Author: Judd, Brooks

Ten Items or Less

1. It is February 29, 2012 Leap Year. Had I been born February 29 in 1948 instead of June 30, 1948 I would be turning 16. I donít know if that would be a good thing or not but I guess there is a lot to be said about being 16. I just canít think of any right now.

2. Bluegrass radio show on KCSS. There has been an avalanche of cards, letters, and e-mails pouring in asking what happened to the Rick and Brooks show. I do feel your concern. Here it is March, Iím looking at the really awesome CD Rick and I spent hours and hours putting together last December for our listeners and it has yet to be played.

In reality our last two show times have been cancelled due to health issues. We should be on sometime in April if Providence be in our corner. In the meantime keep those cards and letters coming in.

3. I did get to sit in with the creator of the bluegrass show, Mr. Marcos Alvira aliasďDr. DementoĒ and I think he has more fun than Paul Schaeffer has on the Letterman show.
Marcos was spinning real vinyl albums on the turntable, cueing CDíS on the CD player, telling stories, jumping out of his seat, and having a ball. Marcos was truly in his DJ element. He had a smile on his face as big as a bluegrass moon in Kentucky. I said to myself here is one happy fella. Thanks Marcos for putting in all the time and effort to keep the show going.

4. Iíve mentioned that my back surgery in November was a success and that translates into being able to take my daily 70 minute power walk around the streets of Turlock. To some this may be just walking but to me it is returning to be with an old friend. Being out of circulation for about a year really makes one appreciate being able to be outside breathing the fresh air, seeing the familiar faces, pounding the pavement and feeling alive. Thank you Dr. Helbig!

5. Iíve noticed that houses are once again being sold, businesses are opening up in once vacated buildings, the Dow is over 13,000, unemployment is going down (but still a long way to go) and things are beginning to look up if just a bit.

In my own life here are two examples. Jessica, my oldest daughter, and son-in-law Peter were able to purchase their first home in Fremont, and Rhiannon my youngest daughter and son-in-law Mark were finally able to sell their newly bought home in Pasco. Mark and Rhiannon had to move to Bakersfield due to Markís new job and they were paying two house payments for about 9 months. Try that on for size.

6. Mugwumps: ďThe Mugwumps were Republican political activists who bolted from the United States Republican Party by supporting Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the U.S, presidential election of 1884. After the election, mugwump survived for more than a decade as an epithet for a party bolter in American politics.Ē And you thought they were just the first name of the Mamaís and the Papaís.

7. Spring trainingÖ.. Whatever you think about baseball, (which has been around since before the Civil War) the thrill of walking into a baseball stadium for the first time, seeing the vast expanse of green, the beautifully manicured diamond, the pure white bases and the multicolored seats really is an experience in beauty.
Now, take all of the above and throw in the Bay Bridge, the San Francisco Bay dotted with sail boats, the Berkeley and Oakland hillside as a backdrop and you have AT&T Ball Park, home of the Giants. You couldnít make a post card any more inviting or desirable.

8. Speaking of baseball and the Civil War, Abner Doubleday who for so long has been credited with creating baseball did not. He constantly refuted this claim. Mr. Doubleday was a general in the Civil War. He fired the first shot (For the Union) at Fort Sumter and was pivotal at the battle of Gettysburg. Who did invent baseball?

9. It has been a therapeutic experience writing and sharing my stories on the CBA welcome page. I thank Rick for the chance and you the reader for responding in a positive manner. But I do believe this column was and is meant for folks to share their bluegrass experiences. I really have failed to do that in my stories.

Iím sure there is at least more than one person out there who is involved much more in the CBA than me who has an itchy picking finger just waiting to place it on the keys of a lap top and begin sharing some pertinent, interesting, and humorous bluegrass stories for the CBA readers.

Until then read a book, hug a child, pet a dog, stroke a cat, and for heavenís sake cherish your loved ones. B.judd
Posted:  3/2/2012

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