Motels Monday

Remember the band the Motels? They were big in the 80s.

These three songs got a lot of airplay on the radio and MTV.

They’re still good to listen to.

I love the music that my mind shuffles through when I sleep.

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Coastal Thunder

I love thunderstorms. An impressive system moved through the area last night, providing a beautiful show of nature’s power.

Flashes of lightning so bright I could see them clearly through closed blinds and closed eyes.

Thunder so strong it shook the house and rattled the windows. It could even be felt through the ground.

Wind, rain, and hail combined. It was magnificent.

I’m a certified ceraunophile.

A Trio of Tunes for Tuesday!

The weather has gotten nasty here over the past couple of days! High winds, accompanied by copious amounts of rain, make it clear that the seasonal change is in full swing. I’m happy that the work on the roof was done in time, and a small leak near the vent in the laundry room was finally tended to.

Time to do a bit of gaming! I have the music cranked up, a hot cup of coffee at hand, and a pleasant haze of smoke is hanging in the air. Allow me to share a bit of music, if you will – sit back and relax for a while!

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Short Sunday Post!

Well, we survived the weekend storms! The blast that was supposed to hit us yesterday moved a bit northward, so the greater Seattle area was affected more than we were. No loss of power here (yet – still keeping fingers crossed, LOL), but the lights did flicker intermittently throughout the day. The trees were whipping about in the sideways rain, and there was another small bout of thunder and lightning after midnight. Otherwise, it appears that the worst of the winds have passed. I’ll head down to the beach later today and see if I can get some decent pictures of the surf – I love the way the ocean looks and sounds after stormy weather.

Believe it or not, the full moon was actually visible for a brief moment last night, as well! It was lovely…clouds scudding past gave it a mysterious, magical appearance – very nice.

Time to catch up on reading the blogs I follow…and, I have to bookmark various sites on this backup computer! I have no idea when I’ll be able to get my main rig up and running again – I’m pretty much accepting the fact that the only computer that will function properly is one that I build myself, with my favored components and to my specifications. Wasting money on so-called “experts” who really can’t tell their rectal orifices from a hole in the ground is an exercise in futility – and I hate wasting time and money! Aries people don’t surrender…we just stop wasting our time on people and things that are, essentially, worthless.

Here’s a bit of music to enjoy while I relax with my coffee and read. Also, I plan on doing some live-streaming tests later on today; most likely after 1300 PDT. Yes, it is still Daylight Savings Time…we don’t “fall back” until the first Sunday in November. I’m sure that we will be happy for that “extra” hour after Election Day, LOL!

I will resume my regular re-blogging tomorrow – today is all about me! I’m still prepping for NaNoWriMo, too…I’ve been properly prioritizing.

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Internet Outage #5!!!

My internet has had major issues for the past week – not during the worst of the storms, but always after! No wind today; just a steady rain that alternates between a light mist and a heavy downpour. We haven’t lost power at all…just the cable and the internet connection!

I’m going to be testing my new video card for the next few hours, then I’ll catch up on some blog-reading, so I might be crashing here and there. I’ll do my best to keep up with any comments that come in, when I’m able to! So please don’t be worried if I don’t ‘Like’ something right away…catching up takes time, LOL! In the meantime, enjoy these five random songs – I always listen to tunes while I work…then again, I pretty much listen to music at any given moment.

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Scenic Sadie Hawkins Saturday…

According to my trusty Simpsons calendar, today is “Sadie Hawkins Day” – which is about as official in the USA as Paul Bunyan’s birthday! From Wikipedia:

An American folk event, Sadie Hawkins Day is a pseudo-holiday that originated in Al Capp’s classic hillbilly comic strip, Li’l Abner (1934–1978). This inspired real-world Sadie Hawkins dances, where girls ask boys out.

Original story

In Li’l Abner, Sadie Hawkins was the daughter of one of Dogpatch’s earliest settlers, Hekzebiah Hawkins. The “homeliest gal in all them hills”, she grew frantic waiting for suitors to come a-courtin’. When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father was even more frantic—about Sadie living at home for the rest of her life. In desperation, he called together all the unmarried men of Dogpatch and declared it “Sadie Hawkins Day”. A foot race was decreed, with Sadie in hot pursuit of the town’s eligible bachelors. She specifically had her eye on a boy who was already in a courtship with the cute farmers daughter, Theresa. She was the daughter of the area’s largest potato farmer, Bill Richmand, and, unlike Sadie, had a lot of courtship offers. Stud-muffin Adam Olis was her target, and because the engagement of Miss Theresa and Adam wasn’t official he was included in the race. With matrimony as the consequence of losing the foot race, the men of the town were running for their freedom. Turned out Adam Olis was in 4th place out of 10th leaving John Jonston Sadies’ catch of the day. It seems likely that the concept’s origins lie in an inversion of the myth of Atalanta, who, reluctant to marry, agreed to wed whoever could outrun her in a footrace.

“When ah fires [my gun], all o’ yo’ kin start a-runnin! When ah fires agin—after givin’ yo’ a fair start—Sadie starts a runnin’. Th’ one she ketches’ll be her husbin.”

The town spinsters decided that this was such a good idea, they made Sadie Hawkins Day a mandatory yearly event, much to the chagrin of Dogpatch bachelors. In the satirical spirit that drove the strip, many sequences revolved around the dreaded Sadie Hawkins Day race. If a woman caught a bachelor and dragged him, kicking and screaming, across the finish line before sundown—by law he had to marry her.

Sadie Hawkins Day was first mentioned in the November 15, 1937 Li’l Abner daily strip, with the race actually taking place between November 19 and November 30 in the continuity. It would prove to be a popular annual feature in Li’l Abner, and a cultural phenomenon outside the strip. (see Schreiner, Dave; “Sadie’s First Run”, Li’l Abner Dailies Volume 3: 1937, Kitchen Sink Press, Princeton, WI, pg. 8.)

I figured I’d open with that tidbit of good old-fashioned ‘murican lore, ROFL – ‘Sadie Hawkins Day’ was a nightmare for many of us during our “teens-ages!”

Anyway, this post was inspired by what I’ve viewed outside of my window since I woke up at 6:30 a.m. – I’ll post the best pictures that I’m able to cobble from my phone, tomorrow.

November is rutting season for the local deer population, and this year is the first year we have seen them so close to the house and can observe their behaviour. This will be our third winter in this location, and we have witnessed a treat that people usually only see when they are watching the now-misnamed Animal Planet channel: stags in rut and does in heat.

We counted three does – dainty ladies, high-stepping and prancing, butting and kicking each other as women are wont to do in the presence of a virile male. The king struts confidently, yet enslaved to the pheromones of the females…he trots with his antlered head low, mouth open and tongue hanging, tasting the scent of heat. He is a 5-point buck with a healthy coat and a thick neck – ghouls would call him a trophy; I see him as a perfect specimen who should breed long and well. He has most likely fathered the fawns we have seen since the first summer we moved in.

If the pictures I took do well, I will be pleased…but I am definitely going to upgrade my phone before the end of the month. I’m tired of not being able to take decent photographs, and the phone I’m getting will put my current camera to shame. Comparing 16 HD megapixels with phenomenal zoom capability, to 10 standard megapixels and only 3.6x zoom capability, is a no-brainer, to me! (…and, I hope that I used too many commas, there!)

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‘Bambi’ was one of the first Walt Disney animated films that I saw, and I adored the soundtrack for it. Enjoy these select clips…my favourites from the movie.

Monday Musings…31 August 2015

This weekend has been quite eventful, weatherwise! From the Pacific Northwest, to Hawai’i and the Gulf states; from the Bahamas, to the ‘Greater Antilles’ and the ‘West Indies’ …it has been windy, wet, wild and deadly. We didn’t lose power here on the coast, but some of the cities near Puget Sound did.

President Obama is in my home state of Alaska on a 3-day trip, and this part of it makes my heart sing – he plans to restore the name of Mount Denali. From Al-Jazeera:

President Barack Obama will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, bestowing the traditional Alaska Native name on the eve of a historic presidential visit to Alaska.

By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one,” Obama is wading into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio. Alaskans have informally called the 20,320-foot mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name evoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term.

“With our own sense of reverence for this place, we are officially renaming the mountain Denali in recognition of the traditions of Alaska Natives and the strong support of the people of Alaska,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

The announcement came as Obama prepared to depart early Monday on a three-day visit to Alaska, becoming the first sitting president to travel north of the Arctic Circle. As part of his visit, Obama is attempting to show solidarity with Alaska Natives, and planned to hold a round-table session with a group of Alaska Natives just after arriving Monday in Anchorage.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who had pushed legislation for years to change the name, said Alaskans were “honored” to recognize the mountain as Denali — a change in tone for the Alaska Republican, who had spoken out against Obama’s energy policies in anticipation of his visit to her state.

I was born in the state of Washington, where I currently reside, but I consider myself an Alaskan. My family moved there when I was 3 years of age, and my schooling and formative years were spent there – I moved to the “lower 48” in my 20s. So many memories, though – good, bad, ugly and indifferent. I met my first husband there. My son was born there. I’ve “driven” the Alaska Marine Highway. We’ve been through Yukon Territory, driving along the Al-Can (Alaska / Canada) Highway. Moose and mosquitoes, wolves and bear, salmon and sea lions. Living on a boat. Deer carcass hanging in a smokehouse…fresh venison on the table. Totem poles. Dancing and singing in a longhouse.

I know that climate change exists. The Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau looked vastly changed in July of 2012, horribly shrunken and dirty-looking compared to its gleaming splendor when I first saw it on a trip with the Girl Scouts in August of 1978. Back then, it was huge…the cold air that blew from it was amazing to feel. Massive, icy edifice. There were no chunks of it floating in the waters nearby, then. The pictures I took of it in 2012 clearly show how much recession has occurred…and that saddens me.

I’ll close with the song that always played on the radio during the midnight sign-off – “Alaska’s Flag,” the state song. Here are the lyrics, if you want to sing along.

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Eight stars of gold on a field of blue – Alaska’s flag, may it mean to you
The blue of the sea, the evening sky – the mountain lakes and the flow’rs nearby
The gold of the early sourdough’s dream – the precious gold of the hills and streams
The gleam of the stars in the northern sky – The Bear, The Dipper, and shining high
The great North Star with its steady light, o’er land and sea a beacon bright
Alaska’s Flag to Alaskans dear…the symbol flag of the Last Frontier.

 

Full Moon Fever…

Credit: en.wikipedia.org

The moon is full…but I can’t see it! Wet and rainy here for the first time in over a week, but we need it. Keeps the frogs happy. I don’t have much to say today; haven’t had my morning coffee yet, so enjoy these three songs.

The Marcels: “Blue Moon

Starbuck: “Moonlight Feels Right

King Harvest: “Dancin’ In the Moonlight

 

Windy, Wet, & Wild Weekend Weather!

Well, the final Friday of this month has come and gone. I haven’t done a ‘Happy Friday’ or a weekend post for some time, it seems…and I completely missed doing a post for the Friday the 13th that occurred a couple of weeks ago. It couldn’t be helped, and I certainly don’t want to be TOO predictable, so I won’t apologize for or excuse my absence…shit happens, after all! The seasonal transition of weather continues; it was windy and raining today and will be worse tomorrow, which is why I couldn’t get online earlier today. Stormy September weather is always expected on the coast, and it wreaks havoc with the TV and internet connection even though I don’t have the dreaded Dish Network! Go figure…

An Oregon tech blogger said he was able to unlock his iPhone 5s using his genitals. So, finally, a tech blogger has found a use for his genitals.

I figured I’d look at the lighter side of things for a bit! First off is something I saw on Conan O’Brien the other day. Unsurprisingly, some nerdy techie from a school in Oregon figured out that he could unlock his new iPhone by using his genitals. First it was fingerprints; next, it was ‘nipple-prints,’ now it seems to be ‘scrote-prints!’ Some people have WAY too much time on their hands, eh? Wow…

My Seattle Mariners lost against the Oakland Athletics yesterday, 8 – 2. Felix Hernandez pitched his final game of the season but the ‘W’ just wasn’t meant to be. Tonight’s game, on the other hand, was delightful – although, the slim-margin win wasn’t exactly what I’d hoped for, especially after the Ms had a great lead! Still, a win is a win is a win, so the 7 – 5 final score wasn’t bad. Brad Miller’s grand slam was nice to see! I’m hoping that tomorrow’s game ends in a win as well…end the season on a positive note, even though it sucks that Eric Wedge won’t be back as manager for the 2014 season. He seemed to do a good job for the clubhouse…we’ll just have to see what next season brings. In the meantime, I will only watch the MLB postseason if the Twins and / or the Pirates are playing…otherwise, time to focus fully on football!

It appears that public masturbation is legal in Sweden, while some show in Britain is doing a live sex show. That’s beyond creepy IMHO, but it was really only a matter of time, wasn’t it? Freaks and extremists want to rule the world! Case in point: Lush Limp-Paw rewriting history via children’s books…which seems to be a very popular means of spreading subversive messages these days! Digressing…

The new season of South Park has begun, and the first episode had me dying! It was so pertinent and very true – we’ll see if next week’s episode will be worthy. I’ve noticed that in the past 7 or 8 seasons, the creators and writers have been exceptionally hit-and-miss with the humour in a lot of their episodes, IMHO. At least it’s still watchable!

After a long drought, I was visited by two “drive-by trolls” on my post about Seth McFarlane. I guess his name is Googled a lot, because that one seems to get a lot of hits! Anyway, one was highly unoriginal (as they all seem to be) and decided to be a 2-year-old name-caller. “You’re flat out racist,” is what the first troll stated, whilst using a fake email address to try to slip past the spam filter. I guess they jumped to that conclusion after skimming one post out of the 280 I’ve done since I began this blog. It’s hilarious that certain people conclude that pointing out racism makes the one pointing it out a racist…talk about cognitive dissonance! Here’s the pertinent info, in case you have a blog and want to dissuade this specific troll – I put spaces in the URL because I didn’t want people linking there from here and vice versa.

More information about name

IP: 93.115.87.34, lh22634.voxility.net

E-mail: racist@aol.com

URL:

 Whois: http : // whois. arin. net / rest / ip / 93.115.87.34

The second troll made a comment about how some of the images not loading properly. Um, yeah…that would be due to an issue beyond my control, and it could easily be a problem with your own internet provider or computer. Call the Geek Squad or something – they might be able to help you with at least one of your many issues!     😀

Here are three songs for those with one thing on their minds this evening…enjoy.     😎

Billy Idol: “Flesh For Fantasy

Jefferson Starship: “Miracles

The Chakachas: “Jungle Fever

Random Rainy Day Reflections

The rain has returned, so it’s an inside day! Yesterday I did an arseload of weeding, while my fiancée used the weed-whacker to clear some brush and overgrowth around the bushes and hedgerows. Damned weeds take over rapidly and throw down some deep, thick taproots! The Scot’s Broom has to be the worst – we have none in our yard, but there is some growing nearby on property that isn’t owned so it’s hard to tell who should take control of the problem. It is listed as an “invasive, noxious weed” on both the Washington and Oregon state government websites, and if you have the misfortune of living around it, you know why! We allergen-prone individuals are susceptible to that vile plant…at any rate, there are no reporting requirements, so there’s no “Scot’s Broom Hotline” or anything like that.

I had that friggin’ album that is shown in the above pic (assuming you can see it), and now my fiancée and I are proud owners of our very own hot-rod! The small-minded, small-town fucktards have already started wagging their tongues…we know that ‘our sort’ shouldn’t be allowed to ride motorcycles, so that is semi-tolerated; it’s amazing how people are shitting their collective drawers over us cruising down the road in our ‘rod. We aren’t surprised, though – me, I was wondering what was taking them so long to start talking in the first place! Small towns tend to be populated by people with tiny minds, and the smallest brains possess the biggest mouths, from my experience. My fiancée has lived in small towns, big cities, and almost everyplace in-between; he’s also traveled overseas and met all sorts of different people. Consequently, he has a different attitude about small-minded fucktards, but that doesn’t mean he won’t get angry and / or confront some inbred, racist shitbag!

We had to rescue not one, but TWO hummers from our shop the other day! I was amazed that they would fly into the (relatively) dark building interior; I figured one must have chased the other directly in there when they were squabbling over feeding areas. There are a lot of flowering shrubs around the property, and the birds go for the red, blue, purple, or pink flowers the most. I fill the three feeders once per day so that they will forage as they should, naturally! Anyway, we had to contrive a long contraption out of a smelt / herring net and some long, slender poles. The shop has two ‘high bays’ where the roof-peak is around 25 feet from the ground, so we had to stretch a fair bit to get the exhausted little things to perch on the rim of the net. Once they quit blundering about in fear and landed, we carefully moved them outside: my fiancée held the net while I guided him around the obstacle course of the shop floor. It was interesting to see the places they could perch – at one point, they were both clinging to the side of one of the roof beams, which was a vertical surface…they reminded me of the moths that sit on the side of the garage during the day. I tend to put moths and spiders outside when I find them in the house, too – mighty animal saviours are we!

I finally upgraded my speaker system and got the 5.1 set I wanted. My fiancée now owns my ‘gently used,’ 2.1 system and likes it a lot – his sound card is a better model, so my old speakers sound better on his computer than they did on mine…especially when he’s playing Skyrim! I listen to more music on my computer, so I wanted to have decent surround-sound speakers – and it doesn’t hurt that my gaming experience is much more enhanced! There was a minor issue with figuring out which boxes to check or uncheck in the audio control panel so the center channel worked, but I finally figured it all out. The center channel is necessary when gaming, because important dialogue can get missed if you can’t hear it all. Anyway, the speakers are ‘refurbished’ which means, to me, that they are “in operable condition but don’t expect a warranty or a manual!” The only noticeable defects are some small tears in the fabric that keeps dust from falling in the speaker cups; otherwise, they look and sound great – I can’t complain.

Today is Juneteenth, also known as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.” It commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas, in 1865. From Wikipedia:

“Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in the Confederate States of America.[3] Texas, as a part of the Confederacy, was resistant to the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.[4] On June 19, 1865, while standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3”:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.[5]

That day has since become known as Juneteenth, a name coming from a portmanteau of the word June and the suffix, “teenth”, as in “Nineteenth“, coined by 1903.[6]

Former slaves in Galveston rejoiced in the streets with jubilant celebrations. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas the following year.[5] Across many parts of Texas, freed people pooled their funds to purchase land specifically for their communities and increasingly large Juneteenth gatherings — including Houston’s Emancipation Park, Mexia’s Booker T. Washington Park, and Emancipation Park in Austin.[5]

In Arkansas, the small town of Wilmar has consistently observed “June Dinner” from almost the time of the Emancipation, well over one hundred years (except for one year during the Great Depression).

The so-called ending of slavery in the U.S.; a good majority of us know that slavery didn’t really end back then. Legalised discrimination in many forms has run rampant since then: segregation and ‘Jim Crow’ laws, disenfranchising non-white voters, unequal education and employment opportunities, etc. The destruction of Black townships that were successfully building up as Black people left the South for points North and West: look up the razing of the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, for example. Did you know that some free, Black slaves bought other Black people? Yes…they bought them freedom. Read up on the history of Louisiana; specifically, the cities of Baton Rouge and New Orleans – but be certain to cross-check facts and sources! Trying to find honest, detailed history in this country is nearly impossible. For instance, what has been widely reported about the financial collapse of the city of Detroit isn’t all true – especially if it’s been reported on FauxNews, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, or Bloomberg. Anything on BBC should be taken with a grain of salt, as well – it is part of Rupert Murdoch’s racist, subversive empire. Come to think of it, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING should be taken with a grain of salt. You simply can’t believe everything you read or hear, especially if it’s on television, radio, internet, magazines, or any other form of ‘entertainment.’ I always keep this caveat in my mind: “This product is for entertainment purposes only, and is designated as an escape from reality. Any resemblance to any real person, place, or event is strictly coincidental. Consumption of this product should be regulated strictly, as overdosing is detrimental to the physical and emotional health.”

The Mariners had a couple of gawdawful losses back-to-back! They lost the last game against the Athletics on Sunday, 10 – 2…why, why, WHY can they NOT GET A SWEEP?!? That was followed by a pathetic 11 – 3 loss against the Angels on Monday. The Ms pulled off the win last night, though…squeaked it out, there! I would like to see a definitive win of this 4-game series, but I’ll settle for a tie at this point. This bouncing back and forth between fourth and fifth place in the A.L. West is maddening! Speaking of the Mariners, did you know that Michael Morse’s family originally hails from Jamaica? I always thought that he had those ‘island’ looks and complexion…interesting, no?

The Summer Solstice is just around the corner…here’s to the upcoming longest day of the year! Enjoy these random tunes, won’t you?

Gladys “Fatso” Bentley: “Juneteenth Jamboree

Josh White: “Freedom Road

Apache Indian: “Boomshakalak

Digital Underground: “The Humpty Dance

Van Halen: “Dance the Night Away

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