A Shout Out To The
Yay for the chicks!
To those of you that remember, in the days of hysteria that were the run up to the Iraq misadventure, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks had the temerity to criticize that empty head who is our leader. For that the
To me those days were scarily reminiscent of the orgy following the release of “Satanic Verses”, when effigies of Salman Rushdie were burnt as were copies of the book. The book was banned in a number of countries, including India.
I remember a former colleague of mine, asking me if I would like to step out of the office with him to join in a “Dixie Chicks” hate fest organized by the local radio station. I told him, the Chicks have a right to their opinion and he did not have to buy their music, but whats with the hate I asked him. He made some comment about liberals and how we were gonna be wrong about Iraq.
These magnificent women went on to win 5 Grammy’s including To me this is a vindication of the power of their music and for those who have embraced them as artists and for their right to say what they want. I am very happy for them.
Who Do I Look Like To You…
I had just walked in to Penn station,
Me.. “Hey there!”
Guy… “You know you look like that guys from that movie”
Me.. “Oh ya.. which one” ( I smile partly cuz I am tickled.. I don’t look like anyone who could be in a movie)
Guy…”The thing is I can’t recall which movie it was.”
Me…”Not the one where the kid sees all dead people right?” (Sixth Sense)
Me.. “Cuz you know I ain’t a ghost ya know?“
Guy… laughs and walks away.
I usually sit in the café car as there is always room and I can bury myself in whatever I am reading. That day there were no free seats when Joe walks by and asks if he can sit next to me. I am like sure, I was reading Lawrence Wright’s The looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
Joe.. “Hi.. we have never formally met although we are on the train. I am Joe!”
Me.. “Hi..Nice meeting you. I am Jay (I shorten my name when I get a feeling ppl might have trouble remembering ‘Sanjay’”.. I have my smile on).
He asks me what I am reading and I show him the book.
Joe.. “So are you a member of Al Qaeda?”
Me.. (I am biting off a snarky response about ignoramuses) “What do you think?”
Joe..”I am only kidding!”
Me.. “I hope you were, cuz I was not very amused!”
Joe..”I was really kidding, I like to kid around”
Apparently he does kid around over time I have seen him interact with others.
Joe..”You know you look like Ray Lewis”
Me…Laughing ”No way.”
Joe... “Well a bit..esp when you smile, and of course you are smaller”
Me.. “Yes I am.. I ain’t a professional football player.”
Ray Lewis (pic above) is the middle line backer for the Baltimore Ravens, that is what he looks like. My picture is in the profile. I am not sure what he saw, maybe a slight resemblance when I have a broad smile on. I asked *A* and some co-workers, they said.. Nyah, you don't look like him. Oh and Ray Lewis probably has another 90 lbs on me and is a lot taller too.