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Posted on 2008.03.29 at 18:29
Current Location: The Kettle
Current Attitude: contemplativecontemplative
Current Rock: Rush

The Sphynx

The Sphinx is drowsy, The wings are furled;
Her ear is heavy, She broods on the world.
"Who'll tell me my secret, The ages have kept?
I awaited the seer, While they slumbered and slept.

"The fate of the man-child; The meaning of man;
Known fruit of the unknown; Daedalian plan;
Out of sleeping a waking,
Out of waking a sleep;
Life death overtaking;
Deep underneath deep?

"Erect as a sunbeam, Upspringeth the palm;
The elephant browses, Undaunted and calm;
In beautiful motion The thrush plies his wings;
Kind leaves of his covert, Your silence he sings.

"The waves, unashamed, In difference sweet,
Play glad with the breezes, Old playfellows meet;
The journeying atoms, Primordial wholes,
Firmly draw, firmly drive, By their animate poles.

"Sea, earth, air, sound, silence,
Plant, quadruped, bird,
By one music enchanted, One deity stirred,
Each the other adorning, Accompany still;
Night veileth the morning, The vapor the hill.

"The babe by its mother Lies bathed in joy;
Glide its hours uncounted, The sun is its toy;
Shines the peace of all being,
Without cloud, in its eyes;
And the sum of the world
In soft miniature lies.

"But man crouches and blushes,
Absconds and conceals;
He creepeth and peepeth,
He palters and steals;
Infirm, melancholy,
Jealous glancing around,
An oaf, an accomplice,
He poisons the ground.

"Outspoke the great mother, Beholding his fear;
At the sound of her accents Cold shuddered the sphere:
'Who has drugged my boy's cup?
Who has mixed my boy's bread?
Who, with sadness and madness,
Has turned the man-child's head?"

I heard a poet answer, Aloud and cheerfully,
"Say on, sweet Sphinx! thy dirges
Are pleasant songs to me.
Deep love lieth under These pictures of time;
They fad in the light of Their meaning sublime.

"The fiend that man harries
Is love of the Best;
Yawns the pit of the Dragon,
Lit by rays from the Blest.
The Lethe of nature
Can't trace him again,
Whose soul sees the perfect,
Which his eyes seek in vain.

"Profounder, profounder, Man's spirit must dive;
To his aye-rolling orbit No goal will arrive;
The heavens that now draw him
With sweetness untold,
Once found, for new heavens
He spurneth the old.

"Pride ruined the angels,
Their shame them restores;
And the joy that is sweetest
Lurks in stings of remorse.
Have I a lover
Who is noble and free?—
I would he were nobler
Than to love me.

"Eterne alternation
Now follows, now flied;
And under pain, pleasure,—
Under pleasure, pain lies.
Love works at the centre,
Heart-heaving alway;
Forth speed the strong pulses
To the borders of day.

"Dull Sphinx, Jove keep thy five wits!
Thy sight is growing blear;
Rue, myrrh, and cummin for the Sphinx
Her muddy eyes to clear!"

The old Sphinx bit her thick lip,
Said, "Who taught thee me to name?
I am thy spirit, yoke-fellow,
Of thine eye I am eyebeam.

"Thou art the unanswered question;
Couldst see they proper eye,
Alway it asketh, asketh;
And each answer is a lie.
So take thy quest through nature,
It through thousand natures ply;
Ask on, thou clothed eternity;
Time is the false reply."

Uprose the merry Sphinx,
And crouched no more in stone;
She melted into purple cloud,
She silvered in the moon;
She spired into a yellow flame;
She flowered in blossoms red;
She flowed into a foaming wave;
She stood Monadnoc's head.

Through a thousand voices
Spoke the universal dame:
"Who telleth one of my meanings,
Is master of all I am."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Happy Easter

Posted on 2008.03.24 at 11:58
Current Location: Lookin' For A Wabbit
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Yes it is snowing this morning...On Easter Sunday, so I s'poze we are looking for a big white bunny (hare) that lays the oddest looking eggs known to mankind.
Anyway, just wanted to say HAPPY EASTER to my family and all my Friends and theire families too.

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Easter is the most important religious feast in the Christian liturgical year. It is believed by the Christians to be the resurrection of Jesus, which Christians believe occurred on the third day after his crucifixion around AD 33. Many non-religious cultural elements have become part of the holiday, and those aspects are often celebrated by many Christians.

Easter also refers to the season of the church year called Eastertide or the Easter Season. Traditionally the Easter Season lasted for the forty days from Easter Day until Ascension Day but now officially lasts for the fifty days until Pentecost. The first week of the Easter Season is known as Easter Week or the Octave of Easter.

Easter is termed a moveable feast because it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. Easter falls at some point between late March and late April each year (early April to early May in Eastern Christianity), following the cycle of the moon. After several centuries of disagreement, all churches accepted the computation of the Alexandrian Church (now the Coptic Church) that Easter is the first Sunday after the first fourteenth day of the moon (the Paschal Full Moon) that is on or after the ecclesiastical vernal equinox.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover not only for much of its symbolism but also for its position in the calendar. The Last Supper shared by Jesus and his disciples before his crucifixion is generally thought of as a Passover meal, based on the chronology in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew 26:17; Mark 14:12; Luke 22:7). The Gospel of John, however, speaks of the Jewish elders not wanting to enter the hall of Pilate in order "that they might eat the Passover", implying that the Passover meal had not yet occurred (John 18:28; John 19:14). Thus, John places Christ's death at the time of the slaughter of the Passover lamb, which would put the Last Supper slightly before Passover, on 14 Nisan of the Bible's Hebrew calendar. According to The Catholic Encyclopedia, "In fact, the Jewish feast was taken over into the Christian Easter celebration."

Western ChristianityIn Western Christianity, Easter marks the end of the forty days of Lent, a period of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter which begins on Ash Wednesday.
The week before Easter is very special in the Christian tradition. The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday and the last three days before Easter are Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday (sometimes referred to as Silent Saturday). Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday respectively commemorate Jesus' entry in Jerusalem, the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday are sometimes referred to as the Easter Triduum (Latin for "Three Days"). In some countries, Easter lasts two days, with the second called "Easter Monday." The week beginning with Easter Sunday is called Easter Week or the Octave of Easter, and each day is prefaced with "Easter," e.g. Easter Monday, Easter Tuesday, etc. Easter Saturday is therefore the Saturday after Easter Sunday. The day before Easter is properly called Holy Saturday. Many churches start celebrating Easter late in the evening of Holy Saturday at a service called the Easter Vigil.

Eastertide, the season of Easter, begins on Easter Sunday and lasts until the day of Pentecost, seven weeks later.
(source: Wikipedia)


Farewell to A Champion

Posted on 2008.03.17 at 11:03
Current Location: Little Kettle Studio's
Current Attitude: chipperchipper
Current Rock: I can't Drive 55-Sammy Hagar
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Thanks for the wonderful years of racing Dale Jarret. It's been fun, and we're going to miss you. What's UPS gonna do now? My only regret is, I guess we won't be seeing you race the truck, eh?

Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956 in Newton, North Carolina) is an American race car driver. He currently drive's the #44 Toyota Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing, and will leave following the first five races of the 2008 season. He is the son of two-time NASCAR Grand National champion Ned Jarrett, and the father of former Busch Series racer Jason Jarrett. Upon graduation from Newton-Conover High School in 1975, he was offered a full golf scholarship from the University of South Carolina, which he declined. He is a cousin of Todd Jarrett, the 1996 International Practical Shooting Confederation World Shoot Champion.

Beginning in 2007, Jarrett joined the ESPN/ABC broadcasting team as an announcer in select Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) races.Broadcaster Schedule In 2008, he became the lead anaylist for those races, and will retire full-time from racing following the 2008 Sprint All-Star Race on May 17th at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, just outside Charlotte to devote himself to full-time broadcasting in the footsteps of his dad.

Jarrett began racing in 1977 at Hickory Motor Speedway, a track his father owned and operated. In his first race, he started in last place but finished in the ninth position. He competed in the Limited Sportsman Division at Hickory, before moving up to the NASCAR Busch Series.

The rest of the story is as of today, History:

Dale Jarret
Born: 11/26/1956
Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina
Team: Robert Yates Racing & Michael Waltrip Racing

1st year: 1984 Last Year: 2008
First Race: 1984 Sovran Bank 500 (Martinsville)
First Win: 1991 Champion Spark Plug 400 (Michigan)
Last Win: 2005 UAW Ford 500 (Talladega)

Named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers (1998)
Daytona 500: 3 Wins; 1993, 1996, 2000
Cup Champion: 1; 1999
2004 USG Person of the Year Award

Career Results:

March 16, 2008
Source: Fox News

As Dale Jarrett prepared for the last real start in his 24-year career at NASCAR's top level, praise for the 1999 Cup champion flowed around Bristol Motor Speedway.

Jarrett will start 37th Sunday in his final points race, his last time behind the wheel except for an All-Star race in May.

"He has had a heck of a career and I have had a blast racing with him," four-time series champion Jeff Gordon said on Saturday. "I feel fortunate to have raced him for some great wins, great battles for wins as well as for championships."He is just one of the highest-quality individuals and race car drivers that I have ever raced against."

The 51-year-old Jarrett earned that reputation through 667 starts that featured 32 wins - three of them Daytona 500 victories and one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - one championship and more than $59 million in winnings. Along the way, he became known as a tough but classy and clean racer who developed into a true ambassador for NASCAR.

"When you see him coming in the mirror and he's faster than you, you just get up out of the way and let him go and he does the same for you," said Greg Biffle. "He falls along the lines of the Mark Martins and Rusty Wallaces and all the guys that have been at this level."

A second-generation racer, Jarrett grew up in NASCAR traveling the circuit with his father, two-time champion Ned Jarrett. And when Ned moved into the broadcast booth, the duo provided one of the more moving moments in recent history when the father tearfully called his son's first Daytona 500 victory in 1993.

Tony Stewart, who had yet to transition into NASCAR and watched the race on television, called it his favorite Jarrett memory.

"Seeing him win the Daytona 500 and having his dad doing the commentary live as he's coming down to win the Daytona 500 was pretty cool," Stewart said. "I'm excited for him as a person. I'm sad as a driver to see him go. You have to be excited for somebody like him that's done this as long as he has and he's leaving on his own terms."

Ned Jarrett will wave the green flag at Sunday's start as a tribute to his son's final race. Then Jarrett will follow his father once again, moving full-time into the broadcast booth as a commentator for ESPN. He started the job last season calling Nationwide Series races, and he'll move into the Cup booth this July when ESPN assumes its portion of the TV package.

He's preparing for this final race and new career with no regrets.

"As I've said a number of times, it's been a privilege and an honor to drive for the car owners that I have and represent the sponsors that I have," said Jarrett. "I couldn't have asked for a better scenario. If you gave me a chance to go back and do it all over again, I wouldn't have changed a thing about it."

He's driven for many of the top names in NASCAR: Cale Yarborough, the Wood Brothers, Joe Gibbs, Robert Yates. And he raced against the biggest stars, including Richard Petty, whom he watched race his father.

He wasn't afraid to take risks, either, signing on with Joe Gibbs Racing when it was a startup organization and sticking with Yates when it became clear the team was no longer among NASCAR's elite.

Then he took the biggest risk of all, leaving Yates and his comfortable relationship with Ford Motor Co. to join upstart Michael Waltrip Racing and drive a Toyota.

Jarrett's final full season suffered because of the switch. Waltrip's three-car team struggled last season, and Jarrett missed 12 of 36 races in a humbling send-off for a former champion. He failed to score a single top-10 finish last season, and he heads into his final start searching for his first victory since October 2005 at Talladega.

Waltrip will honor the commitment Jarrett made to him with tribute decals "Thanks DJ, A Champion, A Legend, a Friend" on his cars.

"We are very grateful for everything DJ has done not only for MWR, but for NASCAR," Waltrip said. "He has been an invaluable resource to Michael Waltrip Racing ... and he will continue to be."

And he'll continue to have a presence in the garage through his work with ESPN. It should make him available as a mentor to newcomers in search of guidance, and many of today's younger drivers fondly recall Jarrett being among the first well-wishers to visit them in Victory Lane following their initial Cup wins.

That kind of support stuck with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was stunned to see Jarrett at the early morning celebration of his 2001 victory at Daytona that came just four months after his father was killed at the race track.

"I looked to my right and standing next to me was Dale Jarrett," Earnhardt recalled. "I asked him what he was still doing there ... he said 'I wouldn't miss this. That was the coolest thing I have ever seen you do.'

"That was just, I don't know, it showed me a lot about his character right there. At that time in my life, it meant a lot to me for somebody to care and want to experience that with you. Obviously there was a void there for me and it meant a lot to me that he understood that."

As driver after driver recalled their favorite DJ moment this past week, Jarrett was forced to look back on what will go down as one of the greatest careers in NASCAR history. He did it with mixed emotions that will undoubtedly be with him Sunday.

"I've found myself thinking about a lot of the things that have happened over the last 20 years," Jarrett said. "It's been fun thinking about it, but kind of difficult to see now that it's coming to an end. It's been great. I've had a wonderful time."

So have we Dale, and thanks for the show.I'm sure we'll see you again, either broadcasting or golfing and good-luck to you.


Test and A Howdy

Posted on 2008.03.15 at 15:57
Current Location: Rock Hard Cafe
Current Attitude: amusedamused
Current Rock: Rock
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This is just a TEST!


Well, Awrighty Than, Looks like everything is up and running and copescetic(?).

If your reading this, let me be the first to introduce myself: I'm a man of wealth and fame...oops, there I go again.
Anywayyyyyyy ...and WELCOME YOU to The ROCK HARD CAFE
We'll be open 24/7 x 365 days a year or there about.

If you love something, set it free.

If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours.

If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.

If it just sits in your living room,
messes up your stuff,
eats your food,
uses your telephone,
takes your money,
and never behaves as if you actually set it free
in the first place . . .

You either married it or gave birth to it.


* Politicians and diapers have one thing in common.
They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.

* In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday.

* I considered atheism but there weren't enough holidays.

* What food reduces a woman's sex drive by some 90%?



I'm just 'spozed to be testin' here so I'm gonna leave you with this and a
Happy Trails to You, Until We Meet Again.

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