Thursday, August 07, 2008

Paul McCartney Is So Cool

From Suburban Chicago News:

JOLIET - Paul McCartney in Joliet?

Tony Contos couldn't believe it either, but after viewing the security tape at the Joliet Area Historical Museum on Saturday afternoon, he's sure the former Beatle was there.

"He's a real celebrity who just wants a regular day," Contos, the executive director of the museum, said.

And by all accounts, Sir Paul was given a regular day. He arrived incognito with New England socialite Nancy Shevell in a 1989 Ford Bronco and parked in a lot across the street, prompting a manager at the museum to flag him down, explaining that he could be towed for parking in the private lot. He then pulled into the museum's front circular drive, and that's when the manager, Elaine Stonich, realized who was visiting.

As she tells it, she turned to him and said simply "It is you." He responded yes, and entered the museum's Route 66 exhibit. He and Shevell watched a short movie about the Mother Road and took in a weaving demonstration, where the presenter barely recognized him and later wondered whether she may have been in the presence of deceased fellow Beatle George Harrison.

"You could see on the tape he was paying a lot of attention to the demonstration," Contos said. "He was very engaged in what the lady had to say."

McCartney apparently declined any pictures, but was spotted later in the day at a gas station along Route 66 in Springfield, where he granted a picture with a group of five guys.

On Tuesday, London's Telegraph newspaper confirmed that the 66-year-old former Beatle and the 47-year-old Shevell were taking a trip of the road together.

"The road trip was Nancy's idea as a way of them getting to bond and spending time together - just the two of them," the paper quoted a source as saying. "They've been talking about the holiday non-stop and were so excited. It's the perfect way for them to both get away from it all and really get to know each other. Paul even packed his guitar."

While at Joliet's museum, McCartney signed just two autographs - a personal one for Stonich, and another on a posterboard of the Route 66 shield Stonich keeps as a guest log.

On that one, he wrote "P McCartney London, England, .U.K." all of it printed, except for the word "London," which was written in cursive.

"I just wanted him to have the perfect Route 66 experience," Stonich said. "I'm afraid if people knew he was doing it, he wouldn't get the full experience."

Contos said he's "proud" the employees didn't make a huge deal of the legend's visit.

Very classy behavior, all the way around.

A Meditation on the Torah

By Tzvi Freeman

True, our hearts are not in our hands. But our minds are: We can think about whatever we decide to think about. And therein lies our power.

The mind rules over the heart- not just as a rider rules over his horse, but in a much more intimate sense. For the mind is the father and the mother, the seed and the womb from which the attitudes of a person are born and then nurtured. The heart does no more than reflect the state of the mind its turmoil, its resolution, its shallowness or its depth, its coarseness or its maturity.

This then must be the focus of the person who wishes to leave this world with more than he arrived: To engage his mind with all its intensity in thoughts that elevate and inspire, and push away with equal force any thought that drags down and holds back.

And to allow all that labor to give birth through the channel from the mind to the heart to actual deeds.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Fred On Father's Day

Funny, but oh so true and sad.

God's Children

A song by the Kinks (thanks to BabbaZee).

Man made the buildings that reach for the sky
And man made the motorcar and learned how to fly
But he didn't make the flowers and he didn't make the trees
And he didn't make you and he didn't make me
And he got no right to turn us into machines
He's got no right at all
'Cause we are all God's children
And he got no right to change us
Oh, we gotta go back the way the good lord made us all

Don't want this world to change me
I wanna go back the way the good lord made me
Same lungs that he gave me to breath with
Same eyes he gave me to see with

Oh, the rich man, the poor man, the saint and the sinner
The wise man, the simpleton, the loser and the winner
We are all the same to Him
Stripped of our clothes and all the things we own
The day that we are born
We are all God's children
And they got no right to change us
Oh, we gotta go back the way the good lord made
Oh, the good lord made us all
And we are all his children
And they got no right to change us
Oh, we gotta go back the way the good lord made us all
Yeah, we gotta go back the way the good lord made us all

Friday, August 01, 2008

CUANAS is Back

Up and running. Google shut me down for a day. Their "robots" decided this was a spam blog.

I'm not sure, but I think that is an insult to my writing style, isn't it?