• Greg Baker


Halleluiah! (Reprinted from the Metro Spirit 5-30-13)

Halleluiah!  – The lake is full!  Our family spent the weekend up there over Memorial Day.  It brought back memories of the good old days where you didn’t have to worry about lake levels.  Based on the number of folks cruising around, I suspect that we weren’t the only family celebrating a return to the lake.  I hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did.

My contribution to the weekend was disconnecting from all my electronic entanglements.  Well, as many as I could.  The unexpected pop-up occurs from time-to-time, and this weekend was no different in that respect.  But if you are one of those folks that find yourself with one foot perpetually stuck in the Cloud, try taking a step away (is that a mixed metaphor?) and enjoy some home brew.  It’ll do you some good.

At least until the luxury ski boats come down the lake.

Now, I’m for having a good time on the lake just like everyone else.  You can call me old school if you like, but I always believed that my good time shouldn’t create problems for others.  So dude, if you’ve done well enough to afford an expensive ski boat, more power to you.   (Seriously, I hope that we’ve done business together, and that I helped you earn it.)  And if you want to let your teenager take that boat out with their friends unsupervised, I’m cool with that.  Your kid has obviously earned your trust.

But I really don’t think it’s appropriate to crank up a sound system and force the entire lake to partake of melodies celebrating the finer qualities of prostitutes, gangs and the ghetto lifestyle.

Seriously, we were indoors, the boat was on the other side of the lake, and we couldn’t hear the television.

And that was the quiet one.

The whole scenario is ludicrous (no pun intended) to me.  Here’s a group of white teenagers from obviously affluent families blasting gang’sta rap while sitting in a $50,000+ ski boat with a bunch of future sorority co-eds.  Yeah…you guys are down with the brothers.  I totally buy it.

Fortunately, this creates an easy resolution for Columbia County’s finest.  On Sunday, we saw several citations issued.  We assume they were written up against a noise ordinance, although to be honest, I wasn’t aware an ordinance was on the books.  By Monday, the word had gotten out.  Every crew that started blasting tunes was immediately approached by other teens on jet skis, and the music magically disappeared.

Side Note – The rising moon over the lake on Saturday and Sunday nights was a sight to see.  Hope you caught it.  Also, we witnessed the Columbia County Lake Patrol bust a party barge off Wildwood.  Not sure what was going on, but the Blue lights on the nighttime water was another stunning visual effect.  (Although, probably not to the folks on the barge.)

Major Tom – An unknown recording artist named Chris Hadfield recently released a new version of the David Bowie classic, Space Oddity.  Many unknowns have recorded a version of this classic, so what makes this one special?  This is the first one actually recorded in outer space.  International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield recorded the song while living on the space station.  I’ve linked the YouTube site below.  I also recommend that you browse his twitter feed.  Lots and lots of great photography from the ISS.

Space Oddity video:  http://youtu.be/KaOC9danxNo

Chris Hadfieid Twitter: @Cmdr_Hadfield

Until next time, I’ll be floating in my tin can far above the world.  @gregory_a_baker

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