Monthly Archives: December 2005

I’ve got nothing to say, but it’s ok…

Because I’m going to Grayton Beach (loaded with UVs and the sound of waves), my favorite winter destination, tomorrow thru the beginning of the new year. Black Santa who is quite worn out by his peragrational activity of late may be taking the trip also.

Happy New Year to one and all. Sorry I’m going to miss a week of Kleinheider…

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These are a few of my favorite things..

2005 was not a great year for the Hutcheson family – at least health-wise. But, as sad as it seems, we’re not the center of the universe, and there were a lot of wonderful things in 2005 that enriched my life greatly…

Huck’s post ‘My Artificial Drug Dependency‘ limning the battle between creativity and conformity while beset with the slings and arrows of socialization. I miss ya, Huck, and I hope you’re working on that novel.

Rachel McAdams in pretty much every movie she makes an appearance. As the snotty sister in ‘The Family Stone’ she luminates the house. She rocked in ‘The Wedding Crashers’ as well.

I’ve loved the Rolling Stones since I was 12 years old (back in 1964). I thought they made their last good record (it was a record then) back in 1980, and that they just were a touring phenomena now, but the boys (well, 60+ year old boys) surprised a lot of us with the rocking ‘A Bigger Bang’. Intelligiently designed and pared down, the CD is one of the best of the year.

Lauren Graham in Gilmore Girls and Kristin Bell as Veronica Mars. Two of the most well-formed characters on TV in two of the best shows on TV.

Ricky Gervais in anything he does: BBC Office re-runs and his new hilarious show ‘Extras’ on HBO.

Nashville’s own Reese Weatherspoon as June Carter Cash in ‘Walk the Line’. I got to see many of the ‘Johnny Cash’ ABC show tapings down at the Ryman in the late 60s and early 70s. June would bounce out on the stage to sing with Johnny. Her energy never flagged despite the fact that they would have to re-shoot some of the scenes time after time after time. Reese nailed the bounce and the sassiness.

Amy Adams in ‘Junebug’. Playing a pregnant seemingly shallow southern cliche role, Adams reveals a surprising complexity in a movie about southerners that treats us with dignity and not some cornpone hayseed redneck society. Junebug is a great movie and Adams is main reason the movie works so well.

Jeremy Piven in HBO’s ‘Entourage’. Smoking as the duplicitous protean agent. I’ve always thought that Piven added zing to any movie or TV show, but this role beat em’ all.

Kevin Kidd and Ray Stevenson in HBO’s ‘Rome’. Their narrative thread as witnesses to the world of Caesar was the best part of a great series.

Finally, to the two best series on TV – one cancelled and one coming back in January. ‘Arrested Development’ (screw YOU FOX for cancelling this show), the funniest show on TV, with the best character names ever and I do mean EVER. From Jessica Walters as the harridan mom to the doctor who pronounced that her son Buster was going to be ‘all right’ after a seal bit off his left hand, every character and every show was brilliant.

‘The Shield’ was the most riveting drama of the year hands down. Glenn Close’s turn as the precinct boss was note-perfect. Michael Chiklis is damn scary as the alternating corrupt and great-cop head of LA’s anti-gang unit and may be the best character on TV right now.

Oh yeah, one more thing: Apparently many people missed the message that Nashvillians were all fleeing to Brentwood and Williamson County. Nothing against the evacuees, but I’m seeing a LOT of residential construction in the Salemtown area. There are lots of great neighborhoods in Nashville..Salemtown is mine and I’m damn thankful to be here.

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inch by inch, minute by minute, the days will be getting longer..

Is anybody loanin’
A little serotonin?

Anybody else got a dab or a full-tilt boogie S.A.D. thang going on?

It always hits in late November. By March, it’s like it never happened. But, in between it just seems so damn overwhelming.

Here’s to longer longer days…

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This never would have happened in the old Davis-Kidd..

well, maybe it would’ve, but I’m aggravated enough with the ‘new’ location that I’m willing to blame the event I’m about to describe, the avian flu and the recent collapse of Ashlee Simpson on the tragic move of Davis-Kidd to the Green Hill Mall.

Like a moth in need of a 12-step light addiction program, I returned to Davis-Kidd tonight in search of a few cards and goodies for those people who were rude enough to spring unexpected cards and goodies on me at the last minute unexpectedly. Sheesh, what are these folks thinking?

Anyway, my total purchase came to $31.37. I laid two twenties on the counter (that’s $40.00 for you U.T. grads). The college-aged clerk rings up my items and the cash register showed that the clerk owed me $8.63. I told the clerk that I had thirty-seven cents and plopped that amount on the counter. I got the deer in headlights look from the clerk. I attempted to explain that he wouldn’t have to give me any coins back and that if he just gave me $9.00, we’d be even. He looked even more confused and said, ‘but I’ve already rung you up’. I told him that it would all come out even, but he repeated his explaination as to why he couldn’t possibly take my thirty-seven cents. I wanted to go through the transaction step-by-step but there were people muttering behind me in line, so instead, I got the extra sixty-three cents in change I really wanted to avoid.

I’m wondering if he was friends with the young woman described in Sarah Moore’s recent posting who missed an exam due to schedule confusion and expected the professor to accommodate her desire to take the exam at a more convenient time.

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Plot summary of Brokeback Mountain

It’s about fly fishing.

ht: WPLN’s Wait Wait, don’t tell me

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Black Santa throws down the java and flirts with a few bloggers

Black Santa apparently feeling the need to perform a public service announcement about washing up after recycling a latte at Portland Brew.

Black Santa hoping that everyone would leave so he could have some alone time with Big Bad Ivy, – ‘It felt GOOOOOD to be held by a real woman’- after crashing the Rutherford County Blogging and Knitting Society Meeting.

Black Santa is a little frightened to discover that there is actually someone as hyper as the author of this blog. He did promise to read at least 15 of Michelle‘s 37 blogs.

Black Santa also had the pleasure of hanging with Aunt B and hearing Mrs. Wigglebottom stories. Black Santa had hoped to pose with Aunt B for a picture but she basically threatened to roast his chestnuts if he came near. ‘A man can dream’ he was heard to say as he got in his 1958 Cadillac sleigh and flew off into the depleted ozone.

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Stick THIS on your courthouse lawn

Soon after the seasonal debates about decking the public halls with images of the baby Jesus and wise men and the mangy menagerie have faded into the pangs of the new year, the grating society of the religious right will be dickering the demarcation of the decalogue (aka The 10 Commandments) as it pertains to our judicial and educational systems by arguing that these rules be posted publicly.

A close examination of this uber-top ten list (listed below in abbreviated form) reveals that only three actually pertain to judicial law (at least US judicial law).

1. You shall not worship any other god but God.

Outside of many of the Muslim countries, you won’t find this one in the ‘books’.
2. You shall not make a graven image.
Ironically ignored by many churches, this one didn’t make the US constitution either.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
Literally broken by millions each day and symbolically shattered by politicans from both sides of the aisle, fining people for breaking this rule would balance the US budget.
4. You shall not break the Sabbath.
Except for observant Jews and Seventh Day Adventists, this one went ‘by the books’ a while back. Remember ‘blue’ laws? Most of you probably don’t have a clue what I’m talking about.
5. You shall not dishonor your parents.
Every teenager in the US would be serving time if this was against the law. As a parent, I really think this one is jolly good.
6. You shall not murder.
Ok, here we go. The narrow interpretation of this one concerns premeditated murder that doesn’t pertain to war or the slaying of about a bazillion Philistines. This one makes the lawbooks.
7. You shall not commit adultery
This one is great advice for married couples. Once again, if this one was still on the books, many of our Presidents, and legislative representatives would be no longer in office. The legal dicta on this one is: don’t lie under oath about having an affair..you’ll really GET IT for that offense (see Commandment 9).
8. You shall not steal.

Definitely makes the books. I don’t think God distinguished between petty larceny and war profiteering, but the former, if caught, tend to serve jail time, the latter just get more and bigger contracts.
9. You shall not commit perjury.
Another judicial linchpin. Administration after administration seems to forget the caveat that goes with this rule: it’s rarely the crime that gets ya, it’s the coverup.
10. You shall not covet.
No one would be minding the jails if this one was on the books. Many countries and famlies have moved past the ‘wife as property’ gist of this command, but there are plenty of things left to covet.

Bear in mind that I’m not dissing the decalogue. I am dissing the idea that all of these rules are the basis of our constitutional system. Logical extrapolation of these rules speak to addiction, stress, the marriage contract and other largely personal behaviors.

An even better extrapolation would be turning the ‘do not list’ into a ‘do list’ such as ‘the golden rule’. Many of the people who yak and harp on putting God back into schools and the law would do well to actually listen, and even post the following ‘rules’ on the courthouse lawn:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Moving from merely NOT STEALING to actually following these rules truly would be a giant step for mankind.

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