Monday, September 25, 2006

Second Sunday

It’s Monday – again and again.

Life is a constant stream of time and consciousness and yet we try to impose our own order on things and break it up into units that we can understand and control.

And Monday is the kingpin of that control mechanism.

And today it’s just killin’ me.

I didn’t get enough rest this weekend. And I am longing for another Sunday right now so I can vegetate and recharge my batteries.

So I would like to start a petition and get them to nullify Mondays and give us a Second Sunday each week. We may have to start off with only every other week or so until society accepts this change in paradigm.

I know, the argument here is that then Tuesday will become the new Monday. But I’m thinking that with the advent of the Second Sunday that we will all be rested enough so that the rigors that we now experience on Mondays will be gone forever and we will live in peace and harmony.

That’s my story – and I’m stickin’ to it.


Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A Day In The Life

Sorry I've been distracted lately - too much going on.

Took my lady to the beach for her birthday last weekend. Excellent trip as usual. Love, love, love that girl. Came home to find my mother in the hospital. Got her gall bladder out yesterday. Work piled up. People screaming for things. Employees getting fired and quitting.

Normal Day.

News at 11..........

When The Going Gets Weird, The Weird Turn Pro

Here is the amazing evidence of the birthday party. Not only is my girl amazingly beautiful in her crown, she can sing with the best of them.

With her able side-kick she was able to bring sunshine to an otherwise dark venue.

Thursday, September 14, 2006


If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say
“I love her for her smile – her look – her way
Of speaking gently……for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day –
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee –
And love so wrought
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry –
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou may’st love on, through love’s eternity.

Useless Meanderings

It’s been crazy around here. Absolutely, positively crazy.

Was it always like this?

Does work have to pile on you until it feels like you’re being crushed?

Why can’t the lottery numbers come up?

All the wailing and gnashing of teeth – I love it!

I haven’t had much time to post anything lately, which is closely related to the craziness mentioned above. So I had a minute, and I thought I would just start and see if something comes.

I think life is better like that.

If you plan too much, you’ll just end up disappointed and there will be more wailing and gnashing of teeth!

My dog, you know, the one that got shot, is healing nicely. At least the huge hole in her leg is. She won’t use the leg at all. I don’t know if it’s because the muscle is healing and it just hurt or because it was rendered useless by the asshole that shot her.

Time will tell.

As it does with all things.

Looking forward to the fall weather as I mentioned in my last post. It’s been a little cooler this week and I have to admit that getting up in the mornings has been more fun since I don’t start sweating right away.

And for me, Fall just rocks.

I actually went and sat in the football stadium last weekend. Haven’t done that in sooooo long. I always go to the games but I never leave the tailgate area since all the food and alcohol is there. Why go in the stadium when you can sit there and drink and eat while listening to the game on the radio?

Yea, I catch shit about that all the time – but now my girl actually likes football, so in a march back towards my youth, I’ll be spending more and more time in the stadium.

And we actually played pretty good this week so it may not be so bad to be inside.

I got a free education thanks to the athletic department at the University of Southern Mississippi so I guess I actually owe it to them to go in and watch. Especially since all my athletic stuff has finally healed!

Oh the randomness of my thoughts is disturbing sometimes…………

So, next Tuesday is my girl’s birthday.

Love, love, love birthdays. Especially hers. We’re going out Friday night to hear a friend's band play and then as soon as I can pry her from the dance floor I am driving directly to the beach and the friendly confines of a condo for the weekend. Just the two of us. No kids, no dogs, no phones.

Yep, I’m a lucky boy.

And I sleep really good!!!

So as I sit here, still listening to Bob Dylan’s new CD, I am still amazed at how good it is. He recorded it live in the studio, no mixing or over-production. Just a boy and his band. I guess Bob will probably be the most debated and talked about musician of our generation. I love him, I have 30 of his albums but I have no idea what he’s about. He is a walking-talking contradiction if I have ever seen one.

His relevance is not what it once was when the entire world hung on his every word and he was saddled with the mantle of being an entire generation’s savior and leader – a place he did not want nor did he accept it – but he is still so very cool that I still feel like I have spying on greatness each time I listen to him.

I’ve got some concerts coming up that I’m pretty excited about. Going to see Bonnie Raitt on the 26th and Delbert McClinton on the 29th. The Red Hot Chili Peppers at Voodoo Fest in New Orleans follow closely behind that.

Church is going well. Our new pastor, my friend Little Eddie is doing a marvelous job and I am very excited about the prospects in the future.

OK, I’m starting to feel like I am doing one of those Christmas Letters that irritating cousins send once a year to keep everyone up on what’s going on so I’m just going to say stop.

So stop I will.

I hope everyone is happy.

I sure am.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Old Man Winter

It's raining like I need an ark today.

I'm loving it.

It's been so damn long without a good rain storm and maybe, just maybe, it will bring some cooler weather with it. Football season is here, so why can't we have a little fall weather?

I know that I'll be tired of winter after two or three days of cold weather - but could I at least try it out for those few days?

I'm tired of sweating like a girl eating habeneros.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sign Of The Times

Loving For Life

Love grows, where my Rosemary goes………….

Or so the song says.

I think about love – lots.

Those of you that know me understand that my life revolves around the realization that love is the thing that drives us forward and the thing that allows all the bad shit that happens in our lives to be bearable.

Love allows us to grown in the image that God left for us to model. It gives us the ability to sacrifice those things that we willingly let go of when we find love. Love, in short, gives us the motivation to live our lives in the manner in which we are supposed to live them.

Ain’t that cool?

Love is amazing in that it is very self-fulfilling. It feeds itself if it’s pure.

Have you ever heard someone say “love has vanished from my relationship”? Well, that’s not very fair to love because it’s not love that has vanished – it’s you!

Lasting love is not a test of endurance. When you look at the things that brought you together with the person you love, love brings you appreciation for those qualities and love allows you to deepen that appreciation each and every day.

If you don’t believe me, just look at your children and realize that when they were little babies you knew there was nothing in the world that you could love better, but the older they get, the more you love them. It’s an amazing circle of live and love.

But it’s not easy sometimes. As with most things worthwhile, it takes lots of attention and effort to maintain and grow anything. I don’t care if we’re talking about pets, plants or relationships, it takes daily effort.

Nothing is free and nothing worthwhile is easy.

Love needs maintenance if it is to remain healthy. Obstacles must be overcome or taken in stride. We must take into consideration that the person you love is a unique person and probably believes different things than you do – and there is room for all of it.

But for the most part, what we have to do is to welcome the mystery that is love. We must embrace the enthusiasm and the challenge that comes when two people exist within the same space.

To do that each day is to find yourself a lover for a lifetime.

And there ain’t nothin’ better than that.

I promise there isn’t.


Wasted Away Again..........

Please let me be
Please go away
I am NOT going
To get up today!!!

Of course, that’s not true. But this morning, when it was time to get up, I said my Dr. Seuss rhyme over and over again with the pillow on my head.

But up I got.

And off I went.

And it’s now after lunch on Monday and I’m still wishing I was back in bed.

I took a weekend and decided to rest. OMG. That was so nice. But I think my poor body got used to it and when it had to go-go-go on Monday morning, my brain rebelled and tried everything to shut the rest of me down.

So I spend the better part of the morning wondering what it was I was supposed to do.

The phone always reminds you – have you noticed that?

So as I get up and go, finally, I wish you health and peace and love.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Labor Day, Dogs and Assholes

Labor Day.


Have you ever wondered why they don’t call it No-Labor Day?

I took off a long weekend for the first time in a long, long time – maybe since Easter – and it was great!

Did a whole lot of nothing and loved every slothful moment of it.

Had a wonderful time with my girl. There’s not much better than just hanging around with nothing to do and just absorb whatever comes your way.

Then on Saturday, they called me from the farm and told me that my dog has come up and there was something sticking out of her leg and she couldn’t use it.

So I hopped in the car and went to see what was what.

My dog is a black lab that roams far and wide. Lots of swimming in the creek and chasing rabbits and what ever else that goes on in the woods that us humans aren’t privy to.

So when I got there and checked on her, there was something sticking out from her left hip that looked like some kind of metal thing, and for the life of me, I had no idea what it was. So I did the thing I know to do and took some pliers and tried to pull it out.

It was stuck. Stuck hard. She didn’t much like me pulling on it either!

It was apparent that she was hurting bad but she was taking it like a dog and the suffering was showing in her eyes. I wish we could be so brave but alas, we’re just humans.

I took her to the emergency vet and we got her in and did an x-ray on it to see what it was.

Yep, it was a bullet. A damn bullet in my dog………….

Now my dog is a nice dog. She doesn’t bark. She doesn’t get into stuff. She doesn’t run up on strange places and get in the way. Someone took aim and shot her out of pure meanness.

The bullet went in the back of her leg, which means that she was running away as she was shot, and it went through her knee joint which is what made the bullet look so unrecognizable and it was also why it was stuck so hard – it was still in the bone.

So a nice doctor did surgery on her late Saturday night and I went and got her after church on Sunday.

She is doing well. We still don’t know if the ligament damage in the knee will render the leg usable or not, but we’re hopeful.

In the meantime, she gets to stay inside in the air conditioning being pampered because that’s all I know to do. Dogs being sick are like babies – they just make you feel so helpless.

I wish she could tell me who shot her. It was a 9mm bullet so I know it was a handgun.

And I do have faith that there is a special place in the afterlife for people who are mean to animals – but in the here and now I’m going to do a little investigative work and see what I can come up with.

Keep your fingers crossed.


Tagged, again and again and again.......

SO here it goes……..

Three people that make me laugh
1 - My girl, Paige
2 - Myself (to laugh at one’s self is the best way to good mental health)
3 - Gay boys on Project Runway when they get upset

Three things I can do
1 - Entertain large social gatherings with uncomfortable stories
2 - Cook like a chef
3 - Shop - I can shop with the best girl and kick her ass

Three things I can’t do
1 - Say “no” to my girlfriend
2 - Be nice around people that are stupid
3 - Keep my opinions to myself

Three things I’m doing right now
1 - Multi-tasking like a big dog
2 - Listening to Bob Dylan’s new CD and loving it
3 - Writing a heartfelt letter

Three things I want to do before I die
1 - Ride my motorcycle from Prudhoe Bay, AK to Key West, FL in one bite
2 - Take Paige to Italy for a cooking school
3 - See my children have children

Three things I hate the most
1 - People who don’t believe what they say but say it anyway
2 - People who work in retail that are not polite to customers
3 - The motherfucker that shot my dog this weekend

Three things that scare me
1 - Rap music
2 - Snakes
3 - Blow outs on a motorcycle tire

Three things I don’t understand
1 - Republican leadership
2 - Rap music
3 - Girls

Three skills I’d like to learn
1 - Painting (not houses)
2 - Piano
3 - Writing the next great American Novel

Three ways to describe my personality
1 - Loving
2 - Fair
3 - Honest

Three things I think you should listen to
1 - Bob Dylan
2 - Steve Earle
3 - Delbert McClinton

Three things you should never listen to
1 - Top 40 radio
2 - Jessica Simpson
3 - Classical music (and think you are better than me because you do)

Three favorite foods
1 - Rare steak
2 - Thai
3 - Mexican

Three beverages I drink regularly
1 - Coffee
2 - Red Wine
3 - Grape Kool-Aid

Three shows I watched as a kid
1 - Batman
2 - Dr. Who
3 - Rat Patrol

Three blogs I’m tagging.
None – I just can’t do it!!!

So, I have yet again, fulfilled my taghood.