Friday, June 4, 2010

Officially Nervous

That was one real clusterf#@k of a day, yes? What a mess. I will offer my observations and then as a means to distract both the readers and myself from things serious it will be Friday night. Not that I got many requests for anything anyway......

Officially Nervous
As a resident "Doom and Gloomer" you may think I am a nervous sort. Far from it, most of the time I am calm, cool, and collected. Well, unless it is football season, or a Lil Kim video is on. I have to say that today made me officially nervous and I will tell you why.

First off, the last leg of hope for a miracle recovery was a monster jobs number. Most had a range of 500k-800k to the plus side. My own was 550-650k. Of this most was to be census jobs but a bulk was supposed to be real organic hiring that we have been told is ready to explode any minute.

Well not this minute. Here is the last leg of the recovery hopes:

From the film "No Retreat, No Surrender" and if you have seen it you are a real martial arts film addict, like me!

I am more nervous now that I was at the March 2009 lows. Why? At that time there was a firmly established belief that the government would save everyone. They tried but now:
-Housing is rolling over big time
-The calls for job growth any day now just look dumb
-People are asking the right kinds of questions
-Government intervention has been shown to be at best a short term band aid but not a fix

That crutch has been removed. That is why I am nervous. I did not say they would not try, I said no one will really believe it.

And try they will. Here is what the folks that brought the last set of fixes are calling for:
The Case for More Monetary Stimulus Remains
It never ends.

I had a ton of stories that I was going to cover but I think I will leave things as I have written out. I may write this weekend about how to have a small backup plan in place should things get ugly in a real hurry. No worries, everyone can do these things and NO the end of the world is not at hand. The world was never going to end, contrary to what Henry Paulson and the big banks told you. Maybe just their world.

Off Topic:
I was thinking that a little variety would be good. I read Gawains comments here and Moneta's and others and I think "I just want to copy/paste the whole thing into a post" but I feel that is not quite right. Here is the deal:
Anyone that would like to offer up a contributor piece can submit it via email to the address on the left. I will review it and communicate if it will post. During the week I would like to feature at least 2 or more guest thoughts. All angles are welcome and nothing is out of bounds. Let me know if anyone is interested.

Friday Night Entertainment
With a lead off like that, can I salvage a fun evening? I am going to try!

Deja Vu
Last night I wrote at 8:20pm:
I have not been into basketball since the day's of a ferocious Pat Riley led NY Knick defense manned by such players as Ewing, Mason, Starks, and Oakley.

Not an hour later Barry Ritholtz wrote:
The Lakers vs. Celtics Finals are sure to be a blast. As a long suffering Knicks fan — a bud had season tickets during the Ewing-Oakley-Starks era — I appreciate good bball, and this is sure to deliver that.
Now that IS scary!

Funny Pictures
We all need a laugh.

Risk management Banking internal controls style:


A late night at a 4 star Singapore hotel:

Beware drunk ordering!

A census worker comes to the door:
funny pictures of cats with captions
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Never make a deal with the Devil, it never works out:
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Film Clips
A couple of clips for your perusal.

My favorite scene of "Revenge of the Sith":

The darkside rules and jedi drool.

For a real laugh, try out the parade scene from "Stripes":

Amazing cast.

Rock Blogging
Let's do this, LEEROY JENKINS!!!!!!!!!!

I am not a Jazz type, but reader Lurker is not one to make a bad request so I tried out Benny Goodman and "One O' Clock Jump" and while I am still not a jazz fan, it was cool to see the whole show:

Not bad.

Reader Gawains tends to pick some of the great guitar songs that exist and thus I offer Mountain and "Mississippi Queen":

Nasty good!

One of may favorite older bands is Bachman Turner Overdrive. Maybe my favorite is "Let it Ride":

"You can't see the morning, but I can see the light". Nice!

Just in case you missed it the last TWO times I played it, here is a really great tune by Droge and Summers named "Two of the Lucky Ones". Make sure you turn it up to hear the background vocal support, too pretty:

Love it.

A newer from Ozzy was "I Just Want You" and the lyrics here are pretty provoking:

"I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired, I used to go to bed all high and wired".

Two more but That really has to be it!

So you know I do not HATE all new music, I have to admit this song by Nelly Furtado really sticks on you. Do not listen to if you hate having songs stuck in your head!! If you dare, try out "Say it Right":

She is cute too!

Last call! Have enough beer for the evening? Check. Anything on TV to watch. Nope. It is what it is.

Closing the show with the classic Bon Jovi "Livin on a Prayer" which just never gets old!:

Close second was this which I always play!

Have a good night.


Lurker said...

Thanks for playing that. I just love the older Big Band music. If you get a chance, be sure to see the Benny Goodman biopic starring Steve Allen. They show it from time to time on Turner Classic Movies. Lots of great music in that movie,

getyourselfconnected said...

I was surprised by the pick but as I was playing it I was pretty impressed! Good tune!

Lurker said...

I'm glad you didn't mind. I remembered that you commented awhile back that you wanted some music picks that were different. It just blows me away every time I listen to Benny Goodman's music. He also holds the distinction of having one of the first integrated bands in the country; this was back in the 1940's. Don't overlook this man or his music.

getyourselfconnected said...

Thanks for the great music and music notes.

GawainsGhost said...

Well, I'm glad you liked the Mountain, sorry you didn't like the Wings. However, if you really want some serious guitar, you should check out Return to Forever. Instrumental progressive jazz fusion.


The Romantic Warrior

Or check out Al Di Meola on Electric Rendezvous.

I actually saw him perform at the Austin Opera House on that tour. Wow. I'd put Di Meola right up there alongside Iommi, and that's really saying something.

I'll take you up on your offer, GYC, and shoot you a private email later this weekend. Although I'd be at a loss as to what to write about, other than real estate in general.

GawainsGhost said...

By the way, I just listened to the NPR interview, linked via The Big Picture, with the producer on the remastered version of Exile on Main Street coming out this week. It really is a fascinating discussion.

I remember way back, must have been 25-odd years ago, I had this friend who was a bass player. And he hated the Rolling Stones. "Keith Richards sucks! Mick Jagger can't sing!" Blah blah blah.

So I made him a cassette copy of Exile. "Here, listen to this."

He came back the next day and said, "The Rolling Stones are the greatest band in the world." Ha!

Looks like I'll be buying a new CD some time soon.

RANDALL said...

Econ, last nights blog was great..
We still have'nt had any rat played in a while..

au soleil levant said...

What a variety of musical choices! Made for a fun entry, thanks.

CT-Hilltopper said...

Next week how about a little Oscar Levant?

Like I said when I posted on The Housing Time Bomb, little by little, the sheeple are just starting to awaken. Some of the Obamabots are starting to stir, wondering if their (insert entitlements here) are going to be off the table soon. When they truly realize that they aren't going to be getting these said entitlements, that's when TSHTF.

getyourselfconnected said...

I do like that Mountain tune!

Ratt is always good, especially for target practice, HA!

Glad you had fun! I aim to please.

A commenter here once asked if you could use sheeple as a verb, like "They just got sheepled again!" MAybe it will catch on.

Just got back from a kayak fishing run and I am exhausted.

RANDALL said...

Your yak fishin pics were superb.

hey that rhymes with verb.. Yes the population is definatly being sheepled..
Websters definition:
sheepled: believing anything the Gov. says..

getyourselfconnected said...

You are too kind. My pics pale next to your shark fishing ones on the kayak!

getyourselfconnected said...

email was recieved, unreal.

Anonymous said...


Do you know how funny Stripes is when your a Green Suit?

Huah Funny Sir

Here is a little cadence I found myself singing through the OCS gates passing by Airborne every morning.

Rented "The Road". Didn't like the movie but then again I am a parent so I have a little bias in what I find acceptable.

Also attended a 700 exhibitor knife show this weekend. Picked up this little toy(s) for my brother who is walking Appalachian Trail next year.

Look for the Lifecap which was at the show but isn't on the site yet.

LifeCap Carbon Fiber Lightweight Waterproof Container.

Lt. G

PS: The oil in the gulf spells disaster for my home state. I hope the well is shut soon.

getyourselfconnected said...

Lt G,
that site is pretty cool, thanks for the link.

"The Road" is a brutal film, I told you it was rough. Sorry you did not like it much.

Are you getting any reports on the spill from back home? Whats the word down there?

sedintary state said...

Not sure how widely this was covered, so i'll post it.

Helen Thomas, her views on Jews becoming more clear last week when she told them to leave Israel and go back to Europe.

They're thinking about taking her front row seat away for that one.

getyourselfconnected said...

I did see that and I am sure she would like to have that one back. Just ugly stuff.