Monday, April 4, 2011

More Things I Believe

Thanks for coming by – I appreciate your visit to my neighborhood.  For first timers, this is my periodic rant against all the injustice and things wrong in my world….think of it as a documented soul cleansing.  I believe that critics have too much power and get too much credit for what they have to say.  Same with athletes as role models.  I believe that free speech is one of the basic principles that our country was founded on but there is a huge difference between opinion and fact, and a large number of people need clarification about that and have to learn the difference between the two.  I believe that a dog by nature is generally dependable but cats don’t give a shit about anything.  I believe that nobody really cares about the things going on in anyone else’s life– work, friendships, relationships, joy, sorrow, attitudes, desires, bad hair days, and which shirt matches which pair of shoes are of significance to no one else, no matter how much importance we place on them.  People only care about the things that affect their lives.  And with that in mind, I believe that those same people will let you down and disappoint you when you trust too much or rely too heavily on them to do something for you, no matter how low you set your expectations.  Nothing hurts worse than the failure of someone to do what you need or expect (and I am just as guilty of that as anyone else).  The only way to accomplish anything is to expect nothing and do whatever needs to be done yourself, and anyone who gets in your way can go to hell, or at least move off to the side.  I believe that Charlie Sheen’s fifteen minutes are just about used up.  Same with Snooki, the Situation, and the entire cast of Jersey Shore.  Lindsey Lohan on the other hand, probably still has a little gas left in the tank.  I believe there’s something special about going to a professional baseball game as a kid, and every dad wants to share that feeling with his own son/daughter (although in my case, hockey became a substitute for baseball).  I believe that Marvin Gaye was a great talent and is sorely missed.  I also believe that contestants on American Idol need to learn a little more about the social change he was singing about before trying to turn “What’s Going On?” into some kind of love ballad.  Really, WTF?    I believe there are too many commercials on TV for pharmaceuticals that will solve all our problems, and I believe we are too reliant on medicines and pills to cure our woes and illnesses.  As a nation, we are medicating ourselves into oblivion.  I also believe we watch too much television.  And for a kid who grew up in the 1960’s, I believe the Monkees are a guilty pleasure.  Once again, thanks for stopping by – hope you’ll come back again.


  1. I know what you mean about the "Idol" deal. I saw this guy singing Maggie May with a million candle power smile and doing a skippity skatey happy step. I wanted to say, "Dude, did you ever listen to the song? Rod, wasn't exactly happy there." You can take that American Idol and lash him to the same rock one day when you are dropping annoying wannabes in the ocean.

  2. Amazing lack of perspective on lyrics and the meaning of music - right? I'm not saying it's an age thing...maybe it's more generational, but I'm missing the same socially conscious intensity in today's music (where are the protest songs about poverty - war(s)- discrimination)? Outside of the Springsteens and Mellencamps, it's all a little too self-centered.....

  3. Here's one:

  4. Well, Mr RantMan,

    I took the last train to Clarksville and I'm meeting you at your station in life and I believe that you CAN count on some good folks. There are two damn mighty fine gents up above there who just shared a gut-wrenching to good-encompassing week o'days with my recent Ohio homelands healing tour to my dear Ma. To know that biscotti was being simultaneously squirreled away and the secret code-level "free wifi" password was being shared in cross country libraries was a big gulp-grin among colleagues/pals. Yeah, gotta salute those colleague/pals who share what's up and what's not and givin' tip offs in life and scribe-scrawling and letting the music play.

    (Geeez - your rants recharge my rambles and I'm glad Harry Nilsson still lets the music play) Speaking of music and resonance ~ I'm givin' you an '85' for "documented soul cleansing".

    And you can dance to it.
    ~ Absolutely*Kate