Monday, March 30, 2009

Don't Worry Mizzou Fans.

Mike Davis is safe. Despite the persistent Web-based rumors, I doubt Davis had any interest in the Alabama job. 

Instead, the Crimson Tide inked the much heralded coach from VCU, Anthony Grant. 

Click HERE for a column about Grant and his first press conference by the esteemed sports journalist Cecil Hurt.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Music Friday: "Never Gonna Change"

I'm heading to the original Mound City tomorrow for a fantasy baseball draft followed by the Drive-By Truckers concert at The Pageant.

Click HERE for another of my favorite songs of Drive-By Truckers. 

My regret is that I didn't get to see DBT with Isbell as part of the group.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


What's the difference between Rush Limbaugh and the Hindenberg?

Answer: One is an explosive Nazi gas-bag, and the other is an airship.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Franz Kafka International

Even if you haven't read anything from Franz Kafka, a report from ONN, the Onion News Network, is funny stuff.

Click HERE and enjoy.

I'd hate to be a janitor there; I bet they have big bugs.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Music Friday: "Ghost to Most"

Click HERE for a cryptic song by Drive-By Truckers.

Talking tough is easy when it's other people's evil
and you're judging what they or don't believe.
It seems to me you'd have to have a hole your own
to point a finger at somebody's else's sheet.

Baby every bone in my body's gone to jumping
like they're gonna come through my skin
if they could get along without the rest of me, it wouldn't matter if they did
But skeletons ain't got nowhere to stick their money
nobody makes britches that size
and besides you're a ghost to most before they notice
that you ever had a hair or hide.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


So let's get this straight. ESPN Deportes tends to broadcast most the games of the World Baseball Classic.

What's up with that? Wait, I know. It's about $$$/contracts. The "world leader" has to broadcast boring-ass pro basketball.

I'm hankering for some baseball, people. Where's ESPN Ocho when you need it?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

No Green

I rarely wear green on St. Patrick's Day, but my kids did.

People like to say that "everybody's Irish on St. Pattie's Day," but we all know that's an excuse for drinking.

With all the greenwashing going on with businesses these days, I'm not interested in doing some personal greenwashing. 

I'm not Irish. I have English blood in me, hence the surname of "Nasty." The English were the oppressors in that little ethnic struggle across the Atlantic, so I have no interest in parading as something I'm not. 

My kids are true mutts though. With the mixture of the blood of me and Mrs. Nasty, the kids are part Norwegian, Danish, German, English, French, Dutch, and Irish.   

Green is my favorite color, however. 

And one of my favorite euphemisms is "Irish confetti," aka bricks.

Monday, March 16, 2009

"Recession Gardens"?

An article today by the AP relates the spurt of growth in home gardening. Click HERE to read "Dollars from Dirt."

While I had a little garden in St. Louis (some tomatoes and herbs), I started a small vegetable garden last year to grow some good stuff: various types of lettuce, okra, green beans, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, and so on.

I put in three rows of different types of lettuce (Concept, Ermosa, and Black Seeded Simpson) and two rows of carrots today. I'm going to have to wait for it to get warmer for the green beans, okra, pickling cucumbers, and broccoli rabe though. 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Old Mint

My hotel here in San Francisco is right across from the old US Mint, which must be some kind of historical landmark. Regardless of its status, bums like to sleep there at night. I saw two getting up to meet the day this morning as I started my walk to the conference hotel.

Bums sleeping at the old US Mint, anyone can to take a stab at that symbolism?

After visiting another big city, I can say that I'm happy living in a small town again. As urban areas go though, I did like living in St. Louis and KC because they're both metro areas that aren't too big.

Once you get past "small market" city size, there's just too much big town "stuff" to put up with.

Music Friday (Satruday); "Tommy the Cat"

Since I'm here in San Francisco for a conference, I figured my late post for Music Friday should feature a Bay Area band.

Click HERE for "Tommy the Cat" by Primus. I saw these fellows play with Fishbone at the Blue Note in Columbia, MO during college days. What a great show.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Music Friday: "Rusty Cage"

Click HERE for the Man in Black covering "Rusty Cage."

"I'm gonna break,
I'm gonna break my,
Gonna break my rusty cage and run."

Monday, March 2, 2009

Frosted Flakes

Since my daughter has a two hour long gymnastics session every Monday, my son and I do some shopping on Mondays. The usual places we hit from time to time are Home Depot, County Market (grocery store), Staples, the Cross County Mall, or Big Lots.

As the boy and I were tooling around Big Lots today, there was a surplus of Frosted Flakes on the shelves. The boxes displayed Michael Phelps alongside Tony the Tiger.

If there every was a cereal that calls out to the THC-enhanced public, Frosted Flakes would have to be a good candidate. Maybe Lucky Charms or Cocoa Krispies are better choices though?

Regardless, they're GREEEEEAAAAAT! 

Sunday, March 1, 2009


It's time to start getting preparing for fantasy baseball at the Nasty residence.

One of the best sites out there for good advice coupled with wickedly delicious humor is Razzball.

One of their latest posts is hilarious. Click HERE for a good laugh if you're a baseball fan.

As a usual rite of late winter/spring, I contemplate a name change for my team. The Schlitzophrenics is a good name, but I'm tempted to go with the Charleston Copperheads for historical significance. I'm a new version of a "Peace Democrat." 

I think I'll stick with the 'phrenics though.