Sunday, March 3, 2013

We're Moving!

This is the last post on this version of Pick's Place. I am moving to a new blog, Pick's Place 2.0

The new web address is:

This page, the original Pick's Place, will remain active but there will be noting new posted here from this point forward.

 - Jeff

Monday, February 25, 2013

Remembering George Harrison - Musician, Humanitarian

George Harrison, 1943-2001

Today, February 25, marks what would have been the 70th birthday of George Harrison, who died, way too young, from cancer in 2001 at the age of 58.

George Harrison is remembered as not just a musician and a Beatle, but also as a humanitarian.

Before there was Live Earth -
Before there was Farm Aid -
Before there was LiveAid -
There was the Concert for Bangladesh, a gathering of the greatest names in rock and roll in 1972 to raise awareness and funds to help the people of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), who at the time had suffered famines, poverty, natural disasters, and political turmoil.

The "Quiet Beatle" was also the coolest Beatle, and most definitely the coolest ex-Beatle.

My friend came to me, with sadness in his eyes
He told me that he wanted help
Before his country dies

Although I couldn't feel the pain, I knew I had to try
Now I'm asking all of you
To help us save some lives

Bangla Desh, Bangla Desh
Where so many people are dying fast
And it sure looks like a mess
I've never seen such distress
Now won't you lend your hand and try to understand
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh

Bangla Desh, Bangla Desh
Such a great disaster - I don't understand
But it sure looks like a mess
I've never known such distress
Now please don't turn away, I want to hear you say
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh

Bangla Desh, Bangla Desh
Now it may seem so far from where we all are
It's something we can't reject
It's something I can't neglect
Now won't you give some bread to get the starving fed
We've got to relieve Bangla Desh
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh
We've got to relieve Bangla Desh
Mmmm Mmmm
Now won't you lend your hand and understand
Relieve the people of Bangla Desh

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Sip Heard Round The World

Big F-ing Deal.

Last night, when giving his rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address, Senator Marco Rubio at some point paused to take a sip of water.

And the Interwebs spontaneously combusted with Rubio/Water memes.

Now, far be it from me to defend any Republican, especially of the teabagging persuasion, but is this really the first time in the history of the world that a speaker, on television or anywhere else, paused to hydrate his palate?

I repeat:

Perhaps the water was spiked with a sedative to calm Rubio's jitters at having to give the speech without a teleprompter.

Because we all know that only Democrats use teleprompters, right?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Some Reasons to Like January

As much as I hate winter and cold weather, I still like January. 

  • The end of the "Holiday Season". Hey, I like Christmas as much as anybody, but after having it shoved down my throat from mid-October on, I'm over it by December 26, and ready to stick a fork in it by January 1.
  • The NFL playoffs! 
  • New Years Day is a great day to just sit around doing nothing, or do something you like, if you're lucky enough to have the day off. Today, I watched the "Dance Moms" marathon on Lifetime and ordered a pizza.
  • The NFL playoffs! 
  • The new year gives us a sense of a clean slate, time to think of new things to do (or old things to stop doing). Don't torture yourself with New Years resolutions. Just take a mental inventory and re-group.

Did I mention the NFL playoffs? No Eagles or Jets this years, but I always enjoy the games no matter who is playing.