Friday, October 13, 2017

Quotated - In October, a maple tree before your window lights up your room like a great lamp ...

How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.

John Burroughs

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This is from the film days, pre-digital.  Scanned from a 4x6 print.  If I recall correctly, this was taken in the parking lot of the Girl Scout campground on the north-east side of Edwardsville, off Fruit Road.  Way back in the 90's.  Not sure if it is still there or not.  It's absolutely a Girl Scout campground, though.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

This Path...

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - 2018 Nominees

Well, the RRHOF has announced (October 5, 2017) its nominees for the 2018 class...  Here ya go, with ranked by representation on my iPod.  I'll withhold further commentary for now, please let me know your thoughts in the comments!

So here ya go:

  • Moody Blues: 52 songs
  • Dire Straits: 27 songs
  • The Cars:  21 songs
  • J. Geils Band: 17 songs
  • Bon Jovi:  10 songs
  • Kate Bush:  1 song
  • The Zombies: 3 songs
  • Rufus featuring Chaka Kahn: 2 song
  • Eurythmics: 1 song
  • MC5: 1 song
  • Link Wray: 1 song
  • Depesh Mode: 0 songs
  • Judas Priest: 0 songs
  • LL Cool J: 0 songs
  • The Meters: 0 songs
  • Radiohead:  0 songs
  • Rage Against The Machine: 0 songs
  • Nina Simone: 0 songs
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe: 0 songs

And yes, I know that representation on my iPod doesn't necessarily correlate with validity as a nominee for RRHOF.  But it ought to give you a pretty good idea of my opinions....

And who do I think ought to be nominated?  Here's a quick 3, I can do detaield justifications, if you want.  Again, ranked by songs on my iPod...:

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Quotated - I'd rather sit on a pumpkin...

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion"

Henry David Thoreau

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Monday, October 02, 2017


Just a little something seen on an afternoon walk at work.  There;s a little pond in front of our building, with the road looping around.  It takes less than 10 minutes to make a quick loop.  A nice "study break" from work.

Anyway, I noticed this flattened bottle cap last week, and once you see something like that, you see it every time you pass by.  Or at least I do. So last week I stopped long enough to capture the image for posterity.  All the while hoping that none of my co-workers would look out the window at that moment and notice me stooping over the road!

Anyway, it was a bright mid-afternoon, so the image is a touch contrasty.  I di dwhat I could to even it out.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Quotated - October is the fallen leaf...

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.

Hal Borland

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Welcome To The Future

So...  I was looking at facebook the other day, and saw a post asking for suggestions on "Songs that Reference The Future"...  Serveral good ones suggested, which (naturally) got me thinking.  Here's a few from my collection. 

  • 905 - The Who
  • In The Year 2525 - Zagar and Evans
  • '39 - Queen
  • Living In The Future - John Prine
  • Welcome To The Future - Teaser (this is quite obscure, from a 1980 release from a Pittsburgh Radio Station sponsored album).
  • 100 Years From Now - The Byrds
  • 60 Years On - Elton John ("And the future you're giving me holds nothing for a gun, I've no wish to be living sixty years on")
  • After The Gold Rush - Neil Young
  • Capsule (Hello People 100 Years From Now) - Mike Nesmith
  •  Turn Of The Century - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
What're your favorite "Future" songs?  Let me know in the comments!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Getting Ripped

 (image from my gallery at 365project)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been listening to a lot of vinyl.   Some of the “stuff” I’ve been playing:

  • Alan Parsons Project – Turn Of A Friendly Card - 1980.   (via Jerry’s)
  • Stan Kenton – Artistry In Jazz - 1971.  (not sure where I picked this up, possibly from my father's collection.  it has been in my record stack fro a while)
  • Frank Sinatra – Swing Easy -1954 (via Jerry’s
  • Frank Sinatra – Songs For Swinging Lovers - 1956 (via Jerry’s
  • Frank Sinatra – Only The Lonely - 1958 (via my brother)
  • Triumvirat – Illusions On A Double Dimple - 1974 (via Jerry’s
  • Various Artists – Bluegrass – The Greatest Show On Earth - 1982 (I’ve owned this one for ~35 years)
  • Billy Joel - 52nd Street - 1978 (I've had this one for years, originally from mywife's record collection)
  • Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets - 1974) I’ve owned this one for many many years)

 It is a kind of eclectic collection, but all good stuff.  Some from our trip to Jerrys, one from my brother, One I inherited when I got married (34 years ago!), a couple I bought new and one I'm not quite sure about.  And some very nice album covers, as well…

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Made In The Shade

I was taking a lunchtime walk this week, at one of the local parks, and came across this bird. On a hot and humid day, he (she?) was smart enough to hang out in the shade.

I only had my iPhone, had left my Compact Digital in the car.

I believe this is a Great Blue Heron, but I'm no expert on birds.  This was as close as I could get, I didn't want to disturb him (her) too much:

(click image for larger version)

And an overview of the location, at O'Fallon Sports Park:

Our friend is on the far left of the image below:

The title is from Lynyrd Skynyrd's song....

Wednesday, September 20, 2017


Say there's nothing pointless about this gig ... the thing is . . . you see what you want to see and you hear what you want to hear - dig?

The Rock Man from "The Point" by Harry Nilsson

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ready To Move

So....  we're expanding our office at work, and I'll be moving my desk this week.  So I've been working out of boxes for a bit.  I'm ready to be done.

How about some "Moving" songs?  Here's a few from my iPod, I narrowed it down to 10:

What're your favorite "moving" songs?  Let me know in the comments!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Arthur, Illinois.

Took a afternoon drive with the wife Saturday, to Arthur Illinois. Arthur is billed as the Heart of Illinois Amish Country, and we've talked about visiting there for many years.  A little over 2 hrs each way, but a nice afternoon for an excursion.  Only a couple of photo keepers, but that's ok, too.  

We saw quite a few buggies on the road, but I wasn't sure what the protocol was about photographing the Amish, so I didn't.  But they did have these fun buggy parking areas behind the main street, and the horse didn't seem to mind me taking a few shots!

I tried to make it kind of "old-timey" looking....

Below is the main street through Arthur (Vine Street).

The plaque on the first building says:
Arthur Lodge
No-742 I.O.O.F.
Instituted 1883

I'm presuming I.O.O.F. is Independent Order of Odd Fellows....  It's the Arthur General Store:

This is someplace we want tp visiti again, probably make a full day of it.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Who knew?

Did you know there is a hippie memorial in Arcola, Illinois?  Did you even have a clue where Arcola Illinois is?  I didn't.

So yesterday (Saturday), my wife and I decided to go on an excursion to Arthur Illinois, to Illinois Amish country.  On the way home, we were passing through Arcola IL, which is wehre we jumped onto I-57.  My wife saw something interesting and suggested a turn.  After passing a grain elevator, we came to Main Street....  for some reason I decided NOT to turn, but go keep straight.  And lo and behold, we stumbled across the Hippie Memorial.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

Henry Ford

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