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phonerec 2017-11-25 00:56:53
I fear Al Franken's career is over, and that breaks my heart. He was going to be my guy in 2020. Yet a man who has been accused 17 times went on to be president. Makes me sick.
grant228 2017-11-23 01:41:55
Deb, I agree with you on both counts. I think we need to be careful not to over-react and ensure the punishment fits the crime. Kevin Spacey’s treatment is a case in point. If the facts as presented are correct, he performed a thoughtless and stupid act as a young man that violated the personal space of the victim. He didn’t fondle or rape the victim and to think his career may now be over is too harsh a punishment for his youthful stupidity. If somone tells an offensive sexist joke, I think most people’s reaction tells the teller they’ve overstepped the mark. I subscribe to Lenny Henry’s approach to jokes. Don’t be sexist and racist - be sexy and racy!
phonerec 2017-11-23 00:39:26
Apparently sexual harassment and assault has run amok. Now, I have no doubt most of it is legitimate, and should not be tolerated. But I also think some of them may just be a little bit butt hurt and have a thin skin. Like, if I was told a dirty joke by a man, I'd probably laugh, and I wouldn't call it sexual harassment. I think some would. So guys, be careful of what you say and do!
dave 2017-11-21 14:58:12
Got it Grant.
grant228 2017-11-17 05:12:09
Dave, down here we would substitute the u in "routed" for "o" which might be a more accurate description of the outcome! (Ask Bill to explain!)
dave 2017-11-16 17:13:06
Grant, Yea, it looks like the U.S. was routed!
grant228 2017-11-14 05:18:41
Dave, there’s a difference between rugby and rugby league. The first one has 15 in a team while R L has 13. The rules are very different also. The All Blacks with their haka etc are world champs in rugby while Australia has that title in rugby league. The US team in rugby LEAGUE world cup has played Fiji and Italy, and this weekend are to play Papua New Guinea. The bookmakers have your team at odds of 81 to 1 which doesn’t bode well. I watched them play Italy and there was no shortage of heart just technique. Australia has played England and France, and plays Lebanon on Saturday.
dave 2017-11-09 02:51:43
I don't know if it's that weak Grant, it made me laugh, once it sunk in. :). And good luck in your rugby world cup quest. who's next in the competition?
grant228 2017-11-08 06:41:49
Dave, it’s at this stage I insert the weak joke about the unsuccessful Irish Water Polo team that drowned its horses! Regarding our other World Cup running at the moment, it’s the rugby league world cup. The US team has bravely taken the field but the results have been similar if an Australian bunch tried playing your NFL.
dave 2017-11-07 14:15:35
If they are playing Polo I doubt they grew up in the inner city.
grant228 2017-11-02 19:38:50
Dave, your boys made the bronze medal match against England but went down 6-5 in what was reported to be an entertaining match. Argentina beat Chile 8-7 to win gold. I read your team has some professional players. I assume they’re rich boys!
dave 2017-11-02 16:40:04
Grant that's wild. I don't here about much Polo being played in the U.S., at least not at a professional level. I'm not sure the U.S. even has any pro-caliber leagues or even teams, do they?
grant228 2017-10-31 07:10:05
Bill, it was the Polo World Cup. We have World Cups galore down here at the moment with the USA playing Fiji in what other sport? On another topic, Australia has not been “big” on Halloween but I’ve been for a walk around my neighbourhood this afternoon and was surprised by the number of homes with decorations. Does every home in the US participate?
homooo 2017-10-30 13:02:37
grant228 2017-10-26 18:32:57
Bill, your guys won 7-5. Think of Pretty Woman.
bill 2017-10-26 13:51:58
Dunno Grant. Um, rugby?
bill 2017-10-26 13:51:28
Hi Deb - I can't sing very well at all. Most of the songs I pick to learn have heavy guitar parts so people can recognize them without the vocals.
grant228 2017-10-23 20:44:29
Obscure trivia question of the day - in what World Cup tournament is the USA playing Australia today (Tuesday) in Australia?? (It is a recognised sport played by very rich people)
phonerec 2017-10-21 21:50:55
Very cool Bill, I'm impressed! Can you sing too? I mean, can you sing well, lol. Everyone can sing, not everyone can sing well. Like me, I can't carry a tune in a bucket.
dave 2017-10-20 19:28:15
bill 2017-10-20 17:09:56
Epiphone ES-339 I just purchased...
bill 2017-10-20 17:09:34
My mom made sure we all had some musical lessons when we were kids. My childhood guitar teacher was very knowledgeable, as I remember, but he didn't teach me anything I liked. So, I learned to hate it.

When I was about 21, I took lessons again. I bought an Aria Pro II jazz guitar for about $150. I still have it and just found out that it is now worth about $800! Pretty cool eh?! See top guitar below.

At the time, I was busy with college and chasing girls so I dropped it once again.

Once I got married and had kids I got really busy and ignored it even more. UGH! However, I always had it sitting in the corner and would pick it up from time to time and played what I knew, which was very little. While I'm on the topic, everything I've ever learned has been from someone else showing me. I read very little sheet music but do understand guitar tablature. In essence, I'm pretty much a hack...

Now that my kids are all out of school, I have more time so I decided to pick it up again. The old Aria is a nice guitar if you're BB King but I wanted something a bit smaller and not so clunky so I just went out and bought an Epiphone ES-339 (see red guitar above).

Since I'm dedicating time to practicing again (and practice is definitely what I need!), I've discovered that there is an abundance of tablature web sites out there and guys on you tube willing to teach me anything for free (even learned The Munsters' theme song recently). Don't need all the old sheet music any more! I can't even categorize the amount of "guitar help" online let alone look at it all!

So, I'm trying to dedicate one hour per day to my practice. As a tribute to the late great Tom Petty, I've recently been trying to learn his song, "Breakdown." I'm having fun! Who knows, maybe by the time I retire, I'll join an "old guy" band. I'll be the old guy...
grant228 2017-10-20 08:23:23
Bill, it begs the question - what other hidden talents do you possess?
dave 2017-10-19 18:21:39
Bill, I didn't know you played.
bill 2017-10-18 16:22:20
Thanks buddy! Been spending more time playing the guitar.
grant228 2017-10-15 18:55:11
Bill, after your marathon effort in writing so many quizzes, you can be excused if those two qualities sometimes seem just out of reach.
bill 2017-10-15 01:37:02
Not only devoid of inspiration, Grant but also motivation!
grant228 2017-10-14 10:39:07
Bill, good to see you back. I'm glad I'm not the only one who sometimes is devoid of inspiration.
bill 2017-10-14 01:02:36
Hope everyone is well! Grant, thanks for the quiz on Churchill. I'm going to write a quiz tonight. What to write about?...
grant228 2017-10-11 04:25:10
Deb, the Donald is the personification of your gun laws - the rest of the world can see the problem but a significant proportion of your citizens can't.®    Introduction    Privacy Policy    Conditions of Use    

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