Sunday, November 28, 2010

Webcor Dreams

an old Webcor, not the same as my folks'
Electronic Memories
Where have all the gray cells gone?

Tonight after band practice and dinner, I stumbled across the John Sebastian Folk Rewind special, and got sucked in.  Lots of old black and white recordings of ancient TV shows.  Earnest young men and women singing old songs.  Perhaps the most telling moment for me was when The New Christy Minstrels sang Today.  It's a totally sappy song, but still, the wistful emotions of passing time hit me hard.  I thought back to the days when I used to listen with my family to reel-to-reel tapes of old folk songs.  Songs like "Tom Dooley," "500 Miles," and "The Streets of Laredo."

These tapes are long gone, and even if they weren't, it would be hard to find many people interested in listening to them.  My dad has been gone for 15 years, and my mom's not doing very well, and it's memories like this that remind me of a time when they were younger, younger than I am now.

So, I'll continue to play "Get Together" every chance I get, "Blowin' In The Wind" every now and then, and maybe even "If I Had a Hammer."  Someone else can get nostalgic over Lady Gaga someday.

PS, for those of you in Bay Area, here's the link for repeats of the Sebastian Show.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Open Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,
Let me say this simply and directly.  Please protect the American people these next two years.  The Republicans are coming for us.  They have already bought themselves the Congress, and the Senate and Presidency cannot be far behind.

Please stop compromising with the GOP, they have no intention of meeting you anywhere near the middle.  You will be under constant attack from their media, but you need to be strong for us.

If we don't get our act together in the next couple of years to take Congress back, then I guess we don't deserve saving!

If you need to veto, then veto.  They will call you names, and try and destroy you.  But remember, you are protecting us.  This is what we need the President for.

And please, don't let them defund the Secret Service!

Yours in Justice,
Geoff Gould
high school science teacher