Monday, November 30, 2009

Wrath of Lamb November 30/09

This whole Tiger Woods thing is very weird, don't ya think? If you haven't heard, he was apparently in a 'car accident' just outside of his home in Florida. His wife had to use a golf club to smash the back window out of the car, so she could get him out. When the cops arrived, Tiger was lying in the middle of the road with facial injuries, in and out of consciousness.


This comes a week after stories came out about Tiger apparently having an affair with another woman. All I know, is it's stories like this that remind me that even the richest, most powerful people in the world, are still just people. They're just as human as you or me. I mean, Tiger has more money than we can even fathom. The man could take a ride on the space shuttle in a solid gold spacesuit, and eat a panda burger off a diamond encrusted plate.

But he'll still get a 5-iron in the face if he pisses off his wife.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Wrath of Lamb November 27/09

Today is Jimi Hendrix's birthday. He would have been 67 years old today had he lived, but unfortunately, he died in 1970 at the age of 27. He had choked to death on his own vomit after overdosing on barbituates. Anybody who plays guitar owes Jimi a certain amount of gratitude. The man was a genius, and created music that will live on forever. When you think about it, nobody has ever come close to doing what he did.

Nobody sounds like he did.

We all know the hits... Purple Haze, Are You Experienced, All Along the Watchtower. But if you delve a little deeper, you'll find some of his other, lesser known stuff is nothing short of epic. Go out and buy the album 'Electric Ladyland'... it's a double album... and listen to side three on the headphones. You will come out of it feeling like you just took a trip to outer space and back, it is mind blowing.

So, happy birthday, Jimi. We miss you.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Wrath of Lamb November 26/09

I think Stork Craft is getting a bad rap. They're the company facing the largest crib recall in history.. and now they';re facing a huge class action lawsuit. First of all, the company wasn't given proper notice that the recall was being issued, and that's why their website crashed and their phone lines got jammed. They simply weren't ready for the onslaught. Secondly, let's look at the facts... And I don't mean to be morbid here. 2.1 million cribs are being recalled, because 4 children have died in the past four years.

Let's look at that... Four out of 2.1 million... In nine years. Around 60 babies die EVERY year while 'co-sleeping', sharing the bed with their parents. Nearly 500 children drown each year, mostly from being left alone in a bathtub or pool. My point is, is that accidents happen. Do I think this crib recall should happen? Yes, of course I do. Nothing is more important than the safety of our children. But let's stop the widespread panic, and look at it for what it is. The head of Stork Craft has said he thinks the injuries and deaths are happening because the cribs are not being assembled properly.

And I can see that. Maybe it's a combination of that and negligent parenting. After all, we're taking about about four out of 2.1 million... over nine years. And yes, my baby sleeps in one of these exact drop-side Stork Craft cribs. And no, I'm not throwing it out.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wrath of Lamb November 25/09

I say good for Adam Lambert. He's the openly gay American Idol guy who performed a racy number at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. He kissed his male keyboard player and did a bunch of other sexual stuff. It was no racier than anything Britney Spears or Madonna or Lady Gaga would do. So why was it controversial?

Because it was gay.

So now ABC cancelled his appearance on 'Good Morning America' and he's being asked to apologize. And he refuses to. And I say good for him. I'm not a fan of his music, and I don't particularly enjoy watching him gyrate around the stage with a bunch of guys in leather either. But if Britney can do it, Adam Lambert should be allowed to do it, too. Thats the hypocrisy of America. You can't have one set of standards that say 'we're okay with homosexuality', and then turn around and be shocked when it's brought to the forefront.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wrath of Lamb November 05/09

So, I went down to Seattle on Tuesday to see Steve Martin perform a concert of bluegrass and banjo music. I went with my friend, who has interviewed Steve in the past, and has developed an email friendship with him. The plan was to maybe meet the man before or after the show. The trip was smooth, no hassles at the border. We got down there with a few hours to spare, so we checked into our hotel room and went out for some food and drinks. I was drinking beer, and my friend was having a selection of martinis and cocktails. A cosmopolitan, something called a pineapple lemon drop, etc.

We finally got to the concert hall, and this place was fancy dancy. A huge elaborate concert hall, the home of the Seattle symphony. Everyone was in expensive suits, elegant dresses, fur coats, and everyone was older than we were. My friend commented that they weren't so much Steve Martin fans, as 'patrons of the arts'. We took our seats in the sixth row, right in the centre. Awesome. Steve came on and after about three songs I noticed my buddy wasn't looking too well.

Then I heard a splashing sound.

He was projectile vomiting all over the floor. It was horrible. The people beside him got up and left in disgust, and then he got up and left, covered head to toe in vomit. The whole place began to smell like a sour pineapple lemon drop. I didn't know what to do. I sat there for a few minutes, then got up and went looking for him. I found him outside hailing a cab. I went back in and sat at a different seat and tried to enjoy the show.

We never got to meet Steve Martin.