Walking Back From Memphis

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, September 14, 2006

Welcome To THE COUCH...Sit on Down and Get Comfy...

Well...as you can see, we finally brought a couch in THE COUCH. Gonna keep tweaking it until I get it to where I am satisfied, but wanted to at least get what I had up.We have some new friends added to our COOL SITES TO VISIT listing on the right. DixieChick has decided to join this "blog thingy" (her words) community, with her blog DIXIE'S HEART & SOUL. MaryFly is also blogging with her RECIPES & BS blog...and it is full of ... yup, you guessed it recipes and BS... please check our friends out...
I am back from Memphis. Had a nice trip. Saw Beale Street. Never seen it? Check out THIS PAGE for a live webcam of the activity on the street. Pretty cool stuff.

Met some of the clients at ServiceMaster I would be working with and the staff for Inner Workings already on-site. Everyone was very friendly and I think the clients like what they heard from me. I even got to sit in on two meetings and MY BRAIN STILL WORKS! It has been 19 months since I have had to really use it and I was afraid it might have deserted me. But nope...I made some suggestions which they might even be using!

Now, I wait for Inner Workings to make a formal offer of employment. There are some things I have told them I need to make this move possible and I am hopeful they will see the benefits to fulfilling those needs.

Ummm.. do you think asking for a Hummer was too over the top??? LOL- kidding folks!
Yankees magic number is down to 7 after they won and the Red Sox lost yesterday. It looks more and more as if we could possibly have a repeat of the New York Subway Series - Yankees vs. Mets for the World Series. That would be a blast!

Sorry Coco, I am not explaining what a magic number is again...OK, any combination of
Yankee wins or Red Sox loses equalling seven means the Yankees win the American League East title. Think Patrick Division in hockey, for you Canadians!
I am real conflicted on the stories I have been reading about the treatment of prisoners down at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. The US is using a lot of physcological treatments on the prisioners like sensory deprivation and some torture.

One side of me says, "Hey, they have beheaded our citizens and don't care or make a distinction between soldiers and civilians, so why should we show them any soft-treatment".

The other side says, "We are supposed to be better then them and all we are doing is sinking to their despicible level".

I guess if I was 100% positive all of those being treated this way were actually combatants, I would lessen my objections. But articles I am reading talk about ordinary people being turned in to the CIA in Iraq by those who have had grudges with these folks.

Someone like recently captured terrorist
Khalid Sheik Mohammed I have no problem doing some forms of interrogation torture on, if it will save lives.

In our history we have always tried to stay above the line of decency. During WWII, our soldiers were horribly mistreated by their Japanese and Nazi capturers. All evidence shows that we did not reciprocate in our prison camps.

Vietnam is a little fuzzy. It would appear that the soldiers on the front of the fighting may have gone "over the top" in their dealings with the Viet Cong.

But this, what is happening today, is being supported from the very top of our military command...the Commander In Chief himself, has spoken out in support of the "any means necessary" way we are treating these prisoners. Until this past June when the
Supreme Court ruled they were wrong, our military denied the basic rights aforded by the Geneva Convention to the prisioners we have taken in this "war" we are fighting in Iraq.

As I said, I am conflicted...

Thanks for sitting on THE COUCH, hope you enjoyed your stay.

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Keep that spark of insanity kids...It helps keep you an individual.




9 Of Your Sparks

  1. Dixiechick Says:
  2. Hey Vince -

    Love the BIG couch! Room enough for everyone and everything... *wink, wink

    Thanks for mentioning Mary and my blogs today. I know I'm having a fun time doing it, and it appears Mary is too.

    Whaaaaaa???? You had NEVER seen Beale Street. Didn't you just LOVE IT! One of my favorite places downtown. See what I meant when I said that if Turn, you and I hit Beale, it wouldn't know what hit them???? LMOO

    I knew that you still "had it in you" I've still go EVERYTHING imaginable crossed for ya.

    *Cough, cough, gag* Yankees... I'm not going to say ANYMORE!
    GO CARDINALS!!!!!!

    I too have my opinon on the mistreatment of prisioners. Don't think anybody here wants to hear it.

    Love ya!

    Lee Ann

     
  3. Dixiechick Says:
  4. Hey, don't forget about Dana's blog thingy too. I have it bookmarked in case you need it.

    I still can't figure out how to add a picture and link the blogs. Guess it's the "Pickler" in me.. LMOO

     
  5. Bond Says:
  6. Dixie: I had neva been in Memphis before, so I couldna not sen Beale Street. I also drove by the Sun Studios where that Elvis guy recorded a song for his mama...

    Dana's blog has been linked from here for a long time and when i did link it I mentioned it too

    Add a picture is simple darlin'...jus click on that little picture box right there here you have the font and colors and such -

    Wha's a Cardinal?

     
  7. Bond Says:
  8. Dixie: And finally... your opinion of the prisioner thing is EXACTLY why THE COUCH is here.. to discuss such thinkgs whether we agree or disagree.

     
  9. Coco Says:
  10. Ok, I really like the couch, big as it is. Beale Street looks amazing. Memphis has always been on my short list to visit, because the music history is phenomenal! Still praying almost constantly about that job ... and the hoose - I mean, house. And finally ... you got me to understand the magic number! I think ... Say the Yankees win 3 and the Red Sox lose 4, that makes 7 and that's the magic number, right? What I don't understand is why the number changes ... And I think it's fantastic that they could win as big as the Patrick division! Wooooo! Go Mets! Um ... I mean Yankees ... (sorry - Moncton team is called the Mets - they won the Canadian championship again this year, btw!) Oh yeah ... what's a Cardinal? Besides a messy, smelly, noisy nuisance of a bird, that is ...

     
  11. Maryfly Says:
  12. *tacklehugs Bond* thanks for mentioning my blog thingy!

    and by the way, I too have everything crossed! No worries though, this is your time!!

     
  13. Dixiechick Says:
  14. Ummmmm the AMAZING, WONDERFUL, BESTEST BASEBALL TEAM EVER.... ST. LOUIS CARDINALS..... ROFLMOO!!!! WOOOOOOO

    Now Coco... that's what a Cardinal is!!!! LMOO So much better than them *cough, cough, gag, gag* Yankees!!!! LMOO!!!! *wink, wink*

     
  15. Bond Says:
  16. Coco---Couch got even bigger! LOL
    Beale St. does look cool...can't wait to have a chance to explore it in detail! If blogger lets me post today, I think I have explained your question about magic numbers...I am not touching the cardinal comment though...

    MaryFly: My pleasure the blog looks great
    and don't hurt yourself crossing all those things!

    Dixie: Comments on your ah hem cardinals will be contained in y next blog - except blogger is acting up on me.. might be time to buy a domain and control my destiny.

     
  17. Joyce Says:
  18. i see you tweeked in a few new photos of the "bond" too. looking good.

     

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