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It’s September 11th

I’m following the same ritual this morning that I have had all of these years on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks:  I rise up early, whilst it is still dark, so I can sit in solitude and ponder everything that happened on that day.   It is the best way for me to assimilate everything and remember.  September 11th, 2001 changed our world forever here in the United States.  With time, it has started hurting less.  But we can never forget.

I am also thinking of Jerry Lawler, professional wrestling’s “King of Memphis,” who suffered a heart attack last night on-air during an episode of RAW on the USA Network.  This came completely out of nowhere, of course, and in a world where the fans are accustomed to being hoodwinked there was early debate whether it was staged or not.  Unfortunately it was real.  But Lawler could not have been in better hands, with a fully trained medical staff waiting in the wings, who rushed to his aid in mere moments.   Lawler is one of the true greats of wrestling — one of my absolute favorites — and I sincerely hope he pulls through this without any problems.  A lot of people are praying for you, King.

As I sip my black coffee and watch the morning unfold before my eyes, I wish I had something silly or lighthearted to say at this moment (it is my way).   Sometimes, though, you just have to let things be what they are.  So, today I’ll just be thinking about the fragility of life, as well as the goodness within, ever thankful for the blessings we have in this world.


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Ned Noodlebody

And while we are on the subject of my upcoming Mobile trip (now just hours away), here’s a film I did featuring several friends that I will get to see down there: Percy, Les Thatcher and Charlie Smith.

I finally got around to having the sound re-mixed — makes all the difference in the world! I hope you all like it. Please let me know what you think, too!

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Year of the Ox!

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It’s the year of the Ox, and since I’m a wrestling fan, my mind naturally drifts to the infamous Ox Baker.

I’ve spent a bit of time with “Foxy Oxy” in Las Vegas at the Cauliflower Alley Club events. The man bellows so loudly, he takes the paint off of walls and fillings out of teeth. And a more frightening personality you may never find. It took me a long time to muster up the courage to even chat with him.

But underneath the high volume and intimidating surface is a really sweet guy. Yes, he’s as eccentric as all get-up (who is wrestling isn’t?), and he can rub some people the wrong way with his brash personality, but he’s also very sweet, and sometimes kinda shy. He’s full of wonderful contradictions. The man who battled Snake Plissken in Escape from New York also wrote a cookbook filled with memories of old wrestling chums that have gone on to their reward. When you take everything into account, you can’t help but like ol’ Ox.

Ox Baker is sort of like the world today: it looks terrible on the surface, and some of the attributes are irritating as can be. Underneath all of that, things really aren’t that bad at all… and beauty can be revealed, if you allow it to happen.

Well, that’s about all the philosophy I can muster this morning. I need to go grab a cup of loose leaf tea.

– Kurt