Sunday, February 15, 2015

Scattershooting 02-15-15

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to the great

Sunday's Summary

My incomplete recap of the week

Overall I thought the Grammy's were pretty good. A few awards I disagreed with but mostly OK. Really sad my altime favorite Taylor Swift didn't win anything. Hope you like Sam Smith because you are going to be hearing a lot of him.
More corruption of the language. Just saw the pending famine in South Sudan described as "the brink of a major food insecurity crisis".

It seems to me that Alabama defied certain civil rights laws a little over 50 years ago. Them folks is damn stubborn.

Alabama Judge Defies Gay Marriage Law

Walked by the Bark Park today and finally remembered to take a picture of the rules sign. It seems to me that this is an awful long list of rules for the dogs to have to read and remember.

The Bedford Tuesday Report - great day to be out and about, sunny and temps in the 70's. I finally saw actual construction activity at Boys Ranch. They have six or seven pieces of heavy equipment but only two were in use. There were also four guys with shovels all in the standard construction worker pose, leaning on the handles. In other news, Jibaritos' Restaurant, Puerto Rican and International Cuisine is padlocked. Notice on door says they didn't pay rent. Too bad, the food was good. The big tent for Valentine's flowers and candy is in place in the Kroger parking lot. There were lotsa folks and dogs out today.

Looks like we're just going to get rid of all the old late night guys. Hopefully Comedy Central will find someone else to continue to make fun of our politicians and Fox News.

So Brian Williams has been suspended without pay for six months by NBC. That means he will only earn about $5 million this year. How will he feed his family? He may also have to cut down on his helicopter rides.

Very interesting documentary on PBS about tuberculosis before antibiotics. It brings up the issue of individual rights vs the rights, protection and safety of society. Very much like the discussion going on now about vaccines. The documentary is part of the American Experience series and is available online. "The Forgotten Plague"

Friday was the 13th anniversary of Mom's passing. For ‪#‎TBT‬ it seemed appropriate to post a couple of pictures of her. The first one is from 1948, I'm the little one in the stroller. The second is from 1995 of Nana/Mom with her boys. She was always on cloud 9 when she was with the grandkids. RIP Mom, we all miss you.

Quick walk around Boys Ranch today. They are up to eight pieces of heavy equipment onsite plus some big pipes. Of course there was no activity. The lake is way down again too. Is it mating season yet, seems a little early but the ducks were very noisy. Just for Patrick, here's proof of work on the hockey rink. Several sideboards replaced. Still needs painting inside and out.

My good friends at ESPN obviously know me well. Got an email from them and for only $99.99 I can get access to all 49 matches of the Cricket World Cup. I wonder if nuclear weapons will be used in the India vs Pakistan match?

Tough Love, Nana style -

On Saturday (2/14) late night NBC rebroadcast the first Saturday Night Live from 1975. The 40th anniversary show is a big 3½ hour extravaganza on Sunday (2/15). I think much of the first episode held up. The host, the great George Carlin, didn't do any skits but did several monologue segments. The music was good too. It was fun to revisit those days, except for the fashions.

Let's make this ‪#‎SongSunday‬ a remembrance of the first Saturday Night Live. There has been lots of great music on SNL over the years and a few clunkers. The first show had two musical guests, the great Billy Preston and one hit wonder Janis Ian. Billy played his #1 hit from 1974 Nothing From Nothing. Here is just a part of that performance -

And here is the full version of Billy's Nothing From Nothing -

Janis did her only real hit which reached #1 in 1975, At Seventeen

Gotta continue ‪#‎SongSunday‬. While looking for the Billy Preston song from the first SNL I came across this video of 11 year old Billy in 1957. Oh, there is another fair singer and keyboard player in the clip too. The great Billy Preston with the even greater Nat King Cole on Blueberry Hill -


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