Today on Tommy T’s obsession with Random Ruminations – Moving to Big D edition

This is probably going to be the last of the old band stuff, but I’d like to give you guys a quick rundown on my band history. You already know about Grendel, but I should mention a few others: Sing Out Waco – the Waco “Up With People” franchise.  This is where I switched from drums (The Flower People) to bass guitar. Baylor Symphony Orchestra Summer Student Symphony – my percussion instructor Larry Vanlandingham who was a Fellow at Baylor got me into that one. Funny sub-story – I was looking for the Professor, and someone said he might be … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s obsession with Random Ruminations – Moving to Big D edition

Saturday Odds & Sods: Do You Feel Like We Do

Cocktails by Archibald Motley.

The cold weather is gone for now. We haven’t run the heater for a few days. Yay. I shudder to think what our next utility bill will be, but it won’t be like the budget-busters in unregulated Texas; at least I hope not. Freedom, man.

I’m feeling cautiously optimistic on the COVID front. But some people are already getting carried away. That’s been the pattern and it’s a lethal one. I’m keeping my guard up even after I get vaccinated, which should be in the next few weeks. Let’s be careful out there.

The featured image is by Archibald Motley who was a Jazz Age modernist active during the Harlem Renaissance. The image is of well-dressed Black ladies having cocktails. I’d call them flappers but that could cause a flap, Jack…

This week’s theme song was written by Peter Frampton for his 1973 semi-solo, semi-band album Frampton’s Camel. It’s the ultimate rock hangover song.

An edited version of a live version from the monster hit album, Frampton Comes Alive later became a hit single. How’s that for a version diversion? I hope it was diverting.

We have two versions (there’s that word again) of Do You Feel Like We Do for your listening pleasure: the studio original and a 2000 live performance.

We’ll have more about Peter Frampton after the break. We might as well go now.

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He Works Hardly For the Money

NEWS REPORT: Donald Trump has asked to be allowed to live at Mar-A-Lago permanently, claiming he is an employee and therefore eligible for an exemption prohibiting members of the club from living there fulltime.  Lights up on the Human Resources office of the Mar-A-Lago club in Palm Beach Florida. Seated at her desk is MARLA, the HR Manager. She is reading through a file, then uses the intercom to buzz her secretary. MARLA: June, is the next candidate for the open position still waiting? JUNE: (over the intercom) Yes, he’s still here. I think he’s getting a little jumpy. MARLA: … Continue reading He Works Hardly For the Money

Closing Time

Fry’s Electronics is dead. This is quite literately matricide, the industry it suckled and nurtured killed it. For those of you not in the know, if Silicon Valley was the epicenter of the tech explosion, Fry’s was the epicenter of Silicon Valley. It’s iconic stores, each decked out in an outlandishly silly individual design theme (Wild West, Aztec Temple, 50’s Sci Fi, etc) were the go to place for the equipment the people who created the new world we live in. Beyond being an electronics store, it was a clubhouse for geeks and nerds who wandered it’s aisles filled with … Continue reading Closing Time

New Year, Same Old Playbook

After all, it’s worked before, so nothing really unusual about Ron Johnson (R-Stupidville) insisting that it wasn’t really a riot….ok, maybe it was but it was Antifa disguised as Trump supporters, which would be news to “close ally of…Majorie Taylor Green” Anthony Aguero, as well as other participants, while KKKarlson deadpanned how he looked far and wide for evidence of QAnon, but gosh, there’s not even a website, so what’s all the fuss/it’s all in the libruls’ heads, hahaha, blah blah blah, and unless the media dutifully chants “both sides” it’s further proof they’re infested with librul cooties, etc. Nice … Continue reading New Year, Same Old Playbook

The Perseverance of Science

    NASA has released video of Perseverance landing on Mars. I have to admit, watching it makes me a little verklempt (it’s Yiddish, look it up). I am of the the generation that grew up with the Space Race. I remember TVs being wheeled into elementary school classrooms so we could watch the Mercury, then Gemini, then Apollo rockets lift the men with the Right Stuff off into the wild blue yonder. There was a time when I could name all the Astronauts, the names of their ships (capsules), and what their particular missions accomplished in the contest to … Continue reading The Perseverance of Science

Good-Talking Candles

I thought I wanted to write something about the budget reconciliation process, but I’ve been feeling sad these last few days:  sad because a dear friend lost her mom on Friday, sad because that dear friend and her youngest son and her husband have COVID-19 and it involved a hospital stay, sad that 500,000 people have died from this disease, and sad that we have no organized communal mourning with its permission to just exist in the ever-present grief. Every year I drag my feet when it comes to taking down our Christmas decorations. I don’t really do a lot … Continue reading Good-Talking Candles

The Lady, The Dale, And I

There is a nifty little four part documentary series on HBO called The Lady and The Dale.  It is about Elizabeth Carmichael, founder of 20th Century Motor Car Company, the maker of The Dale, a three wheeled auto that she proclaimed would get 70 miles to the gallon of gas. When the company was founded in 1973 at the height of the Arab Oil Embargo, an assertion that a car could get 70 miles to the gallon had suckers…er…I mean potential buyers lined up outside her San Fernando Valley showroom/offices. I ought to know. I saw them lined up when … Continue reading The Lady, The Dale, And I

Today on Tommy T’s Obsession with the Freeperati – Cruz Control edition

Recovering from a bout of gastroenteritis, and was going to take this weekend off, but I just couldn’t pass this one up!

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Ted Cruz flew to Cancun with his family amid power crisis in Texas

Fox News ^ | 2/18/21 | Tyler Olsen

Posted on 2/18/2021, 9:26:48 AM by JonPreston

Sen. Ted Cruz flew to Cancun, Mexico, with his family this week as Texas dealt with a winter storm that left millions without power, Fox News has confirmed.

1 posted on 2/18/2021, 9:26:48 AM by JonPreston
To: Brookhaven

It’s the Daily Mail, so, they would find fault with anything Cruz or any republican does.

5 posted on 2/18/2021, 11:03:50 AM by adorno

To: Brookhaven

Trips to Cancun aren’t done on the spur of the moment – I’d assume his wife and kids have been planning and anticipating this trip for a while now. Probably wouldn’t have been easy to cancel at the last minute due to freak weather conditions, but I agree – it’s a bad look.

4 posted on 2/18/2021, 11:02:45 AM by AnotherUnixGeek

There’s this thing called “trip insurance” – perhaps you’ve heard of it?
To: Brookhaven

Only illegals are allowed to flee to another country.

11 posted on 2/18/2021, 11:05:08 AM by Leep (Save America. Lock down Joe Biden!)

To: Brookhaven

Lol. Like Cruz is responsible for the Texas energy policy. It’s a state function.

And who cares. I’d do it too if I could.

Jealous losers.

13 posted on 2/18/2021, 11:06:08 AM by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL)

To: Brookhaven

In other news, Biden pushes gun control and the unemployment rate is on the rise due to leftist policies, but by all means worry about where and when the Cruz family takes a vacation. /spit.

18 posted on 2/18/2021, 11:07:15 AM by Bearshouse

To: JonPreston

Good on him. After the whole election mess and the inauguration mess and the whole Pelosi-led fricking Capitol mess, yeah good on Ted.Hope he is sharing a margarita with his wife right now.

27 posted on 2/18/2021, 9:34:30 AM by Slyfox (Not my circus, not my monkeys )
Ah – but it IS your circus, and they most definitely ARE your monkeys.
To: JonPreston

Maybe the author of this article should bring his Hot Air to Texas and generate some energy to warm some houses. Cruz isn’t even in Texas and airports here were closed until yesterday. People know you can work in DC or Cancun and still do your job, right? BS story and post.

31 posted on 2/18/2021, 9:34:51 AM by Savage Rider

And then, quite unexpectedly, common sense breaks out!
To: JonPreston

We bash Dems when they do this kind of stuff. Bad look for Cruz

60 posted on 2/18/2021, 9:41:03 AM by stuck_in_new_orleans ( )

I think he was born with that bad look, but whatever….
To: cgbg

This is tone-deaf optics at its worse(sic). I never liked Cruz much, but wow.

12 posted on 2/18/2021, 9:30:54 AM by Shadylake

To: JonPreston

Honestly, I expect him to resign over this.

2 posted on 2/18/2021, 9:27:21 AM by Shadylake

To: JonPreston

THIS, after he criticized state officials yesterday? Moroooon

53 posted on 2/18/2021, 9:39:41 AM by montag813 (“Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the Great”)

To: JonPreston

He just gave his opponent in 2024 some great campaign material.

72 posted on 2/18/2021, 9:45:49 AM by Stravinsky

You Beto your life he did.
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More Cruz missiles below the fold….

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Today on Tommy T’s obsession with Random Ruminations – Ambivalent about ambidexterity edition

Ambivalent about ambidexterity When I was very young, the conventional wisdom (thank you so much, Dr. Spock) was to take your lefty child and turn them into a rightie, so that they would fit into a right-handed majority’s world. This was accomplished by things like “If your baby reaches for something with their left hand, withhold it. If they reach for it with their right, let them have it”, and similar aversion training. My Mom did this with me. Unfortunately, what this really did was to screw up my manual dexterity, and make me equally clumsy with BOTH hands. I … Continue reading Today on Tommy T’s obsession with Random Ruminations – Ambivalent about ambidexterity edition

Saturday Odds & Sods: Stage Fright

Two Comedians by Edward Hopper.

I’m  a slacker publisher. I have not formally welcomed Shapiro and Cassandra to the First Draft family. I’ve known both of them for years and they still speak to me. They’re clearly tolerant types.  Thanks for bringing your life experiences and insights to our humble blog. There’s only one rule:

It’s still cold as hell in Louisiana but our infrastructure has held up better than that of Texas, which is a much wealthier state. It helps to have a competent governor as opposed to one who lies on Fox News. Cue Lou Costello impression:

When I searched for the phrase HEY ABBOTT, I kept seeing images of wingnutty former Aussie Prime Minister Tony Abbott. He’s much scarier than the Mummy Bud and Lou met but not quite as scary as Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Even scarier is the thought of Ted Cruz on the beach in Cancun as his constituents freeze their asses off. Are you in a narcissism contest with Pennywise, dude? Tommy T will have more on Teddy Boy on Monday. Stay tuned.

This week’s theme song was written by Robbie Robertson for The Band’s 1970 album of the same name. It was inspired by Robbie’s own issues with stage fright. FYI, a 50th anniversary remixed and reordered version of that album was released last week. It’s a dramatic sonic improvement on the original. It also features an insanely great 1971 live show from the Royal Albert Hall in London. 4 stars all the way, baby.

We have two versions of Stage Fright for your listening pleasure: the studio remix and a live version from The Last Waltz.

I didn’t know until recently that there’s an instrumental of the same title. These dudes composed it.

In addition to stage fright, I’m contemplating mummy’s right now. I guess it’s time to meet the Son Of The Mummy:

None of that Brendan Fraser shit for me, dude. It’s Karloff and Lee all the way.

Now that I’ve exhausted my mummy jokes, let’s wrap our first act up and jump to the break.

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Everything’s Bigger In Texas

And that includes the failure and finger pointing even faced with a staggering blow to his immediate constituents, a blow caused almost entirely by decades of deliberate political choices, Governor Abbott has nothing except a whole basket full of talking-point nostrums that are insultingly inadequate to the crisis at hand. Abbot, — along with Rick Perry, Tucker Carlson, Dan Crenshaw and various assorted wingnut politicos and pundits — immediately opted for knee-jerk it’s-the-blue-stet-libruls-who-are-to-blame-mode, Crenshaw’s allegation being particularly absurd. Though perhaps, at long last, we’re seeing just a tiny bit of pushback from a media that normally amplifies wingnut bullshit to … Continue reading Everything’s Bigger In Texas