As Time Goes By

January 31, 2007

The family that photographs together, stays together. We await the June 17th, 2007 update of “The Incredible Family” that I wrote about last year.

The Golberg family of Buenos Aires, Argentina has an “incredible” record of each family member’s appearance for thirty years. No one in this perfect family seems to have gained weight, changed hairstyles, or even moved out of position during all that time. Incredible! In the 1980s, Diego began the wearing of spectacles, but for only two years. Either he went on to contact lenses or vanity got the best of him. However, once Susy put on eyeglasses in the year 2000, they stayed.

Diego and Susy began making their portraits on June 17th 1976, and are still continuing the family ritual. They say “we photograph ourselves to stop a fleeting moment, the arrow of time passing by.” For the first two years there were only two portraits, then in 1978, came a third portrait of Nicolas. The next year there was the addition of Matias. Eventually, Sabastian arrived and thenceforth there are five portraits for each year.

“The Arrow of Time” is the Golberg family’s photo-journal. It could be an inspiration for newlyweds of today. After all, “the family that photographs together, stays together”, or so would seem.


Ballad of the Green Beret

January 25, 2007

Ballad of the Green Beret

by Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler and Robin Moore, copyright 1966.

Fighting soldiers from the sky
Fearless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what they say
The brave men of the Green Beret

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America’s best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Trained to live off nature’s land
Trained in combat, hand-to-hand
Men who fight by night and day
Courage peak from the Green Berets

Silver wings upon their chest
These are men, America’s best
One hundred men will test today
But only three win the Green Beret

Back at home a young wife waits
Her Green Beret has met his fate
He has died for those oppressed
Leaving her his last request

Put silver wings on my son’s chest
Make him one of America’s best
He’ll be a man they’ll test one day
Have him win the Green Beret.

Sayeth The Danny

January 25, 2007

Famous quotes of Washington’s great Mr. Daniel “The Danny” Snyder, and Kerfuffles translation of them:

  • “I have found that what drives me is the desire to prove, to myself and to my peers, that I can do what I set out to do and build something that matters.”

Kerfuffles translates: If building “something that matters” requires the destruction of classical music in my own community, so be it. Afterall, those old foggies who care about it will soon be dead, and the young people growing up here don’t even know what classical music is.

  • “I don’t measure my ‘success’ every day. I measure how much we have left to do.”

Kerfuffles translates: Even after piercing the heart of classical music by killing WGMS, there is much more for me to accomplish in my community that will bring me even more big bucks.

  • “The only way to succeed when you’re understaffed and undercapitalized and under-everything is just to work your brains out.”

Kerfuffles translates: Since I, “The Danny” have no brains left, why would I care about classical music?

God Rest Ye – WGMS-fm

WGMS – FM in Washington

Goodbye WGMS-fm

January 24, 2007

Classical music and commentary from WGMS-fm is no more, having suffered extinction at the greedy hands of Redskins owner, Dan Snyder. (See “Dan Snyder – The Grinch Who Stole Washington’s Christmas”.) However, WETA, one of Washington’s public radio stations has somehow managed to usurp everything that was WGMS on the Internet, as they hope to fill the void that has been left by the death of Washington’s beloved classical music station. Hoping to find WGMS still on the Internet, I went to their website and found it totally taken over by WETA. What a shock!

ATTENTION WGMS LISTENERS: On January 22, 2007 WGMS ceased broadcasting classical music and WETA 90.9 FM switched radio formats to become the exclusive classical music station in the nation’s capital.

Give me a break! WETA has been around for forty-five years and no one listened to its classical music. It’s selections were boring, its commentators worse than boring, its newscasts from NPR made one feel as though one were imprisoned in a Communist Gulag and forced fed State Radio. Now that WGMS is dead and gone, WETA believes they have an opportunity to garner its listeners. HA!

Is WETA with Sharon Rockefeller in control, about to change its stripes? I don’t think so. And besides, give me breaks of commercials any day, as opposed to hearing pitiful and long-winded beggings for pennies that occur quarterly for more than a week at a time.

I don’t know about others, but I don’t want to get my classical music from government-sponsored radio, no more than I want to get my news from government-sponsored NPR. Afterall, we may live in Washington, but we are still Americans, we are NOT Canadians.

I hear that the Washington area is getting into “FREE” HD Radio, whatever that is. Perhaps that will be our solution. Certainly, it will not be WETA-fm!

John McCain Upstages Streisand

January 18, 2007

What’s Missing in This Video? The Lampshade on His Head, That’s What! No one will ever believe Senator John McCain if he ever claims to be a teetotaler.

I have often wondered about how John McCain finds the time to be a Senator, when he seems to spend most of his evenings starring on television news show. I have even seen him appear on more than one channel at the same exact time. Now here he is apparently with enough free time to record a CD to compete with Barbara Streisand.

A Black Cat and Old Glory

January 14, 2007


If the question is “Where do you go, USA?”, the answer is quite simple indeed: the future. The people of the United States of America are always looking forward to a better future, and they don’t really believe in black cats bringing bad luck.

God Bless America and God Bless Black Cats Everywhere.