Monday, December 30, 2013

Come Monday...Soccer, Anyone?

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).


Okay, I am not quite that depressed, but after watching my beloved [Dallas Cowboys] perfecting the art of mediocrity for another season, switching over to being a soccer fan does not sound so ridiculous.  After all, the only expectations that a soccer fan can realistically have per match are for their team to not lose by more than one goal and look fashionable as they frolic on the pitch in short pants for 90 minutes (not counting extra-time, of course).

No, I really don’t want to get into how far too many on the Cowboys roster would rather not play hard when they don’t have to, and from the looks of things, they rarely have to.  For they keep receiving game checks of hundreds of thousands of dollars while trying to keep their uniforms looking spiffy.

Oh, and then there are the mean ones, who seem to only be interested in hurting someone.  Time after time, they can be observed going for the big hit when a properly executed form tackle on defense (or block on offense) would get the job done in a much more effective way.

Does this not come back on the coaches?  For they keep putting those players out on the field.

In all fairness, much of the lack-luster play may have more to do with the game plans than anything else.  For it has to be so disheartening to keep playing their guts out while trying to execute plays that have little chance of working.

Yeah, having incompetent coaches has to come back on upper-level management.  For they keep those coaches in place.  Furthermore, upper-level management also cut the game checks—right?

Last night’s game against the [Philadelphia Eagles] had everything that has been wrong with the Cowboys for the past 10 years on full display in high definition during prime time.  For the Cowboys were forced to start the back-up quarterback, [Kyle Orton], on account of the starter, [Tony Romo], being out with a serious back injury.  So, one would think that they would be seeking to run the ball as much as possible since the timing on pass plays would most likely be off, and with [DeMarco Murray] starting to really shine as a star running back in the league, having to run the ball more should not have been all that much of a bad thing.

What did the Cowboys actually do?  They ran Murray pretty good in the first half, and then almost completely abandoned the run game in the second half.  This was in favor of Orton consistently being wildly off-target with his passes.

Orton’s last pass erased all doubt concerning incompetence.  For it was at least a yard behind [Miles Austin], which resulted in a [game-ending interception].

Yeah, it can be argued that it is easy to be so critical while watching the game on television, but Orton is getting paid [over $3 million a year].  Whereas, I am not getting paid diddly-squat to dispense these invaluable observations.

On the other hand, an 8-8 record is not a losing season.  In fact, it is perfectly mediocre.  Go [Broncos]!

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Sunday Drive

Back during my childhood, our parents would often load up my brother and me after Sunday morning church services for a leisurely drive around where we lived.  Even though we were seeing mostly familiar sights, it was still good to see them, and this is why “A Sunday Drive” sounded about right for the name of a weekly series revisiting familiar sites that are well worth seeing again and again.  The link below the image is to the site itself, and the image is linked to the post it was first included in here.











 Link: [It's a Joy!]



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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Saturday Morning Cartoons (+)

No, it is not that I am in the midst of experiencing a second or third childhood.  For it is arguable that I have never really grown up because of my march toward maturity being interrupted by some episodes of arrested development along the way.  So, instead of thinking that this series is meant as a wistful look back upon a simpler time, think of it as being a rather simplistic mind remaining in a moment for an extended period of time.  In any event, I hope you find it enjoyable.


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Friday, December 27, 2013

Sites To See

The SOLE purpose of this weekly series is to help call attention to sites that I think many would find most interesting—in one way or another.  Just to be clear, inclusion in this series is not necessarily meant as a recommendation, and I have included sites that are rather disturbing to me.  The link below each image is to the site itself, and each image is linked to the particular post from which it was taken when applicable.  Please, go see for yourself.  Oh, and as of August 10, 2012, I will be no longer including sites that have auto-play and word verification engaged.









 Link: [Ellie Kings]


 Link: [Eye Candy]








Link: [Juztamom]

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

ATF: Similarly Different

This weekly series will include as many of my all-time favorite tunes as I can get my grubby little hands on (so to speak).  Now, each one included in each edition will have some connection with the other—albeit only as a figment of my imagination, but they will not be numbered.  For I just cannot bring myself to rate some higher than others.  So, this will not be a countdown, but if you are enjoying them as much as I do, it won’t matter.  Besides, with no countdown, this could go on forever and ever!  Oh, and despite the fact that there is absolutely no way that your musical tastes can be as exquisite as mine, I welcome any suggestions that you might dare to make.  I am, after all, quite magnanimous by nature.




Joy to the World
Three Dog Night
Jeremiah was a bull frog
Was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him drink his wine
And he always had some mighty fine wine

Singin'
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

If I were the king of the world
Tell you what I'd do
I'd throw away the cars and the bars and the wars
Make sweet love to you

Singin' now
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

You know I love the ladies
Love to have my fun
I'm a high night flier and a rainbow rider
A straight-shootin' son of a gun
I said
A straight-shootin' son of a gun

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the world
Joy to you and me
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls…

Link: [TobyMac]


This Christmas/Joy to the World
TobyMac
Joy to the world
Let Heaven and nature sing
Let Heaven and nature sing

Now Johnny never got his wish
On December 25th
That’s what he said
When we left the orphanage
9 years old
But Johnny was an old soul
Gonna spend his first Christmas
In a real home
Showed me a picture
That he drew the night before
Was a picture of a man
Standin’ outside a door
I asked him who it was
And he said
Someone I only see in dreams
Comforts me
When I cry myself to sleep

Father of the fatherless
Be with your sons and daughters
This Christmas
This Christmas

Believe in angels
Johnny asked me
Starin’ at the sky
I said I do
And saw a sparkle in his eye
Big brother for the weekend
Respondin’ to the season
Took the chance
That givin’s better than receivin’
Two nights
A new family
Some holiday cheer
We laughed and sang
Came on a midnight clear
We gave
Received
And as we headed to close
We looked to the heavens
And it started to snow
Down blessings

Father of the fatherless
Be with your sons and daughters
This Christmas
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give
Love and joy and peace
To one of His
Father let us not forget
The children who are all alone
This Christmas
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give

Religion that God our Father
Accepts as pure and faultless
Is this
To look after orphans
And widows
In their distress [James 1:27]
Merry Christmas everyone

Joy to the world
The Lord is come
Let Heaven and nature sing
Let Heaven and nature sing
Let Heaven and nature sing
Let Heaven and nature sing

Believe in angels
Johnny asked me
Starin’ at the sky
I said I do
And saw a sparkle in his eye
9 years old
But Johnny was an old soul
Gonna spend his next Christmas
In a real home

Father of the fatherless
Be with your sons and daughters
This Christmas
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give
Love and joy and peace
To one of His
Father let us not forget
The children who all alone
This Christmas
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give
Love and joy and peace
To one of His
Father of the fatherless
Be with your sons and daughters
This Christmas
Let Heaven and nature sing
Let Heaven and nature sing
Father let us not forget
The children who are all alone
This Christmas
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give
You ain’t livin’
You ain’t livin’
You ain’t livin’
Let Heaven and nature sing
Let Heaven and nature sing
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give
You ain’t livin’
‘Til you choose to give
Don’t leave me all alone
This Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone

Lyrics From: [elyrics.net]

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Come Monday...Feliz Navidad

“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time.  Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.”  This is subject to change, however.  In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while.  For rants promote change, and change can be good—right?  Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).

Since what I have to expound upon is rather controversial, I give you the following.  For I would rather not be upsetting to anyone so close to Christmas, and I love the song.  I hope you do, too.  Oh yeah, and as is conveyed through the song, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.



Feliz Navidad
Jose Feliciano
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero ano
Y felicidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero ano
Y felicidad

I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom
Of my heart
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom
Of my heart

Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero ano
Y felicidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero ano
Y felicidad

I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom
Of my heart
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom
Of my heart

Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero ano
Y felicidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero ano
Y felicidad

I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom
Of my heart
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
I wanna wish you a merry Christmas
From the bottom
Of my heart

Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Feliz navidad
Prospero ano
Y felicidad

Lyrics From: [elyrics.net]

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

A Sunday Drive

Back during my childhood, our parents would often load up my brother and me after Sunday morning church services for a leisurely drive around where we lived.  Even though we were seeing mostly familiar sights, it was still good to see them, and this is why “A Sunday Drive” sounded about right for the name of a weekly series revisiting familiar sites that are well worth seeing again and again.  The link below the image is to the site itself, and the image is linked to the post it was first included in here.













Link: [Nubian]

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday Morning Cartoons (+)

No, it is not that I am in the midst of experiencing a second or third childhood.  For it is arguable that I have never really grown up because of my march toward maturity being interrupted by some episodes of arrested development along the way.  So, instead of thinking that this series is meant as a wistful look back upon a simpler time, think of it as being a rather simplistic mind remaining in a moment for an extended period of time.  In any event, I hope you find it enjoyable.




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