BACK OFF!!!!!!!!

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Yes it’s an insect, yet another Praying Mantis. But unlike the previous insect posts, this DOES NOT mean I am going to San Diego. I made a pledge last week-end that I would not do any long distance driving this week-end, and I am keeping my end of the deal.

Hat Tip: Digg.

Toto, I Don't Think We're In Kansas Anymore….

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… Oh, but wait, YES WE ARE!!!!!!!!


Time for the reunion tour!

Thanks Pat for the heads-up.

Rock and Roll is fun!!!

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Over at Althouse, there is a discussion about the Rolling Stone article “25 Songs with a Secret“. The first song on the list was the Kingsmen version of Louie Louie, which is impossible to decipher just what they’re singing. That is the mystery of the song. A mystery for me was this: What the hell is Elton John or Bruce Springsteen or Michael Stipe singing in half of their songs.

My San Diego band, RareForm, sometimes performs Chris Isac’s “Wicked Games”. Well, when we learned the song, we didn’t know what the backing vocals were, so we improvised. We would sing the chorus “And I wanna fall in love”, then in a very low muddled tone we sang “somebody tell us what we’re singing now”. It was so indiscernible no one caught on. One night at a gig in the Kohl Center in downtown San Diego, I guess we were not muddled enough ’cause halfway through the song some in the audience started laughing as we realized we had sung the line way too clearly. We barely made it through the song without busting up ourselves. Rock and Roll is fun!!!

PS. Yes, we know now what the real lyrics are, but we still sing it the funner way.

Hey Look, Another Insect!

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It’s a Mantis, in honor of Antis, a RareForm groupie who recently discovered the visceral joys of A praying mantis is an insect, and yes, that means I am going back down to San Diego…. again. I’ve done so much driving around lately I’m starting to feel a bit like a truck driver.

Kurt Vonnegut, RIP

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About 20 years ago I read Galapagos, liked it, and tried to write a song about it. It turned out to be one of the more dreadful things I’ve written. I think I threw it away, and I never throw away my lyrics. And because of that failed songwriting attempt I don’t like the book as much now as I did when I first read it. Cat’s Cradle was better. Kurt, I know you don’t know me, I know you’re dead, but if you can hear me, I promise I WILL read Slaughterhouse Five, like everyone says I should.

Insect Night…

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… at This can only mean one thing. I’m going to San Diego tomorrow.

This video is not for the squeamish.  Enjoy!!!

Hey, Nice Hat!

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McDonalds has “Ronald” — Yawn!

Burger King has “The King” — Amusing.

Jack-in-the-Box has “Jack” — Pretty funny.

Domino’s new mascot? “Dominatrix”! — Now THERE’S a mascot I can get behind!!!

The Pizza Hut in Oceanside could never figure out why their delivery sales suddenly dropped off nearly 70% and Domino’s jumped 300%. Jason Orel, manager of Oceanside Domino’s, you’re a freaking genius!

And the best part is, now I don’t even care if my team loses on Sunday!

Oh, Hey, maybe Clinton WASN’T lying when he said he and Monica weren’t alone because he ordered pizza!!!

Hat Tip: V the K.

Bob Barr…

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for President!!!

Marginal Reason….

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Sully had this bit posted on his blog today, a quote from Tyler Cowen (who?) explaining why liberals should favor supply-side economics:

“The other major issue regarding the how-the-poor-would-invest-if-they-had-money question is, a substantial minority of the poor are that way BECAUSE they aren’t good at money management.”

Uhm, isn’t the major issue regarding the how-the-poor-would-invest-if-they-had-money question, is that, unlike the theoretical construct we are playing with, in the real world the poor HAVE NO MONEY to invest? But some probably would be bad investors, if for no other reason than they didn’t have the benefit of growing up in an environment where having disposable income was a part of the daily fabric of life. We learn so much by the example set by our family environment as we grow into adulthood. Children who grow up in a cash starved construct will know how to survive, a skill in itself, but may not know much about, or be distrustful of the basic concepts of growth economics. Example: I’m a guy raised in the A/C cooled, shop-for-food lifestyle of the typical American middle class. Throw me into the heart of Australia, a barren desert, and my chances of survival would be thin. Yet there are populations of aborigines who have lived their for thousands of years and survived because they were taught how from birth.

Hope this makes sense. I just woke up and haven’t had my coffee yet.