Monday, April 14, 2008

April 14, 2008
Actually did some True West work today. Wrote up my editorial this morning for the June issue, accessing the server from the office on my laptop. Thanks Robert Ray for hooking this up so I can work at home. Very sweet.

Kathy writes a column in the local paper about family counseling and here is the lead on this week's column:

"On March 22 my husband had the first of two heart attacks in four days that nearly ended his life. The irony is that this happened while he was checking something off his Quality Time Left (QTL) list."
—Kathy Radina

The total irony of The Exits Exit still hasn't completely sunk in to me. Meanwhile, the ripples of realization continue to fall into my inbox:

"Jeez BBB, remember this Blog post from January 4:

"It's going to be an intimate affair with just our old friends and family. And hey, it's in Kingman, so what could possibly go wrong?"

[Ouch! Yes, I wrote that on the blog. Mildly ironic now that I reread it. But there isn't anything else of this nature, is there?]

"Do you think anyone actually cares whether you can still play Wipeout?"
—J. Waldon, Kingman Area BBB Anti-Fan Club President"

"Are you sure your waitress at lunch that day wasn't named "Joan"???

[I don't remember. Well, at least there isn't some profound quote that references
someone depressing, like, say, Nietzsche?]

Here's what Milan Kundera has to say about trying to recapture the past:

"Kundera says in the last pages of the novel: 'And therein lies the whole of man's plight. Human time does not turn in a circle; it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy: happiness is the longing for repetition.' Thus Kundera seems to accept Nietzsche's argument that only an eternal recurrence allows one to survive meaninglessness, but then leaves Nietzsche in holding that the survival itself is impossible since the eternal recurrence does not and cannot happen."
—Wayne L.

And, of course, friends from around the country continue to check in:

"Bob! WTF!!

"I was bored and thought I'd see what my old compadre was up to and checked out your blog. I couldn't believe it. You're still playing with the Exits? Jeez, Bob, you should switch to shuffleboard. (Real big here in Florida!)

"Seriously, I picked MYSELF in the office pool to have the first heart attack.
I love you Bob. Your a tough old cuss and I'm sure you're recovering nicely. There are too many dirt roads out there your haven't traveled yet!

"'I think I'd better gator.'....Pancho Villa would have preferred that one!"
—David K. Jones (my old radio partner on KSLX)

And finally, here's something that Carole Glenn sent me that just makes me smile. A Finnish band, the Leningrad Cowboys played in Russia and teamed with the Red Army Choir to do "Sweet Home Alabama," in perfect English. I don't know whey but it makes me smile. Check it out:

With that I think we need to end with a quote from David K's favorite coach:

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."
—Vince Lombardi

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