Brown on the Air: HOMEMADE!

My weekly commentary for the Saturday, May 1, 2010 edition of “Between You and Me” on 91.7 KAXE joins the call-in/music program’s rotating topic of “homemade.” Are things you make on your own inherently better than the things you buy from the store? There’s some annual thing about beer going on that day at the studio, making beer or some kind of jive and I suspect that will be dealt with also. We’ve done, like, three beer shows. So it’s homemade this time. I go back to the vault of childhood and talk about the homemade t-ball uniform my mom made. Ethos, pathos, logos, baby, I shoot the moon.

An aside, I played t-ball for the united Forbes/Zim team. Try to imagine the hardscrabble youth of Zim joining the Forbes oligarchy a la “Remember the Titans” at the old ballfield outside the Forbes Elementary, which is now Boondocks, a bar and grill with karaoke and live music every weekend. Well, they tore down the ballfield this year, people. The backstop, the benches, the works. Simon and Garfunkel say to “preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you.” Well, that starts Saturday, suckers. Y’all tune in.

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