Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Was There

Palate cleanser.  More from concerts I've seen...Johnny Mathis:

Chances Are...

Begin The Beguin...

Matt and I saw Johnny Mathis at a dinner concert venue about 8 years ago.  He was fabulous.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Emmy nominated kid's show. What. The. Actual. Fuck.


 Evil lives. THIS is the face of our opponent. Reject them. Fight them with every weapon at your disposal, with every ounce of your strength.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Open Thread

I've written five posts for TCKT which I've deep-sixed because fast moving events make them redundant and stale. My head has been whirling with so much winning! Even Trump's crass comments about Mika and Joe made me laugh out loud. Unpresidential? Yep. Spot on? Yes. He's not afraid to roll around in the muck and I love it. Mika and Joe can kiss my deplorable tush.

CNN has been handed their hat and shown the door. It appears that AP is standing in line behind them. Good. Fox News can get in line too, AFAIC.

I've been working on building the new chicken coop. I'll post pictures when it's finally done. Between work and grandkids and my mom being sick I've been going 90 miles an hour lately. I had to plant my garden a THIRD time, after frost killed my first plants and hail hammered the second batch. I'm settling for a few tomatoes and some squash. All my fruit was killed by the frost. Bummer.

Matt, I just heard that you've been under the weather. I'm glad you're home now, and I'm sorry I missed commenting on FB. I've been rather disgusted with FB as of late, and been spending my time on other things. I'm working on a snail-mail letter to you and Fay, watch your post! Also, you all's grandkiddos are SO cute!  Little Miss M and wee Master L are adorable!

Dances, I'm so relieved that your news is good.

What I'm reading.

What's next.

What I've pre-ordered.

My state is working hard on overhauling the medicaid program. Unfortunately, they're considering across-the-board cuts with lifetime caps, which will be devastating to sick/disabled children who need ongoing care. I read the other day that 1/3 of my state's residents are enrolled in medicaid. That's ridiculous.  We need to get adults back to work instead of sitting on their backsides whining. We need tort reform and we need to prosecute those companies who overcharge the system. There are MANY things we can do to get costs down without abandoning sick kids.

So, what are you all up to?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus

It's a dream, sure. But it's a beautiful dream.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Was There: Moody Blues

Without a doubt the most boring concert I ever attended.  Zero stage presence, zero charisma, zero audience interaction.

Music was great.  Atmosphere was non-existent.  Saw them at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver B.C.  Mine, and I'm sure most everyone else's favourite MB song, Nights in White Satin (oh shit, it just occured to me that that could be interpreted as a hate crime)...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Exploring Horse Country

The Township of Langley, British Columbia lies about twenty miles east of Vancouver. While the Township is traditionally rural much of it is being built up now as people escape the exorbitant housing costs of the big city. So far, the south part of Langley is still fairly rural with many farms and wineries to be found. South Langley is also horse country. 

Enjoying lunch on a quite day.
There are several private equestrian properties. There is a public equestrian facility. There is a therapeutic riding facility. Much of the area is part of the Campbell Valley Regional Park.
The public equestrian facility
Punchbowl hidden by trees.
While there might be some far-off noise from passing trucks or airplanes, the area is pretty quiet. The south end of 208 Street is narrow with pretty rough pavement, probably a mile long with no exit. Not someplace you would go unless you had a specific destination.

Way back in the woods is a "punchbowl." While there are horse trails in the area, the major hiking trails do not come through this part of the park. Like the entrance from 208 Street, you can find it if you were looking for it.

For thirty-two years the punchbowl was the site of much activity. Horses were run here. Horses by the hundreds. Horses of a different sort.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I Was There: Norah Jones

Norah Jones first album became a hit around the same time Matt and I first met.  I remember many a Friday night dancing (actually more like shuffling around to) "Don't Know Why".  Nora has a special place in my heart for being part of the romantic music that Matt and I fell in love to.

I saw her in concert in Vancouver, Matt was supposed to be with me but he was scheduled to work and couldn't get out of it.  I offered his ticket to a girlfriend of mine but she didn't show up.  So I set out to the concert alone and ended up selling my ticket to a scalper and getting back more than I had paid for both tickets plus a single ticket in a better seat!  Winning!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Election Day Open Thread

These are hilarious! I love a good meme.

 I don't know where that bit of text after the second image came from, but I can't figure out how to delete it, so we'll live with it. 

I looked for memes ridiculing Corbyn. I guess google didn't want them circulating on election day.