I knew this had to happen.


THE NEW YORK TIMES is having a Donald Trump poetry contest.


The rules say that poems can’t be longer than 22 lines.  Personally, I think the entries should be limited to 140 characters, like a tweet.

I won’t be entering the contest.  I don’t think I can write a poem about Lord Dampnut without violating the TIMES’ motto.  “All the news that’s fit to print.”



Speaking of O’s–

Crystal Palace’s epic run of humility (see previous post) reminds me of the opening line of Led Zeppelin’s song “D’yer Mak’er:

For years I thought the title to that song was “Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh.”  And I still say it makes more freaking sense than its actual title.

Anyhoo, more information about “D’yer Mak’er can be found on the Internet:


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Crystal Palace Football Club of the English Premier Football League (we’re talking soccer here, folks) has been a model of consistency so far this season.  Alas, consistency in a negative way.

Yesterday morning (Ohio time) Palace lost its fifth game in a row to start the 2017-18 season.  Were this not enough, it has lost every game via shutout.  This is the first time that’s happened in the history of top flight English footballCrystalPalace

This wouldn’t bother me so much if Palace weren’t my favorite EPL team.

(I wonder what the English term for “Dumpster fire” is, “Dumpstre Fire?” Are there even Dumpsters in England.  Yeah, yeah, there are trash bins, but “Dumpster” is a registered trademark. More information about Dumpsters can be found on the Internet :  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dumpster.)

My latest earworm

Sunday night I watched RICK AND MORTY.  That episode feature a piece of the Eagles’  “In the City.”  I loved that song.  Co-written by Joe Walsh of the uber-70s rock band, his version on the soundtrack to the 1979 movie “The Warriors.”  The rest of the Eagles liked it so much that they recorded it for the LP of later that year, THE LONG RUN.

Walsh in my favorite ex-Eagle, and this is one of my fave Eagles songs:



I’m baaaack!

I apologize for my long absence from my blog.  The only explanation I can give is that I found other stuff to do besides write this.  LAST-MINUTE PANIC tumbled down from my list of priorities.  I wasn’t committed.  Heck, I get the feeling that the only two things I’m committed to are eating and escaping reality.  But those won’t solve anything.  In terms of eating, doing too much of it will just bring about more problems.  I hope to be more frequent in the near future.


The Buzz

As much as I admire Neil Armstrong–probably because: 1) he didn’t exploit he achievement and 2) he was born about 20 miles from where I live.  I love Buzz Aldrin.

I mean, no other astronaut had an episode of MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUS named after him.