Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bloomsday in May

I attended the absolutely free 2008 KC Literary Festival yesterday. I really enjoyed, "James Joyce’s Ulysses Scene Adaptations" which began at O’Dowd’s Little Dublin Pub, progressed to the Plaza Sidewalks, and then a finale on the Main Stage. It was performed by costumed local equity actors in 19th century dress acting out selected scenes of Lary Optiz's Bloomsday: 16 June 1904 an adaptation of James Joyce’s classic novel, Ulysses.

Bloomsday is a commemoration observed annually on 16 June in Dublin and elsewhere to celebrate the life of Irish writer James Joyce and relive the events in his novel Ulysses, all of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904.

I also heard Deborah Rodriguez, author of Kabul Beauty School and Larry Kirwan, author of Green Suede Shoes discuss non-fiction writing; And Stanley Lombardo, an American professor of Classics at the University of Kansas. Dr. Lombardo is a fairly talented guy. Fluent in Greek and Latin, he has translated the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. His translations are unique in that they are rendered with an oratory style.

Since I didn't arrive until 5:00, I missed Bill Yenne, author of GUINNESS: The 250 Year Search for the Perfect Pint, talk about the world famous brewery. And I did not attend the event about blogging, featuring local blogger, Rita Arens.

Over three hours of entertainment and I didn't spend a dime. I guess I should kick a sawbuck to the organizers, BOOK-A-FRIEND.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Does Begging Ever Work?

I'm at CVS pharmacy and the piped in music is George Benson's "Turn Your Love Around" and I wonder why I never noticed that this song could be about a guy trying to talk his women into trying some new moves in bed:

Turn your love around
Don't you turn me down
I can show you how
Turn your love around

Then there is Corona Boy's interpretation:

Friday, May 09, 2008

Obama: Coalition of the Squishy Goo Goo's?

Chris Bowers at Open Left has a post about Barack Obama and how he represents a changing of the guard for the Democratic Party. Totally unscientific, but I think he has it about right.

After years of observation and concern about the deleterious effects of the campaign to slash and burn our political landscape with conservative talk radio barkers like Rush Limbaugh, I am witness to people with a more progressive bent countering this force by using the Internet as a pivotal tool to field a viable candidate like Obama.

Occasionally, there are benefits to having age and experience.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Dirty Limerick Contest

This dirty limerick contest is open to anyone who has ever been frustrated by a Microsoft product.

I humbly submit:

There once was an OS named Vista,
Which screwed everything, including your sister.
There were demands for redress,
But Redmond failed to impress,
When they nicknamed Service Pack One, "Fista"

Submissions accept by e-mail, or any method you choose. I will update this post as they arrive.

Friday, May 02, 2008

It ain't easy being near Barry Road

For those who find it tough being on Barry Road:

Way back when,
In ninety-three.
You were the dandy,
Of gamma chee.
Sweet things from KC,
So young and willing,
All pledged at the Sororities.
Hell yea, cha ching!
Hey 662 nineteen,
Didn't need to dance together.
Didn't need to talk at all.
Just took them along,
Once you knew they would slide on down.

Hey 662 eighteen,
That's Monkey Ward
You don't remember,
The king of retail.
You can't believe how hard
it is to travel without the perpetual Blockbuster, Target, PetSmart, Chipotle,
market-tested spiel.

Hey 662 fifteen,
Have we got anything in common?
Can we can talk at all?
Why don't you invite me along,
As you head south on US 69?

The patrol cars trimmed in gold
The undocumented Columbians.
Still don't get why 95th and Nall's such a wonderful thing.

No you can't chance us being seen together.
No we can't talk at all.