Archive for April, 2006

A Snake in the Grass

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 27, 2006 by Budd Black

A Snake in the Grass

Tendencies sneak up on us like snakes in the grass.
Some of them are our own and we can see them coming,
But others are acquired by the people closest to us.
Those are the ones that actually end up biting us.
Not because we are not ever watchful sentries,
But because we atrophied in noticing in ourselves
that in which we come to expect from others around us.
The old saying is that “you are what you eat,”
But the truth is that you are what your friends serve you.
Before you anger at the snakes set loose on your lawn
Think first of the snakes that you are loosing yourself.

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Administration Woes

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 26, 2006 by Budd Black

I am getting a little frustrated with politics in the good ole U.S. of
A. How long has it been since we have had a president that was worth
a crap. Bush 2 sucks and is screwing things up, Clinton was a screw
up, and Bush 1 was so screwed up that he had Quayle as a vice
president. Reagan was better than all of them put together and he had

The presidency is less about vision and doing what is right than it is
about poll numbers. Bush keeps screwing up because he wants to please
all of the people and, by trying, ends up pleasing none of the people.
He ran as a conservative but has been anything but. He wants people
to think that he has ideas and that he is like Reagan, but he is not.
He throws things out to please people, but he has no ideas on how to
implement a plan of action to get them done.

The sad thing. The American people continue to be inundated with
worthless candidates. People who thrive off of the status quo. The
repulicans and the democrats both benifit from the current partisan
bull crap. Polarizing the American public is really good for the
coffers. We need someone with a solid stance and solid policies.
Someone who is going to do what they think is right no matter what.

Where is this candidate, and can he get elected.

If you are this person, please run for president! Please! America needs you.

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 21, 2006 by Budd Black

I went to my first Opera on Tuesday. I, surprisingly enough, really liked it. There were no fat blondes with spears, shields, viking hats, or braids. The opera was in Italian, but it was subtitled. The singing was beautiful and the choreography was decent, but what got me was the elaborate stage design.

The stage was set off of a large wooden dragon head with two giant claws, one that held a ball and one that held the emperor. The dragon foreshortened into the painted back drop seamlessly. The ball in the one claw started off silver but turned read as it rose to reveal Turandot underneath. The ball was used wonderfully to represent not only the moods of Turandot but also the sun and the moon. There were pikes with heads on them set up only I did not notice the heads until the suitor had been beheaded. The dragon was too large to move during intermission but the stage design and choreography worked to move your attention to other stage elements, causing you to believe that the characters are indeed in a different location. When the story moves to the marsh, there are beautifully suspended trees and lighting effects that, again, took my imagination to a different place.

Costuming was great as well. The opera is set in China and, being in Tennessee, there are not a lot of Asians to play roles. The supporting cast were very believable. The choice of wardrobes including eye masks that gave the characters a more Asian feel. The main characters did not wear the masks but a lot can be done with make up and styling. The colorful Ping, Pong, and Pang were done very well. I found myself entranced with the painted designs of their facial makeup.

Overall, I was very impressed with the opera. I think Turandot was very good and I applaud the Nashville Opera for the excellent show. If you have not experienced the opera, please do so. From my experience I would recommend Turandot.

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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 13, 2006 by Budd Black


The leaves in full bloom
Flowers peaking at the Sun
A lawn mower starts

Rise earnest mountain
Reach up and touch the soft clouds
Flower petals fall

Fighting ghosts with my brother
Not just spooky ones

Electric Sheep
Do androids even dream
Do they feel jubilation
Alive or soulless

I love Wolverine
Six sharp claws bringing chaos
Look into his eyes

Fight Ender Wiggin
Destroy all of the buggers
Sacrifice your soul

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