Thursday, April 24, 2008

Neil Young Still Rocks

I know I haven't posted an album review in ages. I haven't had much time to listen to music, other than my commutes to/from work. And, I've been spending nearly 100% of that listening time on b**tleg recordings from Neil Young's recent European Tour.

As I pulled into the parking deck this morning, the acoustic set from London on 5-March-2008 was just finishing. The closing trio of songs (solo-acoustic versions of "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "Cowgirl In The Sand" and "Old Man") was an absolute killer.

These recordings are so good, it's really quite stunning. And, Neil has been on fire. He really seems to thrive in this format (50-60 minute solo-acoustic set, followed by a 75-85 minute electric set). And, I'm totally digging the band (Rick "The Bass Player" Rosas, Ralph Molina, and god-of-all-trades Ben Keith).

So, I'll try to post about a favorite album again soon. In the meantime, KEEP ON ROCKIN' IN THE FREE WORLD...


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Daily Hypocrisy with the Clintons, II

It was not OK for Barack Obama to indicate that the recent ABC debate wasted at least the first 45 minutes on what he called "distractions" as opposed to substantive issues.

It was OK for Hillary Clinton to complain during a previous debate about getting the first question (even though it was a substantive question regarding health care policy), even going so far as to reference a Saturday Night Live skit about comfort and pillows.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Daily Hypocrisy with the Clintons

It was not OK for Barack Obama to compare John McCain favorably to George W. Bush, while clearly stating that either Democrat would compare favorably to McCain.

It was OK for Hillary Clinton to compare John McCain favorably to Barack Obama.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Random Thoughts

I finally watched There Will Be Blood. It was very good, and Daniel Day Lewis was excellent. I still MUCH prefer No Country For Old Men, though.

I just saw Juno on DVD...really good, in my humble O.

George Snuffleupagus is a Clintonian hack. Resign, jag-off.

Zachary is now pulling himself up to a standing position fairly routinely, and he stands very steadily with just one hand resting on a fixed surface. First steps will be coming soon...

I turned 38 on April 14th. It was uneventful.

Illinois has a new style of driver's license...SNAZZY! Too bad the photo looks like I was in the middle of forcing out a particularly stubborn turd.

Emily now recognizes more letters than not. W ("for Wiggles"), E ("for Emily"), and M ("for Mommy") are particular favorites. She also seems fond of T, L, and O. Riding in the van the other day, she named off all four letters on a STOP sign. Pretty freakin' smart for a 2-year-old, in my remarkably unbiased opinion.

Friday, April 11, 2008

No Excuses

OK, so I concur that I have no good excuse for my dormant blog.

Something about back to back days of working from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM (and, yes, the company brings in meals to keep us at our desks) that leaves you drained. You might think that 18 hours would allow for at least some blogging time. But, think about it this way: If you thought that not taking even 10 to 15 minutes out of your 18 hour day might actually get you home 15 minutes sooner, would you blog?

Unfortunately, the passing of tax day will provide no relief. I'll be spending at least 4 hours a day with consultants working on a new system implementation. But, maybe my days will drop back into the 10-12 hour range (from the current 12-18 hour range), and HH will flourish!!!

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