Tuesday Tidbits… *UPDATED*

Just a few things rattling around in my brain this morning:

1. I’m glad that the World Series is finally here! My Mariners didn’t make the cut, yet again, but I still root for the American League team in the Series, just like I do during the All-Star Game – so, my money is on Cleveland…or, it would be if I bet on sporting events, LOL

2. NaNoWriMo is just around the corner…I’m going to do a gaming fan-fiction novel. I will do my best not to mention the names of lands or cities, so as to avoid any copyright infringement on / from the creators of The Elder Scrolls – I want no trouble in paying tribute to my favourite MMORPG!

3. I just heard of the deaths of Bobby Vee, 60s singer, and Pete Burns, lead singer of the 80s group Dead or Alive. Here are the articles about their passings, from the BBC:

Bobby Vee: 30 April 1943 – 24 October 2016

Bobby Vee, best known for hits including Rubber Ball, Take Good Care of My Baby and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, has died at the age of 73.

Vee released more than 25 albums during his career, retiring in 2011 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Vee’s son Jeff Velline said the singer died peacefully surrounded by family on Monday.

It was “the end of a long hard road”, Mr Velline said.

He described his father as “a person who brought joy all over the world”, adding: “That was his job.”

Vee’s big break came about in 1959 at the age of 15 when he filled in for Buddy Holly after the singer’s death in a plane crash.

Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper were also killed in the accident in Iowa, along with the pilot, Roger Peterson.

A call went out for local acts to replace Holly at his scheduled show at the Moorhead National Guard Armory. Vee and his band, which had only formed two weeks previously, volunteered.”

Peter Jozzeppi “Pete” Burns: 5 August 1959 – 23 October 2016

Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns has died aged 57 after suffering a cardiac arrest, his management has said.

A statement on Twitter said it was with “greatest sadness” that it had to break the news that Burns died suddenly on Sunday.

Burns had a hit with You Spin Me Round in 1985 and appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

The management statement said: “All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star.”

It continued: “He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.”

Burns appeared on reality television shows Celebrity Wife Swap and The Body Shocking Show in recent years.

Politician George Galloway, who was on Celebrity Big Brother with Burns, tweeted: “Sad to hear of the demise of Pete Burns. He was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. You don’t get more brilliant than that. RIP”.”

I’m probably one of few people who thinks that he looked much better before all of the surgery…just my opinion.

Anyway, as a tribute to those two, here are their number-one songs, respectively.


4. I will be getting a brand-new computer before the end of the month – hopefully by the end of the week, if things go well! Turns out that the computer techs are completely baffled as to what is afflicting my computer, and seem to be just throwing darts at a diagram of same and just pulling things out of their respective arseholes! The new, supposed reason given for the troubles is the LAN / WAN card. Um, if there was an issue with the Ethernet cable then I wouldn’t be able to get online at all, no? I don’t use the WAN and have it disabled, so that only the hard-wired, LAN is used…so, I’m just laughing to myself at this point. Getting annoyed now solves nothing – and hey! I’ll actually get the computer I want, finally! Only a cool $810 for a very nice machine. It’s my Samhain gift, I’d say…

5. Last but not least, I got my ballot in the mail – so I’m voting today! I decided to list, below, the presidential / vice-presidential candidates as they appear on my ballot. I chose to list them alphabetically by party.

(NOTE: There is also a write-in option at the end of each list of candidates for public office: federal, state, county, and judicial offices.)

Constitution Party: Darrell L. Castle / Scott N. Bradley

Democratic Party: Hillary Clinton / Tim Kaine

Green Party: Jill Stein / Ajamu Baraka

Libertarian Party: Gary Johnson / Bill Weld

Republican Party: Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence

Socialism & Liberation Party: Gloria Estela La Riva / Eugene Puryear

Socialist Workers Party: Alyson Kennedy / Osborne Hart

Those are who Washingtonians get to choose for this General Election of 2016. If you think that there is only a two-party system in this country, then you are woefully uninformed on the subject of politics in this country. That’s simply my not-so-humble opinion on the matter, so no need to get your knickers in a knot!


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