Monday, October 14, 2019

My Music Monday

Fleetwood Mac's Tusk is 40 years old.  Well 40 years and two days old.

How that fuck did that happen?  Back then I was in high school, waiting, knowing, I had to make it through school and then work, only then to drive out to Peaches Records to purchase the double disk for a whopping $16.99.  At the time, it was the highest priced record ever released.

While Rumours was more commercial, Tusk had way more appeal for me.  Selling only four millions copies, it was considered a bomb compared to the then 18 million for Rumours (now that number is past the 40 million mark).

Christine McVie's songs were not radically different here. Stevie Nicks' songs were not either, though longer, as the band had two disks in which to expand. It was Lindsey Buckingham - his songs and production - that had the band veering out of their normal lane.

With this disk, it is arguably the best Nicks' songs have ever been or sounded, and I would attribute that mostly to Buckingham's production work. She has the least amount of songs on the disk, but the most amount of time.

I'll use her "Angel" as today's example. Oddly enough, Bob Welch, when he was with the band also had a song by the same name.

Nicks says she tried to purposefully write a rock and roll song, as most of hers, well, are not typically 'rock'. She succeeds, and she doesn't. It's a good attempt, but still has writing style intact. Oddly, this was probably a better choice for a single than "Sara", at least in terms of radio airplay, but it never came to pass.

40 years later, I still like the album, and the song.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

12 of 12

So I'm doing my 115th 12 of 12.

Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.

Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. Now it's just myself - that I know of.....as it's the only blog post he's still doing......for now.  

04:45.  Failed Dog Walk. 
It was pouring, we made it to the garage and Shep turned around. 

04:55.  Catalina. 
OS upgrade on my Mac. It took well over and hour to complete. 

05:40.  What 05:40 looks like in our household. 

10:10.  Playing possum.  
He's actually not playing.  He dead. 

11:30.  Two and one-half months in, and some of my toe nails are still sporting black polish. 

12:50.  Post picnic hike along Lake Erie.
Choppy day at sea.

13:30.  Gotta poop.  
Yes. EVERYBODY does it!

14:30.  Canine Meadow stop after hike. 
Shep ran and ran and ran and ran. Sometimes was chased. 


15:10 . 710 putting gas in my car - what a sweetie. 

16:00.  Checking the mail. 

19:30.  There's a moon in the sky (called the moon).

20:00.  Fuzzy Pants.
We are hitting the low 40s. Breaking out the fuzzies - with dogs. 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Animals

It's pet day !!  Lots of Sophie today.  She was a good subject this time out.


Sophie found a patch of sun, as she is apt to do. 

Shep didn't want to play with the beagle puppy.  I did, but he ignored me, like Shep ignored him. 

3 corgis.  One of them is named 'Kevin'. 

Afternoon walks have been hell.  Squirrels EVERYWHERE.  I'm going to lose an arm. 

Hangin' 1. 

Hangin' 2 - but Sophie's face!

Hangin' 3.  

And Wally. Or Wall*E, and I call him. 
Basset for sure. And maybe part Holstein. His ears are too short for basset or beagle, but I try to show him love any time I see him. 



Song by: Talking Heads

Friday, October 11, 2019

Unravel

Honest to Yahweh, these buttholes in DC are making it impossible not blog about them.

Shrub aside, I haven't really blogged about current administration for two weeks. At least I've refrained from a few times per week. I guess it's progress, but at what cost?   At what cost????

I keep reading things about the impeachment noose getting tighter around BLOTUS' neck. It'd be nice, if true. I'm just not sure I believe it yet.

Of course, things are looking up - I mean, unless you're in said administration. Now you find out how potentially stupid they are.  And I'm loving it.

Right now it is circumstantial "evidence" that Rudy G. is the guy who is going to make this whole thing unravel. But I'm hoping there is a really good game of connect-the-dots coming our way and soon.

The only way this could get better, is if Ivanka was fellating these two guys from the Ukraine. And the killer would be, she wasn't even doing it for dirt on the Bidens or to help our her dad - that she was doing it just for fun.

To be honest, there is almost too much information semi-coming in at one time. It is difficult to keep track of what is real versus speculated, let alone what it all means in terms of the potential impeachment.

Right now, these Ukrainian men seem to have no Biden investigation connections, but they might have (read: probably) participated in campaign finance violations.  But I have to believe, two men from the Ukraine on a separate matter, when the other matter also involves the Ukraine?

Connect-the-dots cannot come soon enough.



Song by: Björk

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Just Be Good to Me

Since I cannot (yet) bring myself to address that three ringed circus we have going on in DC, I figured I could at least rake Ellen DeGeneres over the coals.

She and Shrub were seen at some sportsball event together.  People went apeshit. And then Ellen had to go and and lesbiansplain it to us:

"I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have. We’re all different, and I think that we’ve forgotten that that’s okay that we’re all different."

Oh Ellen, so am I.  There are times I'm a bit frustrated with my Facebook friends. Some of them are deeply in the red - and I don't mean in the profit and loss area, unless you consider they can be morally bankrupt for supporting BLOTUS. 

The difference is, those friends didn't start a war knowingly based on false information, just to get us into a war. And one where 4,000+ US troops died as did 65,000 (!!!!) Afghanis. This goes against moral bankruptcy, it is - and should have been - a war crime.

With BLOTUS in office, I totally get it's easy to think that Bush wasn't that bad. It's tough to remember what a vile piece of shit he was - and I'm sure still is.

I'm with Ellen in the spirit that we are all different and can, and should, understand and discuss that of which we might not agree, but let's face it, there are degrees.  I would almost bet $47 kerjillion dollars, she would not have sat in a skybox watching a Buffalo Bills game with OJ Simpson by her side - and he only killed two people.   .......that we know of!

I'm sorry Ellen, but trying to gloss over this with feel-good-love stuff doesn't cut it this time. It's not boycott material, per se, it nothing else, because I've never actually seen anything but clips of your shows.  It's is a reason to banish your stupid-ass game show.

You can't dance your way out of this one.



Song by: S.O.S. Band

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Cooking with Blobby

It's been a million years since I've had a cooking segment, and you'll still have to wait for that. This weekend, it was baking.

It was our annual block party, where one brings a side or dessert.  We (read: I) opted to go for the latter. I couldn't think of a side that was original and I wanted to try out an America's Test Kitchen recipe for lemon squares.

Yes, I KNOW I'm on a diet, but just because I make them doesn't mean I have to eat one. Truth be told, I sampled a finger full of filling when I was cutting them, just to make sure they didn't suck.

They didn't.

As you can see, there are not many ingredients. It's not horribly labour intensive but it does end up using a few bowls.

First, pre-heat your oven to 350 F.

Crust
Flour all purpose                  1 cup
Sugar                                    1/4 cup
Salt                                       1/4 t
Butter - unsalted / melted     8 t

Filling
Lemon Juice       2/3 cup (it took me seven lemons) .
Lemon Zest         2 t  (maybe 4 lemons worth)
Sugar                   2 cups
Salt                      1/4 t
Eggs                    3 large eggs; 3 large yolks
Cream of Tartar   2 t
Butter -unsalted   4 t


Just an FYI. I had salted butter at home, so I didn't add the salt they called for hoping it would even out. I think it did?

Whisk together the flour, sugar and salt, then add the melted butter and incorporate everything. I actually forgot to whisk, and yes, I think it made a difference, mostly in the taste of the crust. 

In an 8x8 pan, with a foil sling (easy to get the bars out this way - and keeps pan 100$ clean! - spread the dough, making an even layer at the bottom of the pan.  The dough was way easy to work with. 

Place in the pre-heated oven for 19-24 minutes to get golden brown.  Then take out. 

During that cook time, whisk together the flour, sugar and cream of tartar. Add the eggs and egg yolks and whisk until smooth. Then add lemon juice and zest. Whisk some more until combined. 

Squeezing the lemons was probably the most time consuming thing of the recipe. 

In a small sauce pan cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly for 5-8 minutes until the mixutre reaches 160 F.  Should you not stir, you might just have cooked eggs. 

Take off the heat and add the butter, stirring it in until it melts. The cold butter will so help cool down the mixture and help it stop cooking. 

Put mixture through a fine mesh strainer in case there are any curdles (mine had them) and to get rid of the cooked zest. 

Pour into pan. Move pan around to get the mixture in an even layer over the entire surface.  Place in the 350 F over and cook for 8-12 minutes, until set, but still a little jiggly in the middle. 

Let it cool in the pan for at least 90 minutes, room temperature. 

Lift from the pan via the foil and cut in even pieces.  You're supposed to cut it into 12, but we cut those in half even so more of the block party folks could have them. 


The lemon tasted very good - what little I scooped off the knife.

Oh yes, clean off your blade between each cut. The dough was firm and you could hear the snap as the knife went through it.

People at the party liked them. We had a few left over which I wrapped up and took to work. Those folks really liked them.  Some day, I'll make them again, where I can eat them, but until then, the diet continues.

Monday, October 07, 2019

My Music Monday

I won't pretend to know exactly who Young the Giant are.  I would wiki them and make you all feel as though I'm an authority on them. I just have heard their song "My Body" on Sirius XM's

I have no big intro for it, but the intro to the song goes on for a bit, but if you can get past that, you might dig the song.


Sunday, October 06, 2019

Hate

Friday night, I went to the newly built and recently dedicated Cleveland LGBT Center.

Besides being just a great organization on its own, my friend, Chef Bob, used to be president there for a number of years. And the work I did at CLAW was so that the money raised would be donated there - but to $20,000 per year.

710 and I also give them money annually.

They not only do a lot with at risk youths, they're branching out as us gays age. They are looking at what this looks like, housing, healthcare, etc for the elderly gay population. I'm sure I'll need all that info in the next 19 months.

Anyway, the Center was doing a fundraiser using the NOH8 campaign.

NOH8 was founded back around 2008 around to push back against California's Proposition 8, which was to ban same sex marriage.  The campaign is something you've no doubt seen:  people being photographed in white shirts, against a white background with the NOH8 tattoo on their face, with a piece of duct tape over their mouth. That is to symbolize gays being silenced. Many of the pictures in the campaign having the subjects peeling off the tape.

Since they were doing a two hour photo shoot in the CLE, I felt the need to be a part of it. If Facebook is to be believed - and it's not - 120 people just who were on that platform said they'd be there.  Uh-huh.

Blobby got there 15 minutes in. There was one person getting their photo taken and two ahead of me. And it would be a bit before there was someone after me. 

Yes, just me. I tried to get Chef Bob to go with me, but he had plans. 710 - well, he isn't much of a picture guy, let alone one that would end up on social media. So it was me, myself and I.

As I came straight (ha!) from work, I just used the t-shirt I had on under my dress shirt. They had someone apply my tattoo and then another to apply my duct tape.



This is not the official photo.

I haven't seen the official photo(s) yet.  The photographer took about 10. I say he was good at giving directions, but with over 56,000 having participated in this, even though I'm sure he didn't do all of them, that he's got a rhythm down. 

I felt comfortable doing it, mostly because there was no one else there. Also, I've done way more public things for this blog, and over the years, that trepidation about taking a picture somewhere for said blog, has just gone out the window.

As there was no one waiting after me, after he gave me a hug, he showed me one or two. I was very happy with one of them. It is unclear if they'll send all 10 or so to me, or if they just pick the one that THEY like.

I also am unclear on when I'll see them. But it sounds like 4 weeks, which seems insane, as they're digital.  But they're doing these sessions in Columbus and Cincinnati immediately after. Maybe they'll come sooner should the attendance be not what they expected.

I'm sure I'll show the finished product once it comes my way.  ....and I like it.



Song by: Cat Power

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Tired

Even so-so pics of Sophie and Shep are still respite for the soul.  They always make me smile. That's what's important.

One of Shep's go-to parks. They've drained the lake to fix a dam. And in the distance?  The Goodyear Blimp. 


Up close 

Post Daycare 1.

Romping in Erie's surf.  He loves water so. 

I was a happy man with this. Normally, 710 is in the chair with them, never me. 

Post Daycare 2.  This boy really knows how to go out - and go out hard. 



Song by: LCD Soundsystem

Friday, October 04, 2019

Shame

I have very little today.

That in itself is kind of a-mah-zing, as you know, BLOTUS and Full Mental Meltdown x 2. Honestly, from what little I could stand to watch, it was quite a site, but not enough to touch on.

A more interesting, and still eff'd up one, is a faith based hospital (read: Catholic) what I would say went against any CMS, HIPAA and G-D laws that there are.  Three years ago!!

St. Mary's, in Maine, had a "wall of shame" where some of the workers posted medical records of disabled patients - including information of the genitals and bodily functions.

FUN!  ....and ILLEGAL.

I guess, it IS a BLOTUS America now.

For the life of me, I don't know why it took another worker (now former worker) there three years to spill the beans.

The complainant said the 'wall of shame' stayed up for months after she informed hospital leadership. They denied that and said it was taken down within weeks !!!!!!

St. Mary's?   I think the correct answer should have been:  "we took it down immediately!"

For that answer alone, you're at 100% fault.  You're a podunk hospital in Maine, but you should be sued and fined out the wazoo for this.  All people involved - including those who did not take it down at once - should be terminated.

As it stands, one was fired. One suspended.

I'd say you give Catholics a bad name, but......................there's is a sin now; forgive later kind of organization.   CMS and Maine Department of Health prefers cash.



Song by:  the Eurythmics

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Ad of the Month

You know how I normally do "funny" ads (quotes, as "funny" is relative)?  This time, not so much.

Ohio - at least Northern Ohio - has been in the midst of potentially shutting down both our nuclear power plants. I'm not a fan of nuclear power, but I'll say this about the one closest to us: the tax dollars First Energy pays has made those communities thrive. They have state of the art schools and facilities, and they've helped the parks up there too.

Sure - there is that half-life of plutonium problem, but so far.......   We take Shep up that way often for that town's parks.

Anyhoo......there are groups that want a government bail out of the plants to keep them going. WHAAAAAT?  Isn't that......socialism?????

But the ads, which I stopped paying attention to because.....well.......it's Ohio and nothing good politically happens here lately.  But part of this one caught my attention:  first it was the communist China part.......then it was an ad I cannot find on line. 

They give you a number to report anyone who it asking to sign a petition.  Yes, they are sending out people to scare other folks and physically intimidate them.

I am not even sure who is who at this point, but with these tactics, I just want the other guys to win - no matter who they are.


Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Walking the Dog

Yesterday, I got a text from Spo

He is apt to do this now and again, and out of the blue. Well, out of the blue for me. I've done it to him now and then, but he is much better at this kind of thing than I.  Random texts are fun and just nice. I do it to my cousins often - usually with hilarious results, or so it seems to me.

I should do it now and again to others. As long as it doesn't look like I'm stalking. Stupid digital footprint!

But the good Dr. electronically sent me an Oatmeal cartoon.

I sat in my office and laughed as I read it. I told him I would make this my blog port for tomorrow, which is today.

The super funny thing about this one, is that every single word of it is true.  Every. Single. One.











I'm glad Dr. Spo thought enough of me to send this. I shall have to return in kind......when he least suspects it.



Song by: the Rolling Stones