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Things that take you back

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007, at 10:42 AM

It's funny the things that can take you back in your mind to another place in time. Sometimes it's a smell, the first breath of that fresh spring air or maybe a song.

It has always amazed me how one little mental trigger like that can send me into one of my nostalgic phases.

I don't listen to much country music these days, but I did when I was a little squirt.

Anything from Randy Travis' first album reminds of a camping trip with my family and some close friends. We took our boat out on Lake Wappapello and found a small island up north where we just pitched a tent and made the place ours.

Anytime I listen to Dave Matthews it takes me back to a summer several years ago when I spent several weeks traveling from one concert to another.

I went alone with no friends and just took it as an opportunity to do some soul searching. I made some friends along the way and found a few old ones, but I learned a lot about myself then.

I've had to grow up a lot since then, but I learned a lot about what's really important in life. It's not about chasing women, partying all the time or the irresponsibility that comes with being young and thinking you know everything.

It's about happiness. Finding that one thing in life that is in your heart and just simply doing it.

As much as I know you shouldn't live in the past, quite often I find myself listening to something simply because of its uncanny ability to give me just a glimpse of when my life was more simple.

Before bills, credit cards and other responsibility came into the picture.

Sometimes I sit and watch my kids and think about how amazing it is to be at that point in life. To be fascinated with a cardboard box for an hour or to spend the afternoon coloring.

It's a shame we never know how precious those times were until they're gone. Like Tom Keifer sang in a song by his band Cinderella, "Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone."

Once again, I apologize for being so off subject, but like I said I'm in one of those nostalgic phases.

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I think its nice to take a mental vacation back to "better" times where life was a bit more simple. Its a good way to clear your head for a while. Music does that with me alot too, I can hear certain songs and remember exactly where I was at a certain point in life and alot of the times that makes me forget about everything for a moment, pretty relaxing though.

-- Posted by semosmitty06 on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 12:07 PM
Corey Noles' response:
It really is a great feeling. You never realize just how great of a time you're having until it's nothing more than a memory.

What song will take your mind back in time to the day you slammed our beloved leader, Minnie O'Pausal? Her loyal supporters will have to come up with something suitable and have it played on the local radio stations over and over until your mind cracks and you beg for forgiveness.

-- Posted by Ducky on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 3:14 PM
Corey Noles' response:
Mark my words...I will strike again!

I wasn't around when Shucks Pruett played ball in the big leagues but my Dad was and for the life of me I don't know why he never told me about him,Dad was around Bloomfield at the time and sure he read about him,might have even known him, sure like to look back too.

-- Posted by rusty nail on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 4:55 PM

Yes old songs are a treasure and buried deep in your mind until something springs them loose and you forget the bad times for a while.

-- Posted by rusty nail on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 4:58 PM

Ah, dear unfortunate Corey! Do I detect a note of unrepentance in your threat of preemptive attack against another blog??

You cannot hide in this blog, disguising yourself as a sensitive music-lover, while you launch strikes against our beloved Minnie O'Pausal!

The forces of goat, cake, and duck are gathering........BEWARE!!!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 6:04 PM

CoreyN,as you have thrown down your pretty little white lace hankie,blogstyle,and challenged Minnie's Minions to a duel, I suggest that your affairs be put in order,maybe notes left for friends and family,things you don't want the Sheriff & local cops to read or see need to be destroyed. Oh sure, I understand it's an "antique" teddy bear,but as they try to solve "The Mystery of the Missing Reporter", you don't want others laughing at Mr.BooBear Noles,or even touching him.

Godspeed CoreyN,maybe you can get some ideas from the Witness Protection Plan.

No, this really won't end well,will it ladies?

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 6:37 PM

Hey Ducky-I think Corey's song will be "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning" or "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"- a personal favorite!

Any ideas on his music,or funeral dirge?

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 6:40 PM

You got it, Yellow Rose! A new Alfred Hitchcock type TV program "The Mystery of the Missing Reporter"!

And the theme song? "Who's Sorry Now"...perfomed by that new group "Minnie and the Bloggers".

-- Posted by letseatcake633 on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 7:23 PM

That says it all, girls!

A Dirge/Limerick for CoreyN:

There was a young man name of Noles,

Who expressed ideas full of holes.

He started a war

And opened the door,

Causing massive destruction untold.

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 8:23 PM
Corey Noles' response:
You girls are really helping my case about that whole "having your sanity in the first place" bit.

What's the saying? Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned?

Yes, I believe you have that saying correct, except "woman" is now "women."

And, by the way...

There once was a blogger named Corey,

who sometimes could tell a good story,

till a new blog he tried,

and in no time he died,

and he sure didn't go out with much glory!

-- Posted by bringwine on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 10:13 PM

I believe you might consider changing the title of this blog from, "Things that take you back," to "Things that you (should) take back." Just a thought.

-- Posted by bringwine on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 10:15 PM

There once was a spry young lad,

who made Minnie's pals mad.

Someone left him a box he thought Faye's

got his ladyfingers-extra glaze.

As he twitched and groaned

His life flashed-he bemoaned

If only I could take back being a cad!

-- Posted by Yellow Rose of Essex on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 10:29 PM

Maybe his theme song should be the Beatles "Help". "Who's Sorry Now" is a wonderful idea.

Corey, from another blog I get the idea that you REALLY don't like spiders. Too bad.

-- Posted by Ducky on Tue, Oct 9, 2007, at 10:41 AM

Well it seems that this pleasant blog has been drowned with a flurry of nostalgia, and not the good kind. So, to actually mention the subject at hand: Right on dude. This subject couldn't be better, with fall hopefully just around the corner. Also, LOVE Dave and have been to many a show myself.

-- Posted by aroundtheblock on Tue, Oct 9, 2007, at 2:39 PM
Corey Noles' response:
Glad to hear it. I've been to a bucket load of Dave shows since about 2002. As I've gotten a little older and changed some of my old ways I've found the shows are much better now that I remember more of them.

He skipped St. Louis this year though. There are talks of maybe a winter tour rolling through the area though so we'll see. Right now I'm just hoping to swing Van Halen tickets.

Aw, c'mon, around the block, lighten up! Corey has plenty of time for nostalgia - He's young yet. However, we shall bow out - right, girls? - and let you guys get back to your dreaming. We can go fight and be mean on Minnie's blog!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Oct 9, 2007, at 5:38 PM

A winter tour? That's good news! Maybe it's finally our turn to hear 'Christmas Song'.

I was very disappointed to not see Dave this summer. It's my rejuvenation after a long year. I believe a little time on the road chasing a sound may not be far in my future. It sounds like a great experience.

-- Posted by aroundtheblock on Tue, Oct 9, 2007, at 10:38 PM

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Corey Noles, staff writer for The Daily Statesman and Editor of The North Stoddard Countian, is the author of a regular baseball/St. Louis Cardinals column and also uses his blog to sound off on various happenings in sports. He also operates a weekly baseball mailbag column.

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