Archive for December, 2011

Eclectic? Maybe, but maybe not…

December 29, 2011

…it all depends on who you ask:

He’s the generalist. I totally do not share his concerns with being thought to have broad tastes.

I don’t know that I am really concerned with being thought to have broad tastes. What bugs me is the assumption that I have narrow tastes just because I don’t like what passes for mainstream country music these days. While I don’t see myself as having a one-track musical mind, I don’t think my tastes are really that diverse. Lately it all boils down to a couple of things: classic/Texas-red dirt country or traditional heavy metal. Sure, I lurves me some classic rock from the late ’60s on up through the ’70s, and you’ll see me bopping my head along to some Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5 or Bowling for Soup now and then — but those types of music I mentioned above are my go-to genres now.

The term “specialist” did make me think, though. It strikes me that those who aren’t specialists, those who claim to like many genres of music, don’t have a burning passion for any genre. They like it because it sounds good to them, and that’s all right, I suppose — but the flip side of that is that it’s more background noise to them than it is to someone who might be considered a student of any particular genre or genres. They don’t care so much about the music as an art form, said art form’s defining characteristics or anything like that. Considering that, is having diverse tastes really something to boast about? Should one really care what those people think? I really don’t think so.

Dear ex-boss…

December 28, 2011

I don’t know why you felt like you had to call the personnel office 10 seconds after I walked in there to ask what I was doing. I was making sure you people had the right address to get me my damn W-2. It’s not as if I was gonna shoot up the place. Paranoia will destroy ya, as the old saying goes.

I would like to thank you for what you did back in late September, though, because it really lit a fire under my ass. I started applying for every open position at every place I could find. Three days later I had an interview, and now I have a job making almost twice as much as I was making with you. So yeah, everything turned out great. Bye now.

I never thought about this…

December 27, 2011

…but it does make sense….

Me: “What baffles me, in relation to fast food and Tex-Mex, is how a place like Taco Bueno could exist in a town with Taco Cabana.” (Sabra and I tried TB once and we were both very unimpressed.)

Sabra: “Well, you have to remember — it’s up in New Braunfels. With all the white people who aren’t from Texas.”


Well, wouldn’t your marriage have issues too?

December 21, 2011

Overheard last week on the drive to work, after a caller to Dave Ramsey mentioned her husband’s “blow money”…

Sabra: “Sounds like there’s definitely a marriage issue there.”

Me: “Well, I would think so, considering the dude has a dedicated fund for cocaine!…I wonder if he has a horse fund, too…”

A thousand words, as they say…

December 13, 2011

…or, What’s wrong with the San Antonio Express-News, more than anything else I’ve commented on, in a nutshell:


What’s wrong with this picture? This isn’t a picture of today’s Houston Chronicle, that’s what. Sabra says we don’t really have a local paper anymore, and the more I see things like this the more I believe it. The story did run in the Express-News, yes. And we don’t subscribe, but we do buy it off the stand at least 3-4 times a week. It’s not so much that they’re sharing stories that bugs me (and her); it’s the fact that so much Chronicle content runs in our paper. Sometimes it’s almost as if the E-N is, as Albatross put it, a Southwest Texas extension of the Chronicle — not only because of that, but also because of so much of the paper’s production being farmed out to Houston and the fact that they don’t even try to hide it. And I also remember at least one big Express-News Sunday story about the goings-on in the Eagle Ford formation — with a South Texas dateline — written by a Chronicle scribe. You’d think of the 100 journalists the Express-News has covering San Antonio and the surrounding area, they could have gotten one to write that story as opposed to farming it out to Houston.

As Sabra put it:

“The reason I no longer subscribe is the lack of local content. Running so much Houston content in the SA paper not only shows a distinct lack of respect for the second-largest city in Texas, it shows a deep lack of understanding of this city. See, here in SA we are raised on rivalry with Houston. Sublimating local news to our rival city is insulting, & ignoring local stories in favor of random things from southeast Texas–a region pretty much no one here other than my husband cares a flying rat’s ass about–is frankly inexcusable. In an ultra-connected world where newspapers are forced to publish day old news, to ignore the only strength a newspaper has is frankly ridiculous.”

I’ll admit the quality of the SAEN pisses me off on another level as well, though, albeit at Hearst on a more general level. I applied at another Hearst paper, the Beaumont Enterprise, right about the time I graduated from college. I was told that I needed more experience to qualify for the position they had open at the time. Yet the journalists at the San Antonio Express-News (a much bigger paper that would have required even MORE experience) routinely get elementary details, such as highway names, wrong in their stories. I have seen FM 78 referred to as “Highway 78” (more than once!) and Interstate 37 referred to as “U.S. 37.” What other details do they miss that I never would have missed even as a reporter at the newspaper for a small state school?

At this point I’d have to say things turned out better for me, though. I could be at the Express-News, waiting for the next ax to fall.

Not a bad idea. ;-)

December 12, 2011

Overheard last night…

Me: “I like the name Trinity. You know why?”

Sabra: “If you say the Matrix movies Imma smack you.”

Me: “No. That was the name of the site of the first atomic bomb test. July 16, 1945, just outside Alamogordo, New Mexico.”

Sabra: “Why don’t we just name her Enola Gay?”

Me: “I like the way you think!”

What makes them think there won’t be any shooting back?

December 1, 2011

A letter-writer in the San Antonio Express-News:

Republicans don’t realize that their idea to modify the tax code so that more money flows to the richest 1 percent will create a massive poor class who will eventually revolt.

Occupy Wall Street is evidence of such a probability. It’s peaceful now, but the likelihood of such a movement evolving into civil unrest or an armed revolt is real.”

Oh, please. Just whom are they going to be shooting at? And what makes them think their targets are unarmed? I really don’t think the so-called one percent spends its money solely on frivolities like Bugattis and vacation homes in the Hamptons. Assuming they didn’t have guns already, if the targets of these protests haven’t been arming themselves as they’ve been watching what’s going on, I would be very surprised.

And just exactly who is going to be shooting on behalf of the so-called 99 percent? Somehow I doubt anything approaching a sizable percentage of them belongs to the NRA, if you know what I mean. And it’s not as if any of the one percenters have done anything to immediately threaten any of the protesters. Of course they could well just be talking about nonviolence while going about armed, but somehow I doubt that.

At any rate, I really don’t think those who warn of violence really have any idea of what they’d be getting into if they did pull out their peashooters. But then so many of them don’t strike one as the type who’d be willing to die for anything, let alone kill for it, so all of this is probably just theoretical wargaming anyway.