphs above, you have lived perhaps 30 eternities.

So time could not possibly be a real concept.

Or...you are very freaking old, daddy-o.

Monday, January 08, 2018

Day Eight Reading And I Promise This Counting Thing Is Going To End Soon

Mainly because my memory ain't so good no more.

Genesis 22-24.
Matthew 8.

Today is Bruce Sutter's 65th birthday.  Happy Birthday!

I previously posted that Game 7 of the 1982 World Series would be the one game I would attend if I could.  Sutter finished up that series, pitching the last two innings.

So in honor, here again is Game 7.  The Sutter part starts at 2:22:36.

Please also note Dick Enberg's call of the critical 6th inning beginning at 1:27:52.  RIP Dick.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Weekend One Reading

Genesis 16-21.
Matthew 6-7.

NFL playoffs start today.  I continue to pick winners of games, straight up. 

As before, the last two years of my hiatus I played ESPN's NFL Pigskin Pick'em.  I finished this year in the 85th percentile.

Last year was my best year ever, finishing in the 99th percentile.  That will probably be my forever high-water mark.

With playoff games, however, I am usually a disaster.

I've got the Chiefs and Rams today.

I've got the Jaguars and Saints tomorrow.

Sorry KC, LA, Jax and NO.

Friday, January 05, 2018

Day Five

Genesis 13-15.
Matthew 5.

So Barb The Evil Genius is back posting again as well.

Who else out there is ready to jump start their blog again?  It feels good to shake out the cobwebs and start getting your creative parts going again.

Remember all those great blogs?  I even wrote a song about us back in the day.

Where did all the great Lutheran bloggers go?  It's time for a comeback.

Kind of like when leather-faced and semi-dried out rockers reunite and go back on tour.  Yep, that could be us.  That SHOULD be us.

Except as a group we're probably better looking.


What do you say?


Thursday, January 04, 2018

Day 4 Reading- HELP!

Genesis 10-12.
Matthew 4.

So my blog has a place to comment.  But you either need a microscope, or an advanced degree in computer science, to figure out how to make comments show up.

I'm seeing the comments only because they get emailed to me.  I have replied but, again, I don't know if I'm the only one that can see those too. 

I can't figure out how to make them appear on the site.  Anybody know what the deal is?

 Help Mr. Wizard!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Reading Day Three

Genesis 7-9.
Matthew 3.

Haven't been to see the Ark Encounter yet.  But is definitely on the agenda for 2018.  Loved the Creation Museum when we visited 5 years ago.

I am anticipating it being so big as to be breathtaking. 

Kind of like when we stopped here for a couple of hours one day.

OK, it won't be this spectacular, but I still hope I am not disappointed.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Day Two Reading

Genesis 4-6.
Matthew 2.

So the last time I posted about Bible reading was when I decided to do one chapter a day back in January 2014.

So I did that.  It took me until December 2016 to read from Genesis to Revelation.

And that was accomplished by "cheating" during the Psalms, when I read five Psalms a day instead of one.  Otherwise it would have taken me over 3 years.

I have read through the Bible many different ways, the most common being the format I am doing again this year.  But I can honestly say, I will never do the one chapter a day thing again. 

Because I'm now of an age that I'd be afraid the next time I'd embark on that adventure, I may not live to see the ending.

By the way, I updated my blog look.  I like it.  For now.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Good Morning- Day One

Happy New Year!

Just so you know, I am still breathing.  At least at this moment as I am typing. 

I guess that could change at any time, so giving you that update probably is meaningless except in the moment I am typing it.

At any rate, I have had many wonderful, and not so wonderful, adventures since the last time I checked in.  Hard to believe it has been over a year and a half.

I'm looking over my blog, and it definitely needs an update in its look.  Bleccchhh!

The first thing I had to do to start posting again was remember how to sign in to Blogger.  Which took me only 2 tries.  Quite shocking, considering how many passwords I have had to change in the past year and a half.

And to my eye, Google has changed some features since I was last writing a post.

I need to update my settings, as my email has changed.  So if anyone has commented, I haven't known about it because I didn't get notified.  Sorry about that.

However, at first glance, the only comment I see from my last post is from some poor lonely soul giving a link to amateur porn.

I tried writing something snappy about that fact in this post, but no matter what I wrote it sounded like a double entendre.  So we'll just leave that one alone.

It's a brand new year, so I've decided to post more this year.

Let's see now...how do I embed a video?  Looks vaguely familiar...but what about that smiley face dude, what is that for?  How long has that been on here?

And page break?  What is that? 

Quotations at the header?  Why is there a quotation mark?  "I just used quotation marks" and didn't use that thing.

Oh.  Now I get it.

What does "remove formatting" do?  Never mind, I'd rather not know.  Let me get a few successful posts back under my belt before I try something that ambitious.

Not much has happened since I last checked in.  The Cubs finally won a World Series, Donald Trump was elected president, nuclear war is eminent.  The unfathomable corruption of our government is being finally exposed...

I think the lack of topics to write about was the main reason for my lack of writing.  Talk about boring.

So what brought be back?

It wasn't embarrassment.  I've been embarrassed at my lack of posting for awhile and that didn't do it.

It wasn't that I have more time.  I don't really.

It wasn't because I wanted to get back on a reading schedule.  Although I had no schedule and no plan for 2017.

It wasn't because I wanted to get back on an exercise schedule.  Although my daily routine turned into a weekly one in 2017.

And it wasn't the obvious lack of interesting material the past 18 months, as I've already noted.


It was this:

Something I don't think I have ever posted about.  But was as big a part, or even bigger a part, of my growing up as the Cardinals were. 

So I want to put down my memories before they are gone.  And I've uncovered some great stuff on the internet to help me.

And if anyone knows what this is, leave a comment.  More to come.

Anyway, I'm going to go back on a reading and exercise schedule today as well.

Today is Genesis 1-3 and Matthew 1.  Want to read along?

Or a better question...is anybody still out there?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pardon The Interruption...

but I'm actually making a post.

Actually, I decided I better let people know I have still not been abducted by aliens.  Not that anyone thought I had.been.

And not that anyone is still reading.

But anyway, it's Memorial Day.  Time for a little Toby Keith.  Hope it has been a good weekend.

And I've got more to say.  Just got to find the time.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Alex Trebek Did Indeed Once Have A Mustache And Fro

Something yesterday reminded me of Martin Short, which reminded me of SCTV. I couldn't resist. And boy, John Candy looks young here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Easter Hymns

I meant to post this earlier, but it is still Easter.

Here's a link to Issues, Etc. favorite Easter hymn broadcast.  Personally I, like lots of others, like #1 the best, in fact I would say it is not just my favorite Easter hymn but just my favorite of all.  I also like "Jesus Christ Is Risen Today". 

But they're all good.  Worth multiple listens for as long as we're here as the world spins out of control.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

I Don't Necessarily Agree...

But I'm okay with it if it is true.

One person's take on the Bears' off-season.

I'm just waiting for the ultimate, and inevitable, transaction that will signal the Bears' emergence from darkness.  And everyone should know what I mean by that.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

May Not Win The World Series, But...

Well, that remains to be seen I guess. 

But the Cardinals have won again already.  At least in this category.

Although the Mariners new alternates are a worthy rival.  Love the stirrups.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In Honor Of Last Season

I missed the NASCAR awards show last December.  So as we move to a new season, racing is about to start again, making this day really the last opportunity to look back.

Jay Mohr does his usual good job.  There is a reference to the 2013 show, when he joked on thin-skinned Danica.  Go there in case you missed that.

Some of the drivers took it a lot worse than that this year and showed they could laugh at themselves.  Logano was a good sport, as was Keselowski and Gordon.

But the biggest laugh I think was regarding Carl Edwards, one of my favorite drivers. 

Just some fun stuff after Tuesday's gloominess.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Weather Setting The Mood

It's been gloomy the past couple of days.  So when I heard this song on Sirius, I thought it a good fit.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

One Game

Interesting post over at Viva El Birdos this week.

If you could attend 1 Cardinals game (or baseball game, I guess, for that matter) in the past, which one would you pick?

Answers came in the later post.

Like the majority of fans now, I could have picked a lot of games I never saw with Stan Musial.  Or a World Series game I didn't see until Al Gore invented the internet.

There's certainly a long list to choose from.

Gibson's 17 strike out game.
Gibson's no hitter.
Lou Brock's 3000th hit.  Actually, I missed attending this by 1 day.
Brummer stealing home.
Ozzie Smith's homer game.
Jack Clark's homer game.
4/18/87- aka "Seat Cushion Night."  While this was no Disco Demolition night, it has entered the folklore of famous, or infamous, promotions.  It's even on Tom Herr's Wikipedia page.
2004 NLCS Game 6 with Edmond's walk-off homer.
2004 NLCS game 7.  "Good" parts are in inning 2 (Edmonds catch), inning 6 (Pujols and Rolen) and of course inning 9.
2006 NLCS game 7.
2006 WS game 5 (I recently watched this on YouTube- I had forgotten what an exciting, good game it was.  It's been all but forgotten in the aftermath of 2011).
Speaking of 2011, there's Game 6 AND Game 7.

I ended up picking a game I saw on TV when I was a college sophomore.  I picked it because of what it represented.

It was the first World Series victory I really experienced. 

Because I was so young in 1967, winning the World Series really had no significance to me.  I expected the Cardinals would always win, and remember being quite shocked when the didn't win in 1968.

Hey, a kindergartener can't have perspective on anything.

So I basically grew up rooting for the Cardinals, knowing they had done great things in the past, but never really experiencing it for myself.  I held on to '67 and '68 (and even '64) through those lean 1970 seasons, grade-middle-high school, reading as much as I could about those teams, and imagining what it would be like to see my team finally win again.

There were some years post-season baseball almost happened- '73 and '74 to be exact.  The Cardinals finished 1 1/2 games out both years.  I remember the Cubs playing a role in at least one of those unhappy endings.

June 1980 proved to be the turning point in the modern history of the Cardinals.  The hiring of Whitey Herzog.

The 1981 Cardinals had the best overall record in the NL East, but missed the playoffs by the crazy split-season invention because of the mid-season strike.

So 1982 turned out to be the year I had waited for since kindergarten.  Brummer stole home that August.  The Cardinals spent a large part of it in first. 

But by mid-September, the Phillies, who had won 5 of the last 6 NL East titles as well as the '80 WS, beat the Cardinals to briefly take first from them.  I couldn't as yet let myself believe the Cardinals could get in the post-season.

Until this game, a Cardinals win in Philly that took back 1st place for good.  With a win again the next day, for the first time I believed the team truly was better than the Phillies, good enough to win the division.  So they did.

I remember watching that first post-season game in '82, against the Braves.  Busch Stadium as I had never seen it live, with the red white and blue bunting all over.  Fortunately it was a rainout, because Phil Niekro had shut down the offense that short day.

The Cardinals then won 3 straight, one on a walk off, to win the pennant.

Was this really happening?  After 14 years?  (I wasn't quite 19 at that time, so those years really felt like an eternity).

To make things really weird, 2 of my favorite players from the growing up years, Ted Simmons and Pete Vuckovich, who'd I'd always wanted to see play for the Cards in the WS, were playing for the Brewers.

After a Game 1 disaster, I had fears the Cardinals would be swept.

Falling behind early in Game 2 didn't help that feeling.  I had at least one big exam the next day, and I remember having to turn the game off to study,  checking back in from time to time.

The comeback, led by Darrell Porter, in the late innings helped my academics.  Who could sleep after that?  Might as well study.  At that point, the series was on!

I watched Game 3 and Game 4 at EIU, visiting with friends.  Willie's two home runs and big catches were seen on a small dorm room black and white TV.

I remember leaving to go shopping (I have no idea why except one of my friends didn't like the Cardinals) with St. Louis up big in Game 4.  The realization they lost when I got back in the car was a shock to me. Then I got back home to watch the Sunday Game 5 loss.

So the Cardinals were in the position of going home facing elimination for Game 6, down 3-2.  A theme that would repeat itself in the post-seasons of 1987, 2004, 2005 and 2011 as well.  Only in 2005 did they not win both games.

Game 6 was a laugher in the rain, finishing very late at night.

That rain ushered in the cold for the final game.

I remember that day of game 7 fairly well, being cloudy and cold.

One never wants to get this close to victory and see it slip away, but when the Cardinals took the lead early, it was hard not to think about that thing I had dreamed of most of my life.  It was so close.

So when they fell behind 3-1 with very sloppy play in the 6th inning, my countenance fell.  I had followed this team so closely since Opening Day.  And my heart was on the verge of being ripped from my chest.

Fortunately my two favorite players since 1978 still with the team, Keith Hernandez (it happened to be his birthday) and George Hendrick, came to the rescue, putting the Cardinals back in front.

And Simmons' replacement, Darrell Porter, helped finish them off by building that lead in the 8th.

The 9th inning was something I'll never forget. 

That kid with his mom at 2:27:04, when just 1 strike away, was something that caught my eye at the time of the original broadcast and an image that stuck with me all these years. 

Victory followed soon after.

So here it is, the one game I'd attend if I could.

1982 World Series. Game 7.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Where'd Winter Go?

Here it's been gone for seemingly a month or so.  We're already to the end of January.

Spring starts in 19 days.  The Daytona 500 is in 22.

So I've started researching what seeds to go for this year for the garden and for the landscape.

Anyone got any ideas or favorites?

By the way, I'll give a plug for Dave's Garden once again.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Eye In The Sky

Watched the Packers- Cowboys today.

Congratulations to the NFL and its media.  And I guess its fans.  You've all got what you've wanted.


Two weeks in a row playoff games were decided by unseen judges who look at seemingly infinite replays slowed down to almost uninterpretable speeds and divine what it really was we just saw.

And determine the outcomes of playoff games.

To Dallas advantage last week, and disadvantage this week.  Judging from the reaction on Fox's post-game, I'm not the only one troubled by this.

Now baseball is heading down this path.  Oh happy day.

We are now in uncharted waters.  A league office now has within its power the ability to change results of a game, and no one else has a say.

Is this good for sports?

Any conspiracy theorists out there?  Gamblers?  People who just want to watch athletes determine the outcomes of our sports, not dudes in dark offices who are accountable to no one?

Replay enthusiasts- is this really what you wanted for all of us?

As Bulldog would say-
"This stinks.  This is total BS."

And I couldn't agree more.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

You Win Some, You Lose Some

My 2014 goals were all within reach at one point last year.  Strange thing is, the goal I thought would be hardest I reached, as well as the goal I thought would be easiest.

It was that medium difficulty one that I failed at.

I reached my 20,000 push up and squat goal on 12/19.  I took a break after that.  And promptly got a cold.

I don't know if there was any causality involved.  But that is not the first time that has happened.  Need another reason to exercise?  That one alone convinces me.

However, I have noticed I am aging.  I find myself struggling to do as many reps as I could a few years ago.  But maybe it's just that injury to my R shoulder in 2013 that set me back, and I've just never recovered fully in strength.

I did get back to pull ups and chin ups

I was able to read a chapter a day in my ESV Bible.

So I discovered if you do that and start at Genesis, you can only make it to the end of 1 Chronicles by the end of the year.

I actually read about 4 more chapters than I set as my goal.

And I won't finish the Bible this year either.  In fact, I won't be out of the Old Testament, but will be getting close.  Man, there are a lot of chapters to read.

I'll hit the Psalms soon, and I'm not sure how I'm going to do them, because I'll do more than 1 Psalm a day I'm sure.

Alas, the blogging was my downfall.  I had set a 200 post goal for 2014.  I came in at just under 100.

Not that there wasn't plenty to blog about.  I just found myself too tired from the cares of this world most of the days the past 6 months to put in the extra effort.

The other factor why I didn't make it was I have transitioned the majority of my internet time to an iPad.  Which for some reason or another does not work well with Blogger.  It's cumbersome to post.

So I usually wait until I get on my laptop to make a post.  Which is sometimes days.

For that reason, and the other cited above, I've adjusted my goals for this year.

A chapter a day reading ESV.
20,000 push ups/sqats/pullups.
100 blog posts.


Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

No Doubt You'll Hate Hearing This

Because nobody likes "that guy".

But that's me.  I'm that guy. 

The guy who told you so.

I wrote in March we would check back in December.  I guess it's time to check back.

I knew the Bears would not be good this year.  They only made me doubt it one time.

That one time was the opening drive of the season.  From there they just confirmed what we all knew back on March.

They weren't good.

But I not only said they wouldn't be good.  I wrote they would be unwatchable. 

Unwatchable is exactly what this team was.

It was a completely lost season.  I'd rather there had been a strike with replacement players than to have to watch this crap we were subjected to.

So I didn't watch much.  Which is the definition of unwatchable. 

QB.  Defense.  BAD.  BAD.

I even chastised the team at that time for signing Cutler to that big long contract in that post.

I never wanted to be this right.

I've lived through a lot of cruddy teams they've put on the field, but never a team I didn't like. 

Even though a team is bad, that doesn't necessarily mean you don't root for them.  This team was unlikable (mostly stemming from its QB, but there were others) and unwatchable.  Meaning you couldn't even root for them.

I just hope they blow up everything and start over.


We'll find out tomorrow. 

But you keep Cutler and there's going to be seismic upheaval around here.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Winter Thoughts

We are fast approaching the shortest day of the year.  Oh, the darkness.

It's strange to me that winter is just starting, but the days will soon be getting longer.

It's also always been strange to me that around December 7th, the sun starts setting later in the evening, even though the days are getting shorter.  At least at my latitude it does.

I've searched for explanations, like this, but I can't say that I definitely get it.  Something to do with the later sunrise and solar noon and there not being truly exactly 24 hours in a day. 

And for that matter, the sun rises later and later until the first week of January or so.  Strange stuff.  Even though the days have already started getting longer.

Anyway, the darkness of late afternoon makes me remember listening to Christmas Carols and thinking of Santa visiting soon when I was wee.

Probably the earliest memory I have, at least of Christmas, is of hearing this song, minus the video, on what must have been an LP.

I went a few decades between hearings of it, but I unexpectedly heard it again 10 years ago or so. Without the internet, I probably never would have discovered it again.

Unlike the following.  I like these wooden soldiers, too.  Not sure which is my favorite.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week's Reading And Got 'Er Done

2 Samuel 2-8.

I was the last person who thought this team was going to win the NL Central.  If you remember, I had this team pegged as a wildcard before the season started.

They won as many games as I thought they would, I just thought the competition would rise above.  Gladly it didn't.

And at this point, that's all that matters.  The season is over, another season is starting Friday.  And as history has shown in 2006 and 2011, it doesn't matter how you get there, it only matters that you get in.

Then anything can happen.  Just...

git 'er done.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Past Week's Reading And Disappearing Homepages

1 Samuel 25- 2 Samuel 1.

It looks like MyMSN is going bye-bye.  I'm not sure why, but the thing they are replacing it with looks like it stinks.  I don't see that it is customizable.

I've used it as my homepage since iGoogle disappeared last year.

So the question is, what should be my new internet homepage?  It has to be customizable.  I'm thinking of making my blog my start page, since I can customize it.  Any other suggestions?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Wednesday To Sunday Reading And Yeah, That's Right, It's Great

1 Samuel 20-24.

Hat tip to Viva El Birdos.

Here's a nice piece by a jealous fan.  The only way it could have been made better was if a Cubs fan had written it.

That, and mentioning how much fun it is to lose sleep in October.