Saturday, September 18, 2010

Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Crazy Sam, who may not be, technically, crazy, but who is almost certainly named Sam, has posted 9 questions because it's, you know, Saturday. And what's better on a Saturday than questions? Several hundred things, I know. But still.

1. When was the last time you cried?

I can't remember. It was probably during a disagreement. 
2. If you could wake up tomorrow with a new talent, what would it be?

Playing the piano and guitar. However, if I could do that, onlookers would probably wish I had picked singing. 
3. Who is someone (other than yourself) would you like to go back into your past and talk to and why?

Into my past? I would apologize to people I have wronged, closer to the time that I wronged them, and try to make amends. Into the past in general? Napoleon or Benjamin Franklin. 

4. What is your favorite meal eating out?

I'm really pretty open to anything, restaurant wise. Which explains a lot. 
5. Do you feel energized or drained by being in a group situation? If the answer is "it depends," on what does it depend?

6. What word do you use far too frequently?

7. What’s a word you’ve invented? (alternate question: What needs a word but doesn’t have one yet?)

Hmmmmm. I don't know if there's a word I've come up with. I think I need a word for that feeling I get all too rarely when I have free time, and want to do four different things all at once. 
8. Pick out one of your favorite songs. Go to Song Facts and tell us about the song's history.

I didn't like this question, only because the entries on the website are kind of fragmentary. I went with one of my least favorite songs from my favorite artist, Billy Joel-"Just The Way You Are". The only real reason I don't like it is that I have heard it SO many times over the years.  I do like the song facts for this song, though. 

"Joel wrote this song about his first wife, Elizabeth. He gave it to her as a birthday present. After 9 years of marriage, Joel divorced Elizabeth in 1982." 

This won Grammys for Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year in 1978. It was a breakthrough hit for Joel." 

It was the first single off of The Stranger, his most successful album and one of the most successful albums in Columbia Records history. 
9. What is your absolute favorite piece of furniture you have and why?

Bed. Duh. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Game 147: Oh, This Again?

Boston's John Lackey got blown up like a picture of Will Smith at a Men In Black convention tonight, getting rocked and not escaping the fifth in an unsurprising 11-9 loss.

Flashing With Willie Mays

Another round of 250 word stories is up, and mine is called "Willie Mays' Number". You can read it here.

Game 146: Cowboy Clay Shuffles Up To The Bar

On Wednesday, the Red Sox beat the Ancient Mariners one more time, Clay Buchholz helming a 5-1 win.

The Red Sox play 6 home games in a row next, 3 against the Torontonians and 3 against Baltimore, before visiting New York and My Kind Of Town (which Chicago is). They then return home for 3 more against the Yankees to finish this dog's breakfast of a season on October 3, 2010.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

David Foster Wallace

"To The Best Of Our Knowledge", Minnesota Public Radio's addition to world culture, rebroadcasts their show on the late David Foster Wallace this week. Even knowing I've heard it before, the show fascinates me again. Wallace committed suicide in September 2008.

100 Words: Jar Of Flies

Velvet Verbosity, who is not made, technically, of velvet, at least as far as I know, but is verbose, has renewed the 100 Word Challenge, which you can find (and join!) here. The key word is "JARS", and my entry is called "Jar of Flies".

“What CD is that?” She looked at me from the passenger’s seat, her long dark hair framing her anxious face.

“Jar of Flies.”

“Who is it?”

“Alice In Chains.”

Her nose wrinkled in disgust. “Ewww.”

“No, it’s not like their usual stuff. It’s acoustic. Quiet.”

“Oh.” She didn’t seem happy about it. She had overcome so much to be here, with me, driving along local roads, my music flooding the car.

Her gaze returned to the roadside as the world whipped by.

“When are we going to get there?” she asked me softly.



“I’m there now,” I said.

Wednesday Stuff On Wednesday? What's This World Coming To?

Your friend and mine Janera , who I think has super powers, has posted another Wednesday Wickedness. Today it is the ageless star of stage and screen Cher.

1. “A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that still doesn't mean she can't have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones.” Have you ever had a relationship that you knew was wrong, but had fun anyway?

No. I've certainly been in relationships that were wrong, but they were not fun. If I know something is wrong, it bothers me too much to stay in it. 

2. “Hate crimes are the scariest thing in the world because these people really believe what they're doing is right.” What group of people committing hate crimes in your country scares you the most and why?

Homophobes and racists scare me-not because they are literally scary, but because their vote counts as much as mine does. They are foolish people. 

3. “Husbands are like fires - they go out when they're left unattended.” How much effort do you feel a good relationship requires?”

More than I've been giving. 

4. “I won't be able to do what I'm doing forever. There aren't that many scripts floating around for fifty-year-old chicks.” Why are there roles for men till they get very old, yet very few roles are written for older women?

Because Hollywood has not a blessed idea what movies should be made. The fact that they are constantly surprised when certain movies hit it big shows that they have no idea what they are doing. 

5. “I've always taken risks, and never worried what the world might really think of me.” Does what other people think effect what you do?

Sure. I don't think you're human if you don't. 

6. “If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.”Do you agree with Cher?

No. There are things that are unattainable, no matter how hard you want them and how hard you try. 

7. “To me marriage is for five or ten years.” In you experience, can a marriage last forever?

So far. 
8. “Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.” When was the last that you felt foolish?

Today? When we got halfway to my son's school before we realized we had forgotten something. 

9. “Words are like weapons; they wound sometimes.” What types of things have people said have really hurt you?

I think the only thing that would really hurt me is if you told me that I let you down. I hate that. 

10. “It's not necessary, in order to be a complete person, that I have a man. It's not the end-all, be-all of my life.” Do you need to be in relationship to feel whole?

I don't know. I have never been outside of one as an adult. 

Game 145: Hitting the waterline

Dice K struggled, but the Red Sox held on anyway, pulling out a 9-6 win in Seattle to ensure a .500 season with win #81.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Game 144: Jon Lester explains it all

You see? When you throw what we call a strike, life is so much simpler! Jon Lester threw 8 innings reminiscent of Jon Lester at the Ancient Mariners last night, shutting them down on 3 hits and 3 walks in an easy peasy lemon squeezy 5-1 win.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Games 141, 142, and 143: A Serenade, A Fire Brigade, A Pyromania!

Over this Lost Weekend of a series, the Red Sox dropped 2 of 3 in Oakland, 5-0 on Friday to Trevor Cahill and his Band of Renown, and 4-3 on Saturday to Brett Andersen and the Green Forest Combo. On Sunday, they salvaged their visit to the Bay with a 5-3 win, helmed by Josh Beckett and The Lord Of The Dance.