Sunday, October 10, 2010
I don't remember when John Lennon said it, but he said, "Life is what happens, when you plan something else." Like him or not, that statement, those nine little words, most of which only possess one syllable, are some of the wisest ever put together in one sentence.
Perhaps, I wasn't supposed to do that show on that night, who knows. Maybe there was going to be something better that lies a head to make the show an even better one. Maybe not. All I know is that I had something planned, but something else happened that intercepted that plan and I had to adapt. So adapt I did.
Life happening, allows us to see what kind of a person we are. Are we someone who just gets pissed off, throws in the towel, and gives up, or do we adjust and do something else, something else maybe even better.
I like to think, I'm the latter.
I was at a high school football game Friday night. It was the ITM Warriors vs. the Blanco "whatever-the-are", I think Bulldogs. We are die-hard Warrior fans, although, I have to admit, I left the game at half time because we were getting trounced. It was 49 - 0 at the half and my imaginary crystal ball told me it was going to be another 49 points racked up the 2nd half. I didn't have the cojones to stick around for that. So, we left.
"So what 'Rebel' Rod'" you say. "What's the big deal?" The big deal is this, the boys adapted and held Blanco to only 6 points the 2nd half and scored 14. They adapted. They had planned on winning both halves, but life happened. So the boys, being resilient and the resourceful lads they are, with the help of their beloved coaching staff, found a way to essentially win the 2nd half!
Now I know, it still goes down as an 'L' but being a fan, I can say it was a moral victory. The kids don't look at it that way, and I guarantee you the coaches don't, but it is a positive way to end what could have been a very demoralizing situation.
So, in both of these cases, we adapted. We planned on something else, we adapted, and found an ounce of success in the process.
Thanks life. I can live with that.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
A letter I wrote to Dish Network this morning after they tried to get me to fight their battle with FOX
Friday, October 8, 2010
As stated in the description of this site, it's a site about music and nothing else. For just a second I'm going to slam on the brakes and shift gears, but just for a second.
People who know me are aware that I'm a rabid, all be it, a long frustrated Texas Ranger's baseball fan. The Rangers moved to Arlington, Texas in 1972 when I was just a young pup of 19. They changed their name from the Washington Senators to the Texas Rangers at that time, and I have been an avid follower ever since.
The frustration comes after decades of getting close to winning the division a couple of times under Billy Martin, and under Johnny Oats, actually winning the division a time or two, only to get knocked off by the Yanks in the first round of the playoffs. Frustration, disappointment, even disgust, were all words that could be used to describe the Rangers over the years.
It would appear the winds are starting to shift. These are some new Rangers and they don't seem to be aware of the history I and thousands of other Ranger fans have had over the years. They have gone into one of the toughest houses to play in, against one of the best teams in baseball, and have dominated the Rays in the first two games of the ALDS.
The Rangers come home tomorrow for two more. All they have to do is when one and they go where no Ranger or Ranger fan has gone before. The ALCS! It looks like the Yanks are doing the same to Minnesota but these Rangers don't care about no Yank! You can call 'em butter, because these guys are on a roll and have no intention of losing now.
Yanks beware, these are not the Rangers of old. These are the new Rangers that have a multitude of ways to win baseball games and this fan guarantees you one thing. We are going to come at you with everything we have.
Fear not, I'm euphoric right now, yes, but my feet are firmly planted on the ground as are the Rangers. They know the task at hand and know they must win one more to get to the ALCS. It will happen, and then the Yanks come to our house.
Yes, the Rangers will have home field advantage, and they have been extremely tough to beat at home. So get ready Yanks, it's going to be a battle.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
I also monitor my Facebook page during the show, so don't be shy. Get on Facebook, and we can communicate there, plus I'll give out the request line during the show so you can talk to 'Rebel' Rod that way as well.
Don't forget Saturday night 10/16/2010 for a very special 'Rebel' Rod's From Under the Basement on KOOK 93.5 in Junction, Texas and streaming on that series of tubes we call the "Internets"!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This site is about music, but not just any music. It's about the great stuff that is out there that rarely gets heard. I'm talking predominantly about roots music which encompasses a wide range of genres. Genres that go from Roy Acuff to Frank Zappa and everything in between. I don't give a shit about mainstream radio. I want to help bring radio back to it's glory days when an artist could visit a radio station and they would work out a deal among themselves on when or if the artist got played. In my case, the only requirement for me to play your stuff on my show, would be that I like it. I'm not in to pop crap. It all sounds the same to me.
Something else I hope to accomplish here is to get Doug Sahm inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame. I will be talking about this a lot more on my radio show, 'Rebel' Rod's From Under the Basement on KOOK 93.5 in Junction, Texas I'm on every Saturday Night from 10pm until 2am. Check it out. I monitor my Facebook page during the show too. So let me know if you're listening.