Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Strap in boys and girls... 'cuz I'm about to introduce you to one of my tirades that folks over at GameDaily have come to expect from "The Mad Man."

First on the docket... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and their latest list of potential inductees. The list includes: R.E.M., Chic, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Van Halen, Patti Smith, the Dave Clark Five, the Ronettes, soul singer Joe Tex, and the Stooges (the early group of Iggy Pop). Now, most of those I'm down with. R.E.M. I can understand, even if I never did like their stuff a whole lot. Van Halen defined rock and roll in the '80's. It's a travesty they haven't been inducted before now. Dave Clark Five and even Iggy Pop to some extent. But how in the hell does Chic, Grandmaster Flash, and soul singer Joe Tex (who may have been great) rate as "Rock n' Roll"? They don't. I have nothing personal against any of those people or groups, but they are simply not rock and roll! Grandmaster Flash is a DJ/MC/rapper (can't spell "crap" without "rap"). I'm appalled that a rapper is even being considered as a nominee. Especially when the likes of Van Halen isn't even in there yet. And Chic? While I dug their music back in the day, they were a disco band. Which is NOT rock music. Inducting Chic and Grandmaster Flash into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" is like inducting Johnny Bench or Babe Ruth into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. it doesn't make any sense! Not only that, but it completely taints the validity of the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" itself.

It's ironic that I made a comment in a Blogger forum the other day about Colorado drivers. Ironic because my wife and I nearly get T-boned by a blind @$$ driver the very next morning. A driver who not only didn't fully stop at a stop sign, but somehow did not see me coming and nearly plowed straight into us... when I had the right of way and no stop sign to stop at! I actually had to slam on my breaks and honk my horn in order to avoid the crash. Idiot. This state has the absolute worst drivers I have ever seen! And I've seen a lot. If they're not tailgating your ass, they're going too slow in the fast lane (even though that law has been in effect for some time now) while driving Miss Daisy, or they think because they have a four wheel drive they also have four wheel stop. I've had three 4x4's while living most of my life in California, and know how to drive 'em better than 95% of the people who live at 6000+ feet and who have snow during the winter. GET A CLUE PEOPLE!

While I'm ranting... what the hell is the deal with native Coloradoans not liking people from California and Texas? Can someone please explain that to me? Having done business in this state for 4+ years now, and dealing with some natives... I have my theories. You wouldn't like 'em. It'd just give you one more reason to hate us.

Guess I spoke too soon about my show Kidnapped. It's not even going to air another episode on Saturday's. It got pulled completely from the schedule. Good idea NBC. Brilliant! You keep your studio exec favorite Friday Night Lights around while viewers leave in droves. That's right... nice execs ya got working there. Might as well just throw another insipid reality TV show up. Maybe something inane, so the drooling sheep will flock to it in gaggles.


Sarah said...

As a Colorado native, I feel I can speak with a little authority on this subject. From my point of view, the California and Texas-hating is just a dumb thing that we've always done, and it's hard to break the habit. It did stem from actual experience--when I was a kid, folks with California and Texas license plates were the WORST drivers out on Colorado roads. These days, though, everyone's a bad driver. I think people are just used to mocking CA and TX.

Eli the Mad Man said...

Thanks for replying Sarah! I will agree that the majority of drivers on the roads these days are just flat out terrible - no matter where you go. You should see 'em in Washington, DC!

I grew up in California (NorCal, not Socal - there IS a difference!) where we learned how to drive from the get go in scads of traffic. People here don't seem to be able to do that. Is it because they're not accustomed to it?

I don't know how many times in the last 4+ years I've seen single car roll overs, people STOPPING in the middle of freeway on ramps like they were at a stop sign, or changing lanes when there's no space to change lanes because a car is there! Basically doing stuff that makes ya go... "WHAT WERE YOU DOING?! WERE YOU THINKING/PAYING ATTENTION?!" ;)

Kathy said...

I moved here from Michigan 10 years ago and agree that Colorado has the worst drivers.

I will never understand how an accident on the SHOULDER of the highway has the power to STOP traffic in BOTH directions for MILES! Idiots.

I agree with you on driving slow in the left lane and stopping on the highway ramps. I want a paintball gun mounted on my car.

"Iron" Mike said...

I too am a Colorado native and I somewhat agree with sarah, but as a third generation Colorado native I know the roots of the bigotry. It isn't Texass(I couldn't resist) or Cali people we hate, we hated everyone! Texas and California were simply the most prolific, ergo, we made them the scapegoats simply as a matter of convenience. As a side note, a little of the ambiguity towards Ca stems from the mid to late 70's bumber sticker that read "Don't Californicate Colorado" which was a protest against the exponential expansion of the front range, not unlike what SoCal experienced. Oh, Skip, remember I used to drive a truck across this land of ours and I reiterate that Utah has the worst drivers and what did I call them? That's right, Utards. P.S. If you haven't figured it out yet, it's me your ol' bro Mikey!