Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Thank you to all our brave service men and women... to those that have the courage and bravery to defend our country. To all those who've paid the ultimate price so that I and mine, you and yours, can live in security.

It can't be said enough: Thank you.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Man! Oh, Man-ny...

I’m a huge baseball fan. Love the game. Doesn’t particularly matter what teams are playing… as long as they are MLB, count me in on the viewing.

I’m not a huge fan of those who pull the “I didn’t know” card. And frankly, that’s exactly what I believe Manny Ramirez is trying to make us believe. I am not buying it.

Oh, he’s not the first one in the game to try this tactic. Nor, since MLB is too chicken to take a stance, will he be the last.

But, please… an athlete’s body is his tool of the trade. Any good workman knows you treat those tools with respect, reverence, and care. You don’t forget tools out in the rain. You don’t leave your laptop computer teetering on a table’s edge or in your hot car. You don’t let anybody near that musical instrument. Hmm… you don’t put anything in your body (or anything that can be absorbed by your body) unless you know what it is. Specifically. Undeniably.

Taking drugs… any drugs whether they are banned or not that even remotely changes hormone levels, builds better muscles, allows someone to jump tall buildings is cheating. It should not be tolerated.

Sadly, it is. By MLB. By sportscasters and journalists. By teammates. By fans. And athletes taking banned substances will continue, with the lame excuse “I didn’t know” until they are held accountable for their actions and kicked out of the game… permanently.

No measly 50-game suspensions. No having to face the team. No giving lame excuses that just add to the stupidity of the action. Gone. For good. Period. End of story.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cha... Cha...Changes!...

A few months away… and wow, do things change!

First, I finally sold the ol’ homestead… woo hoo. But then it became mad-dash, break-neck packing (thank goodness for Tammy, without whose help packing up the kitchen and garage, I’d probably still be at it!).

Then I managed to get the sickest I’ve been in probably 10 years. I actually had to spend two days in bed. That woulda been sort of a luxury… except that I had to, needed to be packing…

And of course, I had to find a new place to hang my hat on a temporary basis. Which I did about six days before I was to become homeless. It’s a wonderful guest house on a 2.5 acre guava grove. One bedroom, one bath… quite luxurious. And talk about a dream to clean!

Then… I spoiled myself and got a new flat-screen TV, with a satellite dish. Wow… there are like a bazillion channels to look at… and yet I have only about four that I really watch! But the biggest change is that I had it set up in the living room… not the bedroom… which means I can sleep without TV…

Of course the spoiling of Brooke continued with the purchase of a Bose Wave System for the bedroom. Hey! A girl cannot live in total silence… and with that radio system… there’s like a whole symphony playing just for little ol’ me.

And yeah… I actually have more time now. Not a lot… but I am getting squared away and developing a new routine. And I think I’ve seen Ms. Muse lurking around… here and there… in various corners when she thinks I’m not looking. Shhh! Don’t scare her away!

So, you thought the only change was the appearance of the blog site… Ha! Fooled you. And who knows… I might even fool you more by posting more frequently.