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Jay Z Leaves Out Line About Yankees Hat

Jay Z’s opening performance for game 2 of the World Series was lame, but if you knew the song at all…and I’m ashamed to say that I kind-of did, then you would have noticed he left out the line, “I made the Yankees hat more famous than any Yankee can” or something like that.

I can’t think of a single musical performance during or before a professional sports event that I enjoyed, and this Jay Z/Alecia Keys thing was no exception. What was the point here? Was the intent to get more people to watch the game? To get the crowd excited? To get the team pumped up?

Derek Jeter seemed to think it was kind of stupid. As they had the camera on him and he was be-bopping, he sort of smirked with a “what the hell is this?” kind-of look. Well, I’m with you on that Jeter. About the only thing worth seeing in that pregame show was the ka-pow in the back of Keys’ pants.

Dogs, Tennis Balls, Wood Chips, Violins?

“Damnit! Every time I come here I step in dog shit…is that a violin I hear?”

And just like that the dog shit is forgotten thanks to the Violin Man sitting on one of the Bark Park’s concrete benches. Country Park just off of Lawndale on the north side of Greensboro is home to the Bark Park – a group of three adjacent dog parks where dogs and owners sniff each other and babble endlessly about the cute things their dogs do.


Ruby barks at the Bark Park's Violin Man

I’d say about fifty percent of the time when I’m at the Bark Park, the Violin Man is there jamming out with his dog named Dallas. At least I think that’s his dog. Dallas is either his dog or he’s there so often he knows all the names of the regulars. He’s pretty good, too and depending on the whether his music fits right in. Sometimes, though, I get the feeling he’s kind-of showing off and it seems a little weird. I mean, isn’t there something a little bit different about a person that plays an instrument out in public, just for the sake of playing it?

The Bark Park is a great place, though I hate the name. You get the occasional dog scrap and the mindless owner that doesn’t pay attention to their dog. Of course, even though trash bins and little trash bags are readily available, there’s an 80 percent chance you’re going to step in dog shit if you walk around at all.

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Ruby leaps a log at the Bark Park in Greensboro

The place is maintained very nicely and there are plenty of places to take a seat. If you’re like me then you’re going to take advantage of the walking paths to avoid the weird people that linger around and wait for you to ask them about their stupid dog. There’s no denying the Bark Park at the Country Park off Lawndale in Greensboro is one of the best places in the area if you’re a dog owner.

The Worst Way to Die?
October 29, 2009, 8:54 pm
Filed under: Nature, Women | Tags: , , ,

Taylor Mitchell, a young and promising Canadian folk artist, was attacked this week by a skinny of coyotes during a hike she took alone in the Nova Scotia wilderness. I’ve never heard of her, but she was currently being nominated for Young Performer of the Year by the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

She died in the hospital following a 12 hour struggle. There can’t be too many ways to die that would be worse than a slow death following a Canadian coyote attack.

From what I know (which isn’t much) coyotes are skittish animals. In fact, they frequented my yard when I was growing up. A skinny of them occasionally wandered my yard. Late at night you could hear them cooing from the open field of the airport, waiting for the next deer carcass.

Coyotes are jerks and that’s all there is to it.

The Problem with Ambulance Bills and Health Care Reform
October 29, 2009, 2:55 pm
Filed under: Political | Tags: , , ,

I always figured that ambulance bills were extremely high.

I remember years ago when I called an ambulance for my mother (who had insurance) and her 3 mile journey to the hospital cost $300 – covered by her insurance plan, of course. To me, that was rather expensive. I’d describe it as “reasonably expensive.”

So, as I sit here listening to Nancy Pelosi talk about the Dems new health care reform plan, my elbow rests on an ambulance bill for my father. He was recently transported from one hospital to another with a broken hip. It was a five hour drive over 251 miles.

The cost? $7299.50

Ridiculous? Yes.

Essentially, to me, this is where a major part of the problem rests. My father is a veteran and so this bill was picked up by the government. That’s fantastic, really – a great thing for all veterans.

The problem though, is with me. I was angered by the $7299 bill, but when I just called to tell the ambulance company to send the bill to the VA, they happily obliged – and that was that. So, I don’t really care too much about the bill anymore because it’s taken care of.

I think the same idea holds true when it comes to insurance. As long as people’s co-pays aren’t extreme, and their deductibles remain at the same rates, who is going to complain about the outrageous costs of things like ambulance rides or CT Scans?

Stupid Halloween Costume Ideas

If you’re like me, then you’re too cool for Halloween. But, if you’re like me, you also get that last minute feeling like you’re about to miss out on something special by not dressing up. Here are some ideas (with pictures) to ease the debilitating Halloween stress.

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Consider being Pirate Stewie

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The Red-Eyed Ballerina

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For couples, consider the Boba Fett and Phyllis Diller combo

S & M Market – Greensboro, NC
October 29, 2009, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Marketing, North Carolina | Tags: , , , ,

I love to shop and one of my favorite places to shop is at the S&M Market in Greensboro, NC. Actually, to be honest, I’ve never set foot in the place but I’ve admired it from the street’s shoulder a number of times.


It’s hard to see in the picture, but there is a chicken-wire fence that is the store’s first defense while it’s closed. The second defense? Some rather large German Shepherds that you can see if you really look at the picture.

What’s the story on this place? I’m not really sure, but I came across some interesting news about the S & M Market and some grenades…

I’d say that grenades make for some rather hardcore S & M, but what do I know? One thing I do know is that packs of cigarettes used to never be this expensive in N.C.

S & M Market

The S & M Market is located in Somerset Village in Greensboro, NC at 4204 N. Church St.