Why Me? Why Write? Why Now? Why Not?

The Me is Doug Curran…Douglas M Curran…Douglas Metcalf Curran. Douglas is Celtic for “dweller by the dark stream”. Curran in Gaelic means “little spear”. And Metcalf? Scottish for “I met a calf”? Hey I don’t know! I don't have all the answers. I'm still trying to get the questions right. At least I seem to be a spear fisher by some dirty water. Or maybe I'm a Druid. And that Curran thing may not even be as Irish as my Irish American wife, Colleen Fitzsimmons, hoped it was when she married me. Ok, I might be a Viking. It's like this. I was reading this book, The Lion Of Ireland, see, and the author, Morgan Llewellyn, recounts a last battle between Brian Boru and the Viking invader king, to regain Irish dominance again throughout the island and kick the fureners out. The Viking king's name? Olaf Cuaran? Cuaran? Curran? I'm a Viking now, so I am? And a descendent of one of those marauding and murderous pillagers and plunderers? I've never pillaged a thing in my life...well, maybe a book or two from somebody. I'm really just a gentle giant who loves books and music. Ok, I bought a sword recently, but only as a wall decoration to enhance my Irish family history coat of arms! Honest! Viking, Schmiking, so rest my Irish soul! Or my wife will have my old bald Irish head!

September 13, 2009

What A Week I'm Having!!

I love that little quote from that great Tom Hanks movie, "Splash!" - yes, what a week I'm having, starting with BYU's unexpected win over #3 Oklahoma in the new Dallas Cowboy Dome last Saturday, 14-13. And then Monday, got to see one of my favorite all-time vocal jazz groups, Take 6, at our open air SCERA Shell! Two of my former Mormon Melodaire Brazilian quartet buds, Ken Nielsen and Gordon Ridd came too after I let them know about it, which made me feel good that I could open their ears to these guys. Two of my boys, Quinn and Conn also came, with Quinn's girlfriend, Darlene Hawea - and my oldest daughter Megan made it too with her new hub James and all their kids. They were all raised on this group, from 20 years ago when they made their national debut. I wish Take 6 had done more of their earlier classical gospel/jazz , but they provided an entertaining show, and I even met them after for a program signing and cd buying. That Alvin Chea's bass voice is worth the whole show! Their was a cool nip in the air, and combined with getting infected by my wife's cold, I have been coughing and sniffling all week - enough to take me out of an important musical commitment to my Orem Stake Choir today, and I feel guilty, but can't muster the vocals right now and don't want to infect or blow my nose among friends. But it has been good basking in another BYU football win yesterday, Saturday, 54-3 over Tulane! Two wins on ESPN in two consecutive weekends, national exposure and a number 9 ranking? That's a rare start for us and hopefully a portent of things to come! Florida State is next at home and I hope we run the table! Go Cougs!

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