Friday, June 26, 2015

Back to Back

Back to back. B2B.This weeks topic comes to us from Maris.

Now what - you may ask -  does this song have to do with the topic? It's Blake  Shelton's 14th consecutive number one  record. That's back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back to back. I am not the world's biggest country fan but that is still quite impressive.

Barrack Obama won back to back presidential elections as did Bill Clinton, George W Bush, Ronald Reagan and other two-term presidents.

2 grand slams in back to back at bats in an inning. accomplished by Fernando Tatis, St. Louis Cardinals, April 23, 1999 - now that is impressive

Also in baseball a double header is back to back games between the same teams on the same day

One pitcher has thrown back to back no hitters in the history og MLB.

Baseball - with its myriad stats - is ripe for such trivia it seems.

I've been known to consume back to back beers on multiple occasions, as hard as that may be to believe. Ahem. I've also offended consecutive people on multiple occasions with back to back smart ass comment - again I am sure y'all find that hard to believe.

So there you have it - a bit of B2B trivia for future use. Time to check out my LBC brethren to see what they have to say. See ya next week - same bat time, same bat channel.

Friday, June 19, 2015

James Thurber's Dogs

Thurber says:

  1. Dogs are obsessed with being happy.
  2. He had as much fun in the water as any person I have known. You didn't have to throw a stick in the water to get him to go in. Of course, he would bring back a stick to you if you did throw one in. He would even have brought back a piano if you had thrown one in.
  3. I am not a cat man, but a dog man, and all felines can tell this at a glance—a sharp, vindictive glance.
  4. I myself have known some profoundly thoughtful dogs.
  5. If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.
  6. If you are a police dog, where's your badge? [Asked of his German shepherd]
  7. In his grief over the loss of a dog, a little boy stands for the first time on tiptoe, peering into the rueful morrow of manhood. After this most inconsolable of sorrows there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able somehow to bear.
Ginger  (see image above) says
  1. I am not obsessed - it's just the way I am.
  2. Throw a piano in the water and you are on your own big boy!
  3. The only good cat is a flat cat - unless it wants to play nice with me.
  4. Me too - one sniff of their behind and you can tell.
  5. He got that one right.
  6. That's a bone spitter!
  7. There's nothing worse than losing your best friend - even if he/she only has 2 legs.
And  then there's this one that says it all -

The dog has got more fun out of Man than Man has got out of the dog, for the clearly demonstrable reason that Man is the more laughable of the two animals.

Thurber packed a ton of human observation ihat he shared in his dog tales. I for one am about to read more - and to see what the other LBC bloggers have to say on this topic - brought to us by Lin.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

I'd rather be.......

I'd rather be sipping a glass of Glenlivet neat
I'd rather be eating a rare steak than a well done steak
I'd rather be riding a motorcycle and will soon make that happen
I'd rather be drinking a cold beer than a room temperature beer
I'd rather be watching a gorgeous sunset than a gorgeous sunrise

I'd rather be me than you - regardless who you are - I know how much effort it took to get me here and although I am far from perfect I am not badly broken. I'm comfortable being me - extra X's and all.  There's never a dull moment in the insanity that is my family. What more could one ask for than a bit of uncertainty every day??? Life would be extremely dull without it.

You've heard this one from me before but it fits...

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Road hogs

This weeks LBC post comes from Dame Quixote - aka Padmum.

I  haven't enjoyed recreational driving much since  my time in Hawaii when my only means of transport - rain or shine - was my Suzuki 550.

In spite of enormous volumes of traffic riding the highways and back roads on Oahu was a pleasure. The bike made avoiding road hogs relatively easy, I recall hitting the north shore on the day the big waves hit - parking in the lot above Waimea Bay with a shave ice from Matsumotos and just watching in awe as the waves crashed. Then there wqs the sail plane beach - where glider pilots buzed the beach while learning to fly.

Since those halcyon days driving has been merely perfunctory - simply getting from point A to point B. Since I grew up in the SF Bay Area heavy traffic was  the norm and so it never bothered me much.  When I rode my bike I road under the assumption I had a massive target on my back and everyone was out to get me - I was the ultimate defensive driver. The net result of that was in all my years of motorcycle riding I have never laid one down or been hit.

I was recently  thinking of investing the money on a newer, bigger model to get around in my retirement -

It's approximately 3 times the engine size of my 550 and would make me  - on size alone - a road hog.  Then again, perhaps karmic entanglements over the years have used up my riding luck.  Decisions, decisions.

Regrdless, road hogs are not something I worry about. There are far too many important things with which to occupy my mind. Now I think I'll ee what the other LBC folk have to say on this subject.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Internationally Famous Landmarks In My Hometown.

Whilst I live in Fort Worth, this area is commonly known as the DFW Metroplex - which is convenient for this weeks LBC topic. So with that in mind  most internationally famous spot here certainly must be the Texas School Book Depository - AKA the place from which Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly shot John Kennedy November 22, `1963. These days it goes buy the name TThe Sixth Floor Museum .

Anyone who visits this area should visit the Sixth Floor Museum. Check out a part of history. Look at the Grassy Knoll. I''ve even eaten dinner at the restaurant (same booth actually) that Jack Ruby sat in the night before he shot Oswald. Was the mob involved? You decide.

.Other internationally famous landmarks?  The only other one that springs to mind is DFW International Airport unless you consider the home of America's Team - the Dallas Cowboys important. It's a beautiful, impressive stadium.

Image result for at&T stadium

That's it for this weeks LBC topic.  See ya next week 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Right or wrong

I suspect the politically correctness that seems so prevalent today is strongly in the "there is no right way or wrong way" corner. I beg to differ.

I will concede there may indeed be no right or wrong path to a destination but there are indeed universal destinations that are not open to discussion. Some things really are black or white. Those things may well vary by cultural norms but I'd love to hear an explanation for slavery being right.  For murder being right. For rape being right. Explain to me how protecting the weaker members of a society is wrong. How can respecting others be wrong?

There are of course many more but I think my point is made.

We as individuals and societies may well subjectively choose the means to a specific end but when that end is a fair and just society then there are absolutes involved. And certainly no society has gotten that absolutely right as of yet. No matter what you may hear to the contrary by the chest thumpers.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Left and Right

This weeks topic comes from gaelika.

Any baseball fan understands the value of a switch hitter. He's the guy that takes away the advantage of the opposing pitcher by always allowing the batter to hit left-handed against a right-handed pitcher and hit right-handed against a left-handed pitcher. On rare occasions though there is an ambidextrous pitcher - one that pitches with either arm. That may lead to this.....

Now that's interesting and frankly something I used to ponder in my baseball playing days.

Now left-handers are at something of a disadvantage as we live in a decidedly right-handed world. Have you ever looked at the contortions a leftie goes through when writing? Ever see a left-handed school desk? I am surprised that in this ever more politically-correct day we do not see more left-handed desks.

Then there's the political left and right - you know them. They each thonk the other is the son of satan and so the embidiment of pure evil in the world. Nuff said - this is NOT a political discussion.

Our brains.Each side of our brain conrols certain thongs.

Are you a left-brain person or a right-brain person?

Alas it's all secondary to the most important left/right question.

Left Twix vs Right Twix Pick A Side - Twix Commercial

You decide.- I'd rather have a Snickers.