Friday, April 04, 2008

Friday Funnies


DEN said...

Mark Fiore

DEN said...

"Here's good news, ladies and gentlemen: The circus is in town at Madison Square Garden. ... Earlier today, Hillary Clinton claimed that she was once shot out of a cannon." --David Letterman

"I'm telling ya, Hillary is getting knocked around pretty good here lately. Every time she says something, people are jumping all over her. She compared herself to Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone's 'Rocky.' She said, 'I'm just like Rocky.' ... I'm thinking, if Hillary is Rocky, then John McCain is the old cut man in the corner." --David Letterman

"I like John McCain. He reminds me of a guy who spends a lot of time in the yard with a hose." --David Letterman

"He's looking for a vice presidential running mate. ... He needs a guy who is conservative, understands the economy and knows how to operate a defibrillator." --David Letterman

"While campaigning in Pennsylvania yesterday, Barack Obama told an eight-year-old boy if he wants to be president, he should work hard in school, get good grades and find a job that helps people. To which President Bush said, 'That's an April Fool's joke, right?'" --Jay Leno

"It looks like Barack Obama has taken a ten-point lead over Hillary Clinton. You know they say, behind every successful man there's a woman. Unfortunately for Hillary, it's her." --Jay Leno

"The London Daily Telegraph says that more and more Democrats now believe their candidate for president should be Al Gore, not Hillary or Barack. And today, President Bush said, 'Well, if Al Gore can run again, that means I can too, right?'" --Jay Leno

"According to the latest issue of Newsweek, they are reporting that in Iraq, Shiites are turning on their own supporters. They're attacking their own people. You know what that means, the Shiites are really hitting the fans." --Jay Leno

"It has happened again. The husband of Democratic U.S. Senator Deborah Stabenow from Michigan has admitted he paid a prostitute he met on the Internet $150 for sex at a hotel room. He could end up serving four years as governor of New York." --Jay Leno

"A huge mess in New Jersey yesterday. Truckers protesting the high cost of diesel fuel gridlocked the New Jersey Turnpike on purpose. To give you an idea of how bad it was, it took former New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey three hours to get to a rest stop to have anonymous sex." --Jay Leno

"Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke ... speaking before Congress warned we may be headed towards a recession. Thank you, Captain Obvious. Let me guess, the real estate market not looking too good either." --Jay Leno

"And Bush's secretary of housing announced he's stepping down. Well, sure, now that no one has a house anymore, he's got nothing to do." --Jay Leno

"It's getting pretty intense in Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton battling it out with Barack Obama. She's trying everything. Hillary Clinton's campaign -- I don't know if you saw this -- has come out with another ad with her answering the phone at the White House at 3 a.m. Yeah, she made another one. In this one, Hillary handles the crisis, then asks, 'By the way, have you seen my husband?'" --Conan O'Brien

"Yesterday on the campaign trail, John McCain gave a speech at the high school he attended in Virginia. McCain told the senior class, 'What a coincidence! You graduated in '08 and I graduated in '08.'" --Conan O'Brien

"Donald Trump says he would like to hire Ashley Dupre, the prostitute in the Eliot Spitzer scandal, to appear on his new reality show. Apparently, his new reality show is called 'Donald Trump Hires a Hooker.'" --Conan O'Brien

"If this McCain fella is going to break through the new tsunami that is the Democratic race, he's going to have to get his name out there. Well, folks, buckle your seatbelts. Seriously, if you want to go on this little tour he has going, you have to buckle your seatbelts [on screen: news reports about McCain's 'bio' tour]. Gather around, everybody! An old man wants you to get on a bus so he call tell you stories about his life. Wow! It's all the allure of an Atlantic City senior citizens outing without all the awkward sexual tension ... or the quarters. What is he thinking? Come on a bus so I can tell you about my life. That's going to grab people, I guess." --Jon Stewart

"Hillary Clinton was in Philadelphia today, where she told the crowd she is like the movie character Rocky. ... Now, if I remember the movie correctly, doesn't Rocky get the crap beat out of him and then he loses to the black guy?" --Jay Leno

"That's what she says, she's just like Rocky. Except for when she's in Bosnia. Then she's like Rambo." --Jay Leno

"As you know, Hillary is still taking a lot of heat over claims she had to duck and run for cover at the airport in Bosnia. It turns out, Barack Obama also had to duck and run for cover at the airport. Not in Bosnia, at O'Hare. On his way back from vacation, he thought he saw his pastor." --Jay Leno

"Did you see Barack Obama bowling in Pennsylvania the other day? Ooh, that was bad. He bowled a 37 out of a 300. See, that's good. That is good, because I want a president that's bad at bowling. I mean, shouldn't he have more important things to do? Look, I don't know President Bush, but I'm willing to guess he's a great bowler." --Jay Leno

"Two Ohio companies who staged events for Hillary Clinton say that they've been trying to get paid. For weeks they have been trying to get the Clinton campaign to pay their bill, but the Clintons won't answer their e-mails or return their phone calls. Ironically, they even tried calling Hillary at 3 a.m. and nobody answered." --Jay Leno

"On a lighter note, Hillary Clinton announced that her favorite music group is the Rolling Stones. She said they were the first concert she ever went to. John McCain said the first concert he ever attended was two guys pounding on a log with sticks to celebrate a successful woolly mammoth hunt." --Jay Leno

"Happy Birthday to Al Gore! God bless him, 60 years old. ... He just couldn't enjoy the party. He was so obsessed with how quickly the ice cream was melting." --Jay Leno

"President Bush threw out the first ball the other night at the Washington Nationals home opener. Boy, wasn't is nice to see Bush throwing out something other than the Constitution?" --Jay Leno

"Big news in the world of television. Kathie Lee Gifford -- remember Kathie Lee Gifford -- who was on the 'Regis Lee Show with Kathie Lee Gifford' is returning to television. She's going to be on the 'Today' show. Returning to television. Here's the scary part: President Bush knew about this, but failed to act."

"They say Hillary Clinton's campaign is out money. Out of money. As a matter of fact, it may be true. Earlier today, she was shopping at Pantsuits For Less."

"You know who I like is that John McCain. You folks like John McCain?. ... He looks like the guy at the hardware store who makes the keys. He looks like the guy who can't stop talking about how well his tomatoes are doing. He looks like the guy who goes into town for turpentine. He looks like the guy who always has wiry hair growing out of new places. He looks like the guy who points out the spots they missed at the car wash." --David Letterman

Hajji said...


That's the thing...when the headline was "I've been to the Mountaintop" nobody picked it up, thinking they'd read/heard it all.

Then when it was titled "I many not get there with you". Only a few picked it up, thinking they'd read/heard it.

When it had "The Sneeze Speech/MLK 4/3/67", almost everyone took the time to read it...when they got to the last couple paragraphs, they realized they'd NEVER heard or read the entire thing, only what the media had played one or two days a read for the past 40.

Most were glad they took the time.


micki said...

Cue the orchestra --it's time for the Obama Overture to hang Paul Krugman in effigy. From today's NYT:

Indeed, while Mrs. Edwards focused her criticism on Mr. McCain, she also made it clear that she prefers Hillary Clinton’s approach — “Sen. Clinton’s plan is a great plan” — to Barack Obama’s. The Clinton plan closely resembles the plan for universal coverage that John Edwards laid out more than a year ago. By contrast, Mr. Obama offers a watered-down plan that falls short of universality, and it would have higher costs per person covered.

Worse yet, Mr. Obama attacked his Democratic rivals’ health plans using conservative talking points about choice and the evil of having the government tell you what to do. That’s going to make it hard — if he is the nominee — to refute Mr. McCain when he makes similar arguments on behalf of such things as privatizing veterans’ care.

Still, health care ought to be a major issue in this campaign. I wonder if we’ll have time to discuss it after we deal with more important subjects, like bowling and basketball.

DEN said...

Must see video from KO last night.

DEN said...

Forty years after his death, Martin Luther King, one of the great prophets of American democracy, has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government at a time of war must not be lost to history.

Toward the end of his life, King turned his attention to poverty and the war in Vietnam. After giving the speech below, in which he called America “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today,” King was dropped from Gallup’s annual list of the most admired Americans and was ridiculed by the New York Times, among too many others. Soon after, he was murdered.

King said that America “can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over.” Those words were echoed by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a man who served his nation in uniform, who devoted his life to the welfare of his community, but was dismissed as a kook and a racist and a hater of his country for challenging its moral impenetrability.

America, apparently, does not take well to criticism. Thus it seems an appropriate time to let that King, not the statue, but the patriot, say his piece.

@ Truthdig


The 'nerve', a black man criticizing our government!

Everyone knows those preachers like Rev. Wright are wrong.


Alan said...

When it had "The Sneeze Speech/MLK 4/3/67", almost everyone took the time to read it...

Yeah Hajji, except I havn't read it still. I listened to it again tho! That part with the sneeze, in particular the letter from the schoolgirl, was for me second only to the very last lines on the emotional scale. That one got to me.

Alan said...

I mean, you heard him say how many letters he got. You heard him mention letters from high up people in our government and governments throughout the world, and he couldn't remember what those said. BUT, he remembered a nice note from a 15 y/o white schoolgirl. Man, I'm getting misty-eyed again typing about it.

DEN said...

Two good movies coming up for you theater goers:


Older Than America

Both filmed in the Great White North.

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David B. Benson said...

Find what James Howard Kunstler has recently written, especially with regard to climate mitigation...

DEN said...

Spam extraction complete!

micki said...


Dr. B -- is this the article to which you refer? There's much to contemplate in this essay, but this sentence, among many, leaped out:

If you really want to understand the U.S. public’s penchant for wishful thinking, consider this: We invested most of our late twentieth-century wealth in a living arrangement with no future.

Well, worth the read.

Oh, BTW, as I mentioned I did receive your emails intact w/attachment, so I have no idea why Hajji didn't get his. Well....perhaps he has by now...

micki said...

ooops...Well worth

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micki said...


...ran into this article when searching for the above. This is a good read, too.

micki said...

oops, again! Darn!

Misspelling: s/b Kunstler

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- It was another of his pieces, regarding attending a Rocky Mountain Institue sponsored conference is Aspen, CO. But the fisrt one you provided a link to is also good.

Oh, the Aspen bit is down aways in the second.

David B. Benson said...

I'm done creating knowledge at this site for today...

tytandanmar said...

Be careful you wish for:

The federal government is totally out of conrol. There is no fiscal responsibility and there is no end in sight of the messes the government can create and then spend more money trying to cover their mistakes, only making it worse. The power needs to be rightfully given back to the states as Constitutionally guaranteed.

The executive branch needs to be scaled back to pre-WWI days. The executive branch was never meant to be as powerful as it currently is. The problem with the executive branch began with FDR and has proceeded to get worse since.

The Federal Government should only consist of a Federal Judiciary system, a House and Senate. The federal govenrnment should only be responsible for providing a standing military for defense of the nation. All other power should rest with the states.

This can be accomplished by reversing the was taxes are levied in this country. The bulk of all tax receipts go to the federal government, and then to the state and local governments. The states should get that the federal government gets now. The local governments should get what the states get now and the federal government should get what the local governments get now. There is no need for a dept of education, dept of agriculture, dept of energy and on and on. Those things can be handled at the state level "if the states and local government deem them to be necessary."

I just cannot see how anybody can see a problem being fixed by a federal government. The one thing the federal government should be responsible for is a total mess. And I mean our military. We have the best and bravest soldiers in the world. They are grossly underpaid. A lot of that has to do with massive waste in the federal bureaucracy that is the department of defense. Get rid of the waste, fraud, abuse and the myriad of pencil pushers and our military personnel would earn a descent wage for the job they do instead of having to rely on food stamps etc. to make ends meet. And as for the federal government taking control of health care. Just look at the Veterans Administration to get a look at how efficient that program is run. Then think about the number of veterans they actually serve. Then multiply that number by 10 to account for "all" citizens in this country and you can see what a mess it can be and will be if it comes to fruition.

And remember this, a federal health care system means all health care personnel will be federal employees. The top Government Service pay scale is currently around $125,000 if I am not mistaken. Do you think any doctor, surgeon etc who is tops in their field will work for the government? No, they will work for "private hospitals" which will spring up like weeds if government health care comes to fruition. They will only care for those who can afford to pay for their services. And if you don't believe these "private hospitals" do not exist, they certainly do in countries with universal health care. Why do you think there are those from Canada come here for treatment? It is because they can afford not to stand in line for their health care.

Another thing to consider. Most doctors in the U.S. see as many patients a day because it is economically beneficial to them and it makes their patients happy. If they are a government physician and earn a set salary, they get paid the same amount whether they see 5 patients or 20 patients a day. What do you think they would choose to do?

All in all, the federal government just needs to plain get out of the people's business and go back to being as little a nuisance as it can possible be.

Hajji said...


Those of us a bit south of the Manson/Nixson line are claiming a large part of "Leatherheads".

As a matter of fact, the night I was wasting 2.5 hours of my life seeing "Stop Loss", George C. and Rene Z. were hosting a screening (in the VERY NEXT THEATER at Cherrydale Multiplex!) for many of the extras who appeared in scenes shot here in the Upstate of SC and in NC.

I think I mentioned before a local theater troup even wrote and performed "Chasing George Clooney" a farce about the giddiness and star-seeking that surrounded the shooting.

Anderson, Spartanburg, Greenville and Charlotte were some of the locations...

They also hosted a red-carpet event in Maysville, KY, Clooney's ancestral home, 'bout halfway down the river between MY boyhood home and Cincinnati. I dunno if they shot anything up there, but Clooney's Dad and Rosemary are locals.

My "brushes with fame" are LEGION! Now, if only some O'Dat money would just get itself laying 'round behind...


DEN said...

Long on conversation and short on compensation, I dig that.

Never went for money much here and it shows, HA!

My mule died, my goat got given away, my dog got ran over, and the cat ran away.

Sounds like a country tune to me.

Hajji said...

Donkey's fat, fed 'n fine, goats're riding the storm out in their treehouse...and you better be drivin' a Hummer, if you're planning to run over one of MY dogs, they're HYOOOGE!
(and that's also why there's no living cat within a 1/2 mile)

Money's Trouble, but a 'lil money'd sure make all the other troubles a 'lil mo' better and a 'lil less hard.

Just as I'm typing this "Trouble Me", by 10,000 maniacs comes on "The World Cafe" on NPR.


Trouble me, disturb me with all your cares and you worries.
Trouble me on the days when you feel spent.
Why let your shoulders bend underneath this burden when my back is sturdy and strong?
Trouble me.

Speak to me, don't mislead me, the calm I feel means a storm is swelling;
there's no telling where it starts or how it ends.
Speak to me, why are you building this thick brick wall to defend me when your silence is my greatest fear?
Why let your shoulders bend underneath this burden when my back is sturdy and strong?
Speak to me.

Let me have a look inside these eyes while I'm learning.
Please don't hide them just because of tears.
Let me send you off to sleep with a "There, there, now stop your turning and tossing."
Let me know where the hurt is and how to heal.

Spare me? Don't spare me anything troubling.
Trouble me, disturb me with all your cares and you worries.
Speak to me and let our words build a shelter from the storm.
Lastly, let me know what I can mend.
There's more, honestly, than my sweet friend, you can see.
Trust is what I'm offering if you trouble me.

It ain't Tom T. Hall...but it IS sumpthin'!

Hop level is rising!


Hajji said...

And right after that!

Oh trouble set me free
I have seen your face
And it's too much too much for me

Oh trouble can't you see
You're eating my heart away
And there's nothing much left of me

I've drunk your wine
You have made your world mine
So won't you be fair
So won't you be fair

I don't want no more of you
So won't you be kind to me
Just let me go where
I'll have to go there

Oh trouble move away
I have seen your face
and it's too much for me today

Oh trouble can't you see
You have made me a wreck
Now won't you leave me in my misery

I've seen your eyes
and I can see death's disguise
Hangin' on me
Hangin' on me

I'm beat, I'm torn
Shattered and tossed and worn
Too shocking to see
Too shocking to see

Oh trouble move from me
I have paid my debt
Now won't you leave me in my misery

Oh trouble please be kind
I don't want no fight
And I haven't got a lot of time



tytandanmar said...


You were still around here when Billy Ray was just a local boy before making it big. Did you know him and what did you think of him? There are people around here who make fun of him and I cannot understand why, unless it is jealousy or that he treated them badly for whatever reason.

My personal opinion is that I am glad to see anyone from this area make it. I think Billy Ray was a decent songwriter, and has a decent voice. I think "Achy Breaky Heart" made him and broke him. He didn't write that song and I do not think that song was him. The downfall began when the record companies wanted another "Achy Breaky" even though I think that every song he released after "AB" was much better than "AB." I think that is a downfall of many songwriters. They build a fan base from music they write, become famous and then start recording songs written by others and lose their original fans because it is not the same. I think that happened to Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers and Garth Brooks to name a few. I loved Willie in the early days but when he began recording songs that were not his, I lost interest.

That is why I respect bands like Aerosmith, Rolling Stones and Neil Young. What you hear is them, from the lyrics up. Say what you will about "geriatric rockers" but at least they are still writing and playing their own songs, not Sinatra covers.

DEN said...


DEN said...

Short on tune but long on pics, eh?

What an incredibly mellow sounding gentleman.

I had Teaser and the Firecat on vinyl.

Hajji said...


Mostly I remember Billy Ray just trying to get up in front of anybody, anywhere, and get to sing.

Those memories are kinda hazy, but I seem to remember a few times at the "Park Place Lounge", early'80s, across the street from DMI, where our fathers worked in your hometown, when he was hanging around, hoping to sing with "Portrait", who I was mixing sound for then, (and getting home at 2am and still getting up for High School!)just before "Sly Dog" started playing together and developing a following/residency at a dive in west Huntington, WV.

Billy Ray didn't really mix with the progressive things Chris Kitchen and Ben Slutz and the like were doing at the time. They were more into Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, Dire Straights and the like and Billy Ray was kinda...well protoplasm of the mullet-headed cuntry-lite-popper he became.

I think "Sly Dog" actually started with Mark Carlisle and Paul Cook and some other folk, before Billy Ray started singing with them, but I could certainly already have been with Jim Bailey and "The Lot" in Florida, or just hallucinating that, at the time.

He was certainly persistant, a bit larger EGO than talent at that point, but determined to "make it" at any and all costs.

I believe you might remember a gal named Cindy Lewis, who knows (WAS?) that cost all too well.

I think that when Billy finally DID get his contract and headed to Nashville (somewhere, I remember they'd asked Ben Slutz and Mike Seagraves to join the band...Mike did, Ben didn't) the very folks who'd mocked his talent and drive were kinda left behind, so to cover, they derided the song and dance and music that did it for him. Jealousy, certainly, but snobbery, too!

I remember that I was managing "Record Town" on Washington St. in downtown Boston when a record label promotions person came in with a box of cassette singles and posters to hang for the release of "Achy Breaky".

After changing my pants, I laughed until I cried! I still have a little, leather business card-holder that was part of the promotion!

I certainly wasn't bowled over by Achy Breaky. I must admit that my memories of him at that point were just what I've written and when my mind tried to put 2 and 2 into that equation, it took a long time to come up with the square root of 16!

But after a few more years on the Boston music scene, it began to make sense.

I'd known a LOT of folks who had more talent than I'd ever known basically bog down and get passed by for the likes of many people with ego-driven drives like Billy Ray's.

Don't get me wrong...there are certainly LOTS of people who work harder, have more determination and certainly more talent than BRC, (and many are still plugging along) but he was WHAT somebody was looking for at the time ("Achy Breaky" found HIM!) but he certainly developed the acumen to parlay that into a life-long career...and that experience to help his daughter become an exponetially BIGGER star than he.

For his determination and drive, I certainly now congratulate him.

Too many people have tasted a smaller slice of the "fame and fortune" pie and crapped out failure.

He took his pie and ran...and HANDED DOWN the RECIPE!

Good on him!

Flatwoods, KY should be proud.


DEN said...

OK, way more intense video to the same tune.

DEN said...

I've got hay that needs hitting.

DEN said...

One more thought.

We actually only 'borrow' beer so we can glean it's nutritious ingredients, then we return it to nature.

tytandanmar said...

Wow, the names. Mark Carlisle. Last time I saw Mark he was fronting a band in Ironton called the Electric Outhouse. Funny, I remember Mark living close to Jim Layne's house and once when Dennis and I were over at Jim's house when I was about 15, he begged me to come over to teach him the opening lick to Dream On. Of course, our family knows Cindy well. Her mom works for our defense attorney in Huntington and I talk to her from time to time.
I don't remember any of the other names you mentioned except Jim Bailey, may he rest in peace and Chris Kitchen, who I believe to be, pound for pound, the best guitar player I have ever seen in person. And that includes Peter Frampton and Rick Derringer.

I figgured you would know some good inside stuff. Who was "Portrait?"

Hajji said...

Don't talk bad about Willie.

"Stardust" and many of the songs on albums he recorded that were NOT his own were the direct result of having to come up with IRS payments...and FAST!

He was and still is a genius of a songwriter as his SONG CREDITS confirm.

I mean anybody who had songs like "Crazy" recorded by Patsy Cline...not to mention "Night Life" made infamous by yet ANOTHER EASTERN KY star....CHARLIE MANSON!...

deserves our unlimited respect...


tytandanmar said...


As that great intellectual Archie Bunker once said, "You can't buy beer, you can only rent it."

tytandanmar said...


Don't get me wrong, I think Willie ranks up there with the best of songwriters. Hank, Merle, Harlan Howard just to name a few. I just stopped buying his music when he turned to recording songs other people wrote. Stardust is one damn fine album and I still have the 33 1/3 of it in my "music room" but it doesn't compare to "The Red Headed Stranger." Still a damn fine album though.

Hajji said...

When sister Lisha and I were driving home from Saladin's I picked up a "Willie Live" CD...a collection of poorly recorded live renditions of about 30 of his songs. While the quality isn't good (I suspect a cassette, a condenser mic and an overcoat in the back of the room) the renditions are unique and wonderful...they say to hear Willie do a song live from night to AND HIS BAND...never know how it is gonna go...

Anyhoo...Portrait was:

Chris Kitchen (best natural guitar talent I'VE known, too...even after all I've been through)

Paul Cook, Bass (somebody told me he had a transvestite act, now...had a gospel act last time I saw him, who knew?)

Ben Slutz (great drummer, learned to play by listening to Genesis, when they had 2 drummers at once, works at KDMH in Ashland as some sort of specialized surgery RN, now...I believe you can find him if you "You Tube" scan "Velvet Spasm"...god knows what else you might get)

Shirley Lakin, vocals (Great pipes for a little girl...think Pat Benatar and Suzi Quattro packed into a victorian porcelain doll...Industrial and residential cleaning service, last I heard)

Mark Sanders 'nother guitar. (country as country gets...couldn't make his telecaster "twang" enough with a pick, so he played with a penny!)

Played in and around the Tri-State from 1980-1982 or so...

Park place lounge, Maggie's Place, Ironton, bunch of Huntington bars...big concerts at ACC, inside and out...missed my senior HS prom because of an outdoor concert that filled the parking lot at ACC.

lots of places...

was mixing them and a lounge band, "Exact Change" (Club Pompeii, state park lounges, country clubs, weddings, proms and the like) featuring the Shivel sisters, Bunny, Annie and Gail, my baseball coaches, Don Gillum and Terry Sanders(Flatwoods, KY too!)...Russell High School's music director, who's name escapes me...wait Joe Claycamp! on horns....and Dave Sutter on guitar...later incarnation had some former "Miss Kentucky"(runner up?)Theresa...uhm...Kazee? singing with Bunny...

Ok...OK ENOUGH!...the rest will be in the book...I hope SOMEBODY kept some notes!

Time for me to join Den in "smacking some straw"!


Hajji said...

One more thing....

This week, Tavis Smiley has broadcasted from the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.

A whole week's worth of folks who knew M L King and were there...for most of his public life and/or for the tragic moment of his murder...

I've recorded them all on DVR. I am too young to have had any first-hand concept...but because of how I was raised, from what I was taught...well...anyway watch 'em for yourself...after staring at RFK's 4/4/68 statement all day I am still without words and can hardly turn my thoughts there without tearing up.

My only time in Memphis, Jill and I were heading out west just to put a few thousand miles on a new SUV...

We'd found Graceland and Beale St. and went up one side and down the other, stopping to listen to every musician, on the street or in a club, performing that night. We wrapped ourselves with Elvis and BB and Carl Perkins and Sun Records and, well...Memphis...

Then we got on a city "trolley". It meandered through town, stopping at major intersections, announcing the streets.

It then stopped at one with no announcement. We looked up to see where the "Lorraine" had stood. It was late on a weeknight and storm clouds were approaching but the air was still. We just sat there, silent, for a lifetime of minutes.

Jill drove through the night and let me sleep. I woke up as we were approaching Oklahoma City. Another set of ominous clouds were sweeping in as we found where the Murrah Building and the Memorial...

If we said 24 words in 12 hours, they're forever lost in the hole that formed in our hearts. When we talk about all our travels to one another or with others, we hardly mention Memphis or OK city at all.

"Just Words" won't get you there. The words and thoughts and hearts of the people who were closest...that's the road to "There".


My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."

-RFK 4/4/1968

tytandanmar said...

Isn't it odd that some of the most powerful words you will ever hear are witnessed by your own eyes and conveyed to no other? Penny for your thoughts.