I want to see the end

Why Pray

 

I was asked to pray for the people in the Houston area, for those that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey’s assault. While my heart goes out to each and every person whose life was ripped apart, I don’t understand the need to pray.

GodFor the sake of argument, let’s say there is a God, an all seeing and knowing god. Is he (or she or it) not the one who created the storm? Couldn’t he have stopped it before it reached land? If that is not the case, how can praying help? It seems that if God can help, he never made the storm in the first place.

So tell me, if God is responsible for all, it would appear that this omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence and omnibenevolent thing wanted the hurricane to do what it did. How could it be otherwise?

By the way, I am hoping for my heart that the people in Florida will be safe this weekend.

Let me get off my soapbox.

Short Film

 

The Time MachineI had an idea for a short film. A man invents a time machine with a purpose. Is it to prevent John F. Kennedy from being assassinated? No. Is it to kill Hitler before as a baby! No. He wants to stop John Lennon from meet Yoko Ono. He succeeds and then when he returns to the present, the universe is destroyed. OK, it is a bit like the Star Trek episode with Joan Collins. The show is like 50 years old, so I think it will be ok. I’ll just say it is a homage.

What I am Watching

 

Hey, new episodes of BoJack Horseman! Going to watch them all this weekend. Love BoJack. “Back in the 90’s I was in a very famous TV show…” Netflix cuts out the song at the end. NOT COOL NETFLIX!

My wonderful wife also bought me Ash Vs. The Evil Dead season 2 on Blu-Ray! Oh yeah!

My Life

 

 

So, we had this tree cut down. Well, we didn’t have it cut down, the city did. You see, last winter the snow and ice got so heavy about a third of it broke of and fell to the ground. It was near the roadside, so I guess the city thought two-thirds of a tree didn’t look good. So they chopped it down. It was a beautiful flowering tree that the whole neighborhood loved. After it fell, or a third of it fell, they acted like a family member died. Why am I telling you this? Well, you see the tree is growing back! All around the stump area, little trees have been popping up. We are letting one grow. Cool, no.

Speaking of GOD, I was thinking about the afterlife. I don’t believe in an afterlife. Usually I’m ok with that but sometimes… I would really like to see how this how human race/Earth thing turns out. I want to see the end. To think about it, the end might have already started.

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Grow Old or Watch Everyone Die

The Walker and the Snake

 

 

A Lady and her snakeHe was as a man who had no right to call himself lonely. The sound of each footstep he took as he walked through the desert filled him with a peacefulness, like a form of mediation. The other sounds, like wolves and the wind, didn’t exist when he was on was of his morning treks.

The snake changed that. The kind of beast he saw was a type he didn’t know but he knew it was poisonous. Very Poisonous! Yet he wanted to touch it, to pet it, to make friends with it. That, of course, was not possible. “Why,” he mumbled to himself. He gazed at the creature. You survive by assuming I am your enemy. You bit first and never worry about who you bit. Nothing I say can change that.

The snake began to slide away. The old man just watched.

Winter is Coming

 

 

Winter_2Leafs in the yard, the first signs of the upcoming winter. I don’t mind the winter, the cold, the wind, the snow and all the rest, not so much. Others so. That is the part I hate about winter, the bitching about winter. I know people who spend so much of my time telling me how much they hate the winter. Why the fuck to you live in the Midwest if the yearly cold makes you cry like a selfish child he is forced to eat vegetables. Deal with the season like an adult or move south. An adult can chose have spinach or not.

The thing about winter, it makes the spring so much better. How can one really enjoy the warm breeze without making it way through January in Chicago.

And winter isn’t so bad, really. Not at all. No yard work in winter, just the occasional shoveling. And there is something wonderful about shoveling. Good exercise, yet, but more that that. The feeling of getting back inside the house, feeling the heat on your skin, slowly stripping off the cold, wet layers. Coffee never tasted so delicious as it does after shoveling on a cold day. And the pride in seeing you driveway totally clear!

2001: A Space Odyssey is a fantastic film. There, I’ve said it.

Rock and Roll Flashback

 

 

I am going to see to bands from my past tomorrow Foghat and Blue Oyster Cult at the Walworth County Fairgrounds. I saw both of these bands back in the late 70s and earlier 80s. Both were headliners and sold out big halls. Now I see them both at a county fair for five dollars. Maybe I will post some picture next week.

Death

 

 

I came to a realization today. You have two choices in life, grow old, or watch those around you die. I think of my wife and me. In many ways, I would like to go first because I don’t know if I can handle her going before me. Yet, then I leave her all alone. Damn, that sucks. What about my brothers and sister. Do I have to deal with their death? Not if I go first. One of the five of use will have to deal with the death of the other four. Damn, that sucks.

Now you’ve got e depressed. Thanks! Bye!

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Time to Grow up World

How Old Are We

 

I was on Facebook the other day and I saw a post about something called CatCom. This event is something like Comic-Con but for cat lovers. I saw, on this Facebook page, many people dressed as cats. My first thought? “You are adults, right?”

I think that every time I see picture of Comic-Com I think the same thing. How old are we?

It all started with Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll is a very simplistic form of music. It’s music for children and for the first 10 or so years of Rock and Roll, it was for children, or teenagers. But then those teenagers turned into adults and they were totally unaware that the silly music they listened to and seeped into their brain and kept them in a state of arrested development. And it gets worse and worse, as each generation gets older. Now adults think it is OK to pay a LOT or money to walk around a large hall, dressed up in a Supermancostume of a superhero or comic book character, and pay even more money to get an autograph and a celebrity.

Someone wrote on Facebook, “You have to grow old but you don’t have to grow up.”
That is the problem!

When I think of Comic-Con, I think of Superman. When I think of Superman, I think of George Reeves. I wonder if he would have enjoyed Comic-Con!

the_solar_eclipse

 

 

the solar eclipseAnyway, I went to see the eclipse with my wife last weekend. Had a great time. We went to Columbia, Missouri. The great part was, we couldn’t find any viewing glasses but the area we found for viewing had them for $1 a pair. Totality was something that was overwhelming, seriously overwhelming. It was way to short.

The problem started once we left. We didn’t know if we should spend the night or drive home after it was over. We made the HUGE mistake with the choice of driving home. Traffic was awful. It took us 14 hours to make an 8-hour car ride. We got home a 4:40am. It sucked! Let me say that again, it sucked. But I would do it again and I will in seven years.

Crap Crap Crap

 

 

Got a nice letter from a listener of my podcast the other day. That is two shows in a row! Yes!

This has been a busy week, so I didn’t have Music Monday or any of the rest. They will be back next week. Work as been a pain in the butt. I didn’t even get a chance to work on a new song on guitar! I was hoping between this blog and my video stuff, I would be able to retire and do Internet stuff all day but it is looking like this isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

So, I’ve got a pub crawl tomorrow, I’ll let you know about that next week. Actually it is called a Paw Crawl because it is to raise money for an animal shelter. Always doing my part, you know.

I watched the film Doctor Strange the other day. I must say I didn’t care for it all that much. Not only am I not a fan of these Superhero films, but even less a fan of the origin stories. Boring! I really believe they are popular because most adults are still children.

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My Podcast for your Listening Pleasure

Coffee with JeffHello there! My name is Jeff and I host a podcast called Coffee With Jeff. On this week’s episode, I walk about the legendary Soapy Smith, a cone man of the old west. It is only about one half of an hour long. If you could be so kind, why don’t you click on my face to the right and that will take you to it. I will be your friend for life!

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Sleep, why do you mess with me?

Crap Crap CrapLet me sleep!Sleep, why do you mess with me? Recently I have been sleeping very well. I go to bed at 9pm (not because I am old, I’ve always gone to bed a 9pm – But I am old) and wake up at 4:30 or 5am. Then, out of nowhere, I find myself being wide-awake and 1 am. WIDE AWAKE! No chance of falling back a sleep. This goes on for days, or weeks! If I am lucky I get 4 hours of sleep a night. It might go on for a week or two and I begin to walk around like a zombie, and then, as quickly as my sleep problems began, they go away. I just went through a phase such as this but the last few nights I slept pretty well. I am writing this at around 3:30am but that is ok.

Boy Can't Sleep

I feel myself being full of anger lately and I don’t know why. Thinking I might try meditation.

Dogs have got to find a better way to express themselves. This walking up to me while I am relaxing on the couch and just staring, it could be anything. “I want to be petted”, “a walk please”, “I need to go to the bathroom”. And like an idiot, I ask. “What do you need? Do you need to out outside? Are you hungry? What do you want?” and they don’t respond in any way. They just keep stupidly looking at me, unblinking, without expression and I am just forced to guess.

Speaking of dogs, whenever I see a man walking one of the little Shih Tzu, or similar little rat of a dog, I think to myself, there is a man who’s wife makes all the decisions. “Yes, dear! No dear!” I could be wrong!

Am I the only one who is worried about a major solar flare! Seriously, I don’t think the average person understands what something like this might do to our world. And it happens! There was one in 1859. If that happened today, all out satellites would be floating pieces of junk.

Need to proofread! Not once, not twice, but at least three times! I’ve gone over my last few blogs and crap! PROOFREAD you idiot!

So, the wife and I are traveling south Sunday night to check out the eclipse. If I get some good picture, I’ll post them. It better not be cloudy out!

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Short Film Wednesday – The Gunfighter

This is a brilliant short film, directed by Eric Kissack and written by Kevin Tenglin. It made me laugh. Of course it’s got over 3 million views on YouTube, so I guess I’m not the first one to notice, right? That narrator is Nick Offerman and it stars Scott Beehner, Shawn Parsons, Brace Harris, Eileen O’Connell, Jordan Black, Timothy Brennen, Travis Lincoln Cox, Schoen Hodges, Circus-Szalewski, Chet Nelson and Keith Biondi.

Know of a short film I should watch? Let me know at coffeewithjeff@gmail.com

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Guitar Tuesday – The Godfather Theme

So for this weeks song, I wanted to try something different, something that would use for picking than strumming, so I found this YouTube tutorial on playing The Godfather Theme, which, I hear is actually called Speak Softly Love. This is from TCDG Guitar Lessons!

If you’ve got a good idea for a tune Jeff should learn in his acoustic guitar, please let me know. Leave a comment below!

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Music Monday – Lower Slaughter

Here is a hard driving pink rock tune from a band called Lower Slaughter! This is the latest song Bone Meal. They  are a 4-piece band from Brighton. Visit their Facebook Page!

 

Come back next Monday for more new, independent music!

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“Someone Died Over There”, the boy said.

It’s Friday and therefore it is time for my ramblings.

A True Story

 

 

I was walking my dogs over the weekend; I think it was in Saturday. I was taking them around the neighborhood rather than through the woods as I usually do, due to the mosquitoes. Anyway, I took them to Centennial Park. Centennial Park is one of those places with picnic tables, park benches, swings and such for the kids, and lots of grass. Anyway, as I walked towards the playground area, two young boys, probably of 7 or 8 years of age, came from the playground area. They were walking a German Shepard who was almost a big as them.

I said “Hi.”

One of the boys said, “Someone died over there.” He pointed to a young, small tree behind a small hill.

“Someone died?” I questioned? I began to get visions of a body lying on the ground, an old man or women who collapse while feeding the birds.

“Yeah, someone died, right there? ” Both boys were now pointing.

I began to follow them and it was only a matter of a few steps before I realized what they were talking about. The tree the two boys were pointing at has a plaque in front of it. It was dedicated to someone who had passed away. The park is filled with those. It seems every tree and bench is dedicated to someone.

I took a few moments to explain that it did not mean someone die in that spot, the tree was just a tribute to someone who was gone and missed. I don’t know if they understood.

I saw them again about fifteen minutes later and it appeared the dog was taking them for a walk.

SimpsonsRant

 

 

OK, I need to get this off my chest! Yes, I am going back a few years, back to the early 90s, but it is been on my find for 25 years and it is about time I said something, Listen and The Homerlisten good! Hey Herb Power, it is not Homer’s fault your car company went belly up! It was your own damn fault. What kind of a moron puts a guy like Homer in charge of designing a new car and doesn’t even check up one him. AND HERB, you own employees tried to tell you he was screwing up but did you listen? No, you were too busy enjoying Homers family (the family you are too much of a clown to get on your own).

It makes my physically sick to see Herb tell him he forgives him at the end of his second appearance on the show. Freakin’ Herb should be apologizing to Homer for putting Homer in the position. Seriously, does Homer Simpson look like the kind of person who should be designing an automobile?

I feel better.

Jeff On Nature

 

 

There was a video that someone reposted on Facebook the other day. It was of a large bird, like a crane, walking through a field. Suddenly the head of the beast quickly goes to the ground and pops back up with mole or shrew or mouse or something. It flies away with the little rodent in it beak, ready for a meal. Someone posted, “isn’t nature beautiful?”

I said, “not if you are the shrew”.

Nature is a cruel, violent place. Every animal is looking to eat other animals. They only care about themselves, selfish bastards. I once saw a eagle grab a fish out the Mississippi River. Think about it, that fish was just minding it’s own business, swimming through the cold waters of the United States biggest river when the huge claws of a Bald Eagle grabbed him. Suddenly the fish his up in the sky, suffocating! If it could think, it would be saying WTF! Does that eagle even think about the fish for a second. Hell no! And now that I think about it, that fish probably just ate another fish, so screw him as well.

And when birds sing their morning songs that everyone finds so beautiful, the are not singing but crying out for sex. It might sound wonderful, but it is really a desperate plea.

A Coyote can run over 40 MPH, while a Roadrunners speed in only 29 mph. So what’s the deal with the cartoon?

I’ve been having trouble sleeping again, but why do you care?
A Stripper

I wonder what ever came of this girl. It’s from a short film I found on Archive.org, She get naked

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Short Film Wednesday – Extinguished

Here is a short film that I came across on YouTube. It si called Extinguished and it is by Ashley Anderson and Jacob Mann at Ringling College of Art and Design. It is a CGI Animated Short that I found very entertaining. It is a brisk 4 minutes, which is perfect for a film such as this. Give it a watch.

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