Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday Reading

1 Chronicles 14-17.

Well, this won't be the year we go undefeated. I've been so hoping for it, and the years are slipping away.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Reading

1 Chronicles 10-13.

It's Opening Day Eve. I'll be ready to watch me some baseball after work tomorrow.

And the Cardinals are back on the mighty 1120 AM KMOX this year after a 5 year absence. Now you can probably catch the games anywhere in the lower 48 on a clear night!

If not, then try an affiliate close to you.

I don't know why I've been so pessimistic lately about our chances. I had no room for that 5 years ago.

"You never know, big boy, you never know."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday Reading

1 Chronicles 6-9.

Almost ready for baseball. And I still miss the old stadium.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday Reading

1 Chronicles 2-5.

Sometimes when I read the genealogies, my mind can have a tendency to wander a bit.

So when I read in Chapter 5, Verse 15, about a descendant of Gad named Guni, I can't help but think of your friend and mine...

the Gunny.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Reading

2 Kings 23-25. 1 Chronicles 1.

Well, I happily admit I was wrong. There were great surprises the 2nd weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Although a trip to the final four for UK can hardly be considered a surprise. It's more like a return to some semblance of order and sanity in a world gone completely insane.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Reading

2 Kings 19-22.

Wow, I was surprised Thursday when two of my favorite things, converged. It was Jim Rome on his TV show talking about his radio interview with Sammy Hagar. I only wish I could find the entire radio interview posted, because I'd love to listen to the whole thing.

War Rome! War Sammy! War Burn Monkey Burn! for posting.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday Reading

2 Kings 15-18.

Who's in for UK tonight? Go Cats!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday Reading

2 Kings 11-14.

I think the 2nd weekend of the NCAA tournament is much more predictable and not very exciting compared to the 1st weekend. It should be very predictable from here on out.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday Reading

2 Kings 7-10.

In recent years I have seen a fair number of Elizabeth Taylor's movies on Turner Classic Movies. She was a pretty good actress.

The movies I will forever remember her for, however, are the two I remember watching as a child. That would be "Giant", and, of course, the spectacle of all spectacles, "Cleopatra".

But, in the end, I'll probably remember her best for her turn on "Here's Lucy" in 1970. The background scoop on her appearance with Richard Burton on that episode, 'Lucy Meets The Burtons', makes for great reading, and is chronicled well in "The Lucy Book". I highly recommend it to any Lucy fan. Or TV fan for that matter.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday Reading

2 Kings 3-6.

Well, the do-gooders have struck again. Now they're doing their very best to absolutely ruin America's favorite game.

I have yet to hear one person in favor of doing this. It really puts teams like the Bears at a disadvantage, because Devin Hester is a big part of their attack.

What a shame we probably won't be seeing any more kick returns. The do-gooders are going to completely change this game into something unrecognizable in a few years.

And I'll bet you the changes will have no impact.

What sport's caretakers take their most exciting play, in this case the kick return of football, and completely obliterate it?

Why don't we just put a belt with flags on the offensive players and call it a day?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday Reading

1 Kings 21-21 and 2 Kings 1-2.

How is this even possible? Amazing.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Reading

1 Kings 17-20.

I don't like how the courts for the NCAA tournament all look the same. Used to be you could recognize where the teams were playing by the court they were on, but not anymore.

You have to look at the baselines in order to tell because the site is written there. They're all generic and have no color. Very boring visually.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Reading

1 Kings 13-16.

Today, for the first time in months, I was getting some work done in the yard. Even got my hands in the dirt. That distinctive smell of the soil let me is definitely spring. Finally.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday Reading

1 Kings 9-12.

Yesterday I wore blue. Today I wore green. I chose to do so, realizing someone may notice. It was hilarious the reactions I got. Yesterday, people asked why I wasn't wearing green. Today people asked why I was. I must be confused, disoriented or weird.

As if there is some unwritten rule that, on 3/18, it is a faux pas to wear the color green.

This was quite the successful experiment. I will try to make this a new tradition. From now on for me, it's the wearing of the green on 3/18.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Thursday Reading

1 Kings 5-8.

Didn't make a bracket this year. Just didn't seem too important in the grand scheme of things. I've been too busy. Unlike the President.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesday Reading

1 Kings 1-4.

Tonight we were watching season 5 of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", and a much younger Doris Roberts, from "Everybody Loves Raymond", appeared in one of the episodes, much to my surprise.

I like watching old shows and seeing familiar faces from other programs and trying to figure out why they look so familiar. In season 2 of "The Lucy Show", Gilbert from "Leave It To Beaver" was on one of the shows. That one drove me nuts for some time until I figured out who he was.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday Reading

2 Samuel 21-24.

Sunday the forecast was for partly cloudy skies and high around 50. When I awoke it was cloudy and the temp was around 32.

As the day went on, the sun never peaked through and it remained dark. The temp barely moved, and by noon was 34. I remember thinking it's going to have to really heat up to get to 50.

So I looked again at the online forecast, still calling for it to be 50 and partly cloudy.

By 4 PM the sun had never peaked out, and it still felt very cold out. So I went online again. I was shocked at what I saw. The temp was only 36. But here's the thing that honked me off. Someone by this time had changed the forecast for Sunday to a high of 36!

Can they do that? Can weathermen change the forecast at the end of the day to fit the conditions that are obviously present? What's that about?

Now, I don't want to disparage this particular weather group, so I won't name them by name. But they rhyme with Heather Wondersound.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Reading

2 Samuel 17-20.

Took some pre-spring inventory over the weekend. The daffodils, hyacinths, naked ladies, lillies and tulips have all broken ground. Seems early, no?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Reading

2 Samuel 13-16.

There's still a lot of coughs and sneezes at church these days. Which always makes me shudder to shake the pastor's hand, or those of the greeters for the day for that matter.

Which is why I intend to advocate the fist bump at the next voter's meeting. It'll be a nice way to greet one another.

Of course, we won't blow it up. That's just not Lutheran.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Reading

2 Samuel 9-12.

Opening Day is only 19 days away, and I'm less excited than I have been since the 1990s. But it's worse now, because those years there were no expectations. I had high hopes for this year's team.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Reading

2 Samuel 5-8.

May be time to plant lettuce and spinach seeds. Someone said their tulips have broke ground. It's starting to smell like spring outside.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Reading

2 Samuel 1-4.

Everyone be sure to sneak into Angus G VanHalen's camp and wish him a happy 21st birthday! And ask him what's up with the name change to Page!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Wednesday Reading

1 Samuel 29-31.

I was okay with the moratorium on carrying out the death penalty in Illinois. It's not the kind of thing you want to be making mistakes with. Executing innocent people, probably far more likely in a state as corrupt as this one, is a crime also.

However, I don't think abolishing it was a good idea. There are those cases where guilt is not in doubt and it could still be carried out. No longer is that even a possibility of happening. They should have just left things alone.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Tuesday Reading

1 Samuel 25-28.

Forty years ago I was in the 2nd grade. Which means if I was still in school, I'd be in 42nd grade today. But anyway, I still remember the playground buzz this day in anticipation of the "Fight of the Century" to take place that night. Two unbeaten fighters with clashing styles facing off.

I was a Smokin' Joe fan, and his victory this night forty years ago was a relief. I really never cared for Ali, and couldn't stomach the thought of Frazier, the heavyweight champ, losing to him.

Around 15 years ago, I read a Sports Illustrated article about the fight and the hype leading up to it. After reading it, I was so glad I had rooted for Joe. The way Ali and his camp treated Joe was disgraceful as I recall.

At any rate, the fight lived up to its billing, one of the few that does. Here's the 15th round, which produced the lovely sight and sound of Ali getting nailed and going down.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Monday Reading

1 Samuel 21-24.

Not sure why, but I went to YouTube tonight and watched me some 1980s wrestling. And, for as much as I loved the Hulkster, there was nobody like the Macho Man Randy Savage, my all-time favorite.

This stuff to this day has me laughing out loud. I miss this guy and the "golden age" of wrestling.

Here are 3 great "interviews" of Macho done by the equally funny Mean Gene Okerlund.

Just goes to show you how far a degree from Southern Illinois can take you! Go Dawgs!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sunday Reading

1 Samuel 17-20.

Lots of lessons in this weekend's reading. Once again we see man's plans failing, in wanting, and in choosing, a king. We see God intervening and choosing who He wants, who no man would ever choose, an insignificant shepherd boy. "Watching" what happens when the Spirit of God comes upon David, His choice, is awesome.

And of course, there's His intervention in what appears to human eyes to be an impossible, no-win situation against the giant warrior. Only God could deliver in this situation.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Saturday Reading

1 Samuel 13-16.

I think the two championship weekends of college basketball are just as interesting as the tournament itself that follows. Teams with everything to play for make for great games.

I don't understand why others can't see that all teams participating in conference tournaments are, in essence, in "THE tournament". They all participate in one way or another, making expansion of the "official" tournament unnecessary.
That's what makes these other tournaments exciting.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday Reading

1 Samuel 9-12.

Looks like Mr. Newt is going to run. Go Mr. Newt!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Thursday Reading

1 Samuel 5-8.

I love Mexican Coca Cola from glass bottles. It's like drinking old time coke.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Wednesday Reading

1 Samuel 1-4.

It's hard to believe we're already in Samuel. This starts my favorite stretch of the OT, from 1 Samuel to Job. Very interesting stuff.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Tuesday Reading


Snakebit Cardinals.

Now that Carpenter is hurt, we might as well get ready for the injury downfalls of Holliday, Berkman, Rasmus, Freese, and Yadi.

Which will just leave Pujols.

And then he'll have a monster year, price himself completely out of the Cardinals neighborhood and right into the Cubs infield next year.

The way things are going right now, this scenario just could play out.