December 7, 2008

Just to drop everyone a line to let y’all know The Great White Shank is still alive. A whopping 83 hours worked last week to keep India and management happy. Wow. I’m heading back home for a few days – I know I’ll find cold weather; I’m just hoping I can find some snow. But before I go, a few odds and ends.

It isn’t just Hillary Clinton. Believe me, Barack Obama will rue the day he loaded his incoming administration with Clintonites – they’re freakin’ everywhere! These people have no soul and no allegiance to anyone except themselves and consolidating their own power. You thought the State Department under George W. Bush continually undercut him throughout his two terms in office? You ain’t seen anything yet.

The best opening line on any rock album anywhere is from Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon” when a voice intones over the thumping heartbeat, “I’ve been mad for f**king years…”. Like millions of others, I always identified with that voice and thought he were speaking for me.

…But I still think “Wish You Were Here” was the best album the Floyd ever made.

…and “Comfortably Numb” their best overall song ever.

While we’re on the subject of music, “Oh Holy Night” is the best Christmas carol ever, hands down. Rickie Lee Jones’ version on The Chieftains “Bells of Dublin” is a fantastic version – kid you not.

…but “Once In Royal David’s City”, done right with a big chior and church organ, will bring tears to my eyes.

And what would Christmas be without Loreena McKennitt’s “To Drive The Cold Winter Away”?

…and you can’t beat Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’ version of “Let It Snow, Let It Sow, Let It Snow” from their Christmas album.

The Red Sox locking up Dustin Pedroia for the next six years was a shrewd move. Building your team around hard-nosed players like Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Josh Beckett will never do you wrong.

We’re throwing caution to the wind in these uncertain economic times and resuming our crusade against our credit cards. God willing we’ll pay the next-to-last-one-off this month, leaving only the “Big Kahuna” Chase card ($8K balance) left for one last all-out assault in the New Year.

If given the choice between Italian and Mexican, as much as I love the latter, I gotta go with Italian – especially if Pagliuca’s in Boston’s North End is anywhere near.

That’s all fer now, see y’all in the eastern time zone!

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 23:46 | Comments (5)
  1. Ditto on Wish You Were Here as best album but I think Welcome to the Machine is their best song. Yeah, I’m putting in longer hours, too.

    Comment by Rob — December 8, 2008 @ 5:27 am

  2. Here’s hoping Jack Frost nips at your nose and you get to make a snow angel. My family in Michigan has about a foot of snow and my friends who have a weekend home near the Upper Peninsula have nearly 3 feet…so, sending snow wishes to Mass. After all those long hours you certainly deserve a break. Is Tracey going with you? And, congratulations on your onslaught of the credit cards. You make Dave proud.

    Comment by Jana — December 8, 2008 @ 6:32 am

  3. Rob – Hmmm… “Welcome To The Machine” is a great tune, but a close second behind “Comfortably Numb” has to be “Wish You Were Here” – “we’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year…” I mean, how do you beat lyrics like that? The Floyd’s music itself is worth a post all in itself. Paranoia, cynicism, madness – how do you beat that? Reminds me of a story, but I’ll leave that for my post. Send me your top 5 Floyd songs and we’ll cross-post! 🙂

    Jana, Tracey’s staying back in Gilbert to watch the rabbits, even though I know even she would be happy to experience at least a little winter weather!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — December 8, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  4. Michael Crawford’s rendition of O Holy Night on the TransSiberian Orchestra concert dvd is the MOST amazing arrangement I have ever heard…if you haven’t seen this…go get the dvd. The entire show is fabulous. I have seen TSO several times and have been totally blown away. I believe they are or have already been in Phoenix. If you haven’t missed it…GO.

    Comment by Jana — December 8, 2008 @ 3:19 pm

  5. This is worth watching..Advent Conspiracy

    Comment by Jana — December 9, 2008 @ 5:41 am

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