Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Rejoice Sophie fans - she makes herself known in this holiday week's episode.
Song by: the Jam
Friday, November 26, 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!
These may or may not be newly released disks. They might not even be a good disk - just what is been in heavy rotation in my car (as usually the iPod is playing anywhere else).
It took 14 years to release their second disk, Raise the Roof. ....and that's ok.
The first release was an unlikely pairing - and it kind of worked, it kind of didn't. I thought it would be better if they harmonized on the songs the other would take lead vocals, but that didn't happen much or producer, T Bone Burnett didn't mix the disk as well as he might have. My opinion of course.
I've always been a Krauss fan, but somewhere, I never developed that Led Zeppelin gene. Sure, I knew Plant's voice and music - mostly due to my age, gender and race. Yes, those demographics are all prominent and necessary in that last sentence.
On the surface Raise the Roof doesn't deviate tons from the first outing. Same producer, many of the same backing musicians and some overlap in songwriters. I do feel Burnett did a much better job on production and the song choices seemed to flow a lot better. There are more blending of the two voices than on Sand, and it all seems less forced.
Both singers have their moments - Plant does no better than "You Led Me to the Wrong". The song itself is good, but he doesn't overdo it there and Krauss' fiddle is as mournful as it's ever been. Krauss shines on "Trouble with My Lover".
Krauss really doesn't have a bad track here. Actually, neither does Plant.
I'd say where the album truly shines - and kind of what I expected (read: hoped) initially from Sand - are the two opening songs "Quattro (World Drifts In)" and the Everly Brothers' "the Price of Love" (which is almost unrecognizable from their version - as you'd expect).
I would say the closest likeness this disk has to the first is "Can't Let Go" (which is song Lucinda Williams did back in the '90s, but is NOT a Lucinda Williams song is, no matter what the press writes), and "High and Lonesome" (which is the only original song on this disk).
Oddly, the Target version (do people really go to Target to buy music still that they get a special disk?) has a cover of a Lucinda Williams song from her last disk with "You Can't Rule Me". I'd love to hear that, but not enough to go to Target or buy a CD. ....and I haven't found it on-line yet.
So, I was reluctant to buy Raise the Roof, because I was not really impressed by Raising Sand, but Krauss will get me to buy just about anything. I'm glad I did. It's not a perfect disk, but it's solid and not really a bad song amongst them.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Wednesday, November 24, 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.
Oh, I know this isn't real (right??), but give it to me. It's funny.
And honestly, both KY and Krispy Kreme could stand a little cross branding, no? And none of this is out of the realm, right?
Donuts and lube ARE both warm & sticky. ......so, there is no false advertising there.
Technically both are hole glaze(d).
It is the 'doctor recommended' that makes this look like a fake. I mean, had it said "Joe Rogan recommended", sure, slap a seal of approval on that sucker and up the price. Aaron Rodgers and his former male roommate probably bought the stuff by the case - especially if Rogan endorsed it.
....well, that and the butt sex.
They don't call 'em 'doughnut holes' for nothing.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
We haven't had a democratic governor since Ted Strickland left office a decade ago. The next democrat was two decades before that.
I couldn't tell you -or find - when (if?) the democrats ever controlled the state house or senate.
But no. That wasn't good enough for the scum suckers in the GOP. Nope.
Call it Gerrymandering. Call it Redistricting. Call it Cheating.
Not only did the GOP redraw the maps of who represents where - they couldn't even leave what little blue there is (not was........as it's still there) and redraw the lines.
It reeks of impropriety. And naturally, they got away with it.
Sure, there were lawsuits. The judge overseeing those lawsuits? The son of our republican governor. The same governor who'd have to sign these changes.
......and he did. Partially because the son refused to recuse himself from the case.
I did mention reeking of impropriety, didn't I?
I hate this place.
If state republicans were having a holiday parade, I might drive me SUV through the route at high speed.
I'm a white male. I'll just say I was a medic. Worked for Kyle.
Song by: the Smithereens
Monday, November 22, 2021
Sunday, November 21, 2021
We had an idea of going down to a state park to relax in a cabin and go hiking. Neither one of us was horribly committed to the idea, and the thought of being in a cabin with snow seemed...........less than ideal.
Yeah, I'm a freeze baby, but the reality is: you can only hike so much in the snow and woods with a dog. And since we didn't plan-plan the trip it seemed a would be bust.
Last time we did this it was nice, but we still didn't plan well with supplies et al, and there ain't much around these parks for which to go for a food run, so we made this partial week a stay-cation.
It was easy and cheap - that's about all I'll say about that. However, we did go hiking each day. Locally - some farther out than others.
But between Thursday and Friday it snowed. Not SNOWED, like meteorologists predicted. Our supposed 5" became less than 0.5". That made Friday's outing a bit more............well, precarious.
As you all know by now - over the last four years or so, I've become a falls risk.
The trail 710 picked was snowy, muddy and leafy. I just turned to him at the top of the slope we were about to decline and said, "you know, you could just shoot me. No need to James Bond this death with elaborate schemes that never seem to work out in the end for the villain."
At least he laughed. Or knew I was onto his plot.
Still the image is reality. I trailed.......on the trail. I'd say it's illogical, but it's not - any more, I second guess many of our walks. This could be on where, the conditions, my shoes, the weather - or any mix. I won't say I'm afraid of falling (again), but it's burned into my psyche.
Our neighborhood walks are great, but I'm usually on the street while 710 & Dog are on the sidewalks. The slate sidewalks, that out of nowhere can become super slippery. Oh, I've slid and caught myself before the need to tip over. The street is a safer bet. I can only imagine what the neighbors think we can't be near each other for any host of reasons.
I wasn't grumbling on this hike or anything, but 710 said I should take in the beauty.
I had to tell him, when we walk in the woods on sloppy / slick / muddy days, THIS is my view.
Yup, it's at the ground. Most all of the time.
There might be birds, blue sky and sites to be seen, but that's for when I'm standing still, not when mobile.
Admittedly, it's a
horrible annoying way to exist, but I find myself second guessing any way I walk unless it's sunny and dry.......and even then...........sometimes. And it's not like I fall all the time. It's only been four times in four years, but each has been painful and / or expensive. It tends to give one pause.
Clearly, I made it through the hike.
Ironically, when we came out of the woods to where we parked, there was a park ranger and an ambulance, both with their lights on.
Alas, some poor soul didn't make it out alive. I mean, I'm assuming............
Song by: Duran Duran
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Friday, November 19, 2021
*Sorry - I don't like the smell or taste of almonds. They had to go.
Yeah, that last pic doesn't really sell it. The dish wasn't really oily, but that image wouldn't have you believing what I'm saying.
I don't think there was enough red pepper flakes to make it spicy. I'd add more. The garlic on top was a nice touch, but the double concentrate tomato paste honestly made it a lot like chicken parmesan without the cheese.
The recipe is a solid foundation, but I think there is room for improvement. It made for good leftovers.
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Take a close look at him. Really look at that pic.
Now, imagine him putting his fingers into your mouth. ....and paying him to do it.
........I'll leave you with that for a moment.
For what it's worth, the House voted to censure Paul Gosar. Save for taking him off two committees, it's all very meaningless.
His crime - for the record, when academics breakdown the end of civilization as documented here and there in this blog - was creating an anime style video that depicts him murdering Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden.
The video shows a a character with Gosar's image wielding a sword to kill a character with the image of Ocasio-Cortez.
His "rebuke" at the censure hearing? "no threat was intended", said he.
Even he can't stand by his own shit. JFC dude, you made the thing and posted it, at least stand behind your actions - right or wrong. And you know it wasn't even the first draft / version. But you were a fucking pussy and deleted the video. Why? Thought it wasn't a good idea to have it in the first place?
It's not your conscience, because it's doubtful you even have one. You're a GOP house member and dentist from Arizona. Three strikes.....right there.
Of course, save 2-3 GOPers, none voted to censure him, so........of course they stand behind the big bad white man. Because they all think it's ok.
Liz Cheney - ugh! - voted to censure him. I hate giving her credit for anything. So did Adam Kinzinger - the only GOP guy who has balls (well, I'm guessing Liz has a pair.....literally), so of course he's not seeking re-election, so a much more conservative GOP guy - yes guy! - will take his place.
David Joyce - a 'tard from my area in Ohio - voted "present"......whatever the fuck that means. I guess Liz has won his balls in some late night poker game.
Whatever Gosar's intent, some stupid asshole would easily take up the cause to kill AOC. The GOP was SO up in arms about her dress that said 'tax the rich' but look the other way to a threat to kill.
What Gosar & Co won't expect though is, should it happen, yes, there will be glee on the Right, but they won't and don't anticipate the martyr affect. This will not work out for them in the long run. But that said, with all the gerrymandering going on in this country, the Dems won't have a chance of winning a House seat for the next 10-20 years.
Song by: Robyn
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Oh, stand down. I didn't marry a 12 year old, you pervs! There are laws preventing me from doing that.................now.
Actually, 710 might have been in high school when this pic was taken? It's doubtful there are marching bands in middle school. I don't know for sure - my primary and secondary schools didn't have one at any level of education.
If I'm being honest, I have no reason to write about year 11. It's represented by "steel". I suppose 710 is strong as an ibeam to put up with the likes of me, so it seems appropriate.
11 is just the marriage years, of course. There are two dozen more years (+1) on top of that. .....you know, just to see if we were compatible. .....the jury is still out on that one.
We probably wouldn't have lasted this long had he kept up with his saxophone playing. At least one supposes. We don't know what we don't know. .....though I totally know.
Still, an anniversary, on a Wednesday, during a pandemic, screams "make something at home!", which we probably will. We already went out once this week - in public, why tempt fate?
Low key is how we like it, so it will be dinner and hanging out reading or maybe put on the tv. I have two new books that need their binding cracked, and they're not gonna read themselves.........mostly because they're not audiobooks.
As 710 pointed out with this pic, he was the original Howard Wolowitz (sp).
......but in a
drum major marching band outfit.
Song by: Rogue Wave
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
2021 Movie Count / Goal: 15 of 15
Monday, November 15, 2021
This one isn't tough, though it is. Tom Waits' "Downtown Train" has been covered by everyone and his mother. Or at least by Everything But the Girl.
Actually, the most successful cover is by Rod Stewart, I believe. Still Bob Seger, Patty Smyth (minus Scandal) and any number of others.
So, who is covering who covering who, exactly?
I've opted to go with the one cover on Mary Chapin Carpenter's debut disk.
Technically, Carpenter's version isn't a cover of a cover I suppose. Her was released in 1987 (Waits originally released in '85). Smyth's came out in '87. Stewart and Seger two years after that.
I'd say I'm quibbling, but in reality - none of you care.
Sunday, November 14, 2021
I can't really complain. We made it until mid November before it got chilly.
Other November changes - to which I alluded yesterday - I have someone replacing me in my former job. One of them. Well, one job. It's now former. When I took my "new" job 18 months ago, I ended up keeping my other too.
On paper, it is two full time jobs and one salary. In reality, it is one full time job, and one shitty coverage of another, to which I couldn't provide enough time and attention. Still with one salary though.
This last week, I tried to on-board him while doing my full-time job. The latter suffered, as I really do need to get him up and running on the other one.............and to kind of extricate myself from the role. I know it will take weeks to do that, but there there's light at the end of the tunnel.
I also alluded to in my 12 of 12 about a new foot place.
Yes, I was drinking. And yes, I went across to see if I could make an appointment for sometime over this weekend. But.I wasn't drunk.
Yesterday was my appointment. The new place is smaller, lower keyed than the usual one I had been using. And they are WAY nicer. And about the same price. So, I think I've officially found a new pedicure palace.
Yes, you get a drink with this service, but I didn't take it, as I had a 10:00 appointment. Next time it's at 16:00, so I can start easing my way into drinking into the happy hour, dinnertime and beyond hours.
My new nail / foot technician was nice. She asked some questions to generate some convo, but nothing where it was annoying of that either of were, or needed to be, chatty. Best of all were no massage chairs.
Other places use those and maybe it is just me but they are SO uncomfortable. Granted, I've never had a massage, but I don't believe they movements those chairs make mimic what a human person would do. And I know for a fact the chair won't give me a happy ending.
Song by: Joe Jackson
Saturday, November 13, 2021
So I'm doing my 139th 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.