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Why is this picture of Mick Jagger here?

Mick Jagger on stage at Altamont

Mick Jagger at Altamont from the movie "Gimme Shelter"

The short answer is, it attracts hits. Not a lot of hits. But a few. And every hit counts when trying to amass an audience.

You see, in a former iteration of this blog I wrote a piece on Iraq that used Mick Jagger’s famous quote from the Stones’ Altamont concert depicted in the movie Gimme Shelter: “Who’s fighting and what for?” (Can’t you just hear him saying it in his cockney patois?) And I included with the post this picture. Well, due to the quirkiness of search engines, when people queried an image of Mick Jagger (whom my mother-in-law unwittingly used to refer to as Mick Jaguar) a link to this site often came up. Maybe it will again.

So if that’s how you arrived here, welcome. Hope this was the picture you were seeking. And that you’ll come back and visit from time to time for some insights into the more head-scratching aspects of human nature. (You can subscribe by clicking that big chicklet-like button above.)

And remember, it’s only rock ‘n roll.

February 1, 2011 • Posted in: Uncategorized • Comments Closed

Huh?

Woman with puzzled look

Our default expression?

Exactly my sentiment. If you often find the world difficult to fathom, you’re not alone. And it’s not the physical stuff—the blizzards, earthquakes, tsunamis, glacial melt, projected asteroid hits—that have us so flummoxed (although they contribute their fair share of angst). Nor is it the animals or plants, whose behavior, while sometimes unpredictable, is at least manageable.

It’s us. We the people. Human nature trumps Mother Nature for incredulity any day. Who can explain our insatiable appetite for accumulating money at the expense of personal relationships, knowing we’re going to die anyway? Why do “Ice” signs always depict icicles on them, like we don’t get it? And what makes us put sports and entertainment icons on pedestals, only to gleefully knock them off the moment they falter?

That’s what this blog is about. First to point out these bizarre traits of our species, which can be both fascinating and amusing. Then try to make some freaking sense out of them. All while being as honest as, well, humanly possible. That’s it. (Isn’t that enough?)

When I was younger, I would read novels for the thrills, adventure and suspense as an escape from the dullness of real life. Now I read them to bring some calm and order after listening to the latest newscast. The earth is in a flux. This is your guide.

January 31, 2011 • Posted in: Uncategorized • Comments Closed