41,000 hits!

Sometime this morning. Just thirty-one days ago it hit 40,000.

Thanks, pals. * snif *


Ain’t this the truth.

Image from Facebook

Image from Facebook


Re-rockin’ the 902: Canadian haircut

NOT my haircut. Image from staticflickr.com

Got a Canadian haircut yesterday. Pretty much the same as back home. It was the same chain of haircut places I go to, just located in Sydney, Cape Breton instead of Minnesota, and the hair stylist was far more polite.

I mention it, though, because “getting a Canadian haircut” sounds like it should be a euphemism for something else.

“He got himself a Canadian haircut… IF you know what I mean…!”


Re-rockin’ the 902: Celtic Colours 2014 and David Francey

Image from davidfrancey.com

Updates will follow. But so far my big revelation of this year’s festival has been David Francey.

Just remember where you heard him first. Find more here. You’re welcome.

I saw you first in the smoky café light
Where I’d come in from the frozen winter night
And I saw a face that put the stars to shame
I loved you ‘fore I ever knew your name
And my heart sank, lost without a trace
And it’s a lucky man that gets to kiss your face

I’ve seen you shine in the summer, spring, and fall
But it’s winter when I love you best of all
And I’ve seen you in the spotlight hard and bright
And I’ve seen you in the shadows of the night
And when I see you coming I can feel my cold heart race
And it’s a lucky man that gets to kiss your face

I heard you singing to that empty hall
And I heard the joy that echoed off the walls
And I realized when all is said and done
That youth is never wasted on the young
And I don’t believe the silence of this place
And it’s a lucky man that gets to kiss your face


Very sad to report the passing of Jan Hooks.

Image from Wikipedia

Image from deadspin.com

Jan Hooks, an alumnus of Saturday Night Live and several other TV shows and movies, passed away today at the age of 57 from an undisclosed illness.

She was part of the SNL cast that ran from 1986 to 1991 and featured Dana Carvey, Nora Dunn, Phil Hartman, Victoria Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, Mike Myers, and Kevin Nealon. I always thought that particular SNL cast was every bit as good as the legendary first cast (Aykroyd, Belushi, Chase et al). And Jan Hooks helped make it so.

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/watch-jan-hooks-and-phil-hartman-in-the-weird-gorgeous-1644570315

On the Christmas show in 1987, Hooks and Hartman filmed a musical clip called “Love Is A Dream.” I can’t imbed the clip in this blog post, so I have pointed toward the site where you can find it. It got to me every time I saw it, and I’m glad I can post it here in some form. As Rob Harvilla wrote, “They don’t make anything—or anyone—like this anymore.”

Image from ivstatic.com

And of course, she and Nora Dunn were The Sweeney Sisters.

Image from Yahoo

Image from bookstevechannel.blogspot.com

Jan left SNL when she was offered a role on the sitcom “Designing Women.” She appeared on several other shows, and voiced a few cartoon characters.

Rest in peace, funny lady. Thanks for all the laughs.


Gonna be a great ALCS.

Images from lowerthebar.net and fightblindness.org

Images from lowerthebar.net and fightblindness.org


Song of the night: “Such A Loser” by Garfunkel and Oates

You didn’t do it, didn’t reach your goal
Your heart is broken, you’re an asshole
And you didn’t have what it takes
So here’s to you and your huge mistakes

You’re humiliated, hollowed out, and exhausted
You were in the ring fighting the fight, and you lost it
This isn’t your time, this wasn’t for you
At least you did everything you could do

You’re a loser, but a dreamer
You’re tired, but you’re strong
You’re going on no evidence
You don’t listen to common sense
You went all in, and you were wrong

You are such a loser
Good for you
It’s something that a lot of people can’t do
Trying is hard, that’s why people don’t do it
Losing is hard, they can’t make it through it
But not you

You are such a loser
You are such a loser
Here’s to you
‘Cause you deserve a cheering section too

Throw your heart in it, so what if you break it?
You know now that you’re strong enough to take it
Don’t let it break you, don’t let them break you
Fake it, keep going till you have a breakthrough

Icarus is bullshit, that’s why it’s called mythology
People can’t stand genius without an apology
Forget that, forget them, go get what you wanna get
Let them stay at home and comment on the internet

You’re a loser, but a dreamer
You’re tired, but you’re strong
You’re going on no evidence
You don’t listen to common sense
You went all in, and you were wrong

You are such a loser
Good for you
It’s something that a lot of people can’t do
Trying is hard, that’s why people don’t do it
Losing is hard, they can’t make it through it
But not you

You are such a loser
You are such a loser
Here’s to you
‘Cause you deserve a cheering section too

You can only fall that far
‘Cause you set yourself up so high
Who really cares if this time it didn’t fly?
At least you tried
At least you tried
At least you’re not that guy watching from the side
Who thinks he’s doing better ’cause he wasn’t defeated
When he’s just a non-entity who never competed
You’re the one who’s out there reaching for something greater
And you know
It’s better to be a loser
Than a spectator

And you are such a loser
You are such a loser
So here’s to you


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