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Wednesday, October 1, 2008     Four More Months! Four More Months!
(11:04 am)

Actually, in less than four months, the reign of the worst POTUS ever (so far) will be over. As the bumpersticker I saw yesterday put it: 1.20.09 End of an Error. Let's all pray or send out vibes or whatever supernatural request mechanism we use that Sarah Palin never, ever gets within shouting distance of that office. The woman is a complete and total train wreck. White Trash on steroids. Just what we need after the Bush fiasco!

This is one of my favorite things from the Mothman festival:

Digital Camera Image [2008_0920Image0033] [Canon EOS 20D]
"Scooby-doo, where are you?"

I didn't see Shaggy or Thelma or any of the rest of the guys anywhere either. I'm sure at least some of them were around. Could be I just didn't notice. I know there were people there that I know, too, but I didn't see any of them either.

Today's Promise Message:

I do this all the time.  Makes 'em wonder.

Computer bug?

Yes, it's quite possible that I've gone buggy.

Quote of the Day: " A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free. "

-- Nikos Kazantzakis

I feel like I need a little madness, some passion, some intensity in my life, but instead I'm an overcast day, a 30% gray, a dull, flat expanse of "middlin'."


Monday, October 13, 2008     V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N
(6:38 am)

Just a short entry from Blytheville, Arkansas. No tornados in sight, but then, the sun's not up yet. Drove here from Memphis last light, from Nashville yesterday afternoon. Getting ready to roll back to West Virginia in a few. I'll fill it all in when we get back, probably tomorrow. Have a nice Columbus day.


Thursday, October 16, 2008     Look, Ma! I'm a Statisitc!
(10:37 am)

Over the three-day weekend, I drove about 1,500 miles through seven states, including going through Louisville at rush hour, and what do I do? I let my foot slip off the brake while stopped three blocks from home and bump the car in front of me. Oy! I had to deal with filling out an accident report at the scene, got a warning citation, and now I have to deal with the insurance company. Loads of fun. There was extremely minimal damage to my WVU license plate on the front of the car, a paint chip off the bumper, no injuries to anyone, and no damage to the other car, but since the driver of the other car was pregnant, she went to the ER to get checked out, hence the insurance claim. Joy, oh joy. I need to send GEICO a phot of the front of my van, but it's raining today. If it ain't one thing, it's two others.

Here's a shot I took of Nashville on our second foray out of the hotel on Saturday.

There was a lot going on that night. There was a wedding party in our hotel who were using a public plaza close to the Nashville Symphony Hall for either the ceremony or the reception. The Predators were hosting the Dallas Stars (Predators won the hockey match, by the way). And, of course, it was Saturday Night in Nashville.

Nashville Skyline, Saturday Night 10/11/2008

Quote of the Day: "No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."

-- Edmund Burke

That's what the Repugnicans are all about -- instill fear, then exploit it to their advantage. They're real great at projection, too. For example, they take something like ACORN's hired help fudging voter registration forms with names like Tony Romo, Donald Duck, and Mickey Mouse, and attempt to turn it into a plot to steal the election (something they would know a lot about). It's ridiculous. These bastards will do anything they can to seize or maintain power, no matter how unethical, illegal, or despicable. And why do they do this? It's their own fear -- fear of not being in control; fear of someone who disagrees with their ideology being in charge. They ooze fear and loathing. I'll have a lot of problems voting for anyone with that kind of attitude. I'm not as enthusiastic about Obama as a lot of my friends, but I'm WAY more enthusiastic about him than I am about McCain and the Crazy Bitch from Alaska.

More from the trip: This is a similar shot to the one previous, only on a clear, sunny Sunday morning. This was taken right before we checked out of the hotel and went to have the oil changed in the van. After that, it was off to Memphis. More on subsequent days.

Nashville Skyline, Sunday Morning 10/12/2008
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Friday, October 17, 2008     YouTubers, Memphis, and McCainiac
(2:54 pm)

I usually perform at Ron Sowell's Coffee House and Open Stage (CHaOS) the second Friday of every month. This month is no exception. My son, Sean, went with me this month and played bass on both my numbers (Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath," and the Zombies' "Time of the Season"). The two of us joined Bob Worth on a number, performing as The West Texas Truth Squad. We did James McMurtry's "Can't Make It Here Anymore." Bob's wife, Robin, seems to have recorded the number and Bob put it up on YouTube. Click on the song title above if you have a hankering to see and hear it.

Computer bug?

Today's Promise Message:

Blood Red. . .

Sunday evening in Memphis was nice. Here's a shot down Beale Street I took before sunset.

Home of the Blues

Did you see John McCain on David Letterman last night? He kept saying that he screwed up, referring to his ditching Dave the last time he was scheduled to appear. What he should have said was, "I lied," which is precisely what he did. The man is disingenuous. He lies and expects everyone to believe the next thing he says, and millions do. Check into his so-called heroic time in his life and you'll find out that, in fact, he committed treason. The Military Code of Conduct states that a POW may only divulge his/her name, rank, serial number, date of birth, and maybe birthplace. McCain told his captors all that, plus the fact his daddy was an Admiral, the name of his ship, where it was located, and other military details in hope of getting preferential treatment, which he did. Others endured worse treatment than he did and didn't go outside the parameters of the code. And don't even talk to me about Palin. Her IQ is 17 points below average, in the 12th percentile. The woman isn't smart enough to be PTA president, much less the second highest office in the land, much less the highest if McOldman kicks off. No one in their right mind could possibly vote for that ticket. But then. . .

Quote of the Day: "Now is the time to put an end to it."

-- John McCain

I'm hoping he means his campaign. . .

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