Life gave us lemons
We endured our first freeze this year earlier this week. Before covering the lemon tree, Patsy harvested whatever almost-ripe lemons were on it. Yeah, she'll be giving some away.
Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo are taking a break from each other to pursue other projects. I hope it's not for long. I've become a big fan of theirs. It all started with Wallander. Their lovely Nostalgia is the show's theme song.
Caller ID indicated a "Wireless Caller" last night. It was from our area code but it was an unknown number. I figured it was just a wrong number so I let it go to voicemail. Here's the thing about that. We live so far off of the beaten path that I can't imagine how we'd be anyone's bleeding-in-the-street emergency contact so I don't worry too much that someone might die if I don't pick up. That said, I would still prefer to pick up the phone. The reason I don't is because the vast, overwhelming, 99.999% of the unknown callers are surveyors, charities, telemarketers, or political ads. I may even care about some of them but I have zero interest in dealing with them over the phone unless I initiate it. I verified this morning that our phone number is still on the "Do Not Call" list ... since October 27, 2008, thankyouverymuch, and we still get a ton of calls, most of them right around supper time. It's almost like they're watching us. Last night's call talked to our voicemail and was a wireless political robocall, which only reinforces my policy.
No Saints game today ... not that Saints games have brought much joy this season. Their effort against the Bengals in the SuperDome last Sunday was downright disheartening. They take on the Ravens Monday night in the SuperDome and I have no idea what to expect but I'll surely watch. They're part of me. In fantasy football, my team is 4-7 and fighting to stay out of the cellar of our division today. The team I'm playing is 3-8 and currently occupies said cellar. Follow along here if you like.
About immigration: Many of those for restrictions on immigration sound like "let's close the door now that we're all in" to me. Mad at government for illegal aliens taking American jobs? Shouldn't you be at least equally mad at those companies and individuals hiring them? Mad at illegal aliens receiving benefits such as education and health care? Do we really want to turn them away? I'm not sure amnesty was the right way to go but it was surely the practical way to go. Do we have the manpower and resources to round up, process, and deport more than 5 million illegals? Do we have the manpower to replace those illegals if we did? Is everyone willing to pay the price to do that and also pay the higher price of goods and services when it's done? Like it or not, they are a substantial part of the economy. Immigration is a hot-button issue with a lot of people and I don't expect a lot of comments on my relatively obscure blog but I have been wrong about that. Six years ago, a post about price-gouging brought unknown commenters out of the woodwork. Fair warning: Opposing viewpoints here will be respectful or deleted.
I'm on the verge of giving up on Firefox as my web browser and moving over to Google Chrome on my home PC. Firefox is always locking up here. In my case, it just doesn't get along with the Flash player and I simply don't know how to fix that. Truth be told, I only went with Firefox because I was on the Netscape side of their war with Internet Explorer and I've only stayed with Firefox due to laziness. It's time to convert, though. When I'm finished implementing my email strategy, moving over to Chrome is next. I have to maintain IE for some web applications because some work websites require it. So what browser are you using?
I'm still somewhat ambivalent about capital punishment but it seems to me that death by firing squad is an honorable death.
Today's QOTD is from a New York Times article with the title, "Music Technology Comes Full Circle". As far as technology goes, that may be true but, at those prices, it will never appeal to the masses.
For the record, I will not be offended if you wish me Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays this season. That is all.
5 song iTunes shuffle from the CrabAppleLane Five Star Playlist:
- Let Your Love Go - Bread - The Best of Bread
- Summer Of '69 - Bryan Adams - Reckless
- Good Times Roll - The Cars - The Cars
- Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream - The Cream Of Clapton
- Rebel Rebel - David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
Quote of the Day
It is a place where customers can spend as much as 8,000 euros, or $9,962, for a turntable in stock -- and up to €100,000 for a customized order.
Blog of the day is here.
Quote from said blog: ""Turntable" may appear to be something vintage; something of the past to a lot of people. But for us, analogue lovers, it's more than that. Not just a piece of art, it's the key which leads us into the wonderful world of analogue music!"