Monday, October 05, 2020

Surgery on the 9th

Instead of remaining MIA, I felt a short explanation was appropriate.  This surgery is something I've been putting off for quite awhile and I'll post more details about it after I have it done on the 9th.  Right now, I've been trying to finish up all the hurricane clean-up, etc. and to prepare myself mentally for having more surgery.  




Sunday, September 20, 2020

Hurricane Blues

My power went out at 8:05pm on the 15th.  Periodic trips to my car to charge my cellphone has kept me partially sane and connected to the rest of the world.  Eventually, I’ll be back if anyone is wondering what happened to me.  No, I didn’t blow away!  I been through much worse storms than Hurricane Sally, but I do have to admit she surprised most everyone around here.  I’ll post pictures, etc when I have electricity and internet again.  Until then, let’s hope the Gulf of Mexico remains peaceful.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Ratched




Netflix describes the series as:
In 1947, Mildred Ratched begins working as a nurse at a leading psychiatric hospital. But beneath her stylish exterior lurks a growing darkness.
Netflix tags the series:
Ominous, Psychological, Dark, Supernatural, Horror, Thriller, LGBTQ
Season 1 is starting on September 18th

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Barracuda

I decided to forego this God awful endeavor. I'm bored! I'm depressed! Frankly, my dear, I don't give a fancy, flying, fiddling, flat-footed fuck. Trump can ram a barracuda up his ass sideways and whistle Dixie while he rallies all the racists in the country world. I hope Trumpville and all its lovely devotees has a cataclysmic chlamydia-filled cakewalk event like a nice meteor to incinerate his heinous orange ass. Yes, I'm feeling quite generous today if you must know! So moving right along to end this merriment with the right left twang...here's Ann and Nancy giving you some B-A-R-R-A-C-U-D-A...


71. Heart (and last on my Countdown) 
Oh by the way, The Beatles were Number #1...

Heart -- fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson -- has had an album chart on the Billboard 200 in every decade since the release of their debut album "Dreamboat Annie" in 1976, which peaked at No. 7. The Seattle rock group that had its roots in Vancouver, Canada, whose guitar-heavy hits include "Barracuda" and "Crazy On You," has sold more than 25 million albums in the U.S. alone and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

The last two verses of this song especially remind me of what election night 2020 and the Orange Barracuda will be like:
All that night and all the next
Swam without looking back
Made for the western pools, silly, silly fools
If the real thing don't do the trick, no
You better make up something quick
You gonna burn, burn, burn, burn, burn it to the wick
Oooo, barra-barracuda


VOTE BIDEN HARRIS 2020
DUMP TRUMP

Monday, August 24, 2020

Here Kitty Kitty

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 72 days away.

72. The Offspring

Pop punk band The Offspring have sold nearly 17 million albums in the U.S. alone. Among their releases are eight albums that appeared on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The band's most popular release in the U.S. is "Smash," which has been certified six-time platinum. At the time of its release, the record was the top-selling album ever to be released on an independent label.

This by far has got to be one of the best 2020 quarantine music videos made this year. I virtually knew nothing about The Offspring until I started listening to their music. They've been around for awhile.  I just never listened to them. My first selection was a tune called Gone Away. It wasn't slow and sad. It was in my face and the imagery was bleak and bare. It spoke to me and made me really sad. The song was written as an emotional response to the lead singer's girlfriend's death in an auto accident. But when I heard and watched the video Here Kitty Kitty, I knew I had found the one! LOOK NO FURTHER, MILDRED! Here Kitty Kitty is a riot and these guys are insane. I imagined this as Trump's version of "The dog ate my homework." THE PERFECT LIE! The song is about a woman who murdered her husband and fed him to a tiger.  Trump always boasted he could kill someone on Fifth avenue and nobody would do anything to him. Melania probably should start worrying if Trump gets a pet tiger. HERE KITTY KITTY!!! Warning: This is definitely NOT a country band!





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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Hunger

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 73 days away.

73. Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine is a British group from London formed by Florence Welch and Isabella Summers in 2007 synthesizing pop, English folk, and alternative rock. The six-time Grammy nominees broke through with their single "Dog Days Are Over," the second single from their 2009 debut album, "Lungs." The song rose to No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was heard on the TV shows such as "Gossip Girl" and "Glee." The group has had three Top 10 albums on Billboard, including their lone No. 1 "How Big How Blue How Beautiful" in 2015.

Here's another group I'm not familiar with, but this fluid-moving "ginger" is worth watching. Florence Welch wrote this song about her eating disorder. And yes, we all do have a hunger! Most of us have a hunger to be free of this pandemic and to be free of Donald Trump. We need new leadership, so vote like your life depends upon it because it does.



VOTE BIDEN/HARRIS 2020
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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Know Your Rights

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 74 days away.

74. The Clash

Once dubbed "The Only Band That Mattered," the Marxism-espousing British band helped legitimize punk music in the late 1970s. "London Calling," their breakthrough album in the United States, went to No. 27 on the Billboard 200. The album also went platinum and is considered one of the most influential records in rock history. The Grammy winners' biggest album was "Combat Rock," which rose to No. 7 in 1983.


No! Whatever you do, NEVER get off the streets! Stay the course! STAY THE COURSE!!!

Do not go gentle into that good night
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light...
~Dylan Thomas~



BIDEN/HARRIS 2020
DUMP TRUMP

Friday, August 21, 2020

Volunteers

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 75 days away.

75. Jefferson Airplane

Jefferson Airplane, fronted by vocalists Grace Slick and Marty Balin, and paced by the often-trippy guitar of Jorma Kaukonen, was the first of the San Francisco-based psychedelic groups to gain nationwide recognition. They were seen as avatars of the counterculture of the 1960s. The band played all of the big outdoor concerts of the era -- Monterey, Altamount, and most famously Woodstock. Jefferson Airplane albums "Crown of Creation" and "Surrealistic Pillow" were Top 10 hits on the Billboard 200 and the band had two singles reach the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100, "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit."

When Jefferson Airplane showed up on the list, Volunteers immediately came to mind because with all that's happening in this country and all around the world, it's good to see that there's still VOLUNTEERS everywhere who will stand up for what's right. The voice of justice sings loud and strong everywhere.




BIDEN/HARRIS 2020
DUMP TRUMP

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Ode to Liberty

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 76 days away.

76. Thin Lizzy

Lifted by the soulful voice of the charismatic Phil Lynott and guitar work of Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham, the Irish group Thin Lizzy powered its way onto American FM stations in the 1970s, with the song "The Boys Are Back in Town," an homage to working class lads cutting loose that rose to No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was on the band's gold album "Jailbreak," which rose to No. 18 on the Billboard 200.

Here's another band that I didn't follow.  Sure, I knew the hits like everyone else, but that's it so I had to do some research and came up with this selection. It's called Ode to Liberty (The Protest Song) written by Phil Lynott. I included the lyrics below.



Let freedom ring with your vote on November 3rd
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The dream was not a vision or some premonition like we were told
It was no figment of the imagination to prove that we could be bought or sold

The doctor of the diamond run could be revealed to the intelligent
But this is what I resent who cares for the ignorant the intelligent
The cynics approach was mean who cares for anything in this whole wide world except me?
And this opinion must not confuse the issue my appearance my condition or state of delivery
I am stating the obvious
This is a protest
There must be a conclusion this is no Shakespearean speech
This is a statement made by one who cannot practice what he preaches
The statue of liberty has engraved on its wall
Give me your poor give me your needy give me them all
We need something like this
For this world to coexist
It would be so easy
To act so pretentious
To act as if it was hypocrisy
To act condescending
When in fact it's the world we're mending
And that's why I can't relax
'Cause inside my coat it's a pistol that I pack
We must beware of a surprise nuclear attack
We must be ready to strike back
I'm not pretending
Our defence needs clearly mending
We must leave those standing
Forget the third world is ending
Is starving
Is crying
Is desolate
Is oh so late
I would dearly love to return
Through a mirror in twenty years
And learn what the future has in store for us
And if I learned that we lost
And there was no hope
For those that fight
I would turn to drink
And drink is drugs
And drugs would help me sink
And like a boat I float
I sail out to the sky
To the universe and back
Maybe to give it another try
I don't know why why jack
Just to confirm our father
Just to learn just to heal us

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 77 days away.

77. The Smashing Pumpkins

Brooding rockers The Smashing Pumpkins are one of the most distinct-sounding bands in alternative rock, thanks in part to lead singer Billy Corgan's expressive vocals. While the band peaked in popularity during the 1990s -- with releases including four-time platinum "Siamese Dream" and certified diamond "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness" -- they have continued to play live and release new music.

When my kids were teenagers we used to swap music.  For Christmas one year I got Smashing Pumpkin's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness from my oldest son. The very first time I heard Bullet with Butterfly Wings I wondered what my generation had done that my children's generation hadn't picked up the ball and run with it. After all, they seemed to be screaming with the right kind of angst:

Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage
Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage
Someone will say, "What is lost can never be saved.
"Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage
All I can say is that's one hell of a quarantine song and I'm more than ready to get the hell out of my cage. What about you? We need some new leadership and a new way of doing things. This rat is ready for some new cheese!



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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Sweating Bullets

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 78 days away.

78. Megadeth

Led by original Metallica member Dave Mustaine, LA rockers Megadeth are a pivotal thrash metal band. The group began forming their brand of fast and technical guitar-driven rock in the early 1980s and released their debut album "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" in 1985. They've released five albums that have been certified at least platinum and are still active today.

Megadeth was never my cup of tea so I had to go through several songs before I found one that I found relevant. Perhaps others might disagree with me, but argue away because like I always say, "opinions vary." With everything that's happening now, we all should be SWEATING BULLETS! Maybe sweating bullets will be enough to get those people out that don't usually get out and vote.  If what's been happening for the last four years isn't enough to light a fire under people's asses then I don't know what will. People let's have a BLUE FLOOD so deep and wide that it blankets the whole country in peace and prosperity.



VOTE BIDEN/HARRIS 2020
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Monday, August 17, 2020

Locomotive Breath

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 79 days away.

79. Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull, led by their impish flutist Ian Anderson, was a hard-to-classify British band -- English folk music, prog rock, blues -- that was heard frequently on FM radio during the 1970s and 1980s. The group, which took its name from an English inventor/farmer, had little success as a singles group. However, the band had seven Top 10 LPs on Billboard, including the No. 1s "Thick as a Brick" and "A Passion Play." Their top selling album, "Aqualung," went platinum three times.

I selected this song because it reminds me of the locomotive that Donald Trump has got this country traveling on right now. A few lines from the song seem particularly relevant:
The train it won't stop going
No way to slow down
and
And the all time winner
Has got him by the balls 

Biden/Harris has got to put the squeeze on that tangerine Twitterhead and make something tasty for all of us to drink. If you squeeze him hard enough maybe everything will go back in place and we can start where Obama left off. Dream on, right? Let's just dream and get it right this time for everyone's sake!



VOTE BIDEN/HARRIS 2020
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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Against The Wind

Using data from Spotify, Facebook, Ranker, and the Billboard 200 albums chart, 24/7 Tempo determined the 100 most popular rock bands of all time. From those 100 most popular rock bands of all time, I'm going to feature one each day until the election on November 3rd which is 80 days away.

80. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

The raspy-voiced Detroit rocker and unofficial spokesman for the American heartland has recorded 13 platinum albums, seven of them consecutively. The Grammy winner had a big year in 1976 with the release of the albums "Live Bullet" and "Night Moves." His tours with the Silver Bullet Band and songs about the ruggedness and solitude of the West as well as ballads about small-town America garnered critics' and fan approval. The durable Seger has had seven Top 10 singles, including the chart-topper "Shakedown" in 1987.

I selected this song because it speaks to me personally because I've spent my entire life running against the wind.  I think there's many of you out there who can sing this song with me. Just close your eyes and let the song take you somewhere. Just drift away and join me...

By the way, I'm fine and my family is fine. Fuck the coronavirus and fuck Donald Trump. I'm still running against the wind and always will be!



VOTE BIDEN/HARRIS 2020
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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

When COVID-19 Strikes Home

Last Wednesday my son-in-law (SIL), Bobby and two co-workers drove to Panama City from Pensacola and back again. It's about a 6 hour round trip drive. One of the co-workers had been to a party on Sunday where no masks had been worn. By Wednesday night the co-worker that had been to the party found out that some of the people that were at the party tested positive for COVID-19 and were sick. Wednesday night she informed my SIL and the other person that she had been exposed to the virus. My SIL, my daughter, Christina and my grandson, Nathan immediately started self-quarantining from each other by barricading themselves from each other and everyone else by staying home and not going anywhere. My daughter called the testing facility to find out what steps needed to be taken. She was told to wait 5 days to be tested unless any of them became symptomatic.

Monday the three of them went to the testing facility and got tested. On the way home my daughter's new car started acting up, so she drove it to the BMW car dealership thinking whatever it was would be a quick fix and they could get to it right then and there. She should have known better. She called me without thinking and asked me to come get them and give them a ride home. And without thinking, I jumped in my car and went and got them. We all wore masks and when I dropped them off my daughter cleaned the inside of  my car thoroughly. I did however touch Bobby's forehead while I was stopped at a traffic light because he said he was starting to feel bad. I told my daughter he felt feverish and to take his temperature when she got home.

Tuesday afternoon my daughter and my grandson got their results first and their results were negative. What a relief that was! I was sweating bullets especially for Nathan, my grandson because he has asthma and the thought of him possibly getting coronavirus....well let's just say, it took a lot to stay composed until they got their results. I'm not a worrier by nature, but these are my BABIES and no one or nothing fucks with my babies!  It took several hours after they got their results for Bobby to get his results. I think I must have texted my daughter a dozen times asking her if she had heard anything yet even though I knew as soon as they got the results I would get the results. Finally, they got his results. He tested positive. I don't even know what to say really! That co-worker who went to that party on Sunday where no masks were being worn was a fucking idiot and her ass should be kicked. It's people like that who keep spreading this fucking virus around and keep killing people. She really needs to reevaluate her priorities.

So far Bobby is experiencing mild symptoms and I hope it remains that way.  By the way, I consider Bobby one of my babies even though I didn't give birth to him. He married into this crazy family and now he's my baby.

Since I was in contact with Bobby, I need to do the responsible thing and get tested (yet again.) Remember my debacle back in March? Maybe this time I'll be given the results of my test. I've been trying to stay away from my mother. This whole thing is making me crazy. I'm tired. I haven't been sleeping well. I feel stressed out and I just want to slap the leadership of this country for their inept management of the coronavirus. Or should I say mismanagement? This is such a clusterfuck. When in hell are people going to take this seriously?


We need some real leadership! PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! It's time people. It's time to rise up and do something. Too many things are wrong in this country and nothing is going to fix itself. We need to VOTE people in there who will work for US and for OUR needs not for their needs. Their needs don't count...This is OUR country and they work for US. I think people have forgotten that.

BIDEN/HARRIS 2020

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Blogger's Anonymous

This is a repost from 2005 and 2010 (edited):

Somewhere huddled in small conference rooms sitting in a circles sipping Irish tea and nervously fondling their well-guarded electronic device of choice are small groups of bloggers. Each meeting starts and ends with the Senility Prayer and each meeting includes an indepth discussion of one of the topics included in the Bloggers Anonymous 12-step program.

God grant me the senility to forget the people I have never liked,
the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Hi, my name is Mildred Ratched and I'm a blogoholic. My addiction took root 6 years ago in Blogspot. Shortly thereafter I moved to MSN Spaces where I stayed for the next several years. Now, I'm back to Blogspot again. I've been used, abused, restricted, conflicted and just plain stifled along my journey! It's been almost 24 hours since I've blogged and I've got the shakes. I snuck into my office last night after waking from some bizarre dream with the intention of posting a blog only to find a post-it note stuck to my laptop. OMG...it was The Senility Prayer! I immediately called my sponsor and was able to get a little sleep after revealing my weakness to another human being. And to think technology used to be fun and useful! Now, I find myself daydreaming about new words and witty catch phrases. Tonight, we can work on any of these steps of your choice. Just pick your poison and run with it and remember "we are all just prisoners here of our own device." Now, let's hear from all you blog junkies stuck out here in the blogosphere!

The 12 Steps of Blogger's Anonymous:

1) We admit we are powerless over the need to blog and that our life often times has revolved around our blogs.

2) We believe that a power greater than ourselves exists, and its name is whatever website you use to host your blog.

3) We have made the decision to turn our lives and what skill we have over to the care of a word processing program, that it may help us create that which we cannot do on our own.

4) We have made and continue to make a searching and fearless inventory of other blogs to find humor, wit and wisdom wherever we can.

5) We admit that we cannot create insightful entries without the help of our life’s experiences.

6) We are entirely ready to let the blogging police try to find all inappropriate material on our blogs.

7) We humbly ask that our blogs are not deleted due to the inappropriate material contained within.

8) We have made a list of all the persons who own better blogs than we do and are willing to try and outdo them.

9) We admit our jealousy of those who create better blogs than we do and appeal to them whenever possible to show us the way to blogging glory.


10) We continue to edit our entries and promptly update to be read more often and to inspire and lure people to leave comments.

11) We crave the secrets of having a successful, well-traveled blog.

12) We have had a spiritual awakening as to why we try to lure others into this blogging lunacy and to spread the addiction to whomever we can.
Addendum: When I was going through therapy several years ago, I used to write a gratitude statement at the end of each post as a requirement from my yoyo inspector (therapist). Now, whenever I go back and read some of those gratitude statements I smile and shake my head. She was wise to have me write a gratitude statement as I used my blog as the the journal she asked me to keep as I went through therapy with her.


Gratitude statement: I am truly thankful for the ability to express myself via written words and to connect with others as a result of the things I write. This is Mildred Ratched signing off as I recite The Senility Prayer! (3 times because I'm OCD) lol