Back from the dead

Posted December 31st, 2008 by Randy
Categories: More Important Things

I must say that I am embarrassed and sad that I may have disappointed any of my 4 readers out there. I have not lived up to my initial goal as a blogger, which was to make a post at least once for every time WordPress was upgraded. For this I apologize.
In keeping with the theme of pledges and oaths, I’d like to share this fabulous post regarding the oath of office for the Secretary of State of Virginia. After reading it I can’t imagine that anyone would be surprised that it hasn’t been updated since 1891. Enjoy.

I love it when this happens……….

Posted September 16th, 2008 by Randy
Categories: I am a Media Critic, More Important Things, Music

I have to be at work at 7:00 tomorrow morning and I can’t stop thinking about the new Okkervil River release. Are they cool or am I listening to this year’s version of Missing Persons? I guess I really don’t care, but I do miss knowing. For the record there was a time I knew. There is little better than having a really big crush on a new song.

Anyway, Pop Lie is one of the greatest songs I’ve ever heard (for the rest of tonight at least). I could listen to it a couple million more times. I’d encourage you to do the same.
May I direct you to one of the most well written pieces I’ve ever seen about the feeling of having that song that connects with you. If you’ve never seen Pete and Pete you need to get with the program. It was one of the greatest shows ever (other than Eerie Indiana of course). I must be frank with you and admit that this episode makes me cry every time. I don’t guarantee the tears but this is an amazing show. This episode has cameos by Syd Straw as the teacher and Marshall Crenshaw as the meter reader. Indulge me and watch it. I think it’s time for me and the kids to get out the Pete and Pete DVDs and get busy.

Get to bed. You need to go to work tomorrow.

What it’s like to be a Rock Star.

Posted August 28th, 2008 by Randy
Categories: Music

This is the music business in a nutshell.

My Mortality

Posted August 26th, 2008 by Randy
Categories: More Important Things

Different people deal with their Mortality (capitalized for respect) in different ways.
I’m currently thinking about it more and more. The main topic I consider is the choice of music for my funeral ceremony. I’ve heard tales of bikers having Free Bird played at the end of their services. Skynyrd seems a bit over the top. Flying like a free bird is a good idea, but somebody might think that KQ was turned on accidentally and that would neutralize the desired effect.
I was stuck on Roger Whittaker’s The Last Farewell for a while, probably more for the song title than the content. (I love Roger Whittaker.. I mean I REALLY LOVE ROGER WHITTAKER) Once I considered the lyrics it became clear to me that it really wasn’t me. I didn’t spend a lot of time on a French navy sailing ship going into hopeless battles.
Then it came to me, a song that truly sums up my philosophy of life. It could be my biography. I’m at peace now that I’ve found the perfect piece of music to play at my funeral. The music of my life

Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Skuppers

Posted August 26th, 2008 by Randy
Categories: We Love Rodents!

Here he is, still smelling like a can of pipe tobacco, a guinea pig big enough to be a bunny, a guy that might have an even shot at learning a trick if it involves food and he doesn’t have to move very far: Skuppers! (and MG of course).

Weighing in at a svelte 3 lbs... Skuppers!


Rest in Peace little guy…

Posted August 14th, 2008 by Randy
Categories: Is there a clever tag for Christmas?, Let's Eat, More Important Things, We Love Rodents!

Tonight, 8/14/2008, sometime between 6:30 and 8;30, Huey passed away after a long illness. I’ve listed his good points in the previous post so tonight we’ll just say goodbye to a good friend.
A couple more pics follow and then it’s back to me not posting about a lot of other subjects. 
I love this picture...
Two good friends...

Bus Stop Bus Stop

Posted August 14th, 2008 by Randy
Categories: More Important Things, We Love Rodents!

Well, it looks like a chapter in our lives here at the epicenter of St Paul culture is coming to a close. Our second, beloved (don’t forget dumb, funny, charming and filthy) Guinea Pig, Huey is very sick and probably won’t see September. Huey has been ill since the day we picked him up from the shelter two years ago. We could spend 150 bucks a week taking him to any number of vets and I’m sure we’d have the same result: He’d still be a sickly rodent with breathing issues that is lovable, friendly and not always completely in control of his bodily functions. We’ve tried a lot of different paths of treatment and it never seems to do any good.  
Bus Stop of Death In the last month or so he’s lost about half of his body weght in spite of the fact he eats all day. Literally. He’s also starting to lose his balance now and again and is generally looking rough. The irony of the situation is that this is the first time since we’ve had him that his lungs are completely clear. So he has that going for him. In any event the vet (we found a good one for Guinea Pigs if you ever need one) said that he couldn’t figure out exactly what was wrong, but whatever it is, it’s probably going to catch up with Mr Huey soon… 
In the mean time he did a quick blood test for diabetes and Huey’s sugar was low so he perscribed a steroid to help him out a bit on bringing that up and maybe giving him a burst of energy in his time left. This isn’t newsworthy, but I did get to pick up the perscription at Target and even got a consultation with the Pharmacist. It was fun asking to pick up a prescription for Huey Hope.
They are “just” Guinea Pigs, but they are OUR GUINEA PIGS dammit and it’s hard to watch one of them die. We’ve been talking with the tall and short offspring about the inevitable and they’ve been pretty good so far, but I’m not looking forward to the final scene.
Last night my bride was helping our youngest get to sleep and our progeny was talking about Huey’s state. I had been spouting some hackneyed poetic analogies about Huey reaching the end of life’s path to help illustrate the whole thing. (It’s hilarious how much I don’t know as a parent and how much of my time is spent making crap up. I always thought my folks knew what they were talking about! Maybe they did, but I sure don’t. This is my first experience as a con artist). Anyway, as the youngest one (7 going on 27) was talking about the state of Huey she had a great quote.
“Huey was on the path of life, now he’s at the Bus Stop of Death.”
Amen. As this is unfolding I’m filling up the little guy with his favorite oranges even though it’s making him the only living mammal to resemble a koosh ball (his grooming skills have slipped a bit). His roommate Piggy, one of the grumpiest pets of all time, is hip to the fact that something’s going on. He’s in very close proximity to Huey most of the time and even goes into his shelter with him when he’s sleeping. It’s quite a sweet thing to watch.
Probably more than you wanted to know about our Guinea Pigs, but it’s a big deal here.

Sam’s 11th Birthday

Posted July 29th, 2008 by Rosalyn
Categories: More Important Things

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I have the worst alarm clock in the world

Posted July 26th, 2008 by Randy
Categories: I am a Media Critic

Otherwise titled: Don’t tell me that television today is bad…
A couple Friday nights ago I was dog tired and reclined on the couch to “watch tv.” Of course within 30 seconds I was out. I woke up at 3:30 AM ready to face the world and realized that everyone sensible had went to sleep. Then it happened: Happy Days Episodes 237 and 238. Ritchie and his wife and son come home to Milwaukee and live with Mom and Dad. These two episodes held me spellbound nearly til sunrise. Who could forget Ritchie’s bar room brawl with Fonzie after downing a half dozen Budweisers. What about when Ritchie became exasperated with his mom and told her that he could “fight for his country but couldn’t get a soda with his dinner?” Heady stuff folks. We won’t even touch on Ritchie and his mom nearly going one on one on the basketball court with Ritchie’s mustache on the line. I watched the whole thing. I used to love Happy Days in my youth. This was a complete train wreck.
Again this week I lost consciousness on the couch and was startled from my sleep by that jukebox blaring “Goodbye Grey Skies, Hello Blue…” With my previous experience with the Happy Days franchise fresh in my mind, I realized that being woke up by that song on consecutive weeks means I need to make some changes. Happy Days shouldn’t be anyone’s alarm clock.. I jump the shark enough in my own life without being exposed to this stuff coming out of my REM sleep.
In closing I’ll say that tonight we all watched a Hannah Montana episode and I laughed many more times there than I’d laughed in my experience with Ritchie Cunningham and his friends weeks earlier. There are two messages here: You can’t go home again, and Billy Ray Cyrus is a funnier guy than most people give him credit for.

Oops. Spoke Too Soon. Grand Champions!

Posted July 6th, 2008 by Randy
Categories: More Important Things

Another one...
I think I’m still wearing that shirt….. Maybe not.