Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu? Man, I'm too fast to let it catch me!

Enjoy our fine government at work circa 1976 as they try to scare the masses into getting the swine flu shot. And you thought this hadn't happened before....

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The last of the cassettes

OK - Even I'm getting bored with this, but I scanned in all of these and I want you to suffer as much as I have.

Yes, I might not appear to be the typical Jane's Addiction fan, but this album is incredible and it brings back a ton of good memories.
Yep, I've mentioned Air Supply before. I have this on LP also. It has sentimental value and freaks out people when you pull up to the post office with it blaring full blast.

4 cassettes here:
Grayson Hugh - I don't understand the cap, but he was (and still is, I'm sure) a great singer.
The KLF - I'll try to sneak this one into my sister-in-law's upcoming wedding ceremony (Just kidding)
INXS - a good summer time song - reminds me of Burger King for some reason, but those memories are old and in black and white now.
"Across the River" - my vote for the best Bruce Hornsby song of all time.


I love New Order and I hear this one regularly on XM.
Finally, Bad English (led by John Waite) - both songs on this one are incredible so I even scanned the back so you can search for it on a legal mp3 site.


It's weird, but I think Zac Efron sounds a lot like John Waite.

So, that's it. I scanned these in a while back. Thought it would be a fun blog topic. Well, at least I got to prove what a freak I am when it comes to music.
Back on the road tomorrow. Another town, another Hampton Inn. At least I have a nice 5 hour drive to catch up on "This American Life" and all of my other podcasts. Good night!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bea Arthur


So soon after saying goodbye to Sophia, we are now saying goodbye to Dorothy. If you are my age, you know there was a lot more to Bea Arthur than just the Golden Girls. My earliest memory of her is from an appearance on "All in the Family" in which she plays Edith's cousin, Maude, who comes to the rescue when everyone comes down with the flu. The resulting debate with Archie over the merits of FDR remains a classic and is one of my favorite episodes of the series.





Her chemistry with the cast of "The Golden Girls" - especially when playing off of Betty White - was simply amazing to watch. Entertainment Weekly posted a great tribute to her tonight that says it all much better than I ever could (http://watching-tv.ew.com/2009/04/bea-arthur-maud.html). The impact she had on the television shows we watch today is far-reaching. She pioneered the "strong woman who doesn't take crap" on the screen and in real life.

Hopefully she will tell Estelle Getty hello for all of us.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Ode to Cassettes - Part Two

More selections from the cassette vault.....


Jude Cole - "Start The Car" : What a great album. Where is this guy now? Worst lyric on the whole album - "I woke up this morning in a Motel 5". Eh?
Dada - "Puzzle" : One of the most solid albums of the '90's - I like every song. The final song, "Moon", is just plain haunting. I still need to get this one on CD.
"Singles" soundtrack : A great Cameron Crowe soundtrack here - Paul Westerberg, Jimi Hendrix, early Pearl Jam.
"Fast Times At Ridgemont High" soundtrack : Another Cameron Crowe movie soundtrack. He did not produce this one but it is fantastic. You'd be hard pressed to find a better snapshot of great early 80's music.



Another ode to marching band - a tape of my high school band playing the 1991 show.


4 more to end the night:
"I Know You're Out There Somewhere" - Moody Blues : from their 1988 album
"Time for Letting Go" - Jude Cole : from his album before "Start the Car"
"Not Just Another Girl" - Ivan Neville : You never even here this on XM anymore. Another 1988 classic, if that was long enough ago to be called a classic.
"Restless Heart" - Peter Cetera : The B side, "Dip Your Wings", is just as good. It should have been a hit also.

That's our trip down amnesia lane for tonight.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ode to Cassettes - Part One

Last week, my oldest daughter started fiddling with the buttons on the cassette player I still have that rarely gets played. She figured out how to open the door and was puzzled. I had to explain what a cassette tape was since she had probably never seen one.
I guess I got my first CD in 1986 but I did not have a car that had a CD player in it until 2000. In high school, I received this nifty cassette tape case for my birthday. It remained in my first car (1985 Chevy Cavalier) for the entire time I owned it. When it died in 1995, I took out the case and have left it exactly as it was. It really didn't change much after 1992 and now it is a time capsule of sorts.

Oddly enough, the 1999 Ford Contour I have still has a tape player so I do play some of this stuff occasionally. In this post and the next two or three, I'm going to post the entire contents of the case of cassettes in memory of the Chevy Cavalier that I got 20 years ago this upcoming September.
First up: My favorite Simon & Garfunkel album - "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme". Great songs on this album include "Cloudy", "Patterns", "The Dangling Conversation", "Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall" and "A Simple Desultory Phillipic". I finally got this on CD last Christmas.

A nod to my sophomore year in high school band - Dave Brubeck.

Four tapes here:

"Say Anything" soundtrack : It's not the best Cameron Crowe soundtrack, but "Within Your Reach" by The Replacements and "Keeping The Dream Alive" by Freiheit are worth the 3.99 I paid for this one in 1994 at the second hand store in Bowling Green, KY.

"Best of the Blues Brothers" : This one is about worn out. Most of the cuts are live. It's amazing how talented Belushi and Aykroyd were on this. Paul Shaffer was one of the producers.

"Chicago X" : "You Are On My Mind" is a classic. One of my favorite tracks from Chicago.

"Nothing in Common" soundtrack : A very good and very under-appreciated movie also had a very good and under-appreciated soundtrack. Richard Marx's participation on this soundtrack cost him a nomination for the "Best New Artist" Grammy in 1987.

More cassette tape memories tomorrow....

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Florida

We did the best to get out and see the beaches today after finishing up around noon at the building. It helps to have unlimited miles on the rental car and a vague idea of where we are going.

These are at Lido Beach - which is right near Sarasota. I am trying to keep the Twitter and TwitPic updated while I am out and about.




We fly home Monday. We've done quite a lot in a very short amount of time on this trip and I am just about tired.

Before I head to bed, here is a video that I might have posted before (can't remember). We used to shop at Zayre in Madison, TN years and years ago. My thought : there is way, way too much going on in this commercial.



Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Alter Ego

The weather forecast for Tampa, Florida

Time to pull persona #2 out of storage and hit the road again tomorrow. 12 hours from now I will be on Southwest flight 1045 descending toward Tampa for another conversion. I've spent the last 6 weeks or so working on converting all of these locations from the system our old owners had to the system our new owners have. It's my third year of conversions. Some sites I just converted last year were converted AGAIN this year. Fun fun fun.

So, I go from being domestic dad to business traveler again tomorrow morning. The airport is so boring - sitting there alone waiting for the flight. Sitting on the plane next to a stranger who normally looks like a nut (this happens to me just about every time. I'll try to sneak a pic tomorrow and let you judge for yourself). To make it worse, I am flying Southwest. I am A4, so I am in the first 15 people on the plane. That means I get the seat that I want and someone actually chooses to sit next to me. It's somewhat like being picked for dodgeball teams except that this game is "Who looks the least weird/harmful/talkative". It's the same game I play when I pull a C boarding pass.

I'll be in my classic "boring guy" wear - polo shirt and jeans. I'm far past the point of dressing up for this kind of stuff. The polo shirt and jeans have become the uniform of the indifferent. Some outfits say "I am here to impress". Mine says "I am here to work, head back to the hotel on time, and go to sleep. Don't bother me."

It works.

So, tomorrow I will update from the Evolution room at the Hilton Garden Inn just outside of Tampa.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Microsoft strategy

"Once you've downloaded what you need from us, why bother with that pesky internet? We don't need you poking around and realizing that you really don't need us anymore."
- Bill Gates



Monday, April 13, 2009

Farewell to Corner Gas


After 6 great seasons, Corner Gas is going out on top. If you have never seen Corner Gas, you can check out this eason at http://www.ctv.ca. (Once upon a time WGN showed it in the United States but they decided to stink again and shoved way out in the middle of the night).

I love Corner Gas - it is my favorite show and I will miss it. Something hilarious happens in every episode. It is right there with Seinfeld in writing and with Mary Tyler Moore in casts that just "gel".

So, I'm down to "Big Bang Theory" (which is on a roll this year), "How I Met Your Mother" (which is kind of slipping), and "The Office" (which is really slipping). I can only hope for a Corner Gas movie now!!




Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter!

Easter 2009 came and went. The kids woke up at 6AM and found their baskets right away. Now we are all beat and hoping for bedtime very soon. The rain has held off so far but tomorrow looks rainy and tomorrow night will be stormy again.

Sara and Lindsay in their Easter best.

The kids and Mom.

The kids and the old man.

Being a huge music nerd growing up, this is the one Easter gift I still have. I was 10 years old and got "The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert" on 2 LP's (Kids - those are those big old spinning disks I showed you) for Easter 1984. We had listened to it live on the radio and I had to have it. This concert and Simon & Garfunkel's Central Park reunion concert in '81 are my two favorite live recordings.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A stormy day


We got lucky again. This one passed to the south of us in Murfreesboro where we go to eat and shop quite a bit. There was quite a bit of warning and we spent most of the day watching these storms come in. For the last 3 or 4 years we've seen more and more severe weather here along with much hotter summers and milder winters.

I'm beat. Another long week of work is over. Too sleepy to write more. Just wanted to let everyone know that we made it through here fine.

Ramblings for a Friday

Just sitting here waiting for the next round of storms to come in. I brought the cars in the garage and packed up the patio furniture in the shed (don't want to lose another glass patio table like I did a couple of years ago).

I am sooooo ready for the weekend. I have another trip just around the corner - next Thursday. Today is pretty quiet. Most of my setup happens on Monday-Wednesday.

Here is a link to one of the videos about Dan Miller that I thought was really incredible - http://www.wsmv.com/video/19143496/
(Also see http://www.wsmv.com/video/19143017/ which is very moving)

It's still hard to get my head around his passing - such a surprise. It really makes you reflect on your own life and those around you especially since he seemed appeared to be pretty healthy.

That's it for now. More excitement later..if we don't blow away.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Dan Miller


To anyone reading this blog that is not in Nashville, this entry won't mean a lot. To those of us who have been here for years, Dan Miller was the local news. Dan was on Channel 4 as far back as I can remember and there was a certain comfort in that. At one time, Channel 4 was far and ahead the number one station here and one of the top rated stations anywhere in the country - they had a lot of local programming that just clicked. I met Dan Miller one time quite a while back at some community event and he was a very nice guy.

On television, his sense of humor was always a visible part of who he was. Rarely did a night go by without him laughing at something that happened. He had a great chemistry with everyone around him - especially retired weatherman Bill Hall. You knew he loved what he was doing and the people around him. It's sad to see someone like him go because he is also connected to memories of my childhood and more and more of those people are retiring (or passing on). I guess that is part of getting older!

Dan will be missed.