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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Unpacking Coconut Grove ► Part Four ► Open Houses and Broken Laws

The meeting place
Is there illegal work going on inside the E.W.F. Stirrup House? I certainly think so. Get comfortable and read on. This is a long one, friends.

It was Friday noon (08-17-2012) and I was to meet someone in front of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. This gent was going to get the full Charles Avenue History Tour, which I have now given to several people, several times. In fact, I'll give the Charles Avenue History Tour to anyone who shows an interest in helping me get the word out about the E.W.F. Stirrup House. It's almost like the Coconut Grove Ghost Walk, except the ghosts I'm talking about once lived on Charles Avenue. If you want to book a Charles Avenue History Tour, contact me.

This particular Charles Avenue History Tour turned out to be the longest one yet, almost 2 full hours. Either this gentleman was very interested, or he feigned interest very well; I only saw him glance at his watch once. Or, it could be I'm a much better story teller than I give myself credit for, despite all the swearing.

Friday, August 17, 2012

My First Band ► Cobwebs And Strange ► Nostalgia Ain't What It Used To Be

When I was growing up, like every other kid in 'Merka, I wanted to be in a band. The Beatles had just broken worldwide and it seemed like the easiest thing in the world. All you had to do is grow your hair long and shake your head every once in a while, right? No, it turns out being in a band actually involved learning an instrument. That's where I fell down on the job.

We had a crappy acoustical guitar in the house and I would spend hours fumbling on it trying to make it sound like a guitar. It never sounded like a guitar in my hands. That's when someone suggested I take lessons. Lessons?!?!?! Who knew?

I took many lessons and never seemed to improve. I'd practice for hours V-E-R-Y  S-L-O-W-L-Y and could pull it off the runs and scales. However, the second I tried to speed up it all started to fall apart on me. I could never make my left hand do what I wanted. Eventually my guitar teacher, as gently as he could, told me to give it up. Now keep in mind: he was getting paid for these lessons and could have strung me out forever, earning money on my fumbling. Yet, he was honest enough to tell me that in his career he had seen a couple of people like me before. Slow, I could play anything he gave me. However, the minute we tried to speed it up to anything resembling music, it all fell apart. I had an uncoordinated left hand that wouldn't obey commands from my brain. I was heartbroken.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode Three

Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
The Fox "News Spin Cycle is working overtime, which means I am having to work overtime just to keep up with it. You can see how scared Fox "News" is by how furious the SPIN cycle is working to WHITEwash the Romney-Ryan ticket. They must be reading the same polling I am: Their own.

Episode One of this series ran on Monday. Thirty-two hours later there was enough for Episode Two with sixteen entries. Now just 11 hours later, I have enough for Episode Three and I even culled some. If it keeps up at this rate, this could become a full time job.

But, enough about me. Let's get to the highlights lowlights: It's all dog whistles, lies, and general weirdness.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode Two

Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
Who knew that when I posted Episode One of the The Fox "News" Spin Cycle, there would be enough material for a new episode just 32 hours later? And, I'm not even searching for these gems. I just collect them as they hit my facebook feed. 

However, that's an indication of how hard the Fox "News" Spin Cycle is working, having ratcheted itself into overdrive in order to WHITEwash the Romney-Ryan ticket. 

Today's Silliest Thing In The World™ is the new faux outrage on the Right: Vice President Joe Biden mentioned CHAINS and the Faux Outrage Machine assumes he was talking about slavery. Now apologies are being demanded and people on my facebook feed want to argue the point with me. 

Monday, August 13, 2012

The Fox "News" Spin Cycle ► Episode One

Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
Bizarro is owned by DC Comics
For the last little while I have been collecting some of the propaganda sent out by Fox "News" over its facebook feeds. The Fox "News" Spin Cycle™ has been on overdrive lately in its attempt to WHITEwash Mittens Romney. It's as if they live in an alternate reality. Oh, wait, they do!!! It's as if we have all landed in Bizarro World, which is where all Fox "News" viewers live; an alternate reality where facts are meaningless and belief in the fear-mongering bullshit they are fed. Clearly they live by the Bizarro Code. Here are just a few of the most egregious and/or funny, depending on your point of view: