Saturday, February 28, 2009

And It's Such A Useful Song

I take back what I wrote in my previous post about "Yakety Sax."

I really don't want that song out of my head. In fact, I'd like it to be the background theme music in my life.

There are just a handful of situations one could possibly face that the song "Yakety Sax" couldn't help make better, at least by a little bit.

Having a bad day? Just start humming "Yakety Sax".

Crazy co-workers driving you nuts? Just "Yakety Sax" that feeling away.

Watching Congress at work on C-span? Put "Yakety Sax" on for background music.

In fact, I think Dish Network should just loop "Yakety Sax" on all the C-span channels when it broadcasts live from the House or Senate.

Worried about another Depression, or the rise of a fascist dictator? All will dissolve like mist if you just break into "Yakety Sax."

In fact, if you're upset about our President's economic recovery plan, I've got just the thing for you.

Listen to his speech from the other night.

Only don't just listen to it. Play "Yakety Sax" in the background while you listen. It makes it look and sound so much better.

I'm serious. Try it. It is the kind of stuff made for comedy.

I get it now. The President is trying to make us laugh our way out of our predicament. And I'm behind his method 100%

Because no one could really take seriously that his proposals are going to make life better for us, our children, or our grandchildren, could they?

And because the answer to that question is "yes", just remember- "Yakety Sax", baby!

War Jim Rome for making "Yakety Sax" my new theme song!

Can't Get It Out Of My Head

There was an ELO song by that name. It was pretty good.

But there is a song I heard this week that keeps looping in my head over and over and I can't get it out. So I thought, if I got it in all of your heads, maybe it would leave mine. Kind of like passing on a virus.

What song? Just wait a second and let me finish. Sheesh.

It was played over and over on Jim Rome's radio show this week.

This last week has been one of the best weeks in a long time in The Jungle. Not only are we in the middle of the "Rex streak" that seemingly won't end soon, but the beginning of the week saw the song "Yakety Sax", aka "The Benny Hill Show Theme Song", take over the show.

It's a weird feeling to be driving in your car and wondering if other drivers are questioning your sanity. Because, when you're the only one in the car, it's not normal to be driving and wiping away tears from convulsing with laughter.

If it were only just the Larry Hughes segment, it wouldn't have gotten such a grip on me. But the entire rest of the show was taken over by that song, making it get funnier each segment.

Great stuff. I'm not sure if it was the show, the music, the mental images of Benny Hill segments in my head or a combination of all three, but a good laugh does wonders for you.

I hadn't thought of Benny Hill for a long time and probably hadn't seen him since his show ran on KPLR back in the early 80s.

Hat tip to Burn Monkey Burn for the original segment and for the bonus Benny Hill clip.

Friday And Weekend Reading

Judges 17-19 was Friday.

Judges 20-21 and Ruth 1-4 for the weekend.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday Reading

Judges 13-16.

Now, even the weather is like spring. Yep, winter is over.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Questions In Search Of Answers

I like World Magazine, and its blog. However, this kind of stuff makes me cringe.

Am I taking this post the wrong way?

When I think I've made a "breakthrough", aren't I actually in trouble?

Isn't the Christian life one of daily repentance from sin, and not one of trying harder and harder to make God, and myself, feel better about who I am? Isn't it the realization that I can't measure up to God, which drives me to my knees as a beggar?

Does God wish us to
be weak or strong?

Am I a slave to Christ, or to the law? Aren't I adopted as a son, something I took no action in? Then how am I a slave?

The stuff of this post is just foreign to me.

Wednesday Reading

Judges 9-12.

Rumor has it there's a ball game today.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tuesday Reading

Judges 5-8.

Take heed of my warning- you have just 10 months to complete your Christmas shopping.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tony's Last Season?

I'm not 100% certain, but I don't believe LaRussa will want to stick around.

The situation kind of reminds me of the movie, Excalibur. If you haven't seen it, it's a take on the King Arthur legends.

In the last half of the film, Merlin the Magician speaks the following to Morgana...
I have helped men - or meddled in their affairs, if you would have it that way- since the dawn of time. Now let them live by their own laws. Let them stand on their own feet. The gods of once are gone forever, it is time for men..."

It is such for old school baseball men like Tony. Their kind is vanishing. They neither understand the new ways, nor do I think they want to.

All you have to do is read this article by Bernie Miklasz to understand why he'll never sign on again.

And I don't even want to know what his departure will mean to Albert Pujols' St. Louis tenure.

Weekend Reading

Joshua 17-24.

Aren't weekends empty without baseball or football? February weekends seem to have absolutely no distractions. Nothing to do outside. Nothing to watch on TV. Just a lot of time to get stuff done.

Or sleep.

Calling Matt Foley

If Tampa Bay has a problem, they need to get this guy's number.

Long-time Cardinal closer Jason Isringhausen signed with Tampa Bay. And I'm greatly relieved.

Not for Izzy, but for all of us. My biggest fear this offseason was that no one would sign Izzy, and we'd pick him back up on the cheap. His mere presence this year would eventually land him back closing games.

It's not that I don't like Izzy. He served us well during our glorious little run. But he is Spent, capital intentional.

Good luck, Tampa and Izzy.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Thursday And Friday Reading

Joshua 9-12 and 13-16.

There are more right honorable followers! Anyone else a right honorable follower?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday Reading

Deuteronomy 35-38.

I'm just seeing if anyone is paying any attention. Actually, it's Joshua 1-4.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

You Hear It?

Maybe not yet.

But there is a definite "BOOGITY BOOGITY BOOGITY" coming our way soon on Fox!

Michael is starting 27th this year. Not great, but I'll still be pulling for him.

LET'S GO RACIN'! Three or four wide! But stay safe.

"Who you cats got?"

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thursday Reading

Deuteronomy 15-18.

Two more days until THE biggest day of the year so far. I'm not referring to Valentine's Day, either.

Only two more days of winter.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday Reading

Deuteronomy 7-10.

I'm frustrated at my lack of time to post recently. Have a lot of things in "the hopper" I can't get out.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Friday, February 06, 2009

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009

2009 Goals

It's good to periodically check my progress on my goals for 2009.

I'm slightly ahead of schedule for my reading. At my current rate I'll finish the Bible at the end of October or early November.

I'm slightly behind on my posting. My goal is 450 posts for the year. This works out to 37.5 per month. I was at 34 for January.

I'm slightly behind on my exercise goals for the year. I had a sore shoulder early in the year, so I'm slightly behind schedule. However, I'm rapidly catching up. At the end of January, I stood at 1,815 push ups and 2,000 squats. I should have been at 2,083 for both.

And, of course, I've yet to get outside to work on landscaping. I've got my work cut out for me the coming months. I should catch up, D.V.

Monday Reading

Numbers 11-14.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Worth A Few Minutes

Go read Tabletalk Magazine's piece, "The Gospel of Reality", by Gene Veith.

It contrasts the four legitimate Gospels against the inventions the media likes to hype, such as the Gospel of Judas. An excerpt:

The actual Gospels underscore the difference. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are realistic histories. They are not written in poetry — as were the mythic accounts of Homer and Virgil — but in prose, a style used for history. As C.S. Lewis has observed, if the Gospels are fictional, that would be a miracle in itself, since that kind of realistic prose fiction would not be invented for sixteen centuries."

Super Bowl Pick

This year, I didn't sweat my pick like last year. Then, I just wanted to swim against the stream, so I picked the Giants. I really had no other reason to pick them other than to be contrarian.

This year is different. I'm much more confident. In fact, I feel going in that, barring turnovers or unusual weather, I'm not going to miss this one.

Those who know me know I'm usually much more cautious about public professions bordering on cockiness.

Which means I am really hanging it out there on this one, much more so than last year.

Because I'm here to tell you, that barring injury, weird turnovers or bad weather, there's no way Arizona loses this football game.

And since the weather man is giving only a 20% chance of rain, and temps are in the 50s-60s, the weather angle is out.

I know most experts are going with Pittsburgh, but consider the following facts.

- Pittsburgh is a cold weather team. They use this to their advantage. Ain't gonna be cold weather tonight.
- During the regular season, Pittsburgh played 6 teams that made the playoffs. They only beat 2 of those 6. Which means they feasted on lesser opponents.
- Kurt Warner is one of those guys that just knows how to win.
- Finally, the most important reason the Cardinals will win is one that trumps everything. Speed. They are fast. Pittsburgh is physical, but you can't hit what you can't catch. Speed kills. Speed wins. Just look at how the Big 10 always loses in football. It's because, although they play physical, they are too slow to keep up with the big boys.

And Arizona is lightning fast- when the conditions are right. And I'd say the conditions are right.

A lot people are making a big deal out of the pounding Arizona took December 21st against New England. They say this points to how defective this team is.

But remember that game was played in the snow and ice. It completely took them out of their game. There'll be no snow and ice tonight.

When I watched the Cardinals play the Eagles, whose defense is I think just as good as Pittsburgh's, I was awestruck at how quickly they went up and down the field. And I thought to myself, "this team is going to going to win the Super Bowl."

I haven't seen this kind of game since the Rams "greatest show on turf" teams of 1999-2002. Led by, of course, Kurt Warner.

And so I plan to sit back and be thoroughly entertained tonight, because I think we're really going to see something special.

Cardinals will come up big tonight.