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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tonight's the Night


 
Tonight is the night I have been waiting for.  I am in the Bud Cave. The Lovely Sharon is lying on the Bud Cave couch looking “lovely”.  She has been busy this, very busy.  I am pretty excited, its been a long time, too long. I am just about ready to howl like, a dog.   Yep, you’ve guess it, its opening night of College Football.  The Lovely Sharon and I are watching the University of Utah playing in the very first football game broadcast on the Pac 12 Network.  I nuked us some frozen tacos from Costco, added some salsa and sour cream, a couple of big glasses of ice water to wash it down.  Sharon is tired from a long week of tournament golf and is quietly watching the game.  I know she is paying attention because she remarks about good plays at the time she should have remarked about good plays.

I am sitting in my leather chair, which is starting to look a little worn.  But it is my beloved chair and I pretty certain they will carry me out of the Bud Cave before my chair is carried out. I am wearing golf shorts and a red Utah tee shirt.  Earlier I had on some red Utah slip on sneakers, but I took them off and am now barefoot.

The second half just started and Utah is leading 21 to -0-.  (They just scored again, make that 28 to -0-. The sun is almost down at the football stadium at picture on the TV is red and green.  Green artificial grass, red clad fans and red Utah uniforms.  The high definition picture is beautiful. I am absolutely excited football season has started. After this game I am going to watch the BYU – Washington State game.  I pretty certain the Lovely Sharon will not stick around the Bud Cave for that game. 


 

Go Utes

We Are Not Going to Let Our Campaign Be Dictated By Fact Checkers.

Well it was Paul Ryan's time to talk last night at the Republican National Convention.  He got some of his facts wrong.

The following is from an Article Arthur Delaney wrote for Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/29/paul-ryan-gm-plant_n_1841723.html

Ryan then noted that Obama, while campaigning for president, promised that a GM plant in Wisconsin would not shut down. "That plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight," Ryan said. Except Obama didn't promise that. And the plant closed in December 2008 -- while George W. Bush was president.

 It was just one of several striking and demonstrably misleading elements of Ryan's much-anticipated acceptance speech. And it comes just days after Romney pollster Neil Newhouse warned, defending the campaign's demonstrably false ads claiming Obama removed work requirements from welfare, "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers."

Ryan, for his part, slammed the president for not supporting a deficit commission report without mentioning that he himself had voted against it, helping to kill it.

He also made a cornerstone of his argument the claim that Obama "funneled" $716 billion out of Medicare to pay for Obamacare. But he didn't mention that his own budget plan relies on those very same savings.

Ryan also put responsibility for Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. government debt at Obama's doorstep. But he didn't mention that S&P itself, in explaining its downgrade, referred to the debt ceiling standoff. That process of raising the debt ceiling was only politicized in the last Congress, driven by House Republicans, led in the charge by Paul Ryan. The credit rater also said it worried that Republicans would never agree to tax increases. “We have changed our assumption on [revenue] because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues,” S&P wrote.

Also see The Most Dishonest Convention Speech ... Ever? From the New Republic

http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/106730/ryan-most-dishonest-convention-speech-five-lies-gm-medicare-deficit-medicaid
 
 
I really like Neil Newhouse's statement this week "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers".  What does this mean?  It sounds like we are not going to be bound to tell the truth.  I might use this approach with the Lovely Sharon.  If she finds out I ate something I should not have eaten, I am going to respond that I am not going to let my diet be bound by a fact checker.

All campaigns make false assertions about their opponents.  This is wrong and I am disgusted by it.  Tell me what you are going to do don't make up lies ablout the other guy.  This goes for the Republicans and the Democrats.  There is plenty of blame on both sides.  But when caught in a lie, and then to come out and say that "We're not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers" is over the top.

I think Romney will be elected.  If he is, when you file your income tax returns in his first term, understate your income and overstate your deductions.  If you get audited, tell the IRS agent that "I am not going to let our my tax reporting be dictated by fact-checkers".   I am sure the Romeny adminsiration will back you up on this.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Birds

I don't know much about birds, but I really like birds.  I am not the world's greatest photographer but I enjoy taking picture. Here are few bird photos I have taken:



 


Friday, August 24, 2012

My Golf Ball is Off Centered

If you have played golf with me you know that I am not very good. I have referenced my lack of golf skills numerous times on this blog. The Lovely Sharon is a very good golfer. I never win a match from her, even if she plays from the same tees as me. She is just better than me. I am always looking for the swing secret to a better game. I am always looking at some new device or aid or concept that will make be better. I have dozens of instructions books and I have read them all. I have taken at least one lesson from each of 7 or 8 golf professionals over the years. I am still semi-terrible; sometimes absolutely and totally terrible.

I recently saw an ad on the Golf Channel. The ad said that most golf balls or not perfectly round and that you need to find the actual center of gravity in order to play golf properly. As I watched this commercial it occurred to me that maybe I am not actually terrible, I have just been playing with off center golf balls my entire life. Last weekend when I hit the ground before I hit the ball on Hole No. 2 on the Lakes course at Hidden Valley Country Club (“HVCC”) and the ball traveled approximately 60 yards before splashing into the lake. It wasn’t my fault or my lack of talent; I had a damn off centered golf ball. When I sliced a drive into the trees a few holes later, yep, an off centered golf ball.

It occurred to me that if I had properly centered golf balls I could potentially reduce my handicap from my current 16 to somewhere near 2 or 3. For only $29.99 plus shipping and handling I can order a device that will allow me to find the true center of the golf ball. This is a no brainer right? For thirty bucks I find the center of the ball and my game immediately gets better. I almost picked up the phone or got on Google to find the website to order this miracle device but then it struck me. Even if I find out my ball is off center and I find out where the true center of my ball is, what the heck do I do then? Do I swing different? Do I hit the ball on a different spot than normal? Do I throw the ball away? If all of my golf balls are off center, as the ad seems to indicate they are, and if I threw away all of my off centered balls, I would have no golf balls left. Maybe that is the strategy. You throw away all of your golf balls and then by definition you cannot hit a bad shot, you cannot duff one in the lake, you cannot lose one. There is no ball left on which to screw up.

So now, when I am standing over the ball ready to hit it, not only am I thinking about how to start my take away, how to start my back swing, how to start my down swing (from the ground up, by dropping my arms, by turning in a barrel, by squatting and moving laterally to the target, by pulling my left hip back as though it was being pulled by a giant rubber band in a Hoganesque manner, by hitting the ball like I am hammering a nail, by hitting the ball with my right side and so on and so forth) now I have to worry about a ball that is undoubtedly off center. How can I hit a 300 yard drive down the middle of the fairway with a subtle right to left draw if my ball is off centered? It is impossible. I am doomed to mediocrity forever.

Do remember when Alan Shepard hit a golf ball with a six iron on the Moon? If his ball was off centered, he might have hit Neptune instead of his target Uranus as the off centered ball travelled through the galaxy. Maybe I am not so different than Alan. I have plenty of friends that have told me that I couldn’t hit Uranus (or something that means that) with a golf ball.








Words


Do you like particular words?  Words that when you hear them spoken or see them written for some reason you just like them.  As a person who loves words there are a bunch of words I like.  For instance, I like:
 

Rucksack – more old
fashion than back pack
Alpine
Solstice – especially
“summer solstice”.
Sounds like a mythical or secret time.
Haunting – when used to describe music or memories
Engaged – when used to denote being involved in an activity
Holiday- when mean to describe a vacation.  “he was away on holiday”
Voyage
Merci – when spoke by a beautiful French woman
Silky- when used to describe a woman’s hair
Footfall – frequently used  in suspense novels
Shoreline
Golden -  when used
describing light or a woman’s hair
Misty- when used to describe an early
morning
Endearment
Hardy – when used  to denote strength
Wonderful
Eventide – the time of
evening
Vespers – the service of evening worship
Colossal – when used
with the word mistake.  “A colossal mistake”
Flapjacks -  I picture hard working men from a hundred years ago eating breakfast
Cathedral – whether describing a magnificent church or a natural sight such as a canyon
Art Deco
Art Nouveau
Sharon
Sorry  - I seem to need to use this word much too often
Contemplative
Dusk
Dawn
Impression- when used to describe one’s image of something or
someone
Milieu

 

 

 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Good Article

I am a big fan of James Dodson.  I have read most of his books. he writes a Sunday column in the Southern Pines Pilot newpaper.  Southern Pines is a small town newspaper near Pinehurst, North Carolina.  I really liked his August 18th column.  Check out:

http://www.thepilot.com/news/2012/aug/19/shooting-star-toes-sand-wishes-my-heart/

Jim has written some terrific books see his website at:

http://www.jamesdodsonauthor.com/


Midnight Musings

Its  midnight and I just woke up after a couple of hours of sleep. Read my office email and responded.  I had a crazy client send me an email after 11:00 pm (Don you know who you are) and I crazily responded.  Obviously he and I need to get back to bed.  I mean our respective beds.

Our politicians, what a sorry bunch.  I just read where a  Minnesota Democrat who had a rest-stop sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy dropped his re-election bid Wednesday, hours after declaring he would stay in the race in defiance of party leaders who wanted him out as they fight to regain control of the state Legislature. Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, told The Associated Press the decision was his own after multiple conversations with Democratic leaders pressing him to withdraw.  Can you imagine he even had to think about not withdrawing? 

" I know had sex with a 17 year old boy in a truckstop bathroom but I am such a good state leader."

Its kind of hard to be in the State legislature when you are in prison, where you should be. There are plenty of bubba's in prison looking for love.  Maybe Gauthier could be home room leader in prison.

Then there is Todd Akin a Republican congressman who said that women's bodies automatically protect them from impregnation after "legitimate rape".  What the hell is legitiment rape?  Can't get pregnant from legitiment rape?  Does this goofball know anything about biology?  Doesn't it scare you to think this fellow might be making decisions for 300 million Americans?  This stupid statement and his refusal to quit the Senate race is not a good thing for Republicans.

From Reuters on line:

"Despite appeals from Romney and other leading Republicans, Akin refused to quit the Missouri Senate race before a deadline on Tuesday, increasing the party's risk of losing women's votes and distracting from Romney's message on the economy.

Vowing not to bow to pressure from "party bosses", Akin said he would remain in the contest against Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill to respect the wishes of Missouri voters. But he left open the possibility of pulling out.

"I'm never going to say everything that could possibly happen. I don't know the future," he said on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Republicans fear the Akin episode could not only damage Romney's White House bid but also prevent them from winning the Senate seat in Missouri. That could have important national consequences as it might end their chances at the four-seat net gain they need ensure a majority in the 100-member Senate."

I say let him explain himself at next week's Republican convention with a prime time televised speech.

This pathetic bozo says he wants to stay in the race to respect the wishes of the Missouri voters. Who is he "effing" kidding.  This is a personal power deal for himself.  Whenever these insanely stupid policticians screw up they say they are not resigning in order to keep helping the public.  They don't want to disappoint us by resigning.  I think we can live with our disappointment.  Yeah the public wants dumbshits  (this is a Latin Phrase meaning "He without common sense") to represent us.

I suggest Akin and the Minnesota  policitican go to a truckstop bathroom together and figure out how much the voters want either one of them.  I for one am disgusted by both of them.

I just saw a video of England's Prince Harry naked in Las Vegas. I am not really sure what to say about this.  First of all, I don't really give a sh#* about it.  Second, he wasn't wearing a  crown and you could not really see the crown jewels (or for the matter the family jewels).  Third, where was  Paris Hilton or Pamela Anderson when this happened?  They had to be around somewhere.

I am not anti-gay.  If you want to be gay, be gay. I have gay friends I like them.  People make their own life choices so be it. But please quit kissing at Chick Fil A.  I don't want to see hetersexual couples kissing at Chick Fil A.  Go to Wienerschnitzel, or better yet go with the Minnesota politician to the truckstop.

Here is something I just read in News of the Weird:  "The price of chicken is soaring in Iran. So much so, that an Iranian police chief, Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, has issued a statement urging television stations to not broadcast images of people eating chicken, for fear that the sight of such gustatory delight will cause poor people unable to afford chicken to rise up in revolt. He says, "Certain people witnessing this class gap between the rich and the poor might grab a knife and think they will get their share from the wealthy." [chicagotribune.com]"

That is what we fought for in Iran, so rich arabs can eat chicken without being accosted by poor arabs.  I for one hope that Chick Fil A does not open up in Iran.  Who knows what would happen.

I  have a headache and I am going back to bed.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

The First and Only August 18th Couple’s Best Ball Championship


The Lovely Sharon and I organized a golf tournament that we held yesterday at Hidden Valley Country Club (“HVCC”).  Twenty four couples, including Sharon and I, played in what we called: “THE FIRST AND ONLY AUGUST 18TH COUPLE’S BEST BALL CHAMPIONSHIP”.  Over the last 8 or 10 years we have organized a number of golf tournaments for friends.  In one three year period we held the Aloha Cup at HVCC.   These tournaments are not club events they are just tournaments organized by Sharon and me.  Finally the Lovely Sharon said no more annual tournaments.  With this in mind I knew that if I assured her that there would be no more “annual” tournaments she would give her permission for one more golf tournament.  I came up with the name The First and Only August 18th Couple’s Best Ball Championship hoping that she would consent to the organizing of a tournament that by its very name is a non-annual tournament.

The tournament was great fun and I believe all of the participants had a good time.  We limit participation in these tournaments to around 24 couples so we can get 6 tee times on two of HVCC’s three nine hole courses.  That way all players tee off in about a 50 minutes span on two different nine hole courses and then re-round on the other nine hole course.

The winners were Bruce and Amy, who won First Place Gross, and Steve and Kim who won First Place –Net.  Both couples played great and were worthy champions.

We held the tournament because we love golf, but more importantly, we held the tournament as a reason to have a party with friends.  After golf we all had dinner and drinks at HVCC where we laughed, told stories and just enjoyed each other’s company for several hours.  Sharon and I are so blessed to have such wonderful friends in life, most of whom have become friends through our golfing relationships.   I am a pathetic golfer, but I love the game and I love the friendships that have grown from the game.

In addition to having a wonderful day of golf and partying we wanted to do something benefiting others. As a part of the tournament we raised approximately $2,200 for the Salt Lake Rescue Mission, a worthy cause to be sure.  See http://rescuesaltlake.org/. Each player in the tournament made a donation and a number of friends who did not play in the tournament made donations as well.  My thanks go to all who participated and donated.

Last night as we sat on the patio I watched some of HVCC’s deer eating grass nearby the patio.  It was a lovely summer evening, bucks, does and a whole bunch of new fawns grazed and strolled not far from where we sitting.  I watched a raccoon walk down the lighted sidewalk scarcely glancing at us, ignoring our revelry no doubt looking for something to eat.  I looked at the stars above us and I enjoyed the coolness of the evening air on my skin after a hot day on the golf course. That kind of late summer evening air is much cooler than the evening air of just a couple of weeks earlier.   The kind of air that makes you realize that autumn is not that far away.

I looked around at friends laughing, arms around shoulders, talking about this and that, And it made me think that next year I may try to organize THE FIRST AND ONLY AUGUST 19TH, 2013 COUPLE’S BEST BALL CHAMPIONSHIP.  I am pretty certain that since it’s not an annual tournament, the Lovely Sharon will go for it.

Photos of HVCC




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Decisions


My favorite peom is "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

 I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


(I took this photo on the Pony Express Trail in western Utah a few years ago)


We make decisions every day. Small ones and big ones.  Each decision directs our future down a different path than if an alternate decision was made.  Some of the decisions turn out to be good, some bad and others are of limited consiequence.  We don't actually realize that many of our small decisions are choices that could change are life.  Other choices are those that we know are important and sometimes we struggle over those, knowing that the consequences of the decision could indeed be life altering.

When I face an important decision I find myself thinking of Frost's poem

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Couple of Books


I have recently finished reading a couple of books.  One of my favority authors is John Sandford.  His main character is Lucas Davenport, a law enforcement officer in Minneapolis.The most recent Lucas Davenport novel is Stolen Prey.  Here is an expert from a review written by Mal Warwick of Stolen Prey:  http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/383255301?tm_medium=api&utm_source=reviews_widget

Suspense Galore in John Sandford's Latest

There’s something a little different about this novel. In 21 previous entries in the Lucas Davenport series, John Sandford always managed to slip in wry comments here and there, exposing the dark humor that characterizes the banter among the agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). Somehow, though, there was a lot more of that humor in this novel than I can recall reading before in several earlier books — despite the unusually horrific details of the case that senior agent Lucas Davenport takes on. Also, I don’t recall having gotten such a clear physical picture of Davenport than I got from this book. But maybe all this has been out there before. After all, this was the 22nd in the series, and I certainly haven’t read them all.

This tale is populated by a truly motley crew: three very young hitmen from a Mexican drug cartel who are called Uno, Dos, and Tres, because they’re all named Juan; a software millionaire and his young family; two senior agents from the Mexican Federal Police; two low-life methamphetamine addicts who (don’t gag) spend a lot of time hauling horseshit around the countryside; a disagreeable BCA agent who is ostensibly in charge of the case that Lucas will eventually solve (of course!); and — I almost forgot — the four criminals at the center of this very complex story.







Here is a brief bio of John Sandford from Wikipedia:

John Sandford is the pseudonym of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling novelist John Roswell Camp. Camp was born on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He received a Bachelor's in American History and a Master's in Journalism from the University of Iowa.
From 1971 to 1978, Camp wrote for the Miami Herald. In 1978, he moved to Minneapolis and started writing for The Saint Paul Pioneer Press as a features reporter; in 1980, he became a daily columnist. In 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer for a series of stories on Native American culture. In 1986, he won the Pulitzer for Non-Deadline Feature Writing for a series of stories collectively titled "Life on the Land: An American Farm Family". The series, written during the Midwest farm crisis, followed a typical southwest Minnesota farm family through the course of a full year. In 1989, he stopped writing full-time for the Pioneer Press  and stopped entirely the next year. In 1989, Camp wrote two novels that would each spawn a popular series. The Fool's Run (Kidd series) was published under his own name, but the publisher asked him to provide a pseudonym for Rules of Prey (Prey series) so it was published under the name "John Sandford". After the Prey series proved to be more popular, with its charismatic protagonist Lucas Davenport, The Fool's Run and all of its subsequent sequels have been published under John Sandford. In 2007, Camp started a third series, featuring Virgil Flowers, who was a supporting character in some of the Prey novels, including Invisible Prey and Storm Prey.

The other book I just finished reading was the non-fictional account of golf teacher Hank Haney's 6 year relationship with Tiger Woods, The Big Miss.  I found the book to be oddly sad, both for Tiger and for Haney. It is not a tell-all type book but it does have some interesting insight into Tiger's personality.   Here is an interesting article from the Golf Channnel's website where three different writers give their opinion of the book:

 http://www.golfchannel.com/news/golftalkcentral/what-we-learned-from-the-big-miss-hank-haney/




Happy Reading

Friday, August 10, 2012

Vanity Fair Magazine


The September 2012 issue of Vanity Fair Magazine is worth reading.  Vanity Fair is one of my favorite magazines but the September issue seems particulary interesting. It has an article about, and photos of Kate Middleton.  It has articles about President Obama, Mitt Romne,Karl Rove and the Artist Jackson Pollock.  It has some terrific photos of the the most fashonable films of all time.  See if you recognize these (which are only a few of the films listed):





Thursday, August 9, 2012

Speicher Family Reunion


The Speicher Family Reunion was held in Salt Lake over the weekend. The Lovely Sharon is a Speicher, a Nebraska Speicher. Family members came from Nebraska, Texas and Utah to attend the reunion.  Most years the reunion is held in Nebraska.  The Lovely Sharon and I had dinner with her brother Bob and sister-in-law Amy on Thursday evening, a family pizza party was held at Uncle Bob’s (a different Bob than brother Bob) on Friday, a barbeque with lawn games was held at our house on Saturday, and another barbeque was held at cousin Greg and Ginger’s house on Sunday.

This family is truly a family that likes to spend time together.  The primary level of the family, Sharon’s father, uncles and aunts, have all passed on except Rosalie.  The reunion is now basically the cousin’s reunion. 

The first time I traveled with the Lovely Sharon to Nebraska, before we were married, I went to my first Speicher Family Reunion in the David City, Nebraska municipal park.  I did not know anyone in the family at that time except for the Lovely Sharon.  That was probably in 2002 or 2003.  Since that trip, I have been to Nebraska several times including for the funerals of Sharon’s mother and father.  You may look at the blog entries I posted about trips to Nebraska at those times.





I have learned to love this hard working, salt of the earth family.  Sharon’s father’s family roots are from Luxemburg.  He operated the family farm a few miles from David City, Nebraska for many years. He and Sharon's mother were hardworking, quiet people, who raised a good family.

When I was in Nebraska is April, there was some discussion that after all these years it was time to consider whether I should be voted into the family.  It as determined that the vote would be taken at the Salt Lake family reunion. Well the vote happened last Saturday night at our house.  Cousin-in-law (if there is such a position) Steve arose on the patio during dinner and asked for everyone’s attention.  In an officious way, he indicated that it was now time to consider whether I should be voted into the family.  He called for a vote and I am pleased to report that I was unanimously voted into the family.  Steve and his wife Carol, (Sharon’s first cousin), gave me a Certificate that reads:

“This Certificate provides recognition the Mr. Bud Headman is officially a member of the Speicher Family of Nebraska and its relatives and grants unto him all the rights, privileges, and responsibilities that naturally accrue to members of this great family.”

So I am in.  What a relief.  I was pleased that the Lovely Sharon did not vote against me. To top things off, the day of the reunion, I received in the mail Nebraska Life magazine, that I later learned had been subscribed to on my behalf by Steve and Carol.

The Cousins



The First and Third Generation


It was a wonderful four days of family interaction celebrating roots, thoughts of loved ones who have passed on, laughter and  just sitting around talking about stuff.  I am blessed to be part of this family.

Go Cornhuskers

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

San Francisco Photos

The Lovely Sharon and I were recently in San Francisco.  Here are a few photos I took from the top of the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  These were taken in the restaurant through the window.  We had a nice romantic lunch and shared a cold Pinot Grigio. 





Here is a photo from street level

Friday, August 3, 2012

More Photos of Venice

I have been thinking about Venice lately, here are some photos taken a few years ago.




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

OMG Snoop Dogg Changes Name to Snoop Lion

I am totally shocked.  Aapparently the vocal artist (its hard to actually refer to him as a singer) SNOOP DOG, has changed his name to "SNOOP LION".  This is obvioulsy significant world news and one wonders what effect such change of name will have on our daily lives.  How can one make a decision to change such a good old fashion, truly American name such as SNOOP DOG, to something so stupid and foreign sounding as SNOOP LION? 

From the New York Daily News



Execuse me, I just realized his original name is SNOOP DOGG with two G's, certainly more formal than the one G, SNOOP DOG.  It makes me wonder if I should try to appear more formal and change my name from BUD to BUDD.  That might very well enhance my standing and status in the community.  I will think about that.

Back to SNOOP DOGG.  This change of name won't just effect Mr. SNOOP DOGG, but  will obviously have some effect, good or otherwise, on his family.  Mrs. SNOOP DOGG, will apparently become Mrs. SNOOP LION.  Will SNOOP DOGG, JR. automatically become SNOOP LION, JR?  I suppose he will have to change his Last Will & Testament?  "I SNOOP DOGG leave the rest and residue of my estate to the Snoop Dogg Family Trust."   If he changes his Last Will & Testament, he will also need to change the name of his family trust.

Here is a photo from the family albumn:




I imagine a fellow as famous as SNOOP DOGG will have a lot of credit cards.  It might take weeks to get them all changed to SNOOP LION.  He will have to change his driver's license and his social security card.  This is a big deal.

An article in the New York Daily News reports as follows on the name change:

Snoop went to Jamaica a Dogg but returned a Lion after a religious and artistic awakening.
Rastafarian priests bestowed the new moniker Snoop Lion upon the music icon when he visited Jamaica in search of "a new path."

"I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.' From that moment on, it's like I had started to understand why I was there," he explained at a press conference.

Born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., Lion has always felt a special connection with Jamaica's most celebrated music legend, according to news.com.au. "I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated," Lion said. "I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didn't have my third eye open, but it's wide open right now."

This spiritual development has revived Lion's artistic energy. After years in the music industry, rap started to stale for the 40-year-old music icon. Ever since he appeared on the scene with "Doggystyle" in the early 1990s.  While in the studio, he distanced himself from his musical past by referring to Snoop Dogg in the third person. "F*** Snoop Dogg. Don't think about none of the s*** he rapped about: hustling and making money and drug-dealing and shooting. All that s***'ll be out of here," he said to his collaborators in the studio."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/snoop-dogg-evolves-snoop-lion-claims-bob-marley-reincarnated-video-article-1.1126235#ixzz22IBzzrN7

I love it when a celebrity refers to himself in the third person, don't you? I suppose I should say that "Budd loves it when a celebrity refers to himself in the third person, don't you?" Further, Budd for one think it is somewhat inappropriate in mixed company to refer to a style of music as "Doggy Style". Budd is more of a "Missionary Style" music affectionado. Or "Country Style", or even "Smooth Jazz Style".

It is reported that a documentry will be made to following the transformation of SNOOP DOGG TO SNOOP LION.  This will no doubt be a "must watch" movie. My parents, both of whom are in their 80's, would no doubt love a DVD of that movie for Christmas.

Well Mr. SNOOP DOGG, sorry, Mr. SNOOP LION, good luck to you on your change of name, change of musical direction and change of life values. Good for you

Who said you can't teach an old DOGG new tricks?