Saturday, September 24, 2016

drum hardware for sale

Selling some drum hardware I’ve picked up along the way. It’s all mismatched and if I ever find myself playing drums again I just want to buy a new kit. So this stuff is going cheap. Premier stands, three kick pedals, Sabian hi-hats, a Pearl hi-hat stand, a cool floor tom/snare combo, an ugly snare from a Norma kit.

Really, if you want to take all of it, I’ll give it to you for a hundred bucks. Or I’ll piece it out. Just contact me. It’s all in my truck and I don’t want to bring it back in the house.


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Posted by David Rhoden on 09/24 at 04:27 PM

you got the right string, baby, but the wrong yo-yo

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Posted by David Rhoden on 09/24 at 11:19 AM

Friday, September 23, 2016

whiteboard weeper

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Posted by David Rhoden on 09/23 at 09:37 PM

the personal touch (in advertising)

Wow! Look what’s in the mailbox! A personal, handwritten envelope, mailed from Santa Ana, California. I don’t know anybody there, but it’s still exciting.

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And—this is amazing—somebody printed out an email and stuck a Post-It on it, to let me know about a great car deal here in Austin!

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This is amazing! I feel like even though I don’t know them we are friends. Like they’d never try to fool me.

Posted by David Rhoden on 09/23 at 01:06 AM

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

my thoughts on Kaepernick

My first thought when Colin Kaepernick decided to make the national anthem at ball games his issue was that he had the jurisdiction wrong. Why protest the USA song? Cop violence isn’t a federal issue (ok, it is, in a civil rights suit, but the US government can’t train and discipline every policeman in the country), and the entity most likely to have to act on his protest is the National Football League, which has no control over police at any governmental level.

In addition, I was contemptuous of Kaepernick when he entered the league around age 22 already fully covered with Scripture-based tattoos. To me he was just a person who doesn’t think ahead, doesn’t question himself, and who might even be really suggestible. Maybe he’ll let anyone use him as a mouthpiece. Shouldn’t you save some skin for the wisdom you’ll presumably getting with age? That would be my take on it.

But I’ve been impressed with his his calm and perseverance with this gesture, even if I think it’s futile. He thinks what he says matters, which it doesn’t, until, surprisingly, it does. My first thought was that it was a terrible idea, but my second thought was that if he can get some players to join him, this will get interesting. The funny part is how much it matters about the skill/pay grade of the people joining him. When his teammate joined, the papers made a point that the guy wasn’t in the starting lineup or even likely to play at all. I find that silly but also completely understandable. If you’re going to use your athlete status to draw attention, I guess it does matter what that status is.

I also like that some other players have publicly rejected him. I’ve already said why I think his silly protest is silly, even though I agree with him that American police are out of control. I like hearing from the people who don’t agree, who think American police are just the best, or that the military is so good it excuses the police, or, more basically, let’s cheer for the guns; and you know what? It was Colin Kaepernick who started that conversation. Well, no, he didn’t start it; he made it a part of being normal and watching a televised football game.

I think Kaepernick’s NFL career is about over (in about the time you would expect for an option-based QB who depends on his running ability, who now can’t outplay Blaine Gabbert) but I like him more than I did before. I think he’s wrong and he did himself no favors, and his protest will amount to nothing, but I think he should be proud, and it would be fine with me if more players followed in his footsteps.

Posted by David Rhoden on 09/21 at 11:29 PM
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