Tuesday Tunes

Here’s a little trio of tunes on this hot summer day. We stay cooler here at the coast, thankfully. I feel for you who are enduring this coast-to-coast swelter!

Three Songs on Thursday

Five Friday Songs: 23 June 2017!

The sun is out, the weather is getting better and better, and there’s a New Moon today – so, let’s have some music to get the weekend started off right!


Sunday Scenery…

More pictures from 2010 travel…enjoy.



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

Short Post for the Weekend…

The weather has been spectacular ever since we returned from Alaska, and I’ve been out enjoying it every chance I get! We rode to Mt. St. Helens last weekend and plan on doing so today, too – temperatures will be in the low 90s again and the bike is calling!   😎

Not much to say today; just sitting here drinking coffee and listening to B. B. King’s Bluesville on Sirius XM – that’s a Sunday treat! I’m working on a few topics for next week, including my continuing thoughts on mental illness, and noting the passages of some notable people. I’m also eager for the ongoing apartment construction to end – it’s been going on in our sector of the property for the past two weeks. The management company of the townhouse complex hired contractors to re-do the siding on all of the buildings; the roofs were re-tiled last year, and the parking areas were repainted, so there has been a lot of noise going on – makes it a little hard to concentrate at times, but not impossible. The nice weather makes it extremely difficult, because it’s easier to stay inside and focus on writing when it’s raining – and there’s no rain in the local forecast for the next 10 days, at least!

Since I’m not in the mindset of writing or doing research at the moment, I’ll leave you with a great song from The Who, and my belated congratulations to beautiful Jamaica on her 50 years of independence!

The Who: “Pure & Easy”


It IS summertime…FINALLY!!

My inner sun-worshipper is elated – we’ve finally gotten some real summertime weather!  Temperatures have hit 80 degrees for the past three days, and the forecast shows that we can expect at least another full week of the same.  Aaaaaahhhh…it’s refreshing!  My solar batteries needed some serious recharging, LOL


Time to hop on the Harley and cruise around!  The coast is only a two-hour ride away, and there’s a great campsite that I love to stay at – Barview Jetty, which is between Tillamook and Cannon Beach.  The Columbia River Gorge is fun to ride through as well; if you start out in Portland, OR, take the Historic Columbia River Highway up to Vista House at Crown Point, then roll down to the Bridge of the Gods and cross over to Washington State and cruise Highway 14 in either direction.  If you head east, you’ll end up at Maryhill Winery – just past that is the Stonehenge replica and war memorial, which overlooks some beautiful scenery on a clear summer day.

Image, 2004, Crown Point and Vista House, click to enlarge

I’m thinking of heading to the ‘Allure of the Automobile’ show at the Portland Art Museum – 13 beautiful cars on display through September 11th, and they’re worth checking out!

Have a great weekend, dear readers!

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