Saturday, May 27, 2006

Irony

Green Day's "American Idiot" came on the iPod yesterday and reminded me that I have been meaning to blog about it. Yes, good song, quite catchy. But do the boys actually realize the irony of them singing about America being controlled by the media?

Don't want to be an American idiot.
One nation controlled by the media.
Information age of hysteria.
It's calling out to idiot America.

Um, so are you an American idiot if you listen to Green Day, which is clearly a member of our nation's media? Is it a shot across the bow of their own listeners? Does their key demographic realize that the song essentially insults them? Or perhaps it is OTHER media that create American idiots, not Green Day albums?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Key Endorsement

As a political consultant, this story cracked me up. It also scared the crap out of me because this kind of odd introduction can lead to a candidate saying something strange. But this guy handles it quite well:

Article published May 22, 2006
Pastor: Lord said Charlie Crist would be next governor

BY BRENDAN FARRINGTON

AP POLITICAL WRITER

A reverend who introduced Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist during a breakfast with other pastors Monday said the Lord came to him in a dream two years ago and told him Crist would be the state's next governor.

The Rev. O'Neal Dozier said that before the dream he did not know Crist, nor had Crist made known his plans to run for governor.

"The Lord Jesus spoke to me and he said 'There's something I want you to know,'" said Dozier, pastor of the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach. "'Charlie Crist will be the next governor of the state of Florida.'"

Since then, Dozier has spent time with Crist and talked with him at length about policy. He told the group that Crist would be uncompromising in his Christian faith.

"I introduce to you, as the Lord Jesus has said, the next governor of the state of Florida, Charlie Crist," Dozier said.

Crist's first words were, "Well, as they say, the praise doesn't get any higher."

36




Turned 36 a couple days ago. Aging typically doesn't bother me, in fact I looked forward to turning 30 because I thought it would bring me greater professional respect, that I wouldn't be seen as "young". And 35 wasn't really a big deal either. But for some reason 36 is starting to feel old. I think it really sank in on Sunday when my eldest daughter and I were talking. She looked at my first passport which was issued the day before my 16th birthday and said, "Dad, this doesn't look like you at all." I told her that was because it was 20 years ago, in fact 20 years ago the very next day. And 20 years seems like a long long time.

So, here I am from last Sunday, rowing my friend's drift boat on the John Day River, wearing the camoflage boonie hat my girls gave me for Christmas, and being soaking wet. And, here is me from high school with my three best friends. Pick me out of the line up. Then try to pick out Chief Running Miles.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Cursed

How cursed is your family when an emergency landing of your jet is national news?

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Gas and Sodas

TV Land is running a 48 hour Brady Bunch marathon this weekend. Tonight, they played the first of the three or four part Grand Canyon camping adventure. You know, the one where Peter sneaks the beans in the flashlight to the Native American kid living in the wild.

Anyway, in the first episode, they stop at a gas station to fill up the station wagon and grab some sodas. All six kids get sodas. The take in 1971 for a full tank of gas in a big station wagon and six sodas?

$6.50.

"Cash money, if you don't mind" as the gas station attendent says.

Year of Baseball

Got back late Thursday from a trip to Washington DC for work. (Note to self: Don't ever fly through Chicago if at all possible). Knocked off a couple more major league games and hence two more stadiums. Saw the Nationals play the Pirates at RFK on Sunday, matinee game. Actually took the red eye the night before so I could get there in time to go to the game with my cousin and his wife.

Then on Wednesday evening, another staffer from my office and I took the train up to Camden Yards in Baltimore to see the Orioles v. Detroit. Sweet ballpark, it's clear how 14 years ago it started a renaissance of sorts with regard to baseball parks.

That makes three major league games in one year, so far, which is a new record for me. And I'll tack two more onto that in late July when I see two games at Fenway on consecutive days. (Again, flying in early for a conference in order to go to the games). Chief Running Miles and I are going to the games together.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Weird Science

Because everyone was wondering about this.

Elliott's a Charger

Proud week in the land of the Linfield Wildcats: Brett Elliott's goin' pro.

Two year free agent deal with the San Diego Chargers. Starts mini-camp next week and will be battling Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst, who the Chargers took in Rd 3 Saturday, for a spot on the active roster. Looks like at the least they'll hang on to him for the scout team. But I'm hoping he shows the SEC D1 QB how to play ball!