1. Everyone realizes why the St. Louis Cardinals have gone in the tank, right? It is because I bought playoff tickets for Home Game #2 for the League Division Series. That must be the ultimate curse. In their current seven game losing streak, they have been tied or led going into the 7th inning in every game; they could just as easily have a seven game winning streak. If it weren't for the fact that I am a fan. Maybe I should start rooting for the Astros again (when I was their fan, between 1977 and 1983, they made it to the playoffs twice, 1980 and 1981; it didn't work out too well either time).
2. I bought the new Alan Jackson CD yesterday. This is not surprising, since she produced and Union Station plays on it, but it sounds very much like an Alision Kraus and Union Station album...without the few strong bluegrass songs. Perhaps this could be viewed as "Under their Influence, No. 2." It'll be interesting to see what hardcore Jackson fans think of it.