"I was born to run, I was born to dream,
The craziest boy you ever seen,
I gotta do it my way, or no way at all"
"Turn Me Loose"
~ Loverboy ~
So I'm watching the Philadelphia Eagles/Green Bay Packers playoff game last Sunday, and I see that the Eagles are down to 4th-and-26. Honestly, saints and sinners, one part of me wanted them to make it, to keep the game alive. Let this be their one moment in time (for the third straight year). However, another part of me wanted Freddie Mitchell to drop that pass (like Todd Pinkston would have) so sports fans could turn their attention towards the Phillies season opener in April. As luck would have it, Mitchell did make the catch, and everyone who is anybody knows what happened next.
With that being done, I was faced with a long drive home from the hills and valleys of Manheim, so my mind began to wander aimlessly with random thoughts. I remembered how I went on the Subway Diet last February, which was beneficial for a lot of people. I lost eight pounds, and it generated some interest amongst people for the entire month.
So, I thought to myself what could I possibly do to stir up some interest in everyone again, while taking advantage of the fact that the Eagles are still in the playoffs. It's funny what a devious and demented mind will come up with.
Since the good Lord hasn't blessed me with a handsome face, he's made up for it by giving me, what I feel is, some awesome hair. In fact, over the years, I've had my share of hairstyles. Long hair, short hair, shaved head, mohawk, mullet, totally dyed, highlighted, tight curls, you name it and I've tried it. No matter what, my hair has managed to grow back and maintain a certain casual look everytime. Now it's time to put my hair through another test.
Here's how this will work - if the Philadelphia Eagles are successful this coming Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers, and are Super Bowl bound, I'll be making my way to Salena Salon, Kimberton Square Shopping Center, 281 Old Schuylkill Road first thing Monday morning. Then, both Salena and Phil will be cutting an Eagles logo/design into my hair. This is going to be quite an event. There will be plenty of pictures taken and they'll be in The Phoenix for everyone's viewing pleasure. Salena and Phil are currently working on several designs and we'll decide which one will fit on my huge cranium should the Eagles manage a victory Sunday night.
Trust me, this will definitely be a shift in vanity for yours truly here. It took me several days alone to find a salon that I felt I would be comfortable in having this styling performed. I've had several conversations with Salena and we both agree that we want this design to look really good, and perhaps start a trend for the upcoming weeks. Remember back in 1989 when "Batman" was in the movie theaters, quite a few people were getting the Batman design cut into the back of their heads. Just imagine how many others may like the look and decide to go for it as well.
Unfortunately, should the Birds bite the bullet and allow the Panthers to steal their glory, then the hair stays put. Since I've made this announcement to everyone in the newsroom, it certainly has added a touch of enthusiasm amongst my co-workers. Hopefully this will bring some additional excitement to my saints and sinners who read this column, and provide some extra incentive to root the Eagles on. Hopefully I'll be thought of by some once the game is over and there is pandemonium running wild should the Eagles win. I still haven't decided where I'll be watching the game, but rest assured, I will be watching. Oh sure, the Super Bowl is on the line for the Eagles. We're talking my hair here ... ha! ha!
Anyway, whether they win or lose, it has been certainly one interesting season ... perhaps it could be defined as "hair-raising" to a certain degree. Stay tuned, saints and sinners, this will should be, hopefully, quite interesting!
Tonight, the Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery will be celebrating its second annual Robbie Burns Birthday Bash, a Scottish national holiday honoring the birth of poet Robert Burns. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the tapping of Brian O'Reilly's whiskey barrel-aged Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale at the bar, followed at 7 p.m. with the carrying-in of the Haggis, bagpipes and all.
Patrons will have the opportunity to read selections from Burns' poetry, then to be rewarded with a wee dram of aged single malt Scotch whiskey, provided they read the poetry from atop a platform. Sly Fox owner Peter Giannopoulos has honored me again with the opportunity to be the final poetry reader of the evening. I've mentioned this event before in my column, lads and lassies, so come on out for a great time ... and don't forget your kilts!
Until then, some final words of wisdom to "write-off" to - it makes no sense to brag to the public about how much road salt is available when you don't put it on the ground during inclement weather. Naturally, you'll have mounds and mounds of it because it hasn't been used. Also, what good does it do to have plows on some of the trucks in the area if they aren't used to move the snow on the ground? Makes absolutely no sense how some of the roads were late Thursday evening into early Friday morning. All it takes is one serious accident and, sniff, sniff, I smell one helluva lawsuit!
Dennis J. Wright can be reached at email@example.com.