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Hair Of The Dog

Favorite Line(s):
Now you’re messin’ with a
(A son of a bitch)
Now you’re messin’ with a son of a bitch
Now you’re messin’ with a
(A son of a bitch)
Now you’re messin’ with a son of a bitch
Honestly, does anybody remember anything about this song but the intro and the chorus?  (And the album cover?)  Be honest now…    —    KMAB
On This Day In:
2020 The Doggie Dab
A Fork In The Road
2019 #LyingDonald’s Problem With The News And Truth
2018 Oh, Hell
2017 No Welcome Mat Here
2016 Making It Up
A Missed Beat
2015 We Are All Explorers
2014 Still Trying To Cope
2013 Dear Diary (A good chuckle!)
2012 Conveniently Sequential
2011 King’s Speech Number Four
Rational Probability

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Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)

Favorite Line(s):
Flamin’ eyes of people fear,
Burnin’ into you
Many men are missin’ much,
Hatin’ what they do
Youth and truth are makin’ love
Dig it for a starter
Dyin’ young is hard to take
Sellin’ out is harder
Of course (in this case), the “favorite lines” are other than the chorus.  —  KMAB
On This Day In:
2020 Decide, Support, Vote
2019 Aware Some
2018 Know Any Christians?
2017 The Only Thing I Can Give…
2016 Wiser But Less Cocksure
2015 Not Today
2014 …Am Too
2013 Credible?
2012 Both
2011 Risking Hidden Linkage

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And here is a photo of the Spring blossom of our backyard daffodils (Narcissus)…  These are the miniature variety.

Image of our Backyard Daffodils

Backyard Daffodils

Our Hil is not sure why, but our front yard daffodils didn’t really come in this year.  We got the green shoots, but none of the blooms / flowers.  Oh, well.  Maybe next year.
On This Day In:
2020 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2020!!
2019 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2019!!
2018 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2018!!
2017 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2017!!
2016 Happy Valentine’s Day – 2016!!
2015 To My Special Lady
2014 Awakening
2013 Drowsy In Comfort
2012 Happy Valentine’s Day
2011 Own Your Bible

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Puff The Magic Dragon

Favorite Line(s):
A dragon lives forever,
But not so little boys
Painted wings and giant’s rings
Make way for other toys
One gray night it happened,
Jackie Paper came no more
And Puff, that mighty dragon,
He ceased his fearless roar
His head was bent in sorrow,
Green scales fell like rain
Puff no longer went to play
Along the cherry lane
Without his lifelong friend,
Puff could not be brave
So Puff, that mighty dragon,
Sadly slipped into his cave
Oh, Puff the magic dragon
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee
Puff the magic dragon
Lived by the sea
And frolicked in the autumn mist
In a land called Honah Lee
Reading the lyrics as an adult, this is obviously a (somewhat sad) song about the loss of a child’s innocent imagination.  I, however, remember the song as a celebration of imagination and not of loss.  It is funny how the mind plays tricks on us.  The song was released when I was eight years old, but my memory places it back much further in my childhood.  I guess, in my memories, I held onto my “innocent imagination” longer than I thought.  —  KMAB
On This Day In:
2020 Skyin’
2019 I Hope He Has A Lot Of Room Down There
2018 What Time Is It?
2017 Gifts
2016 30 Seconds
2015 Success
2014 Create The Fact
2013 Overpowering Curiosity
2012 On Planning The Invasion Of Iraq…
2011 This And That
I’m Bettin’ On The Bible

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Favorite Line(s):
My life has been a tapestry
Of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision
Of the ever-changing view
A wond’rous woven magic
In bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see
Impossible to hold
[A few days ago, I got word of an old friend’s passing (from COVID).  This makes two friends in less than a month.  This friend was a nurse who I bumped into at the ER over ten years ago when I went there for heart issues.  She didn’t recognize me as it had been almost 35 years since we’d seen each other.  I said she reminded me of someone I used to know back in the 1970’s in San Francisco and she got excited as she remembered me, too.  Anyway, I was having heart issues and she triaged me into the back area for an immediate IV and care.  The ER doctor said I was lucky as for most men my age (early 50’s back then), the first sign of heart problems is your face hitting the floor.  He said most men are “too tough” to admit they have a problem when they start to feel “a little” chest pain, and then their family is burying them.  So, in a very real way, this friend from the past helped to save my life.  This song came to mind as I was thinking about her passing.  The song is kind of sad (to me).  She was NOT like that at all.  She was enthusiasm, laughter and infectious smiles.  I guess, the song came to mind because it reminds me of the tapestry of our lives weaving in and out of other’s lives creating a vision we don’t really see until we’re well beyond the current moment.  I wish I’d been able to see her before her passing, so I could’ve thanked her for these extra years to work on my tapestry.   —  KMAB]
On This Day In:
2020 Can We At Least Set The Bar Higher Than An Incompetent Liar In The Oval Office?
2019 Uncertain Times
And Government Shutdowns, Too
2018 Satisfied
2017 In The Mind
2016 Dreaming
2015 The Best Medicine Is Also Contagious
2014 Eyes Off
2013 The More Things Change…
2012 The Delicate Moment Of Giving
2011 Ready, Shoot, Aim!!

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Wand’rin’ Star

Favorite Line(s):
When I get to heaven
Tie me to a tree
Or I’ll begin to roam,
And soon you know where I will be
I don’t know how many times I sang this song to myself while I was in the Army…   —  KMAB
On This Day In:
2020 Hoping For #46 In January 2021
2019 Interesting, But Not Fascinating
But Try To Eat The Low-Hanging First
2018 Me, Too
2017 Apt Enough?
2016 Now Or Ever
21, Pause, Restart
2015 I Am Shocked, Sir, Shocked…
Lucy & FSND-2
2014 Less Difficult
2013 The Spirit Of Liberty
2012 The Essential Freedom Of Aloneness
2011 A Problem Of Scale
Fred Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
2010 Another Book, Another Jog…

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Back Stabbers

Obviously, this video is about romantic relationships and not politics, but I heard it on the radio and it just reminded me of #45 aka: #DonTheCon.  Hopefully, soon to be “Don The Convict” instead of “Don The Con“-man.  The man is only interested in himself and will stab anyone in the back as soon as he’s satisfied he no longer needs them.  This goes from his “allies” in Congress and on the Alt-Right, to the Republican Party, to his family, to our country.  You either serve his immediate needs or you are nothing to him.
On This Day In:
2019 Just Rewards
2018 Diet Resolutions For The New Year
Day 3: Late December Diet / Fast
2017 Daily, Mr. President, Daily
2016 We Did This
2015 I’m Talking To You
Forced (Again)
2014 We Are Not A Fearful Nation!
2013 Risking Truth
2012 Working On Reality
2011 Massive Contradictory Changes

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Crystal Blue Persuasion

Favorite Line(s):
Look over yonder
What do you see?
The sun is a’rising
Most definitely
A new day is coming,
Ooh, ooh
People are changing
Ain’t it beautiful,
Ooh, ooh
Crystal blue persuasion
GSA “ascertains” Joe Biden is the President-Elect!!
Perhaps a celebration is a bit over the top (since there is still so much work to be done).  And, we are probably not ushering in an age of “peace and good, brotherhood”.  BUT…  I don’t care!  I’m happy!!!  I can start to breathe a sigh of relief for this country which I love.  Now, we can turn our attention to the Georgia Senate races and then to the Inauguration!!!
On This Day In:
2019 Or In This Case – What’s Wrong
2018 Just Passing Through
2017 True Torture
Happy Thanksgiving – 2017 !!
2016 Overtaken
2015 Alone Praying
2014 A Full Man
2013 Off Defending The Universe
Taking Precautions
2012 Never, Never, Never
2011 Testing 1, 2, 3

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Favorite Line(s):
The place is surrounded
[The place is surrounded]
Nobody leaves till I found her
[Nobody leaves till I found her]
Until this case is solved
It’s up against the wall, you all
LoL!!  How many of the movie and TV show detectives did you recognize from the lyrics?  Careful.  You may be showing your age…
On This Day In:
2019 Or In This Case – What’s Wrong
2018 Just Passing Through
2017 True Torture
Happy Thanksgiving – 2017 !!
2016 Overtaken
2015 Alone Praying
2014 A Full Man
2013 Off Defending The Universe
Taking Precautions
2012 Never, Never, Never
2011 Testing 1, 2, 3

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Brick House

Favorite Line(s):
Ow, she’s a brick house
Yeah, she’s the one, the only one, built like an amazon
The clothes she wears, her sexy ways
Make an old man wish for younger days, yeah, yeah
She knows she’s built and knows how to please
Sure enough to knock a strong man to his knees
LoL!!!   Those lines cracked me up back in the ’70’s (when I was in my 20’s) and they still crack me up in the ’20’s (now that I’m in my 60’s).
On This Day In:
2019 Three Down, Three To Go
2018 Too Significant
2017 Shadows
2016 Still Blurry
2015 For Awhile Anyway
2014 By Contrast
2013 A Very Long Time…
2012 Raise And Support
2011 Naturally
2010 A Quick Sunday Morning Read
Giants Win Game 4 In Shutout 4 to 0!!!

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Cat’s In The Cradle

Every father’s prayer:  “Dear Lord, Help my children be better than me.
On This Day In:
2019 None Absolutely Certain
Destroying The Republic
2018 Maps For Those Difficult Times
2017 A True American Hero
Or Desserts
2016 What #AmnestyDon Is Really Afraid Of
2015 What Are You Doing?
2014 The Ideal Man
2013 Daring Ripples
2012 Evermore
2011 Unpredictable Opportunity
2010 Giants Fall In Game 2 (1 to 6) – Leave PA With 1-1 Split !!

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Dance The Night Away

To be honest, I was not a “big” Van Halen (group) fan.  I do own their “Greatest Hits” CD and “1984” album and I did really like a number of their songs (particularly this one and “Jump“).  Having said that, I was a fan of Eddie Van Halen.  I thought he had some great riffs and he always seemed to bring a sense of joy to their videos.
I heard (today) Eddie passed away after a multi-year struggle with throat cancer.  The world is better for his having been a part of it.  The music world is a little less tonight for his loss.
Hendrix, Prince and (now) Eddie Van Halen…  Heaven must be jammin’ & screamin’ tonight!  I bet Glen Campbell and Roy Clark are fingerin’ in a few licks with them, too!
On This Day In:
2019 Two Peace
2018 The Sensation Of Human Intimacy
2017 One Night In A Thousand Years
2016 A Considerable Amount Of Work
2015 Panzer Soldier
2014 Babies (I)
2013 Patriotic == Tell The Truth
2012 30 Days To Go
2011 Altering The Course

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If I have learned one thing in this life, it is that God will not tie my shoes without me.
   —   Doug Boyd
[Vote like YOUR life depends on it.  With 200,000 more predicted COVID-19 deaths by the end of the year – YOUR life may BE dependent on it!!
My thoughts about re-opening “the economy” and K-12 schools:
America has less than 5% of the world’s population, but it has over 20% of the world’s COVID deaths.  Over 20 million workers were laid off in this year’s shelter-in-place.  There are estimates of 130 to 150 million workers in the United States.  This was when “all” / most of the country was supposed to be on a “shelter-in-place” order and the economy was “shut-down“.  This means over 80% of the workers were STILL employed / working.  Let’s be generous and say 75% of ALL the remaining workers were able to work from home.  That means we still had over 25 million people working outside of their homes and exposed to others.  That was “considered” a FULL shutdown…  It is simply NOT possible to have a FULL shutdown of a modern economy.  In the U.S., over 20 million are employed in health care alone.  Granted a fair number of those may be in administrative roles and not actually care providers.
Again:  We did NOT and have not been able to shutdown the economy and we will never be able to.  The only way to get to 2022AD with the minimum number of deaths is strict adherence to:  1)  Wear a MASK;  2) Wash your hands frequently;  3)  Practice social distancing when out in public (a minimum of 6-8 feet apart);  4) Avoid large gatherings (more than 10 people);  5)  re: #4 – particularly when the gathering is planned to be indoors;  6) and take the vaccine as soon as it is “reliably” certified by the CDC.  (This means after Trump has been removed from office.)
A couple of years ago I opined that youth exposure to internet pornography was the “greatest / worst” social experiment of our time.  My opinion has changed…  We are, as a nation, committing to sending millions of OUR children under the age of 12 years old back to school where they will almost certainly be exposed to COVID.  It is being stated the young are the least susceptible to fatal exposure and, therefore the “risk” is their spreading COVID to others (parents / adults).  This is not entirely true.  We have no idea what the long term effects of COVID exposure are to children or if prolonged or repeated exposure will have any effects later in their lives.  And we can’t know either of these things for multiple years.  We are not just risking the current economy.  We are risking the health and future of OUR children.
I know there is a lot going on now-a-days.  I just wish someone (journalist / broadcaster / doctor) was taking a lead in raising this concern.  I feel like a voice in the wilderness…
And now I will climb down from my soapbox.  —  KMAB]
On This Day In:
2019 Love And Leave
2018 Smiling If Not Laughing
2017 Chilled And Smooth
2016 But Sometimes You Have To Stand In Front
2015 The Key Shift
2014 Remember ISIS / ISIL?
2013 What Have You Done Lately?
2012 B8
2011 I’m Definitely Not In Control

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Alabama Rain

Favorite Line(s):
Drive in movies,
Friday nights
Drinkin’ beer and laughin’
Somehow things were always right
I just don’t know what happened
But now and then I find myself
Thinkin’ of the days
When we were walkin’ in
The Alabama Rain
Long before I ever saw “Forrest Gump“, I used to listen to this song and day dream about walking down a tree-lined / branch-covered path on a hot, humid afternoon holding my wife’s / girl friend’s hand; a sudden down-pour would drench us to the bone, but even after it stopped, the heat / humidity would still leave the walk home comfortable.  Wet, but comfortable.  I’ve never visited Alabama, but that’s how I’ve always thought of it.  Maybe, someday I’ll get a chance to find out…   LoL!  I suppose if anybody from Alabama reads this they’ll tell me I’m crazy and it’s not like my imagination at all.
On This Day In:
2019 Silly Pooh Bear
Dominoes Or Jenga?
2018 Very Few
2017 Or The Candidate Who…
2016 The Happiest People
2015 Jumping Into The Dark
2014 I Would Be Sillier
2013 It Keeps Happening Anyway
2012 Take Time
2011 A Mother’s Lesson
2010 3rd Pair – Shoe Review (DOA and Final)

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