Happy Ground Hog Day

Another six weeks of winter according to Phil. Good news for those of us that enjoy winter and the upcoming Olympic games!

Quick January Update

Cold and Flu season is upon us. Hopefully most of the people reading this are at least avoiding the Flu. I get colds all the time. I have one right now. Between that and being busy with things around the home and of course work finally picking up, I don't have time to update the Blog that much right now. Spending what little spare time I have doing things around the house and then trying to get some sleep. Hopefully by Spring I will have more time to write.

I would like to mention the passing of "Mr. College Football" or Keith Jackson on January 12. While he handled a number of different sports during his career from 1952 to 2006, he is best known for his work in the booth for the NCAA and college football. Saturday was not Saturday in the Fall unless you saw Keith Jackson behind the mic on ABC doing a college football broadcast with Dave Diles doing the Prudential Scoreboard at the half. And his trademark phrase "Whoa Nellie" will always be remembered by those that watched his broadcasts. Another broadcasting legend has gone to the great Hall of Fame in the sky!

Randumb Thoughts for December

***Merry Christmas to all this year!

***I recently purchased a used Yamaha A500 Integrated Amplifier built in 1984. Does anyone have any idea as to what kind of speaker connectors it uses? Banana Plugs won't work with it and I'm not sure Pins will either. I am wondering if I have to use bare speaker wire or Spade Lugs only? If anyone has any idea please email me at double u (w)ilw@double u (w) ilw@mac.com with any details. Thanks.

***I would be remiss in not mentioning the passing of a sports broadcasting legend. Dick Enberg. Probably the greatest multi sport sportscaster ever to grace the airwaves. For 60 years he called a variety of sporting including NFL football, Basketball, Tennis (notably Wimbledon) and pro golf among others. When paired with Merlin Olsen for NFL broadcasts during the 70's and 80's they were every bit the peer team of Pat Summerall and John Madden. If God has a wing in heaven for Sportscasters then surely Dick Enberg is in the Heavenly Sportscasting Hall of Fame.

***Now that the corporate tax rate has been cut to a respectable 21 percent, don't be surprised if the USA sees some very strong job growth in the years ahead. Now we'll be able to compete with the rest of the civilized world on a more even keel now that our tax rate is closer to that if most industrialized nations. The job market is already very strong and can be considered a "labor" market in many parts of the country. Want a job? Chances are you will find one quickly if it is an entry level position in fields such as industrial, manufacturing, warehousing, food service and other service occupations and health care.

***And also a hearty "Congratulations" to the Moody Blues upon being nominated for the first time and now elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A real travesty that they've been overlooked this long given their considerable accomplishments and pioneering music in the world of Rock and Roll. They are a true original and clearly were the Blue Print for an entire Genre known as Art Rock or Progressive Rock along with Pink Floyd. And also nice to see Dire Straights get there as well. Now if we could only seem Jethro Tull and the J. Geils Band get their due?

More Randumb Thoughts for November

***Why can't people pronounce the word Nuclear properly?

***Why can't people pronounce the name Jaguar properly? It's not pronounced Jag You Are.

***With dozens of sexual impropriety allegations being levels agains men these days is anyone else other than myself getting the distinct impression that women in this country not only don't like men but are also trying to discourage us from dating them? Sound s like they have declared war against men behaving like men. It's getting too risky to date now.

***Be wary of any Blood Bank where the nurses are dressed like Count Dracula.

***When you tell a liar the truth, they believe you are lying. When you lie to a liar they think you are telling the truth.

***Quote attributed to Joseph Goebbels. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Randumb Thoughts for November

***Anyone else note that Christmas lights and decorations are showing up prior to Halloween? Used to be around or after Thanksgiving.

***More home stereo notes. Ebay is a good source for finding used, quality stereo gear for your home. For years I've used a variety of Integrated amps from Yamaha (my favorite), Qinpu, Cambridge Audio and Dayton Audio. But very recently I procured a used Denon pma 520 built about 25 years ago. Got it for only $100 and it is as close to mint condition as any stereo component from that era could be. The sound is excellent and was well worth the cost. Yamaha has always been my favorite brand of Integrated Amp due to the mellow and neutral sound of most of their gear. The Denon is comparable but has a bit stronger Bass and offers a wee bit more emphasis on the lower Midrange frequencies. Not as neutral as the Yamaha which has a more balanced sound but still a wonderful sound quality nonetheless. Paired with a pair of speakers that don't have good Bass will bring out the Bass to an acceptable level for most people.

***Now that a lot of people are not watching the NFL now due to the politics being imposed onto the ticket buyers and also some of the other nonsense going on, I would like to offer the following as a means to get your weekend sports fix. Figure Skating. Yes, Figure Skating. I've watched it for decades ever since my friend's brother and his girl friend nearly skated in the Pairs competition in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Today while watching Figure Skating on TV I noted that Papa John's Pizza ran a commercial for their pizza. Probably an indicator that some former NFL watchers may be checking out the sport. I recommend it. The grace and skill displayed by both the men and women is something to behold. Every bit as enjoyable as watching hockey. And now with the Winter Olympics just few months away, I hope the USA will win field a very competitive team again just like the last Winter Olympics. More fun IMHO than the Summer Olympics!

***And it looks like that Nutty Buddy in North Korea is finally toning down his talk of war against anyone willing to take him up on his offer to be on the receiving end of one of his nuke missiles. Getting the cold shoulder from most countries and perhaps the threat of having his country leveled by a real foe has made him think twice about trying to bait a country into engaging in nuclear combat with his country.

***And a message to the terrorists that keep attacking unarmed civilians in this country and also other parts of the world. You are not winning too many friends to your cause and will only be met with more resistance if you keep killing unarmed, innocent people. You can trap more bees with honey than balsamic vinegar. You want to convert the rest of us into your sick world? It won't happen.