Good morning and greetings, Alabama fans. That’s right, the Alabama Crimson Tide rolled to the BCS National Championship on Thursday night, beating Texas like a Buddy Rich snare drum by a score of 37-21. So now you may be wondering, who gives a rat’s, er, behind about this game and why he is talking about college football? And what’s this Tommy James and the Shondells “Crimson and Clover?” For the answer I went to Kid Rock, but he was “singing sweet home Alabama all summer long” and never returned my text message.
But I’m still an NFL guy, despite the fact that my New York Giants lay down like whimpering dogs this season. In the words of the Byrds, “To everything there is a season. And a time for every purpose under heaven.” If I’m not mistaken, I believe what Roger McGuinn, David Crobsy and the boys were talking about were the NFL playoffs. At least that’s what the tambourine man told me after watching that epic Green Bay-Arizona game yesterday.
But I’m straying off my original subject like a group of lost hikers near the Iranian border. The reason I’m going with the crimson theme is because of today’s featured sunset. As readers of this blog know, what I like do is post the best of what I see during the week onto this site. It was going to be a series of rogue waves crashing along the coastal cliffs but then this Wednesday night special came along and Darryl Hannah and her splashes were history.
The meteorological gods have been cooperative and we’ve had some good cloud action lately here on the central coast. So we were due for some fun in the sky, which is not to be confused with chow fun, my favorite Chinese noodle dish. Tuesday looked promising, but it petered out like Red Sox in this year’s playoffs. Then Wednesday came along and you could tell all afternoon that something was brewing, or in the words of Phil Collins. “I can feel in coming in the air tonight, oh Lord.” This was my children’s favorite song in their early years as I used to have them bang out the drum portion in their car seats as we cruised the coast in Hermosa Beach. I was also a big fan of Phil’s “She’s An Easy Lover” but that was at lot trickier to explain to the kids.
So I caught the sunset on Wednesday night and I was a fairly happy camper. Now comes the part where I started to kick myself like Pele at a soccer clinic at Copacabana Beach. The following night, I was down at Natural Bridges waiting for the clouds to perform their western magic but much like the Warriors making the playoffs this season, it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. When I came back down the hill ten minutes later, the sky was glowing like my memories of Sly and the Family Stone at Woodstock. In the words of my Capitola-based field scout, Bill Babcock, the sky was “black on top, gray in the middle with brilliant colors on the horizon.” Winter majesty in the January sky and I missed it.
I had once again underestimated the laws of nature and failed to wait the extra five or ten minutes to let the clouds fulfill their destiny at dusk. Now I know there are worse things that could happen, as I live a blessed life that I am thankful for on a daily basis, but having waited on this sky all day and then Usain bolting out of there 600 seconds before this magnificence in the sky occured was a tad frustrating at best. To quote the great Woody Allen from “Take the Money and Run,” “How did I misread those signs?” Well, you know what they say, live and burn.
So with no regrets, let’s move on to some late night humor. “And former President Bush says he’s been following the situation in Yemen very carefully. But, you know, we love President Bush, but I don’t think he really understands the situation. Like today, said, ‘When life gives you Yemens, you make Yemenade.’ The government investigated yet another terrorist threat today. Luckily it was just McDonald’s announcing they’re bringing back the McRib sandwich.” –Jay Leno “Do you folks know anything about the Skull And Bones society? It’s like a fraternal organization, at Yale University. Well, they’re auctioning off a human skull. And I was thinking about this. I believe this is the first empty skull to come out of Yale, well, I think since George W. Bush, actually.” –David Letterman
“You know, it is good to be back. We were off for Christmas, and apparently so was the Department of Homeland Security. He tried to detonate the bomb in his underwear. Fortunately, it didn’t go off and his underpants just caught fire. Al Qaeda calls that ‘a wardrobe malfunction. –Jay Leno “Guy was not too bright. He said that the reason he became a suicide bomber was to work his way up in the al Qaeda organization. They took the guy to court and the guy said he was charged with having weapons of mass destruction in his pants. And he told the job, ‘Well, I get no complaints from the ladies.’” –David Letterman
“After it was announced that Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry may go to Iran, the mullahs denied him an entry visa. See, that’s how international travel works. If your name is Senator John Kerry and you’re a former candidate for President of the United States, your travel is limited. If your name is Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, you stow a bomb in your underpants, you pay cash for a one-way ticket after your father called the embassy and said, ‘My kid is an idiot,’ ooh, you can go anywhere you want.” –Jay Leno President Obama took his daughters to see the 3-D version of ‘Avatar.’ There was an awkward moment when one of Obama’s daughters leaned over to him and whispered, ‘Now, that’s how you spend half a billion dollars.’” –Conan O’Brien “Has everybody here seen ‘Avatar?’ Great movie, wasn’t it? Even President Obama took his family to see it at a private screening in Hawaii. After the movie, Obama was like, ‘So that’s what it’s like when something lives up to its hype.’” –Jimmy Fallon
So that’s our show for today. Coming up in the future will be some fabulous guest blogs that I know you will enjoy. And remember football fans, it is always better to give than receive. So enjoy the NFL playoffs and we’ll catch you around midfield. Aloha, mahalo and later, Mark Sanchez fans.