Friday, December 31, 2010

So hot.

Just to pass the time

In my never ending struggle to make sure this blog never rises above mediocrity, I found some funny commercials for your viewing pleasure today.  I'm sure I'm the only one of the band of malcontents who has to work today. I'm only going to work till noon.  It's going to be a busy morning of watching South Park and eating poptarts.  Blueberry.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Plowing with spite.

Buzz's comments in my previous post reminded me of a story.  It again is about being a good neighbor.

The street I live on is all tract housing.  Duplexes (legal description is townhouse and it sounds so much more elegant). I told Buzz that I usually plow a lot of sidewalks when I have my four-wheeler running.  I like to do it and ever since I started wearing my snowmobile helmet and goggles, the only thing that ever gets cold is my toes.  I just drop the blade at one corner, push the snow into the street and then go to the next corner and do it again.  I only know a couple of my neighbors by name but I know more than a couple by sight and usually get a nice wave if someone is doing their driveway when I go by.

A couple of years ago I happened to be in Belgrade at lunch so I went to my little townhouse.  Had a sandwich watched some TV and probably took a 45 minute nap. It had snowed the day previous and I had done my plowing of sidewalks. Anyway, I jump in the grizwagon and head back to work. I live on the north end of the block. As I get to the south end, I see a little old lady who had just finsihed shoveling a path to her car. The driveways on both sides of her were neatly shovelled.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Good shoveling makes good neighbors.

It started snowing here about 2 PM.  A light snow.  It has been warm here the last three days. Over freezing.  When the front moved in and the temperature dropped the roads became slick fast. I drove through Bozeman on my way to my friend Markle's house. He lives about three miles north of Bozeman at the foot of the Bridger Mountains.  He invited me over for steaks and wine on Monday.  To celebrate Christmas and toast the New Year.  I have a long story about Markle (what were the odds?) but that's for another time. Anyway, we knew the front was "supposed" to be here but the weather guy here in Montana is usually a day or two off if he's close at all.  Not this time.

I pull into Markle's house. There is at least three inches on the ground. Weather dude is calling for 7 or 8.  We have dinner and a couple of glasses of wine. It's time for MRM to hit the road.  The weather is turning even more sour.  The grizwagon is in four-wheel drive.  Roads back to the interstate are somewhat sketchy but I'm in no hurry.  The wind is howling so bad that I meet a plow truck going the opposite way on the interstate and it blows the snow from his lane into mine for a second or two.  Traffic is slow butI know my house will be in the same spot I left it.

It's called "incrementalization"

Our federal government is attempting to pull off one of the largest land grabs in history. Using the Anitquities Act the environmental whackos want to have a wildlife corridor  from the Missouri River north to Canada.  I'll post more on this in the weeks to come but take a look at the map.  The blue lines indicate what the enviro-Nazi's envision as a "vast natural wilderness".  Buffalo, wolves, etc. It's the usual bullshit.  Problem is that over 1/2 the land in the corridor is privately held.  It's going to be a sticky situation.  Worst of all is that it will engulf the ranch I grew up on, many of the people I grew up with as well as my beloved Malta.  Stay tuned.

"Over the last four decades, federal land holding increased 6 percent.  29.6 percent of all land in America is owned by the federal government (671,759,297.7 total acres). Only 2.4 percent of federal land in the U.S. is used for military purposes, and more than 5.1 million acres of federal land are classified as 'vacant' with no definable purpose."- General Services Administration, April 2004 as publish in the Fall 2005 edition of Range magazine.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

MCW "Favorite Foreign Actress"

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas and or Hanuka.  I'm ready to kick off the New Year with a blog party at Boxer's place this Friday night.  Until then, we have the last MCW of 2010 to finish up.

You all know that Boxer is the creator of this meme.  Preferred clip length is around three minutes but it's not cast in stone.  When it's up on your blog, come here and let us all know. 

When I had favorite foreign actor as a theme way back in the long ago, more than one person said that it was a stretch to consider Michael J. Fox a foreigner, or as Aunty may refer to them a "ferrener" (not close aI know). 

This week I went with an actress that was actually from across the Atlantic to she is definately foreign.  So smart, funny and beautiful.  She'd have me wrapped around her finger until I left the earth.  She's gone by many names.  Sabrina, Eliza and Holly among others.  To me she is just the most beautiful woman I've ever laid eyes on.  I think the thing I admired most about Audrey Hepburn was the fact that she really seemed sincere and genuine in real life.  Like making movies was just this thing she did so that she could give back the world all the wonderful things it had given her.  I don't have a lot of respect for Hollywood but I remember being sad when I heard the announcement of her passing. 

Take a long look you current Hollywood starlets.  It would take far too many of you to count to match the pure beauty and elegance of this one women. Both on screen and off.  Happy MCW.

For a better great clip go here.  Embedding disabled.

Screwed up auto-post again.  Note to self: when you re-read it goes to draft if you don't tell it to auto post.  Got it? Got it!

Back to the salt mine.

This is the route I travelled this weekend. The blue line is the road to Malta. 42 miles from town it was 30 degrees on my truck thermometer. When I pulled into town, it was -1. The red line is the return trip. Drove to Big Sandy on Sunday afternoon to play cards with Skeets and his family. Played pinochle and crib till midnight. Drove the rest of the way home yesterday. Total distance is around 670 miles.

This is the view from my sister's place in New Jersey. I think she lives about 75 miles north of Buzz. That's a lot of snow I don't care who you are.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Random Thoughts #25 Christmas Version

Things that crossed my mind while wondering if there is a big difference between Kamchatka and Titos.  Moi and Boxer can weigh in on that.  Yes I know that Titos is better if you're drinking it straight but if you're throwing some cranberry in it go with the cheap stuff.

#1. I remember the first time Brother Bill and I found our Christmas gifts before Christmas.  We were playing hide-and-seek in the basement.  The back corner of the basement was a dark and dank place.  We wouldn't go in there in the daylight. To scared.  Bill was hiding and I was seeking. I counted to 100 or whatever and went looking. I took about three steps and Bill was there in front of me. "Come see what I found!"  There in the corner of the back of the basement where he knew I wouldn't come look for him was the GI Joe Training Center that we had asked for.  It was tough acting surprised that Christmas morning.

A favorite

My favorite Christmas song but only when it's sung by Nat King Cole.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas

To all of you who read the drivel, thank you so much for your wonderful comments and following what little I have to say.  I'm done posting till next week.  Heading to the homeland (weather permitting as it always is in Montana) but would like to let you all know how happy I am that you all read what I have to say. It's not much.  My best posts and comments come when I am driving and I forget most of them.

I enjoy blogging and wish I was filthy rich so I could do it full time.  My posts would be much more substantial, but hey, whatta ya gonna do? However, if anyone knows a rich woman with low standards now might be the time to introduce us. Just sayin.

Merry Christmas to you all. There is one sense I can gather from all of you and that is this: we are all cut from the same cloth. Our value systems are very much similar, we believe in the same things pretty much. There will be differences of opinion but they are shared intelligently and with respect and I appreciate it very much. 

There aren't very many times that I don't consider myself the smartest man in the room.   That's not meant to be egotistical. I've been blessed with being smart.  My dad was brilliant and my mother is far from dumb. Reading all of your posts and comments humbles me.  You are all highly intelligent and thoughtful people.  You post from your heart and your heads.  You make me think and re-think and that is good. Old Morris told me a long time ago "Kid, when you can't learn anymore you're of no use to anyone especially yourself."  Reading what you all have to say justifies his point.

The future is muddled to me for our great country ( the USA for you foreign followers, not to say your countries aren't great BTW) but I think with the power of the internet we will see it through.

I love my family.  I have the greatest circle of friends that any man could ever wish for.  I have a great job, a warm house and full belly every day. That makes me better than most.  For a boy from Malta who grew up with a little more than nothing, to have the life I have is truly a blessing.

Safe journeys to you who are travelling.  Whether or not you believe in Christ, celebrate this great day of giving and remember that the best way to go through life is truly the golden rule "treat others as you would have them treat you". The bounty you reap is unmeasurable, but all of you already know that.


PS I really do have an minor in English.  I know you can't tell it from what I have to say, but honestly, I HAVE an English minor.  Maybe it's not a good reflection on the English department of Montana State. Hey, it's and engineering/ag school. Whatta ya want?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MCW Favorite Christmas Movie

Merry Christmas fellow bloggers.  Welcome to this week's edition of Movie Clip Wednesday.  This week's theme was quite easy to choose.  Remember how this works.  I give you a theme, you find a movie clip around three minutes long then drop by here and say that you're up and running and we'll all pop over and have a gander.  The magnificent Boxer started this a couple of week's or so ago, maybe longer, anyway we all have to keep it going.

So many good movies to choose from.  I'm not going to lie, I'm expecting a lot of It's a Wonderful Life and a lot of Christmas Vacation clips and that's fine with me.  It will be interesting to see how many blog jinx's there are this week. I went with A Christmas Story.  There  were a number of reasons but I think the biggest was it reminded me of growing up in Malta (wow, what were the odds of that?). Just everything about it, the clothes, having to take care of my brother on the way to school, the way the kids acted in class,  just all of it.  Too many good lines, too many things that happened that made me think of Ralph, Jim and St. Mary's.  The hats, the kid sticking his tongue on a flagpole.  I love this movie.

"the old man stood quivering with fury, stammering as he tried to come up with a crusher all he got out was.......... NOT A FINGER!!!" 

Here's a trailer for the movie "Rare Exports: A Christmale Tale".  Looks good.  A little different spin on Santa in this one.


Monday, December 20, 2010

Haiku Monday "Games"

We made up our own
In the basement or outside
Before Atari

Pinochle is one
Cribbage would be another
I'm proficient at

Because this was really, really important.

While our country fights a war against terrorism, a war I might add that liberals do not want us to win, it was a high priority to make sure that openly gay men were allowed to serve.  Unlike most liberals and definately unlike the chain smoking former coke addict President, I actually know people who have served in the military.  I know Korean vets,Vietnam vets, Desert Storm vets, vets from the current conflict and not one of them that I've asked has been in favor.  As a matter of fact, each person I've asked is adamantly opposed.  It's odd to me that with everything going on in the country and the world, that this was such a priority.  I can hardly wait for the lawsuits to come against the military when some twinkle toes gets his feelings hurt by a drill sargeant in basic.

Here's something to think about though.  If straight men are supposed to be "OK" with showering and serving with openly gay men, why can't we put women, straight men, and gays all together. If straight men are supposed to accept being in barracks with gays, shouldn't women have to shower, etc with straight men. Isn't that what "equality" really is?  Think of all the money it would save in operation costs. 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Watching youtube with Ralph

So Ralph and I are on the phone (skype isn't working for Ralph) and I found this great video of the Cowboy Junkies singing Blue Moon.  I really like their take on this. Enjoy. By the way, no alcohol was consumed during this post. That's a lie. I'm enjoying a glass of Crown Cask 16 that my little sis gave me for Christmas. She's a doll.

After the jump, here are a couple of our favorites. I miss you Ralph. Tonight was fun but nothing compares to pulling a hundred CD's out of our vault and saying "how about this one?"

Friday, December 17, 2010

The classics never die.

In my never ending quest to bring you the best of the mundane, I came across this clip.  It's a montage of people saying "we're not in Kansas anymore" and it's really pretty entertaining.  Thanks to The Warming Glow for broadening my horizons.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MCW "Most overrated movie"

Is it time for MCW already?  Wow.  In case anyone may be new here's how it works.  Over here at MRM headquarters a theme is picked and then you find a clip that matches said theme, around three minutes is about right, put it up on your blog and then come over here and tell everyone that you are "up" and ready to roll.  We'll come by and check it out.  Got it?

This week's theme is "Most Overrated Movie".  It's a theme chosen by Boxer, who used to host this little meme.  Remember those days, when the meme was fun and organized? Me too. Oh what the hell! It's surviving ain't it? 

This theme had sooooooooooo many choices.  "Unforgiven" and "Gladiator" immediately came to mind.  Anything with Ben Affleck, DeNiro or Pacino (excluding "The Godfather") Clooney or Keanu.  That's just for warmups.

There has been though, one movie that always stood out to me as being extremely overrated.  I couldn't understand why it was breaking every box office record, especially after I watched it.  The movie of course is "Titanic".  *insert "I already knew how it was going to end" joke here.  Why did I even go?  Why do you think, there was this woman you see and.....................................

Friday, December 10, 2010

How hard is to get a journalism degree?

I hate the media.  Make no mistakes about it.  If Katie Couric was on a plane with Keith Olberman and it went down, let's just say I'm not volunteering to join the search and rescue party. They tow the liberal line lock, stock and barrel and you need to look no further than the current "tax cut" bill as proof.

When this bill was passed over 8 years ago, it was, and has been since, protrayed as a tax cut "for the rich". Even though it was across the board.  I knew this.  Anyone with an IQ bigger than my average golf score knew this but in the press it was always a tax cut for the rich.  Fast forward to six months ago.  The tax policy passed by GWB with biparitisan support is set to change at years end and guess what?  We find out that EVERYONE'S taxes are going up and not by a little bit. Really? 

Here's more great journalism.  President Teleprompter campaigned on repealing this law.  I've heard over a dozen soundbites from the campaign trail about "repealing the Bush tax cuts."  Now, after the ass kicking the libtards took in November he is singing a different tune.  The exact opposite in fact.  We need to extend this program for "middle America". The press is not taking him to task for it.  They act like it never happened.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Haiku Thursday "Beverage"

It's refreshing
Cranberry and Coke
Roommate Will says refreshing
Chipper its good stuff.


Driving bulls to cows
Resevoir water was cold
Yes, I did drink it.

The best

If you want a glass
of Canada's finest
reach for Crown Royal

A hot summers day

Reading some comics
Brother Bill and Superman
Mom, some lemonade

High School

Cruising some back roads
Some Olympia triv time
It was the "water"

For some good haiku go visit the Troll's place.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Its warmer than it looks

Here are some photos I took at the playoff game last week. The battery in my camera died so I took these with my phone. Enjoy.  It was 10 degrees F at kickoff but did warm up to 12 degrees by the 3rd quarter.

This is before the end of the first half. I had to leave early to get the food out for the halftime festivities.  Double T and his crew got there early to put down the straw which really helped in keeping your feet warm.

This is not quite 5 minutes later.  Poor boy sandwiches, chicken gumbo, cold shrimp, cold cuts, cheese, beer, Crown, Alpines, Irish coffee.  What's your pleasure?

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

MCW Favorite Cop Movie

(Sorry for being late. Screwed up my autopost)

Okey Dokey.  Narrow theme, then a broad theme. I have good news though. In the spirit of the season, I'm going to name the theme for the next TWO MCW's.  Everyone is going to be really busy with all the stuff that goes on this time of year so here's your assignments.  The theme for 12/15 is "most overrated movie". This is a Boxer suggestion and it's a great one.  The theme for 12/22 is (drum roll please)  favorite Christmas Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. /standing ovation from the blogosphere ensues.

Here's how it works.  Each week I pick a theme, you go out into the world wide interweb and find an appropriate clip, hopefully less than three minutes long, come over here and post that you are up and we all come and see what it is you've done.  Boxer began this and it's up to us to finish it.  Kind of like how the young kids took the herd the rest of the way to town after John Wayne died in The Cowboys. God did I hate Bruce Dern after that.  I don't know if I watched a movie with him in it for like 10 years.

This week's theme was a suggestion from Five Wood.  With the death of Leslie Nielson, he thought a cop movie theme would be good.  I didn't have anything better so I rolled with it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Well, that sucked!

North Dakota State 42, Montana State 17.  This was a 4 point game is 8 minutes left in the fourth and then the wheels really came off the ol' apple cart.  A good season for the Cats.  It exceeded some expectations but that's the thing with success.  The more you taste it, the higher your expectations are.  NDSU was tough, but I didn't like a few of the things the Cats were doing on offense, but then what do I know?  Good luck to the Bison.  I hope they party stomped Eastern Washington.  Nine months until the Cats play again.  Sigh.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Random thoughts #24

Things that crossed my mind while wondering why life has been so good to me.

#1. I find myself saying "dude" a lot more than I used to and it sucks.

#2. Andie MacDowell is getting better looking with age. Not that she is that great  of an actress, but hot, yes she is.

#3. "Human Target" is the best show you aren't watching. Mark Valley is the star. A West Point graduate and a Desert Storm vet. The show is fun, exciting and good entertainment. Indira Varma is hotter than doughnut grease.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Have a great weekend. Go Cats

Spent the last two nights at an avalanche awareness seminar.  It's one of the reasons I haven't been much of a blogger.  It was a great course.  The in-field training is next Sunday and I'm looking forward to it.  Anyway,  after attending classes and getting 8 inches of great snow last night I thought I'd take you all into the weekend with this awesome snowmobile video.  This will be my third season riding and it's as much fun as anything.  While we try to be safe, it is also the most dangerous activity I partake in.  We don't climb hills or "highmark". We look for big "powder parks" to just play in.  Lots of fun and virtually no danger of an avalance.  There were some interesting things that I learned though and will be even more aware of my surroundings while traveling to play. 

Three highligts to look for.  Around the :56 mark this guy is just plowing through snow in a meadow.  The first day I took out my new sled last year it was like this and it was the most fun I've had riding. At 2:57 you can see an avalanche fracture on the left of the screen.  The rider looks to his right and sees the snow wave coming.  He banks out to the left around the tree or rock formation (hard for me to tell) and out of the path to safety.  Textbook riding.  At 3:22 he makes a big jump and cranks the sled to his left leaving this big trail of "cold smoke". Its awesome.

One game at a time.

I have a random thoughts I worked on last night and will post that later, until then you have to hear about the MSU Bobcats.  Hopefully for a few more weeks.

Your Montana State Bobcats begin their quest for their fourth national championship tomorrow when the North Dakota State Bison (they pronounce it BY-zun) come to town. It's the first home playoff game for the Cats since 2006.  As you can imagine, I'm pretty excited.  We had 8 inches of snow last night.   Kick off is slated for 12 PM  MST.

I watched NDSU last week.  They are big up front on both sides of the ball.  Their defense is very stout and is the reason they are in the playoffs.  It will taken a very well executed game tomorrow for the Cats to win.  We have a big advantage at quarterback in Denarius McGhee.  He was the Big Sky Conference's offensive player of the year and is one of 20 finalists for the Peyton Award, given annually to the best offensive player at the FCS level (formally Division I-AA).  Did I mention that he is also a straight A student?  Did I also mention that he is a redshirt FRESHMAN?!

Anyway, I have snow to plow and house to clean for company coming for the game.  Below are two videos.  The first is a little montage done by an MSU student with some highlights from the season.  This kid has posted several of these and does great work.

The second is an interview with the fine young man I just mentioned.  If you have a few minutes, watch this.  There is no way you can't like this kid.  He's from Dallas, TX living in Montana and loving every minute of it. At about the 2:10 mark of the video a reporter tell's Denarius he's been named BSC Offensive Player of the Year.  Watch this kid's reaction.  How can you not like him? If he was 6'2" tall he'd be in the Big 12 somewhere.  I'm so glad he's only 5'11".  So is the rest of Bobcat Nation.

Supposed to be 31F at kickoff tomorrow.  SUHWHEET!!  The game will be broadcast on Altitude if you happen to get that channel.  If I can find where to stream it on the NCAA's website, I'll put that up in my random thoughts.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MCW - Movie you hated the first time you saw it but now you like it.

Hello my turkey/ham/prime rib stuffed loyal readers and welcome to this week's edition of Movie Clip Wednesday.  You hopefully know the history of this weekly meme.  The Omnipotent Boxer began this way back ago (February I think) and somewhere along the way it ended up here where the loyal readers of the drivel have been faithful followers and great participants, despite my sometimes lame themes and last to minute notice.  Despite this, MCW, like Jason from Friday the 13th, does not die.  (Hmmm, a Friday the 13th reference, foreshadowing perhaps?  Nope.  Just a lame attempt at humor. Anyway, how it works is like this: I pick a theme, usually to the chagrin of everyone, you find a clip that matches said theme, put it on your wonderful blog and then post in the comments of this post that you "are up".  We will all come a check it out and give you blog "high fives".  Look under the MCW banner for the following week's theme.  I'll try to have it up by Thursday. Or Friday. Or whenever I get a post from someone saying "what's the theme for next week's MCW". 

I have so many great movie recommendations from this meme that I could't watch them all if I met a rich woman who told me to quit my job and "watch those movies you've always wanted to watch.  Oh yes, and work on your golf game".  This isn't meant to discourage anyone from pushing said rich woman my way.  Just sayin.

This week's theme is "movie you hated the first time you saw it but now you like it".  I have a couple of these to choose from but there is one that stands out more than the others.

Friday, November 26, 2010

In case you're interested.

I'm sure everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinners.  I had a great time.  Had to friends over who didn't have a place to go so I cooked a nice prime rib roast and we watched football and laughed hard.  It was a great day. 

Here's some links for you to peruse if you have nothing better to do.

The first one is from a site call Ned Hardy and this link is to a list he has entitled "32 undeniable truths for mature humans".  Here's a sample "#23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text." There's plenty more where that came from.

Over at Filmdrunk the completely awesome Vince Mancini has a red band trailer to a movie being released on December 3rd called "Rare Exports". Here's the plot "A mining company accidentally unleashes a killer Santa Claus who had been trapped deep inside a mountain for millions of years. The Santa Claus goes on a killing rampage, until the townspeople lure him into a trap using a severed pig’s head as bait, and decide to hold him for ransom."  I'm definately going to this.

Next up is a little clip I found over at Steve Czaban's place.  It's the famous turkey scene from WKRP in Cincinnati.  God Loni Anderson was hot.

Over at American Thinker, Tom Roberson has written an interesting piece on Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.  I really like Jindal but if Roberson has done his homework, and I'm sure he has, then I'm all for jumping off the Jindal bandwagon.

A guy at work is always talking about Theo Spark.  It's not a bad site.  Doesn't really do it for me but some of you may enjoy it.

If you have nothing better to do. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

MCW "Favorite Sports Movie"

It's MCW. Started by  Boxer a while back, I've been though for a bit now.. Most of you know how it works but if you're new here (for which I greatly thank you) here's how it works. A theme is picked each week. You choose a movie to fit the theme and find a clip, preferably three minutes or less, and post it on your blog. Announce in the comment section of this post that you are up and we'll come and pay you a visit. It's simple really. If you are looking for the theme it's usually posted under the MCW banner on the right side of  the greatest blog in the universe my drivel by Thursday.

I admit I was rushed.  As a matter of fact, if  Troll hadn't reminded me, I would have probably spaced it out and subjected myself to blog banishment.

Anyway, favorite sports movie was pretty tough.  I love sports movies. Heck, I just plain ol love sports.  I'll most anything that I've ever participated in or that has a ball in it whether it's women's 9-ball, bowling or jai alai.  Some sports are boring (everyone immediately thinks "soccer", correctly I might add) but all in all I enjoy them.

While this week's feature isn't my all-time favorite sports movie, this clip is in the top five.  Paul Newman stars in "Slapshot".  A movie about a hockey team about to go belly up.  Too boost attendance, Newman, the team captain comes up with a plan to change the teams image.  He wants them to be brawlers and then he sign's the Hanson Brothers.  In this scene the teams are warming up.  The good parts are at the 1:15 mark and at the end.  Happy MCW.

This guy likes Charles Bronson

"No one wants to hear your playlist"

Monday, November 22, 2010

Digging out and throwing it in neutral.

After my celebration on Saturday night, Sunday brough much rest as the Lord intended.  I awoke at 6 AM so that I could clean up and go have breakfast with the football team and watch the playoff selection.  MSU received a #4 seed and at least one home game.  The grizzlies were left out of the playoffs for the first time in like 15 years.  That's the way it goes.

After breakfast I hooked up the plow to my four-wheeler and decided to plow my driveway after the 8 inches of snow that dropped Friday night.  Did my driveway and the neighbors and hit my part of the subdivision's sidewalks as it was cold and not a lot of people wanted to shovel evidently.  5.1 miles of sidewalk later I called it a day of plowing.

We are supposed to have lovely weather this week.  High's in the teens.  Low's below zero and more snow.  Fortunately, work will be slow and the need for me to leave the confines of my office for anything more than to drive my truck home will keep me warm and dry.  MCW theme is up.  It's lame I know, but it's a short week and while the Bobcats are winning I went with an easy one.  It's all part of my master plan.

Haiku Thursday is back as well.  Go to Troll's place if you want to know how everything works.

Now it's to work for me.  Take care all.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

CAT/griz 2010 again

I'm happy and drunk and so glad that these great kids went into the most difficult place to win in all of FCS ( formally division I-AA)  and WON!!!!!!  My beloved alma mater are the Big Sky Conference Champions!!  These kids played their asses off today and brought home a great victory.  I'm so happy for these boys especially the seniors as they have never won a game against the hippies.  I'm tying one on tonight boys and girls.  Sleep well but keep your eyes on these kids. They are something special.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

CAT/griz 2010

This Saturday, the 9th oldest rivalry in all of college football will be held in The Pits of Mount Doom Missoula. It's hard to win there. Period.  A very loud place to play. Rowdy fans. Referees who are afraid to make a call against the home team and dominance by the griz over the Cats the last 25 years.  I like the Cats chances but in a rivalry, anything can happen.

Am I going to Missoula?  The answer is simply "no".  More completely though it is "Hell no".  Missoula is a shithole.  It's full of smog and hippies. Their rivers are dirty, their infrastructure was designed by retards u of m grads.  The list is endless. OK, the infrastructure thing, it wasn't designed by u of m grads.  They don't have engineering there.  MSU does, but no grads from here designed Enemaville. This is how stupid the citizens of Missoula and the surrounding area are.  There are a couple of lumber mills in Missoula and of course they are union.  So the union members all vote democrat and when the environmentalists put almost a comlete halt to the timber industry, thereby causing layoffs and closures, the union blamed Bush.  Wait, what?  Like I said.  Morons. The point is that Missoula sucks to get around in because it's a dump.  Plain and simple.  Besides, why would I want to sit with 25,000 assholes dressed in dark pink when I can sit with 100 of the finest people on God's green earth and have my glass constantly full.

Here's a little something to get the juices flowing at mid-week.  THE BRAWL OF THE WILD!! Amanda's dad and the rest of the griz better have their "A" game.

It's not that Missoula doesn't have some nice people and a couple of decent fans, it's just that in comparison to ANY other major town in Montana, it's swampland.  Get it?

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesday "Worst Sequel"

It's MCW. Started by  Boxer a while back, I've been the caretaker of this gig for a week or three now. Most of you know how it works but if you're new here (for which I greatly thank you) here's how it works. A theme is picked each week. You choose a movie to fit the theme and find a clip, preferably three minutes or less, and post it on your blog. Announce in the comment section of this post that you are up and we'll come and pay you a visit. It's simple really. If you are looking for the theme it's usually posted under the MCW banner on the right side of my drivel by Thursday

This was a hard one.  So many shitty sequels. I guess one of the rules is that the first movie had to be at least decent.  If it wasn't, what would you have to compare it to.  Caddyshack 2, Teen Wolf 2, Blues Brothers 2000, Godfather 3 (how could the best sequel have one of the worst.  Anyway, I'm late for pool league and when I chose this topic the movie that first came to my mind was Another 48 Hours.  So disappointing on so many levels.  First, no Annette O'Toole.  She didn't get near enough screen time in the first one and none in the second.  A travesty of epic proportions.  Don't think so?  Ask men if they are enough hot redheads in the world and the answer will be a resounding "NO".  The defense rests.  The ridiculous story line, the shitty motorbike scene, the 1/2 shoot out "all the windows everywhere" scene.  I hated all of it.  I guess when it comes to bad sequels, you're anticipation for wanting to see it combined with your disappointment once you do is the biggest factor.  It's kind of like giving an girlfriend a second chance.  You had some good times the last time, it didn't work out the way you wanted but good memories so you get back together and it's a disaster.  Kind of like that.  Not saying that's ever happened to me but I've seen some things.  Happy MCW.

BlackTooth Brewing Company

Just a couple pictures of the new Brewery! Hope to be serving the day after Thanksgiving!

I gotta post something

I found this clip on Warming Glow the other day.  At least I think it was Warming Glow.  Anyway, it's two guys arguing on how to do a Michael Caine imitation and as most readers here I think are fans I thought I'd put it up to while the hours away until I post something that most people will not find is worth their time to read.  Kind of like this.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

We still have Monte

Even though this video (made by an Eastern Washington fan) mistakenly says that if EWU wins out they win the conference (they don't, if Montana State wins out my Bobcats win the title) it's still well done and very funny.  Especially the Hauch reference. 

Movie Clip Wednesday "First Date Movie"

Hello and welcome back another sterling edition of Movie Clip Wednesday. Started by  The Glorious Boxer  a while back, I've been the caretaker of this gig for a week or three now. Most of you know how it works but if you're new here (for which I greatly thank you) here's how it works. A theme is picked each week. You choose a movie to fit the theme and find a clip, preferably three minutes or less, and post it on your blog. Announce in the comment section of this post that you are up and we'll come and pay you a visit. It's simple really. If you are looking for the theme it's usually posted under the MCW banner on the right side of my drivel by Thursday

This week's theme was your first date with someone. You're supposed to pick a movie you went to see on a first date with someone, whether it's your soulmate or someone you knew from high school or college.  Looking for some good stories here dear followers of the drivel.  I know I won't be disappointed.
It was a long time ago. We still lived in the big white house on 4th Street. I was probably too young to be going on a date.  As a matter of fact my mom and my prospective date's mom would not have allowed it if they had known but I was determined to go anyway. 

A sad story gets sadder.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a tragedy that had occurred in my wonderful home town.  Although I've waited to post this I'd like to keep you all informed and I hope that my old wrestling teammate Sheriff Tom Miller is wrong.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say the case of a 16-year-old boy who was shot while hunting near Malta is being treated as a homicide.

Phillips County Sheriff Tom Miller says Logan Wilson's death does not make sense as a suicide or as an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. The sheriff says the death will be considered a homicide unless witnesses come forward or ballistics tests clear up what happened.

Authorities say Wilson became separated from two friends he was hunting with on Oct. 23. His companions eventually found him in a field, and he had been shot once in the neck. The Malta boy died at the scene
The sheriff's office says one of Wilson's hunting companions has been interviewed but the other has declined to come in for questioning.

I'll update you more as the situation develops.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Random thoughts about the election and American scene.

Had a couple of drinks with my friend Jon at The Mint here in Belgrade.  Our waitress/bartender has a husband who has served two tours in Iraq.   Jon asked to borrow $60 bucks from me as he was out of cash. I didn't ask why.  He's good for it.  He says " I'm going to buy her and her husband dinner for his service."  I told him I was in for half.  She was very touched.  Even better news.  She said she'd been offered a position at The Grantree where I stop every Friday.  Jessica, I look forward to seeing you there and thanks to your husband Nate for his service. 

Things that crossed my mind while wondering how Barry and the media don't get it.

MCW theme for 11/10/10

Sorry kids.  I totally forgot about posting a theme last night.  Anyway, here's a different twist on MCW.  Pick a movie that was your first date with someone.  Whether it's your current partner or someone from high school or junior high.  Tell us what movie you watched.  Maybe how you chose that movie and if you ended up making out or getting shut down.  You know, important stuff. Did it lead to some kind of romance or did your date get up for popcorn and not come back.  Maybe she ended up at the post-prom keggar with Tim Starkey instead of the guy who paid for her corsage and dinner at Stines (right Shoey hahahahahahha.  Still classic.  Just think, that ISN'T the story he wanted me to not tell.  Love ya Shoey)  Sorry I'm late.  Right now I'm imagining Buzz as Ming the Merciless.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesday "Favorite Coming of Age Movie" This is for you Shoey!

Hello and welcome to the famous blog theme/meme/whatever it really is MOVE CLIP WEDNESDAY! Started by Boxer sometime ago I've been given the keys to the city and it's been a ticker tape parade of great theme's ever since.  Well, as long as you're asking me anyway.   Most of you know how it works but if you're new here (for which I greatly thank you) here's how it works. A theme is picked each week. You choose a movie to fit the theme and find a clip, preferably three minutes or less, and post it on your blog. Announce in the comment section of this post that you are up and we'll come and pay you a visit. It's simple really. If you are looking for the theme it's usually posted under the MCW banner on the right side of my drivel by Thursday

This could have gone a lot of ways for me. There are the obvious choices of  Stand by Me and The Breakfast Club.  Ferris Bueller also can fit this category. My unabashed love for Diane Lane could have made me pick The Outsiders or even the underrated Six Pack. However, just picking a movie because I want a Diane Lane clip seems to be a little on the creepy side.  Even for me.  When I saw this category suggested by Moi  I immediately went back to my youth and remembered a great movie.  I remember going to it with Shoey.  It was a big deal because Shoey's dad actually let him go to a movie on a school night.  That just never happened.  The night when we returned home, Shoey's dad asked him what the movie was about.  Shoey replied "It's about a kid who can't figure out what he wants to do with his life and get's a bunch of shit from his dad. Just like me."  Classic answer and I never forgot it.  There are some good Shoey stories out there that all of us Malta boys know about Shoe and his dad that might be worth telling someday.  I'll have to think on that. 

Without further ado, I present to you the 1979 classic Breaking Away.  Enjoy and thanks for playing.  Incidently, Shoey turned out just fine.  Graduated from Montana State and went on to get his MBA at Gonzaga, so, he figured out what he wanted to do.   He made his dad Jim proud before Jim left us much to soon.

Thanks for playing. I'll have another theme that I probably didn't choose up by Thursday under the MCW banner.  Enjoy.

Time to save the U.S.A.

Don't forget to vote today.  It's not too late to save us from the path to serfdom that Mullah President Obama has us on.  Vote early and often.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

MCW for 11/3/10

Moi sent some excellent suggestions and as I'm leaving for the Center of the Universe tomorrow I thought I'd use one.  Getting great ideas is kind of like getting a "free spin" on Wheel of Fortune.  Keep it until you need it and as it's been a long day, I need it.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept, is to post a clip from your favorite coming of age movie.  I already have mine chosen if I can find a clip.

This post will self destruct in 5 seconds.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MCW Favorite Buddy Movie

It's time once again for the most widely read meme on the blogosphere, Movie Clip Wednesday.   /loyals readers respond by pounding on their space bars.  It's internet applause. Each week loyal readers of the drivel stop by to see what mediocre theme long worded theme I've come up with to challenge their collective movie related skills.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A sad story

This is a sad story that doesn't end well.  If you don't want to have your day ruined then you may want to pass. 

My dad bought me my first gun when I was 12.  It was a Remington model Nylon 12.  A .22 caliber bolt action that shot pretty straight and was almost indestructible.  There was one stipulation.  I couldn't take it without permission and I had to take hunters safety.  Both terms were easily accepted.

I took hunter's safety in the fall of 1974.  I met two brothers.  One would become my constant hunting companion and best friend throughout high school, Jim Craig.  His older brother Clyde would hunt with us as well. 

There are three rules from hunter's safety that you must remember on your final test.  They are not multiple choice answers.  You must write these out at the very beginning of your exam. They are:
     1) Treat every gun as if it were loaded.
     2) Always point your muzzle in a safe direction.
     3) Be sure of your target AND what is beyond it.

If you miss one of these, you fail and wait a year to take your test again.  I passed, so did Jim and Clyde.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Random Thoughts #23

Things that crossed my mind while wondering if I should become a professional body builder.

1) I'm enumerating my thoughts because 14 is always my goal.  No one has figured out yet why 14 is the number and The Prodigy is exempt from participating.  Also, I'm usually a little Crowned up when I do these and I'm tire of trying to keep track. 

2) Juan Williams was fired from NPR for saying what we all think.  The tolerance of liberals was shown again yesterday.  Just like the hyenas they are, they ate one of their own.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Michael Keaton Stand Up

Came across this clip of Michael Keaton doing some stand up.  I thought it was very funny and would love to see the entire thing.  It's about 5 minutes but entertaining.  He made some very funny movies in the 1980's. 

This clip is on the house.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MCW Favorite Foreign Actor

Boxer started this meme back in February I believe and I'm heading the show for now. Most of you know how it works but if you're new here (for which I greatly thank you) here's how it works. A theme is picked each week. You choose a movie to fit the theme and find a clip, preferably three minutes or less, and post it on your blog. Announce in the comment section of this post that you are up and we'll come and pay you a visit. It's simple really. If you are looking for the theme it's usually posted under the MCW banner on the right side of my drivel by Thursday.

So this week I've chosed favorite foreign actor.  It's a wide range but then we do have some readers who aren't from America and their choices will be interesting.  There are a bunch of great actors.  John Gielgud and Alec Guiness come to mind.  All of the guys who have played James Bond.  How about some great Aussies in Mel Gibson (politics and domestic abuse aside) Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman. 

However, I did say favorite.  My favorite foreign actor is a man almost my own age I grew up with him and one of the most famous characters he portrayed was Alex P. Keaton, the ultra-conservative honors student in Family Ties. Of course I'm talking about Michael J. Fox.  Even though I consider Canada the 51st state, he's still a foreigner.  I'll be honest, until I started typing I was really leaning towards Michael Caine just because he's a great actor with wide range and doesn't seem to make to many bad movies but went with Fox on sentiment. Add the fact that he's only a couple of years older than me and that I could dunk on him (that's not a Parkinsons joke, dude is short0 and we have a winner.

Of course he made millions as Marty McFly in the Back to the Future movie but my favorite Fox roll is Brantley Foster in The Secret of My Success.  Fox was pure comedy gold.  From Family Ties and Spin City to the aforementioned movies along with Doc Hollywood and of course Teen Wolf, Fox was also pretty much box office gold as well.  That he has Parkinsons is truly sad but he still has his mind and his family for which he is thankful.  I'm thankful I was able to enjoy him for as long as he performed.

"A medely. Gee,that's nice. Why are you singing a medley Aunt Vera?"

Some reading while I recover

Here are a few links I thought you would enjoy while I get caught up on my sleep and work.  Made a mad dash to St. Louis to watch the Rams put a little beat down on the Chargers.  Left Saturday at 5:30 AM and landed in St. Louis at 3 PM.  Beers, Crowns, sleep, breakfast, beers, then victory beers, dinner, sleep then leaving the hotel to catch a plane at 6 AM yesterday.  Good times though.    Rams won 20-17.  Sam Bradford looked pretty darn good.  Steven Jackson was THE MAN at the end of the game and the D put whiny ass punk Phillip Rivers on his back 7 times.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bill O'Reilly is a wussy

I'm sure by now, you've all watched the clip of "The View" where Joy Behar and Gladys the talking cow Whoopi Goldberg, storm off the set (the clip is here).  In the exchange O'Reilly says that the reason people don't want the mosque built is because "Muslims killed us on 9/11".  A statement that is 100% accurate.  Behar and Shamu then storm off the set because O'Reilly didn't say "muslim extremists". Order was restored and O'Reilly changed his remarks to make everyone happy.  What a fag.

Here's the deal, O'Reilly was spot on with his remarks.  Muslims did kill us.  The women of "The View" and everyone on the left, have no right to seperate Muslims from extremists. None and here's why.  They include all Christians in the same group.  When a nutty Christian shoots a baby killing doctor, they don't call him a "Christian extremist".  No, they blame all forms of Christianity and make the general statement that all Christians share the views of the extremist.  Whenever any Christian says anything that they disagree with, all Christians are lumped into the same group.  Let's not forget that hypocrosy is the cornerstone of liberal idealogy.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Global warming is a scam. Always has been, always will be.

Liberals are just a bunch of lying mofo's.  From health care, to the stimulus, to global warming.  Just read this and then try to argue.  Hussein Obama just hates America and will try to destroy us through Cap and Trade. C'mon November 2nd.

The Bret Favre issue.

I'm sure that most of you are aghast that I haven't said anything about Bret Foreskin Favre yet.  Maybe relieved is a more accurate description.  Anyhoo, here's my take.  Do I think it is him? Yes.  Am I positive? No. Do I want it to be true?  Does a ragdoll have cloth knobs?

The slippery slope of the stimulus

The liberals insisted on borrowing a trillion dollars to "stimulate" the economy. They used 1/2 the money they borrowed. Most of it kept government and union jobs safe. The other 1/2 has yet to be spent. Now our  Chairman Mao Barry wants to borrow ANOTHER 50 billion for infrastructure repair. What's the matter with taking it out of the money you haven't spent?  What happened to those "shovel ready jobs"?  Honestly, have we ever had a less capable leader?

A trillion is a lot. It's 12 zeros.  We have 300 million people in the US. According to the latest figures on Wiki, 73% of Americans make less than $70K annually.  If we had given each person below $75K the stimulus money and told them they could spend it without paying it back, it would have stimulated the economy big time.  That's $4,500.00  for every man, woman and child.  A family of four would have received $18,000.00. We would have received a far better return on our money than saving the job of some teacher. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesday - Best Non-Animated Disney.

Welcome to Movie Clip Wednesday. Boxer continues to shadow box for vodka and is in her busy time so  now I'm driving the bus. "People kept ringing the bell!"

 Most of you know how it works but if you're new here (for which I greatly thank you) here's how it works. A theme is picked each week. You choose a movie to fit the theme and find a clip, preferably three minutes or less, and post it on your blog. Announce in the comment section of this post that you are up and we'll come and pay you a visit. It's simple really.

Tried for a tough one this week and it was,but I had one in the back of my mind the entire time. It's good to be the meme master.  Old Yeller  and Swiss Family Robinson are great flicks.  How about the original Parent Trap with Haley Mills who I think was my first big screen crush.  Many, many to choose from but my favorites growing up all had the same lead actor, the same main character, the same basic plot and were set at a place where we all wanted to go to college.  That's right boys and girls, I'm talking about Medfield College and one of the greatest trilogies of all time The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes, Now You See Him Now You Don't, and lastly The Strongest Man in the World.  Dexter Riley was the hero played by the great and talented Snake Plisken I mean Kurt Russell.

Of the three Now You See Him, Now You Don't is my favorite.  These movies had it all, token you know what guy (not trying to be racist but hey those are the facts), the dumb friend based on Shaggy, cute girl that Dexter could not quite get with, Cesar Romero the bad guy who was always having his plans mess up by those meddling kids.  I love the 70's.

I'm really starting to get pissed off when I find the perfect clip on youtube and it's "disabled by request".  Who would do such a thing?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Homecoming 2010

Your tenth ranked Montana State University Bobcats are taking on the Portland State something or others tomorrow for what should be a beautiful day of football here in the Gallatin Valley.  Our Cats are 4-1 having lost only to Division 1 Washington State when our coaches put their collective heads up their asses and cost the boys the game. That aside.

The Cats blew a 37-10 halftime lead last week against Sacremento State and let them score 35 in the third quarter.  The boys in blue and gold rallied to win 64-61 in overtime to go 4-1.

I think tomorrow they will come out strong.  PSU runs a "pistol" offense whatever the hell that is.  Doesn't matter we have Bignell and Craney back this week. We also have a guy named Denarius McGhee. Kid is a STUD. How happy am I that he is only 5'11".  If he was two inched taller he'd be playing in the soon to be defunct Big 12.

The Cat defense will be pissed off tomorrow.  We've lead the conference in overall defense 6 of the last 10 years and been 2nd 3 times.

Cats win.  The conference title is still in their control.

Meanwhile in Hell.  The demons of the dark pink are playing Idaho State University. ISU took the griz to the wire last year but this year will get crushed 40-7.  This griz offense can score points and ISU's defense won't be up to the task.

 I don't know who Malta played tonight but I'm sure they rolled.

Notre we suck ass Dame is 2-3 and won't go to a bowl game again so they are barely worth a mention except for the fact that they are the most overrated program of the last 20 years. They do not, and will not, get any more space on this blog until they are in the top 15 again.  So I'm thinking that I might have to adopt a son to blog about them sometime in 2030.

Bama crushes South Carolina.  Cats and Malta win. All is right with the world.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

MCW Theme for 10/13/10

Alright.  I'm still working out some things for coming up with themes but fear not, I will prevail.  I have some ideas but IMO they are very limited and not everyone thinks like me (a hearty round of "thank God" is heard throughout the blogosphere).

This week's choice should include everyone.  Favorite Disney movie, non-animated.  Everyone has watched at least one Disney movie that wasn't a cartoon so I expected a record amount of particpants. 

Vamanos muchachos.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The US Government, solving your problems since 2009

My brother sent this to me this morning. No link just a cut and paste job but it's good reading.

Now read this........

Date: Monday, October 4, 2010, 8:44 AM

Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night." So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?" So they created a planningdepartment and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do time studies.

Then Congress said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing the tasks correctly?" So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Movie Clip Wednesday - Favorite/Best Black and White Movie

Welcome to Movie Clip Wednesday. Boxer put me in charge of this meme "temporarily" a few months ago. That's kind of like loaning me a golf club. "Hey, can I try out your driver that you don't hit anymore?"  If that happens the chances are close to zero you will ever see it again.  Its harder than it looked . Keeping this meme going. It reminds of the "Seinfeld" episode where George takes the job parking cars and screws it all up and the guy says "any fool can park a car".

However, not knowing when to quit is one of strengths. Most of you know how it works but if you're new here (for which I greatly thank you) here's how it works. A theme is picked each week. You choose a movie to fit the theme and find a clip, preferably three minutes or less, and post it on your blog. Announce in the comment section of this post that you are up and we'll come and pay you a visit. It's simple really.

This week's theme, which was posted on Thursday, September 30th, in the year of our Lord 2010 AD, which is plenty of notice for virtually everyone on planet Earth, is favorite/best black and white movie.  When I was a Netflix subscriber, I decided to watch all of the classics I had never seen before.  Like On the Waterfront, A Streetcar named Desire, Citizen Kane and many others.  I made it through the aforementioned along with some other great movies.  As noted in last week's theme Gone with the wind didn't make it into my DVD player.  Anywhoo, though I'm a big fan of Casablanca and Young Frankenstein the movie I consider the best black and white, if not the best thing I've ever watched is All Quiet on the Western Front. I thought it was very well done, especially in the time of overacting.  The scene I've chosen is the ending scene of the movie.  Funny how I couldn't find this scene when the theme was "best/favorite death scene" but that's my luck all the way.

Nest week's theme will be up in the next day or so under the "Movie Clip Wednesday" banner so keep your eyes peeled.

Man, these pretzels are making me thirsty.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Who's this chick?

Found this on youtube. She is great.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

MCW theme for 9/29/10. "Famous/Popular movie I haven't seen but really should before I die because everyone tell's me it's great."

Welcome to Movie Clip Wednesday.  Boxer long ago gave me the keys to this car where I promptly drove it into the ditch but there's no looking back now.  Most of you know how it works but if you're new here (for which I greatly thank you) here's how it works.  A theme is picked each week.  You choose a movie to fit the theme and find a clip, preferably three minutes or less, and post it on your blog.  Announce in the comment section of this post that you are up and we'll come and pay you a visit.  It's simple really.

I have no words why I have never watched this.  I am prepared for the barage of dissappointment that is soon to follow.  *hangs head in shame and slowly walks away from computer as the screen fades to black*

OK, I'll watch it.

The first trailer for the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit is out and I'll admit that it looks alright.  Of course Vince Mancini at Filmdrunk says it best I suppose "If you’re not excited about this movie, you are communist and I hate you."

Monday, September 27, 2010

MCW - I hope this isn't too short of notice.

Hello loyals readers.  Returned from the gret state of North Dakota late Wednesday night, had a golf/birthday outting on Thursday, a golf tourney Friday, MSU football and a concert in Billings Saturday and actually spent Sunday cleaning the garage, getting stuff ready for the snow to fly.  Totally forgot to post a theme for MCW and thought I'd try a little different twist.

Instead of posting a clip of something you've seen, post one of something you haven't seen.

That's the theme for this week. "Famous/Popular movie I haven't seen but really should before I die because everyone tell's me it's great."

Friday, September 24, 2010

By the way.....

Going to Billings tomorrow to see an ABBA tribute band.   That shouldn't suck.

Just a couple thoughts and Bobcat pregame.

So yesterday I took my great friend EJ golfing for his birthday.  Long story short, he got me on a scramble team for the annual Sonny Holland Classic at Valley View Golf Club.  The irony is that I played on a team of guys who sit right behind me at Bobcat home games. We took second.  It was a great day.  Like EJ says "you only have to know one guy and that guy is me."  True words.

So I'm whipped.  Spent the night at EJ's house.  He cooked a great steak.  I spent most of the evening playing with his soon to be two-year-old daughter.  Drank some Crown and red wine and took advantage of his guest room. 5Wood made it as well.  Played the back nine with us and partook in the festivities.

Here are a couple of thoughts.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Random Thoughts #22

After a 13 1/2 hour day which did include a couple of good leads and a 520 mile stint behind the wheel, I'm safe and sound here at COTR headquarters.  No work for the rest of the week.  I've poured myself a nice glass of Crown Black and think some blogging is in order.

Sad news from the Center of the Universe.  An early morning fire broke out in Malta and took out a building on Front Street destroying five businesses.  As of this writing, there are no reports of injury which of course is great. The building can be replaced but the lives affected makes my heart heavy.  Saddest of all is that the building housed the local weekly paper, the Phillips County News.  I'm very saddened at the fact that over 100 years of archives were probably lost.  It's Malta.  While I'm sure that many years are on disc or stored electronically somewhere, I have no doubts that many original copies of the PCN are gone forever.  I'll update more when I have more information.

Things that crossed my mind while wondering how the Bobcats will stop Taiwan Jones this weekend.

When GW passed the tax cuts in 2003, liberals complained that they only benefitted the rich.  Now we see that everyone got a tax cut and that if these cuts expire, people making $50,000.00 a year will see their taxes go up $2,900.00 annually.  That's $241.66 that will come out of their paychecks every month. I guess to the liberals, a family making 50k a year is rich. 

I need to get all the gibberish on my digital recorder put into writing.  I have the history of the first seven LBOH's recorded.  Trouble is that I don't have any more room until I have them transcribed.  Biggest problem is that when I'm driving down the road I have great random thoughts and when I sit down at my computer I can't remember any of them.  It sucks getting old.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

MCW - Holiday week.

I hate to do this but I have bills to pay.  I have to head to beautiful Williston, ND. While the rest of you are enjoying your Sunday, I'll be in the grizwagon headed east.  Won't be back till Thursday.  Take the week off from MCW.  I'll be back next week with a good theme.

I wish someone would hurry the hell up and find me a rich woman who likes to golf so I could quit my job.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tomorrow is Bobcat Victory Day.

So last week I almost had a cincofecta.  Malta won, crushing defending state champion Huntley Project 27-18 with 354 rushing yards. Notre Dame losing to Michigan. Two hapless teams trying to be .500 this year. Bama "rolling" over Joe "I dont know what the fuck is even going on anymore" Paterno and Penn State. The minions of hell from Missoula losing to my Cal Poly Mustangs. I'm 4 for 4.

Then the Cats let me down. Not really. They played a D-I school to the wire. They led in every category.  Some questionable play calling at the end cost the game.  We could have and should have won. This team,and our quarterback, are fucking awesome. I said earlier that our season begins next week with Eastern Washington. I have no doubt that the Bobcats are going to PUNISH Drake tomorrow. Then, bring on EWU who have the grizzlies.

Cats 40 The Drake 10.

Meanwhile in the pit of Mount Doom

The frizzlies lost to my Cal Poly Mustangs.  Maybe this offense isn't that great.  griz fans have been bragging about how good their defense will be. "We'll shut out at LEAST seven team this year.  Well maybe if your offense doesn't suck. This is a good griz team. Make no mistakes. CP is good as well. Coach Fluff has instilled Don Read's offense without the talent so we will see how far that takes them. Let's not forget that the year that Read won his only national championship, his defense was the best in the nation. Right now, they aren't the best in the conference. That can change. I've said before, the griz have a mystique. They know how to win. They are going to have a tough game in Cheney tomorrow but I don't count them out. I'm rooting for the Eagles all the way mind you. I hope it's a bruiser because we have EDub next week.

Malta rolls, The Tide rolls as well. The slow, trudging Irish drunks win.

That's it for now.

Let's start Friday with a couple of great videos.

First, Eric Cartman singing Lady Gaga's "Poker Face".  On of the best covers EVER!  Love Butters saying "No,no, no. I got stuff to do."

I heard this on the way to work on the XM. Love Natalie. Had a thing for her back in the day. Probably still do. She is a woman afterall. Way hotter in the 80's though.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

MCW "The greatest actor of your lifetime."

Welcome to Movie Clip Wendesday.  I'm your humble host while our gloriuos host Boxer takes a well deserved hiatus.  Here's how it works, you look at the theme and find a clip that matches. In the comment section you post that you "are up" and we will all read it and comment.

My choice is Robert Duvall. The best actor I've ever been able to watch.  This guy has range.  Bad guy, I can do it, tough guy, got that too, everyman well I can do that as well.  The thing to me that Duvall has over Pacino and DeNiro ( who always get the accolades as the "greatest") is that he can play whoever, whenever.  Those other two yotes are the SAME guy every fucking movie with different accents. That's all they do. Duvall was Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird a bit part.  He was the notorious Ned Pepper in True Grit he was in the Eagle Has Landed which is the movie Howard Hughes watched over and over until he died.

He was Joe Kidd in Joe Kidd he was the Great Santini.  He played the dirty newspaper guy in my theme "movie you watch when know you want to be alone" (or something like that, The Natural). He was Max Mercer in that movie, the dirty reporter trying to get the shit on Roy Hobbs (played by Rob Redford). He was the crew chief for the dwarf Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder he was in the critically aclaimed and Acadamy Award winning Sling Blade and he carried the robotic Kevin Costner in Open Range.

But of all the characters (including Tom Hagen in The Godfather where he was HOSED for best supporting) my favorite is as Augustus McCrae in Lonesome Dove. Here's my favorite scene from the series. It's way over the three minute alottment but it describes Gus perfectly.  As well as Captain Call play wonderfully by Tommy Lee Jones, the best character in the series.

Thanks for playing.  I'm doing the best I can. We all miss Boxer.  Just go with the flow my dear friends. If you've read the book, you know this scene.  Gus doesn't really have a temper. But when the bartender disses him, he handles it like a champ.  Call knows its coming and steps away, at about the 3:40 mark. He knows Gus is fucking pissed and not to get in the middle of it. It's cinematic beauty on the small screne. Enjoy. "Now besides the whiskey I think we'll require a little respect"  You surly bartender you.  It's where I get my saying "Here's to the sunny slopes of long ago".  God, how many times have any of us wanted to whack a surly bartender? You never had too wack Wee Wille Montgomery.  Nuff said.

Six times nominated for and Academy  Award. He won for Tender Mercies. Four times nominated for an Enmy. He didn't win for Lonesome Dome he did win one for Broken Trail which is AWESOME.  

Here's a Duvall on that. The western is "our Shakespeare"  great line.

Happy MCW

I'll have next week's theme this week.  Look for it underneath the "MCW" logo.