Archive for April, 2007

Preach on, Bucky

April 18, 2007
Different World – Bucky Covington
We were born to mothers who smoked and drank
Our cribs were covered in lead based paint
No child proof lids no seat belts in cars
Rode bikes with no helmets and still here we are, 
still here we are
We got daddy’s belt when we misbehaved Had three TV channels you got up to change No video games and no satellite All we had were friends and they were outside,
playin’ outside


It was a different life When we were boys and girls Not just a different time It was a different world
School always started the same every day The pledge of allegiance then someone would pray Not every kid made the team when they tried We got disappointed and that was all right, we
turned out all right

No bottled water, we drank from a garden hose And every Sunday, all the stores were closed



It was a different world
Mom, Dad & Richard - thank you for my childhood and 
all the happy memories of my youth

Give us a break

April 17, 2007
Latest News story captions on – 9:07AM, 4/17/07
  • Grieving begins at Virginia Tech
  • Student captures video of shooting
  • Bush “horrified” by Virginia Tech shootings
  • World mourns Virginia’s victims
  • Daughter, 9, describes preacher’s slaying
  • Deadly storm lingers in Northeast
  • Iraq’s insurgent claim they’re ‘building rockets’
  • Iraq truck bomb attack thwarted
  • Japanese mayor shot while campaigning
  • Having baby at 12, 18K dead a day; $34 to stop it
  • Station backs Imus and replays that broadcast
  • Oprah wowed by how much she earns just to talk
This is the news feed. Murder, death, threats of death, political correctness and Oprah. How are we not supposed to go around depressed all the time if this is what greets us every morning when we check the news? If there has been a tragedy on a school campus, we all have a right and a desire to know about it. But must it be presented to us with a spin to make us WANT to see it? Oh my gosh a student videoed the shooting. We are appalled and (whether we will admit it or not) wonder if just maybe they’ll show it… When some disaster like this happens, if you listen real close you can almost hear the news executives licking their lips in anticipation. 
I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of being subjected to fear tactics every time I try to see what’s going on in the world around me. Why must we dishearten people in exchange for ratings? You’ve all heard the spots for local news in the evenings… “Could a pill you take every day KILL YOU??? Details at 10…”
I understand and sorrowfully admit that there is no way to fix this. There is no way around it and that’s probably the way it will always be. I just get frustrated and very mentally exhausted from filtering through all the mind games, catch phrases and political agendas and people asking for my money every time I want to just see what happened in the world while I was at work today. 
Human beings are so mean to themselves. Not just physically, but we daily attack each other’s psyches as well. I’m not asking for the “All Happy News Network” or anything, I’m just asking for a break for my senses from all the extra crap. Anybody else feel the same way?

Something to brag about

April 13, 2007


let-i1have always wanted to start a paragraph with a pretentious, oversized letter.  An oversized letter makes it seem like my reader is about to embark on an amazing and extremely important literary adventure.  They will feel like they are taking in something that will make their lives better and that this must surely be written by an important person.  “Just look at that oversized letter,” they say to themselves. “Reading anything that starts with a letter that big just HAS to mean this is worth the read no matter how droll or ridiculous it may end up being.  I bet my life is about to be changed for the better because of the amazing information this oversized letter surely foreshadows.”  Later that day, they will tell their friends, “You know what I read today?  I read something amazing!!” And their friends will ask them, “Oh?  What was it about?”  And then my reader will proudly respond, “I don’t really remember many of the details.  It was completely pointless and trivial…  But it started with an oversized letter.”

And their friends will be very, very impressed.  Oh yes.  They will be impressed.