Stopped by and found CDs on sale for US$8 so I looked. Oops. Passed up a whole slew of Dylan, but did bring home six: Sweetheart of the Rodeo (digital remix + tracks) – Byrds, GP and Grievous Angel – Gram Parsons (on 1 CD), Take Five (digital remix + tracks) – Dave Brubeck Quartet, and three of the first four Santana albums – Santana (digital remix + tracks), Abraxas (digital remix + tracks), and Caravanserai. Closing out the evening is Caravanserai.
[Jeff’s weblog] Jeff Cheney appreciates Kansas and the Plains, as any rational person should. He even has a paternal Aunt and Uncle who live in Overbrook. I grew up in Osage City, just southwest of there. The two schools were in the same league, we used to play Overbrook in basketball and competed in track. Not football though, they played 8-man as I recall. My granddad’s farm was outside of Olivet to the southeast which is even smaller (pop. 89), over there under whats now Pomona Lake. Thanks for bringing that up Jeff!
[The Onion] “Bus Passenger Stops Trying To Enjoy Kansas Scenery: “…Ed Costa finally aborted his attempt to enjoy the Kansas scenery Monday. “Fuck it,” said Costa…” via Sheila via Thomas A. Creedon’s Weblog” Thats right, its a hideous place. You all should stay away, far, far away. Why do you think we ran I-70 down that East-West trending ridge anyway? The trouble is, places like Oregon can have bumper stickers like “Thanks for visiting, now go home” and people laugh because they understand the sentiment, at least at some level. If we did that in Kansas people would just shake their heads. Wait, people already shake their heads … Update: I should say that all webloggers are welcome in the Plains. Shelia,I liked what you said about it being easier to be there than it is to drive through! And yes, I think we may have a bit of special license to poke fun at that which is a part of us. I do live in a fairly large city (Las Vegas, NV), but 25 years in Kansas will never be subsumed by the big city. And people do know who you are in those small towns. “Now, you’d be Naomi’s daughter’s boy. Right?” Oh yeah! You can just see those connections spread out from that utterance… “That would be near the old Miller place, right?” Never mind that you were born in 1955 and the Miller place burned in ’42 and there’s an IGA grocery store there now. The Miller place is part of the social landscape and you learn it as part of your native navigation skills. You wouldn’t want someone to realize that your residency was less than three generations deep. Sometimes I miss the Plains so bad Σ wheat waving in the breeze, thunderstorms in July.
Was it the planetary biologist (Leit Keynes?) in Dune that said “Polish comes from the cities, wisdom from the desert”? When I was in High School I used to quote things like that to my friends when we would be complaining about living in a cultural wasteland (see the liner notes to the self-titled first album by the band Kansas). My friends would shake their heads then too.
Ravenous, squealing hordes of pancake eating daughters had Al in the kitchen. Hang in there buddy, you’re holding up a much more important end with that.
Dear telemarketers, what part of “No” don’t you understand?
Telemarketers have been calling, starting at 8. I guess I view them (as an industry) in the same light as UCE (Unsolicited Commercial Email – spam) – annoying, intrusive, and unwanted. I don’t recall consenting to this when I got a phone or an email account (like it would have made any difference). At least UCE doesn’t wake me up, mispronouncing my name. I was up writing until 3 so at 8 I was not a paragon of lucidity. The last person had obviously been schooled in the Don’t take NO for an answer! techniques, meeting my ‘objections’ with additional information. Sometimes he just continued to talk, completely ignoring what I had said. Finally, I just hung up on him with No no no no no as some sort of demented mantra. I have a lot of compassion for the people who do this. I imagine (or at least I want to) that few of them are following their bliss. I find it hard to imagine what real market research wold target me for. Airport˙ compatible zafus decorated with petroglyphs?
I’m glad you made it home OK in your sleep deprived state Al.
Late or very early page flip, depending on your point of view.
Tonight’s music was Nanci Griffith…
I’ve been up doing a draft of an essay for the ZBOHY web site. Its the first dharma talk (read ‘sermon’) I gave in 1998. I’ve very remiss in contributing to my Order’s web site. We are primarily an Internet based ministry after all. I was going to work on a redesign of a subsection of the web site I was assigned a while ago, but this essay just kind of came out.
Sleep is in order now. No aurora was visible in the Mojave <sigh>
Whats been happening while I was asleep?