Sunday, September 28, 2008

Truth is stranger than fiction

I'm not sure which was more outrageous - the brilliant SNL parody or the real thing:


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All I know is that this is the first time in recent memory that I've found myself in general agreement with a conservative columnist.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Rescue at sea

This is a remarkable story.

Walter Marino and his twelve-year-old son Christopher, who has autism, were swept out to sea and had to tread water for fifteen hours before they were rescued.

It seems that, in some ways, Christopher's autism was actually an asset in helping him to manage the ordeal. Says Walter, “His lack of fear was calming to me. He was on an adventure — I mean, he was laughing. It was just a day in the ocean to him."

This morning, Matt Lauer interviewed the family on the Today show. I dare you to watch it without crying.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Burning up the charts

Yesterday, Dierks Bentley released his latest single, "Feel That Fire," to radio stations. He also made it available for download from his website to fans and executive-producer types. I added it to my iTunes playlist and called Bud over to get his expert opinion.

Bud peered over my shoulder to look at the screen while he listened, then read the title, snapped his head toward me, and said, slightly aghast, "I don't want to feel a fire!" He reached out slowly, demonstrating the hesitancy he feels about touching his hands to flames and embers.

"He's not singing about a real fire, Bud," I said. "We never, ever touch real fires." I considered trying to explain the metaphor further, but just then Dierks hit the lyric "she wants to make love on a train" and I decided that I'd already said enough to make my point.

Bud listened to the rest of the song, smiled in approval, and asked me to put it on his iPod. I agreed, assured that he was clear that Dierks was not giving him a directive on the whole fire-feeling business.

Honestly, though, I hadn't realized just how much street cred Dierks has with Bud - enough that Bud would actually consider taking his cues from his long-haired hero. The revelation has started me thinking.

So, Dierks, if you're reading - maybe you'd consider adding a track to your forthcoming album? I'm thinking "Clean That Playroom" has "hit single" written all over it...

Friday, September 05, 2008

Palin by comparison

Two very different takes from two very different people. One single clear message.

Gloria Steinem.

Jon Stewart: