Dec 042008
  • Eight weeks today.
  • Vietnamese with Melanie for lunch.  Great day for pho.
  • A new Pretenders record came out in October.  I’m digging it.  Review soon.
  • Tonight is the last Thursday night football of the season.  This same matchup was one hell of a game (and one of my earliest blog posts) two years ago.
  • One good thing about a high temperature in the 30s is that you can buy beer at lunch and leave it in the car.
  • I think “Silver Bells” might be the most recent Christmas song that I really like.  It debuted in 1951.  Is that a solid pocket of “crotchety old man” in me?
  • Our charity solicitation telephone calls might be up 500% in the past month.  (The Do Not Call registry covers commercial calls only.)
  • At this writing, Alabama remains a 10-point underdog in Saturday’s SEC title game.  That’s no respect, and that’s just how I like it.

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  15 Responses to “Thursday miscellanea #16”

  1. On #1 – Woo hoo!!! That’s awesome, and you should be really proud.

    On #8 – That’s how I like it too. The last couple of times we were a huge dog in the dome, it worked out pretty well for us. I’ll be representin’ in the ATL (excuse me stewardess, but I speak jive). You’ll get a full report when I get back.

  2. Jenny: Thanks. May there never be another first day, week, or month. And Greg told me this morning that you guys had been proactive and secured reservations even before we clinched. Y’all have a great time and pull us through!

    (“There is only one river, there is only one sea, and it flows through you, and it flows through me…”)

  3. Congratulations on EIGHT WEEKS! That’s no small thing! I’m so proud of you!

    Mr. Chili and I joke that from around the first week in December (sometimes earlier) until at least the third week in March (sometimes later), we have a HUGE extra refrigerator. It’s called the garage.

  4. Hey Bo,

    Check this list of Xmas tunes out:

    Maybe that’ll help you update your Yultide music collection.

  5. Mrs. Chili: Thanks. Tuesday will be two months, and it’s just this day, on top of that day, on top of this day, on top of that day…

    nhfalcon: Good post. I’m doing that soon. I do like “2000 Miles,” and that’s considerably more recent than 1951.

  6. Gah! I completely forgot the game saturday when I was making my travel plans for new orleans. I’ve the feeling I may be haunting the bars in the airport.

    On modern Christmas tunes: I love the McLaughlin/BNL version of God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen. The arrangement is wonderful, and that is enough to put it in the “new” column for me.

    I’m also digging Harry Connick, Jr.’s new “What A Night!” Christmas album. The songs aren’t exactly new ones, but I’m not quite sure I ever heard a jazz version of the Sugarplum Fairies before this.

  7. You gotta love a “system” whereby the #1 rated team in the land is a 10 point dog to the #4 rated team.

    You also gotta love it when between 2 teams with 1 loss each, the one which lost to the other is rated higher. That happened to the Gators once (vis a vis FSU?).

  8. Bo, congrats on the smoking cessation! The only way I am able to quit is to get pregnant. I love the song “Silver Bells” as well. Happy Friday!

  9. Just a FYI.. Thursday Miscellanea is my favorite. 🙂

  10. I seem to recall another so-called juggernaut from Florida that everyone thought would blow through Alabama. The Tide already washed out one overrated team in this venue, and I’m hoping we’ll make it two!

    Sarah McLachlan could sing “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” and move even the stuffiest critic. (Who knew such a treasure could come from Canada?) Enjoy the aforementioned collaboration with BNL.

    It’s tough to beat Porky Pig singing “Blue Christmas,” but my favorite is Carol of the Bells.

  11. ‘seester: I bet that’s not as big a hit on your plans as you think. I’d guess 90+% of the game attendees will drive.

    Gerry: It’s a flawed system, for sure. But no worries, The One is on it. 🙂

    Fighting Windmills: Hi there! Thanks so much, and Happy Friday to you!

    Kelly: Thank you–both for thinking that, and for saying so.

    Greg: I think the first five minutes of the game is going to tell us a lot. We can’t win a shootout.

  12. No no no! I want to seeeee it on the teevee. Not worried about travelers. I know how to make them leave me alone and stay out of my way.

    Shows you something about me though – I think of bars first when I’m trying to find a game on TV. Natural order and all that.

  13. Did Billy Squier not write, “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You”? Ever heard of Bob and Doug MacKenzie? Come on Bo, at least join us in the 1980’s. “Come On Christmas” by Cheap Trick is a holiday tradition in our home. I even love “Happy Holiday” by EnuffZNuff.

    When I worked for WKQD-Power 93-The Ugly FM I got to work a shift from Midnight to 6:00 AM on Christmas morning. I played a lot of the rock and roll Christmas songs. Now I have a kind of nostalgic feelings for several of the non classics.

  14. ‘seester: Yeah, see, that’s where I was confused. You said airport bar, and I thought “go in there to dull the banality of this whole experience.” Heh. When I say “I hate air travel,” people invariably assume I mean I hate flying, which isn’t the case at all. I love flying in airplanes. I just hate all of the shit that goes with it.

    Charles: Yeah, I guess. See, I can’t even sing “Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You,” though. I know the tune, but I probably only know a third of the words. Plus, when I was selling cars, a dear colleague of mine wrote (and sang, often, during the season) all new lyrics to that song, so whenever I hear it, I’m inevitably reminded of “Christmas is the Time for Fucking Chickens.”

    I’ll write a Christmas song post soon.

  15. 10 points was pretty much spot on. Damn good game tho.

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