Sunday, April 19, 2009

It's looking more like spring around here

Had a light bit of snow a few days ago, but it's been sunny for the last couple of days, and it shows.
One of my neighbors down the street has some old cars he brings out now and then, thought you might like a look at them. Sappy flower blogging will come later this week.


Looks like some pirates failed to capture a ship after a NATO ship stepped in.

The pirates were captured at 1 a.m. Sunday after they threw weapons, ladders and scaling equipment overboard, Davies said. Several rounds of ammunition were found on the pirates' boat.
The pirates were detained, but allowed to go free after questioning.

I have a suggestion; next time you set them free, how about doing it in an old time-honored manner?


Lots of old stuff in the playlist today.

"Baby It's You" by The Beatles
"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Eric Burdon and The Animals
"Mona Lisa" by Nat King Cole
"Fresh Garbage" by Spirit
"Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline
"The Old Man Down the Road" by John Fogerty
"If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot
"Mama Told Me Not to Come" by Three Dog Night
"867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone
"It's My Life" by Bon Jovi and Sugarland

The next to last one is sort of an earworm, but entertaining.

The last song is from a concert with Bon Jovi and Sugarland. Jennifer Nettles has a stronger voice than Bon Jovi, and I think she adds a little more depth and moxey to the number. IMHO, anyway.


Friday, April 10, 2009

" the shores of Tripoli..."

Is anyone else getting tired of reading about pirates in this day and age? As the title of this post suggests, we used to have ways of taking care of problems like this. What has changed? The UN should be addressing this, but that gutless bunch of idiot eunuchs are too busy playing politics and trying to talk everyone into some sort of global government. You do not get rid of thugs by paying them off or talking nice to them. What is needed is for someone to start kicking their asses and making them wish they had honest jobs. As far as I can see, this is an act of war on behalf of the country in which they are based; if that country won't do anything about them, then someone else should. Start blowing a few of them out of the water, to begin with, then hit their bases. When you are dealing with a bunch of animals like that you have to use force; it's the only thing they understand or respect.
Just my opinion.



"Pride and Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughan
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" by Waylon Jennings
"Work(s): Sonata in D minor" by Andrés Segovia
"I Only Want to Be With You" by Dusty Springfield
"Riding With the King" by B.B. King and Eric Clapton
"Johnny Reb" by Johnny Horton
"Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult
"Leaves That Are Green" by Simon & Garfunkel
"You Got It" by Roy Orbison
"Come As You Are" by Mindi Abair

This video is the late Roy Orbison from the list:

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Look! A toy car!

I imagine everyone has seen this goofy looking thing; looks like somebody made a two-wheel golf cart on a tight budget.

According to Segway, the new vehicle is capable of traveling at speeds of 25 to 35 mph. The vehicle can be driven between 25 miles and 35 miles on a single charge, it added.
I'm curious who the hell thought this thing was a viable form of transportation? I would love to see one of the people gushing over it try to drive it here in Salt Lake in winter, when the mercury is down low and there is a foot of snow to plow through. And 35 miles? That may be alright for driving down to the corner, or in one of the tiny states in the eastern US, but around here you'd be in a lot of trouble. Hell, you can drive further than that just running errands around town, let alone actually going anywhere.


Sunday we went for a short drive up by Sundance, and then up American Fork Canyon; still a lot of snow, and the road that connects them is still closed for the winter. Thought you might like ot see what some of our near mountains look like. Click to enlarge.

Taken from just above Sundance.

Another photo from just above Sundance.

People fishing at Tibble Reservoir. (American Fork Canyon)

My wife caught this one of me looking at the mountains.


And now some sappy flower blogging from my yard to offset the cold looking pictures above. Click to enlarge.


Sort of a mix in today's playlist.

"Me and the Devil Blues" by Robert Johnson
"Abraham, Martin and John" by Dion
"Nobody But Me" by The Human Beinz
"Get Me to the World on Time" by The Electric Prunes
"A Fistful of Dollars" from the soundtrack
"Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult
"Sonata for keyboard in A major, K. 322 (L. 483)" by Andrés Segovia
"Goin' up the Country" by Canned Heat
"Crazy on You" by Heart
"Soapstone Mountain" by It's a Beautiful Day

Here's the last two:

This is one of my favorites by Ann and Nancy Wilson.

Some of you older people may remember the song "White Bird" done by the group It's a Beautiful Day. This is one of the few times David LaFlamme plays guitar; most of the time he played violin (at one time he played first chair violin for the Utah Symphony).