Monday, January 20, 2014


We continue to unpack and to place our "stuff" around the house. It's coming together and today I took a car's trunkload of flattened cardboard boxes to a recycling plant.  It felt good and I can now walk somewhat freely through our garage.  


(Spoiler alert: I'm going to talk a bit about sports so those of you who can't stand it can just scroll ahead.  Or wade through it.  You might enjoy this.)

Yesterday was a big football day here and throughout the land. Peyton Manning led the Denver Broncos over the New England Patriots to the AFC Championship and a berth in the Super Bowl. Manning has been saddled with criticism for years that he is the best quarterback in the game with only one Super Bowl ring.  Now, he'll have a chance to win his second and I suspect he and his Broncos will be at least the sentimental favorite.

But they'll have to take on the Seattle Seahawks who came from behind in the 4th quarter to defeat the San Francisco 49'ers for the NFC Championship.  The focus, unfortunately, in that game came down to Seattle's mouthy cornerback Richard Sherman.  He'll have the Super Bowl to prove his claim that he's the best player on the field.

Meantime, I was informed today of a strange coincidence.

An old friend in Denver to whom I sent this photo said the real question may be whether anyone in either state will remember the game.  And the beat goes on.

Probably a lot of people, no matter where they live nor what vice they favor, may be feeling a bit like this today.

Now to end this on a happy note, I am indebted to the fantastic Tess Kincaid, poet extraordinaire, for showing me this absolutely wonderful music video earlier today.  Robert Plant, he of Led Zeppelin, shows he can sing sweetly when he's paired with the lovely Alison Krauss.  Expand the picture and turn up your volume.  I swear it won't hurt.


  1. I'm looking forward to hearing all about the Superbowl on my Facebook feed (or maybe Dr. M will surprise me & actually watch it this year). I'm pulling for Peyton - he's been a favorite ever since we lived in Western NC & he was at Tennessee :)

    You should go ahead & get Raising Sand - the Plant/Krauss album. It's really good!

  2. I really don't think there are very many people who know there ass from a football that think Peyton Manning has anything to prove at all. He is one of the top 5 QB's to ever play the game and will remain in that class regardless of who wins this year.

    It should be a great game...I'm rooting for Denver.

  3. Nice endcap to Payton's long awarded career. He is one of the last "pocket Quarterbacks" and has the hardware to prove it!

  4. Thanks for sharing the video, Bruce. Check out "Gone. Gone, Gone" from the same session on YouTube. Sweet harmonies with a driving beat.

  5. Enjoyed your post and glad things are starting to settle in.

  6. Love, love, love Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Raising Sand is one of the best albums ever!

  7. Bruce, did you find a place close to thr BRD?

    1. Close-er. We're probably about 10 miles from her house.