Sunday, January 17, 2016

Thrills and Chills

Deep Freeze

When I got up this morning, the Wind Chill Advisory that was issued last night was still in effect 
(it expires at noon today). It was -5°, which made the Wind Chill roughly -20°. This is the first blast of truly brutal winter weather so far this season in my neck of the woods.

Time to give share out of your abundance with those who are in need. Check with 
your local social services agency, or your local church. They'll be able to help you donate coats, blankets, gloves, etc. to folks who could use them.

And if you have to go out, please protect yourself.

Things That Make Me Sad: Season-Ending Edition

My beloved Kansas City Chiefs ended their season yesterday with a listless 27-20 defeat at the hands of the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The game wasn't nearly so close as the final score would suggest.

The Chiefs won the opening coin toss and deferred to the second half, giving the Patriots the ball to start the game. New England promptly drove 80 yards in 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead, and when the subsequent Chiefs drive stalled in the Red Zone, resulting in a 34-yard Cairo Santos field goal, that effectively ended the contest.

You don't win on the road in the playoffs, especially against the defending Super Bowl champions, by settling for field goals, but that's what the Chiefs did on both of their trips to the red zone in the first half.

The second Chiefs field goal followed a 98-yard Patriot touchdown drive, and made the score 14-6 at halftime.

The Chiefs got the ball to start the second half, but a fumble by RB Knile Davis (who had played sparingly all season) ended that drive, and the Patriots took full advantage, driving 69 yards in just five plays for the back-breaking TD that made it 21-6.

The Chiefs played lackluster football on both offense and defense, and squandered the few opportunities they got. Despite out-gaining the Patriots and dominating time-of-possession, they never got closer than 8 points until scoring a meaningless touchdown with 1:13 to play (the Chiefs needed 16 plays and more than five minutes on the clock to score, and the Patriots were happy to let them burn up the remaining time that way).

It was an exciting, record-setting season for the Chiefs. Chiefs Nation is grateful for
all of the thrills, and especially for seeing the end of the 8-game, 22-year playoff victory drought. The Chiefs just picked the wrong time to lose their focus and energy. That doesn't mean we're not proud of the team, of course, and proud to call it our own...


"I'm a little worried about you..."

It hurts, but I'll get over it...and baseball season will be starting again soon...

Netflix and Chili

From the hilarious comic strip FoxTrot, by Bill Amend, which you should read every Sunday, as I do.

Until Next Time...

On January 17, 1955 Stephen Fain Earle was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia. Before he was two years old his family would move to the San Antonio, Texas area. That's where he spent his adolescence, and where he learned to play guitar. He would eventually drop out of school at 16 to pursue his interest in music.
Original 1986 album cover

It has never been easy to make it in the music business, and Earle's career took quite awhile to take off. He bounced back and forth between Nashville and Texas, successful mostly as a songwriter rather than a performer. His career breakthrough didn't come until he was 31.

Earle's first full-length album, Guitar Town, produced two Top 10 country hits, and the title track also reached No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

The album as a whole reached No. 1 on the country chart, and got Earle his first Grammy Award nominations. It would be fair to say that Guitar Town (both the single and the album) made Earle's subsequent career possible. That career includes three Grammy Awards and a legacy of memorable songs spanning the country, bluegrass, folk, and rock music genres.

Today's send-off is the official music video for Steve's breakthrough hit, filmed in 1986.
I find the song just as infectious today as I did when I first heard it 30 years ago. Enjoy...

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