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  1. On 7/20/2021 at 9:06 AM, Daisey Jeep said:

    Who even knew this was a problem?

    Anyone here colour blind ?

    I'm colour blind. But about 1 in 5 people are, most don't know it. I never noticed until an ophthalmologist told me when doing a detailed eye test. I gave a wrong response to which was greener of two greens. It's not that you see black as red, it's just subtle differences between shades you might get wrong.

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  2. On 7/29/2021 at 1:07 PM, Jertucky said:

    I actually banned my father from coming to my baseball games in high school. What the hell did he know about baseball (other than playing in the minors for the Giants)? Sadly, I didn’t realize it was a selfish thing to do until I became a father myself.

    A lot of parents want children to be the players they could or should have been themselves.  It's not fair on the kid.

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  3. Sorry just started this after the sad death of the author Johnny Rogan last week.  

    I thought I knew Van a bit but I am learning so much. It's a historical and social  lesson on Belfast from 1800 to the 60s at the start. Population 20,000 in 1800, 350,000 in 1900 fs. An only child growing up with liberal parents in a sectarian enclave and ignoring the bigotry. Being moody and kicked out of his first band for drinking and not fitting. At 15. 

    It's great so far and looks like getting better. He isn't even in Them yet.

    Edit to say, when I say he parents were liberal it's all relative. His dad had gone to work in Detroit and came back with loads of records , this broaden Van's horizons. They were not  strict church goers which was unusual in Belfast then. His mother became  a Jehovah's  Witness. That was unusual  too. His bandmate said that was not a problem, as long as you weren't a Catholic  you were left alone in Belfast.

    So his mother actually brought him to the JW's  Kingdom Hall in Belfast.

    And he actually worked cleaning windows when he was 17. 

    It's so brilliant so far I want to next  read his Smith's  book after which Morrissey hoped the author died soon in a car crash on the M20 or wherever

  4. 2 hours ago, Jertucky said:

    I would think people that to a Springsteen concert don’t really want to hear a sermon of any type though, do that? I’m not talking about a story but a preachy sermon. When I go to church Sunday I don’t want to hear the priest sing Born to Run. When I watch a political debate I don’t want to hear the candidates sing Thunder Rod. If I go to a Springsteen concert I don’t want to hear his views on the world.

    But maybe that’s just me.

    His between song monologues played a huge part in growing his almost unique connection with the fans. We got to know him, not just  the songs. If I didn't like him I would have  walked  away, even if I loved the songs.

    I'm not going to stop liking him because he had a thimble of tequila and got on a bike. 

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  5. 4 hours ago, Promise61 said:

    Nonsense. Rock and roll behaviour is not drink driving. Nor is it throwing TVs out of hotel windows, inserting red snappers into groupie's vaginas, driving cars into swimming pools or hanging yourself off of hotel bedroom doors.

    Well. Yes it is. It's  probably the definition of rock and roll behaviour.

    Leave out the hanging,  very few do that, thankfully. 

  6. 32 minutes ago, judgejudge said:

    Bruce Springsteen has said many times he has a problem had a problem would never have such a problem And no longer has a problem drinking too much alcohol. His words. Public records ,verifiable...he’s glorified romanticized diminished 

    So why the shock that the problem of alcoholism would put him behind the wheel? 

    Your Laker name is apt. A fitness freak 71 year old that banned his band from drinking on tour is all of a sudden an alcoholic for having a few beers and making a stupid  decision to drive (if he did).

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  7. It was just a stupid decision to do it. It came across as pontificating (Jontificating as Bruce once complained about Landau). And boring over up-itself pontificating at that. 

    Even the pro-Bruce New Yorker said it was "just another message delivered by a rich and cloistered celebrity who has long been positioned as an Everyman savior, while he is simultaneously selling cars, partway through a football  game being held before a not insignificant crowd in the midst of a global Pandemic."

    Fucking ouch.


  8. 3 hours ago, Jimmy James said:

    you just said, The Middle is Right Wing, Bruce asked us all to meet in the middle, which make him Right Wing. Matter as fact would make us all right wing. 

    There is a massive disconnect across the Atlantic about who or what is perceived as left or right.

    One small example. Boris Johnson was Trump's  best mate and I imagine would thus be seen in the US as sufficiently right of centre. But Boris forced Brexit through by championing a free health service, the NHS (health not even an EU competence, he was just pushing patriotic buttons and it worked). The NHS would be the ultimate nightmare of the American middle never mind the US right, being actual socialism in action. Health care free of at the point of delivery, free, doctor's  visits, free hospitalisation, no money or insurance required. But the leader of a right wing party in the UK adores it and wouldn't get elected if he opposed it. Biden, who passes as left wing in the US would not get near the ballot if he proposed a free health service.


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