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If you haven’t heard this yet, or even care, Willie Nelson has once again been busted for possession of marijuana. I don’t smoke the stuff but I know enough to say that anyone who does is the absolute least threat to anyone or anything. To arrest a 70-something country icon for this, again, just seems ridiculous to me.

I’m not here to defend him, I’m just pointing out what a busload of dumb-asses they were. You see, they were busted at a border patrol checkpoint outside of El Paso, Texas.

I grew up in south Texas (Corpus Christi). My Dad’s family comes from even farther south. They grew up right on the Mexican border in a part of the state known as the Rio Grande Valley. I spent half of my childhood down there and part of the experience was going through those checkpoints on the way out. Back then the Border Patrol was just making sure you weren’t smuggling a Mexican citizen into the US. These days it is much, much more serious. I don’t think I need to explain why.

I drive down there for work occasionally. The only difference with the checkpoints now is that when you stop, your vehicle is surrounded by no less than 3 or 4 drug sniffing dogs and their handlers. They are quite thorough too. It seems impossible to me that someone could sneak even a single pot seed through there.

What I read is that at the Sierra Blanca, Texas checkpoint, just outside of El Paso, an officer opened up a door of the bus and smelled marijuana.

Nelson and his crew are the biggest bunch of dumb-asses ever. Think about it. You’re Willie Nelson in your Willie Nelson tour bus heading toward a border checkpoint. Did it not occur to you that the Willie Nelson tour bus just might be scrutinized a wee bit more than all the other vehicles? There is a huge bag of weed on the bus and someone just couldn’t wait the twenty minutes to get past the checkpoint before lighting a joint. I don’t think any of them belong in jail but I must say that they certainly asked for it.

Howl

Posted: July 25, 2010 in community, life, people
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Last night I needed to go to a little store around the corner. It was 9:00. In the short distance from my place to the store, I saw two separate cars pulled over. When I got to the store I saw an argument at the gas pumps. When I walked inside I saw a very long line and the cashier (on the other side of the counter) arguing with some guy who spoke almost no English. This guy was claiming he got into a fight with someone or some people and was demanding to see the surveillance videos and the cameras that recorded it. The cashier kept asking if he should call the cops and this illegal alien kept saying he didn’t want to get the Policia involved. Round and round it went until the cashier finally ran him off. This cashier told me later that the guy was probably sent there to case the place.

I felt uncomfortable the moment got there. I could feel the tension. Everyone was agitated and not just because of what was going on there at the time. As I was making my stupid little purchase I mentioned to the cashier what a crazy night this was. He lowered his head and shook it saying “I was about to keeek heees ass.” Even he was out of character. I told him I wanted to get home as fast as I could. And I did just that.

As I drove home I saw the moon. It was full. It wasn’t a completely full moon, it had started to wane. No matter. A full moon phase makes people crazy.

I first noticed this as a deckhand on the night trips on a boat I worked on. Then I noticed it as a bartender. Full moons bring out the worst in people. Ask any bar or club owner, any bartender or any waitress about full moon nights and they will tell you this: There will be trouble. When I was a kid my Dad owned a bar. During every full moon phase he had to be there to “put out the fires” as he described it. Ask any cop about a full moon. They will tell you the same thing.

Earth is about 70% water and affected by the Moon’s orbit which creates our tides. The human body is also about 70% water. Maybe the human body is affected in a similar way.

Just a thought

Posted: November 26, 2009 in community, people
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While working today, I had to drive to a little town southeast of Houston called Dickinson. I do it every month. It’s comparable charm lies somewhere between the places depicted in the movies “Walking Tall” (the original) and “The Hills Have Eyes”.

I noticed that one of those sticky, greasy carnivals had set up in one of the parking lots. After I drove past it I thought about how impossible it would be to recognize the carnies from the locals. Then I realized what a good thing it is for the community. Dickinson has a job fair in town.

Such class

Posted: November 17, 2009 in entertainment, people, recreation, Uncategorized
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What an obnoxious old toad. I was glad to see “Bud” leave Houston when he did. I can’t help but wonder if his 80 something year old mind has progressed to a stage of dementia and all his “yes men” keep his bottomless glass full of high end liquor.

I will admit that I laugh my ass off every time I see this. I wanted to post this while I could because I don’t think it’s going to be up on the web for very long.

I hope at least one person sees this. It took me about 20 bleary-eyed hours to create the 43 seconds of goofy crap shown in the link below.

Trouble Deluxe

Denise Reis

Posted: July 22, 2009 in music, people
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I had just gotten home from a monthly trip when I found a very interesting video in my email. My Dad sent me a snippet of a woman playing a song on some TV show. I was seriously blown away. He just dropped this bomb on me without telling who she was. Maybe he didn’t know either. I did some looking and found out who she is.

Denise Reis is a Brazilian singer, violinist and composer. Born in Belo Horizonte, in the State of Minas Gerais, she began studying the guitar at age 10. Four years later she attended Julia Pardini’s Choral, where she was promptly invited to take part in a European tour in 1986. As her musical career progressed, she found widespread acceptance and support from the Brazilian people and media. This success was greatly due to Denise’s remarkable ability to imitate the trumpet using only her lips and voice.

I understand that the ability to mimic a trumpet like she does sort of diminishes her credibility as a serious musician to some people, but I’m here to say that this woman is one hell of a serious musician. She’s really playing that guitar . . . and very well. I love her voice too. She’s not a gimmick act. In fact, she doesn’t even do that all the time. Look her up. You’ll see.

Denise Reis

Denise Reis

This was the quickest three I can remember. And it’s a biggie. One on Tuesday and two on Thursday of the same week. Two on the same day, two days later and with one being rather unexpected. Wow. That was swift. I do not mean to minimize what has happened here or to show any disrespect but I can’t help wonder this: Since the “Three Curse” swept through so rapidly this time, is the celebrity world exhaling in personal relief or actually more nervous now that three slots just suddenly became open within two days?

These are my short, personal eulogies for them. They are sincere.

Ed McMahon– The Tonight Show would not have been as we remember it without him. Maybe not even Carson himself. I’ll never forget his voice or that laugh. Especially his introduction at the beginning of every show. What a trademark.

Farrah Fawcett– The beauty from my hometown of Corpus Christi, TX was often babysat by my best friend’s Mom when she was a baby. Despite some odd behavior after “Charlie’s Angels” I never soured on her. Her work in two very good movies convinced me that she was actually quite a talented actress.

Michael Jackson– I have never seen a person move like he could. It made me question my eyesight. He seemed to be a hybrid of liquid and mechanical parts. I could watch that all day long.

I’ve done this before but it never gets old. To me anyway. When I saw a link to the freak Phil Spector’s mug shot, I just had to look. When I did, the first thing that came to mind was The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I still can’t decide which of these two are creepier.

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This is Phil Spector

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And this is “Riff Raff” from the movie.

I love all things that are not modern. I also love all things that no one else likes and especially the things no one else has ever heard of.

Here are two of my favorites. One is a band called Legs Diamond and the other is Mae West. Legs Diamond was a band in the seventies that I was very much in to. I saw them several times in concert and played their albums so much that the stylus had to be replaced every two or three months. We called it a needle. You don’t know what a stylus is, do you? Then there is Mae West. Mae West was . . . well, Mae West.

There is a chorus in one of Legs Diamond’s songs (the words) that has stuck with me for over 30 years. Make fun of me all you want but I think they are some powerful words. So there. I also found a site with Mae West quotes. I read them all, but two of them really stood out to me. Notice the similarity of the words below from an effeminate looking seventies rock band and that of the most sexually aggressive woman of the 1930’s. They are pretty much saying the same thing.

Legs Diamond said:
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It’s not the music, it’s how you play it. It’s not the words, it’s how you say it.

Mae West said:

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It isn’t what I do, but how I do it. It isn’t what I say, but how I say it, and how I look when I do it and say it.

It’s not what I do, but the way I do it. It’s not what I say, but the way I say it.

Afterthought: Maybe Legs Diamond got those great lyrics from Mae West.