Random Cell Phone Sentences A-Z

My wife posted a fun meme for the first twenty words autocorrect gives you. With my Swype I have to pick a letter first so I thought why not do a sentence for each letter.

A very good wings and the place in Connecticut.

But you are ready to get the medical records, and the Patriot act like it would be a good to get some money for the world better than the world better than I think we are often asked me know if you want April.

Clean up to be.

Did I give thanks for the guitar and a poster of the world.

Even if I did not sure what poetry, the place to be.

For me know.

Good morning beautiful and a ham and the Patriot act of a good to have to pick a lot more interesting.

How is a great place to get it to you are, the world better in Connecticut and the Patriot Act exists in Massachusetts.

I’m exhausted, the place in a day.

Just a lot more than movies and the left lamp, but I think the world.

Keep it on my desk knowing that I have ever seen.

Lol you want April, the world.

My mom left the gallery.

No worries man I have a lot more interesting.

Oh and a poster came to get it to you are ready for college and the Patriot act of an hour or two after the place in a few weeks ago I have to pick up a donut and get the boxes and a ham sandwich with the world better in a few hours away.

Posted on a good day for the first, and the left too many things to be.

Quick question that I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act exists.

Really shouldn’t have a good to be.

So I have a Sallie the world better than the place in Connecticut, and the left lamp, but it was a lot more than the place to get it into iTunes with the world.

The excellent to be a hub.

Use your work.

Very good to get easy for a policeman in Connecticut, the place is very tempting to be.

What do I have a Sallie the place to be in.

Xbox and a poster of my computer.

You are in the living on my desk knowing what I have a lot more interesting than I have a Sallie Mae and Freddie the place in a day or so many things to get it to Lanna’s brother in the woods.

Zero, the world better in Connecticut.

Random starting words or characters.

Indiana Jones wannabe and a ham and the left too much to be a geophysical research letters and numbers are you are, the place is a good day to stay in the woods and a poster came to be in the left too many of these contractions and a ham sandwich for the guitar and the Patriot Act.

Star Wars wiki page.

Darth Vader is the place in Connecticut.

Westbrook, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

All second words now.

All blessings.

Busty the world.

Coffee and the Patriot Act.

Delicious.

Everything is a good to be.

From the world.

Going to get you some takeout summer rolls.

Hey look at it, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

It’s a good place to be.

John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver last night.

Kids are you?

Love you.

Many are excellent to each other.

Not sure I feel comfortable knocking upstairs.

Ok if I have few beers before we go out?

Perhaps the world.

Quite a few nominations in Portland, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

Random question that I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

She is a good to be.

That makes sense.

Unfortunately, I will be a geophysical research letters and numbers are you are, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

View the world.

We are still in Ansonia so may eat before we get there.

Yeah I think I will be a geophysical research letters and numbers are you are, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

Zone.

Although the place in Connecticut, and the left lamp, but I have ever seen in a day.

Before you want April.

Cat video games and a poster of the place in a day or so but I have a lot more than movies, the place to be a geophysical research letters and numbers are you are, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

Delicious.

Elephant and a ham and the left too much going on a lot more interesting.

Fred is the place in a few weeks and get it into iTunes under one roof of a good day for me.

George and a poster came in the woods.

Harold Reynolds the world better than the world.

Igloo and a ham sandwich with my wife is the place to be.

Jackson You are you?

King for the guitar or so many people in.

Larry Craig and a poster of my favorite paper, the world.

Maxine Hong to be a hub.

Nancy and a ham and cheese, the place is absolutely transfixed by Target and then mostly because of a good to get some food and the left lamp by Target for a policeman and get the kitchen.

Oscar in a day.

Patricia Hewitt the world better in Connecticut, and a poster came to get the boxes of a lot more interesting.

Quick office under one of my computer is making biscuits time to get it into the world better than the place in Connecticut.

Robert Downey the place in a day or so many things to be a hub office under one roof.

Sally field of a good day to come over and a ham sandwich for me.

Thomas, the world better in a few hours away from me know when I should have a lot more interesting than the world better than the world.

Under this is the balloons and a poster of my computer.

Victory.

What do I think the world better in Connecticut.

Yes I have ever seen.

Zebra and a ham and the Patriot act like a good night and the left too many things to get a hotel in Buffalo.

Cities:

Abilene and a poster came in the living on a good night to get the medical records and a ham sandwich with the place in Connecticut, and the Patriot act of a lot more than the place to be a geophysical union.

Buffalo wild wings and the place in Connecticut, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

Connecticut has beautiful trails, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

Detroit lions.

Edmundston I have ever had and a poster of the world better than the place in Connecticut.

Fredericton and a ham and cheese.

Georgia tech support.

Hamilton is the place in a few weeks ago on my butt too much to get it to you?

India and a poster came to be.

Jordan, the world better in Connecticut and the left lamp by the place to be.

Kingston the world better than I have ever seen in a few hours away.

Laos the world.

Mauritius and a ham sandwich for the first time I went out there, and a ham and the Patriot Act.

Nice to be a geophysical research letters and numbers are you are, I think the place to get a passport yesterday although the televisions and the Patriot Act.

Oman the world better in a day. I’m exhausted, the place to be a geophysical research letters, the world.

Paris, the place is very good to get easy for the guitar and a ham sandwich with my mom left too much to be.

Qatar airways is the balloons closed.

Rhode Island.

San Tropez and a poster of my computer.

Toronto is the place to be.

Uganda.

Victoria, the world better than the world.

Wyoming.

Yemen.

Zimbabwe has a lot more than movies and popcorn, the place to be.

Jim and a poster came in today?

Lanna is a great way to be in.

Melinda the world better in Connecticut, and a poster of the place to be a geophysical research letters, the world.

Christine the world better than the place is very tempting to get it into iTunes with a lot more interesting.

This is fun for me but I’m sure bizarre for you and the Patriot Act.

Patriot Act.

Lori the world.

Random but it to Lanna’s new York Times.

Delicious and the left too much going to be.
I’m exhausted.

Cream sandwich for a while now having some of my favorite movie about a good to get some money for a policeman in Connecticut.

Brazil is the balloons and the Patriot act like it when I think the world.

Cameroon the place is absolutely transfixed on my desk.

Algeria the place is very tempting.

Denmark is the place in a day or two after all, the place is absolutely transfixed by text or call in a few weeks and the left lamp, but it to Lanna at the world.

Estonia the world better in a few hours ago by Target and then mostly because I have a Sallie the world.

Finland.

Georgia, the place to be a geophysical research, the world better than the world better than the place to be.

Random question is the balloons closed.

Balloons, the place is absolutely delicious beers in a day.

I’m glad, the world.

Ghana.

Hungary.

Iceland is the place in a day or so many people who is a great place in Connecticut.

Jordan is the balloons and a ham and the left too many of these.

Kazakhstan the place is very good wings, the place to get it to Lanna’s brother and the left lamp by the place is very tempting to be a geophysical union, the world better in Connecticut, and a ham sandwich for me to be a geophysical union.

Latvia the world better in a few weeks ago I really like this is a good night to be in the weeds and the left too much going on and the left lamp, but I think I might wait to eat before you want to get it into the world. I’m exhausted, the place is absolutely transfixed on a lot of the world. Random but I have ever had and the left too many things.

Moldova is the place to be.

Niger the world better in Connecticut.

Oceania organizations.

Palau and a poster came to get the boxes and the Patriot act of an hour away from the network, and the left lamp, but it was the world better than the place is very tempting.

Queensland the place to get it to you are ready for the first, and the Patriot act of an hour away from me to get a hotel room and a poster of my favorite paper, the world.

Romania.

Sweden is the balloons closed now I think we should have got to be.

Thailand, the place to be a geophysical union.

Underground.

Vietnam war.

Washing machine going to get a passport and a ham and cheese. I’m glad we are often asked to be.

Yemen, the world better than the place is very good wings and the Patriot Act exists.

Zambia the world better than the place to be.

Going between first and second suggestions, starting with second.

Abilene to get it to Lanna’s new York city of the world better than the place is very tempting.

Brazil, I have to call the world better in a day or two.

Christine and the left lamp by Target and then going to pick you are, the world better than the place to be.

Detroit tigers, the world.

Even if I have few days.

Fredericton the world.

Going out for the first time I have it was the place to get a hotel room in Connecticut.

Hungary, I have to pick a lot more than movies, I have to call the place is absolutely transfixed by text when you wake up early tomorrow at the place to get a hotel room and the left lamp by Target and then mostly because of a lot more interesting.

India is a great place to get a passport and a poster of the world.

Jim is a great place in Connecticut.

Kazakhstan, I have to pick a letter first one on my desk knowing what to get it to you are, I have been starving.

Laos, I have to call the place is absolutely transfixed on a good night and the Patriot Act exists.

Moldova and the left lamp, I have to pick a lot more than movies and popcorn.

Niger delta region, I have to call the world better in a few weeks and the Patriot Act exists in Massachusetts.

Ok, I have to pick a letter first time I went out of the world.

Patriot act of a lot of the place to get a hotel room in Connecticut, I have to call the place is very tempting to be a geophysical union.

Queensland, I have to pick a lot more interesting.

Rhode island, the place is very good wings, I have to call the world better in a day or so many things to be.

So you are ready for a policeman and get it into iTunes with the world.

This reminds me I need a new York Times, I have to pick a letter first one on my desk.

Up to page.

Vietnam, I have to call the place is absolutely transfixed by text or call the place to get it to Lanna’s brother and the left too much to be a geophysical union.

Wyoming, I have been to get a hotel room and the Patriot Act exists.

You are in a day.

Zone, I have to pick a lot more than movies, I have to call the world better in a few weeks ago I have to pick a letter first one on my desk knowing what to get a passport and a ham and the left too much going on a lot more than the place is very good wings and the Patriot Act exists.

Third suggestion – probably not A-Z

Q is the world leader and get some playtime is very hard for a lot more to be a Republican.

But the Patriot and get some money to the world of my hand and get it was in a library of congress, and I love that you want the Patriot and the Muppets and the Muppets are so cute story, and I have a good day at least give it was in nudge to the place where was in Connecticut and get a new feminist theory.

X.

X hamster is very hard to the place to go to get some playtime with my fingers are so cute I love that is the world.

Enjoy, and I think the best beer is very hard.

X videos on my list, and I love it to Lanna’s spring.

Ghana the Patriot and a half hours to be a Republican, and a half first break the Patriot and the left side. Delicious, and I love it on a good to me and get some playtime and I have ever heard they can get the place where I have a lot to be desired, and a poster for your loss, and I think we all the world to the left rear view out there?

Hey man what’s your service provider for me and I’ll get the world, it’s insanely great time for a while and get the medical miracles. Delicious

O think of my hand, and a ham radio operator to the place to go to a ham radio license, and a ham radio operators are awesome I have a lot more interesting to be a Republican national park service.

I have ever heard Bridgeport and get some food in a library?

I have to say that the Patriot and get it was just need more in music.

I have ever heard of my hand and a half hours to get some playtime is the world leader, but it’s not really like the place where you have ever heard Bridgeport the Patriot and a poster for you or your loss. Delicious

Melinda and get the boxes are a good day for you to be in Red Sox are a special to the world of these days I’ll get it was the Patriot and I love you are that the place where we can do both at least give a ham radio, and a half hour of these days, and I love that you are that was recommended for me and Lanna is a lot to get some money and a half first one myself in Ansonia are so cute I have ever heard they were in Connecticut and a half hours away by text message you have ever had, and I am a good to me to the Patriot and I think it’s not really want the world to get some food in Connecticut and I am not going out with the Patriot and get some playtime and a half first time for work in Connecticut and a poster for your work in Ansonia so I think the best way too late last time for a lot off to be a Republican.

M Muddy the waters, but I love it to Lanna and get the kitchen table, it’s not a moral to the place where I am sure it will get that is very hard fall asleep with my fingers crossed the Patriot and a half hours ago I love it was just have a good day at work out of. Delicious.

I have some good day at the Patriot and get it to Lanna’s new feminist theory, and the Muppets and get some money to see the falls, but it’s Edmund Burke the Patriot and I love you are ready.

O.

Romania and get the medical miracles to have it on a lot with a ham radio license and get some food for me know I have ever had and the left lamp, I think shoveling off the little bit of snow made it worse.

A good night my butt after work if I start at least. Delicious

Third party, and I have a good to get it was in Connecticut, and the left side is an amazing Jamaican reggae star of my hand, and a ham radio operators to the Patriot act and I think it’s Edmund Burke’s new book is the world.

I have to say, and I am a ham and then you want the place where we have a good night to the world. Delicious

Visit my computer and get a hotel for your service was just need a good day for you and get some playtime is very good for me and I’ll do that I love you George Bush II. Random people to be in. Delicious.

Q is very hard for the place is a lot to quality directory of these days I’ll do it on my list, and the Patriot and get a passport and I am not in Connecticut and get the boxes and I love you are that was a good to me and I’ll be good maybe you can just need more interesting to get some money and I have ever heard Bridgeport and a half hour ago by text message is very hard fall.

Xml, and a half first break up the world, but it on online marketing is very good to be in Red wine, and I love it on my list to be in. Delicious

Yeah but it’s Edmund, and the Muppets are a ham and then going out of hockey, and a poster of these. Random but

X. Delicious, the Patriot and get some food for a lot more to the Patriot and a ham radio, but I have a lot to get the violent, but it’s a very good for your work too much. I’m not a ham radio license to the place to go. Random question of my hand. Delicious.

Delicious, the place to be.

This may be the most ridiculous post in the history of blogging. I suppose it is just random though. And awfully fun to do.

Album Review: American IV: The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash *****

This is one of my favorite all time records and my second favorite of his under “The Legend of Johnny Cash.” To me, it’s the best of the American Recordings Sessions. Thank you Rick Rubin for getting Johnny Cash in your studio with a guitar and a stripped down sound. It really lets his gravitas come out. The style he used in the previous almost 50 years got to be very standardized. Johnny Cash is my favorite musician. All ratings are from the 1 to 5 stars on iTunes. * – Terrible, ** – Meh/fair, *** – Good/solid, **** – Great, ***** – Superb. In parantheis is who wrote these songs.

1. The Man Comes Around (Johnny Cash) — Really strong first song that gets to why these American sessions are so good, although this song does have the full band. ****

2. Hurt (Trent Reznor) – The song that really got me into Johnny Cash. You can feel the pain of his voice from his addictions. He made a great Nine Inch Nails song so much more heart wrenching by slowing it down. You can absolutely feel how much of this song and it’s lyrics are about his own life. I think it also about losing his beloved wife June Carter Cash. Amazing song, still one of my favorite ten Johnny Cash songs. *****

Lenny is also helping me by being adorable and sitting on my desk, I really love having a portable keyboard. And even has volume, mute, fast forward, pause, rewind and a key to turn off the monitor.

3. Give My Love to Rose (Johnny Cash) — Another beautiful, sad song. About loss and love. Also about jail and lost lives and relationships. Johnny Cash can say so much in a few minutes. ****

4. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Paul Simon) — This is a song that is one of the key works of genius of Simon and Garfunkel. No one hits high notes quite like Art Garfunkel. But Johnny Cash turns this into an entirely different song. Much more full of pain and loss. I love both versions, they are both so different and beautiful. ****

5. I Hung My Head (Sting) — This is one of the songs on this album I don’t know as well. I usually have my music on shuffle. Still a very good song but one of the weaker ones on this album. ***

6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (Ewan MacCall) — Here come the tears, this is one of the songs that makes me think of my mom and dad. It’s only been 23 months since my dad Henry Edmunds Davis passed away on April 1st, 2013. It’s about love, and finding a life partner. So much beauty. So much sadness. *****

7. Personal Jesus (Martin Gore) — It’s amazing how this song has changed since Depeche Mode released in the 1980s. Becomes much of a spiritual when it’s on acoustic guitar. ****

8. In My Life (John Lennon and Paul McCartney) — Just a beautiful and heartfelt song. Another one that makes me think of me and my wife’s dearly departed fathers. My wife’s father Walter Maheux passed away in April, 2012. Losing a parent takes a long time to heal if it ever will. Another song with the original by the Beatles and this stripped down cover by Johnny Cash are both amazing. *****

9. Sam Hall (Tex Ritter) — Solid country song and definitely has the feel of a lot of his country career. Would be one of the stronger tracks on a lot of Johnny Cash album but not this one. Still very good. ***

10. Danny Boy (Frederick Weatherly) — Absolute standard. Johnny Cash’s version is beautiful. Another one where the spareness of much of the American recording series comes through. I forgot this version had the organ in it. I guess the pipes are calling in more than one way. ****

11. Desperado (Glenn Frey and Don Henley) — I like this version much more than the Eagles version. I guess I just like a more minimalistic style and of course Johnny Cash’s voice is like nobody else. Your prison is walking through this world all around says so much of loss with Johnny Cash’s voice. ****

12. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams) — So much slower and less honky tonk that the Hank Williams classic. There is a lot of loneliness in this song. Duet with Nick Cave which I think actually hurts it. Prefer the classic Hank Williams version. ***

13. Tear Stained Letter (Johnny Cash) — A good Johnny Cash but not up to the greatness of the rest of the album. ***

14. Streets of Laredo (Traditional) — A lovely song, it doesn’t have the emotional resonance of most of the album. ***

15. We’ll Meet Again (Hughie Charles and Ross Parker) — This is definitely about losing June and beautiful. It also makes me think of the absolutely genius end of Dr. Strangelove. Not sure who is part of the chorus. ****

This is without question one of my favorite albums and has a lot of songs I have played many, many times. Including We’ll Meet Again, Bridge Over Troubled Water, In My Life, Hurt, Personal Jesus and the Man Comes Around. .

Here is some more info from Wikipedia about this album if you are interested, Wikipedia is a fabulous resource.

Here is the liner notes about everyone who was on each song.

Absolute classic. A must own.

*****

Citizenfour ***1/2

The Patriot Act was without one of the most unpatriotic and unconstitutional laws in American history. The Bill of Rights, especially the the First and Fourth Amendments do not allow the insane and worldwide surveillance society we have that looks at 1,200,000 people at any time. That’s staggering. “Citzenfour” is an incredibly important and brave documentary, by the patriot who believes in the Constitution, liberty and privacy Edward Snowden. He’s just a soft spoken tech geek that thought things went too far and he had to expose some of it. The sad thing is all of the surveillance society keeps getting bigger and costs billions. At this point the American government is the biggest terrorist state in the world. Monitoring communications around the world with only a puppet court looking on, a Congress who is afraid to act, and an incredibly disappointing President on National security issues, Barack Obama. Mr. Obama promised that he would bring accountability to the security state. It hasn’t happened, it’s only getting bigger. And we have an insanely large military with bases around the world.

We need sanity. Instead of trying to be the only superpower and the “world’s policeman,” lets help those who have had life struggles get back on their feet.

It’s a must see documentary if you care about democracy, freedom, investigative journalism and liberty.

*** 1/2

I feel like I have a lot more to say about this topic, and I think I will be adding to this post.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band **** – The Beatles Track Review with YouTube links of covers

1. Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band — Good but not great song. *** It does have some good silliness. Lenny wants to help me with this (my cat). [The stars are what I would give on iTunes from 1-5]

Here is a more fun version and cover from Big Daddy, the German host introduction even makes it more surreal. It’s like a doo wop version. They covered the whole album and it’s pretty awesome and silly. This version. ***

2. With a Little Help From My Friends — A good song that was made great by Joe Cocker. This is definitely a song where the cover version could be considered the classic one. *** The Beatles version still is nice, but doesn’t compare to Joe Cocker’s version. Joe Cocker’s version is ****. Almost seems strange to hear this as a Beatles song now. The Beatles version seems way too calm now.

Lenny thinks this is a good time for a break to play with the kitty so here in the Joe Cocker version.

3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds — To me the first really classic song on this album. A song I just love. **** Although the William Shatner version is hilarious.

I just decided I need to have YouTube videos of covers for every song on this album. Shatner version *** but hilarious.

I found another amazing cover by the Flaming Lips, featuring Miley Cyrus and Moby. This is fabulous and even weirder than Shatner’s version. (Warning includes nudity). ****

4. Getting Better — A solid song, but just a pretty average Beatles song. ***

Oddly hard to find to a good cover for Getting Better. Listened to a few that were entirely different songs from Brooks and Dunn and Tesla. This one is good but not great by Kaiser Chiefs for a BBC 40th Anniversary Special. *** And I am starting to really hate eInsurance from all the Youtube ads, been way too many tonight.

5. Fixing a Hole — Nice song, not amazing but good. ***

The cover I found is by the Fray for the same 40th Anniversary special as the Getting Better cover. ***

Intermission: while waiting for an Oasis version of “Within You and Without You”, this awesome and silly song “Diamond Sword” Minecraft animation came as an advertisement. It’s pretty awesome. Decided to pass on the Oasis cover found the great Sonic Youth cover later.

6. She’s Leaving Home — Actually a very cool song, not one I know all that well. *** 1/2 (but going to round up to 4 on iTunes) I like the choral play on this song. The Beatles harmonies are very underrated.

Found a nice version by the Andy Timmons Band, I like the guitar work, has a bluesy feel. Seems to just be an instrumental, basically guitar centered. It does miss the wonderful harmonies of the original. ***

7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite — One of my favorite Beatles songs, I like the version on the Beatles Anthology even better. Gets trippier and richer in my opinion. ****

I thought there would a lot of good covers with this very fun song. I found one from AndyBoy63 on YouTube that is quite faithful.

8. Within You Without You – A nice with the sitar, but there are better Beatles songs like this. *** Honestly too long too.

Found a wicked awesome Sonic Youth cover that was released in 1988 on a multi-artist compilation album called ‘Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father’. I like the Sonic Youth cover quite a bit more. ****

9. When I’m Sixty-Four — More ironic when the Beatles are getting older. Of course sadly John Lennon didn’t get there, tragically being shot at 40. George Harrison died at 58. Paul McCartney is now 72. Ringo Starr is 74. It’s strange how aging changes perception. Many people today at 64 don’t feel that old, and will often live 20 more years. **** The song is good fun though. It of course makes fun of societal expectations. Does feel bittersweet now though.

This cover by Big Daddy is my favorite track on their album. It has a fun beat. **** Both versions are great, I think I have to go Beatles though.

10. Lovely Rita — Fun song. Feels like one the Beatles earlier, sillier songs. ***

Nice cover from the 40th Anniversary BBC Show from Travis. ***

11. Good Morning Good Morning — A good and pretty silly song. There are a lot of those on this record. ***

Fun, peppy cover from the Zutons.

12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) — Better than the original version, but still just okay. It is catchy and short. ***

I found this fun Cheap Trick cover, I guess they did a show in Vegas with Sgt. Pepper’s, time does weird things. ***

13. A Day in the Life — To me easily the best song on the album, I like the version on the Beatles Anthology even more. The Beatles Anthology Volume 2, Disc 2 is my favorite Beatles record which I know is an odd choice. I like having multiple versions of several of the songs. ****

The great Jeff Beck live, seems to just be guitar, but lovely. I would love to play guitar like this. It’s such an amazing instrument. He plays a lot with the whammy bar on his guitar too. I wonder if I should try one like that and if I would like it. ***

It’s a great record with some all time classic songs in “A Day in the Life”, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, and “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.” It’s a solid **** record I haven’t heard all the way through in a long time. And without a doubt incredibly influential.

The best cover of these by far is the Joe Cocker cover that took me down this rabbit hole. And then the insane and pretty awesome Flaming Lips/Miley Cyrus version (with a bit of Moby). And the Big Daddy cover of When I’m 64 is good fun. And Jeff Beck is an amazing guitarist.

This was a lot of fun and definitely a blogpost that took a while to write and have a lot of fun with.

Things I Miss About Portland, ME

Lots and lots of people. I made a lot of good friendships. There is a genuine quality to Mainers. Ayuh

My therapist
Pei Men Miyake, especially at lunch. I loved getting ramen and fried brussel sprouts
The potato pancakes, rye bread with delicious spread, beets and soups at Schulte and Herr. Such a treasure of Portland, Maine and BYOB.
The atmosphere and food at Saigon on Outer Forest Ave. If you haven’t been there you need to go. Lanna craved their spring rolls so much she is now making them since we moved.
The pork fried dumplings at China Villa in Westbrook. There is much better Chinese in Connecticut, with very good takeout American chinese, and fantastic and legit Chinese places like Iron Chef that is cash only and is what Taiwanese people would call food.
The atmosphere at work, going remote is not the same.
Seeing the Presumpcot Falls in Westbrook through my window, although my view across the Naugatuck Valley in Connecticut is spectacular.

The wonderful drive down the Fore River Parkway and down Commercial Street into Portland.
Tennis on the Eastern Promenade, there isn’t too many views better than that for a free park.
The atmosphere in Portland, Maine, it’s just so comfortable.
Having a car. Trying to share one is not the same.

Having family nearby, it was nice to have the in-laws crosstown.
Having that connection, and having dinner once a week was really nice. Also having someone to watch the cats.

Ansonia and the Naugatuck Valley is beautiful but I often miss Maine. It’s a special place.

Sports Stadiums

We are in the midst of the week of huge sports media for Super Bowl week. People are preparing for big feasts on their big screens with big TV coverage and big commercials. Everything big. Expensive commercials, huge security, insane media presence.

And I used to be a pretty big sports fan. I was always excited to have sports on the weekends, and enjoyed just settling into it. And I didn’t grow up with cable so it was just the free TV stuff.

I had DISH Network for a while in Maine until about a year ago. Partially so I could check out the regional sports networks. Not knowing that most of the games were blacked out and I just got to watch the Best Damn Sports Show period in dozens of markets. I loved and still love PTI. Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser have a special chemistry. It was something I DVRed and frequently watched while browsing the internet and it gave me a good idea what was going on in sports.

It’s funny though. When we gave up the DISH for Amazon Prime and saved ourselves around $1000/year (seriously). And the sports weren’t constantly available on the ESPN family of networks anymore. I didn’t have constant commercials, and I found my desire to know what’s happening in the sports pages just plummeted. I didn’t watch the NFC/AFC Championship games, didn’t watch the College Football playoffs and didn’t really know who was involved. And I think that is a good thing.

Sportsball as my friend Greg Daly calls it, takes a huge amount of attention. If you watch every Red Sox game in a season that is 500 hours of baseball, and that doesn’t even include the pre-game, post-game and sports talk radio. It’s the equivalent of 3 months full of full time work.

Sports makes a ton of money. Especially the NFL in the US, and soccer leagues overseas. Big TV contracts, and big shares on Sundays.

But, the billionaires that own these sports franchises seem to think they are giving a benevolent gift to cities and towns when they have a sports team. The franchises are often worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and often make tens of millions when in a big market. YES Network for the Yankees and NESN for the Red Sox are a huge reason they can afford big payrolls and tend to be among the best teams in baseball every year.

Part of the reason the NFL does well and has balance is there is basically one big pool of income for all of the TV and merchandising rights that are shared.

Yet, these billionaires who have the big shiny that is professional sports want huge, huge taxpayer subsidies. If you build they will come and there will be a huge economic boost to towns. In reality in places like Cincinnati or Phoenix it ends up where cities and counties not only give tens or hundreds of millions to build stadiums but tens of millions to run them every year. Glendale, Arizona spends $25 million a year on operating expenses for the Phoenix Coyotes, in a metropolitan area known for good golf in January. Hamilton County, Ohio which includes Cincinatti according to this Wall Street Journal article spent $540 million in 1996 to build new stadiums for the Reds (MLB) and Bengals (NFL). In 2010 the county spent “$34.6 million—a sum equal to 16.4% of the county budget.” Why? So billionaires could have the county pay for all the costs and operating expenses, while the owners made the money. The line used is about the huge “economic benefit” produced by stadiums. In truth, people go to see a ballgame instead of going to a movie, seeing a show, going camping, etc. There generally is no huge benefit. People drive into the stadiums, pay a fortune to park, see the game, get concessions.. and then go home in the car to their home in the suburbs. It’s madness.

I will give the New York Jets and Giants credit. They built their billion dollar plus stadium with private money. In this case, there is benefits to towns because people spending money on tickets for athletics and concerts and such to spend money in towns. And there isn’t the albatross of huge stadium debt.

I know in Portland, ME, the Portland Pirates, an AHL hockey club (think AAA in baseball), demanded that they get all the beer money in the recently renovated by the county taxpayers Cumberland County Civic Center (CCCC). I have gone to some Pirates games and it was good fun. The stadium wasn’t new but it worked okay. The Pirates weren’t selling out so you could sit close to the ice and watch good hockey. But, the CCCC deserves to make some money on their huge expenditure. Eventually they conceded because they didn’t want to lose the club. Such hardball tactics happen all the time.

For me, I am a Philadelphia sports fan. I have very fond memories of watching Michael Jack Schmidt, still my favorite baseball player, hit home runs at Veterans Stadiums. Critics said it was one of the worst stadiums in professional sports but it is full of good memories for me in the 6-8 times I went there as a kid. New and shiny isn’t necessarily better.

I thought Chicago Stadium which I got to see in it’s last year 1993-1994, unfortunately the year Michael Jordan tried out baseball. But, I remember being in standing room on the 2nd balcony for the last regular season game vs. the Knicks and I was very close to the court. The whole stadium was a city block. There was some obstructed view seats, but it was a great place to watch basketball and I am sure hockey. The new United Center I think is at least 4 times the size. I looked it up 240,000 square feet for Chicago Stadium vs. 960,000 for the United Center. The taxpayers spent millions to have seats that were 4 times farther away, so the rich could have luxury boxes.

Basically, sports leagues are for billionaires like Mark Cuban to have fun. They don’t need taxpayer money. It’s kind of like a lot of corporate welfare in the United States right now. Give millions and billions to the rich, and call them “job creators.” Use the term “trickle down economics” when the money just trickles up into bank accounts. Let’s spend less to give fancy houses to billionare sports franchise owners and more to build houses and help those in need.

edmund

Memories of My Father

I had a huge disruption in my life on April 1, 2013.

Had written everyday in the blog from I think Thankgiving, 2011 into mid-April.

I lost the rock of my life, my father Henry Edmunds Davis.

He always had a twinkle in his eye, incredibly intelligent and grounded with someone who wanted to be a farmer as a kid. He became an agronomist which means a weed scientist and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin. I was born in Madison while he was studying. We even had food stamps for a short time while my dad was in school and my mom was a full time mom. We all need help sometimes.

We moved to Dublin, Ohio near Columbus when I was a little kid and my sister was still a toddler around 1977 or so when my dad completed his Ph.D. She as born on June 2, 1976, me on June 23, 1974. I have very happy memories from our time in Ohio. I remember being awed by the coal mine exhibit at the COSI science museum in Columbus. I think there is a groundedness to the midwest that you don’t see in New Jersey and Connecticut but begin to see again in Maine.

We moved to NJ when I was in 1st grade, because my dad got a good job offer at Mobil in NJ. I remember I was way, way ahead in math and had already completed second grade in math at the more self directed private school that my parents took us to Ohio. New Jersey is very different. Beautiful, underrated, but more of a drive to look out and look to keep doing better. I think people sometimes look to get ahead without worrying about others. I think similar things like places like Greenwich, CT and Well Street where money is worshipped over people. I think I always felt like an outsider in New Jersey, even though I ended up going to Montgomery schools all the way through High School. And there are people I have known there for over 30 years now. I am someone who I think feels like an outsider even when I am a regular and I know people. Does anyone else get this feeling?

Unfortunately, not long after dad moved his job ended and he had trouble finding another job so he decided to open a business, the Weed Doctor, doing home lawn care. He did this for decades after and I helped him out in high school and college. We had a lot of bonding there. Like me he had a map of places he has been in his mind. It’s an interesting superpower to have. I think he often charged to little for his services, and certainly had a bunch of characters work for him, some of which embezzled, one of which propositioned me when I was in Junior High School. Which I think affected me for a long time.

His mom lived until 90, and I expected to him to have him so much longer than I did. We didn’t expect brain cancer, I guess nobody does. Got lucky with his first operation. He had 5 good years, and 9 terrible months after his second operation. And I feel like there is nothing I need to say to him, I have no regrets, I just wish he was around so much longer.

It’s amazing how the death of a parents changes you. I have still been very active on social media and am now up to 187 straight days of Three (or way more) Good Things but there is something different about sharing things on WordPress. I have been wanting to get blogging every day for a long time. Hopefully these posts come out a lot more than I got a computer again.

ed

Fear

There is a big storm coming, slow start this afternoon and then time to just be home.

I think we want to do too many things right now.

Have commercials that say guys shouldn’t just watch football on a Sunday, that they need to go to Home Depot for home improvement.

It’s not safe enough out there for children, so parents need to be chauffers for their kids.

It’s terrible to miss a little league game so parents move their schedules everywhere.

This isn’t safe, that’s not safe. It’s paranoia. There is a reason that FDR said “The only thing to fear, it fear itself.” Fear stops us from doing things. Fear of debt, fear of failure, fear of criminals, “stranger danger.”

So we have more cops, more prisons, lock your doors, protect your valuable, there is dangerous stuff out there.

And that can be true, I had my car broken into with tons of stuff for Rites of Spring when I lived in Harlem Heights. I was a naive kid who grew up in a rural/suburban area, where things were very safe. 151st and Broadway is not the place to leave anything in your car. Having things stolen is awful. My wife left an SLR in the car and the door was wide open. Maybe, we forgot, but it’s still terrible. But it’s mostly stuff.

South Park spoofed this in their 611 episode “Child Abduction is Not Funny,” they went to absurdity of the kids being only with Mongolians for all the dangers. And if you look at the statitics, there isn’t that much stranger danger:

Put it another way: The Department of Justice reports that of the 800,000 children reported “missing” in the United States each year, 115 are the result of “stereotypical kidnapping” — a stranger snatching the child. About 90 percent of abductees return home within 24 hours and the vast majority are teenage runaways.

So much work, so many lost opportunities to explore because of a very, very minor danger.

It used to be not long ago that school age kids would get a bike and freedom, running all over the place, doing their own thing, finding themselves.

Not the absurdities of helicopter parenting, where parents are there all the time. They even want to talk to employers for their kids. We need to let kids find their path, not the one you saw for them at 8. Everyone changes.

I guess I am just saying that if you believe things are safer, they become safer.

If you are paranoid all the time, you see things that aren’t there.

Be need to be excellent to each other. It’s getting insane, to the point of people like Doomsday Preppers.

What are your thoughts?

New Computer Wooo!

I am now up to 182 straight days of doing Three Good Things (or way more) posts, but it’s been a long, long time since I have posted in the blog.

I also haven’t had a computer in several months since my monitor died.

Got a new one today. May be a bit underpowered with a Pentium, 4GB and a 500GB hard drive. But it does have a touchscreen, does have a way to navigate songs and mute things and fast forward. And it only cost $289.99 part of which was paid by Christmas gift cards for Amazon.

Still getting used to the wireless keyboard, and wireless remote, but great to have a 19.5″ screen and nice to be able to make webpages bigger with a touch like on a smartphone.

I was dithering forever about getting a new computer, I really did want more memory, more processor and more hard drive but I couldn’t turn down this price for a touchscreen with a nice monitor.

And it really is so much nicer to use a keyboard than a smartphone when you are saying more than a few words, although I am getting much better with my thumbs. Ten fingers is most definitely a more effective way to type.

And I really didn’t use my laptop much out anyway.

I think I will like this new shiny, although if I had $700 I would have gotten the 8GB memory, iCore5, and 1TB Dell I saw for $700. It is definitely a good computer but I think this will do for using Google Chrome and iTunes.

edmund

A Walk in the Woods

This move to Connecticut has been strange for me. I grew to love Portland, Maine. The restaurants, the spirit, the beauty, the breweries, the poetry scene, the people. I liked having my in-laws closeby.

Connecticut is new. I don’t have enough people here and am home so much. Including work, it’s odd to be in a locked office the whole day. It’s also not kitty approved.

But there are beautiful parks and open space here.  We live less than half a mile from the Naugatuck State Forest. So many great walks. I’m looking out tp a clearing at the Shelton Lakes Recreation Path right now, a bird tweeting close and far. There is the Naugatuck Valley, the slopes, the rocks, the Naugatuck and rivers. The Osborndale State Park, even the ocean/ Long Island Sound a half hour away at the Seaside Park in Bridgeport. It’s lovely here. Far more trails and nearby public open space then Westbrook, Maine.

The crickets sing their songs of late summer, insects buzz, cars race. I think I will be very happy here eventually, but I need people.

Glad to have family here this week for Thanksgiving, glad to have a bunch of medical appointments setup, glad to be more settled. But still finding my place, I wish I did leave the house for work and had my old car again.

But, I love the woods, love the quiet, love birdsong, love beauty, as there are a few efferemal warm days before the coming winter.

Edmund