Siftings

Manifesto
Oct
21
Manifesto
There’s four elements to an intentional infliction of emotional distress lawsuit.  There’s nine innings in a baseball game.  Coincidence!?  Don’t be naive.  It’s all right there, in fine print, on the back of each MLB ticket.  They’re not liable for foul balls, errant bats or broken...
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Friday Countdown - Fave Coltrane
Oct
20
Friday Countdown - Fave Coltrane
Specifically, not a best of rankng, because that's not how jazz works.  But these are the dozen favorite Coltrane albums.     12.  Ballads   11.  Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall   10.  Africa / Brass   9.  Sun Ship   8.  A Love Supreme   7.  Cresent   6. ...
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Stereo
Oct
08
Stereo
“We’re not doing that.”  The bride gets what the bride wants, and that includes what she doesn’t want.  It’s the rehearsal, and the wedding helper has Amanda and me practice the processional.  It’s all I can do to not burst into tears and its only the rehearsal, for goodness sake.  We walk down the...
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Friday Countdown - Remember Crash Davis Lesson #1
Oct
06
Friday Countdown - Remember Crash Davis Lesson #1
Kind of a simple day today.  Just don’t screw up three things:   3). The processional.   2).  The welcoming toast.   1).  Tearing up at the slightest provocation.     Don’t think.  It can only hurt the ballclub.
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Mono
Oct
01
Mono
Lost.  Alone.  Two words that don’t go so well together.  But that’s the deal, somewhere above 10,000 feet in the high Sierras of Yosemite, miles from anyone.  Panic has zero utility, and there’s no need for it, anyway.  Not to worry.  Plenty of sunlight left and geared-up for a below freezing, two...
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Friday Countdown - Art Is Life
Sep
22
Friday Countdown - Art Is Life
Was seriously not in the mood last Friday, and thus skipped the Countdown for the first time since it began.  In part to atone for this grievous dereliction, here’s a meaty one.  The most significant 37 works of American art since I ambled out of the womb on the last day of 1962.  Don't confuse...
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Friday Countdown - Destinations
Sep
08
Friday Countdown - Destinations
Home
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Purpose, Built
Aug
21
Purpose, Built
“Gene, right?”  In the dream, Jack Sullivan is nine and asking if I’m Gene.  “No. Craig”, I reply.  It’s 3:48 AM, and the internal alarm clock goes off right after my reply.  The dream was something about the night mom’s cancer had eaten through her skin and dad woke me to take her to the...
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Friday Countdown - Saturday Hopes
Aug
18
Friday Countdown - Saturday Hopes
Seaside hosts both the Concorso Italiano and Concours d'LeMons tomorrow.  Three cars I hope to see:   #3 - Pontiac Can Am #2 - Pinto Cruising Wagon (hopefully blue) #1 - Lancia Stratos (any color will do)   update: Win !
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Friday Countdown - TP & HB’s
Aug
04
Friday Countdown - TP & HB’s
As the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th anniversary tour is heading this way, here’s the top half of the (studio) discography.   #8 -  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers   #7 - Echo   #6 - Southern Accents   #5 - Hard Promises   #4 - Wildflowers   #3 - Full Moon Fever   #2 - You’re...
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