Mrs. M and I have been married for 27 years as of today. We’ve built careers, raised an awesome kid, won, lost, and done the other parts of life through it all. That’s worth celebrating, I think.
I know I’m not an easy person to live with — and if you’re talking about decades, I wonder if anyone is. My dad said on numerous occasions that “The two toughest years of marriage are the first one, and whichever one you happen to be in at the time.” But he and Mom stayed together for 46 years. That’s not a bad target, and I hope Debbie’s patience endures. Love you, girl.
Some things last; others don’t. On Wednesday, we said goodbye to the drum hauler, the green 2003 Kia Sedona that we got during our first year in the Greater Mondoville Area. I hadn’t driven it in months, and probably shouldn’t have been driving it for a while before that. But it gave up the ghost late last year — (in)conveniently enough, just as I pulled it into the garage. Fortunately, we had a spare vehicle, the red 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe that belonged to my folks, and then to the Spawn until we bought her a fresh vehicle for Terpland.
Mrs. M extracted the radio/CD player from the Kia just before the folks from Goodwill came to haul away our 4-wheeled donation, and I relocated the University of Kentucky magnetic decal from the van’s tailgate to the equivalent position on the Santa Fe. Next week, the stereo will be transplanted into the Hyundai as well. The van also had a U of KY license plate that my folks gave me, and it now rests in the garage.
The Santa Fe is wearing out as well, and maybe next year we’ll get a replacement for it — I’m lobbying for a convertible. Still, Mrs. M and I felt a bit of regret watching the van disappear around the corner and out of our lives. We spent a lot of years hauling the Spawn to and from school in that car. We drove it to Northern Kentucky after the murders, and used it to carry home my dad’s artwork. Later, I drove it to my brother’s trial and sentencing. And of course, it carried a lot of band gear.
I’m sure it’ll be scrapped after auction, but I’m glad that we were able to make sure it did some good to the very end.
Over the years, I’ve watched a lot of episodes of the different shows in the Law & Order franchise. I’ve decided that while I still like the police procedural aspects of the shows (and I always got a kick out Fred Thompson’s character), I really have acquired a distaste for the courtroom side of it.
Over and over, we see Jack McCoy and his minions using the unlimited powers (and funding) of the State to bludgeon anyone who gets in their way. How often do we see the team finding ways to spin the laws in order to go after people who aren’t immediate contributors to the crime, on the apparent theory that when something bad has happened, someone needs to be punished? I recognize that Jack McCoy is supposed to be a crusader with a conscience, but these days , he seems to me more like a Javert.
I’ve talked about the Numero record label in previous installments of this blog, and they continue to dig up a remarkable variety of music that fell in the cracks of our popular culture. As part of that, they continue to expose me to music I didn’t know, but am happy to discover.
An example of this happened today. In recent years, Numero has reissued a bunch of tracks that appeared on the Cuca Records family of labels. Cuca, based in Sauk City, Wisconsin, was best known for issuing (on its Soma label) “Mule Skinner Blues” by the Fendermen, which made top 5 in 1960, but they released a wide variety of music from the region, with a particular strength in polka music — it was Wisconsin, after all.
But they also released a fair amount of country music, both on the parent label and on their Top Gun imprint. I checked some of it out today, and found this track, which I think is cool in itself, and could also be updated pretty easily. Of the band, “The Harrison Two”, I know bupkis, but I do know they caught a little lightning in a bottle for two minutes or so. From the B-side of their single, here’s “Run Little Girl.”
See you soon!