Friday, January 16, 2009

Hosannas will abound for the Chosen One

Looks like Washington is going to have a celebration on inauguration day that will rival the Second Coming. I think I'll pass. I'll probably be out to dinner, since Jan 20 is my birthday; turning 57 years old is nothing to be yelling w00t about.


The Momster has tagged me with a meme.

A- Link to the person who tagged you.
B- Post the rules on your blog.
C- Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
D- Tag six people with a link

1. For some reason, most people (even medical personnel) underestimate my weight by fifty to sixty pounds.
2. I have no problems talking with complete strangers; it drives my wife crazy when we're on vacation.
3. I haven't had a bottle of ketchup in the house in years; it is too bland and tasteless for me unless I mix it with chiles or horseradish.
4. One of my favorite sandwiches growing up was sliced purple onions and butter.
5. Though I enjoy hunting and target shooting, I haven't been to a formal firing range in over 50 years; I prefer shooting out in the boonies somewhere by myself or with a few friends.
6. I like drinking coffee even in the summer when the temperature is above 100ºF.

I'm going to put this one out there for anyone who wants to run with it.


Should be something here to please/annoy everybody.

"American Pie" by Don McLean
"Season of the Witch" by Blues Brothers Band
"Shenandoah" by Lorie Line
"Autumn Leaves" by Cannonball Adderley/Miles Davis
"Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line" by Waylon Jennings
"Coming into Los Angeles" by Arlo Guthrie
"Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult
"The Voice" by The Moody Blues
"Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfield
"Dominique" by The Singing Nun

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Resolutions? Surely you jest

No way I make New Year resolutions; I don't like promising to do something that I may not be able to accomplish. I need to get healthier and blog on a more regular basis, but I refuse to make promises I can't always keep, so there.

So far this year what we have mainly had is snow every couple of days. At least the temperatures have been better, not so much of the stuff down in the teens. We have had a lot of pressure changes, which is playing merry hell with my joints. The anti-inflammatory pills got rid of the tendinitis, but I still have pain down in the shoulder joint itself, and it is getting worse. Right now I can barely lift my right arm above the shoulder, forget about trying to lift anything that weighs more than a couple of ounces. Guess I'll have to go back to the doctor to see what else is wrong. Hopefully it's just something that takes a cortisone shot, and not surgery.


I notice a lot of hand-wringing over the continuing scuffle between Israel and Palestine. I have an idea; why doesn't everyone else STFU and just let them work it out between themselves? It doesn't matter who goes over there and talks to them, Hamas is not going to honor any kind of truce or peace agreement, so quit acting like the problem can be settled by diplomats. There are some people in the world who can not understand anything unless it is accompanied by a beating. If they wanted peace, all they have to do is quit attacking Israel. If you keep throwing rocks over somebody's fence, they are going to throw them back. I have no sympathy for someone who attacks and then hides behind women and children.


I see where the New York Times has an article on what kind of dog will be chosen for the White House. Does anyone really give a rat's ass? Seems like there are actually important issues out there that could use a little bit of reporting. Personally, I don't really care what kind of pet they have, and I don't really see where it is a national issue, or relevant to anything at all concerning the rest of us.


Looks like Messiah-Elect Obama is getting antsy; it seems he wants Congress to push things a little harder. Hey, how about waiting until you're actually sworn in, guy? It's bad enough we're getting stuck with a bunch of idiots and crazies that you have appointed, give us a little air and some time to get ready before BOHICA.


I still don't understand why everyone is tolerating pirates, and actually rewarding them for their efforts. I know it's not politically correct to say so, but why are we letting these vermin live? It would make more sense to blow them out of the water instead of paying them. All that ransoms do is encourage these assholes. If they let ships keep some arms so they could shoot back at pirates attempting to board, and let local aircraft drop a load of hurt on the pirate ship in the form of high explosives, it would cut down on this bullshit in a hurry. Quit trying to capture these cockroaches, just sink their boat as a warning. Any survivors can be left to swim.


Feeling in an odd mood, this kind of reflects it.

"Downtown" by Petula Clark
"Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay" by Otis Redding
"It Was a Very Good Year" by Frank Sinatra
"Down Under" by Men At Work
"Reuben James" by Kenny Rogers
"Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult
"Janis" by Country Joe & the Fish
"Someday Never Comes" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Born Under a Bad Sign" by Cream
"You Ain't So Tough" by Heart