Monthly Archives: December 2018

Post Holiday Downshift

rodneyallenrippyi’m not sure if the last 10 days of christmas flew by me or shoved past me like a guy cutting in line– either way it’s time for jenny & i to slow down and take life a little easier… just like rodney allen rippy! whoa, the last time i typed his name on this blog was 8 years ago when jack in the box brought 50 cent tacos back to kansas city. they cost 75 cents now. i guess time does fly by. anyway, we had a great time with family in joplin this christmas weekend:EVERYONEwithSMOKEYstarting at the left and going clockwise that’s mom, jane, warren, hugo, PJ, jenny, marylynn, andrew, me, smokey, and sara.

Max’s Theme From Mahogany

mahoganyi never saw the 1975 movie, mahogany, but that doesn’t stop me from singing the theme song when i can’t figure something out. the lyrics are:
do you know, where you’re going to?
do you like the things that life is showing you?
where are you going to?
do you know?

when max (our cat) jumped on the computer desk this morning, and clawed at something invisible on the wall, i sang these words like diana ross:
do you know, what you’re looking at?
what do you see on the wall you crazy cat?
is it some kind of gnat?
do you know?

…and then i looked up the chords and played it on my guitar.

They’re Rollin’ Dough Again!

outsidelast week i paid my property taxes in downtown olathe. i parked a block away to get my exercise, and walked by the old doughnut shop where i used to be the delivery guy– except now it’s a new pastry shop! park street pastry to be exact! they have their own facebook page and everything!inside ini talked with the new owner, bought a granola bar, and snapped a few pics before heading over to the county office.inside out

The Radio In My Head

moreHi don’t know what real silence is. there is never an absence of sound because a brushy electronic white noise static hum is always going on in my head. it’s something i’ve gotten used to, and i hardly notice it most of the time– but i REALLY became aware of it during our last trip to jenny’s hometown in rural nebraska. her brother steve drove us out to a bridge one night that was miles away from everything. we got out of the truck to look at the moon and the stars, and jenny said “listen to the silence!” everyone got quiet. no one said anything for a minute, but i could still hear the sound of a paused cassette player with the volume all the way up.

Inspiration From Artificial Intelligence

jovialloser“DON’T COMPROMISE WITH SOCIETY. CHANGE.” this is what happens when two guys react to a ton of inspirational posters that say the same upbeat predictable things like Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement or Make your life a masterpiece. Peder Jorgensen and Jesper Sundnes made something original when they created Inspirobot. this artificial intelligence resembles HAL 9000, and combines stock photos with random “inspirational” quotes.

Makin’ Up A Mess Of Fun

bananasplitsgamevic sage posted this banana splits pic on facebook earlier this morning. he’s a regular contributor to the retroist blog. if there’s an old commercial for this 1969 kid’s game, i couldn’t find it. it reminded me of some other cool games that my folks got me over the years though:gamblermaxresdefaulthappy_days

The Girls Of A-POWER

girlsno, these aren’t the actual girls from A-POWER, but they have the same “best friends forever” spirit as two young british girls who believed they were destined to be recording artists in the 1990′s. on a recent mortified podcast they shared cassette recordings they made themselves. i loved listening to this, because it reminded me of stuff that i did as a kid. heeeeeere’s A-POWER:
-how the band started
-stay & stay away
-dream boy

Here A Family, There A Family…

bassmen…everywhere a family family! couldn’t resist posting this awkward family photo. jenny & i got to see andrew play upright bass at olathe northwest high school monday night. before everyone took his picture, i was holding his bass for him while he gathered his stand, case, and music– and then the next thing i know he was posing for his mom. i didn’t get out of the photo in time. gymthat’s andrew under the white arrow. there were 600 students playing in five separate orchestras at first. then they all joined at the end on Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach. couchthis is from our thanksgiving trip to curtis. that’s marijo, georgia, jenny, molly, thaddeus, and maku.nandomolly and fernando have a groovy kind of love. marijo is always trying to find the answer to something on her smartphone.

My Favorite Life Detective

jonathaneveryone that i know has one memory they will never forget. if you could revisit a moment that defines you now… would you do it? heavyweight is a podcast hosted by  jonathan goldstein that explores those moments. so far there are 21 stories that range from Sven who regrets his jury vote that sentenced another man to death, to an abandoned suitcase full of letters that reveal a love story between two people that didn’t stay together. i know those two examples sound like major bummers, but it’s a really good show.