All posts by James DeVol

Sorry people…

Well…I have tried to get something started all day today and have had no luck at all…three are plenty of things to write about but I don’t know….I may be running into the writers block thing that gets me at times but what if it’s permanent….just another thing for me to worry about on top of the rest….oh, well…the Wings are coming back tonight after the all star break and with Pavel and Cleary coming back it will be fun to watch…I have unburied my car and moved it to a cleared spot so I can take that if I want to go out tonight but I don’t know if I have the energy for that…just feel sluggy today and probably should stop before you lose all faith in my abilities..if you even had any….maybe more later….

February 2nd

Well…fun night out shooting pool in Ada…didn’t win but it was close so that’s okay….I kind of laugh about the “blizzard” that we had last night..there is a cool drift around my car but I don’t see it as any worse than the normal storms we get all the time here….I guess the news people just need something to talk about. I do feel kind of crappy because I wasn’t a good boy when I got home but I’m still going out for newspapers and coffee….the lots here were cleaned all night long so it should be easy….I might have to walk it but I don’t think so…not much to do today….going to take it easy and recover and try to get a couple of posts out…I know I haven’t been too prolific lately but nothing has grabbed me in the last couple of days…more later…

UPDATE…I did decide to walk out to Kava and it was a good idea..they have started to plow here in our lots but the lot at Kava was ridiculous and I would have buried the Mazda….there were some cool drifts on the way to get the papers that were almost waist deep and I felt like a wilderness explorer by the time I got through them…I did forget that there wouldn’t be any of today’s newspapers so I had to make do with yesterdays NY times and GR Press….but that was okay….it was only George and I in Kava and I don’t understand why he even opened since you can only get there in a 4 wheel drive….maybe more later…

February 1st

Well…another month starts and it is one of the most painful days in it when I have to write the rent check….oh, well….and there is a huge blizzard coming our way for later today and tomorrow that is going to be a pain…but this is Michigan after all and we all have to expect this at least once in a winter. So, this might throw a wrench in the plans for today since it is supposed to start about 4 or so and I don’t want to be out shooting pool and have to take the back roads home after a few cocktails…we’ll see. Tomorrow will be a hibernation day I’m sure but I may walk out to watch the Wings game if it gets really bad…should be able to get a seat…not much to do today…stayed in last night since G was working late so I feel okay today…have some work to do at her house this morning but then the rest of the day hinges on the weather. I have plans for later in the week but I’m not going to share those right now…I have to keep a few things for subsequent posts…so I can shoot for more than 70 of these for the month…didn’t do too bad last month….I should have more posts for later but with the work at G’s, It won’t be until after lunch….

A few more things…

Well…it has been such a huge pain that there is nothing really going on in the world, or at least politically here….haven’t had any topics that have really grabbed me and gotten the old outrage machine in my head going…but, of course, you see that and I have been looking really hard for work and that does take some time. There is one thing that did kind of materialize over the past couple of days..or I remembered it…I think I thought about this a couple of weeks ago but all of my ram is being used for other things and I have to forget something for something new to come in. I think the divide that is becoming permanent in this country is partially the fault of the segmented media and the fact that with the explosion of choice in the media and the blatant disregard for the truth in some of them, we can select media that only reinforces the ideas we already have…avoiding anything that can challenge those beliefs and give us the other side of the story. When I was growing up, news outlets prided themselves in their objectivity and tackling issues that were important to all of us…with a more eclectic mix of stories from both the US and around the world. I have even stopped watching the news since it is so superficial these days, being dumbed down since the people running the shows have been led to believe that it is more entertainment than informative. I fear that this is leading us to a permanent state of divide where our differences are the story; not the things that we Americans have in common….don’t know what to do about it….

Sister Sarah….

Well….I know I promised one last one about sister Sarah but I am really bored with her and don’t think I should waste any more time writing anything about someone who is only famous for being famous….no accomplishments other than to lead the other far right crazies out from under the rocks where they live…as I’ve said before, in this media saturated environment where we live, folks who were left to howl at the moon and shout their craziness on street corners now have an outlet in fox news who have done their best to make it appear that these people are speaking for the majority if us when it is just not true. But, I detect a falloff of the novelty of their views and with that falloff comes the movement to the next crazy thing…so Sarah…your 15 minutes are up…go back to Alaska….no, that’s not what I wanted to say….I will never want to silence anyone for any thing they say or any views they may have that differ from my own….so, I won’t talk about her anymore but I hope she keeps up her comedy act…we all need to laugh more and I’m sure her self-important parody of a national figure will give us a few more good ones….

January 31st

Well…another month gone and we are one month closer to spring…here in Michigan it’s a countdown that I think most of us do…so maybe only a month or so and we will start to see the temps go up and the first whiffs of spring start to appear…didn’t do much yesterday…I had to watch Daytona but then just read a bunch and cleaned a little…just a little, though….did have some weird dreams last night that involved mutants that were part eagle and part rat….never did see what they looked like since I woke up just as we were going to attack a mall and wipe them out….tried to recover it sleeping a little more but it didn’t work…oh, well….not much to do today, might meet up with G later since I haven’t seen her in three weeks…I will have to get out my last ever sister Sarah post and a few more to get the numbers up for the month…I don’t feel that bad, though…over sixty for the month with only one placeholder is not bad….so, on that note…I’m going to get ready to go out for coffee…..more later….

January 30th

Well…a long day yesterday…had a fun SF with K and V and that set the tone for the rest of the day..starting at noon, takes a lot out of you, though and I’m kind of glad I don’t do that much anymore. I did cook that huge ham and now I have enough food for the week…have to start looking for recipes to use it all but that won’t be too difficult. No dream report for last night…again and I don’t know why…oh, well…not much to do today…I still have that damn bug that I’ve had for two weeks now and it is getting really old so I think it will be a lay low day where I just watch the rest of Daytona and then try to get a couple more of these out….still no outrage worked up over anything but you never know what will be in the paper today….so, heading for the couch and coffee…need to turn the music on and chill….more later…

January 29th

Well…a nice night of movies and popcorn last night…watched “The American” with George Clooney in it and it was a pretty good story…it unfolded very slowly and was one of those quiet movies…no big explosions or frenetic action…but, I really like that kind of stuff…seemed Swedish to me…okay, I got that from watching “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest” earlier in the day…another quiet movie…didn’t do much else yesterday. No dreams to report…darn…I feel more like me when I have those weird ones…but there is always tonight…not much to do today…possible a SF with K…I’ll have to look at my phone to see..I think I got a text from her last night but don’t remember…I did get a couple form C and T after I went to bed so I’ll have to return those this morning after I go out for papers…going to make coffee here since I feel a little low…more later…

I just don’t know…

Well…I have been railing on against the idiocy of the right all week and it has taken a lot out of me…and has taken me dangerously close to the feeling that events in the US have gotten out of hand…that we are sliding back to the bad old days where we citizens don’t mean much when compared to the clout that business and the moneyed interests have. But, I’m not going to turn this one into another screed against this rising tide…we all need to take a break sometimes and this is going to be mine…and talk about some other things that may be uplifting or might not….maybe getting away from the charged rhetoric will help me cleanse my head today, I’ve had the feeling that this might be necessary for a while now; that my heart was just not in it and I was lacking in lucidity…just going through the motions. So, today, I’m just going to ramble a bit and just talk…hoping that something will make me feel better about the world and myself. Who knows?

Hmmm…it is kind of heartening to see the people in some of the Arab countries get to the point where they have said enough, enough of the cronyism and theft by the elites that leave the people with no voice and no institutions that can help them express their desire for freedom…but I do have the fear that the well organized religious zealots will co-opt the popular uprisings and make it worse for them in the short term. We can hope that that won’t happen but unfortunately history is not on the side of the people…I just hope the US comes down on the side of freedom no matter what pain it causes us….

Oh, Sarah Palin…..nope, not going to write anything here….just a reminder that the ban on Sarah takes effect in three days…

Sports….I don’t really think that sports matters in the overall scheme of things…but I do want to say I am so happy that Nick Lidstrom was chosen for one of the captains in the NHL all star game this weekend…a better sports figure has never been seen here in Michigan….well…maybe Al Kaline or Alan Trammel…I feel good that we had these men to watch over the years….and it is so nice to see the unassuming kids we have coming up through the system for the Red Wings….probably one of the reasons I like hockey so much…very few self absorbed idiots…I forgot to talk about the new racing season that is starting tomorrow with the 24 Hours of Daytona…always the kick off of the year and I am looking forward to it..I think…not so much the Nascar season…I am tired of Jimmie Johnson and the lack of innovation that the series shows….way too many rules that make the racing bland and repetitive and it is only getting worse…guys, this is the reason people have stopped coming to the tracks and watching, not the points system…and, while we’re at it…lets get rid of the “Chase” and go back to talking about everyone that is on the track not just the top 12…

Okay…that’s enough isn’t it? I’ll try to get another one out later but I’m not sure if it will be a good idea or not…I’m sitting here listening to Pandora and just want to get out the last book from the bag o books I got from T and escape for a while….

January 28th

Well…another day of fighting off the boredom but I was at least a little successful because I had some work to do around here. It was nice to talk to G last night…it’s been quite a while since we’ve had a long conversation and that helped get through the evening. I don’t mean to sound depressed of boring but my life has been kind of boring lately…trying to conserve cash keeps me in a lot and no response to the resumes I’ve put out is starting to effect me more than it has in the past….I still have that little flicker of hope inside though, and I will try to keep it burning as long as I can….did talk to my daughter yesterday and she is becoming a real homeowner…replacing a toilet tank that was cracked yesterday…I think it is pretty cool that there is really nothing she won’t tackle. Not much to do today…going to get a few groceries and then out to read the papers….I don’t think the Pando trip is going to happen since I have not heard from anyone but that may be okay…can save some money and complete the recovery from the flu….I will have topics for later…I may need to get to the lies that the right is propagating about the “failed welfare sates” in Europe….geez…these guys lie about everything…