Monday, October 24, 2005


If you can't tell from the title of this post, I'm writing this while watching Monday Night Football. Somehow it's comforting to hear the voices of Al Michaels and John Madden; so much is changing so fast in this world, that it's good to hear these longtime broadcast partners describe the action.

Evidently the New York Jets have had some quarterback injuries; two of their tossers are sidelined. So, the Jets went and got 41-year old Vinny Testaverde. He came out of retirement to play for the Jets. He came out of retirement at 41? I guess I'm officially over the hill; I'm ten years older than that!

Football Put-Up or Shut-Up department: Last week, I posted that even though Seattle beat Houston convincingly (as the Seahawks were SUPPOSED to do), that I wouldn't be impressed with the 'Hawks 'til they beat some serious opponents. Well, Seattle beat Dallas in a game that had been a punishing defensive battle. So, Seattle is 5-2 so far this season. I don't wanna get my hopes up, but, so far, so good for Coach Holmgren and Co.

Water Therapy for free: Sunny afternoon; went down to CDA Lake and sat on the steps of Independence Point, just above the waterline. Ducks swam past, seagulls flew overhead, and the seaplanes took off and landed. Lake waves lapped up onto the concrete steps. After about 45 minutes, my brain began slowing down, and I found myself in a better mood. Beats any shrink I ever went to.

One of the columnists in today's Spokesman-Review wrote about a couple of people she'd observed recently: a lady sitting at a bus stop who evidently was sad about something, and a guy who was trying to make sense out of his life, but he couldn't make sense of things. She'd observed him adding numbers, trying to "balance" out 'something'. I was touched; someone out there is being observant of the human condition. We're all struggling. Hopefully, after the appearance of her column, maybe a few of us will be more observant...and compassionate.

High Spot of my day dept.: Walked into the Java place for coffee in an attempt to dis-entangle (is that a word?) the cobwebs outta my mind. The barista (coffee guy, that is), took my money, and said, "wait a couple of minutes; I'm brewing a fresh pot". It was definitely worth the wait. "MMMMM....Coffee....." (That's me doing my best Homer Simpson imitation there.)

Second High Spot of my day dept.: A record album I ordered over Ebay got here today. I haven't had a chance to play it. (I'm still watching football, you see.) It is the first and only album by a group called "FUSE". Never heard of them? Well, Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson, the lead guitarist and bassist for CHEAP TRICK, were both in "Fuse" before that! Should be interesting to hear. You Cheap Trick fans may recall that Nielsen always had short hair and he wore a CAP all the time. Well, the "Fuse" album pictures him with long hair. Pretty cool, huh?

Watched a VHS movie last night, titled "Backbeat". It's the story of the Beatles in the early days, before worldwide fame. They got really good by playing 8 hours a night, 6 days a week, in Hamburg, Germany. Yeah, maybe the movie utilized "artistic license" here and there, but I've always found that period of the Beatles' history fascinating, and upon seeing this movie, I have (at least somewhat of) a "visual" idea of what the Beatles went thru during those times.

Do I know too much? dept.: I've read tons of books on the Beatles. I've read how weak-willed John Lennon was in his latter days; how authoritarian Paul McCartney was with Wings, always underpaying his band members and running the band like a dictator. I've read about the petty infighting between the Beatles in their last days. I've heard the "Anthology" albums where, at times, they sounded painfully human, bumbling their way through early takes of songs. Sometimes the more you know about your idols, the less you like them. I suppose, in the end, it's best to focus on the music, because those you revere always turn out to be..."human".

Lately, I've been seeing some "Mercury" automobile commercials, featuring an attractive lady who wears a tight light blue blouse and jeans that are a couple sizes too small for her. In the commercials, she says, "why blend in when you can STAND OUT?"; she also describes the cars as being "WELL-EQUIPPED", all the while "flaunting what she's got" and smiling into the camera in a most prurient manner. I must ask, "am I a dirty old man?", or is this a case of "sex sells?" And in cases like these, I feel like the male psyche is being manipulated just a wee bit. I hope she's not one of these women who complain about being treated like "objects"!

Well, I never know where to end these things, but I've typed more in this posting than I thought I would. After posting that last little item (about the "Mercury lady"), I've concluded that it's time to hose myself down and migrate over to the land of e-mail. Probably "junk mail", mostly. Just like in real life.


Anonymous Kick Shoe said...

Highlight of my day--LUNCH. Yep, three classes down, and only three to go. Plus, I get to eat and read a book. I love lunch, almost as much as quitting time. Yoda!!

10:06 PM  
Blogger jb3ll3 said...

Dave, I loved the Thackerey quote. Once I start to write, very often when I end up with is different than when I began. I just love your blog and love to hear you talk about being on the water in Coeur d'Alene. And anytime you want. I am soooo jealous. The biggest adjustment I made when I went to IDAHO was not being able to visit the water everyday. And truth is, my life has never been the same. When I die, I want to be on the waters of Lake Coeur d'Alene for eternity.

10:25 PM  
Blogger little ol' me said...

Wow, am I a doe-head. Lunch? I'm not sure I've written about that lately. And "Thackery quote?" Not sure if I've written anything quote-worthy, and I've never heard of Thackery. That's me, just kinda unconsciously bumping into the walls as I zigzag through life's corridors of existence. I'll ponder all of this more next time I sit by the water...

2:42 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Hey Dave, we went down to Higgens Point on Sunday for a little water therapy. Walked up the path to the little park, and then down the windy trail to the beach, and then around the corner away from the freeway bridge. Felt like there was nobody around for miles. We spent about an hour just sitting on the big rocks, skipping the little rocks. My shoulders were sore the next day from flinging all those skippers out there. You're right, though, staring at the water beats any head-shrinker.

11:48 AM  
Blogger jb3ll3 said...

Your quotation of the day is Thackerey. :) Hang in there, buddy.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Word Tosser said...

Wow, I watched that commercial, and hardly noticed the
Now if they had a guy, maybe it would be different... guess, it would be a test to see if I noticed the guy or the car. A test to see just how old am I
Yes, the water... that is where I am going too. Always find it soothing for my soul...
Kids are to spread my ashes to the lake up here.... just off from the Lady... Liberty ...

2:27 PM  
Blogger animadvert said...

My day did a roller coaster. Yesterday I found my dream stereo at a Iowa. Today I listed mine for sale and sent the $$ for the other. Came home and sold mine old unit in less than 3 hours. From morning t'ill then my unit blew out a db meter light. Opened it up to look-see and the whole thing died. Now it's gotta go to So. Cal. for service B4 it goes anywhere else. HEADACHE!!!

Ricky Nelson...O.K. Dave do you have his "Birth of The Beat" album from the early 60's (I think)?

9:17 PM  
Blogger little ol' me said...

Wow, looks like I'm generating some dialogue here.

Thackery quote: Oh, the quote was in the blog-stuff in the left column. I guess I'd better start reading my own blog!

Rock-skipping: I can't even throw anymore because my lower back is unstable and I have arthritic elbows. So I take my guitar to the lakeshore. It's something I can still do, play guitar. Although I still get people telling me I "can't" play.

Girl in commercial: She is definitely "well-equipped" and she "stands out". I guess I must be a dirty, cheesy old man.

Music: I have some early Ricky Nelson albums, but not that particular one. Sorry about that; I'll look for it in the 2nd-hand shops. Sorry about your stereo equipment, but the good news is, in those same 2nd hand shops, you can usually find old stereo equipment cheap. That's where I get all my tuners, turntables, etc.


11:57 PM  

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