April 4th, 2006

little review

Poem for Tuesday

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Poem from muccamukk, and could there be a poem more appropriate for photos of these memorials?

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I love daylight savings time! Even if tonight's was interrupted by a massive thunderstorm. And I love whoever convinced Tom DeLay to fall on his sword...even though we will probably get someone just as bad to replace him, I cannot be sorry to hear he'll be out of Washington and out of Congress. Anyone who vows to spend his life promoting Republican candidates and "a closer connection between religion and government" needs to be removed from that government as quickly as possible. As one of my own state's legislators said in the gay marriage debate, you put your hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution; you don't put your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.

The Mixed Chorus at my son's school received a Superior Rating (near perfect score) at the District Choral Festival and will go on to the state festival next month. Son is very pleased about this even though he keeps refusing to do solos, which I fear will hurt him in chorus in the long run. My mother pointed out to his amusement that on Wednesday of next week, at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 a.m., the time and date will be 01:02:03 04/05/06, which will not happen again in our lifetimes, unless 02:03:04 05/06/07 counts instead. And I guess last year there was an 00:01:02 03/04/05.

So you must indulge me in a few minutes of Russell geekery since I have been so good about not Russell-geeking of late (still embarrassed about the telephone incident, heh). TOFOG changed its name from Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts to The Ordinary Fear of God! Three of the five guys who made up the thirty odd feet are still with them, and they were playing in New Zealand over the weekend where they got this pretty good review, though the writer was not impressed with Russell's banter between songs. This rather scathing review agrees with that and goes to town insulting Russell, calling his music "reminiscent of early 90s Springsteen, circa Human Touch/Lucky Town – when The Boss had been demoted to some sort of roots-rock shift manager." Oof! And the reviewer complains about Russell's working class politics too; doesn't he realize he grew up working class in New Zealand? At least Russell's doing what he loves instead of stupid sniping! Though he wouldn't be Russell if there wasn't trouble, and in this case it's smoking in a smoke-free concert venue; of course that's the part that makes the US papers.

Meh, Florida won. I guess at least GMU can say they lost to the champions. I wish the score had been closer though! I will not watch the Maryland women, since it is clear that I will jinx any basketball team for which I am rooting. *g*