Thursday, January 20, 2011

Another trip around the sun

This is number 59 for me, as a matter of fact. On Jan 20, 1952, I came into this world as a breech baby, and have been doing things ass-backwards since. My mom had her birthday on the eighteenth, so my younger brother took our mom and me to lunch that day.(Thanks again, Rich)


We seem to be having a mid-January thaw around here; it has been either sunny or raining for several days now, and all the gray snow is about gone. It's a nice break from the cold and ice we've been experiencing.


Still spending a lot of time working on my shoulder. I have full range of motion, but my strength leaves something to be desired. Right now , if I tried really hard, I could probably arm-wrestle an eight-year-old to a draw.
I try to spend some time on my lower body with the machines at the gym, and walking on an inclined treadmill. Strangely enough, I haven't lost any pounds, but I've had to tighten my belt almost four inches, so something must be taking place.


No comments on the news; most of it is a mixture of WTF? and bullshit, and hopefully the smoke will clear soon.


There has to be a favorite or two in here; if there isn't one, there should be.

"Touch of Gray" by Grateful Dead
"Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins
"Come Stay With Me" by Marianne Faithful
"Small Town" by John Mellencamp
"Beg, Borrow, and Steal" by Rare Breed
"Our Guessing Game" by The Moody Blues
"Legs" by ZZ Top
"Hurt" by Johnny Cash
"Kerosene" by Miranda Lambert
"With You There to Help Me" by Jethro Tull

This song was originally done by Nine-Inch Nails. The Man in Black does a haunting rendition of it, not long before he passed away.

A hot song from a firecracker of a lady.

One of my favorites of Jethro Tull.

Friday, January 14, 2011

"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia." - Charles M. Schulz

From the looks of it, however, Australia is taking quite a beating from Mother Nature.  Of course, they were assured that (according to Al Gore & Co.)  it would be a dry, warm year down there.  


So much for New Year resolutions; I was going to try and blog more often, and have failed dismally.


I'm not going to say much about the killings in Tucson; right now I've pretty disgusted with the way media and the left wing have behaved like a bunch of hyenas and vultures. I don't care for either party, but this occasion has been nothing more than a bunch of jerks trying to capitalize on the tragedy by dancing in the blood.

"There is something about a Republican that you can only stand him just so long; and on the other hand, there is something about a Democrat that you can't stand him quite that long."
- Will Rogers


Snow, and more snow. Wish it would get up to freezing for a change; we've been well below freezing night and day now for at least a week or two. It's getting tiresome.


Didn't see much to photograph the last few days; one pile of dirty gray snow looks like another. Thought I'd post a few pictures taken before I started blogging. These are all of warmer weather, which may be of interest
to some of you.  Click to enlarge.

Picture 1: my wife took this one down by Deadhorse Point.  She spotted this buck running into the brush, stopped our Jeep, and was out of the door with her camera before it came to a full stop.  The buck was cleaning the last of the velvet from his antlers, so she caught several shots of him sparring with a bush.
Picture 2: sunset above the Colorado River, right outside of Moab, Utah.
Picture 3: river coming out of mountain.  The river starts on the other side; it was diverted by tunneling through the mountain and channeling the river through it.  It runs down to a small lake in Spanish Valley.
Picture 4: closeup where river comes out.
Picture 5: Upheaval Dome.  An old meteorite crater outside of Moab.  You can find it in Google Earth at lat=38.4370537, lon=-109.9293747.


Any favorites in this bunch? Any comments or anecdotes?

"Hold Me" by Fleetwood Mac
"The Warrior" by Patty Smyth
"Promises in the Dark" by Pat Benatar
"Runnin' Blues" by The Doors
"Pictures of Matchstick Men" by Status Quo
"I Thought I Heard the Devil" by John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
"Have a Nice Day" by Bon Jovi
"Rock Me" by Steppenwolf
"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" by Eric Burdon and the Animals
"Shot of Poison" by Lita Ford

A rockin' song from a great group of the sixties.

At a place I used to work, whenever this song came on, everyone sang along with the chorus, even the people who normally didn't like rock music. One of the great classics of the sixties.

A hot lady in leather with a hard rock guitar. Gotta love rock 'n roll...