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Alex Morgan vs. Christen Press: Who Should Start for United States Women’s National Team? by Knute Rimkus

My niece and I recently attended the double header soccer game of the national women’s teams, Japan vs Brazil then US vs Australia.

It was interesting to watch the game between Avani, my nine-year-old niece who, like many in the stadium, is a big Alex Morgan fan, and a pair of serious women soccer . . . → Read More: Alex Morgan vs. Christen Press: Who Should Start for United States Women’s National Team? by Knute Rimkus

Bookends: Getting Old Beats the Alternative, by Knute Rimkus

Just listened to Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends. So many things anachronistic about the activity — 1967 album, listening to a whole album, actually was an LP I digitized. And I’m not the first to observe the weirdness of Paul Simon, who sings “how terribly strange to be 70” being over 70 now.

I think . . . → Read More: Bookends: Getting Old Beats the Alternative, by Knute Rimkus

Rimkus Reflects on Prince

(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures)

Believe it or not, I’ve been to two Prince concerts. Not out of a “hometown boy made good” support kind of thing but mostly because Mrs. Rimkus was always smitten by him. And liked his music I suppose. They were electrifying shows. Those who never had the pleasure…

Back in . . . → Read More: Rimkus Reflects on Prince

Cruising, Post-Colonial Style, by Knute Rimkus

Joseph Conrad not sailing into Heart of Darkness on THIS Love Boat!

So Monday we finished a week long cruise from Seward Alaska down to Vancouver Canada on Norwegian Cruise Lines. It was more fun and enjoyable than I expected. But about the only Norwegian thing about it was the Captain and that they . . . → Read More: Cruising, Post-Colonial Style, by Knute Rimkus

Rimkus Loves the Minnesota State Fair

1910 Fair boys sneaking around

Rimkus grew up mere blocks from the sprawling permanent Minnesota State Fair grounds – near halfway between St. Paul and Minneapolis and a virtual city in and of itself.

As a kid, planning for a few precious days at the fair was a big deal; Rimkus and his best . . . → Read More: Rimkus Loves the Minnesota State Fair

World peace might be a stretch, but Oba’s magic on the pitch, by Knute Rimkus

SEATTLE – Obafemi Martins may not wear a cape, but he is most certainly a superhero for the Seattle Sounders FC. The Nigerian striker can snare long passes on his feet and juke defenders into submission. Bringing peace to his troubled homeland might be a stretch, but Oba racks up goals and assists that . . . → Read More: World peace might be a stretch, but Oba’s magic on the pitch, by Knute Rimkus

A Corner in Arizona, by Knute Rimkus

“It’s a line. From a song. From, like, forty years ago. About this guy…who’s standing on a corner. THIS corner…” Rimkus said to his 14 year old daughter. She stared back blankly at him, slightly incredulous at this reasoning for the detour on the family spring break road trip. Rimkus continued, a bit more . . . → Read More: A Corner in Arizona, by Knute Rimkus

Rimkus DOODLE #1 – Seattle Hipness Gap

From the Desk of: Knute Rimkus

The Smiths – Frankly, Mr. Shankly, by Knute Rimkus

I’m reading a book right now, Red or Dead, a fictionalized biography of Bill Shankly, the maniacal manager of the Liverpool football team who made it a dynasty in the English soccer league in the ’70s. I believe the Smiths were slamming him in the song “Frankly, Mr. Shankly.” Being from Manchester, which has . . . → Read More: The Smiths – Frankly, Mr. Shankly, by Knute Rimkus

SHE SANG TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM, by Knute Rimkus

Linda Ronstadt, one the great folk chanteuses, has been in the news lately, receiving a National Medal of the Arts in July for all of her work. She released a collection of duets with various artists in April, and her memoir, Simple Dreams, was published in September 2013.

Ronstadt was a leading member of . . . → Read More: SHE SANG TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM, by Knute Rimkus

The Short, Happy Life of Francis McFly

Microfiction by Knute Rimkus

They lived in a white microhouse. It was a shoebox, for baby shoes, in the Varane neighborhood. Their neighbors lived in shoeboxes too. This misery did not love company.

They ate dinner quickly. She thought the steak was too red and only ate half. She drank water. Murdoch drank a . . . → Read More: The Short, Happy Life of Francis McFly

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Gets an A, by Knute Rimkus

I went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last night and found it highly enjoyable. In addition to all the amazing CGI stuff, they manage to create a very compelling drama with a lot of biblical and Shakespearean themes that are quite thoughtful. This film is closest to the original Planet of . . . → Read More: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Gets an A, by Knute Rimkus

A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Rimkus!’s old pal – and Pacific Northwest National Treasure cartoonist – Ambrosavage was born and raised “across the (proverbial) tracks” on the blue collar side of Madison Wisconsin in the 50’s and 60’s, where he is presently spending the holidays with his Dad (now in his 90’s) – an original swingin’ “Mad Men” who . . . → Read More: A Schooner of Madison Memories… by John X. Ambrosavage (with Rimkus!)

Rimkus! Macklemore Seattle Homecoming Concert: Well, no, I wasn’t there, but…

…MRS. Rimkus was, along with the 13 year old Rimkus daughter and one of her BFF’s (the friend got Rimkus’ ticket – Rimkus MAD!). All reports are that it was a “f___ing awesome” concert. Enough so that the increasingly sullen early teen 13 year old Rimkus said “Thanks Mom – I really enjoyed it” . . . → Read More: Rimkus! Macklemore Seattle Homecoming Concert: Well, no, I wasn’t there, but…

Юлия Беретта – Подруга-Крокодил – Yulia Beretta – Girlfriend – Crocodile

Юлия Беретта – Подруга-Крокодил – Yulia Beretta – Girlfriend-Crocodile

I kinda like this Russky chick band – for all the obvious reasons – but also for their catchy Crocodile song – and models or not, I think they may well actually be able to play their instruments – they’re not faking it in the . . . → Read More: Юлия Беретта – Подруга-Крокодил – Yulia Beretta – Girlfriend – Crocodile

Fast Times at Ridgemont High: What Really Happened to the Class of ’79? By Knute Rimkus

Years ago I read in the San Diego Computer Edge magazine that Andy Rathbone had been added as a contributing writer. Besides being the author of the original Windows for Dummies books, Andy is also known for being the inspiration for the character “Rat” in the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The “rat” . . . → Read More: Fast Times at Ridgemont High: What Really Happened to the Class of ’79? By Knute Rimkus