A Halloween Memory

The year was 1990. The date was Halloween, October 31st.

The girlfriend I had at the time and I were in her car, driving up Indian Rocks Road from Largo to her home in northwest Clearwater for the evening. Right around where a McDonald’s used to be, there were these people wearing these big, oversized heads that were obvious as you drove up, dressed in costume.

As we drew closer, it dawned on me that the big heads were characters from the new FOX cartoon, The Simpsons. One of them dressed as Homer, the others being dressed up as Marge, Bart, and Lisa, respectively.

Like I said, this was 1990 when I saw this. Little did we know at the time that the show would still be going strong over a quarter of a century later.

As for 2016, I wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween out there.

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Ducking Slick Willie’s Audit

Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but what the heck, it has been nearly 20 years since it happened, so I’m going to venture whatever statute of limitations exists out there is out the window.

When I came back to live in Largo in 1996 after nine months in Marietta, Georgia, I started getting stalking by these yellow index cards from the U.S. Mail. They wanted me to sign for something they had for me from the IRS.

It didn’t immediately dawn on me that the Internal Revenue Service wanted to talk to me. I kept thinking, “What’s Eers?” Originally, I thought the letters in IRS were a word, and was quickly corrected when I did a little consulting.

The reason why they wanted to talk to me, I think, was because my last radio job in late 1995 and early 1996 paid me under the table, a set amount per week for a very small amount of work, three hours a night, five nights a week. What I’ve assumed for all these years is that somehow the IRS caught wind of that, and wanted to flip me against my paymasters, who I was loyal to.

I also wonder if the Bill Clinton administration was behind it all, considering their dislike of conservative talk radio. (Can you see why I couldn’t vote for Hillary, all these years later? Imagine what they’d do with the Fairness Doctrine if HRC wins?) They didn’t need me after all, because the FCC would eventually change the rules of radio ownership by 1997, expanding the number of stations media organizations could own.

And so, for a little, if I was home when the mail was being delivered, I’d just turn off the TV or radio and get real quiet when I saw the mail truck in the neighborhood. A few weeks later, the IRS had given up the ghost, luckily for me.

It couldn’t have been that important. If it was, the powers that be would have persisted in their pursuit of me.

Auditioning For CNN (Or MSNBC) On FNC

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While I watched the first game of the World Series last night (Cleveland took the opening game 6-0 to take a 1-0 series lead), the Internet social circles that I follow were going absolutely bonkers of Megyn Kelly’s interview with Newt Gingrich on the Fox News Channel.

If Hillary wins the election in 13 days, score an assist for Megyn. On top of that, have you noticed how Fox News Channel has shifted left in its views since Roger Ailes resigned from the channel? Megyn and her anti-Trump views don’t bother me all that much, even though I voted for the Trumpster. (And as I said back when I first mentioned it, it was NOT an easy call at all.)

I just think it’s hypocritical to say “women aren’t sex objects” when a woman has no problem posing like one. Like the last accuser (of 11, mind you) that claimed Donald Trump engaged in sexual misconduct was a porn star. I thought that was ludicrous. All the misconduct Bill Clinton has engaged in (from his main accusers) has been documented and adjudicated. Where’s such documentation from all of Trump’s accusers.

Then again, there have been a lot of ludicrous things emanating from these campaigns. I’m still looking forward to the election being over.

Trump In Tampa, Redux

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Donald Trump was once again in the Tampa Bay area last night, rallying his “troops” to vote him in for President. The latest polls are showing everything from a comfortable Hillary win to a tight election to a slight Trump victory.

Just remember folks, national polls are as insignificant as a man or a woman with a third nipple, because the popular vote means nothing. The presidential election is about winning 270 votes in the Electoral College, which isn’t where someone goes to school. Win the 11 most populous states, even by one vote, and it doesn’t matter if you’re landsided in the other 39.

Some polls that look at every state see a Clinton win, while the Real Clear Politics map that includes a toss-up column has Hillary at 262 electoral votes with 150 more votes in the toss-up column. If that holds, Trump can afford to surrender six electoral votes and no more and still win. Meaning he can lose in Iowa or Nevada, but not both. Any other toss-up state lost makes Hillary our first female President.

Trump’s speech in Tampa last night offered nothing new, other than reactions to news events already offered when he had spoke earlier in the day in St. Augustine. I keep noticing that when Trump comes to town, he never visits Pinellas County. Why is that? Surely there are facilities over here such as Ruth Eckerd Hall or Tropicana Field (to name a few) that could accommodate a huge crowd to see him.

Maybe it’s because Hillsborough country has a better highway grid than we do, although with the building of a few roads to highway standards in the next few years, Tampa won’t hold that advantage for long.

Anyways, I know Mr. Trump has an election to win, but Donald (whom I soon hope to call Mr. President), would you mind paying Clearwater, or St. Petersburg, or even Largo a visit? We’d love to have you over here.

UPDATE, 10/25, 11:55am EDT: Real Clear Politics updated their map, putting Minnesota in the Clinton column. With 10 electoral votes, that puts Hillary at a projected 272 votes, enough to be President if everything holds. But, the one thing about this election is that this may change a few times between now and November 8th.

Nirvana For Wrigleyville

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On October 22, 2016, a date that will be long remembered in the annals of Chicago sports history, the Chicago Cubs clinched their first trip to the World Series by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 to win the National League championship series 4 games to 2, their first such crown since 1945. They will now face the Cleveland Indians to possibly win their first World Series since 1908.

In the top of the ninth inning, the gravity of the moment was hitting the fans amassed at Wrigley Field. You could see fans openly crying in the moments before the game-ending double play. No doubt they were wondering if what they were seeing was real, and not some mass event of common imagination, like minded people wanting to see the real thing, wondering if it was.

When the game ending double play took place, the audio from the FOX Sports One broadcast could not do the joyous moment justice. Fans singing “Go Cubs Go” when their adapted fight song blared were in full voice. Even comedian Bill Murray couldn’t help but weep as cameras trained their eyes on him.

A marvelous moment for the sports world and the city of Chicago. Maybe the Cubbies can rescue this rather regrettable year 2016 has turned into, at least for a little while.