A semi-regular rundown of the things bouncing around one Gheorghie's mind:
Slap my ass and call me Sally, but the smartest thing said in American politics today came from the mouth of George W. Bush. Speaking at a memorial for the police officers slain in Dallas, the 43rd President said, "Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.” That's a blanket indictment of where we are right now as a society, and it's painfully accurate.
Charles Bukowski wrote his 1971 poem 'Beer' about women, mostly, but I find it fits a lot of life's situations. Here's a trippy visualization of it by NERDO:
My wife sent me a text this evening that read, "Task for you...softball/baseball related songs. Go." So I responded with the obvious, "Centerfield, John Fogerty." Not what she was looking for, apparently, as she quickly sent back, "Something with a sports tie in, that could work for a father daughter wedding song for a former college athlete bride." The obvious answer, "Basketball, Kurtis Blow."
Seriously, though, there's shit for decent sports-related music. Someone do something about that.
We're down to the Round of 16 in The Basketball Tournament, which increased the prize paid to the winning squad to $2 million. I thought this was a really cool idea last year when it premiered. Now, I'm convinced it's going to take over the world. My Twitter feed is thick with VCU fans, courtesy of FOG:TB Mike Litos, and those folks are going batshit over the RamNation entry in the bracket. The former Rams won their first two games, and face defending champion Overseas Express a week from Thursday.
VCU fans are fired up about TBT, but they're not nearly the only ones. Syracuse fans are backing Boeheim's Army. Gonzaga supporters are jacked up for A Few Good Men (get it?). Team Utah is repping an entire state. The whole concept is genius - play a basketball tournament for a lot of (winner-take-all) money during a time of year when there's no other hoops to compete, and spin up the passions of people that are fanatical about their schools.
Here me now and believe me later - this thing's going to be massive.
Someone should write a song about it.