My computer healed itself, a little bit. So far today, so good. Hope it lasts. I will be switching over to Windows 7 in the coming weeks and use my trusty XP for off line work.
FAVORITE IRISH TOAST (just a bit late)
May those that love us, love us
And those that don't love us
May God turn their hearts.
And if he can't turn their hearts
May he turn their ankles
So we will know them by their limping.
I do enjoy Garrison Keillor's, "Its Been a Quiet Week in Lake Woebegone" weekly monologue from A Prairie Home Companion. He is on Public Radio but since I can't get the show here, I visit via podcast. His show is where I first heard that Irish Toast above.
I found Garrison many years ago. I had read about him but had never heard him. Then one evening I was driving home in the approaching dark and was station surfing on my car radio. I heard the neatest voice join me in my car and stopped my search.
Garrison in the early days had what he referred to as a "fu-nar-al voice". It was deep and soothing like an undertakers. Rather like comfort food. Sadly, today age has taken a tad of the smooth out of his voice but not his story telling.
As he told his story that day, I drove right past my road and ended up in another town by the end of his tale, totally engrossed. He made me smile and then made me laugh. I was hooked. He is an unabashed Liberal and pokes gentle fun at his hardy Norwegian ancestors. He isn't for everyone, but is one of my favorites.
Some favorite Garrison quotes.
"They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize I am going to miss mine by just a few days."
"There is almost no marital problem that can't be helped enormously by taking off your clothes."
"Jesus said the meek would inherit the earth but so far all we've gotten is Minnesota and North Dakota."
"Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose."
I adore my Miami Marlins baseball team who locked up the cellar in our division and was second to last in the whole National League last year. We managed that head hanging low with basically a really young, minimum wage, fresh from minor league team much to the outcry of the fans-- but not me. I rather enjoyed those fresh faced youngsters and was so proud the few times they did well. I am like the mothers of little leaguers. Of course I'd like them to win but as long as they make it through the game with all their parts unharmed and they pulled off a few good plays---- it is a good game.
This year holds great promise for the more discerning fan. Right now we are doing quite well in Spring Training with some amazing young arms pitching and bats that have come alive. Can't wait till March 31st. Win or lose, they are mine and they sure beat the summer rerun doldrums. Life is good.
Happy Spring everyone. I think it is really here.