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Friday BBQ Spotify 10/4/13

No Comments4 October 13:03


Government Shutdown


Our federal government is one big hot shutdown mess right now. I haven’t seen this kind of finger-pointing, name-calling, and blame-mongering since I was in high school. Although, lest we be of short memory, this kind of stuff has been going on for as long as human beings have demonstrated the ability to polarize themselves from one another, and every generation has had its own bucketful of reasons to feel like politicians are the lowest form of humanity or “America is going down the toilet.” And of course, we always seem to find a way out of our Beltway messes and end up stronger and better on the other side. How do we that? Well, this week I was remembering what it was like in the ’60′s during the Cuban missile crisis and the bloody battle for civil rights. In the ’70′s with the Vietnam War, the oil embargo and that dreadful “whip inflation now” (WIN) period. Heaven forbid you’re old enough to remember the horror of World War II or the despair of The Great Depression. We may see all our complaining and griping more now thanks to the Internet, but the bottom line is this – most of us just go on with our daily lives the best we can regardless of what machinations are occurring at any time in Washington, and we’re no different here at Tex Howard’s. And that’s the way it should be. Sometimes you need to turn off the TV, walk away from the comment trails, and just get back to living and enjoying your private world the best you can, and let things work themselves out in the nation’s capital. It may take some time, but fortunately – they always do.


So, in coming up with this week’s music list during yesterday’s weekly Thursday Smokeathon, I started thinking about what our typical Thursday is like, and it’s pretty amazing how much music has been written that relates to every single component of your day. I could create several other music sequences just from the songs that didn’t make this one. Our Thursdays are long and packed with activity from wake-up time at 3:30 AM to the last delivery and return home around 8:00 PM. And it was fun picking out songs that relate to each segment of a typical Thursday. The titles are the keys to follow in today’s list. In any event, we hope you’re not getting too overwhelmed with the tongue-lashing wrestling match in Washington right now, or are being negatively impacted by the shutdown or the battle over medical care in any way, on either side of the battle. In the best way you can, maybe it’s a good time to step away from the debate and reflect on some history. Let’s get back to work, and just get back to living. Have a wonderful news and comment thread-free weekend everyone.



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Mark is the Business Manager and resident “Smokologist” for Tex Howard’s Pit-Smoked Bar-B-Que. He loves his girls, the San Francisco Giants, the great states of California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, and any food that’s been smoked.

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