Final Friday…29 April 2016!!!

I hope that I can finally relax, today! This week has turned out busier than I expected – but, that always seems to happen when I have good posts planned out, LOL!

I had to attend a funeral on Wednesday; that of a friend of a friend of a friend, an old biker dude who had cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, and various other health issues related to hard drugging in his younger years. He had heart issues, too – had some major infection that required open-heart surgery about five years ago, so he lived a bit longer than he expected to. The last surgery he had, last week, was all his body could take. Life is indeed too short…

My phone is giving me hassles and won’t allow me to upload my latest pictures! I had some lovely shots of sushi and oysters on the half-shell, and a couple of pictures of my favourite bridge in Portland, Oregon: the majestic St. John’s Bridge. It is Gothic in design, to my eyes!

My verbal thrashings will have to wait until tomorrow…I haven’t had time to get them crafted, yet! This is why I rarely schedule things; an unscheduled day always goes much smoother for me than a scheduled one, and that includes blog-posts! Speaking of which, I have allowed “SypherPK’s” comment through for everyone’s viewing pleasure – also, so that you can see what “he” said in the original comment, and so that my dear readers will know that I didn’t edit any of “his” words!

Enjoy these three songs – two played at the funeral, and the last is one that I would want played when my ashes are finally scattered to the four winds…time for me to catch up on a bit of reading of the many blogs that I follow!

Monday Musings…25 April 2016

It’s a nice quiet Monday after one hell of a busy weekend! Had to attend a retirement dinner for friends of family on Saturday, which entailed a bit of driving around in cruddy traffic. Portland, Oregon, has some of the worst traffic in the country, and Seattle isn’t much better! Trying to time how bad traffic will be at any given time, weekday or no, is next to impossible. Still, all of the hassle was worth it because I got my noms on hardcore: oysters and sushi at my two favourite places to go on the rare occasions we dine out! I’ll download and post the pics later; damned cell-phone update has my settings buggered, so I need to mess with it a bit!

Billy Paul: 1 December 1934 – 24 April 2016

I wanted to note the passing of a legendary singer, Billy Paul. He is best known for the hit song “Me & Mrs. Jones,” which a good friend of mine, Earl “The Pearl,” covered on a regular basis at a local karaoke hangout in Seattle. Billy Paul sang many other epic songs as well, so if you get a chance, look up a few of his other hits – I don’t think that you’d be disappointed!

Speaking of karaoke, did you know that yesterday marked the beginning of National Karaoke Week? I used to be a karaoke superstar in a way, LOL – one of the few singers that did service to that form of entertainment! Yes, I entered a few local (non-televised) contests, and yes, I won money! I wasn’t enough of a performer to win first place, but I definitely placed high enough on a regular basis that I had my own fan-following, LOL

Speaking of entertainment, I have supposedly gotten the notice of the gamer known as SypherPK – “he” has a comment waiting for publication, but I figured I’d go one better and dedicate a post solely to the comment, and my imaginary response, since it isn’t as if we’re having a standard dialogue! If such a major gaming celebrity took the time to notice my Random Ramblings and Myriad Musings, then tried to correct and “man-splain” The Elder Scrolls Online to me, someone who is actually IN a fucking video-game, I figured that “he” deserves a post acknowledging his privilege and prowess! Stay tuned…you all will get a kick out of it, I’m certain! I’m also working on my long-overdue response to TheHumanFloyd, another gamer who seems to think that he knows ALL about the role-playing community. That respective community is extremely exclusive in the way that the Ku Klux Klan is…so, my verbal shredding of that bigot will be almost as enjoyable as taking down “Sypher!” I’ll be deactivating my Enjin guild-site soon and moving it to Facebook, as well. I’ll have a Facebook account of sorts, very soon…and I’m not quite certain how I feel about having to do so, LOL!

This movie just started on TV, so I’m off to watch it…it’s hilarious, and I could do with some laughter in the midst of my mourning…enjoy the clip!

Good Night, Sweet Prince…

Prince Rogers Nelson: 7 June 1958 – 21 April 2016

Ah, me…an icon from my high-school days passed away. The artist known as Prince was found dead in an elevator in his Minnesota home, Paisley Park. From ABC News:

Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” ”Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis, according to his publicist. He was 57.

His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the superstar “died at his home this morning at Paisley Park.” The local sheriff said deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator late Thursday morning after being summoned to his home, but that first-responders couldn’t revive him.

No details about what may have caused his death have been released. Prince postponed a concert in Atlanta on April 7, saying he had fallen ill with the flu, and he apologized to fans during a makeup concert last week.

President Barack Obama, for whom Prince was a White House guest last year, said he and his wife “joined millions of fans from around the world” in mourning Prince’s sudden death.

“Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent,” Obama said in a statement. ” ‘A strong spirit transcends rules,’ Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative.”

The dazzlingly talented and charismatic singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist drew upon musicians ranging from James Brown to Jimi Hendrix to the Beatles, creating a gender- and genre-defying blend of rock, funk and soul.

He broke through in the late 1970s with the hits “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?” and “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and soared over the following decade with such albums as “1999” and “Purple Rain.” The title song from “1999,” his funky and flippant anthem about an oncoming nuclear holocaust, includes one of the most quoted refrains of popular culture: “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999.”

Another name to add to the list of artist I won’t get to see live and in concert…what a shame. He only stood 5′ 2″ – but was a giant on the stage. When he picked up that guitar, it became just as much a part of his body as his own limbs, and he made it talk. I would list him as one of the guitar greats, right up there with Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Carlos Santana, and many, noted others. I can’t really say anything else except through his music…enjoy.

Happy Earth Day…2016!!!

It’s Earth Day – get out and do something for your Mother Earth! Plant a tree, plant flowers for the bees, get involved in a community garden, or get out there and pick up garbage and recycle it. Do something…ANYTHING…every little bit helps! Love our home, this Big Blue Marble…it’s all we have, for now! Let’s take care of her – together.


Midweek Musings…20 April 2016

Just a few, random thoughts are going through my head this morning as I sip my coffee. A year ago today, a young man named Freddie Gray succumbed to horrific injuries sustained at the hands of Baltimore police. His arrest was on 12 April, 2015…it took him eight days to die. Sickening, saddening, and maddening. My heart goes out to his mother and father, family and friends today.

It’s been 737 days since the girls were abducted from their school in Chibok, Nigeria. Stolen from their loved ones because they wanted an education. My heart goes out to them and their families today.

It is also 4/20, the day celebrating that lovely little plant, cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. A side-note for Star Trek fans out there, it is also the birthday of one George Takei. Interesting little tidbits for people who are curious, LOL – so, enjoy some music while you find the hidden links!

Tuesday Afternoon…19 April 2016

The sun is out and it’s beautiful here! Temperature records have been smashed during the past couple of days; the day before yesterday, it was warmer in Seattle than it was in Honolulu – absolutely perfect!

Not much to say today, so I’ll just dive into the tiny tidbits of info I felt like sharing, LOL! First off, if any of my fellow nerds, “Blerds,” and other gaming geeks are in and around the Boston area, head on over to Pax East 2016 and see if you can attend a discussion with the developers and media managers of the MMORPG that I play, The Elder Scrolls Online! Quiz them on their sketchy Terms & Conditions, ask why racist and other exclusionary guilds are favoured, and ask why there is such an insistence on players using voice-only add-ons such as TeamSpeak, GameVox, Mumble, and others – it seems quite unfair to me that deaf gamers are shut out in PvP and other areas! I’m looking to see if they will be in my neck of the woods any time this year…I would sure love to ask them those questions, and more. My questions get evaded, avoided, and flat-out ignored in their forums and on their Live Twitch-chat feeds, so I figure that asking in person is the only way to go! For example, the picture below shows one of the many male gamers who use a female avatar for the sole purpose of harassing real female gamers such as myself. This asshat’s name is Sypher, LOL – and he has a major fan base of total fan-boyz!

Let’s see, what else…oh, yes – yesterday, 18 April, was the birthday of my favourite, lanky, red-haired comedian, Conan O’Brien! He is taking the week off from his show, understandably, so I figured that I’d post a few of his best (in my opinion) comedy clips – including the entire episode of his most recent trip to South Korea! He has also gone to Finland, Ireland, and Armenia, and entertained the troops overseas. His brand of self-deprecating humour has always cracked me up – so I hope that you enjoy these selections!

Conan rides Andy Richter’s mechanical bull podium

Conan O’Brien attends Comic-Con(R) Mad Max(R) style!!!

Andy Richter’s Skyrim voice-overs

Conan O’Brien reviews The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Conan O’Brien in South Korea – #ConanKorea

Jackie Robinson Day…2016!!!

Happy Friday – and, happy Jackie Robinson Day to all of the baseball fans in the blog-o-sphere! Here’s a little bit of history about this day, from

“Today marks the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier, and once again, MLB and each of its 30 clubs are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Hall of Famer’s legacy.

On Jackie Robinson Day, all players and on-field personnel across the league will don No. 42 jerseys, as they have done each April 15 since 2009. The number is otherwise retired throughout baseball in honor of the former Dodgers great, who signed his first professional contract with the organization — then in Brooklyn — in 1945. Two years later, on April 15, he started for the Dodgers against the Boston Braves at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, batting second and playing first base. That was the start of a highly productive 10-year career for Robinson, who was already 28 when he broke the color barrier. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1947, the NL Most Valuable Player Award winner and batting champion two years later, and he made six All-Star teams while posting a career average of .311.

Robinson, who died in 1972, also will be honored by MLB with an increased financial commitment to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, as well as special on-field, pregame ceremonies in each ballpark hosting a game today. That includes at Dodger Stadium, where Rachel and Sharon Robinson, the wife and daughter of Jackie, will be guests for the game against the Giants, along with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and Dodgers special advisor Don Newcombe, who played with Jackie in Brooklyn. They will watch Dave Roberts, the first minority manager in Dodgers history, guide his club against San Francisco. “I think I’m going to make a conscious effort tomorrow to really understand and take in the scope and magnitude,” Roberts said Thursday. “It’s a big deal. Jackie’s obviously impacted me and many others, so I want to take some extra time to reflect for sure.” For the players on the field, wearing No. 42 is a valued opportunity to show their appreciation for the doors Robinson opened for future generations.”

Jackie Robinson isn’t the only gentleman who had to deal with the ills of segregation and discrimination during the integration of professional sports in this country, but he is the most well-known in the sport of baseball. Professional sports in this country didn’t even integrate at the same time – for that matter, each sport had various teams which were far slower to do so than others. Such is the history of this country: the legacy permeates every aspect of American life. The things that Jackie Robinson addressed and fought against are still prevalent today. Racism didn’t end with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, any more than slavery did. Jackie Robinson’s legacy is phenomenal and can be seen on every baseball diamond across this country…and, indeed, around the world. Kudos to you, Jackie – you are in the pantheon of the great ones.

A Final Thought For Thursday…


I don’t often do “trigger” warnings, but…if you see yourself in this video, reach out and get support. You are not alone. For anyone and everyone who has survived this, and for anyone and everyone who might unknowingly be enduring it…this is for all of us. Abuse doesn’t have to be physical, either – it presents itself verbally, emotionally, and sexually – even in marriages.

Also, today marks 2 years since those brave young ladies were abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram. They have been gone from their families and loved ones for 731 days.

What Has Been Seen…

…cannot be unseen. I don’t even know what to say about this ‘invention,’ LMAO – I just knew that it was only a matter of time, though!

First Post…2016!!!

I figured that I should re-blog this…it’s my first post of this year, and it should keep you all entertained as I finish editing the posts that will be published tomorrow! Enjoy…

Eyrie Of An Aries

LOL – well, per usual, my original planned post wasn’t doable! I had this wonderful “First Friday – 2016” post prepared, but the year got off to an interesting start: the power went out at 6:33 a.m. on New Year’s Day. It has been clear and cold for the past week, and the winds decided to kick up and took down two large trees. The trees, in turn, took out a power line. In short, there was no electricity, and even if we’d had a backup generator, the internet would still have been unavailable – so, no post! The day was entertaining, though; we went out on the beach and I took a few pictures of the wind-driven surf, after driving around to get some coffee and a small bite to eat. When we got home, we prepped the hurricane lamps so they were ready if the power stayed off…

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