Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
Sunday, August 29, 2021
2021 Movie Count / Goal: 13 of 15
Saturday, August 28, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Sorry (not sorry) folks.
I'm on vacation. Actually have been for over a week and you've gotten mostly prepared posts that I had drafted in advance.
But I'm out of those. And lazy. Possibly drunk.
So, here are some butthole and vagina clouds for you. Or the one on the left is giving the alt-right symbol / signal. I mean, it is North Carolina.
Song by: Kate Bush
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
I figured I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' kind of thing. This could be viewed as a lame placeholder kind of post. And probably it is. But it's my blog! So there!
Their follow up, Pressure Machine is better and worse than that last release.
First off, while I think it's a huge step to have founder and guitarist, David Keuning, is back in the band, this album seems more and more like Brandon Flowers' third solo project.
Secondly, one can't just throw on some lonesome harmonica and made-to-sound poorly recorded / mixed spoken-word vignettes about small time life and try to make this your Nebraska (Bruce Springsteen). It's not that. Though I fear the band and producers think it is. They'd be wrong.
Thirdly, this is produced by the same two guys who mostly helmed the less-than mediocre Mirage. I wasn't hopeful.
The opener, "West Hills" is just as muddied of a mix as the spoken word parts. It's possible it could be a decent song, but it's dragged down by that mix.
Flowers & Co try far far far too hard to paint bleak life in small town Utah. Flowers has been doing this on and off again with all his solo disks and some of the band material too. Train wrecks, opioid abuse, affairs, patrol cars and the likes.......it just kind of mumbles (not even screams) desperation of 'hey notice me....this is bleak, so you know it's good!'
There are some decent tracks on this disk, which any more than one would have beat Mirage, hands down. I like "Cody". The topic is ok, but Kuening's guitar work is nice - and it's nice to hear Sara Watkins play violin anywhere (though still a grab for Nebraska like sentiments). "Sleepwalker" is good, as is "In the Car Outside".
For some unknown reason, Phoebe Bridgers appears on the semi-decent "Runaway Horses". She seems to be the 'Michael "send me the script, I'll DO it!" Caine' of recorded music these days. She's everywhere and I cannot figure out why. She must know where bodies are buried. To be fair, she doesn't detract from the song, but she adds nothing either.
There is little in Pressure Machine that is traditional Killers - and that's ok. I'm all for expansion and growth. But let's not make this something it's not either. These are stories of small town Mormon life, which Flowers has been writing about now for decades, but it doesn't make him Springsteen. It never will.
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Friday, August 20, 2021
Yet another installment in the drudgery that is everyday shopping. The camera-phone makes it a bit more fun - though I get looks whenever I take pics of products. Like I care what people think.
As you know, I'm not a sheltered man. So I am pretty sure I know the difference between a keychain and a sex toy.
The fine folks at amazon - who btw, featured this to me as a suggested item........thanks? - claim it's a "self-defense" keychain.
I suppose. I mean, if you have lube and are distracting your attacker by sliding it up his (not even "his or her") butt, one ridge at a time. At least they've now forgotten about stealing your wallet, purse, or dignity.
Who knows, maybe even they'll buy you dinner afterwards.
Though - I have to say: THIS is a deal. $8.90 for four to a pack. And it's on Prime, so you can get it tomorrow and hope you're "attacked" tomorrow night.
Thursday, August 19, 2021
I know people identify themselves as cat or dog people. You've seen my Saturday posts - clearly I play both sides of that fence.
When it comes to advertising, unless it's about cat litter or fud, felines are never taking center stages......until now.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021
I have no theme. I have no plan.
I happen to know that Dar Williams has a new disk coming out in October. I like her and she's fairly consistent, but this is a new direction for her.
....at least with the song, "You Give It All Away", which she wrote and recorded during the pandemic. Well, the 2020 part.
It was based on a discussion with peers on how streaming services pay nothing for their work and without touring they make zero dollars, especially during Covid - it feels like they're.....giving it all away.
I won't say it's Williams' best song, but........it's not bad.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
I don't do enough self-care. I assume most people - yourselves included - don't either.
Honestly, professional pedicures are the extent of my self-care. I have never had a massage, or a spa visit. Clearly I don't even get haircuts.
My problem with my feet is not doing it enough. Literally.
Age and overuse have beaten those fuckers down. It would take a lot to get them to 'normal'. But 2-3 times per year won't probably do the trick
I've made a decision for once a month.
Should you have not had a pedicure, I highly recommend it. My friend Becky tried to get me to go back in - yes, I remember - 2011, but I put it off...............until 2015.
Even then, I have only been a handful of times - the last one being in Provincetown in May. The time before that, right before sheltering in place 14 months prior.
I am thrilled at how my feel are currently looking today, but I know that it won't last if I don't keep up with it all.
Even better news - the place I have gone now provides alcohol.
I mean, they always had a bar, but now one drink is provided with the pedicure. I'd say it's "free", but I also know I'm actually paying for it, but they bring it right to me.
Hey - if folks are touching my feet, there is zero reason I shouldn't be taking the edge off with booze.
Song by: Diana Krall
Saturday, August 14, 2021
Just a horrible week all around: work. weather. home.
Sometimes the pets made it better, but not always........................Shep.
Friday, August 13, 2021
So I'm doing my 136th 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. Erik is back and I think he's picking up 12 of 12 again.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
80-90 mph winds, trees down, streetlights out, power out.
.....including at our place. I''m doing this with my hotspot, so need to conserve energy.
More tomorrow ?
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
This sums up the shittiness that is Florida and its governor.
I truly do not get Desantis' end game with this. How does all of this not hurt his state's economy? I mean, I suppose he hopes the less affluent populations perish, as they weren't going to vote for him in the first place. .....but then who is going to clean all the Kentucky Taco Hut bathrooms - should the people who he thinks are the spreaders of the disease - once they call kick the bucket?
I mean, I suppose they don't call the state 'g-d's waiting room' for nothing.
Song by: Van Halen