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Friday, July 14, 2017

Saturday 9: Fastball's "I Will Never Let You Down"

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Saturday 9: I Will Never Let You Down (2017)
... because Smellyann recommended Fastball

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

 1) Fastball is a trio from Austin, Texas. Austin is the capital of Texas. When you were in school, did you have to memorize the state capitals?
Yes, I think everyone did before the bean counters took over the Curricula. But, well, that's just me.

2) Have you ever visited your state's capital? 

Rant alert.. in which I get mouthy:
Sacramento is not along the coast but inland. For a Southern Californian to visit the capitol, it's a long trek.  Unlike Albany, in  New York, Sacramento is over 500 miles up the Central Valley from San Diego.  This route is hot, inland, and smoggy in places.  And you still have to go through L.A.  or even through poor little overgrown Fresno.  So, No. 

We have a very long state.  Also, we've been up close to the Capitol, as we went the inland route across the valley, stopping at a private "Camp Ground" along the Russian River.  That was the most terrible place we've ever had to stay overnight.  It was just dreadful to see and have no ability to help. There was such misery there it was horrible. Be aware, it's not all nice wine resorts.  This place had turned into a migrant worker's camp and it was heart breaking to see and to smell.  I know it's worse in Africa and inner cities, but this just wasn't right in one of the most productive and beautiful counties in the Country.

3) Fastball played dates throughout Canada this past spring. When did you last leave the US of A?  
That would have been years ago, on surfing excursions just above Rosarita Beach in Baja.  I would really love to see Canada though, if for nothing else but the birds up there.  I don't want to go through the check points, though. Now, to be honest, I'd rather fly up to Alaska and bird list all the birds there.

4) Tony Scalzo is a founding member of Fastball. He's the singer in the video for this song, and that's his wife, Jennifer, playing the organizer of the speed-dating event. Have you ever gotten a job because you knew somebody?
 Sort of.  I knew two people who worked for Pacific Bell, one was my soon-to-be hubby, and so when they told me I should apply for an Telephone operator's job at PB, I did.  It was fun except for split shifts.  They are very hard and I hated them passionately!

5) In this pitch to a perspective lover, he admits he doesn't have much money. Last time you went to the ATM, how much did you withdraw?
It was years and years ago, when you couldn't withdraw anymore than $300 a day.  I would get money for Grocery shopping - So, probably $150.  So, as you can surmise, I didn't have to have that much cash on me for long. 

6) He sings that at times, his mind is hazy. Do you have a good memory for names?
I remember faces forever but names, not so well.  It takes a few times, and then the face gets fixed to a name.  

7) Fastball guitarist Miles Zuniga admits that he once had a crush on Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia). Tell us about one of your one-sided love affairs, either with a celebrity or someone you knew in real life.
How about two?  I had a wee crush on a redheaded boy in grade school, then on a star football player in high school, a very tall and husky redhead who also played basketball.  He was a very nice guy, and still is. Anyway, he didn't have a clue.  

I seem to have had a "thing" about redheads my whole life.  Mr. Z is/was a redhead.

8) Fastball's drummer Joey Shuffield is partial to drums from Pork Pie Percussion. This company was started by Bill Detamore, who began making drums as a hobby. Do you have any hobbies that, under the right circumstances, could make you money?
I once did.  Now that my hobby craft business is over, it's just an "embarrassment of riches", i.e., an unmanageable pair of stashes, "une duoleur  royale"!  

9) The fast ball is the most common pitch in major league baseball. Now that the MLB season is past the halfway mark, how is your baseball team doing?
Gee, another rant?  Here we go:Really, I would have to look that up.  I have no idea at all.  I'm still P.O.d that they built a stadium before a new central library was built.  $271,000,000 worth of stadium.  Oy Vey!  Happily, the rose colored glasses came off the citizen abuse, and the San Diego Chargers are not to be "treated" to such public tax "largesse".  Am I sore?  Yah.... WTH?


  1. I had no idea about the shenanigans involved in building Petco Park! Next time my Cubs play there, I'll view it through a jaundiced eye (not rose-colored glasses).

    I've never been to Sacramento. San Jose and San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, yes, but never Sacramento. It's a strange choice for the capital in a state that has so very much tourist appeal, isn't it?

  2. The story isn't much different in Pittsburgh when it comes to the stadiums. People voted against being taxed to build the new ones, but got them anyway. It was supposed to be a city of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County thing, but guess what? We folks over here minding our own business in Westmoreland Co. get to chip in, too. Wasn't that just so nice of them to include us?? I will give them that PNC Park, the baseball stadium, is one of the prettiest I've ever seen.

  3. I thought it was the other way around... The bald-headed boy hat the crush on the redheaded girl. :)

  4. I love your little mini-rants. At one time, the little town nearest to me, Fincastle, was the capital for a territory that went all the way from here to the Mississippi and into Wisconsin. Now that would be a walk or a harsh ride on horseback! But apparently people did it. We are one of the places where people do a lot of genealogy because we still have the old records available. Richmond is a three-hour drive for us. It has been years since I was in the downtown part.

  5. Football teams get those stadiums whenever they want them. They built a new one in St Louis only to have the team move a few years later back to LA- because LA needs another team... oye vey indeed :O

  6. I'm so sad my red hair has faded over the years. I believe I have been to Sacramento--if that is where the Jelly Belly factory is, I've been there!

  7. You just found yourself a huge fan in that last question; that is also one of my beefs about sports-ball in general, that the money goes there before IMPORTANT THINGS like education, libraries, roads, etc.

    I'm sad to know that the Central Valley is in such a state.

  8. @ the Gal. There is so much glad handing in cities. They have the potential to be the BIGGEST graft takers, because hardly anyone is watching. Back in the day, we were the first choice for Disneyworld, but a mayor had a pal, etc. So, we got Seaworld. It just never ends. Meanwhile, the libraries crumbled and the public schools got worse and worse. Hope someday to meet you when you're out our way again.
    @ Stacy: I hear you. Wasn't it nice of them, indeed, not to leave you out! And why should it not be a pretty edifice? Big dollars went in to the whole tham ding! And it looks like the wheeler-dealers got everyone else in the shorts to pay for it. Corruption is actually rampant in far too many cities, even the little ones.
    @ Diana: yes, it was the little bald headed boy...lol!
    @ CountryDew: I reckon we need our little mini rants to keep us sane in this "best of all possible worlds". That is amazing about Fincastle and anyone having to ride from an outlayer to the capitol. Wow. And yes, the records keeping is unsurpassed back east.
    @ Harriet: Yes, and I blame all the glad handing done by city officials up to and including the city councils. They can't be caught with their hands in the pie often enough. To them it's a game they play with glee.
    @ Kwizgiver: you can add a little more red to your styling, yes? 😉 Keep on knitting. I'm still trying to jump start mine. I'm not sure if jelly bellies come from Sacramento. Bu they sure are yummy! And that's a good reason to visit Sacramento!
    @ Cat: All of Central Valley isn't bad, but that part certainly was just dreadful. And if the people who benefit from the sport venues PAID the whole tariff, seeing as how they get the land for nothing, some of it by eminent domain like happened here, they are pigs for shoving off the costs onto the whole public, so few of whom, if you count it out, can afford tickets or even care a fig for a ball team.


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