Wednesday, January 16, 2008

More babbling from an old coot...

Looks like it's been a week since I last posted; I don't know how some people do multiple postings every day. They're probably more organized than me, as can be seen in the content of my blogging. My brain tends to wander around aimlessly, dropping bits and pieces from my thoughts as I go.

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I tried to keep up with the presidential candidates, but have decided to wait a while after watching them for a bit. It seems like once they get in front of a microphone, they go into something that sounds suspiciously like the adults in the "Peanuts" cartoons: "Wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah." Every time they get up to talk, they grab a shovel and start slinging the bullshit right and left. And both parties seem to be guilty; the only difference is in the size and shape of the shovels. Maybe once they get to the bottom of the pile they will start talking sense. Of course that is making the assumption that the Fourth Estate can actually do a professional job, rather than weaving the usual skein of drivel as they do so well.

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Normally around here we get a brief thaw in the middle of January, but not this year. It was 10°F when I got up at 600, and now at 1730 it has gotten up to 15°F. W00t! The cold weather and lack of decent sunlight seems to be affecting some people with the blahs; I know it has smacked me good. Sometimes I think apathy is worse than depression, at least with depression you can kill some time by moping.

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Finally got around to doing some reading; just finished the latest Repairman Jack novel; I got hooked on those years ago. Tomorrow I'll be starting on A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman. Mike over at mike-istan posted about it and it sounded promising. It's a little more modern than most of the history I tend to read about Europe, but it definitely looks worthwhile.

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Saturday night I'll be going off my dieting somewhat; Sunday I turn 56, so a steak dinner (or maybe ribs; depends on my mood that night) sounded like a good way to celebrate/mourn the occasion.

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Again, today's playlist tends to be oldies; I think most of these first ten predate the majority of the readers here. Any thoughts or comments about them?

"Lili Marlene" by Dave Brubeck
"Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra
"Carefree Highway" by Gordon Lightfoot
"Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
"Living in the Past " by Jethro Tull
"Castles Made of Sand" by Jimi Hendrix
"Songs to Aging Children Come" by Joni Mitchell
"White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane
"She's a Fool" by Lesley Gore
"Sweet Dreams" by Patsy Cline

18 comments:

terri said...

Happy Almost-Birthday!

elliot said...

I LOVE A Distant Mirror.

I read it in college and reread it every couple of years.

Enjoy.

brandy101 said...

in advance, have a Happy Birthday and a great weekend!!!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Well, 56 years young, eh? I hope you have a nice B-Day on the weekend...

Bretwalda Edwin-Higham said...

I don't know how some people do multiple postings every day.

Is this anything like multiple orgasms or is that too rude for this blog, Bob?

BobG said...

Since when is multiple orgasms rude? LOL

meleah rebeccah said...

yeay! A new post from you!

Is it just me, or are politics OUT OF CONTROL this year?

BobG said...

To me, the politics seems to be getting worse each election; it used to be that the candidates focused on why you should vote for them. These days all the effort goes into why you should vote against their opponents. The message seems to be, "Vote for me, the other guy is a bigger asshole than I am."

Breda said...

Happy birthday!!!

Wyatt Earp said...

Good call on the prez candidates. Still way too soon.

H2o said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday!

Kenny said...

Happy Birthday. Why not have steak and ribs?

meleah rebeccah said...

I cant with politics not.even.a.little.

moritherapy said...

hey, happy birthday! enjoy the yummies!

and i know each and every one of those songs ... :)

DirtCrashr said...

Happy Birthday! Mine was yesterday, five-oh, I've already gotten one piece of AARP SPAM crap...

Simon Clark said...

Happy birthday! In my time zone anyway :P

Beth said...

Bob - I agree - I can't handle watching politics anymore - they are driving me crazy all ready. I hope you had a great Birthday!

Lin M. said...

Happy Birthday! A cake will be baked in your honour (hey any excuse for cake).

A Distant Mirror is an awesome read, Mike has good taste. (well if you knew his wife. . you'd agree on that count as well).