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It looks like Pop has no more financial miracles to pull off. The VISA that I use for Amazon has been cancelled by his bank. I told him that we can just go back to the old way: I use Amazon to see what books are available, and I order what I want from a brick & mortar store nearby, where he can then pick up my book.

That is a little easier said than done, though. Is the Barnes & Noble that we knew still in business? And Amazon does have access to second-hand markets that I doubt B&N does. Some of the sports books that I want, for instance, are old and might not be available through primary book dealers.

But, hey, at least we made it through the summer and air-conditioning season. I am not feeling confident about being able to survive next summer, but that is now seven months away. We will see if there are any miracles for me.

Autumn

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:06 pm
monk222: (Mori: by tiger_ace)
Maybe it's the autumnal turn, the wintry tinge to the night air, but I seem to be experiencing a new depth to my loneliness and marginality, as though the reality of it is sinking even deeper into my psyche, that there is no pulling out of this tailspin. Maybe this is why I have been able to lose myself more readily in my Dreamland Football League. It is a sheltering diversion at a time when I really, really need one.

Quote

Oct. 18th, 2017 06:03 pm
monk222: (Effulgent Days)
“I think the major axis of life is a sexual one. The music changes but the dance is always the same.”

-- James Salter
monk222: (Little Bear)
And the DFL is back on the air. We are, in fact, into the 4th qtr with 11 minutes and 30 seconds left in the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Buffalo Bills, with Pittsburgh leading 13 to 3. But before we continue with this game, it is perhaps incumbent on us to say a little something about the close of the Chiefs-Cowboys game.

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monk222: (Primal Hunger)
In defense of his 'three yards and a cloud of dust' offense, Texas Longhorns coach Darrell Royal once said, "Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad."

I came across this gem reading Carlton Stowers's "Staubach: Portrait of the Brightest Star". I never thought I would be reading a sports book. However, my life as commissioner of the Dreamland Football League is taking over more of my life. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I am fairly convinced that I must have lost a goodly percentage of my thinking brain cells. On the other hand, it is not as though I was doing much with what I had, and I am enjoying myself.

Of course, it remains to be seen if this is just another quickly passing phase in a life of time-wasting. Will I be doing this when spring comes back around? All I know is that this is now my great oasis of escape and emotional relief in an otherwise very barren and isolated life - a welcoming fantasy world of the mind. Indeed, it has taken over my poetry reading, as it is my books of poems that have been pushed aside to make room for my football books. Oh, I will likely squeeze in some poetry reading from time to time, but it is definitely more of an optional thing now, in contrast to the way, a few months ago, it was my life's breath.

France

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:26 pm
monk222: (Primal Hunger)
France is in the process of passing a law that will leave men subject to instant fines for cat-calling and otherwise putting some moves on babes. Well, there goes Western civilization! It's too bad that we cannot go all the way with such idealism and make a truly egalitarian society, but I guess it's easier to neuter men, especially poor men.

Martha said, "Imagine this will be enforced against certain racial and income profiles, as with jaywalking laws in San Francisco."

Manu said, "I wonder what they'll do about the cops."

[Twitter]
monk222: (Effulgent Days)
“I’ve only been to a few poetry readings I could bear.”

-- Elizabeth Bishop
monk222: (Default)
Michael Isikoff reports, 'Russian trolls were ordered to watch "House of Cards" to understand U.S. politics and craft messages.'

Jeet Heer said, "We live in the dumbest of all possible universes."

[Twitter]
monk222: (Primal Hunger)
Larry Flynt nudges his way back into presidential politics. Not to run, of course. He is offering a ten-million-dollar reward for anyone who has information that leads to the impeachment of Trump. It's kind of a pleasant throwback to the Lewinski scandal and the Clinton administration. It's been about that long since I have heard anything about Flynt. I wonder if he had anything to say about Hefner's death.
monk222: (Little Bear)
[...]

We're back in broadcast mode. we are 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the 3rd qtr, and the score is Kansas City 0, Dallas 10.

TB: "As we've begun the second half, both teams have stalled, rather similar to the way things started out in the first half. Both teams have had the ball, and neither has gotten a first down. Again, we were expecting some offensive fireworks, but it has been a defensive slugfest this afternoon - kind of good old-fashion football, some real gridiron stuff."

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Maureen Dowd asked actor Tim Robbins what he thought of the Harvey Weinstein story. He said, “It’s not just in show business, it’s every business. It’s about men who use power to get an advantage over women. It’s gross, it’s unacceptable, but unfortunately, it’s pretty persistent.”

[NYT]

Trump

Oct. 14th, 2017 04:01 pm
monk222: (DarkSide: by spiraling_down)
Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka said, "The left has no idea how much more damage we can do to them as private citizens." Trump world just keeps getting scarier, doesn't it? You hate to wonder how things might look in a couple of years, if this fascist makeover continues.

[Twitter]

Sugar

Oct. 14th, 2017 01:30 pm
monk222: (Flight)
Maybe it's a good thing that I haven't been able to quit Sugar yet. She has found her poetic voice again in her column on the Weinstein scandal:

Late at night, when bedroom shadows darken and creep up the wall, when silence seems to hiss and whisper all the secrets that it holds, the mind finds its fears. Imagined threats gnaw at the edges of the known.

I think that's the most gorgeous thing I have seen her write.

Since I first read her, when she was barely out of her teens, I thought she was a more natural poet than anything else. But poetry generally doesn't pay well, or pay at all. Her newspaper, though, seems to be willing to give her room to do her thing. And, hell, she did win 'best columnist' in Canada, right?

[Winnipeg Free Press]

Trump

Oct. 14th, 2017 01:14 pm
monk222: (Noir Detective)
David Frum tweeted, "Trump so over-presents the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder that an astute diagnostician would suspect shamming or spoof."

Somebody replied, "Cognitive impairment is interfering with the filters that would normally allow him to function as a more sophisticated psychopath."

[Twitter]
monk222: (Strip)
Rose McGowan tweets, "Please go easy on Lindsay Lohan. Being a child actor turned sex symbol twists the brain in ways you can’t comprehend."

Apparently it can make you a little bitchy. To think, I loved sweet Rosy so much in "Doom Generation". She was willing to work it then. But then, after success, I guess, nudity and sex became degrading.
monk222: (Little Bear)
Here we are on a gorgeous Friday afternoon for some DFL football at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, where the Argive Conference kicks off its first came between the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tom Brookshier: "It should be a good-scoring game. In Dallas, we have both a strong throwing game and a strong running game. They are the whole threat. And the Chiefs are no slouchers. Alex Smith is a solid QB, and in Hunt they have a star running back."

The Chiefs win the coin flip and will receive the kick-off.

It's caught at the six and run back to the 24, where Smith and company will start things off 1st and ten.

TB: "Look for Hunt. No doubt they would like to get him started early. A big game from his greatly boosts their game."

And it is a sweep to Hunt. He has to battle for a 2 yd gain. 2nd and 8.

Showing some faith in Hunt, they go back to the run. This time he picks up four. That still leaves them with a third and 4.

TB: "The Chiefs are establishing their running game. But with that tough Dallas 'D', it will be a tough game, Howard."

Smith drops back to pass. It's caught at the 46, and run up to the Dallas 41 for a 29 yard gain. 1st and ten.

TB: "As we said, Kansas is no slouch at the passing game. And, of course, when you show some strength in your running game, it opens up your passing game."

The go back to Hunt, running it up the middle. He gets a couple of yards out of it. 2nd and ten.

It's a sweep to Hunt. He gets only 2. 3rd and 6. at the Dallas 37.

TB: "They are just about at field goal position. But I don't doubt they are still thinking TD."

Smith drops back. A flare out to the side - it's picked off! He tackled right away.

TB: "That's a heartbreaker if you are Kansas guy. They were marching down the field so effectively, and now to have all that effort neutralized."

Indeed, indeed. Staubach and company will take over on their 37. 1st and ten, with 11 minutes and 30 seconds left in the first quarter.

Dallas starts off with a handoff to Dorsett. Brought down at the line of scrimmage. 2nd and 10.

Staubach drops back to pass. He's sacked! for a five yard loss.

TB: "Not a good beginning for the Boys, stalling out at the outset on both their passing and running games. They are even going backwards!"

Not a propitious beginning at all. And now it's 3rd and 15 on their 32.

Staubach goes into shotgun formation. It's caught at the Kansas City 49, and run up to the 38 yard line for a 30 yard gain, where the Cowboys will have it 1st and ten.

TB: "Talk about going from rags to riches. That's one of the things you have to respect about the Cowboys. They can turn things around in a hurry."

Staubach steps back to pass. It's a blitz, and Roger the dodger rolls out and tosses it down the sideline and out of bounds. 2nd and ten.

Staubach will take it from the shotgun. Another quick flare out is intercepted, and run to the KC 47, where Alex and company will get another shot to put the first score on the table. With 9 minutes left in the 1st qtr.

TB: "This game is turning a little wild, isn't it? It's a streetfight is what it is."

Handoff to Hunt. 2 yd gain. 2nd and 8.

Smith drops back. This time he is sacked. For a ten yard loss. 3rd and 18 at their 39.

TB: "It's just tough to get far against these defenses. We were expecting some offense fireworks this afternoon, but no one has been able to light the fuse yet."

Smith is drops back, wanting to make up for lost time. He finds Kelce at the Dallas 48, and he is run down at the 43, and he just gets the first down.

TB: "Kansas City showing some heart here. But there is still a lot of Dallas real estate to get across."

They hand it to Hunt, up the middle, stopped at the line of scrimmage. 2nd and ten.

Smith drops back. He goes for Kelce running a quick slant, but incomplete. 3rd and ten.

TB: "You figure Smith has to go back to the air, but you have to be nervous: this is where the interceptions seem to happen today."

Smith does drop back. He finds Kelce at the 30! but a hard hit from behind knocks the ball out of his hands. That's a tough one. It would have been good for a first down. And now it's 4th and ten.

TB: "And they are out of field goal range as well. And, yes, here comes the kicking team."

Dustin Colquitt no doubt will try to pin the Cowboys back against the end zone. Ah, he kicks it into the end zone, where it's caught and downed. But, wait, there's a penalty on the play. ... Against Dallas. So, they will have it first and ten on their own ten.

TB: "That is pinned pretty close to the end zone."

[...]

And we're back. Happy to resume coverage of the opening of the Argive Conference between the Cowboys and the Chiefs. We are in the 2nd quarter with 13 minutes and 30 seconds left in the first half. Cowboys have drawn first blood and lead 7-0.

The Chiefs now have it first and ten on their own 43 on a drive that began back at their sixteen yard line.

TB: "And the Cowboys scored in a dramatic fashion. With their drive apparently died out, they went for it on 4th and 2. Staubach threw it for a 29 yard gain. And the boys ended up taking it all the way. Smith now needs to ignite his own offense. And he is well on his way to doing it here."

Handoff to Hunt. He gets nowhere. 2nd and 10.

TB: "They still can't spark him on. He is a key part of their offensive engine. Without him firing on all cylinders, it's going to be a long afternoon for Kansas City."

Smith drops back. He goes for Kelce 12 yards down, but nothing doing with the Dallas D. But there's a penalty on the play. And it's against Dallas.

TB: "That's one way to put some life in your drive."

1st and ten on the Dallas 47.

Handoff to Hunt, and this time he breaks through for a nice little run.

TB: "You know he can explode at any time. That's what makes the Chiefs dangerous."

It's a ten yard gain. 1st and ten at the 37.

Sweep to Hunt. He turns the corner, picks up four. 2nd and 6.

Smith looking to pass, has a receiver near the twenty, but can't quite make the grab. 3rd and 6. He finds Kelce at the 24, who picks up six more. 1st and ten at the 18.

TB: "In the red zone. I think this is the first time the Chiefs have made it this far. They can tie it up and get on track."

Back to Hunt up the middle. He's stripped of the ball - fumble! Randy White picks it up and makes it to the 37 yard line.

TB: "It's a good thing he's not a runner. He might have taken that all the way. The 'Manster' - half man, half monster. He caused some terror there. And the Chiefs what can you say? When they get something going, the turnover monster seems to stomp them."

With 10 minutes left to play in the first half. Staubach and company will have 1st and ten on their 37 - and a touchdown lead.

Staubach drops back to pass - a flare out to the side. And he's picked off! Kansas City gets the ball back on the Dallas 37, first and ten.

TB: "If there's one thing that can save you from your screw-ups, it's the other team's screw-ups. The Chiefs get another chance to climb that hill, looking for their first score."

Handoff to Hunt. I don't believe it! A fumble! This is becoming a comedy of errors. Dallas will have it on their 40 yard line, first and ten. What do you make of that?

TB: "Heh, I do not know. The gods of football must be smiling down."

Dorsett gets the handoff. He only makes it back to the line of scrimmage. 2nd and ten.

A sweep around. Only a 2 yd gain. 3rd and 8.

Staubach takes it from the shotgun. He finds Drew Pearson at the other 40, and he is down at the Kansas City 39. 1st and ten.

Staubach goes back to the well for another pass. Going deep, close to the 15 - and it's caught, and Golden Richards grabs two more, down at the Kansas City 13. 1st and ten.

TB: "Another flash of what we were expecting to see today. It's looks like the Cowboys, at least, are starting to run on all cylinders. Of course, we'll has to see if they can avoid any turnovers, heh."

And it looks like we are going to have to cease broadcasting, as our Dreamland connection seems to be going out.

TB: "And just when things are looking particularly interesting."

Isn't that the way it always is!

[...]
monk222: (Little Bear)
... And coverage resumes of the first game of the Dreamland Football League. We are in the 3rd qtr with 5 minutes and 30 seconds left. After a Griese touchdown pass, we have a tied game 24-24.

After returning a punt, Shula and the Dolphins have the ball at their 35 yard line, 1st and ten.

It's a hand-off to Czonka, who only makes it back to the line of scrimmage, 2nd and 10.

Griese drops back to pass, looking 10 yards down field, but it's incomplete. And the Dolphins are now looking at a third and ten situation.

No surprise here, Griese is back to throw. And he is intercepted at the Miami 41, and the linebacker is tackled at the 34, where Namath and company will have it first and ten, with 4 minutes left in the 3rd qtr.

Namath hands it off to Snell, who is stopped at the line of scrimmage. But we have a flag on the play. It's against the Dolphins. NY will have a first and ten on the Miami 24.

Namath drops back to pass, and he is sacked back at the 34, where it will now be 2nd and 20.

Namath goes back into the pocket. Caught at the 21 and tackled at the 16, just short of the first down. It's 3rd and 2. Decision time: play it safe and go for the run, or go big with a pass?

They trust in Snell. A hand-off. And the Miami defense clothelines him at the line of scrimmage. 4th and 2. Two minutes left in the 3rd qtr.

The field goal unit comes out. And it's good! The Jets take back the lead 27-24.

Kicking off. Caught in the end zone and downed. The Dolphins will have it first and ten on their 20.

Griese drops back to pass and he is all business. And it's caught at the 42. Tackled at the 48 for a 28 yard gain. 1st and ten.

A hand-off to Czonk, who takes it for a 4 yard gain, and the Dolphins will have it 2nd and six on the NY 48. And that's the end of the 3rd qtr. Jet's leading 27-24.

They give it to Czonka again, and he struggles for a 2 yard gain. 3rd and 4 on the 46.

Griese drops back into the pocket. Thrown 17 yards to the sidelines, and it's caught but out of bounds. Incomplete. Miami now has a fourth and 4. And the kicking team comes out.

The punt is caught in the end zone and is downed there. Namath and company will have a first and ten on their own 20, up by a field goal with 13 minutes and 30 seconds left in regulation play.

Namath hands it off to Snell, good for a solid four yard gain. 2nd and 6.

Another handoff, but Snell only makes it back to the line of scrimmage this time. 3rd and 6.

Namath drops back to pass. And he's sacked for a nine yard loss. 4th and fifteen.

The kicking team comes out, and the Dolphins should have good field position. The punt: it's a good one. Fielded at the 25 and run up to the 36. 1st and ten for the Dolphins, still trailing by 3, with 11 minutes and 30 left to play.

Hand-off. And the Czonk breaks one for 12 yards. 1st down at their own 48.

They try it again, and Czonka gets 4 yards. 2nd and six.

Griese drops back. Caught at the NY 36 and taken down at the 34, where the Dolphins will have a 1st and ten, with ten minutes left in the game.

Griese will air it out again, and it's caught at the 22! He's at the ten, and he's down at the five yard stripe. 1st and goal.

Handoff to Czonka, and he is stopped just short of the goal line. 2nd and goal at the one.

Another handoff, and it's a TD! The Dolphins take the lead, for what I believe is the first time in the game, with 9 minutes left to play.

And the P.A.T. is good. Jets 27, Dolphins 31. There's plenty of time to play, but Namath needs to get serious. A field goal won't do it.

The kickoff. In the end zone and downed. So, the Jets will have it first and ten on their 20.

[...]

And we are back to cover the close of the inaugural game of the DFL. And it's a good one.

There are three minutes left to play in the game. The Dolphins lead the Jets 31-27 And the Jets have the ball on their own 38, first and ten.

Handoff to Snell, sweeping to the side, looking to round the corner, he only gets two. 2 and 8.

Namath drops back, looking deep, 20 yards down, but can't connect. 3rd and 8, and serious timewise, as we hit the two-minute warning.

Namath drops back. Another 20 yard throw, but close coverage short-circuits it. And now coach Weeb Ewbank and Namath have to have a heart-to-heart conversation. It's 4th and 8 at their own 40, with only a minute and a half to go. If they cannot score now, they are going to have to pray for a big blunder to get the ball again.

Namath stays in. They're going for it. They only need 8 yards to keep the drive going. It's a shorter pass, but again great pass-defense stops it. And Griese and company take over at the NY 40. They just have to run out the clock, with a minute to go.

Griese hand it off and Snell fights for 4. 2nd and six.

Snell gets it again, and this time he breaks through the line, taken down at the 23. And that's the end of the DFL's inaugural game. The Dolphins win it. NY 27, Miami 31.

We have the commissioner of Dreamland Football with us. Hello, Monk. I don't think we could have asked for a better league opener.

Monk said, "It was a thriller, Howard, and I am very excited about what we have started. The first season, I suppose, necessarily has an experimental quality about it, as we tighten up the rules. But it certainly looks like we have a pretty good system in place already."

This was a Trojan conference game. The Argive conference kicks things off next, am I right?

"Yes, you are. It will be between the Dallas Cowboys (led by Staubach and Dorsett) and the Kansas City Chiefs (led by Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt). That should be fun, too. I think it is all looking good - a happily ever after!"

Cowboys

Oct. 12th, 2017 04:48 pm
monk222: (Primal Hunger)
Wow, it is that Ezekiel Elliot! I caught some quick Twitter news about the NFL reinstating its six-game suspension against him. I was, like, "The Dallas Cowboy's star running back Elliot??" And that is the one. Domestic abuse is his crime. I guess we can write off the Dallas football season. In truth, the team was already looking like it was sinking, and now I think we can consider it sunk. Well, I feel more excited about the Kansas City Chiefs anyway.

Trump

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:49 pm
monk222: (Default)
Ross Douthat tweeted, "By late 2019 Trump will be tweeting about suspending the constitution and making himself dictator & nobody will pay the slightest attention."

Monk said, "There's a difference between 'not paying the slightest attention' and simply being helpless. Oh, no doubt there will be mass protests, but if Republicans in power won't put their president down, and if there's no coup, then what can you do?"

[Twitter]
monk222: (Primal Hunger)
Another somewhat irregular Grocery Day. Kay's mother is apparently not doing well. Kay is going to see her on Friday, and so we are moving up our grocery day to tomorrow.

Pop and I discussed what we might do if the time should come when Kay no longer comes here. I was surprised that he is perfectly willing to leave the house alone. I pushed the idea that he could just get a little bit at a time - one day, meats, and one day, frozen dinners, and so on - but he doesn't seem to have any inclination to do that.

Well, if we don't get burgled, it is far better if I can go along, so that I can actually have a freer hand in seeing what is available and getting what I want. But what are the odds that we won't get burned? Hell, I worry that the odds are getting better that even with someone home, we will get home-invaded and robbed. In the Trump era, there is this sense that civil life is breaking apart at a faster rate.
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