Yeah, it’s that cold

Brian Golden

It’s a chilly one out there today, don’t you think? Personally, I’m not a big fan of winter; one of those people always wondering aloud, “Why haven’t I moved south.” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have no winter hobbies to speak of, besides surviving; I don’t like snow, except on Christmas; and as far as I’m concerned, it’s simply too damn cold. Especially today … and tomorrow … and through the weekend, according to the weatherman. I don’t like the weatherman either, I’ve decided.

Finally finished my first read of Robert Jordan’s and Brandon Sanderson’s “A Memory of Light,” the final (and fourteenth, I might add) volume in his Wheel of Time series. This book has – literally – been three decades in the making, and to say I was both impressed with its scope and literary excellence (the book … the entire series … the whole thing) would be an understatement of … well, epic proportions. I’m looking forward to my second read, of course, which will commence later this evening.

Not that it’s often I have music on the brain or anything, but I’ve had Dire Straits – and guitarist/songwriter Mark Knopfler, in particular – on the brain lately, waking this morning with Brothers in Arms’ “Why Worry” running through my head. Beautiful song, beautiful album, and one of few, albums that is, produced in the 1980s that would rank on any Top Ten List of mine. With that in mind, my Top Ten Dire Straits’ songs of all time … 10) Lions (or maybe Tunnel of Love) 9) Down To the Waterline 8) So Far Away 7) Wild West End 6) My Parties 5) Money For Nothing 4) On Every Street 3) Sultans of Swing 2) Brothers in Arms 1) Romeo and Juliet

Who am I kidding? There’s no way to do a best of with Dire Straits … it’s all good.

Last but not least, a “Most Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds’ Post of the Week,” brought to us by none other than … Woman from Norwich.
“For the benefit of any new posters to 30 sec., here is the definition of FAKE news: “CNN”, “ABC”, “CBS”, “MSNBC”, “CURRENT”. If you want to hear both sides of an issue go to “FACTS” network (FOX).”

Now, Woman from Norwich, I have a feeling you were being sarcastic here, which I applaud. If not … well, it still made me laugh, if in a sad, disturbed kind of way.

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