Published on November 17 2006

 

There are a lot of very satisfied Seger fans in Wisconsin right now, and yes.... I'm one of them. And you'll have to excuse the lousy, blurry picture--we had floor seats, but we were far enough back to render flash on a little pocket camera completely useless--this pic is one of those arm's length, you-know-it-isn't-going-to-turn-out photos--but it was the best of them all.

The show opened with Steve Azar, who played a 45-minute set. He was very good, and I intend to look up his music. But man, it's gotta be rough to be an opening act with a crowd who haven't seen the-reason-they-paid-that-Ticketmonster-fee in a dozen years. Azar and his band got politely enthusiastic applause, but it was pretty obvious that the crowd thought of him as background music.

Seger and the Silver Bullet band, including the Motor City Horns, were great. After watching Seger perform at the opening of the World Series awhile back, I was a little nervous about how he would sound. His voice sounded great, though; and he took on the high notes as easily as ever. In his usual black T-shirt and jeans, he may have looked like a grandpa headed down to the hardware store on a Saturday, but he performed with as much energy as a performer thirty years younger.

The band went through the same setlist as in this post, the highlights for me being "Roll Me Away" (of course), "Wait for Me" (which had tears running down my cheeks), "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" (Seger introduced this with "Can you believe I recorded this FORTY years ago?"); and "Travelin' Man/ Beautiful Loser", which I thought was ....wonderful. Just wonderful. If Seger decides to retire again, he went out on a high note, as far as I'm concerned. (Btw, the little video shorts are from the Indianapolis concert.)

 

I still, hours later, cannot believe that I finally, after all these years, got to hear the man perform. I am one very happy fan this morning,even after 9 hours of driving, two hours of sleep last night, and an acute case of "loudspeaker ear".

 

The only downside to the performance was having the Worlds' Tallest Cheesehead in the seats directly in front of us. That man was 6' 8", I kid you not. He did block the glare from those spotlights, though, lol.

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Published on November 16 2006

 

So I lay awake half the night, pondering age-old questions.

Why do the boys at work refer to my brand-new, company-required goggles as "birth control glasses"?

And why does everyone look at me, and break out in laughter? (Okay, that's not uncommon; it's just a little more frequent now.)

 

 

 

 

*I* think they're kinda hot. Think I'll wear them to the concert!!

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Published on November 15 2006

To heck with grumpy gay musicians who need a nap (yes, I'm talking about you, Elton John!), I have someone even MORE interesting to go hear!! Looking at the setlists from the shows earlier this month.......

Oh boy. He's going to open with my ALL TIME FAVORITE (OH MY GOSH I CAN'T BELIEVE I FINALLY GET TO SEE HIM) SONG OF ALL TIME.

I am not going to get a *wink* of sleep tonight. Not even the Ambiens are going to put me out.

Seger Live


Grand Rapids Set List -- 11/12/06


Roll Me Away
Tryin' to Live My Life Without You
Wreck This Heart
Mainstreet
Old Time Rock & Roll
Wait for Me
Face the Promise
No Matter Who You Are
Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight
We've Got Tonight
Turn the page
Travelin' Man
Beautiful Loser
Intermission
Simplicity
Ramblin' Gamblin' Man
C'est La Vie
Satisfied
Sunspot Baby
Horizontal Bop
Katmandu
Night Moves
Hollywood Nights
Against the Wind
Rock and Roll Never Forgets

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Published on November 13 2006

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Mark Steyn :: U.S. must prove it's a staying power
Still, we are all Spaniards now. The incoming speaker says Iraq is not a war to be won but a problem to be solved. The incoming defense secretary belongs to a commission charged with doing just that. A nostalgic boomer columnist in the Boston Globe argues that honor requires the United States to "accept defeat," as it did in Vietnam. Didn't work out so swell for the natives, but to hell with them. What does it mean when the world's hyperpower, responsible for 40 percent of the planet's military spending, decides that it cannot withstand a guerrilla war with historically low casualties against a ragbag of local insurgents and imported terrorists? You can call it "redeployment" or "exit strategy" or "peace with honor" but, by the time it's announced on al-Jazeera, you can pretty much bet that whatever official euphemism was agreed on back in Washington will have been lost in translation. Likewise, when it's announced on "Good Morning Pyongyang" and the Khartoum Network and, come to that, the BBC.

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Published on November 12 2006

Elton John wants "hateful" religion banned
LONDON (Reuters) - Elton John has said organized religion should be banned because it promotes homophobia and turns some people into "hateful lemmings." "I would ban religion completely, even though there are some wonderful things about it," the British singer said in an interview with the Observer newspaper on Sunday. "Religion has always tried to turn hatred toward gay people. It turns people into hateful lemmings and it is not really compassionate." "The reality is that organized religion doesn't seem to work," he added. The 59-year-old singer, who has sold an estimated 200 million records, is no stranger to controversy. In an interview, he said his "bad temper and irrationality" emerged only when he was tired.

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Published on November 11 2006

 

.....I am thankful for those who do.

Honoring those who Serve

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Published on November 10 2006

[UPDATE 11:00am] Those pics were taken 6" ago. Up to about 9", and still coming down. I just spent an hour and a half SHOVELING. I think bike season might be over.]

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Published on November 9 2006

 

PATNA, India (AP) -- One cash-strapped Indian city has launched a unique collection service to dislodge payment from tax deadbeats: Door-to-door eunuchs.

Eunuchs, or men who lack external genitalia, are regarded as powerless in India and traditionally make a living on tips for dancing at weddings or blessing newborns. But they are also known for extreme stubbornness and Patna, the capital of Bihar state in eastern India, hired scores of them Wednesday to compel shop owners to pay their tax arrears.

"We are confident that their reputation and persuasive skills will come in handy for the municipal authorities to collect taxes from defaulters," said Bharat Sharma, a revenue officer.

Source: Indian eunuchs help collect taxes

I think I'd better go to bed.

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Published on November 9 2006

Well, I had to do something today besides sit around in my pajamas blogging, right?

 

So I finished binding off my very first shawl. I finished the knitting awhile back, but I hate binding off knits as much as I hate binding my quilts.

 

 

 

So, here it is, looking very much like a pile of gray and tan and brown and white knots. I promise it will look a ton better after the blocking.

 

 

A little closeup of the stitch.

 

 

 

 

 And I must be enjoying the hand work, because I am already deep into the next one, lol. Whoever thought somebody with two left hands could learn to knit lace?

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Published on November 9 2006

The Blotter
Though he is now the former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld is expected to be accused of war crimes in a lawsuit to be filed next week in Germany. The Center for Constitutional Rights will file the suit on behalf of a group of Iraqi detainees as well as the so-called 20th hijacker, who is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Ok, I understand that lawsuits will be filed and dismissed, investigations will open and drag on for absolutely un-riveting weeks and weeks, fingers will point, and heads will roll. That's just the American Way. But ya gotta wonder about this one.
The suit is being brought in Germany because a "universal jurisdiction" law there allows German courts to claim jurisdiction over war crimes even if they were committed outside that country's borders. CCR filed a similar lawsuit in Germany two years ago. That suit charged that Rumsfeld, former CIA Director George Tenet and other senior officials were responsible for the torturing of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison. The suit was dismissed, however, because German prosecutors said the case had no connection to German citizens nor to events that took place in Germany.
K, let me make sure I have this right. Iraqi prisoners. Americans accused. Iraqi prison. American accusers. Wonder how far this lawsuit will get?

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