I did a version of this on Facebook a few days ago, listing 10 things I’ve done. You have space limitations there and I can easily double that list here. So I am.
- I’ve listened to great Jazz Music in clubs in Madison, Wisconsin.
- I’ve smoked marijuana in my life but probably less than you think.
- I’ve smoked a cigarette in a bathroom stall at the O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
- I’ve square danced.
- I’ve turned the other cheek—probably too often in my life.
- I’ve slammed a door so hard that it’s glass shattered into little pieces.
- I’ve loved two cats in my life—Dorey and Phoebe—and I still think of them and miss them.
- I’ve written short stories, essays, novellas and novels in my life and have actually made a few bucks doing it—something I never thought would happen.
- I’ve been divorced from my ex-wife now longer than we were married, but we’re still friends and I think we’re both kind of proud of that.
- I’ve found a 10-dollar-bill on the sidewalk when I was totally broke.
- I’ve been to New York City before my legs and walking went to hell and I’m glad I did as it’s a great city.
- I’ve volunteered for AVOC (AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati) and those were five emotional years I’ve never regretted or forgotten.
- I’ve been loved by a twin brother who loved me more than he loved himself.
- I’ve eaten sushi in Seattle, Washington.
- I’ve pissed out of a bedroom window in a house on Vashon Island outside of Seattle, Washington as the house where I was staying had a mean dog guarding the hallway and would not let me pass to use the bathroom.
- I’ve kissed women who are Country Music stars but it was always their idea to do it.
- I’ve kissed an angel good morning and loved her like the devil when she got back home.
- I’ve met dozens of Country Music stars and at least 80% of them were as nice as they could be.
- I’ve loved rainy, cloudy days in Maine.
- I’ve loved two children in my life—my daughter and my son.
I could probably do at least 10 more, but I’ll quit while I’m ahead.
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I know a lot of you like celebrity news, so I’m doing my part to keep you up-to-date. Well, actually the Huffington Post is as I’m ripping off some of the stuff they have written.
Ellen Pompeo wrote a touching tweet about some actor who has left “Grey’s Anatomy.” I’ve heard of that teevee show but I don’t know who Ellen Pompeo is but that’s her in that GIF over to the left.
Zosia Mamet has some kind of disturbing rape scene in a movie or TV movie coming up. I don’t know who she is.
Alan Rickman has wed his longtime lover. I’m very happy for him despite the fact I don’t know anything about him or his longtime lover.
Who the hell is Lake Bell?
I also don’t know who Tyga is either.
Kim Kardashian insists her family supports Bruce Jenner. I know who Bruce is and I also know who Kim is. Bruce I’m OK with—Kim, not so much.
Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalden are married. I may have misspelled “Somerhalden,” but I’m not going back to the Huffington Post to check. I don’t know who Nikki or Ian are and I don’t care.
Just so you know, Big Ang has gone blonde.
And that’s it in celebrity news. In case you can’t tell, I don’t know who most of this people are. I have a feeling I’m not missing much.
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Can you imagine something like this happening in a Wal-Mart parking lot? Why yes! Of course you can!
Near Cleveland, Ohio, a woman locked her car in a Wal-Mart parking lot with her dog inside it. The idiot woman got caught by a cop and this smart officer made the woman sit in her Nissan Sentra for a few minutes with the windows rolled up to see how she felt.
Click here to read more about this.
I love it. More police officers should be doing this. I mean, put yourself in their paws. I’m talking about the dog. Maybe that would wise some people up.
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P.S. I’ll return here on Wednesday.
In 1986, I was a married man with two small kids and living in Colerain Township. Yes. It seems like a lifetime ago.
In grade school, my daughter took ballet lessons and with those lessons came a ballet recital. Of course I wanted to see my daughter dance but those other kids? Not so much. As you know, you can’t always get what you want, so my wife and I and young son sat through those other performances with fake smiles on our faces. Well, at least mine was.
My daughter did her ballet dance just fine. At some point—maybe around the middle of the show—the ballet teacher did a solo performance of her own. A Country band—but not all that Country—named Restless Heart had a big record out called “I’ll Still Be Loving You.” That record was put through the school’s sound system somehow and the ballet teacher danced to it.
I considered the song too slick and didn’t care all that much for it, but watching that teacher dance to the song made me think of it in an entirely different way. She turned it into something truly beautiful—a Country ballet of sorts. I wish I could remember that teacher’s name but I simply can’t.
In my travels on YouTube recently, I came across “I’ll Still Be Loving You” on a show called “Larry’s Country Diner.” There were the guys from Restless Heart. They’re a little older now but still singing that slick song very well. I wanted to put it up here, but Larry is holding fast to his copyright rules. You all know how Larries can be. Here’s the original recording.
At some point, go to YouTube and watch them perform the song live. Watching them sing it again brought back memories of my daughter in ballet class and her teacher. If I said it didn’t make me tear up a little, I’d be lying.
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Oprah Winfrey’s television network has some kind of Huffington Post tie-in that I haven’t quite figured out and probably won’t ever because I’m not that interested. However, I did come across this article about foods that you don’t need to refrigerate that I found kind of interesting. I’m sharing it right here.
I knew about a lot of this, except for tomatoes. For a lot of years, I kept them in my refrigerator until my son told me they would taste better if I didn’t do that. I stopped and he was right.
My son set me straight on tomatoes. Sorry, Oprah.
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The photo you’re looking at is just some stuff on my writing table. I want to draw your attention to that radio for a minute. Maybe two.
That’s an Admiral All Transistor Radio. Its decades old. My parents got it for me when I was a kid. I’m talking early 1960’s.
I’m proud of the fact I’ve held onto it all these years. That Admiral All Transistor Radio still works.
When we have bad weather and/or tornado warnings and/or when my electric goes out—and all this stuff still happens from time to time (knock on wood, not lately)—I’ll turn on that radio to see what’s going on outside.
When I want to know about bad weather, I always turn that AM dial to WLW. An AM dial is the only dial on that Admiral All Transistor Radio. FM isn’t an option.
Turning that old dial to 700 WLW seems about right to me. Just like that radio, WLW never changes and is very retro. Well, the radio is a good kind of retro. “The Big One,” not so much. Just my opinion.
OK. I’m done talking about my Admiral All Transistor Radio. I’m thinking this only took you about a minute to read. Forget the two.
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Another guy, on Sunday, jumped the White House fence and was immediately arrested. Why do people constantly do this? Don’t they know what’s going to happen? Apparently not.
Also apparent is that these idiots aren’t listening to enough Cole Porter. “Don’t Fence Me In:” Those were Porter’s words to live by.
OK. I don’t really know that. I do know I can play that song on my mandolin and that Dick Cavett and ABBA know it too.
I’ll be back on Thursday. I’ll try to write something better but, as you know, there are no promises here.
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When you think of the Beatles, the first Beatle you think of probably isn’t Ringo Starr. Nothing against him at all. I mean, I think he has a lot of talent but not as much as John, Paul or George.
Now, having said this, growing up on a farm in East Enterprise, Indiana, we once had a collie we named after Mr. Star. Yes, the collie’s name was Ringo. Why I’m throwing this in, I’m not at all sure—something I just now thought of.
Anyway, Rolling Stone has recently done an article on Ringo and I found it interesting, so I’m sharing it right here.
Ringo is 74-years-old now. Time flies.
By the way, the first Beatle I always think of is John.
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I’m a mandolin picker and I play my mandolin 15 to 20 minutes a day—everyday. I’m very proud that I haven’t missed a day in over a year now.
Last week, I decided I wanted to learn “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” It’s coming a little slow but I’m gaining on it.
I love this song and whenever I think of it, I think of Willie Nelson. For a long time, I thought he wrote the song but that’s not the case. Fred Rose penned it decades ago and Hank Williams had the first version of it.
Of course, at this point, it’s a Willie Nelson song. I don’t think anybody is going to argue with that.
Here’s Willie singing this classic song and it gives us the first taste, really, of Trigger—Willie’s Martin guitar.
I think Trigger has become just as famous as Willie. Rolling Stone did a video about his guitar and I’m sharing that too.
Hope you all have a great Sunday.
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I’m pretty sure this has nothing to do with getting older. I’ve had trouble remembering to turn coffeemakers off for decades. However, for the past year or so, I’ve developed a ritual to help remind myself to do it.
After I pour my last cup of coffee, I click that button to the right and watch that green light go off on my coffeemaker. Then I say out loud, “Off.”
I then go to the light switch on my kitchen wall, move the switch downward to the off position and say out loud, “Off.”
“Off. . .off.” The two offs come within seconds of one another and I make a mental note of the two offs said.
Later, if I can only remember saying “Off” once, a step has been missed and I’ll go back to see what off I forgot.
If I remember saying “Off” three times, then I’ve really screwed something up. With three offs, I do just blame it on getting older.
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