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Three Things I Learned Today

February 11, 2008 | By | One Comment

I learned three things so far today. First, Former Massachusetts Governor ((OK, that was John Hancock. But hey, footnotes!)), Herbie Hancock won the Grammy for Album of the Year last night. That just sounds right to me. Herbie Hancock has always been one of my most-favoritest keyboard players. I first heard his music when I was 14 years old, and I’ve loved just about everything he’s done. He’s always been an innovator when it comes to embracing new technology. Luckily, the technology has never gotten in the way of his actual music.

[singlepic=48,160,120,,right]Just one slight concern, though. See that thing he’s playing in the photo from Wikipedia? That’s a Roland AX-7 (yeah, “Axe-7”,) pejoratively known as a “Keytar.” I was threatened with bodily harm on three non-consecutive occasions when I even joked about getting one! And yes, it is a crime against humanity that he has been photographed playing this abomination! On the other hand, it’s Herbie Hancock, so guess what? He gets a pass. (I know I wouldn’t.)

I also read the sad news that Roy Scheider died yesterday at age 75. For all you kids are not down with the 1970’s, he starred in the first true Summer Runaway Blockbuster hit movie, Sharky’s Machine, er, I mean, Jaws in 1975. He was the tough guy who wasn’t Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw, or Lorraine Gary. He’s also the guy who first uttered the phrase, “you’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Yeah, that’s him. I assume he was in other movies, but I’ll always remember him because Jaws was the first movie that scared the crap out of me as a kid (If you don’t count The Great Waldo Pepper.) Luckily, The Shining showed up a few years later to take the edge off.

And last, but certainly least, after visiting, I learned that the phrase, “Huckabee Wins Kansas” had absolutely no effect on me whatsoever. I mean seriously, nothing; no sense of surprise, no resigned feelings of sadness and despair. Absolutely no effect. It is as if the headline read, “2 + 2 = 4”

Which, as I understand, is currently disputed in most Kansas textbooks anyway.

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