Inspired by Nature

I woke up to -9 degrees Fahrenheit this morning. I’m inspired to stay inside and not leave the house until June. For some reason, this winter pic reminds me of Paul Manafort and now Roger Stone.



It also inspired me to come up with an idea that could reopen the US government. What are the two words that could reopen the US government?

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The End of Fantasy

All football season long, I have been tweaking my Trump-loving relatives that I play with in my family’s fantasy football league by choosing anti-Trump names for the team. Last week, my team name was the Gang of Puppets.

GOP Gang of Puppets

I still go back and forth as to whether I should have named the team Gang of Putin. Oh well, both work.

I wanted to finish off the season with a good name and logo. I considered The Indictables or The Indictmentals using a Roger Stone pic as the team logo.

Roger stone head


That is one goofy looking head. I think it is a done deal that a Roger Stone indictment is imminent. But I had already featured Stone as a team logo, or at least his Dick Nixon back tattoo.

roger-stone-back tattoo

I skipped another Stone team name and logo. I have tried to make my team names and logos topical. Trending in the news now is this pic …

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Stoned Fantasy

My Tired Winners family fantasy football team got back to its losing ways last weekend. Whew! The pressure of winning was unbearable and exhausting. I was loathe to abandon my Tired Winners logo. It suited me so well, at least the tired part.

Tired of Winning

But it was time to move on and a new target has recently emerged in the Russian investigation concerning Trump world. That target is GOP dirty trickster and former Trump adviser Roger Stone. To me, a logical team name appeared to be the Stoned Pinheads with one of these pics as a logo.

But I did not want to disparage pinheads, so I discarded the pinhead concept and considered this Roger Stone pic for inspiration.

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The Day the Music Died – Part 1, Saturday

There is a line in Don McLean’s song, American Pie, about “the day the music died.” For me, it should have been “the days the music died” which perfectly described this past weekend for me. My 2018 concert summer experience was just showing signs of life with September concerts by Cheap Trick and Rare Earth. This past Saturday, I had a chance to make 2018 a memorable concert summer.

Chicago is a city chock full o’ of summer music festivals, and Riot Fest came to town this past weekend. No, it is not a celebration of the 1968 Democratic National Convention held in Chicago between riots. It’s an incredible 3-day music festival. I could have seen Weezer headline Friday night, and I thought it would be cool on Sunday to see Debbie Harry bring Blondie to Riot Fest to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of their great album Parallel Lines. But I couldn’t believe the line-up of artists I could see on Saturday. I could spend about 7 hours there in music heaven wandering from stage to stage to see favorites. Take a look at this line-up …

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It’s Just a Fantasy

In 1980, a young Billy Joel sang, “But sometimes a fantasy is all you need.”

I needed some sort of fantasy back in the 1980’s after my hometown football team, the Chicago Bears, won only one Super Bowl rather than the two or three we were expecting out of that talented team. I got hooked on the one thing that could make me feel okay about the lack of Super Bowl rings for the Bears.

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