A Snapshot In Time

Hello, everyone!  Here’s a few things that have been going on and/or rolling around in my head.

  • We’ve become THOSE parents.  Yesterday, Lintilla and I synchronized our calendars.  It’s become quite a juggling act.
  • Trillian’s first volleyball game is tonight.  It would have been this past Saturday, but they had to cancel it because the parents were all out of gas, and the game was in Gallatin.
  • Zaphod has the beginning work on his teeth done this afternoon.  Hopefully, he’ll have as good an attitude as Trillian did.
  • Even if this football season ends up the same as 1984 for Vanderbilt (it won’t, IMHO), I think it’s time that we all admit that Vandy’s doing just fine without an official athletic department.  Certainly, better than that multimillion dollar monstrosity to the east.  Heh.
  • I want my bailout.
  • Pray for my mom, those of you who pray.  She’s facing a major surgery, and I fear she’s going to try to put it off because she won’t qualify for Medicare for another year and a half.  Heart disease runs heavily on her side of the family, and the doctors are very, very concerned.  She (rightfully) would rather have the surgery done here in Nashville if she has it done, because we have several hospitals that are well known for their cardiovascular expertise.  No offense to the doctors in NW Florida.  Plus, Marvin and I and our families are up here and can help with my dad and Scott.  I just pray she makes the right decision, in time.
  • The Titans are just plain fun to watch this year, even if their number 1 QB is a headcase.
  • She won’t make it very long, but Cloris Leachman is a breath of fresh air on DWTS.
  • This Saturday is a big day.  I’m part of an ordination council for my good friend Mark Mills.  I have to giggle at the thought of ME being part of a council that judges someone’s fitness for ministry, but I will do it for the sake of my friend.  Should be interesting, to say the least.
  • That evening (Saturday), New Beginnings Church is holding another coffeehouse, and this one will be quite a doozie.  Not only will X-Alt be there, but we also have the return of the Sounds of Life.  Also appearing Bobby Marquez (videos on CMT and GAC), Gerald Smith (Two #1 country singles – writer for Lorrie Morgan, Collin Raye, George Strait, George Jones), and Nate Shapley and the Mighty Humbles.  X-Alt will have a secret sneak-peek EP on hand of some our our newly recorded material!  The evening will be hosted by Channel 4’s Jennifer Herron.  So, please consider joining us at 7700 George E Horn Road in Bellevue this Saturday at 6:30 pm!
  • I will be very,very glad when the presidential election is over.  Some of you are making fools of yourselves.  I refuse to say anything specific about the election, but I will say this: your neighbor is neither stupid nor evil.  He just disagrees with you.  Some of you are just too entirely dug in, and you are making yourselves look like jackasses.  Can you bring yourself to criticize something about your side, or praise the other side?  If not, you need to take a step back.
  • Did I mention how overbooked I am?

FGF: Furry Happy Monsters

I’ll stick my head up from the abyss long enough to pass along this jewel:

The Muppets bring out the best in EVERYONE.  I’m not a big REM fan.  Most bands become unlikable the moment they start to take themselves too seriously; REM started out that way.  But, with the Muppets, this sarcastic, smarmy song is actually kind of sweet.

If I ever get out of this craziness that is my life right now, I’ll post more “stars with Muppets” videos.  Alice Cooper is a hoot, for instance.

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Obama Helps My Hit Count

I told you (on Twitter) this would happen.

I’d better clean up the place.  I’d expect I’m going to be getting a LOT of search hits.

How was I to know in 1988 during a drunken brainstorming session for an album title that I would coin a phrase that would be pivotal in an election 20 years later?


Feel Good Friday, Lunar Edition

I wore out the cassette* of Regatta De Blanc in high school.  This is a strange song, but it makes me strangely nostalgic.

I wonder if they filmed this video in Huntsville during their “touring the US in a van” period?  It sure looks like the Space and Rocket Center.

Giant steps are what you take, walking on the moon.  I hope my leg don’t break, walking on the moon.

*Kiddos, cassettes were a “portable” audio medium, where the audio was stored on magnetic tape.  Just like LPs, cassettes had two “sides”.  This was an improvement over 8-tracks, which had four “tracks”, sometimes resulting in songs being split in two.

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I really want to take this time to thank everyone who participated in, and gave money to, the annual telethon of the Muscular Dystrophy Association yesterday.  The telethon, hosted annually on Labor Day by Jerry Lewis, raised a record amount of money this year.

If you saw any of the telethon, you know the good this organization does, so I won’t repeat too much of it.  I can tell you from experience, though, many times the MDA is the only place to turn when a loved one is facing a scary, debilitating and EXPENSIVE illness  Many of you may be unaware just how expensive wheelchairs are (especially powered wheelchairs). Many of you reading this paid less for your car than it cost MDA to provide one wheelchair to one person.

And they do this for thousands upon thousands.

Just know that when you give to MDA, you are helping your friends and neighbors.   I know it’s tough, being asked to give more and more in this challenging economy.  Yet, you did it in record fashion.

I will never cease to be amazed by the generosity of strangers.


I’ve been pretty much obsessing over hurricane Gustav, a little bit because I’m a hurricane geek, but mostly because my parents live just outside Pensacola.  I’ve had about 5 different moments of terror today, as the outer bands on Gustav spawned tornadoes in the Pensacola area.

I just got off the phone with my mom, and everything is OK in their neck of the panhandle.  They got some strong winds, and rain, but the worst appears to be over.  I’m still a little angry with my folks and my brother for not going a little inland for at least a day, but they are all grownups, and took a vote as a family and decided to stay.

All of this means I’m a little on edge , so I hope you give me a little latitude.

I want to say something about politics real quickly, but fear not; this is the last post I’ll make about the subject for a while, and hopefully in a minute you’ll understand why.

Of course, all of us can see the inhumanity in Michael Moore’s comments.  (Still anxious to see him in the public eye, Mack?)  Speaking for my family, Michael Moore can kiss my ample ass.

This is what hyper-partisanship does to us.  Somehow, when we give ourselves to one “team” or the other, and do so vigorously, we lose a little piece of our ability to see our “enemies” as human beings.  We get lost.

I’ll be the first to say that I’m just as susceptible to it and anyone else.  But, make no mistake, it is an evil.  For all the wonderful things our political system has done for the world, the ugliness that comes from hyper-partisanship is not one of them.

If we can all wag our fingers at Moore, can we turn that judgement to ourselves?  Do we make snide comments about our opponents, always angling for how we can help “our side” regardless of the subject?

I’ve seen some things written about Sarah Palin since Friday; things said by people I generally respect for their decency.  Palin’s experience IS a valid issue, but some snarky, mean-spirited  (and downright elitist) things have been said in support of those arguments.

But to use the situation with Palin’s daughter to score cheap little political points?

Have you no decency?

Let me tell you something.  My mother, the sweet old lady I’ve been stressing about all day,  was younger than Palin’s daughter when my family was founded, and under similar circumstances, from what we kids can tell.  So, since I’ve spoken in the past against creating a society that fosters teen parenthood (has it ever occurred to you that some of us have these views because we know a little something about the subject?) , by all means, use my dear old mother to make your political points.  It’s all fair game, right?  Maybe some more strident blogs can throw out pejoratives and make crude jokes about her. 

By all means, use my mother to make your damned petty little points.  I hope they make you feel smug and satisfied.

Oh, and while you’re at it, accept my heartfelt F*** you.

Let’s quit wasting each other’s time.  I’m voting for McCain.  I’m not going to change my mind, as far as I can tell.  You have made up your mind, too.  The undecided folks aren’t reading this blog, and THEY’RE NOT READING YOURS EITHER!  Obama is not going to win Tennessee.  Unless you live in Florida, Pennsylvania, or Ohio, your state is pretty much decided one way or the other.

So why are we sniping back and forth, acting like a**holes?  To what end?  The sport of it?

I’m done talking politics.  I’d like my humanity back, please.  And I pray you regain yours, as well.