Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Let's continue 'Great memories' for a bit longer because it's still a good idea

The problem with stopping something that is unique and powerful simply because people with competing agendas don't like it is that your doubters should never dictate the direction of your life.

That sounds like good advice for youngsters.

Let's let the Princess continue to communicate through these incredible videos, shall we? Granted, only one Princess will emerge in the end. However, in the mean time, let's let these fabulous artists continue to tell the story for us in ways that only they can.

I realize that not every video I post will fit everyone's musical taste. I also realize that some of the content will not fit the G-rated standard to which some would like me to adhere. Some artists tell the story differently, or from a different perspective, than others. That doesn't make their contribution any more or less important.

What do y'all think about adding this one to the rotation?

Friday, April 10, 2015

Elegance, in photos

I thought you might enjoy some photographs of the cheap motel I'm currently staying in as I wait for my new adventure to begin. Don't let the low cost fool you. There is elegance here.

Here's the sign that greets travelers on Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas. Please drive carefully today, for the rain has made the roadways slick and potentially dangerous.

Guess which room I'm staying in. I have two words for you: clean and comfortable.

This wall is accented by soft lighting and free of lipstick or any other markings. A lone piece of artwork featuring a cactus in the desert is reminiscent of something travelers might commonly see on a journey through West Texas or New Mexico.

Surprisingly comfortable, and a fantastic place to lay your head. The plastic snowflake adds a touch of mystery to the room. Is it snowing in here?

Another touch of elegance. Pink flowers in a vase stir feelings of love and warmth. They stand firm and strong, despite the apparent snowfall across the room.

I imagine important conversations could take place here. Deals negotiated and finalized. Long-time friends reuniting and catching up on days gone by. Or just a comfy place to sit and throw back some beers.

I shower in this room. There really is nothing else I want to say about this photograph, because I go to the potty here.

Think of how many people have walked up and down these stairs over the years. This is the route I take some mornings to join the coffee pot in the lobby. The cups are small, but refills are free.

Colorful, but not really the most nutritious choices. A similar machine in the other building distributes Pop Tarts, which I've been known to break down and purchase occasionally during previous stays here.

There's a storm brewing outside today. This is a view from my balcony, looking north on Interstate 45 in Houston, Texas. Drive carefully.

I hope you've enjoyed taking a few minutes to visit me here on the blog today. I'll talk to you again soon.

Monday, April 6, 2015

It's Opening Day for baseball in Houston! Time to mislead the fans again

Orbit and hot chicks. A powerful deception tactic.
Opening Day for Major League Baseball remains one of the most exciting days of the year. There are few things in life more enjoyable than kicking back in a seat and relaxing, while surrounding yourself with thousands of like-minded folks watching America's past time.

I think it was former Houston Chronicle sports writer Richard Justice who once discussed the splendor of professional baseball by writing that watching a bad baseball game is always better than watching a good football game. Ever since we lost the Oilers around here, his words certainly ring true. Taking in a MLB game is still one of the best ways a human can spend three hours.

However, in these parts, the beginning of baseball season marks a time when the local ball club makes people believe I'm somehow affiliated with them. Every year, year after year, the same thing happens. They utilize the local media to make fans believe they are bringing me on board. And year after year, I receive no phone call from them and no tickets arrive in my mailbox.

Don't believe me? Watch the coverage on Houston's Fox affiliate this morning (all four hours). This is just one example, but I encourage you to roll back the coverage this morning from all the local TV news. This city is being mislead by this organization (and has been mislead for years).

The good fans in Houston aren't stupid, but they're sure treated like they are. They know darn well that I have protested this dishonesty by wearing Dodgers and Angels gear to the ballpark each time I visit in past years, including on Opening Day. I also wear Dodgers and Angels gear all over the Houston area. The Astros have been a strange organization. They demand loyalty, but don't give any in return.

I'm not being difficult here. I'm being mislead, and that disappoints me. Especially when that dishonesty originates from an organization that was one of the great loves of my childhood.

So while I won't join the sell-out crowd tonight at Minute Maid (unless the phone rings before 6 p.m. with the offer they are lying about), I will try to find the Dodgers game on TV or online.

I wish fans everywhere a great time at whichever ballpark you visit today. I look forward to keeping a promise I made on Twitter to Magic Johnson regarding my eventual return to the incomparable Dodger Stadium. (Because no wise sports fan ever breaks a promise to Magic Johnson and the incredible fans up on that hill.)

Here's the National Anthem. Now play ball!