|Biography of Grieb||
June 22, 2004
More little observations:
Well, as one might expect, Philadelphia once again doesn't have a "champion." The Flyers lost to the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in the semifinals. Two things. First, I really hate teams from Florida. I mean, I've always hated the college sports teams from Florida, but now it has seeped into professional sports. Remember the days when the Tampa Bay Buccanneers were laughing stocks. Or, when the Lightning first came into the league? Nobody could lose to them. Now, they are winning all of the championships. It is frustrating, to say the least. And then Smarty Jones loses at the Belmont. If you live in Philadelphia, you should've bet the house on the fact that Smarty wasn't going to win. That kind of thing doesn't happen in Philadelphia anymore. People said, "Karl, you must be excited, now that the Eagles have Terrell Owens and Jevon Kearse. There is no way they can lose." Uh, yeah, the second I believe the Eagles will win the Super Bowl is the second after time runs out in the Super Bowl with the Eagles winning. Sour grapes? No. More like educated.
I just saw the Van Halen show last week in Philly. This group had the opportunity to be the best American Rock and Roll group of all time (nobody can beat the Stones for best Rock and Roll group in the world), but for one reason or another, they just couldn't keep a lead singer. Sammy is back, and he should be the lead of the group at this point, because Dave looks and sounds like crap (I saw him a couple of years ago), plus, Sammy will sing Dave's songs (Dave won't sing Sammy's songs). These guys still rock, and probably have a few more good albums in them if they can just stay together.
Speaking of music, I just heard a rumor that the Kinks are planning on recording a new album, putting out a comprehensive greatest hits box set, and possibly touring. I'm a huge Kinks fan - they are without a doubt in my top 5, and I've never had the opportunity to see them live before. The last time I could've seen them was in 1994, but circumstances prevented me. This is one of the most underrated groups of all-time. You've heard some of their standards, such as You Really Got Me, Lola, Come Dancing, etc., but this group is so much deeper than that. They have beautiful and haunting lyrics fueled by great guitar riffs. They can combine music that makes you think, with music that makes you dance. And, they are the grandfathers of punk music (didn't know that, did you).
Sue, Lisa, and I might have an opportunity to go to Hilton Head later this summer for vacation. We've been trying to figure out where to go, and this would be cool if things turn out right. If not, we'll be going to Ventnor, probably. The place is fun and cheap (two words I really like).
Of course, who could forget the annual extravaganza known as Styk's House. It is just over 1 month away (can you believe it????), and I have yet another new horse-shoe partner. I'm going through so many partners, I came up with a top ten list:
Karl goes through as many (or more) horse-shoe partners as:
10. Bobby says "This is the last year of Styk's House." 9. Matt goes through drywall. 8. Ray or Arty pisses someone off. 7. Mark orders takeout. 6. Steinbrenner goes through managers (before Joe Torre). 5. Spinal Tap goes through drummers. 4. J-Lo goes through Fiances. 3. Keith Richards has blood transfusions. 2. Axl Rose goes through band members 1. Allen Iverson goes through teammates.
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