Two Become One

6/22/12

As promised last year, the whole shall be reunited as was meant to be from the beginning. This blog is currently being moved and archived onto my other blog Singing From The Crease. To those of you who have remained readers of this blog and any incarnations previous, I can never express my gratitude enough for your time and consideration. Always know I have shared as openly as possible in the hope that one of you have found comfort, a laugh, a bit of information that has proved helpful, a perspective that was new or simply amusement while passing the time. You are true champions to me. Do not ever forget how appreciated you are as you continue down your particular path in life. My heart is always with music and it is music that has kept me able to be in love with hockey as long as I have. The two must now become one.

Nothing found here will be left behind. Anything that would have been found here in future will be where my heart will always be… Singing From The Crease.

Peace, as always and may the music always bemuse. I love you. Mia singingfromthecrease@gmail.com and @creasesinger on Twitter

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3/30/11-Never Fear, the MUSIC in my Heart is Always Near

3/30/11

I suppose I should be flogged for leaving this blog so under nourished all this time. One thing’s for sure, I am still all about the magic of music. It’s been a very difficult road for me over the last ten years. The last six years have truly been one very horrific nightmare following another. Eventually, I settled in the 15th layer of hell and can only now just start realizing that I peaked there. Slowly, I’ve moved on up to about maybe the 9th layer of hell. Check me out making progress on some levels.

Yup, I would never want to back-slide past the 9th level. Once you’ve peaked that the 15th level of hell, the 9th level seems almost somewhat pleasant from time to time. All the efforts to claw my way back-up the levels to, what I hope will at least hit ground level some day, have caused me enough issues to disturb the entire “way of me”. I can guess that’s confusing, so I will try to explain further.

First, I’ll mention that most current information about me is located at singingfromthecrease.wordpress.com and checking out the “Get to Know Mia” page may help a bit. Second, it’s been more challenging than it may be worth the have two separate blogs and keep them both populated with relevent goodies on an even keel. The first few “incarnations” of my blogs were titled things like “Music-Head Central” and “All About Music”. That was all fine and dandy, until it started appearing that my other love, ice hockey, wasn’t fitting into the mix very well on those earlier blogs.

Don’t get me wrong here, I have always included my thoughts, opinions and expressed my great love of the sport, especially the NHL, goalies and the Washington Capitals in the blogs. It wasn’t that I personally couldn’t put regular, everyday happenings, musical passions and NHL in single blog. It was the interesting nature of those who were reading the blogs that eventually gave me clear indications about what many will take the time to read and what many won’t even bother with no matter the content, subject of a post , tags, or how well-formulated some of my thoughts were presented.

For the musical, creative sorts, there wasn’t much issue. The traffic that one of my earlier blogs got was an absolute astonishment to me every single time I checked the stats. As a matter of fact, this blog, with no recent updates or posts still gets regular visits daily. The problem became combining my TWO LOVES – MUSIC AND HOCKEY on the same blog without sacrificing. Those who love music, self-expression, random musings and other free-spirited internet reading, but who are NOT fans of the NHL will accept mentions and some thoughts about ice hockey as a part of my musical musings. Those who are interested in the NHL, but who also really appreciate or even love music, do not typically accept any random musings, musical thoughts, and ideas interjected stemming from my life and personal experiences as an appropriate internet reading option of any value relating to NHL related topics.

Hence, at some point in 2005, regular readers of “Musical Laughter” (or maybe it was still “All About Music” at that point), began to provide me feedback indicating my posts had too much ice hockey content. The more I put thoughts about ice hockey in the posts, no matter how much music, personal and creative content was also included, the more readers I lost. On the other hand, there were far fewer NHL blogs, specifically Washington Capitals blogs and even fewer goalie-centric ice hockey blogs in 2005, so I was gaining traffic due to the NHL related content.

As more and more NHL blogs appeared, fewer people felt that visiting a blog with creative, personal content titled as a “Music” blog was an actual “NHL” blog and I lost many regular readers. I also wasn’t getting “stumble” traffic. For a while, I was perfectly okay with the process I had worked within for many years. I wasn’t ever really doing any of it for stats of any kind. I didn’t even know until a year after I started web journaling (prior to bloggers and blog sites) on a website I created and owned for a creative project known as “Open the Box”, that it was rather simple to check site statistics.

Eventually, as categories, the internet, search engines, tags, meta-details and free blogger engines sprung-up like gang-busters and became more and more accessible and known to the world, my little blog became nothing but me generating thoughts typed for my own reading pleasure sometime in the future. Still, I was perfectly good with that notion and there were, and as all-out amazing at it may seem, still are a very small group of people who have followed my blog incarnations from the very beginning. I’m not entirely sure if those loyal readers have been chained to desks and forced to click on my blog posts as some sort of diabolic psychological experiment involving illegal chemical testing of some sort for the last, about 12 years. I may just be ribbing those folks in a silly manner right now, but just in case the former scenario is the case – PLEASE KEEP UP HOPE THAT ONE DAY YOU WILL BE FREE!! GO TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE!! THERE IS NO DESK OR BLOG-TORTURE AND YOU ARE NOT UNWILLING TESTS SUBJECTS!! THERE IS ONLY THE MAGICAL WORLD OF SARLACAN WHERE YOU ARE THE WISE ELDERS WHO HOLD THE HIGHEST HONORS BY READING FROM THE PROFETIC ELECTRONIC SCROLLS FOUND ATTACHED THE GOLDEN, JEWEL ENCRUSTED DESKS LEFT BEHIND FOR YOUR PEOPLE BY THE GODS OF KNOWLEDGE!!!

I should hope those rare few individuals who have managed to stick with all my 12 years of several blog incarnations, random musings on all topics, mostly focusing on the awesomeness of music and all that is the NHL, have not done so under duress. I mean, I’m not sure I could handle the guilt ya know? (please be sure to understand I am a bit of a goof-ball with a healthy dose of dry and sarcasm in the mix as well)

I am now a two-blog kinda gal, however, the two-blog system is not a good solution for me as a blogger. Enough time, experience and practice in the “two-blog” approach for me to be sure I prefer a single blog containing the entire musical, goalie-centric, NHL-loving, odd, goof-ball, serious, creative, analytical, empirical, science-is-cool, humorous, ball of spirited me. To that end, I have been working on the other, mostly NHL, goal keeper and Washington Capitals centered blog, Singing from the Crease, and not updating this blog for the last year. While doing so, I have been plotting my devious merge of the two-headed blog monster into one fire-breathing, mega-blog that has all that I share, but in more categorical fashion for those who don’t like to mix your peanut butter with your chocolate. To me, music and the National Hockey League are as yummy and delicious as the brilliantly conceived Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup.

In time, this blog and Singing from the Crease will become one. I will keep the blog under the name “Singing from the Crease” and am 1000% sure that no further incarnation will be necessary in terms of title. Never again will those few who have followed along since “Daily Ruminations”, through to “Almost Daily Ruminations” and then who bravely proceeded further to “Music-Head Central” and up to now have to endure the bumpy, blog reinvention ride. I promise to “Sing from the Crease” for the rest of my days just for you, ya freaks! Maybe I’d feel better if you are actually chained to desks being force-fed my inner-mianess and all of its galaxial trips through life. Thinking you’ve been on board on your own accord may indicate a severe psychological trauma has damaged your reasoning and critical thinking skills. 😉 But I sincerely thank you and your brain damage for your never waivering, continued support. I am in some debt to those of you few who refused to let me go any great length of time without making some attempt at posting something, anything, on any of my blogs. YOU ROCK – BUT YOU’RE A BIT LOONY!!

Before I close, I will state right out that at no time will you be given a hard deadline regarding posts, features, the date of the final merge or anything in definitive terms relating to either of the blogs. Over the last five years, the Universe has put forth an enormous effort to reinforce the notion that I simply can’t deliver on the deadlines I place on the labors of love that are Mia’s Musical Musings (a.k.a. – Triple MMM) and/or Singing from the Crease (SFTC) regarding posts, updates, archives, features, etc. The Universe has taken its mission very seriously and has done a fantastic job of beating the living snot out of me in every possible manner available to it in order to inform me through conditioning the hard way that something will always happen to prohibit me from making any and all deadlines I set for my blogs. I must have a solid rock head, so receiving a massive, relentless beatings by the Universe using weapons it probably had to find in some remote storage location, long forgotten about, out of pure necessity to finally reach the part of my brain that believes in deadlines like they are an absolute like blinking one’s eyes, in order to remove the inevitable stresses that accompany deadlines. Okay, so the Universe has spoken and I’m tired of watching the poor Universe look in frustration for weapons it doesn’t even user-manuals for while it struggles to teach me a lesson and loses energy as the time has marched on. How much more fight and beatings could the Universe have left at this point?  I chose to take pity on the Universe before it reaches a total flame-out this time. NO DEADLINES FOR BLOGS!! 10-4.

Of course, the Universe keeps energy stores strictly for use in its side business called “Humorous Irony.” Technically, I think it knew I’d relent with the pity “lesson learned” with regard to the “no deadlines for blogs” thing and had employees of “Humorous Irony” ready in wait for the signal to leap into action on its main project a.k.a. “All non-Mia related deadlines shall be met. ” If anything needs to be done on any sort of deadline, or anyone needs a goal met in a given timeframe, I have been trained by the Universe’s most capable henchmen to hit that mark no matter what size, variety, type or amount of the obstacle or challenge threatening the deadline. The Universe instilled a drive in me that is as precise, high performing and able to function at extreme high speeds as an elite European sports car when it comes to deadlines set for the benefit of others. Yup, the short of it is this:  Deadlines for things related to me are silly according to the Universe, but deadlines relating to all else shall be met – end of story.

Hey thanks for thinking of me Universe. I’m as reliable as reliable can be to everyone but me. Nice work Universe.

I will be working on for a while on getting as many of the scattered archives from every single incarnation of all the various blogs up and in one place for a while. Check Singing from the Crease for the bulk of those archives and keep checking back. A few years (2002-2005) of archives were saved on an external hard drive. That drive was recently rediscovered, but is slightly damaged. Many of the archives have been corrupted, but are not beyond saving with some work. I am doing that work. I have revived a few posts from the 2005 so far. In time, all the saveable posts will be archived at Singing from the Crease.

Stay tuned for more of this saga to unfold. For now, I feel terrible that I did not mention until now that I saw Steven Page (formerly of the Barenaked Ladies) at the 9:30 Club several months ago in support of his album “Page One”. Everything you need to know about his work and about the man, the singer, the Page can be found here at his website.  I think he has a sharp-wit and a fantastic singing voice. I am very happy with “Page One”.

I realize I saw him at the 9:30 Club in DC one night away from his “lyric blunder” at a Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers game when singing the American National Anthem, but I never got around to voicing my thoughts that the “blunder” wasn’t as bad as some had made it out to be, he still sounded great and he DID A SUPERB JOB WITH THE CANADIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM IN FRONT OF ALL THOSE MASSES GATHERED ON HEINZ FIELD ON NEW YEAR’S DAY, 2011 TO WATCH THE CAPTIALS BEAT THE PENGUINS IN PITTSBURGH FOR THE WINTER CLASSIC OUTDOOR GAME!!

Support Steven Page and enjoy his fine singing voice. Keep your MUSE as close as you need. Your MUSE will never leave you as long as you still believe. I think guitarists should have their guitars painted with the images of NHL goalies. Mind your nets and make your music – peace – mia – singingfromthecrease@gmail.com and twitter @creasesinger

10/20 – Guster, Charity, Washington Capitals – GET TO D.C. THIS WEEKEND!!!!

10-20-10

To the few who kept coming back here, looking for new input and then e-mailed me to let me know that I was a no-good slacker for not keeping this side of my blog up-to-date, thanks for not cutting me a break. I needed some poking and prodding as a reminder that I should be less neglectful of my musical side. For those who only read this blog and not my other, more hockey-focused blog, here is the reason why I’ve been less active on the “ether-verse”.

I haven’t had the best of luck on the health side of my life, so for me, it’s always a continuous struggle to keep consistency in any shape or form. That kills me on the inside sometimes. A few days ago, that internal demon popped its nasty little head up and took over. It wasn’t pretty. I still feel as though I will never get an accurate diagnosis or treatment of any condition that seems to bring me down in the health department. Doctors and lab results come and go, but never seem to mean much. It’s one of the reasons I am being ultra-careful and proceeding very slowly in working out how to deal with Lymphoma as a part of my life.

I’ve spent a lot of time in hospitals, medical offices, specialized diagnostic facilities since 2005. Mainly, all that ever got me was bankruptcy, confusion, frustration, anguish and depression. I stopped taking medications at a certain point in 2008, despite all the multitudes of warnings and so forth I received from various parties. I will say that I didn’t just stop, I took the time to ween myself off of everything. Then eventually, I could start over with a clean “baseline”. I didn’t need most of the crap I was prescribed. I don’t need pain therapy. Pain is something I learned to accept as a part of my everyday. It gets indescribably bad sometimes, but I don’t have to pay a single penny to get through it and I’m not plying myself full of synthetic substances to only temporarily counter the pain.

I do the very best I can every single day. I never stop trying and I never stop working as hard as I can to live MY life, the way my nature prefers. I’m happy to have mostly good ears so that I can hear all the music sent out into the Universe. I’m glad I have eyes so that I can see all the spectacular NHL action, or at least read about it if that’s all I got. I do not let the idea of all my many fortunes slip away very often. I did that a few days ago, but it was merely a blip and it was gone faster than it came. Which brings me to reason I am typing here today: Guster the awsome band I will forever pimp.

Guster recently released another CD called “Easy Wonderful”. Now I am aware that I slipping in my old age, but I did pre-order the CD and have listened to it many times at this point. My favorites from the album right now are “Architects and Engineers” and “Do You Love Me”. I am a rather pushy pimp of the Guster, so they get a lot of blog time dedicated to them, as compared to most other subjects. Here’s a hint for all those who “don’t quite get it” – GO SEE THEM LIVE AND ALL WILL BECOME CLEAR.

Yes, I am pleased to report that my favorite threesome from “Wooshtah” (yeah, that’s the right way to pronounce Worcester and okay they aren’t really from there – just let me go on it because I HAD to type “wooshtah” for theatrical reasons) have put out another good one! GO GUSTER, IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY, GO GUSTER…uh, oops, the doctor warned me against letting the entire world I was a complete freak. Well too late I guess. GO GUSTER. I strongly recommend getting the CD and seeing them on tour. Go to Guster.com right now – It’s Easy Wonderful!!!!

As for the Gusters and their GREEN TOUR, I have always had an awesome time when I have seen them play live. Sometimes I feel as though the median age of the audience stays the same as I get farther and farther away from that number, but what the heck – I’m still very much a kid at heart and screw it I say. I’m going to be one of those “old people” the youngsters make fun of while they are pointing and laughing. I can’t wear pleather pants anymore (actually, I only wore them once to a Barenaked Ladies show in reading, PA – those things DO NOT BREATHE and I learned what the term Monkey-butt meant that night), but I’ll happily make a complete fool of myself for the sweet sound of a live Guster show any day!!! You should too!

Unfortunately, I am heading into homelessness and getting to the DAR Constitution Hall in DC this Saturday to hear the former Tufts students lay down some yummy sound will be next to impossible. It’s a special night too, because they are raising money for the ClearWater Initiative. If I had any way to find the money and get to DC, I would with no doubt. But for those who aren’t dead, seriously ill, or misanthropists – GET OUT TO SEE GUSTER IN DC THIS SATURDAY AND DO YOUR PART TO RAISE SOME MONEY FOR GOOD THINGS! Tell them “Jalopy” sent you – Brian W. must have been reading the “Grapes of Wrath” or something when he assigned me my “Official Guster Member Name”. Rock on with the charity events!

Of course, there’s another reason I should be in DC on Saturday, October 23 – The Washington Capitals are also doing their part to raise money for a fantastic charity, http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/hm_lls. Now if you did click on this link, then you know understand why this particular charitable drive is important to me.

If you are at all interested in ice-hockey, the Washington Capitals, music, caring that I asked very nicely to click here: http://www.lls.org/capsfans, please make your donation through the CAPS fundraising initiative to help the people in the LOCAL D.C. area who are probably hockey and/or music-loving, obsessed pimps of all things good in the world (like Guster and the CAPS).

Dear Hockey Gods and/or Thunder Gods: would it be possible for me to get to D.C. this weekend? I know, I’m always asking for stuff like, “Please let the Capitals win the Cup this year!” and “Please don’t close down Merriweather Post Pavillion”. You have always been good to me, so I will make you a deal – if I can either see Guster this weekend and/or see the CAPS play this weekend – I promise to speak no further ill of Don Cherry (oh boy, this one will be tough ;-)AND I’ll never allow this sort of outburst to happen again.

No matter my status, this weekend looks to be a great weekend in the nation’s capital. I wish all the best to ClearWater Initiative and Guster in their fundraising efforts. I HOPE that everyone who is not at the Washington Capitals game this Saturday is at the DAR Constitution Hall. (Does Ted Leonsis own this venue too?)

I’ll be there (both places) in spirit as always. Thanks to Guster for the new music and GREEN concerts. Thanks to the Washington Capitals for raising money that is of great importance to me and A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL WHO FACE CHALLENGES WITH A BRAVE FACE AND A NEVER SAY DIE ATTITUDE – YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your music. Love your hockey. peace-mia

Is Nothing Sacred to Some of the Washington Capitals Fans?

4/28/10

You may all feel free to call me a “cry baby”, a “sissy”, a “wuss”, a “softie”, or any term (some I can’t type here) that describes my not-so-happy feelings about some of the Washington Capitals fans today. I’ve been a fan for at least 30 years and I was getting all fired-up, like everyone else, so when they were knocked out of the playoffs in round 1 last night, it wasn’t a great day for me. I went to sleep convinced that the head coach was a “mental midget” compared to the brilliant strategist that is the Montreal Canadiens head coach.

However, there is nothing that can be done about it and today is another day. The NHL season still continues and there is still more hockey for the hockey-lovers like me. I will have to “keep the faith” for another 82 games and hope the Washington Capitals get the chance at the cup again. I wrote a blog post on my hockey blog this morning. I have a positive attitude. I was happy to see Brooks Laich could at least make some hard work payoff at some point. I figured I’d root for the Montreal Canadiens to win the cup, because both Buffalo and Phoenix had been taken in the 1st round, along with the Capitals. Some team will win the cup this year. Hockey did not come to a sudden end because the Capitals did not make it any further along the playoffs.

What I got for my positive attitude was a pile of personal attacks from embittered Capitals fans who were so enraged with indignity about the fact that a team I HAVE NO CONTROL OVER WHATSOEVER tanked early in the playoffs. As a behaviorist, I know that most of those fans are simply getting out all of their frustration. I shouldn’t take it personally. It’s hard to do that however. Mostly because someone actually sent me an e-mail that said, “that brain tumor should have killed you – you stupid bitch stop spreading your capitals sunshine and now you think its a good idea to cheer for the team that beat your favorite team – your mother should have had an abortion.” I cut and pasted that straight out of my e-mail box.

So yes, I am a little baby who can’t take it and I will now go crying all the way home wee-wee-wee. That kind of stuff is just so far over the line that I will contemplate the removal of the my other blog for good. It is just a game and I am just a human.

Music will help me get past it – peace – mia (sciencegirl99@excite.com)

Revisiting the National Anthem “Booing” – Just for You Matt

4/25/10

Matt left comments about this post. Below is my response to those comments (which I do appreciate and I understand the point being made Matt)

I won’t change my story Matt, because there were people who did “boo” the Canadian National Anthem. One of them even e-mailed me to tell me that he “booed” in response to the Montreal fans who “booed” during the American National Anthem. It was a much more positive environment in the Verizon Center on Friday night than it was in Montreal previously. You are right about that and I agree. Good point. But, no less than three people who were at the game sent me e-mails and said that people around them were in fact booing during the Canadian National Anthem. Those people would not have made such a claim if it were not true. No Matt, it was not clearly audible like it was in Montreal – but it did happen.

Another reason I am keeping that post exactly as it stands is because there are some Montreal fans who visit the “musical” side of my blog and a few of them have e-mailed me to tell me that they only “booed” our National Anthem in order to throw the Capitals off their game. My blog post clearly states that NO ONE, ANYWHERE should “boo” during the performance of the any country’s National Anthem. This includes the Canadiens fans as well.

Also, when I checked my Facebook page on Saturday morning, there were folks who posted that they heard people around them “booing” the Canadian National Anthem and they were all at the game. I understand your point Matt and I get that the Washington Capitals fans were MUCH more positive than the Montreal fans – but in my world – if even one person “booed” – it is sad and makes me unhappy. When I mentioned that there are those of us out there who “would never “boo” the Canadian National Anthem”, I was referring to the MAJORITY of the Washington Capitals fans who DID NOT DO THAT.

Plus Matt, this is a personal blog where I am 100% free to express how I feel about EVEN ONE person who “booed” during the Canadian National Anthem. Obviously, I am also sending out my opinions directly to the Montreal fans who disrespected our “Star Spangled Banner” – quite loudly. Thanks for your comment and if I did not get confirmation from a fan who admitted he “booed” and a few folks with whom I work who sat near people who “booed”, I would absolutely change my story.

Love your hockey – respect the music – peace – mia (sciencegirl99@excite.com)

Rage Against the Dying of the Light – then Rage Against the Machine

…from time to time the night hides light…

Ah yes, I have read your e-mails oh tiny following of my little blog. I would like to thank the 4 of you who took the time to send repeated e-mail requests in efforts to get me blogging again. It’s quite humbling that up to 4 people actually found my posts interesting in any sort of way so this one’s for you – Jamie C., Tomas V., Marty T. and Music Pimp II. You Rock!

While I do have a laptop again and a DSL internet connection, it is not anywhere near an ideal situation for me and my blogging ability has been greatly reduced. 1) I live out in corn-cow country and aside from dial-up, DSL is my only option. As some more technologically nerdy folk out there know, the farther you are away from the CO, the slower your internet speed becomes. Well, I am at the very end of the line, so I may be better served using high-speed dial-up. This little problem also prohibits be me from watching my NHL Hockey online as well. (I don’t thing hockey withdrawal is covered under any health policies in the USA – maybe Canada has a clinic I can check into though).

2) My laptop is a basic, stripped-down, Acer that I purchased for an off-key song and was puked on by my late diabetic cat, Dirty Harry. I miss that little guy like you wouldn’t believe, but once a cat vomits on your laptop while it is open and you are using it; the inegrity of the electronics and keyboard becomes less certain. As it happens, I am a dork-geek with a bit of free time, so I did manage to get my laptop back to some useful capacity recently. Can’t guarantee that it won’t just crap out on me, but for now, I have operational keys to press.

I have seen so many movies and read numerous books. I just do not have time to go into specifics, but I have read all of Dan Brown’s books by now and really enjoyed “Deception Point”. I also read a book about Chuck Yeager, mostly written by Chuck Yeager and I simply am astonished that he lived to be an old man. As for movies – I’ll get to them in another blog but I’m sending out my happy thoughts to all those who worked so hard to give us all “Boondock Saints II – All Saints Day” – all I have to say is “Shut-it”. Rock with that low-budget sequel. I’ll sell some of my eggs if it will help get a number III out for the viewing pleasure of the Boondockians.

Usually, I would reserve the hockey stuff to my other blog, but this one feels more appropriate here – to all those Flyers fans who feel like invading my space in Harford County, MD – keep your orange north of the Mason-Dixon line. I’m holding strong with the “Rocking of the Red” south of the Mason-Dixon line. If you cross over MD-139, you have entered full-on CAPS territory. I may be the only CAPS fan that far North, but I’m a pain in the ass CAPS fan who has plenty enough gumption to give it right back when you yell things at me when I am wearing a CAPS shirt or hat. Feel free to give me shit when I venture up to Shrewsbury to shop on the weekends, but I’m one feisty little girl and I’m claiming a “return fire” rule below the PA line. Thanks for the incentive to shop in PA.

To my 4 questionable readers whose interesting e-mails helped get me back here – I will work to get back into the swing of things – I promise. Just give me some slack – I do have some health issues and I wake up at 4:30 A.M. every morning, have a 3 hour commute to work (round-trip) and get home again at 7:30 P.M. I am in bed around 8:30 P.M., so I can get up and do it all over again. I work at secure government facility and cannot access this blog from work at all. I work on a full-time contract and have consultant work on two other temporary contracts. Right now, I am working on a full-scale recovery effort and my health issues drain me faster than I would like.

Don’t worry – I’m on it and I will do the best I can just because I wouldn’t want to have 49 e-mails sent to me in one day explaining why it’s important for me to post on my blog (Tomas – I think that’s actually harassment – but I’m letting it slide because you ended every single one of the 49 e-mails with “GO CAPS”)

Go make a pie and then eat the entire thing in one sitting – peace – mia (sciencegirl99@excite.com)

A Tribute to some Special Men in My Life

Hello out there readers! It has been a sad couple of weeks for many people. For me, it started with the death of Rick Wright. For those who don’t know the name, you probably have heard some of his work. Rick Wright was my inspiration a long time ago. He was the man on the “keys” for Pink Floyd. I remember listening to a radio interview from the BBC when I was much younger. One of the interviewers said that Rick Wright used to take apart his instruments and  then put them back together. I’m quite certain I will never get that information actually verified as fact, but at the time I heard it – I thought that was the best idea ever. Of course, I learned the hard way that taking apart an instrument as complex as an electronic synthesizer and then putting it back together was an extremely difficult task.

I managed to put everything back into its original place – but only because I had no other choice if I wanted to contiue playing that particular instrument. I wondered why Mr. Wright would do such a thing before I started, but several weeks later, after finally putting my synthesizer back together in good working order – I had learned so much about all the little parts and pieces and their function. Even if Mr. Wright never really took apart and put back together any of his keyed instruments, I still credit him with helping me understand electronics far better than I ever would had I not taken apart my own keyed instruments. Nowadays, I can pretty much take apart anything and put it all back together properly again. I learned to appreciate electronic instruments and the sounds they make because of Rick Wright. Not to mention I am a fan of Pink Floyd.

I was exposed to Pink Floyd by the age of two or three probably. I remember “The Wall” being the album that everyone talked about. I also remember “Dark Side of the Moon” being the first Floyd album I owned myself. I differ from many Floyd fans in that my favorite Floyd album isn’t either of the two I already mentioned. My personal Floyd favorite has been and will always be “The Final Cut.” I enjoy “Works” and “The Division Bell”, but “The Final Cut” is what I think is Floyd’s best. Some people have told me that the FC is way too depressing because it’s about someone killing himself. I personally don’t find it depressing – I find it real. Besides, the actual song “Final Cut” ends with “but I never had the nerve to make the Final Cut.” It has great flow and energy. That album sits very high-up on my “favorite all-time albums” list. Only Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” is higher. I am happy to have learned from Richard Wright, even if indirectly and maybe even falsely. My world is a better place because of his work.

As some may also know, Bernie Mac died at age 50 about a week or so ago as well. I have to admit that I hadn’t heard much about Bernie Mac until I ran across the first season of the “Bernie Mac Show.” I watched the entire first season and much of the second season. I realized that I had seen Bernie Mac elsewhere after a while. I really liked his show – even though I had heard rumblings here and there that it was too rough, I thought his show was great,  especially because of the scenes featuring Bernie talking to the camera about what’s going on in his house. Someone who knew me very well once informed me that I have certain personality traits that reminded him of Bernie Mac.

At the time that I heard I was similar to Bernie Mac, I had thought that I, as a younger, white, female, shouldn’t be compared to Bernie Mac. However, I watched a stand-up comedy special which included Bernie Mac about a year after being compered to him. I had no choice to admit that there are certain personality traits that we do share in common. People who don’t know me very well would not pick-up the commonality at all, most likely, but my friend noticed, and then so did I. It makes me sad to know that Bernie Mac doesn’t have any more time left to do what he does, but I truly hope that all of his problems are now over and that he is in blissful peace – hanging out with Rick Wright maybe? Or maybe he’s hanging out with Paul Newman!

Yes, I had to get to Paul Newman. He also died recently of Cancer. Now, I am one of those people who never really understood that draw of Paul Newman. I think I am too young to appreciate Mr. Newman as he rightly should be appreciated. I have seen many films that include or feature Paul Newman, including “Slap Shot”, which as a hockey fan, is of course, one of my favorite films. As odd as it may seem to some, I have decided that Paul Newman was so good at what he does, that I didn’t even notice his greatness. I am not sure that I could explain it any better than that. He gave a lot to charity and I’m sure that he is peaceful now and his grand blue eyes see no longer see evil.

While I’m on the subject of people who have been some sort of influence on my life, I have to mention Tim Russert. He died on the Friday before father’s day this year. Most people will recognize him as one of the political experts who worked for NBC for many years. Some may know also that he was from Buffalo, NY and that he wrote a couple of books about his relationship with his father and in response, relationships of others with their fathers. I never really addressed my thoughts on his passing in any of my three blogs, so I decided I would include Tim Russert in this entry as well.

As far as politics go – I tend to keep quiet about many issues. If people ask me, I tell them I am now a registered Independent. In Maryland, being an Independent precludes me from voting in the Primary Election, as is the regulation in my state. I am for my country and it’s health in this world, so I vote, but I am neither a Democrat, nor a Republican. To be true to my beliefs as an American, I became a registered Independent as soon as it became a possibility in my state. Because I cannot vote in the Primaries, I trusted all the rest of the Americans who were able and did vote in the Primaries. Now I have to decide amoung FOUR people. I am not deciding between TWO people. If the President becomes unable to perform his duties, the VP will be in charge. I am not voting for a particular party, so I don’t have to worry about anyone’s “Party Lines”.

I am a proud and informed voter. I would not be if Tim Russert had never existed. The guy was just plain enthusiastic. He really loved and supported Buffalo sports teams, which I personally admire and practice when it comes to my Washington Capitals. It will never matter to me where I go or what I do, or if I never go anywhere or do anything, I will always outwardly and loudly cheer on my Washington Capitals. I learned so much from watching and listening to Tim Russert. His dedication surely succeeded in educating young voters – there is no doubt about that. I suppose for me, I’d also have to mention Jon Stewart, of “The Daily Show” fame.

Before my father died, he spent a lot of time in Bed. By the time he had completely stopped reading, he was hooked on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. He pushed that show on me – there is no question about that. I did, after some time, become a regular watcher of the Jon Stewart show. I learn a lot from his show, because there is humor in the “fabric” of “The Daily Show”. Humor is usually the best way to get my attention, which is something I shared with my father.

My dad started watching “The Jerry Springer Show” and “Pokemon” a couple of years before finally passing, but I’m still a big fan of Jon Stewart and I now find different ways to get the information I used to get from Tim Russert.

GO DUDES! If the ladies tell you they don’t like you – They’re lying (but don’t tell ’em I told you). I LOVE THE DUDES!!! MEN ROCK! (to be E.R.A. compliant – the ladies know how to the ROCK the house too – it’s just MAN DAY in my world today)

It’s time to sign-off for a bit – NHL Hockey is COMING VERY SOON! GO CAPS GO!!! (now those dudes REALLY ROCK – oh, that’s right – can you say “Sergei Federov” or how about Ovechkin, Semin…) peace-mia