Sunday, May 29, 2011

Virginia Creeper???

This vine is growing in the crook of the Redbud tree in my side yead.  Any green-thumb type folks know what it is??
I'm guessing Virgina Creeper.  But I'd hate to discover its some obscure poison somthing, or more obsure endangered something....

Memorial Day

My son's scout troop was working in one of the local cemetaries yesterday, helping one of the older scouts with their Eagle Project. Typically, I found some time to wander the gravyard, and snap a few photos.

A good Memorial Day reminder, the inscription on the pedestal says:

In memory of our heros
Pvt. Henry N
Co. M. 33. Div.
Born May 2, 1894
Killed In Action
Aug. 7, 1918


Our dog Stu, lookingkind of savage.  Of course, anybody who knows him knows that there's a big slobbery tongue behind those teeth, ready to lick whoever is nearby.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ohio River, Louisville, Kentucky

So, yesterday I posted a photo of the Ohio River, from Leavenworth, IN.  Today's image is from a bit upstream (here), in the Louisville area.  From the Indiana side looking towards Kentucky.  You can't really tell it here, but the river was pretty high the day this was taken.  You can get a feel from the satellite photo.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ohio River, Leavenworth Indiana

From the Overlook Restaurant (here).  Overlooking a big bend in the Ohio River, a bit downstream from Louisville.  This was taken not long after a torrential rainfall.  Fortunately we were having a really great lunch during the storm.

American Top 40 - May 27th Birthdays

Still continuing the theme of Top 40 hits by the folks with borthdays today.  It's been a busy week this week, with representitives including Dob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac and The Guess Who. 

The Drifters are the heavyweight today, with 16 songs making the Top 40.  All between 1959 and 1964.  Notables include Save The Last Dance For Me (#1), Under The Boardwalk (#4), Up On The Roof (#5) and On Broadway (#9).  Quite a resume.

Pete Sears played with Jefferson Starship (not Airplane), but also played on several classic Rod Stweart albums.  Jefferson Starship had 9 songs in the Top 40 (more than I'd've thought) inluding Miricles (#3), Count On Me (#8) and Jane (#14).    The Rod Stewart albums he played on yeiled 4 songs which made the Top 40.  Notably Maggie May (#1) and You Wear It Well (#13).  So that a total of 13 hits Sears was associated with, not far bedind the Drifters, actually.

That leaves Steeleye Span and Siouxie And The Banshees....  Top 40 songs between them?  Zero.  At least in the US.  It looks like Steeleye Span had 2 hits in England, most notably All Around My Hat (#5).  Apparently, Siouxie and the Banshees had at least one UK hit with Hong Kong Garden.

Friday Lunch

One of the cool things my company does is Friday Lunch.  From the earliest days of the company, 25+ years ago, all of the employees gather for lunch on Friday (at company expense), and discuss the state of things.  What's happening, new customers, new products, problems...  various things of interest.  Back then it was a few folks gathered around the kitchen table.  Today it's a webcast including offices around the world.  We watch live in our office, which means starting at 1:30pm (we're 2 time zones east of headquarters). 

Today we catered in Fazoli's.  I was on KP duty, took a second to snap a photo and share.

Music Birthdays, May 27th

May 27th: Born on this day

Ruby Lewis, The Drifters - 1935 (died May 1964)
Peter Knight, violin, Steeleye Span - 1947
Pete Sears, Jefferson Starship, keyboards and bass -1948
Eddie Harsch, keyboards, The Black Crowes, - 1957
Susan Dallion, (Siouxsie Sioux), vocals, Siouxsie And The Banshees - 1957

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Kids Are Alright?

Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.


1. Bon Jovi - first hit?  1984
2. Lady Gaga - first hit? 2008
3. Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks - first hit? 1971 / 1975
4. Elton John- first hit? 1970
5. Kenny Chesney- first hit? 1995

3 of the Top 5 grossing acts are oldsters, over 25 years in the business.  Even Kenny Chesney is getting long in the tooth, over 15 years since he hit the scene.
Other old folks in the Top grosses:

6. George Strait (59 years old) / Reba (56 years old)/ Lee Ann Womack (45 years old)
8. Kid Rock - 40 years old
9. Jeff Dunham - 49 years old.
10 Rain — A Tribute To The Beatles - um, Beatles hit the scene in 1962.  John Paul George and Ringo were all born over 70 years ago...
12. James Taylor - 63 years old
13. Yanni - 57 years old
15. Robert Plant And The Band Of Joy - Plant is 63 years old.
17. Heart; (ann & Nancy are 57 and 561 years old).
19. Sarah McLachlan - a comparative youngster at 43

What gives? 
Do all the young muscians stink?  Or is live music passe?  Or is it just that old folk can shell out insane amounts of money to relive their youth (up to $500/seat for Elton John, $250/seat for Rod Stewart)?

Rusted Ring

No, rusted ring is not the title of a country song about a failed marriage.  It's just what popped into my mind looking at this picture.  One of my fav's, taken in Funks Grove, IL (here).  One of my favorite place names.  I mean, wouldn't it be cool to be from Funk's Grove?

American Top 40 - May 26 Birthdays

Continuing this weeks theme of looking at Top 40 hits from folks that have birthdays today:

From my earlier post, celebrating birthdays today are Levon Helm (The Band), Gary Peterson (Guess Who), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Hank Williams, Jr. and Lenny Kravitz.

How'd this quintet do on the Pop charts?  Pretty impressive. 

Start with Stevie Nicks.  Between solos and Fleetwood Mac, she has 30 Top 40 hits to her credit .  Notables as a solo artist include Edge Of Seventeen (#11), Stop Dragging My Heart Around (w/ Tom Petty, #3) and Leather & Lace (w/ Don Henley #6).  Notables with Fleetwood Mac include Dreams (#1), Don't Stop (#2) and Rhiannan (#11).

The Guess Who were major hitmakers a few years before Stevie Nicks, with 13 Top 40 hits between 1965 and 1974.  Notables include American Woman (#1), No Time (#5) These Eyes (#6) and Share The Land (#10). 

The Band only had two Top 40 hits: Up On Cripple Creek (#25) and Don't Do It (#34).  But their influence wasn't really on the pop charts....

Lenny Kravitz had 5 Top 40 hits between 1991 and 2005.  Notables include "It Ain't Over Till It's Over (#2) and Fly Away (#12).  I know him best for his remake of Guess WHo's American Woman, which just missed the Top 40 (#49).

Hank Williams Jr is a monster on the country charts, but has (surprisingly) no Top 40 hits on the pop charts.

Music Birthdays, May 26 - And He Shall Be Levon

May 26th: Born on this day

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Water's Edge

Along the edge of a stream in Hocking Hills Ohio...  I saw this leaf near Cedar Falls, and captured the image...  It's far from perfect, the exposure on the leaf is a little blown out.

American Top 40, May 25th Birthdays

Following yesterday's theme, instead of selecting a date, let's look at Top 40 songs from folks with birthdays today (May 25th).  Nobody as dramatic as Bob Dylan, but that's not exactly shocking:

Kansas is the biggest hitmaker represented today (via Robby Steinhardt's birthday) with 7 Top 40 hits:

  • Dust in the Wind # 6 in 1978
  • Carry On My Wayward Son #11 in 1976
  • Play The Game Tonight #17 in 1982
  • All I Wanted #19 in 1986 -11-01 19
  • People Of The South Wind #23 in 1979
  • Point Of Know Return #28 in 1977
  • Hold On #40 in 1980


 Argent (via John Grimaldi) was a classic one-hit-wonder, with:
Neither Miles Davis, nor The Jam had any Top 40 hits in America...

Music Birthdays - May 25

May 25th: Born on this day

  • Miles Davis, Jazz legend - 1926 (died September 1991). Useless fact# 30,805:  Miles Davis was born in Alton Illinois, and raised in East St. Louis.  Homework:  Listen to Kind Of Blue today.  If you don't have it, GET IT!
  • Robert (Robby) Steinhardt, violin and vocals, Kansas - 1950. Useless fact# 31805:  Steinhardt is the only original member of Kansas who was not born in Topeka.  Homework:  After you listen to Miles Davis, change pace with Masque
  • John Grimaldi, guitar Argent - 1955
  • Paul Weller, singer, guitarist, The Jam - 1958.  More Homework:  Be sure and dial up The Jam after Miles Davis and Kansas....  I'll probably go with "Sound Affects"...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

American Top 40 - Ain't Bobby So Cool?

Rather than looking at a specific date, I thought I'd review a specific artist.  Today (5/24/11) is Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, so lets look at Dylan's chart success. lists Dylan as the 230th most popular artist of all time (1940 through 2010).  I'm not sure exactly how they figure, but 230 places him above REO Speedwagon, and below Sheena Easton (really, Sheena Easton).  But within the genre "Folk" he's #2, behind only Simon & Garfunkel.

Over the years Dylan has had 12 songs make the Top 40, way fewer than I'd've guessed.  They are:

  • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - peaked at #2 in 1966
  • Like A Rolling Stone- peaked at #2 in 1965
  • Lay Lady Lay- peaked at #7 in 1969
  • Positively 4th Street- peaked at #7 in 1965
  • Knockin' On Heaven's Door- peaked at #12 in 1973
  • I Want You- peaked at #20 in 1966
  • Gotta Serve Somebody- peaked at #24 in 1979
  • Tangled Up In Blue- peaked at #31 in 1975
  • George Jackson- peaked at #33 in 1971
  • Just Like A Woman- peaked at #33 in 1966
  • Hurricane- peaked at #33 in 1975
  • Subterranean Homesick Blues- peaked at #39 in 1965

 I know (and have) 11 of those 12, don't immediately know George Jackson.
It would be virtually impossible to list the Top 40 hits written by Dylan, but recorded by others.  A few off the top of my head:
  • Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds - #1 in 1965
  • Blowin' In The Wind - Peter Paul & Mary - #2 in 1963
  • It Ain't Me Babe - Turtles - #8 in 1965
  • Don't Think Twice It's Alright - Peter Paul & Mary -  #9 in 1963
  • Mighty Quinn - Manfred Mann - #10 in 1968
  • Forever Young - Rod Stewart - #12 in 1988
  • All I Really Want To Do - Cher - #15 in 1965
  • All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix - #20 in 1968
I'm sure there's more hits.  And I'm not even going to attempt to list all the "not-Top-40" Dylan covers.

The title post, of course, is a reference to the Hootie & The Blowfish song "I Only Want To Be With You", which referenced some lines from Dylan's "Idiot Wind".

Above The Clouds

New River Gorge, West Virgina

Music Comings & Goings

May 24th: Born on this day

  • Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman), US folk singer, songwriter.  - 1941
  • Albert Bouchard, drummer, guitarist, songwriter, Blue Oyster Cult,  - 1947
  • Rich Robinson, guitar, The Black Crowes - 1969

 On the other side of the coin,

On 5/24/1974 Elmore James, Blues legend, died of a heart attack at age 45
On 5/24/1974 Duke Ellington, Jazz legend, died of lung cancer and pneumonia at age 75
On 5/24/1991 Gene Clark, founding member of The Byrds, died of a heart attack at age 49


Monday, May 23, 2011

Inspriation Point

An image from many years ago, taken in Dunkirk, NY, along the shores of Lake Erie.  People would sit against this rock and watch the sun set across the water....

American Top 40 - 05/23/1960

On this day (5/23) in 1960, The Everly Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Cathy's Clown'.  Meaning, of course, that it was #1 when I was born. 

The rest of the Top 5 on 5/23/1960:
  1. Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers
  2. Stuck On You - Elvis Presley
  3. Good Timin' - Jimmy Jones
  4. Greenfields - Brothers Four
  5. Night - Jackie Wilson

 There's not a lot of Songs from this week that are on my iPod.  In fact, Elvis Presely's "Stuck On You (at #2) is the only other song in the Top 40 I have.  In fact there's only a handfull of songs in the whole Hot 100 that I know.  Not too surprising since I wasn't born yet.  Cathy's Clown was ranked #149 on Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 500 songs of all time, and included in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's list of 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll....

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Little Lamb

My son's scout tropp was doing a service project at Oaklawn Cemetery this morning.  I took a couple minutes to wander the grounds, and found this little lamb monument.  Most of the graves in the general area were late 1800's or early 1900's, so that's probably the approximate vintage of this.....

This is actualy a cell phone photo (actually blackberry).

Music Birthdays, May 21

May 21st: Born on this day

Fats Waller, blues singer - 1904 (died December 1943)
Hilton Valentine, guitar, The Animals - 1943
John Dalton, bass, The Kinks - 1943
Stan Lynch, drums, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, - 1955

Friday, May 20, 2011


This is one of those (many) photos that I really like(d), but that never made much splash.  Back when I was active at BetterPhoto, we had a group that did "challenges" all along.  This was for a fence / fences theme.  A few years later, I'm not nearly as taken with it, but I don't hate it....

Music Birthdays, May 20th

May 20th: Born on this day

Joe Cocker, singer - 1944
Cher (Cherilyn Sarkasian), singer, Sonny & Cher, solo -1946
Steve Currie, T Rex, bass - 1947 (died April 1981)
Jimmy Henderson, guitar, Black Oak Arkansas - 1954
Jane Wieldin, guitar, vocals, The Go-Go's - 1958

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day time, Night time....

This image was taken mid-day, tweaked a bit in Photoshop.  I was trying to get a look approximating moonlight reflected on the lake....  Did it work?

Rock n Roll Birthdays May 19!

May 19th: Born on this day

An iconic day for birthdays!


Payola Blues

May 19th, 1960, American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.

The post title is a reference to Neil Young's 1988 song "Payola Blues".

"This one's for you Al Freed, Wherever you go, whatever you do
'Cause the tings they're doing today will make a saint out of you...."

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

American Top 40 - May 18

The Top 40 Charts were relaes on May 18th in 1963, 1968, 1974 and 1984...  So what were we listening to then?  Here the Top 5 from each year:

  1. If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
  2. I Will Follow Him -  Little Peggy March
  3. Puff The Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul and Mary
  4. Surfin' U.S.A. - Beach Boys
  5. Foolish Little Girl - Shirelles
  1. Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
  2. Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
  3. Honey - Bobby Goldsboro
  4. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly- Hugo Montenegro and His Orchestra
  5. A Beautiful Morning - Rascals

  1. The Streak - Ray Stevens
  2. Dancing Machine - Jackson 5
  3. The Entertainer - Marvin Hamlisch
  4. The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad
  5. The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night

  1. Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds
  2. Crazy For You - Madonna
  3. One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head
  4. Everything She Wants - WHAM!
  5. Smooth Operator - Sade


Happy Birthday Rick Wakeman (and others!)


Music Birthdays, May 18th:
  •  Joe Turner, blues songwriter. - 1911 (died November 1985) Turner wrote 'Shake Rattle and Roll'.
  • Albert Hammond - 1942, (Hammond had only 2 Top 40 hits, but 1972's 'It Never Rains In Southern California' made it to #5,).
  • Rick Wakeman, keyboards, Strawbs, Yes, solo - 1949,
  • William Wallace, Bass, Guess Who - 1949


Monday, May 16, 2011

The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

From the Top 50 songs of 5/16/1970, looking for cover versions:

#1 was American Woman by the Guess WhoLenny Kravitz's 1999 remake only made it to #49, but was an MTV staple.

#4 was The Beatles' Let It Be.  Kind of a surprise, but there's never been another version make the Hot 100.  I konda liked Brooke White's version, though...

#5 - Simon & Garfunkel - Cecelia.  A band called Times Two remade it in 1988, but only reached #79 (which is WAY higher than it deserves...  wretched, it is)

#6 - Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky - The 1986 cover by Doctor & The Medics only made it to #69

#11 was Woodstock, by CSN.  Ian Matthews did wait long to cover it, his version made it to #23 in 1971.

#12 - Love On A Two Way Street - Monents.  Covered by Stacey Lattisaw in 1981, peaking at #26

#15 was Friends Of Distinction's original of Love Me Or Let Me Be LonelyPaul Davis' 1981 cover just barely made the Top 40 (peaking at #40)

Flipping the trend, #16 was Rare Eath's remake of Get Ready, which was a hit for the Temptations in 1966.  the Temps only managed #29, though, while Rere Earth's version made #4.

And Joe Cocker's remake of The Letter was at #21, on it'sway to #7.  The Box Top's original was a chart topper....

And at #26, Fifth Dimension's Pupet Man.  Tom Jones did a cover version in 1971.  5Th Dimension made it to #24, Tom's cover almost equalled it at #26.

I could keep going, but I won't.....
So, for this snapshot of the charts, 7 of the Top 26 songs (27%) have had subsequent remakes in the Hot100.
And 2 of the Top 26 songs (8%) were remkes of previous songs from the Hot 100........

Happy Birthdays!

May 16th: Born on this day

  • Liberace, (Wladziu Valentinon Liberace), US pianist, singer - 1919 (died February 1997).
  • Jonathan Richman, guitar, vocals, The Modern Lovers - 1951
  • Boyd Tinsley, violin, Dave Matthews Band - 1694
  • Chris Novoselic, bass, Nirvana - 1965
  • Janet Jackson, singer, actress - 1966.   

Happy Brithday - Pet Sounds!

On May 16, 1966: The Beach Boys released the album Pet Sounds in the US. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson. Pet Sounds has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released and has been ranked at No.1 in several music magazines lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine. In 2003, it was ranked No.2 in Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, (Sgt. Pepper's came first).

If you have Pet Sounds, today's a good day to dial it up it on your iPod (or whatever your listening method may be)...  If you don't have it, now would be a good time to get it!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Just a little slice of life, the back side of a plaster wall, at my daughter & son-in-law's house.

Piano Recital

My son had his piano recital today.  He's in his 5th year, getting pretty great!

Here's on of the 3 songs he played today.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I Think It's Going to Be a Long, Long Time

No, not the Elton John song.....   But a list of the 10 longest songs to make the Top 40 betweem 1969 and 1978...
  • Peter Frampton  - Do You Feel Like We Do  - 1976 - Peaked at #10 - 13:45
  • Ten Years After - I'd Love To Change The World  - 1971 - #40  - 12:50
  • Grand Funk Railroad  - Closer To Home  - 1970 - #22 - 9:53
  • Chuck Mangione  - Feels So Good - 1978 - #4 - 9:39
  • Flash - Small Beginnings - 1972  - #29  -  9:22
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird - 1974 - #19 - 9:07
  • Jackson Browne  - Stay/The Load-Out - 1978 - #20  - 8:55
  • Don McLean - American Pie - 1971 - #1 - 8:35
  • Bob Dylan - Hurricane  - 1975 - #33 - 8:31
  • Meat Loaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light - 1978 - #39 - 8:29

Grace Abigail Preston

My first portrait of my first grandchild!  This was taken last Sunday when Miss Gracie was about 7.5 hours old.  Quite the cutie!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Hootie Birthday!

Born On this day, 5/13

 And yes, I know that Darius Rucker isn't Hootie.  But I couldn't resisit the alliteration w/ Happy.

American Top 40 - May 11, 1974

reposted, blogger got buggered
The top 10 on this day in 1974:

  1. The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad
  2. The Streak - Ray Stevens
  3. Dancing Machine - Jackson 5
  4. The Entertainer - Marvin Hamlisch
  5. Bennie And The Jets - Elton John
  6. The Show Must Go On - Three Dog Night
  7. Tubular Bells Mike Oldfield
  8. TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB
  9. (I've Been) Searchin' So Long - Chicago
  10. Midnight At The Oasis - Maria Muldaur

 Not bad, but not exactly stunning.  As with yesterday, here's 5 of my favorites from deaper in the charts:
  • Another Park, Another Sunday - Doobie Brothers (#61) [aside:  The Doobies were probably my favorite band in this time period, clear up until Michael MacDonald joined.  I saw them in 1976]
  • La Grange - ZZ Top (#68)  [not that I had a clue what it was about when I was not quite 14]
  • If You Wanna Get To Heaven - Ozark Mountain Daredevils (#75)  [I bought this album just for this song, without realizing just how atypical it was.  But that's good, it's a great song from a great band!]
  • Rikki (Don't Lose That Number) - Steely Dan (#84)
  • Radar Love - Golden Earring (#99)

American Top 40 - May 12, 1973

Ahould've been posted yesterday, but blogger was buggered,,,,

If it’s Thursday, it’s time for 1973!  The top 10 songs this week, May 12, 1973

  1. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree - Tony Orlando & Dawn
  2. You Are The Sunshine of My Life- Stevie Wonder
  3. Little Willy - Sweet
  4. The Cisco Kid - War
  5. Drift Away - Dobie Gray
  6. Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealer's Wheel
  7. Frankenstein - Edgar Winter Group
  8. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia - Vicki Lawrence
  9. Daniel - Elton John
  10. The Twelth Of Never - Donny Osmond
Other than #1 and #10, it was a pretty excellent week! Continuing this week’s focus, here’s 5 of my favorites from outside the Top 10:

  • Reeling In The Years - Steely Dan (#11)
  • Right Place Wrong Time - Dr. John (#34)
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy - Alice Cooper (#39)
  • Long Train Runnin' - Doobie Brothers (#54) [one of the classic-est songs of classic rock!  I saw these guys back in '76]
  • Isn't It About Time - Stephen Stills (#68)  

Comings And Goings, May 11

Should've been posted yesterday, but blogger was buggered

Jimi Hendrix Experience (Noel Redding - bass)

May 11th: Died on this Day

Noel Redding, bass, Jimi Hendrix Experience – 2003. He was 57. I posted a photo of N.R.'s Hagstrom bass at HRC Orlando last January...  Oddly, when I was looking for a photo for this post, my google turned up the photo from that post, but not my post.  Seems somebody borrowed it....  

May 11th: Born on this day

Eric Burdon, vocals, The Animals - 1941

Butch Trucks, drums, The Allman Brothers Band – 1947

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blue Meanies!!!

Maybe it's been there all along, but I recently noticed that Blogger has a "Stats" area.  So know I know that my most popular post BY FAR is a silly little blurb from last September talking about the Beatles' movie "Yellow Submarine".  It accounts for at surprising percentage of my page views over the past week, month and "all time" (which seems to cover the past 10.5 months). 

The prior post was titled Sky of blue and sea of green In our yellow submarine, referencing the song Yellow Submarine.  That previous post talked about the unavailbility of the movie "Yellow Submarine".  I couldn't find it on Netflix, not in blockbuster, not at any of the local used DVD places...  So to update:  I still haven't acquired the movie.  I found it on Amazon (new and used), but I haven't made the purchase yet. 

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Several years ago, my son attended day-care at one of the local centers.  Along the sideway beside the building, there was a small person's hand print in the concrete.  I walked by it many days when picking him up, and one day I paused long enought to take this photo.

Annyway, They're right next to "Scout Hall", where my son's Boy Scout troop stores their stuff.  We dropped him (my son) off there last Friday for a camp-out / bike trip, and the parking lot was pretty crazy with folks trying to pick up their little ones while scouts were loading 2 trailers worth of bikes and tents and such.    Yikes.

But it reminded me of this image.  And now I'm sharing it (again)