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Everything and Nothing / Re: Happy thoughts
« on: December 22, 2010, 10:03:57 AM »
So, while at Disney World, I decided to buy Christmas gifts for my co-workers.  While at Epcot, I further decided that since everything at DW is made in China, I might as well buy Chinese gifts from the China section.  I'm checking out and the two girls are from Hong Kong.  The discussion went from "It's really cold out" to "They are spraying water on the plants to keep them from being killed by the frost" to "We like oranges" to "In China we get oranges called 'Sunkissed'".  As we were walking out, my wife says "They get Sunkissed Oranges in China?"  I replied "and probably smoke lots of Marlboro's.  You don't think those boats go over there empty, do you?" :D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:58:35 AM »
Please, not that! :o

Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:57:59 AM »
Agreed.  To change the subject, I've recently tried Knob Creek Kentucky Bourbon.  It's great.  Anyone else have a preference.

(In a sick way, my above statement reminds me of the line from a Crack the Sky song:  "Shall we have another beer and slober through another year".)

Jees, I'm so self-contradictory lately.  I guess this kinda shit happens when a lot of people you are familiar with or know die in a year, while you've been reading nothing but Douglas Adams.

Everything and Nothing / Happy thoughts
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:49:25 AM »
I sure am glad I live in Florida.

C'mon.  Spread the happiness.  Share and Enjoy.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 22, 2010, 09:46:33 AM »
Not really, but should we start a thread entitled "bitching by voters?"

Maybe I'm just tired of all the negative feelings.  Including my own.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 22, 2010, 07:21:19 AM »
And....  the only political comment I will make for the next two years  ::) is that I don't want to hear ANYONE complain.  So few people voted in 2010, it made me sick.  If any nation allows a minority of people to make decisions for them because the majority are too lazy to stop at the polls on election day, then those people get what they deserve.  You all know the numbers, it happened all over the country.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Silly Question on disagreeing vs. attacking
« on: December 22, 2010, 07:17:44 AM »
I have to admit that my reactions are determined by my emotional state of that day.  If I go overboard, it's due to me writing while having a bad day at work. (Which will explain my absence over the past year)

Everything and Nothing / Re: Is everybody sick?
« on: December 22, 2010, 07:14:54 AM »
It's hard to complain about being sick when you catch a cold due to a three day trip to Disney World.  ;D

Everything and Nothing / Re: Christmas and New Year wishes
« on: December 22, 2010, 07:14:05 AM »
Stay Healthy!!!!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Can we have a serious talk about vinyl?
« on: December 22, 2010, 07:12:19 AM »
Here we go....!!!

About three years ago, I dived back into vinyl.  I started finding things in antique stores, like Walter Carlos "Switched on Bach", Chicago at Carnegie Hall, Led Zeppelin "?@$#".  The album that snagged us was the original soundtrack for "A Fistfull of Dollars."  I got a Stanton turntable and cartridges and within a few months, I had about 20 lps.  I was told about a device called a phono preamp, which made everything sound spectacular.  Seems like the Sony surround sound digital system isn't made for vinyl, but with the preamp, it works better than any stereo I ever had before.  (I don't qualify myself as an audiophile, I can tell the difference between a $500 stereo and a $10,000 stereo, I just can't get that excited about it.)

In the following years, I have accumulated around 1000 albums.  I got 1400 in one shot for $150 when an antique store closed.  Granted, most of them went to Goodwill, but when you find things like 3 complete sets of Beethoven symphonies, stereo, mono and recorded on 35mm film, to The Shocking Blue, whoa!  I hit Goodwills and antique stores constantly.  It's amazing how many bad albums are out there, but when you go through a pile of crap and find The Beatles "Second Album" mono, in mint condition, it's worth it.

Most interesting thing that has happened to me is that, due to the rebirth of my vinyl addicition, I have also gotten into opera.  I had never given that world a chance, but I started finding operas recorded up to 60 years ago in mint condition for about $2 a shot, I couldn't help myself.  Opera is a world I had to study to get into it successfully.  In March, my wife and I are going to Boston primarily for two concerts, The Dropkick Murphys and Handel's "Agrippina".  I have about 25 operas on vinyl now, my favorite being Handel's "Xerses."

So, as far as vinyl sound, it depends on what you want.  A good example is that I wound up with two copies of Emerson, Lake and Palmer's first album.  I kept the one with the "pop" through "Take a Pebbel". Nostalgia rules.  There have been some great 180 gram audiophile releases recently,  The Rolling Stones "Exile on Main Street" and Derek and the Dominoes "Layla" for example.  It's the old electronic stuff that's hard to find.  I did get Tangerine Dreams 'Rubycon" and "Bil Nelson's "Chance Encounters in the Garden of Light".  But to close the statement about vinyl...  It's not that I dislike cd's, or like vinyl more, it's just different.

And, BTW, there is a reason Tomita's "The Bermuda Triangle" didn't come out on cd, there are frequencies on that piece of vinyl that digital just can't deal with.

Everything and Nothing / Re: New Dog Story
« on: December 20, 2010, 09:08:05 AM »
Still timid, but happy.  It's great to watch her running around the yard.  She absolutely adores our other two dogs.

Everything and Nothing / New Dog Story
« on: December 09, 2010, 08:50:11 AM »
Here begins the story. I went to the shelter in Monticello, FL yesterday and met an adorable dog. She looks like a small Newfoundland. She, and her 3 siblings, were found in a box on the side of the road a year ago. All her brothers and sisters were adopted, she has a droopy eye and is still at the shelter. She is extremely shy and is afraid to leave her surroundings, her "universe": the animal shelter. She was ok with me and I was able to pet her, but all she wanted to do while on a leash with me was go back to a pen, and any pen would do. Friendly with all other animals. In short, this will need work.

The plan as of now... We are going to take Ringo to the shelter (and I hope he doesn't get the wrong idea) to meet her. I am going to the shelter every morning before going to work (I may at one point decide to stay and not go to work anyway), possibly feed her in the mornings until she is comfortable with me. This one may take some time. Any advice will be appriciated. I will keep updating this, and will add pictures when she is home with us.

Day 2: I went in in Friday morning. The care taker brought her out to me and gave me some food for her. She was too nervous, so I took her to her pen. I sat inside with her for about 15 minutes, she sat near the fence, wouldn't come to me, but watched me the entier time.

Day 3: My wife and I took Ringo and it was a sucess. Ringo is a friendly dog, and there was no agression between the two at all. I was taking Ringo back to her pen, but since he had never been in such a place, he was quie frightened. So I went back out front, and they brought Gwenie to us. She eventually sat with me, had her head on my lap at one time, was fine with Ringo, overall she did not have a constant desire to getaway. She became comfortable with us. The four of us went for a walk at a nearby park and things went well.

I won't be able to go back until Thursday. I will take an old t-shirt.

Day 4: The break was due to going to Tampa to see Roger do The Wall (incredible, BTW). I went to the shelter Thursday morning. I went into her pen. She wouldn't come to me on her own, but continued to circle around me. There was another dog in the pen, he was all over me. I left a shirt for her to sleep with.

Day 5: Friday. I had to take Ringo to the vet for the day. I asked them to get Gwenie and put her in the pen next to him for the day. All went well. When I picked up Ringo, they brought out Gwenie and she jumped right into the car with us. I brought her home. She spent the night very timid, shy, and slept in the laundry room. Ringo and Won-Li were perfect gentlemen about the whole thing. Sparky (the old orange tabby) was quite curious.

Day 6: Saturday. She has checked out the house on her own. She loves going for walks and does quite well on the leash. AND....... while watching a movie last night, she walked up to me, sat beside me and licked my hand! Mission accomplished!

A week later, Queenie is very happy. She like to play with my hands when I sit my recliner and hang them off the back. She plays with all of our other animals (2 dogs, 2 cats). And she loves to run. She took off this morning and just ran in circles around the yard (we have 2 acres cleared, 3 are forest.)

Everything and Nothing / Re: "Big" NASA announcement?
« on: December 09, 2010, 08:44:26 AM »
NASA:  Never A Straight Answer

Everything and Nothing / Re: Massive attack -Roger waters live
« on: October 21, 2010, 11:14:09 AM »
I'm going to the St. Pete Times forum in Nov to see The Wall myself.  Can't wait.  The Wall is expensive, but what the hell.  It's probably going to be around $300 for us with tickets, driving, hotel and all.  But I do get a chance to got to Banana's Records, so it's worth it.  There are no longer ANY record stores in Tallahassee.  Mt Moriah Mission closed down.

Arsebook... that's great! :D

I simply got tired (and long ago) of people on MySpace.  Facebook doesn't seem worth the time.  Virb went a "pay for it" place.  I can't blame them, and it will make it a bit more, I dunno, serious.  If any kid can get a space, every kid will.  If one has to pay, then you get a better page.  But... do I really want to pay?  Still up in the air on that one.

Everything and Nothing / looking for lyrics
« on: October 08, 2010, 11:42:27 AM »
If anyone here writes lyrics or knows of a good place to find people who do, please let me know.

There is no why, no reason needed.

I tried (Facebook artist/music profile), but I just can't bring myself to get serious about it, or anything else for that matter when it comes to pushing my own music.

My son and I had a good laugh watching some one attempting to "network" at a club last week.  It all seems so pointless.  Like pissing in a river.  I'm just going to stick to composing and doing art, and if someone else wants to bang their head against the wall for me, I'll let them.

Everything and Nothing / Sheeba ?-9/18/2010
« on: September 27, 2010, 12:11:47 PM »

Sheeba was rescued in 2006.  She had been abandoned in a mobile home by a bunch of idiots, where the only thing left for her and another dog was a bag of deer corn.  When they were both rescued, they had heart worms, and most of their teeth were broken.  Sheeba survived the heart worms, the other dog didn't.  Sheeba was taken in by a man who was a truck driver, and she spent many happy years travelling in the cab.  As time went on, Sheeb came down with hip dysplasia.  The trucker got married to a woman with two children.  The two children proved to be too much for Sheeba.  Not at the fault of the children, but Sheeba was in constant pain and needed a more relaxed environment.

This is were I came in.  Sheeba was staying at our vet's kennel.  She was too sick to return home, but too well to be put down.  Our vet's assistant asked me if I could provide a "Hospice" situation for Sheeba.  A quite place, with lots of room, and other docile dogs to hang out with.  Sheeba had a difficult time getting around, primarily sitting or lying down, and she only had a few teeth left.  She needed daily medication, and had a regular eating schedule.  I took her in and my dogs were very receptive to Sheeba. 

I had never had a Siberian Huskie before.  They are quite vocal.  When it was time to eat, "BARK!."  If it was four in the morning and she needed to go out, "BARK!"  If you were eating and she wanted you to share "BARK!"  Often more than one bark, and very loud.  The best thing about Sheeba was that every time I would pet her, she would put her head in my hand and give me a big "Oh thank you" look.  She was with us for four months.  Friday night, as the vet had warned me, she laid down and could not get up.  I got her some sedatives so she could sleep through the night, but she continued to whimper until she finally went to sleep around 2am.  The next morning, she was pretty much gone.  Our vet came to our house and put her sleep.

If any one out there reads this and is considering adopting a dog, consider the old and abandoned ones.  No one knew how old Sheeba was, and she instantly accept her new home with us.  The short time we spent was very valuable, and even though she was only with us for a few months, she will be as missed as any other dog or cat we have had.

Everything and Nothing / Re: Best Ambient cd to have sex to ?
« on: August 17, 2010, 03:47:30 PM »
Speaking of men's faces on girls bodies...

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