Thursday, December 25, 2008

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christina Aguilera - The Christmas Song

In my "In Box"

Hey Brother!
Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Polly, You rock. Tom Rolls!
Also, Tom Frank, magician, Dad, Friend of mine!
Everytime I perform, you perform!
I suppose you might like that better if'n I sent you some cash, then you would feel like that were true!? :)
Got my new RNT rings. They are heavy! They hurt when you slam yourself too! I like them!
I keep looking at my hands to see the black. Kinda like a reflex action!
No black! Sweet!
I like my other rings too!

Thanks for the magic!

Pollock, originally uploaded by sapaburu.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Good luck to me

He watched the world change around him
and he asked himself
What did I contribute?
What did I learn?

Turmoil plagued the planet
and uncivilized worlds ruled

easy for me to say
as I sip my cocktail

what can I say
you are who you are

or I am, who I am

It’s hard to tell the difference
when nothing is real
and everything is fake

even the brick walls and fire hydrants
this town takes the cake in fake

and what do you make
when the cake is fake
who’s on the take
and who’s gonna be late

I bought a blue hippopotamus
and took it to the lake

who would have known
bartender. . . fake

camera pans a playground
zooms in on a child
on a tiger
on a large old rusty spring
back and forth
the child sways

in each movement
a smile
and in each smile
an untold world

strange how innocence seems
I’m not sure I was ever innocent

winter marks the death in the cycle
and winter is here
even in paradise
there is a chill to the air

but to be fair
If I had more hair
I might be warmer

I’m a dinosaur
a dying breed
a relic
in danger
of ceasing to serve a function

whatever. . .

the sound my drink makes as I bring it to my lips
ice, swishing against the side of a monogramed rocks glass from my 2nd marriage.
tomorrow is another day
another opportunity to get it right.

Good luck to me.

I'll be there!!

Bark in the New Year with Friends!
Bob Weir and RatDog join
Phil Lesh and Friends for two nights, 12/30-12/31

Special Announcement from the Band:

Just as Hunter warns us to be skeptical when times are great - "when life looks like easy street", etc. - when times are as tough and scary as right now, it's time to plan a party. It's also time to savor our roots, and that means... New Year's Eve Show (plus one!)!

So here's the facts: December 30th and 31st, Bob Weir and RatDog and Phil Lesh and Friends/Phil Lesh and Friends and Bob Weir and RatDog, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, with the Jackie Greene Band opening both nights.

Which band will open which night will be determined by a coin toss. We may ask our favorite President-elect to officiate. We'll let you know the results.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Have a Jerry Christmas!

Have a Jerry Christmas!, originally uploaded by hokulea.

First night of Chanukah

It was Pollys' idea to make latkes (potato pancakes), but I'm pretty sure my mother approved. I could feel her presence in my heart and mind as we celebrated the first night of Hanukkah by lighting the candles and saying the prayer.

"Baruch ata Ado-nai, Elo-heinu Melech ha'olam, Asher kid'shanu b'mitzvosav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah"

Blessed are You, Hashem our G-d, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with His commandments, and has commanded us to Kindle the Chanukah light.

I'm not a religious person, but I do enjoy the traditions of my people and my childhood. It's been a trying few weeks/months, but I'm keeping enough love in my heart and a smile on my face to make the most out of this dwindling holiday season. Money has been tight, and street performing has been problematic. It's been cold and rainy here on and off for weeks. I was able to go out yesterday and have a half way decent afternoon before it got dark and cold. I met Polly at the gym after the CityWalk, and we put in a good hour and a half work out before going home to make our dinner. Along with our latkes Polly made Herb roasted winter vegetables on a baking sheet. Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, carrots, sweet potato and lots of love made it delicious!

We decided that we wouldn't talk about the calories, carbs or all the oil that the latkes were cooking in. Instead, we enjoyed our meal, looked lovingly into each others eyes and enjoyed our candle lit meal.

Rain is back today, work looks doubtful. Probably a good day to get some housework done, go see a movie, or watch some of the football games I TiVo'ed yesterday.