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7.04.2008

Random Friday Morning Thoughts


  • When I was a kid, my next door neighborset off a firework which was affectionately known back then as a "Cherry Bomb".  He put it in - get this - an empty home carpet roll. You know, that heavy cardboard tube that carpeting is wrapped around before its installation. It blew the end of it completely off. Crazy kids.
  • The Letters to the Editor in People magazine may be the most inane writings ever. (i.e. "I applaud [insert name] for being a role model my daughter can look up to. She has her act together!"
  • I was a huge Journey fan as a teenager but, per my policy of "moving on", I don't listen to them now. But I saw where they are touring with a Steve Perry sound-a-like named Arnel Pineda who they found on youtube (seriously).  I haven't even pulled up a clip to hear his voice. 
  • Will Smith being an ultra cool superhero ("Hancock") doesn't do much for me.
  • I'll be at the Wave Pool this afternoon. I'm the 312th person to the left
  • A close friend told me to rent the Showtime TV series "Californication". (12-part series about a troubled novelist whose move to Los Angeles and problems with his job complicate the relationships with his ex-girlfriend.) I will.
  • Sometimes on this here blog I put the titles of shows/movies in quotes and sometimes I put them in italics.
  • I completely missed the ex-golfer Greg Norman married ex-tennis star Chris Everett
  • I once saw Greg Norman eating at Riscky's in downtown Fort Worth during Colonial. I refer to it as the night Greg Norman and I dined together.
  • I sat at center court at SMU pretending to be a Dallas Times Herald reporter holding a huge camera during a Virginia Slims Tennis Final between Chris Everett and Martina Navratilova. (A real photographer buddy hooked me up.)
  • Ok, do not click on this in celebration of the 4th of July. It involves very foul language, partial booty nudity, drinking, and . . . uh . . . a bottle rocket.You are seriously not a good person if you click on that.
  • Sean's BBQ in Decatur "has applied for a liquor license and once that is in place, hours will be extended and the staff will be increased."  Karaoke while rib eating is next.
  • I have never referred to a client as "my client" in front of a jury. I call him/her by their first name.
  • I saw a well dressed 20 something year old cute girl in a Fort Worth yesterday walking along a strip mall parking lot crying her eyes out. I wonder what had happened?
  • The first five minutes of the next Batman movie, The Dark Night, has been released. Man, that looks "pretty, pretty, pretty good."
  • Some gal named Kenda Culpepper has been nominated by the Republicans in Rockwall County to be on the ballot for DA this fall. (It's all screwed up since the incumbent Republican is, uh, in prison.) You can see her in various pics here at some Young Republican function. If you look closely, you'll see one minority amongst a crew that really looks like they know how to party. 
  • For maybe the first time in my life, I'm seriously worried about the economy and a possible implosion. I don't think we understand what $4 a gallon gas (and its collateral impact) does to the average American.
  • "'This is just another example of how the Weatherford/Parker County Special Crimes Unit is doing an outstanding job putting drug dealers in jail,' said Interim Police Chief Greg Lance." Someone emailed this story about a HUGE drug bust telling me that my head would explode after I read it. It did.
  • Happy 4th of July. A country that is 232 years old isn't that old at all. But, then again, we don't know what our average country life span is.

54 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey now...that's what i'ma talkin bout!!!!!!!bettern mammys fried chiken!!!

Anonymous said...

First the Wire, now Californication? Do you have your mother's permission?

Where have you been these last few years..........Barry you really need to use the remote a little more.

Anonymous said...

I totally understand child abuse, sexual abuse and support sending these guys to an island populated only by the same kind.

However, each time I see the photos in the paper and scroll down to "age of victim" and think of Californication when I see the age somewhere around 15.

That series exemplifies what I observed as an educator. There is fifteen and then there's fifteen.
The lead character's dilema is failure to check for a verifiable ID.

Well, OK, my pastor would say his delima is his failure to remain abstinate.

Anonymous said...

i think carrie underwood is the finest chick in the history of fine chicks,,,cept fer my wife!!!!

Anonymous said...

Califonication is great entertainment...but if you have issues separating "entertainment" from "what big people really do" (as 8:18 seems to) i would advise against watching...fact is, stay out of Blockbuster all together...

Anonymous said...

Romo blew it when he cut Carrie loose for Jessica!! Bars and Stripes forever!!

Anonymous said...

i hate to say it BG but gas could and probably will go up another 50%..that's $6 bucks a gal. if war breaks out in persian gulf all bets off!!! oil will double in 10 days or less..that's $8 bucks..this would likely happen before turds buddy leaves town..i doubt israel will wait until next admin...be prepared for CHANGE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a huge Journey/Steve Perry fan but that new guy's voice is amazing!

Anonymous said...

We ate at Buck's BBQ for the first time a few months ago. Loved the ribs and sweet potato fries. Drove through and got take out ribs a couple of weeks later. Went back a few weeks after that and they were closed. Terribly disappointed. Anybody know what's going to open there next? Any other great ribs around? We don't like Sean's BBQ ribs-too dry.

Anonymous said...

did u know a cherry bomb will blow a commode to bits, or a mail to shreds...we used to get m-80's back in the 60's they were much more powerful..ever heard of fishin with those??? they keep burning under water...

Anonymous said...

The WAVE POOL clip reminds me of a giant Bowl of .... Won Ton Soup.

Anonymous said...

Happy 4th of July!!!! I hope you enjoy your weekend.


umm I wonder how much of that wave pool is actually water and how much is pee? And how many people do they find floating at the bottom when its all over?

How do they nominate a prisoner for DA?

I so want to see the new batman movie.

OK so i clicked on the celebration of the 4th video..i thought ehh how bad could it be. But then it started and i wasnt about to watch some girl put a bottle rocket in her butt..yuck. Does it mean I am still a good person if I didnt watch all of it?

I still listen to alot of music I did when I was a kid. I just added to it. You dont have to leave it behind just expand your collection as you grow older.

I think Will Smith is a great actor and I generally like the movies he is in.

I hate letters to the editor. Dont read them unless by chance you talk about a good one.

We used to see how many blackcats we could get in a can and get to blow up. And we would shoot fireworks at each other...well at least untill we got cought and got our butts beat.


Again Happy 4th.

gern blansten said...

Man, I had my first-ever girl crush on Chris E-V-E-R-T back in the seventies. I was soooo in love with her! Now that stupid Aussie has my woman! AARRGGHHHH!

Funny, though, I wonder if Martina Navratilova had the same girl crush I had. hmmm...

Anonymous said...

I say,let's give war a chance.

Anonymous said...

10:19 sorry but u gone have to drive to jaxboro to dairyland fer really great ribs or to shady oaks bbq at western center...anybody else know of any???

Silicone Alley said...

Jessica looks like very hot man in drag.

Anonymous said...

2 things.....first, Sean (of Sean's BBQ) has a wife that is HAWT! She's always there and just about makes the trip worthwhile without the food. Second....it's funny to see WPD put the "drug dealers" in jail for under an ounce of weed when they've got a couple of State Troopers stationed down there that routinely pull in 1000-2000 pound loads. They oughta be embarrassed!

Anonymous said...

There are 12 houses in my little development. Before the day is over I dare say I'll stagger in and out of half of them.
My next door neighbor has had a Brisket on since 6 this morning.
There have been motorcycles and go karts motoring up and down the road all day.
My teenager is outside on the trampoline with two cuties from his school.
The folks across the street are tuning their instruments in their garage as I write this. When I dropped by earlier they head Johnny Cash on the stereo. I mentioned my dad would sit in the dark drinking Scotch and alternate listening to Johnny,Merle,Jimmy Swaggert and Jerry lee Lewis when I was a kid. They said,"You'll fit right in over here then." They are going to be shooting skeet over the pasture behind my house later so it's probably going to be the safest place to be anyway.
God,I love America

RPM said...

Camped out on an island in Lake Texoma. Just watched a couple USAF jets put on an impromtu low-alt dogfighting display.

Seen quite a few "hey now!'s riding in what look to be very expensive boats.

Happy Birthday America!

Anonymous said...

that is jessica simpson not carrie underwood..carrie underwood is wayyy pretty.

Anonymous said...

9:53 i think carrie cut romo loose....11:06 let me guess your first man crush....wurdturd right!!

Anonymous said...

PS to 12:47 When I went outside after that post there were 3 kids walking down the street to our pond with fishing poles. It could only have been a more perfect scene if the dog tagging along only had three legs.

Still lovin' you America

Anonymous said...

When I was kid I spent the fourth with cousins in Holiday TX. They were what you might call colorful. One of my grownup(sort of) cousins was a black powder shooter. We took a piece of pipe, drove it into the ground and poured two heaping handfuls of powder into it and then shoved paper towels down the pipe. Another "sort of grownup" cousin dropped a firecracker down the pipe. It blew a hole in the ground probably 1 ft deep and 2-3 feet across. Pictures were knocked off the walls in the house and windows cracked. Some of my aunts rabbits fell over dead in their hutches. A wall of blue smoke a block wide and easily two times taller than my uncles welding shop rolled across town. A deputy circled the block a few times shortly thereafter. When he was first spotted there was a chorus of ,"I can't go back to jail." all around and they disapeared. All there was to see in the backyard then was a dirty faced ten year old kid from Decatur out there popping firecrackers.



All 3 of "the boys" in that family are dead. One murdered. One died after being in a bad fight. One was killed in a car wreck. My older girl cousin was my first crush in life who was a twin to one them got in trouble once for driving a get away car in a bank robbery. I heard she was living in a town I did a job in a few years ago. I took her to lunch. She was still pretty and married to a banker. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried.
The End

Anonymous said...

There were actually 2 nice looking young negro lads at that function and they both looked decidedly gay-that must count for something.

Anonymous said...

This economy is great! Texas is in a boom. What are you worried about brah?

Anonymous said...

Who else remembers when the Spirit Of 76 steam locomotive came through Decatur in 1976? Our teacher was going to take us down to the tracks so we could put a Bicentenial quarter on the track and watch it go by. It came early and all we saw was the smoky cloud it left in it's wake as we stepped out of our class.
It made us sad.

Anonymous said...

We wouldn't tell anybody but even the heavy metal vomit dudes wouldn't miss a Journey show-simply the best ever. Amazing. I knew people that went to every show in Texas-DFW,San Antonio,Houston and they would do one in either Lubbock or Amarillo. It was a little like "French kissing your sister. I mean of course she had a great set of tatas and a butt that wouldn't quit but,then there's the whole two headed baby thing and well it's just plain wrong you know?"

Anonymous said...

12:47--it sounds like my kind of party! Good friends, neighbors and kids doing what they should-that is America and what is real! Have a wonderful 4th of July and God Bless America.

Anonymous said...

Journey
Cheap Trick and Heart July 27, 2008
Sunday 7:00 PM Superpages.com Center
Dallas, TX
Be there or be square chumps. If you see a 45 year old bald headed bumpkin from the WC with a girl that looks young enough to be his daughter burning a fatty -it's probably me. Yeah,I know they'll both be expensive but,hey it's Journey!

Anonymous said...

I went to check on my neigbors with the garage band. The singer said,"Let's do some Black Sabbath-one time." The keyboard player said,"Uh uh,no way" The singer said,"Alright then, some Ozzby Ozzorn. Come on lesth do it y'all!" Good times.

Anonymous said...

Seans WAS real good. You can forget about it once they get their liquor license-seen it a hundred times-sad. I used to eat there every time I went to Decatur.
Bucks? Awful. I'm glad it's out of business. The owners should kill themselves still.

Anonymous said...

I went outside to lay on the kids trampoline to sleep. My back was bothering me and I thought it might help. It did-alot but I couldn't sleep. Didn't want to stop watching the stars. The horses were snorting and the neighbors across the pasture peacocks are alread screaming. It sounded good though.
I saw an airplane on a heading due east. I hope they enjoy the sunrise.
I hope everyone knows where the sun will come up and set in relation to their homes.
I saw an amazing shooting star.
The neighbors had 20+ people at their house last night. You would have had to find someone under 16 to find a person who could string a coherent sentence together by 10:00 around their place. This morning though, there are no cars at the house. Oh Lord.
For some reason I keep thinking about a girl from 20 years ago. At the fireworks display they did by UNT we watched beside a pond on a golf course. I was looking in her eyes at the finale. She said "Hey,you missed the best one!" I said,"No,I saw it in your eyes." Her eyes got misty and she held me tight for a second. I heard she married a doctor and moved to Atlanta and had a couple of kids. I wonder if she ever thinks of me around this time.
My kids are awesome and beautiful in spite of me. I'll never take credit for how they turn out.
Another one of my girlfriends and I in one day,shot trap,canoed to an island on Kickapoo Lake,had a picnic and fished,went offroading on the 3 wheelers and ate out at a decent restauraunt that night. As she left the table to walk to the restroom guys at other tables were ignoring their dates and leaning out to watch her long blonde hair and blue eyes walk by in that little black dress-unforgetable.
One time she said,"What's wrong with me? We are doing so well and you are great to me but, I'm so grouchy and feel so bad all the time." I blurted out,"You're pregnant." She obviously was,she just had 'that look'. The pregancy test was supposed to turn either peach or blue. It turned purple. A few days/weeks? later she said,"I went to use the bathroom and something come came out,I think I was pregnant. There's blood. Come and look" I said,"I don't have to,I don't know what else it could be, just flush it and call the doc and get in as soon as you can." I let my baby be flushed. Why didn't we have a simple burial with a marker? We each had family with land. That was twenty years ago and still I stop dead in my tracks when I see a commode sometimes and think,"Toilet baby."
I've been to war. I have joked,"Not everyone can say,I've killed people for much less- and mean it" when we get wronged by someone. I've been a very bad man at times in my life. But nothing I've done just shuts me down and makes me beg God and the person I've wronged for not taking care of that babies body. To just show a little human respect and offer some dignity. I know she'll understand when I see her in heaven.
It doesn't make it hurt less.
The End

onmyway311 said...

Journey just isn't Journey without Steve Perry.
:-(

Anonymous said...

I must say it was a real treat to read all of these posts - for once no complaining, no name-calling - just heartfelt funny, sad, heartfelt memories. This is nice.

My gratitude to each one of you.....& Barry for Liberally Lean.

Anonymous said...

just heard a good one on the scanner,big z truck stop reported to po po that a guy came in to pay for gas, when he pulled cash out of his pocket to pay...a joint fell out onto the counter...so now dps is set up near rhome to catch him....i wonder if they have pc (probable cause) ??

Anonymous said...

One of the funniest, most heart warming books I've ever read is Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen. It's a kids book (a fictionalization of Paulson's childhood), but the scene where young Harris pees on an electric fence had me laughing so hard I cried. Brought back fond memories of the cousins visiting and our grabbing the electric fence and creating a human chain. Three or four in the chain, and another ran by and got touched by the last "link"...

Anonymous said...

I had forgotten about the new singer for Journey. Hardcore fans have told me he's good. If I can get my hyperactive blocking software to calm down long enough I'll download the player I need and check it out on yourube. Ha,that came out yourube. I made a funny.

Anonymous said...

well the holiday is over let the complainin and name-calling begin..!!

Anonymous said...

Journey without Perry is different but sounds just as good - maybe better. May be another example of how often an irreplaceable is shown to be replaceable.

Anonymous said...

Drug bust!?!? A couple of teenagers with an ounce of MJ? Geeeze - give me a break. Don't these cops have anything better to do? How many meth labs are working hard that they just don't seem able to find? Those cops should be embarrassed.

Anonymous said...

Every critic at every level is saying Dark Knight is going to be as awesome as all the other critics have said it's going to be. It sounds awesome. I'm ready for some awesomeness in my life.

Anonymous said...

I can never tell the difference between Justine Bateman and Maggie Gyllenhall. I think they are the same person-she' just trying to trip me out.

Anonymous said...

Last weekend I went and met a sister that is 36yrs old that I have never met. Today I get an email saying she is in ICU after having an interreaction with some painkillers after having a root canal. Is it because of me? or Is it a coincidence?

Anonymous said...

1:32 i know what u mean i know that candy crowley on cnn is really john candy..he didn't really die, just became a woman news commentator!!

Anonymous said...

1:57 maybe it's because she will need someone like you in her life right now more than ever. Be there for her.

Anonymous said...

I went & saw Journey in concert in 2006 & the singer then was good, but this new guy is amazing. They were on the Ellen show about 3 weeks ago & sang 2 old Journey songs & 1 new song. They sound awesome!

Anonymous said...

10:45 good news the po po didn't catch the guy, bad news he left the joint at the stow!!!

Anonymous said...

That is one harsh looking girl. Hopefully, it's a bad pic.

Anonymous said...

5:54 That's good news. I was already in anticipatory bumout waiting to hear some schmoe had to go to jail over a little weed.

Anonymous said...

When my marriage was on the skids and I finally realised there was no hope I thought to myself ,"If I can't have her-no can!" No,I didn't murder and dismember her but,here's what I did. I cooked a LOT of great food. I grilled 1 1/2 inch T bones every night and served them with garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli in gallons of cheese sauce. At night I'd make banana splits and bring them to bed to be washed down by gigantic glasse of whole fat milk. I cooked breakfast every single morning. If she didn't gain 35 lbs in those months she didn't gain an ounce.
I saw her at the in laws yesterday. She's as big as a house. She does have somebody but he looks weasely and about half retarded. She looked miserable. I felt good.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to Hell.

Anonymous said...

if you're a repub hell will look pretty good in about 6 months from now!!!

Anonymous said...

Once,just outside of Decatur a guy I knew made a cannon basically from one of those carpet rolls. The projectile was a tennis ball and the propellant was propane. It knocked his sisters Shetland off it's feet.

Anonymous said...

On the night shift in early 70s used a paper roll and lighter fluid to shoot tennis balls from the top of one of FW tallest building. They would go for blocks.

Once sat in the booth next to Cullen Davis at Massey's in FW. I refer to that as lunch with Cullen.

Anonymous said...

I once flew from Atlanta to DFW on the same flight as Chubby Checker. That was the night I got high with Chubby Checker.