Why rent out my mind when it’s a seller’s market?

It occurs to me that my brain gets more interesting every day. Too bad my long term memory has gone all short term on me. Or is that a good thing? Anyways, here are a few of my favorite thoughts since sitting down to dinner. As Keanu Reeves would say, Vaya Con Dee Ohs.

-Watched the Halloween as per of a Rob Zombie reboot this evening. Fucking A, the man has a genius to him that I crush on madly. His rendition is actually . . . oh  . . how did I refer to it today? Oh yeah. My ‘happy place’. Yep, I’m gonna be residing in the fiery pits on the other side of all this hilarity. Fun people? Hit me up!

-I got one of my best pals (And a huge Tebow hater) to say the following . . . verbatim. “Tim Tebow is God’s homie.” And it only cost me a couple of Heineken big ones to coax it out of him. Okay, maybe you had to be there to get the satisfaction.

-Wait a minute! Ice Cube created a 3 on 3 league? And it starts tonight? In Brooklyn? And . . I’m curently watching it as I write this post . . .

-Deep dish pizza is the best pizza. Yes, this Bronx born son just said that. But hey, I have made both of these pie plates by hand with genuine pizza dough (not the store bought crap), and well . . . deep dish is still winning. I went all Luca Brasi with my sweet Italian sausage version last night. Which is the mafioso way of saying . . . Killed It! 

-The Cubs? Not so much winning going on there. And I think I love that fact more than deep dish.

-And not for nothing, but if the Red Sox win it all this season? Welp, they bought a title. Hey, as a Yankees fan who has been hearing that shit forever . . . it’s all about the fair play of a turnabout.

-Oh shit, I almost forgot. As far as the Rob Zombie masterpiece of a Halloween reboot goes, I can’t stop falling in love again with his music placement. Going with one of my all time favorite Rush songs . . Tom Sawyer? In the truck stop scene? Only a writer on the level of Isaac Newton (Or Quentin Tarantino . . . same diff) would be able to grasp that kind of gravitas. Wow? Meet za.

(Since I have a sweet spot finish for this post, Imma throw one of my favorite Rush spills in right here.)

-Ann Curry, you are my Joe DiMaggio in curls. And please, please, please! Come back!

-Katie Couric? Stay wherever you are.

-That Friday the 13th game I have actually been playing on PS4 . . . kicks. Ass.

-I can’t believe I just said that. Much less . . . meant it.

-And might there be a future post on this Friday the 13th game? Call Vegas right now, and win big with the yes.

-Speaking of . . . What if you would have gone to Vegas, like thirty years ago, and tried to lay money on this here bet? That America’s Father (at the time) Bill Cosby would be known as a sexual predator . . that the saintly Joe Paterno was covering up child rape (he was), and that Donald Trump would be elected President in 2016? Vegas books would’ve been like, “Yeah, and the Raiders are moving to Vegas.” And well, there’s that.

-Just finished watching Season 3 of Fargo, and while I didn’t find it to be the strongest of the entries thus far,  it was still plenty satisfying. Which is why this show is still my favorite. Because its not lazy in the buildup, and it’s not predictable in the end. And if you’re a fan of writing for writing’s sake, you understand.

-The Yankees woeful present tense is still better than what I had imagined for this season. So, nope . . I’m not fluxed. Even the slightest bit.

-And as far as the Red Sox are concerned (because I can’t bring myself to stop brawling with Yawkey Way) . . . I have been in touch with Neil Diamond’s agent, and he is open to a Buffalo Wild Wings dinner. Soooooo . . . that fucker is gonna be mine. Figure out your late innings anthem from here, Beanies!

-I promised myself I wouldn’t fall for a Starbucks drink this summer, so . . . umm. Well, damn you Midnight Mint Mocha and S’Mores fraps!

-I miss smoking every single day. So thank you running, thank you for keeping me from going back.

-Hey, I damn fraps and I give thanks to running. It keeps me even. Because the meds . . . are way more expensive.

-The idea of D Wade joining up with the Cavs next season? I am totally fluxed. Because guess what King James! You only started winning anything after you rented a room in D Wade’s house on South Beach! And yes, that’s how I feel about it.

-Still, if Carmelo joins up with the James Gang, Imma be excited for the Land. Much.

-But D Wade? Please go anywhere else, with the anywhere else meaning the Lakers. Or Heat. Or hells, just hit up Ice Cube.

-When did commercials become philosophy class? Have we become that shallow? Ugh, people!

-I haven’t watched CNN, FOX or MSNBC in over a month now. And to think, once upon a time, politics was my favorite swing. Damn. How times have changed.

-Is Trump still President? Wait . . don’t answer that. I’ve tricked myself into believing Harrison Ford is running things.

-Harrison beat out Michael Douglas in my imaginary (enough) America.  The runoff was decided in a Chopped showdown. Which is no more ridiculous than what actually happened. In fact, it’s much less so.

–If Ice Cube is reading this . . . I can still hit a spot up 3. With much certainty. Just. Saying.

-I bought myself a Harambe stuffed animal yesterday. Because as far as my stuffed animals go, I Never, Ever, Forget.

-Shared a cool story with my son’s girlfriend tonight about how me and some of my peeps once sat outside the Trust Building in Lancaster City, Pa and listened to Ed Kowalczyk of Live do his thing. It was one of my all time favorite free concerts. Right up there with the late great Robert Palmer’s Jones Beach gig, which I took in from the parking lot whilst waiting on my girlfriend back in high school.

-So lemme get this straight. Peter Jennings is dead and Bill O’ Reilly . . oh, never mind. Life ain’t fair.

-Was that too soon? For O’ Reilly?

-Well, it was too soon for Jennings. So let’s call it a tie.

-3 Headed Monsters WIN! Bill Clinton would be proud.

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18 thoughts on “Why rent out my mind when it’s a seller’s market?

  1. Hey, Pilgrim. I’m laying here in Inverness Scotland with a serious case of open eye and want to tell you how much I enjoyed your post. You took me all over the lot and as usual did it in fine fashion. Now I’m thinking you are right about deep dish pizza. Haven’t had one in years but the memories are there and want some right now. I’m with you on the news thing. I imagine Morgan Freeman as President and the thought comforts. Well done.

    • I forgot all about Freeman…great call!
      Yeah..the deep dish made one hell of a comeback in my book. Technically it’s not a pizza, but I don’t worry about technicalities. As far as pizza making goes, there’s such a satisfaction with creating a deep dish vs the traditional.
      Hope you got some shut eye. 😀

  2. You can’t do this to me. So many thoughts I need to respond to …

    But Rush. Yes!

    Cubs are losing … I’m totally good with that.

    I’ve been making my own pizza for about 20 years, but I’ve never made deep dish. I’m wondering if a certain blogger named Cayman might want to share his dough recipe for deep dish and also your sausage specialty. I might provide, in exchange, my dough recipe for standard pizza that people rave about.

    But Ed Kowalcyzk. Yes. Lightning Crashes.

    All this NBA stuff and prima donna players. Lebron is the rumored to be the greatest player who ever played the game, but you’re right. He couldn’t win the big one until he formed his own super team. I so detest that man.

    And on and on.

    • King!

      You’re quite the renaissance man, you know that?

      I don’t make my own dough, we bought it at a local pizza shop (For a buck!). As for the sausage recipe, I cook pork a ton, so I went with this recipe I found, link provided for you. I chose sweet because my son’s girl doesn’t dig spicy stuff, so I kept it on the mild side for her. I used about a pound, give or take, for the pie and froze the rest for when I make frittatas. I wouldn’t mind trying the dough from scratch though, that would be fun.

      http://wearenotfoodies.com/sweet-italian-sausage-recipe/

    • Oh yeah, Live! I remember seeing Ed Kowalcyk for the first time at a concert in Hershey Park, Pa. We had gone to see REM and Ed came out to sing a song. It was before he and the band really blew up. I think they had just released “Mental Jewelry” around that time. Man, when he started going . . we just KNEW.

      As for the Association, the league deserves what it’s getting with these super teams. Stern wanted a “star” driven league, and well . . . he got it. Personally, I don’t have a problem with the players dictating things, since I’m big into turnabout. As far as Lebron goes, he pissed me off with his back and forth with Pat Riley. He had the right to defend himself when Riles started whining about players resting, but don’t get personal. Riley is a legend. As far as where James stands in the pantheon of all timers? Well, Jordan will always be my number one. And what about Kareem? And Magic? And Bird? Hells, I can give you a starting five from ’80’s players that I would take over James. He’s a great player, but I think this Finals loss closed the door on that GOAT talk, for good.

      I miss Lakers vs Celtics, ’80’s style. There’s a great 30 for 30 currently running on ESPN about the rivalry. Good stuff.

      • Mental Jewelry … the best Live album there was. Some great songs on there.

        Lebron has lost me with his arrogance and the whole Decision thing and then going back to Cleveland but only when the team was better than when he first went there and his whining about ownership not doing enough and … well, on and on and on.

        The reality is that the quality of the game now is simply not what it was back in the 80s. I lost complete interest in it. The only reason I watch now is because the Warriors are fun to watch and they’ve been my team since the 70s. If not for them and their recent success, I wouldn’t be paying attention.

        • I have to agree. The ’80’s was a beautiful style of game, all the way around. Open and running, wicked half court defenses. Today’s game is so dependant on the three pointers.

          James’s arrogance killed him in the end. Listen, these guys have an arrogance, an edge to them. Jordan had it for sure, but he didn’t let it get in the way of what was best for the team. Can you imagine Lebron giving the okay to the Cavs signing Draymond Green? I can’t. But that’s what Jordan basically did when Rodman came on board And they had a much nastier history than Green and James LBJ wanted three point shooters, thinking he would beat Golden State at its own game, which just isn’t gonna happen.

          Mental Jewelry, YES!!!

          • A co-worker who is a Lebron fan (yes, I’ve tried to talk to him about this, but to no avail) was monumentally annoyed that the Cavs tried to keep up with the Warriors during the Finals this year. That’s a losing proposition nine times out of ten. So a huge dose of arrogance mixed in with a bit of stupidity???

            • Well, there is s great deal of revisionist history going on as far as the finals are concerned, already. I heard one commentator say the Cavs were ‘right there’ with the Warriors. I’m pretty sure he hadn’t watched a game.

      • I forgot the other reason I can’t stand Lebron. He pushes off every time he drives to the basket and almost never gets called for it. If every NBA player could do that they’d all be averaging 30 points a game. 😉

        • Every player DOES average 30 in today’s game! lol.

          The NBA, whether we like it or not, isn’t changing up any time soon. This star driven method is a global wildfire. The NBA is the only one of the four major sports to have a couple players in the top 10 of most popular athletes in the world. Soccer dominates, of course. And as for baseball, I think the first player showed up at forty something.

          • Yes, baseball has definitely lost its star power. I’m not sure that’s necessarily a bad thing, but there’s a lot of press attention to that these days.

            Baseball has its own problems, too. A topic for another day.

              • I don’t care about Q ratings for pretty much everything. 😉

                Pizza Dough recipe:
                (I’m going to assume you’ve made yeast doughs before and now about kneading and things like that. If that assumption is incorrect, let me know and I’ll add more details.)

                1/2 tsp active dry yeast
                1 tsp salt
                1 tsp sugar
                1 3/4 cup warm water
                Approx. 4 cups of bread flour.

                Put the dry ingredients in a bowl, add the water and stir. Add 2 cups of flour and stir in. Add 1/2 cup of flour more at a time and stir in until the dough can be kneaded. Add enough flour to the dough while kneading to keep it from sticking and knead until it is no longer sticky. Put back in bowl and cover for 2 hours. Divide into six pieces and form into balls. Cover again and let relax for 20 minutes. Then form each into a pizza that is about 8 inches in diameter.

                One additional detail if you’re interested … make the dough two days ahead and store in an oiled gallon plastic bag in the refrigerator. Take out a couple of hours before you want to make the pizza and when it reaches room temp divide into six pieces and proceed.

                If you want more details or have questions, let me know.

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