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Today's video with Ravi and Anoushka Shankar is a gem -- not because I am a huge fan of Indian music or the sitar, but because it shows the universality of jazz: while the rhythms and sounds are pure Indian, the bending of notes, the trading of fourths, the syncopation, and the interweaving of melodies are all jazz. Thanks for sharing!
I'm a transplanted Texan, and while I love Doonesbury and follow it every day, I'm a bit disturbed by your recent rant against this stupid secessionist movement in my fair state. Like all states, we have our share -- some would say more than our share -- of reactionary morons, but I think even they, in their heart of hearts, don't really want this to happen. Okay, I guess such stupidity really should be lampooned, but please don't lump us all together and lead people to think all Texans are that way. It is after all 120,000 from a state of over 26 million, an extremely tiny, but vocal, slice of the population.
I hate what you've done with Jeff. A lot of Generation Y kids manage to be successful. The vast majority of those moving home are doing so because they can't find jobs due to the terrible economy, not because they are slackers or waste their oportunities. Jeff's creative and intelligent. I hope he finds his niche.
A while back my daughter's sixteen-year-old best friend moved in as a guest (after a big blowup with his mom). He soon became a foster child and eventually a nineteen-year-old roommate. This summer that became too close for him, so he moved out and is now paying $550/month toward rent/utilities on a $10/hour job and is planning to attend college part time. In order to afford that he stopped operating his car and saved $300/month on gasoline and auto insurance -- he walks to work when it's his turn to work graveyard. I see young Redfern and (don't) wonder who the child really is.
I think the real purpose of this week's storyline isn't to make fun of Texas; it's to remind us that, bad as Jeff may be, at least he isn't Earl. And that even absentee parenting isn't as bad as Faginesque parenting.
I would be happy to donate to the cause of Texas seceding, with one caveat: Willie Nelson and band/family get immediate diplomatic immunity and visas to travel anywhere in America.
The next potential project for Duke and Son gives new meaning to the phrase "Lone Star State."
A fourth-generation Texan -- once a proud one -- I look at Texas, home to greats like Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson, Lloyd Bentsen and Ann Richards, and I am embarrassed and appalled at what has happened to this once great state. The inmates have indeed taken over (beginning with W and Karl Rove). I give you total and complete permission to skewer Texas (I know you were waiting for my permission). I am sad and angry.
If Texas backs out of seceding, maybe we can sucker Mexico into taking it back. There's the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders and still a bit oil in the ground to sweeten the deal.
While I agree that Jeff handled his success poorly, he did write a book, a very imaginative and profitable one! That's not small potatoes in today's publishing world.
C'mon Jeff! Surely the Rascal's lack of footwear can be leveraged into survival and victory over evil. You can do it, boy -- think! Does that cape, or rather, vest have magical powers? That goat is no mere witness, I bet.
I've been reading Doonesbury since the late 70s, when I was in high school. Last year I read the whole series from the beginning, and it's as good a social history of the last 40 years as any book ever written. Thank you, and please keep doing it forever!
There's a difference between Zonker and Jeff. Zonker doesn't want much, and gives back what he can (child care for a roof over his head, for example). Jeff wants everything, provided by anyone else. Once he was living the good life, it was his alone; only when he blew it did he think of his parents and what they could do for him!
In today's SayWhat? Keith Knight is totally wrong. Bacon is not the marijuana of meats, it is the crack of meats.
Zonker didn't get a pass. He had to work -- as a mailman, a waiter, a nanny, etc. Also, he has far less expensive tastes than Jeff, even as a Lord.
There is a difference between the characters of Zonker and Jeff. Zonker annoys only B.D. Jeff annoys everyone.
Zonker has coasted, but I can't help thinking that while pursuing high standards of tanning is not a widely respected career, it clearly did require a good deal of discipline on his part. And he never insisted on getting in everybody's face about his overwhelming superiority.
Readers equating Jeff and Zonker may have missed elements of Zonker's history: some time ago he won a lottery, bought a title, did some other things, and moved in with B.D. and Boopsie. He earns his keep as the live-in nanny for their daughter, Sam, who adores him. When finances got tough for the family, Zonker became a waiter at a local restaurant to help pay the bills. Unlike Jeff, Zonker has great empathy for those around him, and has helped however he could, even if it's just to try to lighten the mood.