December 7, 2019

It’s officially “car swap weekend” here at the Richard hacienda, where Tracey takes delivery of her 2018 Nissan Murano, I take the 2015 Nissan Maxima as my car, and sis-in-law Tam gets the 1999 Saturn SL2 to give her some well-deserved freedom. Another 2019 goal checked off the list just before the “rolling of the year”. And while this is going on:

The “All Creatures Great and Small” Christmas episode, Merry Gentlemen never fails to help get you in the holiday spirit. Last night we watched it for, like, the 123,097th time and it was just as fun as ever. The late Robert Hardy as Sigfried steals the show.

Sure, the economy is going great guns and the employment numbers are drop-dead great, but all the Democrats talk about is impeachment. Talk about being out of touch.

Every time I see “Slo’ Joe Biden, he looks older than the last time. Democrats, is this really the guy you’re planning on running against Trump? He looks 150 years old and if he’s thin-skinned now, wait ’til Trump gets him on a debate stage. It won’t be pretty, I can tell you that.

If you like weather, you gotta check out Windy.com. It’s fun to see what’s coming your way.

I’m kinda bummed about my Hillary Clinton prediction of a while back – I truly thought she’d be in the race by now. It ticks me off because I’m supposed to be unfathomable in my predictions! That being said, I still believe she will run and be the Democratic nominee, but it will likely take a brokered convention to nominate her. In the end it really doesn’t matter: Democrats know they need a sacrificial lamb for 2020 to get destroyed by Trump in order to regroup and re-brand the Party in advance of 2022 and 2024.

..speaking of aged politicians, why is the Democratic leadership so friggin’ old? You can’t tell me the Party can’t do better than the likes of “Slo’ Joe, “San Fran Nan” Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, and Chuck Schumer? My God, these people are awful! As folks who frequent this site know, I’m no fan of Democrats and liberals, but I can’t help but wonder where the younger talent of the Democrats are. Like them or not, it’s the likes of Adam Schiff and “the Squad” who are the future of the Party, and voters ought to be able to have something “unfossilized” to choose from.

Buh Bye.

…were I a Democrat I think my choice would be Andrew Yang. Sure, he’s different and a bit unorthodox, but I think his socialist views are the future of the Party and worth a deeper look. There’s most certainly an undercurrent out there desperate to be freed from the senile used-car salesman.

Agree with the Boston Globe’s Chad Finn here: Dwight Evans deserves to be in baseball’s Hall of Fame.

It’s December, the subscriptions to Golf Digest and GOLF Magazine are cancelled, I have zero desire to watch golf on TV, and equal desire to pick up my clubs. It feels very strange. Normally by this time I’d be starting to get the itch to go play but it seems to be gone. I’ve got a very big decision to make in the next couple of weeks.

You look at this and wonder why more folks just don’t come out and say that LGBTQ activists are a bunch of perverts. These people are pathologically sick and evil beyond words, and I’m not afraid to say it.

…and of course, right on cue, the mainstream media pushes the destruction of marriage by celebrating polyamorous relationships. Here’s my question: is there anything the liberal left doesn’t want to see destroyed in America? The older I get, the more I see these people as demented. I am soooo glad I’m in my sixties so I’m not going to have to deal with this sh*t that much longer.

There’s something about December that makes me want to listen to the music of George Harrison. No question that Lennon and McCartney were the creative driving forces behind The Beatles, but you’ll get argument from me as far as who produced the best stuff after their break-up. George (it doesn’t seem right to refer to him as “Harrison”, does it?) produced a great mix of songs over his solo career and became as unique a slide guitar virtuoso as Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour. Just a few examples are “Cheer Down”, “Your Love Is Forever”, “Be Here Now”, and “Beautiful Girl”, “Pisces Fish”, and “What Is Life”. And that’s just a few examples!

…for slide guitar technique, compare Harrison’s slide work on the outro to “Cheer Down” and “Isn’t It A Pity” (with Phil Spector’s production) with Gilmour’s work on “One Of These Days”. Two verydifferent styles, but pretty cool nonetheless…

Two great recreations of Pink Floyd’s “Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast”, “Rise and Shine” (Gilmour’s steel guitar) and “Morning Glory”.

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