Tuesday, September 25, 2007

A Meteor Prompts Meatier Thoughts

It’s taking me a while to get back into the swing of things … to recognize news nuggets worthy of writing about here … to reopen my senses to the idiosyncratic.

This story helps.

About 10 days ago, a meteorite slammed to the ground in southern Peru. Nothing too unusual there; space rocks land on our planet regularly. What grabbed me was that the resulting crater has made dozen of locals horribly ill.

Authorities, according to this story from USA Today, are inspecting the scene to see what the hell is going on. Eyewitnesses saw a ball of fire crash to earth, creating a crater 66 feet wide by 16 feet deep, and now people nearby complain of difficulty breathing, headaches, and nausea. Experts say toxic fumes are causing these health effects—probably from the dust it kicked up rather than from the meteorite itself.

I have my own ideas about the cause of the sickness.

The 2008 Presidential candidates. The race so far features many good people with many good attributes. But none of them scream “presidential.” I like Ron Paul’s libertarian bent, but not his bent toward conspiracism. I like Barack Obama’s fresh look at old issues, but not his idealistic naïveté. I like John McCain’s experience and foreign policy chops, but not his temper.

I guess I’m looking for Barack McPaul, and he ain’t running. Where is our real leader?

My writing. Sure, you all like it when I mock easy targets. You even smile and pretend to enjoy the blog when I go political. But I’m just not firing on all cylinders lately, either here or in my for-profit writing. Maybe I’m losing my edge … or maybe I just keep wishing I were on my beach vacation.

Perhaps I should just write beach stories.

The VMAs. No, I’m not saying Britney was “fat.” Her body was fine, especially considering the hell she’s put it through in the past few years; a few extra pounds actually looks just good, thank you very much. Instead, the VMAs make the list because the so-called “Music Television Channel” even bothers to present these awards.

Every time I flip by, MTV is showing some Godforsaken reality show, not videos. And reality shows don’t deserve awards.

The price of my tickets to The Police concert. Yes, I’ve waited 20 freakin’ years to see this band live. Sure, some of the proceeds go to charities providing clean water to less fortunate people around the world. And I’ll admit I have tickets within Sting’s tantric spitting distance. I shouldn’t object.

But paying more than $500 for two tickets makes my spleen hurt. I’ve had fines from real police that cost less.


At September 25, 2007 8:25 PM, Blogger angel, jr. replied to my musings ...

MTV hasn't been about music in a really long time.

At September 26, 2007 12:40 AM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

I hope CMT doesn't go the same route as MTV, they have some reality shows but the at least still show music videos. Although I was an avid watcher of the Real World when I was younger.

I don't vote so no say in the politics

My purdue tickets were just over 500$ but that is totally worth it!

At September 26, 2007 8:03 AM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Then consider the price you paid for those tickets to see the Police as a citation issued by them for your having superlative taste in music... "Sorry sir, your taste in music is excessively good I'm going to have to write you up for that."

At September 26, 2007 2:12 PM, Blogger Scott Roche replied to my musings ...

Is conspiracism a word?

At September 26, 2007 2:58 PM, Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen replied to my musings ...

$500.00 for TWO tickets? Day-um! They'd better be really really really damn good! :)

I haven't watched MTV in years because of all those reality shows. I couldn't tell you the last time I actually watched a music video on that channel. *sigh*

At September 27, 2007 2:30 AM, Blogger tworabbitshow replied to my musings ...

You forgot "Brangelina".

I know the overwhelming photographic evidence of this seemingly fused celebratoid makes me ill every time I have to wait in line at the grocery store.

At September 27, 2007 7:02 AM, Blogger Nessa replied to my musings ...

I can't believe you don't like Hilary.

At September 27, 2007 7:47 PM, Anonymous Fred Charles replied to my musings ...

Haven't been by in awhile.

The Police tickets were way to pricey for me.

So what's your take on the Genesis reunion? I heard that 20 minutes of the set will be a free-form drum solo (I'm not kidding) which pretty much made me decide not to go. Not to mention that I would much rather see Gabriel with them.

At September 27, 2007 9:58 PM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

I think they are all sick from Chris Crocker's rant...and the fact that the idiot got a TV contract.

At September 27, 2007 11:47 PM, Blogger Lee Ann replied to my musings ...

Hope you have a super weekend, but you must come visit me at the Castle and watch me dance....I am doing it just for you!
Lee Ann

At September 28, 2007 7:57 AM, Blogger DaBich replied to my musings ...

I like VH-1 better.

At September 28, 2007 8:58 AM, Anonymous whatigotsofar replied to my musings ...

Being a Canuck, MTV was unavailable to me until I got my grey market satellite dish in the late 90s. At which point, I don't think I ever saw a single music video on MTV other than the Bum Bumg Song. My question is: was there ever a time MTV played anything resembling music?

At September 28, 2007 1:27 PM, Blogger Jeff replied to my musings ...

And are those reality shows on MTV even reality shows? I have no idea what they are, are they shows that are just supposed to look like a reality show??? It's driving me crazy! The only reality show I can trust on MTV is the Real World...

At September 28, 2007 2:37 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Angel: I guess it shoudl be CTV: Crap TV.

Phats: Your tix for one game were more than $500 ... or that was for the whole season?

Perplexio: They are expensive, but well worth it.

Scott: I read the term in the "Debunking 9/11 Myths" book I linked to a few posts back. It seems to capture the illness quite well.

PQ: They are good. And it IS The Police, after all.

TRS: That doesn't make me ill yet. But if Angie loses any more weight it will.

Nessa: I don't think it's very unusual. Even many of her political supporters don't really like her ...

-- david

At September 28, 2007 2:41 PM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

FC: Likewise, I have been too busy to swing by your site lately. The unique drum duet and the few older songs almost entice me to go, but I will only see Genesis when Peter and Steve join up for a REAL reunion worth seeing.

Phoenix: Who the hell is Chris Crocker?

Lee Ann: Time permitting, I'm so there.

DaBich: The only music-related channel I watch even a bit is VH-1 Classic.

WIGSF: In its hedey of the 80s, MTV was almost entirely videos. Ahhh, the glory days ...

Jeff: I don't even trust live-action, living minute-by-minute "reality," so "reality TV" doesn't come close.

-- david

At September 29, 2007 12:15 PM, Blogger The Misanthrope replied to my musings ...

I hope you enjoy the show. I paid even more for the Stones on Halloween night in LA -- it was worth every penny as daughter and I rocked out just a few rows from the stage.

At September 29, 2007 8:54 PM, Blogger Cinderella replied to my musings ...

David...ummmm I think the people are ill due to the meteorite, what do you think? LOL...Geeze it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out!

As for the VMA's..I think Britney's body was awesome..her hair was awful as was her performance but that's not a news flash to anyone. I think Justin Timberlake made a remark about MTV playing music and not reality shows also. Let's see if his voice was heard!! Only time will tell! :)

At September 30, 2007 5:37 PM, Blogger :P fuzzbox replied to my musings ...

500 bucks for retro tunes would be hard to swallow.

At October 01, 2007 6:31 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

Misanthrope: For something special, it's worth it. I wouldn't pay this much for an Air Supply reunion, for example.

Cinderella: The dust kicked up by the meteorite makes the most sense to me, but I'm sure rural Peruvians are also quite upset at MTV's lack of videos. And I'm glad you agree that Britney, though apparently drugged, looked pretty darn good.

Fuzz: For most retro, yes. The Police are unique.

Hey, Phats: Nice game on Saturday. Your B-Makers arr rolling!

-- david

At October 02, 2007 1:24 PM, Blogger Godwhacker replied to my musings ...

Hey, don't be too hard on yourself. Writing is like that. Sometimes, you just have to go through the motions until inspiration hits. Sometimes it's also perspective. I can look back on some things that I've written that I thought were horrible at the time, only to see that they were actually not that bad.

Enjoy The Police concert. I had a great time at the show and I was sitting in the nosebleed section. Then again, maybe it was the lack of oxygen. :)

At October 03, 2007 8:42 AM, Anonymous LisaBinDaCity replied to my musings ...

Damnnnnn, that's a lot of concert tickets! I hope you absolutely love it ;-)

At October 03, 2007 1:58 PM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Oh and regarding the 2008 Presidential Candidates. I do keep hoping for scientists to clone Barry Goldwater so the Republicans can run him instead of any of the candidates they currently have vying for the nomination. Goldwater was more of a Republican than any of them could ever dream of being.

At October 04, 2007 6:02 PM, Blogger Tai replied to my musings ...

I'm Canadian, eh?
Just try not to let your next president be such a.... Ahem.
Really. That's all we are ALL concerned about.
And Chris Crocker. I'm slightly concerned about him. In that he might spawn.

At October 04, 2007 11:16 PM, Blogger Phats replied to my musings ...

Whole season was 500$ ;)

We have a Peru Indiana, it's only 30 mins from here, sure hope you were talking about Peru South America haha

At October 05, 2007 10:20 AM, Blogger David Amulet replied to my musings ...

GW: I hope the music, at least, was good from that distance ...

Lisa: I haven't paid that much for my last FOUR concerts!

Perplexio: We could do much, much worse than Barry Goldwater. And we almost certainly will.

Tai: I still have no idea who this Crocker character is. And I'm OK with that--I knwo that if it's important, someone will tell me.

Phats: That's a bargain. You get several games, I get three hours. But we both win.

-- david


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