Thursday, June 30, 2022
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
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).
Lately, my 'shuffle' seems to be mostly about the Black Keys. I'm not complaining.
Working out is where I hear the most music these days. 70-100 minutes per day of music passing through the phone of i.
During this pandemic, the Black Keys have been fairly prolific. Three albums in as many years, though their last one was of other folk's blues material. Their newest is Dropout Boogie.
The Keys have been knowing for merging Southern rock and the blues. They don't stray from what they know here. It's more of the same - some of it good, some of it fair, some I don't need to revisit. That trait would be different than El Camino or Let's Rock. I continually went (and go) back to those recordings.
I'd say most of their disks have 1-2 radio friendly "hits" and Boogie is no exception. The first two tracks are unsurprisingly the album's first two releases: "Wild Child" and "It Ain't Over". But unless you're my iPhone, you're not really going to hear them on radio - satellite or terrestrial - played to death.
They are good songs, but there are others. The off-beat "Your Team is Looking Good" and the closer "Didn't I Love You".
The rest of the sons are serviceable and fine, but 34 minutes of music is a little skimpy. But again - three albums in as many years. Material might be dwindling. And Billy Gibbons from ZZTop doesn't make that big of impression with me. I get he's a good guitarist, but so is the Keys' Dan Auerbach.
Unlike some Keys songs / albums, I will put them on to listen. Boogie comes on while I'm lifting or doing cardio and it is fine. It helps me power through, but I'm not necessarily pulling it back just to play. Again, none of it bad, but most of it done before.
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Monday, June 27, 2022
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Saturday, June 25, 2022
Well, SCOTUS made sure it was. shitty end to a shitty week. I'll need 48 hours to even think clearly, should I choose to blog about it. Until then.........cats and dog.
Song by: Rufus Wainwright
Friday, June 24, 2022
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
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.
For the second time in my life, I've tried getting glasses on-line. Time #2, while not a home run, at least is a lot better than time #1.
I have expensive tastes when it comes to eyewear. More often than not, that "perfect" pair wears out its welcome before my next eye exam. That said, I still like my last two sets of glasses. But it had been two years and I thought it was time for a new set.
However, I figgered since I had two decent and pricey pair, I'd go the much less expensive route. After perusing a couple of on-line vendors, I stumbled upon Payne Glasses. Going a little further, I stumbled upon the frames on their entry page for Men's Eyewear.
Of course, I looked at other options on their site, but I kept coming back to this 'new arrival'.
Coloured frames hadn't been in my repertoire. Black, brown, brushed silver maybe. And out and out colour? Nah. But the contrast of the brown arms and the front-facing green portion intrigued me.
It didn't hurt that with progressive lenses, these were only $52.
Blobby couldn't stop there though Yes, I got lenses that would transition in the sun. Or that should, I should say. That added $60 to the pair. Still, $112 is a lot cheaper than the 5-6 times I'd pay at the optical store.
Oh, and since it was my first pair from them, $32 for insurance. If I didn't like them, they'd take them back. I'd get reimbursed except for shipping and well, the insurance.
From order to delivery, it took six days.
Oh - and this is mega important: I don't understand glass sizing in the slightest. I did zero research on it and since it was a brand new release, somehow their software wouldn't let on virtually try the glasses on. So, I bought them not knowing how they'd fit or how they'd even generally look. So..........ya me?
As it turns out - they fit.
The nose bridge is fine. The arm length is fine. I think they might be a little too wide in the lens area, but no one else seems to agree with me. It seems I'm more than easing into my Jewish old man look. A slightly hipper Swifty Lazar. And only slightly younger.
The lenses themselves are A+. Clear. Clean. The progressive part changes where it's supposed to. The tint? Not great. Almost non-existent.
It's looks darker than it is in this picture, but I went with a brown tint to somewhat match the frame arms.
If I get a next pair, since they did such a good job, I could ditch the tinting and the insurance and save myself $100. I would buy 7-8 pair for the price I paid for my "real" glasses.
The green looks great, but it doesn't truly stand out, depending on what you're wearing. It gives more than a hint of colour, but doesn't smack you over the head for attention.
Even for roughly $150, it's a decent price for a decent, if not perfect, pair.
Monday, June 20, 2022
Sunday, June 19, 2022
A. I'm drunk. Way drunk.
B. I'm getting this under the wire. Or later than my usual 00:07 publish time.
C. This wasn't my original post for the day, but...........well......see A.
'Tis true. I am drunk and I am racing (well.........relatively) to finish this post.
As we were day and night drinking (again.....see A!!!), my friend Morty mentioned a commercial that is playing on local stations in the Dayton area. We stood around, drinks in hand (or adjacent) watching this......multiple times and laughing.
That said, I hope it gets its point across.
I'm missing my publishing time by 2 minutes. Not bad for being on a semi-bender.
Saturday, June 18, 2022
The work week was stressful. Still, as always, you put those things to the side when it comes to the pets. They need the love and attention more than I do, and they really kind of live for all of it, so why not?
Song by: Marti Jones
Friday, June 17, 2022
I am a wee bit tired, but this made me laugh.........more than I care to admit.
I've read blurbs about her Netflix special, which seems more common than special. She films herself - or has others film herself - getting news she didn't get nominated for her being in a movie about stripping. I mean, for fuck sake, you don't hear Tatum Channing (Channing Tatum?) whining about the same thing, do ya?
I am with her on her assessment that is was stupid have two acts at the Super Bowl. Shakira and J.Lo? Exactly! Having none would have been a lot better. Shakira's hips might not lie, but neither do my lips. At least in this case.
I'm a little surprised she doesn't have a Grammy since they give those things away like candy on Halloween. Oscars too. Yeah - I'm looking at you Cuba Gooding Jr.
But to whomever wrote the meme above.......thank you! It was not in vain.
Song by: Carly Simon
Thursday, June 16, 2022
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Tuesday, June 14, 2022
When we bought this house two years ago, the previous owners left behind 4-5 tiki torches. At one point they were probably whimsical for a backyard evening party. All I see are white folks in Brooks Brothers shirts marching in Charlottesville.
Of course, maybe the previous owner took them to (and brought them back from) Virginia to march through their streets to scare off the black and Jewish populations. I mean, what do we really know about our neighbors and acquaintances?
We're never using these torches.
Like clockwork, I said after the backwards fucktards got their hands on regulating women's bodies, they're coming after the 'mos. ......and they did.
31 white nationalist pussies from all over the country gathered in northern Idaho with probable plans to riot at a Pride rally in Coeur d'Alene, the gayest named city in the state.
I call them pussies because of course, they covered their faces at time of arrest, so they wouldn't be identified. I LOVE that the Coeur d'Alene police released their mugshots, names and where they resided. They're "man enough" to take on the homos, but fragile enough to fold like a house of cards.
Still, the Patriot Front are scary as fuck.
Here's a little info from the Anti-Defamation League:
- members maintain that their ancestors conquered America and bequeathed it to them, and no one else
- Patriot Front justifies its ideology of hate and intolerance under the guise of preserving the ethnic and cultural origins of its members' European ancestors.
- An African may have lived, worked, and even been classed as a citizen in America for centuries, yet he is not American. He is, as he likely prefers to be labeled, an African in America
- A central tactic to Patriot Front is 'flash demonstrations' -- privately planned and unannounced events that allow groups to promote their beliefs while limiting the risk of individual exposure, negative media coverage, arrests and public backlash
Monday, June 13, 2022
So I'm doing my 146th 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.
We used to do this twice per weekend. Now I'm lucky if we do it twice per quarter year. I need to change this.
Sunday, June 12, 2022
Saturday, June 11, 2022
It is Saturday, so it is dog and cat day.
Song by: the Head and the Heart