Speaking Of . . .

The great Leonard Cohen once remarked that he felt no urgency as far as his writing was concerned. It was his opinion that mankind would not be damaged if he never put out another record or wrote another book.

Now here was a dude whose works could talk gravity into another million years worth of bubbles. And he’s speaking as if he’s a high school newspaper editor. His point, however, is inviolable. The best part of us, as writers, is the part that can never be taken away.

Speaking of . . .

Urgency, there seems to be a little more of the stuff when it comes to Bryce Harper and the Phillies. And I’m rooting like hell for them to ink the slugger before Brian Cashman sweeps in with a drunken sailor offering that ties the Yankees to a .240 hitter through a third Trump term (Spoiler Alert!). These “Till Meth Do Us Part” unions in sports are onerous for the fans more than anyone. Because in eight years, the fans will be paying Fabulous Bryce Hair prices for Bald Bryce production. Simple as that.

Speaking of . . .

Bald men, the Oscars are tonight. And I’m sorta/kinda excited for the first time in a while. If only because of Queen.

Speaking of . . .

Queens, they’re making a biopic about Elton John. Which is a little strange seeing as how he’s still alive.

Speaking of . . .

Bad jokes (such as the one I just made), Trump and Kim Jong (Pizzeria)-Un will be holding their second summit this week to discuss UN sanctions, nuclear disarmament and Adam Sandler’s curious lack of Oscar hardware.

Speaking of . . .

Oscar, I only saw one Best Picture nominee (Bohemian Rhapsody) and I am only halfway interested in seeing A Star Is Born. I definitely will see Black Klansman when it comes out on video.

Speaking Of . . .

Movies? I tend to gravitate to the flicks that have no blessed chance of winning gold. Take yesterday for example, when I went to see Happy Death Day 2 U. Not as good as the original, but man . . Jessica Rothe is going to win an Oscar for something, some day. And I do not plan on being wrong about that. Girl’s got game.

Speaking of . . .

Game . . I am rocking the Casbah after a two month hiatus from my Fitbit. A week and a half in, and the results are sweetly plucked juiciness. Lost a few pounds already, and am up to three and a half miles. I truly enjoyed my vacation from the the wrist candy, but the reunion is Peaches and Herb righteous.

Speaking of . . .

Righteous deeds, big props to the Ole Miss basketball players for taking a knee during the National Anthem. They knelt together in response to a confederacy rally near their home arena in Oxford, Mississippi. It was the right thing to do.

Speaking of . . .

The right thing, I’m down with Terrance Howard’s support of his former co-star Jussie Smollett. Howard isn’t taking the easy road by staying in Smollett’s corner, but it’s where he started out and it’s what he’s sticking to. Howard isn’t interested in the optics, and that’s commendable in a profession where too many peeps run for higher ground when the shit hits the fan. Come what may, Smollett has a corner man. Emphasis on man.

Speaking of . . .

Yesterday, I was turned onto this cat with the cool threads and the space age folk songs. He’s got a voice that could skate on the icy rings of Saturn and come back hotter than Fortuna’s pocketbook after a Vegas jaunt. His musical roam fits the proverbs of a lazy Sunday afternoon just fine.

And the hat, that’s just bonus round.







67 thoughts on “Speaking Of . . .

  1. They pay people too much money to play The Sports. That’s all I know about the baseball situation. I haven’t seen any of the award contenders and probably won’t. I gave up on them a few years ago when I did watch, like, three back to back and they were all AWFUL. It’s a shame Leonard’s gone, though — he could make the telecast more watchable by reading all of the nominees and categories in that voice of his.

    You could have put Elton in the bald men speaking of. Speaking of those bald hollywood types, I wonder if John Travolta will be on tonight’s red carpet sans his bald head carpet?

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  2. A biopic on Sir Elton,huh? Interesting. Good on Ole Miss. We need more of that. A lot more. Keep up the good work with the Fitbit. While it’s always nice takin’ a breather, there’s some satisfying counting the steps, miles, circles or whatever jam makes you…well jam. Happy Sunday.

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  3. B,

    Great post as per! I feel a bit of Mr. Cohen’s way of seeing things re writing, in your talented self.

    I’m kinda sorta looking forward to the Oscars myself as I’ve actually seen 5-6 movies nominated! (First time in a dog’s age.) And this afternoon, after my open house is over (which is going on as we speak – and I to which I did NOT get kicked out, so I am able to exchange here witcha – and finish my own post…
    I can’t picture Travolta sans hair. No, please don’t make me.
    I’m sorry. Sir Elton should not get a movie biopic whilst he lives.
    Kudos on the getting back on track, or rather having taken a hiatus and now rocking the “taking care of your bod”! A few pounds? 3.5 miles? Woot!
    I bow to Ole Miss. Nice… very nice!
    Yes, Smollett did a stupid – a big stupid – but hat’s off to Howard. A true friend stands by his friend’s idiocies… and you’re right. It is no easy task.
    Thank you for the intro to J.S. Ondara! I like.


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    • Q,

      Now don’t get me wrong, because I know I got palenty of game. But Leonard wrote his own stratosphere. There ain’t nothing wrong with essence though, and I admit to plucking from his inspiration here and there.

      I tend to stick to horror and B movies when I go to the movies. That way I can worry more about sneaking in contraband and goofing off.

      Travolta without hair is like Elton John with a biopic on the A side. Nah.

      Moving in the right direction fo shiz. What a difference less than a week makes. Energy level improved, waist line hedging to the groove back and the back is cooperating. Triple threat!

      Props to Ole Miss for bringing civility and common sense to the South!

      Howard really impressed me with his show of support. Because plenty of peeps will bash him for it, and because he ain’t care about those plenty of peeps.

      This kid rocks it! Listened to him all morning.

      Buena suerte on the open house!


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      • You do indeed have palenty of game, without a single solitary doubt. And you are an adept plucker – and not just of the late great.

        Yes, you do enjoy your genre – and some of us, with large purses and considered not the type to sneak in the goodies, do even for the good stuff!

        Nah to both. Agreed!

        So very happy for you. I am trying to do the same. Haven’t succeeded to your level – yet.


        Seriously, he is very courageous to stand by his man, so to speak.

        If I didn’t have people traipsing through my house willy-nilly, I’d be listening to him with a proper amount of volume!

        Gracias! (It is already sold… just some shizzle to take care of)

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        • It’s all about confidence. I don’t believe in showing it, because why?

          Movie theater contraband is one of the great joys of the free world. I could never live in a place that ended with a -stan. Because the idea they might search us going in is too much to take!

          You’ll get there. It’s a process, not a bingo game. It takes stick to uitiveness and a short memory on those days when you ‘cheat’. But not short enough that you don’t hold yourself accountable the NEXT day.

          I do agree, the man succeeds with proper volume.


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  4. Yeah, I do the Apple watch. It keeps reminding me to breathe and stand up straight. You gotta love anyone who sticks with a jerk because right or wrong that jerk is his friend. Good on Terrence Howard. Had to laugh out loud at the third term spoiler alert. Nice job, Marc

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  5. I don’t think you have to worry about Cashman looking to grab Harper. I really don’t think they interested. But they might pull the trigger next year when Arenado from the Rockies comes available. He’s a special kid.
    The Oscars re tough to watch but I’m looking forward toothed Queen opening with Adam Lambert. The guy can sing.

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    • I don’t either, and thank God. We need pitching over all else. Bats we got.
      Arenado I wouldn’t mind. But that’s if he doesn’t re-sign with Colorado. He may take his chances. In spite of what the players say, I think the slow market is more the result of owners not wanting to tie themselves to long contracts with aging stars when they can have controllable assets instead.
      Me too! This should be fun.

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  6. My two (one) cents:
    ✔Watched the Oscars only to see Queen. Stayed for Lady GaGa and Brad Cooper.
    ✔Just put my Fitbit back on after a year hiatus.
    ✔Saw “A Star is Born”, only half interested in seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody”, will watch “Black Klansman” when it comes available on video.
    Footnote: 𝐿𝑜𝓋𝑒 𝒬𝓊𝑒𝑒𝓃, 𝐿𝑜𝓋𝑒 𝐹𝓇𝑒𝒹𝒹𝓎 𝑀𝑒𝓇𝒸𝓊𝓇𝓎! 𝒥𝓊𝓈𝓉 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉 𝓉𝑜 𝓅𝑒𝓇𝓈𝑒𝓇𝓋𝑒 𝓂𝓎 𝓂𝑒𝓂𝑜𝓇𝒾𝑒𝓈 𝑜𝒻 𝐹𝓇𝑒𝒹𝒹𝒾𝑒.
    ✔Ole Miss…perfect!
    ✔💙 J.S. Ondara – love all the music you are introducing me to.

    Thank you for the twitter shoutouts! 💕💕

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    • Ella!

      That is a ton of checks! I have always had a simpatico with Chi-town peeps, not gonna lie.

      And de nada! Although the music streak has taken a hiatus with my latest post, in which I take the way back machine to fetch some Manson. He ain’t for everyone, but he fit my post-Oscars mood just fine.

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