Sunday, July 5, 2015

Another Red Fez Poem Of The Week!

Another poem of mine, "Cheats For Common Moral Dilemmas", has been chosen as "Poem Of The Week" by Red Fez.  Thanks, Fezzers!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red Stripe, The Taste Of Latrobe

Every summer, I get a hankering for some reggae and Red Stripe.  I was puzzled to discover with my latest purchase of the beer that, though long associated with Jamaica, the Red Stripe for sale in the USA appears to no longer be brewed there (though Canadians and some others can still get the Jamaican stuff straight from the source).  In fact, Red Stripe appears to be now from Latrobe, Pennsylvania USA.  I visited that brewery when Rolling Rock was made there.  So the glass lined tanks of old Latrobe now are filled with Red Stripe.  It would be fitting if Rolling Rock were made in Jamaica, but it is now made in New Jersey.  The beer industry must have its reasons for what it does, but it is all a bit puzzling to me.  From now on, when I reach for a Red Stripe, I guess I will listen to Donnie Iris instead of Bob Marley.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jay Koivu Zine Prophet

I was reading an old issue of Mr. Peebody's Soiled Trousers And Other Delights and came across an eerie line.  Published by Jay Koivu, Peebody's was a fun perzine that usually was in the form of daily journal entries.  This issue documented Jay's life as he had moved once again to Los Angeles in 2001.  The issue was published in May 2001 or so.  In the entry dated April 14, Jay writes, "Why do I feel like something really bad is gonna happen before this year is over?"

Now, something really bad happens every day to somebody, or many somebodies, and Jay's thought is a very openended and general statement, but given that this issue was published in early 2001, a few months before September 11th, it's still eerie to read.  I probably last read this issue shortly after it came out and didn't much note that line.  Rereading the zine, and that line, in 2015, knowing what was coming later in 2001 made for a creepy experience.

Maybe Jay should become a tarot reader or something.  On at least one occasion, his feeling about the future was on target.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lawn Fascism?

A woman in Missouri is being forced to get rid of the front yard that she turned into a sandbox.  Instead of being able to pursue her particular form of front yard happiness (no mowing and the local alley cats have no trouble finding a litter box), her community has decided that she must conform in what I suppose we can label lawn fascism.  The woman apparently still plans to resist by putting asphalt over the sand.  It's a good thing that she doesn't live in Ohio. America loves freedom and the individual except when it comes to the lawn apparently.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cleveland Bologna

I always thought Cleveland Bologna was when someone tells me that next year The Browns are going to the Super Bowl, but apparently it actually is a form of meat.  They like it thick-sliced around here.  The next time that someone tells me that The Browns are going to the Super Bowl, I will point her or him to the deli counter.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Strawberry Season!

I've been letting strawberries grow on my yard, and this year I am getting quite a crop!  The strawberries are small but tasty.  I usually just eat them straight from the plant.  As the strawberries end, the blackberries should kick in.  I have a yummy yard!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

America Is The Land Of Freedom Unless You Want To Park In Your Front Yard

I have developed a mild fascination with America's nutty obsession with lawns.  I came across the following article recently and got a chuckle out of it.  If you don't want to click on the link, then I will recap it for you.  Basically, a city wants to limit the amount of paving in a front yard because right now, gasp!, there is no law to prevent someone from paving the front yard and turning it into a parking lot.  The hilarious justification is that someone could park enough cars in a driveway so that the view of an intersection could be blocked, which would affect safety. 

Please note that the legislation is not therefore so narrowly crafted as to prohibit owners of corner lots from doing this, but affects everyone, even those living in the middle of a block with no intersection nearby.  As a result, I suspect the legislation has more to do with some people not liking other people possibly chucking their lawns for more parking.  It's a free country until it comes to the lawn.  Then your pursuit of happiness must give way to your neighbor's fixation with the vegetation on your property.  It will be interesting to see which American icon wins:  the automobile or the lawn.