From the man himself, it's Woody Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions. There's some good ones in here - pick one or two to live for yourself in the new year. Happy and safe New Year's Eve, y'all. See you in '17.
"Life and growth involve eternal transformations. That's the beauty of life. These eternal transformations also affect our relationships."No truer words have been emailed.
"The embarrassing story that goes with it is that I had inscribed on the inside of Drew's wedding band, "Just to be Near You." I thought that having a line from our song would be the perfect thing. Unfortunately, if you listen to the song, you will realize that that line is never actually spoken in it. Drew was very sweet and tactful when he brought that to my attention. So now that heartfelt inscription has a whole other layer of ridiculousness to it, which I think is an ongoing theme in our happy marriage. It's also signified by the Gurgling Cod water pitcher our friends gave us as a wedding gift. It's beautiful and functional and makes a ridiculous gurgling sound when you use it, which they suggested could remind us to keep a sense of humor as we go through life together. Great advice."This is one of the things I love about Margie - she's honest to a fault. She didn't have to share that tidbit, but she did and it's a great story! Anyway, Margie says that they listen to the song now and again, mostly when their in the kitchen making dinner. They don't overplay it, so she and Drew still love the song (and each other).
"Incidentally, and not that you asked, but the other great advice we got that day was (1) to be each other's pit crew, and (2) to live everywhere we live like we'll live there forever - don't be hesitant to put down roots and get involved right away. Of course we haven't moved from the first place we did it, but it still served us well when we came to Bloomington."It seems to be working for Margie and Drew, so it's definitely worth sharing.
I remember meeting with the DJ before the wedding and giving him the music we wanted to listen to during the reception. I specifically requested "Try And Love Again" and "Pretty Maids All In A Row" by the Eagles off their "Hotel California" album. What we got was "Hotel California"* which is an iconic classic, but hardly a wedding song. I was having too much fun to let it ruin my day, but it still nags me to this day.I feel you, dog. But at least it wasn't "Best of My Love". Don't get me wrong: that's probably my favorite Eagles song. But a song about trying - and failing - at love is the audio equivalent to that foreboding wedding scene from "The Deer Hunter".
I don't know if the story is true about the Bird Man at I.U., but I have heard several other students talking about it. He supposedly stood on the roof of his dorm and yelled out some stupid bird call as a signal for a panty raid. I heard he was expelled from school for doing this, but I don't know where he is supposed to be now. He's probably in Washington!
- excerpt from "Hoosier Folk Legends", compiled by Ronald L. BakerI recently met Mary as we were volunteering for a very worthwhile cause. As we began collecting giant bags of lost and found items at McNutt Residence Center, and our casual conversation turned to campus legends and lore. Eventually, the topic of the Bird Man came up. Although I've only ever taken one class at IU, I had heard of the legend due to Baker's excellent collection of "Hoosier Folk Legends" (a cherished book since I received it for Christmas in 7th grade - thanks, mom! Best campfire book ever!) As it turns out out, Mary was a resident at McNutt in the 1960s and has heard the Bird Man live and in person! It's always kind of exciting to me when a legend turns out to be true. Mary forwarded me this article from Life magazine wherein the Bird Man is mentioned. Better still, she sent along an interview from a radio show on the campus radio station. This discussion with the Bird Man is from 1966. The interview was broadcasted from Foster Residence Hall, and the Bird Man - whose identity remains secret to this day as far as I know - affects an accent to hide is identity. Best of all, there is a recording of the Bird Man doing his thing (listen all the way to the end to hear other examples of it). It is absolutely eerie.
|Not a transformer; just the Prius with its guts hanging out.|
At some point I stopped looking at it as hanging on to faded dreams of stardom (although certainly that might be the mindset of some people who can't let it go) and began to see it for what it is: a way to make a living. And comparatively speaking, a fun way. I knew a guy who played minor league baseball for about fifteen years. People often snickered that he was delusional about making the major leagues and couldn't walk away. His perspective was totally different. He knew he wasn't going anywhere; he also knew he got paid about $30,000 to play a kids' game outside during the summer for six months per year. The other six months he worked odd jobs for additional cash. Annually I'm quite certain he made more when all was said and done than a lot of the manual labor and office bodies that thought he was crazy.If you're involved in a creative endeavor - music, writing, sculpture, painting, sewing, whatever - you like to think you're evolving. You want to continue to challenge yourself to get better; to find new ways to express yourself and/or explore ideas. Ideally, your work would resonate with your audience, maybe even expand your audience. Your work would remain relevant and continue to produce financially; or in the case of those who've had a hit, maybe you'd get even richer. But what if you were content to rest on your laurels? I mean, if you're putting food on the table and "The Final Countdown" keeps your mortgage paid, is that enough?
|Here she is dressed up way sportier than she actually is.|