Thursday, March 15, 2007

Go, Muse, Go

I don’t have a particular blog topic this week so I’m going to indulge in a little stream of consciousness. Let my writing muse take wing.

Now I did have a blog topic all set to go. Some weeks ago I signed up for a retirement class being offered by the local community college. I planned to go last Thursday to learn about elder law, investing, long-term care and other relevant topics, gleaning little pearls of wisdom which I was going to share here. But the class was canceled DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST!

C’mon fellow Boomers. Am I the only one planning to retire here? Don’t the rest of you want to learn the pitfalls of reverse mortgages and variable annuities?

I’m listening right now to an album I bought used for 50 cents. It’s The Chenille Sisters, a local women’s trio that has been singing three-part harmony in these parts for about 20 years. They have a blog too. I left a comment there reporting my find and the sisters replied that they hoped I got “50 cents of pleasure” listening to their songs. And they said they hope to meet me some day, though they called me “Kevin.” Guess Big Dave didn’t leave much of an impression with them.

There’s a guy at work who has an Ann Arbor internet radio program. He hosts two two-hour segments weekly, which he figures draws about 20 listeners, of which I'm one. Anyway, this DJ said if I had a song request to let him know. Talk about tough choices. Of course, I don’t want to hear just any old song you can hear every day on FM. So I asked him if he could play something from The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, a fav from my college days. “It’s got to be somebody I’ve heard of,” he responded.

Aren’t DJs supposed to know pretty much every song that was ever made in the last 40 years? So I then requested something from Mundy. Certainly he had heard of Mundy, probably most famous for a hit song from the soundtrack of Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio. “I’ve heard of Tuesday and Wednesday,” he said. Another no go. So I’ve yet to make my song request.

Today marks the beginning of March madness. For my extended family who have our NCAA basketball tournament brackets on-line at ESPN, it probably means another round of smack talk. Last fall, the family smack talk in our fantasy football league became so poisonous that my father wondered if the season should be canceled lest it end in fisticuffs at our Christmas party.

I’m not sure our on-line dart-throwing will let up this time either. My brother Gary (who comments here as “the enforcer") somehow put up two separate brackets in our league, which immediately drew the scorn of other family members.

My son Scott posted a message that argued, "Hey Gary, you don't get to put as many entries in as you'd like. I understand you're gonna need all the help you can get, but let's keep the brackets to one a person."

The enforcer claimed it was an accident, but said his toy Yorkie puppy Francesco would claim the extra bracket as his.

A dog having his own bracket in our family group? No way! That drew an angry response as well.

"The Bullsh*t already starts!!! I vote that the commish (league commissioner) gets fired immediately and Francesco gets neutered," demanded a message posted by the enforcer's eldest son. Last I looked, the enforcer pulled Francesco’s bracket from our tournament. And to REALLY keep things civil, my father has joined our group with his own bracket.


Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

I have Winthrop going all the way. So far, so good.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Babette said...

Scott sounds most astute. Where does he attend college?

I enjoy a bit of smack talk, unless it leads to couch burning.


6:18 PM  
Blogger Sideways Chica said...

Dear Dave...I'd rather have smack talk than back talk mumbled under the breath. Good luck smacking. ;)

Ciao for now...

8:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:20 AM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Golly, the boomers better start thinking about their retirement and investments darn soon. After sixty-two or thereabouts, it will be way too late. Retirement is not for sissies. We thought we had all our ducks in a row a few years back and my "Honey" retired at seventy. Since then, we have had a few rude awakenings in the form of soaring taxes and dropping stocks. If the class was cancelled for lack of interest --- get thee to a good financial planner and take his class. (Don't they have classes for audit at U of M?)

10:43 AM  
Anonymous squirrel said...

Basketball arghhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not a sport I enjoy and to top it off CBS airs it so that means no soaps for two days this week! I know, you have absolutely no sympathy for me...

6:13 PM  
Anonymous schnoodlepooh said...

Your DJ is a real commedian - "I've heard of Tuesday and Wednesday". Good grief. I guess you'll just have to ask for something more mainstream that he already plays. Good luck on that one.

And I'm rooting for the Yorkie, by the way.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Babette said...

May I borrow a match?

12:03 PM  
Blogger Carine said...

I agree w/ Teri Big Dave, I'd much rather have someone say something not so nice to my face than behind my back! Had that happen at the place I call the day job. I confronted the culprits. Guess what, after that-we actually became friends and enjoy working together. Plus, if we have a gripe, we talk it out!
Probably why I'm coming up on anniversary #26. And yes, we're both thinking retirement!

4:47 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

What's wrong with that DJ? No one takes their job seriously anymore! You would think that they would realize that old fogeys like us have musical tastes that go back before the 80's!

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Kristy said...

My community college classes are always getting cancelled due to lack of interest. VERY frustrating!

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4:37 PM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Big Dave ~ Retire? I still like what I'm doing. As for the sweet 16 I'm in for UCLA and SC, but I wanted Southern Illinois and Creigton to come in three and four. Sorry for the miss-match on movies... I'm a sap for the way I wish things were, instead of the way many of them are! ~ jb///

4:06 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Thinking about retirement is no fun, but it has to be done....Good luck with your basketball playoffs. Down here in Texas we have the Longhorns and Aggies in them....Go TEXAS!

4:09 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Geeze, Kevin...opps! I meant DAVE...I'm really amazed that people about to embark on retirement aren't interested in the info that's not only available, but very necessary. Planning for retirement can make the difference from a good life to a shaky one.
I have to admit, I've never heard of your requested songs either. What radio station did you listen to in college?
And on Basketball....GO GATORS!!!!

4:36 PM  
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