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You’ll like this cuz it’s like that
Who the F is Paul Walker??
Reactions to Short Skirt Long Jacket
Get me or don’t
At the movies
True talent
Pacifica radio
RIP Gene Burns
To the Elliott obsessed: Get over it
Absolute Pure Magic!

You’ll like this cuz it’s like that

I “liked” the Lowell George page on Facebook a little while ago.

I was then immediately bombarded with suggestions about other musical artists’ pages I might like to “like”… and, frankly, Facebook’s suggestion that I might appreciate the “The Band” page is rather annoying (almost as annoying as the music of The Band itself).

I adore Fiona Apple. However… in no universe and under no sun does that mean I’d also be enamored of Regina Spektor or Tori Amos. As a matter of fact, my top five favorite female vocalists have NOTHING in common — neither genre, style, quality, pitch, phrasing, nor vocal range.

I’ve been obsessing on Law & Order: Criminal Intent for well over a decade. But, unlike the folks out there who can’t seem to differentiate between well-penned procedurals with complex leads and formulaic drivel with cardboard characters, I do not have the slightest regard for Criminal Minds. Nor would I, even if it were the only thing on.

I won’t eat at a chain restaurant if given a choice… but don’t think that means I idolize Alice Waters or am impressed by trendy foodie establishments and their respective overpriced wine selections.

I rabidly support women’s reproductive rights and gurrrl power. It does not necessarily follow that I wish to ban guns or outlaw nuclear power. Or even that I’m offended by wolf whistles from construction workers.

Don’t box me in.

And while I’m at it, do not offer me poor man’s substitutes, figuring I won’t know the difference.

If I want butter, margarine just won’t do. And ground turkey will never ever cut the mustard (or the mayo, pickle, lettuce, and tomato).

The algorithms of retailers, lobbyists, and other commercial concerns (including Facebook) don’t work on me… and I find the expectation that they would highly insulting.

Don’t box me in.

I don’t vote straight ticket and my taste is my own.

And just because, in the limited imagination of many, A = B, it actually doesn’t… so please don’t ever assume you know what I like or would like/think/say/do about/in any situation or with regard to anything.

Unless you actually, ya know, KNOW.

And chances are, you don’t.

Who the F is Paul Walker??

Why is that Paul Walker person getting more press/attention than Nelson Mandela? I’d never even heard of Walker until after he died. And then I find out he’s just some stupid actor who was in a series of stupid action movies. Yeah, it’s sad that he died young… and yeah, apparently he did some humanitarian stuff and wasn’t a completely self-absorbed celebrity… but seriously???

Get me or don’t

I totally get Fiona Apple.


Because she is misunderstood by many people, and I can relate to that.

Fiona has been accused many times of being sullen, unstable, overly sensitive, melodramatic, etc. She is none of those things. Yes, she is sensitive (due to her inherent nature, the cruel treatment she endured in grade school, and having been raped at age 11)…. but she is not TOO sensitive and her feelings are not unjustifiable. And on top of that, there’s nothing wrong with being a sensitive person.

If Fiona is anything, she’s HONEST. She is the most honest person perhaps ever to walk this earth.  She’s direct and doesn’t do small talk.  Basically, if she has nothing to say, she says nothing.  She doesn’t talk or write unless she has a reason. Honest, true to herself, no bullshit…. and that makes people very uncomfortable. But that’s on them, not her.

I have been accused many times of being angry, mean-spirited, overly sensitive, too outspoken, etc. I am none of those things. Yes, I am sensitive (due to my inherent nature and my upbringing)…. but I am not TOO sensitive and on the rare occasion that my feelings are unjustifiable, I own it. And on top of that, there’s nothing wrong with being outspoken.

If I am anything, I am particular. And I am direct. I have strong opinions and I like to make them known. I rant. I employ hyperbole at times as a vehicle for making my point. And I have a low irritation threshold. But I am very rarely angry and I certainly don’t hate anyone (other than maybe people who torture animals). I try to be honest and true to myself… and when I bullshit, I freely admit it. I deeply appreciate the people who understand and appreciate me because I think most don’t.  And because they don’t, they feel uncomfortable. But that’s on them, not me.

At the movies

Earlier today, my mom asked me if I’d seen the movie “42” yet.

To which I responded, “Mom, you should never ask me if I’ve seen a particular movie YET; just ask me if I’ve seen it.”

Because — and this applies to ALL movies — chances are I haven’t seen it, and won’t ever.

Besides the unpleasantness of the modern-day movie theater experience (noise, filth, rudeness, discomfort, outrageous cost), I simply prefer episodic television to cinematic feature films.  I’m all about character over plot, and a well-written/acted/directed TV series allows for a gradual knowing of the characters and the opportunity to see them evolve. It’s exceedingly rare to find anything approaching that in a two-hour movie.

True talent

This is actually part of a four-song live set… but I’m just posting the one so you won’t think I’m a crazed fanatic or anything (even though I am).

But seriously? If you’re not into Fiona Apple, this video is still well worth watching/listening just for Chris Thile’s mandolin virtuosity.

Enjoy. 🙂

RIP Gene Burns

Longtime KGO host Gene Burns, 72, dies – SFGate.

In my 50 or so years of being a radio listener (and at times fanatic), and even a few working in the business, I have not come across a more intelligent, articulate, informed, erudite, reasoned, and personable radio talk show host than Gene Burns. No matter what side of aisle, Gene could talk to anyone and anyone could talk to Gene. I was devastated when KGO laid him off, and especially when his ensuing stroke kept him from being seated behind his next mic at KKSF. And it breaks my heart that he’s now gone for good. On the other hand, I’m sure Gene did not enjoy his impaired quality of life over the past couple years… so I’m glad for him that he’s been released from his broken body. Rest well, Gene. Thank you for your decades of on-air service. You will not be forgotten.

To the Elliott obsessed: Get over it

To the people who are still all “waah waah waah, bring back Stabler!”: quit your crying and STFU.

Law & Order: SVU is SUCH A BETTER SHOW without that screaming maniac.

Plus… Danny Pino, Kelli Giddish, Andre Braugher, and Raul Esparza in exchange for Chris Meloni? Are you kidding me? I would have taken just one… but four? Total score for the audience!


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